tags: eighth year, drarry, angst, assault, bullying, violence, illness, sickfic, enemies to lovers, harry with long hair, magic theory, veela history/world building, veela draco, book veelas, fairy tale inspirations, -no feathers-, -no mates/bonding-, Fenrir Greyback, werewolves, hurt/comfort, romantic tension, emotional and romantic intimacy, slow burn, pining, longing, happy ending, animal injury, reference to animal death, ptsd, transformation, possible body horror, parents best intentions whilst still being flawed human beings
suggested rating: 18+, for heavy themes and violence
<– Part 1 (contains links to all parts) <– Part 59 ||
scanned the great hall. Breakfast was nearly over with
most of the tables were already half empty, but he spotted Ron’s
red hair near the middle of the Gryffindor
table and hurried over to them.
waved when he caught sight of Harry, “You’re
I was busy-”
Harry said haltingly when he reached them.
grabbed his arm and pulled Harry into the seat next to him, pushing
an empty plate in front of him, “You’re
looking rough, mate, did you sleep in those clothes?”
of,” Harry said, he hesitated and then grabbed
some toast and making a quick
and egg sandwich. A quick glance around Ron showed that Hermione
was writing, her own food mostly forgotten on the plate. Harry
doubted she had even noticed him arrive. “Morning, Hermione,” he
rolled his eyes as Hermione looked
up in surprise.
see you!” Hermione said.
got here,” Harry said.
had a resigned expression on his face, “She has a new theory.”
have a new theo-Hey!”
Hermione elbowed Ron with a frown.
it about the werewolf?” Harry asked.
think I know why the werewolf hasn’t died yet,” Hermione said,
flipping through her notebook and holding up a page of cramped
writing that Harry didn’t even have time to read
a single word of
before she had it in front of herself again. “I was working out a
of the illness based on what we know of the thestral’s decline and
estimated that the longest it could have survived would have been two
weeks. The wolf was showing clear signs of decline when we
encountered it and looked half transformed-”
gave Harry a what
can you do? look
that was entirely too fond.
was just glad he had gone to the kitchens and
hospital wing first
so he could return to the tower right after this.
that was right before the full moon. My theory is that the werewolf’s
body was trying to change back, either because it was getting too
weak to maintain the transformation or it was too far away from a
full moon, or perhaps a combination the two.
the disease, reacts to moonlight, growing stronger as the moon waxes-
I think maybe lycanthropy is caused by some sort of virus that
inserts a strand of RNA into the cells of the afflicted person,
basically changing the DNA in all the person’s cells as it spreads-”
in the weeds a bit,”
blinked and nodded, “Some other time. Where was I?”
theory,” Ron said.
Right! So, basically, I think every time the wolf is exposed to the
full moon, and it transforms again, it repairs at least some of the
damage caused by the illness.” Hermione frowned, “I have to
assume that eventually, the transformations won’t be enough to keep
the illness at bay. But we can’t know for certain how long the wolf
has had it or have anywhere enough data to tell the rate of the
werewolf’s decline compared to the thestral.”
the auror’s doing anything about it?” Harry asked.
shrugged, not nearly as interested in things
outside the medical side aspect.
turned to Ron, “Have you heard anything?”
thing this morning,”
Ron said, “Apparently they’re scouting the edge of the forest
setting up proximity alarms along the boundary and that’s all she
knows. They told Hogsmeade and the school to stay closed up for now.”
nodded in relief, one less thing to worry about, at least for the
moment. “Has Pomfrey figured out what the illness is?”
shook her head, curls bouncing against her cheeks, “No.
sent a blood sample to- Well, I sent it to my parents, who are
sending it to
Until then, there isn’t much we can do.”
a vet? You’re sending it to a vet?” Harry said.
I don’t know any doctors very well, but my parents have always had
cats. And since the illness infected
something like a horse
as well as people, it’s just easier.” Hermione said.
wrapped his sandwich in a napkin and stood up, “I
need to get back, Malfoy’s not feeling well. So
won’t be in class.”
still- I thought he was finished, he seemed fairly done to me,”
gave her a confused look, “What is he a pie?”
not what I meant,” Hermione said.
to ask if there was
anything else I could
do to help him?” Harry asked.
mean any other tips that you might have forgotten?” Harry asked.
Hermione said, “I’d have to see him and talk to him to be any
more help.” She brightened up, “I could come up and see him!”
and I got along fine last time we talked, it will be fine,”
Hermione said, “I’ll
come up after lunch. Send a patronus if he’d rather me not visit.”
Harry said. He gave them a wave and headed back to the tower, eating
as he went.
crumbs of his sandwich off his
hands and grabbed a clean cloth, running it under cold water and then
thoroughly ringing it out. He cast a cooling charm on the damp cloth
as he went back over to Malfoy’s
bed and carefully placed it on Malfoy’s forehead.
eyes fluttered, and he reached up, touching the cloth before dropping
his hand back
to the bed with a wince.
opened his eyes just enough to see Harry.
dream?” Malfoy said.
I’m back,” Harry said, “Sorry, I forgot the cloth before.”
how do you feel?” Harry asked.
smiled faintly, “Yeah, that’s how fevers tend to work.”
than usual,” Malfoy said.
Malfoy muttered, closing his eyes again.
skin did seem almost an angry red rather than the normal flushed
pink. There didn’t seem to be as much sweat either.
you want anything to drink? Or eat?” Harry asked.
helped him sit up and held the glass for him as he took a few sips
Harry eased him back down and picked up the cold
setting it back in place.
wants to come check on you, if that’s alright,” Harry said, “She
said she can’t really help without seeing you.”
Malfoy said faintly.
"It’s enough. You’ve done enough,” Malfoy said.
just want to help,” Harry
slid his hand across the sheets, “Then hold this.”
placing his hand over Malfoy’s, giving it a quick squeeze.
almost uncomfortably warm.
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