Continued from hereThere was a light rain falling as Fred woke up from her nap. Rubbing her eyes, she slowly sat up and looked around the empty room. It seemed quiet and she wondered if the rest of them had left to get something or they were just being quiet so she could nap - something she did a lot of now. But, according to her baby books, the second trimester would be better and she wouldn't be tired all the time. One could hope.After running her fingers through her hair, she got out of Wesley's bed and stepped around some boxes. They had finally decided to buy the house and was just waiting for some minor repairs to be done before moving in. Fred couldn't wait, considering Hermione and her practically lived with Wesley and Rupert now.When she opened up the bedroom door, she saw Wesley sitting on the couch. He was clearly upset about something so she went over to him. "What's wrong, Wesley?" she asked, sitting next to him."I...Buffy was just here and she...""Buffy? Is something wrong? Is it the First?" Fred asked."No. It's...it was about Rupert and Hermione," Wesley said as he gave a pained look. "She thought we should know what they've been doing....Fred, they want to take the baby away when it's born."Fred gave Wesley and wide-eyed look and shook her head. "Buffy's wrong! They wouldn't do that to us!" she said, shaking her head."I don't know. They keep disappearing together and why would Buffy lie about it? Plus, whenever we leave, we almost always find them in bed together when we get home. We never do that to them. Bloody hell, I should've seen this coming," he muttered as he buried his face in his hands.Fred didn't know what to think. Wesley was right - Hermione and Rupert had been spending a lot of time together. But that wasn't what was bugging Fred at that moment. Ever since she'd found out she was pregnant, the connection between Hermione and her had disappeared. She knew she wasn't doing it so it had to be Hermione. She was purposely cutting off their connection! But still, Fred didn't know if she should believe it or not."Wesley...Buffy might be mistaken. How about we give them the benefit of the doubt and see how things go, okay?" she whispered as she rubbed his back. All Wesley could do was nod.
Being able to touch Fred after having her touch her did more to settle Hermione than anything could have. She knew that they were still together and they still loved each other and always would. They were creating a bond without magic. It was just Fred and Hermione, together.This was the woman she loved. The woman she wanted to marry. She was so beautiful, especially when she came, her body trembling and glistening slightly from the exertion."I love you too," she replied softly.It was then that she realized that Wesley was there - he definitely seemed to have a talent for walking in on them at the most inopportune moments. But then Hermione realized that with the four of them, there really wasn't an inopportune moment. They were together, no matter what happened, she knew as they snuggled together.Which was why she decided it was the time to do this properly."Rupert, can you reach into the drawer of the nightstand and get something for me?" she asked. "You'll know it when you see it."He nodded and twisted to open the drawer, a smile crossing his face as he withdrew the box inside. He handed it over Wesley and Fred to Hermione, who sat up."Fred...I told you earlier that I wanted to do this, and I was trying to figure out when the best time would be. I think now...with the two men who love here with us and our twins on the way, is the best time I can think of." Taking a deep breath, she opened the box. "Fred Burkle, will you marry me and be my wife?"
Fred giggled a little as the boys ran their cold fingers over her stomach. “Next time the two of you are going to put gloves on before you touch me!” she said just as Hermione asked Rupert to get something out of the table. She raised her eyebrow, wondering what was going on, especially when Hermione took the small box from Rupert and sat up.She looked up at her girlfriend, her chest tightening when she realized what she was doing. “Hermione,” she whispered as she sat up. Fred looked at her again as tears sprung to her eyes. “Oh, sweetie...of course I’ll marry you!”With a small squeal, Fred flung her arms around Hermione’s neck and hugged her tight. “I love you so much,” she said as she buried her head against Hermione’s shoulder. She suddenly heard someone sniffling behind her so Fred pulled back and looked over her shoulder.“Aw! Wesley!” She said when she saw that he was crying. She reached over and hugged him. “It’s okay.”“I know but it was sweet!” Wesley sniffled.“Congratulations you two,” Rupert said as he pried Fred out of Wesley’s arms and hugged her before releasing her.Fred turned back to Hermione and rolled her eyes. “Sorry. Had to take care of our boys,” she said, with a small laugh. “Can I have my ring now?”