23. Chapter Twenty-three
Salazar had been looking forward to leaving the Hospital Wing, as there was obviously nothing wrong with him, but as the days went by, he was starting to dread facing the others. He had noticed during his hours of seclusion that whenever the three were around him, they stood a distance and avoided eye contact. And when they thought he was asleep, they would talk in hushed voices about plans for the students of Hogwarts. All the students. Godric, Rowena, and Helga were still convinced that letting Muggle-born children into the school was a good idea.
One day in the midst of May, Salazar seemed fit enough to leave the Hospital Wing. "So..." he said casually, as they pored over full pieces of parchment, preparing a few classes. "anything new?"
"No," Helga said firmly. She was still very upset about their argument.
"I meant-" He began to explain.
Godric interrupted him. "We all know exactly what you meant by 'anything new?'. So save your breath."
"I wasn't-" he said hastily, but this time Rowena cut across him, her expression stony.
"You were going to ask us whether we had changed our minds about letting Muggle-borns into Hogwarts, weren't you?" She raised an eyebrow. "Well to let you know-we haven't."
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Later that evening found Salazar laying on his dormitory sofa, lost in thought. The snake that had attacked him was still in the Common Room, though it did not hurt him anymore, for Salazar could control it. He had tried again and again to convince the others. It had failed. It was time for some action. He was a Founder too; why shouldn't he have a say in his school's future? He needed a way to rid Muggle-borns from the school; someway to control which students were 'put out of the way'. As his snake crawled up beside him, he gazed into the yellow eyes. The eyes were partially blind because the serpent was so young. He supposed they would become deadly when they matured; after all, his snake was a Basilisk, he had found that out yesterday. He closed his eyes out of exhaustion; but they suddenly snapped open. He had just thought of something....