Edward and Eve Balford sat at the large table waiting impatiently for the man who summoned them to begin the meeting. Edward was absentmindedly tapping his fingers against the wood table while Eve was knitting a dark purple scarf. They were the last to arrive and were already frowned upon for being late but no one said anything to them. They didn't dare to even think about it.
Lord Voldemort came out from the shadows and everyone stilled as he walked up to the table and pulled the large plush chair out. He sat down and said nothing as his Death Eaters waited in anticipation.
“Lucius,” Voldemort started darting his eyes to his target. “Harry Potter is still alive.”
“Yes, my lord.”
Lucius shuffled in his seat nervously but didn't respond.
“Lord Voldemort,” Edward interrupted. “Is there a reason for this meeting?”
“The Dark Lord doesn't need to give you a reason, Balford,” Severus Snape said to him sharply.
“Watch it Snape,” Eve said not looking up from her knitting. “Just because you killed Dumbledore doesn't mean you have any authority. You're still just a half-blood.”
Severus immediately shut his mouth as Lord Voldemort smirked.
“Edward if you would please have some patience, I will be getting to the point.”
“The point is always the same. Kill Harry Potter.”
“And the only reason it is the same is because he isn't dead yet,” Voldemort countered and then looked at Lucius Malfoy again. “And the issue of your son.”
“I'm sorry my lord, my son could not full fill his mission.”
“Your son is a failure as usual and it is becoming quite taxing. But then again the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.”
“Silence, I have grown tired of your excuses.”
“As have I,” Edward said rising with his wife following after. “If you have nothing different to say then I shall be leaving.”
“Your disrespect for the Dark Lord won't be tolerated for much longer Balford!” Walden Macnair exclaimed angrily. “You will not leave unless he says....”
MacNair cried out in pain as he fell to the ground. Edward did not let up even as his eyes rolled to the back of his head and he started to foam at the mouth.
“Enough Balford,” Lord Voldemort said and he immediately ceased.
“Edward,” Voldemort said to him as if nothing happened. “I called you here especially to discuss the plans with your granddaughter.”
“She is still young.”
“I know but she is nearing the end of the her cycle and she should be ready.”
“This is true,” Eve said putting her scarf away and walking to the two of them talking quietly. “But she hasn't been prepared for anything.”
“She's bright, is she not?”
“She could rival that mudblood Ranger.”
“Granger,” Edward corrected. “We will speak to her and let you know how far along she is at the end of the summer.”
“Excellent,” Lord Voldemort said visibly pleased. “You two may go, the rest of you remain.”
“My Lord.” Edward and Eve nodded their heads and left swiftly out the door.
The walked a bit outside instead of apparating immediately so they can talk about what transpired.
“Should we worry about Voldemort's plans with our granddaughter?” Eve asked with a hint of worry on her otherwise emotionless face.
“No, Voldemort will not do anything that we do not approve of.”
“I can not be so sure. He is really getting restless about Potter.”
“He plans to use her sooner than she is ready. She is very defiant and won't bow down to us let alone the Dark Lord.”
“She gets it from you,” Eve said smirking.
“After everything we have done for Voldemort, I do not believe he will betray us.”
“You were always the optimist.”
“Come,” Edward said preparing himself and taking Eve's hand. “Let's talk about this after school has started. She and her sister only have a few weeks left at house with us.”
As the Balfords left they were unaware of the eyes that were watching them. Severus Snape and Lord Voldemort stood outside calmly as they waited for the rest of the Death Eaters to depart.
“Severus I want you to look over the young Balford. Make sure she is being trained for what she is supposed to do.”
“They keep a sharp eye on her my lord,” Severus said. “I am sure I will not be able to get close to her.”
“Then get Draco to do it.”
“The young Malfoy will need to redeem himself for what he did. Convince him that this is the only way to save his mother.”
“Where is she?”
“That is none of your concern. All you need to worry your feeble mind with is how to help Makaya lead me closer to my goal.”
“Do you really think she is the key to ending this war?”
“Who said I wanted to end it?”
And with that Lord Voldemort disappeared without warning, leaving Severus to bask in this thoughts.
“Merlin help us all if she truly is the Millenia.”
Makaya sat in the kitchen of her Grandparents mansion eating her favorite cereal. She always had trouble sleeping at night and today was no exception. What was out of the ordinary was the fact she didn't dream. She always had horrific dreams whether it was about death and suffering or just plain darkness engulfing her. She always woke up either screaming or hyperventilating and had to comforted before she calmed down. While her parents and grandparents tried only her twin sister, Madison, could settle her emotions down enough. She was doing now what Makaya always envied about her; sleeping like a rock.
Makaya didn't even turn to see who was behind her. Only her grandmother called her by her middle name as she didn't like her first name. She said it was too vulgar and not elegant.
“Another dream, my dear?”
Makaya nodded as she took one last bite from her bowl and proceeded to drink the sugary milk.
“Why aren't you taking your sleeping potion?” Eve asked as she sat down in front of her across the counter top.
“Because I'm saving it for school. This house is big enough where my screams aren't bothering anyone except for Madison.”
“She doesn't mind, you are the only one who wakes her up out of her deep sleeping anyway.”
“Well she won't be with me when we go back to school so I don't want to bother my roommates.”
“If you had strive to become Head Girl...”
“Please don't. I'm not interested in putting more work to my schedule than I already have. And the training you put Madison and I through doesn't help.”
“We want you two to be strong for things to come.”
“What is coming?” Makaya inquired. She knew what answer was coming but that didn't stop her from asking all the time.
“You will see,” Eve said taking up her bowl and putting it in the sink. “You both will.”
Makaya smirked and kissed her grandmother on the cheek, “Ominous as usual. Goodnight Evie.”
“Goodnight child,” Eve didn't want to be called 'grandmother' because it made her feel old so she told them to call her Evie. While Edward disagreed with it she says its the only way to keep things not so stiff and formal as he does.
Eve waited a moment as Makaya went upstairs and looked out her kitchen porch shivering. She couldn't imagine what could be in store for her grandchildren and feared for their safety. While she supported Lord Voldemort since they first meet at Borgin and Burkes, she never thought anyone in her family would be directly involved in any of his schemes. Especially her disappointing squib of a son.
Makaya walked into Madison's room, which was only separated by a large bathroom. She sat on the edge of her bed and clamped her sisters nose down with her fingers.
Madison immediately opened her mouth and after a few minutes woke up. She hated sleeping with her mouth open because it dried out her lips and formed cracks that bleed.
“What do you want?” Madison asked in a funny voice causing Makaya to laugh and remove her fingers.
“They were gone most of the night again.”
“Did you say anything?” Madison asked as she sat up.
“No, but she seemed a little bit more on edge than normal.”
“Evie was always easier to read than Papa.”
“That's because he is a robot.”
“Yeah, but even he has been on edge for a while.”
“Well meeting with Voldemort will do that to you.”
“Makaya!” Madison said exasperated and threw a pillow at her. “You don't know that.”
“Where else would they be? They are a little old to be going out to the hot clubs in Norfolk.”
“There aren't any clubs in Norfolk.”
“Case in point,” Makaya said smugly. “We both know they support all of Voldemorts' ideas and actions from the things we've seen in their study.”
“I feel like that stuff was left out on purpose. It's not like them to make things so easy for us to find. They know we are super curious.”
“True, but you can't help but wonder what Millenia means.”
“Yeah there was nothing in any of the archives at school.”
“Of course not you dummy,” Madison said hitting her with the pillow again. “That's muggle stuff.”
“We can check Professor Snapes office,” Madison said deviously. She loved doing things that could get her in trouble because she never gets caught. “I'm sure he knows a bunch of stuff that has to deal with dark arts and secret meanings.”
“Um, are you psycho? You want to get expelled?”
“We won't get caught.”
“And there is no chance that you will try to go by the rules this year?”
“Never,” Madison looked at her watch and rolled her eyes. “I guess it's time to get up.”
“The sun streaming through the window and the birds chirping didn't give you a hint?”
Madison threw her last pillow at her twins face and got up to go into the bathroom. Makaya laughed and joined her twin in brushing their teeth.
“I think this is going to be a great year,” Makaya said while gargling but Madison understood every word.
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