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Confidante

And so I have returned to this place. The cave is indeed remarkable, is it not? Here, at the scene of my first victory, I shall enthrone another piece of my soul. I find it fitting it should rest here, keeping me alive forever, on the same spot the supposedly great Merlin proved himself only mortal.

Merlin will make an excellent guardian among the others now in the lake. To complete my collection, all I need is Dumbledore. They should become wonderful friends: a pair of fools who believed love was more important than power.

Don't you agree, dearest Nagini?