Part Seven: Real Women Propose
In the morning, Jade woke up, smelling freshly brewed coffee and the cartoons on the television. She sat up on her bed, blinking and Draco walked in with a cup of coffee in his hand. He was dressed for work, wearing a navy blue button down shirt and beige pants. His short blonde hair was mussed back and he stood against the wall, watching Jade.
"You look pretty." Jade said seeing him flash a grin. Jade reached out her hands for his cup and he walked over, handing it over to her. He pressed a kiss on the top of her head and sat down next to her.
"I was thinking about a few things this morning." He said, brushing his fingers against the top of her knee.
"What about?" Jade asked.
"Sage and the baby we're going to have." He said.
Jade smiled, still sipping on her coffee.
"And how much I love you." he said looking at her.
Every time he told her that he loved her, it would be a new rush of feelings and love going through her. Now that she was pregnant, that rush came back ten folds.
"I know I nag about us getting married all the time but now that I think about it…it doesn't really matter that much to me." He said. "I have you and the kids…I have a family." He said. Jade felt her tears well up and Draco kissed her. "That's why from now on, I won't nag or push you about marriage. We don't need it." He said.
Jade didn't know what to say. She simply gaped at Draco who sighed and got up.
"I love you and I'm late for work. I'll see you later tonight? Make sure you meet with the home stylist!" he said. Jade nodded and got up, following Draco out of the bedroom.
"I'm going to work Sage!" Draco said going towards Sage who stood up on the couch and jumped on him. "Be good, no pranks. Mummy's pregnant so take care of her for me ok?" he asked, carrying her towards the door.
"Don't worry, we're going shopping today. Flower!" Sage said when she saw the rose and note on the door.
"Don't touch it love, might have some kind of a rotten jinx." Draco said scathingly. He ripped the rose and note off, stuffing it into his pocket. "Bye." He said kissing Sage.
"Bye Daddy." She said. Draco set Sage down and wrapped his arm around Jade's waist.
"I love you." he said softly.
"I love you more." Jade said kissing him.
Draco smiled and left, waving at them. After he left, Jade and Sage got quickly ready to go to Hogsmeade to shop for clothes.
"It's hard to explain. What do you think?" Jade asked.
Ginny and Hermione stood in front of Jade, shopping for clothes with her. Ginny had Enya strapped on to her chest and Hermione only brought Rose along to accompany Sage.
"I don't understand why you don't want to marry him. I know you couldn't trust him before but you're pregnant with his child and you adopted Sage. You're pretty much married." Hermione said seeing Ginny nod.
"Marriage isn't just about a piece of paper, legalizing your union…it's much more…I think." Ginny said.
"Yeah…and I love calling Ron my husband. I also love hearing him or someone else refer to me as his wife. It feels like a privilege we had to work for…do you understand? Any girl can become a man's girlfriend but it takes a woman to become a man's wife." Hermione said.
"That is so true Hermione." Ginny said, shaking her head deeply.
Jade absentmindedly looked at the shirt in her hands.
"I never thought of it that way." Jade said.
"And sometimes relationships are about sacrifice. He wants to marry you but can't, so he's just given up all together. He might say it doesn't matter to him and he wants you to be happy the way you are but it's killing him inside. It's like…when he gets you a ring, the size of a Wrackspurt and asks you if you love it, what do you say?" Ginny asked.
"Um…I'd say I love it." Jade said.
"Right, but really you're feeling like you want to jump off a cliff and kill yourself. That's what I mean Jade. He might say he's okay but he's absolutely not." Ginny said.
"So what am I going to do now? How awkward will it be for me to say, hey I changed my mind, let's get hitched. He always wanted a perfect proposal." Jade said.
Ginny, Hermione and Jade stood silent, thinking of a plan.
"I've got it." Jade said, snapping her finger.
"What?" Hermione and Ginny asked.
Draco was done for the day and started to pack up. Blaise and Albert walked in through the doors, looking exceptionally tired.
"What's wrong with you both?" Draco asked.
"We're a little overworked. We chased these stupid teenagers after they went off with our brooms." Albert said, taking a seat.
"To make a long story short, do you have any women who we could hook up with?" Blaise asked.
"Why do you keep asking me that? I'm with someone." Draco said.
"Then give us your little black book." Albert said.
"I thought I already gave it to you after I started seeing Jade." Draco said.
Albert looked at Blaise who rolled his eyes and tossed it to Albert.
"Bastard!" Albert said.
Draco's phone rang and he got up, answering it.
"Draco…I fell and sort of twisted my ankle." Jade said over the phone.
"What the hell? Doing what? Where are you?" he asked, grabbing his cloak.
"In your house. I tried to do something romantic but…this is so embarrassing."
"Why did you need to do anything romantic? Being romantic is my job! You just have to take your clothes off, that's all! Don't worry; I'm going to be there in a few seconds. Where's Sage?" Draco asked.
"At your parents Manor." Jade said.
"Honestly Jade, the things you do to me. What about the baby-"
"Get your arse here right now, don't argue with me!" Jade said, shutting the phone. Draco stuffed the phone into his pocket and turned to see Blaise and Albert, grinning.
"Women…can't do much." Blaise said.
"Yes they can…they can kill you. Get out of here, I need to lock my door and see if Jade's all right."
"Tell her to be careful with the baby and all. Seriously, I'd be scared if I were in her placenta…hehe, that sounds so dirty." Albert giggled.
Blaise laughed and Draco locked the door, running off.
"See you Draco!" they said.
Draco left the Ministry and apparated in front of his newly reconstructed home. He opened the door, seeing candles lit everywhere. There were rose petals on the floor and he ran a hand through his hair, shaking his head.
"Jade?" Draco called.
"Out here! On the patio!" Jade was heard.
Draco jogged out of the living room, out of the dining room and slid open the glass door. He stepped onto the patio, looking around for Jade. Everything was dark and there were no lights except for the lights from the neighbor's houses nearby. Before he went to call for Jade again, his patio lit up and floating candles appeared above him, burning intensely. Hearing Jade's footsteps, Draco turned around to see Jade standing before him in a short red dress and heels, her stomach with a slight bulge.
"What's going on? Your ankle-"
"My ankle's fine." Jade said.
She walked up to him and took his hands.
"You might not have been the first person I'd think about a few years ago but…you're everything to me now until as long as I'm alive. You're my best friend, the father of my children and the only man I can think to spend the rest of my life with…washing food and mud out of my hair whenever I come back from getting attacked by a dog or an angry heavyweight wrestler." Jade said seeing him smile, his eyebrows pulled together, his eyes misting.
Jade knelt down on her knees, already breaking into her tears.
"I want to be with you for the rest of my life." Jade squeaked. "I want you to wash my hair from food, mud and crap for the rest of our lives." Jade said seeing Draco staring at her. "Will you marry me Draco Malfoy?" Jade asked.
Draco put a hand on his forehead, thinking to himself how ridiculous this looked.
"I don't even have a ring." He said.
"I don't need a ring; I just want you to say yes." Jade said.
Draco smiled and knelt down to Jade.
"I thought you didn't want to get married." He said.
"I'm incredibly shallow at times, that's exactly why I want you with me permanently…to make sense out of all my bad ideas. Draco, I want to be your wife and I want you to be my husband…it's as simple as that." Jade said before kissing him. Draco nodded, kissing her deeply, wrapping his arms around her.
"Is that a yes?" Narcissa asked from the bottom of the backyard.
"I didn't hear anything! They're not shagging up there are they?" Aunt Muriel asked.
Draco broke off their kiss and looked at Jade strangely.
"I invited a few people." Jade said smiling sheepishly.
Draco got up and scooped Jade into his arms. He walked down the stairs of the patio and met with Aunt Muriel, Bilius, Narcissa, Gary and Sage.
"We're engaged!" Draco announced. Everyone jumped up and cheered, congratulating the newly engaged couple.
"So how does it feel to have a woman proposing to you?" Aunt Muriel asked.
"Aunt Muriel! Why are you spoiling their moods?" Bilius asked.
"Spoiling moods? Who me?" Aunt Muriel asked.