Part Six: Bruise Like A Peach
"You know him?" Harry asked, still holding Alfie in the air as he choked and thrashed his legs around.
"He's my ex-fiancé. What in the name of Godric Gryffindor are you doing here?" Jade asked vehemently.
The front door to Draco's house opened and Draco walked out with Sage behind him. He saw Harry holding Alfie by the collar, a few inches off of the ground and Jade right next to him.
"I had a yard party I wasn't invited to?" Draco quipped.
Harry dropped Alfie on the ground and he scrambled up, shaking his light brown hair that always seemed to stick straight up as if he were electrocuted. Jade could see that he hadn't changed at all. Alfie had the same boyish face and his blue green eyes always made him seem younger and innocent than he already was.
"That hurt!" Alfie complained rubbing his neck.
"What are you doing here?!" Jade yelled.
"Nice to see you again cookie." Alfie snorted.
"Don't call me that." Jade growled.
"This was your ex fiancé?" Harry asked looking at Alfie.
"He's been chewing my brains since he came." Draco said to Jade.
"Why is he so mean to me?" Alfie asked taking a few steps backwards. He bumped into Harry who gave him an icy stare and turned around, walking back to Draco who glared at him.
"Why are you here, on the tree branch? Why aren't you in Romania where I left you?" Jade asked.
"There was a nitty Kneazle stuck on the tree and I had to get him off. He's still stuck there, poor thing." Alfie said.
"What are you, five?" Sage asked.
Everyone looked at Sage who had her arms crossed, looking at Alfie like he was stupid.
"Do I look five to you little girl?" he asked.
"Not with those wrinkles." Sage said.
Draco and Jade couldn't help but snort in laughter and Harry grinned. Alfie looked at all of them, flipped his head and pranced off.
"I'm going back in. You have dirty floors." He said.
Jade gasped and looked at Draco who shrugged.
"He's on Auror watch and I was forced to keep him here. I didn't know how to tell you because I know you couldn't stand him." He said.
They heard a small crash and some pots and pans clatter on the floor.
"I'm okay!" Alfie said from inside.
Draco closed his eyes tightly and drew in his breath, calming himself. Sage put her hands to her face and shook her head. Harry only bent his head shaking slightly, smiling, probably thinking that he had to be lucky not to be a part of having to live with Alfie.
"I'm leaving. I'll see you tomorrow." Harry said.
"Tomorrow for what?" Draco asked sharply. Harry cut Draco a look and Jade quickly stepped in between them.
"I'll explain. I'll see you tomorrow Harry." Jade said.
After exchanging cold looks with Draco, Harry left and Jade turned around to Draco who had his eyes on her shirt and pants.
"You look like a Potter." He said. He stepped closer and took a sniff. "You smell exactly like him. You didn't eat him did you?" Draco asked, feigning fear.
"Stop being an arse to me. I had a really bad day." Jade said.
"Really did you? Of course you did. While you were out, humoring Potter, I was inside with that neurotic ex-fiancé of yours. He's been cleaning and scrubbing every single thing we have!" Draco said.
"Aw, you've got yourself the perfect wife!" Jade said.
She faked a smile and walked into the house, seeing that everything was spotless. The carpets were vacuumed, the sofas were clean and the pillows were propped. The wooden floors were shined, waxed and polished, so were all the furniture Draco had.
"Déjà vu." Jade said, reliving old memories of her shared apartment with Alfie.
"What does that mean?" Sage asked looking up and Draco and Jade.
"It means he's retarded." Draco answered with a scowl. Alfie walked into the living room with an apron and pointed at the three of them.
"Shoes off! Cloaks on the rack! Wash your hands and face!" he said.
"Fuck this." Draco said walking in. Alfie gasped loudly and snapped towards him.
"You're putting your germs everywhere!" he said.
Draco picked up a lamp from nearby and sent it flying across the room. It crashed, breaking into tiny little pieces and Alfie slumped against the wall, his face pale.
"I live here so I can put my germs wherever I please. If you even say one word about germs, I'll dig you halfway through the ground and make sure that a Hippogriff defecates on you!" he said. Alfie nodded quickly and Draco walked out, upstairs. Jade shook her head and looked to see Sage mirroring her reaction.
"Come on, let's get you washed up and ready for bed." Jade said taking Sage's hand.
"What about a cookie before bed?" she asked. Jade smiled at her.
"You think just like me. I'm so proud." Jade said. They walked towards the kitchen and Jade took the feather duster from Alfie.
"Go to your room and go to sleep before Draco changes his mind and kills you." Jade said. Alfie sighed and got up from the floor.
"He's abusive and a bully! I can't believe you actually like him, or is it because he slaps you around to make you stay with him?" Alfie asked.
"He's not abusive with me at all. He's a great man and I love him." Jade said seeing Alfie roll his eyes.
"Of course, it's not like those bruises and cuts on your face came from somewhere else. You love the men who beat men like me up." Alfie said.
"Everyone beats you up; even Aunt Muriel does it." Jade said.
"She's still not alive is she?" Alfie asked carefully.
Jade scoffed and walked away with Sage, up the stairs. Jade walked into Draco's bedroom, seeing him working at his desk. Jade handed Sage her pajamas and saw her run off, into the bathroom to change. Jade picked out Draco's old T shirt and a pair of boxers and took off the shirt and pants Hannah gave her to wear.
"What happened to your old clothes?" Draco asked. Jade turned around to see Draco fully turned towards her, his long legs stretched out.
"I took a fall while I was trying to catch Parvati's dog and there was blood and dirt all over my shirt." Jade said, touching her chin absentmindedly.
"How did you get to wearing Potter's clothes?" Draco asked, seeing her slip on his shirt.
"I followed Cho to his building and sneaked in." Jade said seeing Draco nod.
"Of course." He said.
"I used his bathroom to clean up and his housekeeper was nice enough to give me extra clothes…listen, I should apologize. I said some rude things to you that I had no clue about." She said.
Draco got up from his seat and walked over to take Jade's hands. He kissed her forehead and her chin.
"I'm sorry I couldn't make our lives easier and told you the truth from before. I'm also really sorry about accusing you of running to Potter. You know how much I hate him and I hate having you near him." He said softly. Jade nodded, wrapping her arms around his waist.
"He's mental, absolutely nutters and I don't trust him with you." he said.
"Harry wouldn't do anything like that to me." Jade said seeing Draco shake his head.
"That's what you think, but all I know is this; I'm crazy about you…and if something happens to you on Potter's watch, I'll kill him. It's as simple as that." He said.
"Whatever makes you happy." Jade said.
Draco smiled and leaned forward, kissing her. They both moved towards the bed and Draco set her down, mounting on top of her.
"It feels like years after having a fight." Draco said shifting his legs on the sides of her waist.
The door flew open and Alfie walked in with face creams.
"Seriously who wears this type of crap creams? It clogs your pores entirely messes up the tone of your skin! Oh! Were you both getting romantic? I see Jade's never changed. Always the under achiever, if you know what I mean." Alfie jeered.
Jade was astonished and looked at Draco, seeing the vein start bulging, possibly forming into another person so Draco could make twice the damage intended for Alfie. Jade held on to Draco and slowly stood up.
"Stop it." Draco warned.
"She's such a prude isn't she? Like she's never had sex in her life before. This one bloke took her virginity in Hogwarts and she was upset about it while we were together. I don't know if she still does it now but you might want to find out his name and beat his nuts raw." Alfie said rapidly.
"The only nuts I want to beat raw are yours." Draco snarled.
"Hey, I'm trying to help you out here buddy! One question though, does she like those really fun sex positions where you-"
Draco grabbed Alfie by the collar and threw him across the hallway. Alfie crashed and Jade ran out of the bedroom to see Draco walk swiftly over to Alfie to pick him up.
"Don't hit me! I bruise like a peach! I bruise like a peach!" he squeaked.
"Draco don't do it. It's not worth losing your job over." Jade said. Draco was only glaring at Alfie, deciding whether to choose his job or beating Alfie to death. Draco threw Alfie in his room and shut the door locked.
"One more sex joke and I'll turn him into one." Draco said to Jade.
"Absolutely." Jade said taking him away from Alfie's door.
"Just calm down." Jade said. She took him downstairs, into the kitchen.
"Why do I have to be here? I want to go upstairs." He said.
"You sit there and be quiet. I'm hungry, where did Sage go?" Jade asked.
"Here." Sage said walking into the kitchen. Draco picked her up and sat her on a stool in the island. Jade set out two glasses of milk and a plate of Molly's cookies.
"We're running out. Maybe we should make a batch tomorrow." Jade said sitting next to Sage.
"Can I help?" Sage asked taking a cookie.
"Of course you can. You'll be my Mini-Chef." Jade said seeing Sage smile.
"I thought I was your Mini-Chef." Draco winked, taking a cookie.
"You don't look Mini at all." Sage said to Draco who smiled.
"So do other places of me that can speak for itself. Don't you agree Jade?" Draco asked slyly. Sage furrowed her eyebrows, looking confused.
"What's he talking about?" she asked innocently.
"Something he won't have if he doesn't shut up." Jade warned Draco with a smile.
"Why don't you both have children?" Sage asked. Jade stopped eating and looked at Draco who froze.
"Er..." Jade said.
"Is it because you both aren't married?" Sage asked.
"Yes. That's one of the reasons why." Draco said.
"What are the other reasons?" Sage asked. Draco looked like he was having fun, unaware that Jade was starting to get uncomfortable.
"She won't marry me." Draco listed.
"Why won't you marry him? He's a good guy!" Sage said. Jade giggled and pulled Sage on her lap.
"Is he really? Would you marry him?" Jade asked seeing Sage make a face.
"Hey, I'm not that bad. I can do your laundry; I can cook, clean and protect you." Draco said.
"Can you make cookies like these?" Sage asked holding up another cookie.
"Will you marry me if I said yes?" Draco asked her. Sage squealed and covered her mouth in embarrassment.
"Ew! No! I can't marry you!" she said.
"Why not?" Draco asked tickling her feet.
"Because you're too old!" she said. Draco placed a hand over his heart and pretended to look hurt.
"You're the first woman who's rejected me for that." He said. Jade and Sage burst into laughter, making fun of Draco. After they were finished with their milk and cookies, they gave Sage a quick bath, dried her and dressed her.
"And we are ready for bed!" Jade said carrying a laughing Sage to Draco's bed. They settled under the covers and saw Draco walking towards the bed.
"Last one up has to turn off the lights!" Jade called.
"Bullocks." Draco muttered. He turned off the lights and slid into the covers.
"Goodnight." He said kissing Jade as Sage slept between them.
"Night." Jade said.
"Goodnight." Sage said.