Heidi grew more and more frightened by the moment. She would not dare speak as David paced, trying to figure out their next move. Bouncing Liv on her hip, Heidi was feeding a bottle of breast milk to her. David grunted in frustration, causing Liv to spit some of her milk on Heidi's chest and on her own mouth. Flicking her wand, Heidi removed the milk from her shirt. She then took a rag to wipe Liv’s delicate pink lips.
“Heidi,” David said, rubbing his unshaven chin thoughtfully.
“Yes,” she said.
“We have to leave.”
“I’ve figured that much out, David.”
David smiled weakly before pacing again.
“Where do we go?” Heidi said nervously. She looked down at Liv who was grasping Heidi’s ring finger and trying to twist her thin gold wedding band. David stopped pacing once he found himself standing in front of his wife and their daughter.
“We go to…I think that if we go back to England, we’ll have a better chance. You know, pretend to be Muggles?”
“David, that’s mad. Aren’t Muggles who You-Know-Who is after?”
“He’s more concerned with ridding the Wizarding World of Muggle-borns than Muggles anymore. Trust me when I say that going home is best.”
“Where will we live?”
“We’ll find an apartment or something.”
“David, are you sure this is the best idea?”
“If we want to keep Liv safe, yes.”
“Okay,” Heidi said hesitantly. “But I still don’t see how this is a good idea.”
“Desperate times call for desperate measures, Heidi. You and I both know that.”
Sighing, Heidi retreated to the bedroom. A few moments later, David joined her. He sat down with a forced sigh that made Heidi bolt up. Grasping her hands, David looked at her with something that Heidi had never seen in his eyes. Fear. That was one of the few emotions that he never showed.
“Heidi, I don’t know what’s right to do and I don’t know what’s wrong to do. It feels like a guessing game,” he said, squeezing Heidi’s hands tighter yet. Tears welled in her eyes yet again. Until these times had been thrust upon her, she rarely cried. Yes, she showed her emotions, but she didn’t cry that often. Only when she was melancholy or extremely happy did she sob.
“I don’t know what to do, Heidi,” David said, his soft amber eyes locking with her deep blue ones. He rubbed her hands in his while his eyes searched hers for an answer. Unfortunately, Heidi did not have an answer to give.
“I…I…I…David, I don’t either,” she said, her soft voice cracking as David placed her hand on his cheek while grasping the other tightly in his other hand.
“I’m scared, Heidi. Terrified even.”
“I know.” Those were the only two words that Heidi could manage before collapsing into David’s chest. He held her tightly, as though his fear had disappeared. She knew that it hadn’t and that he was pretending so that she wouldn’t be frightened. Nothing would change the horror that reigned Heidi’s mind. Nothing would ever be the same. This was a fact that they each knew well.
Slowly, the sobbing seized, allowing both to fall asleep, albeit a restless sleep. Heidi’s dreams were filled with images of her daughter being hurt because of her crime. She awoke many times in the night, and only once was David awake with her.
“Heidi, what’s wrong?” he said, pulling her to his chest.
“I’m hurting Liv,” she sobbed, her hands balling into fists on his chest.
“No you’re not, love. You’re not hurting Liv in any way, all right?”
“Yes I am, David. You don’t understand. My running from the law is going to hurt her.”
“No it’s not. We’re safe, okay?”
“I want to believe that, Dave, but I can’t. I can’t believe that. You said so yourself today that we’re not safe here.”
“I’m sorry. I should not have told you that.”
“Yes, you should have.”
“’Morning,” David said groggily as they both woke up.
“Good morning,” Heidi said, her voice cracking from sleepiness. “Have you decided what we’re going to do?” Just as she said this, Liv’s ‘good morning’ cries rang through the tent. Both David and Heidi got out of bed to answer to their daughter’s call.
“Good morning to you too,” Heidi said as she lifted Liv from her crib. David took her from Heidi so that the baby could be changed. He loved helping Heidi with the baby. Since he couldn’t very well feed her, he changed her quite often. Most men would have been driven away at the aspect of changing a baby, but David took it in stride. He and Heidi loved their family and each aspect that came with it.
“All better,” David said as he fastened the diaper and picked Liv back up. The baby giggled as he handed her to Heidi.
“Come with me,” he said to her as he took her hand and dragged her into the bedroom. She put Liv down on the bed and kept a close eye on her as she sat down next to David.
“I think I’ve figured out our next move,” he said with a boyish grin on his face. A/N: I know that it was short and that you guys waited a long time for it. I'm sorry about the cliff hanger, but I have to keep you wanting to read, right? Please, please review and tell me how I'm doing so far.