Draco and I walked down the stairs slowly the stairs sounding hollow beneath our feet and all the sounds seemed far-away

Draco and I walked down the stairs slowly the stairs sounding hollow beneath our feet and all the sounds seemed far-away. Fear danced in Draco's eyes and I did my best to repress my own sadly, I failed. The Dark Lord seemed to know all, and we'd come to find out later that he did, and it scared me even more. The Dark Lord seemed to float across the floor as he disappeared into the now semi-empty foyer. The furniture had been whisked away to make room for the gathering of the Death Eaters. I held my head high and forced the lump in my throat down, I strained to hear my thoughts of the pounding of my heart. When we entered two Tall figures stood on either side of the doorway, I would soon find out that the one on my right Lucius Malfoy and the on the left my own Father, robes draped over their arms, masks dangling from their fingers. Fingers that were almost as cold as their hearts.

The Dark Lord summoned me forward and I followed my mother's instructions from months before. I knealt before him and held out my left wrist, I could feel the other's gazes on me and wished so much to tell them all to 'Piss Off' as I'd done so many times before. His long bony, almost fragile, fingers bit into my flesh as he grasped my wrist tightly. He pushed my sleeve back with the tip of his wand as he asked, "Do you, Ariana Romano, pledge your alliance, your life, and your Soul to me, Lord Voldemort" his voice was toneless and I could hear someone's suddenly sharp intake of breath.

"I, Ariana Romano, do pledge my all to you sire, the all powerful Lord Voldemort." I replied my voice just as toneless.

"Do you pledge to take on any and all tasks assigned or asked of you?"

"I do pledge to do so, all powerful Lord Voldemort" Suddenly it felt as though his wand was digging into my wrist and then suddenly it felt as though it had burst into fames. I bit my lip and suddenly the salty taste of blood filled my mouth. The pressure of his wand disappeared but the pain of the mark and his grip were still here. I felt robes being draped over my shoulders and could hear the mask settling on the floor at my feet. His grip disappeared but, the imaginary fire kept burning I stood bringing my mask with me. A group parted and stepped behind them recognizing at once Bellatrix Lestrange & Dolohov. Draco walked forward and knealt just as I had down minutes before.

"Do you, Draco Malfoy, pledge your alliance, your life, and your Soul to me, Lord Voldemort" his voice was as toneless as before and once again I heard the breath.

"I, Draco Malfoy, do pledge my all to you sire the all powerful Lord Voldemort." he replied his voice just as toneless as mine.

"Do you pledge to take on any and all task assigned or asked of you?"

"I do pledge to do so, all powerful Lord Voldemort" I could tell by Malfoy's pained expression that he felt the same way I did. I wanted to reach out to him, comfort him, something but, doing so would show that I cared. We can't have that now can we? Suddenly I realized that there was 1 Death Eater to many in the room. I saw their wand rasied and instantly I was grasping mine tightly in my hand as I pushed through the group. Quickly I heard myself shout my wand pointing at theirs, "Exspeliarmos"

The one good thing about the Romano Manor was that magic could be detected from the outside. There wand flew to me. Instantly Bellatrix had her wand to the woman's throat as Lucius Pulled her arms behind her. Draco flew to my side as the woman was shoved to the middle of the room and Voldemort raised his wand again. I could hear someone shout "AVADA KEDARVA" as I buried my head in Draco's chest. His hands held my head in that spot and I felt him lead me out of the room slowly picking me up. He sat on the steps awkwardly and pulled me into his lap as I cried silently drenching his shoulder in only ten minutes. I leaned back to look at him as I whispered, "I'm going to get ready. Tell anyone and I'll kick you arse." I stood up and walked upstairs solely letting him savor the view. I could hear the smirk in his voice, "I'll be waiting."