After a while of stunned silence, Lucius heard himself stutter "w-what?" He cringed; stuttering was something he never did. It shows incompetence.
Narcissa got to her feet and continued to look at him straight in the eye. "I asked you to marry me," she stated simply, seemingly unphased by his lack of response.
"I don't think I am quite comprehending," Lucius managed to say. "We barely know each other. More like mere acquaintances."
"Well, we would have to change that, won't we?" Narcissa said curtly. "Does the prospect of marrying me seem that horrendous to you?"
"No," Lucius said hurriedly as he moved towards the sofa. "But why me?"
"Because you are a Malfoy."
Lucius felt his heart sink. "Naturally," he stated hoping no bitterness seeped into his voice. Nothing else, none of his qualities would be the reason why she would ask. "Should this task not be given to your uncles and father? Im sure my father would be more than interested."
"Of course he would be,: Narcissa stated simply. "I am a Black. It would almost be like marrying up. How convenient and wonderful to the legacy for you to take a Black bride."
"Shouldn't Andromeda be considering this before you? Youre seventeen for goodness sakes. Im yet to turn nineteen."
"But you are oddly mature for your age," Narcissa said and she sat next to him, her eyes never leaving his. "Besides, I'm sure the sex would be wonderful being in our younger years. I was raised to protect my virtue, I hope to have my first time to be my wedding night." Lucius felt heat rise to his cheeks as his mind slowly imagined Narcissas beautiful, bare legs around his waist, holding him close.
"Say I agree, sex surely isn't your only reason for your hurry."
Narcissa's eyes darkened slightly. "Smart, something good to have in a husband. Youre right. There is something else." Lucius waited patiently. Narcissa broke eye contact and stared off into the fire. Suddenly there was a tension that could be cut with a knife. "It's Andromeda."
"What about her?"
"She is...well, until I convinced her to stay until January, shed been planning on running away."
"Running away? Whatever for."
"She claims to be in love." Lucius snorted. "I believe her," Narcissa said earnestly. "He's a Mudblood. A true Mudblood, taking my sister away from me. But if it were not for love, she would surely never consider leaving."
Lucius reeled in shock. Andromeda? Cool, beautiful, calculating, the most successful female Slytherin Quidditch captain, in love with a Mudblood. "Have you told your parents?"
"I have no intention to," Narcissa said quietly. "Her secret is safe with me, and I hope with you as well. She was planning on running away but then Bella's engagement became official and Bella asked her to be her maid of honor. I had to convince her to stay. If she ran then, she wouldnt have been able to see Bella get married, a girl who used to be her best friend. Told her she needed to be her maid of honor. I hoped that with this extended time she might change her mind about leaving, but I think its hopeless now."
"And this is why you are asking me to marry you?"
Narcissa nodded. "As soon as Andromeda runs, then the entire family is going to depend on me marrying someone to cover up the catastrophe which would be Andromeda. At that point I'd have no say in the matter." She looked at him shyly. "I would rather marry someone who I can see myself with. Someone I am remotely attracted to instead of being forced into it, I would like a choice. And besides, if we had this engagement planned and in hiding, and it was announced right when Andromeda ran, than my family honor would be preserved. A Black marrying a Malfoy, it just might be talked about more than the middle Black girl running off. I'm sorry."
Lucius nodded. "Oddly, I understand." He gave a smirk to lighten the mood. "You find me attractive?"
"Oh, yes. I find you to be very good looking."
"Well, I guess we found something in common," Narcissa laughed. Lucius continued. "I think you're beautiful."
"That's the second thing we agree on," Narcissa giggled.
Lucius paused. "You're very loyal to your family. Putting their interest before your own. A good character to find in a wife," he fake mused. "Anything else that makes you a good candidate?"
"I will be submissive to you," she stated simply. Lucius frowned slightly at this. "I'll follow you to the ends of the earth and I will never question your judgment. I will let you lead the family even if at times I might disagree with you. This I promise as a dutiful wife as long as you promise one thing from me. Something slightly counteractive to a marriage." Lucius nodded slightly. "I might ask you to not prod into my secrets. I might have to keep secrets from you, nothing major, perhaps, I just am sure it will take time for me to tell you my secrets."
Lucius sighed and leaned back, studying the girl in front of him. "But youll be a dutiful wife?"
"It's the least I can do," Narcissa said. "Placing you into my crazy life as a Black. I will take your name, but you will also be placed into the Black world as well."
"Excuse me"? her blue-grey eyes becoming wide. Eyes, he realized, he could get used to staring at.
"Yes, I'll marry you."
"Are you sure?"
"Yes," he smiled.
"Oh, okay. Shall we maybe pull up documents. Well I guess my father and uncle will draw up some agreement after I tell them. I'll just ask them to keep it quiet until I want to announce it...here," she stuck her hand out. "Let us shake on it for now."
"What are you doing?"
"Well, we need to make our agreement official, so shake on it," she said making a show of sticking her arm out again. Lucius smiled. Instead, he moved her arm aside and leaned in for a kiss.
He felt her tense. His kiss was sweet and gentle, or at least he hoped it was. Narcissa tentatively kissed back and pulled away. She looked slightly unsure, and to Lucius' pleasure it was her turn to be speechless.
"Uh," she said collecting herself. "I think that would do for now as an agreement sealer."
AN: hope you enjoyed. As we all know these characters are not mine