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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Changeling

A week had passed and the dark raven hadn’t awoken from the magical coma he was in.  The members of Spina Corvos had no idea what to do.  They knew they couldn’t take him to Dumbledore or Madam Pomfrey.  Madam Pomfrey would just inform Dumbledore and Dumbledore would use whatever he could against their master.   
“Draco isn’t your mom a healer?” the young werewolf asked.
“Mom took some classes as a healer.  Think I should notify her of Ares?”
“Might be a good idea.”
“Wait Draco!  How do we know that we can trust your mom?  Ares ordered us to tell nobody of Spina Corvos,” Hermione said.
“My father and mother like Ares.  Ares sees them as his uncle and aunt.  They won’t let any harm come to him and they don’t side with Dumbledore.”
“We can’t keep master here,” Orion spoke up.  “And we can’t get into his quarters either or the Chamber of Secrets.”
“Master’s wards won’t let your mom into Snow Ash Manor either,” Indigo said. 
Draco pursed his lips and tried to think of where they could take their master.  “Riddle Manor.  It’s where master and his dad lived before master was kidnapped by Dumbledore.  My mom will be able to go there as well me.  Even though master hasn’t woken he should still be able to pass through the wards surrounding Riddle Manor.”
“But how are we going to get him out Hogwarts without Dumbledore noticing anything?” Indigo asked.  “We can’t use master’s floo as none of us speak Parsletongue.”
Shadow, Hades and Iris listened to the conversation about their master.  They were worried about him. Perhaps Hades or I can open the door to master’s chambers so that he can be taken home to his father’s nest and get treatment.
That is better than any plan the humans have come up with, Iris said. 
 But how are we going to get the furless ones to come with us?  Hades asked.
The furless ones are humans Hades, Shadow said.  But that is a good question since we can’t communicate with anyone except master.
Would master’s chambers open if you or Hades hissed at the snake guarding master’s chambers?
It’s worth a shot.
Iris walked over to Draco and tugged on his robes with her teeth.  The four humans stared down at the wolf unable to understand what it wanted.  Growling Iris tugged harder and Draco slowly stepped forward.  Iris wagged her tail and continued pulling.
“I think Iris wants us to bring master and follow her,” Draco said. Hermione cast the disillusionment charm on the five of them so their presences would be concealed. Griffin picked up their master since he was strongest and the five ravens followed Iris, Shadow and Hades down the stairs to the common room, out of Ravenclaw tower and down the halls until they reached the door with the snake carved on it.
Shadow slithered up onto Griffin’s shoulder as he was closest to the door and looked at the snake carving. Open for master needs help that he cannot receive within these walls.
Enter and take care of the dark raven, the snake carving hissed and the door opened outward.  The ravens, Iris, Shadow and Hades hurried into the tunnel that led to their master’s private chambers and the door closed softly behind them.  Hurrying along the stone pathway, their faces cast in an eerie light from the torches in their brackets along the walls on either side of them, they made their way to their master’s private chambers where Indigo pushed the door open.  Draco grabbed a pinch of flew powder and threw it into the flames.  The flames changed from orange to green and he turned towards his fellow ravens.  “I don’t know how long master will be at Riddle Manor.  Someone should wait here and the rest should get back to Ravenclaw dorms before someone catches us out.”
“Nobody has caught us out of bed.  Why is that?” Hermione asked.
“Perhaps it has to do with master being the heir of both Gryffindor and Slytherin?  It could be that Hogwarts is helping master and us escape detection from Dumbledore and his minions,” Griffin said.  “I’ll wait here and the rest of you get back to bed.”
The others nodded but didn’t move.  Griffin handed Ares to Draco who stepped into the flames and shouted “Riddle Manor,” before they disappeared in swirling green flames.  Only when the flames had turned orange again did Hermione, Indigo, and Orion make their way back to Ravenclaw Tower.  Hades, Iris and Shadow stayed to wait for news about their master.
Draco stumbled out of the fireplace in the living room of Riddle Manor.  Lucius and Narcissa were already there.  Lucius took his prince from his son’s arms and Narcissa caught Draco before he fell.  “What’s wrong with the prince?” Lucius asked.
“I don’t know father.  All we know is that he’s been in a magical coma for a week.”
“We?” Lucius asked.
“Not now Lucius.  Take him to the healing wing.”
“Tulip!” Narcissa called.
“Lady Malfoy called for Tulip?”  Tulip then noticed Young Master Riddle.  “Young Master! What has happened to young master?”
“He’s in a magical coma Tulip. Can you please get a bed clean in the hospital wing and alert the Dark Lord’s healers that they need to help the young prince?”
“Yes Lady Malfoy.  Tulip do that at once miss!”   With a pop the house elf was gone.
Tulip popped back a few minutes later.  “Bed is cleared off and master’s healers are standing by ready to help young master,” Tulip said with a bow. 
“Thank you Tulip.”
The Malfoys hurried to the hospital wing where the healers were waiting.  They gasped as they saw their young master and Lucius carefully and gently set him on the bed. The healers had remained at Riddle Manor with the Riddle house elves and making sure the house was kept up to their masters’ standards in the event that he and his son returned. 
“Alright what happened Draco?  And don’t lie to me,” Lucius said looking at his son as Narcissa and the Riddle healers set to work trying to bring their young master out of his magical coma.
“We’re under orders not to speak of it,” Draco said.
“I don’t care whose orders you’re under!  If we are going to help our prince then we need to know everything that may be of significance to finding out why the prince has been in a coma for so long and why I’m just now hearing about it.”
“Yes Draco I would like to hear this as well,” Narcissa said glancing at her son quickly before turning her attention back to their young prince.
“Ares ordered us not to betray the organization,” Draco finally said.  Ares is going to Crucio me for sure when he wakes up.
“What organization?” Lucius asked his son.
“You’ve seen the Daily Prophet right? About the mysterious group that has been going around killing people?”
“Yes but what does that have to do with… Oh no! You’re not telling me that a bunch of first years are going around killing people!”
“First to fifth year students of every house are part of master’s organization.”
“And who is your master?”
“Ares Salazar Riddle, heir to Slytherin and Gryffindor.  Our mark is the Deathly Hallows.”
Lucius looked at his son in shock. “Show me your mark,” Lucius ordered his son.  Draco pulled up the sleeve of his robe to reveal the Deathly Hallows branded on his arm. “We attacked the Order of the Chickens and killed the Flamels.  My Lord and Master stole the Sorcerer’s Stone. We also killed a few of the Blood Traitor Weasleys.  Master killed the Basilisk on his ancestor’s orders and has bonded with basilisk’s son. All of us have Animagus forms as well.  Master said that was an important lesson for his followers. Those who had achieved the Animagus form helped the younger ones until they learned it.  One of our organization is even a werewolf.”
Lucius collapsed in a chair in shock.  He couldn’t believe that a group of children had managed to attack the Order of the Phoenix when not even death eaters dared try.  “Have you ever lost anyone in a raid?”
“No.  Master trains us endlessly in light, grey and dark magic. Some of the group is starting to study Runes and others are studying Healing.  Master has had to use the Cruciatris on some of us as punishment and even forced us to practice on each other.  Not even Dumbledore has found out who we are,” Draco said proudly.
Narcissa let out a gasp and stumbled back from the hospital bed.  “Narcissa what is it?” Lucius asked springing out of his chair and going to his wife.
“I know why our prince is in a magical coma.”
“Why?”
“He… he has entered his creature inheritance.”

Monday, December 9, 2013

Brothers Reunite

A border collie, an Irish Wolfhound, a red fox and a shadow wolf with wings ran from Dumbledore’s home and into the night.   As they halted deep in the forest a howl pierced the air.  Padfoot jerked his head up in shock and threw back his head in an answering howl.  Through the trees a gray wolf appeared before the canines and stared at the animals before it.  Moony sniffed the air and his amber eyes widened in surprise.  He had found one of his pack mates.
Padfoot was happy to see his fellow pack mate. Together the five canines ran through the woods underneath the moonlight in sheer happiness at being free and being reunited again.  Brothers in blood and brothers in friendship were together again and would never be separated if they had anything to say about it.
Dawn appeared and Moony transformed back into Remus.  The others transformed as well.  “Sirius?” Remus asked.  His voice was hoarse from not talking in thirteen years. 
“Hi Moony.  It’s good to see you my friend,” Sirius said hugging his fellow pack mate.  “You remember Reggie don’t you?”
“Regulus? Regulus Black the death eater?  You’re alive?!”
Regulus let out a barking laugh, much like his brother.  “Shocker I know.  These two,” gesturing at the woman and child, “are my master’s girlfriend and son.  Raven Mallow and Gemini Riddle.”
“Rav is alive?!” Sirius and Remus shouted. 
“Hello Siri and Remmy,” Raven said.  “This is Tom’s son. Gemini Riddle.”
Raven Mallow’s eyes were haunted and filled with pain.  “Have you seen Tom?”
“No I’m sorry Rav,” Sirius said.  “I believe my godson, Harry James Potter, defeated him and he disappeared though they never found his body.  But how have you been alive for this long?  And Reggie I thought you had died at the hands of the Dark Lord.”
“No I didn’t.  I was a fool to join the Dark Lord, no offense Mistress Rav.”
“None taken Regulus,” Raven said.
“Continue Reggie,” Sirius said.
Regulus nodded as his eyes glazed over while slipping back into the memories.  “You know Siri that Mom always believed in that pureblood nonsense. After you ran away from home Mom put more pressure on me not to turn out like you.  She didn’t want another ‘blood traitor’ in the family and began using the Cruciatris on me.”  Sirius winched at the thought of his little brother getting tortured by their mother because he wasn’t there to protect him.  “Tom had great ideas before the ‘death’ of Raven.  He wanted Muggle born witches and wizards to be able to get jobs in the wizarding world instead of being pushed out upon graduating from Hogwarts. He wanted to protect our world from Muggle families because he knew with the influx of Muggle borns being invited and accepted to Hogwarts that people from the magical community would have to go and explain to the Muggle parents about their world which would risk our secret leaking out.  Salazar Slytherin also knew this and that is why he left Hogwarts.  Salazar had nothing against Muggle born witches and wizards like Dumbledore and history claims.  He wanted to protect our kind from persecution that was rampart in the medieval ages.   He wanted Muggle born witches and wizards to not be treated like third class citizens by the magical community.  But with Rav’s ‘death’… well that drove him deeper into the dark arts and turned him insane.  Dumbledore confessed to me when he captured me in the cave when I stole master’s horcrux that he was the one who had pushed Tom to begin that deadly research and turned him on the path of becoming a dark lord.  This all falls back onto Dumbledore’s head.”
“But why did he keep you prisoner?” Sirius asked his brother.
“He kept me prisoner because he knew that I knew his secret about my master. He couldn’t let that secret become public knowledge so he kept me in that dungeon and I was shocked to see my mistress and her son there as well.”
Sirius shook his head.  “I’m sorry Reggie.  I should have stayed with you or taken you with me when I ran to James’s parents.”
“I don’t blame you for wanting away from other mother.  She was a nut case.”
“Sirius how are you alive?” Remus asked.
“Dumbledore killed me but Fate brought me back.”
“HE DID WHAT?!” Remus and Regulus shouted. 
“Yes. I told him to give me Harry.  But he said that Harry had to go to Petunia.  You remember Lily’s sister don’t you Remus?”
Remus nodded.  “Well he fired the AK at me.  I tried to run but it struck me in the back and I fell.  The next thing I knew Fate was standing before me and sent me back to Earth.  Said my time wasn’t done and I had people who needed me.  I’ve been hiding ever since.  Then Fate came to me again.  Said I needed to find someone I thought I had lost.  I thought it was Harry that Fate was talking about.  So I made my way to Dumbledore’s and found Reggie here.  I helped Reggie, Rav and Gemini escape and then we met up with you.”
“Why were you in Azkaban?” Regulus asked Remus.  He and the werewolf had never been close. Regulus had been friends with Severus and Leon Wilkes when he was in school.
“Leon’s an Animagus as well,” Regulus said.  “So is Sev.  The Marauders weren’t the only illegal Animagi running around Hogwarts.”
“Leon’s alive?” Raven asked.
“I think he’s in hiding somewhere.  He went into hiding after he saved me from the Inferni.”
“So that’s why we caught you in the Forbidden Forest,” Sirius said laughing.  “Never thought my little brother would turn into an illegal Animagus like me.”
“Hey if my big brother could do it then so could I,” Regulus said laughing.  Sirius smiled as his brother’s eyes shown with mirth. 
Remus had a smile on his face but then sobered up.  “Dumbledore said that I betrayed the Potters and they sent me to Azkaban without a trial.  Not like I would have gotten one anyway since I’m a dark creature.  He said it was also to keep me from Harry.”
“Now the question is where is he?” Sirius asked.
The werewolf and four Animagi stood in the forest gazing into nothing before they began their trek again to find somewhere to hide. Somewhere to hide from the dementors that would surely be coming after Remus and somewhere for the three escaped prisoners to hide from Dumbledore.  “Tom’s going to kill Dumbledore when he finds out that Rav is alive and kept her and her son prisoner.”
“Bastard deserves death,” Sirius said.  “He screwed all of us over.  And for what?”
“Power,” Raven said.  “That’s all he’s interested in.  He just wants power.  He thinks that he is the greatest wizard since Merlin and his wife Le Fay.  He manipulates other and sacrifices them while he pretends to be the leader of the light.  I’d say he is the real dark lord and not my Tom.  Do you think Tom will go back to the way he was before I was taken prisoner by Dumbledore?”
“Master loves you Mistress Raven.  He always has and I know he would kill for you and Master Gemini,” Regulus said.  “I believe with my heart that you will be able to turn him back to the correct path once he returns.” 
“I hope so Regulus.  I’ve lost him once.  I don’t want to lose him again.”

Monday, December 2, 2013

Back to Hogwarts

“Draco,” Ares called out as he came into the compartment the six claws sat in during their rides to and from Hogwarts. 
“Ares,” Draco said nodding to his best friend and master. 
“Indigo, Griffin, Orion, Hermione.”
The four others nodded to Ares.  “Orion how’s your mate?”
“She’s doing well Ares.  Thanks for asking.  I did have some problems this summer with fighting off a few more strange wolves who wanted to claim her as their own.”
“Are you healed?”
“Yeah.  We werewolves heal fast.  Besides Phoenix and my older sister as well as my alpha female took care of me while I was laid up.”
“That’s good.”
“Romulus gave his permission for you to come back to our territory for the holidays if you want.  Just to stay away from the pack on the full moons and know that he and his mate are the bosses while you’re in our territory.”
“Write to your alpha and tell him I accept.  I could do with getting away for a while.”
Orion nodded and pulled out a piece of parchment and a quill to begin composing his letter.  When it was done he gave it to his shadow owl, Nightshade, and opened the window.  Nightshade flew off to the territory of the Sea Wolves Pack and Orion replaced his quill and bottle of ink in his trunk before settling back in his seat to take a nap.
“Ares have you read the Daily Prophet recently?” Indigo asked pulling out the newspaper from a pocket in her robes.
“No.  Should I have?”
“There was a breakout from Azkaban.  Apparently a werewolf got out.”
“Werewolf huh?  Let me see the paper Indigo.”
Indigo handed Ares the paper and he saw the headline on the front page.  Glancing at Orion who had jerked awake at the word ‘werewolf’ he began to read the article aloud for the compartment to hear.
Werewolf Escapes Azkaban
By April Signet
Sometime last night a werewolf by the name of Remus John Lupin escaped from Azkaban.  Remus Lupin was turned by Fenrir Greyback as a child and was friends with the mass murderer Sirius Black, Peter Pettigrew, and James and Lily Potter. He was sentenced to Azkaban shortly after the attack on Godric’s Hollow where James and Lily Potter lost their lives and You-Know-Who was defeated by Harry Potter. 
Remus Lupin was put into Azkaban for allegedly helping Sirius Black betray the Potters to Voldemort. Although he did not go with Sirius Black to kill young Peter Pettigrew, he was also a servant of the Dark Lord.  Remus Lupin is considered dangerous due to being a werewolf and being under the effects of the Moon Collar, a collar that forces a werewolf to stay in their wolf form.  Please notify Aurors immediately if he is spotted.  It is believed he is after Harry Potter.
Ares rolled his eyes and threw the paper on the floor.  “What nonsense is the Daily Prophet spewing now?  Remus Lupin was never a death eater and he didn’t betray James and Lily to the Dark Lord.  That was Peter Pettigrew.  Sirius Black was also innocent of his crimes and was also never a death eater.  Orion be careful at Hogwarts this year.”
“Of course Ares.  The rest of us will need to help watch Orion’s back on the full moon.  We don’t know if Remus will come to Hogwarts and how dangerous he is with being in Azkaban.  Orion what is a ‘moon collar’?”
“Moon collars are collars designed to control werewolves.  The creator harnesses the full moon’s power in the moon collar and puts the collar around the werewolves which force them to take on their wolf form even when it is not a full moon outside.  A werewolf can literally transform at will with the collar on.  It can drive a werewolf insane.”
“I wonder what Remus Lupin wants with me?  Or rather what he wants with Harry Potter?”
The train continued onto Hogwarts and finally at nine it pulled into Hogsmeade Station.  Ares swore as he felt the presence of Dementors around the castle.  “Dementors are here.  Probably because of Remus Lupin’s escape.  Do any of you know the Patronus spell?”
His followers shook their heads.  “That will be something you will be learning this year then. Foulest creatures on earth, dementors.  They suck the happiness right out of a person and can only be harmed via the Patronus spell.  To conjure the Patronus you need to focus on a happy memory and then say ‘Expecto Patronum’.   Let’s get inside quickly.  I can’t stand being around these disgusting creatures.”
They climbed into the carriage and headed to the doors of Hogwarts.  Ares breathed a sigh of relief when he entered the Entrance Hall.  Making their way to the Ravenclaw table the six friends sat down together.  The rest of Spina Corvos made their way to their own tables after greeting their master and fellow members. The sorting commenced.  Ravenclaw got six new members, Hufflepuff four, Gryffindor seven and Slytherin eight. Dinner was served and the hall was full of chatter as students began to talk about what they had done during the summer and speculating why dementors were at Hogwarts.  Ares groaned as Dumbledore made his speech.
“To our returning students welcome back to Hogwarts.  To our new students welcome!  You may have all noticed the dementors outside the school.  They are here to protect you all from the werewolf Remus Lupin.  Dementors show no mercy and do not care if you are innocent or guilty.  They cannot be fooled by invisibility cloaks or disguises.  Please give them no reason to harm you.  Due to the dangers of the rabid werewolf being loose, the Minister of Magic decided to place them here to search for the werewolf and guard the school from harm.  As our new DADA professor, we have Professor Thakur.  Now that everyone is fed off to your common rooms.”
Ares made his way to Ravenclaw Tower with the rest of the Claws and stopped before the eagle shaped knocker.
I can sizzle like bacon,
I am made with an egg,
I have plenty of backbone, but lack a good leg,
I peel layers like onions, but still remain whole,
I can be long, like a flagpole, yet fit in a hole,
What am I?
“A snake,” a first year girl named Jasmine Shelburne said. 
Very good young one.  Enter the wisest house of Hogwarts.
The first years were directed to their respective dorms.  Ares, Draco and Orion made their way up to the third year dorms. Griffin made his way to the fourth year dorms which were a floor above his.  Falling onto his bed Ares let Iris, Shadow and Hades out and fell asleep after changing into his pajamas and casting spells and wards on his curtains so that he wouldn’t be disturbed.  This might just be an interesting year.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Breakout

Hades is what I’ll call you young basilisk.
Thank you master.
Just call me Ares.  You aren’t allowed to attack my friends; Orion Frost, Draco Malfoy, Hermione Granger, Griffin or Indigo Wildflower. I won’t lock you up in the Chamber of Secrets either Hades.
Who is Hades Ares?
Hades is an ancient Greek muggle God. He was the God of the Underworld and was the brother of Poseidon and Zeus. Together these three brothers were known as the Big Three.  Their father was Cronus, the king of the heavens, who was defeated by Zeus after Cronus ate all his other children.  Zeus rescued his siblings after defeating his father and Cronus was sent to Tartarus, a region of Hades.  Hades was the name of the Greek God of the Dead and the Underworld itself.
Interesting.  Thank you for explaining my name to me Ares.
You’re welcome.  I also have a few other animal companions.  Shadow is my other snake, Iris is my bonded wolf, Charon is a raven I received from father and Hedwig is an owl I bought after going to Diagon Alley when I got my acceptance letter to Hogwarts.  Is there any way that you can remain hidden from the others at Hogwarts?
Yes.  I can go into your skin like a tattoo and remain there until you have need of me.
Then please do it.
Ares felt Hades crawl up his left arm and sink down into his skin.  As he looked the snake moved a bit but then remained still.  He smiled, drank a vial of the Elixir of Life, and went back to researching a way to get his father back.  Little did Ares know that life as he knew it would soon change.
“Raven are you alright?” Regulus asked the woman in the other cell.  Dumbledore had left sometime in the night. 
“Regulus why did Tom try to kill you?”
“He didn’t try to kill me.  That was Dumbledore’s doing.  It’s part of why I got locked up.”
“What do you mean?”
Regulus sighed.  He had no idea how to explain this to his master’s girlfriend.  “Is Gemini asleep?”
“For now.  Until Dumbledore comes back that is.”
“Do you have an Animagus form Mistress Raven?  We should escape why we can and then I promise I’ll tell you everything.”
“Yes Gemini has an Animagus form as well.  I’ve been teaching him and he does have his father’s talent.”
“Please wake him and…” but before Regulus could finish he heard barking and looked up to see a black dog with yellow eyes staring at him with shock.  “A grim?” Regulus questioned as he looked at the Grim in confusion.  There was only one reason a Grim ever appeared.  He was going to die.
The Grim suddenly transformed and there stood his older brother.  “SIRIUS?!”
“Regulus?  I thought you were dead!”
“I thought you were dead.  Dumbledore told me he killed your Siri,” Regulus said using his nickname for his older brother.
Sirius let out a laugh that sounded like a bark and shook his sad sadly.  “It’s hard to explain Reggie.  Do you have an Animagus form?  We have to get out of here.”
“No Siri I can’t leave my Mistress and her son.”
“When did you get a mistress Reggie?”
“Siri it’s the Dark Lord’s girlfriend and son in here with me.”
“WHAT?!”
A starving wolf had made it out of its cell and stood on the rocky shore of Azkaban looking out at the sea.  He was grayer now than he had been before he had been sentenced to Azkaban and his amber eyes were filled with a haunted look. Shaking from the cold wind that blew from the south the werewolf threw itself into the sea and began swimming for the far shore that he knew would lead him back to Hogwarts.  He was going to KILL Dumbledore for locking him up and taking away his cub and best friend. Finally after a few hours of swimming he managed to pull himself up onto dry land and shook his body in an attempt to get the water off his fur and shake the chill from his bones.  Moony took one last look behind him at the fog that hid the wizard prison where he had been kept captive for thirteen years and loped off into the forest.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Prisoners

Year 3
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Albus Dumbledore flashed into his home and made his way down to the dungeons.  In the dungeons were two special prisoners of his.  Fawkes let out a sad trill.  “Don’t look at me like that Fawkes.  Keeping the two prisoners here will help me with both of my pawns.  They would just get in the way of my plans which are why they have been here all this time.  This is for the great good.”
Fawkes just shook his head.  His master had gone far in his evil plans after he defeated his lover Grindelwald and the death of his sister Ariana.  His master had driven his own son into becoming a dark lord and was now trying to interfere in the poor powerful orphan’s life.  Slowly Fawkes broke the bond and disappeared from Albus Dumbledore’s home.  Dumbledore never noticed that Fawkes had broken the bond or disappeared from the Dumbledore home because he was so intent on going to see his prisoners.  After all a phoenix could only bond, if they chose to do so, with a human who was light. 
Albus Dumbledore proceeded down the stairs to the dungeons beneath his home.  The dungeons were cold and Dumbledore shivered as a cold draft blew along the stone staircase he was walking down.  At least he didn’t live down here and was never here except during the summer when Hogwarts let out.  But it was the perfect place to hold people who were supposed to be dead.
With that werewolf, Remus Lupin, in Azkaban nobody will be able to take my pawn from me.  Though Remus wouldn’t have been able to get custody of Harry since he’s a werewolf.  Still it was smart to have Remus chase after Peter and get thrown into Azkaban and attaching the Moon Collar to his neck.  He should be insane by now.  Putting Peter under the Imperious and forcing him to betray the Potters was a stroke of genius if I do say so myself.
Nobody knew except Dumbledore that Peter had been put under the Imperious to betray the Potters to Voldemort.  Nobody knew that Regulus Black and Peter Pettigrew had been forced to join the Dark Lord, one by the supposed leader of the light and the other by his fanatical pureblood mother.  Not even Tom knew that Peter had been under the Imperious Curse and his memory had been altered.
The man before him had greasy long black hair and his skin had a pallid look to it due to being underfed.  There was nothing in the cell except a toilet and a sink.  There was no bed and no blanket to cover up under from the cold.  None of the cells had windows so it was dark except for the lights in the hallway.  “Regulus Black what a pleasure to see you again.”
Regulus turned his head and gazed with hatred at Albus Dumbledore.  “What do you want Dumbledore?  When Sirius hears of this he’ll come looking for me!”
Dumbledore just smiled to himself.  “My dear boy do you honestly think that Sirius Black cares anything for you?”
“He does.  I know he does!”
“Well I’m sorry to say but Sirius is dead.  I killed him myself.”
“No.  Sirius wouldn’t die by your hand.  He trusted you!  Him, James, Remus and Peter all trusted you and you betrayed them all!”
“How dare you slave!  Perhaps it’s time to remind you of who your real master is! CRUCIO!”
Regulus screamed in pain as he clutched his stomach while he withered about on the floor.  Dumbledore held the curse for five minutes before lifting his wand and canceling the spell.  Regulus was left panting on the floor.  Smirking Dumbledore made his way down the hallway until he came to another cell.  This cell housed two interesting people as far he was concerned.  As he stared at the older occupant in the cell he felt sensations he hadn’t felt since the person before him had entered Hogwarts a decade ago.
The second occupant of the cell was younger than the first.  The child had the same violet eyes as the older occupant but its features and overall appearance disgusted the leader of the light.  Dumbledore opened the cell door and cast the Cruciatris curse on the child which left it screaming on the floor. All the cells in the dungeon were completely bare. “Hello my dear.  I think it’s time I reintroduced us to each other.” 
The first occupant stared with eyes full of horror at the leader of the light and tried desperately to crawl to the child but Dumbledore conjured chains out of the wall and shackled the woman to it.  He gazed at her with lust in his eyes and quickly cast Petrificus Totalus on the child he flicked his wand and removed the dirty garments from the woman chained in front of him.  Her eyes widened in fear knowing what was about to happen.  “No please headmaster…”
“Now let’s begin shall we Miss…”
Ares sat on his bed in Snow Ash Manor holding the basilisk egg in his hands.  He would be entering his third year of Hogwarts soon and knew that third years and up got to go to the village, Hogsmeade on the weekends as long as they had a parent or guardian sign the permission form.  He had received the permission form along with the supply list for third year course books a few days ago.   Ever since he had gotten out of Hogwarts he had been working extensively on finding a potion to bring his father back to life.  He wanted to get it done soon so he could return to Riddle Manor and with his father destroy Dumbledore and the Order of the Phoenix as well as the rest of the Weasley clan.  After that he would  finish school and figure out what he wanted to do with his life.  
Overhead the sky suddenly darkened and lightning flashed. Several things happened at once.  A large crack appeared on the egg and Ares set it down on his bed and watched as more cracks began to crack appear.  In a cell in Azkaban a gray furred werewolf threw its head up and let out a long mournful howl while its amber eyes flashed in the darkness and it began to gnaw on the bars of its cell in an effort to get out.
Ares fell back on his bed and screamed in pain. His magic began to react violently and he felt like his body was on fire.  He thought he knew what it was but surely he wouldn’t be coming into his magical inheritance this soon.  Oh hell…  Ares thought as he screamed in agony.  In a small belt of trees a hulking shadow ran through the trees and its yellow eyes flashed in pain before it collapsed to the ground with a whimper.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Gems of the Raven

Phoenix Storm had been watching Ares Riddle from the shadows for a couple of months. She was friends with a girl in Ravenclaw by the name of Luna Lovegood.  They were both second year students.  Phoenix had to admire Ares for standing up to Dumbledore when he kept trying to get the young Ravenclaw to go by his birth name when legally according to the Ministry of Magic; Harry James Potter no longer existed.  Because she was a half blood and was friends with a Claw then she was shunned by her dorm mates.  There was one friend she had in Ravenclaw and that was Daphne Greengrass, the Ice Queen of Slytherin and a third year.    
Daphne had confessed to Phoenix that she wouldn’t mind being the girlfriend of Lord Voldemort’s son even though her family had been neutral in the last war.  Like many Slytherins she didn’t care for Dumbledore and thought he was a horrible headmaster.  Phoenix had to admit to herself that she also liked the young and smart raven but why would he ever look at a half-blood like her?
Susan Bones had been surprised when Ares had let her sit with him and enjoyed the talk they had that day.  She hadn’t yet told her Aunt Amelia Bones about the conversation she had with Ares Riddle for fear that her aunt might forbid any relationship that might arise.  That is if Ares would even be interested in someone like me.  Ares seemed nice but she had to admit she didn’t know him too well.  He was secretive and that was one of the things she liked about him.  It can’t be easy losing the only father who ever cared for you.  He no longer has anyone.  At least I have my aunt.
“Hello Ares Riddle,” an airy melodious voice said. 
Ares turned his head and saw Luna Lovegood, a second year Ravenclaw standing next to him.  “Hello Luna. What brings you outside?”
“I was hoping to talk to the giant squid.”
“Oh okay.  Tell me Luna do you know why people pick on you?”
“I suspect they think I’m mad and that’s why they steal my things and call me names.”
“They steal your things?” Ares asked in disbelief. Stealing was something he didn’t go for and made sure his followers didn’t steal either.
“Luna you come to me when your stuff goes missing and I’ll make sure it’s returned to you.  Nobody deserves to have their stuff stolen from them or made fun of just because they’re different.  From now on you’re under my protection.  This I promise you as Godric and Salazar’s heir.”
Ares sat up as he heard footsteps and was surprised to see Daphne Greengrass, Phoenix Storm, and Susan Bones walking towards him and Luna. Luna took a seat next to him which surprised the third year raven.  The two snakes and the badger sat down around him and looked at each other before turning their gazes on Ares who shifted uncomfortably.   Dear Merlin what do they all want?
“What can I do for you three?”
“We have a problem,” Daphne said.
“What kind of problem and how am I supposed to help with this problem?”
“The three of us were talking and we realized we all like you Ares Riddle,” Daphne continued.  “Something needs to be done about this.”
Ares groaned as he heard more footsteps coming towards him and the group of girls around him.  A second year Gryffindor named Lily Moon walked past the group and made her way to the Qudditch Stadium.  She turned her head in Ares’s direction as she passed and gave him a small smile before continuing on her way.  Out of all the Gryffindors Lily was the only one Ares liked.  She wasn’t reckless like the rest of her house.  She was into her studies but also knew how to relax and have fun.  Beside her was Sophie Roper, a Hufflepuff like Susan.
“Lily!  Sophie! Come over here!” Ares called.  I guess now is the perfect time to tell them about what I learned at Gringotts and see if they are in agreement to be my future wives and mothers of my children for all six lines I own.
When Lily and Sophie came over and looked at the other girls curiously Ares sighed and motioned for them all to sit down.  He threw up privacy and silencing charms around the group.  There was no reason for Dumbledore to hear that he was the heir of the Naga line and that his mother was a pureblood witch who had been kidnapped from her family.  Though maybe Dumbledore knew that Lily had been kidnapped and kept that information from her. 
“When Peter Pettigrew sold James and Lily Potter to Lord Voldemort, he came to Godric’s Hollow and killed them before trying to kill me.  Dumbledore took me to the Dursleys and left me on their doorstep in the middle of the night with a ‘letter’ explaining everything.  I was treated like a house elf by the Dursleys until I turned six years old and the Dark Lord came and rescued me.  During the time I was at the Dursleys nobody from the magical world ever came to check on me at all.  Voldemort came to kill my birth parents and me on the word of Professor Snape about a prophecy.  A prophecy that Voldemort and I know to be fake.”
“What was the prophecy?”  Susan asked.
“The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches ... born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies ... and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not ... and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives ... the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies ..."
“Why would the headmaster have someone create a fake prophecy?” Lily asked with a hand over her mouth.
“To kill me.  He wants power. He got a taste of power when he defeated his ex-lover, Grindelwald and threw him in Nuremburg Prison and wanted more power. He aimed to have me kill my father and then he was going to kill me if I didn’t die and take the glory of defeating Voldemort for himself. He would be seen as a hero to the Light again for defeating another dark lord.
“Voldemort performed the blood adoption ritual when I was six years old.  I became Tom Marvolo Riddle’s son in blood and magic that day.  The name ‘Harry James Potter’ no longer exists legally except in Dumbledore’s mind.  He refuses to acknowledge that I am the son of his hated enemy. I am the son of Dumbledore’s son.”
“Dumbledore’s son?”  Daphne asked in horror.
“Yes.  Dumbledore is my father’s father and I suppose that makes him my blood adopted uncle.”
“What does this have to do with us?”  Phoenix asked as the others nodded their heads in agreement.  They were all curious what this had to do with him.
“I’m getting there.  You remember that I was suspended for easily defeating Ronald Weasley in my first year don’t you?”  At their nods he continued.  “Dumbledore came to Riddle Manor and killed my father.  He wanted to get control of me.  Then he stunned me and forced me to go live with the Weasley family.  That’s where I was last summer as well.  Everyone thinks I’m the next ‘dark lord’ because Tom Riddle blood adopted me.  I control the death eaters in father’s absence.  I will get my father back.  I stole the sorcerer’s stone and created the Elixir of Life at the end of first year.  I killed the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets this year and have Susanna’s, that’s the basilisk I killed, egg.  I am responsible for the attacks on Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel, Molly Weasley, Ronald Weasley, a lady in Devon which is where the Flamels lived, Ginerva Weasley and ordered the death of Madam Malkin, the robe shop keeper in Diagon Alley.  I am the one who created the new group that has the Deathly Hallows as our symbol.  I am the dark prince of the death eaters, a pureblood wizard and the descendant of Salazar Slytherin and Godric Gryffindor through blood from both the Potter and Evans lines.”
There was silence as all six girls stated at Ares intently with shock in their eyes.  They couldn’t believe that a second year had killed seven people already and created a group almost as terrifying as the Death Eaters. They couldn’t believe that he was the descendant of Salazar Slytherin by blood through the Potter and Evans’ lines either.  “How did you kill three of the Weasels?”  Luna asked.
“One of my followers heard of some group called the Order of Chickens.  I’m an Animagus as are all my followers and I transformed into Skywing and pried the information out of Dumbledore’s mind one night before we attacked the Burrow.  Dumbledore had set up a marriage contract between me and Ginerva Weasley so they could steal the Potter fortune after James and Lily were killed.”
Daphne started laughing at that.  “You used Legilimency on the ‘leader of the light’ and attacked the Order of the Phoenix?  That’s amazing.  I doubt anyone has been able to do something like that before!”
The others started laughing as well as they realized that Ares had bested Albus Dumbledore at his own game.  “Does he know you were in his mind?”
“No.  I’m a natural Legilimens and Occulmens.  Both traits from Salazar Slytherin himself.  I’m also a parslemouth.  The last Potter who was a parslemouth died twenty years ago.  I went to Gringotts this past summer and learned some interesting information about myself.  Information that Dumbledore would have probably kept me from me.”
“Such as being the descendant of Salazar Slytherin by birth and being a natural parslemouth?”  Lily asked.
“Right.  Salazar had two children.  His son, Rial Slytherin, formed the Potter line with Godric’s daughter and Emma Slytherin formed the Evans line.  Lily Evans grandmother was a squib.  Our esteemed headmaster fathered the Dark Lord and then he placed memory charms on the Dark Lord’s mother to make her forget about the relationship she had had with Dumbledore. He allowed his son to be thrown in an orphanage and allowed him to be bullied there and at Hogwarts when he was in school for seven years in order to create another dark lord that he could defeat.  Father doesn’t even know that he is a pureblood and that Dumbledore is his father.  I plan on telling him that when I get him back.”
“How do you plan on doing that?”  Susan asked.
“I don’t know yet.  It’s hard to research when I’m being constantly followed by Dumbledore and his Chickens who teach at Hogwarts.  Well I went to Gringotts last summer as I received a letter from them informing me to come there to talk about my lineage.  I am apparently the heir of six houses: Riddle, Potter, Black, Gryffindor, Slytherin and Naga.  My mother was a descendant of the Naga line and I am the last remaining member of that line.  I also listened to my godfather’s will, a man named Sirius Black.  I was told that I can only become the head of the Naga line if I do not become a dark lord.  Even Salazar and Godric both told me that becoming a dark lord is not the way to go and a horrible path to take. 
“I also found out that in order to take up all six lines I need to marry six wives and produce a child to each line within two years after I graduate from Hogwarts.  Each wife will be the lady of her house and each set of children from each wife will carry the name of that house only.  I know which properties I have inherited from each line as well as the vaults.  I have already thought of hopefully having a relationship with Susan if her aunt doesn’t kill me first, but I like the rest of you as well. Luna is also under my protection already due to being mistreated by our fellow housemates. I was wondering if you would all consent to becoming my girlfriends and then the wives to each of the six titles I hold.   I was told that polygamy is not uncommon in the wizarding world.”
Ares waited as the girls looked at each other and walked out of the privacy wards so they could talk amongst themselves without Ares hearing anything.  Ares meanwhile was hoping they would all say yes and wouldn’t kill him for what he had just told them.  He really liked all six of them and couldn’t imagine being without any of them.  Finally they came back into the privacy wards and resumed their seats on the grass around Ares.  He couldn’t help but feel like a zebra that was being watched by a pride of lions.
“What will this entail besides having to produce an heir to each line within two years of graduation?  Will there be ‘relationships’ between us girls or you sleeping with two of us at the same time?” Susan asked with disgust on her face.
Ares was horrified that Susan had even voiced that suggestion. “NO!  That’s disgusting and I wouldn’t make you do that.  I want a relationship with each of you separately from the others.  The thought of you participating in sex with each other or me sleeping with two of you at the same time sickens and disgusts me.  That may be fine with some of the pureblood families and even muggles but that isn’t okay with me.  Father raised me right and I can’t imagine James ever cheating on Lily like that either.  From what Wormtail tells me about my birth parents, James respected Lily and worshipped the ground she walked on.  I promise to never talk about my other wives if that is what you each want when I am with one of my families and to never betray your trust by forcing you to do things that other purebloods would do to their wives.  I promise to support you all and be a good father and husband.  Even father disapproves of what some of his pureblood followers do to women they capture and kills anyone who participates in the rape of women and children.”
“Would the Dark Lord allow you to date me since I’m the niece of one of his feared enemies and Lily is a muggle?”  Susan asked with worry.
“I’m a half-blood,” Phoenix said with worry.  “That’s why I was afraid to approach you.  I thought you wouldn’t be interested in someone like me.”
“Phoenix I have no prejudices against half-bloods or muggle borns.  I admit I do have some issues with squibs but that’s due to my experiences with Argus Filch and Arabella Figg, a woman appointed by Dumbledore to ‘watch’ over me when I was still with the Dursleys.  I will talk to him when I have returned him to life dear Susan but I can’t see him objecting to it.  He knows that Hermione Granger is one of my followers and friends and has no issues with that.  My father doesn’t want to kill muggles or half-bloods.  He just wants our world and the muggle world to be separate for both our protections and safety.  I think as long as you promise not to betray me or have affairs with other men behind my back he will be okay with the marriages.”
Again the six girls looked at each other and as one seemed to decide for there was a chorus of “yes we accept Ares Salazar Riddle’s proposal.”  Ares breathed a sigh of relief.  “Do you know what lines you would like to be the ladies of?”
“Riddle,” Susan said immediately.
“Slytherin,” Daphne said.
“Potter,” Luna said.
“Gryffindor,” Phoenix said.
“Black,” Lily said.
“Naga,” Sophie said.
“I will visit Gringotts and search for rings in each of the six vaults to give to each of you.  But for now allow me to do this,” and he knelt in front of Susan.  “I, Ares Salazar Riddle, heir to House Potter, heir to House Riddle, heir to House Black, heir to House Gryffindor, heir to house Slytherin and heir to house Naga, hereby propose marriage and complete faithfulness to Susan Bones, daughter of the Ancient and Noble House of Bones and niece of Amelia Bones.” He repeated this statement with Daphne Greengrass, Lily Moon, Luna Lovegood, Phoenix Storm and Sophie Roper. 
“Please don’t let Dumbledore or anyone else know about this.  I don’t want harm to come to you without any rings on your fingers.  You can tell those friends you trust as long as you make them take an unbreakable vow.”
The six ladies of Houses Riddle, Potter, Black, Gryffindor, Slytherin and Naga nodded.  “My Lord do you also plan on taking up the inheritance titles?” Luna asked.
“Yes.  I’ll try to do that this summer when I get your rings.  They will be given to you all when we return to Hogwarts next year,” Ares said.
“What of your group?” Daphne asked.
“I don’t know.  Since accepting the Naga line means forsaking the path of a dark lord then I need to figure out what to do with them all.  I have plans for the wizarding world.  Perhaps some of them can help me with that when they graduate since I have some fourth and fifth years as part of my followers.  Let’s try to get a compartment on the train home together.”
The next couple of months flew by quickly.  Ares and his fiancĂ©es passed their second year and all of his followers passed their exams as well.  As they boarded the train, surrounded by a quarter of Ares’s followers who had been informed of their master’s decision to forsake being a dark lord in favor of finding other ways to shape the wizarding world,  they did not see the calculating look in the headmaster’s eyes as he surveyed the group of students before him.  “Fawkes I believe it is time to pay a visit to our prisoner,” Dumbledore said as he stroked his phoenix’s breast.  Fawkes looked at his master sadly and flamed away with Dumbledore clutching the tail feathers.
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End Year 2

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Heir to Many

Ares Salazar Riddle was at breakfast the next morning when a Gringotts owl landed before him and held out its leg. Ares took the letter from the owl and handed it some pieces of bacon before untying the ribbon that held the letter in place and unrolled the parchment.  A ring fell out and he stared at it.  It was gold with silver threads mixed in and had a large “G” stamped into the sapphire.
Mr. Riddle,
Please come to Gringotts at your earliest convenience and make sure nobody knows of your absence.  It is important that we speak to you about issues concerning your family origins.  This ring is a port key.  Just say “Gringotts,” and it will activate and bring you here.  Again make sure you come alone and nobody sees you leave or know that you are gone.
Ironsteel
Director of Gringotts Bank
London, England
“Incendio,” Ares said and the letter burned to ashes before floating down to the table.  Nodding his head in thanks to the owl he watched it flap its wings and began its journey back to Gringotts.   Slipping the ring into his pocket he finished his breakfast and made his way out of the Great Hall and to Salazar’s Chamber where he had slain Susanna and taken the basilisk egg earlier that year.  Nobody would know he was missing.  As owner of Hogwarts the castle wouldn’t inform the headmaster if he left. 
Once he was safely in the chamber he pulled out the ring and slipped it on his finger.  “Gringotts,” he said and there was the sharp pull at his naval that accompanied travel by port key.  Stumbling he caught himself just in time to prevent himself from falling onto his face on the floor of Gringotts. Making his way over to a teller he spoke.  “I have an appointment with Director Ironsteel.”
“And who might you be?”
“Ares Salazar Riddle,” Ares said narrowing his eyes at the goblin.  The goblin’s eyes widened and got down from his chair before leading Ares through a side door and into the tunnels that marked the entrance to the Goblin nation.  He followed the goblin along the twists and turns of the corridor until they arrived at Director Ironsteel’s door.  After knocking and speaking in Gobbledegook he bowed Ares in and shut the door.
“Good morning Mr. Riddle.  I trust you made sure to follow the directions in the letter I sent you?”
“Yes I did Director Ironsteel.  What is this about?”
“Mr. Riddle what do you know about a man named Sirius Black?”
“Sirius Black?  I’ve never heard of that name before.  Does he have something to do with me?”
“Sirius Black was your godfather.  It is believed he is dead as there has been no trace of him for the past twelve years.  Mr. Black made you his heir when you were born.  You are in fact the head of six noble houses Mr. Riddle.”
“Six?” Ares asked as his eyes widened in shock.
“That is correct Mr. Riddle.  Would you like to hear the houses you are head of?”
“Yes.”
“You are the heir to House Riddle, heir to House Potter, heir to House Slytherin, heir to House Gryffindor, heir to House Black and heir to House Naga.”
 “What does this entail sir?”
“As the head of six houses, five being ancient and noble houses; Riddle is not counted among them as the only wizards to be born in that house have been your father Tom Riddle Jr. and yourself, you are the lord of all these house.  However due to being the head of six houses you are required to have six wives-one for each house.”
“Six wives?  Can’t I just have one wife?”
“Having multiple wives is not uncommon in the wizarding world. Many wizards have multiple mistresses on the side along with their wives which is sadly approved of.”
“What’s the difference between having mistresses and having multiple wives?  It’s the same thing is it not?”
“No Mr. Riddle it is not the same thing.  While mistresses are common mainly among muggle men who can’t keep their pants zipped up and are under the curse of their own lust which degrades both the man and the women he sleeps around with, the ladies who are multiple wives have the right to their honor and dignity.  Many cultures allow men to have multiple wives and some muggles even allow the use of multiple husbands but that is neither here nor there. If you were to have one wife and take up the lordship of all six houses as is your right then the lady would find it stressful to manage six households and six sets of children as she would need to produce a heir for each house.  Whereas having one wife for each house equals each wife bearing children for the house she is the lady of and each wife only need worry about producing heirs to the house that she is the lady of.  Do you understand my reasoning now?”
“I think so.  But how can I afford six households?”
“Mr. Riddle you are in fact one of the richest men alive with the combined vaults of all six lines you own.  Each house has their own vaults and own properties. Your correct name is Lord Ares Salazar Riddle-Potter-Black-Gryffindor-Slytherin-Naga.”
“What would my wives be required to do and how would the naming of children go?”
“Each wife would be responsible for her own home and producing you heirs to each home.  Any children you would have with your wives would have the name of the house they live in.  An example is if you had a wife who was of the Riddle name then all the children from that wife would automatically be Riddles only.  This would follow with your other five names and five other wives.  Now would you like to learn of the properties you have inherited from each line as well as their vaults?”
“Sure,” Ares said as he tried to process all the information he had just learned.
“Very well.  Please place three drops of blood on the parchment before you and it will show you your results.”
Ares took the knife that he just noticed on the desk and pricked his finger before letting three drops of blood drop onto the parchment below him.  It glowed white and suddenly there was writing.
Name: Ares Salazar Riddle-Potter-Black-Gryffindor-Slytherin-Naga
Age: 12
Potter Vaults: 687, 704, 206, 896
Black Vaults: 10, 150, 711, 850
Riddle Vaults: 4, 76, 100, 270
Gryffindor Vaults: 1, 3, 5, 18, 20, 456, 900
Slytherin Vaults: 2, 6, 8, 13, 23, 300, 400, 658, 700
Naga Vaults: 850, 98, 14, 19, 234, 800, 124, 562, 750, 973
Potter Properties:
Potter Cottage-Godric’s Hollow-Destroyed on October 31, 1981
Lily Manor-Scotland
Potter Manor-Wales
Potter Castle-Ireland
Black Properties:
Number 12 Grimmauld Place-London (currently headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix)
Black Manor-Florence, Italy
Midnight Emerald-Wales
Marauder Manor-Scotland
Grim Manor-Houston, Texas, USA
Riddle Properties:
Riddle Manor-Little Hangelton
Twilight Manor-California, USA
Gryffindor Properties:
Gryffindor Castle-Yorkshire, England
Godric’s Cove-Malmo, Sweden
Gryffindor Manor-London
Slytherin Properties:
Hogwarts Castle-Scotland
Slytherin Castle-China
Serpent Rock-Dublin, Ireland
Basilisk Manor-Southern Wales
Naga Properties:
Naga Manor-China
Naga Castle-Germany
Emerald Manor-Rome, Italy
Zodiac Castle-Scotland
“I own all of these properties?”
“Yes you do.  However the Naga heritage has a catch.  If you become a dark wizard or a dark lord then you will not be able to inherit the Naga line even though it rightly belongs to you.  You will also be required to produce an heir for each line within two years of your graduation from Hogwarts at seventeen.  Your heirs will inherit only from the vaults their mothers are the ladies of.”
“Great,” Ares muttered. 
Ironsteel chuckled.  “Would you like to take up the lordships for the first five lines you have inherited or would you like to wait until you decide what to do about the Naga line?”
“I think I’ll wait for now.  Oh I also wanted to ask if there is any way I can restore Potter Cottage?  Money is of course no problem.”
“Of course. Do you want it the same way it was before its destruction?”
Ares thought about that for a few moments.  “Yes that will be fine.  Do you know how many bedrooms it had?”
“Potter Cottage is two floors with two bedrooms and a study room.  I can easily arrange for more bedrooms to be added but it will change the layout.”
“That’s fine.  When can I expect it to be completed?  And can you add wards to it upon completion?”
“Certainly Mr. Riddle.  It should be complete in about three months.”
“Thank you.  Now did Sirius Black leave a will?”
“Yes he did.  I can read it now if you like?”
“Yes thank you.”
“Very well.”  Ironsteel pulled out an envelope and opened it before removing a piece of parchment.
I, Sirius Orion Black, being of sound mind and body declare this my final will and testament.
Greetings Prongslet and hello to the rest of you fools,
I name Harry James Potter my heir through blood and magic as I adopted you shortly after your birth.  Don’t worry Prongslet you are still a Potter. 
To Remus Lupin I leave Wolf Cottage in Northern Scotland for your furry little problem and 100,000 Galleons to be deposited into your vault every month.  Don’t spend it all in one place Moony.
To Narcissa Malfoy-nee Black I dissolve your marriage to Lucius Malfoy, take back the dowry of my family and banish you from the Black family.
To the Malfoy family I leave you 1 knut each and my curse that you never find happiness.
To Peter Pettigrew I leave you a one way ticket to the depths of Hell upon your demise.
To my dear cousin Bellatrix Lestrange-nee Black I dissolve your marriage to Rodolphus  Lestrange, remove you from the Black family, and take back the dowry my family gave to Rabastan.
To Albus Dumbledore if he didn’t follow the instructions in the Potter Will I leave you a one way ticket to Hell.  I hope you fry your manipulative old bastard!
To Andromeda Tonks and her daughter Nymphadora Tonks, I hereby reinstate you both back into the Black family and leave you each 20,000 Galleons each.
Kreacher, the house elf of 12 Grimmauld Place, I order your immediate beheading.
Prongslet as my heir you are entitled to my vaults and properties.  Don’t ever trust Albus Dumbledore or Peter Pettigrew.  Pettigrew’s a coward and Dumbledore is a fool who will use you to achieve his own ends.
Sirius Orion Black
“Padfoot”
“Who is this Remus Lupin fellow?”
“Remus Lupin was a friend of James and Lily Potter as well as Sirius Black.  He’s a werewolf and is currently in Azkaban Prison.”
“Why?”
“I am not sure why he is there Mr. Riddle.  Do you want to give him Wolf Cottage as well as 100,000 Galleons a month?”
“Yes.  Even though he’s in Azkaban doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be without money since it’s so hard for werewolves to live in the United Kingdom.”
Ares thanked Ironsteel and left Gringotts before apparating back to Hogwarts.  As the owner of Hogwarts, he smirked at this thought, he could easily bypass the wards and apparate and disapparate from the school.  Wonder what Dumbledore will think of that?  I suppose that means I can become Headmaster of Hogwarts and even kick the old fool out as well as kick all the students out.  Hmm perhaps I should think on this.
Ares chuckled to himself as he made his way up to Ravenclaw Tower.  He stopped in front of the eagle door knocker and waited patiently for the riddle.
What am I? I am the only thing that always tells the truth. I show off everything that I see. I come in all shapes and sizes. So tell me what I must be!
“A mirror” Ares said.
Good job young one.
Ares walked into the common room and made his way up his dorm where Draco and Orion were.  “I just learned something interesting at Gringotts.  It appears I am the owner of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and I need to find six wives and produce heirs for all six lordships I own within the first two years after I graduate.
“Oh and Draco I’m head of House Black.  Your parents’ marriage is dissolved as is Bella’s marriage to Rodolphus and they’ve both been kicked out of the Black family.  Sirius Black is apparently my godfather and appointed me as his heir in magic and blood as he blood adopted me when I was born.  I just found a way to get rid of Dumbledore.”