A/N: Another chapter for you all. Hopefully Draco makes up for his snafu in the last chapter :) Enjoy!
Chapter 12: Back to Hogwarts
Harry sat outside in his garden on a bench. It felt good to get out of the house and get some fresh air. It helped to clear his head. He thought that by kissing Draco this morning, it would make him see that he was fine with what happened the night before in case that was what was on his mind. Clearly he had mistaken. He sighed and looked up at the sky. He really hoped that he'd be able to fly again soon. He really missed it. He heard the back door close and he looked over to see Draco walking out. He stopped a few feet away from him.
Harry stood up and waited for him to move closer or say something. When he didn't, Harry sighed and started walking towards the apparition point. He stood there, waiting for Draco to join him. He finally came over and stood next to him. Draco reached out and grabbed his arm. "We aren't going until I say something," Draco whispered.
Harry looked up at him. "What do you have to say?"
"You caught me off guard this morning. I wanted to kiss you the second I walked into the kitchen, but I didn't want to make you uncomfortable in case last night happened because you were emotional from your dream. I wanted to kiss you," Draco replied.
Harry looked down between them. "I was emotional, but kissing you had nothing to do with it." Then Harry looked back up at him.
Draco searched his eyes for a moment and then leaned forward to kiss him again. When their lips met this time, both were ready for it and both were eager. Draco's arms wrapped around his waist and pulled him against him. Harry's settled against the front of Draco's cloak and held him close. He felt like he was floating with this kiss. It was so much better than the night before and Harry couldn't possibly imagine that it could get better.
Harry and Draco both broke apart at the same time, smiles on their faces. "Let's go to Hogwarts," Draco whispered. Harry nodded and held tight as Draco apparated them away.
They landed at an apparition point outside of Hogsmeade and headed up the road to Hogwarts. "Should we have called Professor McGonagall to let her know we were coming?" Harry questioned.
Draco stopped and nodded. "I'd send her a patronus, but I never was very good at that," he replied.
Harry looked up at him. "I'll teach you some time. I'll send it," he offered. He waved his wand and his stag appeared. He gave the stag the message and it bounded off easily. Draco watched with an admiring eye.
"That comes easy to you, doesn't it?" he asked.
Harry shrugged. "Just a happy memory and it just works. It takes some practice."
Draco nodded and started walking again. Harry followed. He had brought his cane in case he got tired. It was shrunk down and in his pocket. "I hate to admit this, but I'm scared to come back here," Draco stated quietly.
"I can understand that. It's not like you have the happiest memories, especially more recent. It's changed a lot from what I've heard and maybe it'll be different. At least this time we like each other," Harry responded.
Draco grinned. "Thanks," he replied. He reached out and squeezed Harry's hand just as they were reaching the gates. Professor McGonagall and Hagrid were waiting for them. Hagrid was beaming of course and McGonagall looked stern, but had a happy glint in her eye.
"Mr. Potter, Mr. Malfoy, what a surprise," she said as she opened the gates for them. Draco held his gaze downward and wouldn't meet her eyes. He felt foolish and like a child, but he couldn't bring himself to look at her, not yet anyway.
"'Arry!" Hagrid bellowed as he picked Harry up in a fierce hug. Draco reached out towards Harry in reaction, but Hagrid set him down gently. He glanced sideways at McGonagall and she was looking at him with the same look that Hermione did.
"Hello, Hagrid, Professor McGonagall. Sorry for the short notice," Harry apologized.
Professor McGonagall waved him off and stepped forward and gave him a quick hug. "Quite alright, Mr. Potter. It is the weekend after all," she stated. She turned to Draco and gave him a stern look. "Mr. Malfoy, there is no reason to keep your eyes downward. Come and see how your donation to Hogwarts has been used. And I am glad to see you here with Mr. Potter as well," she stated, more quietly at the end.
Draco looked up at her in disbelief. She gave him a smile that he wasn't expecting and nodded. She nodded once and gestured for them to follow. Draco could hear Hagrid talking Harry's ear off about his most recent animal that he was training. McGonagall seemed to be listening and grimacing slightly about the animal. Draco smiled to himself.
They walked for quite awhile and eventually they made it to the castle. When Draco and Harry looked up, they were surprised that the outside looked pretty much the same. "We didn't change the general structure and look of the building. We mostly repaired what had been damaged and added a few new wings and expanded the library which made Madam Pince quite pleased. We used your donation, Mr. Malfoy, for the astronomy tower. Mr. Potter, we spread your donation throughout the whole remodel. Both of your donations were much appreciated," she replied as she gestured at the castle.
Draco gulped and looked down again when McGonagall said what they used his donation for. Harry reached out and squeezed his hand quickly in assurance. Draco looked over at him and Harry smiled slightly at him. Harry glanced over at McGonagall as well and she gave him a knowing smile that made Harry blush.
"Well, come in. It's about lunch time and the castle will be so pleased to see you both," McGonagall said. She marched up the steps and Harry and Draco followed with Hagrid coming up behind.
Harry was starting to feel a bit tired and slowed down a bit. Draco turned to look at him and touched his arm. "Are you alright, Harry?" he asked quietly. Hagrid and McGonagall had stopped to observe the two. McGonagall was watching them both.
Harry sighed and reached into his pocket. "My leg is getting tired," he muttered. Draco nodded as he resized the cane for him.
"Let me know if you need help," Draco offered.
"Stay close then," Harry responded quietly. They smiled at each other as Harry started to walk again, leaning on his cane. Draco blushed as he caught McGonagall's eye. She turned and strode towards the Great Hall doors. She pushed them open and Harry and Draco followed behind her. It didn't take long for the Great Hall to quiet and turn to look at their special guests. McGonagall cast a sonorous charm and addressed the group.
"Good afternoon. We are being treated with two special guests today for the afternoon, Mister Harry Potter and Mister Draco Malfoy. Please be respectful and help them if they need a refresher on where to go," she said. She winked at the students who all chuckled. She walked up onto the platform and settled in to eat lunch. She had two extra seats up there and she gestured for Harry and Draco to sit. They walked over and Draco subtly helped Harry up the steps of the platform and they settled in to their seats. Food appeared immediately in front of them and they both smiled wistfully.
"I've missed this," Draco said to Harry quietly.
Harry laughed and nodded. "That was always nice. I didn't know that you donated to the remodel," he responded.
Draco nodded. "Yes, it was the first thing on my list to help make up for the war and my part in it. I'm surprised that she used it for the astronomy tower though," he said.
"Dumbledore was already dying, Draco. He and Snape came up with the plan together. He knew that Voldemort tasked you with killing him," Harry whispered to him.
"How was he already dying?" he questioned quietly.
"He had been poisoned. I will explain how later, just know that Snape and Dumbledore were trying to save you from killing someone. You dropped your hand. You weren't going to kill him," Harry replied in a soft voice.
Draco set his fork down and turned to look at him. "How did you know I dropped my hand?" he asked a bit harshly.
"I was there, Draco. I saw everything," Harry replied quietly, not looking at him. He heard Draco gasp next to him.
"How?" he muttered.
"I'll explain everything later. Let's eat and then we'll take a look around," Harry replied.
He could feel Draco's narrow gaze on him, but he didn't turn to look. They both finished eating in silence except for making small talk with the people next to them. Before they were getting ready to take a look around, McGonagall addressed Harry.
"How is your leg feeling?" she asked in a concerned tone.
"It's better than it was. Draco created a potion that seems to be helping. I'm hoping it stays that way. This is the most I've been out since I was injured," Harry replied.
"I had read that Mister Malfoy was the one who had healed you. I do hope they catch the person that did this to you," McGonagall said.
Harry nodded. "Thank you. I think they are making some progress, but it's difficult with what they have to deal with. I wish I could help them, but unfortunately, I don't think I'll be able to be an auror again," he responded. He thought that saying it aloud that he wouldn't be able to be an auror again would be harder, but it wasn't. He had actually been thinking that even if his leg healed completely, that being an auror was not something he wanted to do any longer.
"Well, there is always a place for you here, Harry," she said quietly. She smiled at him. Harry looked back at her with wide eyes. He hadn't thought about being a teacher here. He looked down at all the students and wondered what it would be like to be a teacher here and sit up on the platform at every meal. It didn't sound too bad actually.
"Thank you. I will keep that in mind."
McGonagall nodded. "Well, off with you and Mr. Malfoy then. Everything is where it used to be, just slightly different. And do stay out of trouble," she commented. She winked at Harry and he blushed. Draco was already standing, having not heard the conversation between the two. Harry stood and nodded to Professor McGonagall and then turned to follow Draco out of the Great Hall.