Wraith Chpt. 89Chapter Eighty-nine: Buried"Isn't it fascinating how long a few minutes seem when you are completely alone with not a familiar face in sight?"Voldemort, caught completely off guard by the force of Wraith's magic, climbed back onto his feet to see the destruction. As he realized what had happened, he screamed in rage, the sound echoing over the now still air.The manor had fallen to nothing but rubble, everything within destroyed. There was a chill silence from the Death Eaters as they watched their Lord stalk towards the fallen tower. Snape broke away from the pack to stand beside Voldemort. "
My Lord," he murmured, his eyes locked upon the destruction before them, "The Wraith
?""She's alive," Voldemort said after a moment. "She's alive under there." He turned to his Death Eaters, his face a mask of rage. "Dig her out," he commanded, his tone brooking no argument. "Get her out of there."Several figures came forward, including Rowle and Rabastan,
Wraith Chpt. 88Chapter Eighty-eight: Masked"Ignorance killed the cat; curiosity was framed."Tzadik's residence might have been deemed a manor home, but it paled in comparison to Slytherin Manor. Even the Malfoys' home had more cause to claim the title of 'manor'. I'm jaded, Wraith thought with some amusement, horribly, horribly jaded. Nevertheless, the house was quite large, if rather eccentric in its design. The main part of the house was five stories high, but cast into shadow by the tower-like structure that jutted up around the front entrance.Wraith stood at the front of the Death Eaters by her Lord's side. Her white cloak shone like a beacon in the night. "Shall I?" she murmured."Go."Wraith strode forward, leaving the others behind. The closer she got to the manor, the heavier the enchantments around it felt to her. She took a breath and lifted a hand, striking away the preliminary protective charms that covered the entrance.There were more, she realized, within
Wraith Chpt. 87Chapter Eighty-seven: Bound"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."When night came, bringing with it dark storm clouds, the Dark Lord returned to the Manor and went directly up to his tower. As he entered the shadowed circular room, he paused in the doorway, his eyes sweeping through the dark. When his gaze came to rest near the top of the metal stairs of the bookcase, he then closed the door behind him, casting the room into complete darkness.In the dark, he crossed to the staircase and stared up. "I see you've recovered.""Yes, my Lord," Wraith said softly, her eyes glowing softly in the black."Why have you come here, my Wraith?" Voldemort demanded shortly.Wraith closed her eyes, turning her head away. "I came to apologize," she replied quietly.Voldemort considered her a moment. Then he swept his wand towards the fireplace where flames leapt into life. The sudden light made Wraith wince slightly, but she quickly turned her atten
Wraith Chpt. 86Chapter Eighty-six: Dearest Agony"When you helped somebody, right away you were responsible for that person. And things always followed for which you were never prepared."The place was nowhere, just a lonely stretch of forest, perfectly still in the late hour of the night. Edwin stepped into the small moonlit grove, waiting as he searched the darkness around him."I'm surprised."He turned at the sound of her soft voice. Wraith stood at the far end of the trees, meeting his eyes across the grove as she lowered the hood of her cloak."Surprised?" Edwin repeated, "That I came?""That you came alone," Wraith clarified. "I was sure you'd think my letter was a trap.""If you wanted to kill me, you'd have done it back at the safe-house," Edwin said.Wraith was silent, though her eyes never left his face. She could think of no reply to that."So why didn't you?" he asked her."
I don't know," she replied softly.She looked so very lost that Edwin had the sudden urge to cr
Wraith Chpt. 85Chapter Eighty-five: A Familiar Stranger"Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me? And why should I not speak to you?"Wraith stood outside the Dark Lord's tower door. She trembled, so very afraid to take that last step and enter the room. Her hands clenched and unclenched at her sides, her nails digging deep into her palms."Enter."Wraith winced, but took a breath to try and steady herself as she slipped through the door and closed it behind her. She turned to see the Dark Lord standing behind his desk, framed by the fire behind him. Her eyes flickered to the side only briefly to see that Snape was also in the room, standing beside the window.Moving rather jerkily, Wraith walked towards the desk, stopping a few feet from it. She dared to lift her eyes only a moment to meet Voldemort's, but the fury she saw in her master's eyes had her dropping to one knee before him. Bowing her head, she bit down hard on her lower lip,
Wraith Chpt. 84Chapter Eighty-four: Collide"To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something."As Wraith came to the front steps of the Manor, she scowled slightly to see Snape waiting at the doors to stop her. Her eyes locked with his and he was unsurprised to see the irritation clear in hers."What?" she snapped at him as she reached the doors."I apologize for inconveniencing you," he said mildly, "But I wished to thank you for your assistance."Wraith tilted her head to one side, considering him. "Hm. Perhaps I should have let you fall.""The same occurred to me at Hogwarts," he replied.The briefest smile flickered across her wane face. "Your thanks are not required," she told him, "I would think it would be in our best interests to consider our debts canceled.""I would agree," Snape said with the slightest nod. "As you said
now we are even.""Oh, good, now I can hate you in peace."She started past him, reaching for the door. She froze when Snape slo