Chapter 7 : seven
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“Morning, Pheebs,” Louis said cheerfully. I narrowed my eyes and rubbed at them,
“Mo-mo-” I struggled with a yawn. “Morning Louis,” I said, inviting him in.
He walked in and I asked, “Why are you here at…” I drifted off and looked at my clock.
“Five in the morning?” he asked, with a smile.
I glared at him and stormed back in my room. “Come back when it’s a more acceptable time!” I growled.
He followed me. “Aw come on Pheebs, I have some exciting news!”
I grunted and got back in my bed, disgruntled that my warm spot had turned cold. “I don’t care. It’s too early, let me sleep. Watch me for all you like but that’s creepy.”
Louis sighed and took his shoes off, to come snuggle with me. He was warm, I couldn’t deny that. “Why are you here so early?” I mumbled into his chest.
I felt his laughter through the vibrations of his chest. “Well, Al turned up to my apartment, drunk, and he told me that Harry and Ron were going to announce the new Aurors soon. Thought you might like to know.”
“Why couldn’t you have told me later?” I asked.
“Because Al passed out on my bed and I couldn’t sleep anywhere, and I didn’t want to see him throwing up everywhere. He has a weak stomach.”
I nodded and closed my eyes. After a few minutes, Louis’ breathing was deep and slow. It had been a month since we were dating and I’d had the best month ever. He was sweet, kind and caring. I’d met most of his cousins, but I had yet to meet his parents properly.
Honestly, I didn’t mind waiting but I knew it was important to Louis. I just hoped that it wouldn’t be as bad as when I met the cousins (they tried to get me to do a backflip, to prove I was ‘worthy’ – Louis shut them up by trying to get them to do a backflip) or when I met his older sister, Victoire. She was very nice but very weird. I didn’t know what she was on, but she was probably the weirdest person I’d ever met.
I snuggled deeper into Louis’ chest, only realising that I couldn’t sleep.
I kissed his chest and trailed my hands down, smiling slightly. He hummed and I pressed a kiss to his neck. I grinned when he smiled. “I thought you wanted to sleep?” he asked, peering at me.
“Well I can’t sleep now because some fool thought it would be a good idea to come and wake me up at five in the morning,” I said, kissing him quickly.
“That fool sounds very –”
“Stupid? Idiotic? Foolish?” I suggested, tugging at the ends of his shirt.
He chuckled. “I was going for smart, attractive, kind, perfect – you know, just the usual.”
I rolled my eyes and said, “I’ll agree with you when you take your shirt off.”
“Take yours off and I’ll take mine off,” he suggested.
I grinned wickedly.
When Louis and I woke up at a more acceptable time, I asked him, “When did you say Harry and Ron were going to announce the new aurors?”
He shrugged. “I didn’t. Al wasn’t making any sense; he just garbled some rubbish and passed out on my bed.”
“Charming,” I muttered, getting some breakfast prepared.
Louis laughed and asked, “Do you want to go out for breakfast instead?”
“Still don’t trust my food?” I laughed and he grinned.
“Nope, come on lets go.” He grabbed my hand and apparated us out of there.
We were in a back alley and I asked, “Why, Mr. Weasley are you trying to take me captive?”
He produced a bag made out of cloth with his wand and put it over my face. “YES I AM!” he shouted.
“If you were really taking me hostage you wouldn’t have shouted,” I remarked.
“Oh,” he said before taking the bag off my head, “let’s go then?”
I took a step back. “No way, I was taught to never trust strangers.”
“But I have lollies!” he said, grinning at me.
“Lollies?!” I said excitedly, “Of course I’ll come!” He laughed and slipped his hand in mine. We walked out from the back alley and he led me to a cute little café. We sat down at a free table and started looking at the menus.
“Oh my darls, aren’t you two cute?” We both turned and saw a plump old lady walking towards us.
“Excuse me?” Louis asked politely.
She held a hand to her chest. “You two! You’re just adorable together! How long have you been married?”
Louis paled and I laughed. “Er… we aren’t married –” I started to say but the old lady turned to Louis.
“Why haven’t you put a ring on her finger, boy?” She had her hands on her hips and stared at Louis, who was spluttering.
“We’ve only been going out for a month,” I said, trying not to laugh.
Her jaw dropped and she turned to stare incredulously at me. “No!” she gasped.
Louis nodded and she scrutinised the both of us. “Well, trust me dearies, you two are going to last. I can see it.”
I smiled at her as Louis’ neck had started going red. She clucked her tongue and pulled out her notepad. “So, what did you two want to eat then?”
“I’ll have the waffles,” I said politely. She nodded and wrote the order down.
“And you, hun? What did you want?” She smiled at Louis and he asked for the waffles as well. She collected our menus and shuffled off.
Louis was determinedly not looking at me and I sighed. “Louis, don’t worry. I’m not expecting marriage or anything. Don’t freak out.”
He visibly relaxed. “Oh thank God! With past girlfriends, they get all clingy and I didn’t want that to happen again.”
I laughed and he gave me a shy smile back. “Don’t worry, I won’t get too clingy.” He laughed and suddenly went back to normal. Thank goodness.
“So, are you sure you don’t know anything about the auror thingy?” I pressed, leaning forward eagerly.
He shook his head. “No, I don’t. Sorry, but maybe I’ll go bug them and force them to tell me,” he said, grinning at me.
“Nah.” I shook my head. “Don’t worry about it, I’ll probably find out soon enough.”
He smiled and our waffles arrived. “Thanks,” he said, smiling at the old lady.
“No problem, dearies. If you need anything else, don’t be afraid to ask!” she said cheerfully.
We smiled and thanked her as she waddled off. Immediately I started cutting the waffles up and eating them. “They’re delicious,” I told Louis, as soon as I ate the first bite.
“I’ll hold that to you,” he said, taking a bite of his own waffles, “they are delicious!” He grinned and took another bite. I grinned at him and we quickly finished our breakfast.
“I think we’ll have to come here more often,” Louis said, smiling.
I nodded and he asked, “Should we get going?”
“Sure.” I stood up and he went to pay. I waited outside for him and when he walked out, the sun was behind him so he looked like an angel. “You’re glowing,” I said, taking his hand.
“Thank you, I’ve been trying this new skin potion, do you think it looks okay?” He lifted his nose up and pouted.
I laughed and swatted him lightly on the shoulder. “Not like that, you duffer! The sun was behind you when you walked out so it looked like you had a glow surrounding you.”
“Aah.” He nodded understandingly and grinned at me. “Where do you want to go now?”
“I’m fine with anything really.” I shrugged and Louis smiled mischievously. “What?” I asked nervously.
“Nothing,” he sang.
I frowned. “Then why do you look so cheeky?”
“Don’t you worry that pretty little head,” he said, patting me like a puppy.
I moved away from him. “I’m not a puppy!”
He laughed and twirled me towards him. “Of course you aren’t, I just like patting you.” I rolled my eyes and wrapped my arms around his neck.
“So what are we going to do, then?” I gave him a kiss to which he eagerly responded to. “Louis, we’re in public,” I muttered against his mouth.
“You’re the one who kissed me first,” he argued, smiling against my mouth, “but fine.” He pulled away and I bit my lip to stop laughing. He was so cute sometimes.
“Come on, let’s go. We’ll just walk around, yeah?” He tugged on my hand and I nodded happily.
It had been a couple of months since Louis and I were officially together. We decided to take the ‘next step’ and move in together. It was daunting, but I was eager to get out of my apartment. I practically lived at his place anyway so now the only difference was that there was a legal document and I had to pay rent. Thankfully I could pay more now that I was finally an auror.
I finally quit my waitressing job as well so I had lots more time. McBitchyFace was furious but I just waved and walked out the door. I wasn’t bothering with a proper resignation; she knew I was leaving as soon as I became an auror.
I had yet to do any missions, so Louis and I were taking advantage of that by moving in and spending lots of time together.
It was very fun.
“What’s this?” Louis asked, pulling me out of my memories.
“Hmm? Oh that, it’s an old vase thing I got from Ellie. She believed it would bring me good luck or something equally as stupid. You can throw it away if you want.”
He frowned. “Won’t she be upset about it?”
I scoffed, “Ellie throws out my presents all the time. She loves them, goes crazy with it and then gets sick of it. I do the same with hers, we have a weird friendship.”
He shrugged and put it in the box labeled, ‘CRAP WE DO NOT NEED.’
“I think we’ll need another box,” Louis remarked, looking at the pile.
I found another box and threw it at him. He grinned and with his wand, he wrote ‘MORE CRAP THAT WE DO NOT NEED.’
I laughed and continued unpacking whilst humming merrily.
I was walking through Diagon Alley when I stopped in front of Magical Menagerie. There was a little crup that was running around the store. The shopkeeper finally caught him and he was wagging his tail excitedly, looking so innocent.
I walked in, quickly closed the door and looked around. After a few looks, I noticed there weren’t any other crups so I decided to ask the shopkeeper about the one she was holding.
“Excuse me –” I started but she interrupted me.
“Oh sorry! I didn’t see you come in because I was chasing after this little bugger! Sorry, dear. What did you want?” She struggled with the squirming pup for a minute.
“I was actually wondering about him,” I confessed, “I was wondering if he’s for sale?”
She glanced down at him and then looked at me. “Really? You want to buy him? He’s a bit of a nuisance, but he’s cute. No one wants to buy him because he’s so crazy,” she admitted.
My face softened. “But he’s so cute! May I?” I reached for him and she plopped him in my arms.
He started getting excited again so I had to hold him a bit tighter. “Aren’t you a cutie?” I cooed. He wagged his tail and licked my arm (I was holding him away from my face). “How much is he?”
“Fourteen galleons,” she said promptly, “but that’s without all the extras like his food, bed and a leash, so it may end up being twenty galleons.”
I looked at the cute little pup who was panting quickly with his large tongue hanging out. I couldn’t say no to him. “Okay, I’ll take him.”
She grinned and started going through the things I needed to do to keep him healthy. I listened carefully but I didn’t want to forget so I asked her if she could write it down. Thankfully she agreed and after about twenty minutes, I left the store with a new puppy.
Louis was going to love him.
He was barking excitedly so I put him down with his new leash. “Come on, pup. Let’s go for a walk. But as soon as we get to the muggle world, you’re gonna have to be held so they don’t see your little tail.” He yelped excitedly and wagged his tail. He started running excitedly but was quickly pulled back by the lead.
“Come on, boy. Don’t be a nuisance. As soon as we get home, you can run.” He yelped again and started to trot. “Aren’t you a little show-off?” I asked, grinning at him. He yelped.
We walked through Diagon Alley, with him barking excitedly every few minutes. Once we got to the Leaky Cauldron I picked him up again. “Sorry, boy.” He tried to lick my face.
He was so cute! I couldn’t believe no one wanted him!
His tongue was lolling out the side of his mouth happily but as soon as we stepped out into muggle London, he started growling at passing people.
Uh-oh. I forgot that they didn’t like muggles. I scratched behind his ears like the assistant told me to and he settled down. “Be quiet for a little bit. Okay? We’ll be home soon.” He barked again and I gave him a pat on the head. I quickly walked to the apartment and tried to soothe him when I got too close to a muggle.
When I finally reached the building, I breathed a silent sigh of relief. He was cute, but he was very squirmy so I wanted to let him run around a bit. I struggled opening the door but after a few minutes, I finally got it open. I quickly closed the door and dropped the little pup. Immediately he started running around like a headless chook and I chuckled to myself.
There was a note on the kitchen table. I opened it up and read it.
I’m at work. I’ll be home at eight. Love, the best person ever.
I laughed and set the note back down. When I turned around, the puppy was gone. I cursed and called out, “Pup? Where’d you go?” A little bark replied and I called out again, “Puppy?”
A much louder bark replied and I whistled, hoping he would come to me. When I finally found him, he was under the couch with a manic expression. I sighed and reached for him. “Come on, pup. You have to hide when Louis gets here. You’re meant to be a surprise!” He barked happily again. I kept reaching for him and when I finally got him, he tried to stay under there. I had to drag him out and he had all this dust on him.
“Oh, puppy! Look at all the dust you’ve collected!” I wiped it off him and he gave me a happy smile. I couldn’t help but smile back. He was so cute!
“Come on, let’s go to the bedroom.” I picked him up but when I went in there I remembered that we had a water bed. I grimaced but then I decided to go to the spare room where my old bed was. I plopped him on the bed and he eagerly sniffed around.
“Aren’t you cute?” I said, grinning. He kept sniffing around but then he lifted his leg up to pee on my bed. “NO!” I grabbed him but he started peeing everywhere. I quickly dropped him and swore. When he finished he stared up at me with a cute expression but I frowned at him. “No! That was naughty, pup!” He looked down and sat on his bum, looking very guilty.
“It’s okay, pup. I can clean it.” I sighed and waved my wand over the pee. It went but there was still a slight smell of pee. I tried sending out different scents from my wand but there was that distinct smell of pee.
“Alright, pup. I’m going to wash my hands and you stay here. I’ll be back soon,” I told him before closing the door behind me. The pee smell had followed me and then I realised it was on me. I cursed and looked back to the door. Maybe if I had a super quick shower, he wouldn’t do anything too bad.
“Ah, sod it,” I muttered. I quickly hopped in the shower and got rid of the pee smell. When I finished, Louis came in.
“Hello!” I said, grinning at him.
“Hello,” he said amusedly.
I gave him a kiss and asked, “How was work?”
He shrugged. “It was okay. The most exciting thing that happened was someone tried using Leprechaun gold. You?”
I shrugged as well. “Eh, it was okay. Buuuut, I have something to show you,” I said excitedly.
He raised his eyebrows. “What is it?”
“You’ll love it!” I sang. “Follow me!” I grabbed his hand and led him to the spare bedroom. “Open the door,” I encouraged.
He looked at me with a grin unfurling on his face and then opened the door slowly. His face whitened. “What?” I asked confusedly. I looked at the room and there was an explosion of fluff.
I gasped and the puppy popped out of all the fluff happily. He had fluff in his mouth, fluff in his ears and looked much too proud of his achievement.
“Puppy!” I scolded, putting my hands on my hips. “You’re so naughty!”
He barked happily and bounded over to me. “Louis, I bought us a crup. That was meant to be the surprise, not this mess.”
He grinned, seeming to get over his shock, and picked up the puppy. “Really?!” I nodded and he gave me a kiss. “Thanks! Did you name him?”
I shook my head. “Nope, I just keep calling him pup or puppy. I was leaving the name up to you.”
He grinned even wider and held the puppy at arm’s length. “What should we call you, you naughty bugger?”
The puppy barked and wagged his tail full of fluff. I pulled some of the fluff off him as Louis thought about his name.
“What about ‘Jack’?” he asked.
“Why Jack?” I pulled some more fluff of the pup.
Louis grinned. “Like ‘Jack the Ripper’?”
I laughed and grinned. “Okay then. Jack will be his name. Jack!” I said sharply. He looked at me and I grinned. “Jacky-boy!” I cooed.
Louis put Jack down and he immediately ran back into the fluff. Louis moved some of the fluff away and tried to find him. Jack barked happily and I helped Louis trying to find him.
After we found him, he went into hiding again. It was probably the most intense game of hide and seek I had ever played. Louis grinned at me and I grinned back at him, knowing I was happier in this moment than I’d ever been before.
So, I've come quite a long way with this little novella. I originally planned nine chapters but when I was writing this I was like, this is the end! I can't write anymore after this!
Needless to say, I kinda curled up in a ball and freaked out about finishing a story. :p
I just want to thank everyone who favourited this story, read it or reviewed. You all are wonderful human beings. ♥ ♥
Anyway, so (for the last time) thank you all for reading this story and reviewing it! ♥