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Chapter 18 : Just Us
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A lot of things happened simultaneously. A few girls screamed when Olivia fainted, Draco caught her, and Hermione ran to pick up her wand before anyone noticed it. Draco quickly handed Olivia to Mark and turned to Harry, Ginny, and Hermione.
“Let’s go outside and talk.” Harry suggested. The other three nodded, and Draco turned to Mark, Josh, Jessie, and Sarah.
“You all are in charge. No one comes into the CLC and no one comes out. This is serious, but don’t panic.” Draco told them. The severity of his tone told them that he wasn’t joking around. They all nodded. “We’ll be right back in with a plan. Just keep everyone calm.” Draco said before leaving to go and join Harry, Ginny and Hermione outside. When he was outside he saw Hermione examining the wand.
“Oh Merlin. I can’t believe it, she’s a witch.” Hermione whispered to the other three.
“Do you think she really saw Lucius?” Ginny asked.
“ I don’t think that she would lie about something as serious as seeing my father. Because she is a witch, she probably knows who we all are. I don’t see Olivia pulling a stunt like this on the four of us, especially with the history the wizarding community knows you all have with Dark Wizards. I really have no doubt that he’s out there in the woods. Bellatrix and Rodolphus are most likely with him, too.” Draco said. Ginny and Hermione looked nervous, and Harry looked very grim.
“Shit. What are we going to do?” Ginny asked.
“We can’t just leave them all in the CLC alone with no protection. If we split up, someone is going to be at a disadvantage either way. If we spilt evenly, the two that go for Draco’s father will be outnumbered, and there cannot be only one of us here alone because it’s not safe.” Hermione stated logically.
“I think Potter and I should go and look for them, and you and Ginny should stay here.” Draco suggested. Hermione and Ginny glared at him. Hermione opened her mouth to argue, but Draco cut her off.
“Hold on, hear me out. I know for a fact it’s me he wants, so if I stay here it will just lead Lucius to the campers and staff. I think Ginny probably wants to stay near the twins, and Potter is an auror so I think he is probably the best dueler out of all of us. I also believe it’s best that you stay out of the way, Hermione. They probably won’t hesitate to kill you on the spot.” Draco said. The pain in his voice was evident as he stated that last thought.
“Why can’t Harry call for reinforcements?” Hermione asked.
“Wasn’t there someone with Olivia?” Harry asked. Hermione glanced at Draco and saw the look of horror on his face. At that moment it was like a light bulb went off in Hermione’s head.
“Oh Merlin, Cody.” Hermione whispered. “They probably have him. That’s why we can’t call for anyone” she finished.
“Yes. They will notice if we call in more aurors. I don’t think it’s a good idea to put Cody in jeopardy like that.” Draco told them.
“In other words, it’s up to us, once again.” Harry said somewhat sadly. Ginny wrapped an arm around his waist and laid her head on his shoulder in a comforting embrace.
“Yeah. So I guess we’re going with Draco’s plan?” Harry and Ginny nodded.
“I’m going to go and see the boys before we go.” Harry said taking Ginny’s hand and taking her inside. Hermione let out a long breath as the tears began to well up in her eyes. Draco saw her tears and wrapped his arms around her in a tight hug. She wrapped her arms around him as well and buried her face in his chest. The tears fell from her eyes and left a large wet spot on the front of Draco’s shirt.
“I’ve had to say goodbye too many times. It’s not fair.” Hermione mumbled into his chest, her body shaking with sobs. He stroked her hair and rubbed her back.
“This is not goodbye for us. I will come back. The both of us have had our share of hurt for a lifetime, there won’t be anymore, I promise. Harry and I will be fine. We have too much to live for. There is no way we will just go out and die at the hands of some damned Death Eaters. Don’t worry.” He said to her softly.
“Don’t tell me you will come back when you don’t know for sure!” she replied somewhat angrily trying to hold back her sobs.
“Yes I do. Nothing can keep us apart. I promise I will come back. I love you.” He said before kissing the top of her head. She held him even closer, feeling as if he would disappear into thin air if she let go for one second. Before they knew it Harry and Ginny came out of the CLC.
“Ready Malfoy?” Harry asked.
“Yes, let’s go.” Draco replied. He turned to Hermione and gave her a lingering kiss on the lips. He took her hands in his and looked into her eyes. “I promise.” He walked over to Harry and together they disappeared into the darkness, once again facing the dangerous followers of the Dark Lord.
Hermione went to wipe the tears from her eyes, but as she lifted her hand to her face, she realized Draco had slipped something into her hand. She opened her palm to find the simple gold band that Draco had always worn on his pinky finger. He had once mentioned to her that it was a ring of his mother that had been passed down many generations.
She knew how much it meant to him, and in a sense he was giving him a piece of himself. She let a tear make its way down her face as she slipped the ring on her right hand. Ginny walked over to her and hugged her tightly. This was going to be a long night for the two women.
Bellatrix snapped the wand from Lucius’ grasp. “What the bloody hell! You fool! What was the reasoning behind stunning the foul muggle boy? You pretty much just fucking handed us over to Potter! We were supposed to be keeping a low profile you idiotic imbecile!” Bellatrix said yelling at Lucius.
“Don’t treat me like I am some incompetent fool Bella! I know what I am doing! If anything I just saved your worthless life! Rodolphus, take the boy.” Rodolphus picked up Cody and carried him further into the woods.
“Explain yourself, Lucius, because from where I’m standing, that was a pretty unintelligent move.” Rodolphus commanded glaring at Lucius. Lucius smirked.
“If I know Potter like I know I do, he will not risk the boy’s life. He knows we will kill the boy if he brings in aurors, which me most certainly will. So basically Potter won’t call in reinforcements, and they are all alone. This will be much easier than you thought, especially since we have a bargaining chip.” He told them. Rodolphus let out a bitter laugh.
“You think you can defeat the boy who brought down the Dark Lord? Oh yes, also remember that was 6 years ago. He is now an auror. Do you not realize what a disadvantage you are out right now?” Rodolphus scoffed.
“Yes. I am not the Dark Lord. But you, Rodolphus, you are a disgrace and a coward.” Lucius hissed.
“Do you presume to tell me that you think yourself better than the Dark Lord? You also have the audacity to insult my husband. Lucius, you are a fool! An overconfident fool. You think you have made things better when in reality you have made them ten times worse!” Bellatrix yelled at him. She walked up and stared him straight in the face. “You fucked yourself over, but you are not taking us with you. I hope Potter kills you. My husband is not the disgrace, Lucius. That would be you.” She snatched Narcissa’s wand from Lucius’ hands and walked to Rodolphus and grabbed his hand. They apparated without another word. Lucius yelled at the top of his lungs. He took his wand from his pocket and looked around. A squirrel was climbing up a tree. Lucius killed it without hesitation to relieve some of his anger.
“That wasn’t very nice now, was it?” said a voice from the woods .Lucius looked into the shadows but couldn’t make out who it was.
“That was too easy. I could hear them arguing from across camp. Now you’re all alone. This is turning out to be entirely too easy.” Said a second voice with a hint of disappointment.
“Potter, come out like a man instead of hiding in the woods like a woman.” Lucius told them.
"No one is hiding. We're right here." Draco said steppinf from the shadows followed closely by Harry.
“Fuck.” Lucius stated simply. They glanced at each other with small smiles on their faces. This wasn’t going to be too hard.
I know it is extremely short, but I wanted to post something. I don't know when i will get another chance. School, school, school. That's basically my life at the moment. Hope you enjoyed it :]
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