Chapter 9 : Secrets and Apologies
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Secrets and Apologies>
“Enter.” Came Malfoy’s drawling voice. Willow opened the door and stepped inside. She was shaking in fear. Malfoy had his back to her, looking out the Window. “You’re late.” He said turning round.
“I’m sorry Master, she took ages to get up the stairs.” She had her eyes closed and her face turned to the side, cowering with fear.
“Look at me!” he snapped. Slowly she turned her head and opened her eyes, her gaze meeting his. Suddenly she saw memories flashing through her mind, she felt dizzy, but knew he was using occlumency against her, knew he would find out about Ginny’s room. “How dare you!”
“I’m sorry Master I’m so sorry.” She said falling to her knees as he withdrew himself from her mind.
“You’re hiding something else from me as well.”
“Please Master, let me go to Bed.”
“You have special duties to complete.”
“Please don’t make me.”
“Get up.” Willow stood up, and backed into the door. Malfoy advanced on her pushing her body against the hard wood of the door. She looked away. “Look at me.” he said, Willow shook her head. Malfoy took hold of her chin and turned her to face him. He placed his lips on hers and kissed her softly, he pressed his lips forcefully against hers and deepened the kiss, then he tried to force his tongue into her mouth, she wouldn’t let him in. He pulled away and slapped her, she gasped. “You know what special duties means, don’t disappoint me now.” He said coldly
“Please, not tonight.” She said, she was crying now.
“Willow what’s wrong?” asked Malfoy, his voice suddenly full of concern. “What are you hiding from me?”
“Here sit down.” He said conjuring up a chair from nowhere. “What is it? What’s wrong?”
Willow sat down and took a deep breath, then looked him straight in the eye.
“Draco, I’m pregnant.” She felt him looking through her mind trying to find the truth, and when he found it, he sank to his knees, and grasped her hand.
“How? When? What about…?”
“When you got back after Snape killed Dumbledore, you were so drunk, you forgot the contraception charm, I made the potion this morning.” She said quickly as though it would hurt less if she told him fast
“You’re not allowed to make potions!” Malfoy shouted.
“I’m sorry. I had to know, please don’t hurt me.” She said fresh tears spilling down her face.
“No I’m sorry, you know you’re not aloud, it’s for your own safety, what if something had gone wrong?”
“I couldn’t go wrong. Not with Professor Snape’s old potions book.” She said quietly
“Alright, you don’t have to make love to me tonight, just come and lie in my bed, and we’ll go and see a healer tomorrow.”
“But I’d rather you were here with me.” he said forcefully. “You know the rule don’t you?”
Willow nodded slowly. “If it’s a girl it has to be aborted.”
“Get down here now you filthy little blood traitor”
“Do the damn cleaning yourself you lazy Sod!”
“How dare you, come here now!”
Willow sighed as she ran the duster along the top of the last bedroom on the sixth floor corridor of the west wing of Malfoy Mansion. They had just got back from the Healer’s. Malfoy was furious, the healer had refused to tell them the sex of the baby. He had tried everything to get her to tell him. The only thing that had stopped him killing the healer was Willow begging him to calm down. They had left, but not before Malfoy had told the healer that they would be coming back the next day and if she didn’t tell them he would kill her.
Willow heard Ginny scream in agony as Malfoy performed the cruciatus curse on her. How she knew she didn’t know, but she did. She always knew what spells people were casting even if they did it silently. But Willow wasn’t stupid, she didn’t tell anyone.
She heard Malfoy storming up the stairs. She got down off the chair and straightened her skirt; she knew he was looking for her. She walked over to the door and opened it, as she stepped out of the room Malfoy appeared at the top of the main staircase. Their eyes met, and his expression softened. She looked away, and he walked towards her. He rubbed her arm tenderly and she shivered.
“What’s wrong?” he asked softly
“What if it is a boy?”
“Then you should be happy, happy to bring another Malfoy into this world.” Said Malfoy as though it was obvious
“I’m not ready to have a child Master.” She said quietly not looking at him
“Excuse me?” said Malfoy sharply, his temper rising again.
“I’m not ready to have a child.” He slapped her, and she gasped.
“You have no choice. Malfoy Servants have never had any choice, what makes you think you are any different?” he snapped
“I never said I was, I never said I had a choice, I just said that I’m not ready to raise a child.” She said quietly. “I doubt my own abilities Master.”
“You have nothing to worry about, you will be a fantastic mother if it is a boy. If it is not, then all the better for you will have longer to prepare yourself for when the time does come.” He swept her hair behind her ear
“How can you talk so calmly of having to have your own child murdered?” she asked
“You find it hard because you talk about it like that. The oldest Malfoy child has been a boy for at least the last three centuries. I could have had three older sisters, but they were all aborted.”
“But at least your Mother wasn’t a servant, she came from a noble Wizarding family.”
“But my Mother was pretty much forced into marrying my father, like you will be, if it is a boy.”
“Love does not matter. Not on your part anyway.”
“You love me?” she said quietly
“Did I say that?” he snapped stepping away from her. “Get on with your work.”
“I’m sorry Master. It was wrong of me to presume… I will keep my silence.”
“It does you credit.” He said and walked off down the landing and back down the stairs.
Ginny froze at the bottom of the stairs, listening to their conversation. Pregnant? How? And then it hit her special duties, it’s sex, rape even, she doesn’t want to be pregnant. Shit he’s coming, where do I hide? Ginny darted through a door to her right, pulling it shut behind her. She could feel her heart pounding as he walked past the door she was leaning against. After a while she stepped back out into the corridor, and walked up the stairs. She looked in every room until she came to the one Willow was working in.
“Willow, can I talk to you a moment?”
“I suppose, but I’m behind schedule already, I really shouldn’t stop.”
“So, you’ll catch up, I’ll give you a hand.”
“So how long have you been doing special duties?”
“Since I was eleven, why?”
“Um, how many times has he made you pregnant?”
“How did you?”
“I heard you talking.”
“This is the first time, he forgot the contraception charm, he was drunk.”
“So what happens now?”
“If it’s a girl it’s aborted, if it’s a boy, I have to marry him.”
“Do you love him?”
“No,” she said quickly “Would love someone who made you have sex with them every time they wanted it.” She paused; Ginny could see the tears in her eyes.
“No, I’m so sorry, I wish there was something I could do.”
“There is a way… I have to know what the sex is, but I’m not allowed to make potions.”
“Give me a cauldron and ingredients and I’ll do it, if you’re sure you want to know, I mean if it’s a girl...”
“I don’t want his child, or his name. Would you?”
“I have to say that I’m a bit biased on that front, but no, I wouldn’t have his child if you paid me. I wouldn’t be so cruel to the world.”
“See what I mean.”
“Yes, I’m so sorry. I’ll go get started on that potion as soon as we’re done in here.”
They finished the room quickly so that Willow was well ahead of schedule.
“Thank you, now I’ll finish earlier and be able to get some rest.”
“It was a pleasure, now I’ll go make that potion.” Ginny said. “It will be ready by the time you finish.”
“Thank you.” And Willow smiled, the first genuine smile Ginny had seen since she had be kidnapped by lord Voldemort. Ginny thought she recognised the smile.
“You remind me of someone.”
“Are you sure? All my relatives are dead, how else would I end up in an orphanage?”
“I suppose. See you later.” And Ginny ran off down the stairs to the kitchens; Willow having told her everything she needed to know to be able to find the stuff to make the potion.
A/N: So is it a boy or is it a girl, find out in chapter 10! And please r/r mearly 1000 reads and only ten reviews, come on people, I need to know what you think, about what’s already happened and what you think might happen, come on, people I need some feedback!
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