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Chapter 24

“Who’s that from?” Alice asked Lily as an owl flew into the living room.

“Molly Weasley,” Lily said as she began to read the letter. “She has had another boy, they named him Ronald.”

“Bummer another boy, everyone knows the Weasleys wanted a girl.”

“I know, but you know they knew they were having another boy.”

“Really? Molly wasn’t crestfallen?”

“No, but Merlin knows she wants a girl.”

“You going to go see her?”

“Yes,” Lily said nodding. “I have a doctors appointment at eleven and then I will go see her.”

“Speaking of St. Mungo’s,” Alice said smiling from ear to ear I haven’t told you yet.

“Told me what?” Lily asked eyeballing Alice, “You know you are suppose to tell me everything!”

“Sorry I just found out the other day and I haven’t seen you since then.”

“Okay,” Lily nodded as Alice joined her on the sofa. “So what’s up?”

“We are having a boy!”

“Really?!” Lily said smiling from ear to ear, “Oh I am so happy for you! Thought of any names?”


“What?!” Lily blinked, “Why?”

“I love it, don’t you?”

“It means slave of the merciful God, I love it!”

“Beautiful,” Lily said starting to get tears in her eyes.

“Lily what’s wrong?” Alice said seeing the tears fill up in Lily’s eyes.

“Nothing, I think I have something in my eye.” Lily looked at the clock and acted surprised, “I have got to go or I will be late for my appointment.” Lily walked to the fireplace and Flooed out.

“Lily wait!” But Lily was gone, “I thought her appointment was later on this afternoon?”


“Come in,” a voice responded to the knock on the door. “Lily!”

“Hey Molly,” Lily said smiling as she walked into Molly Weasley’s hospital room. Lily looked around the room and frowned, “Where is the baby?”

“They took him to the nursery about an hour ago, they should be bringing him back soon.”

“Good, I would like to see him.”

“Arthur is bringing the boys down in about an hour or so to see the baby.”

Lily sat down in the seat nearest Molly’s bed, “How are you feeling?”

“Alright,” Molly sighed. “I was not in labor for that long, actually I think he was my quickest.”

“How long were you in labor?”

“Forty five minutes.”

“Holy crap!” Lily chuckled, “Well that’s good.”

“Yeah, but I have been up here for three days.”

“Three days?”

“Yes,” Molly sighed. “I had not felt the baby move all morning and it was about lunch time, so we called Arthur’s mother to watch the kids and he brought me up here. I had been up here for observation and then yesterday around dinner time my water broke.”

“So March ninth is his birthday?”

“Yes,” Molly smiled.

“What did you name him?”

“Ronald Bilius Weasley.”

“That’s nice.”

“Honestly,” Molly’s nose wrinkled up. “I don’t like his middle name.”

“Then why did you give it to him?”

“It is a family name on Arthur’s side and all the rest of the boys have family middle names and Bilius was the last one. So what are you doing up here?”

“I came to see you and Ronald.”

“Okay, but other than that.”

“I have a doctor’s appointment today, find out what the baby is going to be today!”

“Oh congratulations! You will have to send me an owl saying what you are having.”

“What are you talking about? I will come back and visit you and tell you.”

“Where is James?”

“What do you mean?”

“If you are finding out the sex of the baby I would think that James would be here too.”

“Oh yes,” Lily chuckled at her absent mind. “He is, but my appointment is not until later on today.”

“Then why are you here so early?”

“Alice upset me.”


“She found out the sex of her baby…”


“That isn’t why she upset me, in fact I am happy that she is having a boy.”

“A boy? That’s great! That means her baby and Ron will share the same dormitory at Hogwarts! Heck, they might even be friends.”


“So what has your knickers in a bunch?”

“The name she wants to name him,” Lily said as tears began to fill up in her eyes again.

“What does she want to name him?”


“Merlin bless you.”

“I didn’t sneeze.”

“Wait!” Molly said laughing so hard she was now crying, “T…that is the a…actual name she wants to n…name that p…poor child?”

“I am afraid.”

“Woo,” she sighed as she started to calm down. “She could change her mind.”

“You think so?” Lily asked hopefully.

“I think so.”

“Why is that?”

“Because with all of the children that Arthur and I have had we have changed our minds on the name of each one of the boys at least two or three times.”

“Oh thank Merlin!”

“Lily!” Arthur Weasley said happily as he entered his wife’s hospital room.

“Hello Arthur,” Lily said turning around to the red headed man. “Congratulations on the new baby.”

“Thank you.”

“Where are the boys?” Molly asked as she noticed her other five boys were not present.

“Still at mother’s.”

“Why aren’t they here?”

“I brought you lunch,” Arthur held up a bag. “I figured you didn’t want the gross hospital food, and I thought we could have lunch together alone.”

“I should be going…” Lily said getting up.

“No,” Arthur realized what he had said. “I meant lunch without the kids, you don’t have to go…”

“I understand,” Lily smiled. “I have another couple of hours before my appointment and James is about to go on lunch break so you just gave me an idea. Maybe I can snatch him away from the cafeteria food before he starts to eat with Sirius and Frank.”

“You haven’t even been able to see Ronald yet,” Molly protested.

“I told you that I would stop by again after my doctors appointment.”

“You promise.”

“Yes, in fact it’s a baby date.”


“James,” Sirius said with food stuffed in his mouth which got Frank laughing again because he knew how much it annoyed Dorcas.

“You are impossible!” She screamed.

“Go away!” Sirius yelled at her as food began to spray all over her, “I told you that I am not interested in you any more!”

“But Siri!”


“James,” Sirius said now that there wasn’t any food in his mouth from spiting it all over Dorcas.

“What?” James said as he was about to bite into the cafeteria food.

“Don’t you dare eat that James Potter.”

“Lily!” James said turning around to see his now barely showing pregnant wife. “What a surprise!”

“Good,” Lily smiled. “Now don’t eat that.”

“Why not? He paid for it,” Sirius demanded to know.

“Then you eat it.”

“Alright!” Sirius said taking James’s tray out of his hands.


“Yes,” Lily giggled. “Because we have a lunch date and then we are going to St. Mungo’s.”

“Baby coming?!” Sirius said hopefully.

“No,” Lily giggled again. “It is a bit too early, but we find out the sex of the baby today.”

“Okay celebration tonight at the Three Broomsticks!” Sirius yelled, “Frank and Alice are having a boy, we will find out what the two of you are having. I will notify Pete, Remus, and Frank.” Sirius then turned to Frank, “Three Broomsticks at seven.”

“Okay,” Frank chuckled.

“What about Amelia?” Lily frowned.

“She doesn’t like or talk to me,” Sirius sighed. “You tell her.”

“I will get Alice to,” Frank spoke up.

“Or that,” Sirius shrugged.

“Where are we going?” James asked.

“I was hoping The Leaky Cauldron?”

“Why that dump?” Sirius yelled.

“Stuff it or I will make you bounce up and down again,” Lily growled.

“James!” Sirius whined, “You said she did that on accident!”

“Leaky is fine, let’s go.”


“Lily? Lily are you here?”

“They are at the hospital,” a voice said from the couch.

“Sirius!” Amelia yelled as she clutched her chest, “You scared me!”


“You don’t sound like it,” Amelia snapped remembering that she was still angry with him.

“I am. I am just not in a good mood.”

“Why not?”

“I thought you didn’t like me,” Sirius snapped back. “Biggest bloody mistake of your life.”

“When will Lily be back?” Amelia asked deciding to change the subject.

“Not until late tonight.”


“Didn’t you get Alice’s message?”

“No,” Amelia said shaking her head no. “Why?”

“Lily and James find out the sex of the baby today.”


“Yes and I suggested that we all meet up at the Three Broomsticks at seven. Celebrate what James and Lily aren’t going to have and that Frank and Alice are having a boy.”

“They are?!”

“Yeah,” Sirius said rolling over to the other side of the couch.

“What are you doing here?”

“Trying to sleep.”

“Why are you sleeping here?”

“My flat is being fumigated.”


“Remus brought fleas into it.”

“No he didn’t,” Amelia giggled.

“That’s not funny!” Sirius rose from the couch and yelled, “It’s not his fault!”

“I know that,” Amelia blinked as she stepped back. “I was laughing as in poor Remus not as in being rude.”

“Oh, okay then.” Sirius said crawling back onto the couch to nap, “You can go now.”

“Aren’t we rude?”

“As I am the biggest mistake of your life, I really don’t want to be number two or number three mistake too.”


“I said go.”

“You know Cassidy would never accept you being so rude…”

“Don’t you talk about her!” Sirius yelled as he jumped off of the couch again, “You didn’t know her!”

“Are you kidding me?! I went to school with her and I was friends with her the summer that James and I dated and she was over every afternoon. Cassidy would never accept you being so rude, maybe Dorcas does…”

“I told Dorcas that it was over.”


“What?!” Sirius sighed as he began to pull at his hair.

“Why did you tell her it was over? I thought she was ‘a good shag.’ ”

“She was annoying me!”

“Serves you right.”

“What?!” Sirius yelled actually pulling hair out now.

“I said serves you right.”

“And why is that.”

“Because not twenty four hours after we shagged you shagged her.” Amelia said with tears now falling down her face.

“But…you were angry at me and wouldn’t talk to me.”

“I wasn’t angry,” Amelia said as even more tears fell but Amelia didn’t wipe them away, she just acted as if they were not there. “I didn’t know what to think. You had lost your daughter and your wife, I thought I was some kind of fling and I really cared for you!”


“No let me finish,” Amelia demanded. “By the time I had talked to Lily and she said that you truly cared about me and I was going to tell you my feelings you had already slept with Dorcas!” Now Amelia was wiping tears away, “So yes because I actually trusted you, you are the biggest mistake of my life!”

“Amelia…” But she had already apparated away.


“Ready to see your baby?” The Healer asked.

“Yes please,” Lily said smiling from ear to ear.

“Okay, look at the screen please.”

Lily and James looked up at the screen across from them and the Healer began to move his wand over Lily’s belly.

“James,” Lily gasped.

“I see, I see.” He nodded.

Their unborn baby was in front of them on that screen, “Okay.” The Healer spoke, “Nurse?”

A nurse walked in with a pointer and pointed to whatever the Healer was saying, “That is the baby’s head.”

“Wow,” James gasped and Lily looked that she was so happy that she might cry.

“What’s that?” Lily asked.

“The arm and that’s it’s feet,” the Healer answered.

“What’s that noise?” James asked.

“That is the baby’s heartbeat.”

“Wow,” Lily and James said at the same time.

“You ready to find out the sex of your baby.”

“Yes please,” Lily said politely.

“Okay, Nurse.” The nurse nodded and pointed, “That is…”

“It’s a boy!” James yelled and Lily giggled, “The Marauder’s will rise again!”

“I am glad that the two of you are happy with your son’s sex, the nurse and I will leave the two of you alone.”

As Lily got dressed James just kept saying over and over again, “A boy…wow…a boy.”

“I know,” Lily blinked.

“I can’t believe he has developed that fast already.”

“I know.”

“You are happy, aren’t you?” James asked looking at Lily oddly.

“Of course,” Lily said turning back to James as she was know fully dressed. “I am just a bit sad.”

“That we aren’t having a girl?”

“No, I actually wanted a boy first. I am sad that our parents, Sarah, Cassidy, and Gabriella won’t ever know our little boy.”

“Me too,” James said hugging his wife tightly. “It’s okay though, they sent us this little miracle.”

“You need to get back to work?”

“No, I took the day off.”

“I told Molly that I would go see her and the new baby today.”

“That’s fine,” James smiled. “Actually I would like to see the newest addition to the Weasley family.”

“Good, let’s go see her then.”


“Lily and James!” Molly smiled, “How nice to see the two of you.”

“Where is the baby now?” Lily whined.

“Behind you with Charlie,” Arthur said behind them and Charlie was sitting on a loveseat holding baby Ronald.

“Did you want to hold him?” Charlie asked.

“Can I?” Lily asked Molly.

“Of course.”

“Hang on,” Arthur said walking across the room. “Let me get the baby from Charlie first.”

Lily sat down next to Charlie and took the baby from Arthur, “He’s so tiny.”

“Are they all this tiny?” James asked as he sat down on the floor next to Lily and looked at the new baby.

“Bill’s head was a bit bigger then that…”


“Bill be quiet, grown ups are talking. Anyways, but yeah they are all about that small.”

“So did the two of you find out what your baby is going to be?” Arthur asked.

“Yes we did,” James said smiling from ear to ear. “In fact we just got out of Lily’s appointment.”

“So what is the sex?” Molly asked very excited.

“It’s a boy!” Lily and James said at the same time.

“Oh congratulations!” Molly and Arthur said at the same time, but Ron began to wail

“Oh no,” Lily gasped. “What did I do wrong?”

“Nothing,” Arthur said walking across the room and taking Ron away from Lily and to his mother. “He just needs to be changed.”

“How do you know that?” James asked.

“By their cries,” Molly announced.

“I don’t think I will ever get that down,” Lily sighed.

“Yes you will,” Molly nodded. “The both of you will, just takes a little bit of time.”

“I will go change him in the lavatory,” Arthur said walking with the baby out to the lavatory that was connected to Molly’s room.

“Lily,” James spoke up. “We should be going and it’s getting close to seven.”

“We agreed to have dinner with the gang, if you weren’t in here we offer for you guys to come too.” Lily spoke up.

“That’s sweet dear, but you will find out that once you have children you can’t really go out that much any more.”

“We must have dinner all together at my house sometime after you get out.”



“There they are,” Sirius yelled and the rest of the gang looked up from the table. “About time, I thought you said to be here at seven. The rest of us have been waiting on the two of you for thirty minutes!” Alice kicked Sirius from under the table, “Ouch Longbottom!”

“Stuff it Black. Sit down Lily, James.”

“Am I late?” Amelia asked from behind the couple.

“No we just got here too,” Lily said honestly let’s sit.

“You came?” Sirius asked being very surprised.

“I didn’t come here for you, I came here for Alice and Lily.”


“Nice one Padfoot,” Peter snickered.

“Stuff it you,” Sirius kicked Peter in the shin.

Lily, James, and Amelia slid into the booth that Remus, Sirius, Peter, Alice, and Frank were already sitting in. It was a big round booth.

“So congratulations Alice and Frank on your baby boy.”

“Thanks Amelia,” Alice smiled. “I can’t wait to hold him.”

“So what are you guys having?” Sirius belted out and Amelia rolled her eyes.

James looked at Lily and she nodded. “We are having a boy!” James announced and Lily had a motherly glow about her.

“The Marauders will rise again with the Longbottom and Potter baby!” Peter yelled.

“I think for once Peter said something that makes since,” Sirius said looking stunned.

“Our babies will be best friends, just like us.” Alice smiled.

“Yeah,” Lily smiled. “My baby will be born a couple of weeks after yours.”

“How is Molly doing?” Alice asked.

“What can I get you guys?” Madam Rosemerta asked, “Well I’ll be…I haven’t seen you kids in here since right after you guys graduated.”

“We are celebrating,” James said smiling from ear to ear.

“What are you celebrating?”

“We are having a baby boy,” Alice spoke.

“Us too,” Lily said rubbing her belly.

“Well congratulations. Sirius how old is that baby girl of yours now?”

Everyone’s faces fell and the attention turned to Sirius.

“She died almost a year ago, thanks to my brother.”

“Oh I am so sorry,” Madam Rosemerta’s eyes almost popped out of her head. “I give you my condolences, give them to your wife too.”

“My wife died a few months later too.”

“I think I will shut my mouth before I insult you any more. What can I get you guys.”

Alice and Lily got water with lemon; James, Remus, Peter, Frank, and Amelia got butterbeer; and Sirius got two shots of Firewhiskey.


“I don’t want to hear it Lils.”

Everyone pretty much had a fun time, but everyone noticed that Sirius was oddly quiet but no one said anything about it.

Thirty minutes later Sirius stood up from the table as he was at the end, “I have got to go.”

“Sirius…” Lily tried again, but he apparated out of the Three Broomsticks before anyone could say anything else.

“Where is he going to stay?” Amelia asked.

“Huh?!” Alice blinked, was Amelia actually worried about Sirius?

“Sirius told me earlier today that Remus and his place was being fumigated.”

“Yeah I brought fleas in,” Remus blushed.

“When did you see Sirius?” James asked puzzled.

“I came by to see Lily earlier today and Sirius was crashed on the sofa and he told me about tonight and his flat.”

“He was staying with us…” Lily nodded.

“But I don’t know where he will be now,” James honestly wondered out loud.

“I think I might have an idea,” Amelia said before she too apparated out of the Three Broomsticks.

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