From her words and the sigh, Draco could see past it. It was one thing she and Felicity were similar on. They could lie to him and tell them that they were fine..Or that all was well, but he could see it. And the bruising to her chin told another story. [b "For the moment I will take your word...but I would like to know the truth later.."] His words were quiet as his mother was out and watering the flowers. He knew she would not tell his father..but there were still too many eyes and ears around for him to be comfortable to push the subject.
[b "Demetri... He came back about a year ago...When things began to settle completely. Not very often do I see him around. He prefers to stay in the background unless needed...Or..."] And he did make a motion to Astoria herself. Draco had noticed the glances between the two.
Astoria sighed as Draco saw her. [b “Nothing is wrong, sir..All is well..”] But there was a slight bruise coming up on her chin from where Lucius had gripped her. She bit her lip and looked away from him. The garden...It was so lovely out here. Narcissa was watering flowers. A soft sigh slipped from her lips as she looked from the woman to Draco.
She kept thinking about Demetri though...The past wouldn't remain as such. [b “S-so...when did the servant boy return?..”] She asked, trying not to show any true interest in him. She was trying to remain calm. Her hands brushed across the flowers, the color springing to life in the flowers. Though it was winter, her touch could make nature come alive.
Her words stung like hell. But after seeing what he did, how could he blame her? She clearly did blame him and had been fed their lies for so long. He knew all about the manor. Knew all about the way they got into their heads.
"If that is really what you want...then the past will remain as such." It killed Demetri, but she seemed dead set on it. He would of course be watching and helping. But why tell that to her?
Draco had been pacing back and forth as he waited for Astoria. He couldn't place it but the man had a sinking in the pit of his stomach. And after he did this, the Malfoy would have to meet with Felicity. Go over how best to take care of Rebecca.
Grey eyes went to the woman as she came towards him. One look and he could see that she was upset. [b "Astoria...what's happened?"] He asked her quietly.
So many things flashed through her mind as she tried to focus. She didn't want to upset him..She really didn't mean to blame him like this. After all..It was the past, wasn't it? The woman sighed softly and stepped away from him. She shook her head, not wanting to listen to his words about Bellatrix.
She shook her head again, dabbing her tears away. [b “Just...I know you work here..But leave the past where it belongs.”] She said quietly before walking away from him.
His words made her bite her lip. [b “Well..It's a good thing that you taught me pretty early that I need to look out for myself, now isn't it?”] She said quietly before leaving the room to go find Draco in the garden.
[#9251c1 "Just something to make sure I finally get to be with you. Not that this will matter when you wake."] George said as his arms crossed and his eyes were locked on her. She was barely awake which meant that the potion he had slipped into her drink would be working soon.
His eyes went to his sister when she had been in the doorway. The look he gave her was a "say something and I will make you pay" sort of a look. And when Ginny had left, George again looked to Scarlett who whimpered Draco's name. [#9251c1 "Already told you it's no use."] The man said right before she was out.
Demetri's eyes were on Astoria and he could see the emotions dancing in those bright eyes. All of them killing him as it was mostly pain and fear. It wasn't as if she knew he could read the emotions and he would be damned to let her know that. She was already so angry with him and confused.
"We had been children and wanted to run away... But I had never lied. I did go to meet you. When I got there you were gone...and Bellatrix was there." Like she had become Lucius' little friend and locked away.. He had with Bella. She had him under her control and it had taken until recently for him to be normal again.
When she said she didn't need him, it felt like his heart had been stabbed through and he looked down. "You need someone...Draco won't always be there..." Those words were quiet and then she brushed past hlm. The moment she did, he stiffened and looked at her, seeing it ALL through her view. They had controlled him and made him the villain of her story.
"I...He probably is waiting. Good luck, my lady.." The man said quietly.
Astoria wanted to run..To hide. This man had hurt her more than anyone had ever hurt her before. He had broke her. He had told her he wanted to marry her, when they were teenagers. Children... Foolish childish thoughts. He had told her to pack her things, that he was going to get her out..That they would run away together..Things didn't go as planned..
They had come up with a time and a place to meet so that they could run away together..But Demetri hadn't been there when she arrived. Instead it was Lucius. She was chained up in the basement for a year because of him! Not that Draco knew any of this.. But Demetri knew. He was who came down to treat her wounds. To feed her, though only once a week. Lucius wanted to keep her shape in tact. She found out later that the entire time, her parents had known where she was.
When this deal had come up, her parents told her that if she didn't agree to become the young Malfoy's wife..She would be locked back up in the dungeon..She couldn't do that..Not again..So she agreed. None of it mattered anymore though. Her path was set in stone. Nothing would change it, certainly not the lies that Demetri was trying to tell her now to clear his conscious.
[b “Stop lying! Admit what you did!”] She yelped out, tears in her eyes. She would not let them spill over. God forbid she ruin her make up. Her parents would be furious. [b “It..It doesn't matter..I don't need you..”] She whimpered before she had pushed past him.
The moment he touched her arm, everything flashed in their minds..What had happened from her point of view. She immediately flinched back. [b “I had to go meet my fiance, if you don't mind.”] She said, completely emotionless. She had to be...
Felcity laid on the bed. The ceiling was swimming above her. She was so very dizzy. His words made her whimper. She wouldn't know him? What did that mean?.. [b “W-what did you do to me?...”] She whimpered out softly, but her words were slurred.
The girl gripped onto the sheets to stead herself, one foot on the floor. She felt as if she was going to be sick. She spotted Ginny in the doorway. The girl looked worried, but she didn't say a word, just left. [b “D-Draco...”] She whimpered out before everything went entirely black. She was out.
Why didn't her anger and hurt surprise him? Because his father and Lucius were so very much alike. Both of them did something and then seemed to leave him and Draco to deal with it. This seeming to be one of those things. He had NEVER turned her over like she thought.
"It was my father who did this...Not me. I tried to stop it..and I paid for it." The man muttered. But he DID know how much trouble she had gotten into for trying to get out. They had found the poor girl. Taken her and even locked her up, torturing her.
"Because it's not pretending...I do care for you." Not that she would believe it. Her words and her want to just walk away from him proved as much. The smart thing...let her go...But for the moment being smart was not his concern. And that beint the case, Demetri DID move forwards and take her arm. He wanted her to understand.
George looked to the server and nodded. He could tell the woman was still worried about Felicity and what was seen. But with a few more words and assurances AND the fact of the girl not doing well he was able to take her. And take her he did.
[#9251c1 "You have to make things difficult, don't you?"] The man muttered as she sat on the bed and fell back on it, whing the Malfoy's name. [#9251c1 "Soon you won't even know him."] Those words were quiet as well. He had NO idea that she had arranged to meet Draco as soon as he had things back home sorted out. Or that they would meet at the Burrow
His words hurt. Astoria had thought that she knew how Demetri felt..But then things changed.. She had thought that he loved her as much as she loved him..But then he turned her in to Lucius, starting his years long torture of her. Or that's what she had been told.. [b “Wouldn't say that I do know how you feel..I thought I did, but I guess I was a fool..”] She said quietly
[b “I tried to get out, remember? It was proven that I was an idiot for trying..”] She said quietly. She sighed and shook her head. It didn't matter anymore, did it? [b “Why do you even care, or pretend to care?”] She asked with a soft sigh. She was tired..so very tired..
For now...He said he wouldn't say anything for now.. [b “I can deal with it, I have to now don't I? Thanks to you..”] She said quietly, moving away from him. She figured he would just let her walk away because he didn't actually care about her..But she hoped he would stop her..
The server looked extremely worried. [b “Are you certain?..She doesn't look very well.” She said quietly, obviously still debating telling someone about what she had seen.
Felicity leaned against him once he had her out of the chair. She couldn't stand on her own. The damn floor kept moving! It wasn't fair. Her head fell onto his shoulder because she couldn't keep it up.
She sat heavily on the bed as he had put her there. [b “Draco...”] She let out a soft whine as she fell back onto the bed. Not that George would know, but she had earlier set it up to where she and Draco would meet at the burrow to go over Rebecca's well being.
"It might not have anything to do with me, but it does you. You know how I feel..." Were the words that slipped past Demetri's lips as his eyes fell on the girl. He had never seen her seem so nervous or so powerless before. And it hurt to see.
When she said that she had no out and it had been something her parents had had planned for years, a brow rose. How could anyone let their child walk into something as messy as business with the Malfoys? But then like he was one to talk. His own father had been a "guard dog" to Voldemort and also in some cases the Malfoys and Lestranges.
"You can't let this go on... I won't say anything for now... But Astoria..you should talk to Draco about it." The man muttered quietly, words more like a plea than he had meant them to be. It was more his want to try and help if anything that was coming into play now.
So the potion was taking affect. It had certainly taken long enough. [#9251c1 "Once in a while it's okay."] Was all he said as he took a bit from his own food. Brown orbs did remain locked on her as he had not known how it would affect the girl. He had only been told that he would soon get what he wanted. Who could turn down something like that?
[#9251c1 "She should be fine. She's been a little bit sick and I thought that she was doing well enough to do dinner. But it looks like I was wrong... You don't need to call anyone and I will take her right home."] The Weasley said as he did pay the waitress for the meals and moved to Felicity. And he meant what he had said. He was going to take her back home.
[#9251c1 "Come on, lets get you back."] George muttered, having their food in one arm and the other around her waist as he vanished with her, them soon in his room at the burrow. Now he had to watch her and to see what would happen. And at all costs he HAD to keep her away from her brat and that Malfoy she still seemed so hung up on. She. Was. His.
Astoria had been unaware of anyone seeing her exchange with Lucius, let alone Demetri seeing it! She quickly headed out to find Draco, but she was quickly intercepted by Demetri. Her heart skipped. He was so close to her. Her cheeks heated up, but she kept her eyes forward. [b “W-what brings you here?...”] She asked nervously, trying to cover it but it was useless.
His words made her blood run cold. [b “Excuse me?..”] She asked, sounding angry, though really she was nervous. She didn't want him to know about the way things ran here. But his next words...It was out. He knew about what would happen if she married the Malfoy boy. [b “As if I have a choice? My parents have had this planned for years.”] She said quietly before looking down. [b “I never wanted this, but..maybe things will get better...”] She said as she kicked her feet, walking toward the garden. [b “Look...this has nothing to do with you...”] She said quietly.
Already, a light bruise was showing on her chin from the grip that Lucius had had on her. It still hurt. She wouldn't admit it. [“Look...it doesn't matter..”] She whispered slowly. She sighed as she stopped walking. [b “Demetri...you cannot tell anyone about this...It will end very badly for all of us..”] She said quietly. She was scared..
His words made her sigh and shake her head. [b “I have a child to take care of...I can't afford indulgences...”] She said quietly with a soft sigh. She was feeling very dizzy but she didn't understand why. She needed to see Rebecca and Draco..She had promised to meet them later..but she couldn't see straight anymore.
[b “I...I don't feel so good..”] She said slowly. She hadn't touched her meal, she couldn't focus on picking up her fork or even her glass.
The woman gripped onto the table to steady herself. Their waitress appeared very nervous. [b “Is she alright, sir? Maybe I should call someone..”] The waitress said slowly.
Her words had come out as snark as she spoke them. All he had done was ask what she had ordered because he wanted to know if she had taken his words seriously in getting what she wanted. But she mouthed off and it took everything in him to not snap at her for it. He could NOT afford to lose his temper or he would lose her. And so he bit back his own snarky comment for the moment.
[#9251c1 "I'll eat up if you do. Because I know you don't tend to let yourself indulge yourself with treats like this."] The man muttered. It was in its own way pay back for her having snarked earlier. And he again took up his drink when it had been refilled, covering what they had already had.
Brown eyes locked on Felicity and he watched to see if she would eat and drink. She was still seeming reluctant to even be on this "date" with him. Which he was still internally fuming over because he KNEW her mind was on that wretched child and Malfoy.
Demetri had been walking past the room that Astoria had been in with Lucius. He knew that he should not have been, but the man did stop and listen. And what he had heard had his blood boiling. She was the one he loved and she was NOT someone who should have been treated like that. But he could not every well go in and mouth off to the master. If he did, Astoria would pay even more. And so he was stuck to be patient and to watch her leave the room.
It was when she did, did the man fall into step beside her. He knew for the time it would be safe since the elder Malfoy went off to do god only knew what and the younger was in the garden, which was where she seemed to be heading to. "So..that's the way of it then? This arrangement was made more for Lucius than it had been Draco? Why do you let it go on..?" The man muttered quietly to her as they walked.
Felicity's head was spinning. Everything was far to bright. She had to focus. She could feel a migraine coming on. She blinked away her thoughts and looked up to George, a tilt to her head. He seemed eager for her to drink her drink. She didn't understand it, but wouldn't question it. She knew better. The girl sat her glass down and brushed through her hair, pushing it out of her eyes. [b “You will see when it gets here, now won't you?”] She countered, not really wanting to sound snarky but that's how it came off.
The waitress was soon back, bringing more drinks to cover what they had drank. She dropped off a basket of bread sticks and some mozzarella sticks. [b “Eat up..”] She said quietly.
Astoria was very nervous now. A private meeting in the garden? This couldn't be good. When he had left to go do whatever he was to do, Astoria made her way to her bedroom. She had to put her things away.
She bit her lower lip when she placed her bags on the bed. Immediately, she got to putting away her things. The clearing of a throat made her squeak and turn around quickly to see Lucius standing in her doorway. She was terrified of the man, that was obvious.
Her blood ran cold when he entered the room. She could see his hungry eyes follow her. It was unnerving. [b “You may be marrying my son, but remember who you truly belong to girl..”] He threatened, gripping her by her chin and forcing her to look him in his eyes. She was shaking. She hadn't seen Demetri pass her bedroom. She didn't know that he had seen the exchange. [b “Yes sir..of course sir..”] She muttered in obedience. The man quickly left before he was caught.
The girl quickly made her way to the garden, but she was far to pale. She hoped he wouldn't notice. She couldn't let anyone know what her mind was going through.
She seemed a little suspicious of him and his intentions. There was very good reason for that. But the fact that she had not noticed that her drink was a bit off was good for him. It meant she would drink the potion that he had gotten specially for her and there would be no trouble in getting her to do so. He knew that it would not take affect right away. Hell, he would be shocked it if had. But the fact that it would in the morning was good enough to him. He had waited this long and he could wait ONE more day, right.
The man sipped his own drink as she had taken yet another drink from her own. She happened to seem to be thinking up something. The storm in her eyes as she asked the waiter for a specific item said volumes. He had watched her enough to know subtle signs of her plotting things.
[#9251c1 "What did you end up asking for?"] George asked her as he had ordered a simple steak and potato meal. Brown eyes were locked on the young woman as he asked his question. He wanted to see if she would be answering him honestly.
Draco wasn't the man he had once been. The war had changed him. But before that, Fel had. He knew the look of true love and longing that had passed between Astoria and Demetri. It was the same way that he felt for Felicity. Though he could not let that be known. At least not before his father who would make it a point to torture her.
Again his hand gave Astoria's a small squeeze what she happened to stiffen and to freeze. [b "I promise you are not in trouble. I just wish to walk and to talk."] He muttered as he was at least trying to calm her. Like he had said multiple times.. He felt something for her, BUT not at all what he did what he did for Felicity.
And when it came time for them to meet in the garden as he had asked, Draco was pacing back and forth before the fountain. How the hell we he supposed to do this?
Felicity looked at the cup and tilted her head. It smelled...off..But who was she to question it? She had never had this kind of drink before. She picked up the glass and put it to her lips. The smell made her nose turn upward. If she had been paying attention, she would have seen the discoloration. The swirl of magic..But she hadn't been paying attention. She slowly sipped from the glass.
Nothing happened at first. She looked over the menu, reading the different options. She tapped her chin as she looked, not really sure what she wanted. The potion was a slow acting potion. It wouldn't take full effect until the next morning. She huffed as he said it was his treat. She didn't want him to pay. But if he was going to insist..She would comply.
She took another sip of her drink and smiled faintly when the waiter came to the table. [b “Sir, could I have this item, please.”] She asked, pointing to the second to most expensive item on the menu. Anything to turn George off.
Astoria immediately pulled away from the men. She wanted to be as far from Lucius as possible. He had crossed the line only once before with her..But she would not allow it to happen again..Not that she allowed it before..
She calmed slightly when his hand slid into her. She smiled faintly at the man. She felt something for the boy, but it wasn't love..It wasn't what she felt for Demetri... She bit her lip and kept her eyes on the ground. [b “As you wish, my lord..”] She said quietly.
She had hoped the he hadn't seen the longing expression she had had for Demetri. She wouldn't look anywhere near him now. His whispered words made her freeze. Did he know?..WOuld he punish her for it?.. [b “Yes sir, of course sir..”]
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