Part One: Dinner and An Explosion
"Thanks for today." Jade said hopping off of Harry's broom. Harry smiled looking back at her legs.
"You need help for tomorrow? I'm starting to like working with you." he said seeing Jade look horrified.
"I er…no thanks." Jade said seeing Harry nod.
"Good luck getting your wand back. If you change your mind, call me." He said flashing his phone that looked way cooler than Jade's. Harry zoomed off and Jade looked back at her building. She went to leave but heard someone whistle behind her. Jade turned around to see Charles Greem leering at her, with a brand new Cleansweeper his hand.
"You know how to taunt a man." He said looking her up and down. Jade crossed her arms and crossed her legs tightly, glaring at Charles Greem.
"I'm hoping you came to give me important information about Pervnas and his father." Jade said seeing Charles Greem shake his head.
"I don't know anything about Pervnas or his father, but I do know something. Henley changed his name just 15 years ago and I happen to know who he works for." Charles said, wagging his eyebrows.
"Who?! Who does he work for?" Jade asked. Charles motioned for Jade to get on and stroked the broom gently.
"This is yours by the way. It was packaged in front of your door and I took the liberty to take it, just in case you didn't want to come out with me." Charles said. Jade's jaw dropped. This new Cleansweeper was for her and this creep took it away from her to keep as blackmail?
"I'm watching you all the time and I have dreams about you. Dreams that-"
"That's disgusting. Can I please get my broom back? I need it for work." Jade said. Charles wagged a finger at her and hopped on the broom.
"You'd have to catch me to earn this broom." He sang. He went to fly off but the broom suddenly stalled midair and in the next second, it exploded into bits and pieces.
Jade was thrown back, feeling the impact on her back and her hair curling from the fire. Jade patted her head and sat there, seeing only a black spot of the explosion and body parts scattered in small bits and pieces, everywhere across the parking lot.
She heard a few screams and in a matter of minutes, Aurors and Healers apparated on to the scene.
"Are you all right Jade?" Albert Chung asked, appearing in front of Jade who kept her mouth open wide.
"Holy shit…you look like hell." Ron said, looking over Jade who was frozen on the spot. Jade was shipped to St. Mungos and there, she explained to the Aurors of what happened. Ginny cleaned up a few cuts and told Jade that there were no serious burns or cuts.
"But you do look like…hmm oh! Fleur!" Ginny said seeing Jade smile.
"Really? I look like-"
"Fleur's house elf! That's what I was thinking about!" Ginny said. Jade bit her lip from screaming at Ginny.
Aunt Muriel and Bilius bustled into the room and gaped at Jade.
"For all the things holy…you look like a house elf who exploded!" Aunt Muriel said as Bilius went over and hugged Jade.
"Ron told me someone planted a bomb on your broom?!" Bilius asked in outrage. Jade winced, knowing just who it was. "And that some bloke Charles blew up into pieces! It could have been you! Where are your pants?" Bilius asked suddenly.
Jade looked down seeing that she didn't have any pants on. There were nicks, scrapes and a few bruises on her legs that were all cleaned.
"Yeah, you didn't have pants on when we found you in the parking lot." Ginny said. Everyone curiously looked at Jade who twiddled her thumb.
"Does my Aurseize niece have a boyfriend? Are you seeing someone and doing the nasty with him?" Aunt Muriel asked. Jade gasped out loud and Bilius sat down to steady his spinning head.
"No! No, no! I'm not doing the-I'm not doing that. I don't even have a boyfriend!" Jade said. Aunt Muriel gave Jade a sly look and rubbed her hands together.
Jade was released from the hospital and she went back to her apartment alone. She was emotionally, physically and mentally exhausted and so hungry. Someone on her floor was cooking something mouthwatering; she smelled fresh bread and marinara. She wanted to go back outside and eat something, but she didn't want to take her chances. She wanted to stay cooped up in her house with her knife and wait for the killer so she could attack.
Jade opened her door and felt the wave of freshly baked bread and marinara sauce and someone rattling in her kitchen. Her heart jumped to her throat and she quickly took out her umbrella for protection.
"Ginny? Aunt Muriel? Dad?" Jade squeaked.
Malfoy walked out of the kitchen and threw his hands up.
"I made you dinner, don't beat me to death." He said.
"What the fuck are you doing in my house? How did you get the nerve to come in here?" Jade yelled. Draco rested his hands on his narrow hips and cocked an eyebrow at Jade.
"Oh like you didn't start it first." He said.
"Well it's kind of my job to snoop in…why are you cooking for me?" Jade asked seeing him pass by her. He closed and locked the door.
"I heard you had a bad day…you look really attractive by the way." He said lightly. Jade scowled and went into her bedroom to change. There were no letters from the Killer and Jade started to feel safer, now that Draco was here. She changed into her pajamas and went into her bathroom to clean up her face.
Instead she ended up screaming.
"What?" Draco asked looking into the bathroom.
"I look horrible! My EYEBROWS, my HAIR! It's all GONE!" Jade screamed.
Her hair was much shorter and fuzzier from the fire. She broke down and sobbed, feeling that the killer had finally gotten to her. Jade felt a pair of arms wrap around her and she turned around and rested her chest on Draco's chest, feeling him comfort her.
"It's okay. Be happy that you weren't the one on the broom." He said.
"How did you know about the broom?" Jade asked seeing him smirk.
"I'm an Auror. I know people." He said. Jade pulled away from him and started washing her face. "I'll set the table. Hurry up Weasley, I'm hungry!" he said.
Jade exited her bathroom and was pleasantly surprised to see so much food on the table. She sat down, looking at the bowl of salad, spaghetti with marinara sauce, roasted potatoes and freshly baked bread.
"What are you a housewife or something?" Jade asked seeing him grin and serve some wine.
"I'm actually very home oriented. I do my own laundry, I make my own bed and I cook." He said, forking a few potatoes. Jade shoveled the food in her mouth and looked up at Draco who looked amused.
"Shocking…it's actually quite good." Jade said.
"I know how to whip up a good meal for your liking if you know what I mean." Draco winked. Jade rolled her eyes, shaking her head at him.
"So I suppose you just didn't wake up this morning and decide to be nice to me and make me a wonderful meal." Jade said. Draco was still chewing, taking his time to think of a reasonable answer.
"I've always been nice to you." he said.
"All right…but I haven't been a total arsehole to you ever since you decided to become an Aurseize." He said. He rested his fork down and picked up his wine glass, swirling it around and taking a drink from it.
"So…what are you here for?" Jade asked. She reached over and grabbed a roll of fresh bread and broke it open, watching the wisp of hot air leave it.
"I need your help." He said. Jade wiped her plate clean with the bread, listening intently. "I need Pervnas and his father alive to clear my name. I can't run from the Ministry forever and they have Muggle enforcement out on me as it is. I know that if I go back now, I'll get locked up and Pervnas would never advocate for me. That's why I need you to help me. We're both going in the same direction but you're actually after me. I understand you want your money and I'll be able to give that to you, but I need you to help me take Pervnas and his father down." Draco said. Jade knocked back a glass of wine and filled herself another one.
"Why me? Why can't you count on your other Auror buddies?" Jade asked. Draco leaned in close and stroked her hand delicately with his fingers.
"Because I can trust you. And I know you trust me. Besides, you know more about this case than anyone else knows and the people that knew were all murdered. Apart from you and me, my mother and Gary only know about Pervnas and Pervnas and his father visits you more than they visit each other." Draco said. Jade shook her head, trying to clear things up.
"Hang on one second. This has nothing to do with trust. You're just saying that I'm live bait for Pervnas and the killer." Jade said. Draco sighed and threw his hands in the air.
"You're a target sweetheart. Pervnas and the killer is after you not me." Draco said.
"Fuck!" Jade said. Draco grinned and playfully poked her cheek.
"Aren't you cute with that potty mouth of yours? Are you drunk enough to sleep with me?" he asked seeing her take their plates and put them in the dishwasher.
"Pervnas or his father has been in my flat multiple times. They place Howlers on my nightstand to threaten me. Also, I don't know if you know but the day when Richard Greem's body was dumped in front of my door, the Killer left a note inside of my house and I think he went to touch Jerry." Jade said. Draco looked back at Jerry and smirked.
"Who could resist touching a snapping turtle? They're so cuddly and lovable." Draco said. Jade wiped her hands with a kitchen towel and grabbed her wine glass.
"The Killer went to touch Jerry but Jerry ended up biting his bloody finger off." Jade said. Draco looked at Jerry incredulously.
"What?" he asked.
"He bit the Killer's finger off. I went to check on Jerry that day and saw a real live finger in Jerry's mouth. I tried to get it out of him but Jerry tried to bite me and he ended up eating it." Jade said.
"Is this why you asked to look at my fingers the other day?" Draco asked seeing Jade nod. "I'm disappointed…I thought you had something else in mind." Draco said. He brushed his fingertips over her neck and kissed it softly.
"I heard you lost your job and became a vampire in Romania." He said. Jade nervously drank more wine, feeling Draco staring at her.
"I'm not a vampire." Jade said seeing him curiously grin.
"You've never been married…you have no children and no action since your fiancé in Romania. You've lead a pretty boring life until now." He said.
"How did you know all this stuff about me?" Jade asked.
"I've asked around and I know you pretty well. Ever since you took up this job I've been keeping tabs on you. Although I was surprised to know that you were the one coming after me. Not that you were a threat to me, it was funny." He said. Jade shot Draco a cold look.
"I am the ultimate threat to you Malfoy." Jade said. Draco chuckled and slid a hand up her shirt.
"You're less of a threat and more like an adorable goofball. It's always fun watching you and you had no idea how jealous I was when I heard my mother's message about some lunatic woman jumping over our fence without pants on." He said. Jade grimaced in embarrassment.
"Well that woman was thrown out by that obnoxious butler your parents hired. Anyways you can say whatever you want but I'm not sleeping with you. I grew out of it all so excuse me…I'm going to bed." Jade said. Draco smiled and went to say something but instantly froze.
"What?" Jade asked, seeing his eyebrows knit together.
"My butler…his finger-" he stopped midway, glancing at Jade. "I have to go." Draco said getting up abruptly.
"What? Why?" Jade asked seeing him go out the door. Jade grabbed her keys, put on her shoes and bolted after Draco.