Plot: The students of Hogwarts have graduated; nine years later secrets and past experiences start to unfold. Draco's daughter comes to terms that life isn't as perfect that people make it out to be. Pansy, as her mother refuses to care for her. Therefore Jade Malfoy finds someone who will. It just happens to be with someone nobody had seen for nine years, Hermione Granger.
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"We have something to tell you Jade."
"What is it?"
"Well Jade, you're going to have a brother or sister in the next few months…" Draco told his daughter, as there was silence in the room once again.
Chapter 31: Do You Believe In Magic?
Hermione stood, nervously pacing around the room. She was on maternity leave, and therefore could not work as she desperately wanted to help her friend who was lying on a hospital bed in the next room.
"Hermione, love, please sit."
She ignored her boyfriend completely and continued to pace the room, after some time, she heard a cry, a baby's cry. Her face formed a huge smile and she hugged her boyfriend closely. Soon, Blaise came around the corner, announcing to everyone that he had a son. Everyone congratulated him briefly before announcing to Draco and Hermione that they could see Rebecca if they so wished too.
Hermione, in an instant, ran from the hall to the room her best friend was staying in. "Oh Rebecca, how are you feeling?"
"I'm tired but other than that really happy." Rebecca hugged Hermione closely. "Don't worry; your turn will come soon enough."
"I hope so; this baby just won't stop kicking me. Draco has reduced his hours at work so he can take care of me but I've repeatedly told him he shouldn't worry so much. I'm perfectly fine." Hermione answered.
"Of course he's going to worry Hermione, you're six months pregnant, you only have three months left. Blaise was the exact same way, no matter how many times I tried to refuse his help."
"Congratulations mate." Draco told his best friend.
"I was so nervous, you know. Being a father but I think I can be good at it. Were you nervous, when Jade was born?"
"Nervous as hell, I was a wreck. Don't worry though, things will get better they always do."
As the men were standing in the hall looking at Blaise's son through the window. They heard a crash, a loud distant cry from the woman at the receptionist desk. Pulling their wands out in a swift movement they made their way towards the commotion.
"Dad, what's going on?" Jade asked her father, as she sat with Karla.
"Jade, please go sit with Hermione, I don't want you getting involved, Karla you too." Draco said firmly.
The girls gave a nervous look before retreating to the room. There was a man, clearly in his late twenties strangling the receptionist woman with his bare hands. "Where is she?" The man said in a gruff voice. It was Blaise who saw the commotion first, before shouting, "Impedimenta!" immediately.
The man was then thrown to the other side of the room, hitting the wall. Draco then took his wand and shouted, "Incarceous." Instantly the man was tied up with ropes so he would have no chance of escaping.
Blaise walked up to the receptionist, who was massaging her neck. "Miss, are you alright?"
"I am now, since that bastard is off of me."
"What exactly did he want?"
"Or the better question Mr. Zabini is who. He wanted your wife."
Draco, stood beside Zabini, keeping a firm hold onto the man who was now coughing up blood instead of strangling the receptionist. Apparently the spell had sent him flying into the wall a little too roughly.
Blaise turned towards the gruff man, his face creased in fury. "What do you want with my wife?"
"Because that bitch has taken my daughter again, I have a court order from the Ministry himself saying that I have full custody of Karla, seeing as how Rebecca is clearly an unfit mother."
"HOW DARE YOU!" Blaise shouted, his fists, scrunched at his sides as Draco held him down.
"Hitting him won't solve anything Blaise; we've learned this the hard way." Draco reassured him, remembering past experiences.
Once Blaise had calmed down a reasonable amount, he was still angry, that much Draco could tell, though he kept quiet. Blaise would have to keep his cool in order to do his job. "You do realize you are in the presence of an Auror."
"I know that quite well Zabini, I also know that your friend there was a Death Eater, if you were doing your job correctly he would be in Azkaban where he belonged with the rest of them."
"I know exactly what he did in the War, Xander is it? I don't need a refresher of the past. I know exactly who and what he was. Now I'll ask you why you are here and why you were strangling the receptionist."
"I'm pretty sure you know exactly why I'm here, Karla is my daughter and she's going home with me, today."
"Not if I can help it, she was and never will be your daughter. Of that I'm sure." Blaise said with all seriousness in his voice. He wasn't kidding, he would kill this bastard if he took two feet forwards towards his wife or his adoptive daughter.
Hermione stood with an exhausted Rebecca who was trying to stay awake. "What's keeping the boys?" Rebecca had asked her. Hermione, of course confused did not know the answer. "I suppose I should go check to see what's going on."
As she was about to leave, Jade and Karla ran into the room. "Mum, something's going on in the waiting room."
"What do you mean?" Hermione asked, worriedly.
"I don't know, Uncle Draco just told us to come in here." Karla told her, she was scared.
Hermione couldn't blame her, Hermione was worried too. She was worried for Draco and Blaise, not that they couldn't take care of themselves but she didn't know what she'd do if she lost either of them. She'd been faced with many dangers in her life, she figured it was done. Voldemort was gone; Viktor and Theodore Knott were convicted and put in Azkaban for good, why was trouble still following her? She took her wand out of her pocket, and braced herself to face the worst.
"Hermione, please don't go." Jade voice pleaded with her. Hermione knew that if she were in Jade's position she wouldn't have wanted her to go either. Jade was scared, after losing her mother, she couldn't bear the thought of losing her father too.
Hermione pulled Jade into a brief hug, before whispering that she'll be back soon and left the room in search of Blaise and Draco.
"You can't stop me Zabini, I can and I will get my way. Your status as an Auror won't help you. Karla is mine, and she will never see her mother again. I've gone eight years without my daughter because that bitch never told me of her existence, but now I'm going to make her pay."
"So much talk yet I see no action." Draco sniggered. "You're so full shit."
"You really do underestimate my powers Malfoy." In an instant the ropes that he'd been bound by only a few moments ago broke. The rope was in tiny little pieces on the floor. His wand was in his hand and with one swift flourish of it Draco was thrown back into the wall. "Now Zabini, you were saying…" Xander said with a smirk across his face.
Blaise shook his head, why was this happening to him? Draco lay on the ground unconscious, his wand on the floor. Blaise stood his ground, facing Xander, Rebecca's ex-boyfriend. He felt so much anger and hate towards this man, he could barely control himself. He wanted to kill this man, wanted to break this man into tiny little pieces. He shot a spell at the man, and another as the spells were blocked. Blaise had underestimated this man's power. From what Rebecca had told him about her ex- boyfriend he's gone to Durmstrang who had specialized in the Dark Arts, having no doubt about his magic abilities, Blaise stood his ground.
Hermione watched the scene unfold, knowing who this man was exactly. She'd fought him before, although under different circumstances. She hadn't had the strength to fight him, or the power. She saw Draco on the floor, unconscious. Her heart gave a shudder of fear, seeing him like this. This only made her angry, how could Xander do this Rebecca, to her?
"Stupefy!" She shouted towards Xander, who hadn't known she was there, was shot backwards. Blaise was caught off guard in which shot a disarming spellat Xander in which would leave him defenseless without his wand. Xander lay on the ground,wandless as he stood up. "Mudblood, I knew it had to be you," he growled.
"Nice to see you again Xander."
He looked her up and down, noticing the curves and how well she'd developed within the last years. He hadn't seen her for eight years. He had a smirk on his face, walking towards her. Hermione noticed his advances and stood back, trying to protect herself. Her bulging belly was sticking out and in instinct told her to protect it, she would protect her child.
"Now now Hermione, there's no need to run away from me. I'm not going to hurt you."
"Stay away from her!" Draco had regained consciousness and was forcing himself not to kill the bastard right then and there. He knew though, they were in a public place of all places and it wouldn't do any good to go murdering anyone. He woke up only a few moments ago but guilt and fear registered on his face and as realized what was going on. He should be protecting Hermione, and fear developed and he wished nothing would happen to her or his child.
His wand was pointed at Xander as Draco had grabbed his throat in anger. "Don't you go near her!" He threatened him.
"Malfoy, Malfoy…pity. What would your father say had he been alive to know you're with a mudblood?"
"I don't give a damn about what my father thinks."
"Well you should care what your brother thinks."
That stopped Draco in his tracks, brother? "What are you talking about?"
Xander, gave out a cruel laugh. "Did you really think you were an only child? You knew who Lucius was, and you also knew he never would have stayed faithful to Narcissa. My mother of course, hid my identity from our father."
"No, you're lying."
"Why would I lie about something like this? I'm just as much of a Malfoy as you are."
Draco was shaking, how could have this happened, he'd always been an only child, why was the truth only being revealed now. Did his mother know? He knew he shouldn't believe Xander, with everything that had happened in the past but what choice did he have? It was his word against him. Draco knew though, the kind of person Lucius was, and he had indeed slept around with a lot of women as Draco grew up. His mother of course, knew but wouldn't say a word.
"Cat got your tongue little brother?" Xander mocked playfully. The grip that Draco had on his neck had been released. As Xander massaged his neck, which was tinted purple the strength of Draco's hands that were cutting off his circulation to breathe.
"You are not my brother." Draco said finally.
"You can believe all that you want, but the truth will come out eventually. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have more important business to deal with."
Xander walked swiftly towards the room where he knew his daughter was kept. A nurse was walking in with a bundle in her hands. He knew his ex-girlfriend was in there now.
"Excuse me, but visiting hours are over, you'll have to come back another time."
"I don't care if visiting hours are over, I will see my daughter." Xander shoved the women to the side and he stepped into the room.
Blaise, Draco and Hermione rushed into the room. The baby started to cry, Karla was crying, Jade lay hidden underneath the bed. Rebecca was trying to calm down her son as she glared at her ex-boyfriend. "What are you doing here Xander? I told you to stay away from my daughter and I, when is it going to get through your head?"
"Don't worry I have no need for you. I only came for my daughter." He glared at Blaise dangerously.
"As far as I'm concerned you're no father, now get out." Rebecca said threatening.
"Karla, let's go. We're going home."
"There isn't going to be a negotiation, you're coming home with Dad, Karla."
Wandless, he seemed defenseless until he pulled a muggle weapon out of his pocket. A small knife, but deep enough and it could kill. "If you won't come with me willingly then I might just have to force you to come with me. You don't want to hurt your daddy's feelings do you Karla?"
"N-no, of course not." The knife was pressed tightly against her neck. Karla shivered, scared out of her mind, she was only eight years old.
"Good, come along now. I suggest you say goodbye to your mum because it's likely you'll never see her again." He took hold of Karla's shoulder tightly, facing his ex-girlfriend with a smirk on his face. "Rebecca, it's been good seeing you again but we must be off."
"Xander, please don't do this. Think of what Karla wants, do you really think she wants to live with you. She hasn't seen you in seven years, why do you want her now?"
"She's my daughter and you since you deliberately lied to me and never told of her existence, that is why I'm taking her away from you. You don't deserve her."
"I've raised her on my own Xander, you weren't apart of her life for a reason. I had to protect her from you. Protect her from what you had done to me."
Nobody knew what had happened next, blood was on the floor and on the bed, and a body lay on the ground. It wasn't moving.
In the next few hours, a couple of Aurors were filing reports. Harry had shown up as soon as he heard.
"You know you really have a knack for getting into trouble at the wrong place and time, Zabini." Harry said to Blaise as they stood aside as healers were cleaning up the damage. Blaise had a bandage around his waist from the stab wound he received from Xander as he got Karla out of the way.
"I try my best Potter. How's Draco?"
"Alright, I can tell he's in agonizing pain but he hides it well. Hermione is taking it pretty hard."
"Well as long as that bastard is gone our work here is done." Blaise said gruffly.
"You know he's going to stand trial right, we have no choice."
"I know, I don't like it but it's our law."
The men stood aside as the other Aurors levitated the blood drenched body into another room. "Mr. Zabini, Mr. Potter, we're going to have to question Mr. Malfoy, would you like to join us or would you prefer to stay out in the hall?"
They didn't need a moment to think about it. "We'll be there." Blaise had told their boss.
"Good, we'll start the questioning in five minutes."
Blaise was nervous for his best friend, he'd killed someone, and his sentencing wasn't going to go lightly. He wished this hadn't happened but it was done and you couldn't erase the past. Blaise sighed once again and followed Potter into the room where his best friend was currently occupyinga hospital bed. Hermione was by his side with Jade as they stood closely.
"Please state your name." That was the first question.
"Draco Lucius Malfoy."
"Twenty-eight years old."
"Did you or did you not use any unforgivable this evening?"
"No." Draco had answered honestly.
"Would you please tell me what happened this evening?"
"Blaise and I were in the lobby, looking at Blaise's son when we heard a commotion coming from the receptionist's direction. She screamed and we ran, with our wands out. Xander, who is Karla's real father, was there and he'd been strangling the receptionist."
"Then what happened?"
Draco cleared his throat and winced in pain and he breathed in a little too much. Hermione reached for his hand instantly. Once he was calm once again he continued to speak. "We did what we thought was right so we disarmed him, we spat a few words at each other, I was stunned unconscious for a bit and Hermione had come to the scene. I hadn't wanted any harm to her or anyone else for that matter but then he'd managed to untangle the ropes Blaise and I had put him under. He knew Dark Magic. He managed to escape our grasp and got a hold of Karla. His wand had been confiscated but he had a muggle weapon, a knife."
"Go on, Mr. Malfoy."
"Blaise managed to get a hold of Karla before too much had happened, Xander had stabbed Blaise on the side trying to stop him. I was angry and I knew I should have waited for more Aurors to show up but I reacted a little too quickly. I attacked him with my wand trying to keep him away from everyone but he'd been too quick. He had managed to stab me in the chest, close to my heart and I could barely stand. I had managed to grab hold of the knife out of his hand and I had let it slip. In my anger, I knew it was wrong, but I wanted that man dead." He took a breath, "I killed him."
The Auror who had done the questioning took some notes and stood up. "Very well Mr. Malfoy, we will request a trial for what has happened here to today and the Minister of Magic will decide your fate. Have a good day."
Once a couple of Aurors had left the room, it had left Harry, Blaise, Hermione, Jade and Draco left in the room. Harry felt slightly uncomfortable and excused himself. Blaise was hesitant towards his best friend, worried for him.
"Don't worry mate, everything will be alright. I'm off to check on Rebecca, I'll be back soon." Soon Blaise had left the room.
"Jade, can you go with your uncle for a bit, I just want to talk to your dad alone for a minute. Alright?" Hermione had asked Jade. Jade nodded her head and left the room quietly, still shook up with everything that had happened within a couple of hours prior.
"Draco, look at me please." Hermione pleaded with him. She tried to grab hold of his hand but he shook it off.
"Hermione, how can you look at me when you know what I've done? I've done what I swore I would never do again. I don't understand why you would want to see me anymore."
"We'll get through this together, I promise." She took hold of his face, forcing him to look at her. "I love you Draco Malfoy and nothing will change that. My thoughts or feelings won't change, what happened today doesn't change how I feel about you and it never will."
"I'm a murderer Hermione, why don't you see that?"
"Because I know you didn't mean it. You didn't want to kill Xander, you just wanted to protect those that you love."
"I'm sorry." He had closed his eyes in shame of what he had done. This wasn't supposed to happen and now he was going to Azkaban for this, he'd killed someone in cold blood. He would do anything to take it back now.
"I love you." She repeated, she wanted to make sure he knew that she wasn't going to abandon him through this. She would stick by his side no matter what.
"I- I want to ask you something." Draco announced.
"What is it?" She took hold of his hand this time, but he didn't shake it away.
"In case, well I know I'll be sent to Azkaban for this, but please promise me you'll take care of Jade. I want you and the baby safe. "
"You know I will. Now what is this really about?"
There was silence for a moment, before he eventually spoke. "Marry me."
Author's Note: Another chapter complete, sorry this took so long! Chapter 8 of Baby of Mine should be updated soon enough!
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