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Tempest let her head drop on the table. She was sick of reading. Completely and utterly sick of it. She had spent the past four weeks reading it while trying to also focus on her school work, in which case meant, too tired . . . must copy off Void. After a moment she began banging her head till someone sat next to her.

"I think you've finally lost your bloody mind Tempete."

Tempest stopped and turned her head. Sitting next to her was none other than Draco Malfoy. She blinked her eyes and moved her eyes up and down the body making sure it was really him. It was.

"What the bloody hell are you doing here?"

"Well maybe I should leave seeing as how you don't particularly pleased to see me."

"Maybe I'm not."

"Then I will go." He stood up and began walking away. Her mind said one thing while her mouth said another.

"No. Stay. I'm sorry, but I've been under a lot of stress lately. Also, these past couple of months you haven't exactly been treating me very well."

"I know, that's why I came here. I came to apologize as well as deliver something for your sister."

"Really?"

"Yeah, here. She said that it is something pertaining to Adrian." He held out an envelope ad she snatched it away tearing it open. She felt Draco lean over her shoulder.

"Crap."

"What?"

"Everyone at Dogscream village. I'll have to wait to show them this."

"Well then while we wait can you show me around the school." She looked up at him and he smiled down at her. The same smile he used to show here.

"Sure. Let me just leave this on Nilas bed. Come."

Tempest turned and walked toward the staircase headed down. She kept turning her head back to make sure Draco hadn't run off. He hadn't. Instead, his eyes were constantly on her, unwaveringly. For some reason that seemed to frighten her.

She finally reached her dormitory and opened it up. The dragon glared at Draco but let him pass none the less.

"You can stay here if you like."

"No. I've never seen you bead area. I wonder if it's is as dirty as it is back home." She slapped him lightly on the shoulder and he laughed.

Her bed area was a mess. Her trunk was open and her books were scattered open and closed.

"I was right, your bed is always a mess." He laughed and jumped on her bed.

"I thought you wanted me to show you around."

"In a bit. Now come sit with me, we haven't talked in a while." He smiled.

"Who's fault is that," she said not smiling. She watched in satisfaction as his faded.

"I know, but I want to make it better at least. Can we at least try? Lease." He flashed her his trademark smiled and she fell into bed.

"You're an ass I hope you know."

"I know and I enjoy it." She glared at him. "Okay, when it comes to you I don't, it's just . . . I don't know, can we please just forget it ever happened?

"No, and don't even try to change my mind. You know it never works."

"It's always worth a try."

"Anyway what do you want to talk about?"

"Well Void said you made the Quidditch team along with Nila. Enjoying yourself?"

"Immensely. My boyfriend is the team captain and beater." She felt him shift uncomfortably.

"Ah yes, I seem to recall Void mentioning that."

"So . . . you write to Void but not to me. Especially over the summer. I repeat my earlier statement, you're an ass."

Suddenly he sat up and jumped off the bed.

"What? Do you want me to get on my bloody knees and beg for forgiveness?!"

"It would be a start. But I know you won't. You forget my dear Draco, I know you and I have known you for ten years."

"You really don't think I will?"

"I know you won't. Begging is so low level. It's beneath us, beneath you. If anyone even heard a whisper, they would begin to insult you bu calling you a mudblood, or a half blood. You know this." She lifted her head and smiled. His eyes were wide with anger as well as his nostrils. Suddenly he shrugged angrily.

"You know what, I don't need this. I'm leaving. I came to apologize and I did. It's not my fault if you chose to ignore it or rather push it aside. I'm leaving. I'll see you around."

Draco began walking from the room and she sword at her own stubbornness and bluntness. Even though he deserved it, she could have been more polite in going about it.

Tempest ran down the stairs and yelped in pain when she hit her knee on one of the legs of the railing. Draco stopped walking and looked back to her.

"Are you all right?"

"No! Ugh bloody hell, this is what I get isn't it. Stupid fairies." She looked up not realizing Draco was till there. He was staring at her curiously. "Don't even ask Draco. It's just . . . oh never mind, just don't ask."

"All right. Here let me help you sit down."

"No I can . . . hey!" Draco picked her up and carried her in his arms to the sofa.

Tempest glowered at him but he simply ignored her. Something he was becoming to good at. She watched as he examined her knee then looked up at her.

"You are a very clumsy person."

"I know that already, didn't you?"

"Oh stop being such a bitter brat. It doesn't become you."

Tempest looked up at him and for the first time noticed how close he was. She stared at his eyes never truly seeing how grey they were. Their noses were touching and she wanted so badly to kiss him.

"Tempest?"

"Yes."

"I truly am sorry."

"I know. I forgive you."

"Good I was hoping you would."

They sat like that for who knows how long till he kissed her. She didn't fight it and leaned backward. He leaned with her. Her eyes did however jerk open when she heard the dormitory door open.

She forced herself away and sat back up. Her sister was right, things were going to change.

A group of first years stumbled into the room and ran ro the boys room. Tempest and draco sat on either end of the long sofa no longer touching. Time passed and finally Draco stood up.

"I should go."

"No! I mean I haven't showed you around."

"It's okay, you don't have to. But I really think I should go."

"But I don't want you to." She stood and took his hand quickly regretting it. His hand held hers tightly and she smiled warmly.

Remember Gorx, she said in her head. Gorx who? asked her little devil. Gorx, you know, your boyfriend! yelled her little angel. Round one of morals went to her devil.Tempest kissed him again and he held her tightly. Stop, she yelled in her mind, but she couldn't. Finally, and fortunately, he pulled away.

"I should really go."

"Yeah I guess you should."

"Yeah but you know, you did promise to show me around so I guess I'll go later." She smiled despite herself and lead him away and out of the dormitory.

"Okay, we'll start with my favourite place."

"Which being?"

"The Astronomy tower."

***

Tempest and Draco sat on the steps outside watching the sunset.

"So earlier, what are we going to do about it?"

"I was sort oh hoping we could just forget about it, but I guess the right thing would be to talk about it." Round two to the angel.

"So what now, since we're talking about it."

She laughed. "Draco you know I care about you . . . a lot, but––"

"I hate buts."

"But I'm dating Gorx and after the summer things have changed. We especially have changed. You and me, it's difficult. We both like each other and care a lot about each other. But––"

"You were practically oblivious to my feelings. I mean ever since I first met you I have liked you. You on the other hand, you flirt never truly understanding the effect you have. You are beautiful Tempest and you know everyone thinks so." Words from her past flew back to her. You are the fairest of them all, the mirror had said.

"Is that what you think?"

"No, I think I love you but honestly you don't even acknowledge it. So maybe we should just pretend like it didn't happen. I won't take my anger out on you."

"Who will you take it out on?"

"Potter and his friends." He stood abruptly. "I should leave now. Tell Void and Nila I said hi okay."

"Okay."

"'ll write this time, I promise."

"Okay," was all she could say as he kissed her forehead.

***

Tempest was running. Everything Draco had said still burned in her head. Void and Nila should be back by now. She had seen Chad and Gorx but evaded them by doubling back. Right now, flames past and present were not something she was in the mood for.

She heard someone call her name but she didn't stop. She slowed her pace and began running backwards to wave at a concerned Divina and a curious Zoltron. She turned back and began running faster and faster to the Slimythings dormitory.

Tempest stormed in there and there they sat, Void and Nila doing what they do best, arguing while playing wizards chess.

"I say that that move was a legitimate move," yelled Nila.

"Honestly you two are ridiculous," stammered Tempest out of breath. "Now . . . tell me . . . you read the letter . . . I put on . . . your bed."

"Oh yeah I read it. So what about it?"

"God you're an idiot," said Void.

"Oh hush."

"Nila. Void. Listen up. I was reading . . . and I discovered . . . where the Black Fire lies."

"Oo where?" jumped Nila.

"In the bottom of the Pacific ocean. The very bottom of the Pacific to be exact."

"Uh huh."

Tempest slapped her forehead in frustration. "Seriously, didn't you read the note."

"Well here's the thing."

"No she didn't. She looked at it quickly and put it back down."

"That's it." She pointed at Nila. "You go read the note and you," she pointed at Void, "go get every letter you received from Draco."

"Why?"

"Because first of all I never got around to reading the ones from the summer."

"Oh yeah, but what about the most recent letter?"

"He came over and we kissed," she said quickly.

"You did what?" yelled Nila.

"Just go and read the bloody letter already and you go get the letters."

"Okay," they both said in unison. Tempest rolled her eyes and slouched in front of the fire place. She wanted so much to be in Draco's arms again kissing him.

Void came back with the letters and lucky for her he had everything organized by date.

Tempest read on after another completely ignoring Nila's distant ranting and Void's soothing. Draco in every letter said he loved her. Sometimes once, sometimes several times. Draco, she thought, why didn't you ever tell me how you felt.
"Zephyr!" she heard Nila yell.

"What?"

"This says that he was seen sneaking off into the lake followed by a man. They know Zephyr. They know where it is."

"No they don't."

"How do you know?"

"Just trust me all right! He doesn't know he's just mindlessly searching around!"

"Zephyr! When he finds out he'll hurt Adrian!"

"That's not my problem! Finding the fire before him, that's my top priority!"

"You egotistic bitch!"

"Enough!" screamed Void. "Both of you shut the hell up before you each say something you'll regret. Understand?" They nodded silently.

"I'm going to go talk to Mistress Starlet. Don't expect me back soon. Tell Gorx and Chad I said hi."

She walked from the Common room and stared a glass vase. It was looking very tempting. She stopped when she heard some sniffling. Down the hall at the corner was Nilas' sister, Samantha, crying.

"Samantha are you all right?"

"Huh, oh hi Zephyr. Yes, yes everything's all right don't fret. My boyfriend, whop attends Hogwarts, just broke up with me and worse yet, through a letter. No doubt the coward didn't want to face me. Completely a waste of my time. But shh, don't speak a word of it. I don't want the whole school to know I was dumped by a Hogwarts student." She smiled and stalking into the dormitory. Tempest sighed deeply. She knew why, she always knew.

Tempest walked into Mistress Starlets office and sat picking her nail. Everything was going so fast. It felt to her that just yesterday she wan on the train meeting Nila for the first time.

"Hello Miss Nyx. What can I do for you today?"

"Does your brother know where the Black fire resides?"

"How do you know about that?"

"I know a lot of things, unfortunately. Now, answer the question please."

"No, he doesn't know where it is, but he wishes to find it."

"Why? For immortality? For Merwick?"

"Miss Nyx, my brother hates Merwick just as much as I myself. And he doesn't seek immortality. He has a wife and two children." Finally the lightbulb went of in her head.

"Mistress Starlet, would any of his family members happen to be ill?"

"His wife but . . . "

"Thank you my dear Bianca you have been great help."

Tempest jumped from where se had been sitting. He didn't seed immortality, he searched for it's sand.

She ran back to the dormitory and halted in the hallway. There was a crowd looking in."

"Oh god."

She ran and pushed and shoved people out of her way as she moved through the gathering crowd. Void was clutching his arm as well as a dagger. Chad, Divina and Gorx had their wands ready and Zoltron was hissing in his cat form. Her eyes went over all of their faces but finally set on Nila. Adrian was holding her with his wand out ready to cast.

"Give me Excaliber!"
 
"Zephyr don't!"

"Shut up! Give it to me now!" Nila laughed but he just grabbed her tighter causing her to look around anxiously.

"Let her go!" demanded Void.

"Give me the true Excaliber and I will!"

"Enough!" yelled Tempest. Everyone was suddenly looking at her as she walked toward him. "I'll give you Excaliber if you promise to let he go."

"I promise."

"Swear it!"

"I swear on the Unbreakable Vow." He smiled.

"Tempest no!" Tempest ignored her and pulled out Excaliber. She released it's power no longer needing to wave it out since she took Merlins essence. She took one last look at it and handed it to him at sword point.

"Take the damned thing." She knew what would happed as she threw it at his feet.

He reached down and picked it up. "Much obliged. Now, me and Nila should be going now."

He cast a spell and walked through a dark hole. Tempest clenched her fist and swore. She was hoping against hope that that would not happen.

"NILA!" yelled Void. "Arg! Dammit!" He dropped to the ground and began punching at the ground.

"Void! Enough! I have a plan." She knelt by his side. "Don't worry, we'll get her back."

"We better. We're her friends, we're not suppose to abandon friends!"

"All right! Shh, don't worry, I have a plan."

Suddenly Tempest noticed a sudden silence that had befallen them.. She looked up and finally noticed Headmaster Majika along with Mater Vlad and Mistress Starlet standing over them.

"Follow me . . . all of you."

Tempest helped Void stand and as they walked, she gripped his hand. Don't worry, she said with her eyes, well get her back. Void stared back at her and nodded slightly as he gripped her hand tighter as well.

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