Rating: this chapter – NC17
Author's Note for this chapter: Done! This is more or less an epilogue. There wasn't much story left to tell and I didn't want to go into long boring details of their wedding.
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Twenty years later...
Draco stood beside his mother-in-law, Lily as they watched Hedwig enter the docking bay. James, Severus, Dumbledore and Remus scrambled into the room a few moments later.
"You were almost late, James." Lily admonished. James kissed her cheek.
"Sorry love. The Council meeting took longer than I expected." James replied. "Did we miss him?"
"No. Just docking now." Draco replied, pointing to the window they were looking out from.
Hedwig landed smoothly and technicians swarmed her to check her over. The bay doors opened and the first people to step out made Draco smile with delight. It had been some time since he'd seen his parents and their visit was extra special. Lucius was gesturing wildly with his arms in a way Draco had never seen him do before. His mother had an indulgent smile on her face as if she had been listening to Lucius go on about whatever it was for quite some time. She placed a hand on his face and said something in return that calmed Lucius down instantly. She always did have a calming effect on his father. His parents turned and spotted him in the observation room and they waved to him before moving to the lift that would bring them to him.
Ron, Hermione, Hugo and Rose Weasley were the next to off-board. Draco chuckled as he stared at the small family. Hermione didn't believe the healers when they told her she was expecting twins. Fred and George had fun teasing their sister-in-law, causing the sometimes non-violent Hermione to retaliate with fists. The twins had come out worse for wear after and Harry hadn't allowed Luna to heal any of them for two days after the scuffle. Fred and George learned to stop teasing her, but it didn't stop them from sharing their practical jokes with their niece and nephew.
Delilah Finnecree Zabini and her twin sister, Delphinia, the youngest students to graduate from Hogwarts academy followed behind The Weasleys, chatting amicably with Neville, Luna and Ginny. The girls had surprised all their fathers when they requested to take up Healing and Science. Blaise had wanted them to become pilots much to everyone's amusement.
Draco's smile widened when he saw the first of his three sons step off the ship. James, looking very much like his father and grandfather, was walking backwards, talking to someone Draco couldn't see and bumped into Delilah. Delilah promptly turned and smacked James in the head. James rubbed his head, his face turning several shades of red as he noticed his family watching from the window. He waved to Draco, who waved in return.
Harry and Draco's second son, Scorpius, was next off, talking to Teddy Lupin-Snape. They both had a portable computer in their hands, and Draco could guess they were talking about engines again. Severus had wanted his son to be something other than a space jockey with an engine fetish. But it was one wish that wasn't granted, much to Remus's amusement.
Albie was next off the ship carrying a diagnostics machine. He had been trying to reconfigure Hedwig's warp drive so that it gets maximum speed in the short amount of time and distance and he was getting close to a break through.
Draco's breath caught in his throat when the ship's captain stepped off the ship. He felt his heart speed up. After three children and almost twenty-five years of marriage, Harry still had the capability of making Draco's blood boil. Only the slight graying at his temples gave solid proof to Harry's age.
"Shall we go down and meet them?" Lily suggested. Draco nodded and they headed out.
Harry was talking to everyone when the rest of his family arrived.
"...I have never been more proud to call you all the very best crew Hogwarts Academy has ever churned out, and I'm not just saying that because I'm related to most of you. As your teacher, I am doubly proud. Congratulations. Expect assignments for all of you in the next few weeks. Dismissed!" And with that, the second generation began searching out their family members. Draco made his way to Harry's side, just as he pulled his sons around him for a hug.
"Dad!" Jamie groaned.
"Hey, give your dad a break. He just watched all of his children graduate from Academy!" Harry chuckled, ruffling Jamie's hair.
"I take it everything went well?" Draco asked.
"I would not call coming straight out of a 3-G dive into the path of an on-coming asteroid...well." Lucius grumbled. Draco looked from his father, to Jamie, to Harry and back again. He covered his face with his hands.
"Tell me you didn't let him do that?" Draco groaned. Harry just shrugged his shoulders.
"Now you know where Harry gets it from." Lily grinned, looking at her husband.
"What?" James asked innocently.
"It was a controlled dive, Grand-père, and I knew that asteroid was there." Jamie replied. "I wanted to scare you."
"Then I thank you for scaring ten years off my life."
"Lucius, behave." Narcissa informed her husband.
"Lucius." Narcissa glared at him. He crossed his arms and huffed. Draco chuckled.
"Face it, Lucius. You've got another daredevil in the family." Severus smirked. Lucius glared at the vampire.
"At least he doesn't have his head stuck in the belly of a starship most of the time." Lucius snapped back.
"Gentlemen." Lily admonished. Her tone was enough to make Severus and Lucius feel like they were ten years old again.
Draco looked at his family and couldn't help the silly smile that curved his lips and made his eyes sparkle. And to think, he'd almost given all this up.
"What's that look for?" Albie asked, staring at his father.
"I'm just happy. Do I have to have a reason?" Draco answered.
"Father, you're an odd one." Scorpius sighed.
"Let's go home and celebrate the graduates." Dumbledore exclaimed.
There were nods of agreement all around.
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Later that evening, after Draco made sure everyone was settled, he made his way to his quarters with Harry, eager to get his husband alone to share his news.
What he found when he arrived to their bedroom, however, was enough to make him forget what he had planned on saying.
Harry lay stretched out on their bed, naked and hard. He was stroking his cock in a lazy fashion, his other arm curved behind his head. Draco gulped.
"Hey." Harry smirked, completely aware of the effect he was having on his spouse.
"Huh?" Draco mumbled, his eyes locked onto Harry's hand wrapped around his cock.
"Articulate much?" Harry chuckled. Draco's gaze snapped up to Harry's.
"I can be articulate...when I need to." Draco whispered.
"How about now?" Harry asked, removing his hand from his cock and sucking one of his fingers into his mouth. Draco felt desire pool low in his belly.
"Huh?" Draco repeated. Harry chuckled, moving into a sitting position at the edge of the bed.
"Come here, love. I've missed you." Draco moved into the space between Harry's spread thighs and groaned when Harry mouthed the front of his tunic, dampening the cloth and making his cock visible to Harry's hungry gaze. Not speaking a word, Harry slowly undressed Draco, revealing pale skin to his hungry gaze. For each bit of skin that was revealed, Harry pressed a kiss, licked or bit, making Draco moan repeatedly. When Draco was as naked as he, he began to worship the body before him until Draco's skin was sensitized to no one's touch but Harry's.
Harry pulled him down to the bed, caressing Draco's thighs, watching them fall open of their own volition.
"Please Harry!" Draco begged.
"I thought you'd never ask." Harry smiled, pulling a jar from the bedside table. The assault on his senses began anew as Harry slowly stoked his body from within, setting him on fire. Harry played his body like a finely tuned instrument, knowing his weaknesses and his strengths. Making him crescendo at the right moment and bringing everything to a close to garner a standing ovation.
They lay together, afterwards, breathless and sated. Draco loved the comforting weight of Harry resting on top of him. He stroked his lover's sweat-soaked back, feeling Harry sigh in contentment against his chest.
"Hmm?" Harry whispered, on the verge of sleep.
"Don't go to sleep yet. I have something to tell you." Harry raised his head to look at him.
"What's the matter?"
"Draco?" Harry sat up fully, worry etched all over his face.
"I had a bit of a fainting spell a few weeks ago."
"Draco!" Harry exclaimed, running his hands through his hair. Draco sat up as well, placing a hand on Harry's shoulder.
"It's nothing serious, love! Well...it's kind of serious...but in a completely good way. I think."
"Will you stop babbling and tell me what's going on?"
Draco took a deep breath.
Harry stared at him for a full minute.
"I'm sorry. I don't think I heard you correctly. Could you repeat that?"
"I'm. Pregnant." Draco repeated. The silence was longer.
"Huh? How's that possible? We're guys!"
"Severus said there is no scientific precedent for this. Healer Pomfrey seems to think it has something to do with you and your magic."
"She said very powerful mages, such as yourself, if they truly desire something and it's straight from their heart, can create whatever it is they desire."
"I never thought this was possible!" Harry exclaimed.
"It is now."
"We used a surrogate for James, Scorpius and Albie!"
"A surrogate wasn't needed apparently for this one." Draco chuckled. Harry didn't laugh with him, choosing instead to stare at his husband in shock. He jumped out of bed and began to pace, muttering the whole time. Draco began to get worried...and nauseous.
"Harry, as much as I love watching you walk about naked, your pacing is nauseating me." Harry stopped and stared at him again.
"This isn't some kind of joke? You're really pregnant?"
"You didn't notice?"
"You kissed every inch of my body."
"I think I would notice something like that!" Harry exclaimed.
"Come here." Draco held out his hand. Harry took it and was gently pulled back onto the bed.
"I'm not going to hurt you, am I?" Harry asked, his voice trembling a little. Draco kissed his hand before placing it on the small stiff swell on his stomach. He watched Harry's eyes widen in wonder, splaying his fingers across that small expanse of skin.
"Wow! There's really a baby in there!" Harry grinned. Draco nodded, leaning over to kiss Harry's cheek. "Are you sure you want to go through this? Mum said it wasn't fun."
"I want to do this, Harry. This life inside me, our daughter, according to Healer Pomfrey, is something you and I created. This means more to me then you could ever believe."
Harry looked from his hand on Draco's stomach to Draco's face and Draco watched one lone tear slip down his cheek. He reached up to wipe it away. "Harry?"
Harry closed his eyes and took a deep shuddering breath, before opening them again. Draco gasped as he stared into Harry's eyes. He could see directly into Harry's soul, and saw all the love Harry was feeling for him at that moment. He could only hope his eyes were conveying the same message.
"I, Harold James Xavier Marcus Evans Potter, take thee, Draco as my bonded lifemate. Where you go, I follow. Where you hurt, I bleed. You are my heart, my soul, my everything and I am so blessed to be a part of your life." Harry whispered. Draco felt his own tears gather as he listened to Harry repeat the words he spoke at their bonding ceremony those many moons ago. He swallowed past the lump in his throat.
"I, Draco Abraxas Lucien Malfoy, take thee, Harold as my bonded lifemate. Where I am at my weakest, you make me stronger. If I stumble and fall, you will catch me. From this life to the next, I shall be by your side." Draco whispered in return, repeating his own vows. Harry leaned close and kissed him with so much tenderness and passion, Draco's tears slipped unheeded down his cheeks.
They drew apart slowly and Harry swiped his thumbs across Draco's cheeks, wiping away the last of his tears.
Finally, Harry grinned, gaining back some of his bravado.
"What do you think of the name 'Chrysanthemum"?" he tossed out.
...Draco's laughter could be heard throughout the entire castle.
And they all lived happily ever after...
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Author's note: As I sit here and stare at this...the only thing running through my mind is "Thanks Derek for the completely cheesy ending. If my readers don't lynch me for taking so long to update, they'll definitely lynch me for this!" LOL! Ah well...my muse is a fickle gay bitch with a leather fetish! Thanks everyone for reading and reviewing this long-ish story. It was a long tough road but I saw it till the end, and I'm glad you made the journey with me. If you celebrate, I hope you all have a happy and wonderful Thanksgiving. Until next time!