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Tempest had stopped crying a while ago and had waited till she was alone with Dumbledore and Snape. She gave Snape a warm hug as well as Dumbledore.

"Snape, have you told him?"

He shook his head. "No, I was waiting for you."

"Hmm, okay. Well . . Okay um Draco is a Death Eater. Voldemort gave him a special task to prove himself."

Dumbledore smiled down at her. "And that would be?"

She looked up at him solemnly. "To kill you."

"Really now?"

"Yes."

"Young Tempest do you think that he will?"

She buried her face in her hands and shook her head. "I don't know. I've seen two paths of the future, either he kills you and destroys himself, or Snape will kill you."

"What?" said Snape angrily.

"It's what I've seen." She looked up at Dumbledore who was smiling, it angered her. "How can you be so damn calm?! Dammit Albus, you are going to die!"

"Be still young Tempest. There is something I haven't told you, neither of you." He stood up and walked around his deck towards them. "Look at my hand, do you see thing ring here?" They nodded. "This is a Horcrux, Voldemorts and I destroyed it. There is a consequence though for it's destruction." He paused and Tempest already knew it.

"You're dying aren't you," she said.

He nodded. "Yes, so Snape I believe you are going to kill me by my orders."

"But---"

"You have to Snape," said Tempest standing up. "Please Snape, I know this is wrong of me to ask, but I can't lose Draco, I just can't." She burst into tears again, feeling pathetic. She felt Snape hug her.

"Don't worry Zephyr, I'll protect him."

"Thank you." She wiped away her tears. "You are a very clever man Albus, turning the table on Voldy like that, it's sad though that it's going to cost you your life."

"Yes it is. Now go on to the Slytherin dormitory."

She shook her head, remembering the fight she had on the train, remembering what he said and did. "I'd rather go to Ravenclaw, I miss my cousin."

"As you wish."

Snape led her in silence to the Ravenclaw dormitory and opened it. She gave Severus a tight hug before vanishing inside. Tempest saw Maddox by the fire reading. He looked up at her.  Nothing needed to be explained.

"He's a jerk Tempy."

"Yes I know." She sat on his lap and he hugged her tightly as she fell asleep in his arms.

***

"Tempest walked around school with Nila and Void. Void was grumpy as ususal, as he always was on the first morning of classes and Nila was her usual perky self.

"I'm actually looking forward to class today," said Nila eating her blueberry muffin. She wore a white lon-laced sleeve corset and shorts under her cloak.

"Wow is the world about to end," commented Void. He laughed and Tempest smiled.

"Void why do you have to be so mean to me."

"Because I fond it amusing. ' Tempest stopped walking, she knew what was about to happen. Nila hit Void and stomped on his food with her white high top sneakers before walking off. Void clutched his foot and stared at her. Tempest laughed and leaned on him.

"You know, her hitting you, never gets old."

"Yes, ha, ha, I'm glad it amuses you."

"Oh please, it's not like you feel any pain there Zombie Boy." She kissed his cheek and led him along.

"So Draco punched Potter."

"I don't want to talk about it Void."

He wrapped him arm around her waist. "Yeah okay, but I'm here for you okay."

She smiled. "Yes, I know you are. Now come on, lets get to class." They headed to poisons class and found Nila standing at the door.

"I'm bored."

Void and Tempest laughed together. "The day is just starting, how can you be bored," said Tempest.

Nila shrugged. "I just am." They walked in and Tempest found herself face to face with Astrea Sanguina.

"Astrea," she growled.

"Hello Zephyr."

"Shouldn't you be in Astronomy with the rest of your kind?"

"Shouldn't you be in the woods with your kind?"

Tempest smiled. "Oo, nice. Did you spend all summer on that?"

Astrea's smiled vanished. "I hate you."

"The feeling is mutual sweety." Astrea stalked off to the other side of the room and Louis Morte, the only Dufflebaggies she could stand followed after her. He dropped a note on the ground as he walked by and Tempest looked at Void and Nila who both gave her an encouraging glance. Tempest walked and picked it up. She sat down in a corner with Void and Nila and read it.


Dear Zeph,

How are you this fine beautiful day? Good I hope, someone as beautiful as you shouldn't be in a sour mood. Well anyway your friend Zombie Boy here told me that you need some poison, well as Void is more clever than I though, he knew that my family world in the Ministry making potions and poisons and antidotes. Later tonight sneak out beautiful and I'll invent a poison just for you and an antidote to coat that beautiful sword of yours in. See you later beautiful. Louis Morte
Tempest looked from the letter and stared at Void. Nila shared her awe and stared at Void. He smiled charmingly and moved his hands though his blue spiked hair.

"Yes, I'm brilliant I know."

"Void you . . . I can't believe . . . how did you know?"

"Like I said, I'm brilliant."  He  smiled at her arrogantly and Tempest deciede to keep her mouth shut, not use feeding into his bloated ego.

Master Vlad walked in and the room fell silent. Master Vlad wore his black suit with Red tie and looked simply drop dead gorgeous. He took every girls breath away and made every boy envy him. His looks never went away and made even Tempest want to sink her teeth into his supple neck.

"Morning class, a great way to start off the year I say. Get together now, we are going to talk about a very special poison that uses Beor Stone." Someone rose their hand. "Yes Trixie?"

"Isn't' that used as an antidote?"

"Yes it is, when it's not mixed with unicorn blood and snake venom. Now everyone get these ingredients and we will begin the lesson."

***

Tempest ate her lunch as she read her reading assignment for Astronomy class. Lips brushed against her neck and she sniffed the air.

"What do you want . . . Draco."

"I wanted to see you." He sat down next to her. "You didn't sleep with me last night."

"I know, I'm aware of that." He turned her head. She resisted the urge to scream, to hit, to kiss.

"Zephyr, please___"

"Draco go back to school," came a voice. Tempest looked at Zoltron who stood alongside Void and Chad.

"Make me."

Zoltron did. He picked Draco up by the gruff of his shirt collar and yanked him up. He was like her older brother.

"Draco, I like you, in face I think you are cool, but you know what, Zeph needs her space, so give it to her dammit." He shoved him into Void who stood him back up.

"Let me say one thing okay." Zoltron nodded. "Zephyr, I love you. I bought this for you when I was in Diagon Alley." He put a box wrapped n black and purple on the table and Tempest stared at it while Chad and Void escorted Draco out.

"Thank you Zoltron."

He waved it off and smiled. "Anything for you cousin." He looked at her and sat down. "Hey Tempest, I was wondering."

"What is it," she said smiling and taking the neatly wrapped purple and black box. She stared at it as she touched it tenderly.

"You know how the Lady of the Lake made Excaliber right." She nodded. "Do you think that she would make me one."

Tempest looked at her cousin curiously.

"Are you that worried about me?"

"Yes, is that so silly?"

She laughed and smiled. "You're so sweet Zoltron."

He smiled and his long sandy-blonde hair fell into his eyes. "Yes I know, now could we___"

"I'm sure the Lady of the Lake would love too, especially if it's for my safety. We'll go talk to her later."

"Greta." He kissed her on the cheek and walked off. Tempest took a few minutes to stare at the present form Draco. She opened it and inside was a necklace with a locket in it. She picked it up and on the back was an engraving. I Love You Tempest - Always & Forever. She opened the locket and inside was the picture they took together earlier that summer.

"Damn you Draco." She kissed the locket and looked at the door. Maybe she could make it. She stood up and before her stood Divina, Nila, Hydra and Edana.

"Sis no."

"Vayne, you don't understand."

"We all understand plenty," began Divina. "You can't keep doing this Zephyr. He broke his promise, betrayed it all, he has to to make a stand."

"He's lost and confused Zephyr. He needs to find out who he is," said Nila.

"And what if he destroys himself?"

"What if he doesn't? What is his love for you surpasses everything?"

"What if it doesn't?" Tempest sat down and put the necklace on. She loved Draco, she wanted to tell him that, she wanted to be with him. Tempest wanted to hug him and never let go, kiss him and never stop.

"Zephyr___" Nila touched her shoulder and Tempest clutched the locket.

"I'm going to go take a nap. Wake me when History of Horrors is getting ready to start."

Nila nodded and they let her go. Tempest fought the urge to run to Draco and walked down to the dungeon.

***

Tempest snuck down with Void and Nila down to the poisons classroom. Master Vlad would be there too of course to supervise. They never kept secrets from him anymore, not like they could, he had Count Stitch keep tabs on them.  

Tempest walked into the classroom and there stood Master Vlad watching Louis with admiration. Ven Tempest was impressed, she had never seen him so attentive. He grabbed jar after jar and with each, his eyebrows scrunched up in concentration. It took him a while for him to notice Tempest but when he did, his regular arrogant smirk returned and Tempest rolled her eyes.

"My, my Zephyr, don't you look lovely in you pajamas."

Tempest crossed her arms, wand in hand.  "And I didn't know you contained a brain under that blonde head of yours."

His smiled widened. "Thanks what I love about you Zephyr. You actually contain the spark and beauty that Astrea lacks."

Tempest smiled. "Wow, I like you more and more every year."

He retained his smile. "I'm just that brilliant."

"I wouldn't go that far," muttered Nila yawning. She laid her head on her knees and curled up, ready to take a nap. Void pinched her arm.

"Ow you big jerk!"

"Keep your bloody voice down and stay awake."

"Enough you two," ordered Tempest. They shut up immediately. Tempest smiled and looked back at Louis. "Can we begin now."

"Why of course beautiful." She rolled her eyes and she walked over to him and the cauldron. She watched as he grabbed some eye of newt and bat wings and crushed them with his hands.

"I'm making you your own poison. One where only you have the antidote. I'll make the antidote after. This way if you manage to cut him, he can't get the antidote anywhere else."

"Clever."

"I know."

The poison began to bubble and Louis mixed in more harmful ingredients. She hoped this wouldn't take too long. Finally, she saw him add a beors stone to the poison. The poison potion turned burgundy and emitted a puff of smoke. Everyone coughed and Tempest looked at Louis as she smiled proudly at his work.

"I take it's done."

"Yup and bloody hell I'm brilliant."

"So now what," asked Nila.

"Now we coat Excaliber in it." Louis grabbed a brush and stuck it in. It dissolved instantly. He looked at it perplexed. "Okay, I guess we just have to stick the sword in."

Tempest eyes widened in shock. "Have you lost your bloody mind? I'm not sticking my sword in that!"

"You don't really have a choice."

"Zephyr, it's Excaliber, made by the Lady of the Lake herself. I hardly think a slight poison will harm it," assured Void.

Tempest grimaced. "Yes, all right then." Tempest released Excaliber and looked at it gleaming white blade. Please be okay, she thought. She stuck it in all the way to the hilt. She pulled it out and let it drip.

"Young Tempest," began Master Vlad, "I think you should use your wand and bind it."

"What?"

"Make the poison part of the swords touch so that it doesn't rub off or continue to drip off. That way anyone who is careful enough can handle it."

"I don't know a spell for that."

"Bindeferous."

Tempest pulled out her wand. "Bindeferous." The sword glowed and Tempest stared at her sword. No longer did it glow brilliant white, it glowed a bloody burgundy.

"Wicked," said all of them in unison. Tempest carefully put it down and they all began making the antidote.
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