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Draco opens his eyes after a good night’s sleep and immediately looks over to Hermione, who they moved to her own hospital room overnight that accompanies a ‘father bed’ and ‘baby bed’. He thinks about just how lucky he is to have this beautiful woman and newly born child in his life when he doesn’t deserve it at all. He feels like the day before is just the best day of his life so far... Hermione Granger has agreed to marry him and Arabella Nymphadora was born. 

Hermione is still sound asleep and Draco doesn’t want to wake her so he quietly gets up off of his bed that magically folds up after he is done sleeping and sneaks over to baby Arabella’s incubator which is right beside Hermione’s hospital bed. This is her second day in the world and she can’t be more beautiful. She has skin as soft as silk and a button nose that looks like Hermione’s, her face generally looked more like Draco’s though. He just can’t believe she is his

He doesn’t regret for one moment that he changed his life for this beautiful woman. He always thought she was a special person, but he never knew after all the hate they had for each other before the war that he would be engaged and a brand new father to their child.

Right now nothing else matters but the happiness of Hermione and Arabella. And he doesn’t give a damn whether they are pure-blood, half-blood, or muggle-born. He is more than proud of his half-blooded daughter than anyone can be. 

Luckily, Dolohov is dead as of yesterday and Yaxley is back in Azkaban along with the rest of the Death Eaters because of Harry’s doing and fellow Aurors and Draco can’t be more grateful. They all could have died last night because of them, but the Aurors were just too fast to get to them before they could get to Draco, Hermione, and everyone else in the ward they were in of St. Mungo’s. 

“Did you sleep okay?” Asks a sleepy Hermione as she grins at her fiancé and daughter who sit near her in a chair.

“I slept well, thank you. Now what about you?” Draco asks her, getting up, handing her Arabella who is crying and kisses her on the forehead.

Hermione chuckles, “I didn’t sleep much because I had to breast-feed her all night off and on, but I slept okay. Just happy she’s here. And that we didn’t get killed last night,” Hermione tells Draco as she starts to breast-feed Savanna again who stops crying immediately. 

An hour passes and family starts to arrive again. To their surprise the first person to knock on the door is Narcissa Malfoy. Draco is happy to see her because he was quite worried about her being back at Malfoy Manor by herself with all the Death Eater activity. 

She seems in high spirits as her eyes soften at the sight of her granddaughter. “Oh Draco, she looks just like you, son. She’s beautiful,” Narcissa is almost teary eyed. 

“Thanks mum, we love her so much,” Draco proudly says with a smile.

“I am so proud of you for changing into such a great person. I was never the best mum, and your father never the best father. But I guess we did an okay job,” Narcissa says, smiling at her son.

“Mum you are a wonderful mother! And I know you will be a great grand mum as well!” Draco assures her.

“Can I hold her, Granger?” Narcissa asks Hermione, after smiling at Draco for what he said.

Hermione, a little emotional as well from listening to the conversation nods, “Of course.” 

Narcissa beams as she rubs her granddaughter’s cheek and stares at her non-stop. “I wish your father was here to see her. But he deserves being in there for now,” Narcissa tells the couple.

“Maybe he will see her someday when she’s a bit older,” Draco says.

“I sure hope so,” Narcissa agrees.

“Mum, Harry got all of them back in Azkaban, and Dolohov is dead,” Draco tells Narcissa, smiling.

“Oh thank heavens... I wasn't expecting them to be captured this quickly but thank goodness,” she says with a smile lit up on her face now but never looking away from her granddaughter.

“Yes, and we have no more worries. They tried to track me last night and ended up here and almost killed us, but Harry's Aurors were waiting and were just too fast,” Draco says proudly.

“Well, wonderful! I am glad. I hate that lot taking over our house. I only put up with it because of your father and used to be because of my sister, Bella, threatening to disown and kill me if I didn’t keep loyal to the Death Eaters,” Narcissa tells Draco as she shakes her head.

“I’m sorry-” Hermione says for the first time, knowing how hard Draco and Narcissa's lives probably is at times.

“It’s okay. But we are all okay now and you guys have a precious baby girl. Honestly Granger, I wouldn’t pick anyone else for my son. Astoria Greengrass is just a horrible girl like her family always has been. I always thought Draco had a thing for you anyway the way he talked about you. He talked negative things but I could always tell there was something else there. Mothers know their sons like the back of our hands,” Narcissa says looking up and actually looking Hermione in the eyes. Hermione blushes at what she says and turns to beam at Draco.

“Oh erm mum, there’s some news to tell you as well...erm... We are engaged as of yesterday,” Draco tells Narcissa.

“Lovely!” Narcissa says with a huge smile, “Congratulations!”

“Thank you,” Hermione shyly says, not expecting her to be so calm and happy acting about it. 

Savanna sleeps peacefully in her grandmother’s arms as Narcissa continues looking at her and examining her adorable features. Then a knock comes to the door.

"Hermione, I know you probably wouldn't want to know this. But she looks a little like my late sister Bellatrix in a way," Narcissa says. Hermione just grins, unsure of what to say to that and turns to the door. 

Mrs. Weasley and Ginny come walking in; Harry and baby James stay in the waiting room.

Narcissa, still a little weary of the Weasleys, gets up, hands baby Arabella to Hermione and says her goodbyes after kissing Hermione on the cheek and hugging Draco.

This didn’t surprise Mrs. Weasley or Ginny that she left. Narcissa knows Molly killed Bellatrix, and there will always be hardship there and they can probably never be friendly with each other.  

To everyone’s surprise they hear Narcissa talking to Harry outside, “Potter, I thank you for your services. I don’t know where we would be without you; I just wanted to let you know that.”

“Well Mrs. Malfoy, thanks very much!” Harry says, obviously shocked but grateful. 

Ginny wants to be first up to hold her ‘niece’. The Weasleys are more close to family than anyone to Hermione so she wouldn’t have it any other way. Mrs. Weasley hugs Hermione and then to his surprise, Draco.

“Oh Hermione, your daughter is beautiful. I am so grateful that nothing happened last night and that Harry and his men got everyone back in their rightful place as always!” Mrs. Weasley says with a smile.

“Thanks Mrs. Weasley, we were lucky. That’s for sure.” Hermione smiles. She then lights up. “Oh Draco and I got engaged last night.”

“Congratulations!” Mrs. Weasley and Ginny say. But Hermione knows that both of them are a little concerned what Ron will think about this. If her having Malfoy’s baby isn’t enough, her getting married to Malfoy would do him in for sure. 

“Where’s the ring?” Ginny asks jokingly, raising her eyebrows in a threatening glare toward Draco, “Did you even get her a ring?”

Draco rolls his eyes and smiled, “No but I am going to. Right now, if you guys don’t mind watching her and Arabella?”

“No problem, we can do that!” Mrs. Weasley says, grinning at Draco.

“Draco you don’t have to, we can wait!” Hermione protests. But he is already out the door and asks Harry and James to go with him. 

“Well, Narcissa sure surprised me!” Ginny says with a laugh as soon as Draco is out of sight.

“Yeah, me too. She really has changed too although she won’t admit it,” Hermione says. Mrs. Weasley nods in agreement. 

“So after you get out of the hospital, we need to start planning this wedding. I have communications with Andromeda since Harry is Teddy Lupin’s godfather. And I’m sure she can get Narcissa into the wedding planning. They are talking again, am I right?” Mrs. Weasley asks.

“Yes, they are talking again. Have been talking, Narcissa got lonely after Lucius went to Azkaban and Bellatrix died,” Hermione says, remembering a conversation Draco and herself had about this.

“Lovely,” Mrs. Weasley says with a huge smile. She loves planning things, especially weddings. 

Another knock on the door alarms everybody as Jean and Jeff Granger come in and Jean squeals, “Oh my god! Look at her!”

“Would you like to hold her?” Ginny wonders.

“Of course I do!” Jean says as she scoops up her granddaughter.

“Mum, dad, this is Molly Weasley, Ginny and Ron’s mum,” Hermione introduces her parents and Jeff shakes Mrs. Weasley’s hand.

“I’ve heard so much about you all, nice to finally meet you after all this time although we did meet for a short time Hermione’s second year. I know you guys are a huge part of our Hermione’s life and are a big reason why we got our memory repaired!” Mr. Granger says as he smiles at them.

“Oh, we love Hermione, we don’t know what we would do without her in our family,” Mrs. Weasley warmly grins at him.

“I understand if she didn’t have you guys, we probably would still be wondering around Australia like a couple of goons, not knowing we even had our precious Hermione. I appreciate your help in getting our memory repaired!” Jean tells Mrs. Weasley.

“No problem, I am just glad Arthur and Harry had the wonderful connections they did with our Ministry,” Says Molly.

“As am I!” Hermione adds.

Draco and Harry comes into the room with little James then, no one has heard from Ron after last night. No one but Mrs. Weasley, Harry, and Ginny in the room know they are engaged. 

Draco has a black box in his hand and he gets down on one knee beside the hospital bed as everyone smiles. Mr. Granger gawks because he doesn’t know who this guy is, and Hermione blushes a deep red.

“Hermione Jean Granger, you are the most beautiful witch in the world, the smartest, and most amazing girl alive. And I wouldn’t want to spend the rest of my life with anyone else. Will you do me the upmost honor of marrying me?”

"Did he just call her a witch?" Hermione's father asks Jean. She ignores him. 

“Yes! I will!” Hermione agrees again, and Draco slips the most beautiful diamond ring Hermione’s ever seen on her finger. The couple kisses each other passionately.

“Who is this, may I ask?” Mr. Granger’s voice gruffly asks, a little offended.

“Oh, Father, erm sorry… this is my fiancé, Draco Malfoy,” Hermione introduces him, smiling.

Mr. Granger doesn’t smile back, he was always protective of his daughter. “This isn’t the bloke that broke your heart months ago, is it?”

“No dad, this is the guy I’ve been with for quite a while after that,” Hermione giggles at her dad’s concern.

“Well congrats Mr. Malfoy, pleasure to meet you, I trust you treat my daughter well?” Mr. Granger asks, shaking Draco’s hand strongly.

“Y-yes sir, I will always treat her well,” Draco promises with a grin. He feels a little nervous with this being the first time he has ever met a girl’s dad besides Mr. Greengrass.

“Good!” Mr. Granger says laughing at Draco’s nervous face. 

“So Molly, I think me and you have some talking about their wedding to do?” Jean asks as she repositions baby Arabella who is fast asleep on her shoulder.

“Yes, we sure do!” Mrs. Weasley agrees excitedly.

Jeff Granger looks around the place with big eyes. “What’s all this stuff?” He wonders, looking at all the wizard medical supplies which were much different than Muggle medical supplies.

“Oh, just medical stuff,” Mrs. Weasley tells him, knowing she can’t tell him everything. 

“Do you like it?” Draco asks Hermione about the sparkling diamond ring.

“Yes, I love it!” Hermione says, she couldn’t believe it… she is Draco Malfoy’s fiancée and mother of his child, how did this happen?

Ron’s face flashes in her mind, she has a brief flashback to the day he proposed to her, but she shakes it off. Ron isn’t going to ruin this happy moment for her… or was he? 

Ron and Lavender walk into the room at that very moment.

“Hi everyone! Oh Hermione, the baby is so beautiful!” Lavender says with a big squeal, making Draco roll his eyes.

“Who is this?” Jean wonders.

“This is my ex-fiancé, Ron and his girlfriend, Lavender,” Hermione explains.

Mr. Granger knows that this was the guy that broke his daughter’s heart and he doesn’t acknowledge him at all.

“Hi Ron, nice to see you, and erm, Lavender,” Jean says awkwardly, managing to put a small smile on her face.

Draco and Hermione sense the awkward tension in the room. 

Thirty minutes pass and everyone is sitting around the hospital room. Mr. Granger glares at Ron a few times and Ron starts to notice, making him avoid his eyes. 

“Hermione, what a ring! Is that new?!” Lavender asks loudly. Leave it to Lavender to make things more awkward…

“Yes, err, Draco and I just got engaged,” Hermione announces with an awkward smile, glancing at Ron who makes a movement but doesn’t say anything. He avoids Hermione’s eyes though and looks as though he might punch something. 

“Ron, look at this ring! I want one like this when we get engaged someday!” Lavender says excitedly, getting Ron to look at it.

“Yeah… that’s a good one…” Ron says and then looks back down at the ground.

“Whatever. You’re so unromantic,” Lavender comments, rolling her eyes as she notices his attitude toward it.  

Molly doesn’t want Hermione overwhelmed with all of this and she knows better than everyone how awkward it is for Lavender and Ron to be here at the hospital along with her parents.

“Everyone, I think it’s about time we all leave and let Hermione rest with baby Arabella a little more,” Mrs. Weasley suggests.   

“I agree,” Draco pipes up. He is feeling the awkward tension as well and he wants Ron Weasley to be the last one to ruin this day for Hermione. 

Ron is the first one to stand up and without a glance at anyone else he starts toward the door as Hermione watches him.

Lavender rubs Arabella’s cheek real quick after Jean gives her back to Hermione and she too follows Ron out the door saying bye to everyone.

Jean and Jeff kiss Hermione and Arabella and leave as well. And last but not least, Mrs. Weasley, Ginny, and Harry say their goodbyes as well. They have all been here awhile, it is now dinner time and Healer Tompkins is supposed to show up soon.  

Hermione takes a sigh of relief. Ron and Lavender coming just made everything way too overwhelming. Lavender has no right to be here. Especially on a day that is supposed to be happy and exciting. 

The plump woman that is Hermione’s Healer waddles in the room almost on queue and takes baby Arabella from Hermione after explaining that she needed to do some tests for the evening before she gives her the okay to go home the next morning. Hermione never wants to be apart from Arabella ever since she came into the world yesterday, but she understands and willingly lets Healer Tompkins do her thing. Besides, she knows because they use magic for everything here it won’t take long. She is actually grateful she had to come to St. Mungo’s instead of going to the Muggle hospital in London. 

After about an hour Healer Tompkins waddles back in the room with a big grin.

“She’s fine. I am so happy everything is okay since she was a preemie! She succeeded all the tests and she is ready to go home tomorrow!” The woman exclaims while handing Draco a bunch of papers.

“Congrats again on your engagement and I love the ring!” The witch tells them before handing the baby to Hermione again and saying her goodbyes. 

Hermione hugs her baby to her, “You are perfect baby girl and always will be. I’m so excited to take you home!”

“Speaking of home, I have a surprise for you tomorrow. A gift from my mum to us for our engagement. I talked to her earlier today when we were away from you I showed it to Harry and he approves as well.”

“What is it?” Hermione wonders what Narcissa has in store for them.

“A surprise,” Draco says with a smile at Hermione’s annoyance. She doesn’t like surprises. 

“You’ll find out tomorrow,” Draco tells her.

“Fine,” Hermione pouts, defeated.

“Ron doesn’t seem happy about any of this,” Draco says to Hermione.

“Did you expect him to be? I really don’t care anymore, he kind of deserves it. And I am not with you just to hurt him. I’m with you because I fell in love with you unexpectedly,” Hermione tells Draco, not really wanting to talk about Ron.

“Very unexpectedly. I am happy though to be with you, despite our rough past I’d say everything turned out perfect! Like it was just meant to be,” says Draco.

“Yes… it did,” Hermione says sleepily as she breast-feeds the baby again. When Hermione finishes, she places the baby in Draco’s arms and falls asleep almost immediately.

Draco knows she needs her sleep so he tries to be as quiet as possible.  

Baby Arabella’s eyes are wide open and looking at Draco. Her eyes warm Draco’s heart and soul.

He doesn’t want to be anywhere else but here… with his fiancé beside him and his precious baby girl swaddled in a pink blanket. He has never been so happy in his life. 


A/N: Well.. Draco Malfoy is now a daddy. What do you guys think? Will he be a good father? And Hermione is about to be Hermione Malfoy. Oh boy... :) THANKS for reading & reviewing and just keeping me going with your support! :D 

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