A/N: So they are going back to the Burrow just wait until you see what happens here. Are you ready? Cause I'm ready. Are you read? Are you sure you're ready? Am I procrastinating out of fear you will hate it? Yes, yes I am. (How many of you have seen Journey 2?)
I stood alone in my room getting ready for dinner at the Burrow. Today is the first time since I was about seven that I will be wearing something that I actually think is pretty. I bought this dress yesterday. It was a pink dress that was pleated all along the body and the neckline was high but folded down to around the shoulders. For the first time I actually styled my hair and put into light curls and put on very minimal makeup. For the first time I wasn't trying to please anyone but myself.
"Lily, are you ready?" My mum called up to me.
"Just a moment." I called back. I put on my beige flats and grabbed my camera then ran down the stairs.
"Oh Lily! That dress is just darling!" Mum squealed.
"You look lovely Lily." Dad said pulling me in for a hug. "If they say anything to you tonight let me know."
"Don't worry dad. I'm just going to be the bigger person and kill them with kindness." I said back.
"That's my girl." Dad kissed the top of my head. "Ready then?"
"Yes." We all said. Scorpius was standing near Al and Jared. Jared was trying to get my attention but I was looking at Scorpius. His hair was lying down across his forehead just barely showing his stitches. He was wearing a light blue shirt that had the sleeves rolled up and khakis.
"Okay then, get your Floo Power and go." Dad ushered us all in one by one I was the second one to go, right after Mum. I stepped out of the fireplace into the kitchen and saw right away all of my cousins eyes bulging out of their skull.
"What?" I said.
"Lily, you don't look like yourself." Lucy said.
"Thank you Lucy. I was trying for a new look. I was sick of wearing short shorts and tight tops. I mean it seems as if the only ones who wear that stuff are girls desperate for attention." I said smugly. Lucy's jaw dropped and Dom and Vikki looked at her with wide eyes. Everyone else looked at me in awe. The silent child has found her voice. Soon after that Scorpius came through the fireplace.
"Hi everyone." He said simply.
"Hello Scorpius." Lucy said in a flirtatious way.
"See what I mean?" I said very loudly. Everyone burst out laughing then I excused myself to go to the trees. I began to walk away when Scorpius followed me.
"What was that about?" He asked as I led him to the trees.
"Well, before you showed up everyone was in shock of how I've changed my look. I said that the only people who wear short shorts and tight tops are girls that are desperate and then Lucy threw herself at you. Don't take that the wrong way it's just she will go after anything that is breathing." I said as we approached the trees.
"Which one is whose?" Scorpius asked looking down the line. We walked away from my tree and down to Victoire's.
"This is Victoire's. Her tree is a cherry tree. Then this one is Molly's. Her tree is a crabapple tree. Then the trees for the twins, Fred and Roxanne have crape myrtle trees. And then comes James, he gets the flowering dogwood. Next Dominique she has a fringe tree. Then Lucy, goldenchain tree. Then Louis, he has magnolias. Then Rose she has horse chestnut. Albus's is the redbud tree, I think it's gorgeous. Then Hugo's is an empress tree. And finally we come to my tree. The orchid tree." We approached the tree and I sat underneath the familiar flowers.
"This place is beautiful. I wonder what your grandmother will do for the great grandchildren." Scorpius laughed.
"I have a feeling that it won't be as big as our trees." I looked up at the branches of my tree.
"I wish my grandparents would have done something like this for us." Scorpius looked sad.
"Well, you have to remember my grandparents are a bit odd at times." We both laughed.
"Hey Lil." Hugo said.
"Hey Hugo." I said.
"Nice job in there. You should have seen Lucy's face. Her jaw was stuck open for like ten minutes." Hugo started laughing.
"Thanks." I said with a smile.
"It's nice knowing that the Lily we once had is back."
"Once had? What do you mean?" Scorpius asked.
"Well when we were little Lily didn't really care about what the others said but once she turned about 7 all she cared about was pleasing the older cousins. She wasn't herself anymore. And once we came back from first year she just wasn't Lily at all. She didn't try to please them anymore. She just gave up." Hugo said with a shrug.
"Hugo you know why I gave up." I said sharply.
"Lily, don't you think he ought to know why you just lost who you were?"
"Fine, tell him." I leaned against the tree and watch the sun set. The whole scene replayed in my head.
(Flashback sorting in 1st year)
My name was called and I was trembling as I approached the hat. Almost immediately I was put into Gryffindor. I scanned the table to find Lucy and there she was with Dom and a bunch of their other friends. I sat next to Lucy and said hi to her. After the sorting had concluded and Hugo was sitting next to me Lucy turned to me.
"Lily, you don't deserve to be in Gryffindor. You are such a pushover and a loser that you belong Hufflepuff when every other loser whose family hates them. You don't deserve to have any Weasley genes or the surname Potter. You are just a disappointing mistake that none of us ever wanted around. Don't you understand? I hate you so does Dom, and Victoire and everyone in our family. You may as well just shut up and go home." Then she turned away. Imagine how it feels to have the person you have looked up to for years just yells at you about how much of a mistake you are. It hurt.
(End of flashback)
"Ever since she hasn't been the same." Hugo said.
"And I never will be. They never forget to remind me every start of term feast and every feast after that." I said pulling my knees up to my chest. "They hurt me. But I won't let them hurt me anymore. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
"You are so strong Lily." Scorpius whispered into my ear. I pulled out the camera and handed it to Scorpius he began to futz with it. Soon the sun had set and fireflies were out and we were running back to the house to get our food. Everyone was off doing their own thing. The bookworms were reading, the Quidditch players were playing Quidditch, the girly group was giving me the evil eye even aunt Fleur was! Then there was the three of us walking into the kitchen where Gran was putting together 3 plates for us.
"Hello dears. Hungry?"
"Yes Mrs. Weasley." Scorpius said.
"No need for that. You can call me Molly, or Gran." Gran gave Scorpius a warm smile. It was official he was now a part of the Potter/ Weasley clan. Jared hasn't been given the final seal of approval also known as having Gran telling you to call her Molly or Gran. Me and Hugo looked at each other and beamed. Gran set down the plates then went outside to knit.
"Congrats man, you are officially apart of the Potter/ Weasley clan." Hugo said.
"Yup, our first non-biological member since Teddy." I said.
"What do you mean?" He asked.
"When Gran tells you to call her Gran or Molly you are officially in the family. Jared hasn't even gotten to that yet." I tell him. And with that we all smiled at each other. I think having Scorpius will be a good change for us.