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2. Lost

Draco’s POV

I didn’t want to remember about that night in our bedroom. She’d tell me her biggest secrets, secrets she hadn’t even trusted her dad or friends with. Of course, nobody would tell anything against Death Eaters in front of Voldemort. Even if it was his daughter, he would kill her, and not hesitate. Hadn’t he said in front of Adele and I that he needed a descendant. Unfortunately, as he said, his daughter was ‘too emotional, too happy and too weak’ to be his descendant. As far as I remember, Adele banged the table and left. Then Alecto Carrow chased her. And nobody in this whole school knew she was a Riddle, except me, but I never mentioned it, knowing she wasn’t as her father and she didn’t want to be like him. It was very weird that I could stand my father’s pressure when I was with her.

Adelaide’s POV

Father gave me a job, as always. I had to fix the Vanishing Cabinet before Christmas Holidays, and that Cabinet was broken, I didn’t think I could fix it. I asked Professor Flitwick of Charms about Cabinets, and he said that at most cases they can’t be fixed, only 2% of these could be fixed. And 2% was my chance of surviving. I didn’t want to get Draco tangled in any of that, but anyway I brought him to the Circular Room and showed him the Cabinet. “Why do you want to fix the Cabinet? The Darkmores broke it last year, it’s not any use to us right now.” “I don’t give a damn, but if I want to be alive after Christmas, I have to fix this. Because my dad put me in this position.” He looked worried. “I’ll try to help as much as I can”, he offered. But I put my hand in his cold cheek and said: “No. I’m not going to be the bad person in the story. You stay behind with the others, Lyssa, Blaise and everyone and if I can’t fix that cabinet, it’s clear what will happen.” “Well, Adele, if it’s what you want, very well”.

~ 3 months later ~

Draco’s POV

I knew what was about to happen. On those past three months, Adele was spending every minute of classes (except Charms and Transfiguration) in that Vanishing Cabinet trying to fix it. Yesterday, she came in my dormitory and said “It’s all over. I have no more time, and that Cabinet. I’ve searched every single spell and nothing helps.” I tried to calm her down, but she was in a state and wouldn’t stop. “Draco, leave. Please. I beg you. Don’t waste your time on me. As long as I have the Dark Mark I can be found easily. You and the others, go.” “No, Adele, we’re not leaving without you. You are the wiser.” She sighed. “Stop, I like it, but you’re leaving anyway.” I, Lyssa and the others took our brooms and left. I was always talking to Lyssa about her, so much that she asked me if we were a thing. Well, I didn’t want to think about it. Her warm hands touching my face. I felt the time stop. But now there was no returning. I was a coward.

~ a month after Voldemort went to find Adele ~

Adelaide’s POV

Time after time, I’d still miss Draco. We couldn’t go back to school and he or Narcissa weren’t in contact with me anymore, and I was still recovering of my fight with my Father in St Mungo’s. Of course, he would never be able to enter St Mungo’s, neither his Death Eaters, so I was safe at the moment. But my health wasn’t good, not good at all. Critical condition, the Healer said. When the Nurse came. “Can... I see... someone? Can I... tell you... his name?... Draco” “Yes, actually I think you have a guest.” I saw the person I wanted to see most in my life.

Draco’s POV

Finally, finally! I’ve been searching for a while, and I thought that after the episode with the Cabinet she would’ve been on a hospital. As I went near her bed, I saw her face and body full of blood, I was so scared that I stepped back. “What’s wrong with her?” I asked the nurse that came out of the room. “She’s almost dead. And she wanted to wanted to see somebody named Draco.” “That, is my name.” “Then, go in.” I stepped in as she opened her eyes. “Draco... Malfoy... you’re here? No, I’m hallucinating, I’m hallucinating.” “No, Adele, I’m here. I’m here and sorry I left you that day.” “Draco?” “It’s me. Miss Riddle?” “Don’t Draco. See where my father has got me to.” “I know. And that’s why I’m here. You don’t have a house right now, so if you wanted to come and live with me and Narcissa, it would be perfect.” Then a nurse came in: “Yes, Miss Hale can go out of the hospital. I think she’s much better now.”

Adelaide’s POV

I was out of the hospital, but my wounds hadn’t healed yet, and that was what worried Narcissa when we arrived. “Adelaide? You’ve grown up so much sweetie.” But her eyes deprived her. She put her hand in my face, and slid it slowly down my face. “Lucius flee before the Dark Lord. As I see, you managed to escape. Under severe injuries, though. I hope you’re better soon, Adele. And you were never responsible for his actions, remember that. Maybe Draco could take you to the guest room?” “Υes, Mother”. Draco carried me bridal style to a big room, with a bedroom, a small bathroom and a living room. He let me down on the bed and threw a blanket. “You know... how much... I have... missed everyone?” “Yeah, I have too, I haven’t spoken with anyone, since that day.” He gave me a tight hug and a soft kiss on the cheek. “I’ll let you sleep right now.”

Draco’s POV

Adelaide was doing better since she had come to stay with us. She was still worried about a lot of things that I haven’t still forced out of her. I wanted to ask her today, but Mother thought I’d have to wait for when Adele’s comfortable enough to tell me herself. But I hadn’t to wait too much. She called me into her room and when she saw me she sat up. “Look, Draco, I just wanted to tell you some things that worry me. I got rid of the Dark Mark almost a month ago”, she lifted up her sleeve and I saw... nothing. “But I still feel my father’s power inside me. What if I’m destined to go after him? What’s going to happen then?” “Adele, you’re not that sort of person, I’ve explained you a thousand times. Even if you want to go after him, your character and sense aren’t going to allow you.” “And, after I got away from my father and got in St Mungo’s, they told me Akansa Mikaelson was trying to find me. You know her, Carmilla and Alessandro’s daughter? Yeah, that’s where I got myself mixed up. She’d want to know how I escaped my father, but I was unconscious (not that I would’ve told her anyway).” “Well, that’s starting to worry me. If you’ve got yourself mixed up with vampires, you better take care. They want blood. I bet Akansa came there to do nasty business, but if you want, my mother knows about those things you can tell her as well.” “Very well,” she took a deep breath and continued, “can you tell her to come?” “Of course.” I left.

Adelaide’s POV

I could trust Narcissa, and as I had nobody else at the moment, she was the best choice. She came in and sat beside me. “Narcissa, I wanted to tell you something. When I was in St Mungo’s, Akansa Mikaelson came to find me. Yes, she’s Alessandro and Carmilla’s daughter. One of the vampires. And they’re searching where I am so they can learn about how I defeated my father. And after this, I’m scared that the Mikaelsons will come here to find me.” “As of that, you’ll never need to worry in here. Our house has the best spells around it, and if somebody who didn’t read the paper with my handwriting tries to come in, they’re thrown out. Even if they’re really good at magic or use a different kind.” “Thanks Narcissa, it really helped, but there’s more I consider a matter. I got rid of the Dark Mark, almost a month ago, but I still feel my father’s power’s inside me. What if I’m destined to be like him? What if I’m to be the next Dark Lord?” I took a very deep breath. “You’re not destined to be him. See Draco, when his father left he changed a lot. And you were always a nice girl. I know, that your father sensed something that would be fatal to him, if he’d battled you more.” “How do you know this?” “Well, I have the Dark Mark, and I know how he feels every second. He’s never felt happiness though.”

Draco’s POV

I knew her very well and in all those years, I’ve never seen her more scared. But I understood her now. She was the last Riddle descadant ever, and she could practically end the whole Dark World. In her heart, she definitely wanted to do it, but your father being the greatest Dark sorcerer doesn’t allow you to do things like that. She was always in danger, let alone that her father didn’t recognize her as a real member of the family and always wanted to get rid of her. I always wanted to find out how she was in real life, and outside of the Death Eater meetings, but for seven years of school she’d never told me about her mother or other family members and her past. Only if I’d known, I would’ve helped when she wanted it.

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