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by Fred Burkle (Angel: The Series) (crazy_lil_fred)
at September 9th, 2006 (01:46 am)
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There 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.

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Posted by: Fred Burkle (Angel: The Series) (crazy_lil_fred)
Posted at: September 10th, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
Fred - Crying

"Fred? Are you all right?"

After thinking more about how Hermione had been acting around her, Fred had retreated back into the bedroom for some alone time. When she heard Wesley's face, she turned toward the closed door and said, "I'm fine. You can come in if you want, Wesley."

The door open and Wesley stepped in. When he saw Fred curled up on the bed, he went to her and spooned her. "It's all right, love. I won't let them take our baby away from us," he whispered as he placed his hand on her stomach. "No one will hurt us."

"It's all making sense now," Fred whispered. "The connection between Hermione and I has been gone for weeks and she never asked me about it. She must be stopping it because she doesn't love me anymore." Tears slid down her face and she started to sob. "And-and Rupert and her are always whispering stuff. How could they do this to us, Wesley? I thought we all loved each other."

"Shhh, it's all right, Fred. I'm still here and I still love you," Wesley quietly said.

"Really?" Fred asked as she turned over.

Wesley smiled and softly kissed her. "I'll never leave you, Fred. I promise," he said as he held her.

Posted by: Hermione Jean Granger (hermionesmagic)
Posted at: September 11th, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)
Me - Worried

"Are you all right, Hermione?" Rupert asked as they stood in front of the fireplace of the new house, which they had finally finished. A fire burned there - they had just connected it to the wizarding world floo network so they could use it to go to Diagon Alley in England.

"I..." Sighing, she looked up at him and shrugged. "I'm...I'm worried about Fred. I haven't been able to talk to her much recently because we've been so busy with the house, and I...I don't know. She usually asleep when we get home, and I can't...I don't even know what she's..."

"Ssshhh," he said softly, pulling her into a hug. "Things have been stressful with the house and the research and not knowing what's going on with your connection to her, I know. We'll get the scrolls, and then we can at least figure out what to do from there."

She nodded, taking a deep breath. "And we'll finally be able to show them what we've been doing here."

"Yes, love. I know they'll love it. Now, come on. Sooner we get there, sooner we can get everything and come back."

Throwing some floo powder onto the fire, Hermione called out for Gringotts in Diagon Alley, and moments later, she and Rupert were there, coming out of the fire in the bank's lobby. They headed up to the counter and soon were taken down to the vault they had hired to hold the scrolls.

"Here they are," Hermione said, picking them up. Part of her wanted to immediately start going through them, but she realized that she wouldn't know where to start at the moment. Instead, she put them in her bag and shrunk it down.

"Ready to go ring shopping now?" Rupert asked as they walked out of the bank and into the bustling crowds of the Alley. Hermione noticed kids hurrying through with their parents, getting everything they needed for the new school year at Hogwarts and stopped for a moment, a faraway look on her face. Rupert stopped and put a hand on her arm. "Hermione?"

"What?" she asked, looking up at him. "Oh...yes...ring." She smiled, thinking about the fact that she was going to be asking Fred to marry her and pushing some of the memories that had just come back to mind aside. "Yes. Let's go."

Posted by: Fred Burkle (Angel: The Series) (crazy_lil_fred)
Posted at: September 11th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
Fred - Crying

Fred laid on the bed as she ran her hand over the small swell of her stomach. According to the baby books she shouldn't be showing yet but she was. But, she had also read that every pregnancy was different. Maybe there was a reason why she was showing sooner than expected. She didn't know and at the moment her thoughts were Hermione.

Something was off. Their connection was no longer there, and she was sure Hermione was doing it on purpose. Her girlfriend had taken up to spending more time with Rupert than she did with her. They rarely talked anymore and the only comfort she got was from Wesley.

With a sigh, she rolled over on her side. She was about to fall asleep when the bedroom door opened. She looked at Wesley and furrowed her brow. He looked awfully pale. "What's wrong?" she asked.

"Rupert...he...Hermione and him didn't got to England! They...he was just out in the hallway and he said he's getting an attorney so they can take the baby from us. Plus, they're getting married," he said as he rushed around and started to pack two bags - one for Fred and one for him.

Fred wanted to ask if he was sure, but she could see the hurt in his eyes. "Oh god," she said, getting off the bed. "They won't take the baby from us. I promise." She started to help Wesley pack their bags, while Wesley wrote a note that simply said they were leaving in order to protect the baby from Rupert and Hermione. And once everything was packed, they left the apartment.

An hour later, they were at a small motel that was up the coast from LA. Once they were checked in, and in the room, they curled up on the bed and held each other, both broken hearted over Rupert and Hermione's actions.

Posted by: Hermione Jean Granger (hermionesmagic)
Posted at: September 13th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
Me - Distraught

"This is the one," Hermione said with a smile, pointing to the ring.

"It's beautiful, love," Rupert told her as the shop keeper put the ring in a box with a small scroll that included a spell for resizing it. Once Hermione had paid for the ring and taken the box from the man, they walked back out into Diagon Alley toward the Leaky Cauldron. It was the easiest place to go for return floo journeys. "Have you decided how you're going to ask?"

"I'm not sure. I wanted to do something special. Maybe go to the park where we first kissed after we show them the house." She blushed a bit and shrugged. "Just as long as she says yes, I guess where doesn't matter."

"That's very true. After all, you're talking to the man who asked his husband in a hospital room."

Grinning, Hermione took Rupert's arm and they headed out of the alley and into the pub. She kept her head down, seeing a few people that she recognized, including the governor. Since she had been gone from the British wizarding world so long, she didn't want to get into a discussion about where she had been and why. Besides, she wanted to get back to her girlfriend, so they could show her and Wesley the house.

Soon they were back at the house, and they went out to the car Rupert had purchased a few weeks before, heading for the flat. Something struck Hermione as very wrong, though, when they walked in.

It was too quiet.

"Fred?"

"Wesley, love?" Rupert called out. Suddenly, he spotted the note sitting there and picked it. "They've probably just nipped out for--what the bloody hell?"

"Rupert?" Hermione asked, feeling her heart pounding in her chest as she tried to see what was written on it.

"'Rupert - You may be leaving us for each other, but we're not going to let you and Hermione take the baby from us too, so we've gone. Don't try to find us. - Wesley and Fred.'"

"Wha--what?" She grabbed the chair in front of her, feeling as though her world had just been knocked off it's axis. She had heard him wrong. She had to have heard him wrong. Wesley and Fred didn't think that they were planning to leave them. She felt like her chest was caught in a vice and she couldn't breathe. "Fred?

"Why would they...?" He pulled out his mobile and tried to call Wesley, but no one answered. "It's off. I don't understand what's going on. They think we were leaving them?"

"FRED!" Hermione called out, finally moving and looking through the flat as though she might find her hidding in one of the closets. She felt herself getting more and more agitated. Fred was gone, and their connection was broken. She had no idea whether the note was real or if someone had kidnapped them and forced them to write that. "What if they've been taken? Oh, God, what if--there are Death Eaters still out there. What if they found me? What if they found Fred? What if they took her and Wesley to hurt us?"

"Hermione, we don't--."

Before Rupert could finish, Hermione pulled out her wand and went to find one of Fred's shirts. After putting it on, she started a locating spell. Immediately, she found herself being pulled to a motel somewhere up the coast. She had just seen the name when she let out a cry, unable to hold the spell, and suddenly, she crashed to the floor in the flat. As she did, she heard something snap.

"Hermione!"

"I...I..." She tried to sit up, only to find the world spinning and everything going black.

When she woke up, she was lying in a hospital bed, Rupert sitting next to her, his head buried in his hands. A cast was on her arm.

"Rupert," she whispered.

"Oh, Hermione. Thank God," he said softly. "When you collapsed after trying that spell, I didn't know what to do, so I brought you here. They said you broke your arm."

"Fred and Wesley?"

He shook his head. "I don't know."

"They're in a Motel 6. I managed to see it before I lost control. It's up the coast toward Sunnydale. We passed it, I remember."

"We'll--."

"Go find them, Rupert." Tears came to her eyes. She needed Fred to be there. She didn't want to wait however long it might be before they let her out of here. "I'll be fine. Go find them. Please!"

Posted by: Fred Burkle (Angel: The Series) (crazy_lil_fred)
Posted at: September 13th, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
Fred - Crying

Fred had just dozed off when there was a sharp knock on the door. Blinking, she looked at Wesley and they shared a look. Neither one knew who it was so Wesley picked up his gun and went over to the door. After looking through the peephole, he turned and looked at Fred. "It's Rupert. How in the bloody hell did he find us?" he asked.

Hesitating, Wesley finally answered the door and glared at his husband. "Wesley!" Rupert said with relief. "What in the bloody hell is going on? Hermione and I came back from Diagon Alley and found you two gone! Why would you think we were going to take the baby?"

"Because you told me you were. Earlier today when I was outside the apartment you told me you were leaving us and taking the baby," Wesley said, his hands shaking.

"I was in Diagon Alley with Hermione all day! How in the bleeding hell could I be in two places at one time?! Hermione was so upset that she tried a spell and now she's in the hospital, hurt!" Rupert yelled.

"What?" Fred asked, jumping off the bed. She had kept quiet up until then. "What happened to her? Is she okay? You have to take me to her!"

"Wait!" Wesley yelled as grabbed Fred's arm. "They want to take the baby away from us!"

Rupert stared at the two of them for a moment, his brow furrow. He then shook his head and sighed. "Of course. The First," he said.

"The First what?" Wesley asked.

"You saw the First as me. Did you try to touch him...it...me?"

"When I reached out, you moved away. But, the First only can be people who are dead! Buffy told us too! About Hermione and you!" Wesley said, crossing his arms.

"The First comes as anyone who's dead or was dead. Buffy has died twice and I've died a few times myself," Rupert said. When he saw the confusion on Wesley's face, he decided to explain. "When I used to be with Ethan, we did a spell that stopped one's heart."

"Oh," Wesley muttered as he looked down at the floor. "I'm sorry. I thought..."

"We need to go! Hermione's in the hospital," Fred said, tugged at their arms. "You can feel sorry for yourself later, Wesley!"

The three of them jogged out to Rupert's car, Wesley trailing behind, still embarrassed at what he'd done. When they got into the car, Fred sat in the backseat, still confused about things - like their connection. But, at the moment, it didn't matter. All that mattered was going to see Hermione.

When they finally got to the hospital, Fred ran ahead of them, even though she didn't know where Hermione was. She turned around and looked at Rupert, waiting for him to point the way. He pointed toward a small room and Fred ran into it.

"Hermione!" she cried as she ran into the room. She saw the cast on her arm and started to cry. "I'm so sorry. I thought...and then Rupert...I'm so sorry! I didn't mean to leave you."

Leaning down, she was about to kiss her girlfriend when a sharp pain shot through her stomach, making her double over. "Oh god," she muttered as the pain came again.

Posted by: Hermione Jean Granger (hermionesmagic)
Posted at: September 14th, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
Me - Oh Merlin

Lying in the hospital bed, Hermione found herself going crazy with worry. She couldn't do anything because every time she tried to get up, a nurse would appear to push her back down, telling her to rest, and she couldn't use magic because she had no idea where her wand was, possibly back at the flat on the floor. It had gone flying out of her hand when she had crashed to the floor.

So she was stuck there, having to trust that Rupert would be able to find them on his own and bring them back.

What seemed like ages past, and suddenly Hermione heard a commotion. Looking up, she felt her heart start pounding as Fred ran into the room, tears in her eyes. She reached up, wanting to touch her girlfriend, thousands of questions coming to mind, but before she could, Fred doubled over, apparently in pain.

"Fred?" Hermione asked, concern tightening her throat and voice. "Fred, love? Someone help!"

Rupert and Wesley were immediately there, each of them taking hold of her and gently helping Fred to sit in a chair.

"I'll get a doctor," Wesley said, running out of the room before anyone could stop him.

"Fred, are you all right?" Hermione asked, slidding out of the bed to move to her side, not caring if any nurse's tried to make her lie down again. She was concerned about the woman she loved.

Posted by: Fred Burkle (Angel: The Series) (crazy_lil_fred)
Posted at: September 14th, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
Fred - Huh?

Fred smiled over at Hermione and softly touched her face. "I'm fine. It was just a stomachache," she said. The pain had left, and she was feeling better. She was about to stand when Wesley came running back in with a doctor.

"Fred?" the doctor asked as he crouched before her. "Where does it hurt?"

"I'm fine now. It was just a stomachache," she told the doctor.

"How far along are you?" he asked.

"Going into my fifteenth week," Fred said as the doctor pressed against her stomach. He looked up and gave her a confused look.

"Are you sure?" he asked. When Fred nodded her head, he turned around and asked the nurse to get the ultrasound ready. "I want to take a look at the baby. I'm sure it's nothing but just to be safe."

"All of them have to come with me," Fred said, waving her hand toward Hermione, Wesley, and Rupert.

"Of course," the doctor said before leaving the room.

Moments later, the nurse came back and had Fred sit in a wheelchair. They wheeled her down to the ultrasound room, where they had Fred lay on a table. Ten long minutes later, the doctor came back in and prepped Fred for the procedure.

"Lets see what's going on," he said as he turned on the screen. "Oh. Well, no wonder."

"What?" Fred asked, her eyes going wide. "What's going on?"

The doctor turned the screen around so all of them could see it. With a pen, he pointed at it. "This is baby number one, and right behind it is baby number two. You're having twins," he said with a grin.

"T-Twins?" Fred asked with wide eyes.

Posted by: Hermione Jean Granger (hermionesmagic)
Posted at: September 15th, 2006 02:37 am (UTC)
Me - Surprised

Hermione was glad that the doctor was allowing her to go with Fred, Rupert and Wesley for the ultrasound, especially when he seemed a bit concerned about the baby. There was no way she was going to let her girlfriend go through this alone. She still had questions about what had happened, but that could wait until they were sure that Fred and the baby were okay.

Walking next to Fred's wheelchair, she reached down and took her hand, not wanting to let her go for the irrational fear that if she did, she'd disappear. They were all quiet once they were in the room, waiting for the doctor to go back to set up for the scan, but still Hermione held onto Fred's hand. She could see Rupert and Wesley exchanging glances, some obvious tension between them, and wanted to know what the bloody hell had happened.

Finally, though, the doctor came into perform the scan, making noises as he worked. Hermione tightened her grip on Fred's hand and swallowed.

Then the Doctor pointed out that there were two babies. Fred was having twins.

"You--you're sure, Doctor?" Rupert asked, obviously gobsmacked by the news.

"Quite certain. There's two in there." He made one more pass with the ultrasound wand, then turned the machine off. "You'll have to tell your own doctor so he or she can adjust your pre-natal care and appointment schedule."

"I...we're having twins," Wesley said in wonder.

Hermione looked at Fred in amazement. "It's...the most wonderful news," she said before suddenly turning her head towards Rupert. "We're going to have to buy two of everything for the nursery now! And make it bigger that it is now!"

"What?" Wesley asked.

"Oh...erm..." Hermione blushed, realizing that she had spoiled the surprise. "Rupert and I...we've been...we've been working on the house the last couple of weeks to get it ready for us to move in. We were going to show it to you today."

Posted by: Fred Burkle (Angel: The Series) (crazy_lil_fred)
Posted at: September 15th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)
Fred - Crying

When the doctor told Fred to speak to her regular doctor, Fred nodded and made a mental note of it. The doctor walked out of the room, and Fred turned to look at Hermione as she spoke. She smiled but the smile soon disappeared when Fred learned of what Rupert and Hermione were doing together.

They weren't having an affair, they were fixing up their new home.

"Oh, Hermione," Fred whispered as tears came to her eyes. "I'm so sorry. I was...I thought Rupert and...I thought you didn't want me anymore. The First, it came to Wesley as Buffy, and later Giles, and told him Rupert and you were going to leave us and take the baby. I should've said something to you but I was so afraid you'd laugh at me and tell me you never really wanted me."

"It's all my fault," Wesley whispered as he removed himself from the rest of them.

"Wesley..." Rupert said as he followed his husband to the other side of the room. They started to whisper, standing close together so Fred looked back at Hermione.

"And our connection is gone and I thought you stopped it because you didn't want me anymore," Fred said as she used her sleeve to wipe her tears away. "But you probably turned it off to protect the baby. I wouldn't have thought of that. I'm a terrible friend, and girlfriend, and lover and the babies will probably come out wrong!"

Posted by: Hermione Jean Granger (hermionesmagic)
Posted at: September 16th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
Me - Stay With Me

"You thought...?" Hermione asked, her heart suddenly found like it had been grabbed and squeezed in her chest. The First had appeared to Wesley and told them that? She felt tears filling her eyes, hot and stinging, suddenly understanding why things had been so tense lately, why things hadn't felt right.

The First had tried to destroy them. And she didn't know for a moment whether to upset that it had almost worked, that Wesley and Fred had believed it, or to be relieved that they had sorted things out. She looked at her girlfriend her throat tight.

"I didn't do anything to the connection," she finally told her as a tear slid down her face. "I haveen't been sure what was going on, so I didn't say anything because I didn't want worry you until we knew for sure. That was why I wanted to go get the scrolls now - to see if this was because of the pregnancy. You're not terrible, though, far from it, and the babies are going to be fine."

After she said that, she paused, staring at the woman she loved, her head spinning from all this, her arm itching and in pain as obviously whatever pain killer she had been given began to wear off. "But the First made you really think that I'd...? Oh, God, Fred, I don't think I could live without you anymore." She hadn't even noticed when she had picked up using "Oh, God" again.

"I..." Reaching over with her good hand, she took Fred's again. "I wanted to ask you to marry me, I love you so much." Then she realized how that sounded and felt herself turning red. "I still do. Love you. And want you to marry me. Oh, this was not what I had in mind."

Posted by: Fred Burkle (Angel: The Series) (crazy_lil_fred)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 06:57 am (UTC)
Fred - looking down unsure

Fred felt guilty enough but seeing Hermione crying made it worst. She didn't know what to say, and a small part of her wanted to scream at Wesley for making her believe Hermione and Rupert could do something like that to them. But, she knew it was her fault too because she chose to believe it and didn't take the time to talk to Hermione about it before jumping to conclusions.

"Hermione," she whispered as she reached up and swipe the tears from her girlfriend's face, "I'm sorry. I...I should've came to you but I didn't know what else to do. All of this is new to me, and I've never really loved anyone before and I...I just didn't know what to say."

Fred looked down at the floor and sighed. When Hermione took her hand, and started to tell her about how she was going to ask her to marry her, Fred's head snapped up. "And I ruined it," she whispered as tears started to roll down her face. "Where-Wherever that is." She slipped off the table and pulled her shirt down and stood from the table.

She looked over at Wesley and Rupert before turning back toward Hermione. "I don't want to lose you and I don't want you to be mad at me anymore," Fred quietly said as she stepped forward and wrapped her arms around her girlfriend.

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