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The day came very soon after that to find out the sex of the baby, Liv was so excited she literally had to use the loo four times before we left. When we did eventually leave, we found Rose was at work on the desk to the maternity ward.

“Good morning. Do you have an appointment?” Rose smirked, she has to be professional at work and pretend she doesn’t know us.

“Yes, we do actually. Under the name of Adams” Liv smiled.

“Ah, yes Olivia. If you’d like to follow me” she led us to a room and got Liv to change into a special gown.

“Healer Webb will be with you in just a moment” she left the room but quickly popped her head back round to say, “I’m just out here, I want to know as soon as you leave this room!”

We waited for a moment and just as Rose said, a woman in her mid-30s appeared, her hair tied back in a bun.

“Hello again love. How are you holding up?” she grinned.

“Great. Actually, this little one sure is a kicker though!” Liv mentioned.

“Some of them are love” she nodded, “And how are you Albus? Waiting on her hand and foot I hope!”

“Of course, as much as I can. I’m fine though, how are you?” I asked politely

“I’m very well. Let’s get on with this then, shall we?” she asked, rubbing some gel on Liv’s stomach and projecting a screen quickly with her wand before hovering it over her stomach, “You wanted to know the sex didn’t you?” she clarified.

“Yes please” Liv nodded.

“Right, so, I don’t know if you can tell but you two will be the proud parents of a baby girl” she smiled widely.

“A baby girl?” Liv practically choked on her words.

“Yes. She seems perfectly healthy. I’m just going to record her heartbeat. Would you like a copy of the ultrasound?”

“Yes please. 8 if we can” I answered as Liv was tearing up.

“Of course. I’ll just go and sort them out. You can get cleared up now love” she left the room and motioned her wand clearing up the gel from Liv’s stomach.

Liv changed and Healer Webb came back, gave us the copies and of course she was gone. Liv was crying again. “A baby girl. Al, we’re having our baby girl” she shook her head in disbelief.

“I know. Now do you want to tell Rose or shall I?” I offered.

“Rose!” she weeped some more, and quickly got up and left the room, myself in her wake, “Rose!” she met her best friend coming out from behind the desk and hugged her tightly, “It’s a girl. I’m having my baby girl” Liv spoke through her tears which were now getting Rose’s pink uniform damp.

“You’re what?” Rose questioned.

“We’re having a girl” I replied.

“Oh Livy. Congratulations!” Rose grinned, tearing up slightly herself and holding Liv at arms length so she could see her properly, “A baby girl! Livy that’s fantastic! No, more tears. Come on. This is great!” Rose cheered up considerably but I could still see the faint traces of a few tears falling down her cheek.

“I know. I’m just emotional, But why are you…” she began but was cut off by Rose,

“Look what you’ve done. I’m all emotional now. Al, take her home before we’re both a mess” Rose instructed me and waved us off before composing herself and getting back to work.

We got back home and didn’t really feel like talking to anyone, we just sat in each others company, feet up on the coffee table, Liv reading some sort of pregnancy book and I was looking through a file for work. It wasn’t until we got an Owl from Mum that we thought maybe we should send out a message. Mum and Dad got their copy of the Ultrasound and a note saying it was a girl back with Mum’s owl. We attached two other copies of the ultrasound for Liv’s Mum and Peyton to Snowflake, Liv’s owl and sent her on her way. Then I got Aphrodite to deliver Nana Molly and Grandad Arthur their copy. While I did that Liv used our phone (that hardly gets used) to call her Grandma Linda and let her know the news and then got a letter ready to post her copy too. I put my copy in my wallet, Liv put hers in her purse and we put the last one on our fridge along with the other ones from previous ultrasounds and check-ups.

“Hey bubs! Guess what we just found out? You’re a girl!” Liv started to speak to the baby once she’d finished writing the letter.

“I bet you don’t even know what that means. Just go with it. It means you’re just like Mummy” I filled her in.

“Yeah. You might be like Daddy in other ways though” she explained.

“Maybe. Now we know you’re a little girl though, Mummy and Daddy have to decide on a name for our little fighter now” I realised, looking a Liv and promoting the use of Mummy and Daddy, it’s going to be difficult to start to putting that into our everyday vocabulary.

“Okay. Ooh! How about we make it a game?” Liv exclaimed.

“A game? How?” I asked, unsure of how she was going to work this into a game.

“I say a name and you say yes or no. That way we get a smaller list the closer we get to the birth. Then we get to decide from a few when she’s born” Liv explained and I had to admit it, it was a good idea.

“Good plan. You go first” I decided

“Sky” she offered

“No” I replied

“Why not?!” she complained

“Sky, as in the thing up there?” I pointed outside, “It’s just be confusing!”

“It’s not confusing!” she argued

“If this is how it’s going to be for every name, I don’t think I want to play anymore” I frowned.

“No, you’re right. Your go” she agreed.

“Poppy” I suggested.

“No” she shook her head.

“Can I ask the reason? Actually can we put reasons on the end?” I asked.

“Yeah. Good idea. It reminds me of war. It’s a muggle thing” she shrugged, looking sad, “Crystal”

“No, is that really different to Sky? Still confusing for her” I denied, “Scarlett”

“Scar as a nickname? No, the poor thing!” she disagreed, “Eliza”

“Yes. Actually, I like that one” I nodded, “Eliza, nickname?”

“El, Liza, Ellie?” she made some up.

“Eliza is on the list for possible names” I smiled, “How about Bluebell?”

“Hmmm, maybe. I quite like the idea of a flower girls name actually” she decided

We kept going finding that Heather was a no and so was Blossom, Emerald, India and Destiny. However, Ivy, Posey and Riley were potentials, joining Eliza and Bluebell in the list of possible names.

We went to bed that night with a small smile on our faces, a little list of names next to the bed and the knowledge of our baby girl in our minds. We woke in a very different way.
She threw me into a state of panic. Screaming, a high pitched, deafening scream that I’m sure the neighbours would have heard if I hadn’t cast Muffliato charm. She was screaming and trying to move, kicking me, but seemingly constricted.
I woke up and tried to move her, to comfort her, but she wasn’t awake. She was dreaming. Experiencing a nightmare. Again.

I sat up straight, watching her, trying to help but at every touch could feel her tense and move violently to get me away. I waited and waited but she didn’t seem to stop, so I gently held her arm. To this she quickly woke and turned on me, wand in hand, performing Levicorpus on me so I was upside down.

“Liv!” I shouted in shock, and then hoping this might have brought her to her senses, which thankful it did.

“Al! I’m sorry!” she apologised, bringing me down safely.

“It’s okay. Are you alright?!” I was honestly more concerned for her than me.

“It was just a bad dream” she shook her head, nuzzling back down to go back to sleep.

“That wasn’t just a bad dream. You were screaming. That’s never happened before” I commented, because in with her nightmares, never once has she physically scream out loud that much.

“Did I? I’m sorry” she apologised, “Will you please lie back down? It’s 4 in the morning” she continued, complaining I was still sat up right.

“No. Don’t be so nonchalant about this. It’s a big problem” I replied, suddenly deciding to be stubborn about this and put my foot down.

“Don’t you think I know that? But what can I do about it Al? Nothing. What do you want me to do?” she argued, I suspect slightly due to hormones, slightly due to lack of a good nights sleep.

“I want you to go and see Lily” I quite simply put it, Lily is, of course, now a psychologist one floor above Rose.

“But… I… Fine” she caved and as I lay down snuggled into me to sleep.

“Is Lily Potter in?” I asked Lily’s shared assistant who was sat behind a desk as I approached her.

“I’m afraid I can’t divulge that information. Have you got an appointment?” she snobbly asked.

“No. But I’m sure if she’s free she’ll see me” I replied, getting a bit hot-headed.

“I can enquire. What’s the name and the reason for your visit?” she asked, raising an eyebrow at me and picking up the phone.

“Livy, her brother’s fiance, Hogwarts Professor and axe murderer. Here to speak to her” I smirked, raising an eyebrow to match hers.

“Sorry Miss Potter. Yes. It’s just a person is here to see you. She insisted. It’s Livy, your brother’s fiance, Hogwarts Professor and axe murderer? She's here to speak to you” she rang Lily who didn’t seem to impressed to begin with. The woman not breaking eye contact with me the whole time she spoke, trying to stare me out, which of course, didn’t work, “Yes. Okay. I’ll bring her in then. Thank you, bye” she put the phone down and stood, “If you could just follow me”

I smirked, a smirk that could rival that of James Potters, “Of course!”

We walked along a hallway, plastered with different pictures drawn by kids who were patients here. We didn’t stop until we reached the end of the hallway, were a bright purple door stood, with a rather shiny yellow sign stating L. Potter.

“There’s my favourite axe murdering sister in law!” Lily squealed as soon as she saw me, “Thanks Carol” she nodded to the woman closing the door, “Congratulations! I can’t believe you’re having a baby girl. Am I ever going to get a nephew?”

“At this rate, I doubt it!” I smiled, hugging her, “thank you though gorgeous” I thanked, squeezing her a bit tighter.

“Anytime. Now what does my almost sister require this morning?” she wondered.

“Al asked me to come. Seeing as you’re a fully trained psychologist and all” I complimented her greatly as she deserved it.

“Oh. So, the nightmares have gotten worse?” she jumped straight to the point, “Take a seat chick, make yourself comfortable” she gestured to the leather lounge chair, which I sat in while she took the seat next to me, a comfy looking bean bag that reminded me of the ones she had in her own room. It was blue as the sun is yellow.

“I guess. It’s really nothing to worry about. I just, I accidently hung Al from the ceiling last night. In my sleep. It was his own fault really, he touched me. Completely caught me off guard” I explained

“Why would that catch you off guard though? You guys share a bed!” she laughed.

“Well, yeah, but I was… well, in my dream, I was, well, I was stuck. I couldn’t move, my hands were tied around my back and I was giving birth and I was all alone and I couldn’t help or do anything” I rambled on, “I was screaming and screaming for help, the pain was so unbearable. And then Al touched me and I managed to pick up my wand, half asleep and cast the spell on Al” I took a deep breath and sighed.

“Livy, now listen, I know you don’t talk about your family a lot but could you tell me a little bit of what happened in your childhood?” Lil spoke quietly, forcing as much care into one sentence as possible.

“Lil, I can’t” I shook my head,

“Can you try? For me? Have you ever even spoken about it?” she persisted,

“No. I haven’t” I replied, not looking at her.

“Maybe it’s time to start” she stated, calming me and drawing my attention fully.

I looked into her green eyes, the eyes I’m told make her look strikingly like her grandmother, Lily and the eyes that match that of Al's.She was pleading me to share the things I never had. She looked almost helpless, wanting to help so much but being simply unable until I let out the extent of my past. But, I guess, maybe it is time, maybe I shouldn’t marry someone who doesn’t know everything about me.

“Lil, can we record this, for Al, and only Al. He deserves to know and I don’t want to talk about it twice” I asked, as my only condition.

“Anything you want” she nodded, and brought out a special wand she used for purely this type of issue.

“Okay. First of all. I’m sorry, you’ll tell me after not to be, but I am. I’m sorry for not telling you and I’m sorry because this may take a while, my hormones will drag it out, I’m sure” I apologised.

Lily just nodded and look at me sympathetically, something I didn’t want, but have always presumed would happen.

"Well, we all know that my Dad died and that was really hard, because obviously how couldn't it be. And the thing was that Mum moved on so quickly, it's not that I wanted her to be some sort of lonely cat lady or anything... It's just my Dad died on the Thursday and by Saturday Mum was over him and had a new boyfriend. I just never thought that my Mum was like that, I always had this image of my Mum as some perfect woman I wanted to be, but truthfully, if I end up like her, it'd be the worst mistake of my life" I took a breath and looked at Lily who smiled sadly and nodded for me to continue.

"So, her new boyfriend, I don't even remember his name, or whether he even told me his name. All I remember was that he was abusive. Now there is never a reason for that, I don’t know why he did it, nor do I ever want to. He treated me like shit. He was better to Peyton and Mum but for some reason he hated me. I didn’t feel good enough until I left for Hogwarts. I met Scorp on the train and then your brother and Rose and realised that some people’s lives are a lot worse, so things got better. I started writing letters to my Dad which helped. So, now I’m fine. Especially since Mum and Peyton went to France and now Mum’s got this new bloke, who, to be honest, doesn’t seem too bad. They’re okay, so I am too” I shrugged, feeling relieved that that was off my chest.

“Do you think this has anything to do with your nightmares?” Lily inquired.

“Yes. No. I don’t know. They’re mostly about death, about losing someone I love too quickly. Last night was just a one off, he was there, stroking my face, running his fingers down my body. Making me freeze with dreaded anticipation. He would stop just before, just before anything actually happened, just to spite me or scare me. That was the dream, but I wasn’t experiencing it, I was watching a little girl with black hair and lilac eyes” I looked Lily straight in the eye, “It was our baby, Lil. You can’t possibly understand how that feels, and I hope to the end of the solar system that you never do. I couldn’t do anything, I couldn’t move, I tried so hard, so so hard but it was useless. And then Al touched me, so I defended myself. I’m just glad I didn’t do anything else” I protectively held my stomach, not letting go and trying to feel the movement of my daughter moving inside of me.

“How do you feel right now?” Lily asked, trying to hide a grin.

“Relieved” I sighed, “Relieved and tired” I thought about it.

“Good. Let’s see if that makes any difference” Lily decided enough was enough, “I really admire you for being able to say that. It takes a lot of guts”

“I bet you say that about all your patients” I laughed

“Maybe but I don’t always mean it.” she shrugged,
“I mean it this time” she confirmed.

A knock on the door indicated our time was up. “I’ll see you soon” I stood up and hugged her, she passed me the wand and didn’t speak another word about, saying everything with her eyes.

“Bye baby! Say Hi to her Daddy for me” Lily spoke to the little fighter, and then to me, “Stay rested” she reminded me and as I opened the door, “and remember to give that axe a rest for a while” she called after me.

Hey Guys! My lovelies, my friends!
Hope you're all well?
What do you think of the chapter then?!
It's a girl! Yay! How do we feel to that?
What did you think of everyone's reaction, Livy, Al, Rose?
Did you like the name game? Anyone got any preferences to go into the game? I may be convinced if you've got a good name for me to mull over!
What did you think of her nightmare?
Did you like Carol? (Umm...Not really, am I right?)
We love Lily though? Right?
What do you think of Livy's past though? I'm sorry to have sprung that on you... it explains a lot though, right?
The axe murder thing though? Bit of harsh comedy for you there.


Thanks again!

Emz xxx
P.S. I'm sorry for saying 'right' a lot though... I didn't mean to say it so many times in the A/N.

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