Quidditch and Luna Lovegood
As they entered November the weather turned very cold. The mountains around the school became icy gray and the lake froze like steel, every morning the ground was covered in frost. Hagrid, the gamekeeper, could be seen from the upstairs windows defrosting broomsticks on the Quidditch field bundled up in a long moleskin overcoat, rabbit fur gloves, and enormous beaver skin boots. The students who knew how to perform them used heating charms, but it was so cold that they didn't last very long. No one spent time outside anymore with the exception of quidditch practice.
Leo's guess that Dumbledore wouldn't get into trouble for the troll incident was accurate. The parents of the Slytherins had been furious about the attack and dozens of complaints were filed against both the school and Dumbledore. With many of the Slytherins parents holding prominent Ministry positions aurors were sent to investigate led by Amelia Bones. After a week of investigating the aurors had concluded that Professor Quirrell let the trolls in and then ran, something which they considered to be out of Dumbledore's control. The Ministry wasn't aware of the presence of the Philosopher's Stone so they had no idea why Quirrell would want to release trolls into the school. However some speculated that he had lost his mind during his travels the previous summer, others told everyone they knew that Quirrell was a Death Eater who had applied for the job in order to corrupt the students.
In regards to the stone, Dumbledore soon found out that it was missing according to Harrison's father. Snape reported that Dumbledore found the stone to be missing the day after Halloween and came to the conclusion that Quirrell stole it under Voldemort's order. Dumbledore couldn't be seen for a week after that night, and when he finally began eating meals in the Great Hall again, he looked worried. His blue eyes had lost their twinkle and he looked much older than usual.
It probably didn't help that there was a Death Eater attack in three separate village over the first week of November. This time aurors were injured when fights broke out between Death Eaters and the aurors. To the frustration of the Ministry no Death Eaters were captured in any of the attacks. The Ministry was trying to quell the panic that was beginning to build from all of the articles the Daily Prophet was printing. Minister Fudge held several press conferences to ensure the public that the Department of Magical Law Enforcement was doing everything it could to stop the attacks.
By the second week in November a new Defense professor had been hired. He was an older man named Arnold Vexer, he had black hair that was flecked gray. He had a no-nonsense attitude and was almost as strict as Snape. The students learned very quickly not to mess around in his class.
Since the incident on Halloween, Harrison spent more time with Hermione and Neville. They had both been extremely worried about the incident and Hermione had burst into tears the first time she saw him. Thankfully everyone who had been injured was back to full health after a week and Slytherin threw a party to celebrate. Violet had hugged Harrison and thanked him profusely for saving her life before disappearing with Evan. Harrison wasn't surprised, a near death experience makes you see people in a different light.
Being stuck inside also gave Harrison and his friends the perfect opportunity to befriend more students, something they took full advantage of. They even began branching out and befriending the second and third years. Harrison knew the older students in Ravenclaw would be easy, there were many dark students in Ravenclaw who would be able to turn their friends. He knew that most of the older Hufflepuffs and Gryffindors wouldn't even consider joining the dark. Especially not those like Cedric Diggory who had close familial ties to Dumbledore.
The first quidditch match of the school year was Slytherin versus Gryffindor. By the morning of the match the entire school knew that Harrison would be playing seeker. Ron, Dean, and Seamus complained about his appointment to the team at every opportunity, but most of the school ignored them. The morning of the match Harrison was eating breakfast when an owl he'd never seen before landed in front of him. He untied the letter and waved his wand over it to check for any traps,when he found none he opened it and looked down on large loopy writing. Blocking out the loud chatter of excitement from his fellow students he read a letter that caused his eyes to widen.
Before you burn up this letter and take it for a joke, hear me out. You don't know me, but I know you. This may sound crazy to you but it's the truth. You see, I'm a seer. My mother was a seer and her mother was one as well; every woman in my family is born with the sight. Some consider it a curse and others consider it a gift, but in reality it's a double edged sword. I see the future, however, every choice we make no matter how small has unforeseen consequences. Everything we do changes the course of our future.
For the past year, I've been having dreams about you. I wanted to write to you after the dreams became more frequent, but I knew I had to wait until the time was right. I woke up this morning and I had a feeling that today was the day I needed to write to you. I know who you are Harrison Salazar Riddle or should I say Harry James Potter. I know that the one who calls himself Lord Voldemort took you on the night he murdered James and Lilly Potter to raise you as his son. Do not fret, for I will not tell anyone.
I've seen the future that will come to pass shall the Dark Lord win. I want to be a part of that world and I know that my place is with you, I've seen it. I may not sound it, but I am young. I will not be eleven until this summer. I grew up quite isolated and all I had to occupy my time were books. Despite my age I know what I want and how to get it. I wish to meet you and the Dark Lord in person. I can meet you whenever it's convenient and I will make an oath not to betray your secrets.
Hoping you respond soon,
By the time Harrison had finished reading the letter his hands were holding the parchment so tightly his hands were white. His face was as pale as a ghost and he could've sworn his heart stopped beating. How could she possibly know who my birth parents are? How can a ten year old girl possibly know any of that? The letter didn't sound like the letter of a child, more like that of an adult. He reread the letter and his eyes narrowed in on her name. He knew the last name Lovegood, someone with that last name wrote that horrid magazine, the Quibbler. He would need to send this letter to his father right away. Whoever this girl was she needed to either swear an oath or be silenced permanently.
"Are you okay?" Daphne asked frowning. "You don't look so good."
Harrison's head snapped up and he folded the letter. "I'm fine." He quickly stood up. "Tell Marcus I'll be in the changing room soon."
Harrison briskly walked to the dungeons and picked up his pace until he entered the common room. No one was there, everyone was either at breakfast or on their way to the stands to watch the game. He grabbed a quill and parchment and began writing a letter.
I received this letter at breakfast and I don't know what to make of it. If it's a joke, then she needs to be dealt with, but if she's serious, than a legitimate seer would be good for our side.
He folded the letter and included the note from Luna Lovegood.
"Twinky!" Harrison called and with a pop a small house elf appeared.
"Is Master Harrison okay?" Twinky squeaked. "Master Harrison never calls Twinky to school."
"I'm fine, but I'm in a hurry so I can't send this by owl post," Harrison said in a rush, for once losing his composure. "Give this to my dad and tell him to have you bring the reply. When you bring it back, don't give it to me just put it on my desk." He gestured to the desk.
"Okay," Twinky said. "Twinky will do what Master Harrison says." She bowed and disappeared.
Harrison grabbed his broom and headed down to the changing rooms. Harrison got dressed in his green Slytherin uniform, Gryffindor would be playing in scarlet. He watched as Peregrine Derrick, and Lucian Bole swung around their beater bats until Marcus called for their attention.
Marcus cleared his throat. "Today we're playing Gryffindor." There were hisses from keeper Miles Bletchley and chasers Abraham Montague and Alexander Dolohov. "Oliver Wood is a good keeper and unfortunately those Weasley twins are good with beater bats,but I know that we're better. They also have a second year as their seeker, his names Cormac McLaggen. Arrogant little toe rag he is." Peregrine and Lucian chuckled as Marcus turned to Harrison. "I want you to wait until we're at least fifty points up to catch the snitch unless their seeker is about to catch it or it looks like we need to end the game quickly. Peregrine and Lucian, I want you two to knock those Gryffindors off their brooms, and Miles, you better not let any shots pass you. Last year Angelina Johnson and Alicia Spinnet were a forced to be reckoned with. I don't know about the new girl Katie Bell,but from what I hear, she works well with the other two girls. Last year we only beat Gryffindor by twenty points because of their chasers, that will not happen this year." He looked at them as if to say or else.
"We'll knock them out of the air before they can score too much," Peregrine smirked.
"Good," Flint nodded. "Now let's get out there and kick some Gryffindor ass."
Harrison followed Lucian and Marcus out of the locker room; they walked onto the field to loud cheers. He looked around and spotted his friends sitting in the Slytherin section which wasn't surprising. What was surprising was that Hermione, Susan, Hannah, and Neville were with them. He could see some of the older Slytherins giving the non-Slytherin first years odd looks, but Harrison found it amusing. They were holding a sign that said 'Go Riddle' that flashed from green to silver with golden snitches all over it. He internally smiled figuring Hermione or Daphne did the charms on the colors. Those in the Slytherin section wore green scarfs while the Gryffindor supporters wore scarlet ones. Even Snape forewent his usual black and instead wore bottle green robes causing Harrison to do a double take. He would need to put this memory in a pensive.
Madam Hooch was refereeing; she stood in the middle of the field waiting for the two teams, her broom in her hand.
"And here are the Gryffindors!" Yelled the commentator, a black boy with dreadlocks. "McLaggen, Bell, Johnson, Spinnet, Weasley,Weasley, and Wood." The Gryffindor section cheered while those clad in green and silver booed. "And here comes the Slytherin team!" The Slytherins cheered. "Riddle, Flint, Dolohov, Montague, Bletchley, Bole, and Derrick!"
"Now,I want a nice fair game,all of you," she said,once they were all gathered around her. Harrison noticed she seemed to be particularly talking to Marcus and he had to stop himself from rolling his eyes, that would never happen. "Mount your brooms, please."
Harrison elegantly got onto his Nimbus Two Thousand. Madam Hooch gave a loud blast on her silver whistle. Fifteen brooms rose up, high, high into the air. They were off.
"And the quaffle is taken immediately by Angelina Johnson of Gryffindor —what an excellent chaser that girl is, and rather attractive, too —"
"And she's really belting along up there, a neat pass to Alicia Spinnet...back to Johnson and...no, the Slytherins have taken the quaffle, Slytherin Captain Marcus Flint gains the quaffle and off he goes...Flint flying like an eagle up there...he's going to sc...no, stopped by an excellent move by Gryffindor keeper Wood and the Gryffindors take the quaffle...that's chaser Katie Bell of Gryffindor there, nice dive around Flint, off up the field and —OUCH —that must have hurt, hit in the back of the head by a bludger...quaffle taken by the Slytherins...that's Alexander Dolohov speeding off toward the goal posts and...SLYTHERIN SCORES!" There were loud cheers from the Slytherins as well as the majority of Ravenclaw and a few Hufflepuffs.
The game continued with Slytherin scoring two more times and Gryffindor scoring once.
"Marcus Flint with the quaffle...passes to Abraham Montague...who passes to Alexander Dolohov who...SLYTHERIN SCORES!...The score is now 40 to 10 with Slytherin in the lead."
Once, he caught sight of a flash of gold, but it was just a reflection from one of the Weasley twins' wristwatches. And once, a bludger decided to come pelting his way, more like a cannonball than anything, but Harrison dodged it and Lucian Bole came chasing after it.
After fifteen more minutes Slytherin was winning eighty to twenty so Harrison decided it was time to find the snitch. He began to search the stadium for any sign of gold not coming from someone's wrist and after a few minutes saw the snitch floating by the Slytherin's goal post. He bent down and flew off towards the goal post, the Gryffindor seeker, Cormac McLaggen, noticed this and shot after him. He stretched his arm out, put on a burst of speed, and he was about to close his hand around the snitch when Cormac slammed into him. There were boos from the Slytherin's and cheers from the Gryffindor's.
"Bloody bastard!" Harrison yelled to the smirking Gryffindor.
Harrison pulled back and immediately shot towards the other side of the pitch. There was loud cheering from the Slytherins and shouts of protest from the Gryffindors, Harrison turned around and saw Angelina Johnson spinning out of control while blood poured from her nose.
"Angelina Johnson hit in the face with a bludger sent by Peregrine Derrick," Lee angrily announced. "Argh-Flint scores, Ninety-Twenty Slytherin! Gryffindor in possession,no, Slytherin in possession —no! Gryffindor back in possession and it's Katie Bell, Katie Bell for Gryffindor with the quaffle,she's streaking up the field —THAT WAS DELIBERATE!"
Abraham Montague had swerved in front of Katie and, instead of seizing the quaffle, had grabbed her head. Katie cart wheeled in the air, managed to stay on her broom, but dropped the quaffle. Madam Hooch's whistle rang out again as she soared over to Montague and began shouting at him.
A minute later,Katie put a penalty shot past the Slytherin keeper.
"Ninety-Thirty! TAKE THAT, YOU DIRTY, CHEATING —"
"Jordan, if you can't commentate in an unbiased way —"
"I'm telling it like it is, Professor! And it's Gryffindor in possession again, as Johnson takes the quaffle, her bleeding's finally stopped —Flint alongside her —poke him in the eye Angelina!—it was a joke, Professor, it was a joke —oh no —Flint in possession, Flint flying toward the Gryffindor goal posts, come on now, Wood, save —!"
But Marcus Flint had scored; there was an eruption of cheers from the Slytherin end and Lee swore so badly that Professor McGonagall tried to tug the magical megaphone away from him.
"Sorry, Professor, sorry! One hundred-Thirty, Slytherin still in the lead."
It was turning into an extremely dirty game. Enraged that Gryffindor's seeker stopped Harrison from catching the snitch, the Slytherin's were rapidly resorting to any means to take the quaffle. Peregrine Derrick hit Alicia with his club and tried to say he'd thought she was a bludger. George Weasley elbowed Peregrine in the face in retaliation. Madam Hooch awarded both teams penalties; Alexander shot for Slytherin and made it past Oliver Wood and Miles Bletchley blocked Alicia's.
"One hundred ten-Thirty.. Slytherin with the quaffle —Flint is getting ready to score —Come on Oliver stop it!" A groan came from the Gryffindor section. "SLYTHERIN SCORES! One hundred twenty-Thirty. Dolohov with the Quaffle —which is knocked out of his hands by a well aimed Bludger from Fred Weasley!"
"Enjoying watching your team lose?" Harrison shouted to an angry Cormac McLaggen.
"Sod off Riddle!" Cormac snapped as he flew in the opposite direction.
Harrison smirked and was about to search for the snitch again, when he spotted a glint of gold. He spun around and saw the snitch. Harrison lowered himself to his broom and shot towards the snitch.
"Harrison Riddle has spotted the snitch!" Lee Jordan yelled.
Alexander who had been holding the quaffle stopped in mid air to watch.
"You idiot!" Marcus yelled. "You aren't the seeker! Pay attention to the quaffle!"
Alexander turned to Marcus at the same time Angelina slammed into him taking the quaffle. The Slytherin chaser flew forward barely managing to stay on his broom.
"Angelina Johnson has the quaffle," Lee announced even though everyone else was watching Harrison. "She scores! One hundred twenty-Forty!" Marcus cursed.
Harrison raised his hand to catch the snitch, but the small ball shot downwards and Harrison quickly pointed his broom down to follow. He sped towards the ground and the stadium went quiet as he got closer and closer to the ice covered ground. Cormac McLaggen was following behind him, but when he got closer to the ground with no sign of coming up, Cormac pulled his broom to a stop. The snitch was hovering a foot off the ground. Harrison pulled his broom up right before he would've hit the ground causing several of the younger students to gasp. The snitch instantly shot up and Harrison pulled his broom up causing the tail end to scrape the ground,sending twigs flying in every direction. His broom wobbled as he continued to chase after the snitch.
Cormac rejoined the chase and the two raced after the tiny ball that didn't want to get caught. The snitch zigged and zagged going up and down until it settled by the Slytherin goal post. Both boys chased after it, Harrison's broom not going as fast as before because of the lost twigs. They both reached their hands out, their brooms were neck and neck until Cormac's took the lead. He saw Miles about ten feet away and prayed the boy was paying attention as Harrison did the only thing he knew to catch the snitch. He launched himself off his broom causing gasps and screams to echo around the stadium. His hand closed around the tiny ball and he began to fall, the cold wind whipping against his face.
He closed his eyes as his body fell threw the air until he felt a pair of strong arms wrap around his waist and felt himself being pulled onto a broom. He opened his eyes to see a pale Miles Bletchley looking at him as though he'd lost his mind.
"Are you okay?" Miles asked quickly and Harrison nodded while showing him the snitch. Miles face broke into a grin. "He's okay! And he's got the snitch!"
The students stayed silent for a second before the Slytherin supporters broke into massive applause and cheers. Green flags were waved around and the younger students were jumping up and down, all of their pure blood dignity forgotten.
"Slytherin wins," Lee announced sounding dejected. "Two hundred seventy-forty."
Miles flew to the ground and Harrison was pulled off his broom by Marcus.
"That was a brilliant catch!" Marcus praised.
The quidditch team congratulated Harrison as the Slytherin's descended onto the field. Harrison was I mmediately tackled by Daphne who was pale and shaking.
"You scared the hell out of me Harrison Salazar Riddle!" Daphne half shrieked. "You could've died! What in Merlin's name were you thinking?"
"I knew Miles would catch me," Harrison answered.
"You couldn't have possibly known that," Daphne said exasperated.
"I didn't know for sure, but I was hoping he would," Harrison admitted and continued on quickly when Daphne's eyes narrowed. "If he hadn't one of the teachers would've done something." He leaned in until his lips were touching her ear. "If I had to I could've activated my portkey, I would've been fine." Daphne looked slightly mollified.
"That was the most spectacular catch I've ever seen," Theo told him seriously.
"That was dangerous," Pansy said at the same time Theo spoke.
"That was worthy of the pros," Draco added.
"You should've seen the look on McLaggen's face," Leo smirked. "I thought he was going to explode."
Harrison looked over at the Gryffindor seeker, Cormac was glaring daggers at him. When Cormac saw him look in his direction he stormed off to the changing rooms.
"I need to go change," Harrison told his friends. "I'll meet you back in the common room."
Harrison walked into the common room to loud cheers.
"That was amazing!" Callum Warren shouted.
"Absolutely brilliant!" Adrian Pucey praised.
"I've never seen anything like it in a Hogwarts match!" Preston Higgs yelled over the noise.
"Are you sure the sorting hat didn't want to put you in Gryffindor?" Evan teased causing the Slytherin's to burst into laughter.
Harrison grimaced. "Don't even joke about something like that." His reaction only caused the laughter to increase.
"I don't know whether I should congratulate you or scold you," Violet said as she handed him a butterbeer.
"Congratulate," Harrison said with a cheeky grin.
Violet rolled her eyes before kissing Harrison's cheek and going to find her boyfriend.
"She's loosened up quite a bit since Halloween," Tracey pointed out as she watched Violet retreat.
"I don't think it has to do with Halloween as much as it does with Evan," Daphne mused.
"I always knew they'd get together," Pansy joined the conversation.
Harrison slipped away and found Draco, Blaise, and Leo sitting in front of a roaring fire.
"Where's Theo?" Harrison asked as he sat in the only available chair.
"Talking to Odette," Draco answered before an annoyed look crossed his features. "The weasel was talking about you after the match."
Harrison internally groaned, he couldn't go one day without having to deal with that idiot.
"What'd he have to say?" Harrison inquired, although he had a good idea.
"That your catch was just lucky and under normal circumstances you would've fallen to your death." Blaise sneered. "You should've seen how mad that made Cass, she pulled out her wand and hexed him. Lucky for her only Snape was around and he pretended not to have seen it."
Harrison couldn't help but smile. "What did she do to him?"
"Let's just say that while we're enjoying cauldron cakes he'll be dining on escargot," Leo smirked,amusement at his sisters actions evident.
The image of Ron belching up slugs caused Harrison to chuckle. "Remind me to thank Cass later."
At eleven, the older students sent anyone under third year to their dormitories. Harrison stretched as he walked to his desk and was glad to see a letter waiting for him. He opened it up and recognized his father's writing. A quill fell into his hands from the letter and Harrison raised an eyebrow.
The letter you received is quite worrisome. If the girl decides to spill your secrets then everything I've worked for will be setback years. Not only that, but your life will be in danger and I can't have that. However, if Luna Lovegood truly is a seer and she wants to be on our side, then I will allow her to join us. She will need to swear a secrecy and loyalty oath, if she knows of the future, I don't want her to be able to answer to anyone else. If she doesn't want to join us, than I will kill her myself.
Write her back and inform her that the quill is a portkey and it will bring her to Riddle Manor on December twenty third. The quill I speak of is the quill that should be with this letter. Inform her that she has the next month to decide where her loyalties lie. She said in the letter that they are with you, but that could be all talk. After all, she's never even met you. Parts of the letter she sent could also mean several things.
I'm looking forward to seeing you for the holidays.
Harrison read the note once more before burning it to ash. He pulled out a quill and parchment and wrote a note to Luna, he included the quill then summoned one of the Riddle house elves.
"Yes Master Harrison?" Twinky asked.
"Take this to the owlery and give it to Ares my owl," Harrison told the elf. "Tell him to take it to Luna Lovegood."
The elf nodded and popped away. Harrison sighed and sat down at his desk, his hand began stroking his familiar.
Are you okay? Nani hissed,her head bobbing up and down.
I'm slightly worried, that's all. Harrison replied.
Why don't you talk to your friends?
Harrison glanced at Draco who was pulling out his pajamas. Normally I would, I would trust my best friends with my life. He shook his head. But they can't know that I was born Harry Potter, at least not yet. I don't know how they would take it.
They care about you, I can sense it. They won't stop caring because you weren't born a Riddle.
I know, but now isn't the time. Harrison gestured for Nani to curl up his arm. I will eventually, but not today.
The day before they were to return home for the holidays found the first year Slytherins walking from the dungeons at the end of Potions where they found a large fir tree blocking the corridor ahead. Two enormous feet sticking out at the bottom and a loud puffing sound told them that Hagrid was behind it. Leo sneered at the obstruction, but before anyone could say something, an unwelcome voice spoke.
"Hi Hagrid, want any help?" Harrison heard Ron ask the gamekeeper.
"Nah, I'm all right, thanks Ron," Hagrid said trying to catch his breath.
"Would you mind moving out of the way?" Draco said sneering at the Gryffindor. "Are you trying to earn some extra money, Weasley? Hoping to be gamekeeper yourself when you leave Hogwarts? I suppose that hut of Hagrid's must seem like a palace compared to what your family's used to." Harrison didn't stop himself from snickering along with his friends as Ron turned red.
"Shouldn't someone who's able to perform magic bring the trees inside?" Cass asked scathingly.
"Dumbledore wants the oaf to feel needed," Blaise smirked.
Ron dived at Blaise just as Snape came up the stairs.
"WEASLEY!" Snape roared.
Ron let go of the front of Blaise's robes.
"He was provoked, Professor Snape," said Hagrid, sticking his huge hairy face out from behind the tree. "They were insultin' his family and myself." Harrison sneered at him and then turned to glare at Ron who looked as if he wanted to punch all of them.
"Be that as it may, fighting is against Hogwarts rules, Hagrid," said Snape silkily. "Five points from Gryffindor, Weasley, and be grateful it isn't more. Move along,all of you." Harrison smirked at Ron then turned to walk towards the great hall, pushing roughly past the tree and scattering needles everywhere.
"He's so easy to infuriate," Theo pointed out.
"That's what makes it so fun," Blaise grinned. "We barely have to do anything for him to lose Gryffindor points."
Walking into the great hall Harrison saw Professors McGonagall and Flitwick putting up decorations. He had to admit the hall did look spectacular. Festoons of holly and mistletoe hung all around the walls and no less than twelve towering Christmas trees stood around the room,some sparkling with tiny icicles, some glittering with hundreds of candles. Live fairies fluttered on one of the trees and the scent of fresh baked bread filled the hall. Wreaths hung at the end of every table and the plates had silver and gold Christmas patterns around the edges.
"Are you all packed?" Violet asked from several seats down.
"Leo isn't," Cass told the prefect with a smirk in her brothers direction.
"I will be," Leo said as he shot his sister an agitated look.
"I didn't pack," Harrison announced. "There really isn't any point, I have clothes and everything else I need at the manor."
"It really is pointless to bring all of your stuff home for two weeks," Theo mused.
"Are you going to the Malfoy Christmas Ball?" Harrison asked Violet in an attempt to change the subject.
"Of course," Violet answered. "My family goes every year. This year it'll probably be the only time I get to do something fun, I need to study for my OWLs the rest of the time."
"The more I hear about OWLs the less I look forward to fifth year," Blaise said under his breath.
Harrison shot Blaise an amused look and went back to his food.
The Hogwarts Express pulled into King's Cross Station and the students began piling out eager to begin their Christmas holidays. Parents were eagerly looking around for their children and the noise level was even higher than it had been on September first. Harrison looked around for any sign of his father or godparents.
"Do you see them anywhere?" Draco asked.
Harrison peered over the crowed and pointed. "They're over there by that pillar." He turned to his friends and began giving them hugs. "I'll see you all on Christmas Eve." Harrison and Draco then made their way over to Lucius,Narcissa, and Tom.
"Father," Harrison said smiling and giving his father an enthusiastic hug. "I missed you,"
Tom smiled. "Harrison, it's good to see you."
Harrison then turned to his aunt and uncle giving them hugs as well. "Aunt Cissa, Uncle Lucius."
"Harrison," Lucius said returning the hug.
"Hello dear." Narcissa said with a smile, most people find her to be cold, but Harrison always found her to be nice, of course, that may have something to do with her adoring him.
"Where's Aunt Bella and Uncle Rodolphus?" Harrison asked as he looked around.
"They're on the other side of the platform speaking with the Macnair's," Lucius informed them.
"Shall we go?" Narcissa asked grabbing Draco's hand so they could apparate. "We'll see you both in two days." She said to Harrison and Tom before a faint pop was heard and they were gone.
Tom then grabbed Harrison's hand and apparated to Riddle Manor. Upon landing in the foyer,Harrison heard a hiss causing him to turn around. Tom's familiar was slithering down the marble steps.
Hello young one. Harrison picked her up and hung her around his shoulders. You appear to have grown.
Harrison grinned. Well I am a growing boy.
Nani poked her head out of Harrison's sleeve. Nagini.
Nani. Nagini flickered her tongue out at Harrison's familiar.
"Come on Harrison," Tom's amused voice broke into the conversation. "You can tell me all about Hogwarts over some tea."
"So," Tom began as he poured them both drinks. "How is making friends going? You said in your letters that you've met some interesting people."
Harrison began stroking Nagini who hissed in pleasure. "I've made friends with all of the Ravenclaws in my year and two Hufflepuffs, as well as Neville Longbottom who's in Gryffindor." He continued at his fathers questioning look. "Neville didn't have any friends in Gryffindor and he was horrid at Potions so I offered him my assistance and over time we became friends. He's gotten better in the subject,especially after I asked Sev to stop making him so nervous. Now Sev leaves Neville alone and picks on the other Gryffindors instead."
Tom nodded before piercing him with a searching look. "What's this I hear about a mudblood in Ravenclaw?" Harrison internally sighed, he knew this conversation was coming ever since Leo told his mother about Hermione.
"Hermione Granger's the smartest of her year in Ravenclaw and I can sense powerful magic coming from her. I believe she'll be a powerful ally."
"Go on," Tom told him.
"You've met Terry Boot, Anthony Goldstein, Lisa Turpin, and Sue Li;" Harrison said. "The other Ravenclaws are Padma Patil, Michael Corner, Kevin Entwhistle, and Stephen Cornfoot. All of them are smart, but Terry, Anthony, and, Padma are most likely the smartest besides Hermione. Michael has a wicked sense of humor and is extremely outspoken unlike most Ravenclaws. Padma doesn't see things as good or evil, I overheard her telling Michael that she saw all magic as just that, magic. Stephen is quiet, but very observant, the typical Ravenclaw. Kevin is really into quidditch but he spends most of his time in the library. He did tell me that he wants to try out for the Ravenclaw house team either next year or the one after. As for the others, you've met them before and you know their parents."
Tom nodded clearly pleased. "What about the two Hufflepuffs? You didn't say very much about them in your letters."
"Susan Bones and Hannah Abbott," Harrison said. "I knew that if Susan chose to side with us she'd be a real asset and Hannah is her best friend. I think we might have a chance with Susan, I'm honestly not sure about Hannah. She seems to be really for the light and she praised Dumbledore." Tom frowned. "However, you said you didn't want me revealing you as my father to my new friends yet so, I won't. But when I do, I'll make sure others are with me, especially when I tell Hannah in case she runs for it and attempts to tell the old fool."
"Good," Tom smiled. "I'm glad you've made some new friends and potential allies." He cleared his throat. "I hope you're doing well in your classes."
Harrison gave his father a look that clearly said 'You know I am'. "Don't pretend that Sev isn't keeping you updated on my grades."
Tom's lips twitched. "Yes, however, I wanted to hear it from you."
Harrison rolled his eyes, he was the only person who could show attitude to the Dark Lord. He tended to do it often just to prove that he could, much to his fathers annoyance and the inner circles amusement.
"I haven't gotten anything but outstanding on all of my assignments," Harrison explained. "I'm number one in the year, according to Sev."
"Excellent, excellent," Tom praised.
Harrison snorted into his tea and Tom raised an eyebrow. "Dumbledore said that at the farewell feast last night."
Tom's eyes narrowed and his lips thinned. "Don't compare me to that wretched old fool."
"I would never," Harrison said with a straight face.
Tom's lips curved into a smirk and Harrison's amusement was overshadowed by weariness.
"I think we should start your training early," Tom said as he pulled out his wand. "Why wait until tomorrow?"
He pointed his wand at Harrison who immediately went into battle mode. He was far too used to his father sneaking up on him in order to train his senses to be shocked by his fathers actions. Tom didn't say a word as a purple jet shot towards Harrison who immediately dodged out of the way.
"Expelliarmus!" Harrison shouted and Tom easily deflected the spell.
"The disarming spell?" Tom shook his head. "Have I taught you nothing?"
"Sectumsempra!" Harrison shouted and Tom easily side swept the white light.
"Better," Tom said as his wand tip lit red and a bright light shot at Harrison who cast a silent protego.
"Sectumsempra! Densaugeo! Bombarda!" Harrison shouted off in quick succession.
Tom dodged the first and deflected the last two like they were nothing more than irksome flies. Harrison then dodged a cutting hex and deflected a blood boiling hex. Harrison cast another explosion hex that Tom dodged causing a large vase to shatter into a hundred pieces. Harrison rolled out of the way of a bone removing jinx and only barely managed to not get hit by a hex Harrison had never seen before that caused a large hole to burn through a painting of a large Scottish castle. Upon looking closer he could see that the hole was getting larger and larger.
"What the bloody hell was that?" Harrison demanded.
"Tone Harrison," Tom smirked and Harrison scowled. "When the hex hits a person it slowly eats away at their skin until there's nothing left, but bones."
"You were going to let it hit me," Harrison said incredulously.
"No I wasn't," Tom told him seriously. "You know I wouldn't let you come to serious harm, I would've cast up a shield if you hadn't dodged it."
"Well that was too close for my liking," Harrison complained.
"No whining," Tom said sternly. "I love you Harrison, but I won't always be there to protect you. You know that you have to train harder than anyone else. I went easy on you because you're eleven, but in the real world, people won't go easy on you. If you had been my enemy, you would've been dead in ten seconds and I would've used much more powerful hexes and dark magic. In battle you would never see me cast a bone removing hex."
"No, you only do that to prisoner's who piss you're off," Harrison reminded him.
"Of course," Tom smirked evilly. "Now, I have a meeting in twenty minutes and you should catch up with Nagini. She's missed you."
Nagini hissed in annoyance causing Tom's smirk to broaden.
"I'll see you at dinner," Tom said as he waved his hand and the large oak door flung open.
Harrison allowed his familiar to crawl up his arm and he draped Nagini once more over his shoulders.
We'll go to the training room. Harrison hissed. I need to practice some of the advanced spells I read about this term.
Three days later found Harrison sitting in his fathers study staring at the large wooden clock. Luna Lovegood should be coming soon and Harrison wouldn't admit it, but he was anxious to see what happened. Him and his father hadn't spoken about her since he returned home for the holidays so, he didn't know what his father was going to say or do. Harrison's head snapped towards the door when he heard it open and saw his father walking in with a young girl next to him. She had long straight blonde hair, large silvery eyes surrounded by thick eye lashes, and pouty lips. She had pale skin and a short stature. She was wearing exceedingly bright yellow robes that appeared to be one size too large. She appeared as though she didn't have a care in the world, as though she wasn't in the Dark Lord's manor and maybe a minute from death.
When her eyes locked with Harrison's it was as if they could see into his soul, if he was being honest, it slightly unnerved him. Her head tilted to the side and she made a humming sound.
"Sit," Tom ordered her.
Luna sat in the chair next to Harrison and she continued to stare at him until Tom cleared his throat.
"Now, Miss Lovegood," Tom said silkily. "Tell me why I shouldn't kill you?"
Once more she tilted her head to the side as if trying to find the best way to answer. Her large eyes flickered to Harrison and back to Tom.
"I see the future," Luna began in a dreamy voice. "I can help you and your side win this war."
"What makes you think I need help?" Tom asked dangerously.
"I see the future," Luna replied.
"I know," Tom said, Harrison could tell his father was getting annoyed. "You've informed us already."
"I've seen what is to come," Luna spoke. "It may seem like an easy win for the dark, but all is not as it seems." Tom and Harrison both narrowed their eyes. "You can win for I've seen it, I've seen you standing over the corpse of your greatest enemy as his blank eyes stare up at you. However, the light side is not as weak as you think,there are many great allies on Dumbledore's side. There are those you'll need to dispose of before they can become too big of a problem. Your army is great, and once you take over Britain, the world will be yours for the taking. Defeating Dumbledore will be the hard part, he may be old, but he's not weak. He has decades of experience on you and he instills loyalty in many of the ministries influential witches and wizards. I've seen my role in the great battle of our time and I know that my place is here by Harrison's side."
Harrison saw his fathers eyes flicker to him for a brief second.
"How do I know that you speak the truth?" Tom demanded. "You're a mere child, not even old enough to attend Hogwarts. You speak as though you were someone much older, how do I know someone hasn't fed you these lines?"
Luna's silver eyes took on a hard look, it was odd how the girl who a second ago looked light and carefree now looked angry. "I Luna Lila Lovegood swear on my life and my magic that everything I've said on this day December twenty-third of nineteen ninety one is the truth and that everything else I say on this day will be one hundred percent truthful. So mote it be." Luna was engulfed in a white light that disappeared after five seconds to reveal the once again carefree looking Luna.
Harrison could admit to himself that he was shocked. The oath Luna just made was rare for magical people to perform because of how dangerous it could be. The oath was more powerful than the unbreakable vow in that it took the words you said extremely seriously and there was no room to get around it. If you were to swear loyalty to someone and you made a joke about them than you could lose your life if the vow took your words for disloyalty. That was the reason why Tom didn't make his followers swear that oath.
Harrison glanced at his father, and to everyone else he would appear emotionless, but he could see the glee in his eyes. He could guess that his father was happy to have a seer on his side.
"Well then Miss Lovegood," Tom said as he appraised her. "We have much to discuss. For starters, what else did you see regarding myself and Harrison?"
"I saw friendships and alliances fall apart because of lies and deceit," Luna stated.
Harrison felt his stomach drop, he knew that his best friends would never betray him. But, that didn't mean that someone else wouldn't. Would it be Hermione? Neville? Hannah? Susan? Padma? There were dozens of people that could betray him.
"Who?" Tom and Harrison demanded simultaneously.
"I don't know," Luna answered. "I don't see everything and everything that I see can be interpreted in different ways. The future is always changing, every decision you make alters what will come to pass. If you decide to go to Hogsmeade to shop instead of Diagon Alley or choose to read about Charms rather than Transfiguration your entire future will change. Your experiences are what make you the person you are and the person you are designates your choices. I know that you will be betrayed and that you will sustain heavy losses, some will be friends others will be newer allies."
Harrison stomach dropped further, something he didn't think was possible. He couldn't even dream about life without Draco or Daphne or any of his other best friends.
"I've seen the defeat of Dumbledore," Luna continued. "But each time I've seen it ,it happened in a different way. The choices you make every day are changing how the final battle will occur."
"Final battle?" Tom questioned,Harrison could tell he was listening intently so he could go over her words later.
"There will be a battle between the light and dark," Luna answered. "The blood shed and death toll will be too high to count, there will be substantial losses on both sides. However, I've also seen you rebuild a better world after Dumbledore's death and I've seen you become the greatest leader the world has ever seen." She paused and looked up at the ceiling. "Though there will always be those who oppose you. The world will eventually allow you to be the person you've always dreamt of being. And because of Harrison, more will follow." She turned towards Harrison. "You inspire loyalty in people not out of fear, but because they genuinely want to follow you." She looked back at Tom who's eyes were calculating. "Most of your followers follow you because they want too, most of them would willingly take the killing curse for you. Some, however, joined for reasons other than loyalty."
Tom's eyes narrowed and the temperature dropped ten degrees. "Who?"
Luna shook her head causing several blonde strands to fall in front of her face. "That I don't know, my dreams aren't always clear but sometimes they are. For instance there will always be those who disagree with the violence you and your Death Eaters use, but I also know you will never change your ways. Death and destruction will always be a part of you and nothing anyone says or does will change that. People will continue to die and suffer because of your cause, but those who fight with you will prosper in the end. I've seen peace reign over Britain with you at the helm, but as with all things in life there will always be conflict." She flicked her hair out of her eyes as Harrison raised an eyebrow.
"How do you know Harrison's birth name?" Tom asked and Harrison's attention focused one hundred percent on the blonde.
"In one of the dreams," Luna responded. "Harrison told a group of people the true origin of his birth."
Tom didn't say anything, but Harrison imperceptibly nodded; he figured that was how she found out. However, he wanted to snort at the way she said 'origin of his birth'; it made him sound like he hatched from an egg or something.
"How often do you have these dreams?" Tom asked.
"It depends," Luna answered with a frown. "When I'm sleeping, well, I tend to have them every night. However, when I'm not sleeping, I rarely have them. And when I do have them on those nights, they aren't very clear."
"What causes you to have a fitful night sleep?" Tom inquired.
Harrison raised an eyebrow at the emotions he could see running across her face. He saw both panic and fear as well as a hint of worry.
"My father," Luna answered quietly. "Ever since my mother died he hasn't been mentally well." She looked towards the far wall that was covered in pictures of Harrison. "I have to do all of the housework and take care of myself. The time I'm not doing chores I spend reading, from what I've seen, I know I must be prepared. And somedays my father acts out, he's never harmed me, but I fear that soon that might change." She sighed. "I can't sleep when I'm worried about what might happen to me the next day."
Harrison frowned and looked at his father who was looking at Luna with a calculating expression. The room was silent for five minutes before it was broken by Tom.
"You said that you saw your place was here," Tom said quietly. "What did you mean by that?"
Harrison's head snapped to Luna as she spoke. "I've seen several different scenarios and in each one I'm living here. I see myself and Harrison as more than just friends." Harrison felt his throat go dry as his father looked at him. "We aren't married, no, the role of his wife was always filled by someone else. However, the two of us will share something precious."
The room was silent for what felt like an eternity, but in reality was only ten minutes. Harrison could tell that his father was having some form of internal debate. Harrison refused to look at Luna even though he could feel her eyes on him. Instead, he looked at a painting of waves roughly crashing down on a beach.
"I have a proposition for you Miss Lovegood," Tom spoke up in a serious tone. "You can live here at Riddle Manor," Harrison's eyes widened and he almost choked on his own spit, "and I will cover all of your expenses, schooling and personal. In exchange, you will inform me every time you have one of your dreams."
Harrison turned to Luna who was smiling. "I accept."
"You're just going to leave your dad?" Harrison asked incredulously.
"Harrison," Tom said in warning.
"It's okay," Luna said before turning to Harrison. "I saw this moment Harrison, I know that I must accept it. And in regards to my father," she shook her head sadly,"in my opinion he died the day my mother did. It would be better for us both if he joined her." She looked at Tom at that last sentence.
Harrison saw a brief flicker of surprise in Tom's eyes, but no one else would've been able to detect it. Harrison himself was shocked,he would never even contemplate having his own father murdered. He eyed Luna and felt his shock be replaced by something he couldn't quite decipher. But he knew that in this moment, Luna had proved herself to his father. He felt a slow grin spread across his face as he thought about having a seer on their side.
"You will need to return to your home," Tom told her. "I will send Death Eaters to your home this evening and they will be given instructions not to harm you."
"They'll have to harm me," Luna informed him.
"I beg your pardon?" Tom asked, Harrison could hear the incredulousness in his voice, but he doubted Luna did.
"If I'm not harmed the aurors will be suspicious," Luna replied as though talking about what she wanted for dinner. "Tell them to throw a few minor hexes at me and maybe a crucio. Then I'll hide in my closet until the aurors come."
Harrison couldn't help but feel impressed at her dedication. Most people would never willingly allow themselves to be hurt and he didn't know of anyone who would tell the Dark Lord to have them crucio'd.
"Very well," Tom said. "I will tell Lucius Malfoy," Harrison assumed he used his last name for Luna's benefit, "to have the papers drawn up for me to become your legal guardian. His name commands respect so you will most likely be here by tomorrow morning."
Harrison was beginning to wonder if he had entered some strange alternate universe. His father never spoke kindly to anyone that wasn't him, a member of his inner circle, or the inner circles children. He didn't go around cursing the children of Death Eaters, but he rarely spoke to them and when he did it was in short and normally rude sentences.
"How will I return home?" Luna asked.
Tom opened a drawer and pulled out a piece of parchment. He cast a silent spell and levitated it to Luna who grabbed it in midair.
"The portkey will activate in a minute exactly," Tom told her. "Be prepared, they'll be there in three hours."
Luna nodded, and ten seconds later, she disappeared. Harrison stared at the chair that she had been sitting in before turning to his father. He didn't know how to feel at the moment so, he took a deep breath and ran his thumb over his chin.
"You're adopting her?" Harrison asked after a minute of silence.
"No, I'm becoming her legal guardian," Tom answered. "She will keep her last name." He paused as he eyed his son. "I know this may seem random, but I can't pass up the opportunity for a true seer to be on our side. They are far too rare and valuable. She'll need training so that she can defend herself and according to her the two of you will have some sort of relationship." Harrison internally groaned at the reminder. "It won't be a bad thing for her to be around." He stood up and waved his wand to remove the creases in his green robes. "I need to go summon some of my Death Eaters for the mission."
Harrison sat staring at his fathers desk long after Tom had left. He didn't even know what to think about everything that had happened in the past hour. Luna Lovegood would now be living in Riddle Manor and apparently Harrison would have some sort of relationship with her. More than friends, but not married. What the bloody hell did that mean? Was she going to be my mistress? She wasn't very specific and that annoyed Harrison greatly. He didn't even know what was going on with his father. Tom wasn't the sort of person to do things without thinking them through, he hadn't been rash since he adopted Harrison.
Harrison groaned in frustration. His father was the Dark Lord not a bloody baby sitter. He didn't know how this would affect him and he didn't know if he wanted to know. He pushed himself from his chair and practically stormed to his room. He glared at every portrait or painting that tried to talk to him and he sent an explosion hex at a portrait of Antioch Slytherin when he wouldn't shut up. He felt immature, he hadn't stormed away since he was a little kid, but he was so confused. He was never confused and that just annoyed him even more. He knew that his father would be angry and disappointed at his behavior, but at the moment, he didn't care. Living with them was one thing,Tom becoming Luna's legal guardian was a different matter. He felt an emotion he'd never felt before and it infuriated him because he didn't know what it was.
Don't be angry. Nani hissed as she slid up his arm and around his shoulders. There's nothing to be angry about.
My father is adopting her! Harrison hissed furiously.
He's only becoming her legal guardian, there's a difference.
You're a snake, what the hell do you know?
Nani hissed angrily and bared her fangs. I've spent enough time with you and your father to know your ways. I also know that your father loves you and he isn't going to love you any less. You know as well as I he will never grow to feel anymore than fondness for the blonde. He loves you and only you.
You're jealous of her.
Harrison glared at his familiar. No I'm not, I've never been jealous of anyone in my entire life.
He paused as his words echoed in his head and he closed his eyes. That was the emotion he was feeling, he was jealous of the girl. Jealous that he was going to be replaced because she could do something that he couldn't. His entire life he'd been better than everyone else, better looking, more powerful, smarter and, richer. He'd never known what it was like to be second best at something, he never even lost at quidditch. The only thing he'd never been great at was Divination, but neither were any of his friends. But, seeing the future was something he'd never be able to do. He fell back on his bed and closed his eyes. He needed to get control of his emotions, he wasn't normally one to let his emotions rule his actions. He thought about the portrait of Antioch Slytherin and grimaced.
I'm the heir of Slytherin, the son of Tom Riddle the most feared Dark Lord of all time. My emotions can't rule my actions because that could get me killed. I need to focus on what father said, she can help us and that's all that matters. He sat up and opened his eyes.
I'm sorry, Nani. He hissed quietly,apologies weren't something he normally did.
Nani flicked her tongue out and hit his cheek. You are forgiven.
The next morning Harrison got dressed in a pair of black dress pants and a green silk shirt and walked into the hallway which looked completely different than the night before. Christmas decorations littered the hall, wreaths hung on the doors and mistletoe hung from the ceiling. He could smell cinnamon and cocoa causing him to grin, he loved Christmas Eve. His father didn't like decorations, in fact he hated them with every fiber in his being. But Harrison liked them, so Tom always had the house elves put decorations up for Harrison to wake up to on Christmas Eve and they'd all be taken down by the time he woke up on boxing day.
He walked down the hall and saw that the portrait of Antioch Slytherin was back to normal. Antioch glared at him as he passed, but Harrison ignored him. The banisters were littered with lights and Harrison saw a large twenty foot tall Christmas tree in between the spiral stair case. It was even more beautiful than all of the trees at Hogwarts. Miniature snakes slithered around the bottom of the tree, they would flash silver every ten seconds causing them to hiss and Harrison to snort. He always liked to see what new things the house elves would come up with for decorations.
On holidays they would always eat breakfast in the dining room in the back of the manor, so Harrison walked through room after room until he reached large black doors. The double doors were three times the width of normal ones and twelve feet high. Before he reached them they magically opened and he stepped inside. As usual he could see the snow covered grounds of the manor through the large window that covered almost the entire back wall. The snow was a foot high and the trees looked frosted, he smiled at the scenery. As usual two large Christmas trees stood on either side of the fireplace. Both of them were covered with silver and gold baubles and flashing green lights. A fairy fluttered on the top of each tree and the fireplace was roaring, the flames were charmed green for the occasion.
"Good morning Harrison," Tom smiled when he saw his son.
"Good morning father," Harrison said but he paused when he saw Luna sitting at the table. "Hello Luna."
The way Luna looked at Harrison he just knew that she knew how he felt about this situation.
"Hello Harrison," Luna replied.
"I take it Uncle Lucius was able to get the paperwork through," Harrison said as he pulled out his chair.
"Of course," Tom responded. "She was delivered by a Ministry employee this morning. Everything is official, I will be her guardian until she turns seventeen."
"Great," Harrison said. A part of him meant it, he had always wanted a sibling. But, another part of him reminded him that she wasn't his sibling and she never would be. Especially since he knew they'd have some form of romantic or physical relationship.
"Is she coming with us to Malfoy Manor tonight?" Harrison asked as he poured syrup on his pancakes.
"She is," Tom answered. "I told Lucius to inform Narcissa."
Further conversation was halted when the morning paper arrived. Harrison unfolded his copy of the Daily Prophet and he saw the other two do the same.
"I don't normally get the paper," Luna frowned as she looked at the paper in her hands.
"I took the liberty of getting you a subscription," Tom said absentmindedly. "It's important for you to keep up with current events."
Harrison eyes immediately went to the article on the front page.
Lovegood Residence Attacked by Death Eaters
By Rita Skeeter
Last night the home of Xenophilius Lovegood was attacked and destroyed by Death Eaters. Around three PM several Death Eaters were reported to have ransacked his home, killed Xenophilius, and cast the dark mark in the sky. Thankfully his daughter, Luna Lovegood, survived the attack, however, she was not unharmed. Sources at St. Mungo's tell me that she had several large gashes on her face and arms.
No sooner had healers at St Mungo's cleared Miss Lovegood to be back to full health had adoption papers been filed at the Ministry of Magic. Lucius Malfoy filed the papers on behalf of Tom Riddle, a name not nearly as well known as the Malfoy's. Tom Riddle is known to be a wealthy gentleman who donates thousands of galleons a year to St. Mungo's and other charities. It isn't know how he acquired his vast fortune, but it is known that he has an eleven year old son. Harrison Riddle is an eleven year old student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizadry who just this year was sorted into Slytherin. Not much else is known about the Riddle family other than they have properties all around the world.
The papers for Tom Riddle to become Luna Lovegood's legal guardian were approved. Miss Lovegood was taken just this morning to Riddle Manor, the grand home of Tom Riddle and his son. I for one would like to thank this generous man for his kindness towards a young girl in need. It isn't known how Tom Riddle knew of the young girl, but a source inside the Ministry tells me that his son met Miss Lovegood sometime ago and the two had become friends. If only everyone could be as generous as him the wizarding world would be a better place.
Xenophilius was the editor and owner of the magazine 'The Quibbler' and he was predeceased by his wife Lila Lovegood.
Harrison had to suppress a snort when he read about his fathers generosity. Harrison knew his father only did that for appearances sake. He looked up at Luna to ascertain her reaction, she looked sad, but also resigned like she knew there was no other choice. He heard his father clear his throat and both kids looked at him.
"Luna took a vow this morning never to betray me which is why I'm allowing her to stay here. I won't have someone living here who won't keep my secrets, however, there are ways around everything," Tom paused to take a sip from his glass. "Since Luna will be living here she needs a room and I've had the house elves prepare one of the guest rooms because I don't have time to take her shopping." Luna nodded in understanding. "Once Harrison returns to Hogwarts, I will take you, Luna, to Diagon Alley and we can furnish the bedroom next to Harrison's and you can get whatever clothes you need. If you ever need something snap your fingers and a house elf will come,they've already been told to listen to you. Once you learn their names if you want a specific one, call them, and if they know what's good for them they'll come." He paused and took a sip from his glass. "There aren't many rules at the Manor, however, the most important one is to never speak of what goes on inside this house to anyone. Do not tell anyone of the professors once you begin at Hogwarts and do not tell any friends you make. The only way you can speak of anything you hear here is with mine or Harrison's permission. You took the vow, but I can never be too careful."
"I understand," Luna told him.
"Good," Tom continued. "You will obey everything I say and if Harrison tells you to do something you'll do it. You must also dress for all meals in appropriate attire and show my inner circle respect. While Harrison is at Hogwarts I will begin training you and when I'm not available someone from my inner circle will take over for me. Come September when you begin at Hogwarts, I want you to do your best in every class, I don't accept second best nor do I accept failure. You will be introduced to my inner circle this evening at the Malfoy Christmas party. Some of those in the outer circle and normal ranks will be attending as well. By now they will all know that I am your legal guardian and if they value their lives they won't harm you. However, there are those Death Eaters that are too prideful and arrogant to know what's good for their own health. Do you understand the rules you must follow?"
"I do," Luna answered before she looked at Tom questioningly. "What do I call you, Mr. Riddle or by your first name?"
"You may call me Tom," he replied.
Harrison raised an eyebrow but didn't say anything. He knew his father didn't like his birth name, he thought that it was too common and muggle. Only certain people were allowed to call him by it. He glanced at Luna who was staring out the large glass doors, a peaceful look on her face. But then again he couldn't think of any other name that'd be appropriate.
"Thank you for the dress," Luna said sincerely. "It's lovely."
"You're welcome," Tom replied as he cast a tempus.
Harrison looked at Luna who was wearing a floor length red gown that one of the house elves picked up. He had to admit for a ten year old she looked pretty, her blonde hair had been put up in an elegant bun by Twinky and diamonds glittered from her ears. He then looked at his reflection, he was wearing bottle green dress robes with a black bow tie. His hair looked effortlessly styled as usual and his shoes shone brightly courtesy of Mipsy.
"It's time to go," Tom told them as he held out his arm. "Harrison grab my arm and Luna grab his hand, don't let go of it until we land."
One of the many perks of being the Dark Lord was that Tom was keyed into the wards at all of his Death Eaters homes so he didn't have to use the floo. Harrison grabbed his fathers arm and they disappeared without a sound. A second later Harrison felt his feet hit the ground and he quickly let go of his father.
Harrison looked around and noticed that they landed in the ball room at Malfoy Manor. As usual the room was filled to the brim with over the top decorations. Half of the room was covered with circular tables with beautiful flowers that glowed silver in the center. The other half of the room was empty, it was meant to be a dance floor. A stage where the orchestra would play sat in the middle of the room. Extravagant ice sculptures stood at each corner of the stage, one was a grand tree, another a sleigh,a reindeer stood at another corner, and a giant Christmas flower at the fourth. There were extremely tall Christmas trees all around the room covered with live fairies and shimmering balls of light. A large ornate fireplace was burning in the back of the room, the flames changing from red to green. Long tables lined the walls, each one holding a different type of food and drinks. There were twenty house elves standing near the food tables all wearing green uniforms with the Malfoy crest on the chest, each one carrying a silver tray. Upon seeing them several house elves ran over offering hors d'oeuvre and drinks which they all declined.
"Tom, Harrison welcome," Narcissa said as she walked into the room. She looked gorgeous in a strapless form fitting green dress with a slit that went up to her knee. "And you must be Miss Luna Lovegood. I'm Narcissa Malfoy it's a pleasure to meet you."
"It's nice to meet you," Luna said politely.
Narcissa smiled at the young girl before pulling Harrison into a hug. "You look handsome."
"Thank you Aunt Cissy," Harrison smiled.
"Narcissa," Tom said getting her attention. "Where's Lucius?"
"In his office," Narcissa answered. "If you go in there tell him to come down right away, the guests will be here soon."
Tom rose an eyebrow. "Thank you." He turned to Harrison. "I'll be back by the time the party starts."
Harrison watched as his father walked away before looking back at his aunt, amusement dancing in his emerald eyes. Only Narcissa and Bellatrix could tell his father to do something and not get cursed into oblivion for it. He never understood why and he didn't know if he really wanted to either.
"Harrison," a voice called out and Harrison turned around.
"Draco," Harrison grinned.
Draco walked over wearing black dress robes and a dark green bow tie. His gray eyes landed on Luna and he could see the different emotions running through him, the main one was curiosity.
"You must be Luna," Draco said holding out his hand. "My father told me about you, I'm Draco Malfoy."
"Hello," Luna said in a dreamy voice. Draco raised an eyebrow, but didn't say anything.
"Is anyone else here?" Harrison asked.
"No," Draco shook his head. "As always you and your father are the first."
Soon people began arriving and by eight the ballroom was filled with people. Harrison spotted every member of the inner circle and their kids, most of the outer circle, and their children as well as quite a few members of the Death Eater ranks. Once all of his best friends had arrived he left Luna with Terry Boot who he had introduced her to and took his friends to a secluded corner. He explained his fathers reasoning for becoming Luna's legal guardian, but he left out what she predicted other than the fact that his father won the war.
Leo wore a smug expression. "I knew we'd win."
"Of course we will," Cass scoffed. "There's no way we won't."
"But it is good to have some sort of proof," Theo pointed out. "Even if the future can change."
"What's she like?" Jenna asked curiously.
Harrison looked over at the blonde girl who appeared to be getting introduced to Lisa, Sue, and Anthony. He didn't know what to say to her question, he didn't really know anything about her other than the fact she was a seer. And he wasn't about to tell his friends that they were connected somehow in the future.
"I don't know," Harrison answered. "I just met her yesterday, it's all happened so fast."
"She seems nice enough," Pansy said. "She was polite."
"She's pretty too," Daphne added.
Harrison made an undistinguishable noise. "Yeah, but I guess only time will tell."
The next morning Harrison felt like he was eight again as he practically bounced into the living room. Underneath the tree were piles of presents wrapped in shiny wrapping paper. He saw Tom sitting in his usual black leather chair and Luna sitting on the large green couch Harrison normally sat at. He walked over and took the seat next to Luna, he decided that he'd give her a chance. After all he would be stuck with her for at least the next seven years.
"Happy Christmas," Harrison said with a large grin.
"Happy Christmas son," Tom said.
"Happy Christmas Harrison," Luna smiled.
Tom shot him a teasing smile. "What are you waiting for?"
Harrison didn't need to be told twice he immediately ran to the tree and grabbed the closest present; a large boxwrapped in green paper. He looked at the tag and it said that it was for Luna.
"Here Luna, it's for you," Harrison tossed the startled blonde the box.
"It's for me?" Luna asked surprised.
"Of course," Tom told her.
"Oh," Luna said quietly. "I only ever got one or two small things,even when my mum was alive."
Harrison made a face, but quickly masked it; he couldn't imagine only getting one or two presents. He felt slightly bad for the girl, but he pushed the feeling away. It was Christmas and he didn't want to spend it feeling sorry for anyone. He quickly sorted out the rest of the presents, his pile was much larger than Luna's, but she still had more than most children got.
He decided to open the presents from his best friends first. He picked up a large square box that said it was from Draco and tore the green shimmering paper off. Opening the box, he found a new black marble wizards chess board. The next present he opened was from Blaise and was a blood red cloak with gold clasps. Tom said it reminded him of something a Gryffindor would wear, but he ignored the comment. Theo's present was next and was as expected from Theo, a book, the book was on dangerous magical plants. Leo gave him a vile of basilisk venom, the stuff is extremely rare and expensive. Daphne gave him green dragon hide gloves for Quidditch. Tracey's present was a book on advanced Charms in battle, it just came out so Harrison didn't have it. He smiled, one less book he'd have to buy. Pansy sent him a boxfull of clothes, her mother was a high-end fashion designer so she always got the best clothes. Jenna gave him a dragon hide sheath for a dagger and Cass sent him a dagger with rubies in the hilt. He figured they must have done their shopping together.
Then he grabbed the pile of presents from his other fellow Slytherins. Crabbe had sent him a dozen chocolate frogs and Goyle sent him a boxfilled with an assortment of candy. Millicent sent him a book on prank spells and Abigail sent him a book on dangerous creatures that Harrison thought might be an interesting read. Anastasia sent him a black silk summer cloak with silver snake fastenings. Violet sent him a book on Charms and another on Transfiguration; from Marcus he received a snitch that can be used to hide something and only the person to whom it belongs to can get it out. That will be useful, I can shrink something down and put it in there he decided as he examined the golden snitch. The rest of his Quidditch team got together and sent him a box of candy; it was so large Harrison didn't think he'd be able to finish it if he had a piece a day for a year. Odette and Ophelia sent him a photo album filled with pictures that had been taken during his first term at Hogwarts. He flipped through it and smiled at the picture of him and his best friends by the lake; Blaise was feeding the squid and Leo was glaring daggers at Cass because she tried to push him in. Everyone else was laughing and Daphne's hair kept falling into her face. He received some candy and little trinkets from some of his other Slytherin friends.
The next pile was from his friends from other houses. He honestly hadn't expected anything from them even though he did send them all something. He grabbed a small box which turned out to be from Hermione, inside was a snowy owl feather quill. Neville sent him a book entitled Magical Water Plants of the Highland Lochs,he smiled to himself; leave it to Neville to give him a book on plants. Susan Bones sent him a book on quidditch tactics and Hannah Abbott sent him a book on a sport call 'Quodpot'. He got two chocolate frogs from Terry Boot and a couple cauldron cakes from Anthony Goldstein. Lisa Turpin gave him a book on different dragon breeds and Roger Davies sent him a book on other wizarding schools. Padma Patil sent him a black leather photo album with his name on the front written in gold, there were only two pictures inside. One was of Harrison with all of the Ravenclaw first years taken right before the holiday break and the other was of Harrison and Padma on that same day laughing at a joke Michael had told. He set the photo album down by the one from Odette and Ophelia. He smiled, now he has somewhere to put all of his new photos. He has photo albums, but they're all full and so was the one from the Warrington twins.
"I've never seen so much candy in my life," Harrison said as he grabbed another present.
"Nor have I," Tom said as he looked at the boxes of candy.
"Thank you Tom," Luna said and Harrison looked at the pile next to her.
There were several winter cloaks and what appeared to be silk summer cloaks. There was a small box of candy and a silver hand mirror with her name engraved on the handle with emeralds. A small box was laying by her feet, he could see over a dozen hair clips and ribbons. There was a pile of books ranging from beginners Dark Arts to Divination.
"You're welcome," Tom replied.
Harrison noticed that Luna's eyes looked wet and he frowned. He normally didn't care about the feelings over others unless they were his best friends or someone he cared about. But knowing that they'd one day be close made Harrison want to make sure she was okay.
"Are you alright?" Harrison asked as he sat the half unwrapped present down.
"I'm fine," Luna gave him a small smile. "I've just never had such nice things." She ran her hand over a pair of diamond earrings. "And until last night, I'd never even held a diamond let alone wear them and now I have another pair."
Harrison grinned. "You'll get used to it, my dad has an obsession with spending money."
Tom glared at him, but it was half hearted.
Luna laughed quietly, but it soon turned into full blown laughter. Harrison wore a bemused expression and Tom looked at her as though he was debating whether or not to call a healer or just stun her.
"What's so funny?" Harrison asked almost hesitantly.
Luna's laughter slowly subsided. "It's just so funny." She shook her head. "The Dark Lord has a reputation for murder and torture and I know that he does those things because I've seen it. And I could tell that he took joy in causing pain." She paused. "But, it's hard to picture him going shopping especially for kids."
Harrison snorted at the image of his dad wearing black robes and a scowl browsing Honeyduke's for Christmas candy. He was glad that he had control over his emotions because if he didn't, he would've most likely been laughing until he couldn't breathe.
"You're right," Harrison admitted. "It is hard to picture."
"I rarely go to stores," Tom cut in looking annoyed. "That's what house elves are for."
Harrison shot his dad an amused look and couldn't stop from grinning when Tom glared at him. He was both surprised and glad that his father wasn't acting any different than he normally did on Christmas. He had been slightly worried that his father would act harsher because Luna was there and he never let his soft side show around others. He then picked up his half open present that was from his godparents.
Narcissa and Lucius sent him a pair of dragon hide boots with built in warming and drying charms. They also sent him a green cloak with the same charms. Severus sent him his usual gift of potion ingredients, the man is really unoriginal. Bellatrix sent him a book called Secrets of the Darkest Arts. It looked to be extremely old and the black leather was pealing.
"Let me see that," Tom said sharply. Without waiting for a reply he summoned the book.
"What's wrong?" Harrison asked frowning.
Tom looked down at the front cover and his lips thinned. He opened it up and flicked through the pages until he was halfway through the book. He waved his wand, but didn't say anything, and Harrison saw a silver mist come out of his wand. He closed the book and levitated it into Harrison's lap.
"What did you do?" Harrison asked as he scanned the pages until he came across several blank ones. "Why are there some blank pages?"
"There is something in there I don't want anyone to see," Tom answered curtly. "There's a reason why that book can't be pulled from the shelf it's placed in our library." Harrison opened his mouth, but Tom held up a hand. "Don't ask anything further."
Harrison hesitantly nodded and went back to his presents. He had a present from every member of the inner circle and most of the outer circle as well. Even a few of the Death Eaters from the ranks sent him gifts, those from the ranks just wanted to kiss up to him. It didn't matter to him though, a present was a present. Finally he was down to one pile, the gifts from his father. He had always saved those ones for last.
Harrison tore into the first present which was a medium sized box wrapped in silver paper, inside was a gold wizards chess set. He smiled, he had recently lost his old set of wizard's chess and he had complained to his father about it. He set the pieces down next to the board from Draco. The next box had a set of books, a six series set on advanced offensive magic. Another box held another book entitled Curses and Counter Curses by Vindictus Viridian, the back said bewitch your friends and befuddle your enemies with the latest revenge tactics: hair loss, jelly-legs, tongue-tying, and much, much more. Harrison was surprised his father bought him a book he knew Tom considered juvenile, but he didn't say anything. He received several cloaks, a black money pouch with an undetectable extension charm on it so he could place whatever he wanted besides money inside, and of course more books. Riddle Manor had an insanely large library, but Harrison liked keeping books he enjoyed in his room. He opened a large box that turned out to be a solid gold cauldron and a small black velvet box contained a gold watch.
"Thank you father," Harrison grinned. "I loved everything."
Tom inclined his head. "You're welcome."
Harrison waved to Luna from inside the Hogwarts Express. He promised her that he'd write to her at least once a week so they could get to know each other better. They had spent most of the Christmas holidays together learning about each other and she spent some time with his best friends. They all appeared to like her, even the two he had been worried about, Leo and Blaise. She was a pureblood so they gave her a chance to prove she belonged. She had charmed them all and Harrison soon realized that his Aunt Bella was right, appearances can be deceiving. Her innocent face and dreamy voice made her out to be a helpless little girl. In reality she could be quite devious and manipulative.
His father, however, didn't get to see her too often. The day after Christmas Tom led his inner circle on a raid that resulted in the death of three aurors and sent a dozen more to St. Mungo's. Rabastan had been hit by an auror, but he was able to portkey back to Riddle Manor. The next day, screaming could be heard from the Death Eater meeting room and that night Nagini told him that Tom fed her two muggle woman who had been used as a demonstration. A demonstration of what he didn't know, but the look on Antonin Dolohov's and Walden Macnair's faces as they left the room was enough to tell him the two woman had felt a lot of pain if their gleeful looks were anything to go by.
He had asked Luna how she felt about everything and she said she didn't mind. She told him that she had known what to expect and the screaming didn't bother her. She had a gleam in her normally cloudy eyes that reminded him of Bellatrix and it caught him off guard.
The train took off and Blaise challenged Harrison to a game of exploding snap. Ten minutes into the game Harrison's three least favorite Gryffindors opened the door. Harrison's eyes narrowed when he saw the superior looks on their faces.
"Can we help you?" Leo asked coolly.
"We just came to tell you that you'll want to watch out," Ron said smugly.
"For what?" Harrison asked in a bored tone.
"My brothers taught me some spells over the break," Ron replied with an air of superiority that only looked good on a Slytherin.
"Congratulations," Theo drawled without looking up from his book.
"What'd they teach you?" Blaise asked with mock interest. "How to cast the disarming spell?"
Ron's face turned red as the Slytherins snickered. Ron pulled out his wand, the Slytherins saw the motion and they all pulled theirs out in sync. Ron paled when he saw ten wands pointed back at him. Seamus and Dean pulled theirs out and pointed them at Leo and Draco respectively.
"There's ten of us," Harrison said slowly. "And there are three of you." He put on a thoughtful look. "I highly doubt you'll win."
Blaise snorted. "He wouldn't win if only one of us had are wands out."
"Stupefy!" Ron shouted and Harrison threw up a shield.
"Really Ronald?" Harrison asked with a smirk. "You tried that one last term and it didn't work then either."
"Reducto!" Ron shouted.
The spell missed the Slytherins who had all thrown shields up and hit the window. There was a loud crashing sound and the glass blew outwards. All of the Slytherins narrowed their eyes.
"You're very lucky that the spell knocked the glass outside of the train," Harrison said in a quiet but dangerous voice.
"What's going on here?" A tall red head with curly hair and horned rimmed glasses asked. Harrison saw a prefect badge on his chest and knew that he must have been Percy Weasley.
"Ronald here decided to come to our compartment and curse us with spells he said his brothers taught him," Harrison answered before the Gryffindors could speak. "He missed of course," Leo smirked while Ron's hands balled into fists,"and hit our window instead."
Percy turned to his brother who was now as red as his hair.
"They got away with everything last term," Ron said angrily.
"So you decided to curse them?" Percy demanded looking both angry and embarrassed.
"They're Slytherins!" Ron exclaimed as though that explained everything.
"I-" Percy began but he was cut off.
"What's going on?" Gracelyn Derrick asked. "I heard an explosion." She looked at the broken window and frowned, when she saw the Gryffindors her eyes narrowed. "Weasley, what did you do?"
Percy puffed up with indignation. "I didn't do anything Derrick." He gave his brother a sharp look. "My brother apparently tried to curse them and broke their window instead."
Gracelyn glared at the three Gryffindors. "The three of you just lost Gryffindor ten points each and you'll all be serving two detentions with Snape."
"You can't do that!" Ron shouted.
"We didn't do anything," Seamus pointed out angrily.
"You two joined him and didn't do anything to stop him," Gracelyn said harshly. "And I'm head girl, I'm allowed to deduct points and assign detentions. Now go back to your compartment."
Ron turned to Percy. "Percy-"
Percy cut him off. "You deserve the punishment Ron, they didn't do anything to you." He glanced at Gracelyn who was watching him closely. "And I'm writing to mother."
Ron's eyes went wide. "You can't do that!"
"I can and I will," Percy said stiffly before leaving the compartment.
"I said leave," Gracelyn said sharply to the three Gryffindors.
The three boys shot the Slytherins one last glare before leaving.
"Reparo," Gracelyn said with a wave of her wand. The window mended itself and she smiled in satisfaction. "Try not to get into anymore trouble."
"They started it," Blaise reminded her.
Gracelyn rolled her eyes as she left the compartment.
Leo's smirk grew as the door shut behind her. "We aren't even at Hogwarts and those fools lost their house points."
"They're Gryffindors," Theo said as he picked up his book. "What do you expect?"
1-Tom Riddle has a public image of a rich generous man. Only Dumbledore and the Death Eaters know Voldemort is Tom Riddle.