Audrey woke up bright and early on Christmas, changing into a nice pair of jeans and a red sweater as well as a bag that she stuffed her birthday scarf into it before slipping a pair of shoes on. She slipped her arm through the straps and walked towards the living room where Narcissa and Lucius already sat.
“Hi Aunt Cissy, Lucius.” She nodded curtly at her uncle before sitting down on the opposite couch. “Is Draco not up yet?”
“He’s in the kitchen, getting you breakfast. Thought you woke before him this time didn’t you?” Narcissa smiled and looked up as her son walked through the doors carrying a plate with a small stack of pancakes. “Guess who’s finally up Draco?” He gave a quick smile at his cousin before sitting down, handing her the pancakes.
“Alright, so let’s get the presents done so that Audrey can leave to go hang out with her friends.” Lucius waved his wand, the presents moving from the tree to in front of the recipients.
Audrey transferred her presents to her room and said a quick good bye to her family before apparating to Diagon Alley to wait for Percy in Florish and Blotts. She received a smile from one of the workers as she browsed, searching for a book to read while she waited. A pair of arms wrapped around her waist and she froze, turning her head to look behind to see whom it was.
“You got here early.” Percy smiled kissing the top of her head. “Want to buy a book first or go?” Audrey turned all the way around, a huge smile gracing her features as she tapped his shoulder.
“Where are we going? You refused to tell me in all your letters.” Audrey pouted, though the smile was still on her face.
“Back to where I have your present. My place.” Percy watched Audrey’s eyes widen, the usually clear green eyes turning cloudy as she took in what she was being told.
“Let’s go!” Audrey shouted and began pulling the red head out of the store, her whole face a light with excitement.
“Hold on, you need to hold still so I can get us there first.” Percy laughed softly as he pulled Audrey to a stop, wrapping his arms around her tightly. “Ready?” She nodded and felt the tug at her navel before she appeared on the landing of Percy’s flat. “Behind this door awaits your present, which is behind several other doors.” Rolling her eyes she pushed through the door after Percy unlocked it. “I haven’t looked at any of my presents, just so you know.” Audrey stopped when she saw the small amount of presents on the coffee table and frowned.
“That’s all you got? Percy have you not made any friends while working?” She turned around, hands on hips seeing the frown on his face.
“Work is not the place for relationships Audrey. Remember that when you start that shop of yours.” Percy moved around her and sat on the couch, looking through the presents. “Audrey? Could you tell Hermes to send this back for me? I don’t want it.” Audrey stepped forward, taking the package and looking at it.
“Percy, it’s from your mum. She’ll be devastated if you send it back, don’t do this to her.” Percy sent her a glare before heading towards the hallway disappearing into one of the two rooms. Heaving a sigh she walked towards the sleeping owl and carefully roused him from her sleep.
“Twelve Grimuald place, leave as soon as you can.” Audrey begrudgingly tied the package to Hermes’ leg and watched the owl fly away. “I hope you feel like a terrible person Percy!” Audrey shouted curling her hands into fists as she stomped towards the room Percy disappeared into.
“I do, now open the door slowly otherwise you’ll not like what’ll happen.” Percy’s voice sounded from behind the door to her right and she opened the door, eyebrows furrowed together. A mass of fur flew at her face, a scream ripping out of her throat as she caught it, backing up into the now closed door. “I said slowly.” Percy pulled it away and gave a small smile. “Happy Christmas.”
“Did you just try to kill me? Percy!” Audrey glared, eyes sparkling with murder.
“No, no I didn’t. It’s a kitten. I found her on my way home a few months ago and she’s easily scared, she just jumps at whatever scares her. It’s your Christmas present.” Percy pat the fur down on the small kitten and handed her to Audrey.
“Oh, why didn’t you just say so? I would have listened.” Audrey snapped sarcastically, rubbing the kitten in between the ears. “Did you name her?”
“Lucy. Her name’s Lucy and she’s the cutest cat I’ve ever seen.” Audrey smiled, pulling Lucy closer and heading towards the bed in the corner of the room.
“Has he put you to a schedule while you’ve lived here Lucy? Has he fed you, you’re so tiny.” Audrey curled her legs under her, setting Lucy down and watching her hobble around the bed on unsteady legs.
“One day Audrey I’ll make up with my family. I don’t know when but I will.” Percy spoke as he sat down next to her. “I promise you, before anything really bad happens.”
“Percy, it’s already really bad. You-Know-Who’s back! You know it, I know it, and everyone knows it Percy. You just refuse to accept it because of your position at the Ministry. You know full well it can only get worse from here because your boss refuses to do anything.” Audrey growled picking up Lucy she turned towards the door. “I’ll see you later, I have some homework I left unfinished.” She apparated out of the room, leaving Percy staring at where she just stood. Picking up the water glass on his side table he threw it to the other side of the room, the glass shattering upon impact, shards covering the floor. Falling onto the bed Percy covered his face with his arm and ground his teeth.
Audrey set Lucy down in her room before turning on the light, chuckling when she saw that Draco was asleep, sitting straight up in what looked to be the most uncomfortable way she could imagine. Walking over she pushed her cousin down and covered him with her blankets.“It’s the middle of the day Draco, how can you go to bed so easily.” Audrey chuckled again as Lucy settled herself on the boy’s chest and closed her eyes. “Both of you.” She grabbed a book and headed towards the library, checking behind her one last time and shaking her head before turning off the light.