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“Happy birthday Gisela!” I opened my tired eyes to see Rayne jumping up and down on the end of my bed.
I groaned and wished painfully that I could skip the day completely. However, even a witch couldn’t meddle with time, well at least without consequences, so I was resigned to my fate. I would be turning 18 today.
And the rest of my life would be taking a massive turn for the worst from this point on.
“Go away, Rayne.” I felt no movement and sighed, finally sitting up to see her grinning at me. “Fine, you’ve seen me now, you can leave me to go back to sleep.”
“No chance, we have lessons for a start and then we have to make you look stunning for your birthday celebrations tonight.”
I groaned at the reminder of tonight’s events. I didn’t want to go and have a drink with all of the group, it made it seem more real and that was something I didn’t want.
“I’m up.” I threw the covers back and took no more notice of Rayne as I stomped into the bathroom, slamming the door behind me, acting like a petulant teenager who hadn’t gotten their own way.
10 minutes later, I was out of the shower and standing in front of a beaming Rayne, who was fussing over me. I resisted the urge to roll my eyes, knowing she was doing it because she was excited it was my birthday but I still had my reservations about her. She was still going behind my back, conspiring with Pedro and Lucius and that was something I was not going to forget in a hurry. I had to have my guard up around her now, Merlin, I had to have my guard up around everyone now, including Bas. As much as he hadn’t mentioned the Dark Lord to me, I could see it behind his eyes. And that was what was troubling me. If I couldn’t trust Bas and I couldn’t trust Pedro or Rayne, who was I to trust? My mind was screaming out Black but he was a last resort, he was somebody I would turn to if he was the only person left who could me and Lola. And I was hoping it wouldn’t come to that. My pride wouldn’t be able to stand it.
“Right, now you’re ready to face the world!”
Rayne’s voice brought me from my thoughts and I shot her a tight smile before leaving the girls dorms, heading to the Common Room where I was praying to Merlin there would be no fuss. And I was pleasantly surprised when everything was like normal. No one battered an eyelid as I entered the Common Room and I let out a sigh of relief.
“Happy birthday, Gi.” Pedro spotted me first and gave me a small hug before sitting back down again. The rest murmured similar greetings as I took a seat on the sofa, next to Bella.
“Happy birthday brother.”
“So, are you excited about tonight?” Bella’s voice sounded strange to me. Gone was the usual drawl and instead was a near happy, free tone. Clearly she was the one who was excited about tonight. Merlin, we were only having a couple of drinks. Yes, we were sneaking out but still, not exactly anything to get excited over.
“We’re only having drinks, Bella, no need to get excited over it.”
Bella looked to Lucius and to Evan, who both gave her looks I couldn’t describe before turning back to me.
“Well, it’s more the sneaking out I’m excited over, you know the thrill I get from breaking the rules.”
I nodded.“Very true.”
The conversation died and it wasn’t long before we all made our way to Great Hall for breakfast. Sitting down in our usual spots, we ate silently, except for the odd comment here or there about Potter and Black. I could feel tension among us but I didn’t have the energy to try and work out why. I put it down to being a Monday morning and carried on pushing the food I had on my plate, around.
I wasn’t in the mood to eat at all.
Finally pushing my plate away, I stood up. “I left my charms potions book on my bed, I’ll meet you guys inside.” I left before anyone could say anything to me and headed towards the Common Room at lightning speed. Checking to see if anyone had followed behind me, I failed to see the idiot who had stepped in front of me, causing me to bump straight into them.
“Watch where you are going!” I growled, as I looked up and saw Black standing there. “What do you want?” Instead of merely telling me what he wanted, he grabbed my arm and dragged me behind a tapestry and into a secret passage. I had to make a mental note of this one in case I had to hide from the others.
“Don’t go tonight.”
I frowned. How in Merlin’s beard did he know about tonight? “What?”
“Tonight, don’t go. It’s a trap.”
I shook my head. “We’re sneaking out for drinks in Hogsmeade, how is that a trap?”
“Please, don’t go. For yours and Lola’s sake.”
As soon as he mentioned Lola, I stiffened. To bring her into the conversation, he must have thought he was right.
“I’ve already this discussion in my head and I have asked and they have told me it is just a few drinks. I believe them.”
At this, Sirius got frustrated and he turned away from me, growling. “Are you that fucking naïve? Do you seriously think that they just want to celebrate your birthday?”
I glared at him. I wasn’t in the mood for being insulted. “Get a grip Black and stay out of my business!” I stormed out of the corridor and quickly walked to the Common Room, disappearing inside before Black could follow me.
Why was he so angry? I shook my head as I walked upstairs to grab my potions book. He had more issues than I did and that was saying something. I had been continuously reassured tonight was just drinks. If I could believe that then I was damn sure he could.
And I did believe it.
“Ready Gi?” I sighed but stepped out of the bathroom, where Rayne smiled brightly at me.
“You look gorgeous.” I shook my head at her dramatics, seeing as I was dressed in jeans and a shirt. The only fancy think I had on was the emerald necklace my mother had sent me for part of my present. It was absolutely gorgeous but I should have known that, my mother did have amazing taste.
“So do you. Now, are we going? I am getting rather impatient. Today has been a long day and I need an alcoholic drink down me.”
Rayne gave me a tight smile before leading me down the stairs and into the Common room.
“Already to go, guys.” Everyone turned to me before standing up and heading towards the entrance.
“Everybody remembers the plan, right?” Lucius turned to us from the front of the line, before nodding in satisfaction. “Right then, lets go.”
Everyone followed out, one by one and we silently crept through the main hall, heading towards the potion’s office. Satisfied no one was about, Lucius motioned for us to come in and one by one, we all flooed to the Hogs Head, which was as quiet as ever, only the man behind the bar inside. We all took our seats and Lucius got the first round of drinks in.
“To Pedro and Gisela. Happy Birthday!”
It was a simple toast but we all smiled and drank to it. I was feeling more at ease now, seeing nothing sinister was awaiting us as stepped into the pub and I began to relax, wanting to enjoy being an adult before having to go back to Hogwarts.
As the night drew on, we were all a bit on the merry side, apart from Lucius and Pedro, who were as stoic as ever. I don’t know when it had happened but I suddenly felt the atmosphere had changed. There was a thick tension and I didn’t like what my gut was telling me. Excusing myself to the bathroom, I held onto the sink with both hands, trying to steady my breathing. Something was about to happen, I could feel it.
My mind whirled back to my conversation with Sirius in the morning and I felt sick. He had tried to warn me but I hadn’t listened. He was right, I was being naïve and now I was in danger. I heard a crack and then a thud and I froze. Instantly I could feel the power and I knew it was him. Lord Voldemort was here. This was my present.
I had to get out. And fast.
I was interrupted by Rayne’s voice, which floated into the bathroom. “Gi, are you alright?”
“Yes,” I replied,praying that the shakiness in my voice wasn’t showing too much. “I think I’ve just had a bit too much to drink.”
Rayne laughed. “Well, don’t be too long, we have a surprise for you.”
I held back the urge to be sick. “Okay, I’ll be out in a minute.”
I heard her footsteps lead away and I sank down onto the floor, my head in my hands. I was panicking.
And now was not the time to be panicking.
Now was the time to be leaving.
Jumping up, I felt relief as I felt my wand in the back of my jeans and I looked around for the nearest window. Seeing no window, I took a deep breath and was just about to blow a hole in the wall when Rayne came in. I hid my wand quickly in my back pocket and I smiled.
“I’m all ready.”
“Good, our surprise is waiting for you.”
I gulped and followed her out into the pub and towards our table. I could feel all eyes on me as we approached. I guess everyone was trying to see my reaction when I spotted someone who could have only been Lord Voldemort, sitting at the table.
My first thought was that he was handsome. From the horror stories, I expected him to be some sort of monster but he looked…normal. He spotted me and a smile came to his lips. I shuddered under his gaze but I stepped forward anyway, playing along.
“You must be Gisela. My, words do not do you justice, my dear. You are breathtaking.”
I forced a smile at the compliment, doing my best to be polite. “Thank you, My Lord, you flatter me.”
"I only say what I believe.” He stood and made his way towards me. Circling me, before coming to my right and turning me so I was facing him. He put a finger under my jaw and made me look at him.
“You are a precious, little thing my dear. I like precious things.” He let me go and motioned for me to sit down. I did as I was told and dared not to look at anyone in case they realised what was going on in my head.
I had to leave.
Leave before he gave me the Dark Mark.
I needed a plan and fast. The longer this went on, the harder it would be for me to get out. As I glanced around the room, I spotted a pair of legs behind the bar and I struggled to hold in a gasp. The barman had been killed. Gulping again, I turned my attention back to the table, my eyes meeting Evan’s. He was smirking at me but I did not give him one back. My face was blank as I looked at him, before they eyed the rest of the table. Bas was giving me an indescribable look, but if I had to guess, it would be one of a mixture of guilt and fear. He deserved to feel that way. Pedro and Rayne hesitated when looking at me, the guilt clearly showing in their eyes. And both Lucius and Bella were listening to the Dark Lord intently, Bella with a look of adoration on her face.
I felt sick.
“And now it is time for the ceremony to begin.”
Hearing those last words made my heart jump. Lucius hoisted me up out of my chair and pushed me into the middle of the room, Pedro and Rayne to my left. “You three are privileged to be getting this mark, this symbol of power and importance. You will become my faithful team, alongside your classmates and you will serve me and live in a better word once those mudbloods and blood traitors are banished for good!”
The Dark Lord came before us, smiling as he reached Pedro, who held his left arm out for him. I watched as the Dark Lord held his wand to my brother’s arm and watched as a symbol etched itself onto Pedro’s skin. Pedro was grimacing and I looked away. I couldn’t do this. It couldn’t get that far. Seeing that everyone was busy watching Pedro and The Dark Lord, I glanced at the door and wordlessly unlocked it. I could feel my heart in my ears, pumping loudly and my whole body was shaking and as The Dark Lord embraced my brother, congratulating him, I took my chance.
And I ran.
That’s how I felt.
Alone and running for my life.
The night had gone terribly wrong. It was only meant to be a small meeting. At least, that was what I was told. But here I was, blood dripping from countless wounds and racing through the village, who knows how many angry people following, wands and teeth bared, wanting me dead. Panting heavily and feeling the strain in my legs, I
willed myself to carry on through the dark streets. Turning down an alley way, I hid behind the Three Broomsticks, only just about making out the name from the small sign hanging, moving erratically in the strong wind. Hearing frantic voices, I slipped inside the pub, letting out a relieved sigh when the pub was busy, making it easy for me to hide among the revellers. Making my way deep into the crowd, I huddled at a table, taking my cloak off and examining my wounds. I winced as I saw how deep they were, sighing as I knew I would have to find some way to heal them myself. Engrossed in my many wounds, I was only brought out of my thoughts when I heard scream. A loud, piercing scream filled mine, and everybody else’s ears. I gulped, getting up from the table and slipping between the crowds that were now gathering by the door, wands at the ready. I felt a twinge of guilt knowing that someone had gotten hurt because of me and my foolishness. Turning away from the door, I examined my surrounding, hoping to find another way out without being seen. If I just got to the castle everything would be fine, I’d be protected. Just as I was about head towards the bar, I felt someone’s hand against my arm. Turning abruptly, I found myself looking into grey eyes.
I growled , my instant reaction whenever I came face to face with Black.
“What do you want?” I asked harshly. If he was affected by my tone of voice, he didn’t show it.
“I’m here to get you back to the castle, now let’s go.”
I hesitated but he was stronger than me and easily pulled me to the back of the pub. He opened a small door and motioned to it.
I wanted to wipe that insufferable smirk off his face but I knew now was not the time; I could easily do that later. Glaring, I stepped through the door, finding myself dropping to the floor in a heap.
I ignored him, dusting myself off and waiting for him to lead the way. He gave me a look I couldn’t identify before walking deeper into what looked like a tunnel. I followed him hastily, still on edge as if something was about to jump out at me. After what felt like an hour, we finally reached another door. Sighing in relief, knowing that I was finally safe, I stepped out into a corridor and immediately sagged to the floor, both in pain and just plain tiredness; the adrenaline in my body all but gone.
"Martinez? Gisela? Are you alright? "
I could barely hear him; my mind was swimming with noice, blurred so i couldn't hear anything clearly. The last thing i remember was seeing Black's eyes in front of mine before it all turned dark.
A/N: I am so sorry for the long disappearance, University has taken over my life and i didn't realise second year would be this stressful but here it is, the Prologue and i am hoping it lives up to your expectations seeing as i have abandoned all you guys. Hope you enjoy and forgive me!