Harry found himself suddenly back in Grimmauld place grinning like a Cheshire cat. He hung up his cloak and turned to the room. His lips were still hot from where Draco had kissed him back. He felt like a shaken bottle of champagne, his excitement ready to explode out of him. He felt fidgety and high. He looked around the place and knew what needed to be done.
“Kreacher?” He called and with a loud crack, the small house elf appeared.
“Yes, Master?” He croaked, his voice like gravel.
“Yes Kreacher, we’re having a guest for dinner and I need the house to be as clean as possible please”
“Certainly sir, are you wanting Kreacher to cook for this…visitor?” His beady eyes, now kinder after years with Harry, were still small, squinty and suspicious.
“No need Kreacher, I’ll cook tonight”
“As you wish. Will there be anything else?”
“Could you get Teddy to pop down here please?”
Harry turned and took a deep breath, He felt a rush of exhilaration as he started to comprehend the task he had taken upon himself. He pulled on his apron and began to raid the larder.
It had been a number of minutes since Kreacher had departed when he heard the teenage banging as Teddy came down the stairs.
“Hey Ted, I’m in the kitchen” He called as he sealed up the letter.
“Hey Harry, what’s up?” Teddy’s hair today was a shockingly bright red, not ginger like the Weasley’s but bright crimson red. His brown eyes looked around as if expecting someone else to be in the kitchen with him.
“Hey, I’m having someone over tonight, Just wanted to make sure you’d be alright staying over at the Weasleys?”
“Should be fine, have you owled them yet?” Teddy asked as he sat down at the table. Harry smiled and waved the letter he had just sealed. Harry walked over to the stand where Pepin sat. His bright yellow eyes regarding him with interest as Harry attached the letter. Once his foot was baring post as he flew out the window. “So….?” Teddy asked his eyebrows raised.
“What?” Harry asked as he turned and began to open cupboards getting out pots and pans.
“So… You haven’t cooked in years, what’s the special occasion?”
“I have! If I remember rightly, I cooked for your birthday”
“That was almost a year ago, come on Harry, what really going on? Who’s coming over”
“A friend,” Harry said cagily “I’m having a friend round for dinner”
“I know all your friends if it were any of them you’d tell me their names” Teddy crossed his arms over his chest as he tilted his head and Harry knew it was useless, he wasn’t buying it.
“Alright, I’m having your uncle around, Draco” Harry turned away not wanting to see any look that would flit across his face.
“Aww, and I can’t stay to see him?” Teddy said pouting.
“No Ted,” Harry laughed as he looked at the food he had.
“So why are you cooking for uncle Draco? Are you two dating yet?” Harry cringed as he looked at him. He was wearing a mischievous grin on his face and a sly look in his eye.
“As I said yesterday, I’m not too sure what’s going on, but-” Harry swallowed as he felt his heart start to beat hard against his chest “I like him a lot” Teddy’s face transformed as he smiled kindly back at him.
“You and Aunt Gin haven’t been happy for ages, have you?” Harry shook his head not sure exactly how to answer.
“I don’t think we have been, but I think we got stuck” He smiled sadly. “But I think she’s happy with Orion now,” Harry said as he looked at the ingredients in front of him, scratching his head.
“So? What are you going to make?” Teddy asked becoming interested in the ingredients like some puzzle which needed solving.
“I’m not too sure, I’m not sure what he likes”
“He loves chocolate,” Teddy said immediately “I mean love with a capital L, I think he would actually kill for it” He laughed, and Harry watched in amazement.
“How do you know that?”
“I told you, he’s been sending me birthday cards for years, he sends me letters too now and then”
“Is there anything he doesn’t like?” Harry asked eagerly. Teddy thought for a moment but shook his head.
“Not that I can think of, just a big yes on the chocolate, and it must either be white chocolate or dark chocolate” Harry laughed as he scratched his forehead with the back of his hand.
“Alright, any other things I should know?” Harry asked hopefully
“He likes elderflower wine,” Teddy said after a moment of thoughtful silence.
“Right, don’t think we have any of that in, I’ll have to get Kreacher to pick some up.” Harry wiped his hands nervously on the apron as he looked around.
“Don’t be nervous Harry, He already likes you”
“What? How do you know that?” Teddy smiled widely
“You didn’t hear this from me!” Teddy replied as he looked around “Uncle Ron and Aunt ‘Mione went to lunch with him yesterday”
“Lunch?” Harry asked, his eyebrows rising in shock and interest.
“Yeah, they all went to lunch and by the sounds of it, got on really well. They were trying to talk about it to Aunt Molly but she wasn’t having any of it.”
“That doesn’t surprise me too much,” Harry snorted. “What was said?”
“It’s more about what wasn’t said,” Teddy said trying to put into words “There were lots of pointed looks and raising eyebrows” He laughed, “I think only me and Victoire knew what they were trying not to say”
“Oh, Merlin!” Harry said as he covered his face “What did they all say?”
“Well, if I heard it right, no one has a problem with you… liking men now, and Aunt Gin is still in the doghouse. I think the main problem was it being Draco, but still, only Aunt Molly has an issue the rest of us think it’s kind of nice” Teddy smiled
“Right, I can’t hear any more Teddy, it’s making me nervous just the thought of what I need to get done, but you keep your ears open for any more information while you’re over there” Harry winked conspiratorially, and Teddy laughed. “Now can you ask Kreacher to get some elderflower wine and lots of chocolate” Teddy nodded as he got up from the table.
“Harry?” Teddy said before disappearing through the door
“Hmm?” Harry asked as he diverted his attention away from the table to Teddy.
“Good luck tonight!” Teddy winked and was gone.
Harry felt his face burn as he felt the nerves kicking in. He looked at the clock. He had six hours to whip up a feast like no other.