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 11.09.2007:
All right...here's the skinny. There's a good chance my internet will be turned off sometime this weekend, which means it's going to wreak havoc with my weekly posting schedule. Since I'm nowhere near done with Chapter 8, I'm giving you chapters 5, 6 and 7 today in case it takes me some time to get a handle on my money situation.
"Hello to you as well, Severus." Harry grinned.
There was a put upon sigh."What do you want, you moron?"
"Well it seems I have a bit of a problem.""Why am I not surprised."
Severus snorted. "What is it now?"
"Well...it seems that something, or should I say someone, that was in my possession is...missing.""Are you telling me that The Famous Retrievers have lost something they'd found?"
The sound of laughter filtered around them and Harry flushed with embarrassment.
"S'not my fault, Severus." Harry muttered."So who's fault should it be?"
"Well...yours.""I beg your pardon?"
"It was members of your clan who stole it.""Why would they do that?"
Severus sounded surprised.
"Their your clan, you tell me!""I will speak to Sylvester myself. I will contact you in a bit."
The eyes on the snake darkened signaling the connection was broken. Harry looked at the faces around him.
"Looks like we wait." he sighed. They cleaned up the damage to their camp and settled in to wait.
- - -
It was almost six hours later when Severus contacted him again."You didn't tell me it was the Prince of Slytherin you were retrieving!"
the man shouted in outrage.
"What happened?" Harry asked."He is alive, if that's what you mean. Why were you sent to get him?"
"He's betrothed to the Heir of Gryffindor. It is my understanding he ran away from the obligation. That's why we were sent." Harry explained."Lucius's idea, I wager. I swear that man hasn't a brain in his head. But his reasoning is sound. The Gryffindor Heir is a powerful young man. Draco would do well under his protection."
"If I can get him there, first.""You are going to need my help to get into The Citadel. That is where he is being kept."
"Shit!" Harry groaned.
"What's The Citadel?" Remus asked.
"It's the main chamber of the head of the clan. It's where he keeps his slaves, concubines, wives and children." Harry told him."Lord Mordechai has Draco close to him. The others are jealous that one so new has curried our Lord's favor so soon. You need to get him out of here and soon or his life may be in danger."
"Where shall we meet you?""The Stone Pillar. You remember where that is, I hope."
"We'll be there.""Make sure you are not spotted or this could turn ugly real fast."
"Understood." Harry ended the connection. "We need to get moving."
"Right." Hermione nodded. They gathered their things and set off deeper into the woods.
- - -
The Stone Pillar wasn't really a pillar at all, but a massive set of doors set into the side of an enormous mountain. Harry could make out the dark form of Severus waiting beside the doors.
"Is that him?" Remus whispered, voice trembling. Harry turned to look at the man and noticed he was sweating.
"Are you all right, Remus?" Harry asked.
"I feel kind of odd, actually. I think I need to stay here."
"If that suits you. Ron, stay with him. Hermione and I will go on ahead."
"Why do I have to stay?" Ron whined.
"Because you're stronger than she is and know this place as well as I do. You know all the hiding spots, she doesn't."
"Oh. Right. Good point, sir." Ron nodded.
"Maintain comm silence unless it's a life or death situation. Got it?"
Both men nodded and Harry urged Hermione forward.
"What's wrong with Remus?" Hermione asked once they were out of earshot.
"I have an idea, but I don't want to say anything yet." Harry replied. Hermione accepted his explanation and remained silent. They approached the dark brooding man waiting for them.
"Severus, this is my science officer, Hermione Granger-Weasley. Hermione, one of my instructors, Severus Snape."
"A pleasure, sir." Hermione nodded.
"Madame." Severus bowed.
"So what's the plan?" Harry asked.
"I will lead you to where he is, after that you are on your own. I must not be involved in any way, else my position be compromised." Severus told him.
Harry only nodded. "What if he finds out it was you anyway?"
"Then my life is forfeit." Severus replied.
"You could always come with us, Severus."
"Thank you for the offer, but my place is with my clan."
"So noble, yet so foolish." Hermione sighed.
"He's been that way as long as I've known him." Harry told her.
"Enough chit-chat. Follow me." Severus turned on his heel and headed inside. Harry and Hermione drew their blasters and followed him in.
- - -
He directed them to alcove overlooking the main hall.
"I should warn you," Severus whispered, "he's not been able to leave Mordechai's side for any reason." Harry took the chance to take a quick peek over the banister and one look was all he needed.
"He's got him chained up like an animal!" Harry hissed angrily. Hermione took a look as well.
"That's not all he's done." she added. All three looked to see Draco on his feet, pacing back and forth. That itself wasn't out of the ordinary. It was the skimpy outfit that drew their attention. It left nothing to the imagination. It was a simple pair of pants, yet it wasn't. They were made of some type of exotic silk in a sheer beige color. They sat low on his hips, showing off his prominent hipbones. As he turned in his stride, Harry could make out his cock and balls and, when he turned again, the rounded globes of his arse through the see-through material.
Harry's mouth must have been open in shock because Hermione reached over and closed it for him. That snapped him out of his daze and he blushed. Hermione simply arched an eyebrow at him. Severus looked between the two and snorted.
"There's a secret passageway behind this statue, leads to right behind that chair." Severus stated. "I'm sure you can find your way out again. I must leave before I am missed. Good luck." And with that, he quickly left their side.
"Dammit, he didn't tell us how to open the passageway!" Hermione hissed. Harry made his way to the statue and pressed the hidden button near the base. The door silently opened and Harry looked at her. "Shut up!"
He grinned and moved inside. They found themselves in a dark passage and by glancing upward, they could see between the latticework of the floor above. There were guards all along the hall and Harry didn't have to repeat his caution for silence.
After various twists and turns, when Hermione assumed they were hopelessly lost, they came to the end of the passage and Harry pulled the torch holder that was there. The door slid open with nary a whisper of sound and they found themselves staring down the twin barrel of a blaster. Harry tensed, until he glanced upward. He silently groaned.
"Dammit, Pansy! You scared the hell out of me!" Harry hissed, as Pansy hauled him out. "What are you doing here?"
"I could ask you the same thing, Potter. Who's your friend?"
"Hermione, Pansy. Pansy, Hermione. Answer my question, Parkinson."
"Severus told me Draco was captured on Mordechai's orders. I'm helping you to get him out of here."
"Why would you help me of all people?" Harry frowned.
"Easy. I love Mordechai and I will kill any man or woman who tries to take him from me. I may not like the fact that he leaves my bed night after night to slake his lusts on his concubines, he is our ruler after all, but I'll be damned if I have to like it. He's become enamored of Draco, too much to my liking and I'd rather see him free then dead at my hands or his. Mordechai can be a bit...rough...on his toys."
"Why are you helping him, is a better question." Hermione whispered.
"Draco was my only friend when we were in school. He saved my life when some of the others found out I was vampire and had me tied up in a room with wide windows. I owe him."
Both Harry and Hermione could understand that type of sacrifice, having done the same for each other on more than one occasion. He nodded at Pansy and she motioned for silence. She took a look around and signaled that the coast was clear.
They moved out of the passage way and she lead them into the main hall where Draco was being kept. She clamped a hand over his mouth and yanked him behind the chair. He almost shouted in outrage until he saw who had grabbed him. Before Harry could ask him how he was doing, he found himself with an armful of nearly-naked, trembling blond. At a loss, he just simply held the man, whispering nonsense words in his ear and stroking his back until Draco calmed down.
Draco realized what he had done and quickly backed away, blushing the whole time.
"Sorry." he mumbled.
"Are you all right?" Harry asked.
"Yeah." Draco nodded.
"Hermione." Harry looked at her. She nodded and withdrew a small laser torch from her pouch. Pansy kept an eye out as Hermione cut through the cuff around Draco's ankle.
"It won't take long before the alarm is raised so we're going to have to run fast. You up for that?" Harry asked Draco.
"Get me out of here and you'll see how fast I run." Draco nodded.
"Got it!" Hermione announced as the cuff fell off. Almost immediately, an alarm rang throughout the compound.
"Shit!" Harry groaned.
"Go now!" Pansy hissed. Harry gave her an apologetic look before hitting her across the head. She fell to the ground, unconscious, and he grabbed her blaster.
"Move!" he told his companions, shoving them back into the passageway.
- - -
They made it back to the doors of the compound with little incident and made a run for it.
"Get to the ship!" Harry shouted when he spotted Ron and Remus. They were up and off before the last word left his mouth. A tree exploded nearby and Harry looked behind him to see Mordechai's human soldiers on their heels. He fired off a couple of shots, grinning with satisfaction when they dived for cover. He yanked out his comm unit.
"Fred! Come in!""Yeah, boss?"
"Is Hedwig ready to take off?""All set, and you will be happy to know that Seamus fixed that damn transference crystal that was giving us so many problems."
"Great! Now would be a nice time to use it!" Harry told him as blaster fire landed close behind him."Locking in on your coordinates!"
Fred stated. Up ahead, Hermione suddenly shimmered out of existence. Harry made a dive for Draco and yanked him off his feet as the bush in front of them was blasted. Not a second later, he could feel his body changing and held on tightly to Draco, eyes closed. The sound of blaster fire faded in the distance and the sudden sound of Hedwig
's engines welcomed him. He opened his eyes and found Fred and George grinning at him. Harry helped Draco to his feet.
"Get us the hell away from here." Harry ordered.
"You got it." Blaise replied, throwing the ship into space. Ginny was eying Draco with a shrewd look.
"What?" he demanded.
"If that's what all the Princes are wearing, I think I need to marry one myself." she grinned. Draco looked down at himself and promptly blushed, running from the room.
"Good going, Gin." Harry replied with a shake of his head.
"You can't tell me you didn't notice." she stated, going back to work. Harry looked off in the direction Draco had run.
"Oh I noticed." he murmured to himself.
"Harry...I didn't want to mention this, but..." Colin caught his attention and he looked at him.
"Spit it out, Colin!"
"Someone is waiting for you in your room. Showed up just before we took off. Said to tell you don't keep him waiting or he'll have your guts hanging in the sun for the buzzards to feed on. Seemed very serious about it too."
"Severus." Harry grinned, pleased that the man did have some self-preservation instinct. "Thanks, Colin. I'll take care of it. Blaise, what's our heading?"
"Four days out from Gryffindor."
"Keep her steady. Keep the shields up and be on guard. Call me if you need me." And he left the room.
- - -
Severus was sitting in front of his comm unit speaking to his parents when Harry entered his room. Lily spotted him and smiled with relief.
"Harry, are you all right?" she asked.
"I'm fine, Mum." he reassured her.
"Severus was just telling us what happened. You'll be happy to know I spoke to Mordechai and he apologizes for his oversight. He didn't realize it was Prince Draco he had kidnapped. But Severus, you are no longer welcome on Devil's Island." James told them. Severus pinched the bridge of his nose.
"I figured as much. Luckily, Master Dumbledore has already offered me a position at Hogwarts Academy." Severus replied.
"All the same, thank you for helping Harry, Severus." Lily smiled.
"My pleasure, My Lady." Severus bowed.
"Severus, I had Luna set you up in a room across the hall. Just place your hand on the console and it will open for you." Harry told him.
"Then I take my leave of you." he stated, bowing once more before leaving the room. James cleared his throat and Harry looked at him.
"How are you and the Prince getting along?"
"He hasn't tried to rake me or my crew over the coals with his words again if that's what you mean."
"He is a bit spoiled isn't he?" Lily chuckled. "I warned Cissa about that. She couldn't help it I suppose."
"He's a decent bloke once you get passed all that." Harry shrugged.
"But you are getting along, right?" James wondered.
"I think we are."
"Good. That's very good."
"You're not angry?" Harry wondered.
"Why would I be son? I'm proud of you."
"But the betrothal?"
"You let us worry about that." Lily told him. "You just keep that young man safe until you get home."
"We're very proud of you, Harry." James added.
"Thanks Mum. Thanks Dad. I love you both."
"We love you as well. We'll see you when you get home." And that was the end of the conversation. Harry stared at the blank screen for a moment, a smile on his face. A chime echoed through the room, signaling someone in the hall.
"Enter." he announced. Remus strode into the room and he didn't look happy.
"Why is he here?" he demanded.
"By him, I'm assuming you mean Severus." Harry said, sitting down to remove his boots.
"Because he suddenly finds himself an outcast of his home. He's taking a post at Hogwarts Academy."
"Did you have to put him in the room next to mine?"
"Is he bothering you?"
"I don't know why! Can't you put him somewhere else?"
"No, I can't. There's only so much room on this ship, Remus."
"Harry. I'm begging you. I throw myself on your mercy."
"Why does it bother you so much that he's here?"
"I just told you why!" the man raged, pacing the room like a caged animal.
"No you didn't."
"Harry!" Remus growled.
"Is it the fact that he's a vampire or the fact that he is your mate that bothers you?" Harry asked. Remus stopped dead in his tracts and stared at Harry as if he'd never seen him before.
"How did you-"
"When we were at The Stone Pillar
, you didn't want to get near him and I noticed you were sweating. You'd been in contact with me, Hermione and Draco already so I knew it wasn't any of us. You could smell your mate and the only other person that was around was Severus. I do know a thing or two about the Were blood in your veins."
Remus sank onto Harry's bed, his hands fisted in his hair.
"You've known all this time what I was?"
"I've been trained to recognize the signs."
"Yet you still let me near you and your crew."
"Remus, you've known me and my family since I was a baby. I trust you." Harry smiled. "So what's stopping you from claiming your mate?"