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Chapter 2: A Day in the Park

Harry woke early that morning to make sure he was ready for the day ahead of him. Sirius and Remus were coming back from Greece today and Harry was picking them up at the train station. Harry was happy to have them back but he hadn’t seen them for about four and a half years, so he was really nervous. He knew this day would go one of two ways: good or straight to Hades. He hoped they’d be happy for him, but he knew they wouldn’t be too happy that he hadn’t told them what had happened with Ginny.

Harry took a shower, went downstairs to eat, and checked the clock to see how much time he had left. Two hours to go. It would only take about ten minutes to get to the station, so he had plenty of time to get some things done. He went back upstairs and packed his things for practice tomorrow. Once that was taken care of he went back downstairs and made sure everything was picked up off the floor and put in place. After straitening up, he checked the clock again: thirty minutes left. Time to go.

While driving to the station, Harry went over what he would say to them when they found out, how he’s apoligize for not telling them and, most importantly, how he would tell them. How was he supposed to do that? He didn’t have a clue. Should he blurt it out (Which he probably would)? Or sit them down and explain? Should he tell them beforehand or introduce them first? He hadn’t planned for this moment. He had planned the whole day, he had planned what he would say, but he hadn’t planned for that moment. He had figured that it would come out on its own, but the more he thought about that possibility the less he wanted that to happen. He didn’t want to keep her from them anymore. He wanted them to know each other. They had to know.

He pulled into the parking lot and drove around to find a space to park. When he found one close enough to the building he pulled in and shut off the engine. Then he just sat there for a few minutes, tears welling up in his eyes, thinking about how incredibly angry with him they would be. He wanted them back in his life, the way they used to be, not with a huge awkward sense in the room every time they met.

Five minutes later he stood waiting for the train to get there when he pulled his cell phone out of his pocket and started dialing his best friend, Hermione. He had left his little girl in their care for the day so he could pick up Sirius and Remus without interference. It seemed to take her forever to pick up the phone.

“She’s fine,” Hermione said when she finally answered.

“I know I just want to check in with her,” he said as he tried to convince himself he was okay.

“Have you picked them up yet? Or are you calling before you see them?”

“I’m at the station. Train’s not here yet. Please, put her on the phone. Please,” he pleaded.

“Calm down, everything is going to be fine, they will love her and you know that they love you,” Hermione said trying to calm him down, but what she had said didn’t address his worries.

“I know that they’ll love her and I know that they love me, but I want them to not be angry with me for not telling them when I knew I should have told them. I never should have keep them in the dark like this,” he vented.

“Harry, here she is,” Hermione said, as she handed the phone to his daughter.
“Hi, daddy,” she said. In his mind, he could see her as she talked into the phone.
“Hi, baby, what are you doing?”

“I’m playing with Christopher. He’s so cute,” she said, she had always been so adoring to him.

“You having fun?” Harry said as the train pulled in. Harry felt a familiar sinking sensation in his stomach.

“Yeah, when you gonna meet us?”

“About an hour or so.” He paused. “Honey, I have to go. You be good for Uncle Ron and Aunt Hermy, ok. And give the phone back to her, okay?”

“Okay, I love you, Daddy, see you soon.”

“Love you, too, squirt.”

She giggled and handed the phone back to Hermione. “Hey,” she said.

“I’ll see you soon. They just pulled in,” He replied, hearing the panic in his own voice.

“Well, go and have fun. Bye.” And with that she hung up, leaving Harry to deal with his problems on his own.

The doors opened and people shuffled out going this direction and that direction and finally out of the way. Harry stood back knowing they would find each other and also that he would be trampled if he went any closer.

After a few seconds his view of the train cleared and he saw them. Sirius and Remus stepped off the train. Harry stared at them for a few moments; they looked better than they had when they left, younger, happier. Harry saw them glance around. He couldn’t wait anymore.

“Sirius!” He yelled. Both of them looked directly at him and grinned, widely. Sirius ran up to him and hugged him, picking him up in the process.

“Welcome back,” Harry managed to say as he hugged him back. Remus, who had not sprinted all the way across the platform, hugged Harry when he reached him.

“Welcome back is right. I fell like I’ve been gone forever. God, you grew up,” Sirius said, backing up and looking Harry up and down,

“Yeah, I did. It’s been a while since you’ve been here,” Harry said.

“How have you been, Harry,” Remus asked.

“Fine. Everybody’s fine,” Harry answered a little to quickly. Both Sirius and Remus raised their eyebrows.

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“So what’s been happening since we left? I mean, I know all the stuff that happened with Voldemort and that he’s finally dead, good job, by the way,” Sirius said as he climbed into the car. Harry nodded to make sure he knew he was listening. “But what’s been happening with you and Ron and everyone since?”

“A lot, actually. Ron and Hermione got married.” Sirius’s jaw dropped, as Harry started the car. “Yeah, I know that was my reaction, but it’s been almost four years and they have a little boy now. His name’s Christopher and everything’s been just great for everyone.”

Harry pulled out of the parking lot and onto the street, when he looked over at Sirius. That’s when he realized something was up. Had he been too obvious?

“Great, that’s great,” he said, then added, “So what’s been happening with you?” He paused and they both stared at Harry. “Girl? Job? Engagement? Anything?”

“Well, a lot’s happened since you died, came back, and left, Sirius. What do you want to know?” Harry replied to the interrogation.

“Why don’t you say what your wanting to tell us but you don’t know how to? What’s going on, Harry?” Remus inquired. Harry shook his head.

“Harry, did something happen while we were gone? Something big?” Sirius asked.

Harry slowed the car and stopped on the on the shoulder of the street. He pulled himself around and grabbed the chain that hung around his neck, the one he hid with under his shirt.

“Harry, what,” Sirius started to ask something, but Harry held up a hand to stop him, as he paused before pulling the chain the out from under his shirt.

He turned to face Remus. “You asked me what I didn’t know how to tell you.” He turned to face Sirius. “Here’s the first chapter of that story,” Harry said as he pulled the chain away from his shirt and into the light so they could see. On the chain was a ring. A gold band to be specific.

“Harry, what,” Sirius repeated. He looked stunned. Harry had anticipated this. He didn’t expect them to say anything. At least not right now. He was sure they would have plenty to say and scream about later.

“It’s my wedding band,” Harry sighed.

“You’re married? Why aren’t you wearing it?” Remus asked. Tears flooded Harry’s eyes, he turned around and started the car again.

“That’s the chapter we’ll get to later,”He said, tucking the chain back under his shirt. “Right now I want you to meet someone.”

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They pulled up to the park after twenty minutes of tense silence and occasional awkward small talk. Remus and Sirius knew he was hiding something, they just didn’t know exactly what it was or how big yet. For all Harry knew they thought it was a failed marriage or something. They sat in silence for a few more moments until Harry got the guts to say something.

“Okay, I know that you’re a little irritated with me right now and I don’t blame you, but there is something I need you to do. And even if you don’t want to do it for me, please do it for my Mum and Dad,” Harry paused. They nodded and got out of the car.

When they all got out they headed for the park across the street. And then over to where they saw Ron and Hermione sitting on a bench watching the kids play. Sirius and Remus stopped dead when they saw a little girl with red hair talking to Hermione. Sirius seemed to bee even more confused, but Remus seemed to get it instantly.

He turned to Harry as Sirius asked, “I thought you said that Ron and Hermione had a little boy?”

“They do,” Harry replied. Remus looked back just in time to see the little girl turn around. Just in time to see those emerald green eyes.

“Harry, is she...?” Sirius broke off.

“Yep,” Harry answered. “She’s all mine.”

A/N: Well? What do you think? I hope you guys liked it and please leave me a review whether you did or not. Thanks for reading. And in case you guys are wondering: Sirius did fall through the veil but he came back out. Thanks again

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