Chapter 3 : Jabbering
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If I had taken Felix Felicis that night, would I have not gotten pregnant? Or would that have increased my chances?
Focus Larissa! You’re in your Potions exam! Your best subject! Think of only Felix Felicis.
Yes. I was sitting in my Potions theory examination and freaking out about my pregnancy. But could you really blame me?
I must only think about Potions. It was my last exam. I really didn’t want to screw this up.
I took a deep breath and started writing about the effects of Felix Felicis trying to ignore the way my stomach was churning.
“Put your quills down!” Professor Flitwick said, and with a flick of his wand all our papers rushed towards him. He ducked just in time before the papers knocked him over.
My stomach was churning like crazy and I knew I was about to be sick. Luckily he let us out before I spewed everywhere. I sprinted to the bathroom holding my stomach and my mouth clamped tightly shut. I ran into one of the cubicles and threw up in it.
Wasn’t morning sickness meant to be in the – oh I don't know – morning?
When I exited the bathroom, Al was waiting outside with a stern look on his face. “Reese were you just sick?”
“No… I needed to pee desperately and I couldn’t hold it in for longer?” I said unsurely.
“You're a shit liar, you know that. Tell me,” he said, his eyebrows rising.
Humph. I wasn’t going to tell him. How could I? I’ll just change the subject.
“Fine don’t believe me! Anyway, it was our last exam! Yay!” I held my hands over my head in celebration and looked innocently at Al. He rolled his eyes and smiled reluctantly.
“Fine. But if you think I’m going to forget about this, think again.”
We went outside into the courtyard where Rose and Scorpius were. Rose had her Arithmancy notes in front of her and had a manic expression on her face. It was her ‘HOLY FUCK EXAMS ARE ON’ face.
Scorpius was testing her and whenever he’d say she got it correct, she’d snatch the book off him to make sure she got it completely correct. She was so much like her mother. She even made study timetables for us! When Harry and Ron found out they looked at each other in horror. Although Hermione was very proud of her daughter and when the two of them left, Ron and Harry explained to us Hermione did the exact same thing. SHE EVEN USED THE SAME COLOURS!
Al, Scorpius and I had all finished our exams so we were lolling around doing nothing when Rose finally went to her exam. She was literally shaking and she had gone a pasty white colour. After a while Scorpius went and looked for his cousin, Miranda Williams. The school slag.
Seriously. She’s slept with everyone who wasn’t a Weasley. I mean, good for her flaunting her sexuality and stuff but I think she should just tone it down a bit.
Says the girl who was currently pregnant.
Anyway, when she was younger we thought guys used her, but really, she used the guys. She took joy in stealing a young boy’s innocence. Poor Scorpius nearly had a heart failure when he heard what she had done. She was a year younger than us and she was only 14 when she ‘gave herself away’. Scorpius refused to believe it and punched everyone’s face in who talked about her. Which resulted in A LOT of detentions. But then she finally told him. From that day onwards, he hardly talked to her. Which was completely wrong in my opinion because it was her own body but I think that was the ‘Pureblood’ values coming in. He really only talked to her for extreme purposes such as today. Some family matter.
So Al and I were sitting in the courtyard being little loners and he kept shooting me concerned looks. I finally snapped after a few minutes of small-talk, “Al! I can see you giving me these looks! I’m not blind you know!”
He leant back on his elbows and replied, “Look, you were bawling your eyes out the other day and just then you were sick and you’ve been sick in the mornings! Then you tried to cover it up! I’m just concerned for you!”
How did he know that I’ve been sick in the mornings?!
“How do you know I’ve been sick in the mornings?” That’s it Reese, don’t even try to deny it.
“Roxanne. She heard you. Although, by the time she got out of bed, she said you’d finish.” He crinkled his nose and this was so familiar I nearly started crying again.
Maybe I should tell him. N.E.W.T’s were finally over now so he had a lot less stress on his shoulders. But telling him this would only put more stress on him.
I mean, finding out your best friend is pregnant with your brother’s child – with whom you’re very close – would be quite stressful.
He looked at me and said, “Reese, please tell me. You’ve been quiet for the last few weeks, and a few days ago you looked downright miserable. Please tell me.”
I looked at him and his expression was so soft and kind and I didn’t want to keep it a secret for any longer. He looked like the time when Lily fell off her broom and broke her arm. He was so worried and to think he's worried about me like that made me feel really loved and appreciated. I know, I know, I sound like I’m going to be forever alone but if your parents hardly talk to you, it makes you feel really unloved. The Weasleys felt like my true family. Hopefully that wouldn’t change.
But I still wasn’t telling him.
“Okay… I’ll tell you,” I heard myself say.
WHAT THE FUCK?! Why would I say that?! No! No! No!
Al scrambled up and looked at me directly in the eye.
Now I had to tell him because of my inability to keep secrets. Damn.
“Okay… I am… I’m… um.” Come on, Reese! You can do this! “I’m uhm… I got… I'm—”
“You’ve only said, ‘I’m and um’. You have to tell me soon,” Al said dryly.
I looked at him and told him sternly, “You cannot tell anyone this. You got it? Because I don’t want to tell anyone but I’m going to have to.” He nodded and I took another deep breath.
“I'm pregnant,” I blurted out. Al blinked.
There was complete silence.
I’d never heard a silence like this. It was the heaviest silence I’d ever felt. It felt like it was weighing me down. It was almost loud; as weird as that sounded. Al’s mouth had opened in shock, and if he didn’t close it soon he was going to start catching flies. After a few minutes Al closed his mouth and licked his lips nervously.
I remained quiet until he finally said something.
“Follow me.” I didn’t argue, I just followed him to an empty classroom, as soon as we were in there, he turned to me.
“Tell me you didn’t say you were pregnant, Reese.”
I searched my brain for a word that rhymed with pregnant. “I said I like repellent?”
Al gave me a look and said, “Reese. Seriously. Are you?”
I looked at him, tears filling up in my eyes, and slowly nodded.
He said vaguely, “This I didn’t expect. I thought you were going to tell me you had an eating disorder or something…”
Al then opened his arms for a hug, which I gratefully accepted. I broke down and he soothed me almost absentmindedly and asked, “Who’s the father?”
I shook my head trying to convey I didn’t want to tell him but he thought I meant I didn’t know because he let go of me and held me at arm’s length. “Someone didn’t, you know…” he drifted off and looked at me with concerned eyes.
I immediately shook my head and said, “I don’t really want to tell you.”
He looked at me searchingly and asked, “Why?”
I looked back at him hoping maybe he could do Legilimency and read my mind so I didn’t have to say it out loud. Sadly, Al was not a Legilimens and was still looking at me with confusion.
“It was about two months ago, when it happened,” I tried telling him so maybe he could work it out for himself. Al was really clever so it shouldn’t be too hard for him.
I could see he was trying to work out when two months ago was. After a few minutes he frowned and said out loud, “Two months ago was April. Something happened in April… Oh! Teddy and Victoire’s wedding...”
He looked at me and I nodded, confirming it. I didn’t say anything else because he’d figure it out sooner or later. And I really didn’t want to tell him.
“Ted’s wedding… I don’t remember you leaving with anyone… just… just with… Ja—”
He gasped and looked at me with eyes determined not to believe that I slept with James. Hell, I could hardly believe I slept with James.
I shrunk back and avoided his eyes. I felt him slump and he took his arms away.
“No. You didn’t. Tell me you didn’t! Not with… No. Reese, please! Don’t tell me it was with…” He looked pretty angry at the thought.
I nodded and finished his sentence with a whispered, “James.”
Al put his head in his hands. I looked at him and wiped my cheeks. “You won’t tell him will you?” His shoulders tensed. I’d ruined everything.
He looked up at me and said, “Of course not. But you do realise you’re going to be staying him while your parents are in America? You have to tell him by then.”
Oh, fuck! I completely forgot about that! But when would I have the chance to tell him?! Al must have seen my ‘deer-in-the-headlights’ expression because he hugged me and said, “Don’t worry Reese. Everything’s going to be alright.”
I shrieked, “You don't know! James will probably never talk to me again! All your family will hate me and then they won’t ever talk to me again! Then if my brother finds out, he’ll go crazy and probably end up in a mental institution! My parents will probably go comatose, all your family will probably never speak to me again, then you won’t go near me because you don't want to be associated with a slut and then everyone will hate me and I’ll be homeless and broke and I’ll have a baby and oh my god! I’VE RUINED EVERYTHING AL! EVERYTHING!” I tightened my hands in the roots of my hair, sobbing.
Before I could continue, he quickly said, “Reese! Stop freaking out! You won’t be thrown out by your family!” Al smiled gently at me and continued, “And James won’t abandon you. He won’t. I know my brother. And none of the Weasleys or Potters will never talk to you again. They won’t hate you. Mum may go ape shit on James’ arse but other than that, it should be fine.” He gripped my shoulders in comfort and looked at me directly.
I paled when he mentioned Ginny. If you’d gotten Ginny Potter angry, your life was just not worth living.
The Infamous Wrath of Ginny Potter was truly terrifying.
Last year, Al and James changed all of the uniforms into a shocking orange (it clashed horribly with the Weasleys hair; so basically half the school), the teachers robes were all bright green and the whole school kept flashing different colours. So fast it nearly induced seizures. When Ginny and Harry came up to the school… Dear God… Because we were all guilty by association we were there to witness it. I swear I’ve lived my life differently since that day. She made Flitwick give them five months detention every Saturday and Friday night. Flitwick wanted to give them three months detention but Ginny threatened him. The rest of us got off with one month detention. The school was spotless for a month because there were so many of us cleaning in detention. I think every Weasley was involved in this one. And the two Scamander twins. And Scorpius. To get to all of the school, we got Molly to change the whole Hufflepuff section, Louis, Lorcan and Lysander to do the Ravenclaw area and Scorpius was the lucky duck who had to go down to Slytherin. He got the password from his cousin and borrowed the cloak to avoid getting caught.
I looked up at Al and the thought of detentions left me as I remembered why I was reminiscing. I told Al I was pregnant with James’s child.
He looked at me in concern and I broke down again. He held and soothed me until it was time to go to dinner. With a few spells, Al managed to clean me up (he’d had lots of practice due to all the emotional females in his family) and we left the classroom.
Next challenge, go to graduation and see James.
Should I tell him?
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