Chapter 6 : Revelation, Realization, and Relocation
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The translucent stained glass window of a snake shimmered different colors of light through the prefects’ bathroom. The light danced across Draco’s face, causing him to open his eyes and view his surroundings. He rubbed his neck since he now had a kink from his head resting backwards all night. He shivered slightly as the water had become cold overnight since Hogwarts was always a drafty place, even in the summer. Draco looked around for Gabriella as he remembered the events of last night. “Gabby?” He questioned, as he called out to her, seeing if she was present. To his dismay, there was no answer and she was nowhere to be found.
Draco sighed as his mind raced with questions and worries. He knew he had to find Gabriella to ease his troubled mind. He stepped out of the bath, using the stairs provided, and walked over to a lever, which he pulled. The water started to drain out of the bath, making gurgling noises as it did. He walked over to his clean pair of boxers and bathrobe he had brought at night, slipping them on to cover his once naked body. He walked over to the door, opened it, stepped outside, and the door closed behind him.
Draco walked the few steps it took to come back to the Slytherin common room. He uttered the password and the portrait hole opened so he stepped inside. He looked around and noticed only a couple of students were lingering, but by looking at the amount of sunlight entering through the window, he could tell it was still early. He made his way to the stairs of the boys’ dorm and stepped up them, finding the room where all the seventh year boys resided. He found his trunk next to his bed, opened it, and removed a clean set of school uniforms. Before closing his trunk, he removed the bathrobe and threw it inside, and then slid on his clean uniform.
Once Draco was dressed, he left the common room and headed to the Great Hall for breakfast. His heart raced as he worried about seeing Gabriella, not even knowing if she would be there. After a few minutes, Draco entered the Great Hall and his heart jumped as he saw Gabriella sitting at the Slytherin table. He slowly walked over, sat down next to Goyle, and stared at Gabriella. He watched her as she read a book, not even acknowledging Draco was there. After a few seconds of staring, Goyle waved his hand in front of Draco’s face. “Are you okay?” Goyle asked.
Draco quickly snapped back to reality and turned to face Goyle. “Yes. I’m just tired.” He replied, making up some excuse, which was actually half true.
Goyle nodded and continued on with the conversation. “Does it have to do with why you weren’t in bed last night?” He asked.
Draco glanced at Gabriella for a second and noticed she did not look up from her book as if she could not hear their conversation. Then, he quickly turned back to Goyle as if to not be obvious. “Yes. I fell asleep in the prefects’ bathroom by accident.” He answered, telling the truth but not giving details.
Just then, Gabriella closed her book and shoved it into her bag before she abruptly left the table. Draco saw this as his chance to talk to her so he turned to Goyle and said, “I’ll catch you later.”
Goyle nodded. “Alright.” He said with a simple reply.
Draco quickly left the table and started jogging to the main corridor outside of the Great Hall just as the owls were about to deliver the daily post. He looked to his left and saw the corridor was empty so he looked right and saw Gabriella. He ran after her and watched as she turned into a side hallway. Draco hurried to the hallway, passing statues and various paintings as he finally arrived. He saw Gabriella leaning against the wall with her bag of books lying on the floor next to her. He walked up to her and looked at her, wondering what she was thinking. “We need to talk.” He demanded in a sincere voice, which was unusual for a Malfoy and a Slytherin.
Gabriella rolled her eyes at him. “Obviously. I don’t think I would have stopped in the middle of a hallway for nothing.” She stated, being snotty about it.
Draco stood in front of her and decided to brush off her rude behavior since his brain needed answers. “Why did you just up and leave me in the bathroom?” He asked, feeling slightly hurt she had just up and left him.
Gabriella did not hesitate with her answer. “If we would have left at the same time or never came back to our dorms during the night, it would have been too suspicious.” She explained, obviously contemplating the situation and being smarter than the books she read.
Draco thought about it for a moment. “Good point, but why did we,” said Draco pausing and sighing, “I mean why did you let us do that?”
Gabriella smirked. “Oh, did I make Draco all tongue-tied?” she asked, doing the little baby voice. “Come on, Draco. Do you act this way with all the girls after you shag them?” She asked with a slight laugh.
Draco looked at her with shock because she had obviously thought he was sleeping around. “I wouldn’t know. This is the first time I’ve ever had to have a conversation like this.” He answered, seeing if she would get the point.
Gabriella’s eyes went wide as she understood exactly what he was trying to say. “You mean, you were a virgin?” She asked, seeming shocked.
Draco nodded. “Yes,” he answered. “Was I any good compared to the other guys you’ve shagged?” He asked, feeling embarrassed he was a virgin and his question sounded as if he needed an ego boost.
Gabriella started giving off an awkward vibe. “I can’t compare.” She replied, avoiding his answer.
Draco raised an eyebrow. “Why not?” He asked, really wanting to know.
Gabriella started to twirl her hair around one of her fingers and avoided his gaze. “I can’t compare if there is no one else to compare you to.” She answered, telling the truth.
Draco thought for a moment as this statement confused him. “What?” he asked, completely clueless. Then, he realized what she meant. “Oh!” he exclaimed. “So you were a virgin too?”
Gabriella just nodded as she still twirled her hair. “Then why did you let me do that last night?” Draco asked, giving her a curious look.
Gabriella stopped twirling her hair, sighed, and looked at him. “Whenever I was around you, my skin would just crawl and feel like it was on fire. I thought I hated you but I-” She explained, being cut off by Draco’s finger shushing her.
Draco removed his finger from her lips and embraced her face in his hands. “I know exactly what you mean.” He said, before pressing his lips against hers.
Gabriella put her arms around his neck, running one of her hands through his blond locks as they continued to kiss. After a couple of minutes, Draco pulled away, smiling at Gabriella. Out of the corner of Draco’s eye, he saw someone so he turned his head and saw Goyle with a blank look on his face. Gabriella turned, saw her brother, and gasped. “Greg!” She exclaimed, startled by seeing her brother and trying to figure out an explanation.
Draco figured he was screwed now. He had just kissed his best friend’s sister in front of him, not to mention shagged her too. Draco tried to come up with an explanation in his head, but he couldn’t come up with anything. He just stared at Goyle, waiting for some type of reaction. “I knew it!” Goyle shouted.
Draco and Gabriella both gave Goyle a confused look. “You know what?” Draco asked, wondering if Goyle had lost his sanity from seeing Draco kiss Goyle’s sister.
Goyle pointed his finger at them. “I knew it all along! You two had been acting different. Draco with his wanting you to join our group and asking a bunch of questions about you,” he explained, looking to Gabriella. “And Gabby actually talking to you and Snape requesting you come home with us.” Goyle stated, not making sense.
Draco and Gabriella looked at him even more confused, this time with more of a he’s-completely-lost-it look. “Huh?” Draco questioned.
Gabriella nodded. “Yeah! What’s this about him coming home with us?” She asked, looking for answers.
Goyle sighed and seemed distraught. “Apparently mum was worse then the Healers thought at St. Mungo’s. She’s in a coma and they don’t know if she will wake up.” He explained, showing a side of Goyle, which Draco had never seen before.
Draco looked at Gabriella once he heard the news and wrapped an arm around her. She seemed upset, but was obviously holding it back, possibly because she had learned to deal with it throughout the years. “It’s alright, Gabby,” he said, trying to comfort her. “But what does that have to do with me coming along?”
Goyle held up a note. “This note came once you guys left. It explained about mum, but apparently father wants us home right away. He already talked to Snape and I guess Snape told him he wanted you to come along,” answered Goyle, before he moved in closer. “I’m guessing there might be some type of Death Eater thing coming up.” He whispered.
Gabriella looked at Goyle with tearful eyes. “How are we getting there?” She asked, knowing they could not apparate on Hogwarts grounds.
Goyle shoved the note inside his robes. “Floo network. We’re to go to Snape’s office and use his fireplace right away.” He explained.
Gabriella nodded. “Alright. Let’s go then.” She demanded, picking her bag off of the floor.
Draco grabbed the bag from her and carried it for her. She gave him a slight smile and the three of them slowly made their way to the Headmaster’s office, currently where Snape resided at Hogwarts. Draco stayed by Gabriella’s side while Goyle was in the lead, directing the way. They passed many statues and several pointed arches, which showed the castle’s Gothic era, before they finally reached the statue of the phoenix.
“Veritaserum.” Draco said, stating the password since he knew it, because Snape was always keeping an eye out for him.
The phoenix statue ascended, revealing the stairs as it did. The three of them walked up the stairs, one after the other, reaching the door after several stairs. Goyle, who was still in the front, knocked on the door and heard Snape say, “Enter.”
Goyle opened the door and the three of them stepped inside, seeing the various knickknacks, which had been left behind by Dumbledore. Snape stood up from his desk and walked over to the fireplace, picking up a container of Floo Powder and looking at the three of them. “You are to leave right away.” He said in his usual undertone.
They all stepped up to Snape, waiting in a line as Goyle went first. He grabbed a handful of the powder, stepped inside, and threw the powder down shouting, “Goyle Manor!”
The green flames engulfed him and he disappeared in a flash. Gabriella stepped up, doing the exact same thing, and she also disappeared. Draco was last to go, but he stalled for a moment, as he had a lingering question. “Why am I going with them?” He asked, his curiosity getting to him again.
Snape looked at him with no reaction, which was his usual characteristic. “To keep an eye on her like the Dark Lord requested of you.” He replied with no details.
Draco nodded, feeling uneasy about the whole situation. He worried about how Goyle had seen his sister and him together. He hated the idea of being in the same house with their father, who he thought was an abusive bastard. He grabbed a handful of the powder, shouted his destination, and was engulfed by the green flames, which took him straight to the Goyle Manor, where all things would be revealed in due time.
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