PART 19: UNEXPECTED VISITOR
At the same time, they woke up, jolted from the dream… their very own memory. They are both sweating horribly. Draco turns to look at Harry who's also now turning to look at him. Draco's about to open up his mouth to say something but the door of the Hospital Wing is being pushed open by someone that it made him halted to speak. They both turn to look at the people who are standing at the door.
"Ah, you both are wide awake," Dumbledore commented. There are two other persons coming to see them. One of them is Professor Snape while the other is an unknown handsome man with dirty blond hair and deep, evil in a way, dark brown eyes. They had never seen him before. He must be the younger version of some other professors they had known. Could he be Professor Moody or maybe Professor Slughorn, or maybe Lockheart?
"Are you feeling alright now?" The man asked them.
"Y-yeah…" Both Harry and Draco gave the same answer, stuttering for a bit since the aura of the new person is quite overwhelming for them. They wonder why.
"Oh, I forgot to introduce. Sorry. Draco, Harry, meet Professor Riddle," Dumbledore introduced the new man. The name sent a shock to both Harry and Draco. Is it… "Tom Riddle," Dumbledore continued.
Harry gulped while Draco had his mouth gaped wide open. He is… Lord Voldemort! Harry and Draco did not say a word to Dumbledore and Snape about Voldemort. Do they know who he is? Is he even who he really is? This is confusing for them.
"Draco, should we ask about Riddle being Lord Voldemort to them?" Harry asked Draco using his mind while eyeing Professor Riddle suspiciously.
"No. I have a better idea," Draco replied. "So, Professor Dumbledore, may I ask a question?" Draco immediately started to ask, acting innocent.
"Why, yes, Draco," Dumbledore answered.
"I was just wondering. Does anyone know how Voldemort look like?" Draco asked, surprising everyone for even mentioning the Dark Lord's name. He is even surprised at himself for uttering the name out loud. Harry blushes a bit, feeling proud of Draco. Draco had proved to be a better person now. He's someone stronger, fearless, protective, and se… wait. Is he about to say 'sexy'? No way! He shakes the thought quickly away from his head.
"Oh, that," Dumbledore said. Harry and Draco both noticed the unpleasant look in Professor Riddle's face at the mentioning of the question but they try their best to hide it. "Those who actually knew how he looked like are all dead, Draco," Dumbledore said. "When he attacked, he was in his hybrid form so no one really knows how he looked like as a person."
"No wonder why…" Draco said to Harry in his mind while nodding to Dumbledore.
"Should we warn them?" Harry asked.
"Are you kidding me? Look just how close they are. Who would believe us?" Draco replied. "Remember. They are not the Dumbledore and Snape from our realm. They're… different."
Harry did not say anything to that. What Draco said made sense anyway. They must find other ways to make them see who Voldemort really is. And they must find it quick…