Chapter 27 : Insecurity
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My eyes opened slowly as Tyler’s face came into focus. He was smiling and looking down to his arms. A beautiful baby girl with dark eyes and black fuzz on her pale little head came into focus. She was singlehandedly the most beautiful person I’d ever laid my eyes on. I sat up quickly, ignoring the dizziness and held my hands out for her. Tyler laid her into them and sat down on the bed next to me. “Hello Little Miss Mackenzie.” I whispered. “You’re beautiful, you know.” I looked at Tyler with tears in my eyes and kissed him quickly, not wanting to take too much attention away from my beautiful daughter. “Ty, she’s so magnificent.”
I saw his smirk out of the corner of his eyes. It wasn’t a cocky one, but a very loving one. “She is, baby.”
So many visitors came through our room that day to see Mackenzie, Aiden, and Selena. Uncles Harry, Ron, Fred and George; Aunts Lavender, Ginny, Katie and Angelina; Muffy; Spencer; Grandma and Grandpa from Mum’s side of the family; the Professors from school; Madam Pomphrey, Molly and Arthur; And the list went on and on.
I was plain out exhausted when visiting hours ended. They gave Mum and Daddy a separate room for each couple’s privacy and even though I loved them dearly, I was very grateful. Mackenzie was taken to the infant ward soon after and Tyler magically widened the bed and laid next to me, pulling my head onto his chest and wrapping an arm around me. He kissed my head. For once, we didn’t fill the silence with useless words. Instead, we reveled in the moment. We’d created an amazing little girl, a beautiful little girl and I nearly cried when I realized I’d almost given her away. I pushed the thought away quickly. I wondered if Daddy’d thought about that yet. I’d watched him bond with both his children and his granddaughter today. He was a foreign person to me, almost. His skin glowed, His smiled took over every inch of his face and his eyes were bright. He looked so happier, happier even than I’d seen him at his wedding. I smiled. I was glad he was happy again. He deserved it more than almost anybody in this world.
The rest of the days in the hospital flew by and we were back at Hogwarts before we knew it. Two weeks out of school and I had to go back. Part of me was extremely excited because I finally got to go back to how school was before I was pregnant: Potions, Charms, Defense. The other part was extremely exhausted. Mackenzie kept Tyler and I up at all times of the night. She had to be fed many times a night. Thankfully, Tyler and I took turns since I was feeding formula.
I dressed in my uniform and robes and then undressed, and crawled back under the covers. Tyler walked back in from Mackenzie’s nursery and laughed. “Flicka, Baby, time for school.”
“I’m not going.” I mumbled from my pillow.
I felt the bed sink in next to me and Tyler started playing with my hair. “Why not?”
He chuckled. “Alix, you just gave birth! You’re not gonna be back down to a size 3 instantly. Everyone understands that.”
“My uniform doesn’t fit.”
“Well go put it on and charm it to fit.”
“Nope. I’m not going.”
“Well, have fun telling your father. I’ve got to go, however. I didn’t just give birth, so I don’t get as much leniency as you do. I love you Baby.” He kissed my head and walked out the portrait.
I walked into Potions without Alix by my side and Severus noticed immediately. “Mr. Truett, come see me please.” I walked forward and the whole class snickered. “Where’s Alix?” He whispered hastily.
“She stayed in our quarters again today.”
“And why, pray tell, did she decide to do that?”
“She thinks she’s fat. Her uniform doesn’t fit her. Her uniform from last year, I might add. And she’s too stubborn to put on the ones we bought especially for after she had Mackenzie.”
He sighed and ran his hand through his hair. Tapping the chalkboard with his wand, he said to the class, “I will return in ten minutes. If anything is out of order, you will each get detention for the rest of the semester with Filch. Mr. Truett, come with me please.”
I followed Severus, which was difficult for as fast as he walked. He had me say the password to the portrait and then stormed in. He knocked hastily on our bedroom door and waited for an answer. Getting none, he yelled, “Alixzandra Snape, you open this door right now!”
A few seconds later, she popped her head through. “Truett. My last name is Truett.” She was still wearing her pajamas. I sat down on the couch to stay out of the fight.
“Don’t backsass me, Alixzandra. Why aren’t you in my class right now?”
“Because I don’t want to go.” She crossed her arms and tilted her head defiantly.
“Get your uniform on, your hair and teeth brushed, Mackenzie to your mother, and your little arse in my classroom. You have ten minutes.” He replied, fuming.
“Or…?” I put my head in my hands. Was Alix trying to get murdered here?
“Or you will be grounded until you graduate!” Severus countered.
“You can’t ground me. I'm married and have a child!” Alix laughed.
“Oh yeah? I can sell your pretty little house. Try me.”
Alix gasped. He had her. She loved that house. I turned to look at her. Her face went from surprise to defiant again. Her eyes narrowed as she said, “You won’t.”
“Dear Lord, Alix, just get dressed already.” I said with a raised voice, jumping up off the couch. I didn’t want to lose the house either. Alix’s eyes got wide. “You’re not fat! Okay? You’re absolutely perfect. Now, I would actually like to have some place to live after I graduate, and I would prefer that you and my daughter be with me, so if you don’t mind too terribly, get your arse back in your room and do what your father said!”
Her eyes stayed wide for a few moments before she gained her sense and nodded, going back into her bedroom.
“Nice.” Severus said, clapping a hand on my back, and walking out of the portrait.
“I’m taking Mackenzie to Hermione.” When I returned, Alix was dressed and ready. In the short time she’d even used a cleaning spell on herself, and done her hair and makeup. She sat perched on the arm of the sofa, waiting for me. I walked up to her, placing my hand on her hip and kissing her deeply. “Thank you.”
She pulled me by my tie back to her and kissed me again. “You’re kind of hot when you’re annoyed. Have I ever told you that?”
Sex. We hadn’t had sex in so long. It was tempting. So tempting. I knew where this would lead if I just let it. But I couldn’t. Could I? I looked at my watch. Potions would end in twenty minutes. We had time for a ten minute quickie, and could show up for the last ten minutes of class. Her father would be angry, but I could lie. Say Alix couldn’t find her school shoes. Or tie. It was plausible. It could work. “Quickie?”
She jumped off the couch and grabbed her books. “Nope. I’m not in the mood.” She started walking towards the portrait.
“Alix! You’ve already got me started, and you knew what you were doing!”
“Sorry Babe. That’s what you get for yelling at me. Besides, we’re not having sex again until I’m skinny again.”
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