Chapter 23 : Epilogue
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(Neville is married to Hannah Abbot, and he's the Herbology teacher, keep this in mind.)
Chapter 23: Epilogue
14 Years Later…
The summer sunlight shone through the curtains of the director’s cabin at Camp Shadow Rock. It was mid-August, and all of the campers had gone home for the summer. The cabin was oddly quiet, and that was what caused Draco Malfoy to wake earlier than he normally would have. He glanced over at his wife of 13 years and smiled. She was fast asleep and her chest was rising and falling softly with every breath she took. His eyes moved to her stomach and smiled even wider. She was about 7 months pregnant with their fourth child. Now all he had to do was find out where the other three were.
He kissed her on the forehead and climbed out of bed. He pulled on a pair of shorts and a T-shit before slipping on his trainers and going out into the living room. The kitchen was empty as were all of the bedrooms. This was strange for the kids were normally pestering him and Hermione for breakfast right about now. He decided to head outside and see if they were down by the lake or the basketball court.
He exited the cabin and decided to walk down to the basketball court first. When he got about halfway down the path, he could hear laughing and people talking. He walked down the hill toward the basketball and shook his head at the sight in front of him. His two daughters, Amanda, who was 9, and Elyse, who was 4, were sitting on the grass beside the court laughing at the predicament their brother was in. Alexander, who was 11, was running around trying to get the basketball from two older boys; Ron and James Potter to be exact. The twins both towered over him by about two feet, and it was quite funny to watch.
“Ron and James Potter, what are you two doing here?” Draco asked, deciding to intervene. They both stopped tossing the ball and grinned at Draco. Elyse hopped up from her spot on the grass and ran to grab her father’s hand.
“We just decided to pop in for a visit.” They replied together.
“So you got your apparition licenses then?” he confirmed.
“Yup. On the first try too.” Ron said proudly.
“Thanks.” They replied in unison once again.
“Hey, dad, what’s apparition?” Alex asked curiously. Draco looked at Ron and James.
“Do you guys want to show them?” Draco asked.
“Why don’t you, Draco. You’ve been doing it longer than us.” James pointed out.
“I might splinch myself. I haven’t apparated in almost 20 years.” He told them. The twins exchanged confused glances and shrugged. They both raised their wands and concentrated hard; a loud ‘crack’ filled the air. Elyse screamed and wrapped her arms around her fathers leg, while Alex and Amanda stared with wide eyes at Ron and James who had disappeared and reappeared about 20 meters away from them.
“Whoa.” Alex said when the twins reached the Malfoy family. “That was so cool. I’ll be able to learn how to do that when I go to Hogwarts, won’t I dad?”
“Not right away, but eventually.” Draco told his only son. Amanda looked excited as well; she would be going to Hogwarts in about 2 years. He looked down as he felt Elyse tug on his hand.
“I’m hungry. Can we go back to the house now?” she said in a small voice.
“Yes. We need to go check on your mum too. I have a feeling she probably heard these two,” he said pointing to the twins, “apparate. She’s probably worried out of her mind.” Draco led the lot of them up toward the cabin. When they reached the house, he slowly opened the door and went inside. He left the kids in the living room and went in to the bedroom to check on Hermione. He was surprised to find that she was, in fact, still fast asleep.
He smiled and left the room because she needed her sleep and he smelled something burning. Entering the kitchen, he saw Ron and James trying to make toasts with their wands; even Hermione couldn’t do that. He walked over and picked the blackened toast up off of the table.
“Believe it or not, there is an easier way.” He smirked at the twins and walked over to the toaster. “Would you care to demonstrate Amanda?” his oldest daughter walked over and out two slices of bread into the toaster, and pushed down the button. She smiled and the twins looked a little peeved. Elyse smiled sweetly.
“I could have told you guys that.” Elyse told the twins, and Draco laughed at the scowls on their faces. Suddenly, Hermione appeared in the kitchen.
“What is going on? I smelled something burning.” Hermione waddled out of the bedroom to find the two Potters sitting at the kitchen table with her family. “Ron, James, what are you doing here so early? I told Ginny to send you over tonight before we leave for the reunion. That’s not for a while.” Hermione reminded them, ruffling both of their hair a bit.
“We decided to relieve you and Draco early. Mum suggested that you both go over and hang out at our house until you have to leave for Hogwarts. She said you’re welcome to get ready there, and she has some baby updates.” Hermione’s face lit up more, if that was even possible.
“They found out the sex of the baby already? Is it a boy or a girl?” Hermione asked earnestly.
“We can’t tell you because mum and dad want to tell you themselves.” Ron said grinning. Hermione smiled and shook her head. She looked over to the clock on the wall to check the time; it was about 10 in the morning.
“So can we go over there now?” Draco and the twins laughed, and Ron and James nodded.
“They’re expecting you anytime now. We told them we’d send you along as soon as we got here.”
“Oh! We mustn’t keep them waiting! Come on, Draco, let’s get our stuff and head over there!” she said grabbing his hand and pulling him toward their bedroom. He glared half- heartedly at the twins before he disappeared into the bedroom, causing them to laugh out loud.
Hermione rushed around the room as fast as she could, gathering up the clothes that she was planning to wear that evening. She took her gown and dress robes out of the closet, along with her comfy ballet flats that she would be wearing, and placed them on the bed. Draco just sat on the bed and smirked, watching his wife as she bustled around the room. When she had gotten all of her things together, she collapsed on the bed next to Draco.
“Are you ready yet? I really want to leave like, now.” He didn’t move. She looked up at him and saw a grin on his face. She shook her head and placed a kiss on his lips. “Stop stalling. I know that’s what you’re doing. No matter how much you tell yourself you don’t want to go to this reunion, you know you really want to go. It’s going to be fun! You haven’t seen anyone from Hogwarts for 20 years!”
Draco wrapped his arms around Hermione and hugged her to his chest. “That’s just it. It’s been 20 years. The last time any of those people saw me, I was running out of Hogwarts with Severus after he had killed Dumbledore. Why do you think I’ve stayed here all these years?”
“Because you love it here, and that’s beside the point. It’s time to go out and show everyone you’re happy and alive and doing well. No one is going to bother you, really. Trust me. For one, you married me. Two, every one of them knows you were cleared of the death eater charges, unless they live under a rock. Third, Harry and Gin will be there. You know the whole lot of them worship the ground he walks on, so most of the attention will be on them anyway; especially since Ginny’s pregnant, too.” Draco let out a small chuckle.
“I’m being silly aren’t I?” he said placing a kiss on her temple.
“Very.” She flashed him a bright smile and got up off of the bed. She took his hand and pulled him up as well. “Get your dress robes and meet me by the fire place. No more stalling, okay?” He nodded and placed a light kiss on her lips. She smiled and walked out of the room with her things. Draco took a deep breath, grabbed his dress robes from the wardrobe, and followed Hermione out into the living room.
“We’re all ready to go.” He announced. Elyse hopped up from the table and ran over to her father; she was a complete daddy’s girl. He picked her up off of the ground, and she giggled.
“When will you be back?” she asked wrapping her tiny arms around her father’s neck.
“We’ll be back late tonight. I’ll make sure to tell you when we get home.” She smiled and places a kiss on her Draco’s cheek. He smiled and set her back on the ground. She went and wrapped her arms around Hermione’s legs.
“I’ll miss you mummy.” Hermione smiled and stroked her daughter’s bouncy, blonde curls.
“We’ll be back before you know it. Besides, you will be having so much fun with Ron and James you won’t even notice that we’ve gone.” Elyse smiled and skipped back over to the table to finish her breakfast. Hermione walked over to the table and gave each of her children a kiss on the forehead.
“You all better be good for James and Ron, okay?” Alex, Amanda, and Elyse nodded. “And you two,” Hermione said pointing to the twins, “I would appreciate it if I don’t have to end up taking any of my children to St. Mungo’s in pieces, got it?” Ron and James grinned as Hermione kissed them on the forehead as well.
“We’ll probably be back around midnight. All of you in bed by 10 at the latest.” Draco said picking up both his and Hermione’s clothes and stepping towards the fireplace. Hermione waved to the children and followed him. Draco went first; he took a handful of floo powder and shouted, “POTTER COTTAGE.” Hermione followed after him, disappearing into the bright, green flames.
Ron and James glanced at each other with mischievous grins on their faces, “Now let the fun begin.”
Hermione arrived only seconds after Draco at the Potter household, and she was just in time to see Ginny enter the living room.
“Hermione!” she squealed. She rushed over to Hermione and hugged her as best as she could, seeing as both of them were getting pretty big. Harry walked over to Draco.
“I see Hermione didn’t exactly travel light.” He remarked, taking some of the clothes and things from Draco.
“Do they ever?” The two men chuckled and placed the robes and other things on the couch in the living room.
“We resent that.” Ginny said for both herself and Hermione. Draco grinned and Harry walked over and pulled Hermione into a tight embrace.
“How are you feeling, Hermione?” he asked after they released one another. She shrugged.
“Pregnant. I’m used to it by now though.” She said lightly with a bright smile on her face. She then quickly turned to Ginny. “So, Ron and James tell me you found out the sex of the baby. Out with it!”
Ginny beamed, “It’s a girl.” Hermione squealed and embraced Ginny.
Draco turned to Harry and they shared a manly hug as well. “Congrats, mate.” Draco said. Harry smiled.
“She’s so excited. Gin loves the boys, but she’s always wanted a girl to do all those girly thing with.” Draco nodded in understanding.
“I’m glad our next one is a boy. Alex and I are already outnumbered as it is. We need another bloke in the house to keep the balance.” They both laughed and turned to their wives. “So, what are the plans for today? We’ve got a solid 7 hours before we have to floo for the reunion.”
“Well, Hermione and I are going to go upstairs and catch up for a bit. Then we’ll get ready and meet you guys down here at about 6. You two can just hang out and do whatever. Just don’t get too sloshed; you both remember what happened last time.” Ginny said, sending a warning glance at the two men. Harry and Draco exchanged innocent glances.
“We wouldn’t dream of getting drunk and running around Hogwarts in naught but our pants!” Harry replied in a scandalized voice. He turned to Draco and mumbled, “Even though we’ve done it before.” Hermione and Ginny shook their heads and made their way upstairs. As soon as they were gone, Harry and Draco couldn’t help but laugh.
“I think the hormones are making them barmy.” Draco said leaning back on the couch. “The only reason we did that last time was because Longbottom dared us.”
“I’ll never forget the look on McGonagall’s face when we ran past her office.” Harry reminisced. “Poor Neville, I bet he got an earful from her for inviting us to hang out.”
“You know he did; it was his fault though. Do you feel up to a game of chess?” Draco asked pulling out the Wizard’s Chess set.
“Of course.” Harry said, sitting up on the couch. “Are you ready to lose, Malfoy?”
7 Hours Later…
“Hermione, Ginny, hurry up! We’re going to be late!” Harry called up the stairs.
“We’re coming! Relax.” Ginny called back.
The two husbands turned when they heard footsteps coming down the stairs. Ginny walked down the stairs first in a dark blue gown and matching dress robes. The dress flowed down to her ankles and it fit her in such a way that it was rather hard to tell that she was four months pregnant. Hermione followed after her in a magenta dress with dress robes that matched as well. The gown was tight at her bust, but it flowed from under her chest and accentuated her pregnant curves. They were both glowing.
“You look beautiful.” Draco said placing a kiss on Hermione’s cheek. She smiled and looked him over once.
“You look rather dashing yourself.” She said taking his hand. He smirked slightly and she kissed him on the lips.
“Is everyone ready to go? We were supposed to floo to The Three Broomsticks about 10 minutes ago. Hannah’s going to think we got lost or something.” Harry told everyone. They all nodded and walked to the fireplace. Draco and Hermione flooed first, and Harry and Ginny followed close behind them.
The two couples thanked Hannah for letting them use her floo, and she left with them to meet up with Neville at the carriages that would take them up to the castle. They reached the carriages and gazed upon the thestrals pulling the carriages; they could all see them after the war. They waved to Neville and Hannah as they all got into their separate carriages. Harry and Draco both helped their wives step up into the carriage, and then they were off. Sitting next to Draco, Hermione noticed that he looked a little pale and nervous. She took his hand comfortingly.
“Don’t be so nervous. If you can get along well with Neville and the Weasleys, what make you think your classmates will be any different? If anyone in the world has any reason to hate you, it would be them, but they don’t hate you. Stop worrying so much because everything will be fine.” She wrapped her free arm around his waist and laid her head on his shoulder in reassuring embrace.
“Don’t worry, mate. Gin and I will take the spotlight if it gets too bright. We’re used to it anyway.” Harry reassured Draco with a grin. Ginny nodded.
“Actually, if anyone is going to get hounded by your classmates, it’s going to be Hermione. She’s a big as a house.” Ginny laughed at the scowl on Hermione’s face.
“Oh, you just wait Ginny Potter. I will thoroughly enjoy antagonizing you when you’re 7, no, almost 8 months pregnant.” Hermione said smugly.
“How do you think the kids are doing?” Ginny asked.
“They’re probably fine. Ron and James are great with kids.” Harry said confidently.
Back at Camp…
“You bloody gits better let me down from here!” Alex yelled from the top of the flagpole. Ron and James had tied him to the rope, and hoisted him up to the very top of the flagpole.
“Oi, you better watch your language. There are little ears down here!” Ron said pointing to Elyse and Amanda.
“I’m not little! I’m nine and a half!” Amanda said harshly.
“Okay, there is a little ear down here, so shut it!” James said.
“You prats better let me down! Wait til Aunt Ginny hears about this!” Alex threatened.
“She won’t find out about it though, because no one is-“
“What is going on here?” a voice called from behind them.
“Bloody Hell, it’s,” Ron started.
“Jess.” James finished.
“Jess!” Elyse squealed, running over to her mother’s long time friend.
“Sarah’s here too! And Josh and Nathan!” Amanda said, leaving Ron and James by the flag pole. Jess walked over with Elyse’s hand her own.
“What are you doing to Alex? Let him down you twits! He could get hurt!” she said slapping the twins in the back of the head. They quickly lowered him down and untied him. Jess kneeled down to Alex’s level and asked, “Are you okay?”
“I’m fine. I’m telling mum never to leave us alone with these gits ever again!” he said pointing to Ron and James. They just grinned.
“What are you guys doing here anyway, Jess?” Ron asked curiously.
“We always come this time every year. I guess Hermione and Draco forgot about us. Oh well. We’ll just go get settled into cabins and everything. Mark and Angela will be here eventually, I just don’t know when.” Jess told the twins.
“Did Leslie and Sam come?” James asked. Before Jess could even answer, someone tackled James from behind, causing him to land face down on the ground.
“Never mind.” He mumbled into the grass. Jessica, Leslie and Ron were all laughing.
“What’s all the fuss, everyone?” Sarah asked walking down the path with a bundle in her arms and Nathan and her daughter, Sam, were walking beside her.
“Baby Ray!” Amanda and Elyse squealed, running over to Sarah and her new baby, Rachael, who was about 6 months old.
“Sam!” Ron called to his close friend. She smiled, ran over to him, and engulfed him in a hug. “Man, squirt, you’re getting big.” She released him and punched him in the shoulder. “Ouch!” he cried, rubbing his arm.
“Didn’t I tell you to quit with the squirt thing? I’m only three and a half years younger than you!” she told him seriously. He smirked as Leslie and James walked over. The foursome began to talk on and on about what had happened over the past year. Leslie was 14, and Sam was 13 (and a half, she always reminded everyone), but they had always been as close as friends could be. While the four teenagers were chatting, Alex walked over to where Josh, Jessie, Sarah and Nathan were standing with his two sisters.
“Hey, Josh, did Matt come down?” Alex asked.
“Yeah, he’s up at the Eagle cabin unpacking. He’s actually probably reading.” Josh told Alex. As soon as he heard “the Eagle cabin,” He raced up the path to the cabin to see one of his best mates. Matthew was Josh and Jessie’s son, and he was 11, just like Alex.
“I guess we can count on not seeing the two of them for the rest of the evening.” Josh said with a smile on his face. The rest of the adults nodded in agreement.
“Who thinks it’s time to go for a swim?” Nathan suggested.
“That’s a great idea! Last one in the lake has to change Ray’s diaper!” Sam yelled, dashing toward the lake. In less than a heartbeat, all of the kids rushed down the path to the lake, leaving the adults laughing at their revulsion back in the field.
Hermione stepped out of the carriage slowly and gazed upon the massive, dazzling castle before her. The place she had sworn that she would never again step foot in, was the exact place that she was going to. The castle where she had spent 7 years of her life; where friends had been made and lost, love found, and memories created. She did not know exactly what awaited her once she would step foot inside, but she knew one thing; she was home.
Harry and Ginny had begun to walk up the path that led to the castle, but Draco had noticed her hesitation. He took her hand and squeezed it tightly, causing her to look up into his eyes. He smiled slightly, and wrapped his arms around her waist. She rested her face against his chest and let out a shaky breath,
“Now who’s stalling?” He said cheekily, causing her to laugh a little. She sniffed a little bit, and Draco gently lifted her chin so that she was looking into his eyes.
“Everything will be fine. Just take deep breaths. I’ll be right here the entire time. I know it’s tough, but you know you can walk in there with your head held high because you got past all of this many years ago. And there’s no crying allowed; you know Ginny will murder you if you mess up that make-up” Hermione laughed and kissed him gently on the lips.
“I love you.” She said taking his hand.
“I love you, too.” He placed a kiss on her temple, and together they walked up to the castle to face their memories, their classmates, and their pasts.
When the couple entered the entrance hall, there were only a few stragglers left who had not already gone into the Great Hall. There was a small table set up in front of the door, and there were two people sitting there that Hermione had not seen in a long time. She and Draco walked up to the table, hands still intertwined. The women’s eyes grew wide as Hermione and Draco approached them.
“Hermione is that you?” asked the woman with blonde hair. Hermione nodded.
”Oh! I told you it was her Parvati!” Lavender jumped up and rushed around the table. She hugged Hermione gently and pulled back with a bright smile on her face.
“Hermione you are absolutely glowing! When is the baby due?”
“The end of October.” She answered.
“That’s wonderful! Well, let’s get you two your nametags so that you can head in.” She went back around the table and sat next to Parvati. Parvati checked Hermione off of the list of guests.
“So, what should I put on these nametags?” Parvati asked Hermione and Draco.
“Hermione Malfoy on mine and you both know my husband, Draco Malfoy.” Hermione responded. Parvati and Lavender nodded and smiled, writing the names on the tags. Parvati and Lavender handed them the name tags.
“Have fun you two! We’ll be in once everyone arrives, so we’ll catch up later.” Parvati told Hermione enthusiastically. Hermione smiled and led Draco away from the table and toward the door.
“Did you see Lavender’s name tag? She married McLaggen! My God there couldn’t be a more perfect match.” Hermione said with a laugh.
“I remember that bloke. He was quite cocky, wasn’t he? I didn’t like him much; not like I liked many Gryffindors anyway.”
Hermione snorted, “You definitely hit the nail on the head there.” Draco smiled and wrapped and arm around her waist.
“Ready to head in; face the past?” he said reaching his hand out to push open the door. She nodded and wrapped her arm around his waist as well. He pushed open one of the doors leading into the great hall and they went inside. There were small tables set up all around the Hall that seated about 8 people. Stars were twinkling above them, and everything looked perfect. The buzz of conversation was everywhere, and no one had noticed them enter. Hermione glanced around the room, trying to find Harry and Ginny.
“I think they’re over there.” Draco whispered softly, pointing over Hermione’s shoulder to the left. She turned her head slightly and noticed a large crowd of people where Draco had just pointed. She smiled.
“Yeah, me too. Let’s head over there.” She grabbed his hand and pulled him over to where the mob was crowding around Harry and Ginny. They reached the edge of the crowd and couldn’t get through to Harry and Ginny. Hermione had and idea.
“Draco, you walk in front.” She said pushing him ahead of her.
“What?” he asked puzzled.
“That’s the only way we’ll get through. Part the crowd, now walk.” She put her hands on his lower back and gave him a slight nudge. He let out a small groan and began walking. “Coming through. Excuse us.” Hermione said as her former classmates turned to look at her and Draco. When they finally reached Harry and Ginny, everyone was looking at them expectantly.
“For the love of Merlin. You guys are definitely popular.” Draco said exasperatedly. Harry laughed.
“Have you not met me, Draco? Boy Who Lived, big scar on my forehead, attention magnet?“ Harry said pointing to himself. Hermione and Ginny laughed, and Draco shrugged. Out of nowhere, a horde of women came up to Hermione and began bombarding her with questions about the baby, and her life in general; no one had seen her for a long time. Harry and Draco stood off to the side, watching the attention that their wives were receiving.
“I guess you were right; I’m virtually invisible compared to Hermione.” Draco said, somewhat relieved.
“I told you. Why don’t we grab a table and some drinks; the girls will want to sit down soon, they can’t be on their feet for too long.” Harry pointed out. Draco agreed and they set off to get some drinks and find a table. They had been approached by a few curious classmates, but not as many as Draco had expected. Neville came and sat with them because his wife, Hannah Abbot, was currently with Hermione and Ginny. Some Hufflepuffs and Ravenclaws greeted them, but no Slytherins; Draco seemed to be one of the very few Slytherins at the reunion.
About 20 minutes later, Hannah and Ginny found Harry, Neville, and Draco at their table. Ginny sat down and took off her shoes, as did Hannah, but Hermione was not with them.
“Where’s Hermione?” Draco asked anxiously.
“She told us to tell you that she went out to the grounds for a minute; she said she’d be right in.” Hannah informed Draco. He thanked them and quickly got up from the table to find Hermione.
She felt the warm air whip her hair around her face and twirl the hem of her dress around her ankles. She breathed deeply and gazed at the stars lining the night sky. She sat at the edge of the lake, plucking blades of grass from the ground and twirling them between her fingers. She let her mind wander back to all of her memories from Hogwarts; she let herself remember. She let herself get lost in her memories, both the good and the bad.
Hermione and Ron were lying outside on the Hogwarts' grounds by the lake. They were watching the clouds pass by, and enjoying their last day together at Hogwarts.
“Hermione, I need you to promise me something.” Ron said to Hermione.
“Sure anything.” She said looking at him with a very concerned look on her face.
“Harry, you, and I are going off to get rid of the most evil wizard on the planet. I don’t have such a great feeling about all this. So I want you to promise that whatever happens to me, know that I love you, and I want what’s best for you. So no matter what you do, always be happy, for me, okay?” Hermione’s eyes began to well up with tears and she gave Ron a hug and kissed him on the lips gently.
“You can’t go into this thinking like that Ron…”
“Promise me!” He said to her forcefully.
“I promise.” She said.
Her reverie was broken when she felt someone sit down beside her and place their hand over her own. She turned her head and smiled when she saw Draco beside her.
“Are you okay?” he asked wrapping an arm around her waist. She leaned back against his chest and placed both of his arms around her waist.
“I’m perfect.” She said turning her head to kiss his jaw.
Hermione was being completely honest when she said she was perfect. She had a husband who loved her without question, three beautiful children and one on the way, and the best friends a person could ever hope for. She had kept her promise to her first love, and because of him she had found the love of her life, and her reason to live.
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