Cicatrix Manet

[An Ally Novel] Latin for 'Scars Remain'. Voldemort has been defeated, the battle has been won. How can you go back to normal when your entire life has been focused on destroying Voldemort? Read how Harry, Holly, and the rest of the Wizarding community re-build their world, try to heal their hurt and forget their scars.

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7. Anno de hyemenaeos- Year of weddings

“So let me get this straight” Fred said pacing in his mom’s kitchen. The entire Weasley family was there joined by Holly, Harry, Draco, Luna, and Neville. “The government is forcing us to marry before May or they’ll choose someone for us. And if that wasn’t enough the person has to have magical blood. Are they insane??”

“Hush now, we’ll get through this. Let’s be logical” Mrs. Weasley said holding up a hand to silence her son. She turned to Harry and Ginny, “Have you two talked about this yet?”

Ginny nodded and gripped Harry’s hand tightly, “Yes Mrs. Weasley” Harry replied, “We decided to get married”

“Good good, and?” She asked turning to Ron and Hermione.

“W-we decided to get married to mum” Ron said, his voice wavering slightly. Hermione took a deep breath beside him and clutched his arm. Holly held her breath as Mrs. Weasley’s eyes passed over Holly and Draco. She let it out in relief as the mother decided to deal with her own family first; Holly and Draco hadn’t had time to talk yet. She tugged Draco’s arm, leading him away from the kitchen.

“So Bill’s taken care of obviously. Next in line is Charlie-“ Mrs. Weasley’s voice grew fainter as Holly and Draco walked into the living room.

Holly dropped Draco’s arm and turned to face him. She looked into his face and saw worry lines all over. She kept her face expressionless when she asked her question, “What are you thinking?” Draco opened his mouth to reply but she quickly started up again.

“Because I don’t want you to feel pressure you know? We’ve only known each other for a few years and weren’t together for all of last year so I know it’s a bit soon and unconventional. Don’t feel guilty and feel like you have to, I could always find someone else…I don’t know maybe Neville needs someone? Marriage is a big deal and having kids with someone is even bigger. It’s a big commitment and I just wanted to let you know you’re not trapped in doing thi-“

Draco’s lips silenced Holly. He pulled back and held her face in between his hands.

“I love you. I don’t want to be with anyone else nor do I want to be with anyone else. I’m committed to this if you are. We’re bound to have some mountain to climb but I’d rather climb them with you than anyone else.” Draco got down on one knee and held Holly’s left hand in his. “Holly Jane Potter. Will you do me the honour of becoming my wife?”

“And what have you two decided-oh my heavens!” Holly and Draco turned their heads to see Mrs. Wealsey in the doorframe with a hand on her heart. She waved her hand for them to continue and pressed a handkerchief to her eyes.

“Yes” Holly answered, a smile growing on her lips and soon took over her face as she thought about it more, “Yes…yes!” Draco stood up and picked Holly up. He spun her around in the living room as the rest of the Weasley’s filed in behind Mrs. Weasley.

“Where’s George?” Holly asked as she took the cup of hot chocolate Ginny offered her.  Her question was met with stony looks and downcast eyes. “What? What did I miss?”

“George is marrying Angelina” Fred said in an expressionless voice.

Holly sprayed her sip of hot chocolate across the table. “PARDON?” She said, wiping her mouth.

Ginny nodded grimly, “Yep. After Charlie decided to marry a girl he met in Romania, we turned to George and he stood up and said ‘I’m marrying Angelina’ and then walked out the door and left.”

“Woooow” Holly said putting a hand to her forehead, “I was NOT expecting that!”

“Believe me, it was a shock for me too” Fred said grimly putting his head in his hands.

“There must be someone for you Fred” Hermione said leaning in and patting his back, “What about Luna?”

“She’s Scamander guy, Rolf or something” Ron replied, “I guess their fathers are pretty good friends”

“What about Katie Bell? You guys got along…ish during Quidditch” Ginny suggested.

“Katie is with Oliver Wood” Harry replied, coming into the room, “I just talked to him”

“Hannah Abbott?”

“She’s with Neville”

The group sat in silence for a few moments thinking of someone for Fred when Holly suddenly snapped her fingers.

“Wait! I might have someone for you Fred! It’s a long shot but I became pretty good friends with this girl named Anna Lockwood. I can try to get in touch with her if you want?”

“I’ll take anyone right about now” Fred said grimly.

“Lockwood you said?” Mr. Weasley said, “As in the Lockwood family related to the Ollivanders?”

Holly nodded, “Yep her mom or aunt is related to Mr. Ollivander’s wife”

“It’s settled then,” Mrs. Weasley piped up, “Holly will get in touch with Anna and we’ll start preparing for these weddings”

Holly held her cup up, “Cheers to a year of weddings” she said sarcastically

“Cheers” everyone replied.

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