She knotted the scarf around her neck once again, the butterfly hanging off the chain next to the one Narcissa had gotten her. She twirled under Percy’s arm, humming a waltz as she came back to him, a smile gracing both of their features. He dipped her dramatically, making Audrey giggle like mad. Percy brought her back up, bringing her closer to him and picking up the waltz where she left off.
“This is the best birthday I’ve ever had and it’s not even over yet! Thank you so much Percy!” Audrey stopped moving, wrapping her arms around Percy and squeezing him tightly. “Just don’t let it get around to Fred and George that I have a super soft side, they don’t need to know that.” Percy laughed, hugging her back and kissing the top of her head.
“I won’t, don’t worry. It’s about dinnertime, do you want to start?” Audrey pulled back and nodded, pulling him back towards their picnic. “We have roast beef, potatoes, more butterbeer and pasta.” Percy sat down right next to Audrey, leaning forward to begin putting food onto her plate and then his.
“You really made sure to have my favorite foods here didn’t you?” Percy smiled, taking a bite of his dinner. “When I finish this I get your present, I’ve been waiting all day for it.” Audrey rested her head on his shoulder, taking a bite of potatoes.
Audrey set her plate down, a huge smile on her face as she waited for Percy to finish his dinner, fidgeting with her necklace. Honestly, she was nervous, what if he spent a whole bunch of money on her again? She liked the promise ring, but she really appreciated handmade gifts, they just seemed closer to the heart. Not that the ring wasn’t, she just hadn’t expected it.
“Okay, go over to the spot where you sat with your dad for the first and last time. I’m going to pack everything up and get your present out, alright?” Audrey nodded, standing and walked over to the worn patch of grass she loved so much.
Percy fumbled around as he put everything back in the boxes they had arrived in, making sure that nothing was left out. Sighing, he put the boxes on the ground next to him and reached into his pocket, taking out an envelope he walked over to her and sat down, taking her hand in his.
“Remember when you were telling me how you wanted a picture of your mum? But Bellatrix burnt them all in grief?”
Audrey stretched, finally done with her essay and sent a smile at Percy. “Did you know that I don’t know what my mum looks like? Bellatrix burnt them all the day my mum died, didn’t save me one. Her theory was that if she couldn’t see her sister ever again, I couldn’t see a picture of my mum because it was my fault.” Brushing back her hair she glanced over at him. Percy scooted closer and touched her hand.
“Where did that come from?” He gave her a small smile and squeezed her hand.
“I don’t know I just feel like I can trust you.” Audrey moved her hand away, playing with the edge of her plate. “Thanks for not freaking out though.”
“Audrey you won’t believe what you missed in Binns’ class!”
“I found one, in the library in a Charms book. She looks just like you.” Percy handed her a worn picture, both watching as the blond moved side to side, blowing a kiss at the photographer before a young boy came up behind her and kissed her on the cheek. “I didn’t see that part though, pocketed the picture right away. Do you like it?” Audrey shook her head, brushing tears from her cheeks.
“I love it Percy. This is the sweetest thing anyone’s ever given me.” Leaning forward she kissed him, her eyes closed and her knuckles white as she gripped the photo. “Thank you, thank you, thank you.” Audrey whispered as she kissed him again and again, wrapping her arms around his neck.
Percy chuckled and pulled back a little, wiping tears from her cheeks. “You’re welcome, if I hadn’t found that it would’ve been a last minute scramble again to find you something you’d like. I’m glad you’re happy, just don’t let anything bad happen to that one, alright?” Audrey nodded kissing him once more. “Shall we go back to the castle so that you can thank Fred and George, get your present from Draco and go to sleep?”
“That would be nice. I love you.” Audrey replied as they stood, hugging him and looking back at the picture. She could finally see how much she did look like her mum, the same eyes, hair color, skin tone and everything. Her mum and dad looked so young and carefree, she turned it over looking for any kind of writing. “Percy, did you see this?” Percy walked over and looked at the writing that appeared on the back of the photo.
Audrey, your father and I love you so much. Don’t make the decisions I did; don’t get pregnant in your final year of school, but the thing is I don’t regret it. Neither of us do, we’re happy that we have you to look forward to. Though, Bella’s not happy and isn’t allowing me to finish my studies. We didn’t pick out the typical name for children born in the Black line, after a star, we decided on your dad’s grandmother’s name. I hope you can grow up to see the good in anyone, be it Gryffindor or Slytherin. Your father and I will love you no matter what. Don’t let family stop you from loving who you want, that’s what made your dad’s and I’s relationship so complicated. We love you so much, Cassiopeia and Liam or Mum and Dad.
“You really did find the best present.” Audrey smiled at Percy, hugging him again, content with her sixteenth birthday ending how it has-though she hadn’t gotten Draco’s present yet.