A/N: We get to see where Draco was and well, a little something else ;) Oh, and it's a bit fluffy... Enjoy!
Chapter 16: Too Fast?
Draco walked out of the floo at The Leaky Cauldron and quickly walked out and into Diagon Alley. He didn't want to be away from Harry for long even if he was doing much better. He started down to the Apothecary. Once there, he got a few of the ingredients that he needed. He was going to have to go into Knockturn Alley for some of the barely legal ingredients though and hoped that Harry would understand.
On his way to Knockturn Alley, he passed the ice cream parlor and thought he might stop by and get something for Harry. He smiled to himself at that thought. "Malfoy?" someone sneered.
Draco stopped and turned around to see Ginny Weasley. He barely contained his own sneer at the sight of her. "Yes, Weaslette," he said coolly.
She stalked over to him. "Where is Harry?" she demanded. Her hands were on her hips and she was glaring at him.
Draco lifted his eyebrow and crossed his arms. "Well, I imagine that he is where he is staying and taking it easy," he replied.
"Aren't you supposed to be with him?" she demanded.
"I check in on him several times a day. He is doing much better and doesn't need me there all day and night. For his safety, he is not staying at his own home. He is staying elsewhere. I can't disclose his location," he told her in a professional voice.
Ginny stared at him as if she was trying to sift through his mind to find the truth. Unfortunately for her, Draco was well practiced in Occlumency. She continued to glare at him. "I told Kreacher today that I had something important to tell Harry and I need to tell him," she said angrily.
"And Potter got the message. After what you did with the press, I'm pretty sure he will not be speaking to you for quite some time, if at all," he told her. He nearly called him Harry, but managed to catch himself before he said it.
"Well, it's important," she responded impetuously.
Draco gave her a look that said he heard her the first time. "I heard you the first time. If you want him to know so badly, tell me and I will pass it along," he offered coolly.
Ginny scowled at him, but appeared to be debating his offer. She sighed and looked almost apologetic. "I shouldn't have said anything to the press. I was just angry at Harry or more at myself I suppose because I did throw away something good for some idiot who wasn't nearly the man that Harry is," Ginny stated.
Draco frowned at her. His mind was racing with worry and his stomach was in knots. If Harry heard her say that…..He didn't even want to think about that. "That's what's important?" Draco questioned unable to calm his annoyance.
"It's important for him to know! He needs to know that I made a mistake and that I want to be with him," she said angrily.
"Potter is in no shape to deal with the stress of being involved with you again. Try and talk to him later on and see what he says, but if I'm understanding him, you have a very slim chance of worming your way back into his life," Draco told her.
"How would you know?" she demanded.
Draco kept his expression neutral. Harry bringing up Ginny in conversation, especially after the press issue would be normal for people to talk about, right? "He talked about it when he figured out you were the one to go to the press. Now, if that is all, I need to get going," Draco stated as he started to move past her.
Ginny shot her hand out and grabbed Draco's arm. He halted and turned to glare daggers at her. "If you even remotely harm a hair on his body," she warned.
Draco glanced sideways at her. "I am the last person to want to harm him. Speak for yourself, Weaslette," Draco responded icily. He flung his arm back and stalked away. He was fuming the entire way to Knockturn Alley, cursing Ginny Weasley the entire way. How Harry had found her remotely attractive was beyond him. He quickly got the ingredients he needed there and then got some ice cream from the ice cream parlor. He didn't see Ginny again and for that he was grateful.
As he made his way to The Leaky Cauldron to floo hop and then apparate back to Harry, he felt as if someone was staring at him. He glanced around quickly and saw a man standing near the Apothecary, in the alley. He was staring straight at him. Draco felt the hair on the back of his neck stand on end. Draco shook it off, committing to memory what he looked like and went into The Leaky Cauldron to make his way home to Harry.
Draco walked out of Harry's floo and saw his plate warming. He smiled as he placed the ice cream in the ice box and took his plate to the table. He set it down and then walked towards the sitting room to see Harry lying on the couch reading his book.
"Hey," he called out.
Harry jumped slightly and then turned to look at him. "Hey, what took so long?" he asked.
Draco glanced at his time piece. He hadn't realized he'd been gone for a couple of hours. "Huh, I didn't realize it was so late. Um, want to come in and have some tea while I eat? I brought you something," he replied.
Harry nodded and got up from the couch. He followed Draco into the kitchen and started making some tea. He saw Draco go over to the ice box and pull out several tubs that Harry knew were ice cream. He grinned. "You brought me ice cream?"
Draco blushed slightly and nodded. "Yeah, I wasn't sure what was your favorite as I didn't see you eating ice cream at Hogwarts so I got an assortment."
Harry smiled and grabbed a chocolate and vanilla swirl one. He put the rest back in the ice box. "So was it busy down there?" he asked.
Draco shook his head. "Not really. I had to go to the Apothecary and into Knockturn Alley. Don't worry, I didn't get any illegal ingredients. Knockturn Alley tends to have the rarer potions ingredients that are barely legal and it so happens that I need a few for the healing potion you are taking," Draco said quickly before Harry could protest. Harry didn't seem too concerned which Draco wondered about.
"Eh, that's alright. I've spent plenty of time in Knockturn Alley. It used to freak me out as a kid. My second year, I accidentally flooed there which was the first time I'd ever been there. I happened to see you and your father selling some items that time at Borgin and Burkes actually," Harry reminisced.
Draco snorted. "I'm sure my father was selling items because the Ministry was threatening to raid our house or something. You seemed to follow me a lot while we were going to school," he said in a teasing tone.
"Hey, that time at Borgin and Burkes was an accident. All the rest of the times…." Harry trailed off as he grinned.
Draco smiled at him and they ate for a few minutes in silence. After a bit, Draco broke the silence. "I ran into the Weaslette while I was there," he said quietly.
Harry lifted an eyebrow. "I bet that just made your day," he said.
Draco chuckled and shook his head. "A minor bump in my day. I did find out what was so important that she had to tell you," he told him.
"What was that?" Harry asked.
"She wanted to tell you that she made a mistake and she wants you back," Draco replied.
Harry's spoon stopped midway to his mouth as both brows lifted. "Huh, that's exactly what I expected. I hope you told her to dream on," Harry said.
Draco shifted uneasily. "Harry, is that what you really want? I mean, she wants to fix it and get you back," he questioned.
Harry stared at him. He could see the insecurity all over Draco's face. "I'm happier without her and nothings changed. She's still the same person and I'm not. I'm guessing her boyfriend dumped her so she wants back with me until someone else comes along. Plus, you and I are, well, we're…." Harry wasn't sure how to put it. Were they a couple? Were they exclusive? Were they just testing the waters to see what was out there? Was it only temporary?
"Seeing what is there between us. You could call us a couple or something along those lines, but we shouldn't label it yet. See where it goes," Draco replied.
Harry frowned. He liked labels, well, ones in the relationship area anyway, most of the time. "I suppose we've only kissed a little. We haven't really done anything else to see how our chemistry is," Harry added a blush coloring his cheeks.
Draco blushed deeply as well. He cleared his throat. "Yes, well, that will come in time, I'm sure," he added.
Harry nodded. "Well, I'm sorry that you had to run into her," he apologized.
"Not your fault. I'm just glad to hear that you don't want to be with her. I was worried about that earlier," he said, his tone sheepish at the end.
Harry lifted an eyebrow and Kreacher's words came back to him. "Ah, my thoughtful look, yes, Kreacher pointed that out to me. I believe his words were that I looked as if I would let Ginny distract me from you," Harry offered.
"And you won't?" Draco asked.
Harry smiled and stood up. He walked over to Draco who pushed his chair out and turned to face him. Harry stopped next to him and carefully and nervously straddled his lap. He settled his hands against Draco's chest. Draco licked his lips subconsciously and glanced from Harry's eyes to his lips several times. "I'm going to tell you the same thing I told Kreacher. And that is, not a chance," Harry said firmly.
Draco let out the breath he was holding and smiled. Harry leaned forward and kissed Draco. It was slow and tender at first, but then Harry boldly brushed his tongue across Draco's lips and Draco immediately opened his mouth and met Harry with his own tongue. Harry's mouth tasted of chocolate and vanilla and Draco couldn't help, but decide that was his most favorite flavor, but only if it came from Harry's tongue.
They both increased the pressure and were definitely snogging now. Draco wrapped his arms around Harry's waist and slipped his hand underneath Harry's shirt and brushed his fingers against his back and side. Harry bucked forward, pressing his groin into Draco's. They both gasped at the contact. Harry brought his hands up to Draco's neck and played with the hair at the nape of his neck. It was just as silky as he imagined it was.
Harry broke the kiss for air, but quickly moved to Draco's jaw line and neck and started kissing and suckling as he went from one side to the other. He felt Draco getting harder beneath him and his own cock responded.
Draco's heart was pounding and he felt his stomach flip flopping as Harry continued kissing his neck and jaw line. It was pretty obvious that their chemistry extended from simple kissing. Harry leaned back and looked down at him. Their faces were both flushed and they were still quite hard.
"I can think of a more comfortable place," Harry muttered.
Draco grinned. "You're ice cream is going to melt," he responded.
Harry flicked his hand and the ice cream flew into the ice box, lid and everything. "You were saying?" he questioned with a smirk.
Draco gulped, suddenly nervous. "I was saying that maybe the couch would be more comfortable?" He took a breath and he could tell that Harry was picking up on his nervousness.
"Too much?" Harry asked in a quiet voice.
Draco's eyes widened at how perceptive Harry was. He shook his head though. This was definitely not too much. He wanted more of him. He was nervous, sure, but he wanted more of Harry and he was going to take him up on the offer. "No, definitely not," he replied. He stood up quickly and Harry wrapped his legs around Draco's waist letting out an unmanly squeak. Draco stalked into the sitting room, carrying Harry easily. He dropped him onto the couch and then settled himself over him, careful not to jar his injured leg. They fit perfectly together, falling in nicely to each dip. His erection settled against Harry's and they both moaned quietly at the contact.
Harry shifted beneath Draco and they both groaned. "Harry, I don't know if I'll be able to be good here," Draco muttered as he started to kiss Harry's neck and jaw line.
Harry chuckled. "I'm not concerned about that," Harry replied breathlessly.
Draco lifted his head and grinned at him. He leaned forward again and brought their lips together in a crushing embrace. The pressure was intense with their tongues lashing, heads tilting, and hands exploring. Draco slipped his hands under Harry's shirt again and slid them up his chest. His fingers grazed over every scar they came across. He wondered when he had received each one.
Harry brought his hands underneath the back of Draco's shirt and ran his fingers across his smooth skin. They were rutting against each other, the pace quickening. He knew he'd be coming any moment. Draco broke the kiss again and began kissing and suckling Harry's neck. Harry was so distracted by Draco's kisses that he didn't realize that Draco's hand was moving towards a very sensitive area, well, one he was going to find as being rather sensitive. Draco twisted his left nipple and Harry let out a rather loud moan and bucked up into Draco and came without a second to warn him.
Draco heard the moan and felt his stomach do happy flip flops. Then he felt the warmth and wetness. He was quite proud of himself for bringing Harry to that point. He hadn't noticed that Harry's hands had moved from his back to his front and when they gently caressed his own nipples Draco groaned against Harry's throat and came. He had never come that quickly before, especially from a simple touch like that.
After several moments of lying there, Draco lifted his head and looked down at Harry. "That was brilliant," Draco muttered.
"Definitely. I'd say our chemistry is pretty good," Harry replied with a grin.
"It's alright," Draco said. Harry slugged him in the arm and growled. Draco started to chuckle. "I'm kidding. I agree with you. Are you ready for bed?" he asked.
Harry smiled and then he nodded. "Yeah, it's getting late. Maybe we can do something else off my bucket list tomorrow?" he suggested.
Draco looked down at him thoughtfully. "Like what?" He pushed himself up and stood. He held out his hand for Harry and helped him up. Draco waved his hand and they were both cleaned up. They started to walk towards the stairs, extinguishing lights along the way.
"Hmmm, I want to go flying," Harry replied.
Draco stopped at the foot of the stairs and turned to look at him. "Harry, you can't fly yet. Your leg isn't well enough for that," he said in an apologetic tone.
"I know, but you can, can't you?" he asked.
Draco stared at him as he realized what he was trying to say. He remembered that on Harry's list he wanted to fly with someone he wanted to be with. He also knew that it meant that Harry would let Draco fly them. He would trust him to do that. His heart swelled at this. "On your list it said that you wanted to fly with someone you want to be with…"
Harry blushed. "I want to be with you. You make me feel complete. It's strange, I know, but it's true. I feel like I can be the real me with you. I mean, you've seen me at my worst and now you're seeing me at my best. I'm not pleased that I was injured, but if I hadn't, I don't think we would have ever found out what we could have," he replied.
Draco felt wetness at the corner of his eye and he casually brushed it away. He blushed deeply at his words and his heart felt even fuller. "I feel the same about you. More than I ever thought I could. The way you've been making me feel is just, well, it's something I haven't felt before. I want to go flying with you. And I'm amazed that you trust me with that," he replied.
"I trust you with my life, Draco," Harry whispered back. Draco smiled broadly and reached out to pull Harry into an embrace. He kissed the side of his head as he held him close. He could fall in love with Harry and he probably already was.