Heart and Soul
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Two months later …
Draco scratched the back of his neck and stared blankly into Luna's earnest face. The story she had so quickly relayed rung in his ears. "So …" he began, drawing out the word as he contemplated the ramifications of what he'd just been told, "you're … not … a Seer?"
Luna shook her head, jostling the wreath of ivy that had been precariously placed atop her crown. He had been preoccupied when she'd explained its purpose, but if he knew Luna—and he did—it was probably some sort of Nargle repellent; he had refused inoculation, and Luna was quite diligent about protecting him from infestations.
Draco rubbed his chin as he noted the uncharacteristic wringing of the witch's hands. He ran his palm across his mouth, hiding his grin; she was adorable when she was nervous. It was such an unusual sight that he wanted to enjoy it while it lasted. "And the whole thing with Hermione and Severus …?"
"Oh, it was a true prophecy," she was quick to insert, "just … not given by me. But someone had to help them see they were meant to be together! What if she'd married Ron instead?" Her widened eyes displayed her horror at the thought.
Swallowing back a chuckle, Draco arched an eyebrow. "And there was one about us, as well?"
"Yes," she admitted, then hastened to add, "but I'd love you anyway, with or without it."
"Good to know," he said, his lips quirking as he attempted to rein in his amusement. "Are there … more?"
She shrugged, her expression guileless.
"Right." Draco wasn't certain what to make of that. How many prophecies could she have in that head of hers? And how many involved people they knew? Merlin.
"Are you angry?" she asked, tilting her head to one side, causing the ivy to tip askew.
Lifting his hand, Draco righted the wreath and then tucked a strand of her hair behind her ear. "No."
Her eyes narrowed as she searched his face for any sign that might belie his denial. She must have been satisfied with what she found, because her eyes quickly returned to their normal, wistful state. "All right, then."
"All right? Does that mean you'll—?"
Her eyes widened in surprised delight, and Draco groaned, knowing exactly what was about to happen. Merlin's beard, did these creatures mate all the time? Luna's mouth curved into a mischievous grin before she turned and began to run, the sound of her footfalls muffled by the snow. "You should hurry!"
Shaking his head at her antics, he chased after her, much as he had the first time they'd visited the forest. "Oi, are you ever going to answer my question?" he called out, grinning like a fool when the sound of her laughter floated back to him.
She skidded to a halt at the edge of the forest and spun to face him, her eyes sparkling as he caught up with her. Her chest heaved with her exertion, but she said nothing, seemingly happy to do nothing more than look at him.
"Well?" Draco said, arching one brow.
"Yes." Luna grabbed his hand and stepped out of the forest, into a small clearing.
"Yes, you'll answer the question, or yes, you'll—" Draco's muttering came to an abrupt stop, his jaw slackening as he took in a sight that few had ever seen. "Merlin's left hairy toe. It's the Griffleback Snorflunks."
Slowly, he looked away from the short-legged creatures, who were stomping their feet, searching for any signs of edible foliage beneath the snow. "Yes?"
She nodded, her eyes glazing over as she stood up on her toes and briefly pressed her mouth to his. "Yes, I'll marry you."
And then it was his turn to kiss her, and as he did, Draco knew, standing in a snow-covered Scottish clearing with the call of so-called mythical creatures filling the air, that she had truly captured him, heart and soul. Life with Luna would never be boring … and he looked forward to every moment.
A/N: And that's the end! Luna just couldn't keep her secret from Draco—she had to tell him. ;)
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