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Chapter 4 : Chapter 4: The Hag Gets It
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“You are dismissed.” Harry told the seconds years and he began packing up his bag.
“Harry?” He looked up to see Ginny in the doorway and she moved towards him.
“Hi.” He smiled at her and kissed her when she walked up to him. She pulled his head down and deepened the kiss. Harry groaned. “Ginny, what?”
She put a finger on his lips then grabbed his hand and pulled him into his office. She closed the door behind them and locked it magically. “Can you cast a silencing charm?”
“Why?” Harry asked her after he had cast it. “It’s lunch and the kids…” She silenced him with a kiss.
“I need you.” She pushed him into his chair and began to unbutton her blouse.
Harry’s heart hammered in his chest and he was not sure he was able to breathe properly. “Now?”
She threw her shirt on to his desk. “Now.” Her bra quickly followed.
Harry stared at her. She had never been like this. “Ginny, are you okay?”
She grinned and kissed him hard. “I love you Harry and I need you right now. I can’t wait.”
He groaned into her mouth when she straddled him. “You are so beautiful. I love you.” He was breathing raggedly.
“I love you too.”
“That was… I… wow.” Harry finally said and Ginny smiled in satisfaction.
“I agree. It felt…” She kissed him again. “Different.”
“Yeah, it did. But good.”
“Yeah. We need to go. This kids will be expecting us.” She said as she started to dress.
Harry sighed in contentment and smiled at her. “You’re right. We don’t want them to worry.”
Saturday November 14th, 1998- Ministry of Magic Atrium:
Harry looked around from the small, raised platform at the end of the large room at all the filled chairs and searched for Ginny and the kids. When he spotted her, he smiled and waved when his children waved at him. They were excited to be here, even though they really didn’t know the reason behind their visit to the Ministry. Harry was the only person getting the Order of Merlin in front of the press although about thirty others were also receiving one that day. He sighed and looked dejectedly at Rita Skeeter and the rest of the press. The only highlight was that Ginny had something planned for the lying bat and he was anxious to see what it would be.
“Are you ready Mr. Potter?” A young aid to the Minister startled him out of his thoughts and he smiled politely at her.
“I am.” He followed her over to the Minister who was addressing the audience.
“Exceptional young man,” Harry had obviously missed part of his speech. He looked at the Minister as he continued to speak. “A credit to the magical community. I am pleased to present the Order of Merlin, First Class, to Mr. Harry James Potter.” Applause filled the Atrium and Harry felt his hand being pumped by Minister Davies who smiled at the cameras. Harry tried to grin but he was sure it would look pained in the papers the next day. “Would you like to say something Harry?”
Not really… He sighed and magically magnified his voice. “I want to thank all of you for coming. I am not…” Harry stopped speaking and watched in fascination as Fred snuck up behind Rita Skeeter and blew glitter on her.
“Harry.” The Minster touched his arm.
“Sorry.” Harry shook his head. “I uh… I want to thank my family for their support, especially my wife and children.” A murmur filled the room and Harry realized belatedly that he had just exposed his kids. “I… I don’t really think I deserve this award but I thank you for it.” He looked back at the Minster feeling stupid. He just could not make speeches.
“Mr. Potter will now entertain questions from the Press.” Mr. Davies informed them.
Rita was first on her feet and smiling sweetly at him. “Mr. Potter can you please tell us about how I have charmed my hair blonde?” Harry’s mouth fell open as he stared at her. She blinked and started to splutter. “I… I… what I meant was can you tell me what you think of my lack of journalistic skills and the fact that I have plagiarized most of the work that bear my name?” She tried to put a hand over her mouth but seemed unable to stop herself from speaking and Harry noted that all the other members of the press were trying not to laugh at what she said. “Harry would you care to comment on the rumor that I am an illegal Animagus?” All of the press sprang to life and started taking notes on what she had just blurted out.
Harry stared dumbly at her and gasped when her face began to change. Her hair turned to a grayish brown and the pencil lines that doubled as eyebrows fades, the makeup vanished from her face and Harry was left gazing at an average looking woman in her late sixties. He started when a flash went off and he turned his head to see Colin Creavey smiling joyfully at the woman, his camera in hand.
“That will be on the front page of the Quibbler.” Ginny informed her and she beamed at her friend. “Thank you Colin.”
“Any time, Ginny.” Colin replied and he moved away towards the back of the room where Harry’s family was waiting. He saw that Mr. Weasley was holding Emily, Ron had Erik and Hermione held Nicole. He hopped off the platform and went to join his wife.
“Brilliant love.” He whispered in her ear and kissed her cheek.
“I will get you for this!” Rita bit out, the venom dripping from every word.
“You can try.” Ginny replied casually. “But you have no proof that I have done anything.” She grinned at the livid woman. “I have just taken an opportune moment to get the real Rita, without all the magic. Isn’t that what you say you do? Portray the real person, like you did with Harry and I?” She walked over and stood nose to nose with the report. It was not an easy thing to do since Ginny was quite a bit shorter but amazingly the older woman quaked under his wife’s glare. “You report lies Rita and all I have done is taken this opportunity to capture the real you! I can’t help it if you’ve told the rest of the magical world all your dirty little secrets. Right in front of the press too.” Rita lunged at her but Ginny stepped sideways and Rita fell on to her face. “I think Madam Bones will want to check into your admission of being an illegal Animagus.” She turned and walked over to Harry.
“You are amazing.” He was laughing fit to burst as he pulled her into his arms. “You’ll have to tell me what they put on her.” He said quietly in her ear.
Ginny grinned. “Truth powder. Makes her compulsively say things that she desperately does not want anyone else to know.” Her smile faded slightly. “I didn’t think she’d admit to doing anything illegal. Fred and George said she’d just admit to minor things like her age or having an affair.” She glanced down at Rita who was struggling to her feet. “I don’t know what they did to remove her beauty charms.”
“Mr. Potter!” Harry looked up at a reporter and then over to Rita who was being led away by the security wizards.
“Yes?” Harry looked back warily at the man who had addressed him.
“Would you comment on your children?” He asked with his quill poised to write.
Harry looked helplessly at Ginny and she winked before answering for them. “Harry and I were blessed to welcome three children into our family this past summer.”
“We, of the press, were not aware that you were ever pregnant Mrs. Potter.” He raised an eyebrow at her and waited.
“I was not.” Ginny told them with a large smile. “Nevertheless Harry and I have three children now. We would appreciate if you would not mention any more about them than that.” She looked up at him and Harry was shocked to see tears well up in her eyes then trail down her cheeks. He put a comforting arm around her.
“We love our kids and we don’t want them hurt by anything that the newspapers could say. Please be considerate of their feelings.” Harry said to them.
“Of course Mr. Potter.” The reporter mumbled. “Congratulations again on your family and the Order of Merlin.”
“Harry, Ginny!” Harry turned and smiled at Alicia Spinnet as she came forward and greeted them. “It’s great to see you!”
“That was brilliant sis!” Fred yelled and he picked her up in a giant hug. “She should never have messed with you. Of course, we might need to tone down that powder before we sell it to the public.”
George took her next and he swung her around. “You are truly my favorite sibling!” She laughed before going to talk to their friends who had come to the ceremony.
Several former classmates soon came over to talk to Harry and Ginny. Susan and Justin Finch-Fletchley along with their small baby, Sophie, wanted to congratulate them before heading home. Harry was glad to that they looked very happy, despite all the pain both had been through. Padma and Neville soon followed along with Padma’s sister, Pavarti. Ginny gushed over Padma’s small belly and asked her all about the pregnancy while Pavarti told Harry about working for Madam Malkin’s designing dress robes.
“Daddy.” Erik was holding his arms out for him from Ron who had just joined them.
Harry grinned and picked up his son. “Hi.”
“When is it time to eat?” Erik asked.
He chuckled at his son’s question. “Why don’t we go right now and have Nana fix us some lunch.”
Erik grinned at him but Ron answered. “That sounds good mate, I’m starving.”
Monday November 23rd, 1998- Evening- Harry and Ginny’s Room:
“We need to talk Harry.” Ginny informed him and pulled him to sit on the bed next to her right after the children had gone to sleep.
Harry studied her. She had been nervous for most of the day. “Are you finally going to tell me what’s bothering you?” He asked her as he looked deeply into her eyes. To his horror she started to cry and he gathered her into his arms. “I’m sorry to be short with you love, I didn’t mean it.”
She sniffed and pulled back from him while hastily wiping her eyes. “I’m sorry to cry, I didn’t want to.”
“It’s okay. I don’t mind if you cry as long as I didn’t make you cry.” He reassured her.
“I know.” She took a deep breath. “Do you know what today is?”
Harry racked his brain but could think of nothing special about the day. “Uh… no.” He saw her eyes fill again and he silently cursed himself. “I’m sorry!” He tried to hold her again but she resisted.
“It… isn’t… you!” She managed to spit it out between her sobs.
Harry gazed at her in bewilderment. “But… but… you’re crying!”
“Yes, but you didn’t do anything… well you did.”
Harry felt his insides writhe. He couldn’t think of what he had done. “Why don’t you just tell me what today is.” What was so important about today in particular?
She sniffed and nodded. “I didn’t want to cry. I wanted to tell you and be happy.”
“Right.” He replied slowly, completely lost as to what she was talking about.
“Part of me is afraid that you’ll be mad at me.” She whispered.
Harry breathed a sigh of relief. “I am not going to be mad just tell me what the trouble is and I’ll help.” If she had a problem then he could fix it and it made him feel better to know that he could at least assure her that he wouldn’t be angry. He did not get the reaction from his words that he expected.
“THERE IS NO TROUBLE!” She bellowed before breaking in to a fresh wave of tears and throwing her arms around him.
Harry held onto her and ran a hand through her hair. He was completely lost as to how he should react because Ginny was never this moody. What was wrong with her?
“I’m pregnant.” She mumbled in to his chest.
That would do it, Harry thought to himself. He felt a delighted grin spread over his face. He pulled away slightly so he could kiss her mouth. “I love you.” He managed to say through his clogged throat. He felt tears coming to his own eyes.
She moved back from him and just looked at him. “We didn’t plan this.” She said carefully.
“But we knew it could happen.” He replied and could not help but grin stupidly at her. They were having a baby!
“Aren’t you?” He chuckled at the large smile that stretched over her face and he kissed her again.
“I’m happy.” She finally said. “I really wanted to tell you like they do in all the novels! I just wanted to look beautiful and no tears to make my face look blotchy! Of course the husband always faints after he hears that his wife is expecting.”
Harry pretended to consider it. “I could faint if you want me to. I think I have a bit of Fainting Fancy left that your brother gave me for Christmas last year.”
“No. We already have three children so I didn’t really expect you to pass out.” She ran a caressing hand along his cheek. “We’re having a baby.”
“I’m really happy Gin. I don’t care if you’ve been crying because I think you are so beautiful.” He told her and pulled her to lie down on the bed. He ran a hand along her side before resting it lightly on her belly. “We already have three amazing kids. I want to have lots more with you.”
Her eyes filled again. “You are too sweet! I just keep crying because I’m so happy.” She placed her hand atop the one that he had resting on her tummy. “You are an amazing husband. I don’t think I tell you that enough.”
Harry leaned down to kiss her. “I have a great wife and you are allowed to cry all you want.” He moved his thumb in a circle, caressing her stomach. “I love you so much.”
“I love you too.” She pulled his head down with her free hand and kissed him deeply. “I think it was that time in your office.”
Harry stared at her. “You mean…” He indicated her stomach.
“It felt different. Something was different and I could not wait to be with you. It was all I thought about that morning.” She blushed prettily but grinned.
Harry chuckled. “I don’t think the baby will ever want to know about that. You should ask your Mum if she ever felt different when you and your brothers were conceived.”
“I will.” She informed and her breath caught when he bent down to gently kiss her stomach.
Harry moved her shirt up and kissed her bare skin. “Hello in there. Your Aunt Hermione informed me months ago that it’s good to talk to you while you are still growing in your Mummy’s belly.” He swallowed the lump that had risen in to his throat. “We are really happy you are joining our family. You have three older siblings named Erik, Emily and Nicole.” He looked up and Ginny to see that she was crying again and beaming at him. He turned back to her tummy. “We love you.” He kissed her stomach again before going up to his wife’s mouth. “I love you. Thank you for giving this to me.”
“You gave it to me too. I was so surprised when I met with Madam Pomfrey this morning. I had gotten used to not being pregnant.” She giggled. “I saw my stomach light up and I just about fainted. It took me fifteen minutes to stop crying.”
Harry let out a breath. “Today is the day you are supposed to get your potion for cramps.”
“Of course.” She looked quizzically at him.
“I had no idea what you were talking about when you asked if I knew what today was. I felt like I had forgotten something really important.” He told her softly.
“Oh.” She bit her lip. “I suppose you don’t pay as close attention to it as I do.”
“I try to pay attention.” He informed her.
“I know and I appreciate it.”
He looked down at her stomach and once again placed his hand there. He felt so good about having a baby. “I can’t wait until you’re showing.” He felt himself blush slightly. He knew she wouldn’t laugh but he doubted that many men wanted to admit that.
“I can’t wait either. When are we going to tell the kids?” She asked him.
He looked up at her. “We could tell them this weekend.”
She nodded. “Let’s tell the rest of the family at Christmas. Well, we’ll need to tell Bill right away because I doubt that the kids will keep it a secret but let’s surprise everyone else.”
Harry grinned. “That sounds like a good idea.” Ginny pulled his face towards her and she kissed him deeply. Harry felt himself relax into the kiss but was soon consumed by it. He let out a groan and pulled away trying to breathe. “Can we… we won’t hurt the baby, right?”
She smiled reassuringly. “We won’t hurt the baby. We’ll have to be creative as I get bigger but we won’t hurt her.” She kissed him again.
“It’s a girl?”
Ginny flushed. “I don’t know for sure. I mean, we won’t know for sure until the baby is born but I think it’s a girl.”
Harry’s brow furrowed in confusion. “You knew Tyler was a boy.”
“Yes but all Weasley babies are boys! Well, except me. It was a safe guess.” He started to speak but she placed a hand over his mouth. “It’s the father that determines the sex of the baby. All the Weasley men in the past several generations have had boys but you are not a Weasley so it could be either a boy or a girl for us.” She kissed him again. “I think the baby is a girl.”
“I don’t care either way. Just having another child is enough for me.” He informed her huskily.
“I know love. Me too.” She pulled him to her. “Make love to me.”
“I love you.” He whispered quietly against her lips.
“I love you too”
Saturday November 28th, 1998- Potter’s Sitting Room- After Breakfast:
Harry sat nervously with Ginny and he gazed sideways at Bill who was sitting in an armchair holding a babbling Tyler before turning to his kids who were standing in front of them. “Mummy and I have to tell you something.”
The children stared at their parents but did not talk. Ginny spoke next. “We are going to have a baby.” She informed them.
“WHAT?” Bill said so loudly that it startled Tyler. “I’m sorry son, shhh.” He rocked Tyler who calmed almost instantly. “Seriously?” He probed.
“Yeah.” Harry told him anxious to see his brother-in-law’s reaction.
“That’s great!” Bill exclaimed. “I’m really happy for you two.”
“Thanks.” Harry and Ginny said together.
Harry looked back at the kids and saw that Emily and Nicole did not seem to realize what was going on but Ginny had warned him that they probably wouldn’t get it for quite a while. Erik’s face concerned him because his son looked worried. “What’s wrong?” Tears started to stream down the little boy’s face and Harry immediately pulled him into his arms. “It’s okay Erik. Tell me what’s wrong.” He saw Ginny gather the girls into her embrace.
He had to listen hard but his son’s soft words choked him up. “Are you still going to want us?”
He heard Ginny let out a sob and Harry also felt tears come to his own eyes. “Of course we’ll still want you!” He told him. “You’re my son and I love you.”
“Really?” Erik hiccupped.
“Really. We want to have you and your sisters forever. Bringing a new baby into the family doesn’t mean that we’ll love you any less.” Harry told him as he kissed the top of his head and rubbed his back.
Ginny ran a hand over his head and Erik looked up at her. “You already had a sister when you came to live with us. Does that mean that you love Emily more than you love Nicole?”
“No.” Erik said firmly.
“It’s the same with us. We love you just as much as we love the baby and the baby is not going to take your place.” Erik went in to his mother’s arms and hugged her tight.
Harry put his arms around his wife and children and just enjoyed the feeling of holding them. “It will be fun having a baby.” He told his kids.
“Beebee.” Nicole said finally and she pointed at Tyler.
“Right, a baby like Tyler but smaller.” Ginny told her. Emily just held on to her mother and did not speak. She was always the quietest when she was unsure of what was going on. Ginny placed a kiss on her head. “I love you guys.”
“When are you telling everyone else?” Bill asked.
“Christmas.” Ginny replied.
“This is going to be an exciting Christmas.” Bill chuckled.
“This is going to be a happy Christmas.” Ginny replied. “With maybe a few laughs and Fred and George’s expense.” She leaned over Erik’s head to kiss Harry. “I love you.”
“I love you too.” Harry replied but when he pulled back he saw the sorrow in his brother’s eyes. He was reminded forcefully that this would be Bill’s first Christmas without his wife.
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