Chapter 5 : An Ending
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We had nearly reached the crowd of guests who had gathered by the marquee, when a voice cried out,
“Rose, how come you aren’t ready yet? Anyway, the rest of the guys were wondering what you wanted us to sing when you walked down the aisle. They were thinking, ‘You Charmed the Heart Right Out of Me’, but I thought the good old classic, ‘A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love’ would be much better. Which one do you want?” Hugo asked enthusiastically.
How could I say which song I wanted to walk down the aisle to when I didn’t even know if I was going to make that journey? He really did take this singing business seriously, so I suppose I should give him an answer.
“Erm, whatever. You can choose Hugo, it’s your group. I’m really not that bothered.”
“Great! Thanks, Rose. Hey, are you sure you’re ok? It’s just you seem rather fed up.” Dom had finally realised I had stopped following her, and began shooting me looks of annoyance. How could I leave Hugo when he was trying to be the supportive younger brother? It was so sweet to see he was finally mature enough to take on that role.
“It’s nothing. Just pre-wedding nerves, that’s all.” I attempted to smile brightly, so he wouldn’t suspect a thing. Luckily he went along with it.
“Oh, that’s good then. I’d better go and do my vocal warm up. I don’t want to strain my voice,” Hugo replied earnestly and trotted back towards the marquee.
He was a good brother. Though we weren’t entirely sure about his plans of joining the tribute group, he really did like it. They were even going on a tour round the UK soon. Nanna Molly was really happy about that. Ever since Celestina Warbeck died a couple of years back, she had claimed she had been deprived of her music, and this modern music was not up to the same standard.
“Are you coming then?” Dom sounded very impatient. She was always impatient though. At Christmas, she would be the first one up and ready to open her presents at three in the morning. Unfortunately for her, someone else decided to come along and delay the situation.
“Dom, is that you?” Xander asked. “The photographer’s been looking for you for ages. He wants pictures of all the bridesmaids and groomsmen. You need to go and get them done.”
“Xander, go away. You’re not meant to see the bride before she goes down the aisle,” Dom cried out. “I’ll go and get them done, but don’t think it will make me forget Rose.”
“What won’t she forget?” Xander asked while walking over to me. I couldn’t bear to look at him and shrank away. He was still blissfully ignorant about my feelings of doubt, and I couldn’t help but feel awful that he still assumed the wedding was going ahead.
“Oh, it’s nothing. Dom’s right though, you’re not meant to be here.” Just as I had finally decided to go and talk to Scorpius, Xander had to show up. How was I supposed to act like the blushing bride when I didn’t want to play that role anymore?
“Rose, are you alright?” Xander asked quietly, clearly not wanting to attract anyone else’s attention. “You’ve been distant ever since we got engaged. Is it because we moved too fast? If it’s that, we can get married another day. It doesn’t have to be today. I just wanted you to be happy, that’s all.”
How could I explain everything to him? He was too nice unlike me. Here I was caught between two men, unsure over which one I really loved or if I loved either of them, and Xander just wanted me to be happy. I suppose there was one way to find out if I really did love him or not.
“Kiss me,” I announced.
“What?” Xander seemed to be bemused by my request.
“Kiss me. I need to find out something.”
“Erm, ok then.” Xander leaned in and pressed his lips against mine. I waited in anticipation for something, anything. And that something never came. I deepened the kiss, still searching for it. I didn’t want to give up on him. I loved Xander. Well, at least I thought I had. There was nothing, no spark, no zing, just nothing. I didn’t really expect there to be anything now I thought about it.
“Did you feel anything?” I hoped his answer would match mine.
Xander had to think about his response for a minute before replying. “No. No, I didn’t feel anything.”
“Neither did I.” Xander seemed relieved by my response and let out an audible sigh. “I think this tells us something, doesn’t it? I mean, it’s not that I don’t love you, I do. I’ve just doubted this marriage ever since I agreed to it. I think that’s because it’s more of a platonic love than anything else,” I spluttered out. I almost couldn't believe this was happening. Was I really breaking off my engagement to Xander?
“Rose, calm down. It’s fine to feel this way. I’m just so glad that we’re coming out with it now, rather than going ahead with this marriage, and it all spilling out later,” Xander chuckled. “I’ve been having similar feelings too. I think we moved too fast. We’ll still be friends though?”
“Of course, you were always such a good friend. I do want you to know, I didn’t want it to end like this. I really did want us to work out,” I said earnestly. I did want him to be sure that I wasn't just dropping him on a mere whim; I really did mean it.
Ever since I heard that Scorpius was attending this wedding, I somehow knew that this wedding wasn’t going to go ahead. He seemed to make me evaluate what I was about to do and whether it was the right decision for him. I had to thank him, because without his appearance I doubted I would have had enough courage to break it off with Xander.
“Rose, I hope you don’t mind me asking this, but I was wondering whether there was another reason behind this sudden change. I won’t be hurt if there is.” He cast his eyes down to the ground, almost as if he was embarrassed to say it.
Do I admit to him that his best friend was probably the reason behind this? It would be the right thing to do, and since he had been so kind about this it seemed like the best solution.
“IthinkImaystillbeinlovewithScorpius,” I spat out as first my tongue would allow me.
“Wait, what was that? I didn’t manage to catch it all.”
“I think I may still be in love with Scorpius,” I repeated hoping he would understand it this time round. It was weird enough coming to terms with it inside my own head, so for someone else to understand it must be even weirder.
Xander was emotionless. The only movement he made was his fist clenching slightly. I didn’t anticipate that he was going to take it this badly. It was only after a few minutes that he said anything.
“That’s great Rose.” His face didn’t seem to match his answer as it was etched with something which clearly wasn't a positive emotion. “I always had a feeling that you weren’t entirely over him. I suppose no one can ever win against a Malfoy, so we were destined to fail.”
“Are you sure you’re okay with it? I really don’t want to hurt your feelings. I feel so awful about this!” Deep down, I knew that I would probably always feel awful about the way it ended with me hopefully getting a happy ending with Xander remaining jilted.
“Rose, I can’t make you love me or stop you loving Scorpius. All I want is for you to be happy. If being with Scorpius makes you happy, so be it. Go and get him Weasley.” He managed to give me a faint smile. I didn’t know whether that smile was real or forced.
“Thank you, Xander. You don’t know how much hearing that means to me. I just want you to know that I really did try to stop loving him.” I gave him a brief hug to comfort him. “I’m sure there’s someone out there who’s waiting for you.
“Thanks Rose. But go, otherwise you’ll never get him and this rate.” He gave me a light push of encouragement towards The Burrow.
I guess this was my cue to leave. I yelled thanks over my shoulder and starting running off towards the house. That was Xander's blessing and I may as well take it. As the ceremony was meant to be starting in twenty minutes the guests were still waiting outside the marquee to be seated. They all seemed rather perplexed as to why the bride was running like a mad woman through them.
I didn’t even look like a bride to be anymore. Due to running full pelt towards the house my hair had begun to tangle and now resembled something close to a bird’s nest. My lipstick had smudged due to kissing Xander, and the rest of my makeup was pretty much ruined too. I didn’t care. I had finally realised what I wanted, and no one was going to stop me from getting it.
Well, no one would have stopped me if I had been paying more attentions to my surroundings. I had someone managed to collide with someone and ended up sprawled on the ground. At least I hadn’t taken the other person down with me.
“Rose? What are you doing down there? Are you alright?” a very familiar voice asked me. My vision was still blurred from the impact, but I knew that voice well enough to know who it was.
“I fell over, didn’t I? Why else would I be down there? Of course, I’m alright. It was just a small fall. Honestly, Scorpius at times like these I wonder whether you were sorted into the wrong house.” I beamed up at him, and now my vision had cleared I could finally see his face.
Scorpius still looked the same. If there were any changes he looked better. His skin had somehow managed to tan, defying all the odds with his Malfoy genes. It looked good with his blonde hair and grey eyes which were lit with excitement. It didn’t make me feel any better, as I was sitting down here looking worse for wear.
“I’ll take your word for it. You’re the Healer,” Scorpius chuckled nervously. “Here let me help you up,” he added on, and held out his hand to help me up.
I grabbed hold of it, and I almost tumbled over again due to Dom putting me in some ridiculous pair of high heels which impaired my balance greatly.
“Rose, I know this may sound forward considering we haven’t spoken for two years, but I need to talk to you. It’s something I think you should know before you get married,” Scorpius burst out.
“I need to talk to you too. Shall we go to the orchard? It’s probably better if we talk there.” I was rather worried about what Scorpius wanted to talk about. Now that I had finally acknowledged my feelings for him, I didn’t particularly want to go and announce them to him without them being mutual.
“Yeah that would be great.” Scorpius ran his hands through his hand, and then began to fiddle with a button on his robes. He was nervous.
I began to weave back through the crowds of people. They probably thought I was mad. First they see me running like a maniac through them not looking ready to get married, and then they see me walking away with another man.
I couldn’t look at Scorpius or be near him. I was too afraid about what he might say, so I ended up striding ahead of him and looking firmly at the ground. The grass was less worn here. Not many guests have ventured into this part of the garden, and due to it being tamed for the wedding it wasn’t nearly as interesting as it usually was.
Fortunately all the guests were by the marquee now, and the only other living thing I could see was a gnome strolling back into the garden. Nanna Molly wouldn’t be pleased. She forced all of the younger generation out to get rid of them, claiming if one of the oldies did it they may dislocate their shoulder. We all thought it was just an excuse to get us out, as she was always moaning at us saying that we spent too much time indoors.
Scorpius always had a soft spot for the gnomes. Whenever he came to The Burrow, he and Granddad would always go out and try and talk to them. He didn’t even give up when one of the gnomes gave him a vicious bite and the wound didn’t stop bleeding for several hours. He always thought they were fascinating creatures as he had never seen them before coming here. Obviously they wouldn’t have them in the perfectly manicured lawns of Malfoy Manor.
I looked up and I could see the orchard a few feet away. Even this patch of the garden didn’t escape being decorated and gold streamers were wrapped around the many trees, and the leaves on some of them had also turned gold.
“So you wanted to talk then.” I turned to face Scorpius and saw that he was still running his hands through his hair.
“Yes, I do. I don’t really know how to say this, and I really don’t want you to hate me for it. It’s one of those things that I feel should be said; otherwise you may be making the biggest mistake of your life if you feel the same. I never stopped loving you Rose. I would have fought, I really would have, but I knew that we needed a break. Then you went and got engaged and I thought it would be best to leave it. You might have been happy for all I knew. But Albus told me you weren’t, and you became more and more distant throughout the engagement. I secretly hoped that it might be because you still loved me too...” Scorpius faltered at that part and never seemed to regain his words.
I was shocked. I mean, shocked in a good way. I had secretly hoped that he wanted to say this, but that was just wishful thinking. I thought I had mucked him around enough with breaking up with him, and that he would never want anything to do with me again. The break was needed. It showed me that I still loved him, as me and Xander never felt quite right. I just never wanted to let myself believe he would think the same.
With me rambling away in my head, and Scorpius looking anxiously down at the ground neither of us had said a word for five minutes. I had once kissed him to make him silent, now I was going to kiss him to break the silence.
I turned to face him and placed my lips firmly against his. I could feel Scorpius’ body jolt against mine in shock, but soon he was returning the kiss, and he wrapped his arms around my body.
I didn’t realise how much I missed these kisses. They really were something special. Tender yet fierce at the same time. I would have carried on kissing him if he hadn’t broken apart.
“Rose, as much as I want to do this, I can’t. This isn’t fair to Xander. You’re meant to be getting married to him now,” Scorpius despaired.
“Scorpius, do you really think I would be doing this if I was meant to be marrying him?” Scorpius began to blush at this point. “We broke it off. I realised I couldn’t marry someone who I didn’t love, especially if I loved another person.”
“Wait. You do love me? I thought you were only kissing me out of pity.”
“I really do question the Sorting Hat’s choice about placing you in Ravenclaw. Of course I love you. I don’t do pity kisses, not even for you,” I smirked.
“I don’t really need any pity kisses now though.” He leaned in and started kissing me again. This time with a lot more fervour and passion.
I guess I got my happy ending, just not in the way I anticipated. When I heard that he was going to be here I thought my day was destined to fail, and that I would just be left feeling even more confused. I was wrong. He actually made me realise who I really loved, and how I was about to make the biggest mistake of my life. I still didn’t regret breaking up with him. The break up showed that being with someone else just wasn’t the same, and that Scorpius was the one for me.
Now I was just going to have to tell my parents that I had broken off another engagement and that I was back with Scorpius. Hopefully they wouldn’t take it too badly.
Author Note: That’s it guys! This is my first completed story other than one-shots and it’s so exciting yet sad to finish this. I hope you liked the ending, as it would have been too cruel to deny Rose a happy. Thank you to everyone who has reviewed this story you’re awesome, and if you haven’t yet, now’s your chance to do so ;D
I’m planning to write another Scorose separate to this sometime soon. It will be quite different as it’s going to be a mystery/action one set in Egypt, but I hope you’ll come back and check it out, as I’m so excited about it!
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