Harry & Ginny
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Chapter 62 - Married Life
Chapter LXII — Married Life
Chapter LXII — Married Life
James felt better after his talk with Dumbledore. He felt like he had lifted a huge weight off of his chest and he wasn't even a little bit surprised to learn that Dumbledore had known the entire time. He never missed a trick that man. He stepped into the living room of Potter Manor with a calmer conscious and grinned in amusement to find Remus and Tonks curled up comfortably on the chesterfield.
"Well, just make yourselves at home." He said with a grin as he plopped himself down in his favourite armchair.
Remus grinned as he gently ran his fingers through his wife's hair. "We did. Where are you coming from?"
"Dumbledore's office," James replied. "I needed to talk to him about some stuff. What are you two doing here?" He looked down at Tonks' large belly and grinned. They were so wonderful together and he still couldn't believe that Remus was going to be a father.
Tonks smiled. "Nothing much really. We just thought that we'd come over to visit and Maddy mentioned that you were to be back soon so we decided to wait." She lifted her head a bit to snuggle closer to her husband before she rubbed a hand over her stomach. "And I admit, I was feeling a little restless. This little guy in here doesn't want to stay still."
James grinned. "Lily was like that with Harry, she said he was always moving around in there and kicking up a storm. But it's almost over. Hard to believe you're due soon."
Tonks rolled her eyes. "Soon! I've already been like this for eight and half bloody months! You try having a baby!"
James winced. "I'll pass, oh wondrous one!"
Remus snorted. "Sucking up, Prongs? Only I'm allowed to do that."
Tonks laughed. "Yes, you are."
James grinned. "Have you two decided on a name yet? Last I heard you were still arguing."
Remus rolled his eyes. "Well, she's too picky."
"I am not! I just don't want one of those old names — I mean look at us! Nymphadora and Remus! Drat it; I want a good name for our son."
James grinned. "Well, got any in mind?"
Remus nodded. "Yeah, I think we finally decided on one, right Tonks?"
"Daniel … it was my grandfather's name. A very special man and we both like it." Tonks replied.
"Actually," Remus began. "We were thinking about asking … one of the reasons we're here actually was to ask your opinion … Tonks and I were thinking about asking Harry to be the godfather."
James grinned. "No kidding?"
Tonks shook her head. "No, no kidding. What do you think? I mean, do you think he'd be okay with it?"
James nodded. "Hell yes. I think that he'd be incredibly touched by it. What made you choose Harry?"
Remus shrugged. "It was my idea actually. I thought about asking you first and then I thought of everything that's been going on with Harry and how I've always been an honourary uncle to him and all that jazz and I thought that I wanted him to have that same opportunity to my son."
James smiled. "I think that it's brilliant. He's going to love it. Have you thought of a middle name yet? Daniel Blank Lupin?"
Tonks grinned. "That was my idea too … I was thinking … Daniel James Lupin."
James glanced at her in surprise. He had come to love Tonks like a close sister and he knew that she was utterly perfect for his mate. But he had never expected such a feat from her. "Really?"
Remus nodded. "I was always closer to Sirius then I was to you in school, James … I mean, we all had our own bond, but we were both closer to Sirius then each other, even if we were best friends. Much in the way that Harry is closer to Ron then Hermione. But when Sirius went to prison … you became more like a brother to me then you already had been. I love Sirius and he will always be my best mate, but right now, he's getting second choice in the naming of my kid."
James laughed. "I'm honoured, Moony. Thank you."
Remus grinned. "No thank you."
Tonks sniffed and began to wipe tears from her eyes. "Don't mind me! I'm em-em-emotional!" She sobbed.
Remus laughed. "Or so the healer says. She bursts into tears at the most random times."
"Lily did too … and bouts of temper." James replied with a grin. "The healers told me that it was hormones."
"Don't talk about me like I'm not here!" Tonks exclaimed.
Remus grinned and kissed her temple. "Sorry, honey."
James grinned. "Well, I've got a bit more paperwork to do before I head into work tomorrow. King has really been loading it up on me. But why don't you guys come over to dinner on Saturday? I'll owl Sirius and Lexy too."
Tonks smiled. "That sounds wonderful." She wobbled to her feet and took Remus' arm. "We'll be here."
James saw them to the door, grinning at the car that Remus and Tonks had bought since Tonks couldn't apparate or use the floo while she was pregnant. They had purchased, finally only last week, a baby blue jeep — two guesses on who picked the colour — so that they could travel easily. He watched Remus back out of the driveway and head through the gate and he sighed.
How would they react if they ever learned the truth?
Remus drove in silence all the way to their home and when he parked the car in the garage he helped Tonks out, much to her dismay. It still didn't please her that she wobbled to and fro on a regular basis. He unlocked the door to their two-story cottage that they had bought and they stepped inside. Once they were sitting inside their living room, a fire in the hearth, Remus slipped his arm around his wife and kissed her cheek.
She sighed. "He seems alright, but at the same time there's something there under the surface. Do you have any idea what's going on with him?"
Remus shook his head. "No idea. Sirius thinks that he might be visiting Lily's grave. It's a strong suspicion, but I don't know … something's not right. He's always done this, Nymph, always … I mean ever since Lily … he disappeared for a few hours here and there but I never thought anything of it. I thought maybe he had found an outlet for his grief. But ever since Harry had that dream where he spoke to his mother … James has been gone more and he looks exhausted much of the time. He's not talking to any of us either. I just don't know anymore."
Tonks reached up to run her hand over the rough stubble on his face and then brought his mouth to hers in a sweet kiss. "He's your best friend so I understand why you would worry so much. I think giving him until Christmas is a good plan. That's almost two months for him to really think about what you and Sirius and Harry have said to him. He'll come around and if not, you'll have to force it out of him. And at Christmas he'll be surrounded by everyone who loves him, it's the best time to get him to confess."
Remus nodded. "I know and I don't want it to come to that. Sirius agreed that if we don't know by Christmas Eve, one of us is going to follow him. It seems harsh though, like we'll be invading on his privacy in some way."
"You are, but when you're so concerned … it will be worth it."
He sighed. "I hope you're right." He slid his hand over her thigh and up to her huge belly. He rubbed slow circles there. "I've got other things to worry about anyway."
She smiled and placed her hand over his. "We're doing just fine here, Daddy, so no worries."
Remus grinned and slid his hand up a bit higher to stroke her breast. "Well, if I can't worry then I'm sure that there are other things I could be doing."
Tonks grinned. "Oh? And what did you have in mind?"
He turned so that she was pinned down to the couch before he leaned down to kiss her softly. Softly and slowly enough to feel her absolute surrender to his touch before he gently began to inch her sweater up. "Why don't I show you just what I had in mind, Mrs. Lupin?"
Tonks grinned and began to unbutton his shirt. "Why don't you?"
Sirius lay in bed next to his wife watching her sleep. It was times like this when he was alone and quiet that he wondered how he had ever become so lucky. She was so beautiful. He reached out to run a hand over her creamy skin. He had never pictured himself lucky in any way before other then the fact that he had been lucky enough to escape his parents, but Lexy changed all that. He wasn't sure exactly what he had expected marriage to be … maybe the same as his parents where his mother controlled everything and they slept in separate rooms. But now he couldn't imagine his life without the woman next to him.
He loved waking up in the morning to feel her tight body wrapped loosely around him and her head on his chest. He loved waking up first and arousing her out of sleep and into a breathtaking climax that left her skin glowing and a big sloppy grin on her face. He loved crawling into bed next to her at night and just staring at her as they talked about their day. He loved chasing her around the castle and luring her into making love at all hours in different areas. But most of all he loved the way she loved him.
It was nice to wake up in the morning to the feel of her running slow circles over his heart and hear her whispering how much she loved him. It was nice to hold her close and look deep into those misty green eyes and remember how he had first kissed her. It was nice to know that they were together and that she belonged to him and him to her. She was his everything.
He reached over and gently ran his fingers through her hair. He couldn't believe that it was already the end of November. The school year was going by quickly and he had already been married to her for five months. Now Christmas was fast approaching and he remembered that it had only been last Christmas that she had gotten so fed up with him and silenced him with a kiss … and then some really incredible sex. He loved her more then anything and lately he had been wondering if she was pulling away from him.
Lexy had been acting oddly lately.
She was up early in the mornings, usually way before him and instead of snuggling close and trying to get him to make love with her, which was how they usually started the day, she was always up and about and ready for work. He had asked her about it but she had told him that it was nothing to worry about and that she was fine. He however, was not buying it. Something was bothering her and he wanted to know what it was.
His first thought had been the incredible attention he had been getting as he was labelled Hogwarts Sexiest Male Professor, but from the amused looks he usually got from his wife he was pretty positive that that wasn't it. He reached out to touch her hair and she rolled into him, making him smile. He kissed her cheek softly before he moved down to her neck. She moaned and her fingers slid up his chest and her eyes opened.
"Hey baby." He kissed her again, this time on the lips, deepening the kiss and making her groan. He pulled back and smiled at her. "I thought that I should wake you up."
She grinned. "Okay … why?"
He shrugged. "I don't know … felt like it."
She laughed and cuddled closer. "Sirius … can we talk for a minute?"
"I thought that that's what we were doing?"
She smiled. "Hmm … Tonks is going to be having her baby soon."
He nodded. "Yeah. I still can't believe old Moony is going to be a father. Crazy thought … almost as crazy as me being one. I'd probably turn out like my parents — horrible and make my kids hate me!" He shuddered. "But Moony would make a great go out of it."
Lexy nodded. "Yeah. Well since we're up, I might as well go shower for work."
"I thought that you wanted to talk?" Sirius asked as he reached out to pull her back into his arms.
Lexy pushed him away. "Maybe later." She kissed his cheek and sauntered off to the bathroom naked and he sighed.
Something was definitely up with her.
It was the beginning of the December and the school year had been flying by. Harry was counting down the days until Ginny would be coming back and he was anxious for the holidays. Quidditch had been going well and they had won the first match of the season against Hufflepuff. Ron and Hermione had been bickering more then usual and he could only grin at them, wondering who was going to win the bet on how long it would take them to snog.
The school year really was flying by. He was talking to Ginny as much as he could and he knew that she was progressing really well in her magic and that Molly had not been too thrilled to hear that her daughter would be staying longer. But Ginny really seemed to be enjoying herself. Harry mentioned as much as he could the comings and goings of what was happening at school but there were still two things that he hadn't shared with her and he realized instantly at that moment that he really wanted to and needed to. He used his elementals to bring a link to Ginny, grinning at how quickly he could connect with her mind now.
"Harry?" She asked, yawning.
He grinned. "Hey baby, sorry to wake you up."
He felt her smile. "It's okay. What's going on?"
He shrugged. "I really wanted to talk to you. You've been bugging me lately that you know something's bothering me and … well, I just realized now that I want to tell you. I need to tell you."
He felt her become more alert. "Well, then please do."
He smiled. "First of all … I've had this issue with my da."
"Harry, are you fighting with him again?"
Harry shook his head. "No." He quickly explained all about James' weird disappearances and everything that Sirius and Remus were doing about it. "He's hiding something, Gin."
She nodded, thinking of all the pain she had been feeling from James lately. Her emotions had been going haywire because James' emotions were going haywire and he was unintentionally sending those emotions out to her. "Yes, he is. But I think that he'll come around when he's ready to. Just give him time, Harry."
He sighed. "I'm getting tired of giving him so much damn time! Why can't he just tell me?"
"Well, you're a lot like him and he needs time to himself for a while. He's going somewhere and obviously going through something and right now you just need to think about that."
"Alright … I knew you'd make me see that but I was hoping maybe there was a slim chance you'd have a way to make up some plan for me to learn his secret."
She laughed. "No, so what's this other thing that you need to tell me?"
He blushed. "Well … er … actually, ever since you've been gone, well since I returned to school, there's been a lot of girls who … they seem to be quite interested and they won't take no for an answer."
She laughed. "Explain."
"Well, do you know Romilda Vane? She's a fourth year and she keeps trying to kiss me and once I ended up in a classroom with her alone and I don't know, she scares me … and Hermione says that she's heard rumours of some girls trying to collect love potions and … hell, they're attacking me!"
She laughed again. "Oh, you poor baby. Don't worry, when I come back I'll make sure that they know you're all mine from your hair to your toes. Got it?"
He grinned. "Just how are you going to do that?"
"Oh I have my ways."
"Hmm, I can't wait to see what those are. I unfortunately am going to be late for DADA if I don't hurry up and grab some breakfast first, but I'll talk to you later. I love you."
She smiled. "I love you too."
She felt him disappear from her mind and she sighed. Oh, she was definitely going to prove who he belonged to when she returned.
Harry hurried into the Great Hall to eat breakfast before class. He only had about twenty minutes and he ignored Hermione's scowl at his lateness when he took a seat between her and Ron. He grinned when he recognized Remus and Tonks' owl Robyn flying his way. He smiled at the brown bird when she landed and untied the letter from her before he gave her some of the food from the table.
"Is that Remus and Tonks' owl?" Hermione asked.
Harry nodded. "Yeah, Da bought her for them for their wedding, remember?"
He unscrolled the letter and began to read as he munched on his breakfast:
How are you? Good, good. So we're writing because duh, we miss you! But also because Remus and I have a serious thing to discuss with you. We would naturally much rather do it in person but since we probably won't see you until Christmas, letter format will have to do. Though I suppose we could contact you with the mirror … bah! I already started the letter.
Alright, so as you know, I am hugely pregnant with a growing baby boy who of which we have decided to name Daniel James Lupin. However, we have been debating for some time who to make this child's godparents. Remus and I would be honoured if you would be Daniel's godfather. If you don't want to we understand but we would be so honoured.
Uncle Remus and Aunt Tonks
Harry grinned when he finished reading the letter. He couldn't believe what they were asking him. He had never expected such an honour.
"What do they have to say?" Hermione asked.
Harry grinned at her. "They want me to be their first child's godfather."
"Blimey," Ron muttered from his other side. "Really?"
"That's quite an honour, Harry."
He grinned. "Yeah. I think that I'd really like that. I'm going to tell them yes. I'll meet you guys in class!"
He hurried out of the Great Hall and found a private classroom where he pulled out his mirror. "Uncle Remus?"
A few seconds later, Tonks' face appeared. "Wotcher Harry. Remus is in the shower."
Harry grinned at her. "I just got your letter."
Tonks smiled. "Oh? And what do you think?"
"I'd love to. It would be so brilliant to be Daniel's godfather. I can't believe that you're asking me!" He exclaimed.
She laughed. "Well, I think it's a good idea and James wasn't surprised when we told him. So you really accept?"
He nodded. "Yes. Is he going to have a godmother too?"
Tonks smiled. "Yes, he is. I was thinking about asking Lexy. She's really become one of my best friends so it seemed right."
"That's brilliant! Thanks, Aunt Tonks."
She laughed. "I love hearing you say that! I'll have Remus contact you when he gets out of the shower. See you later, handsome."
He grinned. "Bye." He placed the mirror back into his pocket and grinned. Everything was just beginning to get so interesting. He glanced at his watch and swore silently, now he only had five minutes to eat. It looked like he was going to be late for class, again.
Something was bothering Lexy but she didn't know how to broach the subject. Her opportunity came when Tonks came to Hogwarts one afternoon that she didn't have class. She smiled at her friend when she stepped into the suite.
"Tonks! What are you doing here?" Lexy asked as she hurried over to hug her.
Tonks grinned. "I needed to get out for a bit, Remus is smothering me and I needed to talk to you. How are you?"
Lexy shrugged. "I'm alright."
"No, you're not, something's up. Come on, if you can't tell your best then who can you talk to?"
Lexy sighed. "I'm pregnant."
Tonks grinned. "Oh, that's wonderful!" But when she saw her friend's face she frowned. "Isn't it?"
Lexy groaned and buried her face in her hands. "I want this baby so much!"
Tonks sat down on the chesterfield next to her, pulling her friend into her arms. "Of course, you do, honey, what's going on?"
"How can I tell him, Tonks?" She asked. "He's going to hate me!"
Tonks glanced at Lexy in surprise. "Why would you think that?"
"Haven't you ever heard him? Sure he likes kids and all but he doesn't want any. He's mentioned so many times that he wouldn't be a good father and how his parents were horrible and … and now I'm pregnant and … I don't know how he's going to react."
Sirius had a free period since he had let his class out early and he was hoping to find Lexy so that he could make love to her until she talked to him. He was really beginning to worry about her now. He was just about to open the door to his suite when he heard his wife's voice.
"I don't know how he's going to react, Tonks! What if he leaves me?"
"Lexy! You're being ridiculous! Sirius loves you."
She sniffed. "He's going to hate me. It's my fault, I slipped up! He's going to leave and then what am I going to do?"
Sirius took a step back from the door in shock. Lexy thought that he was leaving her? Why on earth would she think that? He took another step away and then he grinned. He would just have to prove to her how much he loved and what better time to do that then the Christmas season.
As Sirius headed to his office, Lexy continued to sob on Tonks' shoulder.
"Everything is going to be alright, Lexy … Sirius is not going to leave you."
"How do you know that? He doesn't want children and I want them so much! I had hoped that I would be able to change his mind but every time I mention it he becomes pale and changes the subject!" Lexy exclaimed.
Tonks sighed. "I just know it, Lex … Sirius will do the right thing."
"The right thing? I don't want him to do the bloody right thing! If he wants this baby that's one thing … but if not … then I'll have to leave him. I don't have a choice."
Tonks sighed as she held her friend tight; she just hoped that Sirius smartened up. And she hoped that she wasn't wrong about her favourite cousin.
Ron looked up when Harry stepped into the dormitory. "Hey."
Harry grinned. "Hey, what are you doing up here? I thought that we were going to go practice Quidditch?"
Ron nodded. "We are … I just … Harry, can I ask you something?"
"Sure." Harry took a seat on his bed. "What's up?"
Ron glanced towards the dormitory door hesitantly for a moment. "Have you ever seen a girl naked?"
Harry's mouth dropped open. "I didn't expect that."
Ron's ears turned red. "Well, have you?"
Harry shook his head. "No, not fully naked. I've seen girls topless though. Why?"
Ron's ears reddened. "I walked in on Hermione in the bathroom last month. She was completely naked."
Harry laughed. "So that's good, right? Mate, we all know you like her, why don't you just ask her out already?"
"I can't … I mean … after that I … she's one of my best friends, Harry, we couldn't and I …"
"Stop denying that you like her, Ron." Harry replied. "Look, it was an accident, right? I'm sure she understands. Is that why you two have been oddly polite lately?"
He nodded. "Yeah … I don't know! She doesn't … what if she doesn't … I can't."
He sighed. "It's your call, but really, mate, I think you should go for it. Was Hermione angry at you?"
Ron nodded. "At first, yeah, not to mention that I made a complete fool out of myself! I could barely form words. I think I actually said the sentence, 'I'm here to take a boob, I mean, bath.' What kind of idiot am I?"
Harry laughed. "Oh Merlin! I bet that was priceless! Mate, it's fine."
"I was … I mean, Padma and I snogged a lot and sometimes I mean, she would let me take her bra off but … Hermione has … she had great boobs."
Harry blushed now. "Um, Ron, don't really want to think of Hermione that way, kind of see her as a sister."
"Right, sorry." Ron mumbled. "I … let's just go do the Quidditch thing."
Harry watched Ron head out of the dormitory and he sighed. His two best friends were going to drive him bonkers.
As the months went by, Ginny's magic had steadily been becoming stronger. She had mastered wandless magic and now knew how to reach out to others when they needed a healing touch or comfort. She could use her magic to offer comfort to people when they were feeling angry or sad or frightened. She had also figured out that she had the power of healing. It was a hard task and one that Emma herself also possessed and it could also be dangerous. For the ability of healing to work she had to call the injury into herself. It was dangerous and it used a lot of her power but she could do it. Emma told her that she could probably even bring people back from the dead as long as they had died only minutes before. The power was that overwhelming.
She had found her special ability as well and much to her sadness it was not the power of flame throwing such as Emma had, though fire was her main element. She could create heat around her and use fire as a weapon but when it appeared like burning balls of flames in her hand it would mix with her power and allow for her wandless magic skills to increase and her power to be five times as strong. She had also developed her psychic powers to another degree.
She had managed to master both Occulmency and Legilimency in a matter of weeks. Emma had explained to her that this was because of her power and because of her skill at telepathy. With this new protection around her mind she knew that Harry would feel better and like she was more protected, and she herself felt much safer. Her psychic powers had also taken another turn; she could feel the pain of those she loved. Even an ocean away, she knew when her parents or her brother or Harry and even the Marauders were angry or sad or hurt in any way. She hadn't understood it at first as a vision would come, quickly, like a flash of the person and then it would be gone and she would feel nothing but their emotions spinning out of control within her own body.
She had told Emma about it, as the first one had been of James and he had been sitting in Dumbledore's office crying. She hadn't understood it as she had only seen him and then she had felt incredible pain and sadness and a sense of loss and hopelessness. She had thought about mentioning it to Harry that day when he had told her of his worries for his da but since she didn't understand the emotions or why James might have been crying, she had kept quiet. Emma had explained that this was part of being an empath and now she would experience feelings such as those on a regular basis because she had tapped into her power source so to speak. Emma did promise her that she could work on keeping a better control on her own emotions so everyone else's emotions didn't attack her so much. Ginny wasn't sure what to think about it but she hoped that one day it would come in useful.
Levitation was another ability that she had finally come to terms with. She could make herself float in the air when she was incredibly happy and if she was holding onto someone, that person would come with her. She didn't know the reason for this power, but it was fun.
Astral projection she still had not managed and Emma told her not to worry about it. Emma couldn't do it either and she explained that very few people were able to. But then the best part was when in the month of November, Emma had taken her to meet other people to test her skills.
She had gone to Tibet and met with a beautiful woman named Li Chung who tested her skills in the healing ability and had been impressed. They had then spent the rest of the day shopping in Hong Kong and taking pictures of places all over China. They had spent two days there before heading to Africa and meeting with an old wizard named Duna. He was seen as almost a leader of one of the villages and part of an old secret tribe in the wizarding world. His powers regarding reading emotions were phenomenal and he showed Ginny how to use hers and to put the troublesome emotions behind her when they came. By this he meant, that when she knew and understood the emotions she was receiving as well as who they were from then she could push them to the back of her mind enough that she could feel them but still get on with other tasks; which was important because sometimes the emotions were so strong that she couldn't even move. It was interesting. They spent four days with him and he helped build shields around her magic that not only increased it but made it stronger, more powerful, and more intense. She felt like a new person when they left Africa and headed to Hawaii.
She was surprised to end up in Hawaii but Emma wanted her to meet a witch there named Leila Henderson who was an incredible telepathic. She helped Ginny refine her skills a bit and to make them more clear. She found that it made it easier for her to do other things while carrying on a conversation in her mind. Like she could be learning a new spell, or reading a book or anything like that while carrying on a conversation in her mind. It was interesting and she liked it better then just lying around and talking.
When they returned to New York it was the day before Christmas Eve and Ginny was ready to go home. She had learned more about herself and her powers then she had ever imagined and she had grown into a young woman, according to Emma, a beautiful young woman, though Ginny still saw herself as mildly pretty. Emma had taken her to get her hair trimmed before she went home so that her hair continued to look fantastic. She had grown a few inches and now stood at 5'5, which she thought was a respectable height even if she was still kind of short. Her breasts had become fuller and the last of her baby fat had disappeared making her waist flat and taut. She had developed smooth contours on her curvaceous hips and she looked like a beautiful young woman. Her creamy skin glowed making her look happy and carefree and showing the underlying of her intense power. To simplify it; she had grown up.
Now Ginny stood in the room that she had called her own for the last five months, grinning at the idea of surprising her family on Christmas as she packed the rest of her things. But it was at that moment that she felt an overwhelming sense of pain, grief, and hopelessness take her and she fell to her knees from the strength of it. She focused her energy on it, trying to pull the feelings apart enough to see who they belonged and not for the first time she found through the pain in her head and her heart that they were coming from James.