Part Seven: Sage Malfoy
The next morning, Jade woke up, feeling extremely sick. She spent nearly the whole morning in the bathroom, throwing up and once her morning sickness passed, Jade was able to eat the breakfast that Draco cooked for her. They flew by Sage's orphanage and met with the caretakers, talking to them about Sage's adoption.
"The Minister of Magic actually sent in his letter along with the honorable Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot, Gary Camden." Cathleen, the main caretaker of the orphanage said. "But as much as recommendations go, we only seek what is best for the children and to ensure that they have a secure life with their parents. I see that you both are an unmarried couple?" she said looking at Jade and Draco who glanced at each other.
"Yes…is that a problem?" Jade asked slowly.
Cathleen smiled pleasantly and shuffled her papers.
"Yes…and no." she said.
"Well it's her fault that we're not married. I would have married her a few years ago but she's not normal." Draco said, making crazy motions with his hands around his head.
Jade gave a slow chuckle and playfully punched Draco in the arm as hard as she could.
"Well that's because he's a man whore and took my innocence in a bathroom stall when I was seventeen." Jade said with a smile.
"Excuse me?" Draco asked straightening in his seat. "Is that why you're not marrying me? Because of what I did before? I told you I love you now, why won't you fucking marry me?" he asked.
Cathleen paled at Draco's use of language and Jade tried tuning out Draco from her head.
"Blah, blah, blah." Jade said.
"Yeah, blah, blah, blah. You'd marry Potter but you wouldn't marry me. Mr. I-Think-I-Look-Good-In-Black." Draco said, rolling his eyes.
"Any more Potter bombs?" Jade asked.
"Of course! He leaves love notes every day for her on her door." Draco said to Cathleen.
"Harry Potter? Your ex husband?" Cathleen asked.
"Ah you're familiar with Tall, Dark and Handsome as well?" Draco asked.
"It was a mistake." Jade explained.
"Don't listen to her, she can't be trusted." Draco said voicing over her to Cathleen.
"You shut up; I'm not talking to you." Jade said as Draco interrupted her again.
"Of course you're not talking to me, you never do while you're arguing it's always-" Draco changed his voice to a high shrill. "La, la, la, la." He sang.
"You know what?" Jade started.
"OK! I think this interview is just about done! It was lovely to meet with you both; however there is some bad news you need to know about." Cathleen said.
"What is it?" Jade asked.
"There was a couple that came in a few days ago and they chose Sage to adopt. They've filed their papers, so it is between you both." Cathleen said. Jade and Draco chuckled nervously and leaned towards Cathleen.
"You'll um…choose us right?" Jade asked.
"I think you both are lovely but between unmarried and married couples, we lean towards the married couples." She said.
"That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard." Draco said, crossing his arms.
"Excuse me?" Cathleen asked narrowing her eyes at him.
"You heard him. It's ridiculous! We told you that we love that child. We know everything about her, we've spent time with her and we know exactly what she wants. Just because a couple is married, doesn't necessarily mean that they're happy or their home is 'secure'." Jade said air quoting with her hands.
"But what? You're saying a stupid piece of paper that legally binds two people by law is something that ensures a child's mental, physical and emotional health? If Voldemort and Grindelwald married each other and wanted to adopt a child from your orphanage, you'd chose them over an unmarried couple like us?" Draco asked.
Jade got up, taking her cloak off the chair.
"Come Draco, we'll just have to talk about the Minister about this." Jade said.
"Wait until my father hears about this. He'll close this orphanage down faster than she can reject our application to adopt." Draco said following Jade.
"And to think that we were going to donate all that money after we took out little Sage into our beautiful home." Jade sniffed. Draco put an arm around her and went to leave but Cathleen stood up quickly.
"Wait! Don't leave!" Cathleen said.
"We've been insulted, we're leaving." Draco said but Cathleen ran through her chair, running towards Jade and Draco.
"Please, please sit. I've made a mistake. Sage is entirely yours. I never liked that couple anyway." Cathleen said.
"Really? You'll accept our application?" Jade asked seeing Cathleen nod her head vigorously.
"Absolutely. I don't want any trouble from the Ministry over a child. I know you both love her and you make a good point about knowing her more than anyone else would. She's yours." Cathleen said. She wrote out a short note and sent it out.
"Would you like to see Sage?" Cathleen asked.
Jade smiled as wide as she could and she looked at Draco who grinned back at her.
"We'd love that." Jade said.
They exited the office and walked down the corridors, seeing children playing in their rooms or attending class. Cathleen pushed a small door and pointed to a room of students in a classroom. Some children turned their heads and smiled, trying to be on their best behavior. Jade saw Sage in the front, at a corner desk, listening attentively to the teacher.
"Now can anyone tell me how to add these two numbers?" the teacher asked.
Sage's hand shot up and she nearly fell out of her seat.
"Granger." Draco whispered.
"Miss Hamleigh?" the teacher said. Sage got out of her seat and a few of her classmates snickered.
"Know It All."
"Teacher's Pet." They said.
Sage's face fell and she went ahead, solving the problem on the board.
"That's great Sage; now subtract that value from 72." The teacher said.
"Her mathematical and reading skills are a few levels above this. It's quite extraordinary." Cathleen said quietly as Sage wrote the answer down.
"For extra credit, how would you divide that by 9?" the teacher asked.
"That's easy." Sage said, working the problem out on the board.
"We don't know how to divide! That's not fair." A boy said from his seat.
"You'll learn that next year Gavin." The teacher said.
The children looked at each other, rolling their eyes and making rude remarks about Sage who finished her problem.
"Done." Sage said. Jade and Draco looked over the problem and smiled.
"That's my girl!" Jade said out loud.
Everyone turned around towards Jade and Draco, including Sage.
"Jade! Draco!" Sage gasped.
Jade ran towards Sage and scooped her up in her arms.
"I missed you so much love. I swear I'm never leaving you again." Jade said, kissing Sage's hair. Sage buried herself in Jade's shoulder, sobbing hard.
Jade, Draco and Sage apparated to Bilius's house and knocked on the door to see Aunt Muriel open the door.
"Jade! Look at that, it's little Sage and the ferret!" Aunt Muriel said. She kissed Sage's cheeks and hugged Jade.
"Is Dad here? I have some important news to tell you all." Jade said.
"Uh oh, are you both getting married?" Aunt Muriel asked. Jade clicked her teeth and Draco started shaking in laughter.
"Why do people keep asking us that?" Jade asked.
"Why don't you marry me so they can stop asking?" Draco suggested. Bilius appeared from the kitchen with a fresh steaming chicken stroganoff.
"Jade! Draco! Sage! What are you all doing here so suddenly?" Bilius asked.
"They're getting married!" Aunt Muriel said.
"What?!" Bilius shrieked, letting go of the stroganoff. Everyone watched with awe as the stroganoff hit the floor, crashing. Sauce and chicken splattered all over the floor and Jade felt her heart break along with it.
"NOOOOOO!" Jade thundered.
"Here we go." Aunt Muriel muttered.
"We can still eat it! Hurry! Get a spoon! Save it! There's a ten second rule!" Jade shrieked.
Draco held her shoulders and pulled her back.
"Honey, it's just food. Let it go…it's gone." He said.
"Just food? It's more than food Malfoy but you won't understand!" Jade said running to get a spoon.
"Jade don't do it! She does this every time." Bilius said quickly cleaning up the mess. Jade ran back into the living room, seeing the floor absolutely spotless.
"Where did it go?" she asked.
"Sweetheart, forget about it. I didn't even add salt to it." Bilius said.
"I guess that means I'll have to cook today." Aunt Muriel said.
"So what is it that you came here to tell us?" Bilius asked, pinching Sage's cheeks lightly.
"Well…Draco and I decided to adopt Sage. You're a grandfather now and Aunt Muriel…you're a Great, Great Aunt now." Jade said.
"Oh my God." Bilius gasped, looking at Sage. He looked at Jade who nodded.
"Can you both do that though? You're not married to each other." Bilius said.
"As much as I'd like to be married, no, you don't have to be married. We're her legal guardians and according to these papers we have, her official parents." Draco said.
"I'm a Mum." Jade cried.
"I'm a Granny Man!" Bilius choked. He hugged Sage tightly and she giggled, wrapping her little arms around his neck.
"I'm so glad we actually like her!" Aunt Muriel said, hugging Jade and Draco. Bilius let Sage go who ran towards Aunt Muriel, hugging her.
"My little girl, a Mummy." Bilius said, hugging Jade.
"There's also another news." Jade said pulling back.
"What is it? Are you both getting married?" Bilius asked seriously, looking at Jade and Draco who shook their heads.
"I'm telling you, it's a sign." Draco said, nudging Jade. He took Jade's hand who wiped her face.
"You're going to be a Grandfather again because I'm pregnant." Jade said. Bilius froze and Aunt Muriel let out a cackle.
"You must be doing something right Malfoy! You both are going backwards!" Aunt Muriel said.
Draco grinned, getting bombarded by Bilius who looked so happy, he was about to cry.
"She's pregnant!" Bilius said.
"I heard it the first time Bilius." Aunt Muriel said.
"You're pregnant! I'm having a brother or a sister?" Sage asked excitedly.
"Are you excited?" Draco asked lifting her up.
"I can't wait! I always wanted to be a big sister." She said softly.
"Well you are now precious sugar pumpkin." Bilius said kissing Sage's hand.
"And you're going to be one of the best big sister this baby could ever have." Jade said.
Draco's phone started ringing and he took it out of his pocket, answering it.
"Hello?" he asked. He paused for a few seconds, listening to the caller.
"That's great news. Thank you. All right I will. Goodbye." He said in between a few pauses. He closed the phone and turned to Jade.
"Our house is ready. They finished with construction today." Draco said.
"Wow…that fast?" Jade asked seeing him shrug.
"I have good contacts." He said.
"That's fantastic. Now Sage can have her own little room." Bilius smiled.
"I can decorate her room if you want to." Aunt Muriel started.
"NO!" everyone said.
"Screw you all. I've been polishing up on my Kneazle painting!" she said going up to fetch them.
"We have to go. Quickly." Draco said, starting to leave.
"Go, go! It's too late for me but save yourselves!" Bilius said.
"Love you Dad, tell Aunt Muriel I love her too." Jade said kissing him off.
"Bye darling. Goodbye Sage!" Bilius said kissing Sage's cheek.
"Bye Grandpa!" Sage said waving at him.
Jade, Draco and Sage apparated back to Jade's apartment to spend the night.
"We have a full day ahead of us tomorrow." Jade said as Draco carried Sage to the bathroom.
"What are we going to do tomorrow? Are we moving?" Sage asked.
"We'll go shopping tomorrow!" Jade said running the water.
"We'll probably move in, in a few days. I need to call my personal home stylist to set everything up for us. Maybe you can talk to her to see what you want and decorate Sage's room." Draco said, touching Jade's hair. Jade squirted shampoo on her hands and lathered it into Sage's hair.
"Sure I'll do that." Jade said.
"So I'll set up an appointment with her tomorrow." He said leaving the bathroom to make the call. After Jade was finished giving Sage a shower, she dried her off and tucked her into bed.
"I missed this. I didn't think I'd ever see you again." Sage yawned as Jade stroked her hair.
Draco was lying next to her, watching Jade and Sage. There was something very intimate about this picture. He didn't think he'd be able to settle down with a woman and a child that he wanted to protect with his life. Seeing them, it mattered very much to Draco. Apart from Gary and Narcissa, he cared about Jade and Sage more than anyone else. It constantly reminded him that he was a better father and a partner than his father would have ever been to him or his poor mother.
"Draco, could you get the lights?" Jade whispered when Sage fell asleep.
Draco nodded and turned around, turning the light off. He buried himself underneath the covers and closed his eyes, listening to Sage and Jade sleeping.