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*So terribly sorry that this took so long. Goodness, has it really been almost a month? Anyway school has been crazy or else I would have had this up earlier. This is the first night I haven't had homework since school started. (And it's only becuase PSAT testing is tomorrow.) Anyway that's why this chapter is so short, I didn't have time to write more tonight. One or two more chapters left, and my goal is to not have them a month apart.*

No Turning Back

“Taryn?” Taryn’s head jerked up from where it was pressed into her arms at the sound of Draco’s voice.

“Draco? Oh, I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean for it to happen. I thought that I had changed it. I’m so sorry.” She apologized lapsing almost into hysterics.

“Shhh, it’s not your fault.” He spoke soothingly quietly inching closing to her.

“Yes it is. What do I tell him? I don’t know how we’re going to make the vision happen.” Taryn whispered hoarsely.

“What did you see?”

“We win.” Taryn said softly with a slight smile. “But I don’t know how. He’s going to kill you, but without you he can’t be defeated.” Once more Taryn’s head dropped into her awaiting arms, and she felt the sting of unshed tears as they fought their way to the surface.

“He will be defeated. We will win.” Draco whispered drawing Taryn into his arms. The movement made him wince, but he did not care. Taryn shuddered slightly as he took her in his embrace, his body a warm contrast to the cool of the cave. Draco’s lips gently brushed the top of Taryn’s head, and he inhaled the scent from her hair. The tears fell freely from Taryn’s eyes, though not for the situation they were now in. She had held in her feelings for Draco since Christmas and she could not hold up the dam that held them any longer.

“Why?” Taryn whispered into Draco’s chest.

“Why what?”

“Why does everything have to be so hard?”

“If it were easy you’d get bored.” Draco stated in an attempt at humor.

“Draco?”

“Yes?”

“I think I may love you.” Taryn said her voice cracking as the tears spilled down her cheeks. “Is that alright?” Draco did not answer, he just took her face in his hands and pulled her lips towards his, connecting them.

“I may love you as well.” He said when they broke the kiss.

“I won’t let anything happen to you, I promise.”

* * * * * *

Avi stood in Dumbledore’s office staring out the window. She could see the three figures at the edge of the woods. What they had found she did not know, but she could no longer stand and wait. Summoning her courage and repressing her sorrow Avi strode purposefully from the room and towards the Forbidden Forest. The three met her halfway down the grounds.

“Do you know where they have gone?”

“No. We know that she’s with Malfoy though. Wherever they are.” Harry said darkly.

“How do you know that?”

“Malfoy’s watch.” Hermione said, holding out the piece of gold clockwork to Avi. As her fingers brushed the cool surface her mind clouded and her consciousness began to fade.
When she came to, she was lying on the stone steps of Hogwarts, and it had begun to rain.

“I know where they are.” Avi said triumphantly, wiping the rain from her eyes. “They are beneath Malfoy Manor.”

* * * * * *

“Have you decided?” Voldemort said venomously as he reentered the chamber.

“Yes.” Taryn said her face set and decision made.

“What did you see?”

“I saw you die, just like my mother before me.” Taryn said with a smile that rivaled Voldemort’s. “This time though, there is nothing you can do to stop it.”

“I already have. As we speak my Death Eaters are on their way to Hogwarts to dispose of the school and all those within. I will keep you alive so you may see the damage.” With one last wicked grin, Voldemort appearated from the cave leaving Draco and Taryn alone.

“How do we get out?! We have find Harry, Hermione, and Ron and get them here! Arg!” Taryn screamed as she flung herself at the bars, a hysterical attempt to physically force them apart. Draco reached out and grabbed her around the waist pulling her back from the bars, as she kicked and screamed in frustration.

“Taryn! Stop it! We’re going to get out of her and we’re not going to let anyone die! You need to calm down so that we can think rationally!” Taryn’s body went limp in her arms and she slowly slid to her knees.

“I’m so tired of trying. Everything I do turns out badly for at least one person. My visions don’t help people, they just destroy my life.”

“No, you’re wrong. There are things that you weren’t meant to change. It’s called fate and no one can escape that. You can’t feel guilty for the things that you cannot control.”

“You know, Draco. You’ve changed a lot.” Taryn said looking into the cool blue eyes above her.

“No, I’ve just realized what’s important. Come on stand up. We can’t save anyone from the ground.”

* * * * * *

“Dumbledore we need floo powder!” Harry yelled as he, Hermione, Ron, and Avi came hurtling through the door. Once again Dumbledore seemed two steps ahead of them. He handed them a pot of Floo Powder and directed them to the fireplace. He watched silent as one by one each stepped into the flames. Last to step through was Harry.

“Harry, wait one moment.” Dumbledore spoke softly from his desk. Harry turned and looked at the Headmaster. “When this is all over, remember to be true to what your heart desires, and do not lose yourself because the drive is gone.”

“Yes sir.” Harry said, confused, as he threw the Floo Powder into the flames. As they turned bright green he shouted, “Malfoy Manor!” and promptly was whooshed away. Dumbledore sat at his desk waiting. When the time had come he rose and looked outside. The rain had turned to torrents and the black cloud that was now descending over Hogwarts had nothing to do with the weather.

* * * * * *

“Taryn! Taryn! Where are you?”

“Here! We’re in here!” Taryn shouted, hearing voices beyond the cave. As Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Avi emerged into the cave Taryn almost wept in relief. “Hurry, get us out of here, we don’t have much time.”

“What do you mean?” Hermione asked.

“Voldemort has gone to attack the school.” Draco answered her. “Now if one of you would be kind enough to let us out of the cage.” Draco said, annoyed. Once the bars had been blasted away, the six stood at the center of the camber, five pairs of eyes staring at Taryn.

“It’s time to make the pentacle.” She said solemnly, looking at Avi. Avi nodded once and extended her wand. The other stepped back and watched her work. Silently without words she dragged her wand across the floor and where it had been there was now the ethereal substance that Taryn was so familiar with. When she had finished Avi retreated to the back of the chamber and faded into the shadows. As if taking this as their cue, one by one the others found their point on the pentacle, Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. All stood looking at Taryn. Taking a deep breath she began to walk forward. It was time. There was no turning back now.

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