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Peyton put her quill down and looked at the little pink and silver book that had caused her so much trouble during her time at Hogwarts. To be honest she didn’t know why she had kept it. Peyton sighed and closed the book before sitting up on her bed and tucking a strand of her auburn hair behind her left ear.
She looked at the door to her bedroom and realised that her identical twin sister was calling her. It was probably to tell her family that they were both moving away to Oxford. She didn’t know how her father would take it as he was rather fond of his children all still living under the same roof even though his two eldest were old enough to get themselves jobs and move out. Peyton heard her sister call again and decided that she had best go downstairs to tell everyone. She sighed again and got up off the bed before walking out of the bedroom and down the stairs.
Once she had got to the bottom of the staircase Peyton came face to face with her sister Madison who was quite clearly very angry that it had taken Peyton some time to answer her.
“Why didn’t you come when I first called? It’s now or never, we’re due to leave tomorrow!”
“I was busy Maddy. Could we not tell them and just disappear or we could leave them all letters!” Peyton replied.
“No we cannot! Dad will kill us!”
Peyton sighed and ran her hand through her hair.
“He’ll kill us now. At least we can run for a bit before he finds us.”
Maddy shook her head before taking Peyton by the hand and leading her into the kitchen. Once they were inside and had closed the door both girls turned round and faced their family. Everyone was there including their spouses and children.
“Well what is it that you have to tell us?” Ginny asked worriedly.
“Well. Um. We don’t know how to tell you this,” Maddy began nervously.
The twins’ older sister Ellie looked at them and frowned before saying, “Oh dear god, don’t tell us that you’re both pregnant.”
Everyone that was sat round the kitchen table looked at both girls’ stomachs and gasped. To their surprise both Maddy and Peyton started to laugh hysterically.
“What? What is it?” Ginny asked quickly whilst looking at her daughters.
“We’re not pregnant! We’re moving to Oxford,” Peyton told them once she had stopped laughing.
Everyone breathed a sigh of relief and looked at Harry who was glaring at them.
“Living room! Now!” he growled.
Peyton and Maddy gulped and followed their father out of the kitchen slowly whilst looking at the floor. Once they were inside the living room Harry started to pace and the whole scenario reminded Peyton of a scenario that had happened during school, which lead to the brief break up of their mother and father shortly before their brother James was born. Harry stopped pacing and looked at the girls.
“Why?” he asked calmly.
“Because we want to and we want to be with Matt and Ben while they go to university. We have an apartment lined up and Maddy’s even got a job,” Peyton replied still feeling a little scared about Harry’s reaction.
“And what are you going to be doing in Oxford Peyton-Molly?”
“I’m going to study Muggle History. And please, don’t use my full name.”
Harry glared at her.
“I WILL CALL YOU WHATEVER I LIKE PEYTON-MOLLY POTTER! YOU MAY BE TWENTY AND NOT A CHILD ANYMORE BUT YOU ARE STILL MY DAUGHTER AND I HAVE THE RIGHT TO CALL YOU BOTH BY YOUR FULL NAMES! WHEN ARE YOU LEAVING?”
“Tomorrow. Classes start the next day.”
Harry shook his head before shouting at them again, “NO! YOU’RE NOT GOING! I WILL NOT HAVE MY DAUGHTERS IN A NEW TOWN WITH TWO MUGGLES! THERE ARE STILL DEATH EATERS ON THE LOOSE AND THEY WOULD DO ANYTHING TO GET THEIR HANDS ON HARRY POTTER’S CHILDREN!”
“But dad, you know Matt and Ben. You’ve known them for three years. We will be perfectly safe with them,” Maddy reasoned.
“NO YOU ARE NOT GOING! OXFORD IS A MILLION MILES AWAY FROM LONDON! YOU ARE NOT GOING! I LIKE TO HAVE MY CHILDREN IN ONE PIECE AND LIVING UNDER MY ROOF!”
“Dad, we’re going to have to move out sometime. We are twenty and adults now. We can’t live off your money forever because you still have to send Jamie, Trinity and Sirius to school. You need money to buy them school supplies because you have an obsession with buying your children brand new things rather than use hand me downs,” Maddy replied as she let her temper take over.
Harry glared at Maddy before shouting at her.
“MADISON-LILY DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA OF WHAT IT IS LIKE TO LIVE IN HAND ME DOWNS? I HAD TO DO IT AND YOUR MOTHER HAD TO DO IT. IT ISN’T PLEASANT!”
Maddy glared at her father and everyone in the room heard someone tentatively knocking at the door. They all looked at the door that was opening slowly and saw Ginny enter while resting Sirius on her hip. Sirius saw his father and held out his chubby arms while he babbled.
Harry saw his youngest son and walked over to relieve Ginny of him. Ginny sat down on the sofa and looked at her husband.
“Harry, I think it’s a great idea. It teaches them how to be independent. As much as I love Peyt and Maddy, twenty years of them living with us and having to listen to their arguments has taken its’ toll on me,” Ginny said calmly.
Harry looked at Ginny whilst Sirius grabbed hold of his index finger and held onto it tightly.
“They’re not going!”
At this point of the conversation, Peyton and Maddy had had enough of their father’s protests so they both got up and looked at him.
“We’re going!” they both exclaimed at the same time before walking out of the living room.
Harry looked at the door which Peyton and Maddy had exited through and listened as they both stomped up the stairs then banging their bedroom door shut. Ginny looked at her husband before standing up and taking Sirius from him.
“Gin? What are you doing? Where are you taking Sirius?” Harry asked while all sorts of bad thoughts went through his head.
“To the kitchen. He can play with Tori while I talk to you,” Ginny replied angrily as she walked out of the living room.
A few moments later she was back without any of her children and stood facing Harry.
“Harry, let them do it. Let them move out. If you honestly think that it’s not a good idea then they’ll probably realise that and come back home where you can happily say ‘I told you so’. They need to make mistakes to learn from them. What have they learnt in the last two years that they have spent living with us and not having a job?” she explained.
“Nothing. I just don’t want them to go Gin,” Harry replied.
“Why?” Ginny replied.
Harry looked at her and frowned.
“It’s admitting that they’re growing up. I don’t want them to grow up. I want them to be my babies like Sirius, James and Trinity are. If I let them move out then that means that I’ve acknowledged that they’re adults.”
“Harry, they have to grow up at some point. They’re all going to grow up. Just let them do it.”
Harry nodded and watched as his wife got up from the sofa and walked out of the room.
Ginny walked up the stairs to her daughters’ bedroom. Once she was stood outside the door she saw that they were arguing over what to pack.
“No! Peyton you do not need that many clothes! Why would you need that many clothes?”
“Parties! And I know that you will forget something and need to borrow my clothes! Maddy, you’re hopeless at packing!”
“But you don’t need to use your own suitcase and then fill mine up with your stuff! I need my suitcase for my own things!”
Ginny chuckled before whispering to herself, “Nothing new in here then.”
Ginny then knocked on the door and saw both Maddy and Peyton turn around to see who was there.
“Did you speak to him mum?” Maddy asked.
“Yes,” Ginny replied.
“What did he say?” Peyton asked whilst worrying that he still wouldn’t let them go.
“We talked and he’s agreed to let you go. He wasn’t saying no out of spite. He’s scared to let you grow up.”
Both girls smiled and screamed whilst jumping around the room.
“I’ll let you get on with your packing then, you have a lot to do before tomorrow. Oh and Peyton please don’t use your sister’s suitcase. Take the necessities.”
Peyton’s smile faded and Ginny laughed again as she walked out of the room.