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A/N: I think it's pretty funny that I have a Kelly Clarkson song expressing Draco's feelings, but it works out that way, so...R&R!
Disclaimer: I own nothing but the plot and Harry's kids. *sniffle* JKR owns the other characters and the singers own the songs so I'm all alone...
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"Because of You"
Kelly Clarkson


Draco opened his eyes blearily, looking around at his dark and ratty apartment. He groaned and rubbed his eyes, sitting up on his bed. All he had on was a pair of red and blue pajama pants, which showed off his well toned chest. He stood up and ran a hand through his hair, walking into the kitchen. He made himself some very strong coffee and took a refreshing sip. A tap on the window caught his attention. An owl sat outside the windowsill, the Daily Prophet clutched in its beak. Draco payed the owl and unrolled the paper.

~*~*~*~
I will not make the same mistakes that you did
I will not let myself cause my heart so much misery
I will not break the way you did
You fell so hard
I learned the hard way, to never let it get that far
~*~*~*~

He looked at the front page and let out a gasp of horror. The headline read: "LUCIUS MALFOY, EX-DEATH EATER, ACTIVE ONCE MORE" and the subtitle was "Scarlett Potter Kidnapped by Lucius Malfoy"

Draco stared at the picture under the headline. It was his father, 20 years ago, smirking as if nothing were wrong. Well, he knew now what he had to do to gain trust from the Potters and the Weasleys.

~*~*~*~
Because of you
I never stray too far from the sidewalk
Because of you
I learned to play on the safe side
So I don't get hurt
Because of you
I find it hard to trust
Not only me, but everyone around me
Because of you
I am afraid
~*~*~*~

He looked down at the article and read:

Yesterday afternoon, Lucius Malfoy finally showed his face after twenty years of hiding. And in the worst way possible. At roughly 11:30 am, Malfoy kidnapped Scarlett Potter, daughter of the famed Harry Potter, in Diagon Alley for reasons unknown except for general theories. One of these theories is the most practical; that Malfoy wanted to seek revenge on Harry Potter. Twenty years ago, Potter defeated One of the darkest wizards of all time, Voldemort, and that is his apparent reason to seek revenge.


~*~*~*~
I lose my way
And it's not too long before you point it out
I cannot cry
Because I know that's weakness in your eyes
I'm forced to fake a smile, a laugh
Every day of my life
My heart can't possibly break
When it wasn't even whole to start with
~*~*~*~

Witnesses to this awful crime say that he and his wife, Ginny Potter, left Diagon Alley immediately afterward in tears. "Oh, the poor dear, she was crying like she would never see the poor child again!" says grandmother of four, Candace Wilcox, of Surrey. "And the father was a right mess too, poor man. Can't imagine, meself, what it'd be like to have one of my grandchildren kidnapped." The question is whether Potter will give up his Defense Against the Dark Arts position at Hogwarts and go back to being an Auror.

~*~*~*~
Because of you
I never stray too far from the sidewalk
Because of you
I learned to play on the safe side
So I don't get hurt
Because of you
I find it hard to trust
Not only me, but everyone around me
Because of you
I am afraid
~*~*~*~

The Potters were unavailable for comment, but Ron Weasley, Auror, was available. "Harry's my best mate, and Ginny's my little sister. I can't bear to see them suffer like this. Scarlett is the sweetest girl and she doesn't deserve this. I'll hunt Lucius Malfoy down, and I'll kill him if I have to! He'll never get away with this!"

"Not if I get to him first, Weasley. And I undoubtedly will."

~*~*~*~
I watched you die
I heard you cry
Every night in your sleep
I was so young
You should have known better than to lean on me
You never thought of anyone else
You just saw your pain
And now I cry
In the middle of the night
Over the same damn thing
~*~*~*~
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At 11:00 that night, Draco trudged through the puddles and mud, taking the safer route to Harry's house. He finally came upon the village of Godric's Hollow, seeing the cozy little houses. He knew automatically which house was the Potter's; it was the biggest and the most secluded in that village. He walked toward the two-story house, hood pulled low over his vibrant blond hair. The windows on the first floor of the house glowed golden and he could see two shadows pacing back and forth through the biggest window, which he assumed was the living room window.

He stepped silently up the stairs to the porch and went to the door. He raised a pale fist and knocked. He heard footsteps rushing toward the door and it opened quickly, revealing a pale, worried-looking Ron. As soon as he saw the hooded man, he pulled back Draco's hood, a look of intense anger on his face. He grabbed fistfuls of Draco's robes, pulled him up in the air and slammed him against the house.

"What do you want, Malfoy?" Ron spat as Harry and Ginny came out to see what was going on.

"I want...to help!" he choked out, holding tight to Ron's wrists for support. He was feeling very light-headed, his robes choking him.

~*~*~*~
Because of you
I never stray too far from the sidewalk
Because of you
I learned to play on the safe side so I don't get hurt
Because of you
I tried my hardest just to forget everything
Because of you
I don't know how to let anyone else in
Because of you
I'm ashamed of my life because it's empty
Because of you
I am afraid
~*~*~*~

"Ron, let go!" said Ginny. "You're choking him!" Ron did what Ginny said and Draco dropped to the ground, gasping for breath.

"What'd you have your hood up for?" Ron asked incredulously.

"It was raining!" Draco said, standing up and brushing himself off.

"Wait," said Harry in a weary voice. "Did you say you wanted to help?"

"Harry, you can't be serious! He's a Malfoy! His father...Harry," Ron said weakly.

"Be quiet, Ron. How can you help, Malfoy?"

"I can get in there and get her out. My father knows that I'm furious with him, but I expect he'll be coming to me any day now to convince me to come back," Draco said, without preamble. "I'll agree to help him, and I'll find a way to get your daughter out."

"Come in, Malfoy. You can explain inside," said Harry, ignoring Ron's disgruntled huff.

"Please," Malfoy said lightly. "Call me Draco."

~*~*~*~
Because of you
~*~*~*~

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