The walk up to Malfoy Manor was similar, if easier, than last year's. Only this time around, both Draco and Mia were taking turns carrying Cepheus and letting the baby try to take a step or two between them, all bundled up in his warm winter clothes. Lemia followed behind and picked up her grandson so that he may see the peafowl with her while Draco went to the door.

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It was easy to say the charm and pass through the gates. He went back to keep by his family to help them along, gently nudging the peafowl making small sounds of annoyance at being moved.

Cepheus cooed, and made grabby motions toward the birds at times.

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Cepheus made a happy sound to this as he tried to grab a feather hovering.

Draco chuckled at him, and remarked, "Also a tree, decorations with lots of lights, and good food. It's quite a celebration usually. Halloween's bigger for us, but oh, Cepheus can play with Wizarding crackers now."

He added to Mia, "With our help of course. He can have one of the bigger toys."

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"They are. Well we'd open them for him. I'm sure once he saw the toys and treats inside, he'll fancy the idea."

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"Come along Cepheus, you can play with the birds later. Time to visit with your grandfather and grandmum," Draco beckoned after nodding to Mia and kissing her cheek in passing.

He then stepped forward to head up to the front doors.

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Draco smiled back at them and opened the door. They walked into the massive entrance hall, and he sent up some sparks to alert his parents of their arrival.

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"Of course, I wasn't going to do it right away. Maybe just one to show him at first?"

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Draco came over to touch the top of his son's head to reassure him as he spoke to Mia, "Perhaps we'll wait then. It's just he only gets one first Christmas after all."

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"Well no actually. Maybe we'll wait I suppose." Draco then heard some noise from upstairs, and watched his mother come down.

"Your father will be down in another moment." She then nodded politely to Lemia, and Mia, but there was a small slight smile at the sight of Cepheus.

"Is that...?"

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Narcissa paused before bringing her hands out to expertly take Cepheus in her arm. She cooed at him, and gently rocked him.

"He looks a little like your aunts, Draco. Like a Black."

Draco tilted his head, "Well, he certainly looks a lot like his mum." He gave a smile to Mia.

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Narcissa started to say more, but Cepheus's hand reaching up were a welcome distraction so she gave a warmer smile then what usually graced her features.

She turned to the side to walk along with him, though a subtle nod of her head to Lemia to join them.

Draco wryly remarked to Mia, "And you think I'm going to be spoiling him?"

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Draco nodded, and headed upstairs with her. He went to rap on his father's office door only to have the door open and Lucius stood in the doorway on them.

"Ah Draco, Happy Christmas. And you, Mia."

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"Ah, excellent, excuse me then," Lucius nodded, and headed downstairs, his robes sweeping past them.

Draco gave her a wry look, "As I was saying, cue the spoiling."

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"I'd imagine so, I'll go let them know." He kissed her cheek, and stepped away for a moment to speak briefly. There were some murmured agreements in turn, before Cepheus started giggling loudly again.

Draco trudged back, rolling his eyes a little, "I fear we might have been replaced."

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"At least we know he won't be bored," He then smirked a little, and offered his arm to his wife, "How long do you think before he wears them out?"

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Draco considered that, "I think we should be safe enough there. And no, should be fine to go if you're ready?"

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"Well there's a rather good tea place, and a housewares shop next to it. It's in the Muggle side."

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"Well wizards do use cars. Just varied slightly for our purposes as needed. The Ministry use them, though Father no longer has access unfortunately. We can take the Floo to Diagon Alley, and proceed into London from there. We'll have to take Muggle transportation from there however."

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Draco nodded, "Yes, it's a little like your gate to the bar? Many of the Wizarding fireplaces are linked to a network. All you have to do, is toss the powder into the fireplace, say your destination, and there you are. Easy."

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He guided her to the fireplace in one small room. There was little furniture to detract from the fact it was used for traveling, but the surroundings were clearly sparse on home decor in comparison with other rooms in the Manor.

"Here I'll go first to show you." He took a pinch of powder from the pot near the mantel.

"DIAGON ALLEY!"

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It was close, but luckily the magic caught enough of the inflection to whisk her to Diagon Alley after Draco. He was right there at the fireplace at the tavern, ready to hold her hand again.

"All right there, luv?"

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"It can be," Draco remarked as he took her hand, fingers lacing with hers again. There were few glances their way, more so at Draco. But a few gave her a smile of welcome.

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"Muggle London, it'll be certainly be quite a change," Draco agreed. A few witches and wizards gave him an even odder look before going back to their conversations. It was clear from the other glances, that he was a topic of conversation.

"Right, well, was there anything you wanted from this side while we're here? Some books for the Guild perhaps? Could pick up a few special owl treats too."

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"Right, right. Well, hard to think of it not so."

Draco considered that, and then nodded, as he walked alongside her.

"Good, there were a few tools I wanted to pick up. And looks like we have several prospects. What do you fancy?"

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"Oh right, well that will limit us a bit." Draco tried not to sound disappointed since he wanted to do something for the two of them. Well, there's her birthday and Valentine's Day. Perhaps their son can visit with the grandparents for a few days to really treat her. High time Mia got some pampering for one.

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"A bit of sightseeing, I haven't really walked around this part as much."

They continued to talk as they headed into the main part of the city to relax, shop, and just have a chance to enjoy each other's company and the holiday season.
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