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Someone knocks on my door. "Come in," I mutter unenthusiastically. After what happened last night, I'm sure that one of my parents is going to attempt to speak to me. I'm not in the mood for any words of advice, or for any apologies.
The door opens and Scorpius walks in. His eyes are downcast, and his bottom lip is pulled between his teeth in apprehension.
"What do you want?" I ask coldly, still upset from yesterday.
"To say sorry," Scorpius answers quietly. I can barely hear him.
"Why are you being so quiet now? You sure haven't minded yelling before..."
Scorpius opens his mouth to say something, then closes it. He has a look of guilt on his face. "Isobelle, are you going to listen to me?"
"You haven't said anything," I point out.
Scorpius frowns and closes the door behind him. He leans on it for a little while, his fist still closed around the doorknob. He blows air out of his nostrils. "Why do you have to give me so much rubbish for all this?" He asks finally.
"Me? I'm the one who's giving rubbish?" I repeat, astounded. Of course, like in every other situation, I'm the person at fault. I should be used to it by now.
"You are," Scorpius nods. "You make me feel wrong for wanting to know my mum and liking her, but then you said at first that how you felt about her had nothing to do with how I felt about her, and-"
"Scorpius, let me make something abundantly clear. I don't disagree with you getting to know Astoria. I just don't like how you're treating the rest of us worse because of it. I mean, your mother really isn't all that-"
"Isn't what?" Scorpius questions, his eyes narrowing at me. "My mother listens to me more than Mum and Dad do. And she's actually nice to me, and lets me do what I want, and there I'm the only kid!"
"That isn't so great," I tell Scorpius bitterly. "Letting you do whatever you want isn't good parenting. It's the opposite, actually." Until I met Mum, I didn't really get that. Now, I understand exactly what she meant.
"She is a good mother!" Scorpius says defensively.
It's time he knew the truth. It isn't doing Scorpius any good just telling him that he's wrong. Maybe he should know why. "Come here," I say to Scorpius, patting the spot on my bed beside me.
Slowly, Scorpius walks across the carpet and sits on the edge of my bed. His feet nearly touch the ground. "What?" He asks.
"I want to tell you a story."
Scorpius' white-blonde eyebrows come together. "About what?"
"About your mother and I. But you have to promise to listen to me, and I swear everything is the entire truth. All right?"
Scorpius nods. "Okay."
"Well, unlike you, I never knew who my mother was. The only 'mother' I had was Astoria. You know, Dad didn't tell her about me at first. When he finally did, Astoria never said she disapproved of me. So Dad and Astoria went on and got married. Things were fine for a little while, you know. Dad and I got on well, and so did Astoria and I. But then, after about a year, things just... changed..." I tell Scorpius.
"Changed? How?" He asks, still seeming a bit reluctant to hear what I have to say.
"I don't really remember what did it. I just remember that suddenly, Astoria wasn't as nice to me as she used to be. She never wanted to talk to me, or play with me, or be around me. Only Dad. Of course, when Dad was around, though, she acted as though things were perfectly fine. But they weren't. Not to say that Astoria outright hated me then, but things got worse after you were born."
"Why?" Scorpius questions. He seems to be becoming slightly more interested.
"I don't know for certain. Astoria kind of disappeared for a while after you were born. Not literally, I mean she just stayed in her room all the time. Like she wasn't really interested in you, or in anything, actually. Of course, it took me years to understand why that was."
"Why?" Scorpius asks again.
"After Astoria married Dad and had you, she was supposed to have her perfect pureblood family. That's all she wanted- well, to be a wife, not a mother. And, According to Astoria, I got in the way of that. I was the reason her family wasn't 'perfect'. I was the reason Dad took time away from looking after her son- you- and herself to spend time with me also. Merlin, did she resent me for it. By that point, she actually began to be rude to me behind Dad's back," I explain.
Scorpius frowns. "What do you mean?" He asks carefully.
"Astoria would say things to me like how annoying or frustrating I was to her and Dad, or how Dad didn't have time to deal with me. Or her favorite one was that you were much more of a priority than I was, and I was the biggest mistake Dad ever made in his entire life."
"She said that to you?" Scorpius wonders. His lips are set in a thin line, and he's gazing out of the window rather than looking at me.
"Every bit of it. And I know you were too young to remember, but things really got terrible around the time you were five and I was fourteen. That was when Mum finally came into my life. Astoria just couldn't take it, the focus wasn't on her anymore. And then of course it looked bad on Dad, Mum being a muggle-born and all. Apparently, all this was yet again my fault and Astoria said I was to blame. She said she was tired of having to deal with a child that wasn't even hers. I want you to think about that for a moment. What if Mum acted like she loved all of us except for you, and you knew it. How would that make you feel?"
Scorpius is silent for a moment, and then he finally answers. "I'd feel really bad," he says honestly. I don't think Scorpius realizes how lucky he is to have a step-mother like Mum. Someone who knows being related to someone isn't the only reason you have to care about them.
"Exactly. But, I'm not done. Those problems Astoria had with me also caused problems between the rest of us, too. Dad would never listen to me when I told him Astoria treated me badly. I even remember the time when Astoria told me if I didn't move out of the Manor and go live with Mum, she'd leave Dad and take you with her," I say. Honestly, other than the day she left, that was one of the worst memories I have of Astoria. I hated the fact that she always felt as if she could use Scorpius to control Dad and I.
"Why didn't she?" Scorpius questions.
I know the obvious answer. Because she didn't really want him. But I don't want to hurt Scorpius' feelings by saying that. "She didn't really mean it. I think she was just trying to scare me. She wasn't around much long after that."
Scorpius is looking at me again, eager to hear the rest. It feels like I'm reading a story to him rather than telling my own. "What happened?"
"Well, a couple weeks later, Astoria decided to throw a charity ball at the manor. Mind you, things were tense enough and she thought it wise to add to all that. She just started leaving all the time, being nastier to me, avoiding and ignoring you altogether, and clinging to Dad more and more. Finally, the night of the ball, I suppose Astoria finally got to Dad. Dad and I got into an argument, one thing led to another, and I ended up running away," I tell Scorpius.
"Where did you go?"
"The only place I could think of. Mum's house."
"She wasn't angry with you for running away?" Scorpius asks. Come to think of it, I never did realize that Mum was never upset that I ran away. She was completely understanding about it.
I shake my head. "Not at all. But I ended up staying with Mum. I came home a few days later, and that night, it all came out. You ended up saying that you felt that Astoria treated you badly- you did begin to favor Mum a lot more- and Astoria was furious. She believed I coached you into saying all that, but I didn't. And then she gave Dad an ultimatum: It was either me or her. She made him choose."
"Dad chose you," Scorpius realizes. He has a hint of regret in his voice.
"He did. Astoria left that night. She and Dad were annulled shortly after that. You were a mess- so was Dad- but Mum helped us all through it."
"And that was it? I never saw Mum again?" Scorpius questions.
If only it had been that easy. "I wish. Remember that day school you went to for a year or two?"
Scorpius nods, a confused look on his face. "Yeah...why?"
"Well, one day, Dad and I came to pick you up, and you were gone. Astoria had taken you, and we had no idea where. Mister Zabini told us there could have been a possibility that we wouldn't see you again. That was the worst day of my life," I tell Scorpius truthfully. He was one of the only lights in the dismal life that I had.
"Well, how did I come back home?" Scorpius asks. He has a very troubled look on his face.
"Mum," I answer simply. "She figured it all out. And you have Uncle Harry to thank, too," I inform him.
A surprised look comes across Scorpius' face. "Mum got me back home?"
I nod. "She did. Scorpius, Mum always loved you like you were hers. You told her so many times that you wanted her to be your mother instead of Astoria," I inform him. And now that Mum is is Scorpius' life for good, he takes her for granted.
"Oh. So did my mother get in trouble for taking me?"
Merlin, did she. "Yes. Well, they gave her a trial or something like that, and she ended up confessing to kidnapping you... and trying to kill me," I admit.
Scorpius shakes his head vigorously. "You're lying," he says quietly.
"I'm not. Scorpius, you can ask Mum or Dad. And you know how Mum is about telling the truth," I remind him. Even though I'm making suggestions, I can tell by the look on his face that Scorpius already believes me. I rarely ever lie to him. And even then, those are generally white lies.
"Then what?" Scorpius asks, his voice barely audible.
"Astoria went to Azkaban. She got out about a month and a half later. But you never saw her again," I tell him, knowing he's about to ask.
"Azkaban..." Scorpius rests his elbows on his knees and puts his head in his hands. I rest my hand comfortingly on his back, and he doesn't say anything for a long while. I feel terrible that I had to tell Scorpius all of this, but he does need to know.
"Sorry for saying I hated you," he apologizes quietly. "And being a git."
"It's fine. I'm sorry for yelling at you yesterday."
Scorpius does something unexpected. He puts his head into my chest, embracing me in a tight hug. I haven't seen any sort of affection from Scorpius in about three weeks. It's nice to know he's still human.
"I'm sorry," he says again, his voice muffled and his face buried in my robes. "I didn't know..."
"I know you didn't. And I shouldn't have been angry at you for not knowing. I love you, Scor. I really do."
"I love you, too," Scorpius mutters.
"Now may I ask you something?" I say.
Scorpius nods. "Yeah."
"What made you want to come and apologize?"
Scorpius pulls back and looks at me for a while. "I'm leaving soon," he says finally.
I frown. "Leaving to where?"
Scorpius gives me a sheepish look. "To my mum's house. I just wanted to say sorry before I left. But, now I don't want to go with her," Scorpius tells me nervously.
"Go with her," I say under my breath. "Scorpius, is Astoria here?" I question.
Scorpius bites his lip again and then nods. "But just you, me, and Dad are at home," he tells me. What a coincidence, Mum has 'conviently' taken her children out for the day.
"Why is she here?" I question, unable to hide the anger in my voice. "Did Dad know?"
"I think so. She told me that she just wanted to talk to Dad next time. I don't know about what," Scorpius tells me.
"Scorpius!" Dad shouts. "Come downstairs!"
Socrpius sighs. "I guess it's time for me to go," he says dismally. I want to tell Scorpius he should stay here, but that decision is up to him. Besides, I wouldn't want it to make Astoria crazy.
"All right, then. Give me another hug."
It seems as if Scorpius has something different on his mind. "Actually, will you come downstairs with me? I don't want to go by myself," Scorpius questions.
I nod and give him a small smile. "Sure I will." I'm just glad Scorpius feels as if he can trust me again. "Now, come on. There isn't anything to be afraid of."
Scorpius and I walk out of my bedroom. He glances downward into the foyer, gripping the railing of the balcony above. Dad and Astoria are below, arguing, or having a hateful discussion. It's a little bit of both.
"Scorpius is just as much my son as he is yours," Astoria tells Dad. Her tone isn't angry. Instead, it's very patronizing. "I honestly don't like how he's been raised. Dare I say, Isobelle behaves more like a pureblood than he does, and she's nothing near it. Draco, you should be ashamed of yourself."
"Ashamed?" Dad says in a mocking tone. "I'm the one who should be ashamed of myself? What about you? You're so terribly bent on getting your revenge on me that you're using your own son! Don't pretend for one second that you actually care about him!" Dad shouts. Scorpius flinches.
Astoria smirks. "How I feel about Scorpius has nothing to do with you, Draco! Besides, this isn't about him. How can you make me out to be such a terrible monster?"
"It's quite easy, you see..."
Astoria ignores Dad. "I did what I could for this family. I was faithful to you!"
Dad falters for a second, seeming confused. "I was faithful to you as well, Astoria," he says stiffly.
Scorpius glances at me for a moment, then turns back to Astoria and Dad. "Draco, Draco, Draco... I hope you don't think I'm that stupid? We've only been separated seven years. Nina's nearly six and a half years old. I'll let you deduct the rest for yourself," Astoria tells Dad. She seems nearly at the point of laughter.
Dad frowns. Astoria really is smarter than anyone gives her credit for. And Dad knows he can't tell Astoria the truth. He has to lead her to believe that he did in fact cheat on her. Scorpius' knuckles turn white. "You've said all you need to. I want Scorpius home by eight," Dad says firmly.
"Oh, no need to give him a curfew. He'll be with me," Astoria reminds Dad, rolling her eyes.
"That is exactly what I'm worried about, Astoria."
"What? You're worried that he might actually be brought up correctly? You're so hopeless. Where is Scorpius, anyway?"
"Upstairs, he should be on his way down."
Astoria grins and clasps her hands together. "Perfect. Then, I'll just go-"
"No, you won't. Don't think for a second that I'm going to allow you into his room," Dad tells Astoria.
She clicks her tongue with a bored expression on her face. "Fine, then. Call him again. I'm on a rather tight schedule."
Dad cranes his neck backward. "Scorpius! Come downstairs!" At that moment, his eyes drift upward, an he sees Scorpius and I standing there, eavesdropping. Astoria follows his gaze, and an amused look crosses her face when her eyes meet mine.
"My, my. It's just like old times, isn't it?" She questions. I don't understand what Astoria means by that, but I'm not too eager to find out. "Scorpius, come down here and say hello to me."
Scorpius swallows hard and he gives me an apprehensive look. I nod, telling him it's okay to go. Astoria notices this and as soon as Scorpius turns his head, she gives me a dirty look. "Afternoon, Mum," Scorpius says quietly, his eyes not meeting hers.
Astoria clenches her jaw for a brief second, then smiles at Scorpius. "Scorpius, honey, I told you to come downstairs," she says again.
Scorpius takes his hands from the banister and walks stiffly past me. His arm brushes mine slightly, and I understand what he means. He wants me to come with him.
I follow Scorpius downstairs and stand beside Dad. Even though I'm still angry at him, I'll always defend him in front of Astoria.
Scorpius walks tentatively up to Astoria, and she wraps him in an embrace that he only half-returns. It doesn't take Astoria long to notice how uncomfortable he is. "What's wrong, Scorpius? Are you not feeling well?"
"No, I er, feel fine... Can I ask you something?"
Astoria nods slowly. "Yes, anything."
"Why did you leave?" Scorpius blurts out, his eyes darting between Astoria and Dad. Dad remains silent, probably wondering what excuse Astoria will come up with.
"Scorpius, I already told you why," Astoria tells Scorpius in an irritated tone.
Scorpius nods his head. "I know that. But I want you to tell me really why."
"What do you mean, 'really' why? Dear, we don't have time for this. My parents are expecting us for dinner, and you still need to be dressed properly, and-"
"Was it because of Isobelle?" Scorpius asks, cutting her off. Astoria looks affronted. Dad raises his eyebrows in intrigue.
"Of course not, Scorpius! I don't know what she told you, but-"
"Why do you have to assume I told him anything?" I ask Astoria, crossing my arms. "Can't he just have a question? Unless I'd have a reason to tell him something, of course..."
Astoria narrows her blue eyes at me. "Why, certainly. It's just a question isn't it, Scorpius?"
Scorpius looks between Dad and I, then nods. "Y-yeah..." he stammers. "Just a question."
Astoria puts her hand under Scorpius' chin. "Are you lying to me, Scorpius?" she questions, giving him a disapproving look. "Do you know something that I don't?"
I'm expecting Dad to step in at one point or another, but he remains silent. I suppose he's beginning to realize what's really happening.
"No," Scorpius says truthfully.
Astoria raises her eyebrows. "Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy, I don't like to be lied to," Astoria chides.
Scorpius cringes at hearing his full name. "I'm- I'm not."
"Why would you ask me something like that?" She questions.
Scorpius shrugs. "I don't know. I was just wondering, because you never tallk about Isobelle. You knew her better than you knew me," he points out.
Astoria seems angered, but she doesn't say so. "Scorpius, Isobelle isn't my child. You are." And there it goes.
Scorpius' facial expression changes a few times, like he's trying to think of a way to respond to that. "Well, Mum says no matter what, I'm still hers. And Dad treats Rose and Hugo the same as me. Why don't you treat Isobelle like that?" He asks finally.
A smile comes across Dad's face. "Please, enlighten us, Astoria," he tells her mockingly.
Astoria gives him a scathing look, then turns back to Scorpius. "Don't compare me to your father and step-mother. What happened between Isobelle and I is between her and I, and it isn't for you to ask about. Do you understand me?"
"Actually, I don't understand why it has to be kept private. Why is it, Astoria, that you like to do everything behind everyone's backs? If you don't like me, you can say so," I tell her. There's no way in hell I'd ever let Astoria play Scorpius for a fool. "If you don't want Scorpius to lie to you, don't lie to him. I believe that's fair."
Astoria turns to me. "Isobelle, I don't believe that is up to you to decide what is and isn't fair for Scorpius. I'm his mother!"
"It's frightening how life so often puts us in situations in which we don't want to be, isn't it?" I counter, giving Astoria a steely gaze.
Astoria's nostrils flare for a moment, but she says nothing back. "I don't have time for this. Scorpius, we need to leave now. Come," she orders, beckoning her hand as if Scorpius is a dog. Scorpius stays glued to his spot. "Now, Scorpius. I won't repeat myself."
Scorpius gives Dad an uneasy look. Dad doesn't say anything, but he seems to be having a silent conversation with Scorpius.
"Actually, I did lie to you," Scorpius confesses. "I'm sorry."
Astoria turns around so fast her robes billow behind her. "About what?" she demands.
Scorpius shuffles his feet. "I really don't feel well. Sorry, but can I stay home today?" he asks. I can't help the smile that tugs at the corners of my mouth.
Astoria seems slightly confused and taken aback, as if she'd expected Scorpius to admit something different. "I already made plans, Scorpius. It's rude to cancel," she informs him, doing worse and worse to hide her anger.
"I know, but I really feel sick. I've been in my room all day, and then Isobelle came to see if I was feeling better, but I'm not," Scorpius lies. "I want to go, but I know it's good to stay in bed when you're sick, so I think I should do that. I'm sorry."
"Scorpius, I really am disappointed in you. But, regardless, I hope you feel better," Astoria says tightly. She gives Scorpius a loose hug, and throws both Dad and I looks of utter disgust. Dad seems to be entertained at the least.
"Goodbye," Scorpius tells Astoria. She doesn't say anything in return before she disapparates. Good riddance.
Scorpius still looks uncomfortable, and he seems confused about what just happened. "Is she mad at me?" he asks finally.
Dad nods. "Most likely," he answers truthfully. But Dad doesn't seem upset about it. I think he's just glad that Scorpius got to get a taste of what Astoria's really like. "Why the sudden change of heart?"
"Isobelle told me all those things about her," Scorpius admits. "I didn't know. She was always nice to me."
Dad turns to me. "You told him?" he questions.
"He needed to know. You can't be angry at me for that." Then again, Dad gets angry at me for nearly everything that I do. It wouldn't be that far off.
"I'm not," Dad says. "Thank you, Isobelle."
I know this is some sort of apology from Dad, but I'm not ready to accept it. Now that Astoria's gone, I don't feel the need to take his side. "I did it for Scorpius, not for you."
I smile at Scorpius and put my hand on his shoulder. I'm just glad that there's no more tension between the two of us. That's all I'm concerned about. "Let's get you back to bed, you sick little liar."
(A/N: Hooray for less git-Scorpius-ness! I figured it was about time that Belle told him the truth, and Astoria started being more upfront!
So, a lot of people are confused as to how exactly Belle and Teddy are related. I'm going to explain this the best I can. Isobelle and Teddy are second cousins. This means that they share a set of great grandparents (Cygnus and Druella Black), and that one of their grandparents would be siblings with the other (Narcissa and Andromeda). Also, one of their parents would be biological first cousins (Draco and Tonks). Second cousins pretty much means that there are two generation between you until you have a set of common ancestors (parents and grandparents for Teddy and Belle). I hope that wasn't too confusing!
*Thanks for reading, and leave a review!
* BT Dubs... I'm going to be doing a Valentine's Day one-shot, time be willing. So, I'm taking pairing/ situation requests to anyone who wants to submit one!