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In which a young Tom Riddle spends his first few weeks at Hogwarts trailing after a fellow student. Purely for research purposes, of course. There is nothing at all special or interesting or pretty or different about her, she's just...familiar, somehow. He does not at all have a crush on her, not at all.

[An attempt at a realistic, critical view of both the Harry Potter world, and Tom Riddle having a plausible love interest. Updates every 2-4 weeks. Slow Burn|Will They Or Won't They?|Dumbledore Bashing. Content/Trigger Warning for Obsessive Behavior, Amnesia, Child Abuse, Sexism, Racism, and YTs.]

IF YOU'RE HERE FROM COMMENT SWAP: Don't worry about reading more than one chapter if you don't wish to, I know I write a heck of a lot.
  1. Her Silence
    Tom doesn't know how to make friends.
  2. His Observation
  3. Their Severance
    Everyone keeps touching Tom's things. Ximena has a panic attack.
  4. A-Tisket A-Tasket
  5. Poor Mary
  6. Lavender's Blue
  7. Winter
  8. Spring&Summer
    Tom leaves Hogwarts for the first time
  9. Autumn
  10. Real Talk
  11. Soft Hands
  12. Suddenly
  13. Righteous/Wicked
  14. Rumor/Truth
  15. Justice/Corruption
  16. Static
  17. Interlude I: Nemesis
    Nemesis reflects on identity.
  18. Interlude II: The Daily Prophet, September 26th-27th, 1939
    Excerpts from The Daily Prophet from the month of September, 1939
  19. AWOL
    Tom faces the consequences of his actions
  20. White Noise
  21. Advance
  22. Interlude III: Hedwig
  23. Hinder
  24. Abate
  25. Interlude IV: Ximena
    Ximena loses herself.
  26. In Which Biscuits Are Eaten