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The Price We Pay by sammm
Chapter 2 : Unexpected News
 
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"Where did you find it?" he asked.

Blaise took a seat across from Draco's study. "South of Gernany, an abandoned cabin. I don't know how long it had been there , but we know one thing for sure is that Hermione, she-she's gone."

Chapter II: Unexpected News

Pansy sat with her neice in the living room while her husband had a talk with Draco about work. She knew in fact that they'd be in there for quite a while, Maddie must have figured that much out as well for she put on a movie that was bound to last two hours. They spoke about many things, Maddie seemed to be really excited about going back to Hogwarts which didn’t surprise Pansy all that much considering what she went through for the past sevens years without a mother to guide her along.

“Maddie…”


“Yes?”

“Why do you want to back to Hogwarts so badly?”


“I don’t want to stay here.”

There was a pause. “Is it because of your father?”

Madison hesitated for a moment, and then spoke softly. “Kind of, I love my dad very much but sometimes it’s too quiet here, and I can’t help thinking dad will never go back to the way he was, not unless, not unless mum was here.” Tears spilled down her face.


“Oh Maddie, she’ll come back I just know it.” Pansy tried to reassure her, but she knew it was a lie.


“No, no she won’t. She’s dead and she’s never coming back. I’ve accepted it, and there isn’t anything or anyone that’s going to convince me otherwise.” She said stubbornly.


That had been one of her traits she had gotten from her mother, she was smart like both her parents, and she had achieved her mother’s stubbornness, and her father’s sarcastic side. She carefully wiped the rest of her tears away, she knew she would always miss her mother but she had accepted that her mother was long gone now. It had been seven years since she’d left. There had been no note, no goodbye. She’d been taken from her, without a trace.

“You don’t hate him for ignoring you?” Pansy asked.


“Of course not, I would never.” Said Maddie, “He’s just really distant that’s all.”


“You know he tries, he does his very best for you. He loves you very much and would do anything for you.”


 “I know that, I just miss the old him, the one that used to smile all the time, and laugh at my stupid jokes, he doesn’t do that anymore.”


 “People change Maddie, but it doesn’t mean he isn’t the same person.”


 “I know it’s just hard that’s all.”


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The weeks passed swiftly and emotionally for both the Malfoy’s. Draco was warped back into the case he didn’t ever want to look at again. Meanwhile Madison was preparing to pack her things for the Hogwarts Express would be pulling up at platform nine and three quarters at 11 a’ clock sharp tomorrow morning. The week before she had gotten her school supplies with her father; once she had received her letter from the headmaster. Her suitcase was heavily loaded with school robes from last year and new ones for this year, and several textbooks she knew she’d need. Madison had also added her favorite and her most prized possession from her mother, “A Hogwarts: History,” book.

She was about to place it in her suitcase when she noticed a letter sticking out of one of her pages. She set the book down and pulling out the paper that was slightly folded into four equally pieces. She opened it carefully, she could tell by the sticky-ness of stiffness of the paper that it was old and she wondered how long it’d be in the book for.


To my darling daughter,


            With this treasured book I had held on for so long I am now passing down to you. With words of wisdom will make all your years full of happiness and joy throughout your life. This helped me so much in my years and I’m sure it will do the same for you. I cannot remember ever being unhappy when you were born, your father and I were so proud, a beautiful girl you were and still are. We also knew how you’d turn out, and exact replica of ourselves. Whichever house you are sorted in, whether it’d be Slytherin or Gryffindor, I will love you no matter what. I hope you will keep this forever as I had kept it. If this is or not your last memory of me, I want you to know that I love you and always will! Never forget that.


Love,


Your mother,


When Madison stopped reading the letter she looked up to come face to face with her father who was mere meters away from her, standing in her bedroom door.


“What’s wrong Maddie, why are you crying?” he asked as he entered her room.


She hadn’t even known that she had been crying in fact. The tears had simply fallen without her knowledge. With the words of her mother still written on that piece of paper it was the only thing she could hold onto. She let the tears continue to fall, and looked up once more, her father was now kneeling in front her on the floor where she had sat only minutes before.


“What’s wrong Maddie?” he repeated.


She didn’t say a word; instead she gave him the piece of paper to read. Draco took it from her and began to read whatever was written that had upset his daughter so much. His daughter rarely cried but when and on that occasion she did, it was usually for a good reason.


He didn’t speak for several minutes but pulled her into a hug. “Everything’s going to be alright.” He whispered. Madison continued to cry silently, everything seemed to remind her of her mother and she hated it. Why did her dreams haunt her at night, why she had those dark visions of excruciating pain passing through her body? She simply never knew the answers to those questions, but she begged and pleaded for it to subside or disappear from her mind.


“I miss her dad.”


He looked down at his daughter and nodded his head. “I do too Maddie, I do too.”



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Pulling her trunk and owl into the barrier with her was tough for it was heavy. Luckily with the help of her dad she managed. She hadn’t realized she packed so much until it was time to go.  Once her stuff was boarded on the Hogwarts Express she came back out and went to say goodbye to her father.

“Got everything you need?”

“Yes dad and I did per chance forget something I’ll send you a letter.”

“Good.” He pulled her into a hug and kissed her forehead.

“I love you dad.”

“Love you too Maddie.” He said. “And don’t get into any trouble while you are there.”


“Don’t worry dad, I won’t.” she smiled with a mischievous grin across her face; Draco knew that meant trouble immediately.


“Maddie!” shouted two familiar people running towards her.


Madison let go of her father and rushed up to her two friends. “Logan, Riley!”

“Hey Maddie,” said Logan, son to Ginny and Harry Potter.

“Hey Logan, where’s your mom and dad? I didn’t even see them come onto the platform.”

“There over there, talking to Uncle Ron and Lavender.”


“Oh.”


“Maddie come on let’s get on the train before it leaves us behind.” said Riley, daughter to Pansy and Blaise Zabini.

Madison was being dragged by her best friends, but before heading on the train she gave her father one last hug before taking off.


“Bye dad.”


“Bye Maddie.”


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A week had passed since Madison had returned to Hogwarts; Draco was back into his work, trying not to feel the loneliness he’d normally feel whenever his daughter wasn’t there. Sure there were his friends, Blaise, Pansy, Harry and Ginny to keep him company but it just wasn’t the same. They had their own lives to get to and Draco felt like he was an annoyance to them. His life had been ripped from him seven years ago and he’d never be able to build it back up.

He sat at the kitchen table drinking coffee trying to seethe his nerves when an owl came down through his home window and landed in front of him. Draco recognized the owl immediately for it was Charlotte, Maddie’s owl. He took the letter attached and tried to shoo the bird away, but it wasn’t budging. Draco decided he’d rather leave the bird alone then have it annoying him every five seconds if he tried to get it to leave. He opened up Maddie’s letter and began to read.

Dad,

It’s only been a week since school has started and I already miss you. I already have so much homework backed up that I think I might go crazy. Do you know what happens to crazy people dad? They get locked up in the Looney bins, well that’s what John said anyways. Are you sure the sorting hat put me in the right house? Well that’s not really what this letter was for, we have a new teacher at Hogwarts, Transfiguration, it seems McGonagall decided to retire. The new teacher looks so familiar dad, when I first saw her that I didn’t know what to do or say, but…


My transfiguration teacher is Mom; mom’s a teacher at Hogwarts. The only thing I don’t get is why she used Granger; she said she likes to be called Professor Granger, not Malfoy. Dad do you know what this means, mom’s alive!


Sorry but I’m in a hurry, I have to finish my potions essay before Snape kills me, I’ll send you another letter this week whenever I have time.


Love,


Maddie



Draco put the letter aside and tried to control him self, here we was sitting at the kitchen table, now with coffee stains on his shirt and pants. As he dropped his mug while reading the letter as the glass was sent flying onto the floor. All this time, he’d been searching, gathering up case files and all this time she’d been at Hogwarts, or so she suddenly appeared. He thought her dead years ago when he couldn’t find her but then this summer Blaise had found Hermione’s bracelet, yet there was no trace of her. All of a sudden Maddie, his daughter was telling him that his wife was alive and working at Hogwarts. 

He didn’t know what to do.






Author’s Notes: Done this chapter, next one should be posted soon. 

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