Chapter 7 : Pansy's Fate
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"I am just not in the best mood after seeing my mum behind bars again today, Astoria. How do you feel seeing your father behind them?" Draco told her, irritated that she asked the dumbest of questions sometimes.
"I am proud of my father for what he has done. But I don't wish him in Azkaban." She said, shrugging her thin shoulders and rolling her mint green eyes.
"You have no feelings sometimes." Draco told her, taking a small bite of the dry chicken and struggling to swallow it.
"I am just not happy to be here. I'd rather be in the manor like we planned."
"What do you mean like we planned?" Draco wondered, looking up at her.
"I want to live in your huge home and be treated like a queen like I was when my father lived in mine. I despise living in this muggle neighborhood Draco and I don't understand why you refuse to live in the manor when your parents are gone."
"Too many painful memories!" Draco admitted, glaring up and meeting Astoria's eyes.
She could never understand, he thought, frustrated with her.
"Painful memories? You should be honored that the Dark Lord lived in your home! I would do anything to have had that!" Astoria snootily said.
"I should be honored? Honored that he tortured my family and I in our own home? Honored that he killed people and captured people in the dungeons? No one should be greatful for that!" Draco angrily replied, standing up and leaving the table, his food left half-eaten.
He walked into the bedroom and slammed the door because he didn't want to see her face anymore. The sight of her made him want to punch something although he knew that she just didn't understand. Astoria's upbringing was a bit less rough than his.
Soon Astoria grew upset that he was angry with her and ordered their house-elf, Bane, to clean the kitchen mess up while she banged on the locked bedroom door.
"Alohomora," Astoria chanted, pointing the wand near the locked socket. It opened immediately.
Draco was not in the bedroom but she then heard water going in the master bathroom. Not caring about privacy, Astoria walked right in the shower room and opened the huge door revealing her boyfriend's naked body.
"Bloody hell are you mad?!" Draco said as she crossed her arms. He used a cloth to cover his privates.
"No I just wanted to apologize for what I said Draco. I'm sorry for thinking the way I do and I know you have been through alot. You just seem ungreatful for some things."
"Okay, apology accepted! So can you leave so I can finish my shower?" Draco asked irritably as she stared at his naked body making him feel rather uncomfortable.
Astoria haughtily rolled her eyes at his request but then grinned slyly . "Can I join you?"
"Sure." Draco said, his eyebrows rising at her invitation.
Astoria shed her nightgown as Draco watched with wide eyes. She now only wore a black lace thong and bra, his favorite color of lingerie on her.
Unable to contain his sudden arrousal, Draco walked out of the shower and put his hands on her breasts as she started kissing his neck. He then reached behind her and unsnapped her bra, as she started taking the bra off he moved down to her underwear and took those off too.
He pulled her with all his force inside the shower with him pushed her against the wall. He then kissed her neck, making her moan with pleasure as he wrapped his arms around her bottom and picked her up against his body, now kissing every inch of her he could manage. He then started to make love to her and it lasted a good hour.
"I'm going to bed." Draco announced once he got his boxers on after they finished and dried off. He realized that he didn't feel any kind of emotional connection with her but only complete lust. Did he even really love her?
"Why so soon?"
"I just am, Astoria. I'm tired so goodnight." Draco said as he left her alone to get dressed in the bathroom and crawled under the egyptian sheets and thick comforter. He sighed at the feeling of his bed after a long work day. He thought about how happy he was that he took it from the manor.
She got dressed into her skimpy nightgown again and followed him to his bed. Even though he didn't desire for him to touch him at the moment, she cuddled into the blankets with him wanting to be there for him now that he gave her what she wanted. "What's really wrong, Draco?"
"I miss my mum." Draco told her, closing his eyes to rest his aching head. Going to Azkaban gave him a headache and it had not gone away yet.
"I'm sorry," Astoria replied, knowing the feeling but feeling a little different than him. Like Lucius, her father was not the most pleasant being to have present in your home and Astoria had rather grown to like it just being her mother and herself before her mother had become depressed.
"There's nothing you can do about it." Draco told her harshly, rolling over and staring at the wall across the room. He wished that Astoria would just leave him alone but knowing that she loved him, he felt bad for being rude to her and turned back toward her, embracing her in his arms even though a part of him didn't want to.
"I want to be pregnant."
"What?!" Draco asked, letting go of her as though she electrocuted him and moving away. What a horrible time to bring something so rediculous up.
"What would be better than having one of our own running around? You would be less lonely Draco and we could get married." She said enthusiastically, her eyes wide with anticipation.
"Astoria, no! It's way too early and we have barely been together since I just got out of Azkaban! I have to get my life together- just no. At least not right now." Draco said, his eyes wide with shock at what she had just shared with him. Yep, she must be mad.
"I may be pregnant already. We will see!" Astoria said with a smile, rolling over and giggling stupidly.
Draco then regretted not using any protection. What if Astoria got pregnant and he's not even sure if he loves her yet? He did know that she could be quite immature. A baby is the last thing they need right now.
"Goodnight Astoria. I don't want a child right now, just so you are aware." He told her a bit strictly.
"Goodnight!" She said again lightly, avoiding answering his comment.
He silently looked out the window and saw a bright sun igniting the white curtains of his bedroom, making his beige colored paint look almost gold.
"Goodmorning," Astoria sleepily whispered, kissing his cheek. She had not dropped the child issue since she first brought it up and Draco was getting rather irritated.
"Hi." He said lazily as he continued to relax.
"Do you work today?" Astoria wondered.
"No I don't." Draco answered, relieved that he didn't have to see Hermione's face today. They had been on countless more investigations and more and more people would glare at Draco as soon as he stepped a foot around their home. He honestly didn't blame them because of what his past held.
"Great because I am going to do a pregnancy potion with the help of my mum and I'd like you to be there. She thinks it's a good idea we have a baby right now too, that way she will have a grandchild to play with while dad is in prison."
Draco shook his head in disbelief. How could the two of them feel this is a good time to bring an extra life into the world?
They must both be mad, he thought snidely.
"Suit yourself." Draco told her, stretching his limbs and getting out of bed. He was whipped when it came to her and he didn't quite know how to tell her no. Her beauty always mesmerized him. The way her hair flowed around her oval face, how her body looked so amazing in tiny clothes, and how she was always there for him even if she didn't want to be seemed to hypnotize him in ways he never could understand.
Her flaws were quite a short list for the most part. She is a good girlfriend but could be quite selfish at times and not to mention immature. But Draco knew he isn't the most friendly gentleman either.
Draco left Astoria alone in the bedroom still getting ready for the day and brewed a hot cup of tea with his wand. The weather outside was inviting and as he sat down to relax and drink a knock on the kitchen window startled him. He saw it was Zabini's owl and curiously retrieved it to read. When he sat down he was shocked what it had said.
Feeling annoyed that Pansy was just probably pulling something but also a sense of panic if she wasn't, Draco stood up and ran back in the bedroom to dress. Astoria walked out of the bathroom in her nightgown still and watched his frenzy.
"What happened?!" Astoria asked, wondering why her boyfriend suddenly ran into the bedroom moments after he left.
Astoria scrambled and got a dress on very quickly that was laying on the hand-crafted vanity in the corner of the huge master bedroom. Pansy is her best friend and she would never want for something to happen to her so of course she was inviting herself along.
"Hurry Draco!" Astoria bugged as Draco rushed to get his briefcase and other belongings together.
When the two of them were getting ready to apparate, Astoria had started to cry. What would she do if she lost her best-friend?
"It will be okay." Draco said as he took Astoria's hand and squeezed it.
"I hope so." She hicupped as they apparated.
The manor was no where near as big as Malfoy Manor but it came very close. The castle like structure was five floors, had thirteen bedrooms, two dungeons, and fifteen bathrooms. It stood handsomely hidden at the bottom of a large hill thirty miles out of London and it was heavily protected by enchantments.
As they approached Zabini had already disarmed the spells and was waiting nervously on the front steps. As handsome as he was before, he had only gotten a little taller since the last battle. Since Draco was in Azkaban he had not seen his good friend in over a year since he'd visited him.
"Draco, nice to see you again. Looking as good as ever." Zabini said, though shaken, he was happy to see his best-friend.
"Same to you Zabini," he answered, clapping a hand on his friend's back.
"Astoria." Zabini greeted his fiancee's best-friend with a nod.
Astoria nodded back nervously but then asked, "found anything else out?"
"Nothing." Zabini said sadly, "I thought she was mad at me at first but then it has been hours and hours and she's not home so I called the Minister to search for her late last night and still haven't heard anything."
"We'll find her, don't worry." Draco told him.
But after he finished his sentence someone apparated right on the front lawn before Zabini could even put the enchantments back into place. The Minister of Magic, Kingsley Shacklebolt, towered over them with drooping dark eyes.
"Greetings Mr. Zabini, Malfoy, and young lady. I have some news to share with you all." Shacklebolt's deep, gruff voice told them.
Zabini put his hands on the sides of his head and sat on a step, preparing himself because the expression on the Minister's face looked troubled. "Go ahead."
Astoria let out a loud welp sound and fell on a step near Zabini while bursting into tears. Draco sat beside her and pulled her into him, his face looking at the ground.
"H-how?" Draco asked since Zabini and Astoria were too upset to ask anymore questions.
"It was a murder. We found her near Knockturn Alley and the last time she was seen was in the bar in that alley according to one of the Aurors."
"Snaker's Bar sh-she visited that often. Since her parents are in Azkaban she has had a bit of a drinking problem," Zabini said sadly and then put his head back into his hands as he cried loudly.
"I am sorry for your loss. If you three wish to see her and say your goodbyes you may follow me before we get everything going." Shacklebold said, hanging his huge head in despair for them.
"My b-best-friend... m-murdered!" Astoria yelled into the air around her, huge tears falling onto the dress she chose to wear as her freshly applied mascara streamed down her cheeks.
"We want to see her Minister." Zabini said as Draco nodded in agreement.
Even though he really never liked Parkinson she was still somewhat a friend and Draco owed her some type of goodbye. So Draco held tightly onto Astoria and the three of them followed Shacklebolt and apparated.
They found themselves in a dark room where a metal table contained the body of Pansy, her dark brown hair fell around her shoulders and her face was stark white as any dead person's would be. A white sheet concealed her nakedness and Zabini completely lost it, falling to her side as he grabbed her exposed hand. She looked like she could just be resting, her face had no signs of distress and Draco guessed she was probably drunk when she died.
"I was going to marry her! Why this? Why now? Who could have done this?! I was going to propose to her on her birthday!" Zabini cried into her cold skin.
"We don't know Mr. Zabini." Shacklebolt told him, "it could have been anyone. Though it was quite a random act. One of the first murders in about a year."
After spending at least two more hours saying goodbye to their friend and taking turns kissing her cheek, Zabini, Draco, and Astoria left the room and thanked the Minister for showing them and telling them so quickly the news.
"Now we know I guess how they felt-" Astoria told the two of them after they apparated back to Zabini Manor.
"Who?" Asked Draco.
"The ones killed in the war... the mudbloods. They lost a friend or family member everyday." She said, the tears still falling.
"Yes and I am ashamed I wanted anything to do with it." Draco admitted as a still shocked Zabini nodded in agreement.
"But they were different- they deserved it. Pansy didn't do anything wrong. She was pureblood." Astoria continued as the boys looked briefly at each other and then away.
Eventually later that night, Astoria and Draco got back to the flat and he helped her get ready for bed. Weak from crying, Draco had to attempt to help her get dressed and lay her in their bed.
Do you think this was an accident or on purpose?
And what will happen next?
I know there was no Dramione in this chapter but there will be... I promise!!! I just hope you like it! Please read and review! Thanks for even reading at all!!! You are all awesome and a huge thanks to my previous reviewers! Things are about to start getting pretty intense!
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