Author's Notes: Thanks go to my beta and to all those who sent feedback about the original draft of the fic at schnoogle or on my LJ. Your help is greatly appreciated.
Gold Tinted Spectacles
Chapter 14 - The Aftermath
The fury left him feeling empty and Draco barely registered the trip back to Gryffindor tower. He didn't even pay much attention to the members of the house in the common room; he just followed Harry across it and up the stairs. It was only when they reached their room and the door closed on the outside world that Draco realised his soul mate was far more agitated than he was. As he focused on Harry, he could only describe his lover as wired.
"I nearly killed him," Harry said and turned to him. "I had no control. I'm lethal."
Draco put aside any residual feelings of his own about the meeting with the DA and stepped up towards his soul mate resolutely. He took Harry's chin in one hand and made Harry look him directly in the eye.
"You showed more control than they will ever understand," he said firmly. "I can see into your soul, Harry, I know you and you are not a killer. You held raw magic in your will, you could have destroyed the whole room and everyone in it, but you didn't. You threw a stupid boy against a stupid wall and that was all you did. Every word I said to them was true, e-ver-y word."
He showed Harry what he had seen when Hermione woke him from the stupefy hex: the raw energy Draco had sensed when his soul mate stalked Smith.
"You were magnificent," he said forcefully and pushed himself against Harry's taut frame.
There was passion in his lover, Draco could feel it and at the moment Harry was using it to deride himself; Draco knew it needed to be turned to something else.
"He tried to hurt me, Harry," he said steadily, never letting his lover look away, "and you protected me. I'm yours, Harry, and he didn't understand that. Show me what it means to be yours."
The emotions coming from his soul mate told Draco that Harry knew he was being manipulated, but that he could not fight it. The anger at himself was already changing inside Harry and the fire was turning to desire and it washed over Draco as their minds mingled.
"Draco," Harry tried to say something but by placing a hand over his lover's mouth Draco stopped him.
"It doesn't matter," he told Harry with complete certainty, "nothing matters. I love you."
[I want you,] he switched to his inner voice and Harry swayed towards him. [Love me, Harry.]
As Draco removed his hand his lover leant forward, his mouth covering Draco's and his arms entwining the Slytherin hungrily. The sheer sexuality of what Harry was ran through every pore of the Hecatemus' body, and Draco could feel it all. As Harry's tongue slipped into Draco's mouth the Slytherin bared the need he felt in his body to his lover. Draco found the place within him that was raw sexual want and he flooded Harry with it knowing that it would drive his soul mate to delirium.
Draco knew Harry was strong. He had felt the power of Quidditch trained muscle, but even he was surprised when Harry bodily lifted him off the ground. His lover threw the Slytherin on the four-poster bed and climbed on after him, pushing Draco's knees apart and settling between his legs. Harry's hands were suddenly everywhere: running up and down Draco's body over his clothes. He touched and he stroked and he teased until Draco forgot who was supposed to be egging whom on.
Nimble fingers worked at the fastenings on Draco's clothes and he shifted his hips without thinking when Harry pulled at the top of his uniform trousers. They came off in one swift movement as the Hecatemus moved off the bed for a moment and relieved his lover of any vestige of modesty. Draco's already healthy erection twitched as Harry looked down at him from where he was standing. It would have taken no time for Draco to wriggle out of the rest of his clothes as well but his lover did not appear interested in that. Instead Harry climbed back on the bed between Draco's knees and lent over him, pushing his shirt up his torso so the Gryffindor could kiss the flat muscled stomach.
A moan of pure ecstasy escaped Draco's mouth as Harry stroked his fingers over the sensitive skin between his legs and down between his buttocks. It was just a playful stroke but it promised so much more and he moved into the touch.
[Soon,] Harry whispered in his mind.
Harry's hands were moving again, this time over bare skin and up under Draco's remaining clothes. Each movement caused pleasure and each touch drew a small sound of want. He knew he was helpless under Harry's attentions and he loved it.
Harry's clothes were pleasantly rough against Draco's smooth skin and there was a hardness under the material as the Hecatemus pushed himself against his lover. Draco lifted himself off the bed as his soul mate's arms ran under him and he shivered as Harry's hands ran down over his back and behind. His lover's desire burned along side his own passion and Draco knew what he wanted: he wanted Harry. Tonight neither of them required any elaborate games; this was about raw need.
Draco could sense that Harry knew exactly what he was feeling and the Hecatemus moved to accommodate him. Harry lowered Draco back to the bed and he moved to undo his lover's belt and fly Harry did not resist. As he watched Harry pushed the material aside and freed himself from his underwear. To Draco's growing interest his lover made no further move to take off his clothes and he held out his hand towards the beside cabinet.
"Accio salve," Draco heard and the pot of lubricant from the draw moved to Harry's hand.
As he watched, Harry languidly opened the container and calmly dipped his fingers into it. Under his gaze Harry pulled them out again and Draco could see the slick lubricant covering the raised digits. He felt the heat in his body increase and his groin throbbed as he watched Harry coat his own erection in the substance. Draco wanted his lover and he wanted him now and he couldn't help the moan of lust that passed his lips. With a smile Harry discarded the pot of lubricant and ran his still slick fingers over Draco's stomach.
[Harry,] the arroused wizard all but pleaded.
Harry leant over Draco, pushing his knees up and apart, green eyes running over Dracor's spread body hungrily. He could feel the arousal in Harry almost as much as in himself and he felt the shot of excitement that ran through his lover as he positioned himself above Draco and touched him lightly. The hardness of the Harry's slick shaft pushed gently against Draco's entrance and he tried to relax, knowing what was coming. When Harry pushed in Draco gasped and tried not to follow the instinctive want to tense up at the intrusion. His lover did not wait for him to relax again, he continued his movement forward causing the most delicious burning sensation, somewhere between pain and pleasure. His soul mate was not rough, Harry was never rough, but Draco knew he had goaded his lover into a very direct mood and Harry did not stop until he was buried in him to the hilt.
It never ceased to amaze Draco how their minds connected during sex: it was like at no other time. He could feel Harry deep inside him and he could feel Harry surrounded by him almost as if they were some strange creature making love to itself. They were separate in that the blond youth sensed someone else was touching him and Harry's body knew he was thrusting into another human being, but the sensations were intensified and doubled as they shared them. When Harry pulled Draco's ankles up on to his shoulders and ran his hands down the inside of his legs they both moaned at the pulse it sent through Draco's body.
Harry remained still, his head bent forward and his eyes closed and Draco watched his lover through lowered eyelids. They were joined, physically and mentally, and he revelled in the sensation. Very slowly Harry began to move, pulling out no more than a few millimetres before pushing himself back towards Draco. The Slytherin gasped as his muscles tightened and released again in a stab of sensation and Harry did not stop. Each pull back and subsequent thrust became more pronounced and every stroke inside him caused waves of pleasure to run through Draco's whole body.
He wrapped his fingers in his spread robe and arched off the bed to meet every move Harry made. The sensations running through him were so completely encompassing that he could barely think: all that existed was the two-bodied being that was each of them and both of them at the same time. There was no end of Draco and beginning of Harry and the passion he had so masterfully marshalled in his soul mate consumed them both.
Time had little meaning and was measured in sensations rather than seconds as both wizards surrendered to their desire. They reached for climax together and Draco felt like they would explode from the pressure before he lost his grip on reality totally and came, long and hard screaming Harry's name. This was how things were meant to be; this was the only reality that mattered: One body, one mind, one being.
Surprisingly, even after the stressful events at the DA meeting, Harry had slept incredibly well, as had Draco. For a first night out of their warded room and after all the excitement of the previous day, the Hecatemus was quite amazed when he woke up feeling refreshed and ready to face the new day. The room in the house tower had some basic wards to keep out any particularly strong magic, but as Harry lay there letting the sleep drift from his mind, he could feel the power humming through the building.
When he slept he did not have his barriers at full strength, but they were still there. It was not something he had consciously practiced, it seemed to come naturally once his shielding skill had reached a certain level, and Harry lowered them a little more to explore his new environment. In a strange abstract way he could feel the people below the room as magical pools and vague emotional centres. It was not something he had experienced before and he found he liked it: it made him feel connected.
For a while he turned his mind onto his other senses rather than the normal five and let his abilities guide him. It was as if he was relearning about the place where he had spent half his life and he catalogued every detail. Harry felt around the protection spells that were as old as the building on which they lay and he let his mind explore the woven magic that allowed parts of the tower to function correctly. His thoughts connected with a bright spark of magic which felt suddenly startled and then acknowledged him in a bizarre, other worldly way: he had come across one of the house elves going about her business.
It was wonderful and strange and exhilarating all at the same time. The young man did not go so far as to identify all his fellow Gryffindors by their magical forms, nor did he pry into what any were feeling, he just allowed himself to acknowledge they were there. Only as Harry let his mind return to himself did he realise Draco was awake. He turned his head to look at his lover and Draco smiled from where he was lying on his side watching Harry.
[You felt so at peace,] Draco said silently as their eyes met, [as if you were doing what you were made for.]
Harry smiled at that, it had felt somehow correct.
[I never realised how much the wards shut out,] he admitted, [the world knits together in a far more complicated way than I thought, I was exploring.]
He shared some of the thoughts and feeling he had experienced during his mental travels and Draco assimilated them thoughtfully. His soul mate's face was contemplative for a while and then he smiled again.
[I don't think your mind works in a way even close to how it used to,] Draco replied lightly, his grey eyes sparkling.
[And what does that say about yours?] Harry asked with a mental laugh. [You understand me, after all.]
[No comment,] Draco replied and sat up lazily.
With a very catlike stretch, Draco ran his fingers through his hair and yawned. The usually pristine Slytherin was very particular about his appearance, but Harry was rather fond of him tousled and he sat up, leant over and kissed his lover Draco could climb out of bed.
[You're adorable first thing in the morning,] he said lightly.
Draco gave him an appraising look as if he was losing it.
"I have bed hair and my teeth need a clean," was the sceptical response, "you have a funny definition of adorable."
"I'm a half-blood," Harry replied with a mischievous grin, "you have to forgive our eccentricities."
Draco laughed and Harry thought it was a delightful sound.
"Potter, you're insane," his lover said and, as he watched, climbed out of bed. "Now do not go back to sleep, we have lessons this morning."
For a while Harry lay back down and just observed as Draco moved around the room, but eventually he dragged himself back into a sitting position. It took him a minute or so to reinforce his mental barriers to their everyday level and then he crawled out of bed reluctantly. What Harry really would have liked to do was climb back in dragging Draco with him and spend all morning acquainting himself with his lover's body -- again. He must have been broadcasting his thoughts because Draco gave him a rolled eye look and shook his head ruefully.
[Get your eyes off my behind,] his soul mate said firmly with a laugh, [we don't have time this morning.]
[Spoilsport,] Harry replied, but did manage to drag his mind onto what he was supposed to be doing.
It was still early and they went about their morning routine before most of the house roused itself.
They both knew the news would be the only thing the whole school would be talking about and when they had discussed it as they made preparations for the day, Harry had suggested they miss breakfast and go straight to their first lesson. Draco had not liked the idea at all, but had grudgingly agreed to it when Harry added in taking a quick trip to see the house elves and at least picking up some food. When it came to Harry's health, Draco had turned into a drill sergeant and passing out in class was not something he was going to allow. However, when the pair ventured out of their room to sneak down to the kitchens they found the whole of the Gryffindor seventh year waiting for them in the common room.
"We thought we'd all go to breakfast together," Hermione said brightly from where she was hanging off Ron's arm.
Stunned was the word that came to Harry's mind for the effect the united front had on Draco, and he wasn't doing much better himself. That the house had welcomed them in was one thing, but that they were willing to show complete solidarity outside the safety of the tower blew Harry's mind.
Draco shielded him carefully from the others as they formed up around the couple, almost like a protective barrier, but the alert Slytherin did not stop Hermione reaching over to Harry. The young man felt his friend press something into his hand and she smiled at him. She then did the same with Draco who looked at her a little startled. When Harry looked down there was his galleon in his fingers and he looked over to see that his soul mate was holding one of the clones.
After that Harry walked to breakfast in a kind of pleasant haze. It didn't lift until the morning owls arrived and his subscription to the Daily Prophet landed next to his plate. Reluctantly he picked up the newspaper and pulled it out of its binding. He looked at the publication in his hand but Harry knew what he was going to see before he read it. The front page of the Prophet was emblazoned in large black letters with "The Boy Who Is Hecatemus". He didn't even bother to read any further he just passed it to Draco who actually seemed interested in what it said.
By the hour lunchtime arrived Harry was ravenous and he didn't need to be in contact with his lover to know that the same was true of Draco. The last few weeks had been a matter of eat on demand and moving back into a schedule was more difficult than it might have appeared. Both young men swooped on the Gryffindor table as if their lived depended on it.
"Are you two hungry?" Ron asked as he looked at the plates the pair had in front of them.
Harry glanced up from where he had just stuck his fork in the large pile of mashed potato on his plate. Sausage, mash and gravy was not the most sophisticated of meals, but it looked like heaven as far as his stomach was concerned. Draco had chosen steak and kidney pudding for a similar reason.
"Starving," Harry admitted, and, for his part, Draco grinned at Ron.
Without further ado, Harry set about demolishing his lunch and it wasn't for a good five minutes that he noticed some of his friends were not doing the same. He looked up to find that Dean and Neville were looking at him and Draco.
"You weren't kidding, were you," the Muggle-born Gryffindor said a little incredulously.
"Their metabolisms are running at two or three times normal," Hermione said helpfully as she sat down beside the group.
"Really, that much?" Harry hadn't picked up that piece of information yet and he was quite interested.
He knew his appetite had increased considerably and he was still under strict instruction to eat heartily and well, but he had had no idea by how much.
"Could be more at the moment," Hermione provided as she poured herself a goblet of water.
"I still don't see how one person can eat that much food in one sitting," Ginny said conversationally, "except Ron of course, but everyone knows there's nothing inside him but space for what he consumes."
Harry grinned as Ron glared at his little sister, but no one in on the conversation failed to notice that Ron did not argue the point. However, even the legendary eating ability of the Weasley males could not match Harry and Draco any more.
The morning had been tiring for Harry, but, as he ate, the food seemed to be helping. If he had been back in their room in the hospital wing the Gryffindor would have taken a nap, but as it was he tried to banish the lethargy he was feeling to the back of his mind.
People had been staring at them all day and Harry was pretty sure all the Slytherins now viewed him as the spawn of the nastiest thing to ever crawl the earth. Draco had out glared several of his Slytherin housemates over the morning and so far there had been no more serious incidents. The Gryffindors seemed to be protecting them from all the other houses and there had been little interaction, which was very good as far as Harry was concerned, because he did not have the energy to deal with anything like that today.
[Maybe you should take the afternoon off,] Draco suggested silently as Harry paused eating, [now that there's no need to hide you don't have to push so hard.]
Harry rewarded his soul mate's concern with a warm smile, but shook his head slightly.
[I'll be fine,] he replied cheerfully, [it's bound to be tiring the first day, and I want to get back to normal as fast as possible.]
Draco snorted a laugh at that which earned him several looks since nothing anyone had been saying out loud was particularly worthy of the reaction. Harry had to hide his own smile as the Slytherin smirked mysteriously at the Gryffindors.
[The day you and I are normal is the day Snape awards you house points and Dumbledore actually appears sane,] Draco said silently. [I have never been normal and I don't intend to start now.]
Harry almost choked on his sausage.
Draco had his hand firmly clamped in Harry's as they made their way back to the Gryffindor common room after their first day and he couldn't help glancing at his lover every now and then. The description of zombie came to mind when he looked at the Harry's face: his soul mate barely appeared to be awake. There was no distress coming from Harry but Draco knew that his lover was, putting it bluntly, completely knackered. He was glad the end of their last lesson hadn't been too strenuous, or he wasn't sure Harry would have made it back to the tower.
"Harry, you in there?" Ron asked from where he was walking just behind with Hermione.
"Hmm," Harry replied and woke up a little from his daze, "yeah, just tired."
"You could have gone back to our room and taken a nap when I had Arithmancy after lunch," Draco chided gently.
"Unless you have a spell for waking the dead I am not sleeping during the day," Harry replied with a smile as they walked up to the Fat Lady. "Brandy wine," he said absently. "Anyway Arithmancy was interesting: I have no idea what you were going on about most of the time, but it was interesting."
The portrait opened and the four stepped through. Draco was quite surprised that Harry had found anything to interest him in what many people in school considered the most boring subject next to The History of Magic.
"Upstairs," Draco said evenly as Harry paused in the common room and glanced at the comfortable looking sofa near the fire.
"Ooh, I love it when you're forceful," his lover said with a grin.
Draco gave him an unimpressed look: he did not want Harry keeling over in the common room and he definitely didn't want to have to help put any broken shields back if someone overpowered his soul mate's defences; the after effects were not always fun and he'd had enough of that over the past couple of days.
"Just move, Wonder Boy," Draco said with a half smile, "before you fall down."
It occurred to him that the whole conversation had to be a very bizarre spectacle for the Gryffindor common room, but Draco was not about to compromise.
"I can manage one day without collapsing," Harry said pointedly, but the confused state his thoughts were in gave everything away to Draco.
He put both hands on his hips and glared at the Hecatemus.
"Okay, I'm going," Harry capitulated easily which gave a good indication that he was fully away Draco was right .
As Harry walked towards the tower steps Hermione caught Draco's arm just before he went to follow.
"Will you two be down for dinner?" she asked with a slightly worried look in Harry's direction.
Draco shook his head following her gaze.
"No," he replied evenly, "I can guarantee that when we get upstairs Harry will just pass out. He's going to need to eat tonight though, but I don't want him going anywhere near the main hall."
Hermione smiled at that.
"I'll ask the house elves to bring you both something," she said supportively.
Draco found himself smiling: he was beginning to realise that friends like the Muggle-born witch were worth their weight in gold. It was a concept that he was only slowly coming to accept.
"Thank you," he said genuinely and then went to follow Harry. "I wonder if he'll be more interested in sex or food when he wakes up," he mused absently, his lover's dazed state rubbing off on him.
"Malfoy," it was Ron's voice and Draco turned before he went up the steps. "For the record, don't think out loud, it's disturbing."
He gave the Gryffindor an unrepentant smile and then climbed after Harry. When he walked into their room and closed the door his lover was kicking off his shoes and only had eyes for the bed.
"Wake me for dinner," Harry said having totally missed the conversation Draco had just had with Hermione.
Draco did not bother to try and dissuade his soul mate of the idea, however, and he watched his lover climb onto the bed. Harry lay down on his front without shedding anything but his footwear and promptly went to sleep almost before his head hit the pillow. Harry had been in the dopey, half dreamlike state between waking and sleeping for the last few minutes so there was barely any transition that Draco could discern.
For a few moments he considered joining Harry on the bed: it was a very inviting idea, but he decided it would just be an indulgence. Draco had homework that needed doing and he was behind everyone else even though the work had been passed to them in the hospital wing, so he turned to the large desk in the corner. With a final fond glance as his sleeping lover the Draco set about finding his way back to the head of the class.
End of Chapter 14
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