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Chapter 14: Ground Rules
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The next week involved a lot of researching for everyone. Now that they had something to start with they were able to find over a dozen accounts of the Head of House being allowed to take matters into their own hands when it involved the rape of their daughter. While not happy about any of this, Harry at least felt secure that no matter what, that bastard was going to get what he deserved for touching Lily.
Lily spent the week resting, eating, and hanging out with Scorpius. He had also wanted to help with the research but someone needed to keep Lily occupied so she didn’t know what they were doing. It’s not that it was a secret, just something that Harry hoped she would never have to know about. A few days before everyone was set to go back to Hogwarts, Lily approached her dad…
“Dad, can I talk to you for a minute?” she asked quietly walking into his office where he was looking through old books. His desk was covered in books and papers making Lily wonder what he was doing.
“Of course, pumpkin, what do want to talk about?” replied Harry closing the book and moving some things around on his desk.
Lily came in and sat down on the window seat behind his desk, this was always one of her favorite spots here. She took a deep breath and said, “Dad, I want to go back to Hogwarts with everyone Sunday.”
Harry frowned and said, “Lily, I thought we talked about this. You were going to stay home until this business with McClaggen was settled.”
Lily looked out the window for a few minutes before she responded, “I know, but the more I think about it, the more I feel I should go back. I mean what does me staying here really accomplish?”
Harry sighed and ran his hands through his hair then said, “I just want to keep you safe Lily."
She smiled a little and said, “I know Dad…but he’s not at Hogwarts anymore.”
“I know he’s not Lily, but he’s obsessed with you and how do I know he won’t try and get to you. I don’t want anything … anything else to happen to you.” Sighed Harry heavily
Lily nodded and looked out the window again, after another several minutes she said, “How about this, Dad…we can talk to the Headmistress and see if there’s anything she can do to make sure …he can’t get to me. Let’s see what she has to say. Maybe I can go to classes and then come home at the end of the day, or maybe I can just floo call you everyday.”
Harry ran his hands through his hair, thought for a few minutes then nodded saying, “Alright, Lily, if that’s what you want, I’ll talk to McGonagall.”
Lily smiled faintly then said, “How much longer do you think it will be, Dad, until this is all over?”
Harry reached out to her and squeezed her hand, “I don’t think it will be much longer, sweetheart.”
She nodded and wiped a couple of tears away then said quietly, “Can I tell you something Dad?”
“You can tell me anything, Lily.” Replied Harry sincerely
Lily took a deep breath then whispered, “I’m scared.”
Harry instantly choked up but tried to push it back to comfort Lily, “It’s OK to be scared Lily. You’ve been through so much, but I promise you I will do whatever I have to, to protect you and make sure he pays for what he did to you.”
Lily nodded and said, “I know you will Dad, I just have this feeling that I can’t shake.” Lily wiped her eyes again and sat up straighter then continued, “I’m sure it’s nothing but nerves.”
Harry frowned internally hearing that but smiled slightly and said, “This will all be over soon and then you can focus on those two granddaughters of mine.”
Lily smiled and said, “I think I’ve started to feel them move. It’s this really strange sensation, sort of like when you have butterflies in your stomach but I’ve been feeling it more and more lately.”
Harry smiled broadly and said, “That’s great, Lily. Pretty soon they’ll be so big the rest of us will be able to feel them kick through your stomach.”
Lily smiled and said, “Scorpius will be so happy about that.”
“How are things going with you two?” asked Harry tentatively. He wasn’t sure how much Lily would talk to him.
“Really good. I mean we’ve always been great together, I just…. didn’t want to break him and Rose up. Guess there’s not much I can do about that now.” Replied Lily pensively.
“No, but sometimes things just have a way of working themselves out.” Said Harry smiling then he continued, “After the trial, we should come up with a plan for when the babies are born. We need to figure out a lot of things.”
Lily nodded and said, “Yeah, I know. I’ve been thinking a little bit about everything but I didn’t want to make any plans until after this whole thing with…him… was over.”
Harry nodded and said, “I understand, Lily.”
“What are all the books for Dad?” asked Lily after a few more minutes of looking out the window.
“I’m just researching something and it’s taking a lot of digging to find it.” Replied Harry evasively
She turned and looked at him curiously but just nodded and said, “Do you mind if I stay here for a little while, I’ve always liked this spot?”
Harry got up and kissed the top of her head then said, “You don’t have to ask me Lily, you can stay as long as you want.”
So they stayed like that for several hours, with Harry researching and Lily looking out the window curled up on the window seat. Harry had gotten Lily a blanket, a book to read, and a snack at one point but other than that, the pair remained undisturbed for most of the day until Draco, Scorpius, James and Al came in.
Scorpius made his way over to Lily and gave her a quick kiss, while the boys stayed in the doorway and Draco took a seat across from Harry. Harry got the hint and said, “Lily, why don’t you show Scorpius how to make those famous grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches that you make. You haven’t eaten much today and I could really go for one.”
Lily smiled and said, “Sure, Dad. That sounds good to me as well. Does anyone else want one?”
Her brothers both nodded but Draco just looked at her, not sure what she was talking about, so she said, “I’ll make one for you too Mr. Malfoy.”
He smiled but then said, “Lily, you must stop calling me Mr. Malfoy. You’re carrying my grandchildren, we’re family now. Please, call me Draco.”
Lily smiled and then surprised him by wrapping him in a hug, whispering “Thank you” to him before quickly leaving the room, with Scorpius following behind her.
James got up and shut the door.
Harry looked curiously at Draco then said, “Thank you.”
Draco just nodded.
“So, I take it you found something?” asked Harry
Draco sighed and said, “Yes, we found a spell. It’s really old and I’ve never heard of it before. It’s from the 1300’s but when cast it displays the date a witch lost her virginity. We should have Granger look at it but this will help with the proof should you have to use your Head of House status to deal with that filth.”
“Good. That will help.” Said Harry quietly
Al spoke up tentatively, “What if it…I mean…what if she….wasn’t?”
They all looked at him confused so he huffed and said, “What if she wasn’t a virgin when he raped her? What are we going to do then?"
“Al!” yelled James
“What. I’m only saying what the rest of you are thinking. We have no idea. We didn’t even know she was dating this guy. She was seeing him for 6 months right under our noses and we never knew. The guy has been stalking her for over a year and she kept that to herself. Then she was sleeping with Scorpius, again right under our noses and we didn’t know. She’s very good at hiding things, is all I’m saying. She’s very Slytherin, more so than even me.” Replied Al
They all frowned at that and Draco said, “I thought she said she was a virgin when he raped her?”
“I think she did…but everything was so crazy it’s all blurred now.” Replied Harry frowning.
“Why don’t we just ask her?” said James
The others all looked at him like he was dense and Draco chuckled saying, “What makes you think she would tell us the truth? If she’s this good at keeping secrets we have no way of knowing. Why don’t we have Granger take a look at the spell and if she thinks it’s safe she can talk to Lily and do it in private with her just to verify. This way we’ll know before the trial so we know where we stand with options.”
“Sure. I’ll talk to Mione about it when she gets back.” Replied Harry
Before anyone could reply there was a knock on the door and Scorpius came in saying, “It’s ready, Lily’s putting everything on the table now.”
They all sat down and grabbed a sandwich and some chips digging in quickly. Draco and Scorpius watched curiously not touching anything until Lily noticed and laughed at them. She grabbed some food and put it on both their plates then said patiently, “You have use your hands to eat it.”
“Are you serious?” asked Draco incredulously making the boys snort in laughter
“Yes, but think of it as practice for when you babysit your granddaughters and they get food all over you.” Said Lily amused
Draco still looked slightly horrified but proceeded to pick up the sandwich and tentatively took a bite. He chewed and swallowed then smiled broadly and said, “This is great!”
Lily beamed proudly and watched as Scorpius did the same.
The rest of lunch went without incident and they laughed and talked about all sorts of things. After lunch Lily went over to Scorpius’ house and Harry decided to pay McGonagall a visit. After explaining the rape and the upcoming trial, they were able to agree on some safety measures for Lily. She would be able to floo call home daily and check in with Harry, and an Auror would be shadowing her 24 hours a day. When the trial was set Harry would come to Hogwarts and tell her and then he would be able to take the whole family to the ministry for the trial. Once that was settled Harry told her about the pregnancy and made sure that Lily would be able to finish out the year at Hogwarts and take her OWLs. After McGonagall recovered from the shock she agreed and since the babies weren’t due until after the end of term, they decided to talk about options for finishing her last two years at another time. Lily would also be allowed to visit Madam Pomfrey and St. Mungo’s for all her appointments during the term.
Harry arrived at Malfoy Manor around dinner and was ushered into the dining room where Lily, James, Al, Scorpius and Draco were sitting at the table eating.
“Hi Daddy” said Lily smiling
“Hi Pumpkin, How are you feeling?” asked Harry walking over to give her a kiss.
“I’m good, but I’m really hungry. I feel like I’ve been eating all afternoon.” Replied Lily
Al snorted and said, “You have been eating all afternoon!”
Lily took a roll and tossed it at him and said, “Hey, I’m eating for three! What’s your excuse?”
Everyone laughed at that and Draco asked Harry to join them.
Harry sat down and a house elf immediately set everything up for him. He then began telling everyone what happened with Minerva. “Well, everything is all set at Hogwarts. McGonagall has agreed to my security measures. You will floo call home daily and there will be an Auror shadowing you 24 hours a day.” Said Harry
“Dad, there’s no need to have an Auror shadow me…” started Lily but Harry cut her off.
“This is the only way you’re going back Lily, so take it or leave it.” Said Harry sternly
She grumbled but nodded in acceptance
“I will come to Hogwarts when I know when the trial is and I will be able to come take all of you to the trial when it happens.” Continued Harry
Lily nodded again
“I also told her about your pregnancy, Lily. She has agreed to allow you to finish the year and take your OWLs. There also won’t be any problems with all of your appointments with Madam Pomfrey and St. Mungo’s. We agreed to discuss your last two years of education at another time, so you may want to start thinking about what you would like to do.” Finished Harry
“Thanks Daddy. Was she mad?” asked Lily guiltily
Harry looked at Lily curiously then said, “No, sweetheart, she wasn’t mad. She was mostly concerned about you and how you were doing. She was quite angry about the rape and honestly a little shocked about the pregnancy, but she said you weren’t the first witch to get pregnant while in school. Trust me, she’s not mad at you, Lily.”
Lily nodded in response and continued eating.
Draco spoke up then saying, “I’ll owl her as well, giving you permission, Scorpius, to attend any of the appointments with Lily, if that’s what the two of you want…”
Scorpius looked to Lily, who smiled in response, and he replied, “Yes, please Dad, we would like that.”
After a few minutes everyone was mostly finished eating and Lily spoke up and said, “There’s was actually something Scorpius and I wanted to ask you both,” and she looked at Draco and Harry. When she received a nod from each of them she turned to Al and James and said, “Any chance the two of you will leave for a few minutes?”
“No,” they both replied together smirking
Huffing loudly Lily continued undeterred, “Well, you see since we’ll be heading back to Hogwarts on Sunday, we’ll both be busy tomorrow with packing and I’ll want to get some rest tomorrow night.”
Draco raised his eyebrows but remained silent while Harry was slightly frowning but nodded for her to continue
Sucking in a deep breath she continued, “Well, we were wondering if we could stay together tonight?”
After a minute of complete silence she snapped irritably, “Honestly, it’s not like you don’t all know we’ve had sex, I’m pregnant for Merlin’s sake.”
Draco actually chucked at that and said, “Too true, Lily. It’s fine with me.”
James and Al were regaining their composure after the shock and were starting to make strange noises that she supposed were meant to be objections but she ignored them and focused on her Dad.
Scorpius was completely useless as he was terrified of Harry and was afraid he was going to hex him for even asking. In fact he had begged Lily not to ask but she was insistent.
“Well, Dad?” asked Lily finally
Harry ran his hands through his hair and sighed heavily before replying, “I don’t know Lily…”
Lily knew where he was going and she cut him off abruptly, “Dad, I’m pregnant.”
“Yes, I know that Lily.”
“With Scorpius’ babies.” Continued Lily
“So what’s the problem?” asked Lily determined
“I just don’t think it’s a good idea with everything that’s going on with the trial. It’s for your safety, Lily.” Said Harry hoping he finally made a solid argument.
“Fine, we’ll stay at Grimmauld place then.” Replied Lily deviously smiling
“What?” asked Harry completely flabbergasted
“I said, Scorpius and I can easily stay at Grimmauld place instead of here, if that’s the problem.” Repeated Lily smirking
Draco outright laughed now and said, “I love this girl. You’re going to make a great Malfoy one day, Lily.”
Lily beamed at him and turned back to see Harry angrily glaring at Draco, along with her brothers.
Scorpius at this point had lowered on his chair in an attempt to hide.
Lily knew she needed to try harder so she gave her best puppy dog eyes and said, “Please, daddy, Scor and I won’t get another chance to sleep in the same bed together until the Easter holidays and that’s months away. Please, Daddy. You can even do one of those chastity spells on me if you want, Please.”
Harry sighed and nodded reluctantly saying, “Fine.”
James and Al stuttered incoherently at that but Lily ignored them, jumping up and hugging her father and gushing “Thank you,” over and over. She then pulled away and said, “Do you want to do the spell on me now?”
Harry shook his head and said, “Lily, you’re four months pregnant, I’m not doing any spells on you that could harm the babies.”
“Oh, yeah, I guess you’re right Daddy.” Said Lily quietly but Scorpius knew she was totally playing her father. She knew he would never do a spell on her. His Dad was right, she was going to fit in perfect with the Malfoys. “I’m going to go home and get some clothes, I’ll be back in a little bit.” Said Lily and she headed over to the floo and was gone before anyone could say a word.
As soon as she left Harry turned to Scorpius and became very serious. Scorpius gulped in fear and everyone watched fascinated.
“You’re father wanted me to let Lily marry you now, but I said No. She’s too young to be married. But don’t for a second think that that means you can walk away from her. Do you understand me?” said Harry fiercely
“Yes, Sir. I would never walk away from Lily, I love her.” Replied Scorpius genuinely
“Good, because I will hunt you down if you ever do. Now, I have some ground rules...”
Scorpius started to say something but Harry cut him off and continued, “I don’t want to know ANY details but I do have some familiarity with pregnant witches so I have a general idea of what’s going on with her hormones BUT under no circumstance will you hurt her, you will handle her gently, are we clear?”
Scorpius nodded and said genuinely, “I would never hurt her.”
Harry nodded and continued, “Her emotions will be all over the place over the next few months but I want to know that you will not upset her purposely.”
“I promise.” Replied Scorpius
“Make sure she’s getting enough sleep and is eating enough when you’re back at school.”
Harry smiled then said, “Now, pay attention and always remember these two things….NEVER argue with a pregnant witch, and NEVER deny a pregnant witch what she wants...if you live by those rules, you should survive the next few months.”
Harry then got up and clapped Scorpius on the back a few times and they all laughed.
Author’s Note: I’m trying to decide if Lily should continue to be timid and traumatized at the trial or snap and be slightly dark… Let me know what you think.