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Truth - After the End's ~ Draco Malfoy
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Draco Malfoy
Date: 2007-11-15 14:25
Subject: Truth
Security: Public
Location:our flat
Tags:(theo), draco, pansy
I am determined to go home tonight and spend time with Pansy. I'm even leaving work a bit early so that I can go home and get things ready. The club is almost ready to reopen, after my aunt and uncle 'redecorated' it. Pansy hasn't said anything, but I know that she's upset with me. So I'm bringing us each home one of our most savory dishes, a bottle of wine, and a bouquet of flowers. Everything will be all set up by the time she gets home.

The flat is quiet when I arrive, but as I come in the door the house-elf meets me. She seems reluctant to tell me something, but finally gets it out. I sit down to wait for Pansy to come home.

About an hour later, I hear the door open and Pansy's footsteps as she enters. Then the door closes and I hear her come closer. As she comes in sight, she pauses, and for a moment I think a hint of surprise crosses her features.

"Surprised to see me, Pansy?" I ask a bit coolly.

"It's early for you to be home. When you come back at all."

"I came home early to surprise you. I thought we could spend some time together and have a nice evening together." I decide not to take the bait on the other comment just yet.

She raises an eyebrow slightly then nods. "I'm going to put my things away," she comments, walking past me toward her studio, carrying her portfolio.

I stand up and go over to lay the food, flowers and wine on the table, then come back and sit down to wait for her return. I have to play this cool and see how it goes.
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Pansy Parkinson: serious
User: ate_pansy
Date: 2007-11-15 19:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Why do I have a feeling that there is more going on than what he is telling me? Of course, that isn't new. In fact, I've gotten rather use. I hadn't been expecting him to be back this evening. The other night, I was already in bed when he got home, so we didn't talk then. It is odd that I spoke more with Theodore over the course of one evening than I have with Draco in over a week.

I lay my portfolio on the desk, then go back to the living room.

"So how was your day?" he asks me without emotion. I can tell something is bothering him, although he's desperately trying to hold his emotions in check. He's very guarded.

I pause. "It went well." I hadn't told him about putting my personal designs on display, but I sold the one I put out the other day. I have plans to display more of my designs to see if they do as well. "Yours?"

"I'm glad. Mine went well. The club is almost ready to reopen." He pauses, then says,"Are you hungry?"

"A bit," I nod. "When will it reopen?"

"I'm aiming for this weekend," he says, then leads me over to the table. "I brought food and wine," he says. I see a bouquet of flowers off to the side, but wonder why he doesn't mention them.

"Dinner smells delicious," I compliment.

"Thank you. The house-elves do a very good job. They are very loyal to me."

His words sound carefully chosen, but I don't comment. Instead, I just nod.

He pours us each a glass of wine and we sit down to eat. "I'm sorry that I have been working long hours, but it's not my intention to fall asleep at the club. I'm just tired from all the work. But that's where I am. I want you to know that."

"I did not doubt that," I reply. I did have some, but I am sure there would be have been a sign if something else was occurring. "And do not trouble yourself. I have been accustomed to being here alone." Perhaps it was rude, but it is true.

"But it must have been difficult for you, to be here with only a house-elf for company. I hope that you have found the quiet atmosphere productive." He looks at me. "You know, you could have come to the club. Most of the times when I fall asleep I don't intend to. Usually it just happens."

"Yet, there would be nothing for me there. You would be working the entire time," I remark.

"Have I not taken time for you when you have come to the club and I was working? And I'm not working - I have been overseeing the reconstruction of the rooms."

"Our time is often interrupted while there," I remind him. "And you would have other things on your mind." It happened in the past and I doubt that has changed.

He stops eating and crosses his arms, looking at me. "Do you know why I told you where I am when I'm not here?"

"There are a few possibilities," I answer, tone casual yet serious.

"I had an interesting conversation with the house-elf when I came home this evening."

"Interesting how?" I think I know what the conversation was about, but I don't bring it up first.

"She informed me that you left early on Sunday morning around 3am and did not return until Sunday afternoon. I know where I was Saturday evening. I am wondering where you were at that time. Odd time to go out."
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Pansy Parkinson
User: ate_pansy
Date: 2007-11-15 19:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"To some. However, I was not tired," I respond. He would not respond well if he knew where I was or what had happened.

He looks thoughtful for a moment. "You were not tired," he repeats. "But you must have slept somewhere."

"That is what a person does when they are tired," I answer vaguely.

He stands up from the table and starts pacing. I can tell he's becoming agitated. Finally he stops. "Pansy, I don't want to have to ask you where you went. I'm giving you the chance to tell me. I know that you would expect the same from me except you knew where I was all night."

"I was visiting a business associate," I answer in an icy tone. I have very few of those, but all are female, aside from Theodore.

"Well, I already had a feeling that it had something to do with business." He looks like he's going to say something else, but then changes his mind. "I do hope that your employees didn't mind a visit in the middle of the night." He smirks, telling me a lot of what he's thinking.

"While my visit was unexpected, my associate later greeted me in a quite hospitable manner," I answer. I have a feeling he won't let this go, but if he spent more time here, I certainly would not be making house calls in the middle of the night.

"It was Nott you went to see, wasn't it?"

I take a sip of my champagne before answering. "Yes," I lock eyes with him. While I know he won't like it, I did go see him and while Theodore and I were not pleased with one another at various points, I understand him more. I also found I could trust him, to a point, due to how he protected me the following morning.
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Draco Malfoy: Annoyed
User: ate_draco
Date: 2007-11-15 19:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It had to be Nott. Somehow in my heart, I knew it from the first time I heard she had been gone, but I didn't want to believe it.

"I bet Nott was very happy to see you at 3 am on his doorstep," I say, deathly quiet.

"On the contrary, he wasn't very pleased when I arrived."

"You spent the night with him though, didn't you?" I narrow my eyes at her.

"In his guest room," she answers, getting to her feet.

"I guess you were too angry with me to come to the club," I say, crossing my arms. "After all, you woke him up. You could have come to the club and woke me up as well."

"Well, after spending another night alone, I was getting used to your absence," she counters, folding her arms as well.

"You were getting used to my absence, yet you left the flat. Explain to me how that makes sense."

"I'm not some witch who is going to spend all of her time being locked away in a flat," she answers. "Just because I am used to your frequent absence does not mean I enjoy it."

"Do you think I enjoy the fact that I have had to rebuild a huge part of my club thanks to my aunt and uncle? You were the one who encouraged me to rebuild, remember? You told me not to give up."

"Yes, but aren't you the one that promised that business would come second?" she nearly snaps at me.

"But I didn't expect this to happen! Don't you think I would rather be with you than having to pick up the pieces after that attack? Don't you think I want to be here, spending time with you instead of seeing the destruction that she caused? That makes me even more angry at her and more determined to do anything in my power to see that she's caught." I turn away from her so that she can't see the look on my face.
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Pansy Parkinson: serious
User: ate_pansy
Date: 2007-11-15 19:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"This isn't about the club or them," I answer. He can bring up the club all he wants, but this is about more than just the club. This is about his life and my life.

"Yes, this is about us. But do you think, even if you were working all the time, I would go off to see some other witch? Should I remind you of the time when you left me? You were gone, yet I remained faithful to you. Even though I was wrongly accused, I never even thought of going to see another witch, much less in the middle of the night."

"You know if places were reversed in that situation, you would have been upset as well. As for seeing him, he left me an open offer to visit and I accepted at that time. Nothing happened."

"I would have been upset, yes, but I would never have done anything like go and visit another witch in the middle of the night. You may not have had those type of intentions, but what if he had?" I see a mixture of anger and hurt in Draco's eyes.

"He didn't," I answer. "And if so, I can take care of myself." The following morning had proven that.

"But be honest with me. How would you feel if I went off in the middle of the night to see a witch? Even one that I worked with?"

I think this over. I wouldn't be happy about it, but there was a difference, since I don't spent my nights at the store. "It would depend on the situation."

"As I said, Pansy, nothing would ever make me think about doing that to you. I am faithful to you, and I know how it would look if I went to a witch's flat in the middle of the night. How it would look to you, how it would look to the witch, and how it would look to everyone else. It's just not proper."

"I'm aware of what is proper," I frown at him. "However, I would also not go days without returning home."
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Draco Malfoy: Incredulous
User: ate_draco
Date: 2007-11-15 19:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"You don't understand why I have been working so hard to restore the club, do you?" I ask, narrowing my eyes at her. I know she doesn't. I don't think I even realized it myself until now.

"I know why. So you can reopen," she answers.

"That's not the only reason, Pansy. You know that there are people who are going to think that I had a hand in it. I'm afraid that if I don't get it back up and running that it will only confirm their fears," I say, running my hand over my head. "I know that I have neglected you, and that is the reason why I came home early tonight. But then I heard about this weekend..."

"Nothing happened between Nott and me," she protests, folding her arms. "You always want me to trust you and now it is your turn to trust me."

"I do trust you," I say honestly. "It's Nott I don't trust, and I know that you can take care of yourself, but I am not going to say that it didn't affect me."

"You can't expect me to sit around a flat for the rest of my life, waiting. I will not become like my mother."

"I'm not asking you to, or telling you to do that. As I have said, I didn't intend to fall asleep. But did you ever consider just once to come to the club and see what happened? If you hadn't come home from work, I would come to the shop to make sure that you were OK. I don't work at 3am."

"I was concerned, except that you kept working later and later. Then you admitted to falling asleep there as well. There is no reason for that to happen at the store."

"No, there isn't because I provided you with a place to work here in the flat. But I don't have that luxury." I sigh and turn away. "No matter, the renovations are nearly complete and it won't happen again. That is, of course, unless my aunt comes back and destroys it."

"I doubt she would."

"I think Nott and I should have another talk. I'm going to go take a shower."

She sighs. "Do you really think that is necessary?"

"What, taking a shower? Yes, I think it's necessary," I say with a smirk.

"You know what I mean."

"Don't worry, I'll be civil."

"But this is about my business," she answers.

"It's not going to happen tonight." Even though I want more than anything to confront Nott right now, I'm going to let myself cool down first. "Enjoy your flowers." I start walking towards the bedroom to take my shower. I stop to wait and see if she says anything else, but she's quiet, so I go on to the shower. This is not the way I had planned for this evening to go.
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