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Harry Potter and Arabian Nights by Panacea

Format: Short story
Chapters: 22
Word Count: 32,084

Rating: Mature
Warnings: Contains profanity, Strong violence, Sensitive topic/issue/theme, Spoilers

Genres: Horror/Dark, Mystery, Romance
Characters: Harry, Hermione, Lucius, Narcissa, Draco, OC

First Published: 02/05/2018
Last Chapter: 07/16/2019
Last Updated: 07/16/2019


Draco, Harry and Hermione are sent on an undercover project to the beautiful and dangerous Arabian country Marwah. A Kingdom ruled by darkness, mystery and secrets. The answers they seek lay within the Palace walls but they will need the help of a Princess, the courage of Gryffindor and the ingenuity of a Slytherin to bring justice to Voldemort's victims once and for all.
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Chapter 3: Chapter Three

Harry had no time to adjust to his new life as Dante, the next morning before the sun had fully risen Draco helped Harry set up his candle stall. Doing everyday tasks without magic was proving to be difficult and time consuming.
Hermione had already spent all her waking hours cooking breakfast and washing without magic. Draco and Harry were eager to get out of the apartment as Hermione’s temper was flaring with every menial task she had performed.

The marketplace was between factions seven and five, it was a zig zag pattern of alleyways and side streets with brightly coloured stalls dotting the edges. Vendors all seemed to know one another and they laughed and called out to each other.

Harry kept brushing his new light brown hair out of his face, as part of his undercover operation his hair had lengthened and lightened, he could tie it back in a pony tail.

“Andre,” called a vendor, “this must be your brother in law?”
The vendor was broad chested with short bristled black hair on his face, head and arms. He reminded Harry of a smaller version of Hagrid.

“Morning Ali,” Draco said smiling, “this is Dante, just got here yesterday.”

“I can tell by the sunburn,” Ali laughed.

“Nice to meet you,” Harry said shaking his hand.

“Best candles in town so I hear?” Ali grinned, she black beard stretching.

“Oh I don’t know about that,” Harry said, “why don’t you have one on the house?”

“I couldn’t.”

“Keeps the mosquitos away this one,” Harry said picking up a yellow cylindrical candle.

“Oh go on then,” he took the candle and handed over a hessian bag of his own wares, “that’s a sample of my roasted nuts, best in town, your missus will love them.”

“Thanks Ali but I’m single, I’ll enjoy them though.”

“Single? Come to the tavern with me tonight and Andre you too if you can get away from the missus,” he clapped Draco on the back good naturedly.

“Sounds good,” Draco replied.

“I’ll let you get set up, good luck today,” he waved and headed off calling out to other vendors.

“He seems nice,” Harry observed laying out more brightly coloured candles.

“Ali is the town gossip, everything that goes on, he knows about,” Draco was still watching Ali chatting with dried fruit vendor now, “it’s not respectable for married men to go to the tavern alone but with you, it’s more socially acceptable to go with friends.”

“I see,” Harry grinned, “do you need to ask Hermione for permission to go out?”

Draco grimaced, “don’t start, she’ll want to come with us but it’s unusual for a woman to go to a tavern. The only kind of women that go there are…”

“Say no more,” Harry bit his lip, “she’s going to get mad if she has to stay home all the time.”

“Nothing we can do mate,” Draco said lining up the last row of candles.

After lunch, the rush began, tourists with their purses jingling, brightly coloured robes filled the marketplace and Harry’s stall was especially popular as a new vendor. His own satchel was soon overflowing with coins.

“This isn’t a bad gig,” Harry grinned at Draco.

“Just wait till close up,” Draco replied darkly.

Harry forgot to respond he noticed a figure in dark green robes slowly make their way through the marketplace. Her eyes were alight with wonder and she smiled at passers by, she was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen. And he wasn’t alone, many other vendors stopped and stared at the beauty wandering past them. Her eyes were engaged and enchanted by the sights and sounds around her. Vendors placed their goods under her nose to entice her, she smiled politely and continued walking.

The stranger’s eyes met Harry’s, she smiled and ducked her head into the hood of her robe. Harry felt his cheeks burn and not from the sun blaring down on the marketplace.

“Why don’t you take a picture Harry,” Draco snickered.

“Shut up, she’s the best looking thing I’ve seen since we got here.”

“She’s coming this way,” Draco smirked at Harry, “sell her a candle.”

Harry kicked Draco behind their stall as she approached.

“Good afternoon,” Harry said, a little louder than he intended.

“Hi,” she gently touched a midnight blue candle, “these are beautiful.”

“Thank you,” Harry saw that she was more beautiful up close, her eyes were almond shape and the colour of sage.
“Is this your first time in the marketplace?” Harry asked.

“Is it that obvious?” She laughed and the sound made Harry’s stomach flip.

“HALT!” The soldier’s voice boomed through the marketplace, “wand’s out!”

The bustling mood in the marketplace instantly vanished, vendors and shoppers nervously took out their wands apart from the woman in front of his stall.
“Are you deaf?” The soldier stormed up to Harry’s stall, in an effort to intimidate her but she stood her ground.

“Why must I show you my wand?” She asked innocently.

“Because I’m in charge sweetheart,” he leant close to her, leering.

“I’d rather not thank you and I’d prefer if you wouldn’t stand so close to me,” she said politely.

“What’s your name rat?” he growled, stepping closer to her.

“Sadie, what is your name?”

“That’s none of your business,” he shoved Sadie out of the way and called out to a fellow soldier, “we’ve got a resister!”

“Sadie, Miss!” Harry whispered, “you need to run.”

“Hey! Stop talking to her!”

“Harry shut up!” Draco whispered.

Both soldiers approached Sadie and before the could flank her Harry cast a non verbal spell stunning the two huge soldiers, they hit the ground with a loud crack. The marketplace tension rose, everyone had their wand out ready for inspection and anyone could’ve stunned the soldiers.

“Get out of here!” Harry said.

“Thank you,” she mouthed and bolted.

Draco rolled his eyes, “can you ever not be the hero?”