A Tom Riddle Story: Chapter XII


Dumbledore stood.  “Stay here, Mr. Snape, and do not leave your seat.  I am going to fetch Professor McGonagall, Mr. Black, and Mr. Potter.”

“Yes, sir.”

Chapter XII

Dumbledore glided into his office with McGonagall, James, and Sirius.

“What is this all about, Professor Dumbledore?” asked James.

Severus stood up.  “You bloody well know what this is about, Potter!”

“Hey, you promised-” said Sirius as James drew his wand.

“Enough, children.  Enough,” said Dumbledore.  “Would any of you like a lemon drop?”

The three boys gaped at Dumbledore.

“Well, you are missing out.  This is the most fascinating Muggle candy, lemon drops,” he said taking one for himself.

“Have a seat, children,” said Dumbledore gravely.

Everyone took their seats around Dumbledore’s desk.

“Mr. Potter, why were you using magic on a classmate?”

“Sniv- Snape is not a classmate, nor is he a mate of any kind.  He’s a git.”

“Twenty points from Gryffindor!” said McGonagall.

James and Sirius threw identical scowls at McGonagall.

“Mr. Potter, after you performed the spell, how did you feel?”

“Well… I felt bad for making Lily Vanish into thin air.  It wasn’t my intention.”

“I mean physically, Mr. Potter.”

“Oh.  Well, I suppose I felt tired.  I went for a lie down,” said James.

Dumbledore sighed.  “Was anyone else with you?”

“Lil-” said Sirius.

“Other than Lily, Mr. Black.”

Sirius and James glanced at each other.  They did not want to drag Moony into this.

“Remus Lupin was there,” said Snape, receiving angry glances from James and Sirius.

“I’ll get him,” said McGonagall.

“James, do you realize the seriousness of your actions?” asked Dumbledore.

James averted his eyes.  “No, sir.  Though, I take it that my actions were serious.”

“Where do you think Lily’s gone, Professor?” asked Snape.

“Lily Evans,” said Dumbledore, “has gone back in time.”


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