What I’ll AcceptWord count:
Harry/Draco (relatively unrequited); Draco/Astoria, sort ofRating:
Harry comes to Astoria, and asks permission: just one night with Draco.Warnings:
The boys and girls belong to JKR, even though I’m often much nicer to them than she is.Author’s Notes:
This was written for this week’s sortinghatdrabs
. It was an interesting week to try it again: the prompt was Harry Potter and Astoria Malfoy, just for tonight.
“Harry Potter is being here to see you, Mistress.” The house-elf popped away.
Astoria felt herself flinch, body and soul. Then she stood and met the weary green eyes that haunted her husband. “Mr Potter.”
“Mrs Malfoy, Draco is at my home.” Harry Potter paused, his eyes searching her face. He must be trying to work out if she’d guessed. She felt her mouth shrink into a sour little pinch of anger. “I came - I want - one time to get it out of our systems - “
“No!” Bright fury filled Astoria. How dare this sullen, scruffy wizard break Draco’s heart?
“But - please. Just for tonight. I know I - I can’t believe I’m asking this, but it’s one night. I’d never try again.”
Astoria held back the urge to slap him with all the breeding in her blood. “I refuse. If Draco does this, he does it without my consent.”
Something dimmed in Harry Potter’s face. “He... he won’t, then. Marriage is sacred to him, he won’t do this if you don’t let him - “
“Let him? Let you
. You’re the one who wants him to fuck you and then leave quietly, without any messy consequences.” Her voice was shrill with the effort of not shouting. “You’re the one who wants to ease the tension, to get it of your system
. Draco loves
you! It’s not a crush, it’s not infatuation, he is in love with you, and by God if I have to accept it then so do you!”
Harry Potter blinked helplessly, nothing like worthy of Draco.
“Draco is not only my husband, my life’s companion. He is the father of my child. My partner in the most important thing I will ever do. Being his wife is a joy, this night if not forever, because I have the right to tell you no. I can stand in the way of you destroying him with a one-night stand.”
“You don’t have the right to decide for him!” His face was reddening. “If he wants me - “
“Love is not going to wreck him again! You might not mean to but your carelessness with this will destroy him - ”
“I’m not the one standing in the way of love - “
She went for her wand. Harry Potter was faster.
They stared at each other over their raised weapons.
“How do you know I don’t love him?” he said, quiet. “You don’t know me.”
“He’s loved you for years,” she said, inexpressably weary. “If you loved him too, you would have seen it long before.”