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Unexpected Parenthood by potterfan310
Chapter 5: Chapter Five
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It was lunch time when I heard the tapping at the window as I fed Bentley and Aubri. In the end it annoyed me so much and as it was distracting Bentley from eating, I went over and opened the kitchen window. In hopped a light grey owl which I recognised the straight away. It was Pippy, since she belonged to my best friend Dominique Weasley.
"Hey there, Pippy," I muttered as I undid the letter tied around her leg as the twins shouted at me as I had stopped feeding them. "You're a good owl," I left the letter on the side and I gave her some water as well as a few owl treats. I watched as she flew out the window and picked up the letter as I walked back to the twins.
After finishing feeding them and cleaning them up, my thoughts distracted by the letter, I unstrapped each of them before picking them up our of their highchairs and made my way to the living room. I propped Aubri up in the corner of the sofa surrounded by pillows, after grabbing a couple of toys from the toy box I sat down next to her, placing Bentley on her other side. I gave them the toys and pulled the letter out of my pocket.
I looked at it, the front was addressed to 'Flick 'my bestie' Saunders', I smiled and felt a pang of guilt. Dom, I haven't seen her in just over a year, I've really missed her and her ways. I really miss having a best friend, someone to talk too other than my family. Dom's one of the four people who knows the truth about my mum, the other three people are Albus, Rose and Scorpius.
Rory and Bridget just think that my parents are divorced and that I don't get on with my mother so never see her (well partly true) and I've never told them any different. I don't see why they should know, I mean me and Rory grew apart years ago and I don't exactly see eye to eye with Bridget.
Bentley grabbed the letter from my hand and tried putting it in his mouth, I managed to get it back just in time and took a deep breath before opening it. It's the only letter I've actually opened apart from the odd few that first came when I left. Knowing I would be going back so soon, I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. Opening them I read:
Al said he saw you in Diagon Alley on Friday, I saw him yesterday at Nana's and he told me, Rose and Scorpius. It's SOOOOO great that you're coming back, maybe we'll finally get an explanation 'bout why you left. I really doubt Minnie would have said that she was going to kick you out just for having bad grades. I have bad-ish grades and I'm still here.
Anywho I really hope you do read this and REPLY!! Because the past year I've not had one reply. Where's my bestie gone, I still need my Flick. Who else would I gossip to and I've got surprising news. (actually it might not be so much of surprise but y'know). I best be seeing you tomorrow girl or THERE WILL be TROUBLE!! You and your skinny little arse best get yourself on that train, I have to see you.
Love you lots,
Love your bestest friend ever, Dom xxxxx
I laughed, trust Dom and nowadays I really don't think I have a skinny arse any more. Because of the lovely weather and the fact Dom's letter had put me in a good mood, I decided to go to the park. I also took Oscar with me as he wanted to feed the ducks, in other words he wanted go to the playground.
When I got back I put Bentley and Aubri down for a nap before opening my wardrobe and pulling out the cardboard box. All the letter were in order from where I had piled them on top of each other, so I pulled the first lot out and started opening them, reading each one carefully. Maybe I need to stop trying to isolate myself and actually let them back into my life.
Three hours, that's how long it took me to go through and read each letter which varies in length. I do feel bad that I never replied because there were things like Al asking if it was something he done, Rose asking for girly advice. Scorpius asking advice on girls (mainly Rose) and Dom rambling on about guys, lessons, teachers, and that she really needed her best friend back at Hogwarts.
It was the last long one off Al that really hit me. It was sent around Christmas, just days before I gave birth to the twins. And now I also knew, days before he got together with Hattie. I'd recieved one around my birthday with a card, but this was the last proper letter off him. As I read it I could feel myself welling up, the guilt trapped in my throat.
I honestly don't know what to say in these anymore, I just feel like I'm rambling. You haven't replied in months except for that one time saying you didn't want to hear from me and to not contact you. I know I pretty much ignored that, Flick (we all have) but when the person you love dissapears off the face of the earth you tend to worry.
I told myself I wouldn't do it, but the other day I asked dad if he had seen yours at work and to ask after you. He said you were doing fine but busy and had a lot of stuff going on right now. What does that mean though Flick? What stuff? What is so important that you cannot take five minutes to write a letter.
We were happy weren't we, 5th year was the best. But something change didn't it? Something between us, you were always there and then suddenly you weren't. Even Nana Molly was asking after you the other day, asking if you'd be coming over for Christmas even though I had told her months ago that we had split.
You were the first girl I ever properly loved, you had my heart Flick and you threw it all away, for what? Another guy?
I guess I'll never really know the answer to that, however the truth would be nice one day. That last day of 5th year on the train home I knew things were up, you had been acting odd for a while. Pushing me away whenever I got close, hiding in the dorm even going as far as quitting the Quidditch team.
I just want to know what I did wrong, Flick?
Turning it over, unable to read more, I skipped to the end.
I can't keep hoping, or holding on. This is it I guess, Flick. If I don't hear back from you by the end off the year, thats a whole week away I'll know thats it. The end of an end.
Love you always,
"Oh Albus," I murmured, my heart feeling heavy.
Even if I had opened this, I was in no state to reply to letters, I barely had time to myself. The days after I had the twins were no easy ride, giving birth ain't all its cracked up to be.
I have to go back and I have to give them the truth, especially Al. He deserves to know and if I don't tell him then he'll never know. That's a promise to myself, to tell Al he's a daddy and the others that I'm a mum.
There was a knock on my door and Tessa walked in as I hastily wiped at my eyes, "Heya."
"Hey, Tess, you okay?" I asked as she sat on the old sofa bed.
She shrugged. "Worried about school and what house I'll be in."
"Why?" I questioned as I put down Albus' letter. I'd read it all properly later tonight, I don't think my heart could handle any more right now.
"I just don't won't to be a Slytherin," Tess complained.
"Hey, I'll have you know Slytherin isn't so bad, it's got me in it," I joked hoping that she wouldn't have noticed the tears. My baby sister was scared and she needed me right now to reassure her, not the other way around.
She laughed. "No offence, Flick, but somehow I don't think I'm cunning or sly."
"And I am?" I asked trying my best to look innocent. "And if you are, then you know where you got it from. Just don't worry about it, the hat will put you in the house where you best belong. I'm no Gryffindor, I mean I couldn't even tell Al I was pregnant. Slytherin suits me just fine."
Tessa smiled. "Thanks, Flick. I guess I shouldn't worry so much."
"Now, do you wanna help me open some letters or play with your niece and nephew."
"I'll go with the second option," she said as she got up and crossed my room to where I was sat, along with Bentley and Aubri who were in the nest of pillows, that I had made for them to sit and play in. "Shall we go down and see uncle Oscar," she mused as she picked them up one by one.
"Guess I'm in for another long hour," I muttered as I picked up another letter from the pile that was slowly getting smaller and smaller.
They were mostly off Dom now, a handful off Rose and two off Scorpius. This is what I got for shutting myself away from the world, a part of me was surprised that they still thought of me. I mean if I was them, the things I had said in one letter about leaving me alone, well I wouldn't have bothered any more. But that was what I loved about them all, they just wouldn't give up on me no matter how much of a bitch I had been. Though that could soon change when they find out the massive secret I've been hiding.
A/N Thank you to adluvshp for suggesting to have a letter off Albus. I know this chapter is mostly fillery and I guess slightly boring, but it was needed.
Edited - 16.02.2018