“These are dark times, there is no denying. Our world has perhaps faced no greater threat than it does today.” – JK Rowling
South shore was being shadowed by a dark cloud. That clouds name was Tom, who to some of the tutors was the modern day Tom Riddle or better known by the name of Lord Voldemort.
Tom was quickly invoking the power he had as a lead tutor. Stella, also being a lead tutor, is nothing like Tom when it comes to who is in control though, which is sad because he maneuvers around her title and plays solo on who really take charge. Within those few days of being back at work, things were starting to rapture into something dark and truly evil.
James was still concerned about what had happened and thinking about it more and more, it started to piece together. For James, his main goal has always been the student over everything. Nothing is more important to him than the success of the kids and the ultimate goal of them going to college. In a way, you could say James has always had a soft spot for certain students, but generally he is just someone who cares. Apparently, Tom and Katrina felt last semester that this was uncalled for. Before break, James remembered that they both made comments about him being to close to the kids. James didn’t deny it because it is true, but never did he let it cloud his judgements on how to grade or evaluate certain situations. However, when that semester ended James just let it go because Tom and Katrina always have something to say, which in most cases it’s never nice.
Anyways, James thought back to that time when they mentioned that. It was all making sense. His hours were cut during the periods where he was closest to the kids. Katrina may have not been involved, but Tom sure as hell had a say in the hours and it was now clear what was going on. Tom had purposefully cut James hours in the areas where he thought he was becoming to close.
James was more sad now then mad. His job means nothing without the kids and now that Tom is playing god and is making decisions based off his own foolish mindset, he knew things weren’t going to be the same.
James slowly thought things through and began to wonder what made Tom hate him so much now? Was it because he was getting close to Lark right at the end of last semester. Maybe he felt he was losing his connection to her since she was actually listening to what James had to say. Either way, he could not understand what was going on in Tom Riddle’s mind, but what he did understand was that a new target may have been set on him.
At the end of the day, James just wanted to tell Tom off. He was so frustrated and upset with him but being the civil person he is, things slowly just were brushed under the carpet.
However, James remembered one of his students in particular that he promised he would make sure to always tutor. Anthony.
Anthony is a very special student to James because he is the only one Anthony will talk to. At the beginning of the year when James first started working Anthony didn’t talk to anyone, but he slowly opened up to him and built a strong bond with him. That bond allowed James to tutor him and be the role model that he needed. With that said, Anthony knew something was up when Tom laid down the law and snapped at James to go to another class to tutor during his period.
Tom was being a dick, to put it bluntly. James wanted to stay for Lark’s class fourth period because Anthony is in there, but Tom wouldn’t let it happen. He told James “Go now” in a deameaning tone which alerted Anthony right off the bat that James wasn’t going to be tutoring that period.
James was fumed at this point because he was being talked to like a child and like he did something wrong. Tom had no right to yell like that, especially since he isn’t the boss. Meeting up with the others, James told them what happened and everyone was slowly opening their eyes to the newly proclaimed Lord Voldemort.