When you lose something,
what lengths will you go to get it back?
I stared into the dark black window, rain running down it and thunder echoing in my ears. When I touched the window glass, all I could feel was cold ice on the other side. I sighed, gripping my hands together, and got up.
"Tom?...," I said.
He was standing on the other side of the hall. He seemed confused, rightfully so, as he crossed and shoved an unfamiliar book in my face. "Do you know what this is?" he asked quickly.
I looked at it for a moment. It said:
Handison, Andrew, Nara, Wren.
“It is said to be partially cold on the icy glares of the coldness yonder to pin forests. Corners of British men, piling up, scattered in front of wizards.”
Tom Riddle made a diary, Tom Riddle would of stayed alive if he hadn’t given clues—an enchanted diary, but I am no magical being. I am a squib, one that ponders on that thought of the muggle lasting world. WIZARDS!! BEHOLD!!
I blinked. "Tom, it's like a document. Like it's recording something. But, I don't know who Nara is." I skimmed the page again, quoting from it and then saying, "I think this passage is a hint, about the pine forests. Maybe that's where Handison is. And..." I squinted to see the last paragraph. "It says here that whoever is writing is a squib, and they're referencing to Tom Riddle."
"But look at this," Tom said. He pointed at the words "Behold Handison". "Do you think Handison wrote this? That maybe he is the squib?"
"No," I said. "It can't be. Handison knows dark magic. He has a wand."
"What if someone gave it to him?' said Tom. "What if he figured out some way? Squibs can use magic, just not as well as us wizards. Think back, did he ever directly use magic on you?"
I pondered a moment. It was hard to tear my brain away from Lucas, and remember those dark days. "No," I said. "If he did, it was dark magic. He made his followers use the actual magic. Are you suggesting...?"
"That Handison is trying to get us so he can take our magic? Yeah."
"But why take Lucas? He doesn't have any dark magic. Only we do."
"He knows that Lucas is the one person we would both try and save wholeheartedly, and together," said Tom slowly. "He wants us both, Asia. I think he wants us so he can take our dark magic and make a name for himself, so he can be a wizard."
I blinked hard and turned back to the book. New words had appeared:
Come to the pine forest, the one near Malfoy Manor.
Come together, not alone,
or Lucas will be the new sacrifice
A thunk sounded behind us. I turned, and Tom followed my lead. Behind us was the bedraggled form of Wren, staring at us with hollow eyes. She was very much alive, but something had thwarted the fire in her eyes I had remembered. Wren grasped my shoulders hard, and began to speak.
"You're like me," she said. "Dead inside."
Tom shoved her backwards, and I gulped. Her grip had made red marks on my skin.
Wren's eyes closed momentarily. Tom's face contorted and he yelled at her: "Where's Lucas?" She didn't answer. "Answer me, you old hag!"
She didn't look at him, and instead glanced at me. "Dead," she said.
My stomach dropped. "He's dead?"
"No," she said, "You're dead." With that, she smiled, and turned in a puff of black smoke.
Another sentence had appeared:
The clock is ticking. Come to the pine forest, and go inside the black shed.
I looked at Tom. "Should we go?"
We were sitting in the Slytherin common room. I barely remembered my own common room anymore, and now some Slytherins were starting to joke that the Sorting Hat had been torn between two houses and had told me to spend time in both, like a kid would when his parents were divorced. I didn't find humor in it.
Tom looked at the clock. "It's almost time. I think we should."
"Should we prepare?"
"How?" asked Tom, his voice defeated. "How?'
I shrugged. "I don't know. But I'm willing to do anything for Lucas."
Tom nodded. "Me too."
"Then it's been decided," I said, and we both smiled sadly at each other.
So!!!!! The race is on. Getting rather close to the end now. Knight, I'm thinking that Asia will die in one of the next few chapters, and that there should be a fight. You can bring in some more plot twists if you like, and BTW, this is where Asia' s recarnation curse is finally mentioned again~