DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN HARRY POTTER OR ANY CANNON CHARACTERS, I CAN ONLY CLAIM THE PLOT AND ANY ORIGINAL CHARACTERS PRESENT
A/N All French will now be Underlined and italiced
He's my WHAT?!
"…after performing the paternity test on the children, the Wizengamot received the results as follows; Victoire Potter IS the daughter of Master Auror Potter. Dominque Delacour-Weasley's father is Bill Weasley…" I looked over at Dom'. There was no way that she couldn't be Bill's child, her hair is more ginger than the rest of the Weasleys if that's even possible. Amelia continued, "And Louis's father is…"
"…Harry Potter." Amelia finished before sitting down again. My eyes flew open I had never really considered that Louis may be my son. Like I knew the possibility was there but neither me or Fleur really even considered it…
"Now that that has been settled we can award custody…" said Kingsley. "…Now do any of the children have any problems being placed with their respective biological parent or parents?" He asked calmly. Louis shook his head; Dominique also shook her head but there was a slight bit of hesitation.
"Very well then." Said Madam Longbottom "The Wizengamot of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland finds that in the case of Weasley vs. Delacour, the following actions are to be taken… Firstly the ownership of the property known as 'Shell Cottage' on the outskirts of the village of Ottery St Catchpole is to remain with Mr Weasley. Ms Delacour is to retain all of the funds in her own personal accounts and just over half of the couple's joint account…" Madam Longbottom looked up and both Bill and Fleur nodded to indicate that they thought that was fair, or as close as they were going to get. "In accordance with the paternity spell testing and the wishes of the children; we award custody of Louis Delacour-Weasley to Ms Delacour and the custody of Dominique Delacour-Weasley will be given to Mr Weasley." She closed the folder in front of her. "On a related matter the trial of Ginny Weasley; formerly Potter, is set for the 6th of January next year. Case dismissed; you may now leave the floor."
I took Fleur's hand as we walked out of the large chamber. As soon as we got out the door however, she pushed me against the wall and started to snog me senseless… "Harry, Fleur, Can I have a quote for tomorrow's paper?" said Rita Skeeter; her stiletto heels clicking on the marble floor as she approached us. "No, you can't!" said Victoire as she grabbed Louis's hand and walked off dragging him behind her. Fleur and I had to chase after her.
About an hour later we were all back at Grimauld Place. I looked at the three of them sitting on the couch just…talking. It was refreshing seeing Fleur just sitting and talking with her…our children. "I'm going to go and pick up James from the hospital." I said as I brought them in some tea. Fleur nodded and I went out into the hallway and got my jacket. I was delighted, really I was; but there was something I still had to do before it could be alright… before we fucked up. To make things the way they should have turned out.
I apparated into the reception of Saint Mungo's and headed up to the ward James was in. When I arrived up I saw Mrs Weasley sitting with Lilly at the end of the bed, and James was being his usaual lazy self was asleep in the bed. "Hello Molly, I wasn't expecting to see you here. Hi Lilly, how are you? Are you okay staying at the burrow?" I asked. Lilly had gone home with Arthur and Molly yesterday after the hearing, as tensions were running a bit high.
"Well Lilly wanted to come and see James before he went back to Hogwarts; so I said that I'd bring her to see him." Replied Molly as I sat down. "The Healer came by and said that as soon as you go and sign James's release papers she can discharge him."
I got up and went to look for Daphne so I could get James back to Grimauld Place. I found her coming out of long term spell damage. She smiled as she saw me coming up the stairs. "Well, well if it isn't our own Mr Potter. I assume you're here for James." I nodded. "Okay I just need to grab the forms from my office and he's free to go. So… how did the hearing go today? I'm on a twelve hour shift so I haven't heard anything." She asked as we walked down the corridor towards her office.
"As well as can be expected" I said. "Suffice to say, Bill hadn't done anything illegal so it was more or less an even split. The paternity tests were a shock though. It turns out both Victoire and Louis are my kids."
We reached her office and she led me inside. "Wow. So what are you going to do now?" she asked as she sat down and handed me the forms.
I don't know about long term, but for now I'm going to try and patch things up with the Weasleys… I do have one thing left to do but it's a secret." I said as I signed the forms and handed them back.
"Oh come on Potter I was in Slytherin! I CAN keep secrets." She half screamed at me, before bursting out laughing.
"No, I won't tell you. You'll find out at Christmas when you tag along with the Malfoys' to my Christmas Party…again. I might even send you your own invite this year." I joked as I went to go get James. "But being serious for a second Daphne thank you for all that you've done over the years…especially in the last couple of days."
"Awh Potters being a softie now that he's kind of a bachelor again…" She teased. "AND WHAT DID I SAY ABOUT CALLING ME BY MY FIRST NAME!" She screamed but I was already half way down the corridor.
Back down in the ward, Molly and Lilly were getting ready to leave. "Molly do you mind if Lilly stays at the Burrow again tonight? I don't know when I'll be moving back to the manor but, we've all got a lot to think about after the hearings." She nodded and gave me one of her warm smiles."Lils I'll see you later okay? I've just got some stuff to do first." She didn't even bother responding; she just jumped up and hugged me. She always was a hugger.
After Molly and Lilly left I let James get dressed and we Flooed to Diagon Alley. James seemed a bit confused when we stepped into Olivander's Wand Shop. Joanne Olivander had taken over from her uncle after he died a couple of years after the war. Her father had been furious; he didn't get on with his brother, they used to work together but Joanne's father preferred to craft custom wands instead of selling premade ones. So he set up shop in Knockturn Alley and didn't look back.
"So Mr Potter what can I do for you today?" asked the old witch behind the counter, who looked suspiciously like Madam Rosmerta…
"Well…" I started. "Before he died I left something with your uncle, a small box that he put in with the wand boxes…for safe keeping until I needed it. Well I was wondering do you still have it?" I asked sheepishly. I left that box here over twenty years ago, I highly doubted it would still be here.
"Alright then, you seem very eager to get it Mr Potter… Is it not a bit soon?" she asked as she ducked into a backroom.
"I don't plan on using it just yet; I'll wait until at least Christmas." I answer as she comes back and hands me the small emerald blue box. "I take it he told you what it is then." I said looking at her huge grin.
"Yes he did…although I may have had a bit of a peek at it myself. Be sure you use it right this time Harry. Now go home you've had enough on your plate these last few weeks." She smiled.
I took James out towards the Leaky Cauldron where we went into the taxi company run by a couple of Muggleborns and would accept Galleons. "Grimmauld Place please." I said as we climbed into the back of the cab.
"So…" said James. It was the first time he'd spoken since we left the hospital. "…How did the hearing go?" he asked. It made sense that he would want to know, but I hadn't thought of how to tell him yet.
"As well as could have been expected" I replied. His eyes searched my face trying to glean any extra information he could out of me. "They had to preform paternity spells so that they could figure out who to give the custody of the children to." I said. I knew this was the bit he had been waiting for. Secretly I think all the family were curious as to whether or not Louis and Dom were my kids as well.
"And? " He said, deliberately leaving the open ended question hanging in the air, cold as a dementor's breath.
"Dom is Bill's daughter… but Louis is your half-brother and we already knew Vic' was you half-sister." I could see the thoughts h=going through James's head he seemed relatively happy about it.
"What was in the box?" he asked, slightly cheerier now that the elephant in the room had been dealt with.
"It's a ring. I bought it before Sirius died. Even then I knew I wanted to marry Fleur, but after our breakup that was I'll admit rather forced on her part, I still kept it hoping that after Voldemort was gone we could be together. The following July she announced her engagement to Bill. So I left it to Olivander, saying that when I did eventually marry I would use it, but I never did; it just didn't feel right."
We both sat in a comfortable silence for the rest of the trip. We got out and I paid the driver. "I'm going to ask you not to mention the trip to Olivander's. I want to plan this and keep it as much of a secret as possible. Only you, me and Vic' are going to know about this until it happens okay?" I asked. He smiled and nodded as we stepped inside.
A/N: Just a short filler chapter really. No really major things going on.
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