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Harry’s attention lingered on Draco for a long moment after he had answered, trying to gauge the cause of his hesitancy. They hadn’t talked enough about Benjamin for Harry to know if Draco was still interested; but, if he was honest with himself, Harry probably just didn’t know how Draco acted in public well enough to know if this shyness was simply normal to him.
“You remember how he takes his tea, yeah?” Harry asked Benjamin as he turned his attention back onto him, his grin well-meaning despite the almost inevitable bite there was to the question. Honestly, Harry simply assumed that had to be the case, trying not to feel the weight of whatever was growing tight in the pit of his stomach.
“I’ll try the choc croissant as well, please, and I’ll like a tea but with milk.”


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“Of course,” Benjamin beamed as he put their order into the register, seemingly with no worries in the world about running into an ex.
“You guys take a seat and I will be right down with it for ya,” he added with a wave of his hand as he turned around to start preparing their order.
Draco was still feeling awkward about the entire thing, but at least both Harry and Benjamin seemed to be taking the entire thing in stride. It made it easier for Draco to calm down a little and try to actually enjoy his day out with Harry, as he had intended to.
“Come on, let’s go sit by the window.”

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Instinctively turning towards the sound of Draco’s voice, Harry’s gaze flickered between Draco and the café seating. Draco had participated so meekly to the interaction that Harry felt an unexpected wash of relief at the invitation to sit, surprised by the resolve of realising Draco wasn’t keen on sticking around the counter to catch up with Benjamin.
“Yeah, ta,” Harry absentmindedly offered Benjamin, finding himself a little smitten by once again feeling like the object of Draco’s attention.
Helplessly and eternally drawn to Draco, Harry reached for the small of Draco’s back, urging him ahead of him in order to pick their seat.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2024 4:04 pm 

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Sending a soft wave in Benjamin’s direction, Draco followed Harry to one of the small tables by a window, having always favoured that seat as he enjoyed watching the muggles walk by.
There was a weird disconnect for Draco to sit in this spot that he had been sitting in so many times before and to suddenly be sharing that with Harry. It seemed almost wrong to allow his lives to interact in this way, as if this shouldn’t be permitted for him.
“I haven’t been back here in forever.”

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Taking a seat across from Draco, Harry took a moment to orient himself in the space, his eyes thoughtlessly darting between the room and the view out the windows though nothing in particular caught his eye.
“Yeah?” Harry asked, a habit more than anything truly warranted; as his attention once again narrowed onto Draco, Harry realised Draco had probably already mentioned as much, months back. “It’s nice.”
Harry wasn’t actually sure it was - it probably wasn’t anything nicer than any other small town cafés, but the sight of Draco in front of him certainly was. Against the backdrop of the shop, it all felt so real. It made Harry’s smile widen slightly, a thought better left unspoken.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2024 3:14 pm 

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The sheer simplicity of the scene that Draco found himself involved with threatened to make his heart burst from the effort.
As much as he had enjoyed his time at either Grimmauld or the manor with Harry there was absolutely no denying how different it all felt when they were in public. It didn’t even matter that it was a small muggle village, people could still see them and yet nothing in Harry’s demeanour had changed since they left the manor.
“I started coming here just to try and avoid going stir crazy, you know?” He felt the need to explain, knowing that the small bakery and cafe really weren’t anything special, but it was nice and cozy and Draco had genuinely enjoyed his trips down there, even before he had started seeing Benjamin.

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Harry’s eyes skimmed over Draco’s expression, trying to place a past version of him in the bustle of the small town. Not for the first time, Harry felt a pang in his heart at that, feeling both sympathy and an ache for that younger version of Draco. Harry himself had gone stir crazy within weeks of being at the manor, and even then they had each other for company.
“Yeah,” he agreed.
Thoughtlessly, Harry leaned forward, forearms resting on the table.
“It is really nice,” he affirmed, fearing he had come across a tad indifferent.
His attention remained on Draco, and a smile tugged at the corner of his lips as he nodded towards the counter, a topic he wasn’t sure they were meant to be avoiding. “He’s - yeah? He seems nice, too.”


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2024 3:23 pm 

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While Harry didn’t ask directly, Draco still felt a little scrutinised, unsure what Harry was reading into his his relationship with Benjamin, but he was relieved that Benjamin still was the lovely man he remembered him to be.
“Here we go,” Benjamin announced, almost as if he had been summoned by the topic of conversation switching to him.
It made a faint blush appear on Draco’s cheeks as Benjamin placed pastries and tea on the small table between them.
“Pain au chocolat and tea for the lovely couple,” he said in a warm tone, before making moves to leave them alone again.

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Benjamin’s sudden appearance almost managed to startle Harry, finding that it all seemed far more clumsy by the way he had to sit up straighter and move his hands aside for the twin mugs and pastries being placed in front of them.
The circumstance of the interruption all seemed to prime Harry for the added flush of being called a couple, entirely caught off guard by that, too.
Every other interaction they had had in public was so entirely defined by their effort to remain cordial and distant coworkers, and the notion that not putting that in that effort would make them read as a couple made Harry a little dizzy with what he realised was a sort of shameful desire for it to be true.
“Ta, mate,” he acknowledged, head briefly turning towards Benjamin, doing his best not to seem like he noticed as his attention settled on his mug.


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Draco wasn’t really sure exactly who made the decision that they wouldn’t return to the manor for the night, but now that they had checked in to the small bed and breakfast in town Draco felt endlessly thankful for the decision.
There was something so freeing in being in a place where neither of them had any history, just a completely neutral place where they could just exist and enjoy each other’s company.
As the door to their room closed behind them, a quaint but very lovely place, Draco turned around to look at Harry, unable to keep a giddy smile entirely off of his face.
“To your liking?”

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It took the door closing behind them for the reality of their decision to fully catch up to Harry.
“We’re really doing this,” he grinned, sounding far more pleased than annoyed.
His eyes skimmed over Draco’s face, a little giddy and a lot enamoured, having spent a quite terrific day in town.
They hadn’t brought anything besides what they were carrying, so there was nothing to let go of, nothing to delay Harry as he closed the gap between them. Hands finding the jut of Draco’s pelvis, Harry grinned up at him, urging him further inside the room.
“****ing hell, Malfoy, a muggle bed and breakfast? What has become of us.”


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2024 3:51 pm 

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The giddiness of Harry was absolutely contagious and Draco couldn’t stop himself from grinning down at him, hands finding purpose on his shoulders as he backed slowly into their room for the night.
“Don’t get too many ideas,” he stated, a statement that was immediately undermined by the wide grin on his face, but there really was no denying that their stay at the bed and breakfast had been a silly and impulsive decision; not that Draco could find it in himself to properly mind it.
“It’s just because it’s such a very long walk back to the manor and you are still partially on bedrest,” he lied, finding something liberating in the very obvious deceptions he was setting up for himself.

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“No, yeah, this is basically a hospital room,” Harry grinned, barely able to convincingly play along with the joke. With every moment that passed in this room, Harry’s shoulders seemed to settle another inch, feeling a sense of giddy ease he hadn’t felt in months.
Taking a step forward quicker than Draco could take one back, Harry diminished the distance between them enough for his hands to travel up Draco’s sides, rucking up the fabric in their wake, non-committedly but not entirely innocently, either.
“Only partially on bed rest, huh?” he repeated boyishly, the wine they shared over dinner catching up to him. “What does that mean, Healer? That we get in bed, but skip out on getting any rest?”


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2024 2:25 pm 

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The eagerness with which Harry approached him threatened to make Draco’s heart burst in his chest, once again surprised to learn that this was something that was okay for him to desire and something that was actually allowed him.
Harry’s line of questioning was what caused Draco to grin, adjusting his grip around him to wrap an arm around his shoulders and allowing the other hand to find his hair and pulling his head back slightly.
“There literally is no shutting you up, is there?” Draco asked, the grin on his lips undermining the harsh words.

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The feeling of Draco’s hand buried in his hair sent a thrill down Harry’s spine, his mouth parting first in a hitched breath and then, with a slight delay, in a wide grin.
“I can think of a couple of ways,” he encouraged.
His line of sight restrained by the hold Draco had of his hair, Harry palmed at Draco’s chest blind, tugging at his coat. As entangled as they were, it was borderline useless; it only took a few moments for Harry’s hands to favour the waistline of Draco’s trousers, instead.
It made Harry’s smile grow sheepish, and a little dazed. “I’d really like that, actually.”


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There was something in Harry’s grin that was so contagious that Draco couldn’t stop himself from grinning as well, caught up, if even just for now, in the belief that maybe they could always be like this; maybe it could always be this easy.
“You’re absolutely incorrigible,” he stated, breath hitching slightly at the feeling of Harry’s hands on his trousers, so familiar with this song and dance that everything about it felt easy and natural to him.
Rather than letting Harry come up with an answer to his comment though, Draco just kissed him, using the hand in his hair as an anchor to tilt his head properly and press a starved kiss to his lips.

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Waking up at the bed and breakfast, Harry felt dead tired. It was a deep, dull exhaustion that simultaneously felt like relief, like every single muscle in his body had finally relaxed. He could probably fall asleep again if the sound of Draco puttering about in the bathroom didn’t occupy his mind just enough to keep him awake.
There, in that comfortable space between night and day, Harry felt his heart so full of love and gratitude that he could cry. Despite having undergone several rounds of isolation, first at the Manor, and then days spent by himself there, this little bubble with Draco was entirely different. As Harry scrubbed a hand over his face, turning towards the sunlit windows, he felt no urgency to start the day.


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There was a different kind of intimacy in waking up in the small muggle bed and breakfast from the kind Draco had shared with Harry in either of their places. It took everything in him to not allow himself to dream of simpler times, times where maybe he and Harry could just share a simple life.
Trying to shake the thoughts off him, Draco reentered the bedroom, noticing that Harry was awake; not lingering on the fact that he recognised that from his breathing alone.
“Sorry, did I wake you?” Draco asked, his voice soft as to not wake Harry further, as he crawled back into bed, not quite ready for them to start their day just yet.

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Harry tipped his head towards Draco, slowly blinking his eyes open. The transition between sleep and consciousness had been so subtle that Harry couldn’t pinpoint the exact moment he was woken up; even if Draco had been at fault, Harry found that he couldn’t care less, much preferring to be awake, anyway.
“It’s alright,” he croaked, a smile already pulling at his lips.
Shifting his position slightly against the pillows, he reached out for Draco, urging him closer with an appreciative brush at his upper arm. “Good morning.”


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“No, not yet,” Draco stated as he curled himself around Harry, resting his head on Harry’s chest and wrapping his arms around his waist, wanting to soak up this moment for as long as it was available to him.
They had had plenty of lazy mornings together in the past, yet somehow this felt different.
Draco felt more relaxed than he had in a long time, having even managed to sleep in much longer than he usually would.
“I’m not ready for the day to start,” he mumbled, mostly speaking into Harry’s chest.

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