Draco and Sofia appeared in a back alley, so as not to apparate in front of the muggles, and began to walk down the street hand in hand. Sofia soon figured that she was in London but she had no idea where Draco was taking her.
"Have some patience, we're almost there", Draco smiled.
He knew she was going to ask of their destination before she even opened her mouth.
As Sofia stared at him she couldn't help but notice how handsome he looked. His platinum hair was styled to perfection and his black fitted suit made him look ravishing. She could make out his toned defined torso underneath his black shirt and it made her blush. She couldn't believe that this man was hers. They may have been betrothed but she had come to terms with that mainly because she knew Draco would have loved her anyway, with or without the betrothal.
"Now, we're here".
The couple turned around and began walking up the steps to a huge brick building. Once at the entrance, Sofia knew where she was. She had spent most of her time here as a child. Once she was old enough to catch a bus by herself she had caught one here and spent all of her summers getting lost in the pages of another world.
"The British Library?", Sofia questioned.
"Yes, I figured that you of all people must have been here before so, aside from maybe Hogwarts and your home, this would be your favourite place in the world".
Sofia couldn't believe that Draco had brought her here and how he had easily deduced that this was indeed her favourite place in the world after Zabini Manor and Hogwarts.
"Wait, I'm excited and everything but aren't we a little overdressed for the library?".
"It's ok, I'm sure no one will see us", Draco smirked.
"Draco, this is the British Library. It's the biggest library in the entire world! It's always packed full of...".
Sofia and Draco had entered the library only to find that it was not full of people as Sofia had thought. It was as far from this assumption as humanly possible as the library was, in fact, empty. Instead candles were floating through the air everywhere she looked. Glass lanterns containing dancing fairies were atop of all the shelves and pink petals were covering the floor. Vases of lilies were placed on the tables and soft music was playing in the background.
Sofia couldn't move. She couldn't believe what she was seeing. She couldn't believe that Draco had done this and he had done it for her.
"But- how?", was all she managed to say in her state of shock.
"I managed to pull a few strings and got a little help with the decorating. Do you like it?".
"I love it", she smiled as she turned to melt in Draco's embrace.
It was a soft a kiss but one she would remember forever, standing in this haven that Draco had created for her.
"Come on, dinner awaits", he smiled as he led her through the library where more flowers and candles could be seen everywhere.
As they walked into the domed area, Draco led Sofia to the middle of the room and onto a white platform. After a few seconds the platform moved and began to elevate through the open air towards the top of the dome but it stopped and rested, floating beneath the center of the dome with enough space from the top that both could stand comfortably. Sofia could see the whole library from here and all the intricate patterns on the dome itself.
With the click of his fingers a set table and two chairs appeared and Sofia and Draco sat down. Champagne had been laid out in the ice bucket and three small candles made the center piece.
"Shall we?", Draco smiled as he popped the champagne cork and filled her glass.
The silver lids disappeared off their plates and the two tucked into their starter. Draco couldn't believe how radiant Sofia was. She looked amazing in her dress. It was a more expensive one that her Mother had bought her on a shopping trip when Sofia had actually picked up a dress that she liked of her own free will. Black lace covered the top which had a sweetheart neckline and small capped sleeves. At her waist the lace stopped and white chiffon flowed to just above her knees. Paired with her black courts and curly hair, Sofia looked phenomenal and Draco knew it.
"You know we never finished our game of 20 questions, back at the New Years Eve Ball", Draco stated.
"Is that an invitation to start?", Sofia smiled.
"Is that a question?", Draco smirked.
"No, you can go first".
"Ok, who do you prefer, Potter or Weasley?".
Draco laughed as she threw her napkin at him. He knew she wouldn't answer but it was worth seeing her reaction.
"Obviously I love them both very much and both the same you dolt!".
"I'm joking, ok, who's your least favourite teacher at Hogwarts?".
"Definitely Professor Trelawney, the mad old coot!", Sofia replied.
"Merlin, you're harsh!", Draco laughed.
"Well, she's crazy! Anyway, on a scale of one to ten, how embarrassed were you when Mad Eye turned you into a ferret?".
Draco scowled at this which only made Sofia laugh more.
"Bloody 12! I've never been so humiliated in my life!".
Draco usually hated it when people brought that up but after seeing the smile on Sofia's face, he couldn't bring himself to be annoyed at her. In fact, he was beginning to find it rather funny too.
"Ok, admit that you got Madam Pomfrey to shrink your teeth to smaller than they were when I made you look like a beaver!", Draco sniggered.
"I will when you admit that you provoked Buckbeak", Hermione shot back.
"Touché", Draco grinned, "alright, now you don't hate us Slytherins anymore, who do you hate the most in Hogwarts?".
"Lavender Brown, easy".
They continued like this for the rest of the meal, finding out things they didn't know about each other and laughing at things they already did. They shared memories of their childhood and giggled at embarrassing stories they told one another. When they had just finished eating and drinking, Draco asked her one more question.
"Sofia, are you happy?".
She examined his face after he asked that question and what she found there startled her. Draco usually masked his emotions well but when it came to her, it seemed as if he wasn't able to. She could see the hope in his eyes that was laced with apprehension, anxiety, worry, fear and most of all love. She paused before giving the most honest answer she could give.
"More than you'll ever know".
That was all Draco needed as he stood up and brought Sofia to him. The table and chairs vanished so it was just the two of them on the floating platform once more.
"Dance with me?", his whispered.
She nodded her head in response and they began to sway to the slow music that had been playing in the background. After a few minutes Draco, looked at her.
"May I ask you something else?".
"Of course", Sofia smiled.
"When you were brought to St Mungo's and they finally let us in to see you I noticed something. Something that I'm pretty sure the others didn't but I saw it as clear as day", Draco started, "I noticed this, on your finger".
With that Draco pulled out a little black box from the inside of his pocket and opened it to reveal the engagement ring he had thrown the night that she had been taken by Lestrange.
"I'm not mad", Draco said gently, "I just want to know why you had it on?".
It took her a few minutes to compose herself before she decided what she was going to say. She remembered putting that ring on and she remembered exactly why she did it and now it was time to tell the man she loved.
"Draco, when I was in that house, I- I really though I was going to die. I was lying there locked in this room in pools of my own blood. I could hardly move I was in that much pain an-".
"Sofia", Draco tried to stop her before it became too much for her.
He could see the tears forming in her eyes and she had not yet spoken about that night before they found her. He didn't want to push her into saying anything she wasn't ready to say.
"Just let me finish, you asked me a question and I'm going to answer it".
She looked at him defiantly and carried on talking.
"I was just lying there unable to move because I was in so much agony but then I felt it. This thing in my pocket. I mustered up the strength to take it out and I opened the box and realised what it was. I had put it in my robes after seeing what it was back at school when we were arguing that night".
Draco looked guiltily down at the floor after this. He hadn't stopped blaming himself for Sofia's disappearance as if it hadn't been for him walking out of that room and leaving her, she would never have been taken.
"Do not blame yourself for what happened Draco, it would have happened at some point or another. He would have found me somehow".
"I know I just can't help it".
"Well, I don't blame you so you definitely shouldn't. Anyway, as I was saying, I'd already seen the ring at school and then I found it again at Grimmauld Place. I couldn't stop staring at it and I couldn't stop hating myself every time I looked at it. I couldn’t believe what I had said to you. I couldn't believe I'd actually said that I hated the fact I have to marry you and worst of all I thought that was the last thing I would have ever said to you. I honestly thought I was going to die and I would have done if it wasn't for you guys, I mean I almost still did. I never thought I'd see your face again and I didn't want you to think that I meant what I said. I do want to marry you and I wanted you to know that-".
"I don't understand, how does putting the ring on let me know that if you didn't think we'd save you?", Draco asked perplexed.
"I thought that if you ever found me, after I was gone, that you'd know by seeing the ring on my finger. You'd know that I did want to marry you because I wanted to and not because of a stupid betrothal. You'd know that I did want to spend my life with you and you'd know that I loved you".
Draco was stunned. When she thought she was going to die, when she thought that she was taking her last breaths Sofia had nothing but him on her mind. Her last wish would have been that she wanted him to know that she would have married him because she wanted to and she would have married him because she loved him.
He pulled her into his arms and kissed her with more passion and love than he'd ever kissed anyone. He wanted to show her exactly how she had just made him feel. Judging by her breathlessness when he pulled away, he had done just that.
"Wait, I need to say something".
She nodded as Draco kept hold of both of her hands.
"I want you to know that I want to marry you too, not because of this betrothal but because I love you. You're the girl of my dreams, I never imagined that I'd get to be with someone as perfect as you and I still can't believe it. I honestly believe that, even without the betrothal, we'd still be standing here today. Sofia, I never thought I could love anyone as much as I loved myself but then you came along and you changed me. You made me fall for you in a way that no one else has or ever will. I love everything about you. I love your hair, your eyes, your lips, your touch. I love the sound of your voice, even your terrible singing, and I love your random ways. I love your geekiness and the way you insist on slurping soup off a spoon and I love the way you rub your eyes and stretch before you wake up in the morning. I feel like you make my whole life complete, which is why I need to know...".
Draco stepped back and let go of her hands. Before she could register what was even going on Draco had dropped down onto one knee.
"Sofia Narcissa Zabini, would you do me the greatest honour of becoming my wife?".
He had been waiting to ask her this all night. To hell with the betrothal, he had asked her this because he wanted to and not because their parents had planned their future. He had been planning this night for a while but first he had needed to know why she had the ring on at Grimmauld Place. He loved her more than life itself and now he had his answer to one question he just needed the answer to another. He just needed her to say one word.
"Yes" she whispered.
Tears were falling freely from her eyes as Draco put the ring onto her finger and picked her up, spinning her through the air.
"I love you, Sofia Zabini".
"And I love you, Draco Malfoy".
With that the couple shared their first kiss as an engaged couple and Sofia felt as if she had never been in a more magical moment.
What Draco had done was beyond perfect. She couldn't have imagined being proposed to in a better way. She couldn't have even imagined what Draco had done today but she was so glad he did. Granted they knew they were to get married anyway but that didn't matter to Draco and it certainly didn't matter to Sofia. She had said yes because she loved him, not because she had to, and now she couldn't wait to spend the rest of her life with him.
I LOVE THIS CHAPTER! I know it's short and entirely one scene but that's how I wanted it, so the whole focus was just on Draco and Sofia. Please let me know what you think as it really is one of my most favourite chapters. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the rest of the story, which will soon be coming to an end :( MM :)
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