He stood in front of the mirror in his chambers.
“Draco? Come, dear!” called Narcissa Malfoy.
“Hold on, Mum!” shouted Draco, his voice cracking. He could hear his parents murmuring from outside in the hall.
Blaise looked up from his book and rolled his eyes at Draco. “Are you really going through with this, Draco?”
Draco gave a nod.
“You’ve realized that times have changed, haven’t you? Your parents do not have to choose who you are to wed. That is very old-fashioned.”
“I… do not wish to upset her, Zabini. I am more of a gentleman.”
Blaise smirked. “Right.”
“Now, what is that supposed to mean?”
Blaise whistled while reading his book.
Draco shot an annoyed glare in Blaise’s direction. “I’m leaving now, Blaise. Don’t burn the place down.”
Blaise laughed. “Do you think I am that thick, Draco?”
“I was quite serious.”
“Oh, Draco. Please fix your shirt!” said Narcissa exasperated as she, Draco, and Lucius walked to a fancy coffee shop in Diagon Alley.
“Mum, Mum! It’s fine!” snapped Draco.
“Ah, we are here. Remember, Draco. Latin introductions,” hissed Lucius, plastering a smile on his face as the Greengrass family approached.
“Ah, Lucius. It has been a long while,” said Asterion Greengrass.
The Malfoys shuffled uncomfortably. “Yes, it has.”
“Lucius, hoc est uxor mea, Capella, mea primogenitam filiam Peneia, et mea minimum, Astoria,” said Asterion.
“Bonum occursum omnibus vobis,” said Lucius. “Hoc est uxor mea, Narcissa, et filius noster, Draco.”
“Audivi multa de vobis, Draco. Tu … Latinum intelleges, non?” asked Asterion, raising a brow.
Lucius elbowed Draco.
“Hmm? Oh. Uh…” Draco racked his brains, trying to remember his Latin lessons with Quaeror Dayjon. He, fortunately, smoothly covered his hesitation. “Mea purgando. EGO iustus non posset super tuae pulchritudinem Astoria.”
Astoria giggled and Daphne rolled her eyes.
“We’ll leave you children alone,” said Capella in English.
“Excellent,” said Narcissa.
The adults and Daphne departed, leaving Draco and Astoria to themselves.
She smiled. “Quomodo es?”
“Et bene vel teipsum?” asked Draco.
“Valeo,” said Astoria.
“Excellens,” said Draco, taking Astoria’s arm and leading her into the coffee shop.
LATIN WORDS & PHRASES:
Lucius, hoc est uxor mea, Capella, mea primogenitam filiam Peneia, et mea minimum, Astoria.
Lucius, this is my wife, Capella, my eldest daughter, Daphne, and my youngest, Astoria.
Bonum occursum omnibus vobis.
Good to meet you all.
Hoc est uxor mea, Narcissa, et filius noster, Draco.
This is my wife, Narcissa, and our son, Draco.
Audivi multa de vobis, Draco. Tu … Latinum intelleges, non?
I have heard much about you, Draco. You… understand Latin, no?
Mea purgando. EGO iustus non posset super tuae pulchritudinem Astoria
My apologies. I just could not get over the beauty of your Astoria.
How are you?
Et bene vel teipsum?
Very well, and yourself?
I am well.