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Chapter 6 : There Through It All
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All day I had been stressing over Rose. I hadn't seen her since she ran off from the Great Hall and I wasn't able to follow her because McGonagall dragged me to her office so we could figure out what to do about this. However I managed to postpone the meeting until I found Rose, considering she was the main one affected. And then she sent me to the Hospital Wing, claiming that the blood on my face was more critical then finding the emotional mother of my unborn child. After that, I had Potions and decided to skip in order to look for Rose. But I didn't find her and I figured she was in class.
It's Rose. I was pretty sure she wouldn't miss class for anything.
But she wasn't there. And by lunch I was a nervous wreck wondering where she went.
"Mate," Alex said. "You gotta eat something."
"I can't," I said. "Where is she?"
"She's probably just up in her dorms. Maybe she'll come down for lunch," Emily Goyle, one of my good friends said.
Emily wasn't like most of the girls in Slytherin. She was incredibly kind, sweet and caring. Honestly I think she belongs more in Hufflepuff than Slytherin.
"She won't," I said. "There's no way she'd come down and face her family."
"Okay," Emily said. "Just promise me you'll eat something? I don't think Rose needs you to end up in the hospital wing."
So for her and Rose's sake, I shoved some food down my throat. I wasn't even aware of what I ate, I just did.
When we headed to class, I scanned the Great Hall, searching for any sign of Rose. Maybe she would come down to lunch after everyone left.
"Looking for someone?" Vanessa sneered as she appeared at my side.
"Yeah, I'm looking for my girlfriend," I said back.
"Girlfriend?" Vanessa seemed surprised. "Well I guess she's not just your whore anymore."
"In order for her to be a whore I wouldn't care about her," I said back. "I care about Rose. You're much more of the whore to me."
Vanessa looked pissed and was about to say something when Emily appeared.
"Keep walking, Vanessa," Emily said. "Don't say something that would ruin any chance you ever had with Scorpius."
Vanessa glared at her and walked off.
Emily looked at me, still searching for Rose. "Any sign of her?"
I shook my head look down at her in defeat. "Nothing."
I was worried sick. Not just because Rose was the mother of my child but because Rose was Rose. Although we hadn't discussed our "official" status, I considered her my girlfriend.
I cared about her a lot. I don't know how I'd react if anything happen to her.
Merlin I sound like a poof.
Emily, who was tall for a girl, standing at about 5'11'', wrapped her arms around my neck. "She'll be okay," she said in my ear. "Rose will show up. She's dealing with a lot but she wouldn't do anything stupid."
I hugged Emily back. "I hope your right."
"Of course I'm right," Emily said. She let go of me and pushed some hair out of my eyes. "She'll turn up. Just calm down." And with a smile, she left me and headed to her classes.
"Emily's right," I told myself. "Rose is fine."
But I still worried the entire day.
Nothing. The entire day and she was nowhere to be seen. Now it was about eight at night and I was about to have a panic attack.
"What if something happened to her?" I said, pacing the floor of the common room.
Alex sighed and ran a hand through his hair. "Mate, I'm sure she's fine."
"But she would've contacted me right?" I said. "I mean, if she was okay? She must know I'm worried."
"Scorpius, while it's wonderful that you care this much about her," Emily said, setting her book down. "You need to calm down. You're about to have a panic attack."
"I can't calm down!" I shouted. I sat down in the armchair and racked my hands through my hair. "All I can think is that something terrible happened to her. Or that she ran away and isn't coming back. Or that she..." I couldn't finish that thought.
"Or that she what?" Alex asked.
"Or that she got an abortion," I whispered. Rose and I never talked about that option so I thought it was ruled out. But she hadn't been around the entire day. She was 17; she could legally Apparate once she got off the castle grounds. All she would have to do is sneak into Hogsmeade and go to one of those Muggle places to get it done.
It would all be over for her. The problem would be taken care of.
But she wouldn't do that without my consent would she? She seemed like she wanted me to be a part of the baby's, our baby's, life and her pregnancy. It was our decision. She wouldn't back out on that would she?
"Mate," Alex said. "I don't think Rose has it in her to do that. Besides she's wanted your help through everything else, why would she do that without you?"
"I don't know," I said. "But I can only think of the worse possible things right now." I stood up. "I am going to go find her."
"Oh no you aren't," Emily said, blocking my path. "You need to calm down. If you go out looking for her then you'll lose your mind trying to find her and end up having a nervous breakdown." She turned me around and pushed me toward the dorms. "You are going to go up to your dorm and stay there while Alex and I go look for her."
"What?" Alex said. "Why do I have to get up? Why can't you just go?"
Emily glared at him and grabbed his hand to pull him up. "You," she said pointing at me. "Up to your room. And you," she turned to Alex, whose hand she was still holding. "Are coming with me."
"Hey, don't end up making out in some broom cupboard," I said. "Actually find Rose."
"Oh like that would ever happen," Emily said, with a disgusted look on her face.
"Well don't sound so disgusted Em," Alex said. "I know you want me."
Emily pulled her hand out of his. "Only in your dreams." She walked out of the Common Room.
"Yeah, it only is in my dreams," Alex said quietly and followed her out.
Merlin he just needs to ask her out all ready.
I figured I would follow Emily's advice and go up to my room. However, halfway there, I ran into Vanessa.
"Hey, Scorp," she said. "Want to have a little fun?" She wiggled her eyebrows suggestively.
"I'm not in the mood," I said and pushed past her. "Besides I have a girlfriend. Remember her?"
She murmured something and I continued walking to my dorm. I didn't want to deal with her crap right now. I just wanted Rose.
I laid on my bed and tried to clear my thoughts. But I couldn't. I thought of Rose and only Rose. I just wanted her to be with me right now and to hold her in my arms and know that she was okay. I needed her.
Merlin. I am such a fucking poof.
I heard the door open but didn't look up from my bed. I was staring to hard on the ceiling. I figured it was just Goyle or Avery coming in. There was no way that Emily or Alex found Rose in that short of time.
"Hey Scorp?" I heard Alex say.
Instantly, I got up from lying down and looked at the door. Cowering behind Alex was Rose, her face wet and her eyes red and puffy from crying. Her hair was a mess and she wasn't wearing any make up.
I can't think of a time I had seen her look more beautiful.
I got up off my bed and Alex moved out of the way so Rose could pass him. She ran straight into my arms and I held her as close to me as I possible.
She was safe. She was here, in my arms and for that one second, everything was okay.
"I'll leave you two alone," Alex said and shut the door.
I kissed Rose's head and held her tight. "I was so worried," I whispered to her.
"I know," she said, crying. "And I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry that I ran away. I just couldn't deal with...everything."
"Shh...It’s okay," I said. I led her over to my bed and sat down. She sat down only to stand back up and face me head on.
"No it's not," she said. "I shouldn't have done that. I knew you would be worried but I couldn't do it. I couldn't face them anymore."
By "them", I knew exactly who she was talking about. Her cousins, the ones who caused a scene in the Great Hall.
She looked up at me and saw the bruise on my face. Her eyes instantly became worried as she reached out and touched it. "Are you okay?"
"It's fine," I said and grabbed her hand away. "I was too busy worrying about you to even think about that." She looked down like she was in shame. "Where did you go? You didn't...you didn't get an...an.."
"An abortion?" she asked looking up at me. I nodded at her and her eyes widened. "No! No, Scorpius, I would never, ever do that, especially not without you."
"I wasn't sure," I said.
Rose put her hands on either side of my face. "You are a part of this baby's life, even now when the baby is only an inch long. You don't need to worry about that."
"How was I supposed to know though?" I asked. "You just left, and didn't even bother doing something to let me know that you were okay. For all I knew, that could have been the last time I ever saw you. You had me worried sick."
Rose's hands dropped from my face and she wiped some new tears away. "I know and I feel horrible. But I couldn't do it. I needed to get away."
Now both of my hands were cupping her face, forcing her chocolate brown eyes to meet mine. "I understand that. But you can't just runaway anymore, okay? You aren't just responsible for yourself anymore, but that baby, our baby, too. Which means that I'm responsible for the both of you. So when you run away, it scares the crap out of me."
"I know," Rose said casting her eyes down. "I'm sorry."
"I know you are," I said softly. "But you need to realize you aren't alone anymore, Rose. I don't care what goes on with your family, or what other people say, I am here and I'm not going anywhere." Her eyes looked back into mine. I dropped my hands from her face and grabbed on of hers and put it on her stomach and placed mine over it. "We're a family Rose. The three of us. And no matter how hard things get, I am always there for my family. Alex says I have the loyalty of a Hufflepuff and maybe I do, but either way, I am not going anywhere. I want this. I want you. And whether we keep this baby or not, the three of us will always be a family. But, at the very least, for the next nine months I am going to stand by you every step of the way, no matter what. It's going to be hard and our names make this fifty times harder, but I am willing to do everything in my power to make sure this baby and you are all right. We're in this together, Rose."
Rose shut her eyes. "Thank you," she whispered. She put her forehead against mine. "I don't deserve you."
"Well you're stuck with me," I said and looped my arms around her waist.
She smiled. "Good," she said and slowly lowered her lips onto mine.
It was a small kiss. Almost a peck. Yet it was long and meant more than that. It was sealing our promise to each other.
But she ended it because she started crying. Which isn't really the reaction you want from a girl you kissed.
"Hey," I said and pushed some hair that had fallen into her face out of the way. "What's wrong?"
"Before I came here, I went to my Common Room," she said. Shit. That must not have been good. "Everyone hates me," she whispered. "Audrey is upset with me for not telling her, Lily won't even look at me and Al..." New tears started forming. "Al said he wanted nothing to do with me. He's like my brother and he wants nothing to do with me." She thought for a moment. "I don't even know if Hugo is still speaking to me now that the world knows."
It was taking every form of restraint to not go up to the Gryffindor Common Room and beat the shit out of Potter. How could he do that? To his own cousin? Him and Rose were so close that you hardly saw one without the other. He and Rose were apparently even closer than Potter's dad and Rose's mum were, and they were like siblings. It made no sense that he could do that to her.
"Rose," I said, wiping the tears off her face. "They're all upset. I'm sure that they'll get over it. They're your family, they aren't going to desert you."
"How do you know?" Rose asked me.
"I don't," I said back. "But I would say anything to make my girlfriend smile."
"What?" Rose asked. "What did you just call me?"
Shit did I say something offensive?
...No all of that seems pretty fine.
Rose must have seen that I was confused so she answered for me. "You called me your girlfriend."
"Oh," I said. Well. That shouldn't have slipped out. "I didn't mean to say that. I totally get if you don't want to be my girlfriend."
"It's not that," she said. Oh thank Merlin. So there's a chance she does want to be my girlfriend and I didn't just make a complete idiot out of myself. "It's just...is that what we are? Boyfriend and girlfriend?"
I laced my fingers in hers. "Is that what you want to be? Because I'd be okay with that."
Rose looked down at our hands and smiled. "I'd like that," she looked back into my eyes. "I'd like that a lot."
"Well then, it looks like you got yourself a boyfriend Miss Weasley," I said and I laid down on the bed and pulled her on top of me. "And a mighty fit one too."
She laughed. It was the first laugh I had seen her do all day. It lit up her entire face and the tears that stained her face seemed gone.
I retract my earlier statement. Now she looks more beautiful then I have ever seen her.
"While I'm glad," she said and rolled off me. She laid beside me and looked at me. "I don't really have a place to stay. I don't want to go back to the Gryffindor tower."
"Do you want to stay here?" I asked and turned onto my side to see her better.
"Would that be okay?" She asked and snuggled into my chest.
"Of course," I said, trying to suppress the huge smile that appeared on my face. "You can stay here for as long as you need."
After a couple of minutes of lying on Scorpius' chest, I fell fast asleep. Crying really wears you out.
I think he fell asleep to, since the door of his dorm being swung open awaked us both.
"Emily, we shouldn't just barge in," I heard Alex say. I rubbed my eyes and saw that he was holding a tall, dark haired girl back.
"Alex," the girl, who I'm assuming is Emily, said. "I think Rose would like to know that her best friend is here in tears."
"What?" I asked tiredly, and lifted myself off of Scorpius chest.
"Oh," Emily said. "Hi. I'm Emily Goyle."
"Rose Weasley," I said and walked over to the door. "What do you mean my best friend is here in tears?"
"Oh," she said. "Alex! Bring her up here. When Alex and I went looking for you, I found her. I figured I would bring her to you, since she was asking about you."
Emily opened the door and I saw Chloe crying into Alex's chest as he hugged her. I was surprised that it didn't seem very awkward at all, but natural almost, for him to comfort her. Emily watched them and tightened her jaw.
"Chloe?" I called out to her. She pulled her head off of his chest and looked at me. Instantly, I went to her and she stopped hugging Alex to hug me. "Shh," I said. "It'll be okay."
"I was so worried Rose," she said. She let go of me. "I was worried throughout the entire day and then I tried to steal the Map to find you and I couldn't get it because Albus was in his room and-" She sniffed. "We broke up. And I was so worried about you. So I just left and started looking. I had no idea where to find you but then I ran into Emily and she brought me here."
"I'm okay," I said. "I'm sorry for running off, I shouldn't have done that. But then I went to the Common Room and that was...bad. So I came here."
"At least you're safe," she said, smiling at Scorpius.
"I'm staying here," I said. "I can't go back to our dorm. I'm staying here for as long as I need to."
"I'll miss you," she said. She looked over at Alex. "Would it be too much to ask if I could stay here to?"
Alex shook his head. "Sure take my bed."
"Where will you sleep?" Emily asked him.
"Well Chloe and I will share a bed," Alex said and Emily looked at him in shock. "I'm kidding Em. I'm going to sleep on the ground."
"Okay," Emily said. "So I guess you both will need some clothes to wear to bed." She started walking out. "Come on, I'll give you some."
Chloe and I both followed Emily to her dorm.
"Thank you," Chloe said. "For giving us clothes. And bringing me down here."
"It's nothing," Emily said and pushed the door to her room open. Her dorm was different than ours. Instead of the deep maroon that I was used to, it was a soft green. It was the same as Scorpius' but I was too busy crying to notice.
"Here these should fit you," Emily said and handed Chloe and I some clothes. "You can change in the bathroom there."
Chloe and I changed in the bathroom and when we emerged we saw Emily had changed to.
"Thanks," I said.
"No problem," she said. "Anything for Scorpius' girlfriend."
I blushed. I still wasn't used to hearing that, considering we just became official.
I had a boyfriend. Scorpius Malfoy was my boyfriend.
I couldn't help but get a huge smile on my face.
"When did you two become official?" Chloe asked.
"Just about an hour or so ago," I said. "So how did you know about it?"
"Scorpius has been referring to you as his girlfriend all day," she said. I couldn't help smiling at that. "I thought it was official."
"It wasn't," I said. "That's actually how we became official, was he called me his girlfriend." I smiled, thinking about it. Through all the shit that has happened today, that was the one thing that made me happier than I can remember.
Emily smirked and shook her head. "Leave it to Scorpius to accidentally call you his girlfriend as a form of asking you out." She adjusted her shirt. "We better get back to them."
We left the dorm and returned to the boys, who were all changed as well.
"Well now that you two are here," Emily said. "I think I will leave."
"Bye Emily," Alex said as he put some blankets on the ground next to his bed. Chloe went over and started insisting that she should be on the ground since it is his bed.
Emily looked slightly hurt.
"What's wrong?" I asked her.
"Oh, nothing," she said, stopping her staring at Alex and Chloe. "Alex just normally gives me goodnight hugs." She sighed. "Night Scorpius."
Scorpius came over and hugged her. "Night. And thank you."
"No problem," she said. "Night Rose."
"Night," I said.
Scorpius came up and hugged me from behind, kissing my cheek. "Ready for bed?"
"Yes," I said, happy to go to sleep and forget this day had ever happened.
Scorpius and I climbed in bed, and I turned to face him.
"Scorpius?" I whispered to him.
"Thank you," I said. "For everything."
"Anything for my girlfriend," he said with a smile. We heard Alex and Chloe, still arguing about who will take the bed. "Emily won't be happy about that." He nodded in the direction of their voices.
"Why?" I asked. "Is something going on between her and Alex?"
"No, but she wishes there was," Scorpius said. "She acts like she hates him and would never be with him, but she's crazy about him. And he's pretty crazy about her too, but she's convinced that he's just playing her."
"She told you all this?" I asked him.
"Nope," he said, putting an arm around my waist and pulling me closer to him. "But I'm good at reading people?"
I raised my eyebrows at him. "You are?"
"Yeah," he said. "That's how I knew that you wanted me at the Halloween party."
I laughed. "Trust me, you were the last thing on my mind at that party."
"Sure I was," he whispered in my ear. "I don't really care whether or not I was on your mind at the party."
"Nope," he said, pulling me closer to him. "Because I have you now. That's all that matters."
The next morning, I woke up from a dreamless sleep. Scorpius was still fast asleep, as was the rest of the dorm. I worked my way out of Scorpius' grasp and headed over to the bathroom. As I walked I looked over at Alex's bed, to see who won the argument.
I almost screamed in shock.
I wasn't sure who won. But I'm betting that this was a compromise.
Alex was lying in his bed on his side, and Chloe was right against his chest, spooning him. His arm was over her torso and their hands were laced together.
I started to wonder if things other than sleeping happened between them last night.
However, deciding that there was really nothing I could do, I went to the bathroom. After, I headed back to Scorpius' bed and looked at the clock. It told me that it was 7:15, which was my normal time of waking up, but clearly wasn't anyone else's.
I looked at Scorpius sleeping and smiled. He looked so young. He didn't have any defense lines up, and appeared to not have a worry in the world.
He must have felt me staring, because his eyes slowly fluttered open.
"Hi," he said, groggily.
"Hi," I said. I cuddled back into him and felt his arms come around me.
"Ready for today?" he asked me quietly.
I shook my head. "I don't want to go."
"Then don't," he said. "Maybe we'll both skip today."
"I can't skip anymore," I said. "One day is already too much. I need to make sure my grades are still good, especially if we decide to keep this baby."
"Rose?" he asked me. "Do you want to keep the baby?"
I didn't know how to respond. We had never gone into our personal feelings on what to do about the baby.
"I don't know," I confessed. "Do you?"
"Yeah," Scorpius whispered. "And if you want to give it up, then I'll raise it myself. But I'm not letting my son or daughter be raised by someone else."
"Okay," I said. "We'll think about it a bit more."
Scorpius kissed my head. "Thank you."
"I would like to get an early breakfast if that's okay," I said. "Considering the circumstances."
"Alright," he said.
We got up and I grabbed my robes from the folded pile on the floor.
"Could I use the bathroom first?" Scorpius asked me. "I need to shower quickly."
"Sure," I said.
He took his shower and I made his bed, trying to remain as quiet as possible.
However, Merlin seems to really hate me.
An alarm clock next to someone's - I think it was Avery's - bed went off, telling me that it was 7:45.
I didn't think Scorpius and I were in bed for a half hour.
"Turn it off, Rose," Chloe said, pulling Alex's arm tighter around her. Clearly she thought that she was still in our dorm. "Stop waking up so early."
"Avery, turn that fucking alarm off some of us are trying to sleep," Alex said, nuzzling his face in Chloe's hair.
Clearly, they both didn't seem fazed by any of their actions.
Avery turned off his alarm but didn't get out of bed. The room was silent once again.
Scorpius came out of the bathroom with his pants and shirt on, his hair wet.
He looked over at Alex and Chloe. "How'd that happen?"
"I have no idea," I said to him, going into the bathroom to change.
When I came out, I saw that everything was exactly how it was when I left.
"Ready?" I asked Scorpius.
"Yeah," he said, still looking at Chloe and Alex. "Should we wake them up?"
"I don't know," I said. "They look rather peaceful."
"Yeah," Scorpius said. "But I don't want Emily to see-"
"OI, ARSEHOLES GET OUT OF BED!" Emily's voice rang through the room as she walked in the door. "Scorpius, Rose," she said, nodding at us before walking over to Avery's bed. "Avery, their serving pancakes today at breakfast!"
Avery shot up out of his bed. "I'm up! Give me like five minutes."
Emily laughed and rolled her eyes and woke the other blokes up before going over to Alex's bed.
"Should we tell her?" I asked Scorpius. But Scorpius wasn't able to respond because Emily started talking.
"OI, ALEX GET UP!" Emily yelled. She walked around the bed so that she could see his face. Which meant that she could see Chloe. "COME ON WE DON'T HAVE ALL-oh."
She took in the sight of them, Alex's face pressed into Chloe's hair, his arm wrapped around Chloe's waist and how their fingers were laced together. A look of hurt passed through her eyes.
"Alex," she said. "Wake up."
"Go away," Alex mumbled and pressed himself further into Chloe's back.
"Can everyone just be quiet?" Chloe said, still half asleep.
"Alex," Emily said, her voice more firm and angry this time. "Wake. Up."
Alex, clearly annoyed opened his eyes, and took in the position he was in. He looked at Chloe and then looked back at Emily, who was standing there with a hurt look on her face. Chloe had woken up too and appeared to be frozen in place.
"Shit," they said at the same time. They both scrambled to get as far away from the other one as they could, causing Alex to fall off the bed.
"Sleep nice?" Emily asked bitterly.
"Em, let me explain," Alex said.
"Why?" Emily said. "We're not together. Hell, I don't even like you like that. Feel free to fuck whoever you like."
"We didn't have sex," Chloe said.
"Whatever," Emily said. "I'm sure your boyfriend would love this."
"I don't have a boyfriend," Chloe said, tears filling her eyes. "We broke up."
"Wonder why," Emily muttered.
"Emily," Scorpius said, firmly. "Come with me."
Something about the way Scorpius said that had an effect on Emily and she stopped glaring at Chloe and Alex and looked at Scorpius.
"Fine," she said.
"I'll just be a few minutes," Scorpius said to me, kissing me. "Don't leave without me."
"Okay," I said.
Emily and Scorpius left the room, Chloe, Alex and I looking after them.
"So, um," Chloe said awkwardly. "Thanks for letting me stay."
"Yeah," Alex said back, just as awkward. "No problem. Really anytime."
Chloe nodded and grabbed her robes. Alex headed over to the bathroom and he and Chloe reached it at the same time.
"Um, you can, ugh," Alex said. "You can go in first."
"Thank you," she said, a blush coming across her face.
They were acting like they hooked up last night.
Holy fuck they hooked up last night.
Alex turned away from the bathroom door and looked at me.
I raised my eyebrow at him.
"Um, hi?" he said. I gave him the look I gave Hugo when I knew he wasn't telling me something. He would tell me what happened eventually.
Five seconds went by of him avoiding my gaze.
Buddy, I will stand here all day.
"Tell me," I said. "Now."
Alex sighed. "Fine." He went over to his bed and sat down. "So we were arguing over who would get to sleep in the bed when suddenly, she started crying. And I went over and hugged her and tried to make her feel better. And then...she kissed me. I don't know why. But she did. And so we kissed for a little while. But that's it. We just fell asleep after."
"That's all that happened?" I asked him, my Mum face still on.
"Yes," he said. "Merlin your kids won't be able to get away with anything."
I'll take that as a compliment.
"Alex," I said, walking over to sit on his bed next to him. "She just got her heart broken. So please don't play her."
"Good," I said. "I'd rather not let all my crazy hormones make the Weasley temper even worse than it already is."
Alex smirked and ran a hand through his hair.
"What?" I asked him.
"Nothing," he said. I gave him my Mum look. "Alright fine. It's just strange that you're actually having a baby. And Scorpius is going to be a father. I never thought that would've happened."
"Neither did I," I said, quietly. "I never thought I would be pregnant. I never thought I wouldn't be on speaking terms with Lou, Al or Audrey either but I am." I put my face in my hands. "I caused such a mess."
Alex put a comforting hand on my shoulder. "You're not alone though. I've known Scorpius since we were three and he's the loyalist guy I know. No matter what you guys go through, he'll be there. Same with me and Chloe."
"Thanks Alex," I said.
Chloe walked back in the room at the same time that Scorpius and Emily did.
"Everyone ready for breakfast?" Chloe asked.
"Yes," I said. "No point in stalling it any longer."
I walked over to Scorpius and he grabbed my hand and squeezed it. I smiled at the gesture, glad that he was officially my boyfriend.
"It'll be okay," he said as we walked behind the rest of the group.
"What did you say to Emily?" I asked him.
"Nothing much," he said. "She denied having feelings for Alex so then I told her she shouldn't act like a jealous girlfriend. I was betting on Emily and Alex getting together but now..." He looked at Chloe and Alex, who were now flirting and walking next to each other, the awkwardness of the morning gone. "I'm not so sure."
"It should be an interesting year," I said, taking a deep breath as we reached the Great Hall.
Scorpius pulled me to a side corridor.
"What are you doing?" I asked him, as he put my back against the wall and stood in front of me.
"I want you to know that whatever happens in there, I will stand by you," Scorpius said, squeezing my hands. "They will probably stare and call you names and I will try not to beat their arses because I will hold your hand through it all. I want you to know that nothing they say is true." He rested his forehead on mine. "I'm in this for the long haul. No matter what happens in there or anywhere else, I promise to protect you and our child."
I went on my tiptoes and kissed his lips. "You are the best boyfriend ever," I whispered. "And I know that this baby will be lucky to have you as a father."
"Ready?" Scorpius asked me.
"No," I said. "But it doesn't really matter."
Scorpius and I left our hiding spot and entered the Great Hall. Maybe it was just my imagination but the normally noisy room got quiet as we entered. When people saw our hands, they started whispering and when it became clear I wasn't sitting at the Gryffindor table, even more whispers started. We sat down, across from Alex, Emily and Chloe, who seemed to have decided to sit with me instead of everyone else. I saw Albus looking at Chloe with a confused look on his face and when Alex put a hand on her shoulder, the confused look turned into one that could kill. But he never left his seat.
I saw Hugo enter with a group of fifth year boys. He noticed everyone whispering and went up to Albus and Louis to ask them what was up. They must have said something about me because Hugo looked over in my direction before turning his gaze back to them. He started getting upset with them, I could tell by his face before he walked off, clearly pissed off.
Hugo came to the Slytherin table and sat beside me. "Bloody pricks they are," Hugo said, glaring at Albus and Louis. "Thinking they could just abandon you. Well you know what I say Rose? Fuck them. We don't need them."
"Hugo you don't have to sit here," I said to him. I didn't want him ruining his relationship with Albus and Louis because of me. "Go sit with your friends."
"No," Hugo said, defiantly. "You are here. My big sister needs me more than she has ever needed me and I am going to be here whether she accepts it or not." He looked around the hall. "I don't care what anyone else says. Family should always come first. It's taking all my willpower not to drag you home where you're safe and keep you there until the baby is born." He glared back at Albus, Louis and Lily, who had just joined them. "If they knew what family was they'd be over here too, trying to restrain themselves from killing everyone who turned their back on you."
I just stared at Hugo, tears forming in my eyes.
"What?" Hugo asked me. "What happened? Why are you crying? Who do I need to kill?"
"No one," I said, launching my arms around his neck and letting the tears fall. "You don't need to kill anyone, Hugo. You are the best little brother anyone could ever ask for." I used the shoulder of his shirt to dry my eyes. "I love you so much."
"I love you too, Rosie," he said, rubbing my back. "You don't deserve them turning on you."
"It doesn't matter, " I said. "I have you. I thought I might have lost you too and I'm so glad I didn't. I can deal with losing them as long as I don't lose you."
"You're never going to lose me Rose," Hugo said, holding me tighter. "You're my sister. No matter what."
Hugo and I let go of each other and I wiped my eyes. "Sorry about that."
"Pregnancy hormones kicking in?" Emily asked with a smile.
Scorpius put an arm around my waist and kissed my head. "My girlfriend has gone insane."
"So you're no longer just a baby daddy to my sister?" Hugo asked, smirking. "Good."
The rest of breakfast went relatively well. We all talked and ignored the looks and whispers we received. For the first time in a while, I felt like everything was going to be okay.
I knew who I had by my side and I knew they weren't going to leave me.
And I wouldn't have traded that for anything.
A/N: YAY NEW CHAPTER! I’m sorry for the long wait! But I hope that you enjoyed it!
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