Legitimement Maries: Vivre Libre

Sequel to "Legitimement Maries". Hermione and Fred not only have a marriage to sustain, but they also have a family to raise. How will they manage after being brought together by a marriage law?


6. Chapter 6: Precious Gift


Since the birth of their daughter Stella, happened so close to their fifth wedding anniversary, Fred and Hermione had very little time to prepare anything special to celebrate. Not to mention, it would be the first time that they had left Stella with another member of the family.

Whilst Fred was at the shop all day, it was Hermione who had been with her precious baby girl all day. Hermione refused to separate from her, even just to go grocery shopping. So, it was with this in mind that Fred suggested they leave all the kids with George and Angelina for one night so that they could get a bit of quality time by themselves.

“I really don’t know, Fred,” she said to her husband, biting at the fingernails of her left hand as she spoke. “Suppose something happened?”

“Nothing will happen,” replied Fred, rubbing a hand up and down his wife’s back as they stood looking at the calendar that was magnetically attached to their refrigerator. There was only two days until their anniversary, and they needed to quickly decide on their plans.

“You’re right, I’m sure it won’t, but what if Stella can’t get to sleep and keeps Angie awake all night. It’s not fair to do that to them.”

Fred wrapped his arms completely around him wife, burying his head into Hermione’s abundant hair so that he could plant a kiss there.

“I can tell that you’re really nervous about leaving her with someone else, but George and Angie know how to look after kids. They will do a terrific job, and it will only be for a few hours while we go and have dinner. We can call them after we have finished our meal to see how Stella is going, and then if they’re not faring too well, we can pick her up. If she’s fine, Stella can spend the night with them, and we can come back here to uhhh..... celebrate our wedding anniversary.”

Despite herself, Hermione could not help but start laughing.

“That’s one way of putting it,” she giggled into Fred’s chest, as he continued to stroke her back in gentle, calming movements. She sighed in contentment, wanting to stay in the warmth of Fred’s arms just a little longer.

“I can’t believe that we’ve been married for five years,” said Hermione after a short pause.

“I still can’t get over the fact that we didn’t have our first date until after we were married,” chucked Fred. “Do you still have that red dress you wore back then?”

Hermione let out a gasp, stepping back slightly so that she could look her husband in the face.

“You remembered what I wore?” she questioned, astonished that he was able to recall such a detail.

“Of course I do,” he said. “You looked as sexy as hell in that dress. Still do.”

He winked at Hermione, sending a blush spreading across her face, in a colour that would rival that of the dress she had worn on her first date with Fred.

Hermione never ceased to be amazed at how he made her feel attractive, even after three children, one of which was born only a few weeks previous.

“I love you,” she said to him, stepping closer so that she would be able to wrap her arms around him once again, this time reaching for his neck to pull him closer to her.

“I love you too,” Fred managed to mumble before Hermione’s lips found his.


“Now, I’ve got her bottles and formula in this pocket. The blanket that she sleeps with is on the other side, in the other pocket and –”

“And, you need to relax,” chucked Angelina. “I haven’t killed my kids yet, so I must be doing something right.”

Hermione did not look too reassured by Angelina’s answer.

“The boys have stayed over a million times, yes, it’s Stella’s first time spending the night, but if there are any problems, we will let you know straight away.”

Angelina literally started to push Hermione out the door, towards the car where Fred was waiting for her.

“Now, go and have a lovely time with your husband. Happy Anniversary!” she called out, just before shutting the door in Hermione’s face.

Hermione chose to ignore the feelings of disgruntlement that were presently flooding her stomach region, and walked to join Fred in the car. Thankfully, his driving had improved rather drastically over the course of the past five years. Hermione had finally allowed him to drive after it got dark in the evenings.

“How did that go?” Fred asked when Hermione had made herself comfortable in the passenger’s seat.

“It wasn’t too bad,” Hermione admitted after a protracted pause. “I guess we can leave now.”

Fred smiled with immense relief, before following Hermione’s instruction.

“Now,” he said to her once they had left, in an attempt to divert her attention away from the fact that the children were not with her. “I know that you told me not to go to too much trouble, but I do have a bit of surprise planned. It will be a little bit of a drive, so let me know if you want to stop over for awhile.”

Hermione nodded, wondering what on Earth Fred had planned for them. She watched as he reached forward, and put some music on. Calming orchestral sounds flooded the vehicle, and Hermione felt herself relax rather quickly. She settled back against the seat, enjoying the view of the English countryside that was whizzing past outside the window.

What started out as rolling hills with a few trees dotted along the sides of the road became small plantations of trees, and soon this became progressively denser as they approached the forest.

Hermione was slightly wary of forests. She had quite enough of them when she, Harry and Ron were searching for Horcruxes, however, this forest seemed much less intimidating. In fact, it almost seemed picturesque and beautiful.

Fred continued to drive, deeper and deeper into the trees. Once he strayed off the main road, Hermione began to get a little more curious.

“Fred, where are you taking me?”

Fred only smiled, and kept his eyes on the road ahead slowing down as they hit a part of the road which was no longer sealed, but instead just a patch of loose gravel.

“It’s a surprise.”

Hermione clicked her tongue on annoyance.

“Come on, you have to give me some kind of hint,” she said, watching his body language carefully in case that in itself gave away any information. However, Fred was slightly more obliging with his words.

“It’s our fifth wedding anniversary. I wanted to make a bit of tradition a little more exciting.”

Hermione fell silent, not sure what to make of his answer. What was tradition for a fifth wedding anniversary? She should have given this more thought, and perhaps a little research wouldn’t have gone astray.

However, Hermione did not have to think too hard for too long. They emerged into a clearing in the forest. A log cabin was positioned directly in front of them.

Suddenly, it all clicked in Hermione’s head. Fred had been rather creative with his plans. A fifth wedding anniversary was signified by a gift of wood, hence the log cabin.

Getting out of the car, she went to take a closer look. It was stunning. Just like out of a picture book.

“I just can’t believe you went to all this effort!” Hermione said, genuinely shocked at the thought that must have gone into preparing this.

Fred grinned, and Hermione felt her heart melt a little when she saw his smile. It lit up her entire world when he smiled at her.

“I just wanted to do something special for you, to show you how much I love you. Now let’s head inside before we get too cold out here.”

Fred took Hermione’s hand in his own, leading her towards the front door, whispering to her as they walked.

“I asked the owner to help me out a little,” he said quietly into her ear. “I asked if he could put a little extra support underneath the mattress of the bed.”

“Why would we need extra  – oh.... never mind.”

Hermione rolled her eyes as she realised exactly what Fred’s plans for this evening were.


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