Draco's Dilemma

"I don't either… but Luna believes anything she reads… she doesn't have to see it with her own eyes, remember," Blaise stated, then glanced up. "Draco… your father is over there…"

Draco blinked a couple of times, realizing that his father had indeed actually found him. His father's face was as emotionless as it always was, so Draco had a hard time determining what his father was thinking or wanting from the man just standing there. However, he had an idea even so.

Blaise watched as Draco swallowed, his Adam's apple bobbing down really quick. "I think… I don't want to be around when he talks to you… he has an aura about him that is not to be messed with. I pity you."

"Says the person who doesn't even know who his father is," Draco muttered, going and taking a seat nearby. While Blaise left, Luna remained, reading her stupid comic book as Draco thought of it. His father went and sat down in the chair across from him.

"How have you been?" the man suddenly asked.

"How do you think?" Draco mumbled.

"How should I know as I haven't spoken to either you or your mother for some time now," the man stated.

"Well… I don't know either," Draco stated. "I am still recuperating from the war that now hasn't happened. I also don't know what to do about you and mom arguing like this."

"You're an adult in a way, make up your own decision," the man stated.

"I've never made a single decision on my own that worked," Draco narrowed his eyes.

"No… you have always been rather useless, even when I've had a firm hand on you," the man stated, his hand fingering his cane.

"What is it exactly that you want?" Draco sneered, only to have it wiped off by his father's no innocence attitude.

"I had no plans as I've been looking for the two of you, but in truth I plan on bringing the two of you home," the man stated.

"Mother won't let you," the boy stated. "And you don't want to make a scene that would ruin the family name."

"You could try to convince her to come back," the man stated firmly.

"Mother is… how to put it. She is not up to listening to reason and needs time away from you. Let her come back on her own," the boy folded his arms across his chest.

"You are still a child and can not be able to judge that," the man stated.

"Funny…" Draco narrowed his eyes. "You said that I was almost like an adult, yet now you're telling me I am still a child."

"You are still a child," the man snapped. Lucius breathed hard through his nose in frustration.

"We aren't coming back. And you aren't going to try to do anything, as it would cause a scene that you don't want," Draco glared at his father.

His father closed his eyes, then spoke again. "Is there anything that the two of you need?"

"No," the boy was firm. "Mother is happy with… her little project she has going."

"But what about you. You aren't at home Draco," the man stated, obviously trying to get the boy to lean towards him.

"I am fine," the boy glanced at the sky, tapping his fingers on the table.

"I looked into your mother's accounts… she only removed enough for the two of you to live by," the man stated.

"It would insult mother if I accepted something from you… wouldn't it?" Draco stated. "I don't want a gift, but if you are really worried about us, why not have one of the House Elves bring by a book or two?"

"Speaking of House Elves…" the man narrowed his eyes. "We seem to be missing one."

Draco was at first silent, glancing at the ground. "I would rather not talk about… him."

"But you do know about it," Lucius stated.

"I don't want to talk about it," the boy stated again. "I really don't want to talk anymore. I am going back to see mother, so if you'll excuse me. And please don't follow me."

"Draco…" the man stated as the boy stood up. "It is a little bit hard not to know where you are staying as there is only one place around here that you and your mother could be staying. I'll give you some time… to make up your mind on this."

"You're right… I do need time to think about this, as I am confused still as to what is going on," Draco closed his eyes as he walked away. "Have a good day father."

"Oh… they left out Tom Bombadil," Luna suddenly muttered, flipping through her comic book, causing Lucius to narrow his eyes at her.

1/2/2014 – This series is getting a rewrite. Rereading this chapter I feel that this is a good place to end this one.