Chapter-14

I forgive you

Six months Later...

It took six long months for Harry to heal. Healing was a long and painful process for everyone involved, but more so for Draco and Harry. He had been patient and optimistic and everyone had helped him with everything they had. Today, six months later, when Draco stood out of Harry's room, he felt a little bit nervous, a little bit anxious because Harry had woken up today. He had panicked when Hermione had given the news to him and embraced the woman tightly for whatever she had done for him.

He took a long breath to calm himself and his racing heartbeats and opened the door and there lay Harry, a newspaper in his hand, as he stared at Draco.

The newspaper fell from his fingers when Draco entered the room and locked the door.

"Should I accuse you of sleeping around for the past six months and taking money for the same?" Harry's voice was soft, not accusing and so utterly resigned.

"This is the first thing you say to me after six long lonely months." Draco replied just as softly.

"Why did you not let me simply die? It would have been better for you." Harry asked, his back resting against the bed and his legs covered with a blanket. The man was staring out of the window.

"Pray tell me, how?" Draco asked the stupid stubborn green-eyed man in a low tone.

"You could have gotten another mate."

"I don't want anyone else. I love you." Draco replied loudly and Harry just stared at him, his eyes wide open in shock. "And I am sorry that I did not say this enough but I love you and I want to live with you. I am content with you and I don't desire any other mate."

Harry stared at him for a couple of minutes and then said softly "What I did was unforgivable-"

"Perhaps and if I think that I can live with it, then I will because I love you. Six months have healed the wound that you created long time back. Six long lonely months have made me realize that I can forego how you hurt me because I love you so very much. You have realized your mistake and that is enough for me." Draco replied with a soft look in his eyes and walked towards Harry. The man watched his movements cautiously.

"I love you too, Draco" Harry said and watched as Draco walked slowly towards him. He had just opened his arms to welcome the blonde when the man came running in his arms.

It was so utterly stunning to feel Draco's lips all over his face.

"I missed you so much, Harry. It has been absolutely lonely and horrible without you."

When he felt wetness on his cheeks he realized that tears had welled in Draco's eyes.

"Why are you crying?" Harry wiped the tears and settled Draco in his arms. the man burrowed his face in his neck and sighed.

"I have missed you so much. Please let's just move on, Harry. It's just enough. Both of us have suffered enough and our families have suffered along with us. I do not have any strength to live without you now." Draco kissed his neck and Harry placed his cheeks on Draco's soft hair.

"Can you-"

"Six months. It was absolutely dreadful to enter my apartment without you. I could see you everywhere and then you would just vanish. I would be brewing my potion and expecting you to enter and wrap you arms around my waist and you would never come. I just-. I realized that I love you enough to forgive you. I forgive you, Harry, not because you ran away recklessly to give up your life but because you have been patient with me for a long time and have remained faithful. Yes, I forgive you and perhaps no one would understand my reasons but I do. I love you and I forgive you." Draco wrapped his arms tightly around Harry and Harry closed his eyes in relief, his cheeks wet from tears that had started welling off their own accord.

It was nice to be forgiven, even if he had not really deserved it. It was enough and perhaps life won't be easy for them and perhaps their will be moments when Draco would relive their past but they will move past it because they loved each other too much to live without each other. So Harry tightened his arms around the only man he had ever loved in his life and murmured.

"I love you too, Draco. I love you so very much."

The end.

A/N: Sequel is up 'Love Conquers All'