Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
Elssha would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Forlorn Hope

By Elssha

Drama

The Vault Reopens


1: The Vault Reopens

"Sir, I must insist… there are to be no animals allowed in Gringotts."

"May I speak with Thorox? We have a standing agreement regarding this particular vault."

"Sir?" The younger goblin asked quickly, tilting his head in sudden confusion.

"Could you please call him?"

"Yes sir… it will take a moment." The small, ugly creature stated, bowing as he left. He returned moments later in the company of the previously mentioned goblin. Thorox was about a head taller with slightly darker skin of a brownish-gray tone that contrasted with the youthful, forest green of the other goblin.

"Thorox… it is good to see you my friend."

"The pleasure is all mine, good wizard." The goblin replied, shooing the youngster away with a casual wave of his palm. "You must excuse the youngling… he still has a great deal to learn."

"I can imagine…" the tall man chuckled, "can you spare the time, or must we walk while we reminisce my friend?"

"We had better hasten, work stops for no one I fear." The old goblin sighed, appearing even more worn. "Vault seventeen- ninety two I presume?" The man nodded, "do you have the keys?"

"Only three of them. The fourth is to be taken out as soon as possible... as unlikely as the traitor is to use it."

"You surprise me... I did not expect you to gather so many. I truly am sorry for your loss."

"I have grieved what there was to grieve over long ago– men must move on." He stated sullenly.

"None ought to sacrifice the present for the past… especially you humans- so short a life you're given, may you at least not waste it on such sorrows." The man's face lifted slightly in agreement, "come, we had best open this vault of yours. You will return before the end of the week, will you not?"

"I am no longer seventeen, dear Thor, I fear life will not allow any week-long retreats into this vault." The man sighed, a pained look in his eyes. "Especially not alone."

The wagon rattled on the swift tracks, giving the man's large, black dog quite a challenge. They certainly were not constructed to accommodate dogs. Several times the beast whimpered as it fought for balance, eyeing the tall man with spiteful eyes.

"Here you are my friend… it has been far too long since you have entered."

"Too many old memories." He replied simply, gaining the same haunted look the dog currently possessed.

"Your familiar or old friend?" The gobbling asked, noting the dog's behavior.

"Both, in a way." The man replied uneasily.

"Marauders to the core- correct?"

"You know me too well." He sighed, "You are not going to report him then, I assume?"

"My dear friend, no one sees what happens in these tunnels. Mr. Black, if you could please change?" He continued, only nodding towards the dog, "we goblins worry little of the ministry… business is business. We care not what people put in their vaults or who they may be- as long as they don't cheat us!" He ended laughing slightly.

"I wish you sometimes did pay closer attention." Sirius stated, transforming back.

"Why? If we rat them out they will take it out and hide it in their homes- bad for them, bad for the ministry, bad for BUSINESS."

Within the vault, the men looked around as if waking from a bad dream. The walls were stacked high with loads of things from their past: stacks of pictures of pranked Slytherins, crates of their personal prank products, some old school books, and other things from their Marauder days. There was also a couch and some armchairs in the room, complete with a desk and stack of now-yellowed parchment. This was where they would spend days on end developing new things when their parents let them spend a week or two at the Leakey Cauldron. All the money they had saved from not sleeping there allowed them buy the vault and save a nice sum (which now stood in a pile in one corner of the room). Pictures of their youth littered the walls, James, Sirius, Remus, Lily, Peter… they were all there, though much happier and younger then in their present state.

"Did you put some of your junk in here Moony?"

"A little, I had to and…"

"I'm just fretting… keep it here all you want- Merlin knows we won't be having any more sleepovers here!" Sirius said, keeping his tone light. "Why are we here?"

"I found a few vault keys a while back- when I was bringing some stuff to store… They were James' and most of the vaults had gold, jewelry, and such, but one had a ton of papers. I brought them in here, but I need help looking through them." Remus answered, "There may be something he left that could prove your innocence. Some of the ones I looked over were from that September and even early October… so there is a chance."

The two men searched the vault for several hours, mostly reading anything written after they made their choice for secret keeper.

"It just has to be here…"

"What has to be here? Do you know anything specific that would have the needed information?"

"It's not that, there's this book I was hoping to find as well… a journal James kept."

"James kept a journal?"

"Yeah, sort of." Remus responded, avoiding the subject suddenly. "Let's get back to your problem… it's far more pressing."

"Sure Remmy… but I doubt either of them would have been careless enough to put it in writing… Lily was a rather bright little witch."

"Ya Padfoot, but a cautious and practical one as well." Remus added, "She would have wanted you taken care of at all costs." Remus brightened as his friend's small smile turned into a toothy grin.

"Ya, she was something."

"She sure was."

"Is this it Remmy?" Sirius asked, handing him a small black leather book.

"Might be… I'll have to read it later; I think this would be a very good place for him to leave anything like that. Come on… are you up for more or ought we head home?"

"Let's call it a night Moony, we can come back later- it is our vault." Remus nodded, looking over the small book with the golden Gryffindor emblem. This was the journal he had bought James- he was sure of it.

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Alkira Joan: amazing story and plot, you just need to work on re reading and punctuation and gramma .'.........................................................................................................,.,.,..,.,.,.,.,..,.,.,..,.,.,..,.,.,..,.,.,.,..,.,..,.,.,..,.,..,.,.,.

christylynnr5: This was beyond amazing! I loved this book. The characters seemed so real. It was amazing how the author let Zak and Kaylees personalities slowly change. This story was very sad and eye opening. It could teach some people a very worthy lesson. It was a great combination of romance, mystery, and a...

Cassie Jacobson: So many twists and turns. Keeps you wanting to read to see what happens next. The main character is detailed well. The struggles and growth of Joby makes you admire her. It gives you a proud satisfied feeling while reading it. A refreshing difference then most books out there today, and in a w...

allisonflin: Without a doubt the most well written story that I have read on this site. Informative, discriptive, well punctuated. Then we have the story itself, which by the way I am waiting on the edge of my seat for part two of, the characters are more than likeable, you feel them and their emotions...

ElusiveBadwolf: This book was so beautiful to read. I loved how Lizzy was finishing Hayden's list off for he self couldn't complete it and now she is learning to move on. In the end i cried, because i couldn't think about moving on if i was in her position. And how she had forgiven him by not being there with he...

Dessie Williams: Loved the book. I was sucked in from the beginning. The plot, the characters, just great till the end. Great Job!!!! Can't wait to read any future books. Journey is a must read ...☺ Can't wait till it's in the stores.

zoheusher20: What more can I say? The writing style and little details drew me into the book and for the entirety of the story I was Juliet. I felt her turmoil and emotions and every trouble or triumph as they arrived. This story was very different and had quite a few little but unexpected twists that made it...

Bernsigns: This is an age old story, but with excellent plot twists that I didn't see coming. I truly liked how the story slowly, but steadily revealed the secrets. There were secrets I didn't expect, which kept me wanting to read. I always love a happy ending, with a little bit of real life mixed in. Th...

Riskaninda Maharani: This story told about love between Christopher Schlösser (a German) and Anggia Selestina (an Indonesian) that happened in Düsseldorf, Germany in an autumn. The German autumn which was so different with the autumn in the other four season countries, especially in Anggia's eyes when her heart-movin...

More Recommendations

christylynnr5: Wow. I've never read a book like this. Its very intense and keeps you reading. I loved the way everything slowly adds up to belle and Eli falling inlove. This book was truly amazing. There better be a second book!!! That was a huge cliffhanger that I cannot settle for.

christylynnr5: This was a really good book. I couldn't stop reading it. I loved how the story had its ups and downs and it kept you on the edge of your seat. But the only thing I had a problem with was the grammar errors. I know everyone makes mistakes but this one had more than just a few. and in some places I...

Dessie Williams: I read the first book and now this one, they both are really good stories. love the characters,. loved painting the story in my head, the ending was awesome. Hope the series continue . Great job .... You Rock!!!

christylynnr5: This was such an amazing story!!! It showed newly found friendship slowly developed into love. The story never got boring and always had drama happening to keep you reading. I would defiantly recommend this to anyone who loves a good love story!

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.