Chapter 17 : When We Skip a Few More Years
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“I don’t want to,” whined Lily. She never thought she’d be saying that about leaving for Hogwarts, but here she was, doing just that.
“Honestly, I don’t know what you’re so upset about,” laughed Scorpius, “last year I wasn’t there and it was fine, remember?”
“Yes, but I can’t do it for another year. Hogsmeade weekends are only every few months, and there’s no other time for me to see you!”
“Lily, look at it this way,” he sighed, “you wouldn’t be able to see me anyways. I start auror training in a week, remember?”
Lily gave him a weak smile. She remembered a time back in her fourth year that he revealed he wanted to be an auror and she was horrified at the idea of him working for her father. Now she was delighted at the prospect.
The two were sharing their goodbyes in a more secluded corner of Platform 9 and ¾, trying their best to avoid the prying eyes of their friends and family. It was bad enough that they had to say goodbye at all, but to do it in front of a crowd would have been even worse.
After a few more minutes of saying farewell (though there was not much talking involved…), they made their way back to the small gathering in the middle of the platform.
June grinned when she saw her best friend. She could not have been happier for Lily that she and Scorpius were still going strong; she always knew it was a match made in heaven. And while she was sad that the two could not see each other for a few months, June had a pretty good idea how they were feeling. She was having the same issue with Albus.
“There you are!” said Natalie when she saw the couple approaching. She, Tom, Mia, June and Albus were all standing in a pack just next to the few Wotters still sending children off to Hogwarts. At this point, Lucy, Hugo and Lily were the only three left.
It was amazing to see what the children of some of the world’s most famous wizards had accomplished; Albus was training to be an auror alongside Scorpius, James and Roxanne had become Quidditch stars for the Appleby Arrows, Fred was running the Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes in Godric’s Hollow, Rose was working alongside her Mother at the Ministry, Molly had just gotten a job writing a humor column for the Daily Prophet, Victoire was working for Gringotts, Dominique had become a somewhat famous photographer and Lois had opened a new apothecary in Hogsmeade.
“We were just saying goodbye,” explained Lily with a blush creeping into her cheeks. Scorpius chuckled at her embarrassment and put his arm around her shoulder.
Harry, who had been talking to Ron and Hugo, noticed that Lily had returned and caught her eye. He gave her a quick wink and she smiled warmly in return. She excused herself from her friends and made her way over to her father.
“Well, how does it feel to be here for the last time?” asked Lily. Harry laughed.
“It’s probably not going to be the last time,” he replied, “I do have three children. Odds are at least one of them will produce me a grandchild.” He glanced over at Scorpius chatting animatedly with Lily’s friends. “And by the looks of it, you may be the first,” he joked.
The traitorous blush returned to her face, but she smiled at her father. His approval of Scorpius was something she had worried about, because of his and Draco’s past. But when Lily brought him home for Christmas in her fifth year, her family accepted Scorpius just as they had accepted her sorting into Slytherin.
“It means a lot to me that you two get along, Dad,” she said. He gave her another smile and pulled her into a hug.
“Lily, you are my youngest child and my only daughter. But you have never needed my approval. You are strong and independent and I love you for that. You are going to do great things,” he whispered in her ear. His praise brought tears to her eyes, but she blinked them back before anyone could see.
When they let go, Lily smiled at Harry and turned to her Mother, who was watching them with a saddened expression.
“What’s wrong, Mum?” Lily asked, taking Ginny’s hand. Ginny shook the sadness from her face and tightened her grip on Lily’s hand.
“Nothing, sweetheart. I just can’t believe my youngest is going off to her last year at Hogwarts! It seems like just yesterday you were getting on that train for the first time,” she reminisced with a glazed look. Lily rolled her eyes slightly and comforted her Mum.
“You say that every year. And every year I write to you at least once a week, and every year we see each other at Christmas as if no time has passed,” said Lily. Ginny nodded and pulled her in for a hug.
“I know, but for me that time is a lot slower than it is for you,” offered Ginny.
Lily pulled away from the hug, “not this year! This year I have to wait to see you and Scorp!”
Ginny laughed, “don’t worry, time will pass quicker than you think. Imagine what it was like for me, not only did I have to wait for your Father while I was still in school, but he was out who knows where risking his life!”
Lily conceded this point; while it would be tough for her to be apart from her boyfriend for a few months at a time, she could not imagine what it would be like if she knew he was constantly in danger of being killed by dark wizards.
After a final hug from each of her parents, Lily returned to her friends. June was in the middle of telling an elaborate story to the triplets.
“… and then we gave the rabbit the potion Lily had made and it grew three times its size and chased us around the field!” she finished, causing the others to laugh with gusto. Lily smiled wickedly at her best friend.
“I gave you that potion knowing full well what the effects would be,” she teased. “That’ll teach you not to mess with innocent animals!” The others continued laughing as Hugo and Kendra approached, hand-in-hand.
“We better get on the train,” said Kendra, “it’s nearly eleven and we want to get a good compartment.”
“Eh, we’ll just kick out some first years if we need to,” joked Hugo, but promptly stopped laughing when he caught the glare Kendra was sending his way. In a strange way, the two reminded Lily a bit of Uncle Ron and Aunt Hermione…
The group boarded the train, but Lily hung back to give one last goodbye to Scorpius.
Her brown eyes met his grey ones, and the two did not need to exchange words to express what they were feeling. The two leaned in and shared one last sweet, simple kiss before she got on the scarlet steam engine, and butterflies erupted in her stomach just as they did every time they kissed.
“Goodbye, Lily!” he yelled over the whistle of the train.
“Bye, Scorp,” she said and waved before turning into the train to find where the others had gone. As she walked down the hall, she noticed a younger red-headed girl sitting in a compartment reading a book. A little ways down the hall she saw a boy about the same age walking past her with a dungbomb in his hand, chatting conspiratorially with his friend.
“I saw her reading in a compartment just down here,” he explained with a malicious look on his face.
“Jack, why are we dungbombing her if you like her?” asked his friend.
“Because, you never tell a girl you like her,” he said with exhasperation in his voice, “it make you look silly!”
Lily smiled to herself and remembered a time when there was a boy who wouldn’t leave her alone, no matter how much she indicated that she just wasn’t interested…
A/N: Just a fluffy little epilogue for you. I have to be honest with you guys, I really enjoyed writing this story. It hasn’t gotten very many reviews, but it’s still been a blast to read the few that have come in. I have a bunch of new stories in the works, but I don’t have enough to post for any of them (yet). Summer’s just beginning, so that means I’ll have plenty of time to be antisocial and stay inside writing ;)
I hope you have had as much fun reading this as I did writing it! Please leave a review to let me know what you thought of the story (should I try and do a sequel?)!
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