This is all kind of amazing and terrifying, isn't it?
Firstly, I want you to make sure you know how ridiculously proud I am of everything we've achieved these past few years. You are the only person I would ever dream of, or want, to spend my life with. You push me when I need it. You test my patience. You bring me books when I'm sad and I really don't think there's anything more romantic than that. I'm happier than I can put into words.
I know, I know. You just want me to get to the gift part, right? Of course you do. Well, my love, I hate to ruin your mood (and I'm sure you're not panicking at all right? Deep breaths, Draco, it's going to be okay) but I've done something utterly unthinkable and gone ahead and made something for you. I can see you shuddering right now at the very thought of anything homemade, but if it helps, I did not use any of Harry's old shirts.
I read a quote once in a story book and I don't know why but it's always stuck in my mind. "When writing the story of your life, don't let anyone else hold the quill." I've always liked it but I'm not so sure I agree with it anymore.
I was cleaning out the study a few weeks ago and I found the letter that I forced Harry to send you, the one he included when he returned your wand. Do you remember? I could not believe you still had it after so many years. We had only just started working together back then but I already had such a crush on you. I have no idea how no one knew. When I reread that letter, oh Merlin - it was so blatantly obvious!
It got me thinking about that year. I couldn't get it out of my head. It was one of the best years of my life, you know. I needed more.
Now, I wouldn't say I was harassing our friends. It's such an ugly word. I just repeatedly asked them until they gave in and did what I wanted. (You're a terrible influence, by the way.)
It took me a while, and I'm sure there were more that have been lost over time, but this is what I've been able to piece together from what they could give me.
The pages attached to this are letters from everyone. The start of our story sewn together by all these random moments between the people we love the most.
From that meet up in Diagon Alley when everyone came together for the first time, to the dinner with Luna and Theo when Ron and Pansy were first nudged towards each other, all the way to their elopement when everything about us came out. Our friends were all telling our story Draco, and they never realized.
And so this is my gift to you this morning. The beginning of us before we begin the rest of our lives. I want you to have this collection so that you can see that even back then this was where we were headed. Every moment was leading us here today.
When I say "I do" today I'll be thinking about that year. I'll be thinking about late night swimming and sneaking away for weekends by the sea. I'll be thinking about unnecessary dramatics that lead to arrests but not being able to stay mad because it was so stupidly sweet. I'll be thinking about my friends being forced to learn to waltz so that every part of my night is perfect, and last minute venue changes so I'm more comfortable. I'll be thinking about stolen kisses at parties, wandering hands under tables and secret meetings before other people's weddings because one night apart is just too hard. I'll be thinking about being locked away in my old office. I'll be thinking about the desk in my current office. Repeatedly.
I'll be thinking about how easy it was to fall in love with you. How from the minute we were assigned to that first case I knew everything was going to change.
I loved you then, I love you now, I'll love you always, and I wouldn't want to rewrite a single word of our story.
I love you so fucking much, Draco Malfoy.
PS. Feel free to show this to everyone else. Maybe they'll get a laugh out of how utterly clueless they were?
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