You are only a child when they start feeding you stories about the greatness your last name carries.
You are six years old and playing with your fake wand as your father looks at you with pride and assures you your future will be filled with power and no wizard will look down on you.
You are seven when he starts telling you about those with less pure bloodlines, you nod your head as your idol, your hero, fills you with hatred and ignorance. “Dad is always right” he says, you believe him.
You are eight when you watch him mistreat others and spit on their heads for their status. You watch and learn.
You are nine when he encourages you to do the same and smirks at you with pride shining in his eyes. He calls you his good boy. You’ll do anything to have him look at you like that again.
You are ten when you notice there’s a darkness that creeps in your home on some days, even though the curtains aren’t closed.
You are eleven when he asks you to befriend the boy you’ve been hearing whispers about since you can remember. He says it’s your first task of many. You wear your name with pride.
You are twelve when he tells you you’re not his son unless you obey and bring glory to the old and proud family name. He tells you it’s your duty.
You are thirteen when you try to ask him for advice and he closes the door in your face because he’s busy. He says one day you’ll understand.
You are fourteen when he tells you it’s almost time to make your family proud.
You are fifteen when the darkness in your home no longer lurks behind closed doors.
You are sixteen when he lets the darkness use you as a punching bag. You are sixteen when he asks you to choose between following his path or dying. When he asks you to damage your soul.
You are seventeen and you’ve seen more death than most people your age. You have scars time cannot fade. You can end all of this by turning the boy in, quick and easy, you’d ensure a good future that way, but you don’t. Because you no longer believe Dad is always right.
You are Draco Malfoy, but you wish you were just Draco.