When I was fourteen, my mum told me all about the day I was born. Her strongest memory from the whole experience was seeing my dad hold me for the first time. She spoke of how his eyes shone like they never had before. She told me how he wouldn't let anyone else hold me for almost an hour, that my grandmother had to pretty much fight him for a turn. At the time I had scoffed. I had thought of my dad as soppy and overemotional.
As I sat holding my newborn daughter, I couldn't help but remember my mum's story. I finally understood why my dad had been so unwilling to share. I was filled with an overwhelming urge to protect this fragile and tiny human from the world.
I was startled out of my daydream by the sound of the door opening and closing. I looked up to see Al leaving, a quick glance around the room told me he was going after Aurelia. I smiled to myself, they suit each other.
I looked at Rose and asked her if she wanted to hold Aurora again. She smiled and nodded. I stood up, careful not to disturb Aurora too much. I passed her to Rose, who shuffled over a bit so I could sit on the bed again.
Looking at Rose holding our daughter confirmed in my mind that she was the girl for me. Any doubts that had been lingering in the back of my mind disappeared. I made a mental note to talk to my dad later that day and ask him how he proposed to Mum and where I should buy a ring. I didn't want to ask her straight away, but I decided that I needed to start working on it.
Just as I decided this, Mrs. Weasley left her spot in the corner to come over and stand on Rose's side of the bed.
"Rose", she started, her voice soft. She seemed to be nervous. It was as if she had finally realised how much she had hurt Rose and how much she would have to do to make it better.
Rose looked up from Aurora, locking eyes with Mrs. Weasley.
"Mum", she replied. "Or should I call you Mrs. Weasley, as you and your husband made it pretty clear to me that you no longer considered me to be your daughter".
I gently placed my arm on Rose's, whether it was a sign of solidarity or an attempt to calm her I wasn't sure.
"Rose, I have never regretted anything more than letting you walk out of that pub alone. As soon as that door closed behind you, I wanted nothing more than to run after you, hold you in my arms and tell you that everything would be okay. Instead, I let my anger and pride get in the way.
"I know that you hate me, and I know that you have found yourself a family with Scorpius, but I ask that you forgive me. It doesn't have to be right now, and I accept that it might take some time, but I hope that some day you can".
I turned to Rose to try and gauge her reaction. I wasn't suprised to see a tear rolling down her cheek.
"To be honest, Mum," she started, a small smile growing as she spoke, "I kind of half forgave you the moment you walked in that door. As long as you can accept that the Malfoys are and always will be a part of my - your – family, I can forgive you".
I wasn't really suprised with how quick Rose had forgiven her mum. Before this whole pregnancy thing happened, Rose used to tell me about how close she was with her parents. It really hurt her when they practically disowned her. I always had a feeling that she would always welcome them back in her life, if they made the first move.
Rose passed me Aurora and held her arms open for her mum to hug her. I glanced up to see if my mum was crying – something that was pretty much guaranteed – only to see that my parents had at some point left the room. I made a mental note to thank them later for giving Rose and Mrs. Weasley some privacy.
"What about Dad?" Rose asked, pulling back from the hug.
Mrs. Weasley sighed. It seemed as if someone had just placed the world on her shoulders.
"You know how stubborn he is Rose. He's still refusing to talk about you. If someone brings up your name, he glares at them for at least five minutes".
I felt Rose stiffen slightly beside me. My arms ached to go around her and comfort her, but that was impossible as I still held Aurora.
"I promise that I'll try my hardest to bring him around. It might take a while, but I won't stop trying", Mrs. Weasley continued. "You know he was always had a weakness for my steak and kidney pie".
Rose smiled. "Thanks Mum".
Mrs. Weasley stepped back from the bed. "I'd better head home and tell everyone about dear Aurora. Hugo was dying to know if he was having a niece or a nephew. I'll see you soon Rose, you too Scorpius".
After Mrs. Weasley left, Rose and I were alone with Aurora for the first time. We looked at each other and smiled.
"Looking at her, I don't regret anything", Rose said, her voice almost a whisper. "I don't know what it is, but just looking at her face makes everything else disappear. Leaving school early, almost losing my parents, all the aches and pains. They're just gone".
"She's so beautiful", I said, touching her cheek gently. "Just like her mum".
Rose laughed, punching my arm gently. "You are such a soppy git!"
Hey, I'm really sorry for not updating in so long. I've been considering writing something to post on Fictionpress, and that distracted me from this. I am still determined to finish it. There's only two more chapters. Please let me know if you think the quality of the chapters has changed or if you think any of what I've written seems a bit out of character for those involved. Hopefully I'll update soon!