For Love of a Slytherin

It's in His Kiss

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Chapter 9 – It's in his Kiss

Harry and Draco woke early the next morning. Both were in high spirits. As they did each day, they showered and chose the perfect outfit for the other. Today, Harry was dressed in a pale green button down shirt with a dark green tank top under it. He was wearing white slacks. Draco was wearing a silver silk shirt with black slacks. When they were done, they entered the common room. Hermione made it a custom to have them stand together each morning and get a picture of them. She was forming a scrap book for them to highlight their new love.

"I have business to attend at the bank," said Harry. "Would you like to come with me Dragon?"

"I would love to," said Draco. "What do we need to do there?"

"Well I have a requisition for the goblins to make something for me," said Harry. "Plus I want to dig around some more in our vault to see if I can find certain relics that I would like to post here in the dorm."

"Oh Harry," said Hermione. "May I join you? I am sure the Head Master will give permission to make it a group thing."

"Get Ron and Ginny and I will speak with Albus at breakfast to get permission," promised Harry.

Hermione hurried to Ginny's room to tell her the news. Ron overheard the conversation and acknowledged that he too would love to join the group on a scavenger hunt inside of Harry's vault. When they were mostly gathered, Harry and Draco led the way to the Great Hall for breakfast. As usual, when they entered, all heads turned to stare at the beauty that both men possessed. Harry approached the Head table as the rest of the group sat down.

"Albus," said Harry. "I have a couple of questions for you."

"I am all ears," said Albus with a smile. "I must say that color does suit you."

"Thanks," said Harry blushing. "I am going to Gringotts today. I was wondering if Draco, Hermione, Ron, and Ginny could come with me."

"I see no problem with that," said Albus. "How long will you be gone?"

"A couple of hours at least," said Harry. "I have a requisition for the goblins of the bank and then we are going on a scavenger hunt in our vault. We are going straight there and back. No deviations."

"You have my full permission," said Albus. "I do not think that Molly would mind as long as her children are with you. Both you and Draco are adults, so that does not pose a problem there. I have already gotten permission from the Grangers for Hermione to go on field trips as it were. Now, you said you had more than one question. What would the other be?"

"I was wondering if we could showcase the sword of Godric Gryffindor in our common room," said Harry. "If you say no, then I will totally understand."

"Let me ponder that and get back with you on it," said Albus.

"Fair enough," said Harry taking his leave to sit at his table.

"That sword has never left the Head Master's office since the day Godric himself put it there," said Minerva looking horrified at Albus.

"I am aware of that Minerva," said Albus. "On the other hand, the sword does rightfully belong to him."

"That is all very well," said Minerva. "We can't let him just break tradition."

"Actually if he pushes the issue," said Albus. "We will have no choice."

"What do you mean?" she asked.

"Harry has more authority here than I do," said Albus gravely. "This is something that he knows. He does not however, choose to act upon it."

"Are you serious?" she asked in shock. "Are you telling me that at any given time, Harry can take over this castle and order us around?"

"Yes I am," said Albus. "Now, aren't you glad that we know Harry would never do anything like that?"

"Yes," she admitted. "His heart is entirely too pure for that, nor does he want that kind of power."

"All he wants is to be normal," chimed in Severus. "I for one would trust Harry with my life."

"Will you give him the sword Albus?" asked Minerva.

"We will just have to see how it is played out," said Albus.

Harry was listening to every word that was said. He smiled at the confidence that both Albus and Severus had in him. He did not fault Minerva for her concerns. It was only natural. Their comments were head on. He did not want the power. He just wanted to love and be loved. Draco squeezed his hand under the table letting him know that he too heard the conversation.

When breakfast was over, Harry and those that would be joining him at the bank walked to the entrance hall. Harry looked around to make sure that no one was watching and then he apparated the group to the entrance of Gringotts. They entered the bank and were immediately met by Griphook.

"Mr. Potter," he said. "It is a pleasure seeing you again. To what do we owe the privilege of your visit today?"

"I came to see if the goblins would make something for me," said Harry.

"Please come to my office and we can discuss it," said Griphook.

He led the quintet to a small office. Draco and Harry sat while the rest stood behind them leaning up against the wall.

"What is it that you would like for the goblins to make for you?" asked Griphook once everyone was settled.

"I want a pair of swords very similar to the one that was made for Godric Gryffindor," said Harry to the astonishment of the group. "Can it be done?"

"Of course it can be done Mr. Potter," said Griphook. "The records for the design are here in the bank. How would you like the swords to look?"

"I need one with a ruby in it," said Harry. "I need a second one with the biggest pearl you can find set into the handle."

Griphook was busy taking notes. He was nodding as Harry was giving the details.

"What will be engraved on the swords?" asked the goblin.

"Harry and Draco Potter," said Harry.

"Will that be on both blades?" asked Griphook.

"Yes," said Harry. "I have no trouble paying for them. I am sure that you will give me a fair price for them. When you have them finished, send me a bill and we can negotiate a price that is more than fair for the goblins."

"It would be an honor to create these swords for you," said Griphook. "Is there other business that you have with the bank today?"

"Yes," said Harry with a smile. "We would like to visit the Potter vault. I received a letter that said you moved everything from my other vaults into that one."

"That is correct," said Griphook. "It was the biggest job that Gringotts has seen in a long time."

"We would like to put a freeze on the Malfoy vault as well," said Harry. "At least until the trial is over. If for whatever reason Lucius gets out of prison again, we do not want him having access to Draco's money."

Griphook looked over to Draco who nodded his head in agreement.

"Very well," said Griphook. "It shall be done."

"There is one very small stipulation," said Harry. "If Mrs. Narcissa Malfoy comes and needs anything, please take it out of the Potter vault. We do not want her being punished for the sins of her husband."

"That is easy to fix Mr. Potter," said Griphook pulling out documents for Draco and Harry to sign.

"Harry that was the sweetest thing I have ever witnessed," said Hermione with tears in her eyes.

"Even sweeter than the ten million galleon account that I opened for you?" asked Harry teasing her with the gold key.

She sat there stunned. Harry and Draco laughed as each young man planted a kiss on her cheeks. She was too shocked to say anything. She took the key from Harry and placed it in her pocket.

"We need to visit the vault now," said Harry to the goblin. "I imagine we will be there for a couple of hours."

"I will have carts brought around for you," said the goblin watching the interaction with interest. "I must say, you are a rare wizard indeed Mr. Potter. Not many would do half of what you have done since you inherited all of your possessions."

"He is definantly unique," said Draco kissing Harry on the cheek. "That is why we love him."

Ten minutes later saw Harry opening the vault. The group entered and began to look at different things. Harry had a list of objects he was specifically looking for. It was not long before he found three of the items. He picked up the swords of Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw and admired the beauty of each. They were identical to Godric's sword in every way except the name and the color of the gemstone in the handle. Harry carried these back to the entrance of the cave. He then proceeded to look around some more. He did not find the four items he was searching for. He did discover some odd looking books. He opened the first one and started flipping through the pages. When he realized what it was, he closed it. He brought the four books and set them next to the swords. Two hours later, they had searched through the entire vault.

"If anyone needs money go ahead and take what you need," said Harry. "We may not be coming back for awhile."

The students took a leather sack and filled it with money. Harry took a special sack and placed the swords and books inside of it. Together they left the vault. The goblins that stayed to escort them back to the surface quickly steered the carts. When they reached the entrance of the bank, Griphook rushed over to Harry.

"Mr. Potter," he aid. "I have talked with the goblins that are in charge of your request. They have come up with the price of one hundred thousand galleons for your swords."

"That is fine with me," said Harry. "Do you need me to sign anything?"

"I have the document right here," said the goblin. "It will be about two weeks before the swords are done."

"That will be fine," said Harry signing the document. "Please have them delivered to Hogwarts for me."

"It will be a pleasure," said Griphook.

Harry smiled at the goblin and he and his group made it to the entrance of the bank. They all held hands and Harry apparated the group back to the common room of their dorm.

"You could have gotten those swords for a lot less than that Harry," said Ron. "Bill works for Gringotts. He would have quoted you a fair price."

"I am sure he would have," said Harry. "What I have succeeded in doing is causing the bank to give me special service from now on. It will be easier in the future to get things done that are needed without a lot of red tape."

"That is true," said Hermione nodding her head thoughtfully. "It also puts trust in you for the goblins."

"Exactly," said Harry. "Could one of you go and let Albus know we are safely back in the castle?"

"That will not be necessary," said Albus entering. "I spotted your return on the map. I was wondering if you all were interested in starting the lesson I had planned early."

"Of course Albus," said Harry. "Why don't Hermione and Ron go and gather the rest of the group."

The two nodded and went off in search of the rest of Team Potter. Draco went around and gathered those that were still in the dorm. They all took their places at their desks and waited patiently for Ron and Hermione to come back with the rest of the team. It was not long before the entire group was present and sitting. Each had parchment and ink and were ready to take notes. Albus stood in the middle of the room.

"Has anyone heard of the term horcrux before?" he asked.

Harry, Draco, and Hermione all raised their hands. Albus nodded his head to them.

"For those of you that do not know what a Horcrux is please pay attention to what I am about to tell you," said Albus. "A Horcrux is the word used for an object in which a person has concealed part of their soul. When you commit an act of pure evil, you split your soul and can contain the fragment into an object outside of the body. That way even if ones body is destroyed, one cannot die, for part of the soul still remains earthbound and undamaged."

"So why are you telling us this?" asked Hannah. "It sounds horrible. I can't imagine anyone wanting to do that to themselves."

"Cant you?" asked Harry quietly. "Can you not think of any one person that would love to get his hands on this information?"

"The Dark Lord," breathed Susan Bones. "We must never let him get his hands on this information. For him to never die would be a disaster. All he would have to do is out live us."

"I am afraid," said Albus quietly. "That Voldemort has already found and used this information."

"How do you know?" asked Seamus.

"I have made it my life project to find out as much as I could about the man was once named, Tom Riddle," answered Dumbledore. "I happen to know that Voldemort has made more than one Horcrux."

"How do you know that?" asked Harry.

"You have already destroyed one," said Albus. "I have destroyed a second."

"So there could be dozens more out there," said Ginny in disgust.

"I don't think so," said Albus.

For the next hour he recounted the conversation he had with his former colleague Horace Slughorn. When he was finished with that part of his story, Harry raised his hand.

"So you are saying that there will be seven total?" he asked.

"Six," corrected Albus. "The seventh one was never made."

"How do you know?" asked Hermione.

"Because Harry is still sitting with us today," said Albus. "You all have heard about the prophecy by now. Voldemort in turn only heard part of it. He was going to turn his potential threat into the final horcrux. I believe that the powers of his mother's blood that died to protect him saved him from the terrible fate. As you know the killing curse rebounded off of Harry and hit Voldemort instead. As I stated earlier, Harry has already destroyed one Horcrux and I have destroyed another. That means there is still four out there."

"I don't understand," said Harry. "How did I kill a Horcrux? I don't even know what they look like."

"Tom Riddle's diary of course," said Albus.

"I remember now," said Harry. "I stabbed it with the basilisk fang in my second year. The diary sort of bled when I stabbed it."

"That is correct," said Albus. "After that night I made it a point to find out as much as I could about Tom Riddle's past. I traced his family tree back using the book I found and went to visit the shack his mother grew up in. I found his grandfather's ring in the rubble."

"But Professor Dumbledore," said Hermione. "There are very few ways to kill a Horcrux. Basilisk venom and Fiendfyre is two ways. How did you kill the Horcrux in the ring?"

"With the sword of Godric Gryffindor," said Albus. "Goblin steel imbibes that which can make it stronger. So when Harry stabbed the basilisk down in the Chamber of Secrets, the sword took on qualities of the venom."

"So it's true then," said Draco. "My lover went down into the Chamber of Secrets and killed a full grown basilisk?"

"I am afraid it is," said Albus. "That is how he managed to save Ginny."

"Had it not been for Fawkes I would have died down there," said Harry getting up and scratching Apollo and Artemis under their chins."

"Well you had better not let me catch you going off by yourself and doing that again," said Draco. "I am glad you saved Ginny, but you should not have gone alone.

"He wasn't alone," said Ron. "I was with him until Lockhart used my broken wand and caused the ceiling to cave in."

"What we need," said Albus bringing the groups attention back to him. "Is for Harry to venture into Tom's mind and see if he can find out where the other Horcruxes are."

"I don't know about that," said Draco nervously. "I don't like the idea of Harry flitting around in the Dark Lord's mind."

"If it can help us then it will be worth it," said Harry. "I have no doubt that Albus will be able to do something if things get out of control."

"You know I will worry anyway," said Draco. "I am scared for you Harry."

"I know my love," said Harry gently taking his hands into his own. "I will be careful. I have to try baby. It is the only thing that will help us get rid of Voldemort."

"What do I have to do Albus?" asked Harry turning to him.

"You would have to employ Legilimency while you are using the connection between you," explained Albus. "We don't want you to stay in there long. Even if you only get the chance to find out where one or two of them are that is better than nothing."

Harry sighed and sat back in his chair. He closed his eyes and concentrated on the link between him and the Dark Lord. When he had the connection open, he entered the thoughts of the most powerful Dark Wizard to have ever lived. He employed a small portion of Legilimency. He did not want to push too much in case the Dark Lord figured out that he was in there. Harry spotted the information he was looking for. He pushed a little further trying to get the locations of all four Horcruxes. He smiled in delight as he finally saw what they were and their locations. He was about to pull out of Voldemort's mind when trouble began.

"Leaving so soon Potter?" said Voldemort. "It would appear that you are having fun. Don't leave on my account. By all means, stay as long as you like."

Back at Hogwarts, Harry's body arched as he slumped forward and started thrashing around. Screams of pain could be heard from Harry as Voldemort tortured him.

"DO SOMETHING," screamed Draco at Albus. "GET HIM OUT OF THERE!"

Albus at first was in shock. He raced to Harry's side and tried to get Harry on his back. Then Draco, Blaise, Ron, and Neville rushed in to assist. Neville grabbed Harry's legs. However Harry was bucking so violently that Neville took a foot to the underside of his chin knocking him out cold. Seamus and Dean rushed in to take Neville's place. Hannah and Susan rushed out to go get help from Severus and Poppy. Minutes later Severus, Minerva, Pomona, Poppy, and Filius rushed in to assist however they could. Ginny was leaning over Harry's chest effectively keeping him pinned to the floor. The Patil twins had their hands over their ears and were crying from the painful screams that Harry was issuing. Hermione was busy trying to bring Neville back to consciousness. Pomona and Filius took over for her and within moments had Neville alert if somewhat shaky. A bruise was forming on his chin where Harry's foot caught him.

"What in the hell is going on here," asked Severus over Harry's shouts.

"I am afraid that I asked Harry to do something that has backfired," said Albus sadly twirling his wand trying to bring Harry back.

"What did you have him do?" asked Minerva with a hand on Draco's shoulder. "Mr. Malfoy, please pull yourself together. Harry will not thank you for losing your head during a crisis."

"I just want Harry out of Voldemort's mind," said Draco angrily. "I have news for you Head Master. He will never be doing this again. Now you had better get him out of there this instant."

"Calm down Draco," snapped Severus trying to hold on to Harry. "Try and project your love to Harry. If he can hear anything it will be that."

Draco closed his eyes and got near Harry's ear. He whispered his love like a mantra into the ear of his heart and soul. His tears fell on Harry's face as Draco begged him to be strong and fight his way out of there. It seemed like ages before Draco's voice finally gave out. He did not know what else to do for his lover. He grabbed Harry's head and kissed him full on his lips. He projected every ounce of love that he had for Harry in that one kiss. During the kiss he let his mind flash the pictures of their date by the lake. He showed Harry with his mind the love they shared the last week in the privacy of their room. He lifted his head and looked at Hermione.

"Play the disc from our first date," he instructed her.

She ran to their room and the song that they first danced to flowed to the common room. Draco let more tears fall onto Harry's face. He once again pressed his lips passionately onto Harry's with grim determination. A golden glow surrounded the two men. Those that were holding on to Harry had to move and shield their eyes. The glow lasted for a few minutes. When it finally died out, Harry had his arms wrapped around Draco and was kissing him back with fierce passion.

"What was that?" asked Pomona.

"A soul bonded pair," said Hermione with a smile on her face.

"I beg your pardon?" asked Pomona. "What are you talking about?"

"Harry and Draco have each vowed to die for the other," explained Hermione. "They have come close to it already. Each has defended the honor, integrity, and love of the other. Bondings of this nature are extremely rare. They can only happen in same sex couples. Even though it is normal for same sex couple to be in the magical world, a couple binding doesn't happen often."

"How do you know that?" asked Minerva looking over fondly at Hermione.

"They do not call me the book worm for nothing," said Hermione with a grin. "I read it in a book of course. Here, let me show you."

She got up and went to the book case by the far side of the wall. She scanned the shelf for a moment and pulled down the volume she was looking for. Quickly she opened it to the correct page and handed the book to the others to read. While they were doing that, she gently nudged Harry and Draco with her foot. Both were very red in the face as they got up. Draco helped Harry sit in his chair and then sat in his lap and put his arms around his neck. The rest of the group all read the history in groups of two and three. When all of them had finally read it, Hermione closed the book and returned it to the shelf.

"That is simply amazing," said Minerva.

"Harry I owe you the biggest apology that I can possibly give," said Albus. "I asked you to do something that was highly dangerous. It was wrong of me to do it. Draco I owe you an apology as well for putting Harry in that danger. I swear a wizard's oath to never ask you to do that again."

"Thank you Head Master," said Draco. "That means a lot to me."

"What actually happened?" asked Ginny.

"I will not go into the horrifying details," said Harry holding Draco tighter. "Let's just say that he has shown me every horror he could drag up in my life starting with my parents and ending with Draco. I do know where his Horcruxes are though."

"YOU were actually able to get that information?" asked Hermione impressed. "Well done Harry."

"Did he say Horcrux?" asked Filius fearfully.

"I am afraid so," said Albus. "Voldemort has created six of them. I asked Harry to enter Voldemort's mind to find the location of the remaining four."

"So where are they?" asked Ron. "The sooner we know is the sooner we can find and destroy them."

"One will be very easy to obtain," said Harry. "One of them is called the Lost Diadem of Rowena Ravenclaw. Does that mean anything to anyone?"

"It is her personal headdress," said Luna. "It is rumored that she cast a spell on it to enhance the wisdom of the wearer. It disappeared right before her death."

"Very well said Miss Lovegood," said Albus. "Ten points to Ravenclaw. Where is the Diadem now Harry?"

"In the room of requirement," he said. "It is here in the castle. That is the one that will be easy to acquire."

"Where are the other three?" asked Dean.

"One is at Gringotts," said Harry. "It's the cup of Helga Hufflepuff. It is not in the Potter vault though. It is in the Lestrange vault."

"We will work on that," said Albus. "Where and what is the next one?"

"Slytherin's Locket," said Harry. "It is in some cave in the middle of the water."

Harry quickly conjured an image of the three relics that they were looking for.

"Harry," said Ginny. "That locket was in the trash bag at Number 12 Grimmauld Place. Sirius threw it out."

"I remember now," said Harry. "We could not figure out how to open it. Now I know why. You need to be a parseltongue to open it. That locket could be anywhere by now."

"Kreacher had a habit of stealing the heirlooms back," reminded Hermione. "Maybe this was one of them."

"Kreacher," called Albus and watched as the old elf popped into view.

"Master called?" he said bowing to Albus.

"Did you take that locket from the trash?" asked Albus pointing at the image of the locket.

Kreacher's eyes got wide. He threw himself on the floor and started screaming.

"BE QUIET," snapped ten different voices.

The elf looked around and realized that many purebloods had given him a direct order. He glared at Harry.

"Don't even say it," said Harry in a warning voice. "My blood is purer than yours. Now where is the locket?"

"Master Regulus gave it to Kreacher," sobbed the elf. "I failed my master."

Albus coaxed the entire story out of Kreacher.

"You did not fail," said Harry. "You were just unable to complete the command. I am the only one that has the power to destroy the locket. If you go get it, I will help you complete your mission."

Kreacher looked at Albus who nodded his head. With a pop, the elf vanished.

"While waiting on him to return," said Albus. "Why don't you tell us what and where the last Horcrux is?"

"It is with Voldemort," said Harry. "It is his snake Nagini. She is the last Horcrux."

"Getting to her will be a problem," admitted Albus. "If you do not mind my asking, what helped you get out of Voldemort's head?"

"Draco," Harry said pointedly. "It's in his kiss. Every time I kiss him I feel the electricity that passes between us. So when he kissed me, I could feel my body calling to me because of the emotions his kisses give me. I could hear his words encouraging me to fight. I wonder if there is a song we can add to our collection about this experience?"

"I think I have the perfect one," said Hermione running to her room.

She reappeared a few moments later with a disc in her hands. She flicked her wand and it started to play.

I don't want another heartbreakI don't need another turn to cry, noI don't want to learn the hard wayBaby hello, oh no, goodbyeBut you got me like a rocketShooting straight across the sky

It' s the way you love meIt's a feeling like thisIt's centripical motionIt's perpetual blissIt's that pivotal momentIt's, ah, impossibleThis kiss, this kiss, unstoppableThis kiss, this kiss

Cinderella said to Snow White"How does love get so off course, ohAll I wanted was a white knightWith a good heart, soft touch, fast horseRide me off into the sunsetBaby I'm forever yours"

It's the way you love meIt's a feeling like thisIt's centripical motionIt's perpetual blissIt's that pivotal momentIt's, ah unthinkableThis kiss, this kiss, unsinkableThis kiss, this kiss

You can kiss me in the moonlightOn the rooftop under the sky, ohYou can kiss me with the windows openWhile the rain comes pouring inside, ohKiss me in sweet slow motionLet's let everything slideYou got me floating, you got me flying

It's the way you love meIt's a feeling like thisIt's centripical motionIt's perpetual blissIt's that pivotal momentIt's, ah subliminalThis kiss, this kiss, it's criminalThis kiss, this kiss

It's the way you love me babyIt's the way you love me, darlin', yeah

It's the way you love meIt's a feeling like thisIt's centripical motionIt's perpetual blissIt's that pivotal momentIt's, ah subliminalThis kiss, this kiss, it's criminalThis kiss, this kiss

It's the way you love me babyIt's the way you love me darlin', yeah

It's the way you love meIt's a feeling like thisIt's centripical motionIt's perpetual bliss

The room started dancing to the song. Even Albus and Minerva were shaking it for the rest of the group who all laughed and applauded.

"I guess that is one more song for our collection then," said Harry. "Who sings it?"

"Faith Hill," said Hermione. "She is in the first song you danced to as well."

"It seems her music pretty much describes our relationship," said Harry to Draco who nodded.

"It sure does Lover," he said.

AUTHOR'S NOTE – Ok I can't resist adding love songs to a love story. If you all want me to quit just let me know. Trust me when I say that I am choosing the songs very carefully. Please keep sending me those wonderful reviews.

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