It had been 3 months since the defeat of Voldemort. Sirius had moved out, back to Grimmauld Place and as if to infuriate Severus even more Sirius got the position as the new and permanent Defense Against Dark Arts professor although Harry was sure that if it hadn't been for the past few months of bonding that Severus would have absolutely killed Sirius leaving nothing behind. There was no longer a need for the Order anymore as the members continued their lives wherever they had left off. They were able to get the ministry to round up the Death Eaters who were at Malfoy Manor. Hermione continued to live with Harry on Harry's request. Draco of course lived with Harry. Also, to Harry's special request, while ignoring Draco's powerful death glares, Cho also lived in the house with them whom took over Ron's room. It was quite obvious that she still fancied Harry very much but was slowly moving on and to much surprise, she was coming on to Hermione. Though everyone noticed that Hermione didn't seem to mind much and actually accepted the special attention from Cho.
Harry realized that Draco and him hadn't had much time on their own since they were always so busy with their own responsibilities.
Tonight was Cho and Hermione's one-month anniversary on behalf of the day Cho asked Hermione to be her official girlfriend.
Because of Draco working at Hogwarts for so many long hours it was Harry's turn to get home before Draco unless they were weekends.
Harry had been setting up a romantic dinner for Draco when he got home. Candles were lit, there were rose petals everywhere. The lights were dimmed and he had soft romantic music playing in the background.
With a slight 'pop' signaling Draco's arrival alerting Harry to start making his way downstairs. He was dressed in very fine black dress robes that matched his jet-black hair and he had just gotten out of the shower looking absolutely clean.
"Harry, why's it so dark?" Asked Draco straining his eyes to see where the light switch was.
Harry didn't say anything as he silently made his way downstairs to join Draco.
"Harry? Are you home?"
Harry still didn't say anything as Draco made his way for the light switch. Why Draco didn't bother to use his wand was a question to Harry but Harry didn't care, this only meant he was going along with the plan.
Just as Draco's hand had reached the light switch to turn on the light around him Harry grabbed Draco's hand causing Draco to gasp in surprise.
"Oh God, Harry you scared me shitless."
Harry wrapped his arms around Draco and whispered, "Shuuu"
"Harry, what's going on?" Asked Draco in a suspicious tone.
Now that Draco's eyes had adjusted to the dark a bit better he could see the evil smile creep across Harry's face.
Draco looked a bit worried.
"Harry, say something please."
Harry took Draco's hand and led him to the dinner table and pulled out his chair for Draco.
Draco took a seat then realized how much trouble Harry actually gone through for that evening.
"My, Harry James Potter, if I didn't know any better I would think you were trying to seduce me."
With a smirk on Harry's lips he winked at Draco.
Food appeared on their plates the moment Harry had taken his seat at the table.
As they started eating Draco's head was spinning. What if he forgot something and today was a special day? December, nope, the only he could think of was that Christmas was coming in a few days and that's not really something really special to celebrate amongst the two of them privately as they were doing right now.
"Harry, is there something I forgot?"
Harry smiled at Draco and shook his head but didn't say anything.
"Then what is it? I'm confused."
Harry smiled at again and shook his head telling Draco to drop the topic.
Draco gave out a sigh and let it go. He wasn't going to get an answer from the stubborn Griffindor. When Harry and Draco had finished their meal Harry quickly rose from his seat, cast a quickly cleaning spell leaving nothing but the black marble table between the two of them.
Draco raised an eyebrow at Harry, "Harry really, what's going on?"
Harry smiled again at the impatient Slytherin. He put a finger in front of his lips and told Draco to be quiet.
Draco looked put out by all this mystery and lack of conversation but let his lion continue this silly masquerade.
Harry walked over to Draco and embraced Draco in a strong hug.
Now Draco was thoroughly confused beyond his imagination and a little frightened.
"Harry, are you alright?"
Harry patted the back of Draco's head as to will him to be quiet and take in the embrace.
Draco pulled away from the embrace slowly and crossed his arms across his chest.
"Harry, if you don't tell me what's going on right now then I'm going to bed."
Harry's smile didn't fall and he raised an eyebrow suggestively.
"Harry-" Started Draco but Harry put a finger on his lips to stop Draco from continuing.
Harry took out a small box from his pocket and placed it on the empty table beside the two lovers.
Harry took hold of Draco's hands. He took a deep breath then let it back out again looking into Draco's stormy gray ones as if for the last and final time.
"Draco, we've been through so much together you know?"
Draco paused for a moment as if not wanting to answer, "Yes." He finally said.
"Draco, I need to thank you for sticking by me through thick and thin. I want to thank you for giving me strength when I did 't have any strength myself."
Draco furrowed his eyebrows in sympathy but he wasn't going to interrupt the Griffindor when he was about to answer his many questions of this evenings events.
"Draco, I want to tell you that there is a lot of things I've wanted for a while."
Harry looked at Draco and Draco didn't respond. If there was any way for Draco to be more confused, this was it.
"Draco, I want to be able to tell the world, to scream at the top of my lungs my love for you. I want to be able to prove to the world that we are together and that no one else will ever have the chance to take you away from me. Draco, I want to spend all of eternity with you."
That was when Draco realized what was coming and Draco's eyes were starting to turn red.
"Draco, please say that you will spend all eternity with me?"
Draco stepped back from Harry for a moment. Looking at Harry for as long as he could. He couldn't believe it.
"No." Said Draco.
Harry's eyes dropped but that was when Draco lifted Harry's chin.
"I was supposed to be the one to ask you little git. Not the other way around!" Said Draco turning slightly red.
Draco had it all planned out too. He was going to take Harry shopping, stopping at a jewelry store and making it sound spontaneous, letting his lion take no notice of the Slytherin's cunning plan. Then taking his Griffindor on a private vacation to get away from everything as a pre-honeymoon.
Harry looked confused.
Draco kissed Harry pulling Harry right up against his own body. When Draco released Harry he noticed that his lion still held the look of confusion in his eyes.
Draco smiled at Harry.
"Harry, I want to spend every waking moment of my life looking into your eyes. I want to take every fiber of my body and connect it to yours. I want to kiss you for all eternity, until our hair turns gray and we get all gross and wrinkly. Harry James Potter, tell me YOU will spend all of eternity with ME."
Harry took Draco into another strong embrace but didn't say anything as tears ran down the Griffindor's cheeks.
Harry pulled away after a short while and took the box that lay on the table into his own hands. Harry pulled on the ribbon which was holding the box shut and lifted the lid. In the box lay, instead of rings which Draco had expected were, two bracelets. One was silver and one was gold. They were beautifully crafted with the etchings of an animated snake on the gold one and an animated phoenix on the silver one. At each of the openings of the bracelets was a single heart with two wings, which looked just like the one on the book and, when put together, the one that hung around the soul mates necks.
Harry took the silver bracelet and put it on Draco's wrist as Draco took the gold bracelet and put it Harry's wrist.
Finally Draco asked the dawning question, "Why bracelets?"
"Because our love is special. It is not like all the other relationships out there, how many lovers out there can save the other's life from the Avada curse? I wanted to show the world that we are not just any other couple. We are soul mates and that means that we are special because our love is so powerful it can fight off an unforgivable. And the most powerful unforgivable I might add." Replied Harry smiling.
Draco smiled at Harry and Harry took Draco's hand and dragged the willing Slytherin up the stairs.
Harry stopped right in the front of his room. Draco raised an eyebrow suspiciously.
Harry smiled at his love and opened the door and noticed that when Draco looked into the room that he had almost passed out. Harry caught his Slytherin still smiling.
"Now instead of two big rooms, we now share one huge room."
"For all eternity Harry."
"For all eternity Draco."