Chapter 7 : Back to Work
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Tuesday morning came and neither Draco or Hermione was thrilled to be going back to work they had enjoyed their weekend too much. They sat at their kitchen table and went over their schedules for the week while they ate breakfast. This was the only time during their week that they talked about work at home. They had made a rule early on in their relationship that they didn’t talk about work at home unless it was absolutely necessary.
“Ok this week isn’t really that bad work wise” Hermione said as she looked over her date book. “We’re busy, but, it doesn’t look like we’ll actually be at work that much.”
“Well, we have a half day tomorrow. You have your follow-up on your shoulder to get cleared to full auror duty.”
It’s about bloody time he thought. “I thought that wasn’t until later in the afternoon?”
“It’s not. I figured we could go out to lunch before the appointment.”
“Ok. You don’t have to go with me though.”
“Yes I do, because if I don’t you’ll probably try to bully the healer into clearing you for duty even if you’re not ready.”
“Fair enough” he grumbled. She had a point though he was determined to be cleared for field work being behind that desk everyday was starting to get to him. “Well, what else do we have?”
“Thursday is the meeting for all the department head. Are you going with Harry?”
“It will depend on what’s going on that day, but, more than likely I will be.”
“Friday I have another half day and you have to leave no later than four.”
“The party for Pansy’s new boutique is Friday night!”
He forgot about that but decided to be a smart ass anyway. “What new boutique?” Hermione smacked him upside the head. “Ow! I was kidding!”
“Sure you were.”
“Do I really have to go?”
Hermione stood up from the table, taking their dishes to the sink. “Come on it’s 7:50 we better get going or you’ll be late.”
“I wouldn’t be late if you hadn’t ambushed me in the shower.”
“You weren’t complaining about it earlier.”
“I’m not complaining just stating a fact.” Draco’s mobile buzzed on the table.
“Who is it?”
“Text from Harry.” he picked it up to read it.
HARRY: When the bloody hell are you going to get here?
DRACO: I’ll be there in a minute I was delayed... don’t get your wand in a knot.
HARRY: What do you mean delayed?
HARRY: ARRG! Never mind I don’t need to know
DRACO: Good, because I didn’t want to share the details of shagging my wife in the shower this morning.
HARRY: SO DIDN’T NEED TO KNOW THAT
DRACO: What did you want that couldn’t wait until I got there?
HARRY: Is Hermione still with you?
DRACO: Yes we just finished breakfast.
HARRY: Just come straight to my office when you get here.
DRACO: All right I should be there in about 10 minutes
“Where did you learn to text so fast?” Hermione asked.
He shrugged. “It’s easier with this pie-phone you got me.”
“It’s an iPhone.”
“Whatever it’s easier to use than the old one I had.”
“Ok. Are you ready to go?”
Draco walked into Harry’s office ten minutes later just as he said he would.
“What’s going on that’s so important that I couldn’t go to my own office first.” Draco asked not hiding his annoyance.
“You’re going to want to sit down for this” Harry said as he pulled the files from Dudley out of his desk and tossed them on top.
Draco pulled out one of the chairs across from Harry and sat. “What are these?” he asked picking up the files.
“Take a look.” There was a knock at the office door. “Come in.”
In walked Dean and Seamus carrying a stack of files of their own.
“Where are these pictures from?” Draco asked.
“Long story.” Harry answered.
“But the necklace? It’s locked up in our evidence vault at Gringotts.”
“That’s what we thought too.” Dean interrupted. “We pulled and inventory like you asked Harry and I’m sorry, it’s not the only item missing.”
“What else is missing?” Harry and Draco asked simultaneously.
“Four items including the necklace. A pocket watch, a bracelet, a ring and the necklace.”
“Oh, but it gets better” Dean said sarcastically. “All the items were at some point in possession by a member of the Malfoy family.”
“You’ve got to be kidding me.” Draco groaned. He had turned over all questionable Malfoy family heirlooms the day his father went to Azkaban and he hasn’t thought about them since.
“Sorry mate he was totally trying to set you up.” Seamus said as he laid his stack of files on the desk.
“So what are these files?” Harry asked.
“They are all the dark object cases that were assigned and closed under Ron’s name. All of them say that the item was located and put into evidence. Obviously the items aren’t there.”
Harry was looking over one of the files as Seamus spoke we saw the approval signature on the bottom and groaned.
“What?” asked Draco.
“It’s your signature”
Draco took the file and looked at the signature. It looked like his signature, but, something wasn’t right about it. “Are you sure it looks too... perfect”
“You’re right. It was forged. The muggle way” Seamus answered. “We’re figuring that - that Foster guy was creating all of the false documents for him.”
“But, having a muggle forge wizard documents would be a violation of the Statute of Secrecy.”
“It would if Foster was muggle, but, he’s a squib and - “ Seamus was cut off by a knock on the office door.
“Come in” Harry said.
Emily walked in. “I’m sorry to interrupt, but, I just received a note from Mrs. Malfoy’s office and she and Mrs. Potter will be down in twenty minutes to collect you. She also said that you both probably won’t be back in the office today.”
“Thank you, Emily” Draco said dragging a hand down his face.
When Emily closed the door Dean and Seamus erupted in laughter.
“I don’t get what’s funny” Harry said looking to Draco for an explanation. Draco just shrugged.
“You two so are whipped!” Seamus said trying to compose himself.
“Are not!” Harry and Draco both said.
“Oh, you are too” Dean had stopped laughing and started collecting the files from Harrys desk. “But, I don’t blame you, your wives can be bloody terrifying when they want to be you’re probably safer that way.”
“Just get all this stuff out of here I don’t want Ginny and Hermione seeing.” Harry said pushing the files away. Five minutes later Seamus and Dean left the office. Harry looked at Draco “You know you’re wife can be really bossy.”
“No kidding.” Draco said with half a laugh as he went to his office to wait for Hermione.
Draco heard Hermione and Ginny coming down the hall, he grabbed his jacket and briefcase and met them. He gave Hermione a quick kiss before Harry walked out his door. “So, why am I being dragged from my office today without my consent?”
“I got a call from Pansy, our dresses are ready for the party on Friday and we thought that we would go pick them up then go to lunch together.”
“If you’re picking up dresses then why do Harry and I have to go? And wouldn’t you rather it be just you girls for lunch?”
“Do you not want to spend the afternoon with your wife?”
“Of course I do!”
“That’s what I thought. Besides we’re also going to pick out a new shirt and tie for you that matches my dress so we match at the party.”
Draco grumbled and Harry laughed.
Ginny gave Harry a look. “I don’t know what you think you’re laughing at you’re going to the party too.”
Now it was Draco’s turn to laugh. Harry left directions with Emily for while they are out that Dean and Seamus were in charge and to call his or Draco’s mobile if there was an emergency.
“Where are we going anyway?” Harry asked as they stepped on to the lift.
“Oh, we’re flooing to our house and I figured Draco would drive since her shop is in muggle London.” Hermione answered.
Draco parked his Range Rover and opened the door for Hermione and they all made their way inside Pansy’s shop.
“OH! YOU’RE HERE!” Pansy shrieked when she saw the group come in. “The dresses are in the back let me go get them.” Two minutes later she was back with two garment bags. She handed one each to Hermione and Ginny and directed them to the dressing rooms.
“Place looks great Pans.” Draco said giving his friend a hug.
“Thanks! I’m so excited. I hope this place does as well as my other one in Diagon Alley.”
“It will be great, don’t worry about it.” Draco said reassuringly. “Where’s Blaise?”
“Oh, He’ll meet us at the restaurant for lunch.”
Hermione stepped out of the dressing room first, “Pansy this dress is amazing.” The dress was strapless and a dusty pink that came to just above her knees.
“You look beautiful, love.” Draco said kissing her cheek.
“Ginny what’s taking so long.” Pansy yelled towards the dressing room.
“I’m coming” Ginny called back stepped out. If Harry’s jaw could have literally hit the floor it would have.
“Am I brilliant or what?!” Pansy said.
“Ginny you look amazing.” Harry said
It was a long ivory strapless dress with a with pinky-orange flower on it that looked like it was painted with water colors.
“Ok, go get changed back you two then we can head to lunch” Pansy ordered.
Blaise greeted them outside the restaurant for lunch.
“Hey, mate how’s the shoulder?” Blaise asked Draco as he held the door open.
“It’s fine. I just wish the healer would clear me for field duty already.” Draco grumbled.
“Oh, I don’t know. I kind of like you having to do the paper work all the time. I might have to send an owl to St. Mungos asking them to hold off for a few more months.” Harry said.
Draco growled and gave Harry a little shove and the girls giggled as the waiter lead them to their table. As they all took their seats none of them noticed the red haired man at the bar watching them.