Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape/Remus Lupin, other pairings to followGenre:
AU FantasyRating for this chapter:
M/M relationship, character death, OOC, descriptive sexual acts between persons of the same sexChallenge: 50harlequins
prompt #45: Running from an arranged marriage and falling for a stranger who turns out to be the groom.Summary: Space...the final frontier...In the year 4437 A.E. (After Earth) Prince Draco Abraxas Lucien Malfoy of the planet kingdom Slytherin is being forced to marry the enigmatic Prince of the neighboring planet kingdom Gryffindor. He hates the fact that he has to marry someone he's never met and runs away. His father, King Lucius, sends one of the best Retrievers in the galaxy after his wayward son, to be delivered to the Prince of Gryffindor personally.
Harry Potter was the best star pilot to ever come out of Hogwarts Academy. Known to his friends and crew as Captain Evans, he was also one of His Majesty's Retrievers, a band of men and women who searched the galaxies for the lost or stolen, whether they be people or objects. The Queen sends him on a mission requested by King Malfoy of Slytherin: find and retrieve his son to be delivered to the Prince of Gryffindor for a marriage ceremony.
Once he crosses paths with the Ice Prince of Slytherin, he does all he can to melt his heart of ice, and to make Draco his very own at personal cost to himself and the kingdom he serves.
Of course, things don't always go according to plan (-cue Darth Vader's Imperial March-)...Disclaimer:
All recognizable characters and plots from the Harry Potterverse belong to JK Rowling and various publishing companies and movie studios. I am not making any money from this. I am simply doing this for the fun of it. Any plot devices and original characters belong to me alone and are simply a figment of my imagination.Author's Note:
Snape makes an appearance.
this chapter - PG13
- - -Chapter 4...Harry...
"Mmm. G'way, mum."...Harry...wake up...
"M'sleepin', g'way."...Wake up you great lummox!...
Harry slowly opened his eyes, groaning at the harsh light of the sun coming from the viewing portal.
"Who turned on the fucking lights?" he muttered.
"He's fine." he heard George say.
"On your feet, Cap." Ron grinned, helping Blaise pull Harry to his feet. His head began to throb mercilessly. With his hand, he ran his fingers through his hair and winced when he came across the huge egg on his forehead.
"Let me see it." Luna stated, pushing her way to his side. She put a light into his eyes, making him wince painfully. "Sorry."
"Sure you are." Harry snorted.
"I'm sure the crash couldn't crack that hard skull. If the exam is over can we find out where we are and find a way to get home?" a voice groused. All eyes turned toward the sulking blond.
"Shut up!" Everyone told him, causing Harry to roll his eyes. Luna smacked him in the head, making his headache worse.
"Ow! Injured man here!" he moaned. She pressed an injector into his shoulder blade and released something that made the pain go away completely. He rolled his neck a few times to loosen his joints and sighed with relief. "My Goddess!" he grinned at her.
"Flattery will get you no where with me, Captain." she smirked, completely out of character for her giving nature.
"All right...status report." Harry called.Core drive 75 percent damaged. Sectors 7, 8, 9 and 10 breached. Bridge controls sustained minimal damage. Life operations functioning at maximum levels. Thrusters operational.
"Can you still fly?" Harry asked.Unknown. With sector breaches contained to two it was possible. Four breaches may cause long term ruptures to my system. Would not suggest attempting it until necessary repairs are made.
"Great. Just great." Harry muttered. "Ginny, you, Fred and George are on repairs detail. I want those hull breaches sealed as soon as possible.
"You got it." Ginny nodded, dragging her brothers from the room.
"Blaise, you and Seamus get to Engineering and see what you can do with the core drive. And no funny business! I'd like to leave as soon as possible." he warned the two lovers. Seamus rolled his eyes as he followed Blaise from the room.
"Neville, you and Luna make sure the supplies are good, if need be, check the surrounding vegetation."
"You got it, Harry." Neville nodded.
"Ron, Hermione. Looks like we're going topside."
"You can't leave us here!" Draco shouted. Harry gave him a hard look.
"You're welcome to come with us, Your Highness." Harry gave him a mocking bow before turning on his heel. Ron looked at Hermione and shrugged, following Harry from the room.
"He can't talk to me like that, Remus! I won't allow it."
"Draco, it's his ship, his rules. I have no authority here, and neither do you. Just don't piss off the man any more than you already have." Remus advised, following the others from the room.
"Traitor." Draco muttered, following his 'bodyguard'.
- - -
Hermione used the terminal beside the outer hatch to scan the area.
"Hmmm...short range scans detect no lifeforms, but caution would be advisable at this point. Air is breathable, the similarities to our own air are astounding, although the nitrogen content is just a smidgen higher. It's safe." she announced.
"I want blasters set at level nine. We don't know where we are and I don't want to take chances of someone getting hurt. We do this by the book." Harry warned. He looked at Remus and then at Draco. "Think you can keep all that in mind, Your Highness
Draco glared at him and touched a hand to his laser sword strapped to his hip. Harry nodded and flipped open the hatch. The bright sun blinded them for a moment before their eyes could adjust. They found themselves staring down a lush beach area, the sand so white it was blinding. Harry handed out solar shades for their eyes before they stepped down.
"Reminds me of home." Hermione sighed. Ron gently rubbed her shoulder in comfort.
"Keep together." Harry warned as they moved away from the ship. He tapped into his comm.
"Blaise?" There was a muffled scuffling sound in his ear and Harry resisted the urge to groan. "I thought I told the two of you no funny business?""Sorry, Harry."
"Don't let it happen again. Too much is at stake right now for distractions. Got it?" Harry stated, speaking as captain of a starship and not as a friend. Blaise heard the tone and gulped."Yes, sir."
"We're planet-side, so you have command. I'll contact you if we find anything.""Yes, sir. And Harry?"
"Yeah?""Be careful. The crew needs their Captain as much as the Captain needs his crew."
"Understood. Captain, out."
The five-person team made their way deeper into the greenery.
- - -
Draco and Remus were walking behind the other three, Draco doing his best to glare a hole in their leader's back when Remus jabbed him sharply in the side with his elbow.
"Ow! What was that for?"
"It would be nice if you tried to get on the man's good side. He did save your life."
"He has no good side." Draco snorted.
"Are you still mad about the fact that he spanked you like the spoiled brat you are?" Remus choked on his laughter at the look Draco gave him.
"I'm not spoiled!"
"You are so. Admit it. You like having people do what you demand, never having to lift a finger to help in any way. If that isn't spoiled, I don't know what it is."
"Thanks, Remus. You've been oh so helpful to me these last few days." Draco scowled. Remus looked at him and came to an odd conclusion.
"Oh! You liked having the man's hands on your bum, didn't you?"
"Shut up!" Draco hissed, his ears turning red.
"You did!" Remus laughed.
"I did not! He's a barbarian! And it'll be a cold day in hell before he lays a hand on me in any manner ever again!"
"I wouldn't be too sure of that if I were you. The man is solidly built if I do say so." Remus grinned, staring at Harry from head to toe.
"Stop staring! Damn!" Draco hissed, feeling a spark of jealousy deep within his gut. Remus saw the look on his face and had to punch himself mentally to keep from laughing out loud.
"Jealous much?" Remus smirked.
"Don't smirk at me, Remus. It doesn't become you."
Remus did laugh then, and got a face full of angry Harry for his trouble.
"If the two of you are done passing jokes, I would like to keep the noise level to a minimum so as not to give away our position if we come across any unfriendlies." Harry growled.
"I apologize, Captain Evans. I was lax in my duties." Remus bowed immediately. Harry nodded, glared at Draco and turned back the way he had come.
"You got in trouble!" Draco snickered.
Remus glared at him in return and moved ahead of him. Draco giggled and moved up to join the others.
- - -
They'd been walking for hours, checking out the vegetation and it was beginning to get dark. Draco was so tired he could barely see straight. When Harry saw him trip over a dead branch and stumble for the fifth time, he called a halt.
"We'll make camp here for the night and continue on in the morning."
"Camp? Here?" Draco gaped.
"Where else would we sleep?" Ron snickered. Hermione was unrolling a sleeping bag, completely ignoring all of them.
"On the ground? With who knows what crawling all over the place?" Draco's voice rose a bit higher. Harry arched an eyebrow.
"Surely His Highness isn't scared of sleeping on the dirty ground?" The way Harry phrased it made it sound like that's exactly what he was afraid of. Draco scowled.
"You fucking wish!" Draco snorted, his expression dark. Remus simply handed him his sleeping bag and he quickly unrolled it.
"Ron and I are going to gather some firewood. Hermione, you're in charge." Harry stated. Hermione nodded, changing the setting on her blaster. Ron and Harry moved off.
- - -
"So...when are you going to tell the silly twat about you?" Ron asked after a few moments, staring at him pointedly. Harry looked at him and sighed.
"Not right now, if that's what you're implying." Harry finally answered, stopping to pick up some dead wood.
"Why? He might treat you a whole lot nicer."
"That's exactly why I don't want to tell him, Ron. I want him to like me for me first and foremost. If I tell him now, he's going to feel obligated to try and impress me or some stupid thing, which will only serve in pissing me off more. No, I'm not going to do it."
"But - "
"No, Ron. I'm ordering your silence on this matter. Is that understood?" Harry scowled.
"As you wish." Ron bowed.
"Thank you, Ron." Harry smiled at his friend and confidant.
"I still think you should tell him." Ron couldn't help adding.
"Ron!" Harry exclaimed, laughing at his friend. "Keep it up and I'm going to tell Hermione where you hide your stash of chocolate."
Ron looked horrified.
"You wouldn't dare!"
"Try me." Harry grinned.
"Damn you, Evans!" Ron groaned. "Fine, you win. I won't say another word about it."
"Again, I thank you. Now let's get this wood back to camp."
"You got it boss!" Ron grinned.
"And stop calling me that!" Harry groaned.
Ron just laughed at him.
- - -
When they got back to camp, it was to chaos. Hermione was crying and Remus was lying unconscious at her feet. Of Draco there was no sign.
"What happened?" Harry demanded.
"They just came out of nowhere! There was so many of them! I couldn't fight them all! They grabbed Draco...I could hear him screaming..." Her voice trailed off and she broke into a fresh bout of tears. Ron went to her side and wrapped an arm around her. Harry knelt down to check on Remus. He came to with a groan.
"Anyone get the number of that comet that hit me." Remus groaned.
"Are you okay?" Harry asked, helping the man sit up.
"Hermione said you were attacked. Did you see who or what it was?"
"No. One minute we were alone, the next it seemed that the trees exploded. I saw nothing but black shadows and pale skin. I heard Draco shouting. He was surrounded by shadows. I went to help him and something caught me in the back of my head. I blacked out shortly after that."
"Dammit!" Harry growled. He quickly tapped his communicator.
"Fred, come in.""Yeah, Boss?"
"We have a situation here. The Ice Has Melted.""Shit! What do you need us to do, Cap?"
"Where are you right now?""In the command center. We were just patching up Hedwig's navigational systems."
"Are they functional?""Yes."
"I want an immediate scan of the area. Find out where the hell we are.""Give me a minute...Scanning now...looks like we've crash-landed on Devil's Island."
The grin that appeared on Harry's face scared Remus and Ron."You don't think..."
"He may be able to help, Fred. We may need to make an emergency escape. Get those repairs done quick as you can and wait for my signal.""You got it, Boss! Fred, out!"
"What's so special about this place?" Hermione wondered.
"You've never heard of Devil's Island?" Ron gaped. Hermione not knowing anything was akin to a sin in Ron's eyes. Hermione shook her head in the negative.
"My dueling instructor is a descendant from a master race of vampires. His clan lives here." Harry told her.
"Is he their ruler?" Remus wondered.
"No. He's more like a commander or a lieutenant. I hope I'm still able to contact him." Harry rifled through his satchel and pulled out a pendant in the shape of a snake. He tapped the eye twice before turning the tail ninety degrees to the left. There was a burst of static and then..."You better have a damn good reason for contacting me, Brat!"TBC...