Chapter 17 : Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
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“Hey.” Dom said, taking a seat next to me. “How are you feeling?”
“Numb.” I answered.
“I can see that.”
We both sat there in silence, watching Victoire’s daughter, Kinsley, stumble around the room. Dom watched intently as the one-year-old giggled whenever she fell on her bottom.
“You know,” Dom started, not taking her eyes off Kinsley. “I know this doesn’t compare to your situation but I always feel like a part of me is missing. Vic lets me see Kinsley whenever I want. It just isn’t that same as if she was one hundred percent mine.”
“Yeah, I could see that.” I whispered.
“De! De!” Kinsley squealed, walking over to Dom.
Kinsley was around seventeen months old and starting to grasp everyone’s names. The poor girl had to learn so many. She knew mummy and dada. She called Dom De and Louis Lo. Kinsley gave me the nickname of Bee.
“Hi baby girl!” Dom said cheerfully, pulling Kinsley into her lap. “Are you having fun?”
Kinsley nodded her head excitedly.
“Did Mummy and Daddy get you lots of presents?” She asked.
Kinsley babbled on, some words understandable and some toddler language. Watching Kinsley was so uplifting. She was a little ball of sunshine that could bring light to the darkest corners. James walked over to me while Dom played with her daughter-niece.
“Hey.” James said, kissing my cheek. “Dinner’s ready.”
Dom picked Kinsley up off her lap to carry her into the kitchen. James followed me out and sat down at the table next to me. Molly Weasley add a few final touches to the feast in front of us before she declared we could eat. I scooped small portions of everything, wanting to try a little bit of each. James shoveled food down his throat. I don’t even think he was chewing, just inhaling. As everyone made their way through their meals, Victoire stood up. She clapped her hands together to grab everyone’s attention.
“Hi, sorry to interrupt.” She said, a wide smile on her face. “I just figured it would be a good time to tell the news since the whole family is here.”
The Wotter clan looked up at their niece, daughter, or cousin, curious to know what her special news was.
“Teddy has been offered a position as Head Auror in the American Ministry.” Vic announced happily. “We’ll be moving to America shortly after the New Year.”
Dom dropped her fork. The sound of metal clanking against her plate drew attention away from Vic and over to her.
“I’m sorry.” Dom mumbled, pushing herself away from the table. “I suddenly lost my appetite.”
She left the table. Vic watched her sister leave. I could see that she felt bad about the whole situation. I couldn’t blame her though, they were only doing what was best for their family.
“Excuse me.” I said, pushing myself away from the table and followed Dom.
I walked up the creak stairs of The Burrow. I knew exactly where she was going to be, hiding out in her father’s childhood room. I pushed the door open, cringing at the squeaking noise. There Dom was, curled up in a ball on the bed.
“I can’t believe she’s taking Kinsley away from me.” Dom whispered.
“She’s not taking her away from you Dom.” I said. “Vic and Teddy are only doing what’s best for their family.”
“But in America?” Dom cried out. “Teddy is basically Uncle Harry’s son. He could be Head Auror here if he wanted to. There’s no reason to go to America.”
“Maybe Teddy wanted to make something of himself without the Potter and Weasley connection.” I suggested.
I took a seat on the bed next to Dom. I reached up and brushed her stray tears away. She sniffled.
“Part of me wishes I never gave Kinsley to Vic. Sometimes I wish I raised her myself. Instead, I gave her to Vic because I wanted to party and still be young.”
“You did the right thing.” I said. “Look how happy and loved Kinsley is. You did what was best for both of you. You stayed in school. Kinsley got the care and attention she needed from her mother.”
“Yeah, I guess you’re right.” Dom muttered.
A knock at the door distracted Dom and I from our conversation. We looked up to see Victoire standing in the doorway with Kinsley. Vic set Kinsley down and she walked over to Dom. Dom pulled Kinsley into her lap, holding her close as Vic took a seat on the other side of Dom.
“I didn’t mean to upset you.” Vic said. “I know how much you love Kinsley.”
“Why didn’t you tell me?” Dom asked.
“It was kind of last minute. Teddy took it because it’s such a great opportunity for him and us.” She said.
“You’re taking Kinsley away from me.” Dom cried.
“Oh Dom, you know you can still see Kinsley whenever you want. Daddy will make sure of that.” Vic said, hugging her sister.
I smiled at the two as I stood up.
“You two can finish. I’m going to go join everyone.”
I left the room and joined everyone back at the table. I took my spot next to James and began to eat my supper again.
“What was that about?” James asked.
“It’s nothing.” I said. “Vic is dealing with it. Don’t worry.”
“Does it have to do with Vic taking Dom’s daughter of out the country?” James asked.
I stopped everything I was doing and looked over at him. I set my fork back down on the plate.
“How do you know?” I hissed.
“I’ve known since she quit the Quidditch team fifth year.” James whispered. “Some of us on the team put it together.”
“Oh.” I said, picking my fork back up. “Well, keep it quiet. Dom didn’t want anyone to know.”
The rest of the holiday went by smoothly. Everyone was happy and presents were exchanged. By the end of the night, I was helping shove gifts in a bag to floo back to the Potters. James and I said our goodbyes to everyone and headed back home.
* * * * * * *
The holiday season moved by quickly. Before I knew it, New Year’s had come and gone. Dom and I were over at Teddy and Vic’s flat, helping them pack of the rest of the stuff for their move. Well…more like we played with Kinsley as they packed everything up. By this time tomorrow, the eldest Weasley grandchild will be unpacking her stuff in America.
“Ooo, I’m going to miss you so much Miss Kinsley Corinna.” Dom said, squeezing Kinsley in a tight hug. “You’ll miss Aunt De the most, right?”
“Yes!” Kinsley giggled.
She swung her toy wand around. Dom tilted back to avoid being smacked in the face.
“Mummy!” Kinsley squealed when Victoire walked into the room.
“Hi baby girl.” Vic said with a smile. “Are you ready to go to your new home?”
“Yeah!” Kinsley giggled.
Dom gave the little girl one last big hug before letting her walk over to her sister. Vic picked Kinsley up and looked over at Dom.
“Daddy should have everything set up in about a week.” She said. “You should be able to bypass all international customs.”
Dom nodded as we walked over to the fireplace. We both grabbed a handful of floo powder and took one last look around the barren flat. Vic and Kinsley waved goodbye as we took off.
We stumbled out of the fireplace at the Potters Manor. Luckily no one was there. Ginny had gone out with Lily to go shopping and James went to the Ministry with Harry. Dom and I headed up to my room, flopping down on my bed. Dom looked over at my beside table, glancing at my ultrasound picture and the baby girl teddy bear.
“How are you coping?” She asked.
“I’m doing okay.” I said, glancing down at my bedsheets. “I’ve been safe here, keeping myself busy. I’ve been avoiding reading the Daily Prophet. Who knows what they’ve been saying about me.”
“Probably for the best.” Dom said, propping herself up on my bed. “They’re always spitting out lies. Remember when I was in the hospital with Kinsley and they wrote about how I was dying from Dragon Pox?”
“Even though Dragon Pox is practically extinct now.” I laughed.
A faint tapping sound from my window pulled us out of our fits of laughter. I looked up and saw an owl resting on the window ledge. I climbed off my bed and walked over to the window, letting the owl in.
“That’s strange.” I muttered.
“What is?” Dom asked.
“This is James’s owl.” I said. “Why wouldn’t he just call or text me?”
“What does the letter say?” Dom asked, pointing at the parchment tied around the owl’s leg.
I gave Cassie, the owl, a treat and took the letter off her leg. I spoiled Cassie with one more treat before sending her on her way. I walked back over to my bed, opening the letter as I flopped down.
“What the hell.” I muttered.
Dom crawled over towards me and peeked over my shoulder. There were no words, it wasn’t even a letter. It was simply a picture of James walking down the streets of Diagon Alley with his arm wrapped around a girl. A girl that wasn’t me.
“Isn’t that Blair Chase?” Dom pointed out.
“Yeah.” I growled, folding the picture back up.
A thousand questions ran through my mind. What was James doing in Diagon Alley? Why the hell was he with Blair Chase? Why wasn’t he at the Ministry with his father? Who sent me this picture? What the hell was going on?
“I’m fine.” I responded quickly. “It’s probably someone just trying to play a cruel joke on me.”
“Belle, this is pointing to the facts that James might be cheating on you.” Dom said slowly.
“I trust James.” I said, tossing the picture in the draw on my bedside table. “I don’t think he would cheat on me.”
“Let’s hope not.” Dom growled. “Family or not, I’ll rip him to shreds. Are you going to confront him on it?”
“No, I think I’m just going to let it go.” I said.
Dom looked at me before sighing and rolling off the bed.
“Alright, well I’m going to head home and make sure I have everything ready for school. I’ll see you on the train tomorrow.”
“Bye.” I said, giving her a hug.
Dom pulled out her wand and apparated out of my room. I rolled over in bed and opened the bedside draw again. I pulled the picture back out and looked at it.
James Potter, things are not going to end well for you if you’re cheating on me.
With Blair Chase, none the less.
“In my room James!” I called out.
It was going to be one interesting semester.
I could tell.
Author’s Note- So, a bit of a filler chapter before we head back to school. What do you all think of Kinsley? And what about Vic and Teddy moving to America? And the picture? We’re about halfway through the story friends! I got a few more goodies up my sleeve but the year is coming to an end. How do you guys feel about James and Belle? Leave a review and tell me what you think.
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