Part Three: The New Aurseize
For the next couple of weeks, Jade was healed from her injuries and started to go back to work after having her rest at Draco's house.
"What are you doing?" Draco asked setting a bag of food down. Jade looked up and held up a letter.
"I'm getting my apartment back in this month so I will be out of your way very quickly." Jade said seeing Draco freeze from taking the food out of the bag.
"Out of my way? Since when were you in my way?" Draco asked. Jade set down her letter, feeling awkward under Draco's stare.
"Well I mean this is sort of your house and I just feel like I'm something you have to put up with everyday. This is your space and your privacy and I'm only a guest. Plus my life isn't in danger anymore so I don't need protection." Jade said. Draco gave a long sigh and turned a dinner roll in his hand.
"I put up with you in the strangest ways but I never thought that I'd be putting up with you when you moved in." he said.
Jade saw him take a large bite out of the dinner roll and chew it, resting it on one side of his mouth. Jade picked up from her short time living with him that this is what he did to pause, think and choose his words carefully before he said anything.
"Do you not like it here? Is there something that's bothering you?" Draco asked. He was still chewing on his dinner roll and Jade shook her head.
"I do like it here, but I don't understand why I have to be here. We're not married, we're not together and I'm not jobless. I can pay the rent myself in my own-"
"You want to leave because you want your own independence? Holy crap." Draco said grabbing his Firewhiskey. Jade crossed her arms and glared at him seeing him take a long swig, his eyebrows furrowed in concentration.
"Why is this a surprise to you? Do you think I'm going to stay here for the rest of my life?" Jade asked.
Draco cut her a look, holding the Firewhiskey bottle tightly in his hand, his lips formed into a straight line.
"That would have been nice." Draco said looking away from her.
Jade raised her eyebrows and they were both silent.
"I bought a chocolate cake for you." Draco said finally.
"Oh, that sounds great; I'll get the plates and forks." Jade said jumping up on her feet, thanking that the awkward conversation was over.
The next morning, Jade woke up to find that Draco was already in the shower and not next to her. They shared the same bed in his bedroom but never got around to doing anything intimate in it. Jade stared at Draco's empty side of the bed wondering how it would feel if she went back to her apartment and woke up by herself, all alone. She loved privacy but lately, this cohabitation idea started to grow on her. Sometimes Draco would make breakfast and coffee for her and sometimes Jade would make breakfast and coffee for him. What would happen if Jade woke up on her rotten days, home alone? She'd starve to death, not being able to make breakfast for herself.
She felt Draco's warm body pressed against her back and his soft and just brushed minty clean breath blowing against her ear.
"What do you want for breakfast?" he asked.
"That's not a nice way of asking a lone and vulnerable girl for breakfast." Jade said hearing him softly chuckle. He gently turned her around and moved himself in next to her, their bodies pressing. Jade could smell the fresh soap and his clean fresh shave coated with his aftershave balm.
"I'm sorry about last night. I should have listened to you because you're right. You need your independence." He said. Jade gaped at him. How did he become so understandable?
"Really?" Jade asked seeing him nod.
"I have no reason to tie you down…and I understand because if I were living in your apartment, I'd want to have my independence too…no matter how badly I want to sleep with you." he said. They broke into a laugh and Draco played with her hair.
"Just let me know when you leave." He said seeing her nod.
"Thanks." Jade said. Draco kissed her forehead and pulled back smiling.
"I need to go to work. Do you want me to get you breakfast?" he asked seeing her shake her head.
"You go, I'll manage." Jade said. He got off the bed and opened his closet to take out a pale blue shirt. He shrugged it on and started buttoning it up.
"I'm pretty sure I'll be home soon but I can't guarantee it. There's a large possibility that I'll be scanning through the entire Ministry files with the rest of the boys. Do you think you can scheme up something good so we can get out of it?" he asked seeing Jade get out of the bed.
"I'll try my best to think of something…jerk!" Draco grabbed her hand and pulled her close, kissing her.
"Make sure you get to eat something and lock the doors on your way out. I might have a drunk woman trying to look into my house because she was so madly in love with me, she couldn't resist." He said.
Jade shoved him away, scowling and locked the door to the bathroom and heard him leave. Her heart turned just thinking about him and he hadn't even left the house!
As soon as Jade got ready, she ate a bowl of cereal, washed the bowl and left the house, locking it up tight. She took her new Cleansweeper broom to the Ministry and saw the Auror Department turn to see her walking in.
"Guess who's back!" Albert jumped up.
"It's the big bad Aurseize who'll stab you in the arse, burn down memorial homes and have some soapy naked wrestling with another woman!" Blaise said.
"Though I wouldn't call Parkinson a woman." Michael commented. Blaise shrugged.
"I mean she was good for a nasty screw but she's not woman material, I'll tell you that." Blaise said.
"Really?" Michael asked. Jade shook her head and walked on forward and saw Parvati and Lavender.
"Look at my little lady all dressed up and ready to haul in some fugitives!" Lavender said.
"Welcome back! Oh my goodness, you have no idea how much we needed you." Parvati said waving a stack of folders to Jade.
The office door opened and Jade looked up to see Ron but saw Pansy Parkinson walking out with one of Jade's estranged cousin, Percy Weasley. Ron sauntered out, looking wary.
"Jade! Welcome back!" Percy said as Jade moved her eyes from Pansy to him.
"What's she doing here?" Jade asked.
Percy placed a hand on Pansy's shoulder. Pansy's smirk deepened and Jade guess that she was not going to like this news at all.
"You're looking at your newly hired Aurseize." Pansy said.