VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:
(I'm bookending my story with this, because it's THAT important)
I am working very hard on the rewrite of this story, which is currently posted as Noughts and Crosses. It is so much better and closer to my intended plot that I have actually decided to discontinue this story for the time being.
As much as I really don't want to, I'll be leaving this version up. It always really irritates me when authors decide to rewrite stories and completely take down the old versions and then get like ten chapters into the rewrite and stop or something. Also, maybe, there was something you really wanted to read from the old version only you couldn't because they killed it and it's really irritating, etc. So, this version is staying here.
HOWEVER, I am actually committed to the rewrite. Yup, you read that. Committed. I really, really would like to finish this story in the best way that I possibly can.
So, if you like the characters and you like the plot, I seriously advise that you read Noughts and Crosses which has both, but better written and generally better executed.
The rewrite seems a bit darker and more serious, but if you liked the humor of this, don't think it's gone. I've never managed to write a serious thing in my life without it sounding really awkward to me (which is why, incidentally, I have to revise and revise and revise The Raveller/Happily Ever After-- that story really isn't funny at all until at least chapter three, so getting there is...yeah, awkward). So it's in there. Trust me.
Also I AM writing The Life and Times. I know it seems like I haven't updated that story in forever, but it's actually incredibly hard to write. Because he's so evil, but I keep wanting to make him so funny and it's like evil-funny-evil-funny-evil-funny... the balance is really delicate there. I mean, you'd think it wouldn't be, but for some reason, it's hard. I'm a paragraph in with chapter four, though, and it's looking pretty good so far. If you haven't read that story, you should go and check it out while you're waiting for my slow self to update the AIR rewrite. Which by the way is good and different enough from this version to be readable (Plus, really, when's the last time you actually read the beginning of this version anyway?).
Really though. The Life and Times of Tom Riddle, Dark Lord, etc. is one of the few works of mine that I can say, without a doubt, that I actually like. Noughts and Crosses is much, much better than After it Rains-- and it's the same story.
So if you want to get to clicking and reading some (I hope, at least) fairly decent TRxHG my profile thingy is right up there.
If you've followed this story from the beginning (which is a realllllly long time) I want you to know that I really did try to update this version. I just couldn't. I didn't know where to go with it, I wrote myself into a hole and the plot got stupid and blah di blah. But Noughts and Crosses is better. It's like everything that's good in this, plus other things that are better. So really, really, you should read it. Please? If I ever can write for this again, believe me, I will. But right now, at this moment, it doesn't seem like I'll be able to for a while.