It took a long time before Joanna could make up her mind. She then decided that going back to school was a much better option than staying at home. Hence, she wrote a reply to Professor Dippet, and a week later, she found herself boarding the Hogwarts Express.
As the train started to move, Joanna decided that she would just mind her own business and keep her head down for the rest of the year. By the time she had her mind set, the train was already in the country side, and the fresh scenery of greens reminded Joanna of the days where her life wasn’t full of curses and bad omens. Yet, she knew she could never run from them, as her days seemed to be marked with darkness. Wishing she never existed, Joanna resorted to closing her eyes and falling asleep.
Moments later, a knock came from the door, and just as she opened her eyes, she saw a blond headed boy in a prefects uniform.
“Malfoy?” Joanna asked in surprise.
“Hey. Yea, it’s me. I volunteered to make sure you got to Hogwarts safe,” Abraxas Malfoy replied.
“Wow, how kind of you,” Joanna said sarcastically.
“It was a good excuse to skip classes,” he immediately said.
“I bet. And since when were you a prefect?” Joanna straightened up and watched as he entered the compartment and took a seat across her.
“Tom put in a good word for me.”
“He probably needed you out of bed late at night, that’s why.”
“Yea, he does.”
“Such loyalty,” Joanna trailed off.
It was utter silence from then on as they both stared out the window, watching the blue sky turn orange and then to black. It would have been a very awkward moment, but somehow, Joanna knew what Abraxas was going through. She could see how torn he was, between staying loyal and doing what was right, and she knew he wanted to get out as much as she did. If Abraxas didn’t have such a prideful soul, Joanna could have seen them as good friends.
Joanna was about to break the silence with a question when Abraxas beat her to it.
“Why do you like Tom?”
“What?” Joanna replied, not at all expecting it.
“I know you’re not the first. There are many other girls. But Tom isn’t exactly nice. Yea, sure, he’s a sweet talker and he’s intelligent, but he’s sometimes rather mean.”
“Like you aren’t mean,” Joanna replied.
That immediately silenced Abraxas.
“I’m sorry. I don’t like Tom,” Joanna added.
“I read the letter you wrote him,” Abraxes said, so softly that he hoped his confession was not heard.
“What?!” Joanna stood up and pulled out her wand.
“I’m sorry! I was just curious, and I didn’t mean to.” Abraxes slid on his seat towards the exit.
“So, you know everything? Even what he’s doing?” Joanna asked as she eyed him carefully.
“I won’t tell anyone, I swear!”
For a brief moment, Joanna was hoping Abraxas might have told someone. But then she panicked, and she instinctively wanted to protect Tom.
“You swear on your mother’s life?” Joanna asked.
“Wow, you’re really going to protect him?” Abraxas slowly stood up.
Joanna narrowed her eyes at his sudden boldness.
“Maybe you don’t like him, maybe it’s something more.”
“What are you talking about?” Joanna straightened her wand at Abraxas, and Abraxas responded by casually folding his arms.
“Or maybe you’re just living up to your Hufflepuff trait of being loyal?”
“What are you talking about?!” Joanna asked again, confused at where he was going.
“Look, I know what Tom is doing, I’m helping him as well. I think he has a pretty good plan. AND, I’m not here for you.”
Abraxas pushed her wand away, and sat back down.
“I’m here because Tom suggested to Professor Dippet to give you an escort, but when he sent me, Tom asked me to run an errand for him.”
“Ah, that is for me to know only.”
“Then why are you telling me this?”
“Because you’re not the only one who knows things.”
“So, you’re just bragging that Tom is using you?”
“When the reign of blood purity happens, my family would be on top. That is his promise to me.”
“I don’t care.” Joanna rolled her eyes and added, “Did he tell you to pull that trick on me as well?”
“No. I was just testing you. Tom said if I could tell where your loyalty stands, then I should tell you that he would be waiting for you at the tower tonight.”
“He wants to see me?”
“He thinks you’ve changed-“
“And can be useful to him, right?”
“I don’t know. He just wants to see you.”
Just then, the train stopped at the station and the horn was blown.
“The tower. Remember,” Abraxas said with a smirk, before he got up, and exited the compartment.
Joanna was left standing, with her wand in hand, wondering to herself if she should actually meet Tom. What was he up to? And why is he bothering to see her now? Joanna knew she only had a brief moment to decide.
To Be Continued…
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