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Monday, January 27, 2014

Goblet of Fire

Year 4

Ares was sitting on the Hogwarts Express with his best friends.  It was the start of their fourth year and Ares was planning on finding a way to bring his father back by the end of the year so they could take down Dumbledore and his father and step mother could reunite.  Ares considered Raven Mallow his step mom and Gemini his brother even though his father and Raven hadn’t been married when Dumbledore had kidnapped her.  Moony, Sirius, Regulus, Raven and Gemini had been living at Riddle Manor after Ares had found them in the Forbidden Forest though he had punished Moony for harming Claw.  Ares had gone to the Qudditch World Cup and spent time with each of his future wives at their respective homes.  He had also taken up the Naga Lordship.  The last murder he planned on committing in his life was Dumbledore’s.
“What do you think is going to happen this year Ares?” Hermione asked.
“I’m going to resurrect my father by the end of fourth year and we’ll take down Dumbledore.  That has been my plan ever since father was killed by Dumbledore after I beat Weasel in that duel.  Dumbledore may have thought father died but he didn’t.  He has Horcruxes with him that keep his soul anchored to this plane. As long as they aren’t destroyed he can’t die.”
“That’s smart,” Draco said.
“No that’s stupid,” Ares said.  “Horcruxes are the most dangerous dark magic one can commit because you have to murder innocents, children, in order to split your soul. Father split his soul seven times.”
“Are you sure you’re allowed to tell us this?” Indigo asked worried. “Won’t the Dark Lord torture you for telling us his secret of immortality?”
“My father is not the man that Dumbledore and the light portray him to be. He’d never harm his own son.  I will be reuniting all the shattered pieces of his soul into his body so he can be whole again during the process of bringing him back to life.”
The journey to Hogwarts passed swiftly and before they knew it they had entered a carriage and were on their way to Hogwarts for the welcoming feast.  The new first years followed Hagrid down to the boats for the traditional sail across the lake where they’d be met by Professor McGonagall.  It was raining when they arrived and Ares thanked his lucky stars that he wasn’t a first year anymore though he was anxious to get inside and cast a drying charm on himself. 
Finally they arrived at the doors to Hogwarts.  Ares and his friends made their way over to the Ravenclaw table and sat down while waiting for the welcoming feast to begin.  All the upper years finally took their seats and began chatting while they waited for the first years and the sorting to begin.  The doors opened to reveal a group of scared first years led by Proffesor McGonagall who was carrying a scroll.  She led the students up between the Gryffindor and Hufflepuff tables and made the students stand in a line in front of the staff table.  “When I call your name please come to sit on the tool and go to your house table after you are sorted.”
The sorting took place. Hufflepuff got six, Ravenclaw four, Gryffindor five, and Slytherin three.   “Eighteen students this year.  They seem to getting smaller and smaller,” Ares said.  “Probably due to the first war.”
It was then that Ares noticed a new person at the staff table.  Dumbledore stood up.  “Welcome back to Hogwarts for second years and up and welcome to our new first years.  This year Quidditch will be canceled,” there was outrage at this and Dumbledore fired off firecrackers to get silence once again, “and will instead be replaced with the Triwizard Tournament.  Mr. Filch please bring in the Goblet of Fire,” Dumbledore said to Filch.  Filch went into a side room and came back with a covered object  and dragged it to the center of the room in front of the staff table facing the students.  Dumbledore flicked his wand and the curtains slid shut on the windows and the candles dimmed.  He waved his wand at the cover and it flew off to reveal an ancient silver goblet with blue burning fire.
“This is the Goblet of Fire.  And the man next to me is Ludo Bagman, head of the International Magical Games Department at the Ministry of Magic as well as one of the judges for the Triwizard Tournament.  Mr. Bagman will explain the rules of the tournament.”
The man next to him stood up.  “Thank you Albus.  My name is Ludo Bagman and I am head of the International Magical Games Department and will be one of four judges on the tournament.  The Triwizard Tournament has been around for centuries until it was banned in 1792 due to the rising death toll.  It is a competition between three schools and each school will choose a champion to compete in the tournament for the glory of 100 galleons and the Triwizard Cup!  This year Hogwarts will be host to the schools of Durmstrang and Beauxbatons.  The Triwizard Tournament is traditionally three events but this year it will be nine.  Because of the dangers of the Triwizard Tournament students will have to be seventeen or older to compete. If you are interested in submitting your name for the Tournament then on a piece of parchment write your name, school, and the year you are in and put it into the cup.  On Halloween we will draw the champions. The Cup will be in the Entrance Hall for all students interested in submitting their names. I warn you that these tasks will be dangerous and if you are chosen you cannot back out so think wisely if you wish to join.” 
Dumbledore grinned internally.  He would enter Harry Potter into the tournament so that when Voldemort was resurrected he could kill them both and gain more support and loyal followers of the light.  Nobody ever needed to know that he was really darker than Grindelwald or Voldemort.  Yes the tournament couldn’t come at a more important time.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Moonlight Ghosts

Claw let out a growl at the older werewolf and advanced another step forward.  His hackles were raised.  The rest of his pack backed off as they didn’t want to get in a fight between a couple of werewolves but they were stunned to see another werewolf in the Forbidden Forest.  Nocturne shook her head.  She just knew this wasn’t going to end well.  She and the others should have an easy time keeping the other werewolf’s pack at bay while Claw and this stranger fought it out.  The question was would Claw be able to win?
Claw turned his head and growled at his pack.  The pack settled in trees or lay on the ground in a half circle.  Their master had informed them never to interfere in a battle between werewolves, especially alphas and werewolves who were fighting over mates.  On the other side the strange werewolf’s pack did the same.  Dusk looked over at the shadow wolf cub that had moved to be between the fox and the Border collie.  Was it possible…?
There’s other Animagi here!  Animals wouldn’t be running around with a werewolf!
The other pack members seemed to have figured it out as well for they were watching the other Animagi closely.  If they made a move toward Claw they would face their wrath and the wrath of their master when he returned to Hogwarts.  Claw watched his pack before swinging his head forward and advancing out into the middle of the field.  The other werewolf had a mad gleam in its eyes and moved into the open. 
As the moon came out from behind the clouds the strange werewolf ran at Claw.  Claw dodged to his left and the other werewolf ran past him.  Claw’s smaller size worked in his favor but despite his fights to protect his mate back in his home territory he didn’t have the experience to fight an older and bigger wolf.  He would just have to rely on his speed and smaller size then in an attempt to survive this battle.
Moony dug his paws in to halt his forward momentum and turned around to face the younger wolf.  This was HIS territory and this young upstart of a cub had no right being on HIS territory!  Growling Moony lunged at Claw and the two werewolves began rolling around in the field, clawing and biting each other.  Moony fastened his jaws around Claw’s right hind leg and shook his head back and forth making Claw howl in pain. 
Dusk and Nomad watched the other pack, Nocturne and Acid watched the fight and the rest watched the surrounding woods.  Claw whipped his head back and smacked Moony in the nose and then when Moony loosened his grip Claw jerked his leg out of Moony’s mouth.  Holding his paw off the ground Claw turned to face Moony and lunged for his neck but the older wolf caught him and slammed him down onto the ground.  Claw whimpered and struggled to free himself from the mad wolf as it began tearing into his flesh. 
“BOMBARDA!  SILVESCO!”
Claw looked up to see his master standing a few feet away.  Padfoot lunged at the intruder and was hit by five Cruciatris Curses from Claw’s pack that had resumed their human forms upon spotting their master.  The moonlight shone down on Dark Raven and they could all see he had changed.  Draco was at his master’s side with his wand pointed at the mad werewolf. 
“Claw lay down and rest.  What the hell is going on here?!”
Claw whimpered but obediently laid his head down on the ground.  Ares took in the damage and shook his head before shooting a Crucio at the mad werewolf who howled in pain. Ares’s tail twitched in agitation as he stared coolly at his pack.  “Animagi if you don’t want my followers to end your lives then you will resume your human forms and state who you are.  The rest of you hop to it!”
Obediently the members of Spina Corvos resumed their human forms and they all bowed before their master.  “Someone explain what is going on.”
Griffin spoke up.  “We were accompanying Claw like we usually do during his transformations.  A few of our comrades wanted the chance to help and stretch their wings and legs so they came along.  We heard barking when we arrived at the clearing and saw those other Animagi there.  Claw advanced out into the open and that was when we saw the other werewolf.  Claw growled at us to stay back and we did.  Then they began fighting.”
“Stay down Claw or do I need to bind you?” Ares said as he noticed Claw trying to stand up.  Obediently the werewolf lay still.  “The magical coma I was in for a week was my creature inheritance.  Apparently I had creature blood in me.  Now who the hell was it that helped Draco send me home?”
Hermione, Indigo, and Griffin stepped forward.  Claw raised his head.  “I see.  CRUCIO!” The three Animagi fell to the ground screaming in pain.  “Draco has already been punished for his actions.  Claw brace yourself.
“Silvmay!”  Claw howled in pain as the silver curse hit him.  Ares let the spells continue for a few minutes before canceling them.  “Next time do not disobey me.  Now I can assume the werewolf is a Mr. Remus Lupin.  So who are the four of you?” Ares said turning his gaze upon the strangers.
“Who are you?” Sirius asked.
Ares frowned and shot the leg-locker curse at Sirius making him fall to the ground.  “As you are in my territory I suggest you comply with my questions.  But I am Ares Salazar Riddle, heir to the Dark Lord, heir to Slytherin and Gryffindor.”
“My name is Regulus Black and this idiot is my older brother Sirius,” Regulus said bowing before his prince. 
“Regulus Black huh? I think Severus will be pleased to know that you’re alive.  And who is the lady and child with you Regulus?”
The woman looked at the boy in front of her.  “This is my son Gemini Ezekiel Riddle.  Son of Tom Riddle who is as I understand it a dark lord.  And I am Raven Artemis Mallow.  Girlfriend to your father young one.”
Ares smiled for the first time since his arrival back.  “Well then it is a pleasure to meet you little brother and mom.  I suppose it is only right that you get the truth.”
“What truth?” Regulus asked.

“I was blood adopted by Tom Riddle at six years old but I was born Harry James Potter and I am part Kitsune through the Potter line.”
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End Year 3

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Forbidden Forest

Remus, Sirius, Regulus, Gemini and Raven turned in the direction of Hogwarts and made their way to the Shrieking Shack.  Moony slowly made his way back up to the room he used to stay in during his transformations as a child at Hogwarts.  “So who is the child Raven?” Sirius asked.
“Gemini Ezekiel Riddle.  He’s my son and Tom is his father,” Raven said putting a hand on her son’s shoulder. 
“This is the Dark Lord’s son?” Sirius asked looking from Raven to Regulus and back.
“Yes it is and this is really Raven Mallow,” Regulus said. 
“I can’t believe it.  We thought you were dead and here you are alive.  Not only that you have a son,” Sirius said shaking his head in disbelief even though the evidence was in front of him.  “But how do we know you aren’t a death eater in disguise?”
“Her scent,” Remus said coming back downstairs.  “Even if I’ve been in Azkaban I recognize her scent.  Polyjuice can’t fake a person’s scent.”
“How do you know that Remus?” Sirius asked.
“Because I actually paid attention in class when you and James were busy goofing off,” Remus said.  “Or did you forget all the detentions you and James got during our school years?”
“How are you sane after twelve years in Azkaban?”  Regulus asked looking at Remus.
“I’m a bit mad.  Nobody can last in Azkaban with their sanity intact,” Remus said and they saw the mad gleam in his eyes again.  “The moon collar that Dumbledore put around my neck after he cast stupefy at me didn’t help matters.  It was everything I could do to control the wolf.  At the same time I knew that I was innocent of what Dumbledore said. I would never betray Lily and James or my cub. Where is he anyway?”
“I don’t know Moony,” Sirius said sadly.  “I hope he didn’t get sent to the Dursleys.”
“If Dumbledore can kill you, throw me in Azkaban, turn Tom Riddle to the dark, and imprison Raven, her son and Regulus then I wouldn’t be surprised if he put our cub with Petunia and her walrus of a husband,” Remus said.  “We need to find our cub.”
“I agree Moony but we need to rest up first and prepare for a journey like that,” Sirius said.
Sirius went with Moony to the bedroom that Moony transformed in.  Regulus, Raven and Gemini made their way to the other two bedrooms in the shack.  When Sirius awoke he would figure out a way to get food for everyone as well as blankets. It would be a trying time for the group being so close to Hogwarts and so close to once again being in Dumbledore’s grasp.
Ares groaned and opened his eyes.  He blinked and looked around him.  “How did I get back home?”
“Master!  You’re awake!”
Ares turned his head and saw Draco sitting in a chair next to his bed. “Draco care to explain why I’m at Riddle Manor instead of at Hogwarts?” There was a hint of malice in the Dark Raven’s voice as he stared at his friend.
“Forgive me master but we had no idea what else to do. You were in a magical coma and…”
CRUCIO!  Draco screamed as he fell to the floor. Ares sat up and stared down at the Malfoy heir.  Ares summoned his wand from where it was lying on a table and canceled the spell.  Lucius and Narcissa came running into the infirmary and bowed before their young Lord.
“Young Master we are glad to see you are awake,” Narcissa said softly. 
“Draco?” Ares said not looking at Lucius and Narcissa.  “What are they doing here?”
“You know my mother is a healer.  We had no idea what else to do master when you didn’t wake.  We couldn’t risk leaving you at Hogwarts in case Dumbledore found you.  I decided to bring you here.  Father and Mother were waiting for us when we arrived…”
“CRUCIO MAXIMA!”
Draco screamed in agony as the second stage of the Cruciatris curse hit him.  “Lucius,” Ares said in a cold voice.  “What exactly did your son tell you about me?  And you better tell me everything he told you if you don’t want to share his fate.”
“Master,” Narcissa said.  “The reason for your magical coma is that you were coming into your creature inheritance.”
“Creature inheritance huh?  Tell me what creature am I Narcissa?”
“A Kitsune master.”
“Kitsune.  I’m a fox demon?  Where did this come from?”
“Most likely the Potter DNA in you master,” Narcissa replied.  “I’m not aware of the Slytherin line having creature blood in them.”
“Interesting.  Lucius you still haven’t answered my question.”
“Young Lord my son told me of your group and your deeds these past two years at Hogwarts.  I made him tell me.”
“So apparently the one who needs to be punished is yourself and your wife.  CRUCIO! CRUCIO!”
Lucius and Narcissa fell to the ground screaming in pain as the torture curse hit them both.  “And apparently I am going to have to punish my followers for their disobedience as well when I return to Hogwarts.  A pity.”  After ten minutes Ares canceled the spell on the Malfoys and walked over the full length mirror that was in the infirmary.  He wanted to see for himself how he had changed.
His human ears had melted into his head to be replaced by fox ears on top of his head.  He had a long tail that had a silver bushy tip and trailed down to the floor.  His pupils had turned into slits and he his nails had been replaced by claws on both hands and feet.  His chest had broadened to the size of a fox as well.  The fur on his ears and tail was black.  Taking a guess he changed his form and standing in the place of a boy was a black Kitsune and nine tails that had auburn stripes, silver bushy tips and frosted eyes. 
The Kitsune titled its head and walked over to the three Malfoys before changing back.  Ares stood there looking down at the three of them.  “Draco.”
“Yes my Lord?”
“Next time do not disobey me.  And thank you Lady Malfoy.”
“For what my young Lord?”
“For helping to heal me.  I want an unbreakable vow from the three of you that you will not reveal my Kistune Animagus form to anyone. Not even my father or to my followers.”
“My Lord that may not be your Animagus form.  It may be your true form,” Lucius said.
“True form? What do you mean by that Lucius?”
“Since you have creature blood in you from what we can assume is the Potter line, the Kitsune may be your true form.  The Blood Adoption your father did may have given you the blood of Salazar Slytherin but that wouldn’t wipe out the Potter DNA or the creature blood.  Blood adoptions don’t erase a creature inheritance.  The Kitsune is a magical creature in Japanese folklore.  But I have never met a Kitsune creature inheritance in my life so I'm not sure if it is your true form or not."
The Malfoy family readily took the unforgivable vow.  “I trust the three of you know the consequences of breaking an unforgivable vow?”
“Yes young master,” the Malfoys replied.
“Good.  Now let’s go see about getting something to eat and I want to see if I can find something to help resurrect father.  I think my house elves will be pleased to see me home.”
Claw, Nocturne, Dusk and Nomad had just snuck out of the castle to help Claw with his transformation like they did every month. Six other members of Spina Corvos were also with the usual group, happy to stretch their wings and legs.  As they were coming into the clearing where they played and kept Claw in check, Claw halted causing the others to stop.  They heard barking coming from the clearing and slowly advanced.  Standing before them were two dogs, a fox and a shadow wolf looked up.  The shadow wolf cowered behind the fox who bared its fangs.  Claw tensed and let out a howl before advancing in front of his pack and lowering his head.  Stepping out of the shadows was another werewolf who bared its fangs at Claw.