You can't even imagine how sorry I am that it took this long … in the back of my mind I always knew I had to finish it and this is potentially the last chapter. I will say this. If I get enough reviews ofrom people who want it. I will write a very long epilogue that I have in mind…. Read and enjoy.
I looked at the clock nervously, it was nearly 5:47. I had gotten to come home from work early, because it was slow at the hospital, but I really wish it had been busy. After getting home, taking my shower, and changing into sweats, I had too much time to think … the wedding was in about two days! It seems like just yesterday there was over a week. Where had the time gone?
Doug was next to me on the couch, and I couldn't even concentrate on a book. He was such a sweetheart, and I think he can tell I'm a bit on edge when I set my book aside. He's grown quite a bit, but still thinks he's a lap dog … I was petting him when Draco apparated in.
"Why are you later than normal?" I asked trying to not sound as nervous as I felt.
"Just had a few extra things to do at work. I tried to hurry to beat you for once, but my dad was adamant on me staying to finish a few things to make up for when we're gone," Draco said as he sat down on the couch and put his arm along the back.
"Where exactly are we going? I just remember you saying, that we were going to another one of the Malfoy Manors," I said trying to remember how many homes there even were.
"We're going to the one in Costa Rica. It's a small manor in a small town on the beach, and no wizarding tabloids will find us there. No one knows we have one down there,"
"So who owns the manor?" I asked, a bit confused.
"Well all of the houses are in the Malfoy name. The Malfoy family used to be much larger," Draco said nonchalantly.
"How many in total?" I asked trying to sound like I didn't really care, but the idea of multiple manors sort of scared me. IT was difficult enough to find my way around this one.
"Five if you count this one," he answered.
"Five? That's a silly amount of houses. Where are they at?"
"It didn't use to be silly. The Malfoy families used to have a lot of boys, and there can't be more than one head of the house with the Malfoy men. There's one in England, Costa Rica, Italy, France, and Ireland."
"So none of them are even in the same country? Wouldn't you miss your family?" I asked.
"There's something called apparition or floo," he said with a smirk.
I rolled my eyes, "I know, but that's out of the country apparition, that takes a lot out of you."
"Yeah, going out of the country when I was little was the only time I got floo-lag."
"Oh, so you still go to the other houses?" I asked.
"Why wouldn't we go to the other houses?" He was really confused by this entire conversation, but I was honestly just trying not to talk about the wedding. I really am not ready for this ….
"Well, I just figured you didn't visit the other ones because you still lived in this one after everything that happened here.."
"My mum wants me to be close and there's nothing wrong with this house now," Draco said with a shrug.
"That makes sense, but if we had more than one son as our mandatory kids, they'd each get a different house?" I asked with worry of missing kids I hadn't even had yet.
"If they wanted, or they could live wherever," he answered logically.
"Then maybe we should just have one," I said worriedly.
"Well too bad, I would never have just one kid. It's way too lonely. You're an only child, you should understand my reasoning behind no only children," he tried to reason. I think he could tell I was on edge
I paused, it sounded like he had really thought about this. I smiled to myself, thinking how he wanted to have more than the mandatory amount of kids with me.
"Why are you smiling?" he asked with a smirk and came towards me.
"Oh … no reason really," was all I could get out before he was sitting close to me on the couch. I leaned back against the arm of the couch trying to get away from him. I had recently admitted to myself, that it was quite difficult for me to think when he was so close to me. I also decided it was because I had … a few feelings or him, but how could I not? We were about to be married and were living in the same house.
I never would have admitted this to myself a month ago but he can be sweet and charming when he wants to be, and seems to want to do things to make me happy… sometimes. But other times, he's just being stubborn. Like right now.
I was pulled out of my thoughts as he took my foot in his hand and started to give me a foot massage. I stiffened and looked at him questioningly, but he was intently watching the television and didn't seem to notice my reaction. I was about to ask him what he was doing, but it felt so good and I didn't want him to stop … so I just closed my eyes and laid back against the couch. He probably figured that this would relax me … hmmm it was working..
Suddenly I jerked awake. It was dark, and I felt completely disoriented, but I was only in my room .. how did I get here? I sat up and got out of bed. Doug hopped of the bed and I walked into the connecting 'common' room. It was empty, but I saw that Draco's light was on so I walked over and opened the door.
He stood by his dresser taking clothes out of the closet. I froze .. what was he doing? Was he running away before the wedding.. My heart stopped .. why else would he be packing?
"what … are you doing?" I asked in a quiet voice.
He turned suddenly because he had not heard me come in, "Just packing. My mum is making me go to the Zambini's early in the morning since your bachelorette party is happening here. Also I can't see you before the wedding.." He finished giving me a confused look, "What's wrong?"
"Nothing, nothing," was all I said as I went over and sat on his bed. It was 11:24, so I must have slept through dinner. "Why did you let me sleep through everything?"
"Oh you just seemed really tired. You've been so busy lately with work and planning with the older women. Sometimes I feel guilty just leaving you with them, but let's be honest. I couldn't handle it."
I laughed and laid back on his bed, "I just can't believe that you were going to leave without saying goodbye. It sort of hurts me feelings," I finished with a smirk as I stared up at the ceiling lost in thought.
Suddenly there was weight added to the bed and Draco came into my line of vision. "I would never leave without saying goodbye. You know that …" he said as he slowly kissed down my neck and made his way back up to meet my lips. This kiss made me dizzy because his whole body was against me. My hands went straight to his hair as he lightly kissed me behind the ear, and I smiled to myself.. I could get used to this. I was so distracted by his kisses that I didn't even realize until he was gone that something was wrong.
"what …." Was all I said as I sat up and looked around. Draco was at the dresser where he had just grabbed his wand and was pointing it at the doorway. I followed the direction he was looking and gasped, not because it was his ex-girlfriend looking crazy, but because she had my wand in her hand.
What was she doing here? The spells around the house had now let her in two times. How did this keep happening?
"Emily, what are you doing here? You know you shouldn't be here. We're over," Draco said cautiously.
She looked at him and smiled, "Oh I know, I know. You're stuck with this girl. I've faced the fact that you can't be with me, who you truly want to be with. I admit it only made me like you more when you did the noble thing and followed the law, but I thought you would come back to me sooner. I just came for one last visit before you got married, and I was lucky enough to find this." She held up my wand and looked at me with her eyebrows raised.
Draco looked confused, until he heard me whimper. Then it clicked. He knew how much I loved my wand, and knew all too well what was going on. "Now Emily, don't take things that don't belong to you."
"Oh I'm not going to take it," she said with a smirk. She placed it on the ground and used her own wand to send a spell at it. I watched in horror as my wand was snapped in half. She looked me straight in the eyes, "I'm just preparing you for the future when Draco leaves you."
She then turned towards Draco, "Come and find me anytime. I know you will eventually."
As she talked to him Draco was pulled out of his shock and sent a cure at her. She dodged it and ran from the room. I sat on the bed in utter shock as Draco called for Gingy.
"..You must go and find her. She's in here somewhere," Draco was instructing her.
I couldn't breathe. That wand had been with me through EVERYTHING. The beginning of Hogwarts when I was trying to prove myself, the forest, the battle against Voldemort, and even the years after during healer training, and now that I knew my true heritage … I needed that wand. It was a part of me.
Draco seemed to know what I was thinking. He took the wand, and muttered reparo. I knew it wouldn't work even before it crossed his mind, I thought of Harry's wand and despair washed over me. I now knew how Harry felt, when his wand broke … but then again I don't have to face Voldemort so I don't think it was quite that bad … but still.
Suddenly I was shaking with sobs and I didn't even know that they had started. In an instant Draco was there besides me soothing me. As he kissed me on the top of my head I couldn't take it any more. I pushed him away and stood up. I grabbed my old wand and began to leave the room.
"What are you doing?" Draco asked in a confused voice from behind me.
I turned and looked at him, "She's right you know. And now that my wand is broken there's not more for me to lose. I'm not used to being rich anyways, so I'll be just fine without my fortunes." Was all I said as I hurried into the next room. I picked up Doug, "Don't worry little guy. You're coming with me."
I opened the door to my room, and Draco was on the other side, " I don't understand …" Was all he got out before his mum dad and Gingy came rushing in.
"Are you alright in here?" Narcissa asked in an anxious voice.
"She got away again!" Lucius practically screamed in an evil voice. He looked very angry.
I just nodded and Draco demanded, "How did she get in again father. I thought you fixed this."
"She must know someone in the American Ministry and their power is helping her to break the security. I'm outraged. I'm going to take care of this," he snarled as he walked briskly from the room.
Narcissa looked worried and followed him out, "Now honey, don't let your temper …"
Drat, Draco and I were alone again. He looked at me expecting me to talk, but I just stood there. I couldn't express in words how I was feeling, and that NEVER happens. I also couldn't apparate away with no wand so I just stood there holding Doug with a defiant look on my face.
"Soo ….?" He said looking at me.
"So are you going to move?" I asked with no emotion.
He looked surprised, "That depends, are you going to leave if I do?"
"Is that even a question?" I asked in irritation.
"Yeah I'm pretty sure it was!" he said back. I could tell he was starting to get mad. He hates not knowing what I'm thinking.
I put doug down and pushed past Draco towards my closet. I got out my bag and began to throw things inside of it that I might need.
"Where are you going?" He asked in a gentle voice. Oh nooooooooo he didn't. I was not calming down.
I spun around and looked directly in his eyes, "I'm going HOME."
He looked right back and didn't flinch, "This is your home Mione."
I paused, that would have made butterflies gather in my stomach if I wasn't so furious … oh wait. They were still there … damn it. I needed to get out of here fast. Being here was just setting me up for heart break.
"GINGY!" I yelled panicked.
With a CRACK she was there. "Take me to the Potter's now please."
"Yes Misstress" Gingy said in confusion, and I felt myself leaving the manor. I looked around when I arrived. It felt good to be here.
"GINNYYYYY, HARRYYYYY" I yelled and walked towards the bottom of the stairs. I hope I didn't wake up James …
Suddenly someone apparated besides me and I smiled at my long time best friends, "What's the matter Hermione?"
"If you can't fix this I will be on suicide watch, and I mean it!" I said as I pulled my wand out of my pocket.
Ginny gasped and ran over to hug me. I hadn't noticed her come down but I really needed a hug right now, so I was glad. Harry looked at my wand in utter shock. "How?"
"Draco's crazy ex came to tell me how it was and broke my wand. Please I don't want to talk about it. Just. Fix. It." I begged.
"Honestly Hermione, I keep the elder wand in my vault at Gringots, just because it brings back so many memories. I will get it for you first thing in the morning and go to the manor to fix it. I'm sure I can." He said reassuringly.
I sighed and began to walk up the stairs to my room.
"Where do u think you're going?" Ginny asked.
"If he comes by, I'm not going to tell you to not let him in, but I do not want to see him. At all." I said without turning and continued up the stairs.
"Now Hermione, you know her craziness isn't his fault." Ginny said as she started to come after me, and I heard kreacher call Harry into the kitchen for the floo. Probably Draco.
Once we were safely in my room I turned to Ginny, "I don't know what I was thinking. I was really starting to have feelings for him, but she was right. He will never stay with me."
I sat on my bed and laid back, "Hermione Jean Granger … I mean Hermione Trina Montressor, well whichever name gets the point across .. You know you don't mean that." Ginny reprimanded in a stern voice.
"I really do. Give me some versatrium." I looked right at her.
"You mean to say you're not going to go through with this wedding?" Ginny said in shock.
"Yeah, now I'm really tired…" I said as I got under the covers.
Ginny just looked at me in shock and then hurried from the room. In her face I could tell she saw my defeat.. he didn't want me anyways. Stop! I told myself and closed my mind as Harry had always taught me and cleared my mind completely. I was just about to fall asleep when the door slammed open. Draco was standing in the doorway panting.
"I wouldn't go in there if I were you!" I heard Ginny say from down stairs.
I heard him mumble to himself, "I can handle myself." Just as I looked up at him and raised my eyebrows. Just daring him to say something.
"Don't give me that look Mione. Please come home. My mom is so upset," Draco tried to reason.
"Tell your mom I'm sorry and I will miss her too," I said just trying to stay stubborn, but I could feel my resolve ending. Sure I was upset, but Draco hadn't mean to do anything to hurt me. Even if he did date a crazy American. The look on his face was so anxious … maybe I over reacted a little on him. Not about my wand!
He was standing in the doorway still and took a step forward, "I would miss you too Mione if you didn't come home. Forget what Emily said. I'm marrying you, remember?"
I paused.. "You would miss me?" I asked in surprise.
"Of course, Mione. It's not the same at the manor without you. Please come back with me, even if it's just so Harry and Ginny get some peace of mind and we can keep fighting there." Draco was pleading with me, and something about the look on his face made me put my hand out towards him.
"Ginn, I'll talk to you tomorrow." I called.
"That's right, you better!" She called and I couldn't help but laugh to myself as I reappeared in my room. She was going to be demanding details tomorrow…
"OH Gingy is so glad to see you're back Mistress! I must go tell Mistress! Gingy was so very sad Gingy had to take you to the Potter Manor!" But then she disappeared with a CRACK.
Draco sat on my bed and patted the spot next to him. I reluctantly went and sat next to him. I felt much better after Harry told me he could fix my wand … but there was still something bothering me.
Draco took a deep breath, "Now I want to talk to you about this, but if you're just going to make Ginger take you somewhere once you get upset again then I'll save it for another time. She wanted to punish herself for taking you away .."
I looked down at my hands feeling guilt wash over me ..I took a deep breath as well and looked into Draco's brilliantly silvery, blue eyes.
He continued, "As soon as you left I couldn't stop thinking about what would have happened if you hadn't been in my room when she broke into the manor. I would have never forgiven myself if …"
"Why?" I interrupted. "You can't deny she had one thing right. You don't want to be with me."
He opened his mouth, but promptly closed it. I had surprised him by what I said, and I could tell. He closed his eyes and massaged his temples just like he always does when he is stressed.
"You know, you're too stubborn to have this argument with right now, but maybe someday you'll believe me. But until then all I can do is try .. Honestly Hermione, almost every day I wonder how different my life would have been if you had grown up with your biological parents. I know that we would have seen a lot of each other when we were younger, and at the very least been pretty good friends. You could have helped me to be a better person during the war, and I could have saved you all that heart ache from Weasel through the years. I may not have wanted to be matched with you at first Miss Granger, but deep down I can't deny the feeling that we are a pretty great match and might have ended up together under the previous circumstances."
By the end of this little speech he was looking directly at me and I could see the sincerity in his eyes. That fact nearly took my breath away and I could barely believe what I was hearing. He was right though. We would have ended up together if my family had lived and it would work now, because even after all of that hate and fighting from previous years, our personalities somehow fit together in a unique way.
As I looked at Draco, I knew I may not love him now, but there was something there that would have never been uncovered without this law .. so I said the only thing I could think to say, "I'm sorry."
He gave me a brilliant smile, "I wouldn't have expected anything different from a hot tempered witch like yourself. No one touches another's wand without consequences."
I laughed and laid down on my bed. I could tell he wasn't about to leave after he found out his manor was not safe from his ex, " Soo, I'm guessing that you're staying in here tonight to protect your wandless fiancé?" I asked with sarcasm.
He slipped off his shoes and laid back as well, "I must protect my woman." I rolled my eyes as he gave me the most Malfoy smirk I had ever seen, but surprisingly it didn't annoy me. It made me smirk right back at him as I took his wand.
"NOX!" I said and the lights went out as Doug hopped on the bed.
"Give that back!" Malfoy reached over and yanked his wand back.
"See … it feels vulnerable without a wand, doesn't it?" I pouted after a yawn, I was so very tired.
I heard him yawn as well, "You have a watch dog and a fiancé to protect you. You have nothing to worry about."
…. ((I thought about ending the chapter here, but I'm going to continue since I took soooo long to update))…
I stretched and opened my eyes. It was already quite light outside… what? I sat up confused, because there was no Draco or Doug … Then I saw the note.
My mom made me leave at the crack of dawn, so you wouldn't see me. She also didn't want Doug to disrupt your spa day, so I took him with me. Have a great day with the girls.
See you at the altar,
I sighed and got up to shower for the day ahead of me. I was just finishing getting ready when Ginny came rushing into my room.
"SOoooooo…." She looked at me expectantly.
"Soooo what?" I asked.
"Is he good in bed? You had to have had make up sex! I saw the way he was looking at you!" Ginny squealed.
I looked at her in shock. Of course Ginny would be thinking that, "I'm sorry to disappoint, but I will be sleeping with Draco for the first time on our wedding night."
She shrugged her shoulders, "I just thought …."
"We did have quite a nice talk though, once we got back. He also slept in here since I didn't have a wand and his ex is crazy," I explained to maybe appease her.
"Oh so that's the reason he told you," she said as she raised her eyebrows. I laughed and threw a pillow at her as I walked over to make my bed. "Only you would do that with house elves in the house." She said but I just gave her look that said 'don't go there.'
She laughed, "I wasn't trying to be mean. Just stating a fact. You'll have to do it later though because it's just about time for brunch, and I bet everyone is here by now!"
I nodded and went down stairs to greet my bridesmaids. Ginny, Lena, Luna, and I all had a wonderful brunch followed by a day of pampering in the Manor with massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures. Then we had a late tea with Narcissa, Grandma, Grandmum, Mrs. Weasley. During tea we pretty much discussed the wedding, which only made me more nervous for tomorrow.
Later that night we went out to the bars with a lot of girls from school to celebrate my last night, but I honestly don't remember much ….
All of a sudden I found myself standing in front of a huge mirror brought into my room especially for today. The dress I recognized from the 100 fittings I had, but my hair was elegantly styled up in a complicated bun and many details. Honestly, it had never looked anywhere near this .. My makeup was done by Lena again, but this time she went all out and I honestly felt like a Barbie with brown hair. No one was going to even know who I was … They would be asking "who is Draco marrying? I thought it was Hermione?'
"Oh sweetie, you look sooooooo beautiful!" Grandma said as she came into the room.
"I'm so proud to be here!" Grandmum said as she walked over to my other side.
I smiled at them, "Thanks for agreeing to walk me down the aisle. I just couldn't see it any other way!"
They both looked near tears, and I was about to tell them how much they mean to me but then the bridesmaids started to walk down the aisle. I felt my pulse increase, and the nerves pick up even more. By the time it was my turn I was so ready to get this over with I just wanted to run.
I put a smile on my face and began the walk into a sea of people ..
honestly I don't remember details from the ceremony very well, but it was beautiful and the scene was a lot to take in. Everyone of those tiny decisions I had to make over the months had paid off. This was definitely a Malfoy wedding.
The preacher seemed almost too old to be presiding, but our vows went by with not the slightest hitch, and as soon at the kiss was over we processed out of the church and were greeted by our guests briefly in the line to the reception.
Countless faces that I had never seen before. Some arrogant, others in awe of my new found heritage. Other faces I recognized as important icons in the wizarding world and was surprised they came .. well maybe I shouldn't have been surprised due to my new last name. Last were the people I was overjoyed to see and was thrilled that they came. Some of the surprise guests were all the teachers from Hogwarts, Krum, David, Aberforth, and many more.
As soon as I saw my favorite little patient I looked at Draco and he just gave me a nod. He shouldn't have surprised me like this. I bent down and gave David a hug. He had checked out of my ward a little over 2 weeks ago because he was in remission.
Soon everyone had to sit down for a 4 course meal, which I didn't get to eat. There were always people coming up to talk… I didn't really mind though.
Hagrid had come up to me with red eyes, going on about how he will always remember me as a 1st year and Grawp really wanted to come and wish me the best as well.. I really missed him. I would have to invite him to tea some time.
Lena's parents came up and went on for quite some time about how wonderful the wedding was and how my mum would have loved it. Mrs. Keck had always been my second mom so it was an emotional chat.
Then came David and his 2 parents. He came sprinting ahead and his mom followed with an 'I'm so sorry but I couldn't stop him' look on her face.
"Hey there big guy! How have you been?" I asked and couldn't help but smile at his little tux.
"I've been really busy. My dad even taught me how to fly on my new broom. I love to fly!" He started with a huge smile.
"Wow that's so exciting. I've never been good at flying, so I bet you're better than me!" I joked.
He smiled proudly, "Yeah, well I'm a boy .." he stated as if it explained why. I figured he got that line from his father. "You look really pretty Miss Mione." He finished in a shy voice which surprised me.
"Why thank you David. You look pretty great yourself. Save me a dance tonight!" I called after him as his parents ushered him away. His mum looked rather embarrassed.
I began to eat again when I felt Draco stiffen besides me. I turned to ask him what was wrong, but then I heard the greeting..
"Ello Her My onnie," Came a familiar voice.
"Viktor! How wonderful to see you! I'm surprised you made it with your busy schedule!" I smiled at him.
"I wov never miss thees!" He said with a smile. "Even eef you were forced ento the vedding!" He said with a look at Draco.
I gave him a smile, "Thank you for coming to support me, but I really must eat! I haven't gotten to eat anything."
He nodded in agreement and went back to his table. I attempted to eat as much as I could before my first dance with Draco. He guided me out onto the dance floor and twirled me around like an expert. Sometimes I forget his upbringing …
"Well it looks like I have a lot of competition," Draco said with a smirk.
"What?" I asked him in surprise.
"Well first a 7 year old hits on you, and then a famous quidditch player as well. Plus everyone single man in this room can't take their eyes off of you."
"Oh please!" I said shaking my head. "You have no idea what you're talking about!" I laughed. "You do look very handsome today though Malfoy." I said with a smile.
"You are by far the most beautiful woman in the room Mrs. Malfoy," Draco said with a true smile, which caused me to blush.
All too soon the dance was over and I was whisked away by Harry. I danced with numerous people, some I did not even recognize. After we cut the cake I finally got to dance with Draco again, but it was too good to be true. Narciss interrupted us towards the end of the song telling me that I had to go change into my going away outfit. I was hurried upstairs out of the ballroom into a room with all of the women I loved most. I gave them all hugs and joined Draco as we walked out of the Manor to our future.
PLEASEEEE review and tell me what you think? Epilogue? Its up to you! ~Grace