A/N: Here it is. The very last chapter of Dark Nights. I know, it's sad, but I'm starting a new story that should be up soon…ish. I'll update here again when I get it up and you can check out my profile to find it. I already have the first chapter written but I like to have some chapters written in advance just incase writers block strikes. Sorry this took so long to put up, the holidays were hectic around here! Enough rambling, here's the story!
"I still don't get why you're spending so much time with him!" Charlie yelled from a few stairs below me. I rolled my eyes and ascended up to the fourth floor quickly, leaving the redhead behind. Unfortunately he caught up to me when I came upon Draco's bedroom door and found that it was locked. "I barely get to see you anymore."
I whirled around to face the former dragon tamer. "Don't you think there's a reason for that?" I damn near yelled in his face. "Have you ever thought maybe I don't want to see you for a while?" I let my temper get the better of me and only stopped when I saw the hurt on his freckled face. "Charlie, I'm sorry." I said weakly as he turned and flew down the stairs back to the ground floor.
When he was out of sight I hurled my fist into the nearest wall, punching a hole right through it. Draco's door was flung open and the blond saw me leaning against the wall with tears running down my face. He pulled me to my feet and I collapsed into his arms.
"Are you sure you're okay?" Draco asked at least half an hour later when I had finally stopped crying. I shook my head. "Is there something I could do for you?" I looked up and noticed that Draco's face was mere inches from mine.
Instincts cut in and I wrapped my arms around his neck. The pale boy tensed until our lips finally met. Distant voices brought me back to reality and I pulled away. We looked at each other for a moment, color dotting Draco's cheeks as my own face warmed.
"Well," Draco said after a moment, "I don't know about you but that cleared up a lot of things."
"Yeah." I breathed. He kissed me softly and I smiled at him. "So what do we do now?"
"I say we go with the flow. Roll with the punches." He pulled away gently.
"It would probably be in your best interest if Charlie didn't find out about this." I told him.
"Find out about what?" A voice from the door asked. How had we been caught? Charlie had stormed away after I had yelled at him. I let out a sigh of relief when I found it was only Marco standing at the door. "What's going on that Charlie can't know?"
Draco looked from me to the dark haired vampire from Italy. "Nothing, you'll find out eventually."
The week wore on and Draco and I continued to see each other while other vampires slept. My schedule became hectic with little time to sleep. By the next weekend I started to pull away from everyone, including Draco. He didn't object only let me know that he'd be there if I wanted to talk. I was thankful and shut myself in my bedroom for a while.
When I finally came out of my room close to 27 hours later I stumbled down to the kitchen and grumbled a hello to the two vampires sitting at the table.
Full and in a better mood I made the trek up to Draco's room. Charlie tried to stop me somewhere around the second floor but I brushed right past him. "What's your problem?" He asked, following me closely.
"You." I whirled on him. "In case you didn't catch the hint, I'm not choosing you so stop trying and go back to being my friend." Charlie jerked backwards and almost fell down the staircase. "Please." I added softly and ran the rest of the way to Draco's room.
The end of the week came and I looked out at the vampires and Halflings gathered in the Meeting Room. Draco smiled at me from near the back of the room and I gave a shaky smile back.
"If I could have your attention," I called over the dull roar after the last few vampires trickled in through the large oak double doors, "I'd like to announce…" My breath caught in my throat. Hundreds upon hundreds of eyes stared up at me. "To announce…" I repeated.
"Who you're going to marry." Marco supplied for me, sitting in the lap of his life partner, Terrell.
I nodded solemnly. "Right." Out in the crowd two sets of eyes stared at me expectantly. One icy blue and soft, the other ocean blue and hard. The butterflies that had taken home in my stomach laid eggs which hatched, made cocoons, became butterflies, then started the process all over again. I took a deep breath and swallowed, trying to moisten my mouth. "Would…would…" Draco nodded encouragingly from the back of the room. "Would Draco Malfoy please come up to the stage?"
An angry, "I knew it!" came from the crowd and I looked sadly at Charlie. "That's it! I don't have to be here. I don't deserve this." He stormed out of the room, a sight that damn near broke my heart. No matter how much I loved Draco I still didn't want to lose the redhead as a friend.
Draco was next to me with a hand on my shoulder when I finally tore my eyes away from the doors. "It's okay." He whispered. "He'll come back eventually. I'm sure of it."
"So when are you going to change him?" Another voice called out from the crowd. When I found its source I recognized the strong vampire as a member of the army. "We need a new leader soon or we could be overrun by the werewolves and wizards."
I looked at Draco. "Tonight." I said shakily. "Right now I find myself in need of sleep. This meeting is over."
My stomach wouldn't settle and as soon as the last few vampires left the room I leaned into Draco. He stroked my hair and told me that I did fine and Charlie wouldn't hate me as soon as he pulled his red head out of his arse. I let out a small laugh at that comment and Draco pulled away. "Are you okay?" I nodded and he pressed his lips against mine in a gentle kiss.
It had been 13 hours since I had changed Draco and he was still sleeping off the affects. I pulled myself into a corner and rested my chin on my knees. If you had asked me two days ago I would have told you that I was positive that I was doing the right thing. Now I wasn't so sure.
I knew that I loved Draco but I was still only a teenager and had no idea what I was doing. Whatever Draco and I had could be over in a couple months or less and then what would we do? I had asked the former leaders about it and they told me that it was permanent, though they thought I was being hypothetical.
When my mind finally came to a rest I had come to the decision that I would stay the leader as long as Draco and I were together. As soon as we stopped loving each other or lusting after each other or whatever this was we would retire and go our separate ways.
Deep down I hoped that this would last longer than a few months and that what we had was true but my mind kept reprimanding that part of me and telling it that it wasn't logical.
While the two sides of me were arguing Draco woke up and came to stand in front of me. I looked up at him but couldn't focus until he pulled me up and kissed me softly.
He hadn't changed much. His platinum blond hair had stayed the same as well as his pale skin and lean stature. The only thing that seemed to be different was that his icy blue eyes glinted silver. I smiled up at him and explained the plan.
More or less he agreed, even though he claimed he'd try his hardest so that he wouldn't have to feel guilty about ruining my chances at ruling an entire species. I laughed softly and told him that love wasn't about trying and that if it fell apart that it was okay. I had found I wasn't the best at ruling and making decisions for other people.
With a bright outlook and hope in our hearts we set off to start our life.
A/n: I hope that was a good alternate ending for all of you Draco fans! Again I'm sorry that it took so long for me to post but writer's block is hell and the holidays were hectic. Thank you for reading my story!!