AN: So I'm really hoping for some good feedback in this one. Please R&R!

Post-Edited AN: I'm going through and changing the timeline a bit so that it's easier for me to incorporate elements needed into the story. Sorry for the inconvenience, but I would suggest rereading the chapters because some of the changes will be significant. Thank you for your patience. J

Easy as Lying

Chapter 1: Happy Birthday My Little Tempest

The cake sits on the table, its sixteen candles swaying forlornly in the breeze floating lazily in through the window as I watch the clock, "Happy Birthday my little Tempest" scrawled on it in messy frosting handwriting. My sixteenth birthday and I'm spending it alone. By choice of course, my aunt doesn't know it's my birthday because I didn't feel like telling her. She's on vacation with her husband, my uncle, and her two daughters, my cousins. My real family was hunted down and murdered two weeks past exactly a year ago. Everyone; grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, my parents, my brother. My brother, Eli, was only 9 years old. The aunt I'm living with now is actually like my third aunt four times removed or something like that. I was spared only because they couldn't find me while I was visiting Romania. As a result, I was left as the sole heir to five of the most well-known fortunes in both the wizarding and muggle worlds: Finnigan, Wilde, Roarke, Singer, and Sorcellerie. I can't hide in either one. I was even a suspect in the murders of my twenty-six dead family members. Those stupid cops were lucky their bollocks weren't attached to their foreheads by the time they were through being insensitive idiots. So I'm sorry if I don't feel like celebrating with people who don't care right now.

The only reason I'm still here is because of my best friend, Charlie Weasley. The cake's from him and his fiancé. I lived with him and his fiancé for about nine months before the Greengrasses found me and demanded custody of me, because of my money probably. Warm up to me and you get access to an unimaginable amount of money. That's another reason I love Charlie like a brother. He loves me like a sister because I'm me, not because I'm the heir to a boatload of fortunes. He was always there for me to talk to and his fiancé, Chelsea, is a great woman. We still exchange letters, albeit secretly, because apparently "those Weasleys are blood traitors, the lot of them" as my aunt would say. Which is stupid because Charlie practices the Old Ways and taught me everything m-my…parents didn't have…time too. However his family thinks it's Dark magic and prejudiced pureblood tradition. Stupid ignoramuses. I asked him once why he was in Romania and not at home with his family and he said it was partly because he loved working with dragons, partly because his mom was a banshee who wanted to control every aspect of his life, and partly because his sister and youngest brother were greedy prejudiced hypocritical pigs. He gets bombarded with letters from them every week pestering for him to come home. He had plenty of Howlers from his mother in the months I stayed there. Two weeks before the Greengrasses called for custody, Charlie informed me that he was going to try to adopt me and he hasn't stopped. He's so close to getting it through and I can't wait.

I'm going to attend Hogwarts this year with my two cousins Astoria and Daphne instead of being homeschooled by my parents like I usually am. I'm going to get sorted with the first years. I'm hoping to get put in Gryffindor house. All Daphne and Astoria do is make fun of it and crow that "Slytherin is the house to be in." So I really want to be in Gryffindor to make them mad. Hehe. I love messing with people. He actually met Harry Potter during the tri-wizard tournament and told me that the fifteen year old is nothing like the Daily Prophet claims. I spare a glance for the clock then back to stare at the brightly flickering candles in the dark room.

Six minutes left till I'm sixteen years old.

I'm actually looking forward to meeting him. Charlie told me that the Banshee is mad at Harry because he won't fall prey to the love potions she was slipping him to fall in love with Ginny, Charlie's only sister. Most of what I know of Britain and the Boy-Who-Just-Wouldn't-Die is courtesy of Charlie. I was born and raised in America. I was in Romania for a two week dragon study with some home-school students from Ireland when the….massacre happened. That's when I met Charlie. It was actually my accent that caught his attention. He came over, said hi, asked what I knew about dragons, and BAM! Best friends.

One minute left until I can claim my money and lock the Greengrasses out of it. Too bad I still have to live with them till my majority. Hopefully that will be rectified with the forthcoming adoption. As soon as I can I'm going to Gringotts to claim my five ladyships and fortunes and assets. I'm not ignorant about being a lady. Parents did raise me to be able to maneuver through both the political and social circles of pureblood society so that I could survive being Lady Wilde even if they didn't approve of the pureblood beliefs about muggle-borns. So if anyone thinks that I'm gullible and manipulatable, well, let's just say they're in for a surprise. I'm adept at being manipulative and hiding my emotions behind a mask, even if I don't prefer to do. I just didn't expect to be Lady Finnigan-Roarke-Singer-Sorcellerie-Wilde at fifteen years old. Sixteen in

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Pain. Deep heart wrenching pain shoots through me. Worse than a hundred Cruciatus curses. I feel like my intestines are being drawn out through my throat and my body's being ripped apart at the seams. My arms are being pulled out of their sockets. There are knives digging themselves slowly into my back as bamboo slivers are being shoved under my fingernails. I think someone's drilling holes in my face...The skin is being burned away from my bones in an eternal hateful fire, when I finally lose consciousness. And as I slip away into the darkness all I can think is that I wish Charlie was here…

AN: Soooo. What'd you think? Please review!

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