|shiv5468 (shiv5468) wrote in adventdrabbles,|
@ 2010-12-22 20:21:00
|Entry tags:||contributor: shiv5468, fandom: harry potter, year: 2010|
Advent story - Harry Potter - Lucius/Hermione, isn't even pretending to follow the prompts or days
(I have achieved so much other stuff though, oh yes)
Title: The Secret Diaries of Scorpius Malfoy aged Ten and a Half
Fandom: Harry Potter
A relaxed and thoroughly taken-advantage of Lucius lazed on Hermione's bed with a faint smile, and only a slight concern for the potential crumpling of his clothing strewn around the lounge floor and the lack of house elves to tend to the same.
"Scorpius has announced his attention of marrying your daughter," he said.
"Not to her," Hermione said. "Fortunately."
"You would object?" Lucius said, his voice as bland as Hogwart's custard.
"I would object to him asking her at their age! Not to the thought of them marrying, in due course, if they still felt like it at a more sensible age. Like 30!"
Lucius was aware of a serious lack of gruntle. "I thought it was...."
"May I remind you that I married my Hogwarts sweetheart?" Hermione said. "And that Rose is well aware of how well that turned out?"
"Ah," said Lucius. "I see your point."
"I thought you might."
Lucius had never had to say no to Scorpius - that was Draco's job - though he had said not yet, or perhaps in a little while, to give Draco time to get his no in. Being a grandfather was a lot easier than being a father.
"So, Grandfa, does Aunt Hermione approve?"
"Hermione doesn't disapprove. How could she? She clearly has no personal objection to Malfoys."
Scoprius might only be ten and a half, and never had to hear the word no, but he could tell when he was being fobbed off. "That's not the same as approving," he said.
"Hermione made the very sensible point that her own marriage to Ronald did not end well, and they were expected to marry at an early age. She thinks, and I agree, that announcing your intention at this time would be counter-productive."
"I see," Scorpius said.
Lucius only barely managed not to wriggle in his chair as the apple of the Malfoy line fixed him with a long, thoughtful stare.
"Under the circumstances, I do think announcing your intentions to Rose would not be wise. Of course, later...." Lucius continued.
Scorpius nodded. "I understand. Perhaps I could have a word with Aunt Hermione the next time she comes to stay at the Manor."
"Certainly, my boy," Lucius replied, grateful for a chance to say yes to something and to dump the responsibility for saying no onto someone else. "If I might suggest... Hermione ...."
"Don't worry, Grandfa. It'll be all right."
Lucius had a talent for putting things he didn't want to deal with into a locked box in his mind to be ignored. He had also faced down the Dark Lord over the breakfast table, for a given value of face down which encompassed abject slavishness (but surviving). But Scorpius and Hermione at the same dinner table was making him rather tense and taking a lot of the enjoyment out of the asparagus spears dipped in hollandaise sauce.
Most of which was derived from watching Hermione despatch them, a pleasure too advanced for young Scorpius to appreciate.
"Madam Granger," Scorpius said. "You know that I wish to ask for Rose's hand in marriage."
"Your grandfather had mentioned the matter to me, and I'm sure he passed on what I said."
"He did, and I understand your point of view."
Hermione grinned. "But? There is a but at the end of that, isn't there?"
"But I am not Ronald Weasley."
"Nor am I making this decision at a time when my mind is disturbed by adolescence and thoughts of, well, sex."
"Therefore, I think my ability to choose a future wife is at its peak and Rose Weasley is who I want."
"Master Malfoy, you do have a point. Ronald and I never truly saw each other, and didn't like each other much when we first met. In many ways, that first judgement was the right one. Those things we found annoying about each other, were the very things we continued to find annoying about each other, and finally drove us apart."
"However, we also took each other for granted. We were always going to be boyfriend and girlfriend,once Ron got his head out of his ... elbow."
Scorpius pondered that. "I wouldn't take Rose for granted."
"But do you want her taking you for granted?"
Scorpius wrinkled his nose thoughtfully. "I would not."
"Be friendly and approachable," Lucius said, "But perhaps slightly distant. Then Rose would have to chase after you when you were older."
Scorpius considered advanced courting, and found the prospect to his liking. "The way you did with Aunt Hermione, Grandfa?"
"Absolutely," said Lucius. "A little playing hard to get can do you no harm in the long run."
Lucius ignored the way Hermione's lips shaped the word 'tart'.