Chapter 24: One Week
Cassie decided to stay over... as she had every night for the last week.
“Cass, you might as well move in,” I joked, finding her in my bed again.
“Well, I've been meaning to talk to you about that,” she said. “Your place is nicer than mine, and we've been together for nearly two years now. Do you think we should?”
I wasn't surprised that she'd brought it up first. Cass was ballsy.
“I think you've already made your mind up and I won't change it,” I smirked.
“Good,” she smiled. “Because I already gave up the lease on my flat.”
An owl fluttered through the window.
I got sorted into Ravenclaw! I'm pretty chuffed, I didn't want to end up in Slytherin.
Anyway I'm tired, so I'm going to bed now. Al, Rose and Roxanne all got sorted into Ravenclaw too.
I smiled. I was immensely proud of my brother.
I passed the letter to Cassie, and she smiled too. “Carrying on the Black tradition of defying the ancestors, I see.”
I kissed her and there was a knock on the door.
My Dad was stood there when I opened it.
“Dad!” I said, beaming. “Did you hear? Scorpius is in Ravenclaw!”
“Yeah, I heard,” he said distractedly. “Can I come in?”
I let him in.
“I left Astoria,” he blurted out suddenly. “Things haven't been right, not for a long time. Not since that day in Diagon Alley when I remembered everything.”
“Does Scorp know?” I asked.
“No. He has no idea.”
“What about Mum?”
“No. No one knows but you.”
“Dad, you have to tell Mum.”
He looked agitated. “I can't! What if she chooses Alexis over me?”
“She won't,” I said. I knew she wouldn't. “I know she loves you, more than Alexis.”
“I, I can't -”
“No,” I said, “We're going to tell her. Now.” I grabbed him and disapparated.
“Mum!” I yelled through the house when everything rematerialised.
“Which one?” Alexis joked, coming out of the kitchen. “Oh. Draco.”
Mum poked her head out of the kitchen too. “Draco?”
I made us all sit down around the kitchen table.
“What's going on?” Alexis asked bluntly.
“I left Astoria,” Dad said. “Scorpius doesn't know yet.”
Silence. Not good. Alexis looked like she was about to kill him.
“I know that this is an awful thing to ask,” Dad began, looking at Mum desperately. “But I love you. I always have. I always will. I know that you're the one for me. Please -”
“No,” Alexis snarled.
“Lexi,” Mum warned. “It's my decision.”
“He left you!” she yelled. “I brought your fucking son up because he wasn't there!”
I stood up. “That's enough, Alexis. I know you love Mum, and I know you're hurting because she loves Dad more than you, but you can't keep them apart. Not with the way they feel about each other.”
“And how would you know?” she snapped back at me.
“Because I felt it,” I shouted. “I felt it when I was a baby. I felt it when he left. I saw what happened in my head. You know what she's been like, all these years. It's because she's not been with him. Mum deserves a chance to be truly happy.”
“And what about me? What about what I want?”
“Don't you want her to be happy?”
“All I see is the three of you wanting to be a happy family. Well fine. I'm not going to stop you. I'm going. I've had enough of this charade. I've had enough of the last two years. I was there for you,” Alexis snapped at Mum. “While he fucked off. And you're going to go running back to him like nothing happened.”
She stormed out.
Mum put her head on the table. “Fuck.”
“May I weigh in?” I said.
“Go the fuck ahead.”
“I've been watching both of you for the last two years. It's obvious that you love each other a stupid amount. Nothing will ever change that, so to be honest, I don't know why you've been trying to be noble and fight it, just for the sake of other people. It's ok to be selfish once in a while.”
Mum looked at Dad. “Are you sure about this?”
He smiled. “Positive.”
“You asked me to change you. Do you still want that?”
“Daisy, I'd do anything to be with you and Angel. You know that. That's not even a question. So bloody bite me already!”
I laughed. My life was perfect now. I finally had my Dad back, I had a little brother who was brilliant, I had several million cousins and the most perfect girlfriend in the world. Who I'd left in my bed.
“I'll leave you to it,” I smirked, apparating out.
I threw myself at him, and kissed him.
He laughed. “That's not biting.”
I'd looked into the transformation process, and how it worked. For a full vampire, there was a ritual involved. But that meant that Draco wouldn't be able to go out in the day, and his magical powers would disappear. And he'd lose his soul. But for a part vampire... all I had to do was bite and wait for a week.
I could get everything arranged in a week.
“I love you, Draco,” I said. “You'll be asleep for a week, but I promise that I'll be right by your side when you wake up, and then we can spend the rest of our lives together.”
He smiled. I bit him. He collapsed.
I carried him upstairs, and laid him on the bed. Alexis was still packing.
“I'm sorry,” she sighed. “For keeping you from him.”
“I'm sorry for loving him.”
“You know you'll always be my best friend, right?”
I smiled. “I know. Besides, you'll always be Angel's second mum.”
She grabbed the last of her things, and disapparated.
I got to work straightaway. I had enough money saved up, and Alexis and I had been planning on moving anyway. I grabbed Draco and apparated to Godric's Hollow.
I looked at the little bungalow I'd bought the day before. It was mine now. Well, ours.
I worked for a solid week furnishing and decorating it.
Eventually Draco's eyes fluttered open. Seeing him now, the difference was obvious. He was a lot paler, and his eyes were a solid black from thirst. His teeth were whiter and sharper. He looked younger, around twenty, instead of thirty seven. I gave him a pint of synthetic blood, and when he'd finished it, his eyes were back to their usual grey.
“Hey beautiful,” he smiled at me.
“Hey,” I replied, smiling back. “You look hot.”
He looked around in confusion. “Where are we?”
“Our new place.”
“Yeah. Ours.” I took his hand and showed him around.
When we arrived in our bedroom, Draco strode over to the mirror. I stood beside him. We were finally together. We looked good together. Actually, we looked bloody great together.
He scooped me up into his arms and took me to the bed, and kissed me. Hard. Harder than he ever had. I responded with the same force. I didn't have to be careful not to bite him now.
My first week at Hogwarts went by quickly. I enjoyed my lessons. I enjoyed Al, Rose and Roxy's company. I enjoyed planning pranks on Freddie and James, and gossiping about the rest of the Weasley cousins.
It was the Tuesday of my second week when Professor Flitwick came to me at breakfast, saying that he'd like to see me after I finished lessons that afternoon.
I was worried. Was I failing something?
Al noticed my expression. “You'll be fine. I bet he just wants to check in to see how you're doing.”
“Really?” I said, reassured.
“Honestly Scorp,” Rose said. “You're a Ravenclaw. Ravenclaws don't fail anything. Besides, it's only the second week. They probably don't even know where your strengths and weaknesses are yet.”
“Hmmm. I suppose.” It was hard to argue with Rose and her logic.
I pushed my worries to the back of my mind as we went to our lessons. I was good at that.
The last lesson of the day was Charms, and Professor Flitwick held me back, and took me to his office.
Mum was in there.
“Mum? What are you doing here?”
“Scorpius, sit down.”
I sat. Flitwick left to give us some privacy.
“Your father and I...”
I knew it.
“He's left us hasn't he?” I asked bluntly.
“Not us. Just me,” Mum smiled sadly. “You won't understand this yet Scorpius, but when you love someone, and I mean truly love someone, like your dad loves Daisy, you'd do anything in the world for them.”
I wasn't sure what to say. I wasn't even sure what to feel.
“He's here. He'd like to see you, if you'd let him. And Angel's here too.”
I nodded. Mum got up and left, and Dad and Angel came in.
Dad had changed. He looked... like a vampire.
“When Mum said that you'd do anything for Daisy... she really meant it, didn't she?”
Dad and Angel both smiled wryly. They looked more like father and son now that they were both undead.
“Look Scorpius, I just want to explain.”
“Go ahead. I'm not making any judgements yet.”
“I wish I could've done that at his age,” Angel muttered.
“I love your mum. But it's not the same as the way I feel about Daisy. She's the one I'm supposed to be with. But it doesn't mean I love you any less. You're still my son, and you're still a part of our family. And your mum will always be a part of our lives. I'm not excluding anyone here.”
“Was I the only person that could see this coming a mile off?” I asked.
“No,” Angel grinned at me.
“Ok Dad. I forgive you for leaving Mum. But I want you to make me a promise.”
“Anything,” he said, hugging me.
“When I finish school, I want you to change me.”
“If we're going to be a family, we should be equal. You and Daisy and Angel are going to live a hell of a lot longer than I ever will. I want to stick around too.”
“Absolutely not,” Dad said, as Angel said “Ok.”
Dad glared at Angel, who just looked right back at him.
“You seem to have given this an awful lot of thought,” Dad said to him.
“He's my brother, and I want him around. What's so wrong about that?”
I grinned. Dad couldn't say no to Angel. Ever.
“So you're going to do the same thing to Cassie as well? And your kids? And their kids?”
Angel shrugged. “Maybe. I don't have the finer details worked out yet.”
Dad turned to me. “And what if you find someone? Are you going to be selfish and change them too?”
“I don't see what's so wrong with being a little bit selfish from time to time,” I replied angrily. “If I find someone who I want to be with, I'll be with them. If they don't want to change, I won't force it on them.”
Dad sighed. “I give up. There's no point arguing with two Ravenclaws.”
Angel fist bumped me, grinning.