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Love and Loyalty by ReneeNight
Chapter 1 : Chapter 8: Green
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Nicole exited the common room without so much as a goodbye. She didn't think that anyone would notice much. With the arrival of Sansa, they had all slipped into their own private conversation full of inside jokes. Nicole didn't think that they were intentionally trying to shut her out; they hadn't seemed to be mean or vindictive. She was going to say goodbye to Sirius, but he and the chubby boy had walked off to an alcove in the common room and seemed to be engaged in an intense conversation.

All of a sudden, the stairs that Nicole was on moved. Nicole was not prepared for that. This place was way too big and there was nothing super familiar about anything since everything kept moving and shifting. Nicole decided to follow the staircase's new path. I'll find someone who can help me out. Nicole thought to herself.

Nicole wound up in a long corridor which like the stairs seemed to be deserted for the most part. She kept walking down the corridor hoping to find a teacher or even a classroom. She couldn't ask one of the portraits for help because there was none of either side of her.

A black-haired boy appeared from a door on the side of the corridor a few feet in front of Nicole. He stopped and stared at Nicole, and Nicole couldn't help but do the same. He closed the distance between them. Nicole looked into his eyes. They were a mixture of blue and green. His black hair was cropped short and neatly tucked behind his ears.


She wasn't sure if that was a question or a statement.

"Do I know you?"

"No, not yet at least." He flashed her a smile.

Nicole chuckled lightly. This boy was attractive, whoever he was.

"How did you know my name?"

"Your uncle."

Now Nicole was confuse which must have showed on her face.

"I ran into your uncle and he told me that you were somewhere in the castle and to keep an eye out for you. You're starting in September?"

Nicole nodded

"Do you know what house you are in?"

"Yeah, Gryffindor. At least I think that's what it's called."

The boy rubbed his hand across his face in thought, as if he had bad news to deliver and didn't know how to break it to her.

"Is that bad?" Nicole asked

"Well, technically speaking…" he moved to whisper in her ears. "We can't be seen together." He pulled back

"And why is that?" Nicole said folding her arms across her chest.

"I'm a Slytherin and you are a Gryffindor. We're like sworn enemies."

"I didn't take you for a status-quo kind of guy." Nicole said brushing loose hair back from her face.

"Well there was never any Gryffindor that caught my interest. Never had to worry about fraternizing with the enemy, invading enemy territory." Nicole laughed.

"You make it sound like some covert ops mission. I'm not that difficult to get to know."

"You promise?" Nicole nodded and they both laughed.

"You never did tell me your name." The boy held out his hand

"Its David but everyone calls me Avery." Nicole took it.

"Nice to meet you Avery."

The two of them stood there for a couple seconds, staring at each other.

"Can I have my hand back?" Nicole asked. Avery laughed and reluctantly let go of Nicole's hand.

"Come on. I'll take you to your uncle."

They made their way down the stairs to the ground floor. They rounded the corner and went through a room that was off to the side of the main entrance hall and entered another entrance. There was a narrow spiral staircase that seemed to lead straight into darkness. Avery began to descend while Nicole was more hesitant. She didn't do well with dark unknown places especially with boys she just met. Avery turned to look at her.

"Scared?" Avery asked mockingly.

"Of complete and utter darkness? Of course not!"

"It's not completely dark down here, I promise." Nicole scoffed at the statement.

Nicole took out her wand and was about to cast a spell when Avery covered the tip of the wand with one of his hands. He held out his other hand for Nicole to take.

"Trust me."

There was so much sincerity in those blue-green eyes that Nicole couldn't help but do what he said. He was charming and sweet and extremely good-looking. She took his hand and immediately felt a wave of calmness flow through her body. They made it down the spiral staircase and came to a long, cold corridor. They walked down the corridor their steps echoing on the cold marble floor. They made it down the corridor and went down another staircase. They arrived at a blank stone wall.

Avery muttered "Merlin" and the stone wall moved to reveal a common room. It was a large ornate room. Black sofas, silver tapestries. Everything had a green tinge to it which seemed to come from the green lighting of the windows.

Nicole looked around the room. The room was filled with students whose attention was on a man who stood opposite the fire place.

"Uncle!" Nicole called out.

Antonin walked across the common room to where Nicole and Avery stood.

"I was afraid you might have run-away without me. Everything went all right." Nicole nodded

"Excellent. Come sit." Nicole and Avery walked to the couch closet to the fireplace and sat together. Another boy came and sat by Avery who introduced himself as Severus.

"Where was I?"

"You were talking about how you met Voldemort."

"Ah yes. Thank you Severus." Dolohov cleared his throat.

"Voldemort had plans for the future. To change everything for the better and I would be there changing it with him." 

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