Harry Potter and the Slytherin“s Prince - chapter 185
Draco quickly called for his elves as they hurried up.
“Master, you’re finally awake!”
“Why do you all look like that and how long was I out?” Draco asked looking and the elves bloody clothes as he stood up from the grounds.
“The people you bought you fell ill, as soon as they woke up Master.” The elves said, “We didn’t know what happened but they started vomiting blood as soon as they woke up and are in a semi-conscious state.”
“That’s how we got blood on ourselves.”
“How long ago was this?” Draco asked getting a bit concerned.
“Some woke up yesterday and some today.” One of the elves said, “You’ve been out for almost a week now master.”
“A week!” Draco sounded surprised as he didn’t even realize how long he was out, maybe taking two of those potion mixed with his own blood wasn’t really a good idea. Though he should’ve only been out for a day at most, he pondered how seriously injured he was before and how long was he just dragging out on adrenaline. Thanking his gut he returned to the now important matter, “Why didn’t you wake me up earlier?”
“We tried to, master but that snake on your arm wouldn’t even let us in through the door.” The elves said, “We thought you had bought another creature with you, so we tried to take it away but it just kept attacking and never stopped.”
“Yes, and it’s invisibility and flying powers didn’t help the case either.”
“Invisibility and Flying?” Draco asked as he remembered that the horned serpent did have those abilities especially due to the jewel on top of its head. Talking about the snake he finally realized that they were hungry enough to kill for and he wasn’t willing to risk his life now for the sake of a hungry snake.
“Get something to eat for them first.” Draco said as he pointed at the snake.
“What should we get master?”
“I don’t know, just anything would do.” Draco said, “Gets some rats maybe.”
“Yes, master.” One of the elves snapped his fingers as he apparated away appearing with a cage full of rats again. Though these rats were mostly used for experiments he couldn’t care enough to for that now.
Seeing the rats the snakes seemed excited as it slithered itself out of his arm onto the ground towards the elf who was holding the cage. The elves being expert animal handlers knew what to do as they put the cage down and released one of the rats. The rat hurriedly tried to escape but the snake moved quicker… no, it went invisible for awhile appearing right next to the rat eating it.
Glad that the snake was having his meal, he went out with the other elves leaving one of them to complete feeding the snake. The next immediate matter he had to deal with were the students he bought along with them.
“How many time have they puked blood?” Draco asked looking at the pale bodies.
“Only once and that is after they’ve woken up.”
Draco looked over towards them and didn’t exactly know what was wrong with them. He knew he had to send them to St Mungo’s Hospital for proper treatment otherwise they might really die. Draco wondered if the conditions were the same for the others as well who were still in Durmstrang.
Draco with weakness, a result of not eating for a week felt a bit dizzy but he now knew what exactly he had to do. Draco ordered one of the elves to bring him some Hodag’s horn potion he had made.
Making the students drink some and he himself drinking some, he opened the door towards the Blackhouse as he had the elves take the others with him there as well.
With the sounds coming in, Sirius who was fortunately still in the Blackhouse looked confused as he came down.
“I thought you were a goner but its good to see you’re still kicking,” Sirius said, “What took you so long and who are these kids? Don’t tell me they are the follower of that Ryan or whatever.”
“I, unfortunately, got attacked the same day I got out of here,” Draco said responding to Sirius’s sarcasm, “It was quite a battle but with some luck, I survived. Though I might kill any werewolf I see from now on.”
“I see, you had your fun… so these children?”
“They were being manipulated, if you remember what I told you last time then you see this is the result of it. I think they’ve been cursed or poisoned which one I am not sure but I am having them dropped off at St Mungo’s Hospital where they can be treated.”
“They are cursed.” Sirius said as he crouched over and looked at one of the sick kids, “Its more like a side effect of the Imperio curse when used for too long. I have seen it before but never this serious but good call, I think the healer at the hospital would be able to cure them.”
“Imperius curse? I see… so this curse is just an advanced version of the imperius curse.”
“I guess so.” Sirius said, “You look tattered up for someone who said they could handle me.”
“Well, I am sure you don’t know how to steal magic from me do you?”
“I don’t know how or what… but I am sure that Ryan has managed to build a ruin all over Durmstrang that steals magic from people. I mean, I could feel my magic growing but the amount it took was much larger so I was completely defenseless and to add to the fact I had a werewolf chasing my ass.” Draco said as he saw the last of the children being taken away, “I have to go.”
“There are more children and teachers at the school, who I am sure is suffering from the same thing as them.” Draco said, “I can’t let them wait too long, as I am sure they will die if I make them wait any longer.”
“I am coming with you.”
“Isn’t that why you wanted me out of Azkaban?” Sirius snorted, “And besides this isn’t my favorite place to be all so cooped up in.”
Draco thought for a while but then guessed it would be good to have an animagus around in case there is still someone in Durmstrang.
“Fine but just don’t ask many questions.” Draco said, “And go get your wand.”
“I have been wondering where do you keep and going to?” Sirius asked as he entered through the door and entered into another world of some sort, “Where are we?”
“I said no questions, didn’t I?” Draco said rolling his eyes as he headed towards the door and getting out of the suitcase with Sirius following him.
“So, it’s a magical suitcase? I remember people talking about it back in the day but I didn’t think it would be really this amazing, maybe I should’ve gotten one as well.” Sirius said as he walked out of the suitcase.
“Too bad, the goblins don’t make them anymore for sale. Only the smaller version of it is available.”
“Che, so this is Dumstrang?”
“Not quite, I mean we are in Durmstrang but I think we’re in some secret room.” Draco said as he waved his wand around and as suspected the magic didn’t work here, “So first we’ll need to find a way out of here and as you can see we can’t use magic so we’ll need to find a technical door of a sort.”
Sirius had many questions but seeing Draco’s irritated face he didn’t want to give the other party more reason to show arrogance as he just searched around the place as well.