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His visible flinch made her smile slightly. He remembered her well, even after all of this time. He could tell she could barely control her anger. She bit into her lip to calm herself down and looked over to Rebecca, the only person these days who could make her truly smile. She watched the child, who seemed to be enjoying the show with the other children.
She cut her eyes over at the man, growling slightly just to make him know that she didn't like his words. She was trying to hide a smile though. Even though she knew that he was willing to take anything she could throw at him, she didn't want to. She didn't want to see the pained look on his face. She still loved him, for some stupid damn reason that she would never understand.
When he said he couldn't take her, her heart shattered. He couldn't even do this for her? [b “She has no one else, Draco..Just me. I..A new job won't keep him away from her. Either of them. George...I think he is out to get her..To get anyone who is close to me..And Crabbe...If he finds out about her the only one who can protect her is you. Draco..I can't do this. I can't put her through all of this hell just because I'm not fit to be her parent..She deserves so much more..She deserves you..”] She whimpered out through her tears.
Oh he was in for it and he knew it fairly well from the look that she gave. The fact that she bit her lip and took a breath meant she was trying to keep her temper reigned in. Yes, Draco remembered the actions quite well having faced their fury quite a few times. But the man simply kept his gaze upon her as she spoke, visibly flinching. If she hadn't realized it he was more than aware of the details she had so very graciously reminded him of.
[b "For that not being the intent.. It seems that you chose to do so. But I do owe you for all the hell you have been through. And perhaps deserve it."] There was no acid bitterness to his words as they were spoken. Instead there was regret lacing them as his eyes followed hers to Rebecca.
Her next words had his heart literally sink to his stomach and grey orbs immediately drawn back to her. [b "I cannot take her. She doesn't know me. You are all she knows...If you want I can help you figure something out. A new job.. but I cannot separate her from you."] He said quietly.
The woman bit her lip and took a deep breath as to not blow up at him. [b “You hurt me..I stuck around..”] She said quietly. She immediately regretted it. [b “I'm sorry..I didn't call you here to take shots at you, I really didn't.”] She whispered, keeping her eyes focused on Rebecca. Her eyes were puffy and red. She was trying her best not to cry. She didn't want to admit this to herself.
Tears built up in her eyes as she began to blink rapidly to keep herself from letting her tears fall. [b “I..I need you to give her the life I can't...”] The woman choked out through her tears. [b “I can't put her through this...I..I can't...”]
[b "I wasn't going to lecture you about your choice in friends. Do I have any right in that department as it stands. I just wondered if he hurt you why you would stay around.."] The man said quietly, his eyes too on the little girl as she played with the other children. For the time she did seem happy enough, which was nice to see.
He sighed as the words left her lips. He could only imagine how hard asking it of him of all people was. Afterall, Draco had been the one to literally rip her apart. It had been meant to save her but as he had found a few weeks ago that it had not done anything. Instead she had been tortured because of him. Slowly did he take a seat in a chair nearby.
[b "So what exactly are you asking of me here, Felicity?"] The blonde male asked, grey eyes finally coming to rest on her.
Felicity held the child close and brushed her hair back before putting her down and letting her go off with the other children. She kept her eyes on her though. [b “Don't say anything, Draco...I didn't ask you to come here for you to lecture me on my friend choice...I came to you because...”] She took in a deep breath. [b “Because I need your help..”] She whispered, god it tasted horrible coming out. She hated asking for help.
She watched as Rebecca played with the other children. She sat down heavily in the nearest chair, she had been swaying just a bit. [b “I..I can't afford to keep staying in the hotel room...And..If I don't figure something out..I'm going to end up living with them..I..”] She brushed her hair out of her face and looked over at Rebecca.
[b “She needs somewhere stable...And..I..I can't give her that..”] The young woman was on the verge of tears.
He was being incredibly stupid in being around the woman. Everything in him wanted to hold her and to tell her how sorry he was. But on the flip, Felicity didn't even want him or his help. That SHOULD have been clear to him weeks before. And yet she had written that note. Had asked him to meet her here. Why? He could have ignored it. Ignored her but he had come and internally was paying the price for that decision.
The man only stayed silent and he watched the woman with her little girl. And he realized he had just met her, but even he cared about the child. That realization alone scared the hell out of him. He was being stupid to be here. Against his parents and the arrangements they had been making and made. Yet he couldn"t say no if he wanted. Never could he when it was Felicity involved. The woman should have known that and remembered it.
The idea of hurting or disappointing both scared him. But he didn't know what to do. [b "They usually have shows in the back for the children before the meals..."] He said once they had entered and he motioned to a small stage with children sitting before it
The look the Draco had given Felicity pissed her off. She knew that it shouldn't have, but it did. As if he was asking her why she would stay around him. She never had a choice! He had made sure of that when he left her behind weeks before. When he didn't fight for her. She didn't know why she expected for him to..She shouldn't have gotten her hopes up. She bit into her lip and looked away to try to hide the anger she felt.
Felicity picked up Rebecca and scolded her gently, rocking the little girl. [b “You have to be more careful, little Swan..You are all I have..”] She said gently, stroking the child's bright red hair. She kissed her head gently, looking over to Draco for just a second. Why did she even ask him to come out?..Why did he come? Why was this her life?...
She waited for the cars to pass before moving across the street, Rebecca never looked away from Draco. She obviously liked him, and that scared Felicity..Because if he left this time..It would not only hurt her, it would hurt Rebecca..Then she would have to kill him.
He was silent as the child spoke her words and nodded slowly. The man was not at all happy to hear it and was not exactly taking it lightly either. Could he say anything about it? Of course not. At least not until she trusted him. But that did not stop the look that he gave the woman that asked "what the hell do you stay around him for if he does thar?"
Draco had been fixated on the words that Rebecca had spoken that he was a bit late to realize that she was struggling against him and had hopped down. As soon as both she and Felicity took off, the man went after them. For a moment, the Malfoy had been afraid that they both would be hit by the car that went past them.
[b "Perhaps we should all stay on the sidewalk...?"] He asked quietly. Clearly he was still thinking about what had been said. But they were just across from the themed restaraunt and he motioned to it. [b "After the two of you."]
Rebecca leaned her head against Draco's neck, whining softly as her eyes stayed on her mother's. Seeing the quick flash of panic across Felicity's face, Rebecca hid against Draco more. She whimpered softly, a pout on her lips. [b “I seeded him grab mummy last night...and..again when she say we come see you..”] Rebecca said in a soft whimper.
Felicity bit into her lip, refusing to look up at the man. [b “It's not what you think, Draco..”] The woman said quietly, trying to keep herself calm. She knew Draco wouldn't react well to the news. She wouldn't look at him.
Rebecca didn't like this kind of stress. She jumped down from Draco's arms and took off running down the road toward the restaurant. [b “Becca! Get out of the road!”] Felicity called as she took off after the child, quickly scooping her up and moving to the sidewalk just before a car passed them. [b “I told you about being in the road, missy..”] She said gently.
Draco had to bite his lip to stop a soft moan slipping from him. He would not have meant to let it, but his hair had always been one of many things to get to him. The man knew the child didn't know that. And it also for a moment flashed him back to the last night he has been with Felicity. The night her fingers combed and tugged his hair and she had had him all but begging her. Even he turned red as he had let those thoughts so freely flow into his head.
He had to quickly look away himself and let his eyes roam the alleyway. It was when they had landed on the theme one did he hear the woman say that was her choice. [b "Then to see the princesses and knights we'll go, m'lady."] The man said with a soft smile to the child as she was amazed by the place and squealed how she wanted to see the princess.
As soon as he heard Rebecca's words, the man stiffened. [b "Has it happened more than once? And what else has he done?"] The words were soft as he asked. He had looked over to Felicity but somehow knew she would not tell him. And instead he asked it of her daughter.
Rebecca reached up and threaded her fingers in Draco's hair, tugging gently. [b “Softs!”] She squeaked out as she looked over at her mother. Felicity blushed as she remembered the last time she had touched his hair..Pulled it..Made him beg for her. She blushed even darker and quickly turned away from him. Rebecca giggled softly and looked over to her mother. [“ Mummy reds!”]
Felicity looked down the street full of different restaurants. [b “That one, the themed one.”] The girl finally decided on as she looked to the man and her child. [b “Rebecca would love to see the princesses and knights.”] She said quietly as she looked to Rebecca, who's face had frozen in amazement. She wanted so very badly to go see princesses. [b “I want princess!!!”] The child squealed out in pure excitement.
Rebecca shook her head. [b “No likes Geoge...He means to mummy..”] She said in a whine. Felicity instantly looked away. [b “He is not mean, honey..He is just..I don't know..”] She whispered, unsure of how Rebecca knew. George had only grabbed Felicity once, and she was sure the child had been asleep when it had happened.
Draco couldn't help chuckling at the little girl's antics. Adorable, simply adorable. [b "Yes, it really is. Perhaps one day you can ask your mummy."] He whispered, eyes traveling to the woman who had now put her daughter on the spot, causing the child to go a bright red. [b "Even more beautiful when hearing your whole name."] He whispered as he kept the child close.
He could see that Felicity was confused and also annoyed as he had seemed to win over her daughter so quickly. And if he were to be honest, Draco thought it would be harder as well. She really had seemed a shy little one, but perhaps that had been what had drawn him all the more. A reminder of his past with her mother in the VERY beginning when they had been for lack of better words getting a feel for the other. Before they had become so close and even gotten together.
[b "I'm sure it'll just take time..."] He tried to be encouraging and then motioned to the shops around them. [b "All are good. Just depends what you might be in the mood for."]
Rebecca blushed a dark red, eyes went to the ground. [b “I-it is?..”] She asked, tilting her head to the side. She looked over at her mother, who smiled kindly. [b “What is your full name, little swan?”] Felicity asked, making Rebecca blush even darker at being put on the spot. [b “Rebecca Lynn Chambers.”] She whispered bashfully, hiding her face against Draco's neck.
Felicity watched the two of them together, unsure as to how quickly he had won her over. [b “She won't even go to George..And he is around every day..”] The annoyance was clear in her voice. Rebecca began shivering. [b “Geoge Scawy...”] Rebecca whined.
Felicity sighed softly. [b “We can take her to lunch, she needs to eat something other than sweets.”] She said quietly, a soft smile on her lips as she tapped Rebecca's nose gently.
Draco smiled to the child. [b "Rebecca is one of my favourite names. And a beautiful fit for you."] He said gently as she came out from behind her mother and made the grabby hands for him. None of what the man had said had been a lie. He did find her name beautiful and she was a beautiful little girl.
Gently, Draco picked her up and had the girl on his hip. Grey eyes went to Felicity as she seemed to be staring and his own head tilted the faintest bit. He didn't know how to explain it to her. The best way he could was he did have a soft spot for children. The part he could not say was he did still think about the futures that they had once planned for themselves when everything had been said and done.
[b "So did you want to get this little girl ice cream or lunch?"] The man asked. This time he didn't say anything about being his treat.
[b “I can't afford lunch and I'm not letting you throw your money at me anymore..”] She said quietly as she looked away from him. She bit into her lip, trying to keep herself from saying anything she would regret. He knew how she felt about him offering her money, but then again...God she needed it.. She looked down at Rebecca who stuck her bottom lip out as her mother denied them lunch. The child was starving. She quickly looked to the man and blushed faintly.
Rebecca pushed her red hair behind her ears, poking out her lip more as he knelt down and made a sucker appear. The girl squeaked, obviously wanting the sucker but she wouldn't move towards it. She let her eyes shift up to her mother and tried to see if she was able to take the sucker. Her mother nodded and she quickly took the lollipop. [b “R-rebecca...”] The child whispered in a soft whine. She slowly moved out from behind Felicity's legs and made grabby hands for Draco. He had already won her over.
Felicity tilted her head as she saw Rebecca instantly taken to Draco. She was very confused by it. The girl still hadn't warmed to George. She was amazed, honestly.
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