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Chapter 1: Prologue
To those who have read Secrets in Disguise, here's its sequel! I wasn't planning on having it out so early, but I've been so excited about it and can't help myself! I hope you all enjoy the new adventure! (Gorgeous banner by ginnykar at TDA!)
A roll of thunder rumbled, and a small toddler woke up in bed, crying for her daddy. Her tears rolled down her cheeks as her tiny hands clung onto her soft, blue blanket in fear. After what seemed to be hours for the small girl, an averaged height man with grey hair and blue eyes entered the room.
His eyes softened as he saw the terrified look on the small girls face, and his lips formed into a comforting smile. He walked over to the girls bed and sat down on the edge of it. Before he could comfort her in any way, she threw herself into his arms, her small arms wrapping around his waist as best she could. Chuckling softly, he kissed the top of her head and held her.
"What's wrong, sweetheart? Did the big clap of thunder scare you?" he asked softly. Feeling her head nod quickly, he then smiled again at her sweet innocence. "Don't let it scare you, Sophie."
"But it's so loud and hurts my ears, Daddy!" she exclaimed.
"I know," he responded. He then pulled her away from him slightly and brushed away a tear that was rolling down her cheek. Tapping the end of her nose lightly, he smiled, the corners of his eyes crinkling slightly. He then whispered, "Do you want to know a secret? Do you want to know about the thunder and why it's so loud?"
"Is it scawy?" she asked in a whisper.
"Not at all," he answered as he kissed her forehead. "Well, do you remember when Mummy and I took you bowling a few months ago?"
"Yes! All the white things at the end falled down," she said with a newfound brightness in her eyes.
"Yes, yes. Then that loud noise came when the pins fell down. That's what thunder is. The angels that live above the clouds go bowling, and when they do, it thunders."
Her mouth dropped slightly in shock. She then looked away from her dad and looked to the window when another rumble of thunder echoed.
"I think it's time to get you all snuggled into bed again. What do you think?"
"But I don't want to go to bed now!" she exclaimed before she looked up at him with a pout.
"Oh, come on now," he answered with another chuckle. "If you don't go to sleep, we won't be able to get to the new house. You want to sleep in your new bed, don't you?"
Without a word, she let out a defeated sigh and then moved back into bed. He smiled at her, pulled her covers up, and then handed her her blue blanket that she had dropped.
"Let's see here, now. You have Blankie. Are you warm enough?" She nodded and he then leant down to kiss her on her forehead. "Sleep good, sweetheart. I'll see you in the morning."
"Good night, Daddy," she answered as she looked back to the window.
He looked back and smiled at her before walking out the door, closing it behind him slowly. Once he left her room, he walked to the door at the end of the hall, next to Sophie's.
"Everything okay, Oliver?" his wife asked as she turned over in bed.
"Yes, love. The thunder just scared her," he answered as he kissed her softly.
Oliver then lied down and wrapped his arm around his wife. Pulling her close to him he smiled.
"Are you ready for tomorrow, Eleanor?"
"Yes, I think it will be good for us," she responded.
"I have a good feeling about this plant. If our plans, Thomas and mine, are correct, then this plant will change our whole life around. We won't be living in small apartments or living with families that are generous enough to take us in. I'll be able to properly support you like your father wanted me to."
She looked at him, a sad smile coming to her face. Her hand lied against his neck gently as she said, "Don't think for a second that my father was right about 'proper' support. I don't need a nice house and expensive things as my father and mother thought were so important. You support me in every other way possible, especially when it came to Sophie."
"It wasn't too hard to convince me about that little one in there. Once you showed me her picture, it seemed like the right thing to do. She completes our family."
"Yes, she does," she said with a smile. She then kissed Oliver, and lied her head on his shoulder.
"Goodnight, Ellie," he whispered in her ear, using her nickname from her days at Hogwarts.
"Goodnight, Ollie," she whispered back.
The next morning, Oliver and Eleanor were making their way through the house to make sure they had everything. Sophie was sitting at the kitchen table eating a small bag of fruit snacks.
Finally, the two walked into the kitchen and smiled at Sophie.
"Are you ready to go, Sophie?"
"Yes, Mummy," she responded as she slid out of her chair.
"Come on, little girl," Oliver said with his hands held out. Sophie ran to him, and he picked her up, putting her on his shoulders.
When Eleanor didn't follow, Sophie exclaimed, "Mummy, come on!"
"You two go ahead," she answered. "I'm going to do one more sweep of the house. See you there in a minute."
The two then Apparated, leaving Eleanor in the small apartment by herself. She then moved to the small closet in the kitchen and opened it to find their owl, Crater, sitting in his cage. Grabbing the cage, she set it down on the table and opened it.
"Crater, I have a job for you," Eleanor said gently as she ran her fingers over Crater's head. She then handed the envelope to him, in which he took it in his beak. "Deliver that, and then come to the new place."
Without waiting, she opened the front door, Crater following, and then walked out. Once he was out the door, he flew off in the direction of England, delivering the envelope to its recipient, Ginny Weasley.