Slytherin Born

Chapter 22

Audrey glared at her watch he was late. Huffing, she lowered herself in her seat, looking at the window as people walked by. It was her first Saturday back and they were supposed to be meeting at this Muggle coffee shop ten minutes ago. The bell jingled and the chair across from her scraped across the floor.

“I’m so sorry Audrey. I was standing outside of St. Mungo’s for the past hour debating whether or not I should go in.” Percy reached for Audrey’s hand but she pulled it away stubbornly. “Audrey, I’m sorry. I’m so sorry; I never meant to be late. Please forgive me.” She looked at him, frowning when she saw how sincere he was. Sighing, Audrey took his hand and gave a small smile.

“Alright, one condition though.” Percy groaned, a bad feeling in his stomach. “We’re stopping by St. Mungo’s to see your dad, just a quick peek then we can go do whatever you have planned. No one will see us.” Audrey pulled her boyfriend out of his seat and out the door. “You don’t have to say anything to him, just check on him. Please?” Audrey gave him puppy dog eyes, twisting the ring around her finger. “Please?”

“Fine, fine. Let’s go then.” Audrey smiled and grabbed his hand before they began the walk towards St. Mungo’s.

“Which floor is Arthur Weasley on?” Audrey asked the witch at the counter who looked her over.

“First floor, second door on the right, Dai Llewellyn ward.” Audrey nodded in thanks before walking back over to Percy, who was pacing nervously.

“Come on, you don’t have to talk to him, I promised you that much.” Percy grabbed her hand, following her towards his father’s room. “Fred and George wrote me yesterday telling me your dad was fine, he just keeps bleeding whenever they take off his bandages. He’ll be fine, I’m sure he’d be better if his son…” Audrey stopped squeezing Percy’s hand when she saw the look on his face. “Sorry.” She pulled him to a stop at the foot of stairs and sighed. “You don’t have to go if you don’t want to Percy, it’s rude of me to force you into things like this. Thing is, you don’t really do anything about it, so it’s kind of easy to make you do things.”

“Audrey-” Percy tried to start but Audrey plowed right on.

“I don’t know how you put up with me, I mean it’s not that hard to tell me ‘no’. I mean, everyone tells me no. Fred, George, Aunt Cissy, Lucius, Draco, Aunt Bella used to tell me ‘no’ all the time. But you don’t, I’ve never really encountered someone who wouldn’t tell me ‘no’.” Audrey took a breath and continued, shaking her head. “I’d even understand if you broke up with me. I’m kind of pushy and you don’t ever really seem to get a word in when we have conv-” Percy leaned forward and kissed her. Pulling away he chuckled. “What’s with you and not letting me finish my sent-” He kissed her again, pulling her closer before resting his forehead against hers.

“Audrey, Audrey, Audrey. I’m not going to break up with you, I gave you this ring for a reason.” He held up her right hand, indicating the promise ring he had gotten her in October two years ago. “I’m not going to tell you ‘no’ because it seems like you hear it enough from everyone else and you haven’t done anything stupid enough for me to tell you ‘no’. I like that you’re pushy it’s what makes you, you. That’s what I love about you Audrey, so stop being so negative. Now come on and let’s go find my dad, then we can go on our date.” Percy kissed her one more time before walking up the stairs with Audrey trailing behind him.

“Right here, I’ll check to see if anyone’s in the room.” Audrey smiled before poking her head in the door, green eyes bright when she spotted Arthur asleep on his bed. “C’mon. He’s asleep.” The pair walked in, Percy following behind his girlfriend. “He looks good for being attacked by a snake. Lucky Harry had his whole vision thing.” Percy nodded, not really staring at his dad. “Do you want a moment alone with him?” Audrey looked up at him, green eyes large as she waited for an answer.

“No, don’t leave.” Percy looked at his dad before turning towards Audrey. “Let’s go, you have a certain time you have to be back home. I’ve already got a short time limit, let’s not make it any shorter.” Percy smiled before walking back to the door.

“You’ll make up with your family soon, right?” Audrey swung their hands forwards, looking behind her one more time to make sure Arthur hadn’t woken up as Percy closed the door.

“Yeah, soon.” Percy gave a small smile and they walked back out into the open area. “Let’s go to the zoo.” Audrey raised an eyebrow.

“A zoo’s where they hold animals in cages right?” Percy nodded and led her in a crowded direction. “Isn’t that animal mistreatment?” Percy sighed and looked at her.

“No, you’ll see when we get there. I checked it out earlier this week, so keep an open mind.” Audrey huffed, but followed her boyfriend anyway.

“Two adult tickets.” Percy spoke to the ticket lady, as Audrey looked around at all the people. “C’mon Audrey, let’s go to the reptile house first.” Percy smiled cheekily earning a smack on the arm from Audrey as she smiled playfully.

“What, we’re not going to see the lions first? You’d think a Gryffindor would want to see lions before snakes.” Percy smiled and wrapped his arm around her shoulders.

“Do you want to see the lions first?” Audrey shook her head and Percy led her to the reptile house. “It’s kind of muggy in here, just so you know.” Percy spoke when they stepped into the humid room.

“Where are the snakes?” Percy chuckled and led her over to one of the windows. “Poor babies.” Audrey put her hand on the glass frowning at the snakes inside. “Caged in all day, I’d hate that, never be able to move around and feel the sun on my skin.” Percy pulled her closer, frowning slightly. “I bet the lions are almost similar. Not being able to chase their prey when it’s natural instinct.”

“You’re such a downer. The monkeys have plenty of room to move around, besides snakes just sit there any way.” Percy whispered in her ear as they moved down to the crocodiles.

Audrey looked up at him, pursing her lips and received a quick kiss on the lips. She rolled her eyes a small smile gracing her features as they worked their way out of the reptile house and towards the monkeys.

Percy hugged Audrey outside the Leaky Cauldron as she refused to let go of him and head home. She wrapped her arms tighter around him and kissed his jaw.

“I don’t want to go. That means I have to wait until Christmas to see you again.” Audrey whined, frowning as Percy pulled away slightly.

“You have to be home in ten minutes, I don’t want to get you in trouble. Christmas will be here in four days, you’ll be fine.” Percy cupped her face and kissed her before gently pushing her towards the door. “Who knows what your uncle will do if you show up past curfew.” Audrey sighed and kissed Percy one more time.

“I’ll see you on Christmas then.” Audrey walked in and headed towards the back door so she could apparate in private.

She landed on the edge of her bed and fell onto the floor face first, mumbling to herself, Audrey picked herself up cursing silently as her door opened.

“Are you okay? That sounded like a nasty fall.” Draco walked over to her, hands stuffed into her pockets. “You’re lucky that mother and father are downstairs.” Audrey rolled her eyes and lay down on her bed.

“That kind of hurt. I’m not late am I?” Draco shook his head, sitting down next to his cousin. “What did you do all day?”

“Stared at a wall, watching paint chip.” Draco drawled, leaning his head against the headboard.

“Sounds exciting.” Audrey said sarcastically smirking at her cousin. “You told Aunt Cissy that I wouldn’t be here for long Christmas day right?”

“Yes and she’ll probably be asking you who the boy is, so be ready.” Draco scooted down so that he laid down next her. “I’m beat.” Draco yawned, stretching and settled down next to Audrey.

“Go to your own bed Draco.” Audrey looked over at Draco to see he was already asleep. Sighing Audrey drug the blankets out from under him and pulled them over both of them “Good night.” Audrey brushed back his hair before closing her eyes and falling asleep.

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