Where: Honeydukes and then Daphne's cottage
When: After Ron and Daphne's break up
Rating: PG I guess
Daphne was at Honeydukes, laden with a basketful of candy. She had planned on eating all her sorrows away by pigging out on chocolate. She had gone home to change back into jeans, but had kept the large hoodie that her brother had left with her. It was warm anyways. She sighed as she piled 5 boxes of chocolate frogs, making sure she had enough spending money.
Draco had stopped by to purchase some Ice Mice, Sugar Quills and a box of Dark Delights in antisipation of an evening alone with Hermione in front of the fireplace. It was becoming a habit for the two of them to stop working on their projects and to sit by the fireplace, eating treats and talking. Everyone needed a quiet time to talk with someone close to them. Spotting Daphne purchasing chocolates, he wandered over to say 'hello'.
"Are you satisfying a sugar craving?"
"I'm planning on eating my sorrows away," she told him, still piling the chocolate away. Daphne hoped she didn't look like she had been crying. When she had gone back home to change, she had just... broke down and started crying, out of frustration, sadness, anger, etc. Daphne sighed as she moved along the shelves.
"You think I'd gain some serious weight if I ate this all tonight?" she asked, holding her basket up.
Draco frowned at her and looked down at the basket. "Actually, yes." He shook his head and tossed his hair back. "What do you mean 'sorrows'? What happened?"
She looked down at her own figure. Now if she was fat, it wouldn't matter, but then she'd get stared at and no one would want her. "Damn. Well, Ron and I broke up."
He slowly closed his eyes and shook his head. "What on earth for? You two were doing great together."
Daphne set her basket down and leaned against the shelf she was near. "We got in an argument. He was trying to find out what was going on with me and I wouldn't say anything about it. He got frustrated and started yelling, and I did as well. And we both shouted at each other. He wanted to know if it was over and I just told him to leave me alone and I left." The images replayed in her head. They were terrible. Tears threatened to fall from her eyes and she couldn't stop one from escaping.
"Daphne, Daphne, Daphne," Draco sighed softly and wrapped his arms around her shoulders. "Dating Gryffindors can be a hazard in tempers alone. . . Maybe you two just need time apart for a while?"
She nodded, not saying anything, as more tears fell. Daphne reached up to wipe some away but they kept falling. "I didn't mean for it to happen like that, I really didn't," she said quietly. "I'm going to need some time apart from him, yes. He just got so angry and started yelling at me and I just yelled back and left and then I was sitting on the side of the cottage and he left and slammed my door. Then I started yelling at him for that. I hate when he tries to bully me into telling him stuff like he did, which is why I got mad."
He hugged her close. "Maybe you should owl him about that and just say that it's private and that when you are sure you'll tell him about it?"
"I guess," she sniffed. Daphne started to cry again. "I'm sorry Draco, I didn't want to break down like this in public," she said in between sobs.
Draco bit his lower lip and looked around. Seeing no one, he pulled her into a comforting embrace and stroked her hair. "It's okay. everything will work in the end."
She continued to sob. "It's my fault, because I'm keeping things from him and he got angry." She stopped for a moment before bursting into a fresh round of tears.
"It's not your fault. He should understand that you have obligations that you cannot tell him about. It's like him and his vaulted Auror training. That's not general knowledge either and it's not suppose to be told to anyone who's not an Auror trainee." Draco continued to pet her hair, privately thinking bloody murder towards Ron. This was the second woman he had to talk to after a failed date with that man.
Daphne cried some more. "I know, but still... he told me how were we supposed to have a relationship if we were keeping things frome ach other?" She took out a hankerchief and began to wipe her face, tears still coming out by the gallon. Daphne hadn't cried this much since Filip. Then again, with him, she had cried for a week straight and then everyday she would burst into random intervals of tears.
"You should have told him that a relationship is built on trust and if he can't trust you to tell him when you are ready then he really does not want to have a relationship." Oh yes, he was plotting bloody murder and thinking about letting Hermione in on the chaos. She was such a good hexer.
"I know, but I was upset! I was yelling! Slamming doors," she continued to cry. "He was so angry, I could see it in his eyes." Daphne was so miserable right now. She just needed today to cry it all out.
"How about I take you to your home, Daphne?" Draco replied, noticing the looks from the cashier. "You can take a nice long hot bubble bath to relax a little and I'll have the cashier send you chocolate over? We can talk better in private anyways."
Daphne nodded. Picking up her chocolate, she continued to cry as she set it down on the counter and left. Then she went outside and cried some more as she waited for Draco.
Draco paid for the chocolate and asked for it to be delievered before going outside. Taking her by the arm, he lead her to her place.
Daphne unlocked the door to her cottage and flipped on the lights. "Want something to drink?" she asked with a sniff.
"Not really, but you could use some to help you to relax a little," he replied, following her inside.
"I'll just make tea." She padded into the kitchen, still clutching her hankerchief as she looked at the kettle. This was the ketlle she had turned on when her and Ron had been fighting. Daphne burst into a fresh round of tears, still bustling around the kitchen and taking out a cup and a tea bag, along with sugar and honey.
Draco had followed her and was standing in the doorway watching her. "Maybe you should sit down and let me do that."
"No, it's fine," she said, tears streaming down her face as she sat down on a stool and waited for the water to boil.
Draco shook his head. "How can you be fine? You look like a busted waterfountain!"
"I know! But I wanna make this tea!" Daphne said as she started to cry again. She didn't know she had this many tears. At this rate, she'd probably be dry for the next month.
Stepping into the room, he took a seat at the table. "Saphne, please, your head is going to hurt dreadful tomorrow."
"I know, I'm trying to stop," she sniffed as she wiped the tears away with the hankerchief. All her make-up had come off again. Daphne went into the bathroom and locked the door to look at herself. Her face was red, her eyes were all red-rimmed. Her make-up was streaming down her face in black streaks, she looked terrible. Daphne washed her face and came out 5 minutes later, now finished crying. For now. She was all cried out.
Draco had made himself some tea as he waited for her. When she came out, he nodded at the kettle. "Tea's up. Are you going to be fine? Want anything to happen to Ron?"
"Draco... no, I don't. It was an argument. Sure, one that caused us to break up, but it's not like he cheated on me or anything." Daphne went into the kitchen and poured herself some tea, stirring some sugar and honey in.
"You do realize that he will get a stern talking to about stirring up things when he should know better?"
Daphne shrugged and nodded. "I'm going to go somehwere. Next week. I'm leaving. I've already got it all planned out in my mind."
Draco looked her over. "Do you want me to take care of your shop at all?"
"I'm going to write my sister," she decided. "She needs a job. And to get out of the Manor."
"But thanks for offering Draco. And for bearing with me while I sob my eyes out."
"You're welcome. And if you want I'll make sure that the lawyer is avalible for her as well." He sighed and chewed on his lower lip. "Are you going to be alright?"
Daphne nodded. "Yeah, I'll be fine." She let a small smile show.
He gave her a hug and nodded. "If you need anything at all, owl me, got it?" Draco told her
She nodded and hugged him back. "Okay."
Draco nodded and headed for the door, his temper still not at all eased by her reassurances. "You get some sleep, okay? And listen to me, I sound like a mother hen."
Daphne chuckled. "I know. I will I will, just go." She laughed. "I'll be fine."
He grinned back at her and left the house, heading up to Hogwarts and in search of Hermione.