Chapter 51 : Her Parents
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I don’t have time to react. I nearly fall, but manage to gain my balance. The she’s kissing me in the middle of the street. “Of course,” she breathlessly says, pulling away. “Of course I’ll marry you.” A grin spreads across her face. “We have a house. A proper house.” She grabs my hand. “Come on, lets go look.” She sprints off, dragging me behind her.
“Wait, Dora.” She turns, looking expectant. “It says ‘the Lupin’s’, meaning for after we’re married.”
“That doesn’t mean I can’t look.”
“Wait,” I say again.
“What?” She tries to sound impatient, but she’s too excited. I feel in my pocket, looking for the box.
“You didn’t give me a chance to give you the ring.” I open the box and hold it out. She gasps.
“Oh, Remus. It’s beautiful.” Wait, hadn’t she already seen it? It was the same one I bought all that time ago. I take her trembling hand, sliding the silver ring onto her slender finger, making sure the small diamond was directly in the middle. I look up, smiling at her, to find her in tears.
She swallows. “Nothing. It’s…perfect. Better than I ever imagined.” She gazes at the ring. Then, again before I can react, she’s running toward the house. I chase after her, stopping her before she opens the door.
“You can’t,” I say, taking her by the waist and swinging her around.
“I’m supposed to carry you over, after we’re married.”
“But we’re not married, so I can just walk in.”
“Dora,” I plead. She sighs.
“Fine, but then we’ll end up spending our honeymoon moving.”
“No we won’t. I have all of that worked out. I just need the date.”
She gapes at me. “So you can know what it looks like and I can’t?”
“I only know what I remember. I looked at it before, when Lily and James lived here. There was a young muggle couple, about the same age, who had just moved in. We were friends with them, and came over. They sold it to me. I haven’t looked in.”
She sighs. “Okay. But now we have to tell Mum and Dad. You’re coming with me.” Oh Merlin, I’m dead. Her mother hates me, after what happened before.
The path to her parents place has never seemed longer. Still beaming, she knocks on the door. I think my stomach is going to separate from my body. She glances at me. “Nervous?” I nod.
“A little.” Her smile widens as she gives my hand a squeeze.
“It’ll be okay.” I hope so. Then the door opens.
“Dora,” Andromeda greets. I’m ignored. Dora gives her mother a one armed hug, not releasing my right hand.
“In here.” We follow Andromeda through into the living room, where she sits beside Ted.
“Daddy, Mummy, we’re getting married.”
Ted stands and gives a bear hug. “That’s great, princess.” Her smile falters when she meets her mums gaze.
“Aren’t you happy, Mum?”
“Of course, dear.” Her smile goes away, and she looks at the ground.
“Thanks,” she murmurs. Her mum doesn’t approve. Because of what happened last time, but I’m not stupid enough to make the same mistake twice.
“So, when’s it going to be? And who’s coming?” Ted asks. “I’m giving you away, right?”
“It’ll have to be small, you know, because of everything that’s going on. I- I thought just the two of you, and whoever Remus wanted to invite. And, yeah, you’d give me away, Dad.” She gives him a small smile. “We were thinking, maybe we could do it next Tuesday?” What? That’s the first I’ve heard.
“Not a lot of time, but we’ll make it work. I’ll find a priest.” She nods. “’Dromeda, why don’t you help me with some tea in the kitchen.” He shoots his wife a glance, and she follows him.
She sighs and sits on the recently vacated couch.
“Why can’t she just be happy for us?” She’s biting her lip.
“She’s still angry at me.” I say, sitting next to her. I put my arm around her shoulders and pull her close. “I hurt you, and she doesn’t want it done again.”
“But we’re getting married. That’s- I mean- You’re not going to propose and then leave again.” I hear the slight hint of doubt in her voice.
“Of course not. I’ve already caused too much hurt, I don’t think I could do it again.” Not long after, her parents come back in, no tea in sight.
“What are you going to do about a dress, dear?”
“I thought maybe I could wear yours.” She looks hopeful. Andromeda smiles.
“Of course, let’s go see how it fits.” Dora follows her mother up the stairs.
“Remus,” Ted says, “I’m sorry about-”
“Ted, I deserve it. For how I was…I just-I know I’m not what she needs. I just don’t have the power to stay away anymore.”
He nods. “I had to remind Andromeda that she married me against her parent’s wishes. I like you, and I’m personally glad it’s you. Andromeda just has a hard time with…things she was taught sometimes.” I nod.
“Sirius too.” We sit there in silence for a while.
“You know, if you hurt her again…”
“I give you permission to kill me, sir.” He smiles. “It won’t be me you have to worry about.”
“Sir, the only way I could ever leave her is if she told me to.”
“The only way?”
“Well, I could die. Or, really, if something happens and my presents becomes a threat.”
“It fits,” Dora squeals, flying down the stairs.
“Staying for dinner?” Dora shakes her head.
“We just ate.” Giving both her parents tight hugs, we apparate away.
“So,” I say as we climb into bed that night, “next Tuesday, huh?” I see her eyes widen.
“That’s okay, isn’t it?”
“Who are you going to invite?”
“I don’t know, maybe one of the Weasley’s. I would love for Harry to come, but he can’t leave the protection right now.”
“I wouldn’t invite Ron, then either.”
“I could invite Arthur.”
“No, then Molly would come, which means they would all come.”
“Fred or George. Or both?”
“You know they fancy me, don’t you?”
“No.” Why did they fancy her? She was obviously older than them…and in love with me. I smile smugly to myself. I have her. “Bill’s in France. That leaves Charlie.”
“Charlie? Are you sure?”
“Is something wrong with Charlie?”
“No.” She says it too fast.
“What happened?” Even in the dark light, I can see her blush.
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