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What I'll Accept 
24th-Mar-2011 11:22 am
Converse: black
Title: What I’ll Accept
Word count: ~500
Characters/pairings: Harry/Draco (relatively unrequited); Draco/Astoria, sort of
Rating: PG
Summary: Harry comes to Astoria, and asks permission: just one night with Draco.
Warnings: angst, melodrama
Disclaimer: 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.”

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24th-Mar-2011 11:26 am (UTC)
24th-Mar-2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
I know! I'M SORRY :(
24th-Mar-2011 11:56 am (UTC)
Ooh, ouch. And I feel sort of badly for Draco, who isn't even here to speak for himself...
24th-Mar-2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
:( I know, it sucks to have Harry and Astoria deciding for him.
24th-Mar-2011 01:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, so sad! Love will find a way!
24th-Mar-2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
Hope so! Thanks for commenting.
24th-Mar-2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
Awwwwww :( *cries* so sad :(
24th-Mar-2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
Aww, sorry! :(
24th-Mar-2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
ooooh, nice :). Astoria's perceptiveness is very appealing.
24th-Mar-2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It was fun writing her, even if it was all strum und drang :)
24th-Mar-2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
Aw. Very heartbreaking. ): But I really love how you wrote Astoria here.
25th-Mar-2011 05:13 am (UTC)
Thank you! It was really fun writing her as so determined and meeting Harry without Draco there.
25th-Mar-2011 01:23 am (UTC)
beautiful, Loki. Really.
25th-Mar-2011 05:13 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
25th-Mar-2011 04:46 am (UTC)
Wow. That was deep.
25th-Mar-2011 05:13 am (UTC)
Wow, thank you!
25th-Mar-2011 08:06 am (UTC)
Astoria is awesome in this. Poor Draco. I wonder if there's anything Harry can say to fix things.
25th-Mar-2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
It was fun writing her as a sorta latter-day Narcissa. Poor Draco indeed :( Maybe it'll all work out...
25th-Mar-2011 09:48 am (UTC)
...is it wrong that I'm wondering where Ginny is in all of this?

*Is not particularly fond of chameleon!Ginny but still suspects she would turn him into a ferret, release him into the wild, and then claim he ran away from home.*

Poor Draco - and yet, I find that I agree with Astoria. That particular incarnation of Harry needs to work for Draco.
25th-Mar-2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
Not at all :)

LOL! Poor Draco.

Definitely :) It's a shame Draco is getting decided for by others but it was fun writing Astoria defending him.
26th-Mar-2011 11:25 am (UTC)
Oh, so SAD!!

26th-Mar-2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
27th-Mar-2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
Oh my lord, amazing!Astoria right there. I want Harry and Draco together but not if Harry can't see how much Draco's into him, in love with him.

I'm with Astoria here. Very nice writing.:)
28th-Mar-2011 10:31 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I feel the same way about 'em.
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9th-Aug-2011 06:42 am (UTC)
Thank you! I really appreciate the comment on an older ficlet :)
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