| ||Rating: 15+||Story Reviews: 725|
Characters: Voldemort, OC, OtherCanon
Genre(s): Drama, Romance, Angst
Pairings: Other Pairing
First Published: 2007.08.13
Last Published Chapter: 2008.10.19
Last Updated: 2009.08.23
Favorite Story Of: 423 users
| ||Advisory: Mild Language, Mild Violence, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Substance Use or Abuse, Sensitive Topic/Issue/Theme|
|The HPFF Dobby Awards: Winner - Best Novel 2008|
|The HPFF Dobby Awards: Winner - Best Romance 2008|
|The HPFF Dobby Awards: Winner - Best Minor Character 2008|
|The HPFF Dobby Awards: Finalist - Most Addicting Story 2008|
2008 Dobby Winner: Best Novel, Best Romance, Best Minor Character || Finalist: Most Addicting Story
It is the summer of 1925 in the sleepy village of Little Hangleton, where lives intertwine and stories are rewritten. There is the handsome Tom Riddle, restless despite his wealth and privilege; Bethe Lawney, a gifted young woman with a mysterious past; and Merope Gaunt, destined to become the mother of the most powerful dark wizard in history...
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|1||Inside Looking Out
Merope Gaunt has lived eighteen miserable years of loneliness and poverty. The only escape she knows is to harbor impossible daydreams of the man she can never have.
Bethe is lively, brilliant, and owns the medicine shop in Little Hangleton. Merope is fragile, unloved, and full of repressed dreams. Both are young, talented women who are much more than they appear.
|3||Through Different Eyes
An increasingly educated Merope begins to see her father differently and reflects upon his once happy marriage.
|4||The Engagement Party
Tom begins to notice the girl, whose brother is always watching. Cecilia struggles between the man she loves and the man who loves her.
|5||Truth and Consequence
Inspired by a revealing talk with Merope, Bethe returns to the orphanage in search of her past.
|6||An Interlude To Love
In the village of Silvermist Woods, Bethe finds the answers she has been seeking and much more.
|7||The Love Potion
Tom and Merope's unusual friendship comes at a high price. Strange dreams and a chance sighting arouse Cecilia's suspicions.
|8||Outside Looking In
Tom's bond with Merope deepens, but his relationship with Cecilia begins to suffocate. Cecilia makes a plan that will ultimately end their suffering.
Bethe makes contact with her family in Ireland, but it is with a heavy heart that she prepares to leave Little Hangleton.
|10||A Dream Fulfilled
Tom and Merope escape Little Hangleton to begin their new life together. Nothing can mar Merope's blissful happiness - not even the locket, which begins to lose its hold on her.
Bethe meets her family in Ireland and has an interesting and unexpected glimpse at what could be a clue to Merope's past.
|12||Whispers in the Night
In order to prove Tom's love to herself, Merope decides to stop giving him the potion. What she discovers will either secure him forever or end their short-lived happiness.
|13||The Secret Love of Marvolo Gaunt
One dark wintry night, Merope meets Ralph on the cliff by the sea to hear of the desire that conquered her father and how it destroyed two families in the process.
|14||Give Up This Fight
Marvolo pays a heavy price for his crime, never dreaming that the daughter he can't forgive will be the one to bring Slytherin's vision to life.
|15||The Leave Taking
Furious at Merope's deceit, Tom returns to Little Hangleton. But the shallow life that awaits him there - and a surprise meeting with a past acquaintance - forces him to rethink his rash action.
|16||The Birth of Darkness
Tom returns to Ireland but what he finds is not what he expected. Bethe hears of the strange beggar woman who knocked on her door.
A man seeks answers, and a woman comes home.
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