Narcissa took stock, considering. “Fine. Better.” Lighter, she realized. Last night had been like the lancing of a wound, opening it to the light and air. Now maybe she could start healing, and looking towards the future.
James sat in the armchair across from them, his blue eyes serious. “Are things resolved, then?”
Lily looked at her silently. Narcissa nodded. “Yes.”
“Very well. Lil, you have been doing all of the research on this mad idea of yours. What exactly does it entail?”
“Muggles have advanced their technology to the point where they can help any woman increase their chances of getting pregnant – without actually having sex.” Lily sighed. “The details of it all are a bit too technical to explain without going into extensive detail, but essentially they have a way to take a male’s sperm and a female’s egg and combine the two outside of the body, and then once the process is started, so to speak, put the woman’s egg back.”
Narcissa mutely shook her head, her mind whirling. How could a person get pregnant, without having sex? What magic was this, that the Muggles of all people had discovered?
“It does not ensure pregnancy.”
“What?! Lily, if it doesn’t ensure that I will get pregnant, then what’s the point – “
“Muggles have not reached that point in their technology and experimentations,” Lily interrupted crisply. “However, we as mediwitches, and you specifically, since you know your body and magic better than anyone, I would presume, can use magic to increase the odds so that you are virtually guaranteed to get with child. It is how things are done normally. Our problem always lay in the fact that any sperm Lucius produces would be sterile, and thus useless. He’s shooting blanks.” She shot the other woman a hard look, forestalling that argument before it started. “Even were you able to convince him to donate, it’d be pointless.” She took a deep breath, let it out slowly. “The first step is to meet with the Muggle doctor…”
AN: Thank you to mamapotterhead2492 (AO3) for the use of ‘hufflepuff’s hoo-ha’. It still makes me giggle!