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Drabble: Photograph

Author: mgleteacher
Title: Photograph
Pairing(s): Draco/Hermione; Draco/Astoria; Astoria/Theo; Hermione/Ron

Summary: A former flame reminisces
Rating: G
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warning(s):Not epilogue compliant
Word Count: 421
Author's Notes: I wrote this for a challenge over at MNFF in which the prompt was to use "Tracing the outline of his[her] face from a photograph..." as the first sentence

Tracing the outline of his face from a photograph splattered all over the Daily Prophet, Astoria smiled wistfully at the man she had lost many years ago. She was happy with Theo but a part of her still missed the boy who had stolen her heart away with his boyish affections.

Theirs was an arranged courtship, at first, but Draco was committed to make them a love match. He wooed her with a determination Astoria didn't know he possessed. Then again, he had single-handedly figured out a way to let Death Eaters into Hogwarts – once thought to be an imperturbable fortress.

He courted her with expensive dinner dates, impromptu lunch meetings, and sending flowers to her house every week with a simple note: "You should always have fresh flowers. -Draco"

She'd fallen hopelessly in love with him even after Daphne had warned Astoria never to give her heart away to a Malfoy. She disagreed. And one day, Draco ripped it all away. She knew right from the moment she walked into the gardens that this meeting would not end well.

"We need to talk."

He had fallen in love with Hermione Granger. She slapped him. He didn't bother defending himself while she screamed obscenities at him for leading her on, for playing with her feelings and heart, for claiming they should only marry for love. Astoria was sure it had taken him a month to re-grow his bits after Daphne ran out, wand a waving and casting vicious hexes, in order to spare her any more pain.

At least Astoria was spared the humiliation of a public break up unlike Ronald Weasley. The Daily Prophet had a field day. The day Draco and Hermione got married the Daily Prophet sold out. They eloped instead of holding a society wedding. Five months later, the new Mrs. Malfoy gave birth to their first child. It was the scandal of the century.
She had tried hating them. But it only made her bitter inside. Astoria started to wither away from the anger and hurt they had caused until Theo swooped in and rescued her from herself.

As she traced the outline of his face one more time, Astoria smiled sadly because even she couldn't deny the love in Draco's eyes as he admired his wife next to him in the picture. It was the same way Theo often looked at her, and Astoria knew that she had forgiven him for his less than honorable behaviour. It had spared them a lifetime of unhappiness.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 26th, 2010 09:23 am (UTC)
Thank you for linking this over at dramione! For something so short, it managed to hold a lot of romance and melancholy all at once. Enjoyed this! :D
May. 27th, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed this! XD I try to make the most of my words.
May. 26th, 2010 12:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love this! I'm not a huge D/Hr fan, but this one was just so heart-breaking and lovely at the same time. <3!
May. 27th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
Thanks! My guilty pleasure is angst that ends happily [flangst?] I'm glad you enjoyed some D/Hr =]
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May. 27th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.
May. 27th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
Wow! I love how you used, Theo, too, one of my favorite Slytherins. :D
May. 27th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
Thanks, MQ. Theo is one of my favorite Slytherins too. I don't think he's written about enough. =]
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