Chapter 14 : It's a....
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Belle was beautiful when she was asleep. Her hair fell gracefully around her and she looked angelic. I love when she would come and spend the night with me. Her presence would help me at night. After Al’s death, I would constantly have nightmares. I still do but having Belle back in my life helps them occur less.
I brushed a loose strand of hair away from her face, admiring her beauty. This girl was my pride and joy. She turned me into the person she knew was in me. The girl I almost lost but got a second chance from. The girl who is now carrying my child.
I’m going to be a dad. I thought.
There’s a human being inside my girlfriend. There’s a new Potter growing. There’s a half me inside her. Holy hell.
I looked back down at my girlfriend. I snuggled up to her and gently kissed her cheek.
“Goodnight babe. I love you.” I whispered.
* * * * * * *
Watching Belle slowly change over time was fascinating. Her belly started to grow out. I went to every doctor’s appointment with her. It was fascinating being able to hear the heartbeat and see our little baby. I was there to hold her hair every time she would get sick. Time at school flew by. Before I knew it, winter holiday had crept upon us. I was helping Belle pack her stuff up.
“You know, we have to tell your parents now.” She said.
“I know.” I replied, placing the shirts she just folded into her trunk.
“They’re going to hate me.”
“No way, they’ll be ecstatic to have a grandchild.” I said.
“I hope so.” Belle whispered. “Did you know we get to find the sex out shortly before Christmas.”
“And I can’t wait.” I said. “James Potter the third is going to be a troublemaker like his daddy.”
“What makes you think it’s a boy?” She asked, raising her eyebrow.
“Potters always pop out boys first.” I responded. “It’s a known fact.”
She laughed and I leaned over and kissed her forehead. I couldn’t wait for this baby to get here.
* * * * * * *
As midterm exams wrapped up, it was time to head back home. Lily and our cousins all loaded up on the train for the trip to Kings Cross. We all crammed into a compartment. Dom pulled out her wand and expanded the compartment so everyone could fit comfortably.
“So, are you guys going to tell Aunt Ginny and Uncle Harry?” Rose asked me as she propped herself up against her boyfriend.
“Today.” Belle replied, looking up at me. “We’re doing it as soon as we get home.”
“Oh, I can’t wait for you to tell everyone. It’s getting so hard to keep it a secret. I’m so excited!” Rose gushed.
Belle laughed. We slowly told my cousins, one by one. They were all thrilled to have a new addition to our large and possibly insane family. We made them promise to keep it a secret from their parents until we had the chance to tell them.
I knew on the outside, Belle was playing it cool. She was freaking out on the inside though. She was always one to stress out and think my parents would hate her. Every time, she was wrong. Belle was convinced that this would be the last straw for her.
“I hope it’s a girl.” Lily said. “Just because James has this delusion that Potters always have boys first.”
“Hey! All the facts are in favor of my statement.” I argued.
Lily rolled her eyes.
“Well, I’ll love him or her either way.” Belle said, placing her hands on her little baby bump. “I already do.”
There was a collective sound of awws that rippled across the compartment. Everyone settled back down and found something to do for the rest of the ride. Hugo and Lily played exploding snaps. Rose snuggle up next to Scorpius with a book. Dom and Belle were chattering away in French. Fred and Roxanne were arguing about something stupid. The others kept themselves content with small talk among themselves.
* * * * * * *
When the train arrived at Kings Cross, Belle was a nervous wreck. Hugo tried to joke with her, telling her that my parents were too well known to hex her in public. That only made her nerves worse. As we got off the train, we dispersed to our respective parents.
“James. Lily. Belle.” Mum called out.
I lugged our stuff over to my parents. Mum pulled Lily and Belle into a motherly bear hug. When she released them, Belle and Lils stepped back and smiled at her.
“Belle, you look wonderful. Is there something different about you?” Mum asked.
Belle’s eyes flickered over to mine. Yeah Mum, there’s a baby inside her. Instead, Belle plastered a smile on her face and looked back at Mum.
“Nope, I’m still the same old Belle.” She said.
“Okay…” Mum said slowly, picking Lily’s trunk off the ground. “Let’s head home then.”
Lily took Mum’s hand and Mum pulled out her wand.
Crap. We totally forgot that we apparate home from the station. Since Belle is pregnant, she can’t apparate anymore. It makes her sick and her doctor said it wasn’t good for the baby. Belle looked terrified as my parents stared at us with questioning looks.
“Umm…” I stuttered. “Belle can’t apparate.”
“Yes, I know. She’ll go side along with you.” Mum said.
“We can’t do that.” I replied.
“James, I can’t see why she….oh.” Mum trailed off, looking over at Belle. “You’re pregnant?”
Belle looked down at the ground. She gave a slight nod, avoiding my mother’s gaze.
“Belle, sweetie, that’s amazing!” Mum said, dropping Lily’s trunk.
She grabbed Belle in another bear hug.
“Of course, I wish you two were a little older before having a child. There’s no changing it now though.”
Belle’s mood instantly lightened. I could tell she was glad to have that off her chest.
“Come on, let’s get you guys home.”
* * * * * * *
As the holiday began, Belle and I slowly told my aunts and uncles about the pregnancy. Everyone was so happy and supportive. Belle began to feel less nervous. In fact, she was excited. Today was Belle’s doctor’s appointment. We were heading up to St. Mungos. I was thrilled for this appointment. Belle was far enough along that we would be able to determine the sex of the baby.
“Oh, I can’t wait!” Belle gushed as we walked down the halls out the hospital. “I can’t wait to see our baby again.”
“Me too.” I said.
I opened the main doors of the maternity ward. Belle walked up to the front desk and checked herself in. She came over and joined me in the waiting area. I looked at the people around us. Some of the women were older and their husbands sat beside them. Some of the women were closer to my age and some nervous boyfriends or fiancés waited with them. Some women were alone. Some women had small bumps like Belle’s while others were clearly towards the end of their pregnancies.
Belle rose from her seat and I followed. We followed the nurse down the hall and into a rom. Belle sat up on the table. The nurse waved her wand over Belle, taking her vitals down.
“Everything seems to be in check.” The nurse said. “Healer Signh will be in in a moment.”
“Thank you.” Belle said.
The nurse shut the door behind her. I snatched at pamphlets off the wall, being the annoying git I am.
“Did you know our baby is the size of a turnip?” I asked. “And that he will eventually be the size of a watermelon? That’s going to be painful.”
“Thanks for reminding me James.” Belle responded, her voice dripping with sarcasm.
“You’re welcome darling.” I said.
A knock at the door distracted us. In walked Healer Signh.
“Good morning Belle.” He said. “And same to you James.”
“Good morning.” I said.
Healer Signh then turned his whole attention to Belle.
“How are you feeling today?” He asked.
“Pregnant.” Belle responded.
“Yes.” He chuckled. “How’s your morning sickness been?”
“Almost nonexistent since I’ve stopped appariting.” Belle answered.
“Perfect. Now, are you ready to see your baby?”
“Are we able to find out the sex today?” I asked.
“Yes. Once I check and make sure everything is okay, we can see what you’re having.” Healer Signh said.
Belle raised her shirt up and Healer Signh squeezed the blue gel all over. He then placed the tip of his wand in the gel. The image popped up on the screen and we were able to see the inside of Belle’s uterus.
“There we go.”
He moved his wand around. The sound of the baby’s heartbeat filled the room. It was truly a magical experience.
“Everything looks good.” Healer Signh said. “Heartbeat is strong. Now, let’s see what you are.”
I watched nervously as Healer Signh moved his wand around. Excitement ran through my body as he tried to find the baby’s sex organs.
“There it is. Right there.” Healer Sign said as he pointed to the screen. “Congratulations, you’re having a baby girl.”
* * * * * * *
Before heading home, we stopped at the hospital giftshop. Belle picked out a little pink teddy bear that had baby girl stitched on its feet. We kept it hidden in Belle’s purse as we flooed back home.
“You’re back!” Lily squealed as we stumbled out of the fireplace. “Oh, how did it go? Am I having a niece or nephew?”
“Calm down Lils.” I laughed. “We’re going to get everyone together at The Burrow tonight and then we’ll tell.”
“Damn, I need to know.” Lily pouted.
“Literally, in a few hours you will.”
* * * * * * *
Nana Molly was so excited to have everyone at The Burrow. She lived to cook and force feed her family. We all gathered in the living room, Belle and I at the front. Belle held the hospital gift bag close to her. Her face was beaming, she was so excited to be telling everyone.
“You guys ready to know?” I asked.
“Quit stalling.” Rose called out. “Just tell us.”
Belle dug in the bag and slowly pulled out the teddy bear. She held it up for everyone to see.
“It’s a girl!”
“Yes!” Lily yelled, punching her fist up in the air. “I knew it!”
* * * * * * *
Belle and I slept peacefully the next day. We were so worn out from the night before. I felt Belle shift in the bed, snuggling up to me. I wrapped my arm around her and gave her a kiss on the cheek.
“Good morning love.” I whispered.
“Mmm, good morning.” She mumbled, her eyes still closed. “James?”
“Yeah?” I asked.
“Can we go see Al today? I want to tell him he’s going to have a niece.” She said.
“Of course. Why don’t you start getting dressed and I’ll go ask Dad to use the car?” I suggested.
I slid out of the bed and headed down to the kitchen. Dad sat at the kitchen table, sipping his coffee as he read the Daily Prophet.
“Morning kiddo.” He said.
“Morning Dad.” I replied. “Hey, would you care if I used the car today? Belle and I were planning on going to go visit Al.”
“That should be fine. Just be sure to tell your mother. The keys are by the door.” Dad said.
I headed back upstairs to my room. Belle sat on my bed, dressed and ready to go. She held her winter jacket in her arms. I quickly changed into weather appropriate clothing. We made our way downstairs, making a stop at my parents’ room to tell Mum where we were going. I grabbed the car keys off the hook on the way out. I started the car, blasting the heat. Belle buckled up in her seat.
“Ready?” I asked.
She nodded and we took off.
* * * * * * *
The drive to Godrics Hollow was sort of a long one. It took about forty-five minutes by car. Belle was having fun though. I enjoyed listening to her sing off key and dance around in her seat.
That’s when it happened.
I felt the car start to slide and I knew that instant I hit a patch of black ice. I tried to correct the car but I couldn’t.
Belle’s scream echoed in my ears as we slide across the road into oncoming traffic. The impact was loud and hard. I felt my body jerk forward. I looked over to Belle. She was slouched over, her head against the dash board. I could see the blood coming from her head when she hit the dash board.
“Shit.” I yelled. “Shit. Belle!”
I reached for my phone and called nine-nine-nine.
“What’s your emergency?”
“My name is James Potter. I’m on Louie B. Ave. There was a car accident.”
“I’m dispatching the authorities to your location. Do you need an ambulance?” The operator asked.
“Yes, my girlfriend is unconscious. She’s four months pregnant.”
“I sent out an ambulance.” She said. “Try not to move your girlfriend until they get there unless you absolutely have to.”
“Okay.” I said.
I could hear the sirens already. I knew we weren’t far from Godrics Hollow and it wouldn’t take long for the police to arrive.
“I hear them.” I told the operator. “I’m going to disconnect now.”
I hung up the phone and dial my father’s number. He quickly answered.
“Dad, there’s been a car accident.” I blurted out, trying to keep my panic down. “It’s Belle. She’s unconscious.”
“I’ll be there.” Dad said.
I went back over to the accident. The ambulance rolled up and I pointed them over to Belle. I told them she was four months pregnant and watched as they got her out of the car and loaded up into the ambulance. The police came over and asked me a few questions. I told him exactly what happened, not taking my eyes off the ambulance. The police officer released me once my dad showed up. He told us where they were taking Belle. I jumped into the passenger seat of my father’s car. We followed the ambulance to the hospital. I ran into the emergency room, watching where they took Belle. I stood against the wall, watching through the window of the trauma room as they assessed her. By the looks of it, it didn’t look good.
Self-hate flew through my body.
I watched and I watched, glancing down at my watch every once in a while.
Finally, someone came out of the room. I jumped out of my seat. So did Dad, Mum and Lily. The doctor came up to us.
“Are you the family of Isabelle Stein?” He asked.
“I’m her boyfriend.” I responded. “My parents are in charge of her while her parents are touring the world.”
“Okay.” The doctor started. “Isabelle will be fine. She has a concussion and a cut from when she hit the dash board but other than that she’s okay.”
“What about that baby?” I asked.
“I’m assuming you’re the baby’s father.” The doctor said.
I did not like his tone of voice. The last time I heard someone use that tone was then the doctors told us Al had died in the accident.
“I’m so sorry. The accident caused trauma to Isabelle’s body and sent the baby into stress. We tried everything could.”
Our baby was gone.
And it was my fault.
Author’s Note- This is the longest chapter I have ever written. Hopefully this chapter wasn’t too jumpy. I thought about breaking it up into two but decided just to keep going. I hoped you all liked this chapter and having another James POV. Tell me what you think in a review.
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