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Chapter 5

The next morning Ginny and Draco woke up to wonderful smells of breakfast. They came downstairs seeing Andrea cooking breakfast quietly.

She was in the middle of a batch of pancakes while also watching a pan of bacon on a back burner. A timer beeped quietly on the counter and the two watched their daughter grab an oven mitt and pull a pan of what smelled like blueberry muffins out of the oven.

To someone who wasn’t paying attention, the room would seem quiet. But to Draco, the little sounds were mesmerizing. The splattering of bacon in the pan, the tick of timers, the refrigerator humming to life, the soft shuffle of Andrea’s bare feet on the tiled floor.

Absorbed in her task, Andrea didn’t notice the two figures in the doorway until she turned to grab the orange juice from the refrigerator.

Miling, she said, “Breakfast is almost ready. Could you two set the table? There are glasses already out there.” She walked through to the dining room with the orange juice and the first plate of pancakes. Her parents followed soon after with plates and silverware. Disappearing once more, Andrea brought in the rest of the food. There was a plate of crisp bacon, a bowl with a towel containing the muffins, and another plate of buttermilk pancakes.

“Smells wonderful hun, I take it that you’re taking the rest of the muffins to work this morning,” Ginny asked.

“Yeah. I owe Lor big time for helping me last night. She took me to the grocery store while you two were talking in the living room.”

The three sat down, Draco wondering if he should bring up England. As if reading his thoughts, Ginny started. “Lia, what would you think of spending the rest of the summer in England meeting my family? We would be back in time to get your supplies. We could probably even buy a few in Diagon Alley.”

“I – I’d love to! But I think I’ll have to quit my job. Which won’t be bad, I’ll have to anyways. When can we leave?”

There was silence as the three pondered the question.

“It would have to be by Muggle transportation. I can’t take the test to apparate until February,” Andrea stated.

“Well I can arrange airplane tickets easily, but Draco, will you be comfortable on a plane?”

Smiling, he replied, “How do you think I got here? I’ve become quite the expert when it comes to most things unmagical. I suggest we leave as soon as possible. Your brother knows I’m here and will tear my head off if I keep you all to myself,” Draco smirked.

“I’ll talk to my boss today,” Andrea told them.

“Me too. But I don’t think that I’ll start again when we come back There’ll be no point,” Ginny informed them.

“I’m going to take a shower. Mum, are you going to go to work? Or should I drive myself?” Andrea smirked at her mother; it was identical to one Draco wore when he was causing trouble.

“We’ll leave in a half an hour.”

~~~

Once at work, Andrea enlightened Loretta about the night before and that morning, mainly about going to England for the rest of the summer. Her friend just stared at her, open-mouthed.

“When are you leaving,” she asked.

“I’m not sure. But pretty soon, I think.”

~~~

When Ginny and Andrea arrived home, Draco opened the door with a grin on his face.

“How’s tomorrow evening,” he asked.

“Wait, to leave for London”, Andrea asked, slightly distressed. She knew they would leave soon, but that was much sooner than she expected. But upon seeing the looks on her father’s face, and the one on her mother’s, she knew it wasn’t soon enough. “Lemme call Lor and let her know. And what the heck am I supposed to pack,” she finished, smiling and laughing quietly.

Both Ginny and Draco were thrown for a loop with Andrea’s reaction; Ginny hadn’t expected to leave this early, for her daughter’s sake. She was dealing with quite a lot in a very small amount of time. She had found out about her father, her mother’s past, and was about to meet people she had never even heard about before yesterday. Obviously, she's stronger than I ever thought, Ginny thought to herself. Oh, she coudn't wait. She wanted to see her family so badly. Her family. Her mother and father, and of course her brothers. Ron, Fred, George, Percy, Charlie, and Bill. God, she missed them so much.

“Draco, do they know you’ve found me,” she asked quietly.

“No. Ron is the one who gave me the information that led me here, but I haven’t talked to him since. I wanted to wait and see when you wanted to come back. I was hoping you would want to surprise him. After so many years, I want to see the look on your family’s faces when they find their little girl back, all grown up.”

“Well then, since Lia seems to want to go as much as we do, book those tickets for tomorrow.”

Thinking, Draco replied, “I’ll owl your family and ask them to meet me at the Leaky Cauldron day after tomorrow, and I’ll just say that I found some useful information. I’m not going to tell him I found you. Or about Lia. Sound good?”

Smirking Slytherinly, much like her daughter, Ginny said, “Wonderful. Tell them to meet us for lunch, too.”

~~~

Andrea could barely believe it. She was sitting in first class on a Boeing 747 on her way to London. With her mother, and her father. Looking across the aisle, she saw her parents, staring happily at each other, lost in their own world.

At least they aren’t doing that next to me, Andrea thought to herself. And at least they are controlling themselves. As the captain announced that it was now okay to use electronics for the moment, Andrea delved into her bag on the seat next to her, pulling out a case and a laptop. A smile crossed her face as she remembered saving all last summer for her beloved laptop. Unzipping the case, which contained both DVDs and CDs, she picked out a movie and pulled on her headphones. After the second movie, Andrea could feel sleep coming on. She had been so excited the night before that she hadn’t had much sleep. Looking outside, Andrea gazed across the scattered clouds, at the darkening sky, watching twilight fall and seeing bits of the ocean in the cloud gaps. Placing a quiet CD in, Andrea leaned back and closed her eyes.

Throughout the plane, people were settling down, some who had been on planes since the previous afternoon were taking naps. A brother and sister in the back of the plane were being separated by their mother, each retreating to their respective gameboys.

~~~

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