he had been trained, consciousness came to Harry slowly.
At first, he thought that this type of training was a joke, but now
he was glad that he had learned it. As
he slowly awoke, he was able to get a bearing on his situation. First, he
smelled a potion filled sterile scent. He also knew that he was lying down
and that the bed beneath him was lumpy and it’s covering tingled with
cleansing and soothing charms.
knew where he was, he had been here often enough, Hogwarts hospital ward.
Something must have gone wrong with the spell Hogwarts used…or…it
wasn’t the castle at all. Either or would definitely lead him here.
odd thing was that there were people talking loudly at the foot of his
bed. Madam Pomphrey must be in her office and hadn’t noticed yet, for
she would definitely have kicked them out.
However, the voices did not sound like any he knew. If he was in
the infirmary, the only people that would be allowed near him were Order
members or any member of the Weasley family or their significant others.
was glad he hadn’t moved yet for the people were talking about him.
“He’s just a boy, he’s not dangerous.” It was said by a woman with
a nice voice. But it was followed with a snort.
said he was close to his inheritance that makes him dangerous.” A man
with a thick brogue countered.
is he?” An older woman asked.
heard a woman’s sigh “As far as I can tell he’s just unconscious.
There is nothing physically wrong with him now. That’s not to say he is
do you mean Connie?” The older woman pressed.
diagnostic spells tell me that this boy has been starved for most of his
life and has had a total of 19 broken bones before he was 13. After that
there are too many to count, not to mention the ones he has had regrown.
There are currently remnants of basilisk poison running through his veins
being counteracted by phoenix tears. In addition…and I don’t know if
this is right…I pray that my spell has failed.”
is it?” The brogue was back.
says that he has been subjected to not one but all three of the
Unforgivable curses.” The room erupted.
is not possible once hit with the killing curse no one survives.”
Another woman with a cultured voice insisted.
know, I did the spell five times and I still get the same result. He
has received all three curses, the cruciatus curse more than any other
I’ve seen. I don’t know
how he is as healthy as he is.”
they talked, Harry listened. He only counted four people in the room and
they all seemed to be fairly friendly although the man was more cautious
then the women but that was always to be expected.
once told him that his greatest asset was his ability to cause people to
want to protect him. He had called it ‘A way to get morons to believe
you are naught but a babe in the woods when in reality you are a snake in
the bush.’ He should have no problem getting them to believe that he was
just an innocent boy, no harm to any one.
then why don’t we ask him? He has been awake for this whole
heard a chair being pulled up next to the head of his bed and a large body
settle into it.
slowly opened his eyes. They focused on the man beside him. His hair was
black and short. His face was chiseled and sharp. But it was the eyes that
pinned him. They were blue and piercing.
are you?” The man asked.
was unsettled by the question. Anyone in this castle, hell anyone in the
Wizarding world knew who he was. How could they not know? Harry struggled
to sit up. The movements made him feel dizzy but he hid it as best he
could with knowing that all the blood had just rushed out of his face.
man looked annoyed. “I asked you a question. Who are you? How did you
get past our wards?”
looked around the room slowly not wanting to cause his head more pain. He
saw the other four people still standing at the foot of his bed. He was
right-three women and one man. The man had fiery read hair and was built
like a house. He towered over the women, even though one was no shrimp.
The older lady looked like royalty; the frown on her face definitely was
out of place. The other woman, holding a clipboard, was beautiful. Her
hair was a soft blonde, her face was dusted with freckles, she was just a
real natural beauty, and with he could tell, a heart of gold.
felt the man beside him shift casting an imposing shadow over him. If it
wasn’t for a lifetime with Professor Snape, Harry would have been
intimidated. But now he was almost immune…almost. Harry slid his hand
slowly to the secret pocket in his pants that held his wand. But the
comforting hardness was gone.
went to speak, it took him a couple of tries to get his throat to work but
then he rasped. “My wand.”
tall red head spoke. “You’ll get it lad after you’ve answered our
questions to our liking.”
closed his eyes. He could feel it in the room. Maybe if he distracted the
name is Harry.” His voice was still as broken as before. He saw the
beauty move to get him a drink but was waved off by the man beside him.
Harry turned to glare at the man.
wand rolled slowly to the end of the shelf it was on.
what?” The dark man asked. ‘Always tell the truth so when you have to
lie no one will know the difference.’ That was a lesson from the Twins.
I don’t know of any Potters?” The tall woman said, earning him a glare
from the dark man.
shrugged. “It is my name.”
wand made a slow decent off of the shelf to the floor.
were ya doin’ in the
shrugged and shook his head slowly.
don’t know how you ripped a gaping hole in our wards landing in the
shook his head again.
wand rolled silently across the stone floor.
know.” Man did he want a drink. “Drink.”
dark man smirked. “You want a drink? You tell us who sent you, and then
you’ll get a drink.”
in the Hell is that supposed to mean boy? This is Hogwarts and I know you
don’t work for any of us.”
dark man looked at the others, seeing if any of them had any ideas.
felt his wand rise off the floor and slide soundlessly under his blanket
and into his hand, which then gripped it firmly.
since ya won’t tell us who ya work for lad we’ll just have ta take a
look at cha wand and see what it tells us.” The big man made to go
towards Madam Pomphery’s office.
don’t you ask the boy for it?” The dark man said smugly. The four just
looked at him mouths agape.
pulled his wand out from under the blanket. “Accio wand!” The big man
felt the wand being tugged from his grasp, he held on tighter. “No.”
he rasped. The man called again this time with more force. “No!” Harry
said as loud as he could, throwing himself out of the bed but to his
anguish, his legs collapsed beneath him leaving him sprawled on the floor.
He used his arms backpedaling away from the people trying to surround him.
away from me…” Harry said pointing his wand at the advancing wizards
Headmaster will kill you when he catches you in his castle.” Maybe he
could distract them enough so he could get out a window and call his
Boy, there is no headmaster of
this school!” That made Harry pause briefly.
Dumbledore will have the wards expel you all!” Almost to the window.
captors looked at each other. The older woman gasped. “The boy’s gone
tall woman looked at him in the condescending manner Hermione used when
she was trying to explain something to him that she thought a child would
understand. “We are the founders of this school, there is no headmaster
gasped nearly dropping his wand. “F…F…Founders!? Not
possible…”He shook his head eyes never leaving the quintet in front of
him. “Dead…long DEAD.”
dark man looked him over with piercing considering eyes. Then Harry saw
them go wide. “My God.” The others looked at him questioningly.
man dropped down, kneeling so his eyes we level with Harry’s own.
“What year is this?”
an odd question. Harry rolled his eyes. “1997.”
all gasped. The dark man looked up at his fellows and then stood. They all
gathered together each talking at the same time. Harry took this
opportunity to continue to drag himself towards the window. “Petrificus
Totalus.” Harry was struck.
Harry screamed in his mind. He felt himself being levitated and settled
once again in the hospital bed. His wand was pried from his fingers. Harry
glared at the dark man who now held his wand.
am going to release you. You are going to lie there like a good little
patient and not give us any more trouble.” If Harry could snort he would
curse was lifted. Harry settled himself back in the bed. “I don’t know
if you’re telling the truth or not.” The dark man said looking down at
are you?” Harry asked glaring up at the man who up to this moment had
seen through all of his plans.
man quirked an eyebrow. “Salazar Slytherin.”
pulled his head back, his brows knitted together. He had once seen a
picture of the Prince of Snakes; it had been done when the man was old and
gray. He was stern and silent. The painting never moved, except its eyes.
Those eerie eyes would follow you as you passed. It always felt like they
were looking right through you into your soul. Some people went totally
out of their way to avoid the icon.
eyes kind of reminded him of…no he would not jump to conclusions. If
this was the real Salazar Slytherin there was only one way to prove it.
ssthat whoss yousss realsssly sssar?~
Slytherin (if that is who he was) raised not one but both eyebrows.
sssI bearsss sssthat namessss~
gasped and scurried to the top of the bed nearly causing it to tip over.
“No you can’t be.”
Slytherin advanced on him. “Get a hold of yourself. Don’t make me
petrify you again!”
nodded and cautiously slid back into place on the bed. “How could this
be happening? Could this be what the castle intended?”
ya mumbling about lad?”
Gryffindor?” The big man nodded his hairy head. Harry paled.
turned to the older woman. “Helga Hufflepuff?” She in turn nodded.
really didn’t feel so well.
R…Ravenclaw?” The tall woman gave a curt nod.
Harry swooned. A strong hand clasped his shoulder grounding him
fully in reality.
looked up at the blue eyed man, silently pleading with him to tell him
that they were wrong, that this was all a joke. But the man’s gaze was
firm. Harry gulped and looked at the Four Founders.
are why I am here.” The beautiful woman stepped forward.
is the second time you said that what do you mean? Who sent you here and
why?” Harry gulped then took a deep breath.
wait.” Slytherin stopped him. He hissed deep and low towards the door.
After a minute or two a fat python slithered into the room and right up
Slytherin’s leg and into the man’s arms.
reached out for the snake with both arms. Slytherin raised an eyebrow but
relinquished the snake to him. The python wrapped itself around Harry’s
arm, securing its tail around Harry’s middle.
pulled the snake close, cuddling it as a child would a teddy bear, hissing
to it in hushed tones.
cleared his throat getting Harry’s attention. “Hazzar will tell us if
what you are saying is not the truth.” Harry nodded absently stroking
the snakes head.
will tell me the same.” Slytherin gave a curt nod.
remaining four gathered chairs and arranged them around his bed, Slytherin
sat once more in his chair by the top of his bed. The beautiful woman
smiled gently at him and handed him a glass of water. Harry took it
gratefully, gulping it down greedily. When he finished she took the glass
and set it on the nearby stand.
reached out a hand to her. “Harry James Potter.” She smiled brightly.
Marie Slytherin.” Harry arched an eyebrow, and then turned to look
unbelieving at the dark man on his other side.
does everyone think it is so unbelievable that she would agree to be my
wife?” The dark man said exasperated as the rest, including his wife
muffled their laughter.
may call me Connie, dear. And don’t mind him.” She said patting his
leaned forward in her chair. “So your name really is Potter?” Harry
I don’t know where my family came from or if the name would still be
connected only to the muggle world.”
have muggle blood in your line?” The dark wizard asked gruffly, causing
Harry to shift away from him.
my mother was muggle born. But no matter what most purebloods say they all
have muggles in their family tree, no matter how many times they
intermarry.” Harry thought a moment. “That might be a reason why some
pureblood families are slower then others.” Harry
said absently. Slytherin snorted. Harry
looked up at the wizard skittishly.
are you now afraid of me when you weren’t before?” Harry gulped,
resuming petting the snake.
wasn’t sure how your reaction would be to finding out my parentage.”
The man thankfully let it pass as that.
founder of his house spoke up. “Ya said you were sent here for a
reason.” Harry nodded. “Why were ya sent here?” And as an after
thought he added. “And how?”
took a deep breath. “Have you heard of the ‘Seer’s Potion?”
Gryffindor shook his head. Harry went to continue but Slytherin beat him
is a potion that gives the brewer a brief overview of his future or at
least the future he will have if he keeps to his current path.” Harry
the one. Well my friends and I got together when we felt that something
was off. The potion showed us a future where the Headmaster was given
permission by the Ministry to drain my powers and take them for
gasped. “But that would leave you…”
Harry nodded. “Yes, fitting, for the whole reason he got permission was
because he told them that I was mentally unstable.”
why did you threaten us with him if he was not your friend?” asked the
oldest of the Hogwarts founders.
shrugged. “He is known all through the Wizarding world as the greatest
wizard who’s ever lived.” He scoffed. Slytherin
great man is not always a good man.” Harry thought it odd that this man
would be saying that, but given the situation, everything about this night
don’t know if it has been created or not, the Room of Requirement?”
All five looked at each other. “Never mind I see that it has been. And
no I don’t want to know how it was created. Well, we created the potion
there and then my friend right on schedule, perpetual bookworm that she
is, got the idea to turn the room into a library. With that library my
friend Ron found a spell that would tell us who my ancestors are so we
would know what I will be inheriting. Let’s just say that the
information was a bit of a surprise. ” Harry paused. How was he going to
tell these people that they were his long lost family?
lad, don’t keep us in suspense. Who are ya inheriting from?”
Harry couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity. Harry swallowed.
“Um, well Uncle Godric, I am related to all of you.” They all choked,
and were rendered speechless by the boy’s proclamation.
Aunt Rowena was the first to regain her speech. “So that is why you were
nodded. “I believe so.” Harry thought it best to keep the information
about the last of his five inheritances to himself.
hissed. ~ He is hiding
something I can smell it. ~
heard him. Tell us what you are hiding.” Slytherin scowled at him, no
doubt thinking that he somehow lied about their relation.
am also inheriting from another, but I don’t want it known. Not even by
you.” Salazar went to respond harshly but behind him a great crack cut
through the air.
the corner of the room was a giant rip, not in the stone, but in the
fabric of time itself. And through the opening came a figure bearing a
man was tall with short white hair and a goatee. The staff in his hand was
glowing faintly as were his eyes. His clothes were dated, much more than
the other five in the room who stood paralyzed by the power that radiated
off this man. Then he spoke stopping a mere meter from Harry’s bed.
believe the young man was referring to me.”