Chapter 16 : Looking (your) Death In the Eye (Part 1)
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Draco started coming around after a while. Everything was spinning around him and his entire body ached. When some of the dizziness left him, he realized he was tied up on a chair in the center of the room. He looked around. He was in a dark room with little light and he could only imagine that he was in one of the cells in the Ministry. Two Death Eaters he didn't know were at the door with their wands in their hands and another one, still wearing his mask was standing in the opposite corner next to that strange, blonde woman.
"Well, well, look who finally woke up", she said smiling at him.
There was something in that smile that made it cruel and nasty, yet it seemed oddly familiar to him.
He tried to analyze the situation. He had gotten caught by the Death Eaters obviously, but what was that woman's part in all of these? He thought she was an auror but she appeared to be working with the Death Eaters. Did that mean that she was the infamous traitor they were all looking for? And why did she seem familiar?
"Who are you?" he asked.
"Straight to the subject", she smiled with her cruel smile. "Who am I? Well, the last time we met I was Artemis Santos, the devoted auror; my Death Eaters friends though like to refer to me as Apostollo".
"You? You are Apostollo?" Draco asked with disbelief.
"Add it up, it all spells 'duh'", she responded still grinning.
Draco had started finding that smile irritating.
"And what do you want from me?" he asked her.
"Hmm, I just wanted to meet you. See, my real last name isn't Santos", she said shrugging.
"What are you...? Huh...?"
"Tell me Draco, how much do you know about your aunt Bellatrix?" she asked him.
Draco looked at her puzzled. Bellatrix? Where the hell did Bellatrix fit in all of this madness?
"Did you know she had a child?" she asked, her eyes sparkling. Draco froze completely.
"Oh my God", he muttered after making all the connections.
That was why she seemed so familiar, because she was familiar. She was...his cousin.
"Oh, so you did know!" she said almost chuckling with relish.
"I don't...I can't believe this. Where have you been all these years?" he asked.
"Why did you ever go looking for me?" she whispered with a hollow voice.
"I wasn't sure you existed", Draco replied. "My mother had told me that..."
"Your mother!" she repeated angrily stopping him. "Your mother! Wasn't she the one that lied to the Dark Lord about Potter being dead and betrayed us all?"
"She just wanted to save me", he said.
"Well, then too bad she isn't alive anymore to save you now", Artemis smiled showing her teeth like some kind of a hyena.
"What do you want?"
"Is revenge enough for you or do you want me to make up more reasons?"
"Neither me nor my mother ever did anything to harm you", he said.
"You never did anything to help me", she said with a hard expression upon her face. "Yaxley!" she ordered then the man next to her, who walked forward and for a moment Draco thought that he was going to hit him but he walked pass him and disappeared to the side of the room the wasn't lighten. "I want you to tell me where the book from Mexico is", Artemis added.
"The book from where? I don't know what you're talking about" Draco said confused.
"I see", she said and then sighed.
She walked forward too until she reached him. She turned his chair with her wand so he would be facing the dark side of the room.
"Yaxley", she said again and with a flash of light the dark side was lighten.
Right opposite Draco, tied up in a chair like he was, gagged and unconscious was...
"Scorpius!" Draco breathed.
Artemis laughed again and walked over to the boy, placing her hand on his shoulder.
"So since I'm Bellatrix Lestrange's daughter that makes me...what? Your son's aunt, right?" she asked him.
"What did you do to him? Why is he unconscious?" Draco asked her, keeping his voice calm.
"Oh, just a sleeping spell", Artemis shrugged.
"How did you got him?"
"Well, I guess Potter took his kids and left the Ministry and the boy was just wandering around alone...not so hard to get actually", Artemis responded and Draco grunted. "Now, my dear cousin, will you please tell me where the book is?"
"I don't know anything about any book", Draco replied shaking his head.
"Hmm, see how we're gonna play it", she smiled. "First I'm gonna wake him up, because it will be more fun if he's awaken".
And with that she hit the top of Scorpius' head with the tip of her wand. The boy stirred at once and looked around. He was gagged with a cloth, so he only made a hollow sound when he saw his father tied up as he was.
"Scorpius, it's gonna be okay", Draco said looking at his son. "I don't know anything about any book; I'm telling you the truth".
"Ha! The truth? That's funny, why do I think you're lying?" she asked him ironicaly. "So, now that my dear, sweet nephew is awake", she continued stroking Scorpius' hair, "see how we're gonna continue. I'm gonna count to ten and if you don't tell me where the book is, I'm gonna kill your son".
Scorpius groaned as she pulled his head back from the hair.
"I don't know anything!" Draco exclaimed.
She just smirked and Yaxley walked forward and placed a sharp knife in her hands.
"Avanda Kedavra is a nice and useful curse in a battle but not in something like this. I want you to see your son's blood", she smiled slowly making a cut at the boy's cheek.
"Don't do that!" Draco yelled as Scorpius moaned. "I don't know!"
"One", Artemis started counting.
"I don't know! I don't know, I swear!"
"I don't know what you want but I can look for it! I can find it for you!" Draco said trying to buy some time.
"Look, I can make Potter trust me, I can. I can get Potter for you!"
"Four", Artemis continued counting.
"Don't hurt him", Draco pleaded. "I don't know anything, I swear! Please, Artemis, please! We're family!"
But that was the wrong thing to say. Artemis' eyes sparkled.
"Do you think I'm fooling around? I really am going to kill him!" she yelled and then to confirm her words she raised the hand with the knife and before Draco could say anything more, she stabbed Scorpius' leg.
The boy groaned harder than before as tears of pain started falling from his eyes the same time blood started spilling from his wound.
"You bitch!" Draco screamed. "He's your nephew! He's fourteen years old!"
"Scorpius, look at me, look at me", Draco said and the boy raised his head to look at him.
Draco fixed his eyes on his son's.
"It's gonna be okay, you're gonna be okay. I'm gonna get you out of here. You believe me?"
The boy nodded shakily.
"I'm telling you that I don't know anything! Will you stop this madness?" Draco yelled at the woman again. "Listen to me, don't hurt my son. Let him go and I'll stay and help you get that fucking book!"
"Please, Artemis! Please! I don't know anything about any book! Let my son go!"
"Stop! Stop counting, damn it! I'm telling you I don't know anything! Don't you dare touch my son!"
"No, no, please", Draco pleaded, tears falling from his own eyes now.
The boy moaned again.
"Scorpius, it's gonna be okay. She's not gonna do it. Artemis, please! Please, I'll do whatever you want! Just let Scorpius go!"
"You know, I never expected to say that, but I guess I am sorry", Artemis smirked. "After all he's such a cute, little boy".
"I don't know what book you're talking about! PLEASE! I'll join the Death Eaters again if you want me to! Don't hurt Scorpius!"
"Ten", Artemis said and with that she cut the boy's throat.
When Yaxley closed the door behind him, leaving Draco staring frozen at his son's bloody corpse tied up on that chair, he turned to Artemis.
"I don't think he knew anything about the book", he said to her.
"I never thought he did", she replied as she cleaned the blood from her knife. "But it was more fun that way".
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