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A Minor Setback by AlexFan
Chapter 3 : The Chapter After Number Two
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"You're pregnant with my brother's kid?" Lily asks me again as if I'm a moron. I say nothing but nod my head slowly, my eyes still wide.

It's a known fact that Lily Potter hates all of the girls that fawn over her brother and everything that they do to get his attention. She probably thinks that I'm one of those girls and that I've finally managed to get Albus. I need to tell her that she's completely wrong, I need to tell her that I'm not like those girls. I'm hoping that Lily doesn't think that I'm one of those girls in the first place.

Judging by the look on her face though the chances of that happening are really quite low. She looks as if she's going to murder me or at the very least hex me really bad. I'm pretty sure that hexing a pregnant woman is not healthy for the baby or the even the woman herself. Let's hope that Lily doesn't blast me out of the common room and into the last century.

"L-Lily, I'm not -"

"Finally managed to get Albus now have you?" Lily asks angrily making her way towards me. "Finally weaseled your way into the family, having his child and of course he'll want to help you because it's in his nature."

"It's not like that -"

"So what did you do, drug him? Get him drunk?"

"Well, we were drunk."

"And so you took advantage of him -"

"Will you shut up and let me say something," I finally snap angrily. It's bad enough that she's assuming this about me but I'm getting annoyed with the fact that I'm not allowed to finish a sentence. Lily stares at me with wide eyes, I can see that nobody besides her cousins and siblings have ever told her to shut up. There's a first time for everything.

"Did you just tell me to shut up?"

"Yes, I did, is there a problem with that? I thought you would want to know exactly how this came about instead of assuming that I am like those creepy girls that follow Albus around. I don't have any interest in dating Albus if that's what you're wondering and I have no interest in getting into his pants . . . anymore at least," I say taking one step at a time towards her.

"Fine, explain then," Lily says gesturing with her hand for me to continue.

"I decided to go to at least one Gryffindor party before my time at Hogwarts ended, plus my mother was harping on about it so I decided to go to the stupid party just to shut her up. Anyway, I get to the party and your charming brother shows up drunk out of his mind and says that I don't know how to have fun. So, to prove him wrong, I drank an entire bottle of Firewhiskey and . . . things happened from there."

Lily snorts. "Wow, smart idea drinking an entire bottle of Firewhiskey."

"It wasn't my best moment but yes, it was indeed stupid and I shouldn't have gotten offended for being called boring by someone that I don't know. Are you satisfied with the story your highness?"

"If it was anyone else, I wouldn't have believed them but because it's you and you're speaking in a way that I know no air-headed person could, I'll take your word for it. Does my brother know about this?" Lily asks.

"Not exactly."

"Are you planning on telling him?"

"Well of course I am!"


"I don't know when, whenever the time is right."

"You'll tell him right now then," Lily says walking around me and opening the door. Does she not trust me when I say that I'll tell Albus, does she think that I'm lying? She would be pretty stupid to think I'm lying about something like that, telling the father that you're carrying their child is the smart and logical thing to do because no matter what I may think, I won't be able to raise this child on my own.

"I'm not telling him right now Lily," I say not moving from where I'm standing.

"Yes, you are," she says grabbing me by the arm and pulling me out of the hospital wing and down the corridor against my own will. I try to twist my arm out of her grip but am unsuccessful. For someone so young and small, Lily has a really strong grip. No matter how much I try to slow us down, Lily keeps going.

I ignore the looks that everyone is giving us and try to think of what to do.

"Lily, how do you even know where Albus is?!" I ask as I stumble down the stairs after her. It seems to not have occurred to her that some of us can't go down stairs as fast as she can.

"I have his timetable memorized just in case I need him; he should have just finished his afternoon Potions class, right after Potions is lunch and where does everybody eat lunch, the Great Hall," she says turning down another corridor sharply making me bang my shoulder against the corner, hard. I hiss in pain and roll my shoulder back over and over to see if it makes the pain go away.

"Why do I have to tell him now?" I whine childishly.

"I'm guessing you didn't just find out that you were pregnant with his child yesterday which means that you might have found out about your pregnancy a few days ago. If you haven't told him in three days then you're most likely trying to put off telling him for as long as you can. Madam Pomfrey has already threatened to tell Albus about his child if you don't and if she hasn't then she most likely will."

"How do you know all of that?" I ask in bewilderment. I haven't said anything at all and Lily has just assumed -and quite correctly I might add- that I'm putting off telling Albus. She could be a detective.

"It's not that hard really, anyway, since you're putting off telling Albus about his child, I'll be forcing you to tell him now. I'm sorry if my rubber gloves are giving your arm burns," Lily adds running down the stairs. She shouldn't be apologizing for giving my arm burns, she should be apologizing for the hair that she's most likely ripped out of my arm with those gloves.

"Lily, let's think this through, why can't we tell Albus when the entire school isn't present."

"Because then you'll avoid me and I won't be able to find you again so that I can force you to tell Albus," despite what I may think of the other Potter children, my judgment on Lily has been wrong. She is far from the spoiled, air-headed stupid girl that I thought she was.

Lily drags me into the Great Hall and navigates her way to the Gryffindor table. We attract stares as we make our way but I can't really blame people. It's not every day that we see Lily Potter wearing rubber gloves and dragging the Head Girl behind her. I search around in my head for anything else that might change Lily's mind on forcing me to confess my secret right now. Before I can say anything though, Lily has already tapped Albus on the shoulder and he's already turned around to face us.

"Albus, Seraphina has something to tell you," Lily says.

"No, actually I don't," I say through gritted teeth as Lily's grip on my arm tightens.

"Yes, you do."

"No, I do not and even if I did, I wouldn't say something that's life-altering in front of the entire school when the entire school doesn't need to know," I say glaring at Lily.

"Well maybe if you'd already told the life-altering news then you wouldn't be in this situation and besides, the whole school is going to figure it out anyway at some point. Stupid as some people in this school may be, they're not all idiots."

"I'm sorry for not being able to pop out into regular conversation that news, it's not exactly a subject that comes up very often around people and I would rather that the school figured it out on their own instead of me announcing it to them."

"Well -"

"Hold on," Albus interrupts, "let me get this straight, you have news to tell me but you don't want to and I'm assuming that Lily dragged you here to tell me from her detention otherwise she wouldn't be holding you by the arm."

"No, that's not it at all, you're imagining things."


"You're imagining things."

"Fine," Albus sighs, "hypothetically speaking then, you have something you need to tell me that will apparently change my life but you don't want to and Lily is forcing you to confess but you're not going to no matter how much Lily tries to force this confession out of you, hypothetically speaking of course."

"Hypothetically speaking, that would be correct but since that that isn't what's going on at all, you're wrong."

"Oh for God's sake Seraphina!" Lily explodes angrily. "Albus, what Seraphina is trying to tell you is that -"

"Lily needs a tampon!" I blurt out really loudly. The entire hall goes quiet and turns to look at me. Lily's gaping at me with her mouth open and Albus has a look on his face that says he didn't need to know any of that.

I panicked alright, I hadn't meant to yell out that Lily needed a tampon, it just slipped out. I couldn't let Lily announce to everyone that I'm pregnant with Albus's child and I was thinking of something to say and that came out. What exactly have I done?! I've just yelled out to the entire school that Lily needs a tampon because my stupid brain couldn't come up with a better excuse.

"What!" Lily and Albus say at the same time.

"Lily needs a tampon -"

"No, I don't!" Lily says shrilly turning red in the face.

"Why are you coming to find me if Lily needs a tampon?" Albus says with a disgusted look on his face.

"I don't need a tampon!"

"She thought you might be experimenting with some to see if they can be used in a prank," I say hurriedly, "and she wondered if you had any to spare for her but she didn't want to ask so here I am."

"So she asks you to ask her brother if he has any tampons for her . . . "

"That's correct."



"Shut up," Lily says through gritted teeth. I send an apologetic smile at the red-faced, fist-clenching girl.

" . . . This is the life-altering news you were going to tell me?"

"Er, yes?"

"Lily," Albus says turning to his little sister who seems to be resisting the urge to strangle me. "If you need, er, tampons, maybe you should owl mum instead of asking your male brother if he has any. Are you okay Seraphina?"

"I'm fine," I hurriedly reply. Why is he asking me if I'm feeling okay, is something showing? Have I said something that would hint at there being something not okay with me? Maybe it's because I'm still red in the face and I'm trying to mouth "I'm sorry" to Lily. Or maybe it's just Albus being Albus and he's just worried about me.

"I'll go owl mum about those . . . tampons right now, Seraphina do you want to come help me deliver the letter?"

"No, I think I'll stay here," I say inching towards Albus.

"Too bad, you don't have a choice," Lily says grabbing my arm again and dragging me out of the Great Hall. I turn to Albus and mouth "help me!" before he disappears from view and Lily and I are in the corridor alone again. I'm about to start running because I think she's going to punch me in the face but Lily starts talking before I can run.

"You just had to yell out that I needed a tampon to the entire school didn't you!" Lily says slapping me with her rubber gloves that she's removed from her hands.

"Well, sorry, you were -OW- going to tell the entire -OW! Would you stop that, it hurts! You were going to tell the entire bloody school that I'm pregnant." I rub my stinging shoulder and glare at Lily who's chest is heaving because she's so angry.

"Why did you say that I needed tampons of all things!" Lily finally exclaims after a few minutes. Her face is slowly going back to its original colour and she's shoved her gloves back on.

"It was the first thing that popped out of my mouth alright!"

"But of all things -"

"Lily, you know how embarrassed you feel right now?" I interrupt her. I look her straight in the eye as she nods and leads the way back to the hospital wing. I could've sworn that she was about to reply sarcastically but decided against it.

"That's exactly how I would feel if you had just blurted to the entire school that I'm pregnant," I say following her up some stairs, we wait for them to stop moving and then continue walking. "I would be so humiliated right now, you feel humiliated right?"

Lily nods her head and keeps walking. "That's exactly how I would've felt, not only that but I'd also be judged by people as the idiot Head Girl who can't control herself. I'd probably want to hit you in the face just like you want to slap me in the face right now. In fact, I'm pretty sure that I would hit you in the face. My point is, the way that you're feeling right now is exactly how I would feel if the entire school had just found out I was pregnant."

"I'm sorry Seraphina, I didn't think of it like that. I just wanted Albus to know the truth, I didn't actually think what effect it would have on you," Lily says stopping outside of the hospital wing door and turning to me.

"When I say that I'm going to tell him, I mean it. I'm not going to hide this from Albus just because I don't want to tell him. It would be cowardly and that't not what Gryffindor's are," I say giving a small smile. Lily gives me a huge grin before throwing her arms around my middle and hugging me tightly.

I stand there stiffly with my arms raised at my sides, unsure of what to do. I've never had people willingly hug me before so this is new for me. After a minute of Lily still hugging me, I pat her back awkwardly because that's the only thing that I seem to know how to do. Lily finally lets go of me and turns towards the door, twisting the handle and pushing the door open.

"See you Seraphina and you better tell Albus that you're pregnant," Lily says before disappearing into the hospital wing and leaving me standing there alone.

I slowly make my way back down to the Great Hall thinking of what just happened in the past half hour or so. My behavior seems strange, even to me. Never once in my life have I ever panicked for what to say or never once have I ever been put in a situation where I've never thought and reacted quickly. This afternoon was certainly a strange one.

I don't know if a pregnancy can do this but it's changing me already. I mean honestly, I've willingly hugged and made contact with people twice today.

a/n: so, I've finally managed to finish this chapter after accidentally deleting it and freaking out. Let me know what you think in a lovely review and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. I especially want to know what you guys think of Lily in this. I would be happy to answer any questions that you guys may have concerning the story so if there's anything that you're wondering send it my way and I'll answer to the best of my abilities. Happy reading!

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