Part Six: Same Song, Different Variation
"Madame Rosmerta was a powerful witch and an incredibly powerful woman. She was one of the kindest people I have ever come across and gave jobs and a home to women who really needed it in her pub. She was close to all of us and made a significant impact in our lives one way or another. She had battled the Great War against the Dark side bravely and has left the world with her nobility and courage. Madame Rosmerta will be greatly missed but she shall be alive in our hearts for as long as we all shall live." Dumbledore said.
Jade got up from her seat and placed the first white rose on Madame Rosmerta's cherry wood coffin. She watched as others placed their roses in and received their condolences on Madame Rosmerta's death. Jade thanked everyone for coming and let Draco drop her to her apartment.
"If you need anything at all don't think twice to call me." Draco said tucking her hair behind her ears. Jade nodded and he kissed her softly.
"Take your time. I love you." he said.
"I love you." Jade said hugging him.
"I'll see you. Take care." He said. He gave her one final kiss and left after she closed her door.
Jade locked her door and sat on her sofa, listening to her empty apartment. She closed her eyes and lied back on her sofa, thinking about Madame Rosmerta.
"Stop worrying about me. I'm absolutely enjoying the view from here." Madame Rosmerta said behind her bar. Jade sat on a stool as Madame Rosmerta poured her a drink.
"If this was meant to be, then it was. You can't change fate sweetheart. But please do run my bar well for me and don't let any of those sodding bastards in to take advantage of my girls! Especially you! We're women of power!" Madame Rosmerta said lifting up her drink.
Jade smiled and lifted her drink, seeing Madame Rosmerta toast with her.
"To life, death and the things in between." She said.
Jade's dream was broken off by someone touching her face. She looked up to see Harry standing over her.
"You were having another dream." He said. Jade sat up and Harry sat next to her. "I'm sorry for your loss." He said quietly.
Jade nodded, feeling her lower lip tremble. Harry pulled her to his chest and wrapped his arms around her, waiting until she finished crying.
"She was like a mother to me." Jade said low enough for Harry to hear.
"She's dead…and there's nothing I can do anymore to stop her from leaving." Jade whispered. She listened to Harry's heartbeat, increasing its tempo.
"I know exactly how you feel." He whispered.
She fell back into silence again, feeling his heart pulse in her ear. She knew what Harry was thinking about. The only death that Harry couldn't seem to recover from was Sirius's. She was told how close Sirius was to Harry and how devastated Harry was when he had died. He never completely recovered from it and chose to isolate himself from the rest of the world except those close to him and avenge Sirius's death by protecting innocent people from the dark wizards or forces that would take away a loved one from an innocent little boy or girl the same way Sirius was taken away from him. Jade spoke to Harry intimately about the subject twice before but never prodded deeply into it.
She fell asleep on Harry and woke up the next morning alone in her bed, in her apartment to a brand new day. Jade walked into the empty Three Broomsticks, looking around the pub. Tables were set, the bar was gleaming and the floors were clean.
For a couple of months, her hopes were set high, thinking that Madame Rosmerta was going to come back to her pub. Jade had made sure that every night she left the pub clean so Madame Rosmerta can be welcomed properly. Today and the rest of the days ahead, she wasn't going to come back. The door of the pub opened slightly and Jade turned around to see a couple of middle aged wizards looking in.
"Is the pub open today?" one of them asked. Jade took a deep breath and looked over the pub. She looked back at the wizards and gave them a smile and a nod.
"The pub is open today." She said. At the end of the day, Draco came to visit and Jade closed up the pub.
"How was your day?" he asked. He kissed her gently and ran a hand through her hair.
"I'm absolutely tired. How about you?" Jade asked seeing him shrug.
"Stupid paperwork was driving me crazy. I bought dinner for the both of us and some wine." He said wagging his eyebrows. Jade smiled and shook her head.
"Leave it up to you to make my nights drunk and special with a very bad hangover the next morning." Jade said locking the pub.
"But the sex is great." Draco said lifting her into his arms.
"When I can remember it." Jade said. Draco and Jade apparated back to his house and skipped dinner and wine, going straight into the bedroom.
"I feel so much better." Jade muttered, closing her eyes as Draco kissed down her bare back.
"Just go to sleep. Give yourself a few days and it'll get better." He said turning her around. Jade pressed her face against his neck, feeling his warmth enclose her entire body. She closed her eyes, falling asleep to Draco's heartbeat. Falling asleep from listening to Draco and Harry's heartbeats were completely different yet the same. Both men carried the same song but played a different variation.
The ringing of Draco's cell phone interrupted them and the both of them woke up to see Draco's cell phone on the nightstand.
"It's…I don't know…what's the fucking time?" Draco asked angrily.
Jade pulled herself up and looked at the clock that was covered with her shirt. She pulled it off and gave a rough sigh.
"Three in the fucking morning! People sleep at this ungodly time. The dead even sleep at this time. WHAT?"! Draco asked answering his phone. Jade watched him listening to the other person on the line while glaring at the sheets.
"Fine. I'll be there in two minutes." He said. He snapped off the phone and quickly got off the bed.
"What's going on?" Jade asked seeing him pull his pants up.
"Double homicide and they're suspecting it's the work of a vampire." Draco said. He slid on his shirt and grabbed his wand. "I'm sorry for leaving you in the middle of the night." Draco said kissing her.
"You usually don't apologize to the women you leave in the middle of the night." Jade said seeing him grin.
"That's because I don't like them as much as I like you. The house is yours. Do whatever you want and don't forget to feed Jerry." Draco said.
"Sixteen years and I haven't missed giving him a single meal…not unless he was with you of course." Jade said.