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Tempest watched over Void as he slept. They had all fallen asleep on the ground in front of the fire place. Gorx had come ti waken her so she could see the hilarious sight. Void had his head between Nilas breast and his hand up her shirt as well, and Nila had her legs tangled in his. Tempest stifled ad laughed and within seconds had a camera and her hand. She walked onto the ceiling and took a picture of the tangled duo. She jumped back down and sat herself on the sofa and kicked Nila lightly in the stomach then Void. They both begin to wake up and upon waking jump from each other. Tempest and Gorx burst out laughing.


“It's not funny,” shouted Nila and Void in unison.


“What's not funny,” came a voice. They all stopped laughing nag looked towards the staircase. Edana stood rubbing her eyes.


“Nothing Vayne,” said Void. “Just go get dressed so I can take you to breakfast.”


“All right.”


“Wow, I guess you're little girlfriend is really attached to you.”


“She's not my girlfriend!” he hissed under his breath before stalking off to go get changed.


“Don't tease him Nila,” scolded Tempest.


“Sorry, but you have to admit it is trés funny.”


“You were in France this summer weren't you?'


“Uh huh and guess what my cousin who attends Beauxbatons wrote me.”


“What?”


“The Triwizard Tournament is taking place with that school, Durmstrang and Hogwarts.” Tempest eyes lit up and she turned towards Nila.


“Don't we know people at Hogwarts?'


“Adrian graduated remember,” she pouted her lips and raised her eye-brows.


“Yeah, guess I forgot.” She turned to Gorx and kissed him on the lips lightly before leaning to his ear. “By the way I never got a chance to tell you last night, you have a cute ass.”


"Thanks, maybe you can see more of it some other time.” She blushed and them ran off to go get dressed.


A feeling of dread came over her as she pulled her hair back. Something bad was going to happen she could feel it. Underneath that floorboard were the books she had grabbed her first year at the Nightmare Academy. She hadn't grabbed him to touched them for two years now. They must be covered in dust by now, she thought. She was about to pick up the floor board when someone called her name.


“Tempest,” started Nila, “have you taken your vials already?'


“Huh, oh god, thanks for reminding me.”


“You should watch yourself Zephyr,” began Divina, “we wouldn't want you to burn now would we."


“Ha, ha funny.” As she began to reach for her vials she Finally noticed something. Nila had called her by her name. Tempest jerked her head back up but Nila was already gone. Over the past four years Tempest had noticed something about Nila. Her calmness had a tendency to change. She would become worry some, scared and vastly nervous. She drank her vials and quickly got up.


“Where are you going?” asked Divina.


“Breakfast of course.” She began to walk out the door but then stopped. “Divina, if you see Nila, tell her I'm looking for her.”


“All right, see you later then.”


“Yeah later.”

Tempest felt the feeling grow stronger with every step she took. She stood and collapsed against the wall and clutched her head as a scene flashed through her mind. A room filled with people with gold-outlined eye. Tempest blinked her eyes in confusion and shook her head. What was she seeing, she asked herself.


Tempest forced herself to get up and continued on her walk. Something was going to happen, she could feel it and she didn't like it. Whenever that feeling came into play in her life, bad things happened. It was like an omen.


***


Tempest sat in the Great Hall. It was mid-day and she still had found no sign of Nila. It was like she was avoiding her, or rather, hiding from her. Finally she saw Zoltron. She ran to her cousin and gave him a great big hug. For some reason she felt as though she hadn't seen him in years.


“How are you?”


“Fine, actually I came looking for Hydra. Have you seen her?”


“No. Hey have you seen Nila.”


“Yeah actually I have, and in the oddest place imaginable. The library.”


“No way. Are you sure you have the right person. Nila Cerdwin. The girl who reads school books to fall asleep.”


“They very same.” He laughed. “Isn't it funny how she always passes everything without studying.”


“She's smart, she just acts stupid.”


“Yup, well she's in the creature section.”


“'Kay thanks.” She hugged him one last time and gave him a quick peck on the cheek before running off.


***


Nila was doing the most odd thing. She was reading and jolting down noted like there was not tomorrow. Tempest stood transfixed as she kept writing and writing. Tempest tip-toed behind Nil and waited. Nila still hadn't taken notice of her existence. Finally she got fed up and decided to make herself known.


“I wondered where you were.”


Nila shot up from her seat and slammed her book shut. Partial relief filled her face as she clutched her chest.


“Zephyr?! Oh my god, you completely freaked me out.”

Tempest took note that she her Zephyr without hesitation.


“Sorry, I didn't mean to. So . . . what are you doing here of all places. You have to admit that it is a bit odd.”


“I know but I'm kind of working on a free lance project.”


“Really, and you didn't include neither me nor Void. How rude.” Tempest made a fake hurt face them quickly smiled. Tempest crossed her arms and walked to the side of Nila. Tempest opened the book that Nila had so quickly closed. It was a snake creature book and was open to the Basilisks.


“Nila what exactly are you trying to do?”


“Um well you see, I'm trying to figure out a way to cross breed the Basilisk and the Veriserite.”


“Do you even know the proper charms to use for that kind of magic?”

“Yeah, but it's in German.”

“How many languages do you know exactly?'


“A lot.” She grabbed her book and began to place them back in order. While Nila was collecting her vast number of note, Tempest couldn't help but be memorized by her commitment to this project.


“So, Nila, did you know that you called me by my name earlier today?”


“Really,” she said not looking up. “Sorry 'bout that, I'll make sure to watch myself all right.” She simply smiled and walked on past Tempest.

“Uh huh,” she said as she began to follow Nila closely.


They left the library and returned to the common room. That's when Nila snapped her hands in recollection.


“I knew I forgot something,” she said beginning to run towards the door.


“What did you forget?”


“A chicken egg and a toad. Basilisk remember. I'll see you later though at dinner all right, but if you need me before then I'll be with the animals.” She smiled and continued on her run.


Tempest rolled her eyes in amusement and began to loo through Nilas notes. She knew that she was very talented but not this much, she had even invented some successful spell.


“Wow, she must have been working on this since the summer.”


A sudden purr hit her ears and she looked around. Voids pet panther, Artemis, was walked toward her, only for some reason it's posture frightened her. The panther lunged at her and she hissed and flew to the ceiling. Tempest knew that she could evade it long enough for Void to come back, but she herself knew that ti wasn't hungry. It was angry.


“Mistress!” called her dragon.


"Don't
worry, I'm fine.” She began to think of a spell that would not cause Void any harm, but none came to mind. Even the Petrifying Charm would harm him. All of a sudden the passage way door burst open.


“Down Artemis!” yelled Void. It didn't respond. “I said down!” The panther hesitated for a moment than returned back to th e boys dormitory without a second glance toward Tempest. She jumped down and glared at Void.


“Care to explain what all that was about,” she snapped.


“I don't know. I had not control over her at all. It was like another voice was blocking mine and . . . ”


“Wait, did you say another voice?”

“Yeah, it was weird. I couldn't understand it at all. Zephyr, do you have any idea of what's going on?”


“No, but I might. Look, I'll be here for the time being and I'll meet you later.”


“All right, but be careful all right.”


“Don't worry, now go, leave me for the time being.”


He nodded and left the room followed by Edana. Tempest simply smiled at her little sister who smiled back and then mouthed 'be careful'. At least part of her sister was still there.


Tempest ran to her bed and pulled at the floor board. No longer was it lose like it had been once upon a time. She examined the floor boards more closely and found that a spell was used to make sure the floor boards were kept shut.


She ripped the floor boards from the floor and threw them across the room. She reached down and grabbed the books now covered in dust. How time passed by so quickly, she thought. She opened the book with her family tree and flipped to her families page. Her mothers picture was beside her fathers and her name was underneath them. Tempest let the book drop from her hands in the realization of something.


Tempest began shuffling around old pages. Finally she found what she had been looking for. Two years ago she had given Nila a simple task. To find out more about Zoltron. Tempest continued to shuffle among Nilas belongings. She sat for a while with all of Nilas papers around her in a circle. Thunder shook her from her trance. It was dinner time. She gathered all the papers and clutched them all in one hand.

***


Tempest walked slowly down the stairs and calmly so as to not draw attention to herself. She stopped in front of the Great Hall doors. With all of her might she threw the doors open. Right now she wanted people to see her fury. Heads turned towards her and walked straight ahead. She watched Nila stare at her frightened. She continued to walk towards her and Void. As she got closer, Void and Nila stood up.


“Tempest are you all right? I heard about what happened in the dormitory.”


“I bet you did.” She smiled slightly and then back-handed Nila hard across the face.

“Zephyr!” yelled Void.


“You knew!” she said grabbing Nilas shirt collar. “You knew Morganna was my mother! You knew she was the person who killed Zoltrons family! You have know for two years!” Tempest threw her onto the ground and knelt over her.

“Zephyr!”


“Shut up Void!” She turned her attention back to Nila. “I never knew how good you were ay lying Nila, nor did I know how talented you were with animal charms. It was you, you were the voice Void heard when he was trying to talk to Artemis.”


“Nila?”


“For once don't lie to us Nila!”

“Fine! Yes I knew, but your family swore me to secrecy! I'm sorry! I wanted to tell you so much, honestly I did, but I couldn't! I am so sorry!” Nila began to cry and Tempest just got up and threw the paper down at her. Void didn't help her up. Tempest watched as Nila just sat there crying. She turned around and began to run. Anger fed her speed as she ran faster and faster.

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