Chapter One Hundred Forty

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"Charles darling," Anora said looking over at the man who held onto her hand as they were preparing to leave to the Burrow from her parents' home. "I know you're nervous but-"

"Nervous? I'm not nervous." Charlie told her quickly. "Why do you think I'm nervous?"

"Because your grip is cutting off circulation to my hand." Anora said.

He looked down and saw her hand turning red before he released it rapidly. Anora shook her hand to rid of the tingly sensation in her fingers.

"Sorry." he apologized.

"You don't have to be sorry, but you should relax. I'm sure your family is going to be thrilled." she reassured him. "Now my hand...I'm not sure of...I was still recovering from that hangnail and now-"

She looked at his face to see the worried look dance across his eyes. "I'm teasing you!" she laughed. "Honestly, Charlie, relax!" she grabbed him by the arms and shook him.

"I just know that while everyone is going to be thrilled...you know my mum is going to try to convince you not to go back to the sanctuary just like your parents did."

"Well, she can try all she wants, it doesn't mean she's going to succeed. Don't fret over stuff like that, I can handle myself and I'm not going to get hurt, okay? I'll reassure your family of that a million times if I have to before we head back. Now, are you ready to go?"

"Ready as I'll ever be."

Anora turned to Iggy who was resting on her bed, sprawled out on his back.

"Iggy, I would tell you to behave normally, but I don't think you're going to be doing much moving until we come back anyways." Anora sat giving the cat a slight pat on the belly before she turned to Charlie.

"Shall we?"

"We shall."


When they arrived outside of the Burrow, Charlie kept hold of Anora's hand as he led the way to the front door. He went to knock when the two of them heard the sound of gasps and the shattering of glass.

"Sounds like one hell of a party going on in there." Anora said with a bright grin.

Charlie proceeded to open up the door to see his mother and Remus looking down at Fred and Eleanor, with a shattered tea cup on the floor. The two younger adults were sitting on the floor near the Christmas tree looking up at Molly and Remus with smiles.

"Pregnant?!" Molly cried out.

Anora sighed from behind Charlie.  "Damn, how does everyone keep figuring it out before we say it?"


The two watched as everyone realized that Fred's prank pretending that he and Eleanor were expecting was actually a prank, many of them scolding Fred. Remus who looked about ready to faint, sighed in relief.

"Oh thank goodness." the man said clutching his chest.

"That wasn't funny, Fred." Molly scolded her son.

"It was a little funny." Fred said. "You all should have seen your faces."

He mimicked Remus' face who went to launch himself at the younger man but Sirius held him back.

"I'll admit, it was a pretty good prank." Sirius said.

"Of course you would think that." Nixie mumbled.

Turns out the small knitted mittens that Eleanor held were in fact part of the gift that Fred had made for her.

While everyone seemed set on threatening Fred, Eleanor turned to see the two standing in the doorway and greeted them with a happy wave.

"Look who's here!" she said.

Molly and everyone in the room hadn't even noticed the arrival of Anora and Charlie, but once she turned around and saw them, she rushed over.

"I'm afraid you just missed all the commotion." Molly laughed as she drew Charlie into a hug and then Anora.

"No, I'd say we caught a lot of it, actually." Anora mused.

"Well, it was just Fred trying to be funny. No one is actually pregnant.' Molly said smoothing out her apron.

Charlie and Anora glanced over at each other with small smiles.

Tonks was the first to catch on as she rose from her seat besides Harry and stared at her two friends with her mouth open.

"Oh..." she clapped her hands over her mouth as Anora and Charlie looked over at her.

"I don't know what's going on." Ron whispered to Hermione.

Hermione pinched the bridge of her nose in frustration at Ron's oblivious nature.

Arthur walked over as Molly still hadn't caught on to what the news was herself. He stood in front of Anora and looked down to her stomach, to her eyes and then to his son.

"You're r-r-really..." Arthur stammered, his eyes wide before a smile slowly formed on his face.

"Happy Christmas!" Anora said clapping her hands.

"YAY!" Tonks ran over to them and nearly knocked Anora over with a powerful hug. "I'm so excited for you two! Is it a boy or a girl? Or-"

"Relax, Tonks." Charlie chuckled. "We don't know yet. We only just found out about it ourselves."

He only managed to get a few more words out before his mother dragged him into a bone crushing hug, as she cried tears of joy at the news of her possible first grandchild.

"Oh goodness!" Molly said with tears pouring from her eyes as she held onto Charlie and Anora pulling them down.

"Mum!" Charlie gasped for air as she nearly crushed his windpipe.

"Sorry, dear." she said releasing him until she placed her hand on Anora's stomach. "Oooh, I'm going to be a grandmother!"

"I'm going to be a grandfather." Arthur said completely stunned.

"And I'm going to be the awesome aunt!" Tonks cheered.

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