A/N: Here is chapter nine. As I eventually go through the edits I am trying to cut down on these author’s notes. No one else needs two and to be honest I don’t either. Anyway Draco and Alice finally get to return to Hogwarts in this chapter, I hope you enjoy. The next morning brought about the second of September, the day the Hogwarts Express left for Hogwarts. Professor Snape the new headmaster had, had the date moved back a day so that Alice could visit the Ministry with Yaxley on the first. As both this and the little schooling she would be receiving were important, he found it necessary.
Alice arrived on Platform Nine and Three Quarters with her husband, his mother and to her annoyance, Yaxley. She’d arranged to meet Remus and Tonks at a slightly later time so that she could avoid being seen by them, with a small group of known Death Eaters.
She couldn’t help but feel oddly distant from them. Draco was Narcissa’s son so she was preoccupied with fussing over him and Yaxley just kept glancing towards the train.
“Why are you here anyway?” she hissed.
“Well I couldn’t not come and see you off.” He answered with a grin.
“Why don’t I believe you?” she asked, raising an eyebrow.
“You’re just a suspicious person.” He said, with a wave of his hand as if to dismiss the question.
She knew there was something else on his mind, but knew better than to question it. Instead she looked at her husband.
“You don’t mind loading my stuff on the train do you?” she asked, knowing he probably did mind but had no choice in the matter.
“You could always use a charm of some sort you know to make it weightless.” He pointed out, trying to get out of having to carry his wife’s luggage.
“Draco I need to meet Remus.” She noticed Yaxley shudder at the mention of his name and she glared at him. She had purposely not used the word “Dad” in front of him as he’d only correct her but he didn’t need to make such a spectacle over it.
“What has that got to do with me having to carry your stuff?” he asked.
“It means I don’t have time to go messing around with charms and can’t just lift it up myself so you have to do it. You’re my husband Draco. You’re supposed to be looking out for me, and the baby.”
She then walked away to the spot where moments later Remus and Tonks appeared. Alice smiled brightly at them and hugged Tonks before moving onto Remus.
“See?” she said, “I’ve managed to survive living alone.” She was lying again, she felt as if she was constantly lying to her adopted parents but the truth would do far too much damage. She couldn’t confess to what really had been going on, and how she wasn’t living alone at all.
She moved forward to hug him too, which he accepted but reluctantly. She couldn’t work out why this would be, other than of course him still stewing over the fact she had decided to leave home. However everyone had to grow up some day, she’d be moving out sometime soon anyway, she just chose to do it then.
“Where are all your things?” Remus suddenly asked, looking over his daughter’s shoulder.
“Already on the train.” She said, trying to sound as convincing as possible. “I arrived early so found myself a seat before they were all taken.” It wasn’t exactly a lie as her things were on the train, but it wasn’t her who had placed them there.
She let go of her father and glanced towards the train, which was rapidly filling up with students, none looking too pleased to be returning back to school. The atmosphere was very different of that of last year. Last year everyone had been so excited at the prospect of returning to, or entering Hogwarts. This year it was obvious no one wanted to go, but they had to her biological father had made sure of that.
“I should probably go...” she said awkwardly before hugging Tonks again and looking back at Remus. “I will owl you, I promise.”
He just nodded, but Tonks then spoke. “Take care.”
Alice gave her a warm smile before running to the train and finding which compartment Draco was in. However as she entered it, she realised he wasn’t alone. Blaise and Pansy were there, and no doubt others would join them at some point throughout the journey.
The sight of Pansy made Alice grin. The last time she had seen the girl, she had threatened her with the fact that her and Draco were soon to be married. Pansy didn’t actually know that plans had gone ahead, and she hadn’t obviously bothered to check his left hand as she was sitting close to him.
Alice slipped into the compartment and next to her husband, making a point of wrapping her arms around his waist. Her grin widened however as he wrapped his left arm around her, resting his hand on her leg as the look on Pansy’s face was one of utter shock and jealousy.
“Got a problem Parkinson?” she sneered.
Pansy opened her mouth to say something, but Zabini suddenly cut across. “Woah mate!” he exclaimed, “When did that happen?”
Both Alice and Draco looked at Blaise with confused expressions upon their faces, until he pointed at Draco’s wedding ring.
“Oh, that.” Draco said, as if someone asked him every day. “April, but it isn’t important...”
“What do you mean it isn’t important?” Zabini cried, “How could you not mention it? April was five whole months ago, we share a dormitory for a start. How could you not tell me?”
Draco removed his arm from around his wife and sat up straighter, “Why is it important?” he spat, obviously getting angry.
“Draco why her?” Pansy whined, cutting in. “She’s obviously not a very good wife, she doesn’t take care of you!”
Alice let go of Draco and laughed, “Oh come on. Draco still lives with his mummy.” She said, emphasising the word mummy. “He’s not the sort of guy who would let anyone else take care of him... well... in some ways.”
“Excuse me.” Draco said coldly, “You still live with “daddy.”
“No I don’t, I left him to come and live with you.”
“You know exactly what I mean.”
“Oh come on Draco!” she cried, “He doesn’t live with us... he just sort of stays... most of the time.”
“Exactly.” He said, before looking out of the window.
“Do you do anything for him?” Pansy asked, satisfied that they had just had an argument.
“Yeah I do actually.” Alice replied angrily, her eyes flashing yellow. “Piss of Parkinson, you are just his history... nothing more.”
Zabini burst into laughter at Pansy’s expression. It lifted Alice’s spirits greatly. “Oh sorry, did you honestly believe he still had feelings for you?” She laughed.
Pansy then burst into tears before exiting the compartment swiftly. Alice couldn’t help but high-five Zabini before Draco shot her a warning glare.
A couple of hours had passed since leaving the platform and Alice and Draco’s compartment had been silent since the earlier argument. Pansy had returned but refused to look at Alice and decided to start discussing pointless subjects with Draco, to break up the monotony.
Alice was sitting against the window, watching the scenery. Spending hours in the company of Draco’s “friends” really wasn’t her idea of fun, especially as Pansy was doing her upmost to try and get him to say out loud that he missed her. It wasn’t ever going to happen, it was obvious even to Crabbe and Goyle who had entered the compartment shortly after the earlier argument had ended.
As she yawned however she was aware of Draco suddenly pulling her over to him, wrapping his arm tightly round her waist. “Draco what are you doing?” she protested, but didn’t have to wait long to find out why, as Pansy suddenly screamed.
Yaxley had entered the compartment.
Alice squirmed out of Draco’s grip and jumped up, “What the hell are you doing here?” she yelled, before Draco pulled her back down next to him.
“Draco let go of me!” she cried, before struggling out of his grip again and facing Yaxley, “He isn’t going to just take me away.”
“Actually I am.”
It was Draco’s turn to jump up this time, “You are not laying a finger on my wife!” he snarled.
“Oh shut up Malfoy. Like you can actually do anything. She’s being called into work.”
“Yes as of this second!” Alice stated. “I’m supposed to be going to school! I’m not needed in work today, you’ve literally just thought of this.”
“No Thickness said you had to come in.” He said simply.
“You are Thickness!” she cried. She had a point. Thickness was completely under his control. She knew she wasn’t needed at the Ministry, she wasn’t ever needed at the Ministry, he was just trying to make things difficult.
Dolohov then appeared holding Luna in a firm grip. “We’ve got her. Leave Malfoy and lets go.”
“Hello Alice.” Luna said brightly, as if she wasn’t quite seeing what was happening. “Do you know these men?”
“Malfoy’s coming with us.” Yaxley said, grabbing Alice’s arm and ignoring Luna.
Alice tried to get out of his grip, “I am not coming with you! Plus I can’t apparate, remember?”
Dolohov growled, “Seriously Yaxley, Malfoy has a point. We aren’t here to get her, we came to grab Lovegood. Let’s go before major trouble is caused.”
“Take Lovegood.” He snapped, “We’ll be at the Manor shortly.
Dolohov rolled his eyes before apparating with a loud crack and Yaxley glared at Draco. “I shall return her to you this evening.” He said, acting as if Alice wasn’t in the room. “Word of warning though, we are all watching her.” Alice looked up at him; he was using the same tone that he had with Ron at the Ministry. She couldn’t understand what he meant by how they were “all” watching her. No one else had acted this way.
“We don’t believe you are good enough for her.” He continued, his eyes not leaving Draco’s. “You certainly haven’t proved yourself to be a good husband. If we hear anything, suggesting you’ve upset her in any way your days are numbered. Not that to be honest they aren’t anyway.”
Draco opened his mouth to say something but Yaxley spoke again, “Seriously, shut it.”
He then led Alice through the carriage before opening the door so they were looking out at the field that the train was currently rushing past.
“You can’t push me out.” She said, sounding far more confident on the matter than she really was.
“You’re right.” He stated, causing a wave of relief to wash over Alice.
“However I can do this, hold tight.”
“What...” Was all she managed to get out, before she was thrown into Yaxley as the train suddenly stopped.
“What, did you do?” she asked, glaring at him.
“I did nothing.” He grinned, before jumping off the train and pointing to the driver’s carriage.
“Travers.” She sighed, she was a fool in thinking it would have just been him and Dolohov. She then jumped off the train knowing that if she didn’t willingly get off, she’d be made to anyway and glared at Yaxley as Travers headed towards them.
“So what now? I can’t apparate and the Manor is miles away.”
“That is why we shall fly.” Yaxley said, a broom appearing in his right hand.
“You are joking right?” she asked, and then turned as the train churned back into life and began to set on its journey once again. “Alright... you’re not. I don’t want to be stranded.”
“I’ll see you both at the Manor.” Travers said, before disapparating.
Alice then reluctantly climbed onto the broom with Yaxley, before they both set off to the Manor.
It was going to be a long journey.
A/N: I hope that this chapter was alright, I had a terrible time writing it. Huge thanks goes to NeverGotHerLetter for going through it for me, it probably wouldn’t be up yet if it wasn’t for her. Next chapter up soon.
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