Chapter 2 : Plan In Motion
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When Draco awoke the next morning his nerves were completely on edge deciding that a shower would help relax him he headed to the bathroom. He was greeted by the sight of his fiancé stepping out of the shower and wrapping herself in a towel. She hadn’t noticed him yet so he made a little cough to make himself known.
“What” she asked noticing the smirk on his face.
“Nothing, I was just thinking that if I had woken up five minutes sooner I could have joined you” he said innocently.
“Well... Not that I wouldn’t have thoroughly enjoyed that, but, it’s Tuesday and we both have meetings this morning and we’re already running late”
He furrowed his eyebrows at her and then noticed the clock it was 7:15.
“CRAP Hermione! Why didn’t you wake me up sooner? The auror staff meeting is at eight!”
“I’m sorry you just looked so tired I didn’t want to wake you. I was going to owl Harry for you when I got out and tell him you would be late.”
He already had the shower started and had soap in his hair be before she finished. He stuck his head out the shower door and sighed “I’m sorry and you’re right I am tired. I love you.”
“I love you too. You know I’m always right I don’t know why you question it” she laughed at him.
He flicked a wet hand at her getting her bare back with a few drops of water and she shrieked and he laughed closing the shower door quickly before she could retaliate.
Somehow Draco managed to walk through the doors with the auror department at 7:50. His meeting started in ten minutes and he had a few files and memos to collect from his office. Harry was talking to their secretary Emily that they shared as Head Auror and Deputy Head Auror, Draco didn’t want to interrupt and just gave them a nod and went to his office across from Harry’s.
At eight o’clock Draco was seated in the conference room in usual seat to Harry’s right and the last of the auror teams were getting settled into their seats. Seamus, Dean and Neville were the last to walk in and took seats in the back. Harry looked up as the door closed and noticed that Ron was missing from the meeting.
“Where’s Ron?” Harry asked looking at Neville. Neville shrugged and Harry looked annoyed. “Well I’m not waiting on him. Let’s get started.”
Harry started with a few general announcements; the Magical Maintenance department would be doing some work on the floor in the next week, Rita Skeeter’s press badge to the Ministry press conferences’ had been revoked again, and finally the Ministry’s Winter Ball all the men groaned and women giggled. Ron walked in at that moment and Draco looked up when he heard the door close.
“Nice of you to finally join us this morning Weasley” Draco drawled.
Harry took notice of Ron at that moment as did the rest of the room Ron’s face went red and glared at Draco. Harry proceeded with the meeting as if nothing had happened. Draco made some notes on the cases and the passed out assignments for the week to the teams. The room started to empty out and Draco and Harry gathered their papers and were making their way to Harry’s office.
“Harry” Ron yelled down the hall way. Harry nodded to Draco and open the office door to take his seat.
“What Ron?” Harry said annoyed.
“I just wanted to explain why I was late” Ron started but Harry cut him off.
“You know Ron I really don’t care why you’re late and quite honestly I’m getting tired of your excuses”
“Whatever.” He lowered his voice to a whisper “Why’s Malfoy in your office now? You haven’t changed the plan for tonight have you?”
“Ron, Draco and I have a meeting with Kingsley every week after or staff meeting in my office. If you actually paid attention you would know this.”
“Sorry, I forgot. I better go find Neville” Ron said and turned to go back to the office he and Neville shared.
Harry walked into his office and slammed the door.
“Bad morning” Harry jumped at the voice and saw that Kingsley was already seated in his office.
“Sorry, I didn’t know you were here already” Harry put a silencing charm on the room and a locking charm on the door.
“It’s all right. I think we are all a little on edge today.” Kingsley said eyeing Draco who was staring out the window.
Harry noticed his second in commands uneasiness “You look nervous.”
“Well, how would you look if were going into a mission knowing you are the bait” Draco replied tonelessly.
“We still have time to call it off if you’re not sure.”
“No, I just want to get this over with” Draco paused before he continued “Hermione knows something’s up” he admitted.
Harry and Kingsley both sighed and Harry said “If it makes you feel any better Ginny caught me coming in last night”
Kingsley laughed “I’m surprised you’re still standing.”
“You’re not the only one” Harry noticed that Draco was still uneasy. “What is it Draco? Something else is bothering you.”
Draco groaned he knew he was being ridiculous and finally shouted “I’ve been over everything and I can’t find a bloody reason!”
“A reason for what?” Harry asked shocked at the outburst.
“Why he’s doing this. What if all this really is just about how much he hates me? You know he was right pissed when you made me Deputy almost as pissed as when he found out about Hermione and I.”
“Look, you earned your place here and you know it. He’s the one who made the choice to galavant around the country for a year and a half instead of starting auror training when the rest of us did. He also made the choice to leave Hermione the way he did. He has no right to give his opinion about your and Hermione’s relationship.”
“I know. I’m just worried about her. I’m afraid he’ll do something stupider than usual tonight”
“Well, we’ll just have to make sure that he doesn’t have the chance to.”
They were positioned out side Blaise Zabini’s house waiting for Draco to arrive and Ron was getting restless.
“Will you bloody be still, might as well let the whole damn neighborhood know we’re here” Harry said in a harsh whisper. Ron grunted. Two minutes later they saw Draco walking up to the house.
“Ok here we go. Once the door closes behind him we wait two minutes and go in” Harry said to the five aurors. “Everyone knows there positions right?” They all nodded in agreement. Ron thought to himself two minutes my arse.
Draco stood at the front door to his friends house and took a deep breath before he knocked. Blaise opened the door and Draco quickly went inside and to the living room where Marcus, Theo and the two American Aurors were waiting. He nodded a greeting to the Aurors “All right we’ve got a minute and a half now” making his way across the room to get into position. Looking at his three friends he said “If you have to draw your wands you are to use shield charms only do you understand.” The three nodded and took their seats. Draco pulled Harry’s invisibility cloak out of the inside of his jacket and threw it over him self just in time for Ron to burst in to the room.
Ron hadn’t waited the two minutes before taking off for the door. He beat the others inside and ran to the living room and saw a flicker of movement in the corner but nothing was there and then realized that Malfoy was not amongst the group and suddenly realized what was happening. He heard Harry approaching behind him and screamed “I WILL NOT GO TO AZKABAN HARRY!”
Before the others could react to Ron’s statement. Ron shot a curse in the direction of the flicker of mover he had seen when he first entered the room that he now knew had to be Malfoy under Harry’s invisibility cloak. He also managed to release a couple Decoy Detonators creating complete chaos as the Aurors moved in on him.
This is exactly what Harry didn’t want to happen. Harry felt frozen in place as Ron shot a curse in what Harry assumed was Draco’s direction. He felt himself unfreeze as he saw Ron drop the Decoy detonators to the floor.
“RON NO!” Harry screamed knowing that Ron didn’t realize that they weren’t George’s regular detonators they were new more powerful ones the were ten times more explosive than the regular ones.
The explosion knocked Harry to the floor. Harry held his breath as the dust settled and he started to get up. He looked around Ron was gone. Harry kicked a broken chair next to him. “Is everyone all right?” he called and one by one his aurors started sounding off. Harry realized Draco hadn’t said anything when he heard him groan behind him. Harry relieved that he wasn’t dead started to bark orders.
“Seamus, Cormac! Sweep the perimeter of see if you can find him! Neville take Spencer and escort those three to St. Mungos to get checked out. Dean go to Draco’s and collect Hermione and meet us at St. Mungos.” He saw the three Slytherins disgruntled expressions “Sorry it’s protocol no exceptions. Burke help me with Draco.”
Harry crouched down next to Draco and helped him sit up Draco winced and cradled his arm to his chest. “You’re shoulder is bleeding” Harry said.
“No kidding” Draco groaned.
“Well at least Ron has bad aim and just got your shoulder”
“Actually, if I hadn’t moved when I did I would have gotten it square in the chest. At least I was prepared for the pain.”
“What was that curse any way? I’ve never seen anything like it” Burke asked.
“Sectumsempra and unfortunately I have felt the brunt of it before” Draco answered. “And trust me this isn’t nearly as bad as the last time.”
Harry’s face flushed remembering. Burke looked at Harry “It’s a long story” he muttered before Burke could as any questions. Burke nodded.
“Do you think you can handle apparating?” Harry asked Draco. Draco nodded yes and the two men helped him stand and Harry apparated them to St. Mungos.
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