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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2023 3:39 pm 

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There was something so heartwarming about seeing the three men interact, making Draco almost feel like he was intruding on their time together, but he tried his to push it out of his mind and just enjoy the moment.
“Yeah, Sirius told me,” he stated with a soft smile, trying to feel more at ease in the situation, but it was simply so unlike anything he had been privy to in the past that it was difficult to ease into.
“And an engineering degree is just as much a doctor as I will be,” he added, trying to be in on the teasing.

Sirius grinned up at his husband, appreciating the reassurance, even if he really didn’t feel insecure about his doctorate. After all, he hadn’t actually used it for much for ages, so it absolutely seemed fair to label Draco as more of a real doctor than he was.
“I think we can hand Draco this one,” he said with a grin. “I’m only really a doctor in name by now.”

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Remus grinned at Sirius overtop of his mug as he leaned back, eyes crinkling at the corners. Despite Harry’s teases, Remus had been there to witness Sirius finishing his doctorate while having to juggle raising an infant, and even decades later Remus’ heart still swelled with pride and love.
Rather than foil the tone of the conversation, Remus’ fingers brushed their way beneath the hem of Sirius’ trousers, fingers curling around his bare ankle.

Despite Remus’ attempts at being discreet, the affection between the two men filled the room to the point it deflated the tease, making Harry huff an exasperated little sound at them.
Instead turning his attention back onto Draco, he refocused on the topic they had only just opened.
“D’you know where you’re going yet, then?” he went on, his smile still too bright on his lips, a false exasperation at the absolute teenagers that were his fathers.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2023 5:12 pm 

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There was so much love and adoration in the room that Draco almost felt like he could choke, unused to seeing such unabashed affection from anyone, and the three men around him seemed to have so much to spare. Even if Harry was rolling his eyes at the older men, it was clear that it was out of love.
“I am planning on becoming an oncologist,” he explained, trying to keep his focus on Harry, but he was still devastatingly handsome in a way that almost made Draco’s cheeks heat up; feeling suddenly shy from the attention he received.
“That’s cancer.”

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“Oh, nice,” Harry replied, grateful for the clarification. The brief flicker of confusion painted on his expression gave way for genuine interest, a smile easily on his lips.
Spending his days surrounded by ten-year olds or graduates, it had been a while since Harry had had the chance to talk with anyone about uni and expectations.
“The, uh, the diagnostics and treatment part, or are you wanting to go into surgery?”


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2023 6:10 am 

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The sheer interest in him and his career took Draco so completely aback that he found it difficult to find the correct answer to the question. It was, of course, something that he had given a lot of thought, however, now that he had someone who seemed to genuinely interested in what he had to say, he suddenly got shy about his future plans.
“I’m heading towards medicine,” he said with a weak smile, feeling incredibly flattered by the interest but unsure on what to do about himself in it. “I might get into research or do a phd at some point, but for now I just really enjoy the diagnostics and treatment.”

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Harry sucked air between his teeth at that, a knowing and appreciative little sound.
“People-facing,” he reiterated as though Draco had said something very telling, although his smile remained easy and good-humoured when he leaned forward to reach for his mug of tea when Remus had refilled it, offering his father a grateful smile.
“You had a boyfriend, yeah?” he added, although he wasn’t quite sure if Draco had shared that or if Sirius had on his behalf. Even if neither had, looking like he did, it felt like a fair bet to assume Draco wasn’t single.
Harry looked back at Draco overtop the rim of his mug, turning it between his hands as he gathered courage to have a drink.
“Does he study there, too?”


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2023 2:52 am 

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At the mention of his boyfriend, Draco’s smile stiffened for a moment, still unsure how he felt about the entire thing.
Sure, Peter had been nothing but kind and supportive to him through this entire ordeal, but his excitement was something that Draco had a really hard time properly wrapping his head around. That felt like too much to share with people around him, who were still functionally strangers to him, though, so instead he just nodded, trying to find his bearings again.
“Yeah, I do, Peter,” he said, trying not to linger on the fact that even the name seemed to leave a bad taste in his mouth.
“He’s at Oxford too, studying law, that’s how we met.”

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Harry’s eyebrows quirked at that, another subtle sign of impressed recognition. Law at Oxford was another heavy-hitter of a degree, making for a highly educated couple. Privately, Harry thought that might translate to Peter perhaps also being a product of the same high society Draco came from, though he didn’t comment on it.
“Been together long?” he encouraged regardless, his smile and interest unwaveringly kind.
Perhaps especially if they were from the same aristocratic circles that Sirius had been raised in, Harry wasn’t sure Draco had ever gotten the opportunity to speak of him, at all.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2023 3:54 am 

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Draco was usually far more tight lipped about anything going on in his life, never feeling sure that it wouldn’t be used against him later. However, Harry kept seeming so earnestly interested in him, not because he might have some ulterior motive, but solely because he was a new person in his life.
“Around a year by now,” he stated with a shrug, unsure whether or not that was actually a long time, having no real scope of how other people viewed relationship length. It hadn’t really ever been something he talked about with anyone, having known that it wasn’t something that he would ever get to be public about, so it had seemed unimportant.

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Though Draco seemed almost indifferent to the span of his relationship, to Harry, a year felt like a lifetime, having only made it past that benchmark once in his life, himself; he vividly remembered how grown up he had felt, how it had started to feel proper.
It made Harry’s smile widen, happy on Draco’s behalf.
“So he’s a good one,” Harry smiled before taking a drink, the question more of a rhetorical one than one asked in earnest.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2023 8:15 am 

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While Harry’s comment was likely well meaning and showed nothing but care for him, the comment still made Draco feel ill at ease. He wasn’t actually sure if he’d classify Peter as a good guy, however they had been together for so long and Draco liked him well enough that it didn’t seem important.
“I guess so,” he stated before taking a sip from his tea, unsure what to really say to that.

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Having been caught up in several delays at the underground, Harry arrived at Grimmauld considerably later than he had planned for Sunday roast dinner. Not expecting anyone on the ground floor, Harry let himself in.
“Hiya, sorry,” he called into the house over top of the sound of his shoes scuffing against the doormat.
He made quick work of undressing from his coat and trainers, already on his way down the stairs just moments after arriving, looking a little dishevelled.
“Tube’s a mess today,” he apologised as the kitchen came into view from the stairs, his smile widening by mere instinct. “How are we?”

With the roast and potatoes still in the oven, Remus was only lingering at the worktop to open a bottle of wine. He turned at the sound of Harry’s descent, corkscrew still in hand.
“Hi, kid,” he greeted Harry, meeting his godson in a one-armed hug, reaching to cradle the nape of his neck as an anchor to brush a kiss to his temple. He let go as quick as he had caught him, a motion trained with decades of similar greetings.
“Good, thanks. You’re just in time.”


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2023 5:52 pm 

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While playing emotional support for his husband while he was finishing dinner, Sirius had seated himself on the kitchen counter, legs swinging softly as he made conversation with Remus and Draco.
When Harry entered the kitchen with them, Sirius broke into a wide grin, reaching out with his arms for Harry to move closer such that he would be able to say hi properly.
“He always does that the big sod,” he stated with a grin. “Coming just in time to put his arse in the seat and not do squad.”

There was always something so mind boggling to Draco to get to witness the easy domesticity between the three men in the kitchen with him. It made a knot tie up in his stomach, a feeling that he knew well enough to be jealousy, but he really didn’t want it to be.
He was slowly getting over his feelings of being an intruder, but he still couldn’t quite shake the feeling that he didn’t actually belong in that situation.

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“Good to see you, too, da,” Harry complained in a fake offence, leaning over the counter and into Sirius’ arms to be hugged. “I only had to take the tube to begin with ‘cause you lot borrowed my van.”
Straightening his posture, Harry turned to the last man in the room, his smile just as easy as when he had addressed the first two.
“And you?” he asked Draco, moving to join him at the table, pulling out the chair in front of him. “How are you?”


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2023 7:35 am 

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As always, it took Draco by surprise when either of them addressed him directly while they were all together.
It wasn’t that he found either of the three men unfriendly or unwelcoming, it was more that he could tell that they had a definite dynamic between them, and he was left mostly feeling like a fly on the wall, observing their interactions.
Thus, it took him a moment to find his bearings enough to actually answer the rather simple question posed to him, finding that he wasn’t actually sure as to how he would answer that question.
“I’m alright,” he stated, finding that that was the closest he could come to the truth at the moment, still trying to wrap his head around the situation he found himself in.

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Harry smiled at that, finding some kindred relief in hearing that.
“I’m glad,” he said, taking a seat at the table.
Since Draco’s arrival at Grimmauld, Harry hadn’t had Sirius or Remus alone long enough for them to give much context to Draco’s situation, but Harry knew the broad strokes, and within those bounds alright felt like a good place to be.
Leaning back in his chair, resting his feet on the one next over, Harry glanced between the three men, before settling back onto Draco.
“Did you guys just hang out around the house for the weekend?”


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2023 2:26 am 

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There was something very touching about the way that Harry just seemed genuinely interested in him and what he had been up to, even if they just barely knew each other. To Draco, it spoke of the upbringing he had had, unable to stop the twinge of jealousy that came whenever he saw the way that Harry interacted with Sirius and Remus.
“Yeah, I moved properly into the room and have been trying to extinguish fires in my social life,” he explained with a wry smile, trying not to feel too bitter about the entire ordeal. After all, he would have been good and proper ****ing had Sirius decided not to let him in that first day, so he was extremely grateful for that at least.

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“Oh yeah?” Harry encouraged with a grin, quick to catch up on the self-deprecating joke audible in Draco’s voice and phrasing. Precisely how one chose to process heartache was very individual, but to take a **** of it was familiar to Harry, such a cornerstone of his upbringing.
“Fires, plural?” he clarified, out of interest of Draco’s situation.
It felt pointless to ignore the fact that Harry knew of the major one Draco was doing damage control on, but Draco speaking of more stood out to him.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2023 3:45 pm 

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Part of Draco desperately wanted to clam up, having gotten into the habit over many years and sharing nothing personal about himself unless it was absolutely necessary. However, there was something about all three of the men that made Draco ease up, feeling slightly more willing to share and feeling like maybe it wasn’t going to be used against him later.
“I don’t know if you have ever suddenly been outed, but people tend to not take it well when they realised you have been keeping a secret like that,” Draco stated, unable to keep the exasperation out of his voice entirely. “Also, my boyfriend has been blowing up my phone, asking me why I am staying here and not at his place, so there’s a lot.”

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The corner of Harry’s mouth upturned at that, and while he didn’t have any clever reply to that, he did privately find it a little humorous. He indeed hadn’t gotten the misfortune of experiencing that.

“You’re welcome to have him over,” Remus offered from the counter, having relaxed into it, hips resting against Sirius’ knee.
Beside him was the opened wine bottle, and he’d defend it as being in the middle of aerating, but frankly, he had only lingered to avoid crowding Draco, instead allowing Harry to fill that space.
This, however, wasn’t Harry’s offer to make.
His hand finding Sirius’ knee, Remus pushed himself upright and back into motion. The ease of his smile was proof that they had already raised a child to adulthood, having hosted a multitude of visitors, friends and partners throughout the years. “Especially if that’d mean a burden off your back.”


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