The next two weeks were spent shopping for my new apartment and packing all of my things. Remus has ended up being a huge help. He's been helping me outfit the kids room. Lily and I went shopping for her bedroom. We found the perfect furniture, it's a fairy princess set in a beautiful oak. The carving on the head and foot board is beyond stunning. I move in tomorrow and I have to admit I'm a bit nervous about my first night alone there but it should be good for me.
"Isa dinner's ready." Remus said sticking his head into my bedroom.
"Alright let's go. Are you going to tell me why I was banished from the main house?"
"I guess you're just gonna have to wait and see."
"SURPRISE!!!!!" everyone yelled as I walked into the kitchen.
"What is all this?" I asked.
"Well you're leaving tomorrow and we wanted to do something nice for you. We thought since you always do the cooking we'd make your favorite meal. We figured that's what you would do for any of us." Lily said coming forward to hug me.
"I love it. Thank you guys so much." I said smiling at everyone. "You didn't let Sirius cook did you?" I whispered.
"No he set the table and will be doing the dishes." Lily said laughing.
"Hey I heard that!" Sirius yelled.
"Ok everyone let's eat." Lily called.
Dinner was delicious as it usually is when Lily and Molly cooked. Dessert was obviously a James and Arthur special. "Ok so Molly and Lily cooked. James and Arthur made dessert. Sirius set the table and is cleaning up. What are Remus and Peter responsible for?"
"You'll just have to wait and see. Your surprise isn't over." Lily said with a twinkle in her eye.
"Come on Aunt Isa." Percy said taking my hand."You have to close your eyes."
"Ok Percy. I'm at your mercy." I said smiling down at him.
"Ok Aunt Isa open your eyes."
"Oh Percy. Did you do all this yourself?" I asked looking around the living room.
"No silly. Uncle Remus and Uncle Peter helped Bill, Charlie, and me."
"Come here boys." I said kneeling down and holding out my arms to hug the boys. "I love you guys so much. And I have a surprise for you guys too."
"You do?" Percy asked.
"I do. After I get settled in to new place each of you will get to spend the night. Just you and me. We'll spend a full day together doing whatever you want."
"Really?" Charlie asked.
"Really." I promised
"YAY!!! Thank you Aunt Isa." The boys said.
"You're very welcome. Now why don't you guys show me what all we have here."
"Me first me first." The boys cried all at once.
"How about youngest first." I said as my friends walked into the room.
"Here you go Aunt Isa. It's you and me." Percy beamed at me.
"Thank you my little angel I love it. I'll put it only fridge at my new place." I said as I hugged him.
"My turn! Uncle Remus helped me. I made the frame especially for you Princess Isabella." Charlie said.
"Thank you my knight in shining armor. This is a great picture of you guys and I love the frame." I said as I curtsied. "What do you have there my little angel?"
"I didn't want you to get lonely so Uncle Peter helped me make a movie of all of us. This way if you start to miss us you can just put on the tape and see all of us any time you want."
"Thank you Bill. These are really great gifts. I love them. The pictures will be the first thing I put up and a vcr will be the next thing I buy." I said hugging my nephews again.
"We're on step ahead of you. We have a few more presents for you Izzy." Peter said smiling at me. "This one's from me and my mum."
"A VCR thank you Pete. This is wonderful." I said kissing his cheek.
"This is from our parents Isa." Lily said handing me a small beautifully wrapped gift.
"Oh Merlin. It's beautiful." I said holding up the stunning cross our parents had purchased for me.
"This is from Sirius, my mother, and I." James said handing me another box.
"Oh James, Sirius I love it so much!!!" I cried looking at the stunning Jewelry box.
"Mum picked it out. She thought it would fit you." James said smiling at me.
"Molly, Arthur, and I wanted to do something a little bit more practical. We've made you a few frozen meals and got you a giftcard to the local grocery store." Lily said.
"Of course you did." I couldn't help but laugh at the practicality of my friends.
"We know you love to cook, but you're not always going to want to go through all the work just for yourself so we thought the frozen meals would be perfect," Molly said coming to hug me.
"Oh Molly. You guys are so amazing. I love you all so much." I said fighting back tears. "But it's late and I'm pretty sure it's time for the kids to get some sleep. Come on Percy I'll tuck you in."
"Aunt Isa will you tuck us in too?" Bill asked looking at me hopefully.
"Of course boys. Where are you guys staying tonight?"
"We're staying here tonight. James and I are cooking breakfast tomorrow before we move you in. The twins are in the nursery at the guest house. Arthur and I will be staying in the living room. The boys are upstairs here. So are Sirius and Peter." Molly explained.
"Alright boys up to bed."I said herding them all upstairs to the bedroom.
I tucked the boys into bed and kissed them all goodnight. I went back downstairs to find my friends waiting for me. "We have one more surprise for you Isabella." Sirius said.
"You're always there for each of us. You take care of the boys like they're your own." Molly continued.
"You spend hours listening to me when James goes out of town." Lily said.
"You were there for me when my dad was sick and were there for my mum when we lost him." Peter added.
"On a weekend that was incredibly painful for you, you still made sure we all had a good time in New York," Remus said hugging me.
"Every time I leave I worry a little less about Lily knowing that you're here for her." James smiled at me from across the room with his arms wrapped around Lily.
"You've been there for all of us since we were in Hogwarts. You've held our hands when we cried. You've held back Molly's hair when she had morning sickness even when you were pregnant as well. You're more than our best friend, you're our sister." Arthur said coming to hug me and kissed me on the cheek.
"You've made decisions that we didn't always love but you always did what was best for all of us. Even when I ran away from you, you continued to love me. You were my best friend, my lover, the mother of my child. For everything you've done this is for you." Sirius said handing me an envelope. "Open it."
I opened the envelope to find three plane tickets. "New York? I'm going to New York. I get to see my son? But plane tickets, why plane tickets?"
"You're going with your parents." Lily replied, "It was Peter's idea for you to go visit your son. Remus thought it would be good for you to go with your parents. To have some family time. The tickets are from all of us. Your parents already know and they can't wait to go see Justice and Jenny."
"Thank you. All of you so much." I said fighting back tears. "I can't even begin to tell you all how much this means to me."
"We just wanted to let you know how much we love you." Molly said hugging me.
"I love you guys. Tomorrow is going to be a very long day. We need to get some sleep."
Well folks there's only one more chapter to come. Yes I know I've said that before, but this time I mean it. I've figured out how its going to end. I'm finishing it up now. I hope you all have enjoyed the first part of this story. There are two, possibly three depending on what happens in the last story, more parts coming. I hope you all have enjoyed getting to know Isabella and the family. I live for your comments, notes, and opinions. Please leave a review, a comment, anything. I can't wait to hear what you all have to say.
I'd just like to say thanks to Danielle for proof reading this story and helping me figure out a million different problems that come up when writting a story of this magnitude. Also thank you to Jackal, Christe, & Hermione and George for your comments and a really big thanks to Chazzie for all of your comments. Please keep writing, your comments make me a better writer.
As always xoxo Jessica