After class was over, Lucius lingered outside the classroom waiting for Tanya. His gang insisted on staying with him, but he told them to go on without him. Yes, he did not want anyone to know what he knew. Lucius was a very self-preserving person and he didn’t want someone else reaping from his special privileges.
When Tanya finally exited the classroom, she did so with Professor Slughorn.
“What are you still doing here, Mr. Malfoy?” Slughorn asked.
“Oh, just waiting for Tanya. She’s new and I thought I should help her, lest she gets lost,” Lucius answered with a genuinely fake smile.
“Ah, how kind of you boy,” Slughorn said before he turned to Tanya, “Don’t forget our extra class on Friday. But before that, you should get some tips from Lucius. He’s my best student!”
“You think too highly of me, professor,” Lucius immediately said.
“I know talent when I see one,” Slughorn replied with a wink before he walked off.
The two of them watched him disappear down a hallway before Tanya turned to Lucius. But before she could speak or say something Lucius did not want to hear, he asked, “So, you’re having extra classes with Professor Slughorn?”
“Yup. Home schooling makes me a little behind, and I need to catch up,” Tanya answered.
A little behind is an understatement, Lucius thought to himself.
“You’re so kind to be waiting for me, Lucius, but we have different classes now and I know where it is,” Tanya added.
“Well, I thought I should inform you about the cure to mudblood-ism,” Lucius said. “But, if you want to head on to class first…”
“Oh yes, I almost forgot! What is it?” Tanya was eager to know.
Lucius pulled her to a corner, away from the crowd that was slowly dispersing to their classrooms.
“You need to get something from Professor Slughorn, but he must not know about it. It’s an ingredient list to a potion that can cure you,” Lucius said softly.
“A potion? Why can’t I just ask him for it?” Tanya replied.
Lucius quickly shook his head.
“You have to know something about Professor Slughorn. He doesn’t like mudbloods. If you tell him what you are, he won’t give you extra classes and you’ll eventually fail your OWLS,” Lucius explained so confidently, one would never be able to call it a bluff.
Tanya looked at Lucius with conflicted eyes. Lucius knew she was thinking really hard about it, and her goody-two-shoes values were kicking in.
“You can think about it, but don’t think for long. Imagine what would happen if you keep spreading your mudblood curse.”
Her eyes grew more worrisome and after a short moment of silence, Tanya nodded her head. “I’ll do it. What potion is this?”
“It’s the polyjuice potion,” Lucius immediately replied.
“But, isn’t a polyjuice potion for physical transformation?”
Lucius was not expecting that reply, especially when Tanya claimed to be behind in her studies.
“My grandfather said he used it once,” Tanya added.
“Er, well, it is for physical transformation but a little tweak in the ingredients would make it perfect for supernatural transformations.”
Lucius had to thank his quick thinking as Tanya bought his answer. This Ravenclaw was not as smart as she thought she was… especially when she’s so easily fooled.
“O.k. I’ll get it then.”
“You’ll have to get it by tonight, and you’ll have to give to me. Understand?”
“But why?” Tanya asked, as she slowly raised an eyebrow.
“You can’t delay any longer, Tanya. I’m afraid you might cause trouble to others. And I want to help you. After all, I’m the only one who knows how to tweak the ingredients.” Lucius’ answer immediately doused her suspicion
“O.k. Thank you, Lucius. I’ll get it before dinner,” Tanya said confidently.
“Good. And be careful,” Lucius replied.
Lucius had no idea how she was going to do it, and was a little afraid she might fail. If she did fail, he would have to send someone else and that would be a waste of time. Lucius had no choice but to have faith in a naive girl who might just find out he was lying from the very beginning. Those thoughts left him standing there until the hallway was almost quiet.
When he finally had enough of thinking in one position, Lucius turned towards the direction of his next class. That was when he spotted a small sized boy with black hair, standing not too far away from him. That boy was probably close enough to have heard what he told Tanya, but from the looks of it, that first year could not have known what they were talking about.
Lucius decided to play safe with this one and called out, “Hey, boy!”
The boy took one quick glance at him before he began to run. Lucius had barely caught his appearance as the boy took off at top speed.
Why did he run? Lucius wondered. It couldn’t be his sudden realization that he was late for class, could it?
Lucius was too suspicious now and he was tempted to chase after him.
To Be Continued…
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