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Falling For You?
Albus S. P. & OC & Rose W. & Scorpius M. - Words: 161,005 - Rated: T - English - Drama & Romance - Chapters: 28 - Reviews: 205 - Updated: 14-09-2018 - Published: 20-08-2017 - by MoonstoneAndStarDust (FFN)

Dear Leo,

I'm so sorry I didn't write you last weekend, although it is partly your fault since you didn't give me any time to write back. I don't think you've ever written on a Sunday! I'm sure your business was of the utmost importance though, so I can forgive your tardiness if you can forgive mine. I had some family things pop up that have taken most of my energy and possibly even more of my time. But anything for family, right?

We made progress on the project! I'm sure the bruise paste will be a big hit once it hits the shelves. Maybe it'll even make its way to your neck of the woods, wherever you are.

Do you ever stop and think about how odd that is? We could be anywhere in the world yet still connected. I assume you're somewhere in England, seeing as we both speak English and it doesn't take eons for our owls to reach each other. I try not to think too hard about it because the mystery is kind of exciting and even though I might want to know who you are eventually, I'm ok with enjoying what we have for now.

As far as advice goes, I don't know if I have much to give you. I get where you're coming from, though. I was in a rather serious relationship once. Have I ever mentioned that? I know you're aware that I'm currently seeing someone, but it hasn't been long enough for us to have the type of conversation you had with your girlfriend. But my ex and I? We were together long enough. We had a few of those conversations but it was always hypothetical. We were young and there was so much still to do in life, we didn't want to pressure ourselves. But I think it was the not talking about it, the not being excited about the future, and the not including the other in our plans for our lives that caused us to grow apart. Who's to say if we'd still be together now if we'd actually talked about those things? Maybe I was scared or worried that there was something I'd miss out on if I stayed with him. I realize now that things are better off the way they are, but it makes me wonder sometimes.

So I guess the question is, do you want to put in the effort to plan and dream with this person? Would losing that opportunity rip your heart out? Do you see them in the things you do throughout your day? Are you hardly able to wait to tell them about the little things you saw that reminded you of them? I've seen that kind of love, but I haven't found it yet. I hope to, one day. And if you have, I'd say do everything you can to hold onto it.

Wow, look at me getting all sappy. It's been a long week that's had me doing a lot of hard thinking. Don't write me off as some silly romantic girl, but I must admit that I want to find a love like I've seen in some of the people around me. If that makes me strange, I don't care. You'll just have to deal.

Enough about all that, though. My friend finally rid herself of the scumbag! She was so strong and I was so proud. Hope everything has been going well for your friend as well. My mother was lovely as always and my team won the match! That's exciting that business is doing well! I wish I knew more about what all you do in the world of potions, but I realize that might give too much away right now. Best to keep the mystery alive, right?

Hope to hear from you soon,

Daisy


"I don't know what I was thinking. She hates me! Of course she wouldn't help me."

As he stood in front of the full length mirror in his hallway, tugging harshly at his uncooperative tie, Scorpius vented yet again about his encounter with Rose earlier in the week. He'd been tempted to go back to the shop a few times, but felt like he'd only humiliate himself. The letter he'd received from Daisy that afternoon was distracting him as well. Her words had an astounding effect on him, and he now found himself second guessing his relationship on many levels at every turn, on top of everything else that was going on.

"I mean, I'm one of her cousin's best friends. She could at least pretend to be civilized."

He received no response from Melinda as she got ready in the bathroom. He finished off his tie and walked back into the bedroom to grab his jacket from the closet.

"It's not that I need her help, but her insight would've been nice."

Melinda entered the room as he finished his sentence and gave him an impatient look, shuffling him out of the way as she grabbed her shoes from the floor of the closet.

"You have been talking about this non-stop since Monday," she grumbled as she pulled on her three inch heels. "I've heard enough about Rose Weasley and how little she thinks of you."

Scorpius raised his eyebrows at her unforgiving tone.

"You could at least be understanding," he reasoned as she grabbed a jacket and made her way into the living room. "This is about our livelihood, you know? The business?"

He didn't receive a response as he heard the floo burst into life. He made it to the room just in time to watch her disappear in a wisp of green flames. He cursed at himself before throwing on his jacket and following after her.

Stepping out into Lily Potter's flat, he was immediately surrounded by a crowd of people. Lily had truly outdone herself this time. Having been to a few of her previous birthday parties, Scorpius had a general idea of what to expect, but it seemed like the room had been magically expanded to accommodate the fifty-plus people that filled it. Looking between and over the heads of all the other guests, he was unable to spot Melinda and was quickly apprehended by one of the many Weasleys.

"Scorpius! I was wondering when you'd show. Your bird arrived in a bit of a tizzy a few moments ago. Everything going alright? Wait, try this. Came up with it myself."

A slightly tipsy Hugo shoved an orange colored drink into Scorpius's hand. He smiled amusedly at the younger boy's enthusiasm and sipped the drink. It was definitely part pumpkin juice, but it had a kick to it that resembled firewhiskey and a hint of something else that he wasn't able to ask Hugo about before being quickly dragged off by yet another Weasley.

"Sorry about him," Louis said in an undertone. "He works such a tight laced job that he lets loose a little too much whenever he's able."

Scorpius gave Louis a genuine smile. Beside's Al, Louis was his favorite of the Potter-Weasley family. He was a year younger than him and Albus and had always looked up to them, though not in the obnoxious way that Hugo sometimes would.

"How've you been, Lou? It's been awhile." Scorpius shook the young man's hand as his eyes swept the room once more. He recognized a majority of the people there from his Hogwarts years.

"I've been alright," Louis said, giving his shoulders a slight shrug. "It's been a tough go of it with some family stuff lately, but we'll get through."

Scorpius stopped looking around the room to take in Louis fully. He had bags under his eyes and his whole demeanor seemed tired.

"Everything alright?" he asked.

Louis gave him an appreciative smile.

"Yeah, it will be."

He clapped Scorpius on the arm before heading across the room where James Potter and Roxanne Weasley were standing with Ellen Thomas. Whatever was going on with the family, James and Roxanne looked like they were holding up much better than Louis. Scorpius scanned the rest of the room and finally found Al and Archie.

"You haven't seen Mel, have you?" he asked as he approached them.

"You look like hell, mate," Archie said with a chuckle. Scorpius gave himself a once over at his friends comment, quickly adjusting his tie.

"I meant your face," Archie clarified. "I haven't seen frown lines like that on a twenty-two year old possibly ever."

Scorpius frowned deeper at his friend's comment.

"I'm twenty-three, actually. And have you seen Mel?"

"She was talking to Susan Chambers last I saw her. Why? You in a spat?" Al asked.

Scorpius groaned and rubbed his eyes.

"I can't fucking stand Susan Chambers. She's all stuck up and Mel is easily influenced by her."

Archie laughed rather hysterically at Scorpius's displeasure, causing both of his friends to give him funny looks.

"Are you drunk already?" Al asked.

"Maybe."

"Give me that," Scorpius said, swiping one of Hugo's orange drinks from Archie's hand and quickly downing it himself.

"Anybody else here worth talking to?" Scorpius asked.

"Plenty, depending on who you are," Al said, looking uncomfortable. Archie was in the middle of trying to hit on a newly engaged and rather confused looking Lucy Weasley.

"Will you quit," Al said, pulling Archie away from his cousin. "Have you seen Wesley Sharp? He's a good foot taller and fifty pounds heavier than you. I'm willing to bet he'd have no problem pounding you into a pulp for hitting on his fiance, who cares if you lived in the same dorm for seven years."

Archie shrugged him off and grinned. He'd always been a rather happy drunk, with the occasional bouts of emotional vulnerability thrown in.

"Are you boys behaving yourselves?" A very pregnant Abigail Potter wobbled up to them with a smirk on her face. Al smiled and put his arm around his wife's shoulders and placed a kiss on her temple.

"You look lovely as ever, Abigail," Scorpius complimented her.

"And you're as much of a kiss-ass as ever, Mr. Malfoy."

Scorpius laughed along with his friends at his own expense. He'd always been rather fond of Abigail, save for the first few months when she and Al had started dating. It wasn't anything about her in particular that he hadn't liked, more that she was taking up most of one of his best friend's time and he wasn't adjusting well to the change. They'd since settled into a warm friendship that had him spending almost as much time with her as he did with Al, though the pregnancy had slightly altered that lately.

"Mel kind of stormed past me earlier. Everything alright?" she asked Scorpius.

"I'm not entirely sure," Scorpius said, not quite making eye contact with any of his friends.

"Not sure my arse," Abigail said, looking expectantly at Scorpius, who sighed.

"I've been doing a lot of venting this week…about Rose." He grimaced at the end of his sentence as he got the exact responses he expected. Al rolled his eyes, Archie laughed, and Abigail scoffed.

"You haven't gotten over that yet?" Al asked.

"She was rather harsh," Scorpius insisted.

"Scorpius, how would you feel if your girlfriend came home and vented about some other man to you everyday?" Abigail asked.

Scorpius honestly didn't think he'd care all that much, but that sounded like a rather unfeeling thing to say.

"I guess I see what you mean," he allowed. "But she didn't need to get all snippy about it."

He threw a glance around the room, searching once again for his girlfriend.

"Maybe. Or maybe you need to learn to be a little more sensitive." Al advised.

Scorpius gave his friend a look.

"Just because you're all happy and married doesn't mean you know everything."

Al chuckled and squeezed his wife tighter into his side.

"I know more than you, though."


As the night carried on, Scorpius caught a few glimpses of Melinda, but was never able to approach her before losing sight of her again. To be honest, he didn't really want to talk to her. He didn't feel like trying all that hard tonight, especially when he didn't feel like he'd done anything horribly wrong.

"It's about time you wish me a happy birthday."

Scorpius looked up from the slice of cake he was eating to see the beautiful Lily Potter, decked out in a gorgeous dark green dress and a delicate gold headband that could have passed for a crown. Smiling, he threw his arm around her shoulder and pulled her into his side in a brotherly embrace.

"I can't believe you're twenty-one already."

Lily laughed as she pulled away.

"Not the little girl you used to know, eh?"

Scorpius shook his head with a smile.

"Definitely not. How're things at the studio?"

Lily was trying to make a name for herself in the world of photography. After the war, it was realised that their parents' generation hadn't been documented much other than through the news outlets, so there'd been a boom in the industry of professional photography. She wanted to work more on the artistic front eventually, but was currently making her way working at a small studio in Diagon Alley that did family portraits.

"It's going well. I've gotten a number of freelance jobs lately so my personal client base is growing. Hopefully I'll be out on my own soon."

She looked very happy, Scorpius noticed. The rough break up she'd been through the previous year had taken it's toll - the whole relationship had. But she'd more than fully bounced back the past few months. Scorpius thought back to the conversation he'd had with Louis. He hadn't wanted to ask Al what was going on in front of Archie, but he felt he could talk to Lily too. She was the closest thing he had to a sister.

"Lily, is everything alright? With the family, I mean."

She looked confused and surprised at his words.

"As far as I'm aware, why?"

Scorpius paused for a moment before continuing.

"It's just that, Louis said he'd been having a rough go of it and that it was family stuff. I figured your family tells each other everything."

Lily's face fell at his words as her eyes drifted to the far corner of the room. Placing her hand on his arm, she excused herself and walked past him. He turned to watch her and saw her approaching two of her cousins. Rose and Dominique seemed to be in a serious and almost heated discussion. As Lily approached, Rose looked relieved and Dom seemed to tense up even more. Scorpius watched as their argument continued. He almost didn't notice Louis and Roxanne approach him a few moments later. He glanced at them before looking back at Lily, Rose, and Dom, and they followed his line of sight.

"Oh no," Roxanne moaned before moving to join the other girls.

"What the hell is going on, Louis?" Scorpius asked.

Louis heaved a heavy sigh before leaning in and speaking in an undertone.

"Ben cheated on her."

Scorpius's heart sank to his stomach. Ben and Dom had been together since Hogwarts and had gotten married as soon as she was out of school. They'd been married for six years and Scorpius had hardly ever seen a couple so much in love. He hadn't seen them in a while, but he'd never thought he'd have a reason to expect something like this would happen.

"I can hardly believe that. Are you sure?" he asked Louis.

"Pretty sure, yeah."

"Damn."

They watched the girls for a few moments longer. Dom was now crying as Lily held her, and Rose and Roxanne spoke intensely to one another.

"No one really knows. I'm pretty sure this is the first Lily and Roxanne are hearing anything about it. You won't say anything, right?"

Scorpius nodded as he continued to watch. Rose was now trying to lean around Roxanne and talk to Dom.

"Why are they arguing, exactly?"

"You know Rose," Louis said with a sad but affectionate look towards his female relatives. "She's being her usual opinionated self and butting in. I supposed she has a right to. Dom has been staying with her since Monday night."

Thinking back to that day, Scorpius immediately felt a twinge of guilt. Had this already started to unfold when he'd shown up at her shop? If it was and he'd known what was going on, he might never have gone into Thistle and Thorn that day. He wouldn't have bated her, that's for sure.

More people were beginning to notice the disturbance and as Louis moved towards the group of girls, Scorpius couldn't help but follow him. As they grew closer, he started to make out their conversation.

"I'm just trying to help, Dom," Rose pleaded with her cousin.

"No, you're just trying to fix things you can't fix," Dom said through her tears.

"I think it's time you back off," Louis said as he approached Rose. His words weren't harsh, but Rose didn't seem to take to being told what to do very well.

"She came to me for help and that's all I want to do - help."

"We know, Rose," Lily said, attempting to console Dominique with her touch and Rose with her words. "I think we need to just let it be tonight. Alright?"

Lily glanced around the room to indicate the crowd that had started to gather. Rose looked around too. Al and Abigail along with Fred and his wife were standing just behind her and Roxanne, and James was slowly approaching Lily. A few other friends had stopped what they were doing to watch, and Scorpius noticed that Melinda now stood beside him, looking between the group of cousins and himself. When Rose finally noticed Scorpius in the crowd, she swallowed and held her head high before moving to leave the room, and heading towards him to do so.

He wasn't sure what made him do it, but he couldn't help himself. He stuck his hand out and grabbed her arm just as she was passing him. She stopped dead in her tracks and looked him square in the eye.

"You alright?" he asked in a small voice. The proud look she wore cracked for a moment and she almost looked grateful before developing a hard look and giving a tart response.

"None of this is any of your business, Malfoy. So you can back the hell off."

He quickly released his hold on her before she stormed off and a rather handsome looking brunette man appeared and made his way through the crowd and after her.

Scorpius sighed in frustration before he noticed that Melinda was staring at him coldly.


Rose had spent the last week going from livid, to sad, to confused, and then back around again. Since Dom had shown up at her shop, she'd spent almost every free minute with her cousin. They were a year apart in school but had always been rather close. Even though she was older, Dom had always looked up to Rose in many ways. She was headstrong and responsible in a way that Dom always tried to be, but tended to need a little shove to get there.

Ben had been someone that Rose had grown close with over the years as well. He was practically another cousin to Rose, just like all of her cousins' spouses. But Ben had been around the longest. It felt like a personal betrayal to Rose that he would so much as think about being unfaithful to Dominique.

"I don't understand what happened," Dominique had managed to gasp through her sobs the day she'd shown up at Rose's shop. Johnny had arrived from his lunch break just moments after Dom had, and Rose was able to notify Jane of the situation and take the rest of the day off. They'd arrived back at Rose's flat and Dominique had immediately broken down.

"I know things have been difficult lately, but I never thought he'd do something like this to me."

"How've they been difficult?" Rose asked. "Maybe if you talked it through it would help."

Dom had lifted her head from where it had been resting on Rose's shoulder and launched into the whole story. Apparently, they'd been trying to get pregnant for over a year and it just wasn't working. They'd been to St. Mungo's and everything seemed fine, but nothing had happened. They'd been growing frustrated with the situation and with each other, until the night before, when they'd gotten into a rather heated row and Ben had stormed out.

"I calmed down and realized I'd been unfair to him. I said it was probably all his fault. Look at our family! We're far more fertile than any family has any right to be. So I said it was most likely his problem and not mine. That's when he stormed out. I went looking for him and figured he might have gone to see James, or Fred and Dani, but when I flooed he wasn't with either, so I decided to check Sam's."

At this point, she collapsed into tears yet again. Rose just sat there, rubbing her back in an attempt to soothe her until she was able to speak again.

"I.. I walked into the pub, and there's this frizzy haired skinny thing all over him. It was pretty obvious he was enjoying himself far more there than he was at home with me. I left right away but he must have seen me cause he apparated home only moments after I did."

She stopped there, leaving Rose to ask questions if she wanted more information.

"What did he say?"

Dom hiccoughed a few times before continuing.

"Said it wasn't how it looked. But I didn't care. He wouldn't leave so I locked myself in our bedroom. He was gone by the time I woke up. I barely made it through work this morning and when I went home for lunch he was there. I couldn't stay so that's what lead me to your shop. You were the first person I thought of. I hope me being here is ok."

Rose was quick to reassure her cousin.

"Of course it's ok. You can stay for as long as you need."

They'd spent the rest of the week going to and from work and spending their evenings with Dom talking through her relationship. Some nights she was angry and others she was sad or confused. The one constant was her refusal to talk to her husband. Working for the International Portkey office meant you couldn't even get into her department without an appointment, which had kept Ben at bay since she was in charge of scheduling them. Louis was the only one she'd told where she was and what had happened, and he'd stopped by for about an hour or so every day. Otherwise, they'd managed to keep it a secret that she was there, but James and Fred had both stopped by and asked if Rose knew where Dom was. She'd stayed hidden during those visits, but when Fred's wife Dani had shown up on Thursday evening, they'd told her everything. Dom and Dani had been dormmates at Hogwarts and were still best friends.

"I wanted to come to you, but I felt like I couldn't because of Fred," Dom said as she hugged her tightly.

"I understand," Dani had reassured her. "It's going to be hard enough keeping this from him now, I can't imagine having to do it all week. You still don't want him to know, right?"

Dom shook her head.

"Not yet. He and Ben are best friends. I'm not ready to talk to him yet."

"Well, Ben's been around a lot. He's worried sick about you," Dani said, pushing her curly black hair behind her ears and looking at Dom closely, leading her over to sit on the couch that was her temporary bed. Dani had a rather intense personality and Rose always had the feeling that she was studying whomever she was talking to.

"He insists nothing happened."

Dom scoffed and began to refute this claim vehemently. They'd sat and talked for a while before Dani finally left, and it was mostly a back and forth about Dom not wanting to talk to Ben. Rose had started to feel conflicted about the situation throughout the week, and by the time Dani showed up on Thursday, she'd yet to voice her concerns. But Dani's input from Ben's side of things had helped Rose see things a little more clearly. Dom's reasons for not wanting to talk to Ben had more to do with her own stubbornness than his own faults.

Rose was sure that Dom should talk to her husband. She understood she was hurting and needed time, but this was about more than just a possible case of infidelity. Rose began to drop hints after Dani had left that maybe Dom should take some time thinking about talking to Ben. It hadn't gone over well, and Rose now realised how stupid it was of her to bring it up in front of a crowd of people.

So, of course, they'd ended up the center of attention in the middle of Lily's party, arguing for their friends and family to see. She was shocked by Scorpius trying to intervene, but as conflicted as she was about their… "relationship," she was in no mood to have someone look at her with concern that was unwarranted. This wasn't about her, it was about Dom. And Ben, who hadn't come tonight on Dani's recommendation and Rose imagined it was killing him. She'd never seen someone love quite as fiercely as Benjamin Wright loved his wife. It made it hard for her to believe that he would ever cheat, which made her want to push her cousin into talking to him before this situation got any worse.

"Rose?"

She'd wandered into Lily's room and was sitting on the bed when Abel found her. The night had gone relatively well with Abel meeting the majority of her family. He'd already met Al, Lily, and James, but it was his first time meeting the others save for Molly, who was doing an apprenticeship in Paris. He was a few years older than Rose so he'd been ahead of most of her family at Hogwarts.

"What happened back there?" he asked as he stood in front of her. She'd managed to keep him from coming around during the time Dom was staying with her -though admittedly, it hadn't been that hard - so he was unaware of the situation.

"Dom has been staying with me. Marital problems. We just don't quite see eye-to-eye on the situation."

Abel nodded but didn't say anything. Rose hung her head in thought.

"I just don't know how to help her. This is unfamiliar territory for me so I'm a little out of my depth."

Silence filled the room as she sat there mulling everything over; Abel never saying a word. Eventually, he reached forward and gently tucked her hair behind her ears. She looked up at him and her heart started beating slightly faster as she realized the vulnerable situation she was in. He was practically standing between her legs while she sat on Lily's bed. The sympathetic look in his eyes had turned into something much more intense. He moved closer to her and cupped her cheek with his hand before slowly bending down to kiss her.

It was smooth and sensual, a teasing kiss that pulled her in. She reached out and gripped his jacket as he stepped fully between her legs. His kisses became more demanding and she slowly laid back on the bed. He moved to hover over her, one hand resting by her head on the bed as the other started tracing up and down her sides - her dress riding up. He left her lips and began trailing kissing down her neck and the v of her dress, slowly pushing her thin straps down her shoulders. She ran her fingers through his hair and let him continue to kiss between her breasts before pulling him back up to her lips. She untucked his shirt and began unbuttoning it as he scooted her further back onto the bed. Running her hands over his now bare chest, Rose pushed him back and sat up, pulling his shirt down his arms.

They paused for a moment, breathing heavily as he gave her a questioning look, making sure she wanted to do this. She gave a sharp nod and he wasted no time in diving back in, pulling her lower lip between his teeth and laying them back down on the bed.

The door banged open and they sprang apart with a start to see a girl with frizzy brown hair and a wide eyed boy that Rose recognized as Archie Davies in an embrace against it. The two couples stared at each other for a moment before the other girl giggled and pulled Davies from the room. Rose groaned in mortification and sat up, burying her face in her hands. She felt Abel sit up beside her and looked sideways at him, her face flushed.

"This isn't happening right now, is it?"

She shook her head at him and he gave her a sad smile before leaning in to give her one last kiss. He pulled his shirt back on and stood, buttoning it up before leaving the room and making Rose's stomach twist in an unexplainable emotion. She'd felt comforted for a moment, but she now realized he hadn't said a word. Maybe he had comforted her in a physical sense, but as soon as that was off the table, he'd left her there without so much as a word of encouragement. He hadn't even reassured her that it was ok - that he could wait.

Standing up and fixing herself in the mirror above Lily's dresser, she braced herself to rejoin the party and left the haven of Lily's bedroom, only to run into none other than the last person she wanted to see in a moment of vulnerability.

"Malfoy," she said curtly. He started at her sudden appearance, looking over his shoulder and back down the hallway, as if expecting to see someone there before facing Rose.

"Weasley. Hey, you know who Archie Davies is?"

She gave him disbelieving look and he cringed at his blunder.

"Right, sorry. I forgot she's your cousin."

Rose gave him an uncomfortable smile.

"What about him?" Rose asked.

"Oh, right. Have you seen him?"

"He barged in here a moment ago."

This seemed to make sense to Scorpius.

"Was he alone?" he asked. By the look on his face, he seemed to already know the answer.

"No, actually," Rose grumbled. "He and his friend caused a rather rude disturbance, I'm afraid."

Her remark caused Scorpius to take in her appearance. She'd managed to fix her smudged makeup and her dress, but there was only so much she could do about her hair. The look on his face made it evident that he gathered what had just been going on in Lily's bedroom. Thankfully, he chose not to address it.

"Do you remember what she looked like?" he asked.

Not expecting this question, Rose thought for a moment.

"I don't know. Reasonably pretty, short skirt, rather skinny and frizzy brown-"

Rose's eyes widened in realization. Was it possible?

She quickly shoved past Scorpius and made her way back into the party, searching the crowd for Davies and his date. She was quickly joined by Lily, who had noticed the panicked look she wore.

"Have you seen Dom?" Rose asked.

"She's in the kitchen with Roxanne calming down. I think she'd like to head out soon and she said she's ok with going back to yours."

Rose heaved a sigh of relief.

"Good. We need to get out of here. Now."

Scorpius had followed Rose and showed up just in time to hear her express her need for a quick getaway.

"What's going on?" he asked.

"How many times do I have to tell you to butt out of my business?" Rose asked

"Apparently more than you already have."

"Rose," Lily interrupted. "What's going on? Why the urgency?"

"I think she's here."

"She? She who?"

Rose looked at Lily with wide eyes, as if willing her to understand what she was trying to say without having to say it in front of Scorpius.

"She!" she said emphatically.

Understanding dawned on Lily's face and she grabbed Rose by the arm, dragging her towards the kitchen. Thankfully, Scorpius didn't follow them this time.

"Are you positive?" Lily asked as they made their way through the crowd of people.

"No, but the chances are very good."

Lily nodded as they dodged potential well wishers.

"Are you ready to leave, Dom?" Lily asked as they entered her kitchen. Roxanne and Dom were nursing cups of tea and Dom immediately got up to embrace Rose when she saw her.

"I'm sorry," she said, sounding slightly stuffy from all her crying. "You've been wonderful all week and I know you're just trying to help."

"It's alright," Rose insisted as she held her tightly. "Let's get you home."

This only made Dom start to cry again and Rose realized her blunder. She cringed over her cousin's shoulder as Lily and Roxanne gave her exasperated looks.

"Sorry. I meant let's go back to my place."

They eventually calmed her enough for Rose to apparate them back to her flat.

After getting Dom settled in on the couch, Rose thought back to the moment she'd had with Abel as she made her way back to her bedroom.

Ever since she'd written that letter to Leo, she'd been torn between wanting to dive into her relationship with Abel, and wanting to walk away completely. Tonight had been proof that they had chemistry - at least in the physical sense - but the love she described in her letter to Leo seemed unattainable in her current relationship. She found him attractive, they had things in common, and they got along well. But that fire and spark only existed in those heated moments that were few and far between. Besides, she wanted someone who stimulated her in a relational and intellectual sense and not just physically.

She kicked off her shoes and crawled under her covers without changing. Her mind ran in circles for hours until she eventually fell into a fitful sleep.


A/N: Thanks for the kind reviews! I hope things haven't gotten confusing. Questions were raised about how they couldn't figure out who each other are, but they don't know where the other lives (which was brought up in this chapter), or how old the other is, or when they went to school. I think it's safe to say they can roughly gather age with all the relationship stuff, but it's not a given in my mind. He could be in his early thirties for all she knows. I'd thought about clarifying more of this in this chapter but it didn't seem to fit. It will probably get discussed more later on and I have a plan for all of this so rest easy! I plan on handling it with care :) If you've made it this far in my lovely note, Happy Reading!

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