Chapter 19 : The Final Course.
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Lily and George came spinning out of the grate and into the busy waiting room of St. Mungo’s. George found an empty plastic chair and sat down. “I’ll be here until you’re done. Don’t hurry.”
Lily smiled and gave him a hug. “Thanks Uncle George.”
He smiled. “Don’t mention it.” he paused, looking around the room, then added: “No really, don’t mention it. If your mother finds out I brought you here, we’ll both be in big trouble.”
Lily smiled and hurried to the lifts. Checking the ledger, she chose the fourth floor, which housed the cancer unit, among other specialties. She got off the lift and walked down the long hallway to the tiny ward. Not many magical folk got leukemia. She checked the doors and found one with Taylor’s last name. Looking inside, she saw Taylor lying in bed with Finn’s mom and two step siblings standing around him. She headed to the next door. Peeking inside, she saw Finn, sleeping in his bed.
Quietly as she could, she slipped inside and shut the door. Sinking down into one of the arm chairs by the bed, she began to wait.
“Morning, sleepy head.” Finn said, when he saw her begin to stir the next morning.
Lily’s eyes popped open and for a moment she forgot where she was. Her head tilted back as she took in the stark white hospital room, and then her eyes settled down on the friend sitting in the bed in front of her.
“Morning Finn. How are you feeling?” she asked.
“Great.” He said. “Nearly fantastic.”
She was surprised to see him looking so chipper. “So you already had the surgery?”
Finn nodded. “Yesterday morning. I was a little zoinked out when you came in last night, apparently.
Lily nodded. “That sounds about right.” She said, letting a small smile spread across her lips. “Oh! Uncle George!"
Finn smiled. “Already came in an hour ago. He got you some food and left when my mom insisted that you’d be fine with her.” Finn said, pointing at a cup of fruit and some apple juice that sat on the table next to Lily.
“That was nice of him.”
“Yeah, it was.” Finn said.
Lilly could feel the conversation stalling, but didn’t know what to say.
“So why are you here?” asked Finn bluntly.
“I just… wanted to make sure you were okay.” She said. That was half the truth. Getting better at this, she thought to herself.
Finn smiled. “Well, you can see that I am recovering nicely. The healers said that it would be a few weeks before all my marrow grows back, but they take it out by spells, you see, so there’s no scars.” As he spoke he swung his legs out from under the covers and held his fore arms up for inspection.
Lily nodded. “I see.” She agreed, looking his arms and legs up down. “Nice gown.” She teased.
Finn blushed and pulled the blanket back over himself. He cleared his throat audibly. “Anything else?” He asked.
Lily shrugged. “I, umm, wanted to tell you something.”
“What now, Lily?” Finn asked kindly.
“I want to tell you, but I don’t want you to get mad at me.”
“Lily, I think we’ve already screwed our friendship over enough.” He said pointedly, thinking of the wonderful yet doomed few moments they’d shared down by the lake a few nights earlier. “One more blow isn’t going to do anything now.” Finn added plainly.
“But that’s the point.” Lily said, getting up and walking over to his bed. “You’re my best friend, Finn, and I’ve known you for five years. You can’t just… leave me like that.”
“But I have to, Lily.” He said, moving his hand towards hers and then pulling it back. “I can’t be with you without wanting to be with you. I just… I love you, Lily. And I can’t handle that.” He said, pointing at her Sigg. “There’s no future for us.”
Lily stopped listening and leaned in and kissed Finn firmly on the lips. He hesitated, and then kissed back just as firmly. Within seconds, he’d sat up and made room for her on the bed. They sat there, kissing, while Finn ran his hands through her long red hair. Finally, she pulled back.
“I love you, too, Finn.”
He smiled, and then frowned, the smiled again. And then frowned again. “But you can’t.” he argued. “You’re going to love someone else really soon.”
Lily smiled. “You don’t get it, Finn.” She sighed, taking a deep breath. “It’s fake.” As soon as the words left her mouth she felt better. “My sigg is fake!” she repeated, feeling warmer and lighter by the moment. “And you’re going to hate me for lying to you, and I was stupid for doing it, but it’s completely, one hundred percent fake.”
Finn’s jaw dropped. “You mean—you don’t have a soul mate or whatever?”
Lily shook her head. “I just wanted Dom to stop bothering me about it.” She tapped her hand with her wand and sighed with relief as the black ink faded away. Her hand felt twenty pounds lighter.
With big smile, Finn pulled Lily back into his arms and kissed her again.
“So you’re not mad?” she asked.
“Mad? I’m livid!” he said. “But at the same time, I’m so glad you lied! We’d have never have figured out how we feel!”
Lily giggled and slipped her hand into his. Then stopped.
“Finn what is that?”
“Well, I tried to, but as you can see, my soul mate doesn’t have a sigg. So there’s no date on it.”
“But why?” She asked. “Why did you go get sigged?”
“You, Lily. You made me not want to be alone. I left you at the lake and went back to my dorm and then early the next morning I went down to Hogsmeade and got it. Then I came here to give Taylor some of my bone juice.”
Lily laughed. “So me getting a fake sigg made you get a real one. I’m so sorry.”
Finn shrugged. “As long as this thing doesn’t suddenly light up with a date, I’m fine. I can’t imagine anyone other than you.”
Lily smiled. “I love you. I really do.”
Five months later
Rose smiled at herself in the mirror.
“You look perfect, except for one thing.” Lily said. “You need some jewelry.” She handed Rose a cream colored box and smiled.
“Thank you Lily!” Rose said, as she opened the box. Inside was a pair of simple pearl-drop earrings.
“We’re going to be late.” Lily said, fixing her hair and adjusting her soft pink dress.
“I know. We better get going.”
They made their way outside and then Rose saw him.
Lily looked the pair over; they stood ten feet apart with stars in their eyes, having a wordless conversation no one else could understand. “Maybe a few more minutes won’t hurt.” She said. “Just don’t tell anyone I let you guys stop before the big show.”
Rose nodded and watched Lily walk towards the people gathering by the lake.
“Hey Scorp.” Rose said.
“Happy Graduation, Rose.” Scorpius said with a smile. “Are you ready for our speech?”
Rose nodded. “Although how we managed to be Valedictorians I’ll never know. I don’t think we’ve done homework at all this term.”
Lily found a seat next to Finn and squeezed his hand. “Only two more years.” She said.
“Yeah.” He said wistfully. “Hey, I have a surprise for you.”
“Oh yeah?” she said. “What?”
Finn held up his left hand. The black mark was gone. “Finn! You got it taken off!”
“It wasn’t telling me anything that I didn’t know. You’re the only one for me.”
“Are you sure?” Lily asked.
“Forever and ever?”
“But we’re too young to live happily ever after.”
“Who says?” Finn asked.
Lily smiled. “People who don’t know us.” She kissed him on the cheek and smiled. “Thanks for taking it off.”
“Hey! Get your hands off my sister!” Al said with a grin as he slid into the seat next to Lily. He pulled his girlfriend Jane with him.
“Guess what Lily?” Al asked.
“Finn didn’t go to Sandra’s alone.”
“Oh really?” Lily asked.
“Nope.” Al held up a newly-blank hand, which was laced with Jane’s.
Lily raised her eyebrows in surprise. “But you had a date and everything!”
Al shrugged. “I want to live in the here and now. And my here and now is this girl right here.” He smiled at Jane. “I think the siggs just present one possibility.”
Jane smiled. “I had one, too, Lily. That’s why Al and I connected at first, I think. We were both waiting for someone who we didn’t really believe in.”
“Well good for you guys. That’s really… progressive of you.” Lily said genuinely.
Al shrugged. “What can I say? Love at our age is rare. Why mess it up with possibilities?”
Lily smiled. “Albus Potter in love? I never thought I’d see the day.”
“Then you haven’t spent enough time around Jane.” He said, holding his hand up to show Jane’s fingers laced in his. “But enough with the mushy. Let’s get this graduation rolling. Where are Rose and Scorpius? The whole crowd is waiting on them.”
Lily nodded to the small group of trees behind the rows of chairs. “Go get them, Al. Tell them to hurry up.”
“Oi! Rose! Malfoy! Hurry up!” Al called from across the lawn. “Other kids are graduating too. They aren’t gonna wait for you!”
Rose regretfully pulled away from Scorpius’ lips. “Let’s go graduate.”
A/N: What!?! Is it possible that I wrote a story that doesn't end with a wedding? Hhahahah. So here we are at the end of another story. It’s bittersweet, really. Another school year has begun, and I’m ready for new experiences and memories, but not quite ready to put this story to bed yet. I’ll probably do some chapter images soon, but other than that, I’m going to have to move on. I don’t have another fan fic in the works (in fact, I’ve been working on some fiction that’s not Harry-related. Gasp, I know.), so I don’t know what my future is like right now. I guess all I can say is read and review this chapter and the ones before it as I plan my next story for HPFF! Thanks to all you wonderful people for helping this story make it to the end.
Love, love, love, always,
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