A Tom Riddle Story Chapter: XVII

A/N:  I do not own this line in the story:  Enter, stranger, but take heed  Of what awaits the sin of greed  For those who take, but do not earn,  Must pay dearly in their turn.  So if you seek beneath our floors  A treasure that was never yours,  Thief, you have been warned, beware  Of finding more than treasure there.



Depulso,” whispered Lily.

And the ball of light Vanished.


Chapter XVII

Lily was awakened by the bright sunlight.  She sat up and immediately felt pain shoot up her back.

Ow!” hissed Lily.

She heard a twig snap.  Lily stood, ignoring her protesting back.

“Professor Dumbledore?” called Lily, pulling her wand out of her pocket.  “Tom?”

Tom and Dumbledore stepped out from the bushes.  Lily took a breath of relief.

“Good morning, Ms. Evans,” said Dumbledore.

“Good morning, Professor,” replied Lily.  Tom ignored Lily as though she were completely invisible.

“Are you and Tom ready for Diagon Alley?” asked Dumbledore.

“Yes, quite ready,” said Tom briskly.

“Then let us Disapparate,” said Dumbledore.


Lily felt like she would be sick.  When she looked around, she realized her surroundings; she was in the Leaky Cauldron.

It hasn’t changed much, thought Lily happily.  She felt at home again, even though she was in another time period.  She looked around again and did not see Tom or Dumbledore anywhere.

“Where…?” asked Lily, her mouth open.

“Shall we go now?  Oh will you shut your mouth?” asked Tom, irritated.  He walked to the back door and opened it.  He did not bother to wait for Lily.  She rushed through the door and saw Tom waiting at the already parted wall to Diagon Alley.

“Polite enough to wait, are we?” asked Lily sarcastically.  This seemed to change Tom’s mood.

“I, ah, apologize for my lack of manners.  I do not know what had gotten into me,” said Tom with charm.

Lily was taken aback.  She scowled and stomped past him.

“We will meet in Gringotts when we are finished shopping,” said Tom.  He turned and walked into Gringotts to receive his financial aid.

Lily, to her dismay, had to switch her Muggle money for Galleons, Sickles, and Knuts.  She followed Tom and walked into Gringotts.  On the doors, she read the engraved message:

Enter, stranger, but take heed
Of what awaits the sin of greed
For those who take, but do not earn,
Must pay dearly in their turn.
So if you seek beneath our floors
A treasure that was never yours,
Theif, you have been warned, beware
Of finding more than treasure there.



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