Part Six: Cedric Diggory
In the morning, Jade woke up early to see Draco getting dressed.
"Where are you going?" Jade whispered so she wouldn't wake Sage up.
"I'm going to cut grass. Want to help?" he asked kissing her.
"I don't think so." Jade said smiling and shaking her head. Draco ran his hands through her hair, kissing her.
"On the floor? Quietly?" Draco breathed against her neck. Jade gave a nervous glance towards Sage who was sleeping angelically on the bed.
"I don't want her to wake up and see us." Jade said.
"That's why we'll do it quietly." He said.
He kissed her again and before they could get on the floor, a large hum of a vacuum went off. They broke off the kiss and watched Sage rub her eyes and wake up from her sleep. They heard Alfie's unmelodious singing from downstairs.
"Why? Why is he doing this to us?" Jade nearly cried.
The vacuuming and singing stopped as they heard a doorbell from downstairs. Draco left off and Jade helped Sage out of bed.
"If you weren't on Auror watch, I would have taken you out and let you play in the park or something." Jade said as she brushed her teeth. Sage spit and rinsed.
"It's okay. I like looking around the house and planning booby traps for Alfie." Sage said. Jade smiled and wiped her face with a towel.
"It's mind boggling how you're so much like my family. I think you would like my cousins, Fred and George. They're the owner of-"
"Weasley Wizard Wheezes! COOL!" Sage exclaimed, looking thrilled. There was a knock on the door and Jade opened it to see Rita standing there, four months pregnant.
"Hey! How was the honeymoon?" Jade asked hugging Rita.
"Oh Jade it was so beautiful. The Rainbow Gathering in the Amazon was breathtaking. Too bad I was pregnant, otherwise I would have smoked the-"
"Well Rita, this is Sage. Sage, this is Rita, a good friend of mine." Jade said quickly. Rita gasped and shook Sage's hand.
"You're so beautiful! Look at your eyes." Rita smiled brightly.
Jade, Rita and Sage walked down the stairs to see Shetty and Draco staring at Alfie who wiped the ceiling fan, on a ladder.
"Why? Why? Why?" Jade asked.
"Groovy apron. It's got like flowers and a sun in it." Shetty said. Jade patted Draco's shoulder and kissed his cheek.
"Well I have to head to work in a few minutes. Sorry for leaving them here with you." Jade said. Draco caught Jade's arm and pulled her close.
"You're going to pay me back big time tonight." Draco said.
Jade apparated off to her apartment building to pick up more clothes. She saw her neighbor, Mrs. Jones step outside, looking pleasantly surprised to see Jade.
"Jade! It's been ages!" she said.
"Hi Mrs. Jones, how's Mr. Jones?" Jade asked seeing her nod.
"He's doing well, thank you for asking. What brings you back?" she asked.
"I actually have work and came here to pick up a few clothes. I'll see you tomorrow?" Jade asked seeing Mrs. Jones nod.
"Great to see you again. Oh and by the way dear, there's been a strange man asking for you." Mrs. Jones said seeing Jade open the door.
"Strange man?" Jade asked.
Mrs. Jones went to speak but her eyes moved behind Jade and she pointed. "There he is." She said.
Jade turned around, seeing a painfully handsome man with chiseled features and dark grey eyes. He was unnaturally pale and the first thought that popped into Jade's mind was vampire.
"Hello." He said politely.
Jade gaped at him and he stretched out his hand.
"Cedric Diggory." He said.
As soon as he had said that, Jade felt the fear and panic seize her. She heard about Cedric. She didn't know him very well, since she had never met him but she knew this much; he was supposed to be dead.
"That's not funny, he's dead." Jade said squeaked. Cedric smiled at Jade, exposing his fangs.
"Exactly. Be a polite little dear and invite me into your home." He drawled. A couple of other tall pale vampires appeared behind him, as usual, looking unusually glamorous.
"What do you want from me?" Jade asked.
"The little girl and the joke you nearly married." Cedric said holding up two pictures. One picture had Sage and her parents, both dark haired and wearing glasses. The other one was a very old picture of Alfie and Jade, arms around each other's shoulders, their heads slightly tilted inwards.
"What do you want with them? What the hell is your problem anyways, killing this child's parents?" Jade asked.
Cedric snarled and for a second, Jade thought he was going to step in but couldn't. He couldn't go an inch past the door.
"Sorry I can't invite you in…my place is a mess you know?" Jade said, feeling wholeheartedly cocky.
Cedric didn't move from his place, and neither did that demon glare.
"You're going to get out sometime. And when you do, you better watch your back and that flimsy beautiful neck of yours." He said in a husky voice.
"Okie Dokie. Goodbye now." Jade said.
She slammed the door in their faces and silently screamed at herself.
'Great going Jade. They're going to tear your veins out with their teeth now!' Jade's conscious said to her.
She took out her cell phone and thought seriously about who to call. She could call Draco and have him pick her up, but that meant they were leaving Sage alone and unprotected…under Rita and Shetty's care. Jade couldn't think of anyone else except for Harry, but there were certain complications to that. As much as she liked Harry and thought he was entirely capable of making an army of James Bond look like amateurs; she didn't want him to get hurt because of her. Hermione and Ginny used to mention before how psychologically daunting it was for Harry after Cedric's death occurred.
Jade's phone rang and she flipped it open with shaky hands.
"Where are you?" Harry asked. Jade gasped, feeling relieved to hear Harry's voice.
"Harry!" Jade said in exasperation.
"Are you okay?" he asked immediately.
"Yes. Yes I am. I just…I was working out." Jade said.
"Where exactly are you? I know you're not in Malfoy's house." He said.
"How would you know that?" Jade asked.
"Tracking device. I put it in your purse but I guess you don't have it with you." he said.
"No I don't." Jade said.
The door started rattling and Jade stood quiet with Harry on the other line. The knob turned and Harry stepped in, pocketing back whatever he used to open the door.
"Oh my God." Jade said, placing her hands on her chest. She slid down the wall and Harry walked over to her, wearing a black tuxedo.
"Did I scare you?" he asked. He lightly swept his fingers through her cheeks and ran it against her hair.
"I just thought…someone else." Jade said, seeing him look into her eyes. It was a piercing look, as if he were trying to read her mind. Jade instantly broke the eye contact and pushed him off of her.
"Don't try Legilimency on me. It's not fair-"
"So when I come into your apartment one day to find you murdered, that would be fair?" he asked.
"I didn't ask you to help me Harry. I can take care of myself. If I need you, I'll let you know but just stay out of my head!" Jade said, making eye contact with him again. He fringed his eyebrows slightly and Jade looked away, clasping her hands against her ears.
"La, la, la, la, la, la!" Jade hollered.
She looked at Harry who rolled his eyes and took a seat on the sofa. As she kept yelling, the door opened and Zane walked in with clothes in his hands. He stopped to see Jade yelling with her hands on her ears. Jade immediately stopped, noting that he was somewhat frightened of her and set her clothes on the sofa arm.
"Her…uniform." Zane said backing away.
"Great…are you coming with us?" Jade asked seeing him give her a nod. Jade nodded as well and took her clothes.
"Wait outside." Harry said to Zane.
Jade walked into her bedroom and shut the door, looking at the simple spaghetti strapped black dress, embroidered with metallic chains in a narrow slit between her breasts. Jade slipped the dress on and turned her back to the mirror, seeing that the dress was semi backless. The sides had long slits for her own convenience. Jade applied her own makeup and put her hair up into a messy bun and got into a pair of silver heels. Harry knocked on her bedroom door and Jade opened it, seeing him slide inside.
"I'm ready. Although I have a question, why are we dressed like this?" Jade asked. Harry kept staring at her, leaning against the wall with his hands in his pockets.
Jade felt her cheeks flare and turned back around, spritzing her perfume on her neck and wrists. She watched Harry from the mirror, walking up behind her. He placed a hand on her navel and pressed her back close to his chest. Jade rested her hands on his arm, shutting her eyes as he kissed the nape of her neck.
"I shouldn't have used Legilimens on you." he said. Without a warning, Harry sharply turned her around. He pushed her roughly against the Snitch dressing table and some of the things fell off, onto the floor.
"But if I sense that you're in any kind of danger…I'm going to do whatever I please whether you like it…or not." he whispered. Jade held on to him, feeling her heart beat so hard, her body was moving with it. Harry leaned in and kissed her, running his hands up her bare back and grasp her hair. He pulled her back and looked into her eyes.
"I'll see you in the living room." He said.
Jade took a few minutes to get herself back together before heading out. She rearranged her hair and makeup, grabbed her purse and left the apartment with Zane and Harry. After getting out, Harry took a firm hold of Jade's arm and nodded towards Zane, seeing him apparate.
"Ready?" he asked Jade.
"I don't think so." She said.
Harry grinned and they disapparated off to their location.