Now That Your Rose Is In Bloom

Chapter 144

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"I should've known the bastard would run." Draco made a fist and scowled. "He's always been a coward. Of course he'd escape to parts unknown."

Lucius set his tea cup onto the coffee table and leaned into the white sofa. "I suppose we should have expected this. Percy never was one to be a true wizard and fight."

"I knew he would try to flee." Draco paced from one end of the sitting room to the other. "I knew he would escape, but I didn't think he'd manage to get everything set up within the span of an hour."

"I didn't think he'd have those resources either," Ginevra admitted as she folded her hands.

"I knew the Weasleys had resources. They aren't vast, but they do exist. It was foolish of me to think that the warrants for his arrest would be drawn up before he had a chance to leave Britain," Draco stopped. "In my arrogance I may have just let Percy evade justice."

"I know things look bad," Ginevra stood. "But it isn't hopeless."

Draco deflated. "I allowed him to escape. I haven't even been elected to an office, and I'm already failing the populace."

Ginevra strolled over to her husband and embraced him. "Don't talk that way. You are doing the best you can under the circumstances"

Draco sighed. "Perhaps, but I was too overconfident for my own good. I was too arrogant to so much as consider the possibility that he would get away."

Ginevra rubbed his back. "In our defense, we didn't think he would leave the country so quickly either."

"We all underestimated Percy Weasley," Lucius cleared his throat. "It's a mistake we can ill afford to make again."

"No, we cannot," Draco replied. "Still, it feels terrible to know that if I am elected, I will face the task of arresting Percy, something which should have been done now."

"It does us no good to have regrets," Lucius gripped the handle of his cane. "All we can do is strategize ways to bring Percy to justice."

"You're right," Draco stepped away from Ginevra and straightened his posture. "We need to come up with a plan to capture him."

"Yes, we do."

"The first step is to determine where he is."

"Peru," Ginevra chimed in. "He's in Peru."

Lucius raised an eyebrow. "How would you know that?"

"It's the most logical place for him to be" Ginevra began. "He already has family in the country, giving him a free place to stay. He also knows that the Peruvian government won't extradite him. If they wouldn't turn over Ron, then why would they turn over Percy?"

"I cannot believe I'm saying this," Lucius exhaled. "But Ginevra makes some excellent points."

She frowned. "Don't look too surprised."

Lucius smirked. "You must admit that it is not every day that you impress me."

Ginevra grinned. "There's a first time for everything I suppose."

"Indeed, my lovely wife is very impressive," Draco kissed her left cheek. "That being said, we need to find a way to lure Percy out from Peru, assuming he is there."

"That won't be easy," Ginevra answered.

"Perhaps you could find a way to persuade him to turn himself in," Draco began.

Ginevra shook her head. "It's doubtful anyone will listen to me."

"You're his sister," Draco replied. "Your opinion must count for something."

"It doesn't," Ginevra answered. "Before you agreed to run for office, I was already the family pariah. The fact that I have no intention of divorcing you will only intensify their hatred of me."

Draco sighed. "I'm sorry. I never meant to separate you from your family."

"No, you didn't do anything other than love me," Ginevra answered. "My family cannot accept my choices. I am tired of arguing with them. If they cannot see that you are a better candidate than Percy, then that is their loss."

"Percy and Ron won't listen to you," Lucius tapped the sofa cushion. "But would they listen to your father?"

"My father?" Ginevra asked.

"Yes, your father," Lucius answered.

"Wh-why would you so much as bring him up?" she asked,

"Molly is a lost cause, but Arthur is in the process of getting a divorce from her."

"So? Percy is still his son."

"Yes, but Percy is also the man who institutionalized him."

"True."

"There may be a part of him who wants to step up and finally discipline his son. Perhaps he wants Percy to face justice just as much as we do."

"That doesn't mean he'd help us though," Draco noted.

"Why not?" Lucius asked. "We are on the same side. Surely Arthur can see that."

"All of this assumes that my dad wants to punish Percy at all," Ginevra cut in. "Dad taught us to always defend each other, that a Weasley never abandons their own. If he wouldn't scold Percy for siding with the Ministry and refusing to attend Bill's wedding, then how could I believe that he's help with this?"

"Because he's already lost Percy," Lucius answered. "He can maintain a relationship with you though."

Ginevra swallowed.

"If he takes Percy's side then he is going against you."

"Fair enough."

"He's already lost Percy, but he could maintain a relationship with you."

"Do you want me to give my own father an ultimatum that if he refuses to turn Percy over then I cut him out of my life?"

"You said those words, not me."

"That's exactly what you meant though."

"Well, would you be willing to say those words to Arthur?"

Ginevra's mouth was agape.

"Nobody needs to say anything to anyone," Draco cut in. "My wife should not be pressured into making ultimatums to anyone, least of all her own family."

"Is Arthur even my family?" Ginevra whispered.

Draco put a hand on her shoulder.

"My family has excluded me from their gatherings for years. It would not surprise me if they tell me to go to hell if I so much as ask where Percy is. I'm sure Mum and Dad are both officially disowning me and writing me out of their will," Ginevra answered.

"It's good you were not set to inherit anything of importance," Lucius muttered.

Draco glared at his dad and hushed him.

"I suppose it does me no harm to ask Dad for his help. The worst he can do is disown me, which I already expect."

Draco rubbed his wife's back. "I am so sorry you have such a poor relationship with your family."

"No," Ginevra furrowed her eyebrows. "We need to capture Percy. We cannot allow him to get away with poisoning Wizarding Britain, almost poisoning Germany, and then covering it up."

"Agreed," Lucius cut in.

"Still," Ginevra added. "We need a backup plan. The chances that Dad will help me are small, so we may need someone else to lure out Percy."

"Who else who is willing to help us would be able to get access to Percy though?" Draco asked. "I mean, we don't even have associates who frequent Peru. Who could possibly help us with this?"

Lucius scratched his chin. "We may not need someone who has access to Percy."

Draco cocked his head. "What is that supposed to mean?"

"You said that Percy was most likely in Peru with Ron, correct?"

"Correct."

There was a gleam in Lucius' eyes. "Then we need someone who has access to Ronald, and I know just the person."

"Who?" Draco asked.

"Rose Snape."

Draco blinked.

"According to Severus, Ron has been pestering Rose to have a relationship with him. Perhaps if she went undercover she could help apprehend Percy," Lucius proposed.

"But her mother is dying of cancer, and her father is afflicted with amnesia," Ginevra argued. "She should be searching for a cure to their ailments, not playing double agent like her father did."

"I know she is searching for a cure for Hermione's cancer, but is she actively searching for an amnesia cure as well?" Lucius asked.

"Yes," Ginevra answered. "She has gone so far as to step back from some of her teaching duties so she can help Severus find those cures."

Lucius exhaled. "Then using Rose is out of the question."

"That being said," Draco replied. "We still need a backup plan."

"I could see if the crime of almost poisoning Germany is enough to persuade the Peruvian government to extradite Percy, but if they would not extradite Ron, then there's no reason to believer they will hand over Percy," Lucius answered.

"True, and our connections only reach so far," Draco admitted.

"If we had an emergency election though and claimed Percy won, then that could lure him out," Ginevra offered.

"That could involve fraud though," Draco warned. "It would also make any victory of mine appear suspicious."

"That's true," Ginevra answered.

"A fake news story could work," Lucius mused. "Though knowing our luck it would only encourage conspiracy theorists who believe that Percy actually won."

"We cannot afford to take that chance," Draco answered.

"No, we can't," Ginevra replied.

"Then," Lucius picked up his cup of tea. "It looks like it falls to my dear daughter-in-law to convince her family that arresting Percy is in everyone's best interests."

Ginevra gulped.

"No," Draco argued. "We can think of another strategy. All it will take is a few more hours of discussion, and it will come to us."

"No," Ginevra replied. "Lucius is right."

Lucius' eyes gleamed.

"Our best hope is for me to convince my family to help us capture Percy."

"Is that what you want to do?"

"It isn't about what I want to do, but about what is necessary."

"This isn't the Second Wizarding War, and we are not going to behave as Albus Dumbledore did," Draco argued. "If you don't want to go against your family, then we will think of another strategy."

"I need to do this," Ginevra answered. "I need to know once and for all if my family accepts me. If they help me with Percy, then I'll know they support me. If they do not, then I know where I stand."

"Are you sure you want to do this?" Draco asked.

"I'm positive," Ginevra answered. "I've gone up against them before. I can do it one more time."

Draco gazed into her eyes. Although her lips were curled up, he could see the tears begin to well. He clung to her. "I love you so much, Ginevra."

"I love you too Draco," she wrapped her arms around him. "No matter what happens, you and the children are my true family."

"I don't know where we'd be without you," Draco whispered.

"Funny," Ginevra sniffed. "I don't know where I'd be without any of you either."

As Lucius looked on, he couldn't help but crack a smile.

Perhaps Ginevra was a true Malfoy after all.