lizziegurl15- Thank You! And I have to agree with you. For some reason I find it really funny when Ginny shouts at him!
ashash52009- Aw Thank you so much! I based their bickering on two people I know. They're continuously fighting over the most ridiculous things and then two seconds later they're making up (and out!) I hope you enjoyed the sneak peak of deceit
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ajerickson21- I know! I'm sad too. But every cloud has a deceit filled silver lining! I hope you liked the sneak peak!
ebm56- I'm glad you liked it. There was no way Hermione and Draco's relationship would always run smoothly but they're so perfect for each other that there is no chance it can't work out! Thank you for reviewing!
Rebecca- Haha, I meant Blaise to say that sarcastically but I'm glad you liked my idea of retribution! Hope you like this chapter too! Thank you so much for reviewing!
minervangel- It's always the invitations where something goes wrong! Haha! You're allowed to be a bridezilla! It's like the initiation into marriage or something! Aw you're so sweet! Well in the best interests of your fiancée and family I have no problem what so ever about you messaging me as a form of therapy! Have a nice week!
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mentarisenja- Haha you made me laugh with your winks! I know what you mean about the fast-forwarding thing and you're probably thinking that because that's what I've been doing. I never intended for the story to be a blow by blow of their relationship, more like a series of quick flashes of the main bits! I know it's put quite a few people off from reading the story but hopefully you'll like my new story better! It'll be much more slowly paced (kind of)
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"…May they have a wonderful life together…"
"DRACO!" Hermione yelled excitedly. She bounced up and down on the bed as much as she was able to as she looked at the letter in her hand. Her fingers itched to open it but they'd both agreed they would do it together. Argh! Where the hell was he?
"DRACO!" she yelled again. She held her breath to see if he had heard her but couldn't make out any footsteps coming her way. Stupid ferret.
She took in a deep breath before letting it out. "MAAAALFOOOOY!"
Draco heard his wife scream and his mind immediately jumped to the wrong conclusion. His hand came to wipe the soap that was covering his eyes but it only caused it to seep in and sting. He blindly patted his hand along the shower wall in order to find the knob to turn the water off and when his hand came into contact with it he quickly turned it to the right. The hot water he had been using instantly turned freezing cold. He gave out a girly yelp which was followed by a string of curses when the cold water sprayed onto his favourite bits.
He heard Hermione shout his name out again and quickly opened the shower door, not caring that water was showering on the bathroom floor. He put one leg on the wet floor and leaned over to grasp the towel hanging on the rack. His fingers had just grasped it when the foot still in the shower slid backwards, causing him to tumble to the floor.
Bloody fucking hell that hurt!
He heard Hermione shout his surname and he quickly stood up and wrapped the towel around his waist before wrenching open the door and running to the bedroom.
Hermione heard Draco's thundering footsteps and her anticipation heightened. She watched as he threw the door open and wildly looked around. She didn't even have time to open her mouth when he pushed the duvet that was keeping her nice and toasty, down past her legs and started pulling on her arms in order to lift her out of the bed. What the hell was he doing?
"Draco, what on earth?" she asked him.
"It's okay sweetheart don't worry, everything will be fine. Come on, up you get." He once again pulled on her arms.
Hermione pulled her arms out from his hold and leant back onto the pillows. Merlin, she knew he would be nervous but he was acting like a bumbling idiot.
"Hermione, what are you doing? We can't stay here! We need to go!" Draco said to her.
She looked at him with confused eyes. "Draco, we don't need to go anywhere. You're not even bloody dressed!"
Draco stopped his fidgeting and looked down at his wife. "I seriously doubt St Mungo's will care what I am or am not wearing." He said to her. Merlin, why was she not freaking out along with him?
"St Mungo's? Why do we need to go there? Are you hurt?" she asked him worriedly.
Draco raised his eyebrows. "Me? You're the one who was yelling out my name like a madwoman. Isn't it time?" He asked and saw realisation in Hermione's eyes before she burst out laughing.
"Oh Draco, no! It isn't time yet! I was calling you so I can open the letter from William. We promised we would open it together."
Draco's eyes hardened. "You nearly gave me a heart attack so you can open a letter from our son. Could you not have waited ten more minutes until I was done woman?"
"Woman! Excuse yourself Draco Malfoy but this woman happens to be your wife!" Hermione screeched.
"I was in the shower! I fell out of the shower!" Draco repeated as if he was explaining something complicated to her and the fact she didn't understand was making him frustrated.
Hermione inwardly laughed at the mental picture that had formed in her head of him tumbling out of the shower. Outwardly she forced the annoyed look to stay on her face. "And? You were the one who insisted we open the letter together. If you hadn't made me promise I would have opened it five minutes ago and we wouldn't be having this conversation!"
Draco eyes darkened and he leaned downwards so his face loomed over hers. "I don't seem to remember you having any problems when I made you promise. Those yeses came out of your lovely mouth quite freely."
Hermione remembered that specific evening and her mind turned to mush. She couldn't even form a reply when she saw the triumphant smirk on her husband's lips. Smarmy bastard.
She was pulled out of her daze when Draco pulled the letter from her hand and looked at the Mum and Dad written on the front.
"You realise that you weren't born with X-ray vision don't you?" Hermione teased.
Draco looked up from the letter and narrowed his eyes in mock anger. "Just for that I think maybe I'll open this letter in my study. That way I'll get to toast my son getting sorted into Slytherin."
Hermione growled. "My son will be sorted into Gryffindor thank you very much. Now hand me that letter." She said as she raised her arm to snatch it away from him.
Draco's seeker reflexes came into play and he easily held the letter out of her reach.
"Now dear, don't exert yourself." Draco said in a squeaky tone.
"Healer Tyler does not sound like that Draco! Honestly!"
Draco snorted in a dignified manner. "Of course he sounds like that. I'm telling you, in another lifetime that man was mouse."
"Would you give me the letter so my mind can rest?" Hermione asked.
Draco smirked at her bed ridden form. "Healer Tyler said you had to let your body rest, he didn't say anything about your mind."
"It was implied, you insensitive ingrate."
"Ingrate? That's a new one." Draco said contemplatively.
"Yes, I've had plenty of time to think up deprecating names to call you these last two weeks."
"Well how about you carry on thinking up some more. Like I said, I think I'll take this letter and read it in my study with a nice glass of firewhiskey." Draco said as he moved towards the door.
Hermione stiffened. "Draco Malfoy, you take one more step and baby or not I will hurt you. You would do well to remember that I'm an ungodly 141 pounds; that's a lot of weight when it is sitting on you." Hermione threatened.
Draco was momentarily scared before he realised she couldn't even get out of the bed without his assistance.
"Well sweetheart, by the time you manage to hoist your (he decided not to put in an adjective here on just how large she was) form out of the bed I will be safely locked away in my study." He opened the bedroom door and took one step out of it before shutting it behind him.
"DRACO LUCIUS MALFOY! YOU GET BACK IN THIS ROOM OR I SWEAR TO MERLIN I WILL NAME THIS CHILD AFTER HARRY!"
"I would step back into the room if I was you Draco. I refuse to have a grandchild with Potter's name featuring anywhere in it." Lucius said.
Draco turned in bewilderment as he saw his mother and father walking up the stairs. A sleeping Holly was being carried in Lucius's arms.
"What are you doing here?"
Lucius raised an eyebrow at the question. "I assumed you and Hermione would like to have your daughter back. If I am mistaken tell me now because I have no qualms in keeping her at the Manor."
Draco smiled. Both his mother and father doted on his children like it was their full time job. Hermione had told him that his father especially probably found it to be a second chance; the father he wasn't to Draco was the grandfather he was to William and Holly.
He sometimes found himself jealous of his own children!
"I think Hermione would have a few problems with that." He said before moving out of the way so his father could continue and go drop Holly in her bedroom.
"DRACO MALFOY! WHO ARE YOU TALKING TO OUT THERE! I ALWAYS KNEW YOU WERE A NUTTER!" Hermione yelled from the other side of the door.
Draco was about to reply when he caught the look on his mother's face.
"Honestly Draco, didn't the Healer tell you that Hermione needed to rest?" Narcissa said.
"She is resting mother. She hasn't moved in two weeks apart from her frequent yells that she needs to go to the lavatory."
"It doesn't sound like she's resting to me. What did you do?" Narcissa asked.
"What makes you think I did something to her? It could have been the other way around you know?" Draco said.
"I find that quite difficult to believe." Narcissa replied before she pushed open the bedroom door and stepped in.
Draco shook his head at her words. Merlin! His own parents loved Hermione more that they did him! He would have been jealous of her too but he knew her parents loved him better than they liked her. He sauntered into the room behind his mother.
"Draco Malfoy! You hand me that letter right now." His mother said in a raised voice. Evidently Hermione had told her what he was planning on doing.
Draco rolled his eyes and pushed the letter into his pocket. He was just about to open his mouth and emit a sulky "no" when Hermione gave out a loud gasp of pain. His eyes flew up to her face in alarm.
"Sweetheart?" he asked cautiously as he moved towards her.
"I think my water just broke." Hermione gasped. Her eyes widened and she looked up at Draco.
Draco froze. Dear Merlin! "Oh Merlin Hermione, I'm so sorry! I didn't mean to stress you out. Oh Merlin I'm so sorry!"
"It's a bit late to be apologizing now Draco. The baby's coming!" Hermione said before clutching her stomach in pain.
"Draco, get the night bag you packed last week. Hermione breath, you've done this twice before, you'll be fine. It was time for the little one to come out now anyway. Lucius get Holly's things and wake her up. We're going to St Mungo's." Narcissa said in an authoritative voice.
Lucius who had just walked into the bedroom, startled slightly at the orders being given out by his wife. In the next second his eyes had taken in the painful gasps coming from his daughter in law and he turned to his son with narrowed eyes.
"Draco, what did you do?" he asked sternly.
Draco turned to look at his father, mouth open and ready to repeat his defence.
"Lucius, Draco. It doesn't matter what happened. The important thing is that Hermione is in labour and we are still not at St Mungo's!" Narcissa said.
"OOOOWWWWWW!" Hermione yelled, her hands fisting in the bed sheets.
Her yell put everyone into action mode and in thirty seconds they had all flooed into St Mungo's.
Three hours later
"Oh Draco. She's beautiful." Hermione said as she peered at the tiny wrapped bundle in her arms.
Draco kissed her sweaty forehead before running a finger over his daughter's face, memorising every inch.
"She's perfect, just like you, William and Holly."
"She looks like her Daddy." Hermione said and Draco felt a warm glow in his chest, similar to the one he'd felt when he'd been gazing at the newborn faces of William and Holly. Merlin, who'd have thought that a man like him, with all his past faults, would have settled down with the most beautiful witch in existence and have three amazing children.
"This one is definitely going to be in Slytherin." Draco staked his claim and he remembered the letter from his son in his pocket.
Hermione too remembered and she looked up at Draco. "William's letter. Open it!" she told him.
Draco took the letter out of his robes and tore the seal. He saw Hermione looking at him eagerly and purposefully slowed his movements down, knowing that with her hands full there was no spare body part she could hit him with.
"Draco." She threatened him.
He conceded; the witch had just given birth to his child after all.
He unfolded the parchment and looked at the word written on it before smiling widely.
"Slytherin, that's my boy!"
Hermione smiled too and she and Draco shared a chaste kiss.
"I'm glad, because this one's definitely doesn't look like a Slytherin to me. Too quite. Do you remember William as a baby? I sometimes think he was crying before he came out of me! Such an attention-seeker." Hermione said softly. "I think we might have a Ravenclaw on our hands." She added as she looked down at her daughter.
Draco smiled. "That's one for each house. William in Slytherin, Holly will definitely be put into Gryffindor and now a Ravenclaw." He saw Hermione's confused expression. "Hufflepuff doesn't count." He added hastily.
Hermione laughed at his logic.
"I wonder if our next three will be split equally too." Draco mused.
Hermione looked up at him in shock. "Next three! Draco Malfoy you must be joking if you think I'm giving you three more kids. You'll have to be content with the one's you have mister."
"I'm sure I can persuade you just like I did with the letter." Draco purred into her ear.
"I doubt it, but I'm sure I'll have fun whilst you try." She said.
Draco smiled. He was a Malfoy; he would definitely get his way.
Two years later
"Congratulations! It looks like your expecting twins."
Hermione looked at Draco shocked. Draco smiled before moving to peck Hermione on the lips.
"I told you I'd be able to persuade you. One more to go."
Author's Note: I can't believe it's actually finished! I've had such an amazing time writing this story and it's all been down to each and every one of you who has read and reviewed. I can't thank you all enough for your kind words! The number of people who have favourited the story, reviewed it and "hit" it blows me away! You have my immense gratitude and appreciation!
Thank you so much once again. Until next time, Curiositykils