Title: Light in the Darkness
Author: The Muse of Apollo
Pairing: Harry Potter/Daphne Greengrass
Warnings: Mentions of Major Character Deaths, PTSD
Summary: Music brings together two lost souls who lost everything. Can they find light in each other’s darkness? Written for the Slytherin Cabal’s 1k in 1 Week Challenge with the prompts: Satisfy, music, thunder
Thunder crashed over them as they hurried towards the apparition point. Harry had to hold her hand as they rushed down the sidewalk. Her heels, which he had admired earlier in the night, were only causing them problems now because she wasn’t able to run as fast as he was sure they needed to if they wanted to avoid getting drenched.
“Daphne, your shoes are ridiculous.”
“You weren’t complaining earlier, Potter,” Daphne Greengrass said, huffing. “Now just shut up and get us out of this before it starts raining.”
Harry smiled. She only called him Potter now when she was cross with him, and no matter how mad she was, he always found it adorable. Not that he’d ever tell her that to her face. No. He liked living just fine. Lightening lit up the night sky, causing the couple to squint as they continue to rush towards the alley that held the only apparition point in this part of London. They were just about there when the skies opened up and rain began to fall.
Harry cursed. By the time they’d ran the last fifty feet to the apparition point, they were both soaking wet. Harry pulled his girlfriend of two months close and apparated them to his flat.
“Well that ended well,” Daphne said softly. Harry could almost hear the smirk she was wearing on her lovely face.
“Yeah. Turns out I should have checked the weather report before making plans on seeing an outdoor concert. The music was good, though.”
“Yeah. It was good.”
“I’m sorry about the rain.”
“Oh, Harry, there’s nothing you could have done. It was a perfect date, even if we got a bit wet there at the end.”
Harry smiled and pulled her close. “So, does that mean you’ll stay the night? Did I satisfy the Ice Queen with my awesome date?”
“Hmmm, I don’t know. Maybe…I guess I could stay the night. But then I don’t have anything else to wear and my dress is soaking wet,” Daphne answered, her fingers playing with the hair on the back of his neck.
“Who says you need anything to wear?” Harry asked innocently.
“Ugh, that was such a Gryffindor thing to say,” Daphne said with a laugh.
“You like my Gryffindor qualities.”
“Sure, keep telling yourself that, Potter.”
Before Harry could continue their banter, they both jumped as a clap of thunder rumbled loudly just above their heads. They looked at each other and burst out laughing.
“Not so Gryffindor now,” Daphne said between giggles, “if thunder can scare you out of your skin.”
“Hey, you jumped too, your majesty.”
Daphne just laughed harder and then buried her face in his neck, holding him close. Harry pulled her tighter and just breathed in the scent of her hair. They’d been dating for two months, and he couldn’t have been happier. They’d met at a music store of all places, and got to talking. She had recognized him, of course – after all, everyone recognized him – but had said nothing. They just talked and talked, both fascinated by each other’s music tastes. Before they realized it, they’d been standing in one spot for two hours doing nothing but talking. During a friendly argument over who was better, the Beatles or Elvis, Harry had shouted out, “You’re Daphne Greengrass!”
Harry had been quite embarrassed to know that he had been talking to one of his classmates for two hours and hadn’t even realized it. But he’d gotten over it quickly and had invited her out for dinner. She’d said yes, and they had actually ended up spending the rest of the afternoon and evening together, talking about music, books, their careers in the Muggle world where they had both retreated to after the war, and everything else. By the end of the night, Harry was convinced that he had met the woman that he would one day marry. He had never really believed in love at first sight before, but it was exactly what it felt like.
The two months after their meeting in that music store was a whirlwind. The only dark spot had been the night where they talked about the war and the losses they had both suffered. Daphne had held him as he talked about losing Ron and Hermione during the Battle of Hogwarts and how it had led him to leave the magical world after he’d defeated Voldemort. Harry had returned the favor as she had talked about losing her sister to a violent end at the hand of Theodore Nott, and how it had driven her away from her parents who had both supported Voldemort from the shadows.
It had been cleansing because Harry hadn’t actually talked with anyone about the loss of his two best friends. After that night, the two got even closer. They rarely spent a night apart, and they had talked about getting a flat together in the next couple of months.
Harry was happy for the first time in almost six years, and it was all because of her. Daphne had saved him.
Daphne pulled back from their embrace and pressed her mouth against his. Harry kissed her back and brought himself out of his memories. He was in love with her. It was terrifying because if he lost her like he had lost everything else, Harry wasn’t sure if he’d be able to survive again. But that wasn’t going to stop him.
He was going to live and love and be merry. Harry pulled Daphne closer and then started leading her towards his bedroom without breaking their kiss. Yes. Life had been hard but together they would weather anything, even a bit of thunder.