Waking up, I found a letter on the end of my bed along with Ria's owl. I rubbed my eyes to make sure that I wasn't dreaming and then Hallow hooted for good measure.
"Hey girl," I said quietly as I stoked her soft head. I got out of bed and grabbed the owl treats off the window sill. "Here you go." Hallow hooted once more before flying out the open door. I smiled since this had happened nearly every weekend since the start of September.
Ria always sends me a letter every Saturday morning without fail, she keeps me updated on my babies and it makes me miss them even more knowing that they're doing things and I can't see them until Christmas.
I picked the letter up and opened it, a picture of Bentley and Aubri fell out. I picked it up and smiled to myself, my babies certainly looked bigger than the last time I had saw them, Bentley was trying to reach for the teddy that Ria or dad must have been holding and Aubri was smiling and I could just make out a little white tooth shaped blob. Her tooth must have come through at last, I thought.
I turned my attention to the letter which was written in Ria's neat writing:
As you can see from the photo they're growing so fast and they certainly miss you like crazy. Bentley's started crawling and Aubri's nearly there, there's no stopping him now he can move. It's mad to think that they're one in just two months.
Dad and Oscar both send their love and they can't wait to see you at Christmas. I know that there's a Hogsmeade trip today thanks to Tessa who owled me about it and I've decided to come and see you, we need to talk about the letter you sent saying you wanted to leave.
Meet me in the Three Broomsticks at one, I've booked a private parlour, just ask for the name Saunders.
See you soon,
Love Ria xxx
I smiled to myself, it'll be great to see Ria as I haven't saw her since the start of September. As each day goes by I miss my babies more and more, I hope Ria brings them with her so I can see them, but then again would she risk it?
I got out of bed and went into the bathroom to take a shower and get dressed. Half hour later the rest of the dorm was awake and fighting over who was using the bathroom. Dom ignored them all and picked up her stuff chucking it in a bag. She slung it over her shoulder and motioned for me to follow her which I did.
Confused as to where the hell she was going, especially since she was only wearing her pyjamas which consisted of shorts, a strappy top and a pair of socks. She dragged me up the boys staircase and knocked on the seventh year door.
"Me and Flick are coming in so you better have clothes on," Dom called as she waited a minute before barging in.
I had been in the boys dorm before but since the last time I was in here in fifth year it had changed. Maybe it was because it was slightly cleaner (there were still clothes strewn everywhere but at I least I could see most of the floor) and the the fact it smelt better due to the fact Alex Goyle had just sprayed a hell of a lot of deodorant on himself.
"Morning," Dom said happily ignoring the fact that her cousin had just walked out of the bathroom wearing nothing but a towel. "Mind if I use the bathroom? The others are fighting over ours."
Alex left along with Joe and I tried to ignore that Albus was wearing nothing but a towel, his hair was sticking up in every direction as it was wet and I was trying not to stare at his well defined abs.
"Like what you see, Flick," he joked as he walked past me.
I blinked so that I would snap out of my trance and a lot of nonsense came out of my mouth when I spoke.
He smirked. "That's what I thought."
"Oh shut up," I managed to say as I went over to Scorpius' bed which still had the hangings closed.
I went to pull it back but Al stopped me by putting a wet hand around my wrist. "I wouldn't do that if I were you," I raised my eyebrows at him. "You might get a shock."
"Oh please, it's only Scorpius."
Al chuckled. "Actually it's not," I looked at him with a confused expression. "It's Rose as well."
I swear he rolled his eyes at me as he sat on his bed and pulled his own hangings around him whilst I stayed standing in front of Scorp's bed.
"Rose sleeps here every now and again and not in her own dorm. As much as I don't want to know what goes on between my best friend and cousin, Scorp expanded his bed so it's now a double but from the outside it still looks and takes up as much room as a single," he explained.
"So Rose is in the right now?" I asked.
"Yep," Al replied, popping the 'p'.
"Oi, Scorpius, wake up," I yelled.
"It's no use."
"Why not?" I questioned as I put my hands on my hips even though Al couldn't see me.
I heard him sigh. "Because there's a silence charm on it. Not everyone wants to hear what they get up to if you know what I mean. You look hot when you're mad by the way," he added as he stood up, fully clothed.
Shame really, I was quite enjoying the view. Must not think of Al like that, I thought, he's my... Actually I'm not sure what he is apart from my children's father. He's not my friend and he's not my enemy.
"Flickkk. Is anyone home," Al said as he waved a hand in front of my face.
"Yeah, I was just thinking."
"About me?" Al asked as he waggled his eyebrows.
I hit him. "Of course not, now sod off."
"Are you throwing me out of my own dorm."
"Why yes I am," I told him as I made to grab his shoulders to steer him out of the room but he caught my hands and a smile played on his lips. "What are you doing, Al?"
He didn't say anything as I stumbled backwards and fell onto his bed, he grinned wickedly at me before tickling my feet. I tried to hold back the giggles by biting my lip but it became too much, I burst out laughing.
"Stop it," I managed to say in between giggles. "Al, I'm serious. Stop it."
"Or what, Flick, going to tell on me. Give me detention?" he teased as he held my arms above my head, his face getting uncomfortably closer to my own. His eyes were locked on mine and I didn't blink as gazed into them. Al was so close I could feel him breathing, I still didn't blink as his lips brushed mine.
Al was just about to kiss me when there was a bang followed by an "Ow!" as Rose fell out of Scorp's bed, wearing a pale blue top and dark blue pyjama bottoms which had little polar bears on them.
I snorted as I caught sight of her, her pyjama's made me laugh and especially since her normally neat hair looked like she had been dragged through a hedge backwards.
She looked over at us with a hazy expression on her face and then her mouth formed a perfect 'o' and her blue eyes widened.
"What the hell is going on?" she said as she sat up and pointed at us.
"Didn't anyone tell you it's rude to point, Rosie," Al smirked looking like he had just been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Apparently my cookie jar. He let go of my wrists allowing me to sit up.
At that precise moment Dom walked out of the bathroom fully dressed and oblivious to what might have happened if Rose hadn't fell out of bed. She nearly dropped the mirror she was holding when she saw Al straddling me on his bed.
"What the hell is going on?"
"Nothing," Al said casually. "Flick was trying to kick me out of my own dorm, so I tickled her." He shrugged. "No biggie."
Dom raised her eyebrows as a sleepy Scorpius stuck his head out through the hangings and frowned at us all. "Why are you being so loud?" he complained.
Ignoring him Dom looked at us. "No biggie, um, Al, you appear to be straddling Flick who is not even your friend, on your bed when you have a girlfriend. Even if she is an evil cow. And Rose why are you on the floor?"
"Fell out of bed," Rose mumbled as she got up and crawled back in next to Scorp.
Al got up off me and stood there running a hand through his hair. "Um, well I'll be off now. Bye." With that he left.
We left the boys dorm shortly after Al and trudged up the stairs to our own, Dom glared at me as if she was telling me off and then smirked. "Well I see you two are slowly becoming friends again."
I shoved her gently as we entered our dorm. "Oh shut up," Dom stuck her tongue out at me as I went over and sat on my bed. I put on a pair of black boots and grabbed a hoodie along with my Slytherin scarf. "Breakfast before Hogsmeade?" I asked and she nodded as she put on a pair of red ballet pumps and picked up a coat before we left the dorm.
After breakfast we left the castle along with Rose and got into a carriage because we were feeling particularly lazy and didn't want to walk. I was looking out across the school grounds as Dom filled Rose in with everything that had happened this morning. I was too bust thinking about what had nearly happened, I mean what if Rose hadn't fell out of bed, would Al have kissed me?
But he's dating Hattie, a voice at the back of my head said. So, he nearly kissed you, another chimed in. I groaned as I realised I was talking to myself in my head. "Talking to yourself is the first sign of madness," I muttered as I hopped out of the carriage.
We trailed around the village and it wasn't long before Dom dragged us into one of the clothes shops called 'Teen Witch'. Dom was searching the rails for a dress for me to wear on my 'date'. It's not really a date, I'm just meeting up with Aaron. Yes you heard that right, Aaron. As in Aaron Nott, Hattie's brother.
Yesterday lunch time Aaron cornered me as I was on my way up to the great hall. He asked me to meet him in Hogsmeade at noon as he needed to talk to me about something. He called it a date of sorts and I don't know what made me say yes. But here I was shopping with my best friends and getting more nervous by the second.
We left Teen Witch and headed to the fancy dress shop to look for outfits for the annual Halloween party. The bell above the door rang as I pushed it open and was instantly faced with fake blood, vampires, werewolves, spiders and anything else that one would consider to be a part of Halloween.
Once inside I followed Dom absently mindedly around as she held up different outfits in front of me, every now and again I said yes or no to make her think I was listening. I'm far too nervous right now to care about clothes. Date or not I'm still going out with a boy.
Something pink came flying my way and I screamed. Dom glared at me as Rose came over carrying a three different outfits. "I had the man put them aside for us last week when I came in."
"What?" I said innocently as she passed a red dress to me.
"It's an outfit, go try it on," Dom ordered me as I sighed.
Once I was in the changing rooms and had put it on I was able to see what it was Rose had handed me: a devil costume. It consisted of a short red dress, a tail and a hair band that had horns on it. The curtain was ripped open behind me and I whipped around to see Dom and Rose stood there looking at me.
Dom had on the cheerleading outfit in silver and green and Rose had on a short white nurses dress complete with long white socks which had little red bows at the top and a hat.
Dom smiled at us in the mirror. "We look perfect, Al is so going to be head over heels for you Flick and as for you, Rosie, Malfoy is going to love you forever since you're probably making his dreams come true."
Rose rolled her eyes and hit Dom lightly before leaving to go get changed and I swear to god Dom sighed ever so slightly. I caught her eye and she looked away quickly and left muttering that she was going to get changed. I pulled the curtain back across my cubicle and looked in the mirror, Dom was right this outfit was perfect and I sure don't look like I've had two kids.
As I got changed I wondered why Dom had looked away so quick, was there something going on that she wasn't telling me. Was she keeping secrets from her best friend? Actually I can't say much since I'm keeping a huge secret from her.
I left the cubicle with the outfit slung over my arm and went back into the main shop where Dom was paying the man at the counter. Rose followed me out and we each payed in turn. The bell dinged as we left the shop and headed towards Honeydukes where I'm supposed to meet Aaron outside.
I purposely chose outside Honeydukes because I know for a fact that Al will be inside as he's meeting up with Rose, Dom, Scorp, Rory and Didge in about five minutes time. They both wished me good luck before going inside, when they came out ten minutes later I was still stood there waiting for Aaron to arrive.
I knew this was pointless, I thought as Al came out the sweet shop and overflowing bag in his hands. "What you doing, Flick? How come you didn't come inside?"
"I'm meeting someone."
The smile that was on his face dropped,"Oh. Well have fun," he said sadly.
To make the moment even worse Aaron came jogging up."Sorry I'm late, some idiot turned my alarm off and I didn't wake up on time."
Al scoffed. "That's who you're meeting?"
He shrugged and I grabbed Aaron's hand before dragging him in the opposite direction towards the shrieking shack. It wasn't until we were so far away from the village that I stopped and let go of his hand.
"Look let's get straight to the point, why did you ask me to meet you," I said abruptly.
"Why did you said yes? Were you curious or just wanting to make someone jealous."
I looked at him, taking in his brown floppy hair, brown eyes and his nice smile. He's good looking but he's no Al. I didn't answer him and looked away quickly moving my gaze to the Shrieking Shack, the place where I had dismissed Al's friendship for the second time, seven weeks ago.
"If you let me date you, I could break up my sister and Albus. I know you still like him, I've seen the way you drool over him when he's not looking," Aaron said making me loose my train of thought.
"I don't drool over, Al," I snapped as I turned back to look at him.
Aaron raised an eyebrow. "Oh really, because every meal time when he's sat with my sister and cousin, you seem to be staring at the Gryffindor table."
Why the hell did I agree to meet Aaron, why oh why? Because he's right, you want to make Al jealous, a small voice in my head said. I thought about it, would he really be willing to help me break them up.
"And why should I trust you, you're Hattie's brother. Do you really hate her that much?"
"She's as evil to me as she is to you, all because our father prefers me over her. I want pay back for all the crap she's given me over the years. Is that a good enough reason to trust me?"
"Okay, so what's your plan?"
He smiled mischievously at me. "Well I ask you out and you agree to date me, we then play the perfect happy couple to make Al jealous. With Al jealous of you he's less likely to pay my sister any attention which will make her unhappy. With both of them unhappy it's positive that they'll break up."
Aaron smiled and held out his hand. "Care to accompany me for a drink?"
I nodded and took it reluctantly, together we walked back into the village and towards Madame Puddifoots. I stopped. "I can't go in there." I told him.
I shook my head. "I just can't okay, too many memories."
"Relax, we're just getting a drink. It's a good place for a first date isn't it. They'll see us in the window won't they."
I've been in there with Al and that isn't a memory I want to re-live, I was going to tell him I was pregnant but I didn't. The words just didn't seem to come out.
"Come on, Flick."
"You called me, Flick."
He rolled his eyes. "What else would I call you, that's your name."
"But you normally call me, Felicity," I stated.
"Would you rather be called, Flick?" he asked and I nodded. "Then I'll call you Flick."
He pulled me inside and over to the table in the window. Madame Puddifoot came over wearing a pink apron over her black dress.
"What can I get you M'dears?" she asked.
"Coffee please," Aaron said.
"Hot chocolate please."
I took in the decorations, they weren't so different to the last time I was here and the place still had the same feel to it. Only difference was I wasn't sat opposite Al, it was Aaron. Madame Puddifoot went off to get out drinks whilst Aaron talked to me. Madame Puddifoot came back with our drinks and I took a sip of the steamy hot chocolate, it burned my throat slightly but I didn't care.
I wasn't paying much attention to him but when Hattie and Al walked past I grabbed his hand suddenly and hoped I looked interested in what he was saying.
"I'm guessing they just walked past then?" he asked.
"Yep," I answered as I looked up at the clock, crap. It was ten to one already. "Um, Aaron, I really have to go. I'm meant to be meeting my sister in the Three Broomsticks in ten minutes."
"I'll walk you there."
I nodded and chucked some coins on the table from my pocket. I watched as Aaron took out double the amount and put it on the table before picking up what I had put down and gave it back to me.
"A lady never pays on the first date," he said with a wink.
I smiled as he opened the door for me and we left hand in hand. We arrived outside the Three Broomsticks with time to spare, I looked around to see if I could see Ria but I couldn't.
"Bye, Aaron, and thanks."
"See you again soon," he said before kissing me on the cheek as Tessa walked up. I felt myself blush as he walked away.
"On a date were you, Fliss?" Tessa asked as she pushed open the door to the pub.
"Kind of," I replied. "You meeting Ria as well."
Tessa nodded which caused some of her blonde hair to fall out of it's messy bun.
We made our way through the crowded pub and I spotted Dom, Rose, Scorp, Rory and Didge sat over in the corner. Al went over and sat with them followed by Hattie, I didn't want her to see me so I muttered "Come on," to Tessa as I headed straight for the bar. "Private parlour booked for Saunders at one o'clock," I said to the waitress who was stood at the end.
She nodded as she checked her list. "This way," she said as she lead us out the back to the private parlours. "Here we go, would you like anything?" she asked as myself and Tessa sat down.
"Can you come back in five to ten minutes please, we're expecting someone else," I asked politely.
She nodded and left. Tessa pulled out a book from her bag and I looked at her since it seemed like a thing Rose would do. "What?"
I smiled. "Nothing, it's just that makes me think of Rose. She always carries a book around to read. So, what you reading?"
She held it up so that I could see the cover, in big fancy letters it read 'Hogwarts A History' and I smiled even more since Hogwarts A History is Rose's favourite book of all times.
"What?" Tessa said again. "It's a really good book, even Lily thinks so to."
"I wonder where she gets that from," I laughed as the door opened and I was surprised to see Oscar stood there with a big smile on his face. He came running towards us and I stood up just it time to catch him. "Oscar, what are you doing here?"
"I've come to Hogwarts," he cried. "To see you and Tessa!"
I picked him up even though he's far to big now and pulled him into a huge hug. Over my shoulder I could see the waitress holding open the door and I was so incredibly happy when I saw Ria come in with the double buggy and my babies.
I squealed with joy when I saw them and put Oscar down before running to hug Ria. "Thank you, thank you, thank you."
"It's okay, Flick," she said as she took a seat.
I unstrapped Aubri and took her out, giving her a big hug. "Mummy's missed you so much," I said in a quiet voice as Tessa took Bentley out.
The door went again and the waitress came back in to take our orders. "Two plates of sausage and chips, a chocolate milkshake and a lemonade please," Ria said.
"Butterbeer please," Tessa chimed in.
"I'll have a butterbeer as well," I said as I looked at her name badge and saw she was called, Hayley.
"Coming right up," Hayley said with a smile.
I looked at Ria and raised my eyebrows. "It's been a long morning. You try getting two babies and an excited seven year old ready along with spare clothes, bottles and toys to keep them entertained. We caught the knight bus," she added as I opened my mouth to ask how they got here.
I swapped with Tessa so that I could cuddle my baby boy, I took one look at him and saw that he looked more like Al than I had last seem him. Hayley then came back in with our drinks and Ria and Oscar's food, I gave my babies a lot of attention knowing that I wouldn't see them again for two months.
"About you wanting to leave," Ria started to say. "Do you still want to or are you going to stick it out?"
"I'm staying," I said confidently. "I have to stay for these two."
Ria smiled. "I'm glad to here it."
When it came to say goodbye I hugged Oscar and Ria, as well as thanking her for bringing Bentley and Aubri to see me. I gave Bentley and Aubri a hug and kiss and then left along with Tessa knowing that if I stayed then I would get upset and want to go home with them.
As we left the pub I glanced at the clock and saw that it was four o'clock, had we really been in there that long, I thought. Myself and Tessa got in the first carriage that arrived since it was starting to get dark.
Once inside the castle I said by to Tessa who went off up the grand staircase to Ravenclaw Tower whilst I headed down to the dungeons. I went up to my dorm and found the bag from the fancy dress shop on my bed, I put it away before lying down.
All in all, today's been a pretty good day. Aaron seemed pretty okay after talking to him for a bit. He generally seems like a nice person when he's not leering over me. I got to see my babies again, it seems so long since I last saw them. The hardest part was saying goodbye to them. A part of me wanted to go with Ria and Oscar so that I could go home and be a mum, but on the other hand another part of me knows I have to stay.
I honestly can't wait until the Christmas holidays so that I can see my babies again. I got up off my bed and went over to the calendar that I've stuck on the wall, as every day goes by I'm one step closer to seeing my babies again as well as graduating. I put a big smiley face on today's date before leaving the dorm to find Dom and Rose so that we could go to dinner.
A/N So more Flick/Albus interaction and they're slowly becoming friends again even if Flick denies it. What do you think about Aaron, does he seem trustworthy or has he got another motive? Flick finally got to see her babies!