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Authors Note: Well, here's the next instalment. I hope you enjoy! (not betaed version, anyone interested?)
Warning: Fluff ahead, maties!
* ~ * Lufian Simle IV * ~ *
Harry put down the letter and sighed. "Imagine that we're invited to a quiet Christmas at Hogwarts. Victor and Herm should be there too along with some of our other former classmates. Friends and family."
Draco looked up from his book and raised an eyebrow. "A quiet Christmas at Hogwarts?" he said sceptically. "Am I the only one seeing something wrong with this picture?"
The green-eyed man blinked. "You're right. There's never a quiet Christmas to be had at Hogwarts. We'd be breaking one of the fundamental rules of the school if that should come to pass."
"Especially not when you add the Weasley Twins into that mix," the blond said with a grin.
"And Sirius and Severus in the same room," Harry continued and let Draco pull him onto his lap.
"And lets not forget the delicious Christmas punch," Draco chuckled. "Remember what happened last year?"
Harry laughed as well. That had been quite the sight indeed. "I still remember Albus telling all those corny jokes. Hermione trying to sing Christmas carols and Victor trying to cast the Sober-Up Spell on her, but missing because Trelawney literally waltzed all around the Great Hall and always in his way."
"Snape and we seemed to be the only ones not totally smashed."
Green eyes glittered in delight. "Correction to that, I and Snape were almost sober, the rest of you guys…"
Draco pouted at that. He had never and would never be completely smashed. He had been just a bit drunk… alright, perhaps more than just a bit, but there was no need for Harry to rub it in. Somehow that story had leaked out to his Unspeakables, and every time the guys had a party since then, they teased him about watering the punch out.
"Well, I didn't see you trying to stop me," he said finally with a wounded pride.
Harry chuckled. "I tried to, but you wouldn't listen to me." He kissed his husband and got up. "Come on, time to get to bed. We've got to go gift-shopping tomorrow."
"Why can't you go gift-shopping and I stay here?" Draco whined. He really hated going gift-shopping. He always ended up carrying more than half the load, and Harry always used hours and hours upon deciding what would be the perfect gift for a person. If it had been up to Draco, he would've taken the first and the best, had the saleswoman wrap it up and head home. But as it wasn't up to him he was dragged all over the place.
"I'll make it up to you," Harry grinned at him before disappearing into the shower.
Draco whimpered. His husband was worse than a Slytherin sometimes.
Harry and Draco stepped off the Hogwarts Express which had brought them to Hogsmeade, and grinned as they saw the one horse open sleighs waiting for them, pulled by snow-white horses, and both animal and sleigh were decorated in Christmas colours.
The snow was falling silently and thickly around them, there wasn't a sound to be heard. It early in the night, and as the two men got into the coach, lighters lit up emitting a soft, warm yellow glow. Harry and Draco tucked themselves in under the thick fur capes, and the sleigh started to move away from Hogsmeade and towards Hogwarts. The castle was practically glowing with all the Christmas cheer inside it, and Harry grinned happily. Draco noticed the grin, and couldn't keep himself from grinning like a loon.
It didn't take long before they reached the front doors of the castle, and just as they got out of the sleigh the doors opened and out came Albus Dumbledore, dressed in crazy Christmas robes and a red hat on his head, and wished them both welcome.
"Thank you, Albus." Replied Harry as the old Headmaster led them into the castle.
The old mage laughed. "You two are the last to arrive, the
others are waiting in the Great Hall, and that's where the party will be taking
"What about the students?" Draco asked as he handed his outer clothes, scarf and mittens to a House-Elf.
"Oh, most are sent home, and those that aren't have a small part for themselves in the Room of Requirement and are being watched over by the ghosts."
"Harry! Draco!" Hermione yelled happily as they walked into the Great Hall. She waddled over to them as fast as her feet could carry her. She was eight months along in her pregnancy, and it took time to even put one foot in front of the other, let alone run across the entire hall. "So wonderful to see you! How are you two?"
Harry smiled and hugged her back. "We're fine, and we saw each other last week Herm. I can see that this is a complete success." He mentioned to the swelling stomach.
Hermione rubbed it lovingly. "Mhmm, doctor says it's going to be a girl, but Victor still hopes for a boy." She grinned as said husband wrapped his arms around her, or as far as he could reach these days.
"Hello Victor." Draco greeted the Bulgarian man. "Everything going smoothly?"
"As good as could be expected. There are the mood-swings to watch out for, but I wouldn't change this for anything in the world." The other man replied and Hermione's eyes brimmed with tears. "Excuse us," Victor smiled before leading his wife away to calm her down. Harry and Draco grinned and started to mingle with the people in the Great Hall.
Come next morning most people woke up with a terrible headache and rushed to Madame Pomfrey to get cures. When she ran out of the required potion, they braved the dungeons and the Potion Master – who was having a bit of a killer-headache himself and snapped at everything that moved and some things that didn't.
Draco was lucky enough to wake up next to Harry, and extremely lucky in the fact that Harry had had to foresight to acquire two Pepper-Up Potions from Madame Pomfrey the night before.
He gladly downed one even if it tasted dreadful, laid back down and pulled Harry even closer. He could see the snow falling out the window, big, white snowflakes falling slowly past their window. Everything was white: the grounds, the Forbidden Forest, Hagrid's Hut, the castle itself, everything. A thick layer of ice had formed on the lake, and he could see some students there ice-skating, others were building snowmen or forts around the grounds, and Hagrid was happily walking along with Fang by his side.
Then he turned his attention to the presents at the end of their bed. The pile was big, and he was sure that the only thing keeping it from falling to the floor was House-Elf magic.
Shaking his head in amusement, Draco turned back to Harry only to find the smaller man staring at him with a smile on his face.
"Merry Christmas," Harry grinned.
"Merry Christmas to you as well." Draco replied, leaned down and kissed his husband.
Before the kiss could get out of hand a wild knocking came on the door to their rooms. "Harry! Draco! Come on!" Victor's voice came from the other side. "Herm wants to learn how to ice-skate, and I'll need help watching her! We'll meet you by the lake in twenty minutes!"
Draco groaned. "He really has a thing for interrupting us, huh?"
Harry's grin just widened, and the green eyes twinkled madly. "It's not so bad, besides I've always wanted to learn how to ice-skate myself." With that he jumped out of the bed and hurried into the shower.
Draco just stared for a minute before sighing. 'Yep, definitely worse than a Slytherin.' He thought before getting out of bed as well. Even if his Harry acted like a Snake sometimes, Draco was born as a Snake, and now it was time for a little revenge. Seconds later shrieking and laughter could be heard from their bathroom, quickly followed by moans and whimpers.
Dobby, who popped in to wish Master Harry Potter-Malfoy sir a Merry Christmas, left in a hurry with his cheeks aflame wowing to never, ever enter a room without knocking first.
Well, that's it. A small, little Christmas piece. Tell me what you think, alright?
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