Prompt/theme: betray - to lead astray, deceive
Challenge: You must add this bit of narration in the format of a letter/note in your drabble: "I'm glad you finally found someone to make you happy. I just wish it could have been me."
Bonus: a twist.
Word count: 500 words, maximum.
Word Count: 496 w/o Author’s Note.
The only secrets are the secrets that keep themselves.
- George Bernard Shaw
Ginny was smiling so hard her cheeks ached, almost as much as the arches of her feet from standing for hours in these shoes. Her husband gripped her arm as he wove them steadily through the throng of guests at the Manor. Ginny smiled and nodded her head as she had been instructed while Draco Malfoy charmed his way across the room. She was to be nothing more than a pretty bauble dangling at his side, Narcissa had instructed. Beautiful but silent.
Ginny caught glimpses of her family as Draco made his rounds. Of course the Weasleys had to be invited to what was only the biggest charity event of the year. He married her for her name and she married him for . . .
Her brother Bill was making his way over to them, Fleur gliding delicately by his side. She looked happy, Ginny noted, and genuinely so. Not like the forced optimism she was wearing like a second skin.
“It’s nice to see you taking care of my little sister, Malfoy,” Bill said by way of greeting.
“Bill,” Draco replied with an easy smile, “and Fleur, how lovely to see you both. I trust you’re well.”
Ginny allowed the sounds of her husband’s pleasantries to fade into the background as she stared at her brother’s features. She missed her family dearly and Draco had afforded only limited contact between them, claiming he wanted to keep his lovely new wife all to himself. Ginny managed a giggle every time he said that and her adoring gaze was always on cue.
Her thoughts drifted to the letter Harry had sent on her wedding day.
Congratulations. I’m sorry I couldn’t be what you wanted and I’m sorry I can’t be there for you today, but I guess you already expected that.
I’m glad you finally found someone to make you happy. I just wish it could have been me.
She’d stared at the letter for a long time, wanting to cry but terrified of Narcissa’s reaction should she ruin her make-up. By the time Narcissa had come around to check what was wrong, it had been a moot point, but the older witch had merely smiled and murmured that it was a brave girl who didn’t cry on her wedding day. The note had been Banished for safe keeping.
“How are you, Ginny?” Bill asked, breaking her reverie. “Any grandchildren on the way? Mum made me ask that,” he added in a stage whisper.
She mustered up a dazzling smile. “I’m wonderful, Bill. And you can tell Mum to hold off on making booties for now,” she said with a chuckle.
Draco’s arm tightened around her waist and he pulled them away politely.
“You’re doing well, my dear,” he whispered against her ear in a voice that sent shivers down her spine. Ginny looked away from the group of redheads and fought back tears as husband and wife continued to work the crowd.