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28 April 2008 @ 10:51 pm
Negotiation - 4 of 16 of 'As The Catboy Purrs'  
Title: Negotiation (sorry, ran out of cute, cat-related titles)
Author: byaghro
Word Count: 606
Pairing: H/D
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Disclaimer: Characters are the property of JK Rowling, et al. This drabble was written for fun, not for profit.
Author's note: Beta-ed and titled by dysonrules (if it had been up to me, this would be named, "The next part of the catboy series." LOL!)
X-posted to harrydraco, hp_creatures and hp_animagus
Summary: Draco tries to figure out Harry's hidden agenda.

Start at the beginning - Meow

Sequel to Cat and Mouse

"I.. um.. I might be able to help."

Draco stared at the Gryffindor for several minutes, trying to decide if the other boy was being sincere or if Potter was working on some nefarious, secret plot to humiliate him. The blond couldn't fathom why Potter would offer to help him at all, there had to be an ulterior motive. On the other hand, he was a Gryffindor and he had a hero complex, maybe this was normal for him. Still, one couldn't be too careful.

"Why?" The Slytherin asked again.

"Because I know... because I know a few tricks," Potter replied carefully.


Irritation flashed across the other boy's face for a moment but was quickly smothered. "Just... trust me would you?"

Draco arched a brow in disbelief. "You're kidding, right?"

"I know I can help you," Potter yelled in exasperation. "Unless," his gaze suddenly turned calculating, "you want to spend the rest of your life with ears and a tail. Tell me, would kitty like a little green collar? Maybe we could even find one with a bell."

The blond's irritation immediately bubbled to the surface at Potter's taunt and then, surprisingly, dissipated. He hadn't told anyone about his Animagus accident because he dreaded their reactions. His father would be gruff and blatantly disappointed. His mother would coo and try to reassure him, which always made him feel worse. His housemates would either simper that the new additions looked good on him or they would see this as an opportunity to try and usurp him from his position of power within the House. The school at large would, of course, jump on an opportunity to get a little of their own back for all of the times Draco had teased and taunted them.

Yet here was Potter, the person with the most right to tease and taunt, offering to help. The boy was definitely suffering from a hero complex.

On the other hand, while Draco was proud, he was not stupid. If Potter wanted to help, who was he to argue?

"Name your terms," the Slytherin said smoothly.

The dark-haired boy frowned. "Terms?"

Draco rolled his eyes. "Yes, Potter, your terms. What do you want in exchange for helping me?" The Gryffindor continued to look confused and the blond huffed in annoyance. "You never would have survived in Slytherin," he muttered.

Potter's face transformed with a swiftness that was both amazing and terrifying. One minute he looked like a lost puppy and the next his gaze was far too sharp for Draco's liking. When he spoke his voice practically dripped honey. "I think you would be surprised at how well I could have managed in Slytherin. As for my terms, as you so eloquently put it, the only thing I require is the knowledge that I helped you achieve your full Animagus form. I'll know that every time you transform you'll think of me because I made that transformation possible. Fair enough?"

The blond could only nod in wide-eyed fascination at this new, almost dangerous Potter. Draco suddenly knew without a doubt that the Dark Lord would lose to a scrawny orphan who'd been raised by Muggles. It was a sobering thought.

However, before he could ponder that revelation further, Potter's face changed again. His lips split into a wide grin and his fathomless green eyes sparkled with delight. Gilderoy Lockhart had nothing on this boy. "Excellent. Shall we meet at the Room of Requirement at around two tomorrow?"

Draco nodded again and then Potter was gone. Slumping against the wall, Draco covered his face with his hands. Merlin, what had he just agreed to?

Next: Harry's Animagus Training 101
Current Location: Here
Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: Amusingly enough, my cat purring
chyldofeternitychyldofeternity on April 29th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
SQUEE! OMG you wrote more Cat!Draco! *tackles you and dances around happily*

I loved it! It was perfect! ^^ i can't wait for he next part!
Byaghro: Ouran's Honey - With Cake!byaghro on April 29th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)
I have two more parts written, so I know it goes up to six. LOL! I'm going out of town next week and I'd really like to get the series wrapped up before then. We'll see though!

I'm glad you're enjoying it! ^_^ *dances too*
Alaanaalaana_fair on April 29th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
Aww... can't wait for the meeting!
Byaghrobyaghro on April 29th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
All I have to say about the upcoming meeting is... aww, poor Harry, he tries so hard. XD
Moon Goddesscyn_ful on April 29th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
YAY!!! MORE! MORE!! So adorable! I love the way Harry slips back and forth. Absolutely adorable! Completely awesome!
Byaghrobyaghro on April 29th, 2008 04:18 am (UTC)
I'm glad you like Harry's shifts back & forth. I worried that it might make him seem OOC. But then, while I'm not a new writer, I'm a noob when it comes to posting so I still get fidgety when I share my stuff. Thank you for the lovely feedback! It makes me more confident! *is confident* LOL!
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sorringmaysorringmay on April 29th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
hehe love cat!Draco...do we have to get rid of the ears? I can just see Harry scratching them to calm him.
Love it so far.
Byaghrobyaghro on April 29th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
Thank you!! XD

The ears have kind of grown on me too... haha, so to speak! I think I have a plan for them that will be satisfactory. We'll see!
Ebil Oneebilgatoloco on April 29th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
I LOVE cat!Draco
I just read the all the drabbles, and OMG how cute! XDD
And I love Harry! XD
Byaghrobyaghro on April 29th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
*grins* YAY!! Thank you!! I'm glad you're enjoying my little plot bunny ... or plot kitten as the case may be! There will be at least a few more to come! Woo!
Kathy: fr. dracokisa829 on April 29th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
This does not, in any way, alleviate my need! It's like you're taunting us by posting the next part but it still doesn't tell us what Harry has in mind! :dies:
Byaghrobyaghro on April 29th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
*revives you* Don't die yet! It's not over! ^_^

The next part definitely lets you know what Harry has in mind. Although, how often do Harry's plans work out the way he intends? *hides*
rhodes10: cartoon drhodes10 on April 29th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
Cute as hell
I am loving it please don't stop. It is a wonderful story not just a set of drabbles. Keep Catboy coming.
Byaghrobyaghro on April 29th, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
Re: Cute as hell
Thank you!! I'm glad you're enjoying the series! It started out the way all plot bunnies do, with a "wouldn't it be funny/cute/interesting if..." and just sort of spiraled out from there. LOL! I'm actually considering consolidating it into one file once the whole thing is done.
thrnbrookethrnbrooke on April 29th, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
I sooo can't wait for more! Is Harry an animagus? And if so, what is it?
Byaghrobyaghro on April 29th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad you're enjoying it! As for your questions... *whistles innocently* You'll just have to wait and see. XD XD
eyes-of-bloodanimelover1988 on April 29th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
YAY! an update! loved the chapter and can't wait till the next one!
Byaghrobyaghro on April 29th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)
Woohoo!! Thanks!!
auroranq: pinkauroranq on April 29th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
Kitty!Draco!!!!!!!!!! Wheeeeeeee!!!!
*ahem* okay sanity somewhat back in place ^,^;
Love it. Mmm slytherinish Harry is always yum

"Draco suddenly knew without a doubt that the Dark Lord would lose to a scrawny orphan who'd been raised by Muggles. It was a sobering thought." <- and this XDXDXD FTW LOL
Byaghrobyaghro on April 29th, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)
YAY! So glad you're enjoying it!! I was worried about Slytherin Harry so I'm happy that he came across well. And I almost took the Dark Lord comment out but my beta said to leave it. Your comment makes me feel better about having it in there, thank you!!
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witchdragonwitchdragon on April 29th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
Yay!! A wonderful new part- love Slyth Harry!
Byaghrobyaghro on April 29th, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)
Thank you!! I'm glad Slyth Harry came across well. I was worried he'd strayed into OOC-ness!
Jaeenchanted_jae on April 29th, 2008 06:35 am (UTC)
*bops Harry over the head*

Moron! You could have had catboy!sex!
Cheryl Dysondysonrules on April 29th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
This made me lolz for ten minutes. HAR!
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kawanalekawanale on April 29th, 2008 08:44 am (UTC)
hah, harry is up to something. sure, he offered to teach draco how to properly change into the cat, but why? oh yeah, harry is planning something. he would have done well in slytherin.
Byaghrobyaghro on April 30th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC)
I don't know how truly Slytherin his plan is... but maybe he'll catch on. *grin*
Faithfaithwood on April 29th, 2008 09:49 am (UTC)
First, squeee!

Second, squeeeeeee!

Merlin, what had he just agreed to?

HeeHee! That's what I want to know!
Byaghrobyaghro on April 30th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
WOO!! Glad it's squee-worthy!! *bounces*

The next installment will go up in just a bit! Woot!
pleiadesst4r_pl314d3s on April 29th, 2008 10:48 am (UTC)
Can't wait for the next part =>
Byaghrobyaghro on April 30th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
Yay!! I should be posting it momentarily!