Chapter 25 : St. Mungo's
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"So he doesn't remember anything?" Ginny asked.
"Well technically he does just not the last two-"
"years," Ginny finished. "So he doesn't remember being an jerk or a lying scum of the earth?"
This caused the red head on the bed to wince even though he really didn't know what he'd even done.
"But what the hell is Lavender Brown doing here?" She asked. "Or Sadie Rayne for that matter."
"Gin, I asked Sadie to come, but actually…" Hermione turned to look at Lavender. "Lavender what are you doing here?"
"I heard what happened at the pitch so I came right away." she said glaring at Hermione like as if she was stupid.
Ginny rolled her eyes at Lavender's hostility. "Okay let me rephrase it," Ginny sighed. "What is your relationship with Ron? Because if your just here… if its two years ago in his head then Hermione's the only one."
"I am, I'm…"
"Ron's latest squeeze." Sadie answered.
There were some gasps and groans.
"Ron really, Lavender Brown, did you not learn anything the first time?" Harry asked exasperated at his friend.
Lavender gave an offended gasp.
"Lavender please, not right now!" Hermione nearly shouted.
Hermione rubbed her temples. Why did this have to happen?
"Look alright Ron will be staying with us at the Burrow." Mrs. Weasley finally announced.
Everyone turned to look at her.
"Ron is my son. He has made some choices I thought that I'd taught him better than to do but he is still my son." She said adamantly. "Until the doctor says that he is right enough to take care of himself, I'll help."
"What about mine and Hermione's loft?" Ron protested finally speaking up.
They all stared at him.
"Ron you kicked Hermione out of it." Ginny answered.
"What!" Came from several different people, including the culprit himself.
"Ron what did you do?" George and Bill thundered.
"I don't… I would never!"
"Guys its okay!" Hermione came between Ron and his not so happy brothers that considered her as much of a part of the family as Gin.
"Yeah really, it's okay. Draco's taking care of her. They're temporarily sharing his loft and let me tell you…" Ginny gave a whistle. "The place is gorgeous and the view by itself is worth it even without the beautiful rooms."
"Yeah, Narcissa apparently decorated it for him."
"Really?" Ginny said contemplated. "I was thinking about redecorating Grimmauld Place… so dreary you know…"
Harry's eyes widened. "Gin."
"Well my birthday is coming up…" Ginny hinted at.
"Aunty Mione is Draco here?" Teddy said finally speaking up.
"Hmm? What do you mean Teddy?"
"Draco had to come here. Anna said he had to take a boy to the has hos." Teddy frowned not able to say hospital. "Here. He had to take the boy here. That's what Anna said."
Hermione's attention was all on Teddy. "Wait what?"
Ginny turned to look at Hermione. "I forgot. Teddy's right, Malfoy is here."
"Oh my god. What happened?"
"I don't know but Anna was saying something about a little boy that looked just like Malfoy."
"Colby." Hermione whispered.
"That's right. That's what Anna said his name was." Ginny said astonished. "Do you know him?"
"Yes, he's Draco's half brother."
"Oh my god Ginny I have to go." Hermione said frantically not hearing Ginny anymore.
"I know." Ginny said knowingly. "Go to Romeo. I'll explain it to everyone. But you better explain everything to me"
"Thank you so much." Hermione hugged Ginny and was about to hug Teddy too but the tot stopped her.
"I want to go too Aunty Mione. I want to see Draco too."
"Teddy, I can't..."
"No go ahead." Harry said. "Ron's bound to blow up really soon and I want my son to not learn certain words yet."
Hermione looked at Harry then Ginny, whom nodded. Then at Ron. He was staring at them, dazed.
"I'm sorry Ron." Hermione said barely above a whisper, avoiding his gaze, which she knew was trained on her. She picked up Teddy and got out of there as fast as she could.
"Well Gin do you want to do the honors or me?"
"Please Harry you go ahead. I'm afraid if I go, I may not stop and I can assure you that my vocabulary will be much more colorful than yours." Ginny said tightly.
Teddy gripped onto Hermione tightly as she practically jogged back to the front desk.
"Has anyone by the name Malfoy come in?" Hermione asked desperately.
"Yes, the children's ward. But I'm sorry I cannot tell you the room unless you can prove relation-"
"She's with me." A voice said behind Hermione. "Sephina Mathews, Colby Malfoy's mother. Now please tell me where my son is."
Hermione followed Sephina, the silence between them almost deafening. Teddy even acknowledged the silence, not saying a word despite his talkative personality. But he was the first one to yell when he saw his "Draco".
Draco was on one side of the corridor. Lucius Malfoy was on the other. Both were practically in the same stance. Each were leaning against the wall, arms crossed, looking everywhere but at each other.
"Draco!" Teddy happily yelled.
Both blondes looked to where the yell came from.
Draco broke into a grin, so uncommon that Hermione was momentarily stunned. So stunned that she didn't even she Draco run up to her until he literally wrapped his arms around her.
"You're here." He said sighing in relief.
"Of course." Hermione said.
"Draco you're crushing me." Teddy whispered.
Draco let go of the two of them. He took hold of Teddy and swung him. "Sorry there my favorite little munchkin."
Teddy gave an exaggerated sigh. But he didn't bother correcting Draco this time.
"Draco." Lucius Malfoy said.
All three turned to look at him.
Lucius pointed to the nurse that came out.
"Draco Malfoy?" She asked.
"Yes," Draco answered.
"If you're ready, we will start the procedure now." The nurse said.
Draco sighed. "Of course." Draco said about to leave but Hermione grabbed his sleeve before he could.
"We're coming with you."
Draco turned to look at her. "You probably shouldn't, not with Teddy at least. The procedure is not exactly anything a kid should watch."
"I'll be fine." Teddy exclaimed outraged.
Draco shook his head at the tot. "The needle they use Teddy is almost as thick as my wand." Draco showed Teddy his wand. Teddy's eyes widened then he shuddered.
"I'll be back, I promise, then you can tell me why you and Potter had to leave." Draco gave Hermione a chaste kiss on her forehead.
"So Hermione's with the Ferret now?" Ron asked just to clarify.
"I guess I must've really messed up."
George and Ginny both snorted as if saying that was the understatement of the year.
Hermione held Teddy close as she avoided eye contact with Lucius Malfoy.
"Hermione, would your son like a hot chocolate?" Sephina asked coming over to her with two steaming cups.
Hermione looked up at the blonde woman. She had a puzzled look until she realized that Sephina must've thought that Teddy was her son.
"Oh he's, Teddy's not my son. He's sort of like my nephew, and…" Hermione looked down at Teddy. "Teddy would you like a hot chocolate?"
Teddy nodded of course.
"Thank you." Hermione told Sephina as she took the drink and put Teddy down before giving it to him. "Teddy what do you say?"
"Thanks." Teddy grinned before taking a sip.
"Would you like one too?" Sephina asked Hermione.
"Um, no, no thank you." Hermione half smiled. "How are you holding up?"
"I'm, I'm…" Sephina said hesitantly. "I'm scared to death." She finally broke down. Tears that had welled up began to freely fall. "Colby's my baby. If the procedure doesn't work, I don't know what will happen. I don't even want to think what I will do. As a mother you don't want to imagine that your child will die before you. It's too cruel."
Hermione wrapped an arm around the woman's trembling frame.
"Sometimes I feel that it's my fault that this has happened. That Colby's illness is because of what I did." Sephina said collapsing to the floor this time.
Hermione's eyes widened as she saw the woman fall to her knees right in front of her. She looked up and she found herself looking at Lucius Malfy's pale horrified face as he made his way to him.
"The fates are punishing me for doing what I did to Draco and his mother. For ripping a family apart. An eye for an eye. A family for a family."
"Sephina!" Lucius cried as he held her frame to him. "Never, never say that…"
"What the hell?" Draco mumbled as he wobbled out of the room he as just in. He felt woozy from the blood loss and the bone marrow they extracted from him… yeah okay he was not going to think about it. He felt sick enough without having to remind himself of exactly what they did. He came out to see his… sperm donor embracing Sephina whom was somehow now holding Teddy in her arms, as the tot patted her back awkwardly. Hermione sat on the other side of Teddy, sitting there calmly with a mug of something as she had an uncomfortable look on her face. As if she felt him looking at her, she looked up.
"Draco!" Hermione said as she saw him, leaning against the door frame.
The three other people on the floor looked up.
Draco gave a weak wave. "What'd I miss?" he asked before Hermione ran up and embraced him.
"Draco," She said again as she ran her hand through his blonde locks.
"Yes Hermione?" Draco tried to grin but found that he didn't really have enough energy to.
"Draco?" Hermione said one more time as she looked up at him worriedly. He didn't really look so good.
Next thing, Draco's eyes rolled to the back of his head and he collapsed.
Hermione made a sound as her boyfriend collapsed on her, taking her down with him as he did so.
Draco's eyes fluttered a few times before they fully opened. The first thing he saw was that a nurse was over him. The same nurse that did the horrible procedure to him.
"You're awake. Good." The nurse said.
"I did suggest Mr. Malfoy for you to rest on the bed before going out. I do not say these things without merit." She chastised him.
Draco mumbled something unintelligible.
It was after the nurse left that he felt warmth coming from his left hand. He turned to look and found Hermione Granger, holding his hand, her cheek resting on the side of the bed.
"Hermione?" Draco asked.
Hermione, hearing her name, stirred and came awake. "Draco?" She asked sleepily.
Hermione shot up from her position. "Draco!" Hermione cried.
"You collapsed is what happened. Scared me half to death." Hermione said as she wrapped her arms around him and buried her face into the crook of his neck.
"Sorry Mione." Draco amended.
"Merlin," Hermione said before lightly whacking him. "Why do you never listen to people's instructions?" She demanded.
"Uh must be the Black genes?" He joked.
Hermione stood up and crossed her arms while arching a brow at him, not amused by his answer.
Draco sighed. "I didn't want to be in that room for another minute." Draco admitted.
Hermione's face softened as she leaned over and brushed a stray strand of hair out of his face. "You did great Draco. They had the surgery and as of twenty eight minutes ago, Colby is now stable and they think that with your donation, he may become a healthy able boy that can enjoy the fruits of a true childhood."
Draco smiled wearily.
"Only thing is Draco," Hermione winced at this part.
Draco looked at her expectantly.
"They may need you to donate for two more years, every six months, so like four more times." Hermione said sheepishly.
Draco frowned at her then the horror truly came to him. As Hermione expected, he passed out again.
"What is with him and passing out, I swear, worse than Harry even." Hermione sighed. Draco really had changed but somethings would never change. Draco Malfoy, despite growing up and maturing, when it came to pain, he really was a wuss.
Teddy sat with the Weasleys at the Burrow for dinner. He pushed his potatoes side to side.
"Teddy, eat your potatoes." Ginny admonished.
Teddy gave a small put but ate a spoonful anyway.
"What's wrong kiddo?" George asked.
"I wanted to stay with Aunty Mione at the hospital." Teddy pouted.
Ron from his seat, perked up. "What?"
"I know Teddy but Hermione needed to watch Draco and she couldn't do that and keep you entertained the whole time." Harry said.
"I could've entertained myself, I wanted to stay to make sure that Draco was okay. He didn't look so good after he had the needle as big as a wand injected in him." Teddy mumbled.
Ron tried to process what Teddy said and it made him sick. How exactly attached was Hermione to the ferret? How did Malfoy trick the kid into liking him? Every time Teddy looked at Ron, he felt the distain from the kid's eyes, even though the kid probably didn't even know what that word even was. What exactly did he do to make Hermione go running to Draco Malfoy of all people? Better yet, how was he going to win her back. He didn't know if he could live wihtout her. She really was his everyhting and he had to find a way to prove it to her.
Hermione woke up the next morning feeling refreshed and to the smell of delicious coffee… Hermione smiled as she saw the steaming cup of coffee on the small oriental table in her room. Ivy really did spoil her.
Hermione got out of bed and walked straight to the steaming mug of coffee. She inhaled the mouthwatering smell before taking a sip. Just what one needed in the morning to really wake up. She sat down on the chair as she unfurled the Daily Prophet. When she saw the headline, she wished she hadn't.
RON WEASLEY MESSAGE TO DRACO MALFOY: I CHALLENGE YOU TO A GAME OF QUIDDITCH. MY TEAM VERSUS YOURS FOR HERMIONE'S HAND.
PAID advertisement by Ron Weasley.
It was the headline. WHAT. THE. HELL!
Hermione stared at the headline for another good minute or so. She felt the rage building in her. A quidditch game for her hand? Did Ron not only lose his memory but also his brain? What the bloody hell was wrong with him? If he thought this was a romantic gesture, then he'd been hit by too many bludgers… which quite frankly probably wasn't too far off.
Hermione Granger as always, the innocent vixen or the notorious harlot?
By Rita Skeeter.
Hermione snorted as she saw the small column right under Ron's ad. Of course Skeeter would have to put in her input in there somewhere.
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