Chapter 1 : Secret Meeting
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Draco Malfoy paced in front of the fireplace in the library of Malfoy Manor he didn’t like being there it brought back too many unwelcome memories, but, the Manor was the best place for this meeting no one would find them here. The library was mostly empty except for a few pieces of furniture and the bookcases which were mostly empty now he had moved most of the books to his new home he shared with his fiancé in muggle London. The the POP of someone apparating into the room broke the silence Draco turned to see who had arrived.
“Been waiting long?” Harry Potter said as a greeting.
“No, only about ten minutes. I could alter the wards here in my sleep.”
“No trouble getting away then?”
“Surprisingly no. She was having a bad day anyway and took a sleeping draft not long after dinner.”
Harry raised an eyebrow about to ask a question but Draco beat him to it.
“It’s not what you think she’s been doing really well with that lately hasn’t had to take her potions in more than a week. She had a stressful day at work something about somebody not filing something properly and it’s about that time in the month if you get my meaning” Draco rolled his eyes and added “I’m surprised you’re the first here.”
Harry nodded that yes he under stood. “I almost wasn’t my wife is so bloody nosy I should have had Kreacher put sleeping draft in here pumpkin juice at dinner. I had to wait until she, Teddy and James were asleep before I could leave.”
Harry started to say something else but he was interrupted by two more POP’s two more of there group had arrived.
“Dean, Seamus. Only waiting on Kingsley now.” Harry said and the others nodded.
As if on que the Minister of magic apparated into the room. “Good everyone’s here. Let’s get this meeting over with.”
None of them wanted to be having this meeting but it was necessary they finally had all their pieces in place but catch the leak in the Auror department.
“Does he know that we are on to him?” Seamus asked
“We don’t think so.” Harry responded cautiously.
“We don’t have room for error in this!” Kingsley shouted. Causing the four men to jump.
“I know, I’ve kept him convinced that we think Draco is the leak I’m just hoping our story holds up. There are a few outside variables that we can’t control” Harry said trying to remain calm.
“How have you managed to keep him convinced that you think it’s Draco?” Kingsley asked.
“We made sure that he over heard some information at the pub a few weeks ago about a weekly meeting Blaise Zabini’s home.”
“Is there any truth to that?”
“Yes there is actually” Draco spoke up “A few of us meet there and hang out every Tuesday night. Don’t give me that look Kingsley. It’s just beer and poker and we’re usually done around eleven. We’ve all been there at one time or another” referring to the other three men.
“Ok then. What did he do with this information?” Kingsley asked.
“He brought it to Seamus and I actually” Dean said. “We said that we would help him verify the information before bringing it to Harry. So, we staked out the house the following Tuesday and made sure that he saw Marcus Flint, Theo Nott and Draco enter the house. That was enough for him and took it to Harry the next morning”
“And how did you proceed after that?”
“Well he wanted to hull Draco in to interrogation as soon as he walked into the office that morning but I convinced him that we needed to catch him in the act of having a Death Eater meeting. He went on for almost an hour about how Hermione wasn’t safe now and that we need to move her out of the house and that she would be safer with him.” Harry explained.
At that last statement Draco’s eyes darkened and his jaw stiffened. “How did you get him off it?” he asked.
“I told him that Hermione moving out suddenly would make you suspicious and reminded that she is perfectly capable of taking care of herself” Harry answered.
“So, give me the plan details.” Kingsley said sounding exhausted.
Harry took a deep breath before he started. “We will have an auror team stationed outside the house that will include Dean, Seamus, Neville, Cormac and myself. Draco will enter the house where he will meet Zabini, Flint, and Nott as well as two aurors. Those of us on the outside will follow into the house two minutes after Draco giving him time to position himself under my invisibility cloak and in a space out of the way.”
“First question. What if he recognizes the two aurors?”
“Not a chance” Harry stated firmly. “I pulled in aurors from the American Ministry Neal Burke and Sean Spencer.”
Kingsley nodded his approval. “Do you expect him to go quietly?”
“Honestly. No I don’t. I don’t expect full blown chaos, but, no I don’t expect him to go quietly. We expect that once he enters the room and doesn’t see Draco and he’ll try to cause some kind of distraction to make it seem like we were the ones set up and turn it into an ambush.” Harry said much too calmly for anyones liking.
“I just don’t get what his motive is.” Seamus said plainly.
They all sat there a moment wondering the same thing that was the only real piece to the puzzle that they were missing. None of them wanted to believe that Ron Weasley hated Draco Malfoy that much that he would risk going to Azkaban for it.
Draco broke the silence with a groan and rubbing the heels of his hands over his tired eyes. “We’ll as much as I would like to believe that it was all about me I don’t really think it is honestly.
“I agree” Harry said “I think you and Hermione getting engaged was the what made him snap. Not that I don’t want to know what triggered it but I’ll worry about that later.”
“Do you really expect him to confess once he’s in custody?” Dean asked.
“I hope he does, but, if not that’s what veritaserum is for” Harry responded dully.
“It seems like you have this in order I say we break up this little party and get home and get some sleep tomorrow will be a long day” Kingsley said.
The five men said said goodnight and once Draco was alone again he replaced the wards around the manor and apparated home.
It was quite when Draco apparated into his kitchen he sighed with relief that Hermione hadn’t woken up and realized he was gone. He checked the glowing clock over the stove it was 12:30 now. He hung his jacket on its hook by the door and toed off his Converse so that they didn’t squeak on the stairs. He cracked open the bedroom and slid into the room and made his way to the bathroom to brush his teeth and throw his clothes in the hamper. As he slipped into bed Hermione stirred and she mumbled his name as she slept. He smiled and kissed her cheek. She snuggled up to him and he drifted off trying not to think about tomorrow.
Harry thought he was safe when he apparated into his home he made his way to the kitchen he reached to turn on the lights but they came on before his hand reached the switch.
“What the bloody hell Ginny are you trying to give me a heart attack?” Harry shouted.
Ginny Potter glared at her husband from the other side of the kitchen.
“Where have you been?” she asked to calmly for Harry’s liking.
Harry knew he had to give some of the truth growled in frustration at his wife.
“I had an auror meeting and yes I had reason’s for not telling you about it.” Harry said firmly. “You didn’t need to know about it and you won’t repeat to anyone that I had a meeting in the middle of the night. Got it Ginny.”
Ginny could tell by his tone that it was serious and he needed her to trust him on this. She sighed and put her arms around his waist and hugged him. He hugged her back. “I’m sorry I just woke up and you weren’t here. I got nervous.”
“I’m sorry Gin but you know I can’t always tell you about what goes on at work.”
“Come on let’s go to bed.”