Part Six: Alfie
"I swear! I didn't do anything! If you're going to kill me I won't go down without a fight!" Jade said bracing herself. Harry looked darkly amused with his hands in his pockets.
"You'll fight me?" he asked, his tone heavily doubting her.
"Hey lad, I work out." Jade said trying to sound threatening. Her voice was so shaky and high pitched; she was dubious that it was working on Harry.
"Go on…hit me." He said grinning at her. Jade lowered her hands and looked at him suspiciously.
"Why?" Jade asked.
"I'm giving you a free hit. Go on." He said.
"You're insane. I'm not going to hit you." Jade said backing away from him.
"Why not?" he asked, advancing towards her.
"I'd never hit you. Not like I can but…it would be nice if you let me go. I'll speak of this to no one and we'll be happy and on our merry day." Jade said. Harry narrowed his eyes and took his hands out of his pockets.
"Too late…you're in my mercy now." He said. Jade widened her eyes.
There was only one thing she could do. She turned around and went to run, only to crash into a wall and stagger back into Harry's arms again.
"Ow…my face." Jade whimpered, touching her bruised cheek.
"Sometimes I worry about you." Harry said looking pained.
He picked her up in his arms and walked back to the wooden door. He pushed it open and walked into a spacious flat. They walked into the living room which was lit dimly. Harry set Jade down on the ivory leather sofa and walked away for the first aid kit.
There was an enormous television propped on a dark wood stand and a small place where Harry put his keys and notes. The floor was made out of rich cherry wood Jade had ever seen and everything smelled just like Harry. Jade looked behind the sofa and saw a vibrant rectangular wooden framed painting. The furniture were neutral touches to the dark and calming apartment. Everything in his apartment was masculine yet elegant and reminded her so much of Draco, except she felt more different in Draco's house; it felt like home. Harry came back with a first aid box and turned on the wooden table lamp beside him.
"So when did you know I was here?" Jade asked as Harry wiped her cheek and chin with an alcohol wipe.
"Approximately 50 meters away. We have alarms too." He said. He threw away the wipe and took out a salve.
"So why didn't you just tell me 50 meters ago to go home?" Jade asked.
"When have you ever listened to anyone about warnings before? And I wanted you to come to me." He smiled. Jade glowered and Harry clicked his teeth.
"I have to say, the moment the camera monitors called me to tell me you were downstairs already in and I was impressed." He said.
"You would have been even more impressed if I actually didn't get my cloak caught in the gates. Sorry about that." Jade said. Harry finished dabbing the salve and wiped his hands with a tissue.
"They went to deal with you…luckily Ryker was there with them and stopped them. If he wasn't there and something happened to you, this world would have a few less men walking around in it." He said. Jade shuddered and Harry continued.
"I told them that as soon as you walked into the elevator, to make sure it takes you up to my floor." He said.
"How come it doesn't show on the elevator?" Jade asked.
"You need a key. No one can come up here except for me and Hannah." He said. Jade's eyes flashed and she quickly scanned the apartment with her eyes for a woman.
"Hannah?" Jade asked seeing Harry sit back in his seat.
"Does it bother you that I have a woman over in my apartment from time to time?" he asked casually.
Jade couldn't help but feel a little stung by his question. She didn't know what to think actually. For a good reason, she didn't like to know that Harry was seeing a woman that had the key to his top secret floor in his top secret apartment. She felt insecure and confused about Harry again to think that she had to share him with someone else. This was probably what Harry must have felt like to share her with Draco; which gave her an unpleasant feeling.
"It doesn't bother me at all. It's your life, your apartment, your building. Do what you want, I'm fine." Jade squeaked. Harry raised his eyebrow and Jade started to get up.
"I have to go, I have…stuff-" Jade was cut off by a knock at the door.
"That's Hannah." Harry said getting up. Jade made a face and mimicked Harry grotesquely behind his back.
"I saw that." Harry said not turning around. He opened the door and a middle aged woman with short platinum blonde hair wearing a black business suit walked in. She was very attractive and had a kind face with sharp features with stunning ice blue eyes.
"Jade, this is Hannah my housekeeper. Hannah this is Jade." Harry said.
"Oh I didn't know you had a guest over. Should I bring in dinner for two?" she asked setting the silver tray down. Harry turned around to Jade and gave a small jerk with his head.
"Are you going to have dinner with me?" he asked. Jade stared at Harry and Hannah, unable to speak.
"Should I call my husband? She looks quite pale." Hannah said looking worried.
"Bring up another tray of food." He said. Hannah nodded, concerned about Jade. After Hannah left, Harry closed the door, seeing Jade take a seat on the sofa.
"Are you going to be okay? You looked like you were about to faint." He said kneeling down in front of her.
"Yeah…I'll be okay." Jade said.
Harry looked down at her shirt, seeing it bloodied and dirty. Jade's cell phone rang and she dug through her pockets, pulling it out. She looked at the display, seeing Draco's name and sighed roughly.
"Are things souring between our favorite Malfoy's?" Harry asked sitting next to Jade.
"Yes, what do you want?" Jade asked answering the phone.
"It's nighttime, where are you?" Draco asked sounding angry.
Jade wanted to go entirely ballistic on Draco and yell and scream at him for their previous conversation but stood calm in front of Harry.
"I'm sorry, was I supposed to come home before curfew…father?" Jade asked.
"Jade. Just for once stop being unreasonable. We need to talk so just please come home so we can straighten things out." He said. Jade glanced at Harry who watched her sharply and she smiled.
"I love you too and we'll talk about this when I come back." Jade said tightly.
"This isn't right…who else is there with you?" he asked.
"No one." Jade said.
"Potter…Potter's there with you isn't he? Merlin's goddamn wand, Jade, why do you always go running to him whenever we get into one small argument?" he asked.
Jade got up and walked out of Harry's flat into the hallway. She closed the door to his flat, leaving Harry in and started to yell at Draco.
"Honestly I don't know what your problem is Malfoy but I don't go running to Harry every time you decide to be a royal pain in the arse to me. If you rewind earlier up today, you asked me to move out of your house. Why? All of a sudden? You couldn't even tell me why I had to move out in the first place, you just dropped it right into my lap. When you're ready to grow up and have a civilized conversation without calling me a cheating whore just give me a ring." Jade said.
She snapped off the phone and looked up to see Hannah walking towards her with a tray.
"I'm really sorry Hannah but I have to go. I'm dirty, my shirt is bloodied…I'm bloodied." Jade said.
"I can get an extra shirt for you. I know your size." She said.
The door opened and Harry stepped out, his arms crossed.
"I was just telling Jade that I could give her an extra shirt to wear." Hannah said.
"That's a good idea." He said to Hannah. He looked at Jade and opened the door wider for her.
"Get in." he said.
Jade obeyed and Hannah left to get Jade's shirt. Harry grabbed Jade by the arm and firmly pushed her into the bathroom.
"Harry I need to go home, Draco wants me home and-"
"If he sees you walk in with a bloody torn shirt, he'll come after me and things you won't like what happens next." He said. "Shower, get dressed, have dinner and I'll drop you back to Malfoy." He said.
He closed the door before Jade could fit in another word. Jade stood for a few minutes in the bathroom, seething silently to herself. She pulled off her clothes and turned on the shower in Harry's elegant bathroom. It felt like she was stepping into the picture on an ad, advertising bathrooms. There were golden taps on the smooth glistening marble counters. The Terra Cotta tiles on the walls and floors gave the bathroom a rustic look, yet tastefully posh. There was a wide clear mirror hanging on the wall, over the extended counter where there were complimentary soaps and lotions. Jade looked at herself in the mirror and nearly let out a scream. She looked like Death had run over her ten times and back.
Stepping into the shower, Jade grabbed the soap from the holder and lathered it up, breathing Harry's scent in deeply. Smelling the powerful and alluring scent of musky leatherwood, black pepper, and violet overwhelmed her senses and nearly made her slip and fall in Harry's tub. After spending a half an hour, using Harry's soap, shower gel and shampoo, Jade rinsed herself off and stepped out of the bathroom and grabbed a towel from the stack of towel holders on the wall. She dried her hair and heard Harry knocking on the door.
"Yeah?" Jade asked opening it an inch.
"Your clothes." He said handing it to her. He pushed the door gently and Jade pushed back.
"Don't try it." Jade said seeing him grin. He let go and she shut the door, dressing up quickly before Harry changed his mind and attacked her this time.
Jade walked out of the bathroom in black pants and a snug black shirt with her dirty clothes in her hands. Harry who was sitting on the sofa, got up and walked her to the small dining table where their food was waiting. They both took a seat and started on their dinner.
"I thought you were supposed to be in Romania?" Jade asked taking a piece of her smoked salmon.
"Nothing's going on in Romania. It started there but migrated all the way in our area." Harry said.
"Does he have a name?" Jade asked.
Harry shook his head and clenched his fist tightly. He was hunched over his plate, obviously irritated that he hadn't yet caught whoever was behind this. Jade placed a hand over his, feeling him pick it up and kiss it. They finished their dinner silently and Jade's eyes kept sweeping across the table, looking for dessert.
"You're looking for dessert aren't you?" Harry asked seeing Jade look up, biting her lip.
"How else do you keep your blood sugar level normal? You eat all this crap." Jade said seeing Harry cock an eyebrow and look away from her as if she were a lost case.
"You wiped your plate clean; don't act cheeky with me." He said. Jade got up from her seat and Harry caught her hand, getting up with her.
"Do Ron and Hermione know about this building?" Jade asked seeing him nod.
"They know but they never visit unless it's an emergency." He said. Jade nodded and Harry leaned back against the wall with one foot propped against it, still holding Jade's hand.
"I picked this location myself, not only because it's convenient for me to get to the Ministry and anywhere else but this is the place where my parents were murdered." He said.
"Godric's Hollow, why would you have your headquarters here?" Jade asked softly.
"I wake up every day without forgetting what happened to my parents and everyone else affected during Voldemort's time. What better place can give you motivation like this?" he asked.
Jade looked on at him, admiring what he did everyday for people like her. Even though some of the things he did that he didn't want Jade to know about were quite scary, it was better off that way.
"So you catch underground criminals in here don't you? This is nice." Jade said seeing Harry smirk.
"Can I see all the levels?" Jade asked.
"Maybe one or two."
"What about three, four, five, six and seven?" Jade asked.
"Those are for big people to play with. Not you." Harry said. Jade frowned and took her hand away from Harry. She placed her hands on her hips and tapped her foot.
"You look good in my uniform." Harry said. His eyes grew dark from the playful emerald green he had on earlier and Jade suddenly felt uncomfortable to where this was leading.
"Nah…black really isn't a good color on me. Makes me look more like a vampire." Jade said skittishly.
"Maybe you should work for me." Harry said turning her around pressing her against a wall.
Jade gulped and Harry grinned, stepping back.
"Every time." He said.
Jade's phone rang and Harry picked it up from the table and handed it to her.
"I'm coming, stop getting your knickers in a twist!" Jade said.
"I will if you won't let Potter twist yours." Draco said hotly.
Jade closed the phone and gave Harry an incredulous look.
"Men! Unbelievable!" Jade said.
"I told you I was better." He said. Jade and Harry walked out of his flat and down the elevator.
The elevator stopped on the third level, seeing Blake and Peyton walk in.
"Mr. Potter." They said nodding at Harry who nodded back.
"Mrs.…Potter?" they said weakly. Jade blushed seeing Harry flash a smile at her.
"Mr. Potter there has been a file from the management of a famous muggle band from America, The Arizona Sisters. Unfortunately some of our men are unable to travel and Zane…can't because of his child." Blake explained.
"Why can't you both go?" Harry asked Peyton and Blake both reddened and cleared their throats.
"By both muggle and magic Ministry law, we are not allowed to travel outside of England-"
"Stop. Try to see if anyone else is willing to step in. They're three teenage girls for fuck's sake." Harry said.
They reached the parking level and stepped out.
"We'll try again but the managers of the tour and band requested they meet with you." Blake said handing Harry a file.
"Set up an appointment for tomorrow morning." Harry said. They nodded and left quickly, leaving Harry and Jade in front of the Porsche.
"What happens if you can't find anyone for this job?" Jade asked getting into the Porsche. Harry snapped on his seatbelt and started the car.
"I wouldn't be able to do it. They'd have to find someone else for security." He said.
"You do security as well?" Jade asked.
"Catching criminals and high quality protection service for the people." He said.
"You sound like an advertisement for superheroes." Jade said seeing Harry smirk.
He turned towards the gate and rolled up slightly. Jade noticed that her cloak wasn't stuck anymore between the gates. A man in black, lean and thinner than the rest of Harry's men walked up with a small headset attached to his head. He walked towards the car and Harry pressed a button that made Jade's side of the window descend.
"Your cloak Ma'am." He said handing the cloak to her.
"Thanks." Jade said burning in embarrassment.
He gave her a brief smile, friendlier than the rest and stepped back, pointing to the gates with his wand. The gates opened and Harry drove off, out of the building. Jade and Harry fell into a comfortable silence during the ride home. Jade looked out of the window, appreciating the nearly nonexistent sounds of the engine running. The phone rang and Jade rolled her eyes.
"It's mine." Harry said. He flipped his phone and answered it. He stood quiet, listening to the caller.
"Cancel it and return their money." He said. He closed the phone, his eyes hard.
"What's going on?" Jade asked.
"I'm short a person for the security management for the Arizona Sisters." He said.
Jade didn't respond. She only chewed her bottom lip, thinking of one possible way to resolve it but she was too scared to ask Harry.
"Just ask me if you want to join; I'm not Malfoy, I won't bite you." he said.
"How did you know I was going to ask?" Jade asked.
"I find your silence easier to read." He said.
"That doesn't make sense at all." Jade said looking confused.
"Makes sense to me babe." He said. He turned the corner into Draco's neighborhood and stopped the car.
"So…can I do it? Can I help you?" Jade asked.
"I'll pick you up tomorrow." He said.
"Good I'll just-" Jade stopped when she saw a branch over Draco's house move. A shadow of a man, creeping towards the house, against the branch set showers of chills through her entire body. She immediately threw open the door and ran out with her wand.
"Petrificus Totalus!" Jade shouted.
The spell missed the man who fell out of the branch and landed on the ground. Harry grabbed the man up with his hand and Jade gasped at who she saw under the moonlight.