aoifene: (draco tortured)
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Title: The Haunting
Author: Aoife Malfoy [ profile] aoifene
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco
Rating: PG-13 for dark themes
Beta: Er- none. Run for the hills?
Word Count: 500
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warning(s): Implied Character Death Heed them!
Dedication: Hi, fandom! *waves madly*
AN: This will probably make you not want me back. *laughs*
Summary: They say some loves are meant to last forever. Draco Malfoy means to make sure his will.

He tamps down viciously on a choked sob. He will not cry- won’t let his vision be blurred when he only has minutes left to commit this to memory. It isn't enough, not even close but that's the thing with time and Harry, he’d never be able to get enough of either.

"I can’t!"

"You can."

His words are steeled with conviction even as despair threatens to swallow him whole. Fate has dealt him this hand and he had lost. The mark on his arm makes this a foregone conclusion.

He just never thought he had anything left to lose other than his life.


"You love me. It’s obvious and if you dare hold out on me now-"

They’ve never said the words. They could never seem to happen upon the right moment. Too wrapped up in destiny, defeating evil, and saving everyone but themselves. But it’s there with every touch and each meeting of their lips. It seems laughable now to have withheld it. He knew they were on borrowed time.

“I do! Of course I do."


He subsides and a small smile graces his pale face albeit it’s a shaky one. It feels good to finally hear it out loud. Warmth spreads through him all the way down to his bones and suddenly he feels buoyant in a way he hasn’t been since Fourth Year.

“That’s actually my greatest achievement, you know, making you love me. And because you do. You’ll stay. You’ll stay when those monsters come in here. You’ll stay when lips that aren’t yours touches mine. You’ll stay until all that’s left of me is an empty shell. Only then can you go."

“Draco, I don’t think I can. Why would even want me to?"

He shrugs weakly and turns his eyes away from the anguished face before him. He knows he's being selfish, maybe even a touch cruel. He knows full well what witnessing the next few moments would do to Harry. The memory would haunt him for the rest of his life. The injustice of this death at the hands of the bigoted masses he had saved would stay with him forever. It would seep into his dreams, turning them into nightmares and waking him with screams of Draco’s name on his lips.

But he can't help himself. This is, after all, why he changed sides, why he stood by the Boy Who Lived, even though that made him a target for Death Eaters and the Ministry alike. It's why even now, on the brink of death and the certain loss of his godforsaken soul, he can't bring himself to regret any of it.

"Everything is easier when you’re there, even my death."

The choked sob that answers him almost makes him smile. He knows Harry wouldn't leave now. Not so long as Draco needs him and Draco needs him forever.

And he is that selfish and cruel and heartbreakingly human that he wants Harry to need him just as much.

The end.

AN: My bad. I ♥ Draco really, to bits even!

Date: 2012-07-26 07:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Brilliant. That was just perfect - I really liked it. You've captured so much in a few words - its a perfect little vignette of Draco's character, that wonderful mix of selfish and the need to love, to be loved.

Date: 2012-07-26 07:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks for reading! So glad you liked it. I always thought that Draco perfectly encapsulated the dangers of loving someone too much. But then again who can blame the man when the one loving him is Harry? :D

Date: 2012-07-26 07:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Heartbreakingly perfect!

Date: 2012-07-26 07:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Glad you liked it! Thanks for reading and commenting! :D

Date: 2012-07-26 09:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Lovely :-)

Date: 2012-07-26 03:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Thanks for reading and commenting!

Date: 2012-07-26 10:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think you broke my heart! Really, really good though.

Date: 2012-07-26 03:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sorry! Glad you still enjoyed it though! Thanks for reading and commenting! :D

Date: 2012-07-26 11:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Waaaahhhh! It is lovely, but so sad.

Date: 2012-07-26 03:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It is sad but Draco loves Harry, honest! :) Thanks for reading and commenting!

Date: 2012-07-26 12:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh goodness. Lovely and heartbreaking and perfect in equal measure.

Date: 2012-07-26 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*blushes* You're too kind. Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading and commenting!

Date: 2012-07-26 01:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
And...she's back. The queen of angst lives.

Lovely, sweetheart. (Told ya!)

Date: 2012-07-26 03:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha only because you brought her back. Now look what you've done! :D

Thanks, luv. (Haha you can totally do the "Told you so" dance!)

Date: 2012-07-26 04:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hello bb. Welcome back <3

Good to see you writing again!

Date: 2012-07-27 01:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, darling! I've missed you! <3

Date: 2012-07-26 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So, it seems you are quite well known for your angst stories if some of the pps are anything to go by. I will have to read more of your work.

This was brilliant though, and so heartbreakingly sad : (

Date: 2012-07-27 01:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha yeah, my reputation sometimes precedes me. :D

Thank you for reading and commenting. So glad you enjoyed it! Hope you like what else you find.

Date: 2012-07-26 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is brilliant even though Idon't usually read death fics.

In my mind after he dies Harry kills himself and they love each other forever as ghosts.

I am a hopeless romantic fluff kinda girl.

Date: 2012-07-27 01:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Glad you gave this a try then. I normally don't write death fics either but this called to me.

Haha there is certainly nothing wrong with that. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Date: 2012-07-27 05:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Soooo powerful with so few words! Thanks for sharing and welcome back!!! :) I have missed your fics <3

Date: 2012-07-27 05:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You sure you want the angst back? *laughs*

Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading and commenting.
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