Disney quote: tangled; did I ever tell you I have a thing for brunettes?
This situation can not possibly be worse, Draco thinks, as he ducks down behind a brick wall trying to catch his breath.
Harry is crouched down beside him, his eyes squeezed tight with a grimace. His breathing is short and pained. It makes Draco feel both terrified and desperate.
Draco has lost count of how many other wizards there are out there; it’d been a complete ambush and neither he nor Potter had seen the rogue spell coming. Potter had dropped with a scream and it had taken every ounce of training he had endured for Draco to even manage to get both he and Potter into this semblance of safety. If you could call hiding behind a dirty brick wall while dozens of hexes were being throw their way safety.
“Potter….Potter!” Draco hisses, his stomach in knots.
“Did I ever tell you I have a thing for brunettes?” Harry mumbles, and his voice sounds tight.
“Potter what the fuck are you talking about?”
“Blondes. I meant blondes.”
Draco has a million things he wants to say on the tip of his tongue but there are so many spells flying their direction he can barely think straight. All he knows is that he has to get them out of here before Potter looses too much blood.
“You’re pretty,” Potter says, and Draco’s hands begin to shake when he realizes the other man is coughing up blood.
“Just focus on not dying Potter, and I’ll think of something.” Although what he has no idea.
“Draco, if I don’t make it-”
Draco shoots off three spells without even blinking before dropping down within an inch of Potter’s face. Potter blinks too many times, as if he can’t focus on Draco’s face, as if it requires too much effort.
“You are not dying do you hear me. I will not allow it.”
“You won’t?” He croaks, trying so hard to smile.
“Absolutely not. It’s unthinkable. Now close your mouth you look ridiculous, well more so than usual.”
“Ok,” he whispers, closing his eyes.
Draco knows there isn’t much time left so he does the only thing he can think of and blasts an illegal hole in the wards before grabbing on to Potter and apparting him straight to St. Mungos.
That ask about Kakashi properly training team 7 and them actually being very very good at their job made me think. So. What if Kakashi NOT training them very well was a subconscious way of protesting the whole thing, like - I'd think that his whole history would make him dislike the child-soldier thing, not in an active protest kind of way, but the world sucks kind of way. So bad training was really just him not wanting to (consciously) MAKE child-soldiers. (Tho it didn't help their safety.)
That’s the kind of screwed up quasi-logic I can see Kakashi defaulting to, honestly. Like, he doesn’t really want to, so he puts half effort into it, and it turns out worse which makes him put less effort in, and things spiral from there.