We think about tomorrow then it slips away.
Oh, yes, it does.
We talk about forever but we've only got today...
And the days go by...
I can feel 'em flyin'
Like a hand out the window as the cars go by...
Yeah it's all we've been given,
So you better start livin',
You better start livin',
Better start livin' right now!
'Cause days go by...
- Keith Urban ‘Days Go By’
Rayne was already out of school and had started training students in the art of healing. While her friend Evelyn was in her sixth year, Rayne had become a full fledged healer and now, with a year of experience behind her and the hospital being short on staff and trainers, Rayne had been appointed as the Head Healer of at least five trainees. So much had happened since two years ago.
Hermione had married Draco. They were now the proud parents of a 3 month old baby girl named Erin Lynn and another baby that was on the way. According to Hermione, she was about a month along. Hermione had taken time off from work at the hospital, that’s why Rayne had taken on more work, to spend time taking care of her child. As for Draco, he spent his time as an auror with Harry and Ron.
Speaking of Harry and Ron. To start with Harry, he married Ginny the second she was out of school. The wedding was beautiful, having been held at the Burrow. Ginny was now pregnant with a baby girl, who according to Harry was to be named Jordyn Lily Potter. Ginny was becoming vastly stressed by the fact that Harry treated her like she was about to pop. When moving into their own flat, he wouldn’t even let lift the box of pillows. Harry ended up with a huge scolding and sleeping on the couch until he learned that Ginny wasn’t as fragile as he thought.
As for Ron, well he and Lavender broke up. Thank goodness, because Mrs. Weasley was thoroughly sick of having that girl in the house. Ron and her had broken up at graduation. Later that night, he found her snogging Dean Thomas. Apparently, she and Dean had been going out for four months, during the time she was also dating Ron. It had broken his heart and he refused to date anyone ever again. At least, that was until Luna came into the picture. She helped him get over Lavender and they became really great friends. He ended up proposing to her last Christmas.
Then of course there was Evelyn and Marietta…Oh! And of course what happened to Cho. Well to start with Cho, her father was able to keep her out of Azkaban. But as a price, she was not aloud to graduate or return to Hogwarts the next year. She ended up going to some private school in India, where no one knew her.
Then with Marietta, she ended up working at the Daily Prophet and became Editor and Chief. She ended up firing Rita Skeeter, when the woman had the gall to send in a story about Marietta and some guy off the Chudley Canons. The story apparently announced that Marietta and him were caught snogging before a game. On the paper was a picture of Marietta and him hugging. The only problem with that was that Marietta had gone there to get an interview, since her reporter called in sick and gave the guy a hug when they were finished. Plus, the fact that Marietta was engaged to a muggle named Eric Davies, really drove her mad and the next day Rita turned in her resignation papers.
Then of course there was Evelyn. She married Armand after her sixth year, actually. She ended up getting pregnant during Christmas break, but thankfully with a concealment charm and baggy shirts, she was able to stay hidden from everyone. Armand ended up becoming the lead chaser of the Ireland team. Just last week during his final game, Evelyn went into labor and Armand left the game to take her to the hospital, leaving the team to put in their other player. Ever since Evelyn went into seven months, Armand asked the team captain to start training another chaser, in case he had to leave at an unexpected moment. The two of them now had two twin baby girls, only two weeks old. The girls were named Andrea Liz, Andi for short and Michelle Lee, Mickey for short.
Now, you’re all probably wondering what happened to Blaise. After Hogwarts, Blaise went out to Romania and helped train dragons with Charlie Weasley. He cut off all contact with his friends and family. He spent all his nights thinking of Rayne and most of his days too. Which may have caused his getting burned once or twice. He would rarely visit some of his friends, but never stay long. He would let them know little about his work before leaving back to Romania. In fact, his friends didn’t even know where he worked, except that he worked with dragons. And suspecting that they would ask Charlie, Blaise had Charlie on wizarding oath to not tell a living soul where he was.
That was everything that had happened. Now that Rayne was 17, she was more then determined to get all her friends together, now that things had settled down a bit for most. The worst thing of all was that she had no idea how to reach Blaise. In a way, yes, she did still love him, but she didn’t realize that until a year after she left Hogwarts. Which didn’t fair well, since she had no clue on how to reach him at that time. Not even her owl could find him.
It was Saturday afternoon, in just a few short six hours, her friends would be walking through her flat for dinner. So Rayne was in an all out uproar, getting ready. She had been spending the last four hours cooking for her guests. She was making a feast that could rival a feast for Christmas. She was making meatloaf, seasoned potatoes, salad with Italian dressing, French bread, and had seven bottles of red and white wine in her cellar. As for desert, she had made a sinfully delicious chocolate mouse with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Each desert was in a what looked like a martini glass and was chilling in the cellar. She knew it was a lot, but she had 13 guests coming. There was Hermione and Draco with their daughter Erin Lynn. Harry and Ginny and Ron and Luna. There was Evelyn and Armand with Andrea Liz and Michelle Lee. Marietta and Eric Davies.
At four o’clock, there came a knock at the door. Rayne wore a simple black cocktail dress. The dress cut across her shoulders, so they stood bare. It had long sleeves with an asymmetric hemline and the fabric draped over every curve of her body. (If you want to see the dress, go to :http://www.dresses.com/order/1128.html) She smoothed out the wrinkle on her dress and went to answer the door. In the doorway, stood her sister and brother-in-law with Erin.
“Hermione,” Rayne smiled as she enveloped her sister in a huge hug. She noticed her sister wearing the dress that Rayne had sent her last summer. She pulled away from the hug to give one to Draco then she proceeded to take Erin from Draco‘s arms.
“Hello, my little Erin. You’re so cute,” Rayne smiled as she held her 3 month old niece. “Both of you come on in. Dinner will be ready in a half hour.”
Over the next twenty minutes, everyone had shown up. All in all there were 13 guests, 3 babies and two pregnant women.
“Alright, I hope you guys don’t mind, but I asked my neighbor Cathy to baby-sit Erin, Andi and Mickey for us. She’s very good, so you have nothing to worry about. She had to deal with taking care of four younger brothers and sisters, so she can handle it,” Rayne said as she introduced Cathy to the group.
“Alright, just remember Erin needs a bottle of formula every two hours. She last ate at five, so she can have another at seven. There are plenty of bottles, diapers, burp cloths and bibs in her bag. There is also a small canister that has three sections that have the proper amount of formula in each. Just pour on section into the bottle and shake it up, so there are no clumps. Her usual bed time is at 7:30, so she should go to sleep in a little bit. If you have any questions, you know where to find us. There are also some toys for her to play with. Um…also if you can’t find me, ask my husband Draco.” Hermione looked like she was forgetting something. “Oh, she loves the song Lips of an Angel, so if you could sing that to her as she begins to fall asleep, that will be great.”
“The same goes same for Andrea and Michelle, formula every two hours. They have everything they need in their bags, so basically it’s the same with them as it is with Erin. If you have any questions, just ask me or Armand,” Evelyn said.
“Cathy, why don’t you show Hermione and Evy where the nursery is. There are plenty of cribs in there for them all to sleep in,” Rayne exclaimed.
When all the children were upstairs, Hermione gave Rayne a questioning look. “Since when do you have a nursery?”
“Since Cathy needed a place for her brothers and sisters to stay while she worked the night shift over at Tooley’s Bar and Grill,” Rayne answered simply. “But let’s have dinner shall we? I hear the timer going off.”
Within ten minutes, the table out back was covered in a white tablecloth, which was covered in food as well as place settings. In each place was a gold plate and on top of that was a slightly smaller white china plate with a silver design around the edges and above that was a white china bowl with the same design on the edges. There was a knife and spoon on one side with two forks on the other. There were wine glasses to above the knife and inside was a folded cranberry red cloth napkin.
“Wow! Rayne this spread is amazing. You really out did yourself,” Hermione exclaimed as Draco pushed her seat back in for her.
“Thank you,” She answered. “Please enjoy.”
As the meal progressed, there was talk of families and careers, even the occasional work joke. All in all, it was a wonderful evening. Hermione and Ginny drank water, since they were both pregnant, while the others finished off the fifth glass of wine. There was a full moon out and the warm breeze that announced it was getting close to summer ruffled the trees in the backyard and gave the atmosphere and pleasing tone.
Just as dinner was finished and they rested against the back of their chairs to let the food digest before moving onto dessert, there came a knock at the door. Rayne excused herself from the table and set her napkin by her plate as she walked back into the house. She walked down the hall to the front door. She didn’t know who it was, so she quickly checked her make-up in the mirror right by the front entrance before turning towards the door. There was one more knock before she opened the door, only to stand there speechless as she took in the sight of her ex boyfriend.
“Blaise,” Rayne gasped.
In his hands were a gorgeous bouquet of white tulips. Rayne had once told them that they were her favorite, she thought that roses were just too boring, too used. His hair had grown out a bit, it was at his shoulders and was tied back with a small black ribbon. He wore black khakis and a black silk shirt. Before Rayne could say anything, he had pulled her outside, shut the door, pressed her against it and was feverishly devouring her lips in a passionate kiss. It was if the last two years had all come down to this. Those two years of pent up sexual frustration of not being with each other had come to them kissing each other with a vengeance.
Rayne gasped as she felt his tongue find its way into her mouth. She couldn’t believe that Blaise was here in the flesh. It was all so surreal.
After what felt like ten minutes of constant snogging, Blaise finally pulled his lips from hers, but didn’t move his body from hers. Both their breathing was frantic, both trying to get as much oxygen into their lungs as possible.
“I love you Rayne. I was a fool to let you go. I was stupid to not fight for you or even try to win you back. I shouldn’t have let you go. I love you with all my heart and I refuse to let another man come in my way. I don’t care if you’ve been with other men since me. All I care about is that I finally have you. I’m just so glad that I have you in my arms once again,” Blaise gasped as he kissed on the lips with as much passion as before.
The second his lips left hers, Rayne spoke. “Blaise, I know that this has taken me far too long to tell you, but I love you too. And I don’t just love you as a brother or sister would, I’m in love with you. And I’m sorry for what I did to you two years ago.”
“Don’t be sorry, my love. Let me make it up to you. Meet me at the park at eight tomorrow night by the old statue. I swear to you that it will be the best night of your life,” Blaise stated as he kissed her once more on the lips, handed her the flowers then dashed off into the night.
Rayne stood there for just a few minutes before she walked back into the house. She set the flowers down on the counter and walked back outside. She noticed the looks she was receiving from her friends and family.
“Who was at the door Rayne?” Evelyn asked.
Rayne really didn’t want to tell them, but she might as well. “Well…um it was a letter from my step-mom Melinda. She said that when she was in Rome, she saw Blaise, who was on vacation. She talked to him for a bit and he told her that he was actually coming to London for a little bit. He wants to see me tomorrow night,” Rayne said.
“That’s great Rayne,” Hermione gasped as she gave her sister a hug. Rayne was so glad that no one dare comment on seeing the letter in question.
Rayne smiled as she withdrew form the hug and went to go get the dessert that was in her cellar. She passed it out and as conversation drew to a close and the food was polished off, Rayne simply cast her wand over the whole lot and in an instant, all the dishes were clean and stacked away nicely.
Within thirty minutes, everyone had left. There were hugs and kisses good-bye given out and once the last person had left, Rayne was upstairs and sleeping like a baby.
The next morning, Rayne awoke and found a gorgeous halter dress at the foot of her bed. It had a very rich detailing at the neckline. There was a slit up the side which cut away into the asymmetric hemline that was in front of the dress. There was also a gorgeous crystal pendant that completed the dress. The pendant must be Austrian. (If you want to see the dress : http://www.dresses.com/cocktail27.html)
There was a diamond necklace with matching earrings, bracelet and a pair of black Steve Madden ‘partyon’ strappy 4 inch heels. On top of the dress was a note. She carefully opened the cream colored piece of parchment to find six little words. Can’t Wait To See You Tonight
Rayne smiled to herself as she set down the note and proceeded to get ready for the day. She went through her normal day schedule. It wasn’t even until six o’clock that she realized that if she didn’t get ready for her date, she would be late.
At a quarter till eight, Rayne was dressed and was fixing her hair. She was pinning her curls on top of her head. So if Blaise just pulled out the clip, her hair would tumble down. She pulled on her heels and walked downstairs. She grabbed her small clutch purse and headed out the door. It would take at least twenty minutes to get to the park, especially since she was in heels.
By the time she reached the park, Blaise was already sitting on the bench with his head resting on his hands. He wore a pair of black slacks and a dark blue silk shirt, which had the first two buttons undone. When he heard the soft tapping of heels he immediately stood up, stuffing his hands into his pockets.
“Hey, you ready to go?” He said once Rayne was standing beside him.
Blaise wrapped his arm around her waist and apparated them out of the country. When they finally arrived at their destination, Rayne just gave Blaise a very confused stare.
“What do you say to seeing a Broadway musical before dinner?” Blaise whispered in her ear. Rayne stared at him in amazement, the in confusion. Blaise noticed her look and gave her a confused look of his own. “What’s wrong?”
“We’re not in London, are we?” Rayne asked.
Blaise let out a low chuckle. “No, my dear. We are in New York,” He watched as her mouth dropped open in shock.
“As in New York, New York. As in the state New York. As in-”
“As in we are in the United States, Rayne. Calm down,” Blaise laughed at her fish expression. He put his finger under her chin and snapped it back in place. “That’s better, now you don’t look like a gaping fish.”
Rayne smacked him on the arm for that. The two of them walked into the theatre and took their seats. Rayne had never seen a Broadway Musical, well except for Phantom, but that was a few years ago. Tonight, Blaise was treating her to Chicago. When the play was over, Rayne found it beautiful. She loved the music mostly. When the musical was over, Blaise took her to this little Italian restaurant. It was very expensive and impossible to get into.
Instead of tables, there were small little rooms that held booths. The rooms could be closed off by just closing the curtains. (AN: I do know a restaurant like this, except it’s seafood, not Italian and it is very expensive and hard to get into with a reservation.)
Blaise and Rayne sat in the far back. As they ate their dinner, all Rayne could think about was why she left him. Why did she ever leave him? Why didn’t she stay with him? She could feel her heart shatter because she still loved him. And when this night was over, the two of them would never see each other again.
So lost in her thoughts that she never noticed Blaise get up from his seat and walk around to her and kneel down before her. She didn’t notice until he took her hand in his. She gasped when she saw that he had a ring in his fingers held out to her.
“Marry me?” Blaise asked.
Rayne couldn’t believe it. In his hands was a white gold band with a gorgeous emerald that had a diamond on each side of it. If she took it, she would be pledging her life to him forever. There would be no turning back. But at that moment, she realized, she didn’t care. She loved him.
“Yes.” Was all she said.
AN: Now! I know you all will want more to this, but I am sorry. There will be no more. I gave you something you have all asked for. Blaise and Rayne got back together.
Also, I am working on another story : Phantom of the Opera that will star Rayne and Blaise. Rayne returns to Hogwarts for her sixth year and Blaise’s seventh. It will be up during Christmas time.
Along with another story of mine called Running Blind that actually features a real life Harry Potter fan. I dedicate that story to her as she is the main character.
I hope you enjoyed this story and if you have an ideas on a one-shot (I will not be doing any more full length stories once Too Little, Too Late…..Running Blind…..Phantom of the Opera…..True Confessions…..and Skating with the Enemy are complete.) I will gladly write it for you and place you as the main character. Either leave the idea as a review or contact me at
Thank you very much,
I love you all,
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