I find myself stepping inside the Leaky Cauldron to Floo home.
Why, you ask, would I even be in the Muggle World in the first place, to even need to go to the Leaky Cauldron to Floo home?
The bloody Ministry decided that, despite the evidence Potter presented to the Wizengamot, I would still get a tracking spell put on me to monitor my use of magic for a year. I don't have the Dark Mark tattooed on my arm, and yet they still believe me to be a Death Eater just because of my father. I'm not my father!
Well, they had two flaws to their plan of the monitoring charm. I don't have my wand, which Potter has, so I can't even do magic, and the tracking spell doesn't even go into the Muggle World. I know this because I used Uncle Sev's wand once to do some warding, and the Ministry didn't even come after me. They are severely lacking in their standards of spell casting ever since the war ended. Not that I'm complaining…..much….
The Muggle World has provided me with a refuge from all the disgusted stares thrown at me in the Wizarding World.
And why, you ask, would I even choose to step a foot in the Muggle World if I despise muggles?
It's rather simple; I don't detest muggles. I had to act like I did for appearances. In fact, they've rather grown on me. I especially like the Muggle clubs, which are quite scarce in the Wizarding World. Besides, what better way to hide from people, than in plain sight?
At least whilst I'm hiding from the Wizarding World, I'm in good company. Speaking of the good company, where is Uncle Severus? He wasn't in the lounge when I stepped through the fireplace.
He's probably in his study or potions laboratory. Oh how he loves his dungeons and potions. Uncle Sev gave me a home after the war. Since Mum and Father are in Azkaban, and thus are still alive, I haven't any access to any assets. That includes housing. The Ministry revoked the Manor from my family for the "investigations of Dark Magic and Death Eater activity". Of course the Aurors will find Dark Magic. The Malfoy family is famous for using Dark Magic, obviously. And the Manor was used as a Death Eater hideaway, so they will find evidence of that surely. As a result of this, I will not be getting my home back. Not that I really want it back, mind you. I've never felt safe there as I do now with Uncle Sev. Spinner's End is my home now and I'm happy here. You tell this to anyone mind you, you'll be wondering where you've been for the past ten minutes. Malfoys do not speak about their feelings.
Hmm, I was right as always. Severus is in his dungeons with his potions. He's hunched over a cauldron, making what looks like an important potion. Dreamless Sleep Draught. Why would he need that? Is he having nightmares? Stupid question, of course he is; I am as well. No matter how skilled one is in Occlumency, they will never be able to block the horrors of the war that had passed just five months ago. Anybody these days will have nightmares. Only time will tell if they will go away.
"Are you just going to stand their and ogle at me, or are you going to come in?" Sev drawled.
"I didn't want to disturb you," I reply and I make my way into his lab. "And Malfoys don't ogle, so I couldn't have possibly done so."
He fixated me with a glare.
"You already did, but it is no matter. I am quite finished." As he said this, he bottled his potion is several bottles and placed them in his potions cupboard. He then turned toward me.
"Is there something you wanted, Draco?" he asked me tiredly.
"I just wanted to tell you about a little tidbit of interesting news I acquired today, but if that is too much, then I suppose I can tell you tomorrow…"
He sighed. "It is not that I wouldn't just love to hear about this information you have found so interesting, it is only that I am tired. I have been working all day, Draco," he said testily.
"No need to get tetchy. I don't need to tell you now. I'll get out of your way."
"No need for that, Draco. I'm famished, how do dinner and a spot of tea sound? Then you can tell me all about what happened today?" Uncle Sev asked me.
"That sounds quite amiable," I agree.
With a flick of his wand, Severus cleans out his cauldron and we walk out of his lab to the kitchen. I sit at the table in the kitchen while Severus makes tea. I call for our house-elf Jasper to make us some dinner.
"Draco, what is this so interesting information you gathered today?" Severus asked me in his clear sarcastic tone, sitting across form me at the table, having brought over the tea.
"It's about Potter," I started.
"What about Potter?" Uncle Sev asked with his typical scowl at the mention of Potter.
"He was in Muggle London when I went there today. He's working at this café there and he just happened to be my server. And he didn't even seem surprised to see me there. Of course he could have masked that, though he was never a great actor. He always wore his heart on his sleeve. He was quite civil actually. It was strange…he's changed."
"Why does seeing Potter matter? The farther away he is from the Wizarding World, the better," Severus snarled.
"It matters because he has my wand!" I admitted.
"That is…definitely a predicament…"
"A predicament, a predicament!? It's much more than a predicament! He has my wand! He has my magic!" I yelled.
"You of all Draco, should know that a wand does not hold your magic. The wand is the focuser for one's magic, as most people can't cast spells without it. But there are the select few, including myself, that can cast spells wandlessly."
I mumble incoherently and being admonished subtly.
"I did not reveal that to you, though you should have already known, because you are being tracked on your use of magic. Using magic without a wand wouldn't rid you of that fact." Severus told me.
A/N: Hehe…don't hurt me…I'm sorry this is short and I took so long to dish this out. I've had finals this week and they are over now. Summer is here so, prepare yourselves for another update or two. I wasn't sure when or where to end this chapter, so I just ended it here. I didn't know what else to write anyways….I hope you like this chapter and you understand some more things. Please Review!! Thanks!!
P.S. You'll find out how Severus is back with us later in this fic. So stay tuned. J