Shackles Pt.9DRARRY SLASH! You no like, you no read!More Like This
There was a tall, solid figure standing in the room beyond. The room was a dull and normal-looking office with no windows. Draco tensed, ready to counter any attack that came.
The figure turned around.
"Kingsley?" Beside him, Harry gasped in surprise.
"Hello, Harry. Mr. Malfoy. I'm glad to see that the two of you made it safely through." Kingsley smiled, gesturing them to follow.
They did, and once they were out of the room, it was clear that they were in the Auror offices at the Ministry. Kingsley led them down the hall and stopped. Draco glanced at Harry questioningly and Harry shrugged in return.
"I need to debrief you, but I need to do it separately. I wasn't planning on it, but now it looks as if there's been a slight change of plan. Harry, you go in this room. Mr. Malfoy, into that one."
Draco dropped Harry's hand reluctantly and stared at the door mistrustfully, but Kingsley opened it for him, revealing it to be an interview room.
Shackles Pt.8DRARRY SLASH! You no like, you no read.More Like This
Draco wasn't even aware of ducking and rolling before he found himself behind a random square block that kept him under cover. He looked back to find that Harry had put up a hasty Protego spell and was running in a crouch to join him.
"We're not done yet," he complained at Harry once he was in hearing range.
"It appears not. How many are there? I think I counted four."
"Homenum revelio," Draco cast the spell, and four glowing markers appeared, and then all of them flickered and disappeared again.
"There are four, but it looks like they have a way to counter it. We won't be able to track them using it." Harry ground his teeth. "Now what?"
Draco conjured a mirror with a flick of his wrist, and Harry gave him a funny look and raised eyebrows.
"What?" Draco demanded defensively. "It's coming in handy now, isn't it?"
He held it up so that they could look overtop of the block without actually poking their heads around and bringing them in line o
Shackles Pt.7DRARRY SLASH! You no like, you no read!More Like This
Draco clutched his wand tighter in the darkness and whispered, "Potter, what now?"
"Lumos maxima," Potter said, and illuminated the space around them. "Get my back, we don't know what else is out there."
"I can see almost the whole room now." Draco tried hard to see into the dark corners that were not quite visible under the light of Harry's spell.
"It's that almost bit that I'm worried about," Harry input shortly.
Draco shifted until he and Harry were back-to-back, and feeling the slight heat of Harry's body radiating next to his was comforting. He scanned the room again.
"The door is over there."
The two of them moved as one unit towards the door, Harry first to watch the door and Draco facing the rear, guarding them from behind. Harry tried to open it, but the doorknob refused to turn.
"Alohomora," he whispered, and the door opened.
As they stepped through, the light followed them, but it was easy to see that this room was much l
Shackles Pt.6DRARRY SLASH! You no like, you no read!More Like This
There was a misty silver haze in front of Draco's eyes, and no matter how much he blinked, it wouldn't go away. He wandered around in it aimlessly, but there were no landmarks anywhere to mark his progress. He wasn't scared, but it was terribly boring just hanging around in the mist. Every once in a while, he'd hear an echoing voice that sounded distant. He couldn't make out the words, but he thought it sounded like Potter.
He'd been sulking in the fog for a while when he felt a change. The mist started clearing a bit, and the edges became tinged in gold. He heard the voice more clearly, and it was getting closer.
I need you on my side
He felt like he was rising out of the mist, slowly. He blinked his eyes, and the fog started clearing faster until he could feel the hard floor against his back, something soft under his head, and warm fingers threaded through his hair.
Green eyes looked down at him in concern and it took him a moment
Shackles Pt.5DRARRY SLASH! You no like, you no read!More Like This
Hey everyone! Everything so far has been from Draco's POV, but just for this section, we'll get a glimpse of Harry's, because Draco is unconscious. I hope that doesn't throw anyone off too much. Enjoy! ^_^
Harry hadn't realized how much he had been relying on Malfoy to have his back until Malfoy crumbled to one knee, obviously succumbing to the effects of the potion in his system. Harry had dropped to his own knees to catch Malfoy's limp form when he toppled forward. He tried not to think of how very small and vulnerable his body felt in Harry's arms.
"Of course I can't just leave you here, you git," he snarled down at Malfoy's face.
He didn't know where he had to go, but wherever it was, he wasn't leaving Malfoy here in this creepy place. When he thought of how he would have felt being left alone and powerless to protect himself, he shuddered. Then, he carefully maneuvered Malfoy's body over one shoulder in a Muggle fireman carry and slow
Shackles Pt.4DRARRY SLASH! Draco/Harry You no like, you no read!More Like This
They entered a small cement room, and in the middle was a pedestal. Draco had read enough wizard adventure stories to know that this set-up never foretold good things.
"What is that?" he asked, pointing at the vessel that sat on the pedestal.
"It's a pensieve," Potter replied, walking slowly closer. "And look."
The other wizard held up a vial that Draco hadn't noticed earlier.
"Memories?" he ventured a guess.
"Memories," Potter confirmed, uncorking the vial and pouring the silvery liquid into the pensieve. "I think that if we want to continue, we have to watch them."
Draco swallowed hard and stepped up beside Potter.
"Well," he said softly. "Let's go."
In they plunged.
A room took shape around them, and Draco recognized it as a morgue. There were three people standing around a body laid out on a table. Draco moved closer, curious, and he heard Potter following closely on his heels. It was a young woman, covered up to her neck b
Shackles Pt.3DRARRY SLASH! Harry/Draco You no like, you no read!More Like This
The door at the end of the corridor loomed in front of them, and Draco fought the urge to turn and run back down the hallway and towards safety. He usually tried to avoid danger, when at all possible. In order to stay alive, one didn't usually poke around in perilous situations and tried to avoid being noticed at all costs.
But Potter was counting on him not to be a complete coward.
Swallowing hard, he reached out and grabbed the ring on the door. With a cry, he let go of it and danced backwards, looking down at his hand for damage. There was none, although Draco had sworn he could feel his hand burning when he touched the ring. Potter reached out and nudged the ring with his knuckle, hurriedly pulling back as he too felt the burning sensation.
"Will it actually burn my hand?" asked Potter, staring in challenge at the ring.
"It doesn't appear so, although that bloody well hurt!" Draco glared at the ring.
It soon proved that eve
Shackles Pt.2DRARRY SLASH You no like, you no read! Draco/HarryMore Like This
Draco unlocked the other, disentangling himself from Potter at the same time so as not to end up being dragged down by Potter's full weight. Potter landed and stumbled, while Draco swung back and forth above him. Draco reached up and grasped the chain above the manacle, pulling himself further up to put slack in the chain. He grasped the chain with his manacled hand so that he could unlock it. When it popped open, he let himself tumble to the floor.
Potter caught him, strong arms wrapping themselves around his back and holding him up. For a few moments, he was engulfed in warmth, feeling the material of Potter's cloak against his cheek and the solidness of Potter against him.
"I'm okay," he said weakly.
Potter unclasped his arms and pulled back, lifting up Draco's damaged wrist. The other one was scraped, but the one Potter was inspecting had puncture wounds in it. Gritting his teeth, he turned his wrist over, examining the woun
Wish me Luck CedricHermioneHermione tried to be as silent as she could, holding her breath as she crept towards the Champions tent. She was so worried about Harry and how he was going to deal with fighting a dragon, but as well as that she was worried for Viktor. Hopefully she'd be able to see him as well and give him some encouraging words.More Like This
Reaching the side of the tent and glancing around nervously, she pressed up close and listened to see if she could hear anyone talking. The soft sound of people pacing inside the tent frustrated her as she couldn't tell where they were. Spotting part of the tent where two different flaps joined, effectively creating a doorway should anyone want to enter or leave from there, she hurried over to it and peaked inside.
There was Harry, pacing not too far away and staring at the ground as he did so. Hermione held onto the flap of the tent tightly with one hand and hissed quietly to try and get Harry's attention. Sadly, he didn't seem to be able to hear her.
"Psst!" she said sligh