Drabble: Definition of 'Free', R, 4/? Title: Definition of 'Free' Pairing: Harry/Draco, background Ron/Hermione Rating: will vary, up to R Warnings: slavery, slash Word Count: 200
When Harry prepared to Apparate back home to mete out discipline, Ron asked if he could go along. "I'd love to see the Ferret's face when he realises what's coming to him" he snickered, dodging Hermione's incoming punch.
Harry couldn't help grinning back, but shook his head. "I don't think that's a good idea, Ron. It's going to be hard enough as it is."
"What? Harry, after everything the ferret did, how can you not want -"
Harry cut him off. "I'm responsible for him, Ron. Not just in control. I'm not doing this for revenge, or -" He raked a hand through his hair and struggled to explain. "When you abandoned Hermione and me - would you have wanted us to confront you on that publically?"
Ron's eyes narrowed. "I thought we'd moved past that, so why bring it up now?"
Hermione laid a hand on his arm. "We have, Ron, it's not like that," she assured him, then explained, "he's trying to say that discipline is best done quietly, without humiliation or fanfare. Humiliation should never be used as punishment; it's cruel."
"It's something Voldemort was very good at," Harry added quietly. "And I don't plan to be anything like him."