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27 February 2011 @ 12:19 pm
something worth fighting for, chapter six  
Title: Something Worth Fighting For
Author: xxCabalinaxx
Rating: T (Teen)
Warnings: Slash, mpreg (past/present/future)
Summary: Harry is invited to Hogwarts for his ten year reunion. Everyone finds out what has been going on since he left England, and that he married a certain someone named Draco Malfoy.

Author’s Note: Feb, 1, 2011. So for those of you new to this fic, thank you for reading :) For those of you who have been waiting patiently for me to update this fic, I thank you all for being patient with me. And it is because of you guys that this chapter has been written. And with a new chapter, comes a total revamp and overhaul of this fic, so while the basics of this fic are still the same, I would advise you to go back and start reading from the beginning again. Also, if you guys are interested, I have created a website with images and extra tidbits of information about the horses and other animals that may pop up. I always like having a picture or visual to put with a description, so in case any of you are like me, the link to the site can be found here


Chapter Six

Ron shifted awkwardly in the receiving room of Malfoy Manor, his hands shoved deep in the pockets of his jeans. Hermione stood next to him and patted his arm sympathetically. Remus stood with them waiting patiently. They had been escorted in by one of the house elves and were waiting for the rest of their group to arrive. Harry and Ron were going to take Jake and Jeremy to Diagon Alley to shop for school supplies while Draco took Alexis and Jamie with him to look at some horses for sale. Severus, Sirius, Remus, and Hermione would be accompanying him.

It was a common event for either Harry and/or Draco to go look at new horses. In their line of business, horses were always being bought and sold, some at a faster rate than others. What the twins didn’t know however, was that Draco was going to look at horses for them. The twins would be turning eleven in a few weeks, it was hard for Draco to believe that his babies were already that old, and each of the boys were going to get their own horses for their birthday.

Alexis and the twins came tearing down the stairs laughing and breathing heavily. They skidded to a halt at the bottom and proceeded to argue over who won. The three adults were amused and watched with smiles on their faces.

Harry and Draco came down the stairs not far behind the kids, only at a much slower pace. James was in Harry’s arms, propped on his hip. Draco had his arm looped through Harry’s other one and was leaning against him comfortably. It still surprised some people how at ease they were with each other.

A loud bell echoed through the decorative room and seconds later Severus and Sirius were there as well. Harry grinned. “Hey, guys.”

Draco broke away from his husband to greet his godfather, moving away not a moment to soon since Lexi was waiting right behind him to say hello. Of everyone, Lexi had decided Uncle Sev was her favorite from day one and always seemed to be attached to the Potions Master’s side whenever he was around.

Sirius had just said hello to Harry and the boys and was in the process of greeting his fellow Marauder and the youngest Mr. and Mrs. Weasley when he saw that Draco was free. “Hey, my favorite baby maker!”

The animagus pulled Draco close to him, enveloping the slighter man in a big hug. Draco laughed and returned the embrace just as fiercely. When they separated, Sirius kept his arm around Draco’s shoulders. “So, what’s the plan, Potters??”

Harry hugged Hermione and Ron quickly. “Well, if Ron would like to, he and I are going to take the twins to Diagon Alley to get some things.

“And I,” Draco broke in, “am going to look at some horses with the rest of you.”

Hermione looked back and forth slowly between Harry and Draco. Slowly, the dots were connecting in her head. “Harry, what kind of things are you getting?” It couldn’t be, could it? The timing seemed right.

Harry grinned. “Draco and I have decided to stay in England, permanently. So yes, Mi, Ron and I are taking to boys to get their wands and school supplies as they will be going to Hogwarts in September.”

It was dead silent for maybe, half a second, then all hell broke loose. Harry and Draco couldn’t be shuffled among their makeshift family members to be hugged within an inch of their lives fast enough. The kids had been consulted that morning and the two little ones were thrilled. Jake and Jeremy had been a bit more hesitant, but they had known that once they turned eleven they would be going to one of the magical schools available to them. Harry and Draco had taken them to visit many of the schools in the United States. So after some discussion, the twins had agreed to go to Hogwarts and the family would stay in England with frequent trips to New York to visit the friends they would be leaving behind.

When the Potter shuffle was done, Draco ended up in Harry’s arms. Harry thread his fingers through Draco’s hair and pulled it loose from the band it had been previously encased in. “Hey,” Draco scolded. “No playing. We’ve got to get going. I told Daniel we’d been there in an hour and it’s going to take longer than that to get there.”

Harry held up his hands in surrender. “Yessir.”

Draco rolled his eyes and swatted at his husband. “Go to the Alley. We’ve got to go. Alright people, let’s go.”

As they walked out of the foyer and followed Draco through a series of halls to a back entrance to the manor, Hermione was the only one who spoke. “So, how are we going to be getting there?”
“The truck.” Draco answered simply.

“Oh. Alright then.”


It took them just over an hour and a half to get to wherever they were going and Hermione was surprised to find that it felt like they’d just left Malfoy Manor when Draco pulled off the main road and drove up a private lane. Draco parked the truck and trailer directly in front of a massive stone building that was set just behind the main house on the property. The stable looked more like a small mansion than a home for horses. He stepped down from the truck and slammed the door shut behind him. Severus had sat up in the front with Draco while Hermione, Sirius, Remus, Lexi, and Jamie had been in the back seat, all seated with plenty of room thanks to an expanding charm. On the drive back, Draco would ride in the trailer with whatever horses they bought and Severus would drive.

The three Slytherins were perfectly at ease walking into the foreign stable, but the two Gryffindors with them were not quite as comfortable and stuck close to their companions. Lexi and Jamie were completely in their element though and wasted no time in darting back and forth between the stalls, eagerly reaching up to pet the noses of the horses sticking their heads over their stall doors.

“Draco!” A somewhat portly older gentleman was walking down the aisle toward the group of visitors. He had thinning grey hair on the top of his head, and a big bushy white beard. Combined with warm dark eyes he looked like a modern day Santa without the red suit. He was fairly tall and dressed in a pair of jeans and work boots and a heavy work shirt. He greeted Draco warmly with a grin and a handshake.

Draco murmured something to the man, earning a laugh in response. Smirking, the blonde turned back to his entourage. “Hermione, Remus, this is Daniel Barrigan, a good family friend. We’ve known him for many years and he is one of the best horsemen I know. Harry and I get most of our horses from him.”

Daniel nodded, as if confirming Draco’s statement. “Yes, and speaking of those horses, I have many for you to try, so if you would come with me, we can get this extravaganza underway.”

Hermione’s eyes widened and as they all started to follow Daniel she leant over to Sirius and whispered, “Extravaganza?”

Sirius grinned.

Daniel led them to the far end of the aisle and around the corner where there was another set of stalls that he informed them contained all of his ‘sale horses’. There were at least twenty horses here. Draco, Severus, and Sirius all shared a look. Draco and Severus smirked while Sirius grinned like a madman. “Let’s get this party started.”

Daniel motioned for one of the grooms to lead out the first horse. It was big bay gelding with a white star and snip on his face. The horse watched the group in front of him with interest, ears pricked forward. “This here is Condor. Five, almost six year old gelding by Judgement ISF. Last time we sticked him he was sixteen-three hands.”

Draco nodded. “If he’s anything like his sire, he’ll be a prize indeed.”

“I think I’ll take this one for a spin.” Sirius stepped up and moved to stand at the horse’s head and it was the first time that Hermione and Remus noticed that he was dressed in riding clothes. Well, sort of. Sirius and Severus both had on jeans and riding boots. Draco was in full riding attire: breeches and tall boots.

“You can ride?” Hermione asked incredulously.

Sirius paused in placing the tack on Condor’s back. “Umm, yeah.” He shared a look with Draco, who rolled his eyes. The blonde knew exactly what was going through the others head. “Pureblood thing.” They said together.

Sirius finished tacking up Condor and followed the attending groom out to the outdoor riding arena. Another bay horse, a stallion, was brought out, which Draco quickly had tacked up and and a grey mare had been pulled out of her stall for Severus.

Now that the three riders had all their first rides of the day, the children latched on to the last two members of their group. James tugged on Remus’s shirt, requesting to be picked up and was instantly obliged. Alexis tucked her hand into Hermione’s The little girl tugged and started walking toward the arena. “C’mon! Let’s go watch Papa spend lotsa monies.”


Six hours later, Draco, Severus, and Sirius were still riding. Hermione had lost count, but if she had to guess she’d say the three men were riding at least their seventh horse apiece. She’d watched intently for the first couple of rides, then Alexis had decided she was bored and turned to Hermione for entertainment. The Potter princess had all but demanded that the older woman play with her and tell stories about Harry and Draco when they were all in school together.

Hermione was sitting on a set of bleachers set right up against the stable with a direct view of the riding arena with Remus and the children close by. She was currently in the middle of telling Lexi about how she, Harry, and Ron became friends after they met up with the troll during their first year when suddenly Draco plucked his little girl from the bench and swung her up onto his hip. “Are you bothering Hermione here, chicky?”

Alexis giggled. “Nuh uh. She’s telling me stories about Daddy.”

Draco nodded. “Ah, I see. And did you thank her for telling you the hundred and one other stories she’s no doubt told you already?”

A pause. “Thank you Hermione.”

Hermione hid a laugh behind her hand and smiled at the little girl. “You’re very welcome sweetheart.”

Severus and Sirius appeared behind and next to Draco and Lexi started squirming and reaching for Severus. “Uncle Sev!”

“Don’t kick your father, Alexis.” Severus scolded as he lifted the girl from Draco and took her into his arms.

Remus shot his former student a concerned look. “Are you even supposed to be riding in your condition?”

Draco resisted from rolling his eyes. If he had a knut for every time that question had been asked...“I’ve talked it over with my healer and he says as long as I’m feeling well and up to it, and can handle a horse safely, then I can ride however much I want to.”

Hermione asked, “Are we ready to go back now?”

Draco nodded, tiredness easy to see on his face. “Yes, we’re done and ready to go home.”

Hermione and Remus stepped down from the bleachers, the older man holding on to Jamie’s hand to steady the child.

Sirius took the boy from Remus and lifted him up so James was siting on his shoulders as they walked through the barn back toward the front parking lot. “How many horses did you buy Draco?” Remus asked.

“Draco!” Daniel called out to Draco from the other end of the barn, turning around the corner to catch up to them. “That last horse you wanted, did you want to try him out?”

Draco was quiet for a moment, a long moment. Longer than his companions expected. “I don’t need to ride that one. I’m just going to take him home with me.”

Daniel nodded. “Alright, I’ll have one of my people bring him out to the trailer for you. The others should be loading now.”

The two men shook hands. “Thank you Daniel. Once again, this has been a very productive trip.”

“Any time my friend. Any time.”

With that, Daniel Barrigen returned to whatever tasks he’d been doing and left his visitors to see themselves out.

“In answer to your question, Remus, I bought six horses today.”

“Six? You said you only picked out five from the bunch we rode today?” Sirius interrupted.

Outside, a group of Daniel’s employees were loading horses on to the trailer Draco had brought with them. “I’m taking Condor, who Sirius rode first; he’ll be a good project for Harry. He likes the difficult ones. Leroy, that young grey that Severus rode; for Jeremy. I didn’t find one that I think would suit Jake. And there were three other ones that I liked that Daniel is going to ship to New York for me.”

“New York? But, you said you were staying here?” Hermione couldn’t hide the apprehension in her voice.

Draco smiled placatingly. “We are, don’t worry. But we’re still going to keep the house and stable in New York. We have a really good set of staff that are going to stay there and keep training. It will be extremely easy for either Harry or I to go back and forth if we need to.”

Severus gave his godson a hard look. A flashback to their school days, he raised his eyebrow, clearly not fooled by Draco’s misdirection. “You said six horses, Draco. You only named five.”

At that moment, a groom led another horse out into the parking lot from around the side of the barn. The horse was walking calmly next to his handler, but every few strides would toss his head and step sideways, then he’d be calm again. A light reddish color with three white feet, the horse was tall and leggy.  Severus and Sirius immediately identified the horse as a Thoroughbred, and it was a horse that they had seen before.

“Draco...”

“Don’t start. I’m already going to get enough of it from my husband. I don’t need it from you as well. I know what I’m doing. You’re just going to have to trust me on this.”

Severus and Sirius shared a look, communication through facial expressions and familiarity that they had honed after being together for many years. Sirius was the one to break the silence. “Alright kiddo. It’s your call. Let’s get these guys loaded up and head home. It’s been a long day.”

When the groom tried to lead the chestnut up the ramp, the horse flung it’s head up and ricked back on his haunches. He pulled against his halter and backed up, clearly not interested in the giant metal contraption. The groom unsuccessfully tried to get the gelding to settle, and the horse was only becoming more agitated.

Draco stepped forward and snatched the lead away from the groom. “I’ve got it from here.”

“But, Mr. Barrigen said,” the groom spluttered.

“I don’t care what he said. If you continue to act like an idiot you’re going to ruin my horse and you really don’t want to do that.” The trademark Malfoy sneer came into play and the groom swiftly retreated into the barn, not looking back.

Draco held the end of the lead rope and moved with the horse as it moved in reverse as fast as it could while staying upright. “Easy, baby, easy. C’mon, no nonsense now. You know better. I know you do, because I taught you better. Good boy. That’s it. Easy, good baby. Very good baby.”

It was like a different horse had appeared in front of them. Within seconds of Draco taking the lead, the horse had stopped moving and instead had pricked his ears up and focused completely on Draco. The more Draco talked, the more the horse relaxed and moved closer to the blonde. In no time at all, Draco led the horse up the ramp with no fuss, and after a little maneuvering, backed the horse into one of the stalls on the trailer. Leroy and Condor were opposite the mystery horse and were happily munching on hay from the net hanging between their heads.

With the horses all loaded and in their places, Draco stood in the doorway looking down at them. He pulled a set of keys out of his pocket and tossed them to Severus. “I’m all set back here. Just try not to go over any big bumps.”

Severus smirked, but said nothing. Hermione and Remus helped the children up into the back seat of the truck and got in themselves while Severus and Sirius closed the trailer ramp and door. Finished with that, the pair climbed into the truck and soon, they were on their way home.

Hemione resisted asking any questions until they had been driving for a good forty minutes. “Why is Harry going to give Draco a hard time about that horse? It seemed like he really liked Draco.”

It took a minute before she got an answer. Severus’ hands tightened on the steering wheel until his normally pale skin was even whiter. Sirius sighed heavily and shifted in the seat so he could see into the back. Thankfully, Jamie and Alexis had fallen asleep and would not hear the story he was about to tell. “That would be Egan. He’s a Thoroughbred gelding that used to be a racehorse in New York. I think he’s, what, six years old now?”

Severus nodded for confirmation and Sirius continued. “Draco prefers Thoroughbreds to most other horses. He thinks they’re more athletic to the big clunky warmbloods. Harry likes the warmbloods, but, Draco, Draco thinks the Thorouhbreds have more heart, that they put more effort into their jobs.

“Just before Harry and Draco found out that Draco was pregnant with James, they bought a few horses very cheaply off the track. Cadet had just retired and Draco didn’t really have a competition horse at the time, so he wanted to get a couple young ones and bring them along in hopes that one would become his next star. Harry was bringing along a couple young ones himself in addition to Orion so it worked out well.

“Draco brought home four Thoroughbreds. I don’t remember the registered names they had. Most Thoroughbred’s have some random ass race names. One of those horses was Athena. I think her registered names was ‘Tax Day Baby’; kinda awful. Anyway, the other two horses, Draco called them Lucy and Ricky, they were sold not long after they arrived. The last I heard, Lucy ended up as a kid’s eventing horse and Ricky is an older woman’s trail horse. Funny how things work out isn’t it?

“The fourth horse,” Sirius took a moment to clear his throat and looked back out the front windshield. Remus and Hermione exchanged a worried look. They had never seen Sirius like this before. “The fourth horse was Egan. Egan was something special. Draco was mad about him, was really convinced that this skinny red baby, the horse had just turned three, this skinny baby, was going to be ‘the one’. Every good rider has one horse that jump starts their career and puts them on the map. For Harry, that horse is Orion, which was a total fluke. For Draco, he hasn’t really had that horse yet. He’s made a name for himself as a trainer and an instructor and always does well at the shows, but that special horse hasn’t been found yet. He thought Egan was that horse. The bond those two had was something special, even though Egan was only with him for a few months.

“Harry really doesn’t share Draco’s love of the Thoroughbreds. He thinks most of them are too flighty, too hotheaded, hence his warmblood preference. Draco disagrees. Gradually, Harry has come to see that not all OTB’s are complete whack jobs, but its taken a ton of convincing.

“Draco was thirty-four weeks pregnant when it happened. Sometimes we forget how lucky we are because our horses are very good natured. It takes us a longer time to find the right horses because we have to be careful what we buy. We’re with the kids a lot of the time so we have to be sure that they’ll be safe around the horses too.

I don’t know exactly what happened, but this is the version that I know. All of the horses, their personal horses, Athena, Ranger, Cadet, and Egan, were in one of the big paddocks together and Draco went out to bring them some hay. Something set off Athena and she ended up crashing into Egan who then crashed into Draco which knocked him into the ground. He also ended up getting kicked in the side. Thank god for magic, because without it, Draco would be seriously crippled and Jamie would be dead.”

The passengers in the back seat were silent after Sirius’ tale. They couldn’t imagine how Harry must have felt after that. Even the idea of loosing a chid, a child that wasn’t even hers and she had only met a few weeks ago, sent chills through her and made her feel nauseous.

“Sirius, how did Egan end up here, though?” Remus had listened to his friend with trepidation, knowing that this was not going to be a pleasant explanation.

“Harry got rid of him.” Sirius answered.

“Excuse me?” The idea of Harry getting ‘rid’ of something, especially a living creature, was something she couldn’t wrap her head around.

“Draco somehow managed to crawl or something out of the paddock and I heard him yell. Severus and Harry were in France at the time. One of many trips to look at horses for sale. I think they were trying to find a horse for a client. Anyway, Draco was put into a healing coma to guarantee that he and the baby would heal properly and he was unconscious for a week. Harry all but lived in that little room with him. The kids were there for a while, but mostly Severus and I stayed with them at the house. It was...It was hard on Harry, trying to be there for the kids and stay positive and be there with Draco and keep the stable running.

“I don’t know what went through his head, but Harry decided that Egan had to go. I think he blamed Egan for Draco getting hurt. After he woke up, Draco came home and was on bed rest for the final two months of his pregnancy. He could move around a little, but Harry wouldn’t let him leave the house. Hell, he barely let Draco leave the bedroom. And I don’t mean that in a dirty way.

“What I do know, is after James was born, and Draco finally went back out to the stables, when he found out that Egan was gone, he was beyond distraught. A part of him definitely died that day he found out. I don’t think Draco’s ever forgiven Harry for that.”

 
 
 
lijahlover: Brown Beauty-Arabianlijahlover on February 27th, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
I have just read all six chapters and love this so far it is brilliant. I am a horse lover myself so I can understand their world they live in and envy them a little.

Some lines had me chuckling at the end but this one is a good angsty cliffhanger.
XXcabalinaXX: moonlightxxcabalinaxx on February 28th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
Horse lovers unite! lol very glad that you're enjoying it. And believe you me, I envy them too :P
kat_fanfic: hd_interhousekat_fanfic on February 27th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
I really like this! I love me a well-written MPreg and this story shapes up to be a great one already! :D Is there going to be anymore? Thanks for sharing! :)
XXcabalinaXX: moonlightxxcabalinaxx on February 28th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
Very glad you like it. :) Yes there will be more. I'm hoping to have the next chapter up by the end of the week.
vwalkvwalk on February 28th, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
I just discovered this fic and read all six chapters back-to-back. I am really, really enjoying it. I don't know a lot about horses or riding so I'm appreciating how detailed you are with regard to that aspect.
I simply love the children, and the fact that Misa is like another child. You depict the love within the Potter family extremely well.
I just have one question - and maybe I overlooked it - are Sirius and Severus a couple? You mentioned the wordless communication becasue they've been together so long but I'm wondering if that, "together" together.
Regardless I love this fic and am eager to see more.
XXcabalinaXX: moonlightxxcabalinaxx on February 28th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
I am very glad you are enjoying it <3 I'm hoping to have the next chapter up by the end of the week.

In answer to your question, yes, Severus and Sirius are a couple. I plan on elaborating more on that in future chapters. And I'm glad the horsey aspects are easy to understands. I'm always afraid that people won't understand, so if it ever comes up, please ask for clarification.
Flannery: HP | Harrymerely_anger on February 28th, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
I don't know anything about horses, never been around them much, but I'm really enjoying this. :) Loving the big Potter family that you've made. Can't wait for more!
Siniestra Malfoysiniestramalfoy on March 1st, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
Wooh, I just read all the chapters and fell in love with them! I think this is pretty original and there are so much questions left unanswered. I hope you get to update soon :)
Kira O'Harakiraohara on March 3rd, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
This has been BRILLIANT so far! I can't wait to see more of it - and to find out Harry's reaction!

And aww, they didn't get a new horse for Jake. Maybe he'll get Athena? *ponders*

Andandand...*crai* for Draco getting hurt! I was wondering about that with Jake's earlier reactions, and now we know. I hope there isn't too big of a row between the boys over Egan. :x!
Ancient Wisp: butterflydoublewe on March 13th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
I just read all 6 chapters and so far I'm awed with its upcoming. I love horses myself and think it very great to make them horse man ... no one else had this idea so far ... I think. However that it ended without ending is not do nice so please continue this as fast as possible.
(Anonymous) on March 18th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
Oh, my! I just finished reading all the chapters and I am completely taken by this fic!

I loved the beginning, with Draco(Potter, yay!^^) and Harry shocking the hell out of people.

Now I've kind off fallen in love with this little family. I love how Sirius calls Draco his favorite baby maker!

I wish I could write a better comment than this, you truly deserve it, but it's 3 o'clock at night where I am, and I'm dead tired... Hopefully for the next chapter, I'll make it.

And with that, I just wanna say that you have a new reader. Amazing work, keep it up!

// Jasmin
Brilliance of the Moon: dmhplongbca on April 30th, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
This is a brilliant story. I like that they look after horses and especially like Misa being one of the children. Please update soon!
Anniektrisha on February 9th, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
Just found this story and it is wonderful. Well-written, great characters and wonderful plot. Cannot wait to read more.