“Hey, why don’t we ditch the crowd and I’ll show you around?” Lucius suggested.
“I can’t do that!” Tanya answered with an expression of shock.
“Oh, I’m sorry, I forgot you’re a mudblood,” Lucius replied, hoping it would change her mind.
“If a mudblood means doing the right thing, then I would rather be a mudblood,” Tanya stated, before she turned on her heels and went back to her duty.
Lucius was left standing with an eyebrow raised. He concluded that she was a goody two-shoes despite being almost completely ignorant. Lucius convinced himself that that little failed attempt was not entirely a failure as he had learned Tanya’s weakness. This made him rather sure that the next time he acted, it would not be a failure.
As he slumped onto the sofa in the Slytherin common room that night, he heard a couple of fellow 5th year Slytherins murmuring about a surprise potions test. Lucius had not heard of it, so he eavesdropped a little.
The test was supposedly happening within the next few classes and those 5th years were terrified. According to their source, which Lucius doubted was at all reliable, the test would determine if they were required to take extra classes. Well, that made Lucius shrug and turn his attention else where.
Lucius was rather good at potions and Professor Slughorn always complimented him. He had never failed a test, but that was because Slughorn often whispered tips in Lucius’ ear when other students weren’t around. That was a perk of being in the Slug Club and a teacher’s pet. The test would be a piece of cake, as long as he continued being Slughorn’s favourite.
The next morning, classes commenced. Slytherin and Ravenclaw had potions as their first class together, and Lucius was determined to hear a tip before the class ended. As he and his so called friends waited outside the classroom, Tanya came up to them with a wide smile.
“Good day!” Tanya greeted.
She was carrying a few thick books in her hand that were completely unrelated to their first subject.
“Ready for class? I’m so excited!” Tanya added.
“I’m always ready,” Lucius replied as he casually slid his hands into his pockets.
None of the other Slytherins said a word as they gave Tanya expressionless stares.
“Your friends are not very friendly are they?” Tanya leaned in and whispered.
“Where are YOUR friends?” Lucius asked in reply.
Lucius had noticed Tanya alone during breakfast and she was also alone now. Had she not made any friends yesterday?
“Friends? I’ll make friends today,” Tanya answered with a smile.
Tanya started looking around her, as though looking for someone to befriend, when she pointed at a Gryffindor girl standing alone.
“I could be her friend,” Tanya told herself out loud.
“Are you sure?” Lucius asked, as an ingenious idea came to mind.
“Yup, why not?” Tanya innocently asked.
“Are you sure you want to pass your mudblood curse to her?”
“Mudblood curse?” Tanya sounded confused.
“Yea. Whoever you talk to is at risk of getting it. It’s dangerous you know,” Lucius said seriously. This immediately caught the attention of his fellow Slytherins around him.
“But I’m talking to you!” Tanya gasped.
“Well…” Lucius had not thought of a reply for that. Thankfully, Tanya added, “You are such a good friend!”
“Er, yea, I am,” Lucius said with a shrug.
“And I don’t even know your name!” Tanya said in such an alarming tone that heads turned to their direction.
“It’s Lucius,” Lucius simply replied as he took a few steps away from her.
It did not help that all eyes were now on them and no matter how many steps he took backwards, she took the same number of steps forward.
“You are such a good friend Lucius! You said you knew a cure for mudbloods, would you help me?”
“Sure, after class,” Lucius quickly answered.
Professor Slughorn had just arrived and Lucius quickly hurried into class leaving Tanya behind.
Class went pretty well despite Tanya smiling at him every time he looked at her direction. Just as he had expected, Slughorn did spill the beans on the surprise test while everyone was gathering ingredients for the day’s potion. The test was unsurprisingly a polyjuice potion, which would only be taught in his 6th year. Professor Slughorn loved ‘challenging’ his students, or at least that was what he said.
Lucius knew it was not going to be an easy test, and it would take more than just showing up. He needed to get his hands on the instructions, not just any instruction but the one Slughorn wrote down himself. That was the only one that wouldn’t mess up, and he intended on memorizing it before an ugly cauldron is placed into his arms (Slughorn never allowed personal cauldrons during tests).
Now the tough question was, how was he going to get it? He was definitely not going to do the dirty work himself. Just then, Tanya walked past him and said, “Look! I’ve got porcupine quills!”
Lucius immediately knew it was either her or a scared first year.
To Be Continued…
(Leave a comment or vote on whether Lucius should get Tanya to do it, or find someone else more trustworthy!)