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The Lake

Bagman Glen


A little less than a kilometer away from where you push through the fence posts of the Bagman house, lies this tranquil oasis. Faith found it first, but shared it with Thomas once. Melinda stumbled upon it while the rest of her siblings were at school. The marked path leads down here, so now any guest of the Bagman House can enjoy it.

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Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 14:20, September 30, 2019 (UTC)
She'd be sitting out at the lake looking out over the water clearly in thought. She'd been out here a while.


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 14:52, September 30, 2019 (UTC)

He'd come home from work and hadn't found her in the house. He'd waited for roughly ten minutes, and when she hadn't appeared, he came down to the lake to find Melinda. He saw she was clesrly deep in thought, and sat down quietly next to her.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 14:59, September 30, 2019 (UTC)
She'd absently slip her hand into his. Her tone would be distant. "Hey."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 15:08, September 30, 2019 (UTC)

He squeezed her hand gently. "Hey," he said. "I got home a little bit ago. I was wondering where you were. Is everything okay?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 15:13, September 30, 2019 (UTC)
She'd gently bite her lower lip. "I..." She'd let out a long sigh. "I can't say yes but I don't want you to...freak out either." She'd look over at him. "I'm pregnant."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 15:17, September 30, 2019 (UTC)~

He had kept his expression careful as she spoke, until she got to the news. His eyes went wide then and he let out one long, slow breath... and then another as he processed. "You're certain, I'm guessing?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 15:31, September 30, 2019 (UTC)
She'd give a curt nod. "I went to St. Mungos today to verify." She'd pause for another few long moments.


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 15:32, September 30, 2019 (UTC)

He frowned. "Without me? Why didn't you say anything? I would have gone with you." He frowned deeper. He should have gone with her.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 15:47, September 30, 2019 (UTC)
She'd give her head a slight shake. "I just...wanted to be sure before I mentioned anything. I didn't want to sound stupid and with my shape shifting sometimes things are a bit wonky so I didn't actually think I was pregnant."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 15:51, September 30, 2019 (UTC)

"It wouldn't have been stupid. I would have been there to support you, no matter what the news was."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 15:53, September 30, 2019 (UTC)
She'd give a little nod. "I know..." She'd finally look over at him properly the mix of emotions clear on her face. "So...what are you feeling?"


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 16:15, September 30, 2019 (UTC)

He shrugged a bit. "Still processing, I suppose." He looked at her. "How are you feeling about it?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 16:22, September 30, 2019 (UTC)
"Really...mixed up. I mean I wasn't sure...if I wanted kids much less now when we're starting our marriage. We have a wedding coming up so...there's that whole thing to deal with and I have no idea how my family will react." She'd pause then give him a little smile. "...but I'm excited too and feel really protective of it." She'd absently put a hand on her stomach. "...and physically I'm tired and nauseous and I feel like my mind processing is running at half speed."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 17:39, September 30, 2019 (UTC)

He nodded. "Sure." He paused. "I suppose my first thought is what to do about the wedding. Post-poning it."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:53, September 30, 2019 (UTC)
She'd frown slightly then shake her head. "Why?" She'd glance over. "Unless...this makes you uncertain about the wedding?"


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 17:55, September 30, 2019 (UTC)

He quickly shook his head. "No, certainly not. But... if you're feeling poorly..." he frowned. "I guess I just want you to be able to fully enjoy our wedding day. And it would seem being pregnant during the wedding might make that more difficult."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:59, September 30, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod. "I've been thinking about that and guesstimating some dates and...I think the wedding as planned right now will fall right near the beginning of the second trimester which means I should be feeling better and I'll probably still be photogenic enough for wedding pictures."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 18:03, September 30, 2019 (UTC)

"When's your due date?" He asked, distracted.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:22, September 30, 2019 (UTC)
She'd give a small smile. "The end of December...Christmas baby."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 18:34, September 30, 2019 (UTC)

He tried to do some quick math and a slight frown appeared. "If our wedding is in August... wouldn't that put you at the end of your second trimester?" He hesitated. "And... sort of... probably showing some?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:56, September 30, 2019 (UTC)
She'd frown and close her eyes trying to focus on counting...clearly it was harder than usual. "If The end of December is nine then the end of November is eight, end of October seven, end of September six, and end of August five so...since we're getting married mid August I'd be between four and five months...so middle of the second trimester I guess meaning...I might be showing some."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:09, September 30, 2019 (UTC)

He nodded. "When did your sisters start showing? That might give you some idea."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:13, September 30, 2019 (UTC)
She'd try to remember. "I don't know with Faith...she tried to downplay the whole thing and for Charity I was only like...fourteen when she was born so I wasn't really paying attention to that sort of thing. With the other kids Charity started showing sometime in the second trimester but it could be different with the second kid and then she had twins so...it's less helpful."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:18, September 30, 2019 (UTC)

"Maybe something to ask after we announce it... assuming you want to. You did say you weren't sure how they would react."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:22, September 30, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod slowly. "I mean...I'm sure they'll be happy for us but...announcing it with the wedding coming up feels sort of...taboo for some reason? Like we only decided to get married because I'm pregnant even though we clearly decided that first?" She'd frown. "I don't know...am I being ridiculous?"


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:24, September 30, 2019 (UTC)

"Maybe a bit? I mean, we got engaged at Christmas. Babies don't take twelve months to be born," he said with a little smile. "So if they come to that conclusion, then they're the ones being ridiculous."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:29, September 30, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod. "Maybe I'm a bit embarrassed too...I feel like everyone else in my family was able to wait until they were married and settled to have kids and...even though this wasn't intentional it still makes me look...impulsive or unable to control myself." She'd frown slightly. "I guess I'm just feeling insecure."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:33, September 30, 2019 (UTC)

He slipped an arm around her shoulder. He wasn't entirely sure how to reassure her. "It's true that we weren't trying... and maybe it's a bit out of the traditional order, but that doesn't mean we won't love this child any less, or be any less responsible as parents."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:39, September 30, 2019 (UTC)
She'd take a deep breath then nod and let it out. "Yeah." She'd glance up at him. "So...not feeling like running screaming the other way?"


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:40, September 30, 2019 (UTC)

He chuckled and gave her a squeeze. "You know I was never against having kids."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:43, September 30, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod and give a little grin. "I know...but I feel like I was probably a handful for you before I was pregnant."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:46, September 30, 2019 (UTC)

He shook his head. "I'm sure it'll be fine," he said. He frowned. "But I do still wonder if postponing the wedding is a good idea. Do you want to be planning a wedding and... plan for a baby simultaneously?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:48, September 30, 2019 (UTC)
"Well...the wedding is a good way along already and it would seem a waste with the work we've already done. We can't really postpone the baby though...and we'll have most of the second trimester and the third to get things ready which is when I think you're supposed to do most of that anyway. I mean it's hard to design a room and such if you don't know if it will be a boy or girl yet."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:53, September 30, 2019 (UTC)

"Unless you go for gender-neutral colors like yellow or orange," he said with a shrug. He looked at her carefully. "Do you want to move the wedding? I... can't see you wanting to have wedding photos with a pregnant figure."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:56, September 30, 2019 (UTC)
She'd thought she'd been pretty clear...apparently not. "No...I don't want to move the wedding. I think it will all be fine." She'd pause. "You keep bringing it up though...do you want to move the wedding?"


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:58, September 30, 2019 (UTC)

"I just... I guess I feel like it makes sense. I don't think it would be wasteful. Planning can be stressful... and being pregnant can be stressful. I'd hate for you and your body to be under that much stress all at once."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 20:01, September 30, 2019 (UTC)
She'd pause and tamp down her irritation a little. "I see what you're saying but I think I'd prefer it if we got married first. If we hadn't already started planning and putting down deposits and telling everyone maybe I'd consider waiting but as it is...I think that's the best way to go."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 20:04, September 30, 2019 (UTC)

"What deposits? We're having the wedding at the Villa in Greece? That's... costing us something? And it's mostly just family coming. I'm sure they'd understand our reasons, Melinda," he said, trying to be delicate.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 12:18, October 1, 2019 (UTC)
She'd purse her lips. "Eric...do you want to postpone the wedding?"


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 12:22, October 1, 2019 (UTC)

"Like I said.... I think it makes sense."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 12:28, October 1, 2019 (UTC)
"So...yes." She'd pause. "Until when?"


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 12:31, October 1, 2019 (UTC)

He considered that. "I... guess I'm not entirely sure. Maybe next spring? I don't think it needs to be a whole year. April?" He spoke carefully, because he felt that she was still opposed to the idea.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 12:37, October 1, 2019 (UTC)
She'd shake her head. "In April the baby would only be three months old so we'd have to try to work everything around their schedule." She'd pause. "Besides if we want any chance at a honeymoon we need to do it before the baby comes."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 13:10, October 1, 2019 (UTC)

He frowned slightly. "You seem very determined to do quite a lot before you give birth. Why is that?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 13:15, October 1, 2019 (UTC)
She'd frown. "...because once I do I won't have the chance to do much else for quite a while." She'd pause. "I..." She'd pause again to think. "My gut feeling is to try to keep the wedding where it's at but I suppose I could be persuaded if there was still a way to do everything I want to with it later. I just don't think that's possible."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 15:16, October 1, 2019 (UTC)

"What if... we moved it up?" He suggested slowly. "That way you might not be showing quite as much for pictures. And we'd have more time for a honeymoon-" A notion he found slightly ridiculous now with a baby on the way. "....and still have plenty of time before baby. That way nothing important gets rushed."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 15:19, October 1, 2019 (UTC)
She'd look a little surprised. "Move it up? I thought you were worried about stress and everything?" She was clearly thinking it though.


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 17:03, October 1, 2019 (UTC)

"I'm concerned about you being largely pregnant and stressing yourself out. If lots of the wedding is already planned... it shouldn't be too much trouble to move it up, right?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:34, October 1, 2019 (UTC)
She'd shrug. "Except for changing everyone's travel arrangements and any time they've planned to take off work for it. Plus getting flowers done sooner, making sure my dress is ready by then, and it will already need alterations."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 18:37, October 1, 2019 (UTC)

"I don't think your family will have any issues with changing the date. Magic can do a lot for flowers. Ash is quite the herbologist, right?" He paused. "Better to have the dress done for your figure in... May or June, than August."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:50, October 1, 2019 (UTC)
She'd stop to take a couple deep breaths and think through that. "I...suppose so." It felt weird to push the wedding up and something about it rankled her but she couldn't put her finger on what it was.


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:43, October 1, 2019 (UTC)

He let her process, figuring he'd said enough at this point.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:51, October 1, 2019 (UTC)
After a few moments she'd shrug. "I guess I don't have a problem moving it up a bit...but we need to get on that soon and also let at least my family know why."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 20:19, October 1, 2019 (UTC)

He nodded. "When do you want to tell them?" He asked, before pausing and adding. "And... how do you want to?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 20:26, October 1, 2019 (UTC)
She'd let out a heavy sigh. "No clue."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 21:45, October 1, 2019 (UTC)

"What's your biggest concern in telling them?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 12:17, October 2, 2019 (UTC)
She'd pause to consider. "It's stupid. I guess I'm worried they'll just see me as irresponsible or think maybe I'm not ready for this."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 12:20, October 2, 2019 (UTC)

He nodded. "Of your family, who do you think would be the least likely to feel that way? Or perhaps be the most congratulatory?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 12:27, October 2, 2019 (UTC)
She'd shrug. "Probably Mark. Him and Mal will probably be the most supportive. Thomas...can have a temper and Faith...well I think she's probably a little jaded from her own experiences." She'd pause. "With Charity...I think she'd also probably be supportive but out of everyone she's the one the criticism or disappointment coming from would hurt the most."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 12:30, October 2, 2019 (UTC)

He nodded. "So what if we invited Mark and Mal over first? Have them bring the girls.... they can be the first to find out about their newest cousin. Make it fun. Then you have them in your corner, as well as me, when we tell everyone else?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 12:36, October 2, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod. "That's a good idea." She'd pause. "Any idea how to tell everyone else?"


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 14:52, October 2, 2019 (UTC)

"We could tell everyone at a family dinner or something? Or just meet up with everyone else individually if telling Mark and Mal works as practice."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 14:55, October 2, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod. "Yeah...that might work or...I guess the next time I meet up with the women for wedding stuff I could let them know and they could tell the guys." She'd pause. "...but that wouldn't include you so would you be ok with that or would you like to do it together?"


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 15:00, October 2, 2019 (UTC)

"I guess... I'd prefer to be there. Since it's our news. But if your idea works better..." he shrugged.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 15:02, October 2, 2019 (UTC)
She'd shake her head. "If you want to be there we'll make that happen."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 17:46, October 2, 2019 (UTC)

"I feel like it sends a better message... a more united front. And not like... I'm making you do this on your own, or taking responsibility for my part."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:48, October 2, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod. "Of course not." She'd pause. "You're not feeling that way are you...like I'm painting you that way?"


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 17:51, October 2, 2019 (UTC)

"It's how I felt I was painted when you told me you went to St. Mungo's alone," he said nodding.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:56, October 2, 2019 (UTC)
She'd shake her head. "Sorry." She'd pause the admission clearly coming hard. "Honestly...I panicked a little."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 18:12, October 2, 2019 (UTC)

"So why didn't you come to me?" He asked, confused and concerned. "We're getting married, Melinda. What happened to your problems are our problems?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:20, October 2, 2019 (UTC)
She'd shake her head. "I know...I just wanted to make sure it was a problem first." She'd frown slightly. "...and it's not a problem. It's a baby."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 18:28, October 2, 2019 (UTC)

"I wasn't calling the baby a problem, I was calling your panic a problem," he clarified. "Panic isn't usually a good thing. I could have helped with that. I could have gone to St. Mungo's with you, but instead I was probably made to look like an absent, irresponsible man that knocked up some girl and didn't care."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:34, October 2, 2019 (UTC)
She'd frown. "Only to some healer who checked me out...besides I imagine most women checking to see if they're pregnant go alone even if they are married."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 18:39, October 2, 2019 (UTC)

He frowned. "Why would they? Especially if they were trying. We weren't... but..." he sighed. "Next time there's something - anything - troubling you. Regardless of whether or not it is a known problem. I am here to help you. I am here to help you through those feelings. Please... please come to me." The last was spoken with a degree of hurt that she hadn't.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:41, October 2, 2019 (UTC)
She would start to tear up. "I'm sorry. I just..." She'd shake her head unable to finish.


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 20:25, October 2, 2019 (UTC)

He gently rubbed her back. "I know your tendency is to hide your feelings, and not to share them. But... I'm going to be your spouse. There shouldn't be anything you feel you can't share with me, right?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 12:38, October 3, 2019 (UTC)
She'd shake her head, crying now. "It wasn't intentional Eric. I just reacted."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 13:20, October 3, 2019 (UTC)

Due to the calm way she had clearly explained she didn't think he needed to included until she was sure, he disagreed with her entirely. But she was crying and didn't need to be made to feel worse. He pulled her in close and held her while she cried.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 13:25, October 3, 2019 (UTC)
She'd cuddle into him. Not too long after the tears would slow and she'd look up at him. "So...ready to be a Dad?"
NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 13:48, October 3, 2019 (UTC)

He nodded, trying to let go of his hurt. "Yeah. I think so." He considered asking if she was ready to be a mom, but thought better of it.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 13:52, October 3, 2019 (UTC)
She'd give a small smile. "You'll be a great dad."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 14:42, October 3, 2019 (UTC)

"And you'll be a great mum." He said with a reassuring smile.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 14:47, October 3, 2019 (UTC)
She'd give a little sniff. "Thanks. I feel more like I'm falling apart right now but I appreciate the sentiment."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 14:48, October 3, 2019 (UTC)

"Well you've got what? Nine-ish months to pull it all together?" He asked cracking a joking grin.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 15:08, October 3, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod. "Yeah...I'm sure with all the hormones and all the restrictions because I'm pregnant I'll just be little Miss. Stable."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 15:24, October 3, 2019 (UTC)

He gave her a knowing little smile. "Which is why you have me. To help you."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 15:34, October 3, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod. "Yup."
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