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Chapter 8 : Surprise?
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Scorpius caught my eye from across the room and beamed at me. He’d been so lovely about the whole thing, I sometimes considered pinching myself to make sure I wasn’t actually dreaming. When I told him I didn’t want to sit together during the holidays at the Burrow, and I wanted to wait until towards the end of them to tell my father, he was completely understanding. He even said he wouldn’t come near me, he’d let me approach him once dad knew.
All of the adults were congregated in the kitchen, doing Merlin knows what. They always disappeared in there for an hour or so after dinner. I realized that some of the cousins weren't in the room, and while I expected it from Teddy and Victoire, I was midly curious as to where Hugo and Louis might be. I sighed and played with the fring on the end of my scarf. I was trying to think of ways to break the news to Dad. I don't think walking up to him and saying 'Hey Dad, I'm dating Scorpius Malfoy and we're having a baby' was exactly what the best way to go about it.
I was pulled out of my thoughts when Hugo and Louis came running into the room shouting something about presents. It seemed the word had brought Dominique out of whatever hole she had been hiding in, and even Teddy and Victoire emerged from their snog session to join in the present opening. As the adults filed into the room, I noticed Molly perking up even more. She must’ve done well on a test, or gotten a compliment from a teacher that she was dying to tell everyone. Molly was never this cheerful. Unless she was being praised, or she was destroying someone else's life. I was glad that we weren’t close, I wouldn’t want to dream of what she’d do to me if she knew about my… situation.
The adults were taking the empty spots on the furniture, some even opting to stand rather than squish into tight spots. Scorpius stood to give Nana Molly a place to sit. What a gentleman. His parents may not be the most delightful people you’ve ever met, but at least they taught him manners. That would win him points, right? Dad came over to sit by me, and I moved over a smidge to offer the space to Mum, who was standing by the fireplace with Aunt Ginny. She shook her head when I motioned to the couch seat next to me, and I shrugged. Her choice.
Everyone was chattering about what they thought they were going to get, and the dinner we had just eaten and the quidditch game that was sure to be played out in the back garden after presents. But then Molly cleared her throat and the room quieted. My cousins and I all seemed to share the same look of exasperation with her, and all of the adults looked mildly intrigued or annoyed that she had so rudely interrupted their conversations.
“Oh, you don’t all have to stop and look at me, I was just trying to get Scorpius’ attention.” Her voice was laced with fake sweetness. I wanted to gag.
Dad, Uncle Percy and Aunt Audrey seemed to be the only people really interested in why she would want Scorpius attention. Well, aside from all of us kids. She smiled coyly and we all looked at her as if begging her to get on with it so we could move on with our night.
“I was just going to point out that there’s a free spot next to his girlfriend, if he wanted to take a seat, rather than stand.” Her smile grew into a smirk and I nearly lunged across the room to punch her in the face.
Apparently my dad wanted to do some punching as well.
“His what? Who? Where? What?” Dad kept looking around the room to see what spaces were available, and then he realized that the only empty space on the furniture was the spot between him and me. He turned a very distinct shade of purple.
“Ron…” Mum got kind of quiet, as if she wasn’t really sure how to treat the situation.
“Rose.” It was all he said, and for a second I thought it was all he was going to say. And then he exploded.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen dad THIS mad. He was all sorts of red and purple and I’m pretty sure if you were looking at him from a distance you’d think his hair covered his entire face. I sank in my seat and shot daggers at Molly with my eyes. The evil little brat. She didn’t even eat meals at the same time as us! How could she have possibly known about Scorpius and me?!?! Dad was yelling louder and louder, and I couldn’t make out exactly what he was saying.
“Ronald! Stop it right now!” Mum, Aunt Ginny and Nana Molly all yelled at the same time. Did they plan that? Probably. Dad stopped yelling, but he was still breathing heavily and glaring at Scorpius.
“She needs to sort out her priorities” He mumbled to himself. If I hadn’t been sitting next to him I don’t think I would’ve heard it. Uncle Harry snickered at the line, and Mum and Aunt Ginny turned on him to glare.
The room was dead silent, the only sounds to be heard were Dad’s heavy breathing and Uncle George’s whistling.
“Alright, let’s open some presents.” Uncle George went to go hand presents out, but Molly stopped him. Merlin, what was the girl going to do now?
“Wait, Uncle George, I want Rose to open my present first. Also, I’m sorry Rose, I had NO idea you were trying to keep it a secret.” She had that sickly sweet voice again, and I narrowed my eyes in suspicion. What was she up to?
Dad was glaring at Molly now, I could see that he was glaring the same daggers at her as he had moments before at Scorpius and me. Everyone looked at me expectantly and I looked first at Jacqueline and then at Scorpius before swallowing and opening the present. Part of me told me to be terrified.
I slid my fingers under the paper, and ripped the meticulously perfect wrapping open violently. If I couldn’t hurt her, I could hurt her present. A box fell into my lap, and I looked at it confused. She nodded at me to open it up, and the second I did, I instantly regretted it.
“What’s in the present, Rose?” Aunt Audrey was asking. She seemed genuinely curious about what her daughter bought me, and why she insisted I open it first.
I reluctantly started emptying the contents of the box. Little yellow booties that were clearly for a newborn, a striped onesie with ruffles on the butt, and the king of them all: ‘Tips and Tricks for Expecting Parents’. I couldn’t speak. I just stared at Molly in disbelief. I couldn’t place how she could’ve possibly known. Or why she would reveal me like this. I was thinking back to the times that I mentioned being pregnant, and then it dawned on me. The noise and the shadow in the hospital wing. It had been her. I had seen something!
“What. Is. That.” Dad, who was already agitated and angry just glared at the presents.
The room was even more silent than before, you couldn’t even hear Dad breathing anymore.
“Surprise?” I whispered.
And then the room erupted in chaos.
Hi! So, I finally got around to writing chapter 8. I was going to have a filler chapter between 7 and 8, but I realized I didn't really want one and wasn't sure what I'd do with it anyways. So, here it is. Rose's family finally knows!
I'd love a review, that little grey box is hungry. I'd love to hear what you think. Do you have predictions, questions, angry comments on the way I characterized Ron? (i'm terrified of writing him, this chapter was so tough purely because of him). Or you could just tell me what your favourite sport is. I'd love to know!
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