Fan Fiction (Novel)

Chapter 27

Joanna made her way to the tower that night. She wasn’t sure why she was going to see Tom, but she just felt like she had to. When she finally reached the landing in front of the door, she hesitated for a moment. Would it seem weak if she gave in to him? Joanna asked herself. She didn’t like being weak. But as her heart did the pondering, her brain moved her hand towards the door and pushed it open.

Tom was standing by the balcony, over looking the night sky. There were no stars that night, only a pitch black, endless sky. As Joanna entered and closed the door behind her, Tom did not turn, nor did he even flinch.

There was an awkward moment of silence before Tom spoke, “I heard you have an uncle who sells exotic snakes. Do you think you can get one for me?”

“You called me here to ask if I can get a snake for you?” Joanna couldn’t believe her ears.

Turning his head to look at her, he seemed to be deciphering her tone. And then he said, “No.”

“Then why do you wanna see me?”

“Why did you come to see me?” Tom asked in reply.

“I asked first.”

“Clearly you’re afraid of your own answer.”

“Clearly it has been a mistake,” Joanna said as she turned and headed towards the door.

“I’m sorry,” Tom immediately called out.

“Sorry won’t do you any good if you won’t tell me why you called for me.” Joanna said as she turned to face him, angry at his fondness of word play.

“No. I’m sorry.”

“What are you apologizing for?” Joanna was getting frustrated.

“I’m just sorry.” Tom turned away, and gazed back into the darkness of the sky.

It took Joanna a while to realize what he was saying, and she knew it must have taken him a lot to say those words. She was so tempted to ask for further explanation, but she knew he would never give her one and was afraid he might change his mind. So she kept quiet for a while before saying, “I’m tired. I’m going to bed.”

Joanna waited for a reply, but when he said none, she headed towards the door. Just as she was about to shut the door on her way out, she could have sworn she heard him say, “Don’t get caught.”

The following day, Joanna felt like she had accomplish something, and everything was returning to the way it use to be. But before the day could end, that theory of hers was proven wrong.

Matilda had decided that she wanted revenge for the duel, and before Joanna had returned to school, she had spread a rumor that Joanna was infected with muggle disease. Hence, everywhere she went students were avoiding her, except for most of the Ravenclaws (which Joanna was thankful they had more brains than the other houses).

Joanna felt as though she could easily accept what was going on as rumors always die down after a few weeks, but when Matilda decided to gather a bullying party in the courtyard that evening, and waited for her arrival just to start a word fight, Joanna decided she would do as she had promised Matilda at their last duel.

“So, I heard your mother was sent to a muggle hospital,” Matilda shouted from across the courtyard, turning many heads towards Joanna’s direction.

“Because no magic or science can cure this..” Annoria shouted a reply before she trailed off, unsure on what to call her mother’s condition.

“This muggle disease?” Matilda finished her sentence for her.

“Let’s just go. She’s just being stupid.” Annoria quickly said as she tugged at Joanna’s arm. But Joanna did not move. She was thinking hard on whether she should draw her wand and send her a crucio.

“Annoria, becareful! You might get infected!” Matilda added, and Joanna caught the sight of a few interns, who used to be their seniors, giving Matilda odd looks as they walked past her.

“What? It’s true!” Matilda said in reply to their response, and they laughed at her instead. Getting frustrated that she could not convince everyone that Joanna was infected with muggle disease, she strode over as she shouted, “Instead of being here and infecting everyone, why don’t you go back to your sick mother and die together!”

And as much as Joanna did not fancy her mother, she was not going to stand around while someone cursed the woman who raised her. Pulling out her wand, more students began to stop in their tracks, excited to watch what was going to happen next.

“No, don’t!” Annoria quickly said.

 “Why not?!” Joanna asked in return.

“Because there are aurors in the school today,” a voice whispered into her ear from behind her.

Together with Annoria she turned her head to see who it was, and behind them stood Malfoy. He quickly backed into the crowd which was already forming a big circle to spectate.

“Joanna, keep your wand. You don’t wanna be caught by aurors!” Annoria said.

I don’t want to be caught doing that spell you mean? Joanna silently asked in reply. It’s not illegal yet, is it?

Joanna watched as Matilda pulled out her wand, clearly confident that she might win this round, and Joanna had the urge to show everyone how much of a sore loser Matilda was. But with aurors in the school? Should she really get into this duel?

To Be Continued…

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Fan Fiction (Novel)

Chapter 9:

Monday came as swiftly as the owls that flew into the great hall that morning. Soon, Joanna was heading to class and when she arrived, she slid into her usual seat beside Annoria.

Tom, who was up in front, was in a discussion with Professor Slughorn, who kept patting him on the back as he smiled broadly.

“Joanna,” Malfoy greeted as he walked pass her to his seat.

“Since when is he in good terms with you?” Annoria asked as she watched Malfoy shove a Ravenclaw boy out of the way as he called him a mudblood.

“Don’t know, don’t care,” Joanna muttered as she saw Tom heading back to his seat, while Professor Slughorn greeted the class.

The lesson went by quickly and Joanna was afraid time was speeding up quicker than it should have to. Finally, when class was over, the moving crowd forced her out of the classroom. And as much as she wanted to stick around to see what the discussion Tom and Professor Slughorn had began getting into, she couldn’t.

“Come on, we have another class,” Annoria said when Joanna stopped outside of the classroom.

“I’ll catch up later,” Joanna said and waved for Annoria to leave without her.

“Just don’t be late.” With that, Annoria left.

“Who you waiting for?” Abraxas Malfoy said as he lingered outside the classroom.

“None of your business Malfoy,” Annoria said as she tried to hear the conversation that was happening behind the close doors.

Malfoy chuckled as he folded his arms and leaned against the wall across her.

“I saw you at the ball with him.” Malfoy smirked.

“And I saw you at the ball with a girl who looked like she needed a spell to fix her face.”

Malfoy narrowed his eyes, he seem to be holding back on a remark. “I was joking,” Joanna added sarcastically.

“Thought so,” Malfoy said, just as Tom exited the classroom.

Tom merely looked from Malfoy to Joanna, before he spoke, “I’ll see you in the common room Abraxas.”

“I thought-“

“Just go,” Tom ordered and Malfoy did as he was told.

“What are you doing here? Don’t you have a class?”

“Just wondering if you got the Boomslang,” Joanna said softly.

“No. He said he couldn’t find it.”

“That’s because…”

“Because?”

“I have it,” Joanna said as she pulled the small jar out from under her cloak and handed it to Tom.

“I thought you said you didn’t?” Tom asked skeptically.

“I forgot,” Joanna answered unconvincingly.

Tom merely laughed, his expression showing disbelief.

“Ok, fine, I didn’t wanna give it to you. I almost got caught for you.”

“Right, well, you better get to class,” Tom said before he walked off.

“Great,” Joanna muttered to herself, she felt as though she had just betrayed his trust. Hopefully, he would forget about it over time.

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The next couple of days, most students were packing and getting ready to head home for the Christmas holidays. This year, Joanna was forced to stay in school because her parents were busy trying to find her missing aunt. Apparently, Aunt Omelia disappeared one evening and has never showed up since.

Aunt Omelia was Joanna’s mother’s younger sister. She was a beautiful young lady whom many man sought after. And since her disappearance, her mother has been obsessed with the idea that Aunt Omelia had been kidnapped. Hence the cancellation of Christmas for her family.

One evening, Joanna found Tom standing outside her common room. She suspected he was staying for the holidays too and found it rather relieving that she didn’t have to be alone for 2 weeks.

“I’m heading down to Hogsmead, do you want to come?” Tom asked casually, seemingly having forgotten of the Boomslang Skin incident.

“Are we allowed to?” Joanna had to ask.

“I have a letter from Professor Dippet.” Tom gave a smug.

Joanna nodded and followed after him. The school was rather deserted as almost all the students had left, and getting out of the school felt better somehow.

Hogsmead was a small town not too far away from Hogwarts, but during this season, there weren’t many people in the streets. The only ones rushing around in the cold weather were doing last minute Christmas shopping. And the rest were lounging in the different taverns and cafes all over town.

Joanna expected Tom to stop at a cafe to get a drink, but he didn’t. Instead, he turned down an alley which led to a narrow row of closed shops. Joanna peered into some of the shops and they didn’t look customer friendly.

“Tom, where are we?” Joanna asked, sticking close to him as a hooded man walked pass them.

“The right place to find what we need,” Tom said as he stopped in front of a tavern. Above the door was a sign that hung crookedly. It read, “Mors Mortis Tavern”.

“Death Tavern?” Joanna gulped.

“Come on,” Tom said and walked right into it.

The place felt like a bad omen. She knew she wasn’t suppose to be there when an old woman, who exited the tavern, stared at her with her blood red eyes.

Joanna wasn’t sure if she should enter or wait. It was cold outside and there was a huge man staring at her through a musty window of a shop. But if she did enter, there will be a lot of huge, ugly, not to mention scary looking people staring instead.

To be continued…

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