AND YOU GUYS THOUGHT THAT THAT WAS THE LAST YOU'D SEE OF CYGNUS MELANCORYPHUS HUH?
Well…sorry to disappoint you…BUT…
THESECOND LASTTHING I'M EVER GONNA DO FOR CYGNUS MELANCORYPHUS! AFTER THE PREQUEL, THAT'S IT! NO MORE!
Chapter 1 :Epilogue
Life is nothing without love; love is nothing without hope; hope is knowing you'll be there every day. –Unknown
The door creaked open.
Giggles echoed across the wooden floor, sinking into the straw. A few of the older birds shuffled crossly along the beams –they'd had a heavy night, and wanted to rest.
The young ones blinked sleepily –some stealing a glance at a potential mate.
Wooden boards squeaked, as two boys crept across the room. A few birds watched, interested, as the two traveled on brooms, laughing softly towards the rafters.
On closer looks, the boys were holding hands, each sparkling with an identical ring. It glowed with an ethereal glow, reflecting the sunlight and a warmth that only loved ones would identify.
A tousled black head rested on a pale blonde's shoulder, as they focused their attentions on two birds in particular…
"Do you think we're disturbing them?" said Harry quietly, his warm breath tickling Draco s chin.
Draco paused in thinking. "Nah," he said, just as softly, tucking his love's head underneath his chin. Lips curled upwards, than a butterfly kiss pressed against a pale throat.
In front of them, two owls perched, looking fondly into a soft, feathery nest. In the nest itself, were three eggs. Holding their breaths, the owls, and humans began to watch, as one crack…then two…started to take place on the right egg.
As a little chipping could be heard from inside the egg, the second one, the one situated most to the left, also began to break. Hearts stopped as two beaks began to emerge slowly, ever so slowly from the hard remains of an egg.
Black and white feathers fanned out –the left being black with gold eyes, the right being white with blue.
Harry, overcome with emotion (although he didn't know why), squeezed Draco s hand in delight, nuzzling into his boyfriend's shoulder.
Suddenly, they heard a keen cry. A cry only sounded by a wounded animal. They turned around.
Hedwig's eyes shimmered almost as if they were going to shed tears. With sadness, they noticed that the centre egg had not hatched.
Slowly, Draco s owl (called Midnight) stroked Hedwig's feathers with his beak. The caress was tender, soft, but heartrending. The two human beings floating on broomsticks looked at each other, worriedly.
All of a sudden, Harry bought his hands together, rubbing them gently. Looking at Draco, he sent a message through their eyes. Pale hands imitated tan ones, and they did so for several minutes.
Eventually, as each owl's eyes turned to their hands, they bought their hands up, palms facing towards each other.
Love flowed through their eyes, as they whispered long forgotten words. Sparks flew from identical rings in between the small gap, creating a ball of energy. Closing their eyes, they focused the ball of energy onto the egg.
There was a flash of light.
Then slowly, ever so slowly, little cracks throughout the room were heard. Feathers emerged from the shell, as a little beak slipped into view.
Hedwig and Midnight cooed over their new hatchling.
The chick opened its eyes.
Harry and Draco gasped. The eyes were green, emeralds, with a tint of silver surrounding the pupils.
They leaned their heads together and smiled.
Life was finally going well after all.
Right, to sort out a few things, the rings are now marriage ones, they have Malfoy magic, and Harry's magic is obviously powerful (no duh). So yeah. And I'm really really sorry that was half as short as my usual chappies!
I'd like to thank my betas, also my best friends, Ultimate Kai Luva (a fanfic writer for Beyblade, as am I) and Only Secret (anybody who also loves Hermione/Draco will find their haven there) who edited this fic, and who encouraged me when I frantically tried to update, do my art and English coursework, and handle the pressures of a normal school life as I know it.
I'd also like to mention them because they edited my story 'There'll Always be Hope' at 11 pm at night on the deadline of a story competition (which I am firmly believing I won at least 25 due to them).
Special mentions go to my parents…my family, and my two new Yorkshire terriers, Jessie and Trouble (he was originally called Jack-Jack Silver, but the helper couldn't pronounce Silver, and Trouble just seemed appropriate after he pulled the clothing from the hooks down) and of course my old dogs Jai-Jai and Bingo (who are seriously throwing a hissy fit of jealousy).
Not to mention Ruthie and Mel two of my fav friends out there!
MY FAVORITE REVIEWER AWARD GOES TO XANTHIE! She reviewed every single chapter…not to mention made ME wanna cry at her review…which is saying something. I give her a HP + DM plushie, with two chibi owls and a rose from rose tree in chap 5 for good effect. THANKS SO MUCH! YOU CHEERED ME ON!
Here's the responses to other reviewers…
Kitty Maxwell-Yuy: Thank you…I tried to make the love pure and sweet between them, and I'm glad I captured that for you. Hope you keep reading, and here's a feather from Hedwig!
Bluelion7: Why, thank you…lol, you sounded a little like Ron, there! I'm glad you liked it! –Gives rose from rose tree in Forbidden Garden over-
HandsOff: Hey, there needs to be different people I this world! Besides, I explode, too…in fact…-hands out exploding sneeze balloons from Weasley's Wizard Wheezes- HEHEHE...promise to play a prank on someone for me…thanks for reviewing my fic so many times!
Jazhira: You didn't but I'm glad you did now! –hands over chick feather-
Yana5: HEY! You're back… good thing too, cause I really wanted to thank everybody…thanks for the cheerleading! And see? LAST CHAPTER THOUGH! Can you read my mind or something? You guess everything…–hands over chick feather-
Forestrosesprite: WHOA! Another one! So fast? I think I'll go lie down for a bit…I need a plot bunny, heh heh…but I will type as soon as it hops by, I promise you! –hands chick feather over-contemplates- I think they're molting…don't you?
Skimmie: Thank you! I love your reviews!
Anna may: I think you should go off some sugary stuff then…just kidding, can't get enough of fluffs, can we? –winks and hands chick feather over-
Amanda lily potter: You're another good guesser! Don't tell the other reviewers! Wait, they already read it…-sweatdrops and hands chick feather over- Hoep you keep reading my fics!
Kaaera: I'm afraid that was my first HPDM fic, so that there aren't anymore at this moment, but I promise when I think of one, I'll have it typed on the go! –hands chick feather over-
Thanks also to the following reviewers: Morena Evensong, JJCJ, theglasspen and kitty minky!
I LOVE YOU GUYS! I loved writing this so much! Thank you for all your support!