“Not really, Mum, why don’t you explain?” Ginny asked impatiently.
gaze hardened as she glared at Harry and Hermione. How did he dare
stand there and feign innocence when the evidence was cooing in his
arms? “Not with those two here, I won’t,” she spat out.
gave up trying to reason with her mother and slammed the door of the
kitchen open. “Are you three coming in? And, Mother,” she added with a
snarl “when you calm down and decide to explain yourself we’ll all be in the lounge.”
Molly and Arthur entered the room, they found Ron and Ginny sitting on
one couch and Harry sat with the baby a rocking chair, watching
Hermione rummage round in the nappy bag.
“Are you sure you put it back in here, Harry? I can’t find it anywhere.”
Harry chuckled fondly. “Well, I was a bit distracted at the time with someone fetching up their breakfast into a paper bag…”
Hermione’s grin was just visible under her wealth of hair. “And it was such a tasty breakfast too.”
Ron looked at Ginny, and Molly saw they were both pale under the freckles.
“Oh, in Merlin’s name, you two, shut up about that!” Ginny groaned.
Harry’s grin widened. “As I was saying, I know I shoved it into one of the pockets.”
watching Hermione continue her fruitless search through the overstuffed
baby bag, Harry sighed. “Do it the easy way, Hermione, Summon it.”
Hermione looked up, a little flustered at not having thought of that herself. “Oh, yes, of course.”
with his head resting against the sofa, shook his head. “Are you a
witch or what, Hermione?” he demanded with a little smirk.
sniggered as Hermione turned a very pointed stare on the lanky redhead,
who coloured dully. “Don’t push it, Ron. Remember what Harry did to the
last person who implied that Hermione wasn’t a true-blooded witch,”
Ron’s mouth turned down at the corners. “I haven’t
forgotten,” he said quietly. “He beat me to it, same as he beat me to a
lot of things. I should have done that.”
With his son nestled
under his chin, Harry looked over the tops of his glasses at his
almost-brother. “I thought we’d sorted that out-”
Harry didn’t manage to finish whatever he was saying as Molly could take no more and erupted.
next fifteen minutes were some of the most uncomfortable The Burrow had
ever seen, as Molly ranted and raved until she was the most Weasley of
Weasley-reds. During this the four friends just sat there impassively
until she eventually collapsed into a chair.
“But what I don’t understand, Ginny, is why you’re taking this so well.”
“Taking what so well, Mum?” smirked Ginny, deciding to end her mother’s suffering. “The fact that my best-friend, and future sister-in-law, loves my child and my fiancé so much?”
Twenty Minutes Earlier
“Just what the bloody hell, does she think she’s up to?” yelled Ron as he slammed open the lounge door.
knows!” replied Ginny as she back-heeled the door shut, and
stomped past Harry and Hermione, pausing to stroke Gideon’s head
before plonking herself down next to her brother. “She’s really lost it
For his part Harry just looked confused
and stood with his mouth slightly open. In all the time he had known
Molly Weasley, she had been nothing but a caring, loving presence.
Never had he been on the wrong end of her temper, not that there was a
right end to Molly’s temper... To make it worse he couldn’t work out
exactly what it was he had done wrong.
mouth Harry,” said Hermione gently, before turning to face all her
friends “Honestly, you lot,” she huffed, and standing with her hands on
her hips, continued, “Am I going to have to spend the rest of my life
explaining everything to you?”
“For the love of Merlin, Hermione, will you just explain what you mean before Mum and Dad get here,” snapped Ron.
her eyes at him, she turned so she could face them all, “Well it’s
obvious, isn’t it? Molly thinks that little Gideon, here, is mine and
“WHAT!?” all three exclaimed at once.
which little Gideon made full use of his little lungs, and Harry had to
sit in the rocking chair, gently rocking backwards and forwards,
humming quietly to calm him down. Finally managing to soothe his son,
Harry turned to Hermione and said, “Err... Hermione, you might want to
explain why, please?”
“Well, it’s obvious. She saw the
‘Gruesome Twosome’ here,” she pointed at Ron and Ginny, “stomp their
way up the drive. Followed by us two strolling up the lane, arm in arm,
with Gideon.” Hermione paused before adding with a smirk, “and my
little ‘pep talk’ probably didn’t help.”
Harry still looked nonplussed and Ron sceptical.
we sent a letter! Even taking into account those bloody
useless things that make even Pig look professional, the letter should
have arrived by now,” replied Ron.
“I don’t know, Ron,
perhaps it hasn’t. Or maybe I’m incorrect in my assumptions?” Hermione
shrugged. She was at a loss to explain Mrs Weasley’s actions if she was
wrong. Yet she could think of no other interpretation for Mrs Weasley’s
“Oh no, Hermione,” said Ginny suddenly pulling herself to her feet. “You’re correct all right.”
started to pace up and down the room, waving her arms around angrily.
“It all fits, I can’t believe her! You’d think she would know her own
children by now. How could she think that of any of us? As if Harry
would cheat on me, with you of all people, Hermione… No offence
intended of course,” she added quickly, cursing her unruly tongue.
who had been very quiet up until now, spoke up, “Well, we will just
have to put her right, won’t we? I really don’t like your mum being-”
“Oh no, Harry,” insisted Ginny, “Mum dug herself into this, she can dig herself out.”
“But if the letter didn’t arrive--…”
If you’re going to be part of this family, one thing you have to
understand is we don’t let chances like this pass us by. Do we, Ron?”
“Nope!” replied Ron proudly.
“Particularly considering the date,” grinned Ginny, evilly.
what’s the date got to do with it?” asked Hermione. She looked at her
friend who didn’t respond and just continued to look at her. Suddenly,
she twigged and said, “Oh! Right.”
“Yeah, two birds
with one stone, brilliant, just brilliant,” replied Ron. “Revenge and a
prank in one easy package. Now listen, this is what we have to do…”
“But, but…” stammered Molly.
listen up, Mum. I was expecting some trouble when we brought Gideon
home, but I didn’t expect you to get hold of the wrong end of the stick
quite so badly. And to be quite honest, Mum, you hurt us all with your
Her mum had the good grace to appear apologetic.
obvious you didn’t get the letter we sent. And we understand how we
must have looked, walking up the lane…” Ginny walked over and knelt in
front of her mother and fixed her with a glare that rivalled the
woman’s she was looking at, “but understand this, Mum, just because we
know how you could have jumped to your conclusion, doesn’t mean we like
the fact that you did, we thought you knew us better than that.”
just wrapped her arms round her daughter and motioned the others to
join her. “I’m so sorry, everybody; particularly you, Harry, and you of
course, Hermione - I shouldn’t have accused you of such a terrible
“That’s okay, Molly,” replied Harry. “I think we can forgive our ‘Weasley Mum’ can’t we, Hermione.”
course we can, Harry,” smiled Hermione as she placed her hand over Mrs
Weasley’s. This had an immediate effect on Molly, whose tears of
happiness openly flowed down a reddened face.
Once she had recovered her composure, she asked about the one thing that was still bothering her. “So why were you and Ron in such a mood, as you stomped down the lane, Ginny?”
that’s easy,” piped up Ron, “these two Muggle-raised nutters here
decided that there was no way Gideon was going to be subjected to
Magical Travel at his age and insisted that we go on one of those
hairyplanes! Can you believe they don’t use magic to fly?”
Ron and Ginny shuddered at the memory; there was no way either of them
were going anywhere near such a thing ever again. “We weren’t talking
to them, for putting us though that!”
“It’s perfectly safe!” Harry and Hermione chorused indignantly.
before you ask, Mrs Weasley,” added Hermione, “the kiss I gave Harry
was for support. He was really worried about what you would say, when
he and Ginny brought Gideon home, and if he hadn’t decided to turn his
“That’s okay, dear, I worked that out for myself… eventually” she smiled weakly.
“That’s okay, Mum,” said Hermione. “Would you like to hold him?” she asked as she lifted the baby gently from Harry’s arms.
Molly reached out to take the infant and her lip trembled again as she cradled him.
four friends smiled at each other as they watched Arthur and Molly get
to know their new grandson. Hermione had done exactly the right thing,
and they linked arms as they slipped from the house out into the early
spring sunshine. Life was definitely good they decided.
they could all be found resting with full stomachs and warm hearts.
Back in the lounge, Mrs Weasley was obviously still trying to make up
for her earlier error and had provided a spread large enough for even Ron to struggle finishing.
the last hour Molly had refused to let go of her grandson, and listened
happily as the four explained what they had been up over the last
“… and so, when Gideon arrived, we decided it was time to come home,” said Harry as he finished his part of the story.
we’re very glad you did,” said Molly warmly, as she cradled Gideon in
her arms. “But what I don’t understand is, why you didn’t put me right
“Ah, well,” grinned Harry, “you need to speak to Ginny and Ron about that.”
“What do you mean?” asked Molly, rousing up a little. “Ron, Ginny, please explain yourselves…” she said sharply.
“Well, Mum, you did deserve to squirm for a bit, you must admit that?” said Ginny.
when we realised the date, it was just too good an opportunity to miss.
The twins would have never let us live it down, it being their birthday
Molly looked at her daughter, confusion clearly
visible on her face, “What has the fact it’s the twins’ birthday got to
do with it?”
Arthur turned to his wife, the corners of his
mouth twitching, “It’s not just the twins’ birthday though is it, love?
There is something else that happens on the first of April isn’t there,
“You mean… They can’t have… They wouldn’t...”
was answered by the four teenagers collapsing in laughter. She tried
for an angry response, but her mouth was twitching, as, for all she
pretended otherwise, Molly did appreciate a good prank. And, well, she
had deserved it. As even her new grandson showed his gums in glee, the
love and good humour in the room finally got to her and she started to
Now you really didn’t think I had, did you? *sniggers* It’s now time
for me to come clean and explain. This story was written for the April
Fools days contest at TheInkPen.Net. I hope you enjoyed it, now you
know the whole story. :-)
Thanks again to Yoda, Baffy and Allie for still talking to me, and betaing this chapter, despite the direction they thought I was taking this little tale, so if you fell for it, don’t worry you’re not alone… :-P