A Riddle of the Bond Called Friendship
*THREE: A Mother's Gift*
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The week Tom had to spend in the Mourning Chamber went by slowly but soon enough he was back in the room he usually was in. Lorena was avoiding him now probably because she didn't want to get beaten again and as far as Tom knew she wasn't a real friend anyway.
Tom frowned slightly as he lay in bed, looking around the empty room. Earlier he had received a letter from Lucius asking him if he had an idea of when they could meet and he said here. The only surprise was that together they were going to walk to Ruby's house so Tom could introduce them to each other.
Now all he had to do was wait until Lucius got here. According to his friend's letter he would be here in a few hours and it had been three since he had heard from him. He sure hoped that Lucius was alright…
There was a knock on his window and he ran over to see what it was. A boy with silvery-blond hair and gray eyes grinned at him. Tom threw the window open and Lucius climbed through.
The second Lucius's set his foot on the ground Tom tackled him and the two tumbled around the room playfully. Tom pined Lucius to the ground, laughing, and then let him up.
"You've grown a lot!" Lucius exclaimed as he looked Tom up and down.
"Right back at yah," replied Tom. Before he could get anything else out he said, "Come on, Lu. We'd better get going. We only have a few hours." They got up and walked out of the room. Once they were downstairs Tom spotted Mr. Fransworth and approached him cautiously.
"Mr. Fransworth, may I go with my friend to get my school supplies since my school starts soon?" Riddle asked the man.
As much as Fransworth would have loved to say no he knew that what Tom stated was true. His school did indeed stat very soon. "I don't care! Just be back before dinner or else, boy!"
"Thank you, sir," Tom said politely as he turned and walked out the front doors, Lucius at his side. "Bastard," he added as soon as they were off of the Orphanage grounds.
"I'll say," Lucius agreed. "So where are we going? I mean we can't just walk into Diagon Ally."
"We're going to friend's house then we're gonna use floo powder," answered Tom ."It's just down the street."
"Oh that's it? Rid, you know very well that I hate walking!" Lucius complained, beginning to drag his feet against the hard ground.
"Get over it," Tom joked causing Lucius to hit him upside his head. Tom returned the favor and took off down the street, Lucius running after him.
Tom ran up to the door of Ruby's house and knocked hurriedly then he ran out of sight as Lucius ran up to the door after him. The blonde stood there, a confused look on his face. The door swung open and a young girl with red hair and unnatural ruby eyes stepped out.
"Yes?" Ruby asked Lucius who was in shock.
Lucius's jaw dropped. "H-h-hi," he said gaping like a fish.
"Okay," she said, smiling. "Tom sent you, didn't he?"
"Hi," Lucius repeated.
"Oh boy," she said more to herself and she tried again, rubbing her forehead. "Here let me dumbin' that down. Did a kid, around your age with black hair that always shines, and you don't know how it can, and turquoise eyes tell you to come here?"
Tom came into view, a hurt look on his face. "My hair shines because it-it-it just does!" he defended.
She laughed and said, "I'm sure."
"Well it does," he muttered as he turned to see his other friend. "Lucius!" he called the blond. "You can stop now!"
"Hi," said Lucius again.
"Lu, she hates perverted pigs," warned Riddle.
"Tom, if I hated perverted pigs I wouldn't like you," Ruby joked.
"I feel loved now," said Tom sarcastically. "Anyway," he grabbed Lucius's arm and pulled him inside the house. Ruby shut the door after them.
Mike, Ruby's father, was reading the newspaper (muggle or wizard was unknown to him). Ariel, her mother, was in the other room. Mike seemed to be more fun so Tom let go of Lucius and ran over to him.
"Hi, dad!" Tom exclaimed as he jumped into Mike's lap. Mike said nothing. Instead he shifted the newspaper so that the orphaned boy could see it.
"This is boring!" Tom complained after a few minutes.
"Yeah I know but what else is there to do?" Mike asked as he folded the newspaper and set it down.
"Umm…me and my friend-" Mike cut him off.
"My friend and I, Riddle. Always use proper English."
Yes, sir," Tom responded. "My friend and I were wondering if you could take us to Diagon Ally since his parents won't take us and I can't get there from the orphanage…"
"What school are you going to?" inquired Mike.
"Hogwarts," answered Tom.
"Isn't that a coincidence," Mike started, "Ruby's going there too."
"Really?" asked Tom excitedly.
Mike gave him and Lucius a fake stern look, "Now don't you two start liking my daughter without me knowing."
Lucius said nothing. He was still dazed from the front door incident. Tom, however, nodded.
"I'll be sure to tell you first," he said.
Mike looked at Lucius as he finally spoke, "Sir, I'm in love with your daughter."
"He had better be joking," Mike said to Tom.
"Hopefully," said Tom. "Or friendship between them will be tough."
"Right you are," Mike said. "So what is your friend's name?"
"He is Lucius Malfoy," replied Tom.
"A Malfoy, huh? Never had the displeasure of meeting one," stated Mike.
"Don't worry he's not like his father," Tom told him.
"I hope not," Mike said, leading them over to the fireplace. "were going to Diagon Ally, Ariel!" he called to his wife. When he got no reply from her he shrugged an said, "Remember, Tom, say the word clearly." Mike held out the floo powder and Tom took some.
"I will," Tom responded as he stepped into the fireplace. He threw the powder down and shouted, "Diagon Ally!" Emerald green flames engulfed him and he felt himself leave the fireplace. Colors rushed by as he felt like he was spinning. He saw the exits to other fireplaces as he rushed by and before he knew it he was pushed out through one of them.
Tom coughed as he stood up and brushed himself off. He looked around and saw that the store he was in had lots of different things that he'd never seen before. He ran over to a shelf and started examining different objects.
There was a sudden thud! And Tom knew that Lucius was in the room. "Tom, ever heard the expression you break it you buy it?"
"Yeah," replied Tom, still messing with the magical instrument.
Lucius snatched it and set it back on the shelf. "Then don't touch."
"Boys, stop messing around. We're leaving," Mike called. Lucius and Tom ran to catch up with Ruby and her dad.
"What do you boys need?" asked Mike as they walked further into Diagon Ally.
"Everything," Tom answered sheepishly, talking out his list that he had put in his pocket earlier.
"I just need my wand, some robes, and some more books," Lucius said.
"Mike, I just remembered that I have no money," said Tom quietly as they progressed down the busy streets.
"Come now I'm sure your mother didn't leave you with nothing," responded Mike. "And if you don't have enough you know our family will always help you out."
Tom fell silent. He hated to cause the Rosewoods trouble but they always insisted on helping him. His first present had been from them: a small, black, leather bound diary. Of course he'd probably never use it but he was never the less thankful.
"Where do you want to go first?" Mike questioned the kids.
"I wanna get my wand," Ruby said.
"Yeah," agreed Lucius.
Tom said nothing. Instead he followed them to wherever they were going. Together they walked into a shabby old shop that had a sign saying in gold letters, Olivanders: Makers of Fine Wands since 382 B.C. It looked as though there was no one inside.
"Hello!" Lucius called with cuffed hands once they all stepped in. There were dozens upon dozens of old dusty shelves that were piled with long, narrow boxes. It added to the store's empty atmosphere.
"Hello yourself," said a soft voice from behind them.
"Mr. Olivander," Mike acknowledged him as the children jumped.
"Mike." There was a small pause before Mr. Olivander said, "And this must be your lovely daughter." Mr. Olivander walked toward Ruby. She blushed slightly, turning a bright color that almost could match her hair. "She has your hair color. Rather hard to miss."
"Yeah," agreed Mike, smiling at his daughter. "Well then down to business. Tom Riddle, Lucius Malfoy, and my daughter need their first wands. They're all starting school this year."
He walked over to Tom. "Yes, I see it now. You have your mother's eyes. Quite a striking color, wouldn't you say?" Tom thought that he had no room to talk since he had silvery colored eyes but nodded all the same. "And you're so well mannered just as she was. Now I believe her first wand was unicorn hair, beechwood, ten and a half inches. It was a real shame when she passes on…the muggle never truly understood her anyway."
Tom stared at the man and found himself wondering how crazy he really was. The he suddenly asked, "Do you happen to have her wand now?"
"Actually I do, Mr. Riddle. Would you like it?"
Tom nodded. "If it won't be any trouble."
"No trouble at all," Mr. Olivander said, taking small, red box off of the shelf and placing it in Tom's hands. Tom starred at the box as if it were the very thing that was going to save his life. Now back to business, Tom. Which is your wand arm?" Mr. Olivander asked.
"My left," answered Tom, placing the box in his pocket.
Mr. Olivander stared at him oddly. When Tom raised an eyebrow he said, "Don't get me wrong, Mr. Riddle, it's just that I haven't heard that reply too many times. If I'm not mistakes the last time I heard someone say that was when your mother was in here, buying her first wand." He took out a tape measure and it began measuring Tom's arm and about everything else it could think of. "That's enough," Mr. Olivander said as he walked over to the shelves that had loads of small boxes on them. He pulled one out from the bottom and opened it. "Redwood and dragon heartstring. Twelve inches. Here. Give it a wave."
Tom took the wand and waved it threw the air. Mr. Olivander grabbed it out f his hand and handed him a different one, "oak and phoenix feather. Ten inches. Try." Tom waved it and again Mr. Olivander snatched it. "Hmm…what do I have that you could try? Maybe this," he pulled a box off of the top and pulled out another wand. "Yew and phoenix feather, thirteen and a half inches." Mr. Olivander handed it to him.
Tom knew it was special before he even touched it. As he grasped it he felt power surge threw his fingertips. A smile spread across his face.
"I think we have match," said Mr. Olivander. "A very powerful wand indeed, my friend. And since we know that the wand chooses the wizard I believe you have some hidden potential inside you, just waiting to be found. I think we can expect great things from you, Tom Riddle."
"Finally," Lucius muttered. Ruby elbowed him in the side and Mke appeared not to notice their display.
After they all got their wands (Ruby's was holly, unicorn hair, eleven and one fourth while Lucius's was maple, dragon heartstring, twelve inches) Mike took them to get their robes. Then as the day wore on they got all the books they needed for the year and everything on the list. Lucius was disappointed that he couldn't get a broom or an expensive gold caldron but he got over it. At the moment Tom, Lucius, Ruby, and Mike were sitting at the ice cream parlor eating ice cream.
"So what house do you think you'll be in?" Ruby asked the two boys.
Lucius licked some vanilla off of his face and said, "Slytherin. My whole family's been there."
"Don't you think it would be nice to break the family tradition?" Tom asked him, a spoonful of straw berries in his mouth.
Lucius licked off his spoon. "Nope, my dad would kill me. But you never answered! What house will you be in?"
"Slytherin, no doubt," he answered.
"That was quick," Ruby said. "How do you know?"
Tom gulped nervously. How could he make up and excuse without telling them about Grindelwald or his ancestry? Suddenly Tom relaxed and said coolly, "It just sounds like the coolest house."
Ruby nodded in understanding and Lucius looked proud at the very statement. Yup, his secret was going to stay secret.
A/N: I'm sorry about the long wait but I'm working on three stories at once! Please don't be mad at me. If you're bored enough you could even check out one of my other stories! And don't worry. They aren't THAT horrible. Oh and I screwed up last time I updated this chapter so I'm trying it again…SORRY!