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Alice Longbottom

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A New Year. [12 Jan 1980|07:13pm]
[ mood | anxious ]

Oh my goodness. I haven't written in ages. I've been rather sick as of late. Frank is always at work. I see him for a few hours every night when he gets home from work and even then it's weird. We haven't had a read conversation since before the holiday. I really hope that the reason he's so distant is in fact work. I don't know what I'd do if I found out he's been...no...I don't even want to think about it.

I worked on the baby's room for a little bit today. Put together some shelving units and the like. Dinah (the adorable kitten that Lily got me as a Christmas gift) amused herself for hours pushing round all the extra nuts and bolts. Why I had extras I don't know... I built everything the Muggle way just to keep myself busy. I feel rather useless working from home. Moody sends me paper work and I do what needs to be done and then send it back to him.

Dinah wants to play. She keeps trying to grab my quill with her teeth. I'll write more later.


Clothes are overrated. [23 Dec 1979|03:15pm]
[ mood | lazy ]

Proper clothes, that is. It's almost the dinner hour and I'm still in my jim-jams. Frank has been out all day visiting his brother Algie just outside of London and probably won't be back until late. This is a bit frustrating because I really want to show him the present that Sirius brought over from him and Remus this morning - the most GORGEOUS rosewood baby crib. I couldn't believe it! I ended up giving Sirius his present and Remus' present to take back home with his, which is good because it'll save me having to drop them off tomorrow night.

I have absolutely no idea how I'm going to drop off Lily's present (I finally found the most perfect thing!) No way can I use an Owl. The poor thing wouldn't be able to get off the ground. I might just have to cast a weightless charm on it and try and apperate with it. If all else fails I suppose I could try Flooing it as well.


Almost done! [22 Dec 1979|01:46pm]
[ mood | rushed ]

I've got all of my Christmas shopping done...except for Lily. I have no idea what to get my best friend and I've only got two more days to get it. Think, Alice, think!

In any case, I'll be dropping off everyone's presents on Christmas Eve. Everyone who isn't family that is. They can all wait for theirs.

My neck is feeling much better today. Still a bit sore if I try to move too quickly, but I suppose that's a good thing. It'll make me slow down a bit. I'm actually starting to feel pregnant thought I don't think I quite look it yet. Moody's all ready started to lessen my work load, which is a little bit annoying because I'm not an invalid. However, apparently he can't risk any sort of 'mishap' so as of the 1st January I'm officially a non-field auror (which doesn't really make sense, but that's Moody for you) until after the baby is born.

Haven't seen much of Frank this week except for yesterday. It's kind of lonely but I'm keeping myself busy. And unless something drastic happens, he's got the whole week following Christmas off.

Oh! I've just remembered. I must go send that thank-you note to Severus and Bella.


Bedridden. [21 Dec 1979|09:07pm]
[ mood | sore ]

I've gone and pulled a muscle in my neck. My guess is that I slept funny last night. But regardless of HOW I did it, it HURTS SO MUCH. I've not left my bed all day. Frank even made me breakfast this morning. Which was absolutely sweet of him even if my eggs were a little burnt. And speaking of Frank, Lily and James gave him tickets to a Quidditch match for Christmas and he will not stop talking about it! Really, I don't know how I'll be able to top it.

Received a tin of some absolutely delicious French cookies from Severus and Bella along with some wizarding picture spell books for when the baby comes. When I can move properly I must send them a thank you Owl because it really was quite a lovely surprise.

As it stands now Frank and I will be spending Christmas with my side of the family minus mum and da who refuse to make the journey to London. I'll floo over later on to see them of course, I just wish they'd make more of an effort.

I'll have to write more later. The motion of my arm is making my neck throb. It's almost unbearable. Maybe I'll have Frank come and give it a bit of a rub.


[16 Dec 1979|03:26pm]
[ mood | scared ]

Frank and I had a visit from Dumbledore today. Now everything makes both perfect sense and no sense and I've got the biggest headache of my life. I don't want to go in to hiding. I don't want our baby to have to grow up like that.

I really don't have much else to say right now. The news is still too fresh in my head.


With flourish and a foot stamp. [15 Dec 1979|04:30pm]
[ mood | restless ]

At the risk of sounding like a petulant child: I HATE DEATH EATERS. I had to miss an Order meeting last night because of a raid in Kent. It's getting bloody ridiculous. I've not even passed all my proper exams yet. It was like like being in 5th year and having to take the NEWTs two years too early - pulling hexes out my arse and hoping they'll work. Only a couple of bruises and scrapes though. I've had worse.

Lately I've been trying to focus on all of the good things that have started to happen, but the truth is I'm scared. Bloody terrified, actually. Frank and I didn't just move flat because we needed more space. Death Eaters came to the old flat three times. Once it was during the night and I thought we were being Muggle burgled. I think I would have preferred if that were the case. It's only a matter of time before they find us here. I just wish I knew WHY they've been targeting us of all people. Lily and James have also been victim to such attacks. I just...oh, I don't even know.

I need to think of something happier now. I might just go and write an Owl to Remus. Frank and I have both decided that he'd be absolutely brilliant as a Godfather for the baby.


Everything is easier if you have a list. [13 Dec 1979|04:43pm]
[ mood | stressed ]

Does telling Moody about my being pregnant before Frank make me a terribly awful wife? I'm telling him tonight though. Cross my heart. Anyway Moody said I can finish up the basic training rounds and complete a couple of field assignments before he'll have to re-assign me to desk work. Clerical most likely. Bookkeeping and the like. Which is fine by me.

I have made a clear and concise list of all that I need to do this week.

- Take long hot relaxing bath. BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE. (Floating candles, Wizard Wireless, incense, EVERYTHING.)
- Tell Frank about father-to-be status.
- Talk to Lily, set party date.
- Unpack bedroom properly. (I refuse to sleep in Quidditch themed room!)
- Study for upcoming Auror practical exam.
- Start Christmas cards.
- Owl Mum and Da, and also Frank's parents.
- CHRISTMAS SHOPPING! I am SO LATE this year. Everything is going to be gone before I even set foot in the shops.
- Read through chapters seven though nine of Auror Training Manual.

Commence: NOW!


Merlin on a Broomstick... [11 Dec 1979|03:05pm]
[ mood | happy ]

I am pregnant. And so is Lily. And I still can't believe it. I guess deep down a part of me knew, but it's a whole other cauldron of fish to have it confirmed. Lily did the spell herself so I know it's not faulty. After I sent her an Owl she floo'ed herself over (along with Sirius who happened to be around when she read it) and performed it right here in the living room. We've decided to plan a get together in order to tell everyone - close family, friends etc. Sirius is absolutely over the moon about being Godfather to the Potter sprog.

There's just one more task I have to accomplish before said get together: TELL FRANK. Which should, I'm hoping, be fairly easy. Anyway, he's bound to cotton on sooner or later if I keep walking on with this ridiculous smile on my face. I look like a complete idiot, but I'm too happy to care.

I am a little worried about Auror training though. I can keep at it for a few more months but I'll have to take a leave later on. Can't be jumping through obstacle courses and dodging curses and hexes with a balloon belly can I? Maybe they'll let me do some theory work?


Entry, the first. [10 Dec 1979|11:41am]
[ mood | relaxed ]

And so it begins again. The other day while Frank was out with the lads I did a bit of unpacking in the new flat and came across my old journal that I kept at Hogwarts. I had such a laugh reading it that I floo'ed myself straight to Diagon Ally afterward to buy a new one. And this is it. Well, obviously. I figured at at a time like this, where so much is happening and so many things are changing it will be good to keep a record of at least my part in the whole grand scheme of things. Whether it be making an excellent Christmas pudding or getting myself blown to bits during Auror Training.

And speaking of the new flat, must remember to speak with Frank about having everyone over for dinner one night. It's bigger than the place we had before the wedding. We've got a GUEST ROOM. (Of course, it won't be a guest room for long because we'll need it for the baby. The Baby. The. BABY. I still haven't told Frank. Merlin, HOW am I going to do this? I suppose I should find out for sure if I am. Note to self: OWL LILY!) And we're not even a ten minute's walk from King's Cross.

So life, at the time of this entry, is good. Hopefully it'll stay that way for a while. I'm too exhausted to put up with any nastiness. Auror Training is...keeping me busy, to say the least. But at least Frank is there with me.


Found this at the bottom of my school trunk. I lost it near the end of 7th year. S'always been my favourite picture of him (even if we was just about to hex me in to oblivion).

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