Now That Your Rose Is In Bloom

Chapter 111

AN: Thank you all for sticking with me through the craziness! It is deeply appreciated!

What in Merlin's name is Rose's problem?

Ron took another swig of Cristal and glanced at the ceiling.

I know what kind of man Snape is. He is impatient, rude, and an all around greasy git. How does that make him father of the year?

Ron snorted.

There's nothing fatherly about Snape! He has Rose so twisted that she can't imagine a healthy fatherly bond. Yes! He has Rose so screwed up that she has no idea how to relate to a real father.

He could almost hear Severus cackling.

Stupid dungeon bat. Rose will see that I am a much better father than him. All I need is a chance to prove it.

The fireplace lit up.

Ron leapt and set his beer on the side table. He raced to the hearth. "I knew you'd come back once you cooled down."

"Once who cooled down?"

Ron's stomach sank. "Hey Dad."

"Hello," Arthur began with a gleam in his eyes. "Is Rose still with you?"

"No," Ron answered. "She left a while ago."

Arthur frowned. "How long is a while ago?"

Ron sighed. "She left four hours ago."

Arthur's voice was low. "Weren't you supposed to meet her four hours ago?"

Ron's lower lip quivered.

"Did she come early?"

"No."

"Then how long did she stay?"

"Maybe a half hour."

"A half hour?"

Ron jumped back.

"Why did Rose only stay for a half hour?" Arthur demanded.

"She was busy."

"With what?"

Ron shrugged. "She didn't tell me."

Arthur replied, "So you mean to tell me that she went all the way to Peru to meet her biological father only to leave a half hour later?"

"Weird, huh," Ron answered. "I don't understand it either."

Arthur furrowed his eyebrows. "What did you say to her?"

"What?"

"What did you say to her to drive her away?"

"Why do you think I said anything to her?"

"Because I know you Ron," Arthur replied. "And I know that you have a nasty habit of jamming your foot up your mouth. What exactly did you tell her?"

"I," Ron rubbed the back of his neck. "I may have called Snape a 'greasy git.'"

"You did what?" Arthur snapped.

Ron gulped.

"I told you not to call Snape any names," Arthur argued.

"I know."

"Then why didn't you listen to me?"

"I tried to be nice to him, I really did," Ron replied. "Still, she was trying to compare me to Snape, and I decided that it would be the perfect time to apologize for allowing the git to raise her."

Arthur smacked his forehead.

"Rose went absolutely mad. She started going on about how I was willing to allow her to be raised by an abuser, and told me that Snape was a great father. It was really weird."

"I told you not to insult Snape," Arthur growled.

"I'm sorry," Ron replied. "I wanted to be honest with Rose though."

"Well," Arthur groaned. "You were honest with her."

Ron gave him a sheepish grin.

Arthur took a deep breath.

"Don't worry," Ron began. "Once she calms down she will come back to me."

"Or she will just talk to Severus Snape and decide to never speak to any Weasley again."

"Why would she want to talk to Snape about this?"

"Because he's her bloody father."

"No, he's not. I am," Ron argued.

Arthur raised his voice. "When are you going to get it through your head that being a father is about more than donating sperm?"

"When everyone else gets it through their heads that I deserve a chance to be in Rose's life."

"Why should Rose allow you in her life?"

"Because I created her."

"That isn't enough."

"What do you mean?"

"It isn't enough to provide the material to create her. You have to have an actual connection to her."

"I do have a connection to her."

"You didn't raise her. Based on that fact alone, you are not her dad."

Ron gasped. "Don't tell me you're on Snape's side now."

"I'm not on Snape's side. I'm on Rose's side," Arthur argued.

"Then you'll agree that Rose deserves to have her father in her life."

"Yes."

"Then you'll go over to Hogwarts and convince her that I've changed?"

"No."

Ron's eyes grew.

"Going over there right now and convincing her that you've changed will only push her away," Arthur replied. "I want to be in her life, but I know that if I push her too hard then she will run away."

"What do you want me to do then?" Ron asked. "If I ignore her I look like a deadbeat, but if I try to be in her life then I am being too pushy. What should I do?"

Arthur opened his mouth.

"Isn't it obvious what we should do?"

Arthur turned to his right.

Molly's face appeared in the embers. "We need to stop cowering in fear of the bloody Snapes and fight them."

"How would you suggest doing that?" Ron asked.

"Well, first thing tomorrow I am going to have a stern talk with both of them," Molly began.

"How do you plan to get past their wards?" Ron asked.

"I'll find a way," Molly vowed.

"No, you won't," Arthur replied.

"Yes, I will," Molly retorted.

Even amidst the ashes, Ron could see his father's face redden. "For the love of all that is good Molly, leave the Snapes alone."

"No," Molly retorted.

Arthur gritted his teeth.

"Do you not see what's happening?" Molly shrieked.

Arthur stepped back and covered his ears.

"The Snapes are turning us against each other."

"How?" Arthur asked.

"They're making us argue, and have us convinced that it's our fault Rose isn't a Weasley."

Arthur buried his face into his hands.

"Rose would've been raised by Ronniekins if Hermione wasn't such a bitch."

"Rose wasn't raised by Ron because he abandoned her," Arthur argued.

"I said I was sorry!" Ron cried. "Why does nobody believe me?"

Molly's voice and expression softened. "I know you're sorry, and I believe you."

"Thank you," Ron sniveled.

"It's about time we stop excusing Ron's behavior," Arthur began.

"No," Molly argued. "It is about time we put on a united front and stand up to the Snapes. We need to show them that we cannot be pushed around anymore."

"For the love of Merlin, Molly…."

"Rose wants people to fight for her," Molly argued. "And by God we are going to fight for her!"

"You're going to chase her away," Arthur groaned.

"Well then what do you suggest we do?" Ron asked.

Arthur took a deep breath. "Let's give her a week or so to calm down. Perhaps then George or I could write her asking how she is doing. We will keep things neutral, and won't bring up Severus and Hermione Snape at all."

"By that time, Snape will have found a way to poison her against me," Ron argued.

"You poisoned her against you the day you abandoned Hermione," Arthur retorted. "You have only yourself to blame for this."

Ron pouted, "I said I was really sorry."

"And Rose will understand that soon enough," Molly answered. "All we need to do is show her that we'll fight for her."

Arthur threw up his hands.

"Don't give me that look," Molly snapped.

"To hell with this," Arthur growled. "To blood hell with the both of you."

"Don't get cross with me!" Molly shouted. "I am only trying to have a relationship with my granddaughter."

"She's my granddaughter too," Arthur argued.

"And she's my daughter," Ron chimed in. "Personally, I like Mum's plan of charging in and finally telling the Snapes they can't push us around. It's long past time that we stand up to them."

"Which is exactly what I plan to do," Molly announced.

Arthur glowered at Molly. "So help me if you cost me a relationship with my granddaughter."

Molly gulped.

"So help me if Rose never speaks to us again," Arthur raised his voice. "I will never, I repeat never, forgive you."

Ron shuddered.

Arthur stormed away, leaving Molly and Ron to ponder exactly what the consequences of their actions would be.