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The Dark Lord Ascending

Yaxleythrusthiswandbackunderhiscloakwithasnort.

Ahandsomemanorhousegrewoutofthedarknessattheendofthestraightdrive,lightsglintinginthediamondpaneddownstairswindows.Somewhereinthedarkgardenbeyondthehedgeafountainwasplaying.GravelcrackledbeneaththeirfeetasSnapeandYaxleyspedtowardthefrontdoor,whichswunginwardattheirapproach,thoughnobodyhadvisiblyopenedit.

Thehallwaywaslarge,dimlylit,andsumptuouslydecorated,withamagnificentcarpetcoveringmostofthestonefloor.Theeyesofthepale-facedportraitsonthewallfollowedSnapeandYaxleyastheystrodepast.Thetwomenhaltedataheavywoodendoorleadingintothenextroom,hesitatedforthespaceofaheartbeat,thenSnapeturnedthebronzehandle.

Thedrawingroomwasfullofsilentpeople,sittingatalongandornatetable.Theroom’susualfurniturehadbeenpushedcarelesslyupagainstthewalls.Illuminationcamefromaroaringfirebeneathahandsomemarblemantelpiecesurmountedbyagildedmirror.SnapeandYaxleylingeredforamomentonthethreshold.Astheireyesgrewaccustomedtothelackoflight,theyweredrawnupwardtothestrangestfeatureofthescene:anapparentlyunconscioushumanfigurehangingupsidedownoverthetable,revolvingslowlyasifsuspendedbyaninvisiblerope,andreflectedinthemirrorandinthebare,polishedsurfaceofthetablebelow.Noneofthepeopleseatedunderneaththissingularsightwerelookingatitexceptforapaleyoungmansittingalmostdirectlybelowit.

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