Chapter 24 : Next day delivery
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Kieron Nott is of course owned by the wonderful Sam!
“Louis, I’m sorry about yesterday. I don’t know what came over me, I was having a really shitty day and I was just taking it out on all of you. I’m sorry.” Freya said sincerely as Louis walked slowly down the stairs, he hadn’t long woken up.
“I accept your apology, Freya. I wasn’t exactly in the best of moods yesterday either.” Louis told her with a smile. Freya held her arms out for a hug; Louis obliged and wrapped his arms around her as much as he could, it had become more and more difficult as the weeks past due to her bump seeming to get bigger and bigger. Louis was a bit worried about how big the baby was going to get and he was worried for Freya when the time would come to push her out, the due date wasn’t that far away.
Louis let go of Freya and moved so that he placed his hands on Freya’s bump, he was amazed to notice that it was quite hard in places, it hadn’t been before.
“Have you all had lunch yet?” Louis asked Freya, looking up at her and removing his hands from her.
“No, Dominique, Victoire and I decided to wait for you to wake up.” Freya told him, before giving a wince as she put her hands on the small of her back as she arched it slightly.
“We were close to waking you up, you lazy sod.” Victoire said with a smile as she walked into the hallway that Louis and Freya were standing in. “Are you aware that it’s two in the afternoon?”
Louis nodded slowly and gave an embarrassed smile, “Sorry about that.”
“Don’t be, it’s good, you’ve needed the sleep.” Victoire told him, “You’ve been working really hard later. That’s why we didn’t mind waiting to eat.”
“I wish I had slept that long,” Freya admitted to them, “I woke up a lot last night.”
“Are you feeling okay?” Louis asked Freya in concern as they all began walking to the kitchen following Victoire.
“Yeah, I’m fine. I’ll just have a nap later.” Freya told him dismissively, she removed her hands from her back. “Sit down, we’ll make the food.”
Louis sat down in the chair that Freya was pushing him towards, he sat down and watched as his sisters and girlfriend prepared them all lunch.
As Louis let his eyes follow Freya around the kitchen, he began to notice that she seemed to be tensing up at times, as though she was in pain.
“Freya, is it your back again?” Louis asked her, standing up and planning to make sure she sat down and rested, he didn’t want her to push herself too hard, especially if she was in pain with her back.
Freya didn’t say anything, but Louis noticed that she had stiffened completely and was gritting her teeth together with her eyes closed as she clenched her fists tightly.
Dom and Victoire were watching her with confusion on their faces, unsure what was happening.
Freya stopped standing so rigid and tried to carry on with what she was doing, shaking her head at Louis and telling him, “I’m fine, don’t worry.”
But as soon as the words slipped from her mouth, she tensed up again, her whole body going rigid as she clenched her fist together tightly, this time she let out a moan of pain before she could stop herself.
Louis felt his eyes widen as he continued watching her, whilst Dom placed a hand on Freya’s clenched hand. Freya opened her eyes and clutched hold of Dom’s hand tightly before looking up at her with a terrified look on her face.
“Freya?” Dom asked her.
“It hurts,” she managed to say through her gritted teeth; “It really hurts.”
“Is she in labour?” Victoire demanded as she turned off the stove that she had been cooking on, before turning to look at Freya. “Are you in labour?”
Freya shook her head quickly, “I can’t be.”
“I think you are. We need to get you to the hospital.” Dom said, still holding onto Freya’s hand, Freya looked terrified. Victoire turned to Louis who had his mouth agape and had gone very pale.
“Louis.... Louis...” When Victoire wasn’t getting any reaction out of her brother, she clapped her hands together in front of his face loudly. He blinked before looking at her and closing his mouth slowly.
“Louis, go and get Freya’s bag. It’s in the nursery; you are so lucky that I packed it for you the other day.” Victoire told him, “I’ll get in touch with mum and dad, Dom can you take Freya to the hospital? We’ll meet you there.”
Dom nodded as she began to give Freya calming words, Freya looked like she was on the verge of tears.
“Louis, go now!” Victoire told him, “We’ll meet Dommie and Freya there.”
Louis nodded before running from the room, stumbling in his haste and tripping as he took the stairs two at a time, not caring that he grazed his shin on the stair. He grabbed the bag from the nursery before rushing back down the stairs and meeting Victoire in the kitchen. He noticed that Dom and Freya were already gone.
“Let’s go.” Victoire said, grabbing her wand from her pocket and making Louis follow her out of the house. She shut the door before grabbing a shell shocked Louis’ arm and apparating them to the hospital. The moment they arrived Louis was doubled over and dry heaving, his head was swimming.
Victoire rubbed his back comfortingly and told him that it was going to be okay, he stopped heaving and managed to straighten himself up, glad that he didn’t actually throw up.
“Come on, let’s go and find out where she is.” Victoire said, walking quickly to the entrance of the hospital.
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“How are you doing?” Louis asked nervously as he sat on the hard plastic chair next to Freya’s bed, trying to ignore the fact that it wasn’t that comfortable, his legs bouncing around in nervousness. He had previously been pacing the room to try and calm his nerves; he had been unable to keep himself still.
Freya nodded before tightening the grip on his sweating hands as another contraction took over her. She took deep breaths as she tried to breathe through the pain.
“This is harder than I thought; we’re not even at the worst part yet.” She told him tiredly.
“The Healer said that it could be hours as you’re not ready to push yet, your waters haven’t even broken.” Louis told her softly, as he brought her hand to his and kissed it.
Freya nodded again as she shuffled slightly on the bed to try and get comfortable. Louis let go of her hand and stood up to make sure that her pillows were placed behind her.
“I don’t think that I can do this all night,” Freya admitted to him, “I’m so tired from barely getting any sleep last night.”
Louis placed a kiss on her lips before moving away and pushing her hair out of her face slowly. “I’ll be right here with you, Freya.”
Freya gave him a smile before shifting again on the bed. She placed a hand on the monitor that had been placed on the skin of her bump, to help monitor their baby’s heart beat through the labour.
“Did you want to go and see if your mum and dad are here yet?” Freya asked him.
“Sure, I’ll be right outside, okay?”
Freya nodded at him and Louis left the room. He walked down to the waiting room where he knew his sisters were, he saw that they had been joined by more people.
Kieron Nott and Teddy Lupin looked up from their conversation with each other as soon as Louis walked into the room, whilst his mother and father stopped their staring match with the floor.
“Louis,” Bill said, standing up from his chair to pull his son into a hug, Fleur joined quickly showering her son's face with kisses, before they both let go of him. “How’s Freya doing?”
“She’s good; the Healers have said that her waters haven’t broken yet, so it’s just a waiting game. I just can’t believe that she’s going to be early, I was not prepared for this.” Louis told them honestly, when he woke up that morning he wasn’t expecting this to happen at all, and he was struggling to process that this wasn’t a dream. He took a seat next to where his dad had been sitting and scratched the back of his head.
“Have you been prepared for any of this the past few months?” Kieron joked; Louis gave a small laugh and shook his head.
“Not at all,” Louis said, before giving a small sigh. “Has anyone told Freya’s parents?”
“Teddy went to their house, but no one was in so he left a message, and I’ve sent them an Owl in case they don’t get that message.” Bill told his son, who nodded.
“I’ve sent Horatio an Owl as well,” Dom told her brother, who smiled gratefully. “I know that he’ll never forgive us id he missed this. Mum and dad are also keeping the family updated, so you’ve just got to focus on Freya.”
“Thank you all,” Louis said, standing up, “I’ll be back soon with more news.”
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Louis rested his head on the back of the chair as he looked up at the ceiling; the hardness of the chair was stopping him from drifting off to sleep. He had been sitting in this chair for most of the seven hours they had been here and he knew that he was going to have bruises, but he didn’t care, he would sit here forever if Freya needed him to.
He turned to look at her and saw that she had finally drifted off to sleep; she had been given a powerful pain relief potion over an hour ago in an attempt to lessen the pain she was going through and to try and get her some rest. Her contraction had been on and off the whole day, just when they thought the baby was on its way, the contractions would stop. It had seemed like they had been stuck back at square one the whole time they’d been here.
Louis sat up straight and looked down at his watch and saw that it was nearing nine at night, no wonder it had gone dark outside. Louis stood up quietly so that he could move around and try to get the feeling back in parts of his body that had gone numb from sitting in the chair, he didn’t want to disturb Freya, so he snuck out of the room quietly so that he could see how his family were getting on.
When he entered the waiting room they all looked at him expectantly, but Louis shook his head at them before taking a seat next to his father again. “She’s been given a pain relief potion so that she can sleep for a bit.” He told them all as he gave a yawn himself.
“Maybe you should try sleeping as well?” Horatio suggested as Louis shook his head.
“I won’t be able to sleep now. Besides, shouldn’t you lot be sleeping? You’ve been here all day.” He asked them, looking over at each of them, he was amazed that they had all stayed up here, considering they probably had better things that they could have been doing, surely they had plans for the day that they’ve now had to cancel.
“We’ve had naps on and off,” Horatio said with a shrug. “We’re fine, plus, we’ve been keeping ourselves busy.”
“I can’t believe that you’ve all stayed,” Louis admitted in awe, he was so amazed that they were all here to support him.
“None of us wanted to miss it,” his sister Dom told him, she was sitting around the small table in the middle of the room with Victoire, Kieron and Teddy; they had been playing a card game which had stopped once Louis had come in.
“Do you know how amazing you all are?” Louis asked earnestly, he appreciated everything that they did for him. He wasn’t sure where he would be without any of them around.
“Yes, but feel free to tell us again,” Molly said with a smile, Louis looked at her and saw that she was sitting with his mother and they were both knitting together.
Louis smiled as he stretched and looked around the room, noticing the food wrappers in the bin and the amount of drinks that covered the various sides and some of the floor.
“It’s like you’ve all set up some sort of camp,” Louis joked.
“We sent Horatio, Teddy and Kieron on a food run to the hospital's cafe,” Bill told his son, he nodded over to a bag that was on the side which had drinks and food in it. “We got both you and Freya something, but we weren’t sure if you would want it?”
“Thank you,” Louis said gratefully as Kieron leant over and passed the bag to Louis, “I can’t think of even eating at the moment, but I’ll have the drink.” He took the drink out and opened it so that he could drink some.
“Has anyone tried to kick you out of here?” Louis asked as he put the lid back on his drink and placed it back in the bag that he had placed on the floor. He slouched in the chair and leant his head back so that it was resting on the wall.
“Nah, they know that we can’t be moved,” Horatio stated and the others let out a laugh.
Louis smiled as he felt his eyes beginning to fill heavy, nodding slowly at what Horatio had said.
He was just so tired.
“Mr. Weasley.” Louis opened his eyes and looked up in shock, he hadn’t even realised that he had fallen asleep; he was wide awake at seeing that the Healer was standing in the doorway of the room and looking over at him. Louis stood up from the seat quickly and looked at her with his eyes wide. “Miss Jackson wanted me to come and get you, her waters have broken.”
Louis nodded quickly before he dashed out of the room as he followed the Healer; he could hear his family calling out “good lucks” and “this is almost it” as he left.
When he entered the room that Freya was occupying, he saw that she was walking around the room; he wondered how long she had been awake for and how long he had been asleep for. He glanced up at the clock and saw that it was nearing eleven at night.
“The Healer said that I should walk around, that maybe it will help to try and get her out. She was right, my waters broke, which I’m glad it was that.” Freya told him honestly in a quiet voice. Louis looked down at the floor.
“I was expecting there to be a flood or something,” he joked. Freya smiled at his joke, but shook her head at his comment.
“Nothing like that.” She said, before grabbing his hand quickly when she felt a contraction going through her. Tears filled her eyes as she had her other hand on the bottom of her belly.
“I think that we should get you back onto the bed,” Louis told Freya, she nodded as she walked slowly over to the bed. It wasn’t long before she stopped and grabbed the front of Louis’s top; she pulled him towards her and buried her face in his chest as she gave a muffled scream of pain this time.
Louis hated this, he hated knowing that she was in pain and there was nothing that he could do about it. He rubbed a hand over her back to try and ease some of her pain.
“Louis, I think that she might be coming, this really hurts.” Freya said, pulling away from Louis and trying to move towards the bed, she gripped the end of it as another contraction came and she let out another scream of pain.
Upon hearing her scream of pain a Healer rushed into the room and over to Freya, Louis hadn’t even noticed that there wasn’t one in the room. Louis followed and rubbed Freya’s back again like the Healer had suggested that he try to do a few hours ago, whilst the Healer done her checks on Freya.
“You’re still not dilated enough, Freya.” The Healer told her sadly, Freya let out an annoyed groan as she continued leaning against the bed.
“I just want her out, I don’t want to do this anymore, I don’t want to do this.” Freya cried, Louis could see the tears falling down her face quickly.
“She’ll be here soon; you’re doing so well, it’s just a little bit longer.” Louis tried to tell her comfortingly as he helped the Healer get Freya back into the bed.
Freya leant back on her pillows and rested a hand over her eyes as tears of pain and frustration slipped down her face.
The Healer checked Freya’s charts before she turned to her and said in a comforting voice, “I can give you another pain relief potion, hopefully that will reduce the amount of pain that you’re feeling.”
Freya nodded as she wiped her eyes and waited for the Healer to get her the potion.
“She’ll be here soon, Freya. You can do this, okay?” Louis stated, running his hand over her hair to push it off of her face, she nodded slowly as she gave a sniff, before gritting her teeth and covering her face with her hands as she cried out in pain again.
The Healer came back over with the potion and Freya took it quickly before laying her head back down on the pillow, but within seconds she was crying out in pain again, she grabbed for Louis’s hand and squeezed it tightly, Louis thought his hand was going to break from the pressure that she had used.
The potion didn’t even begin to take effect before Freya told them all that she felt like she needed to push the baby out.
Louis could only stare in shock as he felt the blood rushing from his head, she was on her way.
Samantha was on her way.
Could he do this?
“You’re doing so well, Freya.”
He was giving Freya words of encouragement, but it really didn’t feel like he was there, he felt like he was watching it all from far away, that he was having an out of body experience.
He was about to be a father, there was no way that he could ever turn back now; he didn’t feel like a father. He really should have been preparing himself more.
Freya gave another cry of pain next to him and squeezed his hand tightly, he watched as her face was screwed up in pain and she had beads of perspiration on her face, before she relaxed a bit. How long had she been pushing for? It had seemed like no time at all, it was all going so fast, he felt like he was going to throw up or faint, he tried to take a deep breath and focus on Freya’s face.
“Here she is. Here’s your daughter.” said the Healer, from the end of the bed. Louis turned his head and saw in slow motion his daughter in the Healers hands.
He felt like he had been winded and that his heart had stopped as he stared at the tiny baby that another Healer, he didn’t even notice had been around, had placed in a towel. Everything was so quiet, why was everything so quiet?
And then a loud croaky cry filled the room and Louis felt his heart beating madly as he took a breath, a love that he had never felt before was rushing through him and he gave a small laugh as tears filled his eyes.
She was here, and she was beautiful.
Louis could barely contain his excitement and happiness as he walked down to the waiting room, fighting the urge to jump around and yell loud, stamping his feet and just laughing. It was strange that he could feel so many emotions at once and his body wasn’t exploding from it all.
As he entered the room, all eyes turned to face him expectantly and Louis gave him a wide proud smile.
“She’s absolutely beautiful,” Louis told them, his voice cracking with emotion as his eyes began to water, but he didn’t care, he was so happy. “Freya has done amazing.”
They all cheered loudly as they rushed forwards to hug him.
“I can’t believe that we’re aunts!” Victoire and Dom were telling each other as they moved away from the group hug and hugged each other, each of them jumping around in excitement.
Louis grinned happily and looked up at Horatio, who was yelling loudly in his exhilaration, “I’m an Uncle, oh my, I’m an Uncle.” He seemed like he didn’t know what to do with himself as his face broke out in the biggest grin that Louis had ever seen on his face. Horatio grabbed for Molly, who was grinning next to him and pulled her towards him, dipping her and giving her a kiss, before standing her up straight and hugging her tightly. The family looked at them in shock before letting out a laugh.
“I did not expect that,” Kieron said with a laugh, pointing over at Horatio and Molly as he shook his head before they all turned back to Louis, who was hugging his mother.
“When was she born?” Fleur asked her son, wiping the tears that were falling down her face.
“Three minutes past midnight.” Louis told them proudly.
Louis knew that August 1st would go down in history as the happiest day of his life, and he really didn’t think that anything could top that, or take away what he could only describe as an explosion of happiness from him. He didn’t think that he would ever come down from this happiness.
He was a father and it was the best feeling in the world.
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