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Chapter 7: All in One Week
After I forgave Nate, life seemed so much easier. I wasn't angry eveytime I saw him, and I didn't roll my eyes everytime he spoke. He was even being really nice to Draco, which was oddly suspicious, but I said nothing about it. And to top it off, Draco and I were back to making love. It was safe to say that life was pretty good.
In the week before school would start back up (which I wasn't dreading so much, except seeing Camille) serveral interesting things happened. For one, I received a letter from Hermione. She was responding to the letter I had written her earlier in the summer about my awkward living arrangements. I had told her to right back when she had time. Apparently, she had been rather busy.
Sorry I didn't respond sooner, I've been so busy! I've been in Italy with Mum and Dad and Harry! Oh, they absolutely love Harry, and I was so happy to get him away from his awful family for a change. Anyways, wow. I can't believe your parents. But at least you and Draco didn't break up. I'm hoping by now things have gotten better. And I'm sure you've forgiven Nate for all he's done. I can't wait to see you next week so you can fill me in on what's been happening. Harry says hi, and we both give our best to you and Draco. Miss you.
I sometimes wished that Hermione was the one with the insane life, not me. The next interesting thing that happened that week was Draco's parents returned early from their vacation. They requested to see Draco immediately. And if I didn't know any better, it seemed like Draco didn't want to go home.
"How about I stay for one more night?" He asked as we packed up his things.
"Draco." I scolded. "Your parents haven't seen you all summer, they miss you."
"All right." He said in a defeated tone.
Draco leaving led to the next interesting thing. Nate and I kissed. But for the record, he kissed me, I may have kissed back a little, but I did push him away. See, this is what happened.
I had been really sad all week. I hadn't heard from Draco since he left, except for a letter reading.
Miss you, love you.
I was starting to think maybe he didn't want to see me anymore that maybe after spending all summer with me, he was bored. Nate seemed to pick up on my sadness. He was always asking if I was okay, and I'd answer with and unconvincing "Yeah." But one day, I couldn't even muster that.
"Are you okay?" He asked.
"No." I answered.
He put his arm around me and gave me a squeeze. "What's wrong?"
"Draco hasn't made any contact with me since he left. I feel like he doesn't want to see me anymore. Like he's bored with me." I sniffled.
"Aria, no one could ever get bored with you." He said.
"You did." I groan when I see the look on his face. "I'm sorry, I didn't mean that."
"Yes, you did, but you didn't mean to say it outloud." He said knowingly.
"Well, yeah." I said. "But it's true isn't it? You left because you were bored?"
"No, I left because I was stupid. It was a huge mistake, I shouldn't have done it."
"So, why didn't you come back?" I asked. "The moment you realized you'd made a mistake, why didn't you come back?"
Nate sighed. "I don't know-"
"Yes you do." I interupted. "I thought you were done lying to me."
"I thought you would wait for me." He answered quietly.
"What?" I asked.
"I thought you would wait." He repeated. "I took everything, our whole relationship for granted. I thought it didn't matter how long I was gone, that no matter what you would wait. I thought we could pick up where we left off..."
"I would've waited." I admitted. "If I hadn't found out about Anya. I would've been back at Beauxbatons. I would've waited forever if I had to."
"Would you have taken me back if I had returned the moment I realized I'd made a mistake? Even knowing about Anya?" He asked.
"Yes." I said.
"Really?" He asked in disbelief.
"Yeah, because it would have showed that I was worth something to you if you came back." I answered.
"You are worth something to me." Nate whispered. "You're worth everything to me."
"Then why did you leave?" I cried. "What did she have that I didn't? Why did it take you being with someone else to realize I was everything?"
"I told you before, I was stupid, okay?" He said wiping the tears off my face. "And you listen to me. She doesn't have anything that you don't. Vous ętes parfait."
I smiled through my tears. He had said I was perfect. No one had ever said that to me, including Draco.
"No, I'm not." I shook my head.
"Yes, you are." He smiled. "And don't you dare try to convince me otherwise."
"I won't." I laughed.
"I love you." He said before kissing me passionately. He pulled away for a second.
"I love you." I whispered before he kissed me again. I couldn't stop myself, I kissed back. Draco wasn't on my mind in the slightest. I just wanted Nate so bad. I wanted things to go back to the way they were. Before the betrayal and the lies, when everything was perfect.
Nate kissed me harder tightening his grip on me, and pressed against me. Then he's touching me the way he used to and making me want him even more. I pull him down on top of me and he holds me down as I wrap my legs around him. We're holding eachother so tight and I know he had no intention of letting go anytime soon, neither did I.
It was when he put his hands up my shirt when it hit me what I was doing. I shoved him away.
"Baby, what's wrong?" He asked confused.
"I'm with Draco. I can't-we can't." I said shaking my head.
"But you just told me you loved me." He protested.
"I know, and I shouldn't have done that." I said.
"So you didn't mean it?" He asked sounding hurt.
"No, I'm not saying that."
"Then what are you saying?" Nate asked.
"That I'm with Draco, and we can't do this." I answered.
"Do you love him?" He demanded.
"Yes." I said.
"More than you love me?"
"That's not fair." I cried.
"It's not supposed to be. You love me more, so leave him." He said.
"I can't do that." I said.
He crossed his arms in front of his chest. "I don't see why not."
"Of course you don't. You don't know what it's like to be left alone."
"That's not fair." He groaned.
"It's not supposed to be." I countered.
"You'll never be fully happy with him the way you are with me." Nate said.
"You don't know that." I said defensively.
"Yes, I do. But you know what, when you decided that you want to be happy with me, I'll be here. I'll wait as long as I have to." He kissed me on the forehead and walked out of the room.
What was I going to do? I couldn't tell Draco, because then I'd have to explain why I had kissed Nate back. I couldn't tell Draco I still loved Nate. Maybe I could say I was lonely. Yeah, that will work. Or maybe I won't tell him at all...
The week before school started up, I got some unsettling news. My parents had returned early from their vacation. They weren't supposed to be back until after I was back in school. Something was up.
They wanted to see me immediatley, and I knew it couldn't be anything good for me. I even tried to stay with Aria a bit longer, but she scolded me and told me I should go see my parents because they miss me. There was no way I could explain to her why I didn't want to go.
Upon my arrival, Mother and Father took me straight to the drawing room. At first we sat in silence. Me looking around anxiously, my Mother wringing her hands nervously, and Father looking quite proud of something. Finally Mother and Father looked at eachother and nodded.
"Draco, the time has come to fulfill your duty." Father said.
"What duty?" I asked.
"Your duty to the Dark Lord of course." Father answered.
"I don't underst-"
"It's time for you to join us." He interupted.
I'm sure my face paled. He didn't mean...no, he couldn't mean.
"It's time for you to be branded." My Father said quietly.
"No." I whispered.
"What?" He asked.
"No, I don't want to." I said.
"Draco, you don't have a choice." He said.
"Mother, please." I said turning to her. "Don't make me do this."
She sniffled and wiped her eyes. "Draco, if you refuse he will..." she let out a small sob. "He will kill you."
I shook my head. "No there has to be another way. I-I can't just give up my life like this. And Aria-"
"Now is the time for you to break up with her." Father said. "You have delayed it long enough. You've had your fun with this girl, but it's time to end it."
"I can't." I said. "I love her."
"Then do what's best for her Draco." Mother said. "If you continue this relationship, the Dark Lord will find out soon enough. He will use the girl to hurt you if you mess up."
"Then I won't mess up." I said quickly. "I'll do everything perfectly, I'll do whatever he says."
Mother sighed. "Everyone messes up sooner or later, Draco. And what if he says to kill her? Then what will you do?"
"I-I..." I sighed. "I don't know."
"Draco, you must end things with Aria or she will get hurt." She whispered.
I nodded, but had no intention of actually doing it. I couldn't. I loved her more than life itself, there had to be another way to deal with this.
"Now, Draco, you must be branded." Father said.
"Right now?" I asked.
"Right now." Father answered.
I closed my eyes, and waited for the inevitable pain.
"Does it hurt?" Blaise asked the next day looking at my left arm with a pained expression.
"Like hell." I said rolling my sleeve back down.
"How do you plan to break up with Aria?" He asked.
"I don't." I answered.
"Well, how do you plan to explain your Mark to her?"
"I don't." I repeated.
"What exactly do you plan to do then?" Blaise asked.
"Tell my parents I ended things with Aria, and find some way to hide my Mark so Aria won't know." I said.
"Oh, so you're going to lie to everyone?"
"I'm not lying to you."
"Draco, lying to your parents, that's understandable. But lying to Aria. Are you trying to lose her again?" Blaise asked.
"No." I said. "That's exactly why I'm lying. I'll lose her if she ever finds out."
"She's going to find out sooner or later." He pointed out.
"Yeah, well I prefer later." I said.
"Draco, we are having a guest over for dinner, please put on some better clothes." Mother said.
"I hardly consider Blaise a guest, he's always here." I said.
She waved her hand. "Oh, not Blaise, dear. Someone else."
"Who?" I asked.
"You'll see, now go change." She ushered me up the stairs.
When I came back down, my jaw dropped. Sitting in our living room was Camille. You've got to be kidding me.
"What are you doing here?" I asked.
"Your Mother invited me for dinner." She smiled.
Why would Mother do that? I asked myself. Suddenly I knew why. She thought I had broken up with Aria through a letter, but she didn't know that the letter really said.
Miss you, Love you.
"Oh." I merely stated.
"I'm sorry you had to break up with Aria." She said, confirming my thoughts.
"No, you're not." I said walking into the dining room.
Dinner as a whole was uncomfortable for me. There was no way my parents could be anymore obvious about wanting me to get back with Camille. Blaise found the whole thing rather amusing. After dinner, things got really bad.
"Draco, the Dark Lord wishes to see you." Father said.
"Right now?" I asked, fear spreading throughout my body. He nodded. Blaise clapped me on the back, saying he'd see me tomorrow. I walked slowly to the drawing room. I knocked on the door.
"Enter Draco." I heard in a high cold voice. I did as I was told.
"I shall make this quick." He said. I thought he was going to kill me. He had found out I hadn't really broken up with Aria, and he was going to kill me.
"I have a task for you, Draco." He said.
"Yes, my Lord." I said like my Father had told me to whenever I was in his presence.
"This year, as you know the sercurity of the Hogwarts castle will be very tight. It will be impossible to get in." The Dark Lord said quietly. "I want you to figure out a way to get Death Eaters in."
For the first time I looked up at him. His red eyes pierced mine. "M-My Lord. How-how will I do that?" I asked.
"Were you not listening, Draco? You will figure it out. This is a chance to prove yourself."
I stayed silent. How would I be able to do this? Especially with having to keep it a secret from Aria?
"If you fail," his voice cut through my thoughts. "The consequences shall be severe. Understood?"
"Yes, My Lord." I said.
"You may leave." He said and I left quickly.
I headed to my room, I was shaking. I pulled my shirt off and threw it to the floor. I looked down at the Dark Mark in disgust.
"I always liked you all worked up." A voice said. I turned around, and there was Camille sitting on my bed.
"What the hell are you doing here?" I asked.
Her eyes raked over my chest smirking. "Just here to make you feel better." She said innocently.
"Well thanks, but no thanks." I said sitting on my bed, hoping she would leave.
"Oh, Draco." She said getting up. Suddenly I felt her hands on me, massaging my shoulders. "You are too tense, hmm?" She whispered.
I closed my eyes. It felt good, I could feel my muscles relaxing. "Doesn't that feel good?" She asked.
"Yeah." I whispered.
"I thought so. Now just relax."
I listened to her. I don't know what was wrong with me. Why I didn't stop her or why Aria was the farthest thing from my mind at the moment.
I felt Camille's lips softly kiss my neck. It felt so good. I had forgotten how good she could make me feel. She continued to kiss my neck, and I just let her. She moved from behind me. And before I knew it, she was in front of me, straddling me and kissing me. And I was kissing her back.
I knew what I was doing was wrong, but it felt so right. Camille was kissing me so passionately, and I was touching her all over the place, and it felt just like old times. I was on my back, Camille was on top of me, and I still hadn't stopped kissing her. I opened my eyes slightly and something on my nightstand caught my eye. A picture of me and Aria.
It was my favorite. We were kissing in it, it was mid kiss and it captured the love between us. We both looked so lost in the kiss and so happy. What the hell is wrong with me?
I pulled away from Camille. "Get off." I said.
She looked taken aback, but did what I said. "What's wrong?" She asked.
"That was a huge mistake." I said shaking my head.
"Because Aria. I love Aria." I said.
Camille scoffed. "You didn't break up with her did you?"
"No." I said quietly.
"I should have known. It was too good to be true. Draco you're a fool for thinking it will last with her." She said.
"I am not." I said.
"Yes you are. Either the Dark Lord will find out about her, or she'll find out about you."
I didn't say anything, because a part of me knew she was right. "Don't worry, when that happens, I'll still be here." She smiled and walked out looking quite pleased with herself.
I slammed the door behind her. What was I going to do? I had cheated. I had betrayed Aria's trust again. How could I explain this to her without causing her to leave? I couldn't I realized. I wasn't telling her, I just couldn't...
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