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Chapter 5 : Chapter Four: Ally
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I gotta get back to school.
I gotta get myself to Hogwarts,
where everybody knows I'm cool.
Goin' Back To Hogwarts ~ Starkid
I ran from the compartment not sticking around to see what damage Frankie was doing. I was nearly knocked over by a blonde as I made my way to the compartment I had left Jayden in. It took me a few seconds to realise who the blonde was, their hair was medium length instead of being long and they had a very tanned look to them. It was Dominique, my best friend, except she looked way different to when I had last saw her at the beginning of the summer.
"Ally, what's wrong honey." Dom asked as she pulled me into a hug.
"I've messed everything up." I sobbed into her shoulder, "And now I'm stuck with three idiots for the next seven or eight months."
Dom held me at arms length, "Ally what do you mean, next seven or eight months."
Since we were close to the toilets I went in first and pulled her in, getting her to shut the door behind us. I closed the loo seat and sat down putting my head in my hands. "I'm pregnant, Dom." I said in barely a whisper knowing that she wouldn't hear me.
"What was that Ally, I didn't here you."
"Dom you're my best friend and you have to swear that you won't tell anyone what I'm about to tell you." She nodded, "I'm pregnant Dom and there are three possible fathers."
Her mouthed dropped open, "Holy shit Al! Who?"
I shook my head, "Can't tell you who the other two are just yet, but I just told Zabini."
Dom looked shocked, "Cole Zabini, blimey Al, he may be a looker but he sure isn't friendly or daddy material."
I laughed as I wiped away some of my tears, "I know Dom, I know."
"So what are you doing then?" She asked as she swayed left and right.
"I'm keeping it of course. So far I haven't seen dad since he left the other night and mum is still kinda freaked out but I think she's ok with it. And if all else fails Hazel said I could live with her and Lacey."
"How are Ze and Lacey?"
"Both fine, Lacey's growing so fast and it's so un-real how much she looks like Ze." I replied.
Dom put her hands out to stop herself from falling on top of me, I chuckled and she looked daggers at me. "So when do I get to know who the other two daddies are?" She asked after she had steadied herself.
"Once I've told them."
"Anything else I need to know now Al, before we leave this lovely place."
"I don't think so, apart from that I need to see Madame Patil as soon as possible."
Dom unlocked the door and we left, the corridor was slightly crowded and out of all the people who could have seen us coming out of the toilet, it was Dom's cousin James who spotted us and thought he'd come and annoy us.
"Ahh it's my favourite cousin and her friend, " He said as he came over and pulled us into a hug.
"James get off us you idiot." Dom snapped.
"What's got your wand in a knot Domi. What were you and the lovely Miss Longbottom up to in the toilet ehh, something you're not telling us Dom." James joked as he followed us down the corridor.
"As pretty as Ally is, unlike you James I don't bat for the other team." Dom told her cousin who then pretended to clutch his heart as if he was heartbroken.
"Ahh my friend but if you were a Slytherin then you would." James replied as he tried to make a joke from the fact that Dom is a beater for the Gryffindor quidditch team.
"Oh ha ha, I wouldn't become a comedian any time soon James." Dom said as she hit him around the head.
I rolled my eyes at those two and smiled, trust James, he can always make me laugh. I slid the door to the compartment that Jayden was sat in, looking out of the window along with Fred who was pulling faces at him.
"Hey Jay." I said as I sat next to him as Dom and James followed me in.
Fred turned to look at us an said, "You know this kid, he's not very talkative is he?"
I rolled my eyes as Dom hit him and said, "Fred you idiot, it's Ally's younger brother. Of course she knows him, as do you."
Fred looked shocked and yelped, "Blimey, sorry kid. I didn't recognise you, I mean I haven't see you in years. Fred Weasley by the way."
"Jayden." My brother said shyly.
"Idiot." I murmured as James sat on Fred instead of next to him.
"Get off of me." Fred cried.
Rose Weasley: Dom, James and Fred's cousin came in with a book in her hand. "Hey guys, are you ok now Ally?" She asked as she sat next to the boys.
"Why?" Fred questioned as he shoved James off of him and he fell to the floor with a 'thump'. "What happened?"
"Something about a run in with Zabini." Rose replied as Dom gave her a filthy look.
James looked annoyed as he stood up and sat on the seat, "What did the little git do this time?"
"Yeah, we'll beat him up for you Ally." Fred chimed in as he rolled up the sleeves of his knitted blue jumper that had a yellow 'F' in the middle, to show his 'muscles'.
James jumped up from his seat which made him hit his head on the luggage rack, "Owww." He moaned, "Come on Freddie lets go beat him up." He said as he nursed his head.
Dom laughed, "I don't think you clowns will be going anywhere."
"Why?" They said in unison with identical looks on their faces.
"Because I believe Frankie got there before you." Rose told them as I looked out the window, wishing I was at Hogwarts already.
"Why, what happened?" They asked, both looking at me.
"I'd rather not say."
"Well whatever it was about, Frankie seems to have broken his nose, and I think he'll wake up with a black eye or two in the morning." Rose informed us.
I sighed, "Can you guys be quiet please, I'm not in the mood to talk and I really want to sleep."
"Sure thing Ally doodle." Fred sang as he conjured up a blanket and tossed it to me.
I muttered, "Thanks." As I wrapped it around myself and led my head back against the seat. Hogwarts better come quick enough, I have to see Madame Patil as soon as possible. I have to know how far I am and if there is anyway she can tell me who the father is with a spell or something.
My eyes were fluttering open and closed and within minutes they were fully closed, blocking everyone around me out and leaving me to my dreams.
"Ally, wake up." A voice from near my right said. I felt a hand on my shoulder shake me and tried to bat it away but it just went through thin air. "Ally come on, you've got ten minutes to change into your uniform."
I opened my eyes and found Dom's face inches from mine and I frowned, "Huh?"
"Come on sleepy head." Came Fred's voice from up above.
I sat up and realised I had been using someone's shoulder as a pillow, I looked to see who and saw it was Fred.
"Enjoy your nap? I do hope you didn't drool on my favourite jumper." He joked.
"I don't drool." I snapped as I spotted Noah Wood had joined us. Noah is one of my closest friends after Dom, and she shares out dorm with us. I tried my best to give her a smile and even though I didn't she smiled back.
James snorted, "Whoa, touchy. Clearly sleeping makes you cranky."
"Oh sod off James," I snapped again as I pulled my bag from the luggage compartment and left, heading towards the toilets. Once inside I got changed into my uniform, which consists of a white shirt, black skirt, Gryffindor tie and cardigan. Along with my robes.
I made to do up my the bottom buttons on my shirt and then noticed the tight lines running across it. I managed to do up a button and saw that it looked fit to bursting point. I tired the next one and saw exactly the same problem. I felt something trickle down my face, I sat down on the closed lid and pulled my legs up to my chest.
I sat there, just letting the tears flow. All because my stupid shirt won't fit. There was a knock on the door and I ignored it.
They knocked again but this time a voice accompanied it, "Ally I know your in there. Let me in please. I stood up and unlocked the door, Dom came in which make the toilet seem even smaller now there were two of us in here. "Hey what's wrong Al?" Dom asked as she knelt in front of me.
"My stupid shirt won't fit." I sobbed, "The buttons look like their fit to bursting point and my skirt is really tight."
Dom pushed a strand of my blonde hair behind my ear and smiled at me, "I'll be back now Ally." With that she left me. In a flash she was back and holding something white out to me, "Here Al, this shirt should fit."
I took it from her and she left allowing me to get changed, I looked down at my stomach which looked awfully round and sighed as I pulled it on. Dom was right, whoever's this was fitted me and it covered my bump. I unlocked the door and along with Dom we walked back to the compartment. "Who's shirt is it Dom?" I asked as I wiped the tears from my eyes.
"Don't you worry your pretty little head about it Al." She smiled, "But come on we're at Hogsmeade."
"What about Jayden?" I cried out.
"He's fine, Rose is taking him to Hagrid and James and Fred have gone to get us a carriage."
I nodded and as soon as we got off the train Dom dragged me down the platform, I instinctively put one of my hands over my stomach to protect it from all the people around us.
"Oi! Dom, Ally." Called a voice.
I looked around and saw James hanging out of a carriage, I pointed him out to Dom and we headed to the carriage. As we got in I saw that Rose was in conversation with Noah who was nodding along.
"It's bloody freezing." Fred complained as he pulled his Gryffindor robe tighter around him and wrapped his arms around himself. I could just make out his tie slung loosely around his neck, hanging out of his Gryffindor jumper. I also noticed he didn't have a shirt on. I sighed as I realised who's shirt Dom had got me.
"I promise you can have your shirt back Fred." I told him as I sat down,"I'll even wash it for you."
He shrugged, "Don't worry Ally, keep it. Mum's packed about ten so it's no great loss."
James pulled Fred into a hug and called him a 'mummy's boy' which then resulting them playfully hitting each other. I stayed silent as we slowly made our way up to the castle. Rose kept shooting me glances and at one point she asked was there anything wrong.
I told her no and that I was still tired. I know I'll have to tell her and Noah soon, but I just can't bring myself to do it right this minute. The carriage jerked to a stop and allowed us to get out. Fred's teeth were chattering as we walked up to the huge school doors, I felt so bad for him considering it was quite chilly despite the warm weather we had been having lately. Then again Fred could just be being a little over dramatic.
I was glad for the warmth when we entered the entrance hall. Just as I was about to enter the Great Hall behind the others, it felt like a wave had washed over me and all I knew was that if I didn't get to a bathroom I would throw up everywhere.
I rushed off across the hall and down the corridor to the nearest bathroom. I just about made it as I flung myself in the first cubicle and the contents of my stomach came up. I sat back on the stone floor and leant against the wooden door, closing my eyes. I've told one of them and being in such close proximity to one of the others is so nerve wracking.
I have no idea how to tell Fred, what if it ruins our friendship? Or what if Dom and Rose hate me, knowing that I slept with two of their cousins. What if they disown me because I'm carrying either a Potter, Weasley or Zabini child.
I was sick a few more times and I was wishing more than anything it would stop. I've been fine for the past week, well I haven't been sick as much as I was and now the minute I'm back at school it gets worse again. Stupid Hogwarts, this place is cursed I swear.
Once I felt like I was no longer going to be sick I stood up and flushed the toilet. I left the bathroom and as I crossed the empty entrance hall I spotted my father hurrying into one of the unused classrooms.
I frowned to myself as I followed him, I hovered outside the door wondering what on earth he was doing. The door was open and I could hear voices from inside, a male which was dads and a female. Dad was pacing across the room and I could just see the woman's shoes from underneath the desks.
"Are you sure your okay now Neville. You can't just ignore her, I think people will notice if you start ignoring your own daughter." She said.
"I'm not going to ignore her, I'm just going to watch her. See who she hangs out with, what boys she talks to. See if any of them are too friendly with her. If she won't tell me who the father is, I'll find out myself." Dad said.
I heard a sigh and then the female voice said, "Please tell me you're not going to do anything drastic. Think of Ally and don't make a scene."
I frowned to myself, who the hell was dad talking to?
I heard what sounded like a kiss and I wrinkled my nose, surely mum wasn't in there? She should at the pub right now, either serving the usual crowd in the pub or looking after Summer and Caleb.
"Thanks for letting me stay love, I didn't know where else to go. Gran would have yelled at me to be a man. Even at my age she'll still tell me off."
I had to conceal my laugh as dad said that, it was true though. Gran still tells him off, mainly about the fact she doesn't get to see us alot. I felt the familiar feeling in my stomach and I rushed back to the bathroom.
Not alot came up and I sat back on the floor once I flushed the toilet. I put my head in my hands and started thinking that I would owl Ze and Lacey first thing in the morning. I can't remember if her sickness was this bad or not. I know when mum was having Summer, her sickness was terrible in the beginning but then it eased off.
I eventually left and crossed the empty entrance hall, the great hall doors were open slightly and as I walked in I saw I wasn't the only late person. Dad was trying to walk calmly down the middle of the hall to the staff table. The other teachers had stood up when he entered and were taking their seats as he stood on the podium and hushed for quiet.
I slipped in and walked straight to the Gryffindor table, I scanned it and found Dom, Noah, Fred and James sat close to the doors which meant I didn't have to walk far.
I sat down between Dom and Fred just as dad announced, "Welcome to another year at Hogwarts, those of you who are new and those of you who are old, welcome back. I won't keep you from the feast any longer, so enjoy the food." With that the food appeared and I was greeted by an array of smells.
I felt slightly nauseous again but I knew there was nothing left in my stomach to come back up, so I tried to push the feeling aside and reached for the basket of bread rolls.
"Have they been sorted?" I asked no one in particular.
"Yep." Dom answered, popping the 'p'.
Great, looks like I missed the sorting hats new song. I always love listening to them since they always change and sometimes I'll go up to dad's office and help him out with a few lines.
"And Jayden is a...?"
"A Hufflepuff like auntie Hannah." She told me.
I smiled, mum would be so proud that Jayden was in her old house. Don't get me wrong she was proud when me and Tegan became Gryffindor's and when Frankie became a Slytherin but I think because of it being her house she'll be extra proud.
Next to me Fred was scoffing his face with about six different foods and opposite James' plate was sky high with just about every food within his reach. "Boys." I muttered under my breath as I wondered how on earth they were able to each so much, yet stay so skinny. Stupid boy metabolism.
I could see Rose over at the Ravenclaw table laughing with her small group of friends, a few seats up her cousin Molly who's a third year was with her friends. Even though Rose is really smart like her mother, she is has a totally different attitude to being a Ravenclaw. Rose studies but she also likes doing fun things. Whereas Molly is a nerd through and through, it's like she hates fun and you'll always find her in the library.
Molly's twin sister Lucy is a Hufflepuff and they are total opposites. Lucy is so laid back compared to her sister and has been know to cause mischief here and there. My eyes wandered to the Hufflepuff table and I saw Lucy and her friends Mary Boot and Sean Davies sat opposite Jayden making conversation with him.
There was also a little black haired girl sat next to him so I assumed he had made some friends. I was glad that Lucy and her friends were talking to him. Maybe they'd take him and his little friend under their wing.
The others were all engaged in conversation and I was glad I didn't have to join in. I felt a sharp nudge in my side and I jumped slightly. Fred was looking at me with amusement and curiosity, "You okay Ally? You're not eating anything?"
"I'm fine," I lied, "Not all of us eat like pigs like you and James." I snapped. Dom and Noah both looked at me, "I'm fine ok, just not that hungry."
"Maybe you should go and see Madame Patil," Noah suggested, "She left earlier because a second year fell and hit her head when she saw the thestrals."
I nodded as I scooped some chips onto my plate, "Thanks Noah, I might go and see her in a bit."
They didn't say anything else about me not eating as I slowly picked at food, I hate feeling like this. I don't know how mum managed to do it five times. The others chatted amongst themselves as I was too lost in my thoughts. The desserts were out and I was staring at a deliciously mouth watering chocolate cake infront of me. I cut a huge slice and put it on my plate before adding three scoops of vanilla ice-cream.
"Looks like Ally got her appetite back." Muttered Fred as they all looked at me shovelling the cake in my mouth.
I felt bad because I wasn't using any manners but right now, no one was going to stop this cake from getting into my stomach. It smelt amazing and it tasted even better. I went back for a second helping and James looked at me funny. I frowned, "What?" He shrugged, "What?" I insisted.
"It's nothing, just that you told me and Fred off for eating like pigs and now your practically shovelling that cake in." He told me as he moved away from the table slightly.
"If I could, I would marry this cake. It's like heaven on a plate."
Noah was eyeing me suspiciously, "Ally are you sure your ok, I mean your acting..." She paused and I could see she was trying to put it in a nice way, "stranger than normal."
I shrugged as my mouth was full but Dom covered for me, "I think her aunt flow's come to visit."
Oh how I wish she had, I thought. Noah nodded and the boys exchanged looks of confusion and I swear Fred opened his mouth to ask who my aunt flow was but Dom just shushed him. I smiled to myself and silently thanked Dom from preventing such an awkward conversation, especially when we had just eaten. I was about to help myself to another slice of cake when all the food disappeared and I groaned.
A couple of the young kids looked at me but then turned to the front of the hall, Dad had stood up and took the podium and the hall fell quiet. "I am pleased to announce Olive Waters and Herman Thomas are head girl and head boy this year. The usual rules apply such as no sneaking out after dark and taking night time strolls in the forbidden forest." I noticed dad looked over at Fred and James as he said it and they grinned back at him, "Now that you are all fed and watered, off to your common rooms where a nice warm bed awaits you. Make sure you all get enough sleep as tomorrow is a busy day. Good night."
The head boy and girl along with the prefects stood up and started rounding up the nervous and excited first years. Knowing this would my only chance to go to the hospital wing to see Madame Patil while all was quiet I whispered to Dom and Noah where I was going since James and Fred were too busy reminiscing about their night time strolls.
I stood up and walked out along with the first years and prefects. I tried to blend in with the first years even though I stuck out quiet a bit because of my height. I headed to the bathroom since I really had to pee, I knew it was bad idea drinking all that pumpkin juice.
Once I had relieved myself I trudged up the grand staircase. Once I got to the first floor I hid behind a suit of armour to check that there were no prefects looking for first years that may have gotten lost (believe me it's happened, I was one of them). Once it seemed clear I headed towards the hospital wing. I started getting really nervous as I got closer and closer to the doors.
I pushed them open to see a raven haired girl in one of the beds who seemed totally out of it and had a thick white bandage around her head. Clearly she was the girl Noah had mentioned earlier. I walked down the ward to the matron's office and knocked.
"Come in." Came the matron's voice.
I pushed the door open and went inside. It was clear from the look on her face that she didn't exactly expect to me here. "I need to talk to you." I blurted out as she indicated for me to take a seat in the soft blue chair.
"Of course Alice," Madame Patil said as she got up and shut the door. Once she had sat back down she spoke, "I take it this is not just a visit to say hello, am I correct."
I nodded, "Well the thing is I'm pregnant. Well at least I think I am, I've had morning sickness, sore boobs and things don't taste right either. I took a test and it came out positive."
Madame Patil nodded but I could see in her eyes she was thinking I was just another stupid teenager, "Very well, if you could hop onto a bed I shall see. Do you have any idea how far you are?" Madame Patil asked as I followed her over to a bed.
I nodded, "I think so but I'm not sure." I told her as I took my robe off and put in on the side before getting up on the bed. I rolled up my cardigan and Fred's shirt, revealing my rounded stomach. I was still weary about the second year and I glanced over
Madame Patil noticed and pulled the screens around the bed and then went to get something. She came back with a bottle in her hand and she looked at me, "This will be cold." She told me as she squirted the gel like stuff onto my stomach.
I watched as the gel hardened and Madame Patil pulled out her wand and muttered something before tapping my stomach lightly. "If you are pregnant, which I think you are. It will turn yellow and if you're not it will turn blue."
I nodded as I stared at my stomach waiting for it to change colour. Sure enough after a minute it turned yellow. "You are indeed Pregnant Alice. I need to check the baby's heartbeat and check how far you are, is that ok?"
"Yes." I managed to say as she went and got a machine which I thought looked alot like a TV. Again she touched my stomach lightly with her wand and muttered something. The machine made a buzzing noise and the screen came on. In amongst the black I could make out a baby shape even before Madame Patil pointed it out.
She pressed a button on the machine and the room was filled with a rhythmic beating and I smiled to myself because it was just simply amazing. I could see Madame Patil's facial expression change and instantly I knew something was wrong.
"What's the matter?" I asked in a panic.
She looked from the screen to me, "How far did you think you were Alice?"
I paused to think about it, "Um about eight weeks, I think. Why?"
"Well," She paused as she tilted the screen so I could see it better, "I don't think your eight weeks, in fact your thirteen weeks."
"Thirteen weeks," I cried, "Are you sure? I mean is there any possible way that I am like eight weeks."
"No, I can assure you. You are thirteen weeks."
"Bloody hell." Am I really that far, I though I was only about two months but I'm just over three months. Aw hell. "Thirteen weeks." I whispered as I looked at the screen again and saw that the baby shape was moving slightly and it had it's leg in the air.
Madame Patil gave me a weak smile, "Everything seems perfectly ok with the baby. I believe you are due around March ninth, Would you like a picture?"
"Yes please." I said as she pressed another button on the machine and the next thing I knew she was handing me my scan picture and some paper towels. I wiped off the gel and rolled Fred's shirt down as well as my cardigan.
"Could you come into my office please Alice."
I hopped off the bed and picked up my robe before following her into the small room. She indicated to sit down and I did.
"Even though you have managed without any vitamins, I'm going to prescribe you some." I nodded as she wrote it down before carrying on, "Have you had any morning sickness?"
"Yes, it seemed to have stopped but then I was sick a few times earlier."
I could see it in her face that she was worried, "You come and see me straight away if you're sick again ok?" I nodded as she got up and went over to what must be the medicine cabinet and came back with a small pot. "One a day Alice. Also make sure that you eat healthy, try and aim for five fruit and vegetables each day. You should avoid liver, soft cheese, alcohol and other certain foods. I'll draw up a list for you, if you want to come and get it some time tomorrow."
"Thanks," I said with a smile and then I remembered my small problem, "Um Madame Patil is there some sort of spell that can tell who the baby's father is?" I asked cautiously.
She frowned, "Do you not know who the father is Alice?"
I looked at the floor as I said, "Well I know who they are, just not who's it is."
"Alice," I looked up to see her face full of confusion and disappointment, "What do you mean by they?"
I hesitated, "Um well there are three possible fathers, only one knows right now but I do plan on telling the other two."
Madame Patil sighed, "I see. As far as I know there is no such spell, however there is such a thing called DNA testing. But that will have to wait until the baby is born. It's a muggle procedure and is pretty much accurate. Do your parents know?" She asked.
I swallowed the lump in the my throat and nodded slowly, "I told them before I came back to school."
"How did they take it?"
I sighed, "Not that well, dad went off and I hadn't seen him until the feast and mum, well she's got mixed feelings but says she'll support me."
"Alice I've known your parents for years, I was in the same house as your father and I've seen you grow up. You're a good girl, how did this happen?"
I could hear it in her voice that she was scolding me, she's know since I was a baby. I had heard that tone before, back when Pravati was baby sitting us and I had tried to drop out cat Mr. Whiskers out the window to see if cats really did land on their feet.
I used to call her Auntie Pravati but now she's just Pravati or Madame Patil (at Hogwarts) since she never married. Although I did hear mum and Lavender gossiping that her and Dean are back together again.
I cleared my throat before saying quietly, "There were three parties and I was slightly drunk and I slept with each of them. But I don't know who at which party."
"You need to see you father since he's the headmaster, I suspect he'll have to inform Professor Mcgonagall as well."
"Thank you." I said as I hugged her, at first she was stiff but then she relaxed.
"Just doing my job Alice. Send your mother my love when you owl her, won't you."
I nodded as I left her office and walked down the quiet ward. I was just about to open the door when it opened by itself. I frowned but then saw Frankie and Albus were on the other side.
Frankie pulled me into a hug which took me off guard and I stood there awkwardly, "Are you ok?" He asked with a hint of worry in his voice, "Is the y'know ok?"
I rolled my eyes, "It's not a y'know, it's a baby and yes we're both fine Frankie stop worrying."
Al's green eyes grew wide, "B-b-baby?" He spluttered.
I looked at him and took a deep breath. Well here goes nothing, potential daddy number two is about to find out. "Yes a baby, I'm pregnant."
"Are you finally going to tell me who the father is?" Frankie questioned.
"I would if I knew who it was, there was three guys." I admitted and saw a look of shock on Al's face, even Frankie looked shocked and he already knew there were three, "I've told one and I'm about to tell the second."
Frankie furrowed his brows, "Where is he, or should I say they? I'll beat them to a pulp."
I placed a hand on his shoulder, "Frankie calm down, you've already beaten one of them up and I really don't think you're going to want to beat the next one up."
"Why?" He questioned as Al's green eyes locked onto my own blue ones.
"Because I slept with Albus." I blurted out. Frankie looked at me, then to Al who was slowly turning red.
A/N So Ally's told Albus but will his reaction be, and not forgetting Frankie's???
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