Part Seven: Irish Beef Pies
Jade woke up in the morning, hearing Draco's phone ringing. She looked at Draco who was sleeping deeply, half of his face dug into his pillow.
"Draco…your phone." Jade murmured, shaking him.
Draco grunted, digging his face deeper into the pillow and Jade climbed over his back to answer his phone.
"Hello? We're not tired or sleeping at all." Jade said.
"Hey Jade, can you please wake Draco up? We have an emergency." Hermione said.
"I keep trying to wake him up but he's as dead as a rock. Get up!" Jade said, shaking Draco.
"No more sex! There's a limit to everything! Go to Potter because I can't do anymore." Draco said from his pillow.
"Hermione called. She says there's an emergency." Jade said.
Draco lifted his head; his eyes squinted from the amount of light in the room coming from the windows. Jade handed Draco the phone and he answered it, rolling onto his back. Jade busied herself with his neck and kissed down his chest.
"Jade, not again." Draco said, covering the phone.
"Shut up and let me have my way with you." Jade said.
"I feel used when you do that." Draco said.
Jade disappeared under the covers and Draco painfully listened to Hermione.
"Yeah…mmm, okay. That's nice...I'm coming!" Draco said quickly. He shut the phone off and Jade threw the covers open, smiling at Draco.
"Ready for another round?" Jade asked, crawling up towards him.
"I'm tired. Exhausted. I can't do it. My privates feel like Hagrid ran over them with a Hippogriff." Draco said, trying to roll off the bed.
"But I feel fine!" Jade said. Draco gave her a wary look and got up, cupping himself as he walked away in pain.
"I don't even think I can go to work today. Fucking criminals can't take a day off." He muttered, walking out of the bedroom.
"Can I at least join you in the shower?" Jade asked.
"Only if you promise not to seduce me. I don't even have the energy to wash myself." He said.
"Okay!" Jade said, jumping off the bed.
After Draco left, Jade made breakfast for her and Sage who woke up a little late. While Sage was having her breakfast, Harry called in, telling Jade a few things he had found on Seamus.
"Seraphine's house was searched and we found Healer equipment, ingredients for Polyjuice potion and a few discarded blood bags." Harry said.
"Of your blood?" Jade asked.
"That's what the lab confirmed." Harry said.
"Shit…why did he marry Seraphine? What did he want with her?" Jade asked.
"Not sure exactly why. I want to question her family members but since they've seen me before, they wouldn't want to cooperate." He said.
"You're right…do you want me to ask them?" Jade asked.
"When are you free?" he asked.
"I'm going to need 15 minutes. We're going to drop Sage off to Aunt Molly's." Jade said.
"Don't get out of the house until I'm there and wait for my Patronus. You know what my Patronus is don't you?" he asked.
"Absolutely not." Jade said.
"A stag." He said.
"Like a deer?" Jade asked.
"More like a chicken babe." He said.
Jade rolled her eyes and snapped the phone off, getting Sage ready.
"Guess where you're going today?" Jade asked, dressing Sage.
"Grandpa Bilius and Mrs. Lockhard's?" Sage asked. Jade's jaw dropped and she looked at Sage with terror.
"Mrs. Lockhard? Who told you that?" Jade asked.
"Great Aunt Muriel! That's what she said to call her or else Santa would be angry with me." Sage said.
"Good Merlin, Aunt Muriel." Jade said, gritting her teeth.
Sage wrapped her arms and legs around Jade as Jade carried her down the stairs. Jade locked and charmed all of the windows and looked outside to see Harry's car in front of Draco's house. Harry's Patronus galloped through the window and circled her front yard. Seeing the Patronus, Sage gasped.
"It's beautiful! What is it?" she asked.
"It's a Patronus. It's pretty isn't it?" Jade asked, locking the door.
Sage squirmed out of Jade's arms and ran over to the stag which circled her until it evaporated.
"Mummy it's gone!" Sage screeched. Jade waved towards Sage and Sage followed towards Harry's car.
"Can we see the Patrony thing again?" Sage asked as Jade opened the door and sat her in.
Harry was sitting in his seat, silent as always, glancing at Sage from the rearview mirror.
"Say hello to Harry." Jade said, putting Sage's seatbelt on.
"Hello Harry." Sage said.
"Hello." Harry said with a nod. Jade closed Sage's door and slipped in the passenger's seat next to Harry.
"Is Harry coming to the Burrow with us Mummy?" Sage asked.
Harry slightly raised an eyebrow and glanced at Jade.
"No love. Mummy and Harry has some work to do." Jade said.
"Oh…okay." Sage said. She quieted down as Harry drove them to the Burrow. He pulled up towards the house and Sage started squirming in her seat.
"Thank you Harry!" Sage said. Jade smiled and unclipped Sage's seat belt. Sage quickly wedged herself between the small space of the driver's seat and the passenger's seat.
"You saved my Mummy from the vampire. Thank you." Sage said.
Harry turned his head towards her, looking at her peculiarly.
"You're welcome." He said.
"And I know you have something in your jacket that belongs to me." Sage said, patting his shoulder.
"How do you know I have it?" Harry asked.
Sage gave him a deadpanned look.
"I'm a kid; I have special senses like knowing where the good stuff is." Sage said.
"You intimidate me." Harry said, taking out a bar of Toblerone chocolate. He handed it to Sage who grinned and squealed an excited 'thank you' to Harry. She scrambled out of the car and Jade hoisted her up into her arms.
"How did you know Harry had a bar of chocolate for you?" Jade asked as they reached the Burrow.
"He always sneaks me a bar whenever you and Daddy aren't watching. He gave me chocolate the first time I saw him and when we had the vampire battle." Sage said. Jade smiled at Sage and rang the doorbell. She loved that Harry had a soft spot for Sage and treated her the way Jade and Draco treated her.
"Jade! Sage dear!" Aunt Molly said.
"Aunt Molly!" Sage shrilled. Jade transferred Sage onto Aunt Molly who giggled when Sage handed her a piece of chocolate.
"Do you like it? Harry gave me a piece." Sage said. Molly's eyes grew wide.
"Harry? But he-"
"Please don't mention this to anyone. Harry's been framed. I'd explain but we're on our way to question a few people. Please don't tell anyone Aunt Molly." Jade said. Molly pursed her lips and placed a hand on her hip.
"Well all right but keep in touch so I know nothing's happened to you!" she said seeing Jade nod.
"I have to go Aunt Molly; I'll see you when I pick Sage up. Love you." Jade said, kissing her cheek.
"Mummy loves you, give Mummy a big kiss." Jade said. Sage kissed Jade's cheek and held up a piece of chocolate. Jade ate it out of Sage's hand and left, waving goodbye.
"Your daughter could work for me whenever she wants." Harry said, driving off as Jade clicked on her seatbelt.
"The only payment she would need are those Toblerone chocolates which now I realize that you are a big hypocrite!" Jade said seeing him grin.
"Toblerone chocolates and you are my weaknesses." He said.
"Where are they? I know you have more in here!" Jade said.
"Sage cut your work out for you didn't she?" he asked, pressing a small button on his dashboard.
The compartment between them opened up and there were individually wrapped and neatly aligned in their yellow and red wrappers.
"You know I'm a big fan of chocolate." Jade said.
"I also know that you're not nice when you see food near you." Harry said.
"I'm extremely nice. Look, here's a half of my chocolate…" Jade said, her hand shaking when she tried to let Harry take it. Harry looked at her and shook his head.
"Just eat the damn chocolate babe." He said.
"I'm sorry! I have a problem!" Jade cried, stuffing the chocolate in her mouth.
"Knew that ever since I helped you push that trunk in on the Hogwart's Express." He said. Jade smiled, wiping her fingers with a tissue.
"How often did you try to read my mind?" Jade asked.
"I don't read minds. They're not that easy to just read. But I pieced enough emotions from you to know that you didn't like me very much in Hogwarts." Harry said.
"That's not true. It's not like I didn't like you…I just thought…you know…you were a little arrogant, that's all." Jade said.
Harry smirked, sliding his free hand to take hers. He laced his fingers with hers and barely sighed.
"You thought I was a little arrogant and you're marrying Malfoy." He said.
Jade stood silent, wondering about Harry. She was absolutely sure that Draco was the one that she was going to marry. She always saw a future with him but with Harry, she could come up with absolutely nothing. If they had kids, where would they stay? Harry's apartment wasn't a place to raise children in and Jade couldn't exactly see Harry fit into a neighborhood filled with dirty, giggling, running and screaming kids. She immediately thought of Draco and just the thought of him doused an inexplicable happiness and love in Jade. Harry stopped the car in an extremely clean and elderly neighborhood. There were no kids, just rows of cars and a couple of elderly people, mowing the lawn.
"The red house in the middle with the pink flamingo is where Seraphine Lancaster grew up in. Her father, mother and teenage brother currently live there; you know what to ask them." He said. Jade nodded and unclipped her seatbelt.
"Going to be ok without Mummy?" Jade asked.
Harry stood silent, staring at Jade for a few seconds.
"Babe." Harry said finally, shaking his head.
Jade smiled and got out of the car, closing it. She walked towards the red house, looking around the entire neighborhood. The elderly couple gardening outside smiled at her and Jade smiled back. She walked up to the dark brown door and lifted the golden knocker, knocking it against the door. A boy with the same reddish blonde hair as her and Seraphine answered the door. He stared at Jade, looking taken aback.
"Who is it Allen?" an older woman asked. One glance at Jade made her freeze and she put her hand over her heart.
"Excuse me…you just look so much like…my daughter." She said.
"I've met your daughter Seraphine. I'm Jade Weasley." Jade said, sticking out her hand.
"Jade…Jade Weasley. You were previously married to Harry Potter yes?" she asked seeing Jade nod.
"I actually came to speak to you about that." Jade said.
"Please come in." she said, looking baffled. Her eyes shined with tears and she moved to let Jade in.
Jade looked around the small hallway with pictures of a younger looking Seraphine and her brother, smiling at the camera. The walls were colored a warm peachy color and the floors were polished oak wood. They passed the kitchen and Seraphine's mother showed her to the living room. Jade sat down on one of the plush red and white printed sofas, seeing Allen sit in front of her.
"Stewart! Stewart dear, please come down!" Seraphine's mother said. She turned towards Jade and gave her a small smile.
"Would you like something to drink? Maybe have some snacks?" she asked.
"No, no thank you, I'm fine." Jade said, placing a hand over her round stomach.
"You're pregnant, congratulations." She said.
"Thank you." Jade smiled.
"How far along are you?" Seraphine's mother asked.
"I'm three months in." Jade said seeing Seraphine's mother look confused. "I'm pregnant with triplets…I know, I get that a lot." Jade said.
"Triplets! They'll be quite a handful." Seraphine's mother said.
"Phyllis? Sweetheart what is-" Stewart said, walking into the living room. He was a very tall and fit man for his age. His light red hair was fading into a grey color, mostly from the sides of his head. He stopped, looking at Jade and when he realized she wasn't Seraphina, he smiled bleakly.
"Who is this young lady?" he asked.
"Hello." Jade said getting up.
"I'm Jade Weasley. I used to erm…I used to be married to Harry Potter." Jade said.
Stewart paled and looked at Phyllis who was pained.
"I need to ask you a few questions about Seraphine and Harry if you don't mind." Jade said.
"Yes of course. Phyllis, bring some snacks and drinks for our guest." He said, adjusting his glasses. He sat down in front of Jade, staring at her along with his son who kept staring at Jade.
"I'm really sorry for the loss of your daughter. I know it must be really hard for you to deal with and listening to my condolences won't make anything better but I am truly sorry for your loss. The truth is that I've met Seraphine just a few days ago. She told me that Seam-Harry left her within six months of marrying her and she knew that I would know where he was." Jade said.
"But did you know where he was?" Stewart asked.
"I did not. I told her that as well but she kept a close eye on me, in case I led her to Harry." Jade said.
"He ended up murdering her in front of an Auror's home in a respectable Wizarding neighborhood." Stewart said seeing Jade nod.
"My fiancé's home. I was there when they took your daughter's body out of the vehicle." Jade said.
Stewart took off his glasses and swallowed hard. He pinched the corners of his eyes with his thumb, trying to recollect.
"I just don't understand. We thought he loved her. He seemed like the perfect gentleman. Her murder was senseless. There was absolutely nothing she did to him for her to be murdered by him. She only wanted her husband back." Stewart struggled.
"Can you tell me how he acted like? The first time you met him, was there something different or off about him?" Jade asked seeing Stewart shake his head.
"He was very polite and goodhearted. He loved to make us laugh and adored Seraphine. I couldn't find a reason to think he'd wake up one day, steal my daughter's money and jewelry and disappear." He said.
Phyllis came back with a tray of cake, brownies, fruit salad, an enormous selection of finger foods and a variety of coffee, tea, water, juice, milk and soft drinks.
"Wow…um…that's a lot of food." Jade said nervously.
"You're having triplets, please help yourself." Phyllis said with a warm smile.
"I won't be able to finish it, thank you so much." Jade said, helping herself to a plate of cake. "What's that?" Jade asked, pointing to a strange looking pie.
"Oh…those are Irish Beef hand pies, is that a problem?" Phyllis asked, looking alert.
"No! I just…I was just curious where they-"
"It was Harry's recipe. He was a bit fond of the Irish. In fact, now that I mention it, he would sometimes slip into Irish accents. Sometimes he loved it so much; he'd speak in Irish half the time. Was that strange for you? Because I thought that was a bit of shock. I didn't know he was part Irish." Stewart said.
"Hmm." Jade hummed, her mouth filled with food. "How did he and Seraphine meet?" Jade asked.
"Seraphine was walking back after a friend's engagement party and a few men tried to mug her but Harry came and saved her. He said he was so tired from completing a top secret mission in Brazil but he couldn't help to see a crime being done in front of him and dove in to save my little girl. Now that I hear it, it sounds ridiculous and somewhat…"
"Staged." Jade completed. "Sounds fake. I understand." Jade said slowly.
"Sometimes I felt that he was too proud of himself, never humble. He was charming but he kept boasting about how good of an Aurseize he was." Stewart said.
"And what about his medical knowledge. Did he know a lot about Healing?" Jade asked seeing them nod.
"He had lots of equipment and knew more than anyone I knew about Healing. He once got into a deep conversation with a good friend of mine and my friend was amazed at the amount of knowledge Harry Potter had about Healing." Stewart said.
Jade nodded and her phone rang from her purse. Jade excused herself and took the call, seeing Draco's name pop up.
"Where did you and Sage go?" he asked.
"I left Sage in the Burrow." Jade said.
"Where are you?" he asked.
"Out." Jade answered.
"Thank you for clearing that up, out where?" he asked.
"Is this important? I'm in the middle of something." Jade said.
"Nothing really important, I just came home for a lunch break to see that you and Sage weren't here and my privates still feel like Hagrid and his brothers trampled over it." He said.
"I'm sorry honey, put a pack of ice on it and I'll come back and see what I can do with it." Jade said normally.
"I don't think so. I'm locking myself in the bathroom tonight or else my soldier's going to fall off. When are you coming home?" he asked.
"In an hour." Jade said.
"I better see a hot dinner on the table when I come back woman!" he said.
With that, he disconnected and Jade closed her phone, putting it back into her purse. Her cheeks were burning red as she thought of a vicious way to murder Draco Malfoy.
"My fiancé…sometimes I don't know what to do with him." Jade said.
"I've been married to this man for nearly thirty years and I ask myself the same question." Phyllis joked. Jade laughed and stood up as the entire family stood up.
"I need to go home; I have to pick up my daughter anyways. It was really nice meeting you both. You too Allen." Jade said looking at the teenager who looked like something was biting him alive.
"You should take the snacks back for your journey. Just give me a few seconds." Phyllis said, leaving. Jade went to protest but Phyllis had already left.
"Do you go to Hogwarts Allen?" Jade asked, seeing Allen nod.
"Which House?" Jade asked.
"Hufflepuff." He answered nervously.
"He's entering his third year this September." Stewart said. Jade smiled at Allen, seeing him look further depressed and irritable.
"Congratulations…" Jade said. Phyllis came back with Jade's bag and Jade took it, thanking Phyllis and hugging and kissing her.
"Take care Mr. Lancaster." Jade said, shaking hands with him.
"Goodbye Allen." Jade said softly.
Jade turned around and left. She walked down the cemented pathway to the sidewalk. She was just about to pass their house when she heard Allen shouting for her to come back.
"It wasn't Harry Potter! It wasn't Harry Potter! I have something incredibly important to tell you!" Allen said.
"What?" Jade asked, seeing Allen run towards her.
"You can't leave or he'll kill you too. You have to tell the Ministry that it wasn't Harry Potter. It was another man. I saw him." Allen said.
"Allen, what was his name?" Jade asked, holding his shoulders.
"I don't know…he never told me but I saw him. He was taking a potion to turn back to Harry Potter." He said.
Jade looked up at Phyllis and Stewart who looked like they were hearing that for the first time in their lives as well.
"I have a memory. Take it." Allen said.