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Title: The Solstice curse 16/25
Author: herumtreiber
Word Count: 484
Rating: PG-13
Prompt: Day 16 traditional - candles and wine
Warning: Humor
Disclaimer: JK Rowling owns them, not me. This is for mischief's sake, not profit.
Author's Notes: This is for slythindor100 's Christmas challenge picture prompts. Sequel of Part onePart twoPart three, Part fourPart five, Part six, Part seven, Part eight, Part nine, Part ten, Part eleven, Part twelve, Part thirteen, Part fourteen & Part fifteen

"So what are those ley lines again?" Harry said, hefting his glass of red wine.

"Energy lines," said Draco. "I've found them referenced in the books I've consulted during my Gringotts work."

Harry glanced around at the room. It wasn't the main dining room at the Manor; it felt cosier somehow.

Draco saluted him with his glass of wine. "I'm glad you decided to stay for the night."

"Reckon Narcissa's invitation came in handy." Harry caressed the smooth stem of the glass, his shoulders drooping. The disquieting news imparted by Draco had turned a joyous day into a thoughtful evening.

"Why are you so pensive?" Draco leaned forwards to ruffle Harry's hair.

"It's too much," Harry said with a sigh. "Those bloody prophecies annoy me!"

"I can understand," said Draco. "Your friends might come up with something, though. I owled them the news."

"That's good." Harry gazed sharply at Draco. "How did you know?"

Draco fidgeted with his red napkin. "I have sources."

Harry lifted the rim of his glasses with his pinkie, wiggling his eyebrows. "Reckon they are twin sources."

"You knew?"

"Hard to miss the signs, Draco," Harry grinned at his boyfriend. "You three are thick as thieves, as Bill told me."

"I forget Bill is your inside source," said Draco admiringly. "Quite Slytherin of you."

"Also used the observational skills Auror training left me with," said Harry with a shrug. "The last teacher I had was quite worse than Moody, let me tell you."

"I can see that."

"Am glad you told me, Draco." Harry pushed aside his half-finished dish. The new worries had done nothing for his appetite.

"Didn't want you stalking me, Harry," said Draco insinuatingly.

Harry blushed. "I had to follow you during Sixth Year and…"

"That's fine, Harry."


Hermione read the parchment containing the prophecy, nursing her thumb. Malfoy had used a very irascible eagle owl.

"I don't know what it means," she glanced at Ron, who was staring at the window of their apartment. "What do you think?"

"I don't like it at all, Mione. That prophecy reminds me of the whole thing with You-Know-Who. I wonder if he didn't have a backup plan in case Harry won."

"Why would he?" Hermione said shrewdly. "He was confident in his Death Eaters."

"Malfoy wasn't such a good Death Eater."

"He wasn't, was he? What kind of a Death Eater saves Fred?"

"No, I mean Lucius," said Ron. "He looked so wan; though I imagine living with You-Know-Who could do that to anyone."

Hermione shuddered. "It must have been nightmarish for the Malfoys."

"Wonder why You-Know-Who stayed there," said Ron wonderingly.

"The Manor is quite spacious."

"But there were other rich Death Eaters," said Ron. "Whatever, I'm glad Narcissa redecorated."

"So am I," said Hermione in a small voice. She didn't want to remember what had transpired there, and the new decoration helped when they visited there.

Part seventeen

Date: 2012-12-16 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fantasyfiend09.livejournal.com
I wonder if Malfoy Manor is involved in all this. I'm glad Harry and Draco are being honest with each other. They need all the help they can get to solve this!

Date: 2012-12-17 12:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] herumtreiber.livejournal.com
You make a very good point. Harry and Draco are building a strong relationship that is sure to help them in the future!

Date: 2012-12-16 11:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adafrog.livejournal.com
Ah, good point about all the other rich death eaters.

Date: 2012-12-17 12:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] herumtreiber.livejournal.com
Voldemort appeared to be very interested in the Malfoys.

Date: 2012-12-17 07:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tinyscribbles80.livejournal.com
Ron's right. There were other rich death eaters so why the interest in Malfoy? *tons of speculation* but I will be patient and let it unfold. I don't like the new prophecy but its what making the boys bond even closer I just hope that they will get through it in one piece.

Thanks for the update ^^

Date: 2012-12-17 12:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] herumtreiber.livejournal.com
Voldemort was intent on staying there.
It's burdensome but they are working together.
They will have a tough time, but let's hope they make it to Christmas.

Thank you!

Date: 2012-12-17 12:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roelliej.livejournal.com
"So am I," said Hermione in a small voice. She didn't want to remember what had transpired there, and the new decoration helped when they visited there.

I think Hermione's scars of the encounter with Bellatrix will never fully heal (psychically and emotionally).

Nice one! :-)

Date: 2012-12-17 01:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] herumtreiber.livejournal.com
That's something Hermione will deal with for the rest of her life.

Thank you!

Date: 2012-12-22 03:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] enchanted-jae.livejournal.com
Curiouser and curiouser...

Date: 2012-12-22 04:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] herumtreiber.livejournal.com
It'll get more interesting!


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