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Chapter 19 : An Interrogation
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She felt the presence of her little baby, and knew that she had to change this crazy act. No more Ron, he had cheated on her and that’s how it should stay, them apart.
Draco Lucius Malfoy is the man she loves, the ex-Death Eater, the ex-enemy of her’s, none of that mattered anymore the past was the past. She wanted to be with him if he was really changed. But had he really changed? Or is it an act?
Draco awoke to his mother at his bedside glaring down at him.
“Draco, we need to talk!” She snarled at him.
Draco, after jumping at her voice and woke up, sat up and looked at his mum, “What about?”
“Granger. They are concerned and want to speak with you but don’t worry I won’t let them hurt you. Come downstairs at once, please.” Narcissa said with panic obvious in her voice.
“They?” Draco asked with a frown, he only could guess what they meant. But weren’t they all in Azkaban? No... it couldn't be them.
Draco felt nervous about what was waiting for him downstairs, how could he not, this was what he had been fearing ever since he started being interested in Hermione in public. His mum was not one to not let people come into the household, no matter who they are. But she wouldn’t let anyone kill him if she could control it.
Great… how did they escape?
Draco sent his mum out so he could get dressed and then walked down the stairs to meet her in the drawing room.
To his horror some of the old Death Eaters were sitting at the long black table that they had their last meeting with Voldemort when the professor from Hogwarts was murdered before his eyes to his horror, Ms. Charity Burbage.
The lights were dimmed and there were only about five of them to his fortune, he feared the whole lot had broken out just to come torment him about Hermione; luckily that was not the case.
The ones who had been captured and sent to Azkaban and were in hiding after recently breaking out were all sitting in front of him.
The Carrows were the closest to the seat in which he was signaled over to sit in, siblings Amycus and Alecto, Alecto Carrow’s husband had died in the wizarding war so he was not present and Blaise Zabini with his father sat near the end of the table and another whom he didn’t recognize sat by his mum, he looked a little like Dolohov but he couldn’t be sure.
This felt like a horrible flash back of Draco’s old life, like a night mare.
All of them looked seriously into Draco’s eyes. Alecto Carrow spoke first, “We are happy to see you again Draco, we recently broke out of Azkaban and I am quite sure they don’t even know yet except for the few guards that discovered it because of the lovely memory charm, I reckon the rest of us will break out soon. We are here because we are a concerned family… is it true that you are now with none other than Hermione Granger the mudblood?”
Draco looked her dead in the eyes, which were a threatening black. “Yes, it’s true,” Draco stated, glaring right back at her without any sense of fear.
“Isn’t she part of the “Golden Trio” with Potter?” Her brother, Amycus spat in disgust.
“Well, that was the name of the three of them back when the war was going on, but she no longer is involved with Ron Weasley and not even much with Harry Potter,” Draco told them in a threatening voice.
Zabini grunted, “That’s not what I saw!”
“Shut up Blaise, that was rubbish! Don’t even speak to me!” Draco said to his ex-friend in anger. Blaise’s father glared at Draco threateningly.
“Is she really pregnant with your child? And the child will be half-blood?” Asked Alecto, who was squinting her black eyes with a disappointed look.
“Yes, it is my child, we slept together and she is my girlfriend so nothing is wrong with that, and there’s nothing wrong with my child being half-blood!” Draco said rolling his eyes. “Didn’t this end in the past with the war?” Draco snarled at the group, getting up and slamming his chair into the table.
“You are not a traitor, Draco Malfoy!” Blaise’s father said to Draco, “You are Lucius’s son, and he will be very disappointed in you for this!”
“I guess I am a traitor to you all because I am not leaving the one I love because of this stupid and old, useless rubbish you lot still have going on, Voldemort’s dead, the war’s over! Get that through your ruddy thick heads, he isn’t here to protect you and you can’t do anything or you will be put back into Azkaban! I am dating a muggle-born get over the facts of it and piss off! And screw my father and the worthless man he is!” With that Draco walked out of the house and apparated before they could stop him while Alecto Carrow and Dolohov put down their wands, which they were about to use to kill Draco out of anger, but Narcissa gasped and told him, “Not my son! He doesn’t mean it! Please believe me!”
“Lucius will want to hear about this,” Dolohov hissed at Narcissa.
“My son can love who he likes, he is his own person,” Spat Narcissa back at them.
“Yes, but he is not a part of us anymore, he must be killed, or banned,” Alecto said, “we certainly don’t want to kill Draco, we care for him as though we are all family.”
“Well, Alecto, he wasn’t a part of this anymore anyway. The war had changed him greatly… I had never seen such change in my son as I have the past year.”
“Enough, he will not be a Death Eater any longer if we ever get our lot going again, especially if he has a half-blood child and a mudblood of a girlfriend! We do not want to hear the unnecessary details, Narcissa, spare us!” Dolohov yelled with venom in the words he spoke, “You know your son is now a disgrace! And he can join us still but I never want to see that piece of dirt he calls his girlfriend or I will kill her! He better leave her!”
Draco knocked on Ginny and Harry Potter’s door, still trembling from the anger the death eaters put into him. Harry answered looking at him in shock at his unexpected visitor, “Malfoy, are you here to see Hermione? Are you okay?”
“Yes, but Potter, I want you to know that a few Death Eaters are at large again, I was put on trial today just for being with Granger, I mean Hermione and they are non-threatening and weak, but are still there, apparently they broke out of Azkaban again!” Draco stated to Harry without a breath, not believing he just turned the people he used to call family in and it didn’t bother him a bit. Even though he never really was a part of it.
Harry blinked and looked at Draco, “Erm, thanks mate for the information. I will report it once I get back to work, do you know who?”
Draco paused, thinking, he didn’t even really pay attention to the faces, “The Carrows, that’s all I remember, and the Zabinis, Dolohov, they escaped… they just pissed me off and they tried to kill me so I left.”
Did Potter just call me mate? Draco thought to himself as Harry invited him to sit on their couch when he went to fetch Hermione.
Ginny was cooking pot-roast and vegetables for them for lunch and it smelled amazing.
Hermione walked out of her bedroom with sweat pants and a loose t-shirt on.
“Hi Draco, what brought you here?” She asked walking toward him, not smiling even though she was happy to see him.
“Hey Hermione, I need to speak with you,” Draco told her, standing up and hugging her which she rejected.
“Okay,” Hermione agreed. The couple went onto the front porch, funny this was where she always ended up talking.
“Hermione, I hope you got my text last night because I meant it. I love you, and it doesn’t matter what Blaise thinks or the rest of the ex-Death Eaters, I could care less, I am so done with them, I have been since the war. It just took today to realize it for sure…”
“Draco, I just hope you don’t get into trouble and that you really have changed!” Hermione said with her eyes filled with worry.
“Hermione, I have. I swear! And they came and interrogated me this morning, I got up and left and Alecto Carrow and Dolohov tried to kill me but my mum screamed at him and he was too late because I apparated out of there telling them Voldemort’s gone and to basically grow up,” Draco told Hermione, feeling a bit proud of himself, before he would never have stood up to some of Voldemort’s most loyal followers like the Carrows and Dolohov. But Voldemort is dead, what would he have to worry about?
“Well, I am proud of you, you must be changed, you aren’t just saying that,” Hermione said, and then she gave him a quick kiss and smiled, happy for this somewhat proof after yesterday.
“I was asked to join the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts office, Arthur Weasley asked me,” Hermione told Draco.
“Excellent! Are you going to take it?”
“Erm not sure, I may get really tired… because I help the Aurors out too…and I will only get bigger, I may just wait until after we have the baby, or finish my half-way done Auror training and just be an Auror,” Hermione told him, looking down at her growing bigger by the day belly.
He looked at it too, “Wow, I can’t believe that’s my baby in there!” Draco said with a smile, “I am scared but excited at the same time!”
“Me too! Next week we will get to find out if it’s a boy or girl, I already think I know what the baby is though, I keep dreaming it’s a girl,” Hermione giggled, sitting on the rocking bench. Then they heard a sharp crack not far from them.
“I am so happy for you guys!” Drawled a deep voice in obvious, mocked annoyance. Ron Weasley stepped onto the porch, eyeing Malfoy as he did.
“What are you doing here Malfoy?” Ron asked with narrowing eyes.
“He’s my boyfriend Ron, did you forget?” Hermione sneered.
“No, not hardly, oh and sorry for kissing you yesterday, that must have been a mistake, especially if you guys are back together and you kissed me back!” Ron said snidely to Hermione, glancing at Malfoy and then walking in the house fighting the urge to throw a curse at Malfoy.
“Did you really kiss him?” Draco asked in a low, angry tone, his gray eyes darkening.
“He kissed me, but then I told him to go away! He’s so immature for bringing that up! It was nothing!” Hermione said desperately, she couldn’t take Draco being mad at her again.
He wasn’t mad, “I was un-necessarily mean to you yesterday and you were hurt and not thinking straight, especially with those and because he heard we went on a break he came here to try and get you back. Of course…”
Hermione nodded and then leaned in to kiss him, “Thanks for not being mad, because I really was not thinking clearly yesterday. I thought you were going back into your old ways and that made me terrified.”
Draco hugged her to him, “Never… I am staying the new man I am, and I will care for you and my child in the right way. I will never be anything like my father again. I will never question it again after this morning, besides I think they’ll ban me anyway.”
“No you won’t Draco, you were never like your father and never will be,” Hermione whispered in his ear and then kissed it.
Ron was watching from inside through the window, “Damnit, I was for sure that would work.”
“What?” Asked Harry questionably.
“I told Hermione I am sorry I kissed her yesterday, and that ferret git isn’t even mad at her!”
“Did you really kiss her?” Harry asked.
Ron nodded and smiled.
“Oh Ronald! Way to mess with her mind!” Ginny scolded him, stomping her foot in anger.
“Sorry, I meant the kiss Ginny and she did kiss me back, I wasn’t lying,” Ron said frowning and going away from the window and to start getting food.
“She’s pregnant and hormonal and you just mess with her like she’s a dog or something!” Ginny yelled at him.
“Maybe he is not such a bad guy…” Ron whispered to Harry who joined him at the buffet line, ignoring his sister’s last comment.
Harry just shrugged, “Just be friends with her again already! Just friends!”
“That’s how it’s going to have to be, but I can’t stop loving her,” Ron said looking at Hermione again, who was smiling up at Draco happily. “I want that back,” He mumbled miserably watching still.
“Mate, that’s life sometimes! You are with Lavender, try and see that and try and make it happen and not in your office at work, because you both are about to be suspended for that nonsense. Not by me but by the other Auror members!”
Ron just laughed, “Whatever mate. I have to try to make it somehow.”
"Well... mate, that doesn't mean you have to 'try and make it' in my Auror office!" Harry said, grinning.
“Well, then we would have another person pregnant, won’t we?” Ginny joked. Ron just glared at her.
Hermione grabbed Draco’s hand and led him inside to the food line making it obvious that she was not bothered by Ron’s comment outside. Ron was trying his best to ignore her now.
“You should bring Lavender over sometime,” Hermione told Ron mockingly as he passed her to go to the table.
He gave her a deathly glare and sat next to Ginny and James.
“Enough about her, Harry… and Hermione!” Ron spat at them.
"But Weasley, you have the guts to kiss my girlfriend? Why don't you want to talk about her? Don't you owe some apology to her for kissing other men's women?" Draco snarled.
Ron stood up and threw a wand at his cheek. Harry was too fast and pushed Ron away, "Quit! Or I will have you suspended from work!"
"Fine, but this damn git deserves it! He seems to forget she was my fiancee first, when she hated him!" Ron bellowed, hating the fact that Harry was his boss.
"Shut up Weasleby! You screwed that up, didn't you?" Draco spat back.
Ron lunged for Draco but Harry got the best of him again.
"Ron, STOP!" Harry yelled.
"Fine!" Ron screamed back.
The group finished their dinner and Ron was gone right after his last bite after saying bye to Ginny and Harry and glaring at Hermione and Draco. But Harry insisted they leave to the Ministry at once to sort out finding the Death Eaters that broke out of Azkaban again and before Ron left, he agreed to go.
The only reason why Harry wasn’t worried was because they have no one to answer to anymore now that Voldemort is gone and therefore is not too much of a threat. But they need to take care of it as soon as possible.
Ron was truly trying to not see Hermione and Draco together and he needed to get out of there as fast as possible before someone was cursed or even killed.
Hermione didn’t care Ron rudely left without a word to her. She was pissed at him for mentioning the kiss in front of Draco, and he had no right to do that, especially if he is supposedly fancying Lavender Brown again and courting her right in front of Hermione’s face.
She felt the little friendship that they had built again was torn down when they kissed and tonight when Ron faced Draco again.
The table was silent most of the dinner until Ginny decided to strike up a conversation about the left over death eaters who were at Draco’s that morning. Draco told the girls the whole story, and Ginny was impressed.
“You said that in front of them for Hermione? To Alecto and Amycus Carrow?” Ginny asked him in awe.
“Yes, I did, I will not let them control my love life too, the war is over,” Draco stated as Hermione beamed at him.
“Malfoy, that’s impressive! Hermione, you must have caught a good catch,” Ginny laughed, winking at her best friend.
Draco smiled back, but what was mostly on his mind was that his father might be coming home soon if Potter didn’t stop the break-out and he would be dead.
“It will be okay, Harry will catch them, don’t worry he always does. He is the best Auror they have ever had,” Hermione said about her best friend, noticing her boyfriend’s worried face and assuring him.
Draco sure hoped so, he had never been on Potter’s side before, and this was different but kind of nice in a way. He could never imagine himself being on his father’s side again. But he had a feeling he would have to make that choice again soon.. if he had a choice.
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