Part Three: Dahlia's File
The next day, Jade sauntered into the Ministry, hoping not to bump into Draco. Ever since that disastrous fight, she was too embarrassed to face him again. She walked into the Aurseize Office to see Pansy Parkinson arguing with Parvati.
"For the millionth time Parkinson, get your finger out of my face! I don't want to contract anything contagious after all the animals you've fucked." Parvati said.
"What the hell's going on here?" Jade asked.
"You're honestly getting on my last nerves Weasley. No one in the Auror Department or Ministry wants to give me any information about Dahlia and The Arabian Princess won't give me the case! It's all your fault!" Pansy said to Jade.
"I'm not Arabian, I'm Indian." Parvati said. Pansy threw up her hands in the air and waved it around.
"Yay! And the world couldn't give a crap!" Pansy said.
"I'm leaving. I can't stay here like this." Jade said leaving. She left and Pansy followed her out.
"Stop following." Jade said.
"Yeah right and let you have Dahlia Noor all by yourself? I'm sticking to your arse like white on rice." Pansy said.
Jade knew it was useless to get Pansy off of her back. Perhaps if they bumped into Dahlia, Dahlia would provide the courtesy of strangling Pansy Parkinson alive. Jade saw Draco leaning over his desk, watching her walk towards Blaise's desk.
"I need a favor?" Jade asked seeing Blaise look up from his cup of coffee. Blaise looked at Draco who stood there, his arms crossed tightly with his lips pressed tight together.
"Er…okay." Blaise said.
"I need you to pull up Dahlia's work history. I need to go over there for questioning." Jade said seeing Blaise look at Draco again.
"Um…it'll take a while for me to get Dahlia's work history." Blaise said.
"How long?" Jade asked.
"Um…a day or two." Blaise said.
"What?" Jade asked.
They heard a snort and turned to Draco who went to his seat and sat down. He slid a file out of his desk and lifted it up to his face and started reading it. The file read 'Dahlia Noor'.
"Go ask your boyfriend, stop wasting time." Pansy said irritably. Jade stood there lividly, glaring at Blaise.
"Ask him for Dahlia's workplace." Jade said. Blaise turned to Draco who sent him a glare and Blaise whipped back around.
"No can do. This is between you both and I would not like to get dragged in." Blaise said.
"I knew this wasn't going to last." Pansy said snickering behind Jade.
"I don't know why you can't ask me like a normal person." Draco said.
Jade turned to him, hating that she needed to ask him for any help.
"Babe, I heard you were working on the Dahlia case."
Everyone turned around to see Harry standing there with a manila folder in his hand looking serious. Jade felt the blood pumping in her ears as she thought about last night's antics and Harry seemed to read her thoughts. The corners of his lips twitched and he handed her the file.
"I've performed an extensive background check on Noor. I figured it would help." Harry said.
Jade's heart soared and if it weren't for Draco being there, looking as if he was ready to flip over his desk and kill Harry, she would have told Harry she loved him. Jade flipped through the pages, feeling Pansy look in with her.
"You even found out what kind of shampoo that she uses?" Pansy asked Harry who flicked his eyes at her and back at Jade. Jade looked at the workplaces that Dahlia attended and her stomach sank seeing the morgues and the pet shop in Diagon Alley she used to work in.
"This is amazing…how did you get this?" Jade asked looking at Harry who looked at the audience behind her.
"Can I speak to you privately?" Harry asked.
Jade nodded and looked at Pansy who stepped back. Pansy knew well enough not to invite herself in Harry Potter's space. Jade followed Harry away from Draco, Blaise and Pansy who still had their eyes glued to them.
"I think Malfoy wants to kill me." Harry said touching Jade's hair. Jade shifted nervously and felt Draco's glare on the back of her head.
"Are you trying to make that happen by taking me away." Jade said seeing him slowly smile at her, his eyes glinting mischievously.
"I would have taken you away a very long time ago if I wanted to." He said. Jade gulped nervously and Harry stepped closer to her.
"Thank you for the Dahlia file." Jade said seeing him give her a nod.
"How did you get so much information? Aurors don't even have that type of details in their files." Jade said.
"It's a conversation for another day." He said.
"You know, you always say that but you never actually tell me." Jade said.
Harry grinned and put his hands into his pockets.
"We'll cross that bridge when we get there." He said.
"Fine, but you owe me that conversation." Jade said.
"I don't owe you anything babe." Harry said.
"You break into my apartment and find me naked. I think you owe me that conversation." Jade said seeing his grin go wider.
"We'll see when I get back." He said. Jade furrowed her eyebrows.
"Where are you going now?" Jade asked.
"I never got to finish my mission in Australia remember? I took the first transport out when I heard you were shot. I'm going back tonight and won't return until next week. But by the time I'm gone I want you to take care of yourself and I mean it." Harry said reaching into her robe. He took out her cell phone and put in another number in.
"Crap, you've killed Zane haven't you?" Jade asked seeing Harry shake his head.
"I can't trust you with your life so I'm taking precautions to get someone else to take care of you." he said.
"I don't need to be taken care of. And what did you do to Zane?" Jade asked seeing him hold the phone to his ear.
"Zane is coming to Australia with me. He actually does a lot better when he's with me than having to follow you around." He said.
"I'm not that bad." Jade said seeing Harry smile.
"You're a disaster babe." He said.
Harry spoke briefly with the man on the other line and sent his usual and short messages. Harry put back the pocket in Jade's robe and hooked a finger on the belt loop of her jeans, bringing her close.
"His name is Ryker and I want you to include him in all your apprehensions even if you're apprehending an old woman, I don't care; you call him." He said seeing Jade nod.
"If something happens to you while I'm away I'll get you back badly." He whispered seeing her nod again. He hovered over her face, looking over her intensely. He gently let her go and took a step back.
"I'll see you in a week." He said.
With that, he left and disappeared. Jade watched him leave and she turned around to see Pansy look at her, sitting in a chair in front of Blaise. Jade walked towards her and avoided looking at Draco who concentrated on a piece of paper in front of him, with a vein prominent on his head.
"Are you coming or not?" Jade asked to Pansy who smiled evilly.
"So…looked like you had a fun chat with Potter. Was it as intimate as the car conversation where he told me to leave so he could speak to you? It was actually fun seeing him grab you around like that." Pansy said.
Jade gaped at Pansy and looked at Draco who had his full attention at Pansy.
"Car conversation? When did this happen?" Draco asked looking at Jade.
"I…it doesn't matter because he needed to tell me something in private." Jade said seeing Draco narrow his eyes.
"What does he always need to talk to you in private for?" Draco asked.
"He's a private person." Jade said.
"This happened about a week ago." Pansy said.
Jade looked back at Draco who gave her a glimpse of his emotions on his face. He sat back in his chair and shut everything down inside of him, his face neutral.
"Oh…that's why." He simply said.
Jade felt the air start to thicken and literally felt the guilt start to poison her alive.
"I um…have some…coffee to pour." Blaise said awkwardly. He left and Jade and Draco were left with Pansy who got up.
"I'll wait for your nearby." Pansy said, dancing away.
Draco sat there calmly and dangerously quiet, making Jade feel the nerve wracking anxiety start to kill her.
"This isn't what you think. Parkinson made it seem like it was bad when it really wasn't. Harry was just telling me-"
"I don't want to know anything he said to you. I'm not that type of man but at this point I really don't care anymore." He said. Jade dropped her shoulders, feeling her eyes start to mist.
"So what do you want me to do now?" Jade asked.
"Just leave me alone for a few days." He said, still not looking at her.
That was it. That was their conversation. Jade nodded, not able to say anything. She walked past him and went towards the elevator as Pansy stuck behind.
"You had no right to tell Malfoy. That's my business." Jade said.
Pansy didn't need to say anything; she had already done her part in proving that she was a pain in the arse.
"Why exactly are you doing this? If you think you're such a good Aurseize, why are you tailing me?" Jade asked as Pansy rearranged her shirt.
"Because no one is giving me the files I need for this case and I know you'll lead me to her." Pansy said seeing Jade raise her eyebrows.
"But she's my case." Jade said.
"She's just as good as mine. Don't worry Weasley, I'll be with you all day and all night until Dahlia's found. I want the money that this case is offering." Pansy said seeing Jade smirk and exit the elevators.
"Well you could have made a fortune if you charged in your previous occupation instead of giving freebies." Jade said sweetly.
"Fuck you." Pansy said.
"Whatever…I don't want you breathing down on my neck. You stay a good distance away from me while I'm trying to do my job." Jade said. She took out her broom and flew off, searching for the next place that led to Dahlia.