A/N-Alrighty folks...Here it is! The last chapter! I can't thank you all enough for loving this story so much! I had no clue how many readers would adore the idea as much as I did! I will reply to your latest reviews from chapter eleven ASAP...The reason it will take me a little longer than normal is because you guys gave me 42 of them! 42 from one chapter! I never received that many for any of the chapters in Forbidden so I thank you for making me feel so special! Now that this story is complete I can return my focus on Forbidden...I beg you to give me a few days to readjust myself to the path I was taking with that story. Thank you!
As Ginny and Draco stepped out of the woods and onto the Weasley's property, Ginny gasped seeing Harry sitting in a chair with his head in his hands. She looked at Draco who immediately gestured for her to go and talk to him while he leaned against a tree. Ginny walked over and knelt down beside him. Harry sat up quickly. "Ginny! Are you alright? You're entire family is out in the woods looking for you." He shot red sparks into the air out of his wand to alert her family she was home.
Ginny interlaced her fingers in Harry's hand. "I'm fine Harry. Are you okay?"
Harry lowered his head to hide his pink cheeks. "Just a little embarrassed is all. I'm so sorry for doing that to you Ginny. I guess I didn't realize how much you cared for him. I always pictured you there in the background waiting for me forever and when that feeling was gone, I panicked. But I meant what I said….I do love you. I've always loved you. I've just been too stupid to realize it and I'm sorry. And you're right. It is too late. You've moved on…." Harry began to smile. "I just can't believe you've moved on with Malfoy of all people but who am I to judge? I can accept it. But, I don't want you to feel uncomfortable around me Ginny. You don't need to hide your feelings for him. You can talk to me about anything."
Ginny smiled and hugged him. "Thank you Harry. You're going to make some witch very happy some day."
Harry laughed. "Yeah well, it doesn't look like much romance is in the cards for me does it? All the pretty girls I know are taken."
Ginny giggled. "Oh please, you know the girls are always fawning over that sexy scar."
Just then Draco walked up and Harry stood. Harry took a deep breath and extended his hand to Draco. "You're a lucky man Malfoy. Don't blow it."
Draco smiled. "I won't. And luck had nothing to do with it Potter! Ginny hates scars."
The three of them laughed and went inside to wait for the Weasley's return. And return they did….Mrs. Weasley called everyone into the living room for a 'family discussion', Harry and Draco started to head for the kitchen but were both grabbed by the ear by Mrs. Weasley. "Don't think for a minute that either of you are getting out of this one! Now move!" Harry and Draco exchanged anxious looks and walked into the living room where the entire Weasley family was already waiting.
Mrs. Weasley immediately started scolding Ginny for being insensitive, irresponsible, and selfish. She then scolded Draco for possibly endangering himself along with Ginny. Lastly, she reprimanded Harry for starting the entire fiasco to begin with. She yelled at him for expressing his feelings in a juvenile manor. The Weasley boys interjected every now and then but mostly sat back enjoying the scene along with their Father. They were extremely happy that they weren't in front of the firing squad that night. After about an hour, Draco and Ginny were excused from the living room leaving everyone else to discuss the situation. They were given permission to spend some time alone in her bedroom but they had to keep the door open.
Draco flung himself on her bed and threw his arms out to each side. He sighed loudly. "So that's what if feels like to come from a large family! They say everything on their minds! They yell at each other in front of everyone!"
Ginny sat down feeling extremely uncomfortable. "I'm sorry. They just don't know how to be discreet. I hope they didn't offend you."
Draco sat up with a smile. "Offend me? That was incredible! Even your brother's were cheering your Mum on when she yelled at us. They seemed even more upset about it than her! I'm far from being offended."
Ginny looked curiously at him. "I guess I don't understand."
"Ginny, you're entire family was worried about us both. I've never been treated like that before. They were furious but it's only because they cared about our safety. Your Mum is scary when she's upset…..The way she pointed her finger at me and yelled was amazing. And your Dad just sat there with a smile on his face. He's so even-tempered. I could get used to this." Draco said as he hugged her.
Ginny laughed. "You didn't mind being yelled at in front of about ten people? Weren't you embarrassed?"
Draco chuckled. "Not at all! It almost felt safer since I knew they weren't about to curse me in front of that many people. I could tell that even though they were upset….They were on my side. Plus, it was very entertaining to see your Mum lay into Potter….I'd pay money to see that one again."
Ginny shoved him playfully. "Be nice to Harry, he's had a rough day."
Draco looked shocked. "You expect too much of me Kitten. I just keep replaying him hanging his head in shame saying I'm sorry Ma'am. Ugh! Where's a pensieve when you need one?"
Ginny shook her head with a smile. "You're too evil…Speaking of evil, what did you mean you knew they wouldn't curse you in front of that many people. What parent would curse their own child for misbehaving?" Ginny began laughing at how ridiculous it was but noticed Draco shift uncomfortably.
He forced a smile. "No one….I was just trying to uh get my point across….That would be evil. Anyway, I'm going to get some sleep. Good night Kitten."
"Draco wait….I'm sorry. I didn't realize!" Ginny stopped him at her doorway. "Sometimes I forget…..I'm sorry."
Draco unconvincingly gave a confused look. "What are you talking about?"
Ginny shrugged. "I just want you to know that the things you've gone through….The terrible things that have happened to you are over. You're safe with us. You know that right?"
Draco smiled and gently grabbed her chin with his fingers. "I know Kitten." He kissed her softly and tried to walk out again but Ginny pulled him back.
"Because if you ever wanted to talk about it, I'm here to listen." Ginny pleaded.
Draco wouldn't make eye contact as he sighed in frustration. "What do I need to talk about exactly? There's nothing worth bothering you about."
Ginny knew she was treading on rocky ground but couldn't stop herself. "You may not think it's worth it but I do. Sometimes talking about things makes it easier to deal with them."
Draco started pacing with his fists clenched. "What, now I have to deal with things? Why? What for? Nothing from my past bothers me….Nothing! It doesn't even affect me!"
Ginny's throat seemed to close on her as she whispered. "If it doesn't affect you, then why are you so angry right now?"
Draco shrugged off her hand she had tried to place on his shoulder. "I'm not angry! Do you really think I care that he used the cruciatus curse on me at least once a day? Do you think I care that he would use his cane on me if I stepped out of line? I don't care Ginny! It stopped hurting a long time ago! He said it would make any weakness disappear and it did…..Do I seem weak to you?"
Draco was now looking out the window as Ginny cried silently behind him. "Draco, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to make you talk about it. I didn't know he was so horrible. I can't imagine what you must have gone through as a child."
Draco was panting heavily but whispered as he turned to face her. "Well it doesn't matter now. It's what made me who I am today. Goodnight Ginny." He walked out of her room and went to bed on the cot in Ron's room.
Ginny tossed and turned all night. She felt terrible for making Draco talk about his past. At around 2:00am Ginny heard someone coming down the hall towards her door. She watched her doorway curiously wondering who would be up that late. She smiled as Draco stopped in her doorway and waved shyly. Ginny waved back and he entered the bathroom. She felt a warm sensation in her stomach at his sight. His usual pajama pants without a shirt could always make her blush.
She got out of bed and stood in her doorway. She heard the bathroom door open and grabbed Draco as he stepped out. She started to laugh as he clumsily tripped over her feet in surprise. Draco covered her mouth with his hand and gently closed her door. He whispered while smiling. "Have you lost your mind? Are you trying to get me killed? If you're brother's find out I'm in here they'll skin me alive."
Ginny giggled underneath his hand and guided him over to the edge of her bed. "What's the matter Malfoy? Not feeling brave tonight?" Ginny teased as she gestured towards the bed.
Draco looked from the bed to Ginny to the closed door back to Ginny to the bed. He appeared to be thinking things through very carefully. Suddenly he smiled widely. "So what did you have in mind Kitten?"
Ginny's smile faded. He had called her bluff. "I uh…Well, I just thought….I thought I made that perfectly clear."
Draco eyed her hungrily. "You did, did you?" He pulled her close to him making her aware of his arousal.
Ginny glanced down quickly and blushed. "Oh, I um…..Uhhhhh…."
Draco laughed, hugged her, and headed for the door. "Goodnight Kitten."
"Wait!" Ginny flinched at how loud she yelled. "I mean wait. Don't go."
"You don't want me to go?" He said with a raised eyebrow with his hand on the door knob.
"Well no of course not….I want to…I mean I want you to…Maybe we can…" Ginny was beat red as she looked at the floor.
Draco walked over to her and moved her face up to his with his hand. "What do you want Ginny?"
Ginny gasped and covered her mouth. "Don't ask me that!"
He chuckled as he headed for the door again. "Why not?"
"Because I can't say it!"
"Why not?" He said again with his hand on the door knob.
"Because I can't!….What do you want?…Ha!" Ginny crossed her arms assuming he was just as embarrassed as her. Unfortunately for her….He wasn't.
Draco tilted his head and smiled softly. He eyed her as he walked over slowly with his usual strut. He stopped when they didn't have more than an inch between each other but he didn't touch her. She looked up at his longing eyes as he whispered. "I want to make love to you Ginny."
Ginny felt his words deep inside her. She almost fainted at the rush of heat that burst into her face. He bent down and kissed her softly but for only a moment. He slowly pulled away and winked. "Another night."
For what seemed like the millionth time that night, he headed for the door. Ginny charged after him turned him around and forced his lips onto hers. After a few minutes of passionate kissing, Draco scooped her up into his arms and walked her over to the bed. He placed her down gently and crawled on top of her. "I love you Ginny."
Ginny was never more sure of anything in her life. She wanted him at that very moment. Draco looked deep into her eyes begging for permission. Ginny smiled and nodded as he slipped off her nightgown. He kissed her everywhere as she ran her fingers through his hair. His first thrust made Ginny yelp which was immediately muffled by her own hand over her mouth. She was sure she would split in two at any moment although Draco was being extremely gentle and moving slowly. Ginny had her eyes slammed shut and her arms wrapped firmly around his neck but then loosened her grip as the movements became less painful after a few minutes. Draco had one hand grasped tightly around hers and the other clinging to the sheets. His hair was falling into his eyes as he arched his back to look at her. "Are you alright?" He whispered noticing Ginny's unreadable expression.
Ginny immediately smiled and nodded which he took as a 'Yes.' They made love for hours into the night as Draco moaned her name and kissed her fiercely.
Ginny had the sudden fear that she would never be able to walk again now that it was over. As Draco held her close and nodded off, Ginny realized how desperately she needed to use the restroom. She took a deep breath and wiggled out of his deep sleeping arms. As she slid on her nightgown and stepped onto the cold floor she yelped in pain. You have got to be kidding me! Ouch! She definitely felt the pain of making love for the first time when they had started but she didn't realize the after effects it would have on her. Now she wasn't so sure she wanted to attempt to use the bathroom. She wobbled awkwardly to the door.
She heard Draco giggling behind her so she uncomfortably turned around. "What's so funny?"
He shook his head and stretched out. "I guess I should have warned you….Sorry about that." He was now grinning proudly.
Ginny gave a disgusted look. "You should be sorry. I've never heard other girls talk about it hurting so much."
Draco laughed loudly. "Then they obviously haven't shagged me!" Ginny threw a shoe that knocked him on the head. "Ouch! It's not my fault! There's nothing I can do about it!"
"I can't believe we're even talking about this." Ginny said trying to hide her smile.
Draco sat up and gave a serious look. "I can't believe how much I love you."
Ginny's eyes filled with tears as she bit her lip. "Me either."
The next few days went by quickly. Ginny was now walking normally and thankful her Mum had stopped asking her questions about it. One day outside Draco whispered to her. "I can't stop thinking about that night. It keeps replaying in my head."
Ginny glared at him. "Good I'm glad because you're going to need that memory to hold you over for the rest of your life. I'm never going near that thing again!" She pointed below his belt.
Draco looked more shocked and disappointed then Ginny had ever seen him before. She laughed and hugged him. "I'm only joking you git!"
Draco started breathing heavily and grabbing at his chest. "Thank God! I think you almost killed me. I think I almost died right then. You're an evil woman."
Ginny scoffed. "I know it. But that's why you love me."
That night in her backyard, Ginny was looking back on all the memories she had made with Draco. She couldn't believe all that had happened in such a short time. She was sure she'd wake from the dream at any moment. Suddenly she was reminded of how wonderful things were as eight tall figures were walking towards her laughing and talking loudly. Draco, Harry, and her brother's had just finished a game of Quidditch and were exchanging competitive words back and forth.
Fred slapped Ron on the back with his shirt. "Lucky Malfoy bailed you out Ron! You can't keep anything out of the goal posts!"
Ron shot back quickly. "Lucky Charlie saved you from that bludger! You'd be laid flat on your back right now if it weren't for him!"
Fred laughed and nodded in agreement. Ginny just watched as the men in her life continued to exchange words and poke fun at each other. Draco lay down next to her on the blanket she had brought out. "Kitten, can you please tell your brother's to not be so brutal with the bludger's next time…..I think I'm dying."
Ginny laughed as she kissed him quickly on the cheek. "You've got to be tougher than that if you want to fit into this family Draco. When will you learn that the twins are not to be trusted?"
"I swear they should have been in Slytherin!" Draco yelled as the others laughed.
That night, Ginny was feeling extremely lonely in her room. She snuck into Ron's room, crawled onto the cot, and kissed Draco softly. His eyes fluttered open and immediately darted towards Ron snoring on the bed. Draco tried to swat away Ginny's wandering hands. He whispered once he caught a hold of both of them. "What are you doing?"
Ginny whispered back with a grin. "I couldn't sleep. I wanted to be with you."
"Go back to your room Ginny. I'm serious."
"No. I want to be with you."
Draco still whispered but had a very angry tone in his voice. "This is not the time. Are you trying to get me kicked out of here?"
Ginny shook her head. "Of course not. I just can't stop wanting to do it again."
Ginny started to kiss him passionately as he allowed her hands to wander. "Don't do that. Just go back to bed Ginny. We've got plenty of time for this."
"You don't seem to mind too much." Ginny said as she noticed how aroused he was.
Draco grabbed her hands off of him. "Stop that!"
Ron snorted and sat up with his eyes closed. "Stop what? Was I snoring?"
Draco gasped and attempted to hide Ginny but she was gone. He looked from side to side but couldn't see her hiding anywhere on the floor. Ron rubbed his eyes and squinted at Draco. "What is that?"
Draco gave an utterly confused look. "What's what?"
Ron pointed at Draco's chest. "That!"
Draco shifted his eyes down to his chest and screamed. "Argh! Get it off! Get it off!"
He was kicking his feet and swinging his arms around which caused him to get tangled up into his sheets and fall to the floor. He felt something dig into his chest as he scrambled to stand causing it to scratch him. "Argh! It's got me! It's trying to kill me! Save yourself Weasley!"
The 'thing' that had clung itself to Draco's chest dropped with a thud to the ground and scampered into a corner.
Suddenly all the Weasley's were outside Ron's door peering through with looks of amusement and confusion. Ron had started the laughter that everyone began to join in on once they caught sight of what Draco was screaming about. Draco looked from the Weasley's to the corner which revealed a tiny ginger cat with white paws and a white tip on it's tail. Fred and George started teasing immediately. "Run Malfoy! It looks as if it may attack again!"
Ron caught his breath but was rubbing a cramp on his side. "Ginny will be devastated! He's already replaced her with this ferocious creature! How could you Malfoy?"
Mrs. Weasley pushed her way through. "Are you alright dear? I'll just put it outside. Goodness knows how it got in."
Draco shook his head with an infuriated look. "No thanks. I'll take care of it."
Draco swiped the kitten up harshly and ignored the taunts and comments from the Weasley boys about his cowardly screaming as he passed by them. He opened the door and placed the kitten on the ground. He turned around to ensure no one was listening. He noticed that the house was now dark meaning they had finished their laughing and gone back to bed.
He began to pace back and forth in front of it furiously. He began to mutter under his breath. "All this time…Didn't say a thing….Let me pour my heart out…..Completely deceived me…"
At those words Ginny immediately transformed. "Deceived you?"
Draco noticed she had transformed and grabbed her hand pulling her to the woods. He didn't speak a word until they were hidden by the trees. He shouted and stared angrily at her. "YES DECEIVED ME! You should have told me. After all the things I shared with you! I told you as soon as you had been near me as a wolf. I would never hide something like that from you! Was it amusing to see a Malfoy like that? Was it some sort of revenge to make me pour my heart out thinking I was talking to a stupid cat? What were you trying to accomplish exactly? Having power over me?"
Ginny burst into tears which only allowed her to speak briefly. "That's not it at all!"
Draco shook his head and yelled louder. "And I'm supposed to believe that? I can't trust anything you say now! I can't trust you!" He stormed off into the woods with Ginny chasing frantically behind him.
"Draco! Draco stop! Please!" Ginny's cries were barely audible.
He turned around and backed her into a tree. "Why? Why Ginny? What load of crap are you going to feed me now?…What are you waiting for? I'm dying to hear this!"
Ginny's heavy tears and short breathing were preventing her from responding. She continued to shake her head back and forth. Finally, she found her voice. "I did it because I love you!"
Draco started to laugh menacingly at her. "You love me? Right Ginny. You deceived me all this time because you loved me. That one will go down in history among the other tales you've probably told me!"
"No! I didn't tell you because I was dying to be close to you. I didn't realize it until just now but I've loved you since the first time you touched me!" Ginny said not even trusting her own words.
"You wanted to be close to me? The first time I touched you? Who exactly do you think you're talking to? Do you know how many girls I've fed those lines to just to get them in my bed? Sorry, try again!" Draco said arrogantly.
His comments infuriated Ginny. "That's why I never told you! That right there! I didn't want to be one of those girls Draco! I didn't want to be tossed aside like the rest of them! I was terrified of how I felt for you and knew that you would hurt me! I spent so many nights curled up next to you knowing I was safe. Knowing you accepted me as your kitten."
"But how could you allow me to bond with you, trust you, and care for you as something else! How could you not put your trust in me? Everytime you were with me as yourself I treated you with respect! I never hurt you did I? You let all those years behind us dictate your actions. I trusted you but still at this very moment……You don't even trust me." He raised his hands slowly into the air and glared his piercing blue eyes into hers. "I'm done." Draco backed away and turned his back on her.
Ginny's lip quivered as she dropped to her knees watching him walk away. She suddenly regained her composure and took off in a run after him. She grabbed a hold of his arm and whipped him around. She noticed his eyes were now filled with tears. She spoke softly. "This will never be over remember Draco? You can't leave me! I love you. I haven't even had the chance to show you how much I love you!"
Draco shook his head and tried to hide a tear that had dropped. "There's too much deception involved. It will never work."
Ginny pulled him close. "Are you telling me that Draco Malfoy is going to give up on something before it's even started? You never struck me as a quitter."
He spat at her with a disgusted look but did not pull away. "I'm not a quitter! I'm just not going to pour my heart into someone who can't trust me. Who won't take a chance on me! All my life I've been lied to Ginny! And now the one person I thought was going to change it all has done it too."
"I'm sorry Draco! I'm so sorry! I wasn't trying to hurt you! I was stupid and selfish by not telling you. I know that now! Nothing I do can change that! Please give us another chance to start over. Let me make it up to you! I know I can make you happy!" Ginny's pleading words drove a knife through his heart.
He whispered as he held her tight. "I am happy with you Ginny. That's why I'm so upset to see it end."
"NO! It can't end! I won't let you end it! Even if I have to annoy you as much as Pansy! I won't let it end!" Ginny yelled.
Draco burst out laughing. "No one could possibly be more annoying than her." He stepped back to look into her eyes more clearly. "I love you Ginny…..I want to be with you. Can you promise me that you won't lie to me again?"
Ginny jumped back into his arms. "I promise! I love you so much! I'll never pull anything like that again!"
They kissed softly but Draco pulled away and raised an eyebrow. "Should we pick up where we left off then?"
Ginny gasped and smacked him on the arm. "I'm not shagging in the middle of the woods!"
Draco shrugged. "Didn't know cats had a preference."
Ginny took off after him as he ran deeper into the woods. She tackled him to the ground and they held each other and panted heavily. Draco suddenly sat up and gave a serious look. "Promise me if anything ever happens, you'll meet me back on the steps of Hogwarts. You'll be safe as your animagus and I'll be able to find you."
Ginny sat up as well and placed a hand on his shoulder. "Draco what's wrong?"
He shook his head with a look of fear. "My Father's going to find me. I can feel it. He's going to try and take away the only thing I've ever loved."
Ginny's voice trembled. "What would make you say something like that?"
"I don't know. It's just a feeling but it's really strong. If I don't come for you don't go looking for me do you understand?" Draco said as stared into her eyes.
"Draco you're scaring me." Ginny whimpered and hid her face in his arms.
"I'm sorry Kitten. I can just sense something's going to happen."
"How will I know when to go to Hogwarts?"
"I don't know….It may be years before he finds me….But he will find me. And you'll know when it happens. You'll know when to go. Don't cry Ginny. I'm not trying to scare you. I just realized how dangerous being together is for the both of us. I need you to be ready for anything. Okay?"
Ginny nodded in agreement as she held him tightly. The next few months passed by allowing Ginny and Draco to grow even closer together as themselves and their animagus forms. One morning Mrs. Weasley was smiling as she peered through her kitchen window. Mr. Weasley walked up behind her curiously. "What are you looking Molly?"
She smiled at her husband and pointed towards the woods. "Look at them. They're out there almost every day. Would you ever think that two creatures being so different could be so devoted to each other? He chases her in and around the trees and they bask in the sun together. I often see her clinging to his back as he walks along the edge of the woods. Where did they come from I wonder?"
Mr. Weasley placed his arm around his wife and sighed. "I don't think that matters does it? They're obviously crazy about each other and aren't allowing where they come from to dictate where they're going."
"They remind me of Ginny and Draco." Mrs. Weasley said with a tear in her eye. "They're just like them." Mr. Weasley nodded and continued to look out the window with his wife. The white wolf and ginger cat chased each other playfully for hours under the sun without a care in the world.
A/N- So that's it! What did you think? Many of you have begged for a sequel so I left the ending open. I'm not promising anything. If I get some ideas...I'll do a sequel. Thanks again!