This isn't as long as most of the chapters have been, but it seemed like a good place to end it. I know there are a lot of things unresolved and maybe I'll get around to working those things out. As of right now though this is it. If I deside to finish and post the complete rewrite of this story I'll be sure to le you know!

~I Blame the Letter for It All~

-Chapter Fifteen-

With Adoration


"Madam Pomfrey!" Harry shouted looking to make sure Tonks was also on her way over. 'Should I have stopped it sooner?'

Madam Pomfrey was already on the move. "Out of the way, out of the way." Bitting his lip Harry put his worry for the pair out of his mind. Casting a "sonous" spell to insure everyone would hear him.

"Everyone please make your way to the front of the room, allow Madam Pomfrey and Auror Tonks to take care of Professor Snape and Draco Malfoy." He gave everyone a few moments to come closer to where he sat. "I hope everyone was paying close attention, because each of you has an assignment to complete. I want an essay covering one of the spells that you heard that you are not familiar with. I want detailed descriptions of the pros and cons of using said spell and want some of the side effects of said spell. If the spell is illegal please give detailed information on why. I leave the length to your discretion as long as you realize that your grade will reflect your work. Do not forget grades in this class determine if you continue in this class."

"This essay is due by noon come Saturday. You may hand these into myself, Professor Snape, Draco Malfoy, or Madam Pomfrey. Who they are graded by, has nothing to do with who you hand it into. Keep that in mind, if not handed in on time you may present a reasonable explanation, and it will be taken into consideration as to whether or not you receive a grade." Harry thought over his assignment, "one last word of advice, writing too much could be just as bad as writing too little. Please think on that as you write."

"We will meet tomorrow; I suggest you bring writing materials as it will be a discussion period. Also all sixth and seventh years will be staying later those of you in those years please plan your schedules accordingly. Class dismissed." Harry waited till the room was clear of all except for Madam Pomfrey, Tonks, Professor Snape and Draco.

Biting his lip Harry placed his feet on the floor and started to stand attentively. Severus must have noticed from the corner of his eye because he started to make his way to Harry's side. Draco watched the man's progress from his place in Pomfrey's confinement.

Harry quickly shook his head. Making sure he felt steady on his feet he started making his way toward the others. A trained eye would see he still shook a bit but anyone else would not think twice about Harry's ability to walk.

Once Harry had reached everyone else he spoke, "everyone alright?" his eyes flinted back and forth between the pair as if to be doubly sure.

"Nothing I couldn't handle Mr. Potter, however I believe some of those spells were absolutely unnecessary. Honestly The Cusaioen Curse, The Blood Flame Curse, both highly illegal for great reason." Madam Pomfrey said in a huff while administering another vile of potion.

Harry caught Snape rolling his eyes and almost laughed aloud. "I appreciate everything you two did. In all sincerity, I don't know what I would have done with out the two of you. I hope you don't mind helping me out with the discussion part tomorrow." Harry felt so bad; he had completely forgotten to ask them before hand. He felt like he was throwing this all underhand, really giving them no choice.

"We kind of figured you would, when you mentioned it earlier." Draco winced as Madam Pomfrey put some smelly goop on some burns along his arm. "I don't have a problem with it, as long as I don't have to write that paper."

Harry laughed "No… no papers for you." He smiled big, "you just have to help me grade them."

Both Harry and Snape were laughing at the look on Draco's face, "Oh bother it all." Draco crossed his arms to show his discontent all the while smiling.

Harry looked about and started cleaning up what little mess was left behind, all the while keeping and eye on the small group as the two men were healed.

He was about to leave to head back to his quarters when his name was called.

… …

Draco watched discreetly as Harry made his way around the room putting things back to the way they usually were for the morning. Madam Pomfrey had just told him he was in good enough shape to leave when he noticed Harry was heading out of the great hall. "Harry…"

Harry tuned as Draco hurried in his direction. "Mind if I walk with you for a bit?"

Harry smiled "not at all." Draco smiled at this and took a spot off to one side of the World Hero.

"So did everything turn out how you hoped it would?" Draco left his questioning vague, curious as to how the other would answer.

"Well I think we got our point across which was one of the main reasons of the whole thing, I wish it hadn't called for the physical damage though. How are you feeling by the way?" Harry slid his eyes off to the side studying the other as if still not sure of his health.

"Oh you know me, I'll be fine. Just a little soar, my fingers hurt like hell but they'll mend so enough. I'll have to get Severus back for that one, that's for sure." Draco sent a menacing glance in Harry's direction.

Harry laughed, if he knew Draco it would be more humiliating then painful. "Be careful you may start a never ending war."

"That's not a half bad idea you know. It will keep thing interesting after all." Draco seemed to be seriously considering the idea.

Harry rolled his eyes. "Just do me a favour and leave me out of it, and don't you dare tell him you got the idea from me. I'm just starting to get along with the greasy git."

Draco laughed, as they stopped just a few feet from Sara's portrait. They both grew a quite a tenseness feeling the air. "So um… want to come in? I mean Rosa would love to see you." Harry's voice sounded a little unsure.

"I'd love to… but I should get back to Briar." Draco seemed to be teetering between staying and going. "I guess I'll see you tomorrow." Harry nodded his head and turned a bit to take the last few steps toward the portrait. "Harry…" Harry paused mid step. "I don't know why this is bothering me, but I want you to know I'm not dating her or cheating on her. I understand you've moved on and really you have every right to, but I don't want you to think that everything we've been through didn't mean anything to me…" Draco sighed, "Okay now sounding like an idiot, I'll see you tomorrow."

"Draco wait a minute. What do you mean you understand that I've moved on?" Harry seemed genuinely confused.

"I know you're seeing some guy named Scott. It's fine really, I don't even know what I'm trying to say anymore." Draco let out a heavy breath in a gush trying to expel some of his frustration.

"You think I'm going out with Scott?" Harry could help the loud belly laugh that left him. "Scott, oh my, really Draco, of all things."

Draco's face was starting to turn a slightly red colour from embarrassment and a little bit of anger. "Yes Scott. Isn't that the name of the guy you were with not even a whole two days after our marriage was revealed not to be legal?"

Harry looked a bit shocked. "Draco, Scott is a first year muggle born who I've been showing around, and helping get a handle on the wizardry world."

Draco looked a bit confused at this new revelation. "So you're not dating him?"

Harry rolled his eyes. "No, I'm not…" He hesitated for a moment before plunging head long into the next question he so desperately wanted to ask. "Are you… ?"

Draco immediately knowing what the other was asking jumped to reply. "No! I'm not with anyone, Pansy or otherwise." For some reason Draco revelation made Harry's heart soar.

Harry tensed a bit, "but you could you know."

Draco growled, sometime Harry could be so dense. Grabbing the other by the hips Draco pulled Harry to him. "Don't you think I know that, does it matter at all that I don't want to?"

Harry felt his heart start to race. "I… I…"

Draco sighed placing a soft kiss to Harry's cheek before letting go. "You're confused and unsure, I know. I… I was hoping you give me a chance though to do this properly, not just throw us together." Draco couldn't remember the last time he felt so vulnerable. "Perhaps we could have dinner Saturday, just the two of us?"

Draco held his breath as he watched emotion after emotion flit across the other's face. "I'd like that Draco."

Draco beamed "I'll pick you up at six." With that he leaned forward placing another small kiss to Harry's cheek before leaving the other standing just out side of his rooms with a soft pink glow to his skin.

… … …

Harry rubbed his shoulders as he made his way into the kitchen intent on a cup of tea, only to stop abruptly at the banquet of flowers sitting in the centre of the table. Harry smiled as he took the note from the centre of the banquet.

Harry,

Wanted to remind you that I meant what I said. Have a wonderful day in class and give Rosa a kiss from us.

With adoration,

Draco and Briar

Harry didn't have to look in a mirror to know that he was beaming, a smile covering his face from ear to ear. He had wondered if it had been a dream, just his mind playing with his hopes. 'Wait, I was really wanting this? I suppose anyone could get used to the idea of having a family…' Harry shook his head expelling all thoughts. "I'll take it one step at a time, and worry about everything else as it comes."


I know there are a lot of things unresolved and maybe I'll get around to working those things out. As of right now though this is it. If I deside to finish and post the complete rewrite of this story I'll be sure to let you know!

Thank you to all who have read, reviewed, and kept tabs on this story. I hope you have enjoyed it!

KCK-Lumcer