She was cold. She was as cold as Azkaban. She was as scared as one grew near a Dementor. She did not understand why this was happening. She understood that the Wizarding world was in the midst of a war, but why her? Simply because she was Muggle born? That was not reason enough for her. She would not get to watch her four month old baby girl, Liv, grow up if they took her away.
“Heidi?” a man said. His features looked tired and care worn. He was a rather plain looking man with hazel eyes and brown hair. His wife on the other hand, was not plain looking with her blonde hair and playful blue eyes. She was not beautiful either, though.
“When do I have to go?” Heidi said, her eyes glued to the little baby she was holding. He sat down on the couch next to her and looked at their baby.
“Tomorrow,” the man answered.
“David, what do I do?” She looked up at her husband, her blue eyes locking with his hazel ones. He shook his head and held his head in his hands. Heidi had never seen her husband so helpless and unsure of what to do.
“David?” she said as little Liv began to cry. Heidi held the baby to her chest and tried to coo her to sleep.
“Heidi, I don’t think that there’s anything to do anymore,” David said as he ran his hand through his hair, visibly frustrated. “You-Know-Who has taken over and there’s nothing we can do about it…”
“I don’t understand,” Heidi said. Liv had calmed down, so she gently placed the baby in her carrier. Heidi stood up and walked over to her husband of nearly two years. Never had they been so frightened. In all of the years they had known each other, nothing had scared them as much as this.
“What’s not to understand, Heidi? You-Know-Who is trying to wipe the whole Wizarding society of Muggle borns. You fall under that category and they are going to take your wand, convince you that you are not a witch, and chuck you into Azkaban.”
“They can’t do that…can they?” Tears brimmed in Heidi’s eyes and David wrapped his arms around her comfortingly.
“Unfortunately, they can.”
That night, Heidi sat in bed, awake. She could not sleep. Who could, knowing that the next day she would have to leave her daughter and her husband? Sighing, Heidi got out of bed, only to see that David was not next to her.
“David?” Heidi said quietly as she poked her head into his office. He was in there and he was with a man the Heidi did not recognize. She pulled her head back into the hallway and listened at the door. As she finally caught onto what the two men were talking about, a piercing cry rang through the house. Heidi quickly walked across the hall into Liv’s nursery.
Picking Liv up and out of her crib, Heidi began walking around the room. This tended to calm Liv down if she was upset. As she walked around the room, she looked at her daughter, picking out the similarities that she held with her parents.
Liv looked very much like both of her parents with David’s brown hair and Heidi’s blue eyes. Smiling, Heidi looked up, for she had heard David’s footsteps.
“Heidi?” David said, walking into the nursery. He leaned on the doorframe and watched as Heidi put Liv back in her crib. She slowly walked over to David and he took her hands in his. He smiled as he began to speak.
“I don’t want you to worry about your questioning tomorrow,” he said softly.
“What?” Heidi said. She flung her arms around his neck and kissed him.
“Thank you,” she said.
Heidi awoke the next morning to a loud crash. Her first instinct told her that David tripped. He tended to do that in the morning when he was still half asleep. Grabbing her bath robe, she walked into the living room. She had been correct; David had tripped over a box of Liv’s toys.
“Are you all right?” Heidi said as she helped him. He nodded and checked his knees for scrapes. Heidi laughed and kissed him.
“I love you, even when you’re tripping over things,” she said. He rested his hands on her hips.
“Mhmm,” she said. David leaned in to kiss her again, but their moment was interrupted. The deafening crash of windows breaking was heard. David quickly let Heidi go. Heidi was confused beyond reason at this. She had thought that their home was safe and now the house was being broken into.
“Go pack a few things, take Liv, and get out of here,” David said. From the tone of David’s voice, Heidi grew frightened. It especially frightened her that he told her to take Liv and get out of the house. She could feel her heart pumping with fear. She knew that this intrusion had to have something to do with the fact that she hadn’t shown up for her interrogation at the Ministry.
“What’s going on?” Heidi could hear her voice faltering. It scared her that David looked frightened as well.
“Just do what I said!”
Heidi nodded and ran to collect her daughter. Liv was crying, but Heidi knew that now was not the time to pacify her child. She quickly packed a diaper bag of clothes for Liv, along with some bottles and diapers. Walking across the hall to hers and David’s bedroom, she peeked into the living room. David was shouting incoherent words at the intruder.
Her breathing quickened as she heard spells and charms shooting through her living room. Heidi kept a careful eye on Liv as she anxiously threw different articles of clothing into a duffel bag that she had found in the closet. She fearfully threw in a small family album. It contained pictures starting from when she and David had befriended each other to the present days in their life together.
As she zipped up the bag that she had packed for herself and David, he quickly ran in the room, shut and locked the door. He held his wand out steadily and turned around to face Heidi.
“Hurry up. I can’t hold them off much longer,” David said. Heidi nodded, terrified, and threw a tent into the bag. She hadn’t the faintest clue as to where they were going and how long they would be. Her hands were shaking from nervousness and from fear.
“Are you almost done?” David’s voice was shaking, as was his wand. Never had Heidi expected to see her husband scared. It was quite a shock for her.
“Hold on another second,” Heidi said as she packed a spare pair of sneakers for them both. She quickly remembered that they may need to brew potions and placed a book and a cauldron in the bag. Flicking her wand, the bag grew on the inside, but not on the outside. Worry overtook her, but was soon put on the backburner when David began speaking to her.
“Hurry up…” David said as heavy footsteps ran passed the bedroom.
“I’m going as quickly as I can!” Heidi said.
“God damn it! Hurry up, Heidi!”
David took his and Heidi’s bag while Heidi took Liv and Liv’s bag. David grasped Heidi’s hand and stood for a few moments. This allowed Heidi to take one last look at the home she was leaving, even if it was only the bedroom. The bedroom she was standing in held many memories for her. She had lost her virginity in the bed standing before her. Liv had crawled for the first time on the same bed. She and David used to talk about their wild dreams for the future in this room. It was their little sanctuary. It was an escape from the outside world. Unfortunately, the outside world was crashing through the door.
The sensation of being stuffed in a rubber tube overtook Heidi’s body. She grasped David’s hand tighter as they landed in an unfamiliar street. She looked around briefly, and then looked to Liv. Liv was doing fine, but looked curious. Her eyes fell to her husband next. David said nothing, but led Heidi down the road. A/N: I know, I know. The last thing I need is another work in progress. I saw this challenge and had to take it up. The idea was lovely and it worked well with a plot bunny I had gotten. Please tell me what you think. This is my first shot at an OC/OC fic, let alone a fic with such a dark plot.