Title: Inside My Mind

Pairing: TMR/FemHP, George W/DM/FW, RW/?

Disclaimer: I do not own Harry Potter or the quotes. I also kind of took the quote idea from another story.

AU!

Inside My Mind

By: Sistersgrimmlover

Prologue

"One day at a time-this is enough.

Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone;

And do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come.

Live in the present, and make it so beautiful

It will be worth remembering"

Anonymous

The Potter House, Godric's Hollow, Great Britain

Saturday the 31st of October 1981

11:57 PM

Grindelwald walked slowly towards the room where the one who could kill him and his Heir was. He flicked his wand and the door slammed open and a woman with fiery red hair and glowing green eyes stared in horror. But her face was defiant and she clutched the baby in her arms closer to her body.

"Leave us alone!" Lily Potter demanded. She placed the baby in the crib and she turned around with her wand out. Grindelwald watched in mild surprise.

"Give me the child and I may spare you" Grindelwald prompted. Lily shook her head and bit her lip.

"Please…not Bella. Not Bella!" begged Lily. Grindelwald raised one eyebrow. So, the child was a girl. That had not been told to him. No matter…

"Stand aside you silly girl!" he commanded. Lily shook her head and her lip trembled. She slid her wand back into her pocket. She knew she was fighting a losing battle.

"No…kill me instead. Not Bella!" Lily said, becoming hysterical. Grindelwald raised his wand to face her.

"She's a danger to all that I've worked for" Grindelwald said, carefully not saying that he had an Heir. His Heir could come out after all threats were eliminated. Like this child.

"She's a baby…she's my baby. Please have mercy!" Lily sobbed. Grindelwald gave a laugh. It was short and dry before he shook his head.

"Avada Kedavra!" Grindelwald commanded. The inevitable green light sped to the Potter woman. She fell to the ground, dead. Grindelwald walked over her and went to the child. The baby was smiling, toothlessly.

She was a pretty thing. She had loose black hair that fell to her shoulders gracefully. And her eyes…they were too aware for a child her age. And they were the same apple green eyes as her mother.

"Goodbye child" Grindelwald said, in an ancient voice. The baby stood at his words and gripped the railing of the crib and lifted her head to look him straight in the eyes. The baby closed her eyes and smiled.

Grindelwald watched in sick fascination. The child knew she was to die. Somehow…

"Avada Kedavra."

And suddenly Grindelwald broke. And he was nothing more but…dust in the wind.

And a lightening bolt scar shone on the head of the girl standing there


Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Scotland, Great Britain

Sunday the 1st of November, 1981

3:21 AM

Poppy Pomfrey cradled the child in her arms. The child was crying for her mother and she couldn't give her to her. Bella Potter snuggled closer to Poppy as she cried and cried and cried.
"Don't cry, child" urged Poppy but it seemed to make the Potter child cry even more. Bella sat up and wailed.

"Pafoot!" she wailed. Poppy frowned, not understanding. Suddenly, the Hospital Wing doors slammed open and a man stood there, his long black shoulder length hair at his shoulder. His grey eyes held so much pain but they slightly lit up when they settled on the girl in his arms. Another man stood with him but stood to the side.

"Bella!" Sirius Black said, breathing in relief. She hadn't been gotten. He had shown up at the Potter House to see his two best friends on the ground. Dead. And Bella missing.

He ran up to Poppy and grabbed the little girl out of her arms and hugged her tightly. Bella wrapped her arms around her godfather's neck and cried.

"It's okay, Bella. I'm here. I'm here. I promise I won't leave you ever again" Sirius said, to the baby. The man standing at the door looked only slightly amused. He walked forward from the shadows and Poppy jumped and clutched her chest.

"Oh! Tom…you scared me there. You should stop doing that" Poppy said, reproachfully. Tom Riddle Jr. smiled slightly. He ran a hand through his hair and crossed his arms.

"I apologize Poppy. Mr. Black, you may take your ward with you to my office" Tom said. Sirius nodded and held Bella close before following Tom to the Deputy Headmaster's office. Bella watched with wide and aware eyes. The man in front of her Padfoot was leading them through twists and turns. They finally went to a portrait with a man with silver hair and the same charcoal eyes as Tom's.

"Open" hissed Tom. Sirius shivered at the sound of it but Bella looked, for a lack of a better word, determined. The portrait slid over to reveal an archway.

"Open" hissed Bella. Sirius jumped at the noise Bella made and Tom turned on his heel and looked at the little girl. She gave him what could only be described as a smirk. Tom couldn't help but give a slight smile.

The girl was talented. He could see why she would rival his power. Sirius looked down at his goddaughter.

"Did you do that, Bella? Or can Riddle throw his voice?" Sirius asked. Bella gurgled happily but didn't respond. She sat, not repeating what she said. The portrait, however, sneered.

"So a little girl was gifted with my speech" the portrait sniffed. Tom cast the portrait a look.

"Salazar…the girl destroyed Grindelwald. She must be powerful. The little Girl-Who-Lived" Tom said. Salazar Slytherin raised an eyebrow but said nothing more and Sirius walked hesitantly after Tom and they walked down a well-lit hallway.

"Why aren't we going to Dumbledore?" asked Sirius. Tom frowned at the name but said nothing against his boss and the Headmaster of Hogwarts.

"He is doing damage control. People have heard of the Girl-Who-Lived. Grindelwald is finally gone. He's been around for an awfully long time. People are ecstatic" Tom said, as if that was explanation enough. Sirius nodded in understanding. They made a sharp left and entered Tom's office.

It was simple, yet elegant. The desk was of ebony and the walls seemed to be made from obsidian. The seats were gold in color and looked comfortable. Tom sat down behind his desk and gestured for Sirius to sit down, across from him.

"Riddle, what exactly did you need from me? You show up at my house and tell me that my best friends are dead. What is it that you need?" Sirius asked, bluntly, shifting Bella to his lap. Bella watched with wide bright eyes as Tom began to finger his wand.

"Bella Potter needs a place to live. It is either you or her Muggle relatives. If you wish to adopt her you must go to Gringotts and blood adopt her. Dumbledore wishes to put her with her relatives. You must do this before he gets back" Tom said, bluntly. Sirius looked in surprise and his nose flared.

"What do you mean? I'm a perfectly good guardian!" Sirius protested. Tom sighed and shook his head.

"Yes, yes. I'm letting you know to help me and you're debating against me as if I wanted to put her with her relatives. In all honestly I could care less" Tom said, dismissively. Sirius nodded and stood up with Bella and shook his head.

"I have to go. Thank you, Riddle" Sirius said. Bella waved as they left, her eyes still focused on the wand in Tom's hand. Tom followed her gaze and raised an eyebrow. The little girl was focused on his wand.

"Interesting."

"Indeed…" said the portrait of Salazar in his office.