That's right! It's Chapter the Last! WHOOOO! *Victory Lap*
Artemis woke up in the hospital wing. Draco was in the bed next to his, and they-who-are- attached-at-the-hip were across from him. Madam Pomfrey rushed over to his bed. "Good, you're awake!"
He blinked groggily at her. "What happened?"
She gave him a calculating look. "I was hoping you could tell me. You were found this morning in a tree with Mr. Malfoy by some early risers."
"Is Draco alright?"
"He hasn't woken up yet. He also has a nasty scar around his leg, but he should be fine."
He won't be fine. He's a werewolf. "Good. I don't quite remember what happened."
She looked suspicious, but she nodded and gave him some food. He went back to sleep. Later, Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge came in to talk to Artemis.
"Hello, m'boy. I heard you were involved in the ermh, incident last night."
"I am afraid I can't say." Artemis widened his eyes innocently. "I don't remember a thing."
"Definitely Confounded," Fudge muttered. "Are you sure? What do you think of when I say 'Sirius Black'?"
Artemis shuddered, more from laughter than fear. "Blood! SO MUCH BLOOD!" Fudge did not understand basic psychology, even if Artemis had been confounded.
Madam Pomfrey rushed over. "Stop bothering my patients, Minister." Fudge quickly vacated the premises.
Since there was nothing technically wrong with him, Madam Pomfrey had to let Artemis out of the hospital ward with the Trio. During lunch, Artemis asked Hermione what happened. "Time Turner?"
She nodded. "There were hundreds of dementors. Then there was a stag- a patronus, but it wasn't Harry. We ended up in the infirmary, and Harry and I went back three hours. Then we saved Buckbeak and it actually was Harry's Patronus, just the Harry I was with. Then we saved Sirius, and he left with Buckbeak." She paused. "What happened to you?"
Artemis thought for a moment. "Let's just say, if I were you, I wouldn't go around Hogwarts at the full moon."
"It's better you don't know."
Later, Lupin came to talk to Artemis. His eyes were full of guilt. "Artemis, I'm leaving tomorrow, and you have to give my apologies to Draco for… "
"He'll need help."
"I know. I'm sorry I can't give it to him. He'll need wolfsbane potion, and somewhere safe to change."
"I'll tell 're leaving, aren't you? Parents won't like a werewolf teaching."
"Yes. I'll have to. And there are other things. What was that spell you did at finals? I've never heard of it before."
"It was something I found. I couldn't bring myself to laugh, so I found an alternative."
"And I wondered… how did you keep him from bleeding out? When I woke up, I was sure- I was sure he would be dead."
A ghost of a smile flitted across Artemis' face. "Everyone has their secrets, professor."
The professor nodded. "You walk a dangerous path, Artemis. Don't stray into the shadows."
"But without shadows, there is no light. Don't worry. I've made my choice already."
The professor left the next day. Draco woke a few days later, when their exam results came out. Artemis visited him in the hospital wing.
"You drew off the werewolf so I could get Weasley and myself to safety."
He looked down at his leg. "So I'm a…?"
Artemis nodded. "Almost certainly."
His lip curled. "So I sacrificed my pure bloodedness… for a Weasel? That's awful! I'm a Slytherin, for Merlin's sake!"
Artemis raised an eyebrow. "It could have been Hermione you showed an ounce of human decency for."
Draco moaned. "I don't even want to think about it. What will I tell my parents?"
"If telling the truth isn't an option, I suggest that you offer to stay with an Irish friend once a month."
Draco frowned. "But I don't have any- Wait. You mean you? Are we even friends?"
"Of course. Dangerous circumstances are excellent for bonding, or so I've heard. And it is the logical decision. I can make a wolfsbane potion, and my parents don't really look into my work. They will be happy that I have a friend who isn't remotely threatening or sinister, and yours will be happy you are making allies like a Slytherin descendant of Herpo the Foul."
"That sounds good. And you have to tell me about the little girl. What is with your fascination with little girls? And what do you mean, I'm not remotely threatening?"
"You are scrawny, Draco. Threatening is what Vincent and Gregory are for. And the little girl won't like being called a little girl. She's part of an advanced underground civilization."
Draco blinked. "What?"
"All shall be revealed in due time. It's only fair that I let you in on all my plans. You'll find out soon."
Artemis smirked as Draco rolled his eyes and muttered about melodramatic geniuses. At least he had forgotten about his malady for the moment. That was good. Perhaps this would blossom into a beautiful (or at least semi functional) friendship.
When they got their results, Artemis was horrified to see that he had gotten perfect scores in everything except herbology, in which he got an E. Damn those awful puffapods! It was awful to see Hermione, who had gotten Os in everything, smiling triumphantly.
Gryffindor won the house cup that year, yet again. After such a nasty year, with the dementors and Sirius Black constantly hanging over their heads, everyone was glad for the end. On the train, Artemis ran into Luna.
"Are you all right?"
"I'm fine. Do you have anything to tell me?"
"Just one thing- watch out for pixies."
Dun, Dun, DUUHHHH! By all the gods above, I'm done! First fic ever!
Just so you know, there is a very real possibility of a sequel, but no promises. Keep an eye out, but don't expect anything for a few months. I really need to recharge my batteries reading Solangelo and stuff.
But in case there is a sequel, I have no clue what it'll be about. So it's up to a vote. Will CEDRIC, HARRY, or ARTEMIS play in the tournament? Two of them? All of them? None of them(although that would be boring)? Send in votes and reasons, please.
That's it. I'm out, folks.
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