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Awakening of the Blood Moon
Dumbledore's Last Speech
At the last supper of Hogwarts, Dumbledore rose to give his end of year speech–the last he would ever give. "I bid you all farewell. I know how much you have changed since your time here, how much you have grown. I hope you continue to learn and grow and change. It is a big, beautiful world we live in, full of secrets. This is a troubled time we live in. Voldemort is still on the move but do not despair. I trust that one day he will be defeated. I wish you all to unite in the war against Voldemort. Life will go on. Live your lives, fulfill your dreams. Live life to the fullest. Then when the time comes for you to move on to the next life, you will have no regrets." Dumbledore picked up his glass and looked down at all his students. They all looked confused. Some wondered if he was about to choice students knew the truth. Dumbledore did not have much time and they couldn't help that. As Reenie and Draco were leaving the Great Hall, Snape stopped them.
"Draco, I need you to come with me," he said.
"Where are we going?" Draco questioned.
"Headmaster's office," muttered Snape.
Draco groaned and glanced at Reenie. "Wait for me in the common room."
When Draco got to the Headmaster's office, Harry, Ron and Hermione were also there. They looked as confused as he did when he saw them.
"What's going on?" Ron demanded, glaring at Draco. "What's Malfoy got to do with this?"
"Watch what you're saying, there, Weasley," Draco glared back and sat down.
"Draco and Harry both know what happened on the astronomy tower," said Dumbledore, "and I'm sure by now, so does Ron and Hermione?"
Hermione nodded. "Professor, are you sure dying now is right? Hogwarts needs you. I'm sure you can sruvive until we destroy Voldemort."
Dumbledore shook his head. "I have a few months, at best. I am already dying, I'm afraid. I have some parting gifts for you four. You would have received these eventually, through my will but I think under the circumstances, I should give them to you in person."
Dumbledore handed the sword of Gryffindor and a Snitch to Harry. "I'm sure you are familiar with these, Harry. This is the Snitch you caught on your first Quidditch Match, and you used this sword to destroy the basilisk."
"But why do I need these?" Harry questioned.
"These will be helpful in your mission to destroy Voldemort," Dumbledore said. "For you, Ron, I leave you my deluminator."
He handed him the small item. Ron tried it out, taking away the flame of the candle and returning it.
"Hermione, I want to leave you the first book I've ever read. The Tales of Beetle the Bard."
"Mum used to read us that book!" said Ron. "'Babbity Rabbity's' my favorite story."
Draco chuckled and his laugh was cut short when Dumbledore addressed him.
"Now Draco, I originally did not plan to leave anything for you," he said. "But then I had a good look at this and I thought that it would be beneficial to you."
Dumbledore handed Draco the locket he took from the cave. Harry gasped.
"Professor, that's one of the–are you sure you want to give it to him?"
"What do you mean by that?" Draco demanded Harry.
"Well..." Harry groaned.
"It's not as we thought it was, Harry," said Dumbledore. "Draco, could you open the locket and read the message inside?"
Draco sighed and did as he was told. "To the Dark Lord, I know I will be dead long before you read this but I want you to know that it was I who discovered your secret. I have taken the real Horcrux and plan to destroy it as soon as I can. I face death in the hope that you will be mortal once again. R.A.B." Draco glanced up. "Who's R.A.B–and what does this have to do with me?"
"Draco, R.A.B is Regulus Arcturus Black, your mother's cousin," Dumbledore said. "He used to be a Death Eater but he learned of Voldemort's secret and sought to destroy him. This is a Horcrux, an item used to a hold a person's soul. He has more of them, by destroying these, we will be able to destroy Voldemort. We think it would be beneficial for you to carry out your late cousin's mission and help Harry destroy the Horcruxes."
"But I—I don't know how to destroy a Horcrux!" Draco shouted. "You've just now told me what they are!"
"There are ways," said Dumbledore. "Basilisk venom, for example. Harry used a basilisk fang to destroy Tom Riddle's diary."
Draco remembered a small book his father had. There was a Horcrux in their home this whole time?
"Oh, and that is why you're giving Harry the sword of Gryffindor," said Hermione. "Because he used it to kill the basilisk and it has basilisk venom on it."
"Precisely," said Dumbledore.
"You don't expect Malfoy to use Gryffindor's sword on these things, do you?" Ron asked skeptically. "I mean, he's a Slytherin."
"You implying it's too heavy for me, Weasley?" Draco demanded.
"Only a true Gryffindor can use the sword of Gryffindor, it is true," said Dumbledore softly. "That is why I am offering Draco another present." He held up his wand. "The Elder Wand, I'm sure you know that it is the most powerful wand in the world. It was by this wand I was able to destroy Marvolo's ring in such a way that it no longer served as a Horcrux—but it too nearly destroyed me."
"Wait, in order to become the master of the wand, I have to kill you," said Draco. "I already said I'm not doing it. Let Professor Snape have it."
"You will need it more, Draco," said Snape. "And you don't have to kill the previous owner of the wand in order to become its master."
"I—I don't?" said Draco.
Dumbledore shook his head. "I got this wand from Grindelwald after fighting him. I did not slay him, but only disarmed him and stunned him. I kept the wand and he went to Azkaban. That is how I became its master. I'll ask you to duel me and disarm me."
"Professor, are you sure that's a good idea?" said Harry. "Letting Draco have the Elder wand?"
"Harry, you already have a method to destroy Horcruxes," said Dumbledore. "But Draco cannot use the sword of Gryffindor. Draco will be in your group as you search for the Horcruxes, and you will need the Elder wand to destroy them, or fix anything that a regular wand cannot. I wish to give the wand to Draco…unless any of you are willing to fight me for the wand."
"Professor, why don't you give it to Reenie's parents?" Draco suggested. "Won't it be safer with them?"
"I have already offered it to them," admitted Dumbledore, "and they believed that it be used against Voldemort."
The one Slytherin and the three Gryffindors sat silently. No one wanted to fight their headmaster. Draco pondered his options. It was likely he couldn't return home. Voldemort was unhappy with him, and he surely would try to kill him. It would be just as Reenie told him. He would witness firsthand what a Death Eater's life is like and it won't be pretty. Perhaps by following Dumbledore's advice in helping Potter and his crew defeat these things, Draco would have a chance. He may still live, and he'll become a hero. Maybe he wouldn't get the same fate as his cousin, Regulus. As Draco pondered it, he really had no other alternative. It was either go home and get killed and watch others get killed, or help Potter bring The Dark Lord down. After all, Draco had his own reasons to have him finished.
Draco sighed and stood up. "I'll duel you for the wand."
The fight did not last long. Dumbledore taught Draco a few spells as they dueled and lastly, Draco disarmed him. After Draco acquired the wand, Dumbledore insisted that he only use it for the purpose of destroying Horcruxes, or repairing wands, should they break.
"So, after the term is over," said Draco, his eyes moving to Harry. "Am I going home with Potter?"
"He's not, is he?" Harry inquired. "My Aunt and Uncle already give me a hard time as it is."
"No, Draco," said Dumbledore. "I sent a letter to your mother and asked for her help. She will meet you at Kings Cross with your Aunt Andromeda. She feels you will be safe with her until you and the others search for the Horcruxes. She has already moved some of your things into your aunt's house."
Draco nodded. "All right. Er, so…when do you plan to die? What is going to happen to Hogwarts?"
"My death will come shortly after you leave for home," Dumbledore explained. "Snape will become the new Headmaster. The four of you are not to return to Hogwarts. Stay hidden as you search for the Horcruxes. Stay together, work together and trust each other."
As promised, Reenie remained in the Common Room for Draco. He explained to her what happened in Dumbledore's office and showed her the Elder wand.
"He gave this to you?" Reenie asked.
"Well, I had to duel him for it so I become the real master," said Draco, "but yeah. He wants me to help Harry and his pals. I don't know how he expects us all to work together."
"You want Voldemort finished as much as Harry does, don't you?" Reenie inquired, sitting back into the sofa and pulling her leg up to make herself comfortable.
"Sure I do," said Draco. "But you know…Potter and I have a bit of a history."
"You two came for me," Reenie reminded him. "I think that's a start to the two of you working together."
"I guess," said Draco. "But it still won't be easy. I don't know when we'll start hunting for them. I guess by the end of the summer. I hope we find them quickly."
"Maybe you will," said Reenie. "Good luck, Draco, really."
"I wish I could go with you instead," Draco groaned. "I want to see this Crystal Tokyo you mentioned."
'You don't want to see it now," said Reenie. "It's a mess."
"Well, maybe I can help," said Draco. "You wouldn't believe it, but I am pretty good in Herbology."
Reenie looked at him doubtfully.
"I'm serious!" Draco insisted.
Reenie shook her head. "Draco, Dumbledore told you what you need to do. If he wanted you to go with me to Crystal Tokyo, he would've said so. This is your home, Draco. You need to stay here. I got to go to my home and fix what's left of it. Maybe once Crystal Tokyo is restored, I'll return and bring you with me. You can see Helios and I get married."
"Huh?" said Draco. "Reenie, I'm sorry to remind you, but Helios was killed."
"Yes, I know," said Reenie. "But mother can bring people back to life."
"Oh, I see," said Draco. That sounded just great. Reenie would return to him only so Draco could watch her marry someone else. Wasn't quite what he had in mind. But he didn't care. He still loved Reenie and she was important to him. He had to get it out while they were alone. He couldn't spout out his feelings in a crowd. "I guess this is it, then?" Draco asked. "Reenie-I'm glad I got to meet you. I think the reason you came to Hogwarts was for me. You had to straighten out my life. I owe you."
Reenie chuckled and pushed herself out of the couch. "Draco, you don't owe me anything."
Draco jumped up before she could walk away. He grabbed her by the arm and pulled her to him. He kissed her passionately, deeply, as if he truly believed this was the last time they'd have a moment alone. Reenie wanted to resist at first, but something in her wanted him. She too was afraid they'd never see each other again. Reenie twisted his platinum blond hair with her fingers. They kissed until they were out of breath and resorted to holding each other close, refusing to let go. "There was no way I could say goodbye to you like that with everyone standing around," said Draco. "Especially your dad."
Reenie laughed, though she felt like crying. Was this really the last time she would be with him? She was promised to someone else, it was true, but Draco had become important to her. Could she just forget him?
The next morning before the Slytherin girls left the dormitory, Tracey Davis gave Reenie a selection of nail enamels.
"What's this for?" Reenie inquired.
"Since you won't be around for manicures," Tracey said, "you're going to have to do your own touch up."
Reenie smiled. Ever since the Eclipse, Tracey gave Reenie regular manicures. It was Tracey's way of apologizing for what she and the others had done, and her way of giving thanks.
"I'll make sure to do that," said Reenie. "Thank you, Tracey."
Between breakfast and boarding the train, Reenie said goodbye to the majority of the student body and the even the teachers. She was quite surprised when Professor McGonagall wished her goodbye. Professor Snape insured her that Draco and the others will be all right. Slughorn gave her a list of professional people in the wizard world that she could look up, should she ever come back and was in need of a job. As Harry and his friends were boarding the train, Reenie wished them luck in their quest.
"You know about it?" said Harry in surprise.
Reenie nodded. "Yes, Draco told me last night. Please try not to give him such a hard time."
Harry groaned. "All right. Bye Reenie and—I'm sorry if I ever—well—you know."
"I understand," Reenie said with a smile. "Goodbye, Harry. Take care."
"You too, Reenie," said Hermione, standing on the steps behind Harry. She waved at her and Reenie waved back. The Golden Trio disappeared into the train and Reenie walked away from it. She caught Draco before he got in the train.
"You weren't going to leave without saying goodbye, were you?" she asked him.
"I said goodbye to you last night," he whispered to her. "I told you I can't say goodbye to you in front of everyone."
"Fine, then I'll do it," Reenie threw her arms around the blond that was first her arch enemy, and now possibly her best friend. She kissed him on the cheek. "I'll never forget you, Draco."
The pale boy felt his cheeks grow warm. "I won't forget you either, Reenie."
They stepped apart. Draco boarded the train and Reenie joined her parents.
"I'm ready," she said.
"You do not wish to wait for the train to leave?" Neo Queen Serenity inquired.
Reenie glanced at the train. People will still boarding and Assiah was still saying goodbye to her friends. Reenie saw Draco settle in his seat and look at her longingly. He was alone. Reenie felt as if her heart was breaking.
"Well, I guess we can wait until the train takes off," said Reenie. "I think Assiah would like that."
After the last of the students boarded the train, the wheels began rolling.
"Bye guys!" Assiah shouted to her Hufflepuff buddies. They waved at her and she took off running. Out of the corner of her eye, Reenie saw Draco looking at her.
"Dammit," Reenie muttered and she too, started running with the train. Reenie started calling for Draco. Draco saw her running along side the train and even through the glass, he could hear her yelling his name. He stood up and opened the window.
"Reenie, what is it?"
"Be careful out there!" Reenie called to him. "Don't you dare get yourself killed!"
"I won't," said Draco, "but even if I do, I'll haunt the rest of the Death Eaters for eternity!"
She laughed. "Draco, I love you!"
"I love you too," he said and he reached through the window for hand. Their hands touched briefly before the train carried Draco and the rest of the student body away. Reenie stopped at the end of the platform, waving. She stood there until The Hogwarts Express was just a red dot at the edge of the horizon.
Reenie's parents came up behind her. Neo Queen Serenity sighed thoughtfully. "Hmm, I might be mistaken, but that Draco boy resembles Helios."
Reenie laughed and turned to her mother, falling into her embrace. "Oh Mom."
When Reenie arrived home, the first thing she wanted to do was meet the person responsible for Earth's near-destruction. It probably wasn't wise, but ever since the war started, she wanted to know who this mysterious Sailor Death Star was. Even though she was told that Sailor Death Star was originally a sprite from a brown dwarf, Reenie couldn't shake her desire to meet her. Reenie had questions for the sprite, and she had some things she wanted to say to her. Only Reenie needed the right opportunity to visit Acyls however. She had to go when her parents were occupied.
Assiah was able to find the problem with King Endymion Golden Crystal. Its core had became tainted, just as the core of Earth. The dark energy in the core of King Endymion's crystal prevented him from being able to use it to its full potential. It was a result of being brainwashed by Beryl and when Earth was attacked by so many evildoers. By drawing out the dark energy inside the core, he would be able to use his crystal to restore Earth. To do this, they needed the Galaxy Cauldron. Neo Queen Serenity transformed to Sailor Cosmos and took her husband with her to the Galaxy Cauldron. Others remained behind to use their wholesome energy to keep the world stable.
While her parents were away and everyone was busy, Reenie decided to go and visit the sprite Acyls. Sailor Cobalt Wanako, who was given the chance to return home, came with her. She was curious to learn the true identity of her former boss. The animamate had offered to turn herself into the dungeon, but because of her change of heart, Neo Queen Serenity felt that she did not need to be imprisoned and could return to her home planet. As much as Sailor Cobalt Wanako wanted to return home, she wanted to pay her debt somehow so she stayed on Earth to help rebuild the kingdom.
The dungeon had several different types of cells for certain criminals. A simple cell with bars may keep an ordinary human from leaving, but not an individual that could bend metal or make things disappear. Alcyls was in a small stone cell. The door had a small window of bars near the top and a slot guards could open in order to give the prisoner dinner. Reenie opened the door of her cell and went inside. Acyls was sitting on her small cot against the wall. In the corner were a sink and a toilet.
Sailor Cobalt Wanako looked at small Acyls in disbelief. "I took orders from a greedy little brat? Just perfect."
Acyls glared at the animamate.
"So you are Acyls?" said Reenie. "What made you decide to become Chaos' tool?"
"I was no tool," said Acyls defensively. "I wanted to take away all of your power. Why should your pathetic planet get all this energy while other galactic bodies get nothing?"
"Oh quite your whining," muttered Sailor Cobalt Wanako. "I suggest you don't make her angry. She's the one who took out the Riders of Gotterdammerung and messed with Hare's mind. She's likely do it again."
Acyls gasped. "Her? She's the one?" She shrank back against the wall.
"I am," said Reenie sternly. "I am Princess Selenity, heir to the throne of Crystal Tokyo. I am the daughter of the Queen of the Moon and the King of the Earth. You don't' want to mess with me, little one. You're lucky it was my mother who caught you. She was much more lenient. I could torture you and make you feel as we have felt—if I was still Sailor Black Moon. No, but I have a new transformation now. I can transform into Sailor Eclipse, the sailor scout of revenge. I will have my vengeance, but it won't come in me torturing and killing you. Instead I'm here to tell you your stay here will be so long and so agonizing, that you will begin to miss that small, useless brown dwarf you once called home."
Acyls stared at Sailor Cobalt Wanako. "You've got to save me! I don't want to be here!"
"You've been a bad girl," said Sailor Cobalt Wanako with a shrug. "You'll be in time out for a long time…unless of course I can ask the queen if I can give you a hell of a spanking."
Acyls gasped at her words. Reenie smirked and looked at Sailor Cobalt Wanako. "Come, we've got work to do."
It was hard work, but Crystal Tokyo was rebuilt. When Neo Queen Serenity and King Endymion returned they used the repaired crystal to purify the Earth from its very core. While they did this, the others, including Sailor Cobalt Wanako, helped rebuild the city. After proving her worth, Neo Queen Serenity gave the animamate her starseeds and told her she could return home. Reunited with her starseed, Sailor Cobalt Wanako did not have need for her bracelets anymore. She broke them off and left Earth.
Once the Earth was more livable, Neo Queen Serenity used her crystals to return the fallen back to life. However, not everyone returned as Sailor Solders. Those that had the shine of their sailor crystals removed came back as normal human beings. They were all reborn as babies, some of them in different countries. Even Darey, who Neo Queen Serenity was sure had returned, did was not in Crystal Tokyo with the rest of the family. Neo Queen Serenity could sense who was alive, but she did not know exactly where they were. Reenie searched for Helios. Her mother had told her she was alive, somewhere but she could not find him. Reenie saw him in her dreams, only fleetingly. She visited his grave every day.
"Helios," she said, setting roses on his grave. "Where are you?"
She was confused. Yes, she missed him and loved him still, but part of her missed and loved Draco Malfoy. It had been nearly a decade since she's been home. Was Draco successful? Was he able to help Harry destroy the Horcruxes? Did he die in the attempt? She loved them both and even if Reenie wasn't sure if she could continue her relationship with Helios, she at least wanted to know where he was and if he was all right.
Reenie dreamed that night. She was walking toward the Sailor Scout School when she heard a horse neighing. Reenie stopped and looked around. There were no horses running. She looked to the skies and saw Pegasus.
"Pegasus!" she cried.
As Pegasus came closer, Reenie noticed that Pegasus had a rider. It was a young man with light blond hair and a pale pointed face. Draco Malfoy.
"Draco?" Reenie murmured.
Pegasus landed on the ground and Draco dismounted. Reenie ran to him. "Draco! How'd you get here?"
Draco patted Pegasus. "He led me here, of course."
"Pegasus?" said Reenie, glancing at him.
"Yeah," Draco said. "I wanted to see you, Reenie. I had to. It's all I can think of, dream of and I came across Pegasus. He told me he could take me to you."
Draco stepped forward and enveloped her in his arms. Over Draco's shoulder, Reenie saw Pegasus lower his head.
"He needs you, Reenie," he said to her. "And you need him. You can help each other fulfill their dreams."
Reenie felt the sunlight enter her bedroom window the next morning. She sat up, the dream still fresh in her mind.
"Pegasus?" she mumbled. She pulled a chain up from behind her nightgown. It had her engagement ring on it. "Are you…telling me…that you approve? Are you giving me your blessing?"
She thought for a moment and bounded out of her bed room without getting dress. She went out to the cemetery and stopped at Helios' grave. She approached it slowly and removed the chain from her neck. She hung it on the cross shaped tombstone and backed up.
"Thank you, Helios."
Reenie knew what she had to do now. She had to return to the past immediately and find Draco. She used the gates to open to the Wizarding Age in England, Malfoy Manor. She fell through the sky right outside the Malfoy's gate.
"Ouch!" she hissed. "Why do I always have to fall from the sky?"
"Can I help you?" said a woman's voice.
"Huh? Oh, yes!" Reenie turned around and bowed. "This is the Malfoy residence, right?"
There was a woman with golden blond hair with a wand in hand.
"Yes," she said. "I am Narcissa
"So you're Draco's mother," said Reenie. "I'm Reenie Shields. I'm here to see him."
"Oh, I'm sorry," said Lucius. "Draco's not here anymore. He's gone."
Reenie's heart sank. "Gone—do you mean? He's dead?"
"Oh no, no!" Narcissa exclaimed. "No, he's at work. Oh, I'm sorry. Would you like to come in?"
"That's all right," said Reenie. "Could you tell me where I could find Draco?"
"He's become that woman's apprentice," said Lucius Malfoy, coming along side his wife. He too was tending to the garden, and he did not look too happy about it. He wanted a servant. "I told him to go get a job at the Ministry of Magic, but no—he wanted to play with horses! I thought he learned his lesson about them when he was attacked in his first Care of Magical Creatures lesson!"
"Lucius, Draco insulted a hippogriff," said Narcissa. "You grounded him for making a fool of himself, and you. Remember?"
"Exactly!" said Lucius. "It will be only a matter of time until he gets gored by a unicorn!"
"Unicorn?" said Reenie.
"Yes," sad Narcissa, "Draco is studying unicorns and flying horses. Not long after Hogwarts, he became Sally Cole's apprentice."
Reenie rubbed her head. Sally Cole, the magical horse breeder and unicorn expert that Reenie met at Slughorn's party. Draco Malfoy gave up his life of luxury and an opportunity to advance in the Ministry of Magic to study unicorns and flying horses? Reenie started laughing.
"I thought it was funny too, at first!" said Lucius. "I thought Draco was joking, oh, but he was serious. This is your fault." He added to his wife.
"Me?" said Narcissa. "What are you talking about?"
"You're always coddling the boy," said Lucius. "I wanted him to go to Durmstrang, but you said it was too far!"
"Not only is it far, but it's cold!"
"Ummm," said Reenie, but Draco's parents continued to argue. "Excuse me. Hey! SHUT UP!"
"What?" shouted Draco's parents.
"I don't care what you think about his new occupation," Reenie said. "I just want to know how to find him!"
Sally Cole's Magical Horse Ranch enormous. There were large corrals about with unicorns running around. There were stables and barns and an office, where Sally Cole took care of customers and paperwork. Reenie decided to go into the office, thinking she would find Draco's whereabouts there. She found Sally Cole talking to her receptionist, speaking about a client's thestral.
"Excuse me," said Reenie, once Sally Cole was finished with her conversation. "I'm here looking for Draco Malfoy."
Sally Cole gasped. "I remember you! From Horace Slughorn's Christmas party!"
"Really?" Reenie said. "It was ten years ago..."
"Yes, and I've met many people," said Sally. "But I remember you telling me about the possibility of crossbreeding unicorns and flying horses. We've actually tried this, and we were successful."
"That's great!" Reenie exclaimed.
"Would you like to see them?" Sally asked. "I can give you a tour."
"That would be lovely," Reenie said. "But first–could you tell me where I may find Draco Malfoy? His parents told me he became your apprentice."
"Yes, of course!" Sally said. "I'll take you to him." Sally led her through the back door and while discussing Draco Malfoy's work. "He's a great lad. I was surprised when he wanted to work for me. He said that his wand had a unicorn hair in its core, and he wanted to learn about unicorns. It was he who insisted that I tried crossbreeding, in fact. Reminded me of your suggestion. You never would've guessed a young man like Draco Malfoy would be interested in this line of work–but he surprised us all."
"His parents included," Reenie said as they made it to the stables.
"Yes, Lucius still gives me a hard time about it," she muttered. "Tells me I'm endangering his future. Truth be told, I've never been so busy! The whole wizarding community either wants to come here for a ride, or wants to buy a horse for themselves!" She laughed and then stopped at the entrance. "Draco will be tending to the horses here. I have to go now. So much to do!"
Sally Cole ran back to her office and Reenie smiled to herself. She felt grateful to Draco for reminding Sally Cole about her suggestion. Reenie walked onward, looking at the various unicorns and horses in the stables. She heard whistling and found Draco brushing a unicorn. Reenie took a step to the gate of the cubicle and her heart skipped a beat. "Draco," she said quietly.
The unicorn noticed Reenie standing there. It neighed and stepped to the gate.
"Hold on, I'm not finished," said Draco playfully, turning his head, watching where the unicorn was going. "I promise to...Reenie."
Draco dropped the brush and stared at Reenie.
"Hi, Draco," she said softly.
Draco opened the gate and rushed to Reenie, picking her up in a tight hug. They held each other for a long moment.
"I knew you'd come back!" he exclaimed. "How'd you find me?"
"Your parents told me of your new job," said Reenie. "So...did you really become Sally's apprentice because your wand a has a unicorn hair?"
"Partly," said Draco. "I have always wondered my wand had a unicorn hair in it of all things. Thought I could figure out why after studying them for a while. But then I met you and we went to Slughorns' party. You said you love flying horses and unicorns, so I signed up to work for Sally. I thought if I spent my time with these creatures...I don't know...I'd feel closer to you."
"Oh, how sweet," Reenie said.
He shrugged. " Hey, I want to show you something."
He took her hand, asking if she remembered her suggestion to Sally Cole about unicorn hybrids. "Yeah, she said you guys were successful," said Reenie.
"I want you to see the first one," said Draco. He brought her outside to the corrals where a beautiful winged unicorn was grazing. His horn looked like it was shaped out of a golden crystal.
"I don't believe it!" Reenie exclaimed and she climbed over the corral before Draco could say anything.
The magical horse lifted its head but did not run. It allowed Reenie to touch its face. "P-Pegasus?" she murmured.
Whether this was indeed Pegasus or not, Reenie was unsure. She didn't hear his voice in her head, but the creature looked so much like him.
"Reenie, you can't run into a corral like that!" Draco exclaimed. "They may be beautiful, they're still a bit wild–you know."
"He looks like...the one I had," said Reenie. "He's so gorgeous."
"I know," said Draco and he patted the animal's back. "He has an interesting gift too. It's like...he can read your mind or something."
"What do you mean?" she asked.
Draco sighed. "Well, even after I helped Potter dispose of The Dark Lord, I still bore his sign. I still had the Dark Mark and to the public, I was a Death Eater."
"But Draco," said Reenie, "that doesn't mean..."
"I remember the bad things I do every time I looked at it," said Draco. "When this guy was born...my sleeve moved up and I saw the Dark Mark. I was furious with myself...I was wtih one of the purest creatures but I was reminded of my mistakes. I just wanted it to disappear. Then he touched my arm with his horn and...well...see for yourself."
Draco held out his arm. He was wearing short sleeves and Reenie felt stupid for not noticing it before. Draco's arm was free of the Dark Mark. More so, Draco looked so different. His hair slightly longer. His pale skin had a nice tan. So different than the boy she knew ten years ago. Reenie grabbed his arm and looked at Draco, unable to keep from smiling.
"It was like...he was trying to protect your dreams."
"Yeah, I guess you could say that," said Draco. "So, if you're here, then I guess your world is all safe now, right?"
"Yes," said Reenie. "Crystal Tokyo is back, mostly. Still a bit of rebuilding to do, but it is looking tons better than it did."
"What about the ones that died? Are they back?"
"Some of them," Reenie sighed. "I haven't seen Helios...or my brother. My mother is sure they're alive, but they must be in a different time and place."
"Really?" said Draco. "Well maybe I'm really Helios..."
Reenie narrowed her eyes. "Oh please."
"Kidding," Draco said.
"Sally said I could have a tour," Reenie said. "Could you give me one?"
"Sure," said Draco and he took her hand.
"Tell, me, what happened after I left?" Reenie said as they began their walk. "What was it like being with Harry and the others?"
"Difficult," Draco muttered. "I lived with my Aunt Andromeda for a while. My mother gave me Hufflepuff's cup; she got it from Bellatrix's vault and I used the Elder wand to destroy it while I stayed there..."
"Oh no, you didn't blow up their house, did you?" Reenie asked.
"Of course not!" said Draco. "I did it outside. It was shortly before Potter came. He left his place in Surrey with a six others disguised as him. I guess I could've been a candidate, but that wasn't in the plan. When everyone arrived to the 'Safe House' I was to tend to them and make them comfortable. It was awful...one of the Weasley's lost his ear, Moody was killed."
They stopped at a corral to watch some unicorns graze. Draco sighed and leaned against the corral.
"When did you all start searching for the Horcruxes?" Reenie asked.
"Shortly after Bill and Fleur's wedding," said Draco. "We stayed at Sirius Black's old house, where Kreacher was still staying. Because Kreacher used to serve my mother, he was more willing to explain what happened to the locket that Regulus stole. Turned out that Umbridge had it, and we had to infiltrate the Ministry of Magic to get it. That was fun."
Draco laughed and then frowned. "It was sick...actually. I've hated Muggleborns for a long time, really I did. I thought they were a menace, a plague to the rest of wizarding society. But then Umbridge was accusing a Muggleborn witch of stealing a wand from another witch or wizard."
"You wouldn't have thought differently?" Reenie asked.
"I don't know," said Draco, "but it made me think a little differently about muggleborns. I remembered what you said about blood status, that it really doesn't matter. And whether or not a wizard is pureblood or not, a wand still chooses the wizard. I guess I was just comfortable being a pureblood, knowing where my magic came from." He laughed. "I had an interesting talk with Granger when we got back, and I think we understood each other after that.
"We destroyed the locket by using Gryffindor's sword, but after that we weren't sure how to find any mor Horcruxes. We were restless. Weasley was always listening to the radio and it made Potter angry. Weasley wanted to leave but somehow–-I was the one who talked him out of it."
"You?" Reenie murmured.
"Yeah, I know," said Draco. "I told him I was worried about my family getting killed but we can't just run on home to protect them–the Ministry or the Death Eaters would find us. Our job was to find the Horcruxes and destroy them. He ended up staying.
"We eventually found Najini controlling Bathilda Bagshot in Godric's Hollow. I killed it-–Weasley found that kind of ironic. Me being a Slytherin and killing my own mascot. The last Horcrux was in Hogwarts–Ravenclaw's diadem. The Dark Lord came to Hogwarts and there was a great battle. Lot of people died including Crabbe and one of Weasley's brothers. My parents came, they were there. I was so happy to see that they had made it. Is that basically what happened the way you remember?"
Reenie nodded. "Yes, but more people died. This is a different future for you. You certainly did not decide to become a unicorn expert's apprentice. How about Harry and the others?"
"Granger and Weasley married about a year later," he reported. "Potter and Weasley's sister soon after."
"And you're still a handsome bachelor, I see," said Reenie. "Haven't met the right girl?"
"I have," said Draco, leaning closer to her. "I was just waiting to see her again."
Reenie smiled, playing along. "And have you?"
"Yeah," said Draco and he put his arms around her. "And I'm not going to let her go."
"That's good," said Reenie, "because this girl missed you, and wants to take you with her."
"Er–what?" said Draco. "Really?"
"Yes," said Reenie. "I want you to come to Crystal Tokyo and...stay with me there...if that's what you want. But...if you don't want to stay here then...then I'll stay here with you. We'll study unicorns together. I don't want to be away from you ever again."
Draco kissed her deeply and she kissed him back. He picked her up in an embrace. They went to Crystal Tokyo for a while, so Draco could see her world and then returned to Draco's time. They stayed there until it was time for Reenie to take her mother's place on the throne, and she returned with Draco ruling Crystal Tokyo at her side.
There ya go, Jay! It took us a long time, but we got it done! :) I hope you like it. Thanks for everyone for reading and reviewing. Now to focus on other fics!