There & Back Again: A Tale of The Prodigal Slytherins

Down in the Slytherin Common Room, Blaise sat by the fireplace, an open book on his lap. Draco cleared his throat as he walked over to Blaise.

"We're going to the Room Of Requirements, Blaise." he said, taking Blaise's book from him. Blaise looked up at Draco angrily, causing the blonde to sigh.

"Why the bloody sodding hell are we going there?" Blaise asked, standing up and brushing his clothes off. "Well, Dray? What's up?"

"My father, your father and a few others attacked the school today. We, meaning myself, Elian, her brother, the Mudblood, Weasley and Weaselette, the Headmistress, Snape, Sirius and Hagrid." Draco said, laughing softly at the confused expression on his friend's face.

Blaise shook his head slightly. "What are you doing with them? I mean, Snape's alright… but damn, Draco." Blaise whispered, still shaking his head.

"You aren't going soft on me are you?"

Draco snorted unceremoniously, shaking his head. "Never. Draco Malfoy does not go soft." He spat out the last word as though it were a piece of filth. "Now, hurry up, Zabini. I haven't got all day to wait on you."

Blaise smirked knowingly at his friend as he stood up. "You're doing this for her, aren't you?" he asked, walking towards the tapestry. "Tell me the truth, Draco. Are you doing this for the girl?" Blaise repeated, turning to face Draco.

Draco looked at Blaise for a moment, unsure of how to answer. "I'd say it's about fifty/fifty. For her and for you." he said, finally as he walked over to Blaise.

Blaise snickered softly. "More like ninety/ten if you ask me…" he whispered softly as he followed Draco out of the common room.

"Harry, where's Draco?" Elian asked her brother as she looked around the room. "I swear you take your eyes off a Slytherin for even a split second and they disappear…"

Harry cringed slightly as he heard his sister's voice. "Um, he's not here?" he replied, shrugging.

Ron snorted and chuckled softly. "Got that right, Eli." he muttered, crossing his arms and leaning back against the wall.

The Banshee shrieked once again, causing everyone on the room to jolt slightly, then all went quiet. "I think she left…" Hermione whispered as she started towards the door, followed closely by Ginny.

"Wait, just because she's quiet, doesn't mean she's gone." Sirius said as he stepped in front of the door. "We don't need to make this anymore of a confrontation than is necessary."

The other three adults nodded in agreement. "Sirius is right. I'll see if the creature is gone, if so we'll make for my office. If not, we may be stuck here for quite a long while." McGonagall said as she brushed past Sirius and opened the door to the shriek of the Banshee.

"Bleeding hell! Close the door, Minerva!" Snape shouted above the Banshee, his hands covering his ears.

McGonagall quickly snapped the door shut and sighed heavily. "It seems we must make ourselves more comfortable." she said as she walked over to the nearest sofa and sat down.

A grin broke out on Sirius' face as he leaned back against the wall near the doorway. "I told you she wasn't gone." he muttered merrily, his eyes shining slightly.

"Now don't be going and getting a big head, Sirius." Hagrid said, chuckling slightly while shaking his head.

"Me, never! How could you say such a thing, Hagrid?" Sirius asked jokingly in reply as he feigned a pout and crossed his arms.

Harry glanced at his Godfather, then his sister. "He nutters, you know that right?" he asked her softly as he draped his right arm over Ginny's shoulders.

Elian rolled her eyes and nodded slightly. "Yes, I know. And I love him all the more for it." she replied winking at her father and smirking slightly.

"Yay! I feel loved!" Sirius exclaimed blissfully, causing the room to erupt with laughter. "Well, I'm glad I amuse you all so…."

A vicious smirk appeared on Snape's lips. "Of course, your stupidity amuses all who know you, Black." he murmured sadistically, his black eyes gleaming slightly.

"Hey, watch how you talk to my father." Elian said as she stood to her feet and took a few steps towards the former Potions master.

Ron's eyebrows shot up as he heard Elian, then glanced at Hermione who was sitting beside him. "Uh-oh." he muttered softly, preparing for the worst.

Hermione shook her head and sighed. "Eli, calm down. That's just how Snape is…." she said trying to calm her friend back down.

"I'm sorry, Hermione… but no one talks to my father that way." Elian replied stubbornly glaring heatedly at Snape, who cringed slightly. "Now, sir, if you would apologize, we can all get on with our lives and our plans."

The eight others stared at Elian as though she were from another planet and had never seen anything quite like her before. "Why are you all looking at me like that?" she asked softly, looking down at her feet.

"You just told Snape what to do…" Harry and Ron said simultaneously, their voices filled with awe and slight fear.

Hermione closed her eyes and sighed. "This should be interesting." she then muttered under her breath before opening her eyes once more.

"Well, I think she's in the right." Ginny said trying to back up her best friend. "I mean, how would you like it if someone talk to your father that way? No matter what their relationship was when they were younger."

Just then the shrill sound of the Banshee shrieking , accompanied by a deafening roar and piercing whinny. "WHAT THE BLOODY HELL?!" shouted Ron and the four adults simultaneously as everyone in the room jumped in surprise.

The door slowly opened to reveal an agitated looking Draco Malfoy and a smug looking Blaise Zabini. "Ah, the prodigal Slytherins have returned!" Blaise exclaimed brightly as he entered the room, while Draco closed the door behind him.

"So, that's where you went…" Elian said in a hushed voice as she watched Draco walk towards her. "I was getting a little bit worried about you."

A slight smile crossed Draco's lips as his eyebrows rose and he cocked his head slightly to the side. "Really? And why is that?" he asked her in the same hushed voice when he was standing barely a foot in front of her.

"I knew it!" Blaise shouted, causing everyone to jump slightly once again. "Sorry, but I did know it!" he then muttered, seemingly pleased with himself.

Ron glanced at Harry, then Hermione helplessly. "Why, Merlin? What did I do to deserve three Slytherins?" he whined, burying his head in his hands.

"Just lucky, I guess." Answered the voices of Draco, Blaise and Snape sardonically, which caused Ron whine again.

Hermione smiled slightly as she lightly patted Ron's back. "There, there, you poor thing." she said teasingly, shaking her head as she shook with silent laughter.

"Mr. Malfoy, Mr. Zabini…" The headmistress started, gaining their attention. "How did you make it unseen?" she then asked raising her eyebrows slightly.

"If you're suggesting that we had something to do with this, I take that as the deepest insult to my character." Draco said as he turned to face McGonagall, his arms crossed over his chest.

Blaise rolled his eyes. "Suspicious minds. We made it unseen, because the only ones left in the castle are the students and professors, Professor. You should know that already." he answered sounding slightly affronted.

McGonagall shook her head and sighed heavily. "No, I did not mean to offend either of you. I was merely curious." she said placing a hand on her forehead and sighing heavily once again.

The seven teen laughed softly as they exchanged glances. "Well, is it safe to leave?" asked Ginny softly from her place by Harry, looking at Blaise and Draco.

Draco and Blaise shared another quick glance and sighed slightly. "Yeah, for now. We're not exactly sure how long we scared that Banshee off for." Draco finally said wrapping his arms around Elian's waist.

"Then I say we make a run for it while we can." Ron stated quickly standing to his feet, pulling Hermione up with him. "What do you think, Harry?"

Harry sighed slightly and looked down at his feet. "I don't know. Draco, can we get outta here fast enough to make sure the Banshee doesn't swoop down on us?" he asked glancing up at the blonde Slytherin.

Draco blinked a few times and started at Harry as though he had just sprouted a second head. "You really want to know what I think?" he asked disbelievingly, raising his eyebrows slightly.

A sharp sigh escaped Elian's lips as she looked from her brother to Draco. "Yes, he does. And listen to him, Harry… he's not who you think he is." she said softly, her eyes slightly pleading with the boys.

"She's right and you both know it." Sirius interjected, a knowing expression crossing his features as he looked at the unusual trio.

Both Harry and Draco sighed heavily. "Okay, okay." they said simultaneously.

"Oh, Merlin, here they go again. This is getting disturbing." Ron muttered as he fell back onto the sofa, closing his eyes and shaking his head.

"You think it's disturbing, Ron?" Harry asked with a scoff.

"Try being us." Draco murmured as he leaned pressed his forehead to Elian's and looked into her eyes. "We can get outta here if we leave now. We'll just have to split up when we get to the entrance hall." he then said more to Elian than to the others.

The four adults glance at each other, slight confusion written on their faces. What was happening? First, Death Eaters invade the castle, now Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy getting along? Draco Malfoy falling for Harry Potter's sister, who is also Sirius Black's daughter? Was this a bad dream?

"Well, whatever we're going to do. We should do it now." Hermione heralded pulling Ron back up to his feet and walking over to stand by Draco and Elian, then looking at the adults.

Elian sighed heavily and nodded slightly in agreement. "Mione's right. " she whispered softly to Draco, who then lightly kissed her forehead.

Harry looked around the room, the wheels in his mind turning as he tried to figure out the best way to leave the Room of Requirement. "Okay, is everyone ready to leave?" he asked, his eyes scanning the faces of everyone around him.

There was a simultaneous "Yes." that sounded from all present. Harry nodded slightly before taking Ginny's hand in his own and starting for the door.

Professor McGonagall cleared her throat softly before Harry opened the door. "Mr. Potter, what exactly are you planning once we leave here?" she asked him, concern clear in her eyes as she looked from Harry to the other six teens in the room.

Harry smiled reassuringly at her. "Don't worry about that, Professor." he said calmly, his hand on the door knob. He then motioned for the rest of the group to fall in behind him.

"Keep your wands at the ready and if all goes to hell once we step out this door... Pray Merlin will keep us safe."

Elian shuddered slightly as she listened to her brother and reached for Draco's hand. "That's very reassuring there, Harry." she muttered softly, a heavy and uncertain sigh escaping from her lips.

Draco smiled as he felt Elian take his hand, he had never been so nervous in his life. Not that he had ever really needed to feel nervous before now. 'Will she be alright if I leave her?' he thought to himself uncertainly; knowing there was a decent chance that she would try to follow him, no matter what he could say to dissuade her.

Draco glanced behind him, making sure Blaise was close behind him. He saw Sirius and held his gaze for a split second before they both nodded in understanding.

"Hey, mate?" Blaise whispered softly to Draco. "What exactly are we gonna do once we split from these guys?" He asked, his voice wavering a bit. Blaise had never been one to question anything Draco did, hell he was his best friend after all. Only one he'd ever had, but he had an extremely uneasy feeling about this whole situation.

Harry finally opened the door and rushed out into the corridor, pulling Ginny behind him; who in turn pulled Ron who pulled Hermione as they had all been holding hands as well.

Wands held high in their free hands, the four of them scanned the corridor quickly before motioning the rest of the group out of the room. "It looks all clear." Harry said softly, the hair standing up on the back of his neck.

The four adults and three remaining teens filed out into the corridor, all gripping their wands tightly. All except for Hagrid. Mcgonagall sighed softly before saying, "We should all make for my office, I think that will be the safest place for us all right now."

Snape cleared his throat. "Forgive me, Minerva. But I think that I should take Malfoy and Zabini back to the Slytherin Common Room." he suggested softly, glancing at the two from the corner of his eye.

Elian looked at the three Slytherins, then solely at Draco. "That time already?" she asked softly, not bothering to hide the fear in her voice. "Will I even see you again if we part ways now?"

Blaise stepped away from Draco, feeling he should give the two of them a modicum of privacy; for which Draco was grateful for.

"Eli, love..." Draco started softly as he gently touched Elian's cheek with his fingertips. He sighed heavily and continued speaking. "I will always be watching over you, no matter what happens. We will see each other again."

With that solemn promise made, Draco softly kissed Elian on the lips and wrapped her in a tight embrace. He slowly released her and backed away, nodding to Blaise and Snape motioning for them to follow him.

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