A/N: I am cutting down on author’s notes if you have noticed. Anyway yes I am aware that everyone probably realises a little too much at the end and it has been planned that way so I am aware of it. Please enjoy x
WARNING: We have strong language nearer the ending of this chapter. It is one word but to anyone who is completely against swearing I am aware it could be insulting so here’s the warning.
The first month of term passed slowly with all the students at Hogwarts, both new and returning, settling into the new regime. For Alice and Draco it was much more difficult as they had to cope with Alice being constantly pulled out of lessons to attend the Ministry.
Alice’s role in the Ministry however was slowly becoming larger as the days went on. To begin with she was just simply Yaxley’s assistant but now she pretty much was the co-head of the Magical Department of Law Enforcement, so much so that it was her official title. She was basically Yaxley’s spy and shared in the paperwork. As she couldn’t speak aloud for fear of someone recognising her voice, she would just appear in the various offices within the department and become his eyes and ears. The Ministry employees had soon discovered that her presence was nothing to joke about when one of them had questioned her intentions and Yaxley had appeared within seconds. It gave Alice this new sense of power that she hadn’t ever felt before. People were starting to cower away from her for fear that she’d summon her boss in a second. Of course the fact that no one knew what she looked like added to the fear... she could be absolutely anyone. They just had a small hooded figure to go by on appearances.
Today she was just wandering through the various corridors within the department until she came to Arthur Weasley’s new office the Office for the Detection and Confiscation of Counterfeit Defensive Spells and Protective Objects. Since gaining her new position she hadn’t been in here before and as she entered the room she immediately thought of Arthur and how well he had done. His family definitely needed the money so this promotion had come at exactly the right time.
Molly and Arthur Weasley had always been kind to Alice, as had Ginny. Ron however was a different story, if this was his department and not his father’s then she’d be doing something to make his job a little harder. However, as Arthur had only ever shown her kindness... she didn’t want to pick him up on anything.
She’d been living this new life between school and the Ministry for a month now and although she was starting to become a different person from the one Remus and Tonks had left on the platform, she hadn’t changed completely, only slightly.
Alice realised this as Tonks came into the room. More than anything she just wanted to rush to her adopted mother and give her a hug but she couldn’t, it’d blow her cover completely. She missed receiving hugs from her family they made her feel so warm. Draco only hugged her when Yaxley was in the room in an attempt to prove his dominance over her and that just wasn’t the same.
As Tonks made her way over to Arthur, she began to whisper into his ear. It was times like this Alice was seriously glad to be half wolf as it meant she could listen in, also it seriously freaked out the other employees as they wondered why she could hear their whispers.
She transformed her ears into her wolf ones which now sat on top of her head underneath the hood. Alice was rather glad that the hood was a heavy one as it flattened her ears so that they didn’t point through. Due to the fact that he ears were slightly flattened however the conversation was muffled slightly, but with the new heightened senses she could still hear everything.
“I see it’s your turn to be visited today,” Tonks whispered to Arthur glancing over at Alice for a second.
“Yes,” he nodded, “But it hasn’t actually done anything yet, just stood there.”
“It’s so obviously a woman,” Tonks whispered again, “Look at how she holds herself plus her hands so obviously belong to a female and not a male.”
“I think you have a point there,” he whispered back, “But what is any woman doing wandering around with Yaxley?"
“I don’t think she’s very old either,” Tonks muttered, “I know height is nothing to go by but it’s her hands... again. The thing that goes against this though is she’s married.”
“I’ve noticed that too, but don’t you think this could just be a cover up to explain why she’s with Yaxley?”
Tonks shook her head, “No because I’ve noticed he isn’t always wearing his wedding ring, whereas she is always wearing hers. I think suggesting he is with her is an attempt at a cover up, but she is actually married whereas he isn’t.”
“To be honest this entire situation feels a little too suspicious,” Arthur surmised, “She just tends to lurk in the shadows, watching. She never speaks for a start.”
“I get what you mean about her never speaking,” Tonks agreed, “I’ve been watching her and from the way she is with Yaxley I’m not entirely sure she wants to be here.”
“If she doesn’t want to be here then why is she here?” Arthur questioned, “There is something odd about this. Good work with picking up that much about her though.”
“Thanks, I’ve told Remus and Kingsley. We are keeping tabs on her and Yaxley. You’re right this is just far too suspicious. I don’t know whether to feel sorry for her or whether to despise the girl.”
“I think we just need to remain on our...”
Alice had heard enough however and she turned from the room and left. Tears had begun to fall down her face, she hadn’t realised she was this homesick. The fact that she was probably never going back to Remus and Tonks had suddenly hit her. They didn’t even know what was going on... she’d have to find a way to tell them as this was serious. She’d rather they knew the truth and hated her for it than blindly continuing to think nothing was wrong.
She was aware however of Tonks following her up the corridor so she stopped and turned round, causing Tonks to stop also. Before the auror could say anything though, Yaxley appeared.
“What’s going on?” he asked, before noticing Tonks. “Oh,” he grinned, “Well look who it is.”
Tonks opened her mouth to say something but then thought better, this was her head of department after all.
“How’s the werewolf then?” Yaxley grinned, hoping for a reaction.
“Fine,” Tonks replied coldly, “Excuse me, I have work to do.” She then turned to leave but Yaxley suddenly spoke.
“You need to watch yourselves, all of you. Times have changed and so have situations. You and werewolf boy most of all, they’re coming.”
Alice looked up at him, he really did give the most cryptic messages sometimes and she had no idea what he meant. Tonks seemed to understand however but her emotions were unreadable, and Alice didn’t want to put her wolf senses in gear to work it out. She hurried off however and Alice gave Yaxley a final glance before turning and storming down the corridor towards his office.
Once she got into his office, she threw her hood back and glared at him as he entered. “I want to go back to school,” she demanded, “Right now,”
“What’s got your fur all ruffled?” he grinned but then frowned as he realised the look she was giving him. “Maybe I don’t want to return you to school.”
Alice hit his desk with her fist, “Take me back now!” she demanded again, “I’ll tell dad.”
“Oh what,” Yaxley sneered, “You’ll run to your father and tell him I wouldn’t let you leave work early? I doubt he’ll care.”
“No!” she cried, “I’ll tell him that you’ve been stressing me out, putting my baby at risk.”
Yaxley knew it was a lost cause; the Dark Lord wouldn’t take any chances when it came to the baby. However, as he was about to speak again the door opened and Umbridge walked in holding a pile of parchment.
“Yaxley,” she said in her sickening voice, “I have these for...” Upon seeing Alice however she dropped the stack of parchment. “Yaxley!” she cried, “That... that is a child!”
“Actually she’s an adult and I’d really appreciate it if you left my office right now,” Yaxley said turning on her. He wasn’t entirely impressed with the fact that she had just burst into his office anyway.
“You have had a child wandering around your department, doing your....”
“Dolores!” Yaxley roared, stunning both Alice and Umbridge into silence at the use of her first name. “I asked you to leave my office.”
Umbridge just stood there and Yaxley took out his wand and pointed it at her, a yet of red light streaming from the end causing Umbridge to fly back unconscious.
“Stupefy?” Alice asked slightly impressed that he had just hexed a Ministry member who he was supposed to get along with.
“Yes, now get into that fireplace now. I’ll come and get you tomorrow morning. Don’t think I’m letting you off early because you asked to.” He then tapped her with his wand, making sure she was protected from any knocks that could prove fatal to the baby and pushed her into the fireplace, sending her back to school.
Alice woke the next morning to find Draco already out of bed. She still hadn’t quite gotten used to the idea that she was now sleeping in the Slytherin boy’s dormitory. To be perfectly honest she missed her own dormitory... the Gryffindor girls had been lovely to her, Hermione especially. They were the closest to friends that she had ever had but now she didn’t see any of them. Even if she did see them, they didn’t want to speak to her. This is what being seen with known Death Eaters did to you.
As Draco reappeared Alice leapt out of bed and threw her arms around his neck, pulling him into a hug.
He froze, “Umm Alice?” he questioned, “What are you doing?”
“You’re my husband,” she said simply, “I want a cuddle.”
“I thought we’d agreed our relationship was purely sexual?”
Alice snorted and let go of him, “Oh don’t make me laugh. I’ve seen your face every time Yaxley walks into the room. Whether it’s jealousy, possessiveness whatever, you actually feel something for me. I’m not an idiot and no one else is either.”
“I’ve told you I don’t love you anymore,” he said coldly.
“You might not,” Alice shrugged, “But love or otherwise I know you feel something. Yaxley does too he says you’re too easy to wind up. The simple thing is Draco when you told me you no longer loved me, it did hurt yes. However I’ve realised this month more than anything that I actually still love you. I tried to hate you, I wanted to hate you but I couldn’t. I’ve been thinking a lot recently and I know my feelings for you are still real so hey, live with it.” She then kissed his cheek before going into the bathroom, leaving him in a stunned silence. It wasn’t what he had expected to hear.
Later on the seventh years had Defence Against the Dark Arts which was a subject that had become compulsory within the new regime and actually taught the Dark Arts rather than how to defend yourself against them. Amycus Carrow wasn’t exactly the nicest Death Eater going either but he did respect Alice as his master’s daughter which was what she needed, especially as having any dark curses used on her would no doubt result in the death of her unborn child. Through this mutual respect, she’d managed to gain protection for Draco within class also everyone else however was at risk.
As she sat down in her usual seat at the back, Neville turned round to speak to her. “Alice I need a word,” he said as Draco sat down beside his wife.
“Do us all a favour Longbottom,” he spat, “Back away from her.”
Neville glared at Draco with surprising courage before looking back at Alice, “Please,” he said. “I just need to talk to you later.”
She was about to answer him when she was aware of her left forearm burning. Both Draco and Amycus had obviously felt it too.
“Malfoy shouldn’t you be at work?” Amycus asked, directing the question at Alice.
“No,” she lied knowing that the burning was a summons to find out why she wasn’t at work.
“You’re obviously being summoned.”
“Well I’m obviously not going am I?”
“Don’t you take that tone with me,” he growled, getting his wand out.
Alice stood up furiously, “No!” she cried, “Don’t you take that tone with me or you will face the consequences.” If he was sensible then he knew what the consequences would be. One bad word to Voldemort using the words unborn child and Amycus Carrow’s life could be on the line.
A furious cry then shuddered through the classroom, causing it to shake slightly. “MALFOY!”
“Shit,” Alice cursed before the door was thrown open by Yaxley. She hadn’t ever seen him this angry before.
“Why are you not where you are supposed to be?” he roared furiously, striding towards her.
“I don’t want to go today,” she said uselessly.
“It isn’t a question of whether you want to go or not, the answer is you are going. Your father is furious!” He seized her hand before glaring at Draco.
“Keep better control on your wife Malfoy. She’s starting to become difficult.” He then pulled her out of the classroom, leaving everyone in a stunned silence, including Neville who was more stunned than anyone.
Either Professor Lupin had suddenly joined the dark side or Alice had found her real father. There was something horribly wrong about the entire situation he had witnessed especially the fact that Alice and Draco were married. Of course he had heard it before; Yaxley and Snape’s argument at the beginning of the year had ensured everyone knew. However, now that he really thought about it there was no way Lupin would have allowed her to have gotten married that young. Alice was only just seventeen, he knew her birthday wasn’t much before his own and this marriage certainly didn’t appear to be something new which meant she’d have needed parental permission.
There was something the Death Eater’s new that he didn’t about her. He wasn’t as stupid as everyone thought him to be. He’d work this out, even if it took all year. He was going to find out the truth.
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