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Draco had become increasingly worried over the last few weeks. He had hardly seen Sofia in that time and it was killing him. She had avoided him and the rest of their friends as best as she could. She hardly talked to them in lessons, she didn't spend any time with them in the common room as she always made excuses to go to bed early and she often skipped meals. He couldn't remember the last time she had eaten properly and it was beginning to show. Her skin was even paler than usual and her tiny frame seemed even smaller. She had constant bags under her eyes and he hadn't seen her smile in so long it was beginning to feel as though she never would. He knew she was spending most of her time with Potter and Weasley or alone in the library but he was giving her the space that Pansy had said she so desperately needed.

"Look she'll come around just give her some time", Daphne assured him as they watched Sofia leave the Great Hall after aimlessly pushing her food around her plate.

"I just don't understand what's wrong with her. Why won't she let me in and help her? After that night I thought she was happy, that she trusted me!".

"What did happen that night?", Theo asked.

The whole gang of Slytherins had been dying to know what had happened, the night before they had found the couple asleep together on the sofa, but neither Draco nor Sofia had ever told them.

"Nothing", Draco huffed, "I just, I just thought that things would be better than ever now. I don't even know what's wrong with her!".

There was a shock as Draco slammed his palm on the table. Being a master of his emotions, Draco rarely got angry so it was more than intimidating when he was. The group tried to avoid eye contact with him untill he calmed a little. It was then that Blaise spotted the guilty look on Pansy's face.

"Right, I've had enough of this! Pansy you know something and you're going to tell us right now!", Blaise exclaimed. He too was getting worried and angry at Sofia's behaviour.

At seeing the concerned and irate looks in her friends' eyes, Pansy decided that she had to tell them despite what Sofia would feel about it.

"Alright", she sighed, "A few weeks ago Sofia got a letter from Lucius. Your families have begun planning the wedding".

"I don't understand, she knew this was going to come sooner or later. What's she so upset about? She loves Draco so why doesn't she want to marry him?", Blaise questioned.

"I haven't spoken to her either but I don't think it's that she doesn't want to marry him. I think it's that she doesn't want to marry him this way", Pansy replied, concentrating with all of her might on not looking at Draco.

"But why hasn't she said anything? Why won't she talk to me about it?! I mean out of everyone you'd think that I'd understand a bit more than anyone what she's going through! WHY WON'T SHE OPEN UP TO ME?!", Draco shouted.

At seeing several eyes look at him from down the table he quickly glared at them and turned back to Pansy but he wasn't ready for what he saw inside them.

"She blames me, doesn't she?", he whispered.

"I don't know, Draco, she won't talk to me either".

"Maybe she hasn't but that's what you think too isn't it?".

After looking down at her hands Pansy decided that in this case it was best just to be honest.

"I don't think she blames you, Draco. I think maybe you remind her the most about the fact that she hasn't been able to have the whole fairytale like she dreamed. She has her prince charming alright but this isn't how she imagined it happening. I think it's making her feel, I don't know that it's -".

"Making her resent me", Draco finished.

There was a stiff pause in which Pansy didn't even have the heart to lie to him. She was only going on gut feeling and instinct but Draco had said what Pansy had been thinking for a week now and Pansy was usually right.

"To hell with this! I'm going to find her and she will talk to me! I'm not taking no for an answer!".

With that Draco stormed from the Hall in search of Sofia and he knew exactly where he would find her.

*

Sofia sat reading in the back of library as Harry and Ron played a game of wizard's chess next to her. She liked this. It was just like old times back in the Gryffindor common room. She hadn't realised how much she had missed this until now but it was all becoming familiar again. She had spent a lot of time with them in the last few weeks, as she tried to avoid Draco and the rest of their friends, but she still spent ample amounts of time alone. She liked it that way though. She often found it a little amusing that she was doing everything in her power to avoid her own boyfriend when there were girls out there simpering for the attention of their partners and girls who constantly complained about being negelcted by them. At the same time, however, Sofia knew that she was being selfish and even a little cruel but she just didn't want to admit that. No, she was fine here in the libaray spending time with her best friends.

The slamming of a door suddenly broke her out of her reverie and as she looked up she saw the last person she wanted to see standing in front of her.

"Sofia, I've had enough of this please just come and talk to me!", Draco said as he grit his teeth willing himself not raise his voice at her.

"If she wanted to talk to you she would have done so by now so just leave her alone!", Ron exclaimed as he and Harry jumped out of their seats to defend their friend.

"No! I am not leaving until you come and speak to me! I'll stand here all bloody night if I have to!".

"What is going on here? I will not have all of this racket in my library, now shut up or get out!", came the stern voice of Madam Pince.

"I'm sorry Madam Pince, it won't happen again", Sofia apologised to the librarian, "Guys, I'll find you later", she added as she looked at Draco and walked out of the library.

He swiftly followed and soon they were in an abandoned classroom down the corridor.

"What do you want?", Sofia sighed.

"What do I want? You haven't spoken to me in weeks and the first thing you say is what do I want! I WANT TO KNOW WHAT IN MERLIN'S NAME IS WRONG WITH YOU!".

He had promised himself he would never raise his voice at her but he couldn't help it. Her statement felt like a punch to the heart and he was beyond being reasonable.

"Nothing is wrong with me just leave me alone", Sofia replied monotonously as she tried to walk out of the door.

Draco quickly realised what she was doing and blocked her exit.

"YES THERE IS, LOOK AT YOU! YOU HARDLY EAT, I CAN TELL YOU DON'T EVEN SLEEP AND YOU HAVEN'T SAID A WORD TO ME FOR WEEKS! I AM NOT LEAVING THIS ROOM UNTIL YOU TELL ME!".

"I've already told you I - am - fine! Now move!".

She tried to fight with him to get through the door but he was too strong for her.

"YOU'RE NOT GOING ANYWHERE! Please, Sofia, I thought you loved me? Just let me in!".

"FINE! YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME, FINE! I AM SICK! SICK TO DEATH OF THIS LIFE! I HATE THAT I HAVE NO CONTROL IN IT AND I HATE THAT AFTER FIGHTING FOR YEARS FOR MY INDEPENDENCE IT'S JUST BEEN TAKEN AWAY LIKE THAT AND I HATE, I HATE THAT I HAVE TO MARRY YOU!".

There was sickly pause in which Draco and Sofia stared at each other in shock and horror at what had just been said.

"Draco, I -".

"Save it. You know you could have come and talked to me about any of this but instead you chose to bottle it up and look what it's turned you into! I was going to give you this next week but as you hate me so much it seems I won't be needing it!".

He then took something out of his pocket and threw it at the wall. After one last look he left the room slamming the door on the way out. He was so consumed with rage that he couldn't even think to comprehend the consequences of actions. As for Sofia, right now he didn't care. He thougth he knew her but clearly he didn't. How could she just turn so cold on him after he had told her he loved her. And she had said it back! He didn't understand and right now he didn't want to. Right now he just wanted to be angry.

Back in the classroom, Sofia sank to the floor on her knees and cried. She had been crying a lot lately but never had she felt like her heart was going to burst into thousands of pieces. She shouldn't have said that and she knew it. She didn't hate Draco she just hated that they were being forced into something that would have come to them so perfectly anyway. Somehow, in her heart of hearts, she knew she and Draco were made for each other and she knew they would spend the rest of their lives together. She would have happily married him and they would have gone on to live blissfully. Now though, their upcoming marriage was tainted with pressure and she hated that fact. As she curled up on the floor her head landed on the object Draco had thrown at the wall. She picked it up realising it was a box and her curiosity spared her on to open it.

Inside was the most beautiful thing Sofia had ever seen. Two thin silver twisted bands ran along, at a small distance from each other, around to meet a flawless diamond in the centre of them. It shone and sparkled in a way Sofia had never seen, she couldn't help but gasp at it. It was a huge stone that must have cost a large fortune but it was not tacky or over the top like some she had seen. In the top lid of the box was a thin white piece of silk that read 'Pure, just like your heart'. More tears poured from her eyes as she realised that this wasn't just a ring, this was her engagement ring that Draco had planned to give to her. Upon this realisation Sofia couldn't take it anymore. She picked herself up and ran from the room. She ran as fast as her legs could carry her. Through the castle and out into the night she only stopped when her legs burned and her lungs ached for oxygen. Leaning against a tree, gasping for breath Sofia looked up to see where her feet had taken her.

*

The next morning saw the the group of Slytherins waiting in the common room, with the exception of Draco who was still in his dormitory. They had all decided that enough was enough. Sofia was making herself sick instead of dealing with what was going on and they weren't going to allow it anymore. Today they were going to get to the bottom of her problems and they were going to fix it as she clearly wasn't doing a good job of it herself.

"What's taking her so long?", wondered Theo.

"I know, she's usually up and out by now", commented Daphne.

"I'll go and see what she's doing", Pansy decided as she walked up to their room.

Seconds later she had ran back down the stairs in a panic.

"Guys, she's not there! Her bed is empty and it hasn't even been slept in!".

"But, where is she?", asked Blaise stunned that he was not aware of his sister's whereabouts.

Despite her distancing herself away from them the last few weeks, Blaise had still made a point to know where his twin was at all times.

"Where is who?".

Draco had decided to choose this moment to come downstairs. The group looked at him, none of them wanting to be the ones to tell him that Sofia was missing. Draco was an intelligent person though so it did not take him long to realise that they were talking about his girlfriend.

"Where is she?".

"We don't know", Theo said, hating to be the one to have say this to his best friend.

"What do you mean you don't know?", he said getting more irritated and anxious by the second.

"Her bed is empty, it hasn't even been slept in", Pansy commented.

Draco's stomach plumetted. If she hadn't slept in her own bed then whose had she slept in? As soon as that thought came to him it vanished. He knew Sofia and he knew she would never do something like that. If that was the case though, the question still remained; where was she?

"Well, have you checked around the castle? With Potter or Weasley?", Draco asked.

When Daphne shook her head he continued, "Well, I guess we start there then".

With that, the group started the walk to Gryffindor Tower, checking the library, the Great Hall and the Astronomy Tower on the way but Sofia was no where to be found. Once they had reached the tower Blaise began banging on the portrait of the Fat Lady who was protesting that he stop.

"POTTER! I KNOW YOU'RE IN THERE SO YOU BETTER GET OUT HERE AND TELL ME WHERE MY SISTER IS!".

"What the hell is going on?!", came the voice of Harry Potter as he and Ron came out of the portrait hole, shutting it behind them.

"Sofia, where is she?", asked Daphne.

"We don't know. We haven't seen her since you made her go and speak to you!", Ron argued as he threw a dirty look at Draco.

"Listen here Weas-"

"STOP! This is not the time for arguments. Potter, Weasley, we can't find her and her bed hasn't been slept in. Please, if you know where she is just tell us?", Pansy said getting straight to the point.

"You mean she's missing?", Harry asked with concern written all over his face.

"Oh well done, finally caught on have you", snapped Draco.

"This isn't helping anyone! You clearly don't know where she is but do you know where she may have gone? Please, Potter, she's my twin and I know you love her just as much as I do, so please just tell me?", Blaise pleaded. He would be reasonable with anyone that might know where his beloved sister was.

Harry could see the desperation in his eyes and he knew that if they didn't find her soon, that desperation would be mirrored in his own.

"I don't know where she is. Have you checked everywhere?", he replied genuinely.

"Of course we have do you think we're idi-".

"Draco, just shut up!", Blaise raged.

He was in no mood for any petulance. The fact that his sister had disappeared and no one knew where she was was setting him on edge. He didn't know if it was because he was her twin, but he couldn't escape the awful feeling in the pit of his stomach which told him that something terrible had happened.

"Right, well, I suggest we all split up into pairs or something and check everywhere again. We can cover more ground and search more than one place at the same time in case she's moving around", Potter said.

The Slytherins were astouned for a minute. No wonder Potter won the war, he was a born leader and ready to help anyone in need.

After discussing who would look where, the group set off in search of Sofia. After an hour they all reconvened in the back of the library. They had received some very odd stares, as Gryffindors and Slytherins were just never seen together, but they weren't affected by this at all. They didn't care what people thought or what they said. They had searched for an hour with no luck and it was begining to cast constant doubt over their hopes of finding Sofia.

"Look, she has to be somewhere. She must be moving around, we'll have just missed her", Daphne tried to persuade.

Realising her tactics of encouragement, Pansy attempted to join in.

"Yeah, we just need to look again. Maybe go off on our own intead of pairs this time?".

"If only we could just get something that would let us see the whole school at same time", Theo voice glumly.

It was then, that moment right there, that Harry Potter and Ronald Weasley felt more stupid than they had ever felt in their entire lives.

"Shit", Ron mumbled.

"The map", Harry gasped.

Neither one could believe that they had failed to remember the map that was one of Harry's most treasured possessions.

"What map?", Blaise asked he stood up and looked at the pair of Gryffindors.

"The Marauders Map. I- It's mine. It's shows that whole of Hogwarts and where everyone is inside".

Harry winced as he knew the explosion that was about to come.

"You mean to tell me that all this time we have been running around like headless hippogriffs and you could have looked on this god forsaken map within minutes!", Draco fumed.

"Sofia could be out there somewhere and you could have found out if she was still in school or not hours ago!", Blaise raged.

"Look, I'm sorry. I just forgot-".

"Forgot? THIS IS MY SISTER WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE! THERE IS NO ROOM FOR FORGETTING THINGS LIKE THIS WHEN IT COMES TO HER!".

"YEAH, WELL SHE'S MY SISTER TOO!", Harry yelled back, "DO YOU NOT THINK I'M WORRIED SICK? DO YOU NOT THINK I WANT TO FIND HER AS MUCH AS YOU DO? I WOULDN'T HAVE LASTED TWO MINUTES WITHOUT HER IN THAT WAR SO I SURE AS HELL AM NOT GOING TO LET HER DOWN NOW!".

There was silence as the Slytherins comprehended just how much Sofia meant to Harry Potter, and judging by the look of agreement and determination on his face, how much she meant to Ron too. They had known they were close as Sofia had told them but it was something else completely to see it from the other side. It was astonishing. None of them had ever seen a bond so strong, especially when the three weren't even family.

"Sorry, Potter. Just get the map please. Better to look at it now than never".

Harry nodded his head as he and Ron turned to exit the library. Just as they did so, however, they were stopped by the sound of screech owl entering through the open window next to them.

It swooped in and dropped a letter in the middle if the students and then quickly zoomed away again, it clearly didn't want a reply. All eyes were on Draco as he bent down and unrolled the parchment. They knew whatever was written wasn't good as the group of students literally saw Draco's face drain of all colour. Their worry only increased when they noticed Draco's hands had started to shake.

Blaise snatched the letter off him and the group of Gryffindors and Slytherins gathered around him and read the fateful words.


'If you want her, come and get her.
R.L'.


Blaise's eyes filled up as he realised that his sister had been taken. She was not simply avoiding them and strolling around the castle but she had actually been taken. Someone, some evil, putrid being had come and kidnapped his twin. He felt like the life had left his body as he struggled to breathe. He couldn't cope with this. How could ever imagine going home without her? How on earth would he tell his parents that she had gone? As he thought this, the events of the Zabini New Years Ball came back to him as he remembered Pansy telling him about the women in the toilets. They weren't joking when they said that someone wanted Sofia.

Draco was having a similar battle in his head after reading the note. Why? Why had this happened? Why would someone just swoop in here and take her. The one person that he loved wholly was not there anymore, all because some sort of monster had decided to do this. He knew straight away what this was, as he recollected the night of the Zabini New Years Ball. This was revenge. Revenge for the great things she had done during the war. Everyone knew she was the brain behind it all, Potter himself had just admitted that to them, so it was no wonder they went after her first. It made his skin crawl to think that some despicable ex death eater had hold of her somewhere right now. He just wanted her to be here with him. He didn't want to face this but he knew he had to. All he really wanted was to be back on that couch when he told her that he loved her.

Everyone seemed to be in a trance like state until Daphne's voice pierced through the thick silence.

"R.L? But who is R.L?", she questioned as tears poured down her face.

Harry choked as he struggled to get the words out of his mouth. He knew who it was. He was the only death eater devious and cunning enough to escape Azkaban, as that's what he must have done. The rest of them were a bunch of idiots, blithering around without a leader to follow so he had no doubt that is was him who took the initiative to take over. He had no doubt of who the monster was who had taken his best friend...

"Rudolphos Lestrange".
 

 

 

 







 

PLEASE DON'T KILL ME! This is the twist to my story I have been dying to get out for so long. How many of you remembered the ladies in the toilet talking about people wanting revenge at Zabini Manor? Please let me know what you think of the chapter by leaving a review. Until chapter 18! MM :)
 
 
 

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