I still wasn’t talking to Severus, as I hadn’t been since we left the hotel yesterday. As a matter of fact, I was currently ignoring him over breakfast.
“More milk Mia?” He tried desperately.
But I ignored him. He sighed. Just then, the door burst open and in stumbled my daughter and her boyfriend. A smile broke though my angry exterior. I jumped up and ran over to them, wrapping my arms around both teens. I started crying, as did Alix. “I'm so sorry!” I cried to them. “I missed you both so much!”
After a long reunion, which resulted in me hearing what Severus did and forgiving him, Alix and Tyler explained their decision to keep their baby and their reasoning behind it. Severus wasn’t happy at first but I dared him to open his mouth again. “Okay, Alright. We can make this work, you guys. We’ve got this. We have enough money, between all of us. We have enough love. It’ll be alright guys.”
“But.” Severus stood up. I shot daggers at him again, daring him to take my baby away from us one more time. “You two must get married before that baby gets here, and if you don't want to be showing in your gown, it’ll have to be soon. You're already showing, but if we do it soon, a glamor spell can hide that, if you wish."
Tyler nodded. “Of course, Sir.” Alix smiled and hugged her father.
“We can have a double wedding!” I exclaimed, but Severus shook his head.
“Both of our weddings need to be just ours. It needs to be Their day, and Our day, not everyone’s day.”
I nodded. It was really sweet, what he was saying. “Well. Ours can wait, Severus. If you want Alix and Tyler to be married before this child comes, theirs will have to come first. And if she wants to hide her bump, it’ll have to be by mid-June. AND we can’t forget the nurseries we’ll have to be decorating. But the wedding’s first. I’m so excited!” I was nearly jumping up and down now.
Mum went out and bought 2 thick-as-hell wedding planning books. One she put away in her room for the time being. The other, she put on the kitchen table, calling us to join her with it. I sighed. It was nine in the morning and we were bound to be there until midnight, if she was planning something. I drug Tyler along with me.
“Okay, first thing’s first.” Mum started before we’d barely even sat down. She opened up the book. The inside cover was pink and girlie and the first page said ‘Planning the Wedding of Alixzandra Draco Snape and Tyler Ryan Truett. June eleventh, Etc etc’ Our names and the date of the wedding were all written in in my mother’s perfect cursive. “Budget.”
Tyler went to speak up, but dad beat him to it from the couch. “There isn’t one. We’re taking care of both weddings Mia.” Tyler wanted to object but my father’s hard glare answered his unspoken plea. “Father of the Bride pays, remember?”
Mum continued, after scrawling the budget information in the book. “Okay, I sent news of your engagement to the Daily Prophet and Quibbler, and invites for your engagement party to Spencer, Muffy, most of the teachers and all of our family. It’ll be two Saturdays from now in the Great Hall. Don’t object Alixzandra, it’s part of the tradition. You’ll be getting professional photos done together tomorrow by an old friend of mine – Colin Creevy. Wizard and Muggle ones. Your outfits for those are on your beds.” She stopped to breathe, and for that I was grateful. When did she go and get all of these things!? “You can change them to whatever colors we decide for your wedding later on. You guys are registered at every reasonable store in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. I’ve ordered wizarding insurance for your promise… well, now engagement ring. I’m surprised you didn’t have that already Tyler. But then again, you’re just a kid still. Your bridal shower… that’ll be…. May 22nd?” She wasn’t honestly asking anymore. She just kept rambling! I loved her, and it was entertaining, and I loved the girliness of planning a wedding, but did she ever breathe?
“Alix, watch your thoughts.” My father scolded from the couch. I stuck my tongue out at him and protected my mind, like a good little Snape daughter. Mum wasn’t paying any attention to the scene, but kept on with her planning instead.
“Oh! And on an unrelated topic, I picked up our prenatal vitamins from the store today. We’re both on a diet from now until the baby is born, but back to the wedding, that’s gotta come first.” I sighed and slumped down in my chair. It was going to be a lonnnnnggg day. And I’m not leaving a single part out either. You’ve got to endure it all, just as I do. “I think that’s all of the engagement stuff out of the way… Yes…. Now, for the actual wedding! Dumbledore will marry you, of course. The House Elves will prepare the food, for wages, Severus! Now, who will be apart of your wedding party?”
“Your party. Your Maid of Honor, Best Man, Bridesmaids and Groomsmen.”
Tyler spoke first “Spencer is my Best Man.” Mum wrote that down hastily.
“Draco is my Maid of Honor.” I replied. My mother narrowed her eyes at me. “No, he is not Alixzandra.”
“Mia…” Daddy warned. “Its her wedding, not ours. Draco can be wherever she wants in her wedding.”
Mum sighed but scrawled it down. “Anyone else?”
Tyler shook his head, but I said “Ginny.”
I could tell Mum was angry with the unconventionality, but I didn’t care.
She sighed once more, before starting up her rambling again. I saw my father wink at me out of the corner of his eye. “Flower girl and ring bearer?”
I looked at Tyler and he gave me the go-ahead to pick those as well. “Well, Zane’s the youngest boy in the family, and Lily is the only girl, so… wallah!”
“Green and silver.” I said quickly, ignoring Tyler’s input.
“Taken” Daddy spoke up.
I growled under my breath. “Fine. Tyler, how do you like blue and white?”
Mum seemed to like this decision. She smiled and happily writing it down. “That’ll be the color of your engagement photo dress, Alix, and your vest, Tyler.” We nodded. I’ll spare you the guest list making, it took all of one and a half hour to decide on that, along with another hour to decide who would sit where. “Who would you like to play at your wedding? Your father and I wanted to get you a band, if we can on such short notice.” I thought about it for a few minutes, before looking at Tyler. He shrugged.
“I’d rather have a DJ. Much more variety.”
Another sigh. “Fine, fine. Next weekend, we’re going to find your dress Alix, and decide on flowers, to be delivered the day of. Severus is going to take you to get your measurements for your dress robes, Tyler, among other things.” We both nodded. THAT would be the fun part. We’ll also go to the salon in Hogsmeade and book your appointment for the Saturday before and the first one available the morning of. Your bachelor and bachelorette parties will be the Saturday night before. We’ll plan those separately later. Anddddd… for now, I think that’s all.”
And just as I was about to get up is when I felt it. My baby boy, inside me. I reached for Tyler’s hand and pressed it over my stomach. He looked at me weirdly. “What?”
“You don't feel it?”
Mum had stopped a few steps after us. She smiled. “He’s not able to, Alix. Only you.”
I looked at her in confusion.
She continued. “You’re feeling flutters right now. They wont be strong enough for anyone else to feel for a few more weeks.”
I let Tyler’s hand fall. I didn’t like that one bit. Mum took my hand. “He’ll get to feel it soon, sweetheart.”
I’m coming home, I’m coming home.
Tell the Lord I’m coming home.
Let the rain wash away all the pain of yesterday.
I know my kingdom awaits and they’ve forgiven my mistakes.
- Skylar Grey (Diddy Dirty Money’s song. She sings the chorus)