Joanna hurried to a small closet before she apparated to five different places before she headed to Tom’s house. She didn’t want to be followed and she knew Dumbledore still did not truly trust her. When she entered the house, she started shouting his name, but she heard no reply.
Entering the reading room, she found the darkness and the cold so unwelcoming.
“Tom?” Joanna shouted but the only reply she got was dead silence.
Immediately she headed to his bedroom, and when she entered, it was the same; dark and cold.
“Nagini?” Joanna called, and even the snake was no where to be found. Joanna felt like she had just missed them and there was a sudden tightness in her chest. She was afraid for him, she was afraid of loosing him.
“Tom, where are you?” Joanna whispered as she sat on his bed and stared blankly at the floor. She was trying not to panic, trying not to give in to the fear, trying not to cry.
Just when she thought she was just wasting her time, she heard him.
“What are you doing here?”
“Tom?” Joanna looked up and saw him standing by his desk. Immediately, she got up and ran to him. She threw her arms around him and she felt him return the hug.
“Tom, the ministry knows about the muggle attack,” Joanna suddenly pulled back and warned.
“The ministry knows about what?”
“Don’t try to play dumb. That muggle town, you were planning for a muggle attack weren’t you? You have to call it off! The ministry are sending aurors in the moment the attack happens!”
“I’m not calling it off,” Tom replied with a straight face.
“People will die if a battle starts!”
“It is too late to call it off. Everyone are at their positions waiting for my orders.”
“Tom please,” Joanna whispered her plea, hoping that it would have a different effect on him.
“Sorry,” Tom said as he made some distance between them.
“Tom, don’t do this. I can’t lose you,” Joanna said.
There, I said it, I admitted it, Joanna thought to herself.
“I won’t die. You’ll see me again,” Tom replied as he shifted his gaze away from her.
There was a short moment of silence before he walked up to her, placed a gentle kiss on her forehead, before disapparating.
Immediately after he disappeared, the tears fell, because Joanna knew she wasn’t going to see him again. Falling to her knees she attempted to control her sobs, but it was impossible. She had a very bad feeling and she couldn’t shake it off.
After multiple attempts of trying to calm herself down, Joanna forced her way back to the ministry. Even at 6 in the morning, people were still bustling around, but the crowd was thinner than it was before.
Joanna slumped on her desk and caught a couple of hours of shut eye before she was wakened by her colleague.
It was 10 in the morning when teams were being sent off one by one into the small town. There were easily 50 of them up against a rough estimate of 30 dark witches and wizards.
Joanna was in team B. The team where 10 of them were to try and get as many muggles to safety. She was glad she didn’t have to be in the battle, but she was still afraid she might have to watch it all go down.
At 10:10, she apparated into an alley where she charmed a mother and child to return home. Just as she watched them disappear into safety, she saw a sign on one of the shops on the main street. The sign read, ‘Erlton Motel’. Was that where Tom was staying?
Ignoring the shouts of her teammates as she dashed across the soon to be blood wet streets, all Joanna could think about was stopping Tom. Entering the strangely empty motel, Joanna hurried up the stairs and onto the first landing. Was she going to knock on every door? She had to try.
When it came to the fourth door with no answer, she felt like crying again. Just then, the next door opened and Joanna’s draw dropped.
“What… Joanna?” Malfoy managed to ask in shock.
“What are you doing here?” they asked each other simultaneously.
Neither of them answered.
“Where’s Tom?” Joanna quickly asked.
Malfoy did not answer her question. He just stared at her, unsure on what to do. Just before he could say a word in reply, they heard it. Screams, yells and eruption of spells; the fight had begun.
Malfoy immediately said, “I’m late.” Before attempting to walk pass her.
Joanna pulled out her wand and pointed it right in his face.
“Where’s Tom?!” Joanna demanded.
“Where else?” Malfoy answered, backing away from her. When he realized Joanna had lost her interest in him, Malfoy ran pass her to join the rest.
Where else, Joanna thought.
She had to save him. Or she had to trust he would be safe, like he assured. Whichever she had to do, it was no easy decision.
To Be Continued….
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