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While the sobs subsided, Harry still felt fragile, his entire stature shaky in Draco’s embrace, unable to take a steady, continuous inhale. He still clung to Draco, the desperation of his grip ebbing over with the awareness that Draco was his only lifeline in this, both in this moment and in life.
Draco’s words rattled through Harry’s mind, unable to process them nor forget them. He wasn’t sure anyone had ever said that to him with as much conviction. Christ, how Harry wanted to believe him.
“Please,” he croaked, not knowing what else to say.


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It took everything in Draco not to break down with Harry, having felt hopeless about how difficult it had been to even diagnose what was wrong with him in the first place, much less try to find a cure. However, right in that moment he knew that he was going to keep searching until he found it, knowing that he could never let Harry down like that.
“Hey,” he said in a soft voice, moving slightly such that he could get a proper look at Harry, hand moving from his hair to his cheek, gently running a thumb along his cheekbone and catching the tears that had been streaming down his face.
“You’re not gonna die,” he said and right in that moment he actually believed it. He knew that he could never let Harry die and he was going to set himself on fire if it meant keeping him safe.

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Being urged to face Draco had almost felt violent, and though Draco hadn’t let him go, Harry still felt like he was left without a centre of gravity. Perhaps specifically exacerbated by that sudden surge of panic, the sight of Draco’s ardent compassion almost startled Harry into silence.
Draco looked like a wreck, too, but his expression was so, so sure and Harry wanted to drown in it; let Draco’s certainty cover him like a blanket and swallow up his fear. Harry hadn’t ever felt as much love for another person as he did for Draco in that moment, and it almost managed to stitch him back together.
“Okay,” he exhaled after a moment, his breath slightly steadier.
One hand still clutched around Draco’s shirt, Harry’s other picked the glasses off of his face to properly scrub a hand over his eyes, the salt of his tears making his skin itch and flush.
Rather than allow that to punctuate the embrace, Harry wrapped that arm around Draco’s neck, clumsily pulling him closer as he stretched into the embrace rather than cower into it.
“Thank you,” he sniffled, when it was really something else he’d wanted to say.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2023 3:21 pm 

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In that moment, it felt like a superhuman task for Draco not to tell Harry that he loved. All the feelings that he had ben bottling up for months were bubbling so close to the surface that Draco felt like he had to physically swallow them to make sure they wouldn’t come out.
Harry looked absolutely ragged, yet he had never been more beautiful in his entire life and Draco wanted to weep from the entire thing.
He would do everything in his power to make sure that Harry was going to be safe and he was going to give little thoughts to the cost of that, neither for him or for anyone else.
“Let’s get you home,” he said in a soft voice, finding that things would probably be easier to handle if Harry was somewhere more comfortable than in a conference room at the ministry. Honestly, both of them could use that break.
“You don’t have to be alone, I can even bring you back to the manor if you’d like, but we should get you out of there.”

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If Harry had to be honest with himself, it had been the Manor he had been thinking of when Draco had simply urged him home. He wasn’t sure when that word had stopped referring to Grimmauld, but he suspected it had been about the same time he had come to realise he loved Draco.
Slowly settling into the prospect of leaving the Ministry, Harry reluctantly eased the hold of Draco’s neck, though not fully withdrawing his hand which settled idly on Draco’s shoulder.
Finding himself unable to croak out more complex concepts than okay and please, Harry, in an attempt to stop himself from slurring the same answer, instead stretched to offer his grateful reply in the shape of a kiss, pressed slightly off centre onto Draco’s lips. Almost coming across as shy and misplaced in the midst of it all, Harry found that nothing else sufficed to convey his appreciation, that there was nothing he rather wanted.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2023 3:51 pm 

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When Harry kissed him Draco was once again assured that he was going to figure this out. Even if they shouldn’t be seeing each other like that, he knew that he wouldn’t be able to go on in a world where kissing Harry and holding him wasn’t even going to be an option for him.
It made him tighten his grip around him slightly as he gingerly returned the kiss, not wanting to make too much of it, but knowing that deep down he had been desperate for that kind of affection from Harry and he doubted that he would ever not be.
While he wanted nothing more than to kiss Harry forever, he knew that they would have to get out of the ministry soon, wanting both of them to settle somewhere more comfortable.
He broke the kiss with a soft smile on his lips.
“Come on,” he said as he motioned to get up, arms still mostly wrapped around Harry, holding onto him as if he was precious cargo.
“Let’s go to the manor,” he decided for them, having always felt more comfortable when the two of them were at the manor together. It felt more like it was just the two of them and the rest of the world couldn’t touch them there.

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Finally allowing himself to get untangled from the embrace, gratefully nodding at Draco’s suggestion was the closest to a reply Harry could muster. This state of mind was so foreign to him that he almost felt embarrassed having exposed Draco to this, wishing that, after all these years, he was able to stomach this better - though quite frankly, Harry wished he didn’t have to stomach this at all.
Mirroring the same motion in reverse, Harry scrubbed his hand over his face before putting his glasses back on.
“****ing hell,” he sniffled, but the tremor in his voice was replaced by a meeker, awkward chuckle.
Looking up at Draco, Harry tried to return the smile, but it faltered upon feeling the pull of tears in the back of his throat, threatening to spill over again. In an intentional attempt to avoid it, Harry averted his gaze as he stood, still needing a moment to brace himself against it all.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2023 2:21 am 

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Even though Draco really wanted them to get back to the manor, he did his best not to rush Harry as they made their way back to his office and used his floo to get there. Once they were standing in Draco’s kitchen, he wasted no time in getting them to his bedroom though, figuring that both of them could do with just lying for now; everything else could come later.
It felt natural when he laid down in bed and pulled Harry down with him, arms wrapped tightly around him and holding him close, almost as if he was trying to shield him from the entire world.
It wasn’t very far from the truth, Draco finding that he desperately wanted to keep Harry shielded and make sure that no harm would be able to befall him.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2023 3:18 am 

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Considering it had easily been a few months since Harry had last been at the Manor, the route to Draco’s bedroom still felt heartachingly familiar, finding that each step they took muddled and blurred the fact that a some point they had decided this was no longer appropriate.
By the time Harry slumped into the bed and into Draco’s embrace, it was hard to care.
While it hadn’t been long since they were last intimate, it felt like ages since they had been close, and Harry felt it deep in his chest. The tension that had accumulated in his spine through Draco’s absence eased so immediately that Harry thought he had broken apart at the spine, making him shift closer and hold Draco tighter, pressing his face into the crook of Draco’s neck, feeling like he could cry again.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2023 6:35 am 

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Everything had happened so fast and yet Draco had yearned for the feeling of Harry’s body against his again for so long that it felt like he had been waiting forever. While he felt horrible about the circumstances, he found it hard to regret anything that meant that he could lie like this with Harry again.
It was second nature to him to wrap his arms around Harry, resting a hand at the nape of his neck and running his fingers through the hair he found there. He could feel Harry’s heavy breathing against his chest and he so wanted to make him calm down, not wanting to see him distressed.
“You’re going tk be okay,” he promised, unsure if Harry wanted any comfort like that right now, but he felt that he has to say something.

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It didn’t take much more than that to bring tears to Harry’s eyes, a quiet release. Huddled close into Draco’s arms and his bed, and out of view of the world, he shattered in a way he perhaps hadn’t ever been able to.
Having just today seen how even his relationship with Ron and Hermione was left in tatters, Harry didn’t know what to do if Draco hadn’t been there to catch him.
For how many times Harry had felt splintered to atoms with loss and heartache and fear, he hadn’t ever been held and comforted in the way Draco so easily offered it. Even through it all, he had faith that Draco would keep the pieces from scattering too far, and that when he was ready to be put back together, he wouldn’t have misplaced a part of himself.
Sniffing, Harry turned his head, instead pressing his brow to Draco’s shoulder.
“Thank you,” he croaked.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2023 11:24 am 

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Right in that moment, everything seemed so endlessly simple to Draco, as if this was just how they were meant to be and that nothing had ever separated them. It felt like they could stay like this forever, no responsibilities, just each other and Draco almost wanted to weep with Harry, but not for the same reasons.
He pressed gentle kisses to Harry’s temple and his forehead, almost feeling bad for the relief he felt in seeing Harry so fragile in his arms, but part of him knew that this was the only way that they were ever going to be properly together, so it was difficult not to cherish that.

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The gentle peppering of kisses made Harry choke out a helpless little sound as love and appreciation bloomed in his chest, spilling out of him between tears. It was almost too much, his skin feeling tender with the amount of attention Draco had bestowed upon him the last hour, and still it wasn’t enough.
Turning to better meet Draco’s caresses, Harry rested his temple on Draco’s shoulder, briefly letting go of Draco to brush tears away from his cheeks with the back of his hand.
“I’ve really missed you,” Harry admitted, feeling like every filter he once might have had had disappeared, leaving every emotion bared for Draco to experience anyway.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2023 11:59 am 

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It was all far too much and yet Draco found that he wanted to soak in it, wanting to see and know every part of Harry’s emotions, never wanting them to have to part ever again. He knew that he shouldn’t dwell too much on this but it was so difficult when he held so much love for him in his heart that at times it felt like it was going to burst.
“I missed you too,” he stated, knowing that what he really wanted to say was better left unsaid, though it was becoming progressively harder to keep it in.
The hand in Harry’s neck gently came up to push hair away from his forehead before moving to help in wiping away the tears, more than anything wanting to linger in this moment for as long as he could.
“So much.”

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Despite both their efforts, tears didn’t stop falling from Harry’s eyes, though this time, he struggled to stop himself from smiling, too.
He almost felt delirious, overwhelmed by the simultaneous relief and heartache that came with Draco’s reciprocation. It made these past few months feel like such a waste, especially faced with his own mortality, but at least Draco was here again, and Harry believed him when he said that he had missed him, too.
Another sobbed laugh bubbled up through Harry as he once again had to wipe his cheeks clean, bumping against Draco’s hand in the process.
Having to move his hand barely an inch from his own cheek to the nape of Draco’s neck, Harry allowed himself a moment to soak up the sight that was Draco. Harry didn’t think Draco had cried, but his face still flushed pink at its peaks, and to Harry, he looked like heaven.
It was inevitable, how Harry stretched to kiss him.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2023 4:36 am 

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It was second nature to Draco to kiss Harry back, having realised long ago that there was never going to be a time where he wouldn’t want to kiss Harry. It was especially easy when they were laying like this, Harry open and vulnerable with him and Draco wanting to make sure that no harm was ever going to befall him.
His hand on Harry’s face moved back to the nape of his neck, his other arm tightening around his waist as he tried to let him know that everything was going to be okay. It was obviously a lie but it was such a beautiful lie and Draco was so desperate to believe it that he hoped he could make Harry believe it as wel.

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There was something undeniable bittersweet about the embrace that almost threatened to make Harry sob again. Very little had changed since the last time he had been in Draco’s bed, but still there had been an undeniable shift; a slight but deafening loss of optimism. Harry felt it deep in his chest, but he also felt it in the tightness of Draco’s arms around him.
It made Harry’s heart ache with the unfairness of it all, overwhelmed with the panicked desire to stay alive, to be with Draco, to actually get a chance to live his life on his own terms.
Raking his fingers into Draco’s hair, Harry fumbled a desperate hold of it in a plea for him to stay close when everything else felt like it was slipping away from him.


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The weekend had simultaneously been the best and the worst for Draco.
He couldn’t deny that he had enjoyed Harry’s company so thoroughly that it had been hard to focus on anything else, but it had been unavoidable that the dark cloud of the test results would follow them.
This left Draco in a weird state of mind Monday morning, feeling the complete bliss of having gotten to be together with Harry again mixed with the sour realisation that if he didn’t do something soon then he’d lose Harry to other factors.
It had been almost impossible for Draco to keep his focus Monday, but a sharp look from Hannah had reminded him of why he was there and how much he valued his job.
The value of his job, however, seemed only to last him through regular office hours. As soon as the other cursebreakers had left the open plan office, Draco had found himself gravitating towards Harry’s office, having barely realised where he was going before he was standing in front of the door.
It felt completely unavoidable when he felt his knuckles rap against the dark wood of the door.

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All things considered, they had managed to spend a few good days together. They were good in an entirely different way than when they had been in the depths of their relationship, surely more quiet and sombre than ever before, but it had soothed Harry’s initial shock like a balm. He had come to realise that Draco’s affections seemed to have that effect.
Come Monday, Harry had gone through his day in a trance; had he not spent the weekend at the Manor, he might not have shown up at all.
He had gone to his meetings, participated, taken notes, only to come back to his office and not even attempt to do any of his tasks, finding it difficult to reign in his thoughts. He had been aimlessly staring out the false window, chin propped up on his hand, by the time someone knocked.
“Yeah,” he called, straightening his posture.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2023 4:21 pm 

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It was with a fair level of nerves that Draco pushed open the door to Harry’s office, unsure where this weekend would have left their relationship, but he could shy deny the ache he felt in his chest from having to part from him, even if it had only been mere hours.
“Am I interrupting something?” He asked in a soft voice, though immediately upon seeing Harry he knew that he hasn’t been.
Despite how he had seemed to perk up a little over the weekend, Harry still looked absolutely terrible.
It cut deeply into Draco’s heart to see him so lethargic and clearly lost to the world. He wished nothing more than to soothe the hurt and bring comfort in any and all ways that he would be able to, even if he doubted that there was much he could do.
“I just wanted to check in on you.”

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