Chapter Fifty Eight

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Anora tossed and turned during the night trying to fall asleep, but without her partner beside her, sleep was not coming easy. She let out a frustrated groan knowing it was incredibly late and she couldn't fall asleep. Iggy had grown irritated with her movement and left to the sofa outside of the room.

"Ugh." she yawned throwing a pillow over her face. Perhaps the lack of oxygen would put her to sleep.

Hours passed and she could hear the birds outside begin to chirp as they welcomed the warmth of the sun.

She had been awake all through the night.

"I guess I could go a night without sleep." Anora said pushing herself out of the bed. She shuffled into the living room, receiving a look from a grumpy Iggy.

"Yeah, same to you." she mumbled. She was going to set the tea kettle on the stove when there was a knock at the door.

"Who is it?" she called out.

"It's Magnus!" the cheerful voice called.

"Of course it is."

She debated on whether opening the door knowing she was probably going to be trapped into another mediation session, but knew the man would never leave.

Opening the door, Magnus walked right in.

"Good morning." he pushed the door open.


"So, I must tell you, this morning I was taking a walk through the sanctuary and came upon two interesting characters!"


"No!" he smiled. "Come on in!" he called out the door.

Anora furrowed her brow, but her face lightened up when she saw her parents.

"Mum? Dad!? What are you guys doing here?"

"We're here to visit you darling!" Simone said walking over and kissing Anora's forehead.

"Oh but-"

"We figured that since Charlie went on a vacation with his family, that you would enjoy a family vacation of your own." Gerald told her.

"I thought it was a brilliant idea." Magnus said.

Anora stood there for a moment, wondering if she had actually fallen asleep at one point and was now in a dream.

"Iggy!" Gerald greeted the cat.

However, the cat was officially fed up with everyone interrupting his sleep. He arose from the sofa and left to the bedroom.

"Was it something I said?" Gerald asked his daughter.

"No, he's just grumpy is all. We didn't get much sleep last night."

"Oh why not?!" Simone asked worriedly. "Are you sick?"

Before Anora could respond, the back of her mother's hand was pressed to her forehead. Anora reached up and lowered her mother's hand.

"No, I'm not sick. I just couldn't get comfortable. That's all."

"Why couldn't you sleep?" Simone questioned.

Anora crossed her arms in frustration at all her mother's questioning. She watched as Simone walked around the home, inspecting everything.

"Dad...stop her." Anora whined.

"It's either let her nitpick where you live or she's going to lecture you on the dragons, which do you want to deal with?" Gerald said.

Anora walked over and plopped onto her sofa making a face.

"I hope Charlie is having a good time." she thought to herself.

Charlie hugged each of his family members in greeting before hugging Bill last.

"Whoa, copying me with the hair?" Bill laughed taking in Charlie's longer locks.

"Yes and I pull it off so much better." Charlie said flipping it back dramatically.

"I wish you two would both cut it short." Mrs. Weasley sighed staring at her two eldest sons. "Honestly, it would look so much more professional and tidier."

Bill and Charlie exchanged looks.

"Professional in what sense? I don't hear the dragons complaining about my hair." Charlie said.

"Yeah, and Gringott's least concern is my appearance, Mum." Bill said.

"You two..." Mrs. Weasley shook her head. "What kind of an example are you setting for your younger brothers?"

"Pretty good ones, I'd say." Bill mused.

Charlie enjoyed being around his entire family as Bill showed them around the tombs they were allowed in. He especially enjoyed being around his older brother again as the two had been quite close growing up. But he had definitely missed his younger brothers and sister.

"How's it going at school?" he asked Fred and George as he fell into step with him.

"Oh it's been so much better since you left." Fred teased.

"Now only if we could get Percy to take off, it would be perfect." George added.

"I heard that!" Percy snapped turning around and looking at them.

"Well, I said it out loud." George countered.

"Come on, guys, be nice to Perce." Charlie said wrapping his arms around the twins necks and pulling them along.

"Let us go!" Fred grumbled as the two struggled under their stocky brother's hold.

The first evening there, Charlie sat outside with Bill as Mrs. Weasley attempted to round up the younger ones to clean up after dinner.

"So how goes it at the sanctuary?" Bill asked him.

"It's going quite well. Anora says hi by the way." Charlie answered.

Bill smiled. "I'm surprised she didn't tag along."

"Well, she said it should be a strictly Weasley vacation. Besides she didn't want to leave the dragons without one of us."

"Sounds like her." Bill chuckled. "So are you two still playing pretend with your feelings or have you two finally confessed your undying love for each other?"

Charlie grinned but said nothing.

" you have." Bill gave a slight nod. "Do Mum and Dad know?"

"No one knows, but Anora, myself, the sanctuary workers and now you. And I'd like to keep it that way."

"You mean lie to Mum?" he gasped.


"How could I do such a thing?"

"It's easy I did the same thing for you...or should I tell Mum the truth about what really happened to the family portrait during that Christmas?"

"Point made, brother."

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