Chapter 17 : Epilogue- Pieces
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Well you guys, it's been a pleasure. I regret to announce that this will be the final chapter. It's kind of a shock to me, this is the first full-length work I've actually completed and it's sort of freaking me out. It's taken me forever to actually go about writing it because I didn't want it to end. I hope you guys enjoy this, I'm not sure how fond I am of it.
A HUGE thanks to everyone who has reviewed my previous chapters. You guys rock and you've been what keeps me going as I write this story. Thank you for being my inspiration. :)
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“SCORPIUS HYPERION MALFOY! I’M GOING TO BLOODY MURDER YOU!” Rose shouted before screaming at the top of her lungs.
“Wha- whtsgngon?” Scorpius mumbled, sitting um groggily from the chair he’d fallen asleep in.
“They’re. Coming.” She hissed, trying to climb out of bed and nearly falling. Scorpius jumped up from the chair and ran to her, putting his arm around her shoulder.
He guided her across the room, grabbing a large duffle bag that lay next to the door. There was a loud crack and they disappeared.
My lower abdomen felt as if it were going to explode. I almost welcomed the pain, I’d been stuck in bed for nearly a week now; my whole week had consisted of me laying in bed day after day and my insane family members waiting on me hand and foot.
Pain tore through me again and I began yelling at Scorpius through the pain, not quite sure what I was saying, though I knew it wasn’t too friendly. I tried getting out of bed and nearly fell. The next thing I knew, Scorp had his arm around my shoulder, steadying me considerably.
Scorpius walked me across the room and there was a crack. The room started spinning and I shut my eyes.
Voices. Suddenly, I was surrounded by people talking on all sides as my feet hit solid ground.
I opened my eyes and at first all I saw was white. Finally, my eyes began to focus and my surroundings became clear.
Out of reflex I recoiled and nearly fell, we were in a hospital. These places didn’t exactly hold the most fond of memories for me.
~*~*~ 11 years ago ~*~*~
I held my breath as I watched Scorpius open his eyes. I felt Mr. Malfoy do the same beside me, both of us freezing, completely unwilling to move a muscle.
Scorpius glanced at his father, a slow, lazy smile spreading across his face.
“Dad?” he whispered, his voice scratchy from misuse.
Mr. Malfoy took a step forward as I took a step back, cowering in the shadows as I let them have their moment. I watched as Mr. Malfoy approached his son, his eyes glistening oddly.
He reached Scorpius’s bed and immediately wrapped him in a hug.
Scorpius pulled back, appearing to be confused. He glanced up at me and looked taken aback.
My heart skipped a beat as his eyes met mine and my breath caught in my lungs. I went to take a step forward when he spoke once more.
“Who’s that?” he asked, looking at his father.
~*~*~ present ~*~*~
The memory faded away as the pain returned, causing me to scream out before I could help it.
“Can we get her some pain killers?” Scorpius shouted. “Can’t you see she’s in pain?”
… nice one, Scorp.
A nurse ran to us, pushing a wheel chair and helping Scorpius lower me into it before wheeling me off down the hallway.
I couldn’t think straight. Rose kept screaming and all I wanted to do was stop the pain. I ran alongside the wheel chair and offered Rose my hand. She latched onto it immediately, squeezing tightly.
Rose hated hospitals. She had ever since my accident all those years ago, and I can’t say that I blame her. I hadn’t exactly made things easy on her.
I realized suddenly how much she and I had been through and had a sudden surge of respect and affection for the girl before me for putting up with all my crazy.
The nurse led us down the hall and through a set of doors that opened to yet another hallway before coming to a stop. She ushered us into a room with a single bed.
The nurse handed me a small bundle and I realized it was the proper hospital wear we were to wear in the operating room. She went to leave, allowing us privacy to change but promising to return shortly.
I changed as quickly as I could before helping Rose change into her own.
Rose looked up to me, her eyes wide with a look shockingly close to fear.
“This is it, isn’t it?” she asked, giving me a small, nervous smile.
“Yes,” I said, kissing her on the forehead. “I suppose it is.”
There was a knock on the door and I muttered a ‘come in’. Rose and I looked at each other once more and I offered her my hand. She took it once more, giving it a small squeeze and smiling.
“Let’s get you onto that bed, dear. You’ll be much more comfortable,” the nurse said kindly. She pushed Rose over to the bed as I lifted her and gently set her on the sheets.
“I have legs.” Rose muttered but I kissed her nose and she wrinkled it, smiling.
Rose screamed suddenly, nearly shattering my eardrums, her eyes clenching shut.
“Oh! So silly of me,” the nurse said, reaching into her pocket. “I forgot to give you this.” She pulled a small triangular green patch out of her pocket and removed a white backing before sticking it behind Rose’s ear.
“What is it?” I asked cautiously and the nurse giggled.
“It’s a pain killer essentially. Odd place to put it, I know, but it’s effective. This particular patch also relaxes you, makes you happy, warm, and comfortable,” she said, beaming.
“And it’s okay to use given the circumstances?” Rose asked, looking confused.
“Of course, silly. It’s like a butterbeer but without all the alcohol and whatnot,” she said, far too cheerfully. “Well, the doctor should be in shortly to check everything else. When’s your due date?”
~*~*~*~ 11 years ago ~*~*~*~
“Who’s that?” he asked and I stopped dead in my tracks, unable to think. He was kidding… right?
Mr. Malfoy looked at me, his eyes wide with alarm, staring between Scorpius and myself.
“It- it’s Rose,” he said, seeming to be in shock.
“Oh… do I know her?” Scorpius asked, cocking his head slightly. A tear slid down my cheek, burning on its way down. I turned around and nearly tripped, running blindly from the room.
~*~*~ present ~*~*~
“It’s tomorrow, actually.” I said and the nurse smiled.
“Right on schedule!” she said, clapping her hands and nearly skipping from the room.
“How is it possible to be that bloody happy?” Scorpius muttered as soon as the door shut behind her.
I giggled and suddenly realized how happy I was. And how… not in pain I was.
“Marshmallows sound delicious. I think she’s sweet. You’re pretty.” I said before I could help myself and I giggled as Scorpius stared at me, eyes wide.
“Well, I think we’ve solved the mystery. That nurse is on the same patch you are. Brilliant.” He said and I laughed before leaning back onto the pillow and staring at the ceiling.
~*~*~* 11 years ago ~*~*~*
“Normal.” That’s what the doctors had said. Unfortunately, there are some things magic can’t fix and memory loss is one of them. They’d called it ‘normal’ for an injury like the one he’d sustained… as if that made it any better.
My mum had found me in the bathroom, crying, yet again. She had to pull me from the ground and nearly drag me to the office, where people were always told horrible news.
I tried clawing my way out of the room, not wanting to face the doctors or hear the words I knew wouldn’t be good.
Finally, I’d calmed down and they were able to seat me in that god awful, uncomfortable chair, right beside Mr. Malfoy.
“First off, you need to know that this is perfectly normal,” the doctor said, giving me a small smile. I couldn’t hear the rest as my mind slipped away… Scorpius couldn’t remember me.
After we’d left the office, Mr. Malfoy asked if I was alright. I’d nodded but he could tell that wasn’t the case. He sat me down and talked to me.
Apparently, Scorpius couldn’t remember anything after the day before he was supposed to go to Hogwarts… including me.
They said his memories may or may not come back. The best way to go about it was to go about life as usual. Take him through his daily routines… be…. ‘normal’.
I couldn’t help but shudder at the word now. None of this was normal.
~*~*~* present ~*~*~*
As soon as the nurse gave Rose that bloody patch, she went off the deep end. Sure, she’d never been a girl who I would consider ‘normal’, but now she was ranting about marshmallows and rubber ducks, something I’d learned all about from her grandfather.
“Can I have a rubber duck please?” she asked, her blue eyes shimmering with hope.
“Umm… I’ll get right on that.” I said, hoping she would go back to the Rose I knew after all this.
“Oh, goody!” she said, clapping her hands together.
I sighed to myself and thanked Merlin she wasn’t in pain anymore. I slipped out of the room for a moment as Rose began examining her hand with curiosity.
I wanted to send a patronus to a few people to let them know what was going on, as Harry had shown me to do.
I watched as my wolf bounded away through the window and disappeared in the sky.
The patch was one of the strangest things I’d ever experienced. I was acting as if I was drunk, yet hadn’t had anything. I was speaking before I could stop myself. I had absolutely no filter.
I was glad for the pain to be gone, but I felt far too happy and hated feeling as if everything was fine when it sure as hell wasn’t. I was about to have a bloody baby.
I was finding things that I normally deemed ordinary to be utterly fascinating. At the moment, it was my hand. I couldn’t tell you why, but at the moment it was the most interesting thing in the world.
I heard the door open and shut again and I looked up from my hand to see Scorpius standing in the doorway.
“Why hellooooo there, love.” I said, smiling at him. He gave me a small smile and shook his head.
“You’re a strange one.” He said, approaching me and kissing my forehead. I let out a giggle before I could help myself and he smiled, sitting next to me on the bed.
~*~*~ 12 years ago ~*~*~
First day of our fifth year at Hogwarts. Scorpius and I boarded the train and he was as nervous as a first year… because to him, it was his first year all over again. He still had no memory of anything that had happened and it was as if he were trapped in the mind of an eleven year old.
We went through the motions day after day, trying to help him remember. I wrote Mr. Malfoy nearly every day and though neither of us would admit it, we were both beginning to think that he would never get those memories back.
He went to all the normal classes for fifth year students but the teachers kept him after class every day to go over what he should have learned the previous years. Everyone tried their best to try and find ways to possibly trigger his memories to come back.
~*~*~ present ~*~*~
The doctor came in the room, carrying a clipboard.
“Well hello there. Looks like you’re having some contractions, we’re able to monitor them and though you can’t feel much of anything right now, they’re still happening. You’re just about right on schedule, you’re due tomorrow after all, correct?” he asked and I nodded.
“Excellent. Well, we can move you to the delivery room in just a little bit, we’ve been monitoring your contractions and they’re just barely too far apart for you to be ready, but don’t you worry, it’ll be soon. I’ll be back in a little bit.” He said cheerfully before leaving the room.
Scorpius made his way across the room and banged his head on the wall.
“I swear,” he said, shaking his head, “everyone’s using that bloody patch.”
~*~*~*~ 10 years ago ~*~*~*~
Our seventh year. It was something I’d looked forward to since I met Scorpius. Something I’d hoped would be filled with memories of us wandering the corridors getting into all sorts of mischief and just being our usual selves.
Sadly, it wasn’t quite that way. Zara and Jace had done their best sticking to routine and were still our closest friends. There was just that little catch that Scorp didn’t remember any of it.
We were eating breakfast one morning and Jace leaned over to kiss Zara when I had a sudden flashback of the breakfast before Christmas break all those years ago. The breakfast before my entire life had changed. Suddenly, it was too much.
Tears began to flow down my face faster than I could wipe them away. I stood up and nearly tripped over the bench as I fled from the Great Hall, running outside and down to the lake before anyone could stop me.
I fell to the ground when I reached the place Scorpius and I had lay down so many times, hardly able to breathe as I realized he would most likely never remember any of those times. I felt a hand on my shoulder and I sat up, scooting back when I found myself mere inches from Scorpius’s storm-grey eyes.
“Rose,” he said, looking as if he were going to say something but closing his mouth and shaking his head.
“Yes?” I asked, my voice a mere whisper.
I wiped the tears from my face and he shook his head, reaching out and cupping my face in his hands, “I’m sorry.” He said and I could tell that he meant it.
I opened my mouth to say something but the words wouldn’t come out. I couldn’t seem to catch my breath with him this close to me. It felt like old times, like we used to be. Before I could help myself, I leaned forward and pressed my lips to his.
He pulled back, his eyes wide and I knew immediately I’d made a mistake. I pulled myself away from him and stood up, wanting to run but he grabbed my wrist.
“Please… let me go.” I whispered, staring at the ground. I couldn’t will myself to look him in the eyes.
“I- I remember.”
~*~*~* present ~*~*~*
Rose looked as if she were about to have a meltdown, and who could blame her? We were about to have a child… We were going to be parents.
There was a knock at the door and I went to open it. The second I turned the handle, I was nearly trampled by the entire Weasley and Potter family as well as my father trailing along at the back of the pack looking nervous.
The room erupted with noise, flowers, balloons, and stuffed animals. It was all too much and Rose looked shocked.
“Oi! Quiet down,” I said before realizing it was hopeless. “WOULD YOU ALL SHUT UP!” The room fell silent immediately and Nana Weasley looked at me in shock… oops.
Rose giggled and held up a rubber duck. Arthur beamed from beside his granddaughter and I couldn’t help but smile.
“Look, we haven’t even gone into the delivery room. This is just the prep room and I’m pretty sure they don’t want a bunch of stuff in here, they only want one person in the delivery room with her and you guys will all have to wait in the waiting room.” I said, wanting things to be as quiet as possible for the next few minutes, before everything changed.
~*~*~*~ 10 years ago ~*~*~*~
She kissed me and I pulled back, a sudden onslaught of memories flashing through my head. I felt as if my head weighed several pounds heavier as I remembered all my lessons from those lost years as well as every memory of Rose, Zara, Jace, and everything else that had happened.
Rose pulled back, tears in her eyes. She jumped up and tried to run away but I grabbed her wrist.
“I- I remember.” I stuttered and her eyes grew several sizes.
“Remember what, exactly?” she asked, looking cautious.
“Everything.” I said before closing the distance between us and kissing her liked I’d wanted to all those years.
After what felt like years, she pulled back and began laughing to the point of tears. I couldn’t help but smile as well. I hadn’t seen her that happy in years.
~*~*~*~ present ~*~*~*~
The doctor came in just as my father gave me a hug and departed the room, wishing me luck.
“It’s time,” he said simply as a nurse came in the room and Rose’s bed began moving out of the room. It followed the nurse and I grabbed Rose’s hand as we made our way down the hallway and into another room.
It was a blur. My family was there and then they were all suddenly leaving. The doctor came and I was being wheeled down the hallway.
I was told to push and I obeyed. This happened several times, Scorpius beside me, cheering me on and offering support. He held my hand through the whole thing and I couldn’t help but stare at his face and feel like the luckiest girl alive. I had the greatest husband ever.
Finally, I heard the doctor exclaim, “It’s a girl!” Before being told to push yet again and what felt like mere seconds later heard, “It’s a boy!”
The nurse removed the patch from behind my ear and everything seemed to come into focus. Reality crashed down on me as I realized I’d just given birth to twins. I silently prayed they were healthy as Scorpius wrapped me in a hug.
~*~*~*~ 7 years ago ~*~*~*~
I couldn’t breathe. I stood in front of the mirror and tried desperately to catch my breath but it wasn’t happening. I was getting married.
The door opened and my mother rushed forward, wrapping me in a hug.
“Rose, you look beautiful!” she exclaimed, putting her head on my shoulder from behind, her eyes glistening with tears.
“Mum, don’t cry yet! The ceremony hasn’t even begun!” I said, trying my best not to cry myself. She wasn’t helping.
“I’m sorry love. I’m so happy for you. You found a good one.”
There was a soft knock on the door and the wedding coordinator came in, smiling at me.
“They’re ready for you.”
~*~*~*~ present ~*~*~*~
I wrapped Rose in a hug the moment the doctor took our son over to clean him off. I knew she hadn’t heard that there was a boy and a girl so I waited as the doctor tied the chords and brought them over, placing them on Rose’s chest.
Tears filled her eyes and mine immediately filled as well. We just had children. I looked down at my son and daughter as they looked up at their mother, eyes wide.
I couldn’t believe this was happening to us, especially after everything we’d been through together.
~*~*~ 7 years ago ~*~*~
I waited nervously at the altar, palms sweating as I looked out over all the people. I was getting married today. To the most incredible woman I’d ever known. To the girl I’d been in love with since I was eleven.
I stared down at my shoes, barely able to breathe. I was the luckiest guy in the world. I heard several people gasp and I looked up to see one of Rose’s many relatives skipping and tossing Rose petals.
She came into view and I nearly lost it. I was one of the lucky ones who found true love and actually got to keep it. I was the luckiest guy alive.
~*~*~ Present ~*~*~
A few moments passed and two small wrapped bodies were placed on my chest. One wrapped in blue, the other in pink. I had a boy and a girl. The twins looked up at me and everything felt right in the world.
Scorpius and I were now a family. We had children. I couldn’t believe how lucky I was. I’d managed to find and marry my soul mate. I had the most incredible family and now I’d started my own with the man I love.
“What should we name them?” I asked, we hadn’t really thought about names all that much. We hadn’t even found out their genders while I was pregnant.
“Well for the girl, what about Carina? It’s a star name, we can continue the tradition. Or what about Ella?” he asked and I thought about it for a few moments.
“What about Ella Carina Malfoy?” I suggested. “That way we still keep the star name somehow.”
“I love it.” He said, “and for the boy?”
“Alexander?” I asked, though I don’t know what made me choose the name.
“What about Perseus Alexander?” he suggested and I nodded fervently.
“Ella Carina and Perseus Alexander. I love it.” I said, beaming at my newborn children. After all we’d been through, Scorpius and I managed to stay together and to bring two lovely children in the world. I was suddenly thankful beyond words for having fallen for this man so long ago.
Thank you all for sticking with me through everything. It's been an incredible journey and I hope you all enjoyed it. I may be changing some things around and editing at a later date. Until then,