Chapter 13: celebrations and confessions
Scorpius apparated home after work to find a familiar person exiting his house. Even though he did not get a good look at his face he could guess who it was. The familiar red hair gave too much away. Which means it was probably one of Rose’s many family members.
He walked into the house and through the living room door. There was no one there. He walked through into the kitchen to find Emily in her highchair eating some apple slices and banana, and Rose making a cup of coffee.
“Do I get one?” he asked snaking his arms around her.
Rose jumped. She hadn’t heard him come in. “Yes, just don’t ever
do that again.”
“Sorry.” He laughed.
Rose summoned a cup to her just as the kettle started whistling. She took it off the stove and poured it into her cup while putting coffee into the other. She then poured water into the other cup, gave them a brief stir before handing it to him.
“Ta, I have needed this all day. I hate missing morning coffee,” he said while taking a sip.
“And whose fault would that be?”
Scorpius smiled. “Yours, for tempting me.” he put down his mug and gathered her into his arms. He kissed her lightly at first, but then it became more passionate.
“Mama, drink!” Emily shouted, bringing them to their senses.
Rose laughed. “Okay sweetie. I guess that will teach us to make sure Emily is in bed before we do anything,” she said turning to Scorpius.
“I would think that we just need to keep a low key until she is asleep, not just in bed.”
“True.” Rose poured some juice into Emily’s cup. She put the lid on and handed it to her. “Anyway, how come your home so early? You usually don’t finish until around five.”
“Rose, its five past five.” He said laughing. Rose looked over at the clock in surprise.
“Oh, I guess that answers my question then. How time flies when you’re having fun.”
Scorpius then remembered about that man he had seen exiting the house five minutes ago.
“Who was here today?” Scorpius asked.
Rose froze. “What makes you think anyone was here?” she asked not meeting his eyes.
“For one, you just froze and you’re not meeting my eyes - which is a clear indication that you are lying to me. Also there was a tall man with very red hair walking out of our house when I got home. So who was it?” he asked. He noticed Rose looked very worried and reluctant to reveal this information. “Rose, look at me.” She did. “I promise you I won’t get mad. I know how much you have missed everyone.”
Rose took a deep breath and answered, “Hugo.” She looked at Scorpius hoping he wouldn’t be mad.
Scorpius thought for a moment. She didn’t go to her parents, she went to her brother. He could understand why, she had always been closer to her brother than either of her parents.
“Rose, I'm not mad. I know that you missed your brother more than anyone else. And I also know that he won’t tell anyone else. You reminded me enough of that when he found out about us in seventh year.” He and rose laughed a little. “So what did he say?”
this question took Rose by surprise. “Oh, er, not much really. He just wanted to know why we left the way we did and why didn’t we just let our parents find us when they came looking.”
“What did you say?”
“Not a lot. I just said that I couldn’t face them after what I did. So he said what makes him different to them. I told him that the last words I said to him weren’t I hate you. He seemed to accept it. Then I just asked him a few things and it turns out that he used alcohol to cope with me leaving and he and Lily got tattoos.” Rose smiled slightly at the thought of her uncle finding out about Lily’s tattoo.
“Tattoos? Okay, that is not like your brother at all.”
“That is what getting drunk does to you. Anyway, it is time to put Emily to bed. Guess whose turn it is?” she said with a smirk. Scorpius hated putting Emily to bed.
Scorpius groaned. “Rose?” he said in a sweet voice.
“Scorpius, it’s your turn. Don’t argue,” she said as he opened his mouth. “Besides if you do it you will find out the benefits later on.”
Scorpius’s face lit up and he picked Emily out of her chair and made his way to her bedroom.
Rose couldn’t help but laugh. Was that seriously all it took to persuade him?
Scorpius came back down stairs fifteen minutes later to the smell of beef stirfry. When he entered the kitchen he saw the meal set out with candles and a bottle of wine.
“Should you really be drinking?” he asked.
Rose swivelled around from the sink. “The healer said it was okay to have a small glass. Besides, we are celebrating.”
Scorpius walked over to her and kissed her. “Yes we are. When are you going to find out what they are?”
“Next month. Now why don’t we eat quickly so that it doesn’t get cold then we can get to the real celebrations afterwards,” Rose hinted.
“Now, what better way to persuade me than that?”
“Hum, I will have to think about that one. Come on then,” she said sitting down.
Scorpius gladly joined her and after ten minutes he was leading her up stairs.
Hugo was at the ministry in the auror office where he worked. He had just left Rose’s house. As he walked down the corridor he was thinking about what to do.
Should I tell mum and dad that I saw her? I know I promised her but they are so cut up about her leaving and then running away from them again… no I can’t. I made a promise to Rose. She just needs a little persuading to go see them that’s all. I could tell she felt guilty today, and it is obvious that she misses them.
But then again if I tell mum then she would know that Rose is okay. Then again, mum will probably want to play twenty questions about it and ask me questions that I don’t know the answers to.
Agh, why can nothing be simple in my life? This is so annoying. Mum needs to know that Rose is okay but I made a promise to Rose. If I break that promise I would be breaking our trust. This is just like in sixth year when I caught them snogging in the charms classroom. Only this time it is more… complicated and hurtful to those people who need to know.
Hugo was so deep in though he walked right into the door frame, causing his thoughts to stop.
“Stupid damn door frame!”
AN: haha i like that last line- i got that from me as i am forever walking into them : ) please review!!!! thankyou to all my loyal reviewers so far