My Color: Gray Ch: 24 Disclaimer: Not mine

A sharp prod of pain woke Harry up from his much deserved, and much needed, sleep. Opening his eyes and looking up, Harry found himself looking back at Madam Pomfrey, the school nurse.

"Am I dead?" he asked in a voice raspy with disuse. A glass was shoved into his hands and he obediently took a sip. Soon the glass was pulled away and he was forced to down a foul tasting potion, which he was sure Snape made especially for him.

"Far from, Potter, though if you do something like that again, I might just leave you," replied the nurse.

Glasses were slipped onto his face and Harry got a good look at the witch's face. Though she may act like she didn't care, Harry could tell she had been worried about him the whole night.

"Thank you," he said. She looked shocked for a moment but then she smiled in return.

"You're quite welcome. You gave us all a scare, Potter, and I know Malfoy will be anxious to see you awake. I sent him back to your dormitories yesterday. Dumbledore will be in here soon but don't move, you might hurt yourself again. Oh, these are for you."

With a quick flick of her wand, piles of candy, cards, and what looked suspiciously like a stuffed teddy bear appeared all over his bed.

"Try not to over stuff yourself. It might make you sick again."

Harry was finally left alone and he thought about all that had happened as he slowly ate his way through a chocolate frog. Was Voldemort really gone? Could he finally have a normal life without the threat of someone trying to kill him? All these thoughts and more danced through his head.

A noise from the doorway made him glance up and he suddenly smiled at the figure who had entered. "Draco!"

"You're awake!" cried Draco. He sprinted across the room and flung his arms around Harry, holding him tight. "I thought I had lost you."

He leaned down and captured Harry's lips in a possessive kiss, one that left Harry breathless and waiting for more.

"I see you've missed me."

Draco rolled his eyes and scooted in next to Harry. Picking up a chocolate frog, the two boys dug in and talked about anything and everything that came to mind. Suddenly Draco turned silent and gazed thoughtfully at the wall, not even caring that the chocolate frog was melting in his hand.

Harry picked up the pale hand and started slowly sucking off the chocolate. That drew back Draco's attention and he watched with a small smile as Harry continued his work. Once every smudge was gone, Harry looked up and smiled.

"What's wrong? You spaced out on me for a moment."

Draco shrugged. "Nothing, I was just thinking."

"About what?"

"About that voice. When I was bringing you back I heard a woman's voice calling for you. I think it might have been your mom."

Harry looked at Draco in shock. He knew Draco would never joke around with something like that, he knew how Harry would feel. But what if it was the truth? He though back hard and he could distantly remember a loving feminine voice through the darkness that was trying to get him.

"I think I heard her too. What did she tell you?"

"To take care of you."

Harry was about to reply when Dumbledore interrupted him. Next to the smiling old man stood none other than Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic.

"Ah, you're awake! How do you feel Harry?" asked Dumbledore.

"Fine," replied Harry with his face void of any emotion. He stared silently at the Minister, along with and equally silent Draco. Draco placed his arm securely around the smaller boys shoulders and he stared, daring Fudge to do anything.

Though the older Malfoy was dead, the name itself held a lot of power and Draco was raised to be exactly like his father-ruthless and intimidating. The look Draco passed the old fool insured a lot of pain if any harm came to Harry.

"Good morning Draco. The Minister just wanted to ask you a few questions concerning the Malfoy Manner and what you did. Nothing will happen to you, Harry, so don't be afraid."

"Hello, Harry. The others have made it back safe and sound so you don't need to worry about that," a grateful look passed over Harry's face. "And thanks to Draco we have Peter Pettigrew in custody so Sirius Black will get that trial."

Harry looked at Draco and smiled. "However, we need to know what happened. As you know, you could be charged with murder and property damage-"

"It was my house and my property. I will not press any charges considering I helped destroy the place."

"I'm not saying we are charging you, I'm saying without the proper information some will probably be charged. I need to know what happened."

Harry sighed and gave the minister the truth on what had happened.

"Is that all?"


"Then how did you survive?"

"I can answer that," said Dumbledore. "You see, Harry and Draco are soul mates. Because Draco was not willing to let Harry die, he healed many of the more harmful injuries and was able to keep him alive until help arrived."

"Speaking of which, what happened to Ginny and Eva? Who saved us?"

"I did," said a voice from the door. Standing there with a very happy Hermione stood Ron Weasley.


"He's serious Harry. He arrived just before Dumbledore and knocked out Ginny and Eva."


Ron shuffled embarrassed before speaking. "Well, I noticed Ginny acting all weird and overheard her talking to Eva about a meeting at Malfoy Manor. I knew something was up so I asked Hermione if there was a way to trace portkeys and find where it went. She taught me a spell so when Ginny left, I followed. I arrived in time to hear what happened and knocked them out. I'm sorry Harry. She was completely nuts you know. And I never noticed."

"It's alright Ron. I don't blame you. Thank you for saving me."

They shared and awkward look before smiling at each other.

"Well, everything matched up accordingly. I'm off, Dumbledore, and going to settle everything at the ministry. Good luck boys. I don't think you'll be bothered by us again."

They watched as the minister walked away. "So we're soul mates?" asked Harry.

"Yes which explains a lot," said Hermione.

"I'll let Hermione explain everything. If you need anything, you know where to find me."

"What does it explain?" asked Draco, still cuddling Harry. They all arranged themselves around the room in various positions, getting comfortable.

"It explains why you always tried to get Harry's attention. The bond wanted to be together but you wouldn't get together so it acted out to get his attention. That's why you always touch each other now. It's like being married without the ceremony- you were born for each other."

They processed this information when Harry suddenly smiled.

"Finally, I'll have a family that doesn't leave!"

The door opened before anyone could reply and in walked a very crumpled Narcissa Malfoy. "Mom!" shouted Draco, leaving Harry's side and rushing to his mother's side. "You're alive!"

"Draco, of course I'm alright! I portkeyed out of there before it blew." Hugging Draco tight, Narcissa looked over at Harry. Draco noticed her gaze and led her over to Harry.

"Mom, this is Harry- my soul mate. Harry, meet my mother, Narcissa Malfoy."

She stared at him just a moment before letting a smile grace her face. "Hello Harry. Draco has told me all about you and it's a pleasure to finally meet you."

"Pleasures all mine. Would you like to join us?"

She laughed out loud. "Thank you but no. I have a lot I need to prepare. I hope to see you soon though. Welcome to the family." She kissed him lightly on the forehead and left.

The others sat in the hospital for hours on end, talking until the sun finally went down. They left, leaving Harry and Draco all alone. Snuggling in, Harry breathed in the scent of his boyfriends clothing, kissed him gently and was almost asleep before he said,

"Do you think everything will go back to normal now?"

"Normal? What's normal?"

"I guess you're right. I love you, Draco."

"And I love you, Harry. Forever."

With that last thought and a smile, Harry drifted off to sleep, wrapped up in arms that would always love him forever and he was happy.


AN: Wow, I finally finished this story! I would like to thank everyone who reviewed and thanks for the support. I hope you like this and please review! ~Ta-ta