For once, the Manor was quiet. It seemed as though many of their guests had retired for the night, or maybe they were using silencing charms wherever they were in the house. Narcissa truly did not care at this point whether they were asleep or not. What bothered her was that her husband had not come to bed again. They'd already had a discussion about this very matter and she thought she'd been perfectly clear that no matter what was happening, he need not hide it from her. Trust between the two of them was one of the very pillars that had allowed for their marriage to stand as strongly as it had for so long. Yet she could not find it in her to be angry with him; she had secrets of her own.
It was also difficult for her to be too upset. She knew what was happening and that he was in pain. It crushed her because she knew that meant Draco was suffering for it too. That, perhaps hurt her far more than anything else. Their son was in pain and she couldn't do anything about it. As a mother, it shook her to the very core of her being. As a wife, it wasn't much easier.
Unable to settle in bed, she decided to go looking for Lucius. She knew he was home, and she knew where he would likely be if he was not in their room. Habitual man.. she thought, with only a tiny smirk. She was too upset to feel playful. When she reached the library, it was just in time to see an elf scurry out scared within an inch of its life. It mattered little to her. With all that was on her mind, a frightened elf was the least of her worries. She caught the door before it closed and stepped inside, making sure to close it behind her.
Narcissa walked to where he was, so obviously trying to lose himself in some book that probably hadn't been opened since Draco needed it for school however many years ago. "Put this on your arm," she said, dropping a soft cloth in the middle of his book. "It's been charmed to stay cool. I know it won't take all the pain away, but it should take the edge off. I would've applied it myself but seeing as you've quite forgotten where it is we sleep at night again, well, here we are."