Part 1: The Cave
There was a loud cracking sound and then suddenly a slim hooded figure appeared. A few birds, startled by the noise, flew off into the drizzly rain, protesting angrily. The hooded figure walked out of the dark forest and then looked up at the top of the hill.
Bocari Castle stood there. It was in ruins, of course. It had been abandoned since the 17th century. The rectangular walls were in decay, but it was still impossible to see much of the tower at the center of the courtyard.
The cloaked figure drew back her hood, allowing pale blonde tresses to fall to her sides. She blinked a few times, her green-blue eyes looking up at the tower and then down at the ground.
I was supposed to appear a lot closer, Lilith Daemon thought to herself. Shouldn’t I be up there? When she had cast her targeted apparation, she had been very specific about where she wanted to go. She had assumed it would take her right to the center of the castle’s courtyard. She started to trek up the hill, toward the walls. What she was looking for was in the tower.
Or was it? She stopped in her tracks and looked around. Her eyes stopped at a dark spot on the side of the hill, just in front of where she originally appeared. Was that a cave?
Lilith pulled her hood back over her head and walked toward what was now obviously an opening in the side of the hill. It was a a rocky entrance, nearly hidden by moss and overgrowth. But it was definitely a cave. She had no idea how deep it was, but something told her that the spell hadn’t misfired after all. She wasn’t supposed to enter the tower. What she wanted was right here. After taking a deep breath, she raised a slim arm out of her cloak, revealing her long, dark wand.
“Reducto!” the blonde said, her usual soft, but high voice a bit more commanding. A flash of light shot from the ebony wand and struck the overgrowth and rocks in front of her, blasting them into pieces. The cave entrance was now open to her.
Lilith raised her wand in front of her and wordlessly caused the tip to light up. She walked into the cave, careful to avoid tripping over any of the debris that formerly blocked her way. After a few feet the cave opened up, becoming more of a regular corridor. It was leading her down, but toward the center of the hill.
The former Ravenclaw began to walk faster. The ground was more regular and the path became easier the farther she went. After a while, it didn’t feel like she was getting any deeper. She pointed her wand to the side of the cave and her suspicions were confirmed. This was no longer a natural corridor. The walls were smoother and there was a definite ceiling. At some point she had entered a structure made by someone. She was now certain that she was in the right place.
The corridor turned upward, and Lilith slowed her pace. The air was becoming muggy and she found herself pulling her hood off her head and her cloak back, exposing her arms entirely. Her straight blonde hair seemed to glow from the light of the wand, and she was now regretting the sweater she wore over her blouse. After a few more minutes, she stopped and undid the bow around her collar, undoing the button and catching her breath.
Although she never once questioned why she was here, the break did cause her to reflect on what she was doing here. Two years ago, near the zenith of You-Know-Who’s second rise to power, Lilith and her family learned what had happened to her older sister, Morganna. Morganna, who Lilith had both idolized and resented nearly her entire life, had fallen to darkness.