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Tempest twirled the antidote in her fingers. She had made a deal therefore she would honour it. But things had changed. Merwick had changed. She weighed her decision. If she gave him the antidote he wouldn’t be able to possess anyone but both him he and Entia and possibly Astraea would come after her and battling one vampire was enough to handle. If she gives him the antidote then and Entia and Astraea would yet again come after her with pure hatred. Another lose situation. Then again if she gave the antidote to him as well as herself, that would possibly solve some problems, he still couldn't spend eternity with a man who had killed her father and had spent a long time trying to kill her. Then there was Draco, she couldn’t leave him, she loved him and with that knowledge he would try to kill Draco. No matter what, she was going to lose. However, she made a deal and Merwick, for all intensive purposes, had kept his end of it. She was meeting him later that night, she had to make a decision.

Tempest sat picking at her eggs and ham. She was to preoccupied at the moment.

"Hey Zeph," said Void taking a seat on her left. He grabbed a muffin.

"Hey Void."

"What's wrong?"

"Everything. I've agreed to meet Merwick tonight."

"So? You made a deal—"

"I'm aware I made a deal Void and I don't regret it, but I'm at looking at everything from every angle. I'm in a lose lose situation."

"He wants you dead or alive Zeph."

"I know."

"You've contemplated all of it haven't you?"

"Yup."

"You're bloody screwed."

"Don't remind me." Tempest ate a piece of ham and looked up at the forever cloudy sky. She was so close to losing her mind.

As the afternoon came she knew time was not on her side. Tempest looked up a the bright fluffy clouds that blocked out the sun and then towards the mist at the edge of the lake. Even after all this time the Mist of Avalon still existed. Things had changed. Merwick had revealed all of his true colours, keeping not one hidden away. His love for her, his resentment towards Draco, his anger and insanity. Everything had changed, and as much as she wanted to fight it a piece of her did love him. But she knew she did and would always love Draco far more, despite all that happened.

Buts he knew that had been toying with Astraea, he was still determined to make her worst nightmare come true. Not everything had changed,

Entia watched her when she thought Tempest was unaware. She had that usual sneer on her face. Tempest tried hard to contain her anger. Merwick was so determined . . . he only ever cared about himself.

***

Tempest paced around the girls dormitory, while everyone stared at her. She had made a deal therefore she would stand by it.

"I have to go."

"Technically you don't," said Selene.

"No I do. I made a deal, I have to stand by my word."

"When are you going," asked Nila who was wrapped tightly in Void's arms.

Tempest looked outside. "Now actually." Tempest went to the window and looked down. He scent was fresh in the air, she noticed as she leapt down the tower.

She headed towards the forest twirling her dagger in her hand. She knew exactly what she was going to do.

"Hello Zephyr," said Merwick as she approached him.

"Hello Merwick."

"You look as though you're contemplating something. Now thinking of going back on our deal are you?"

"No. I plan on giving you the antidote."

"So what are you thinking about?" He tried to wrap his arms around her but she pushed him away gently.

"I know about Entia and Astraea you bastard."

Merwick growled. "So that's it huh, well I must say took you long enough."

"I was hoping to see good in you! And for a while I thought I did. You manipulated all of us."

He shook his head and smiled at her mockingly. "No, I manipulated you."

"I thought you loved me."

"And what difference would that have made Young Tempest. You love Draco Malfoy." His smile turned into a sneer.

"You would kill him wouldn't you?"

"I plan to."

"A piece of me loved you!"

His gold eyes widened and he stared at her in understanding, "You're going to kill me aren't you?"

"If I leave you in this body, I don't know what the hell you're going to do or how you're going to hurt Draco. At least the other way, I have a clue."

"You're signing away your life Young Tempest."

"I know, but no matter what, tonight I lose." Tempest tossed him the antidote and he caught it easily and gave her a sad smile.

"I did love you, too much I fear."

"Far too much." He drank the vial and Tempest counted the seconds as she unleashed Excalibur. His skin glowed and he smiled at her revealing his bright white fangs. A tear fell down her cheek as she swung Excalibur, lopping his head off. Merwick’s essence was no longer that of an old man but rather than of the young man he had once been.

"I loved you."

"I know," sneered Merwick before he vanished.

***

They were on the back of Aidan flying through the air towards Hogwarts. She hoped Maddox had gotten word to Ron in time; she would not like to scare everyone. She laughed at the taught though.

"Are we really going to do this," asked Nila as her grip tightened around Tempest.

"Yeah we are."

"Why," asked Void over the wind.

"Because I did the only thing I really could have and my sight is still on the bloody frits."

"So we have no choice," said Nila.

"Nope, not really but don't worry." She smiled at them as Aidan soared high. She was beginning to see the high peaks of Hogwarts. She hoped that Ron had brought Harry Outside.

"I see them Mistress."

"Good. Make an entrance Aidan."
She giggled. "Aidan seems them you guys, get ready, he loves to make an entrance." She and Aidan laughed as he roared and swooped the closer and closer he got to them. His roar tickled her legs as she swirled in their on his back. She laughed as did Void and Nila. As they approached the landing, she saw Harry, Ron, and the mudblood Hermione, she assumed, stand up. Aidan landed and Void, jumped off and helped both Nila and Tempest off. Tempest smiled, compared to these two, she looked positively wicked.

"Why hello there Harry Potter, how are you? A beautiful day don't you think."

"Who are you," said Potter pulling out his wand. Tempest rolled her eyes and waved her hand smacking Potter's wand from him.

"Enough with the theatrics," she began walking towards him. "I am Tempest Artemisa Nyx, my friends call me Zephyr. Hello Ron."

Ron turned bright red. "Hey Zeph."

"You know here?" asked Harry.

"Oh hush, of course he does. My cousin is Maddox Perth, Ravenclaw, purple eyes, black hair? Any who," she said waving that off, "my god parents are the Malloy’s and well I'm a former Death Eater. But," she said using his speed to perch on the tree, "I've dedicated my life to protecting you and just so you know, you aren't the only famous wizard here Potter boy, and I need your help." Tempest flipped a full arms length away and stuck out her hand. "See I think you should help me considering I've helped you."

"How so Death Eater?"

Tempest eyes flared. "Don't call me that and besides, I was the one who sent Dobby to you, you blind oaf."

"Dobby?"

"Yes Dobby. So are you going to help me or not?" Harry stood there and occasionally looked towards his wand. Tempest rolled her eyes again.

"You'll have to excuse her," said Void standing next to her. "She loves theatrics. Hey Ron."

Nila ran over and gave him hug and a peck on the cheek. "Hello Ron."

"Nila," hissed Void.

Nila giggled. "He gets jealous." Nila skipped over to Void and wrapped herself around him.

"My arm is getting tired Potter please hurry and decide." Tempest feigned a smile.

"Trust her Harry," said Ron. Tempest gave him a grateful smile.

"Believe Ron," said Hermione. "She's just like you. She's been hunted relentlessly for years. You have to trust her."

Potter looked back at her hand and then finally shook it. Tempest smiled "Great, took you bloody long enough."

"You have to—"

"Oh don't sweat it Potter, I understand now let me introduce my friends. The blonde is Nila and the moody one here is Void.”

"You're calling me moody!"

"Oh hush. Now the dragon—"

"That's a Hungarian Horntail," exclaimed Harry.

"Yep. His name is Aidan and he is the exact same dragon you battled during the Tri Wizard Tournament." Tempest smiled then burst out laughing at the looks on Potter's face. Bet Merwick didn't see this one coming, she though as she stared at the twp people heading towards her. Draco and Maddox.

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