I Can't Make You Love Me (Tom Riddle/Voldemort Oneshot)

A Songfic of "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt

Created by IAmMeBaby on Thursday, May 31, 2012

It’s a fairly commonly accepted theory that Tom Riddle cannot feel love because he was conceived under the effects of a love potion. Nobody knows this better than Camphor Xavier.

Camphor was the only daughter of Rhett and Holly Xavier, two very proud purebloods. Of course sorted into Slytherin, Camphor seemed the perfect girl to wed. Therefore, Tom Marvolo Riddle decided that he would try to actually fall in love. The thing was, she was already half of the way in love with him.

After a few months of really being with him, she fell the rest of the way. In the July after their seventh year, the pair was married. They were married for nineteen long years. Tom, who now wanted to be referred to as Lord Voldemort, enjoyed her company, even found that he liked her, but did not love her. She remained blissfully unobservant.

Truthfully, Camphor was incredibly bright. She had simply convinced herself for almost twenty years that she wasn’t seeing the signs. Every so often, though, she would see the look that was empty from his eyes, and every time she did, it broke her heart. But one night, she decided to tell him she knew. And she decided what she would do about it.

So she laid in their four-poster bed with her heart beating nervously. There was nothing but to wait for him to come to bed. When that time came, she found herself almost scared to do what she had told herself she would. “I need to talk to you,” she finally mustered up the courage to say as he removed his robes. There was a reason she hadn’t been a Gryffindor: she was non-confrontational.

Absentmindedly, he inquired, “Yes, what is it, dear?”

Her voice turned to almost a whisper. “You don’t love me.”

He turned to her. “What are you talking about, Cam? I’ve been married to you for nearly twenty years. Why would you think I didn’t love you?”

“Love, Tom. You can’t love. You like me. Maybe even, you have grown fond of me. But you do not love me.”

The look of resignation in her eyes was too much to argue with. “I have tried, Cam. Believe me, I have tried.”

She gazed at him. “I know.”

“What do we do now?”

She sighed and let herself do something she had not done in many years: she sang.

Turn down the lights
Turn down the bed
Turn down these voices
Inside my head

Lay down with me She stroked the bed beside her.
Tell me no lies
Just hold me close
Don't patronize
Don’t patronize me

Cause I can't make you
Love me if you don't
You can't make your
Heart feel something it won't

Here in the dark
In these final hours I
Will lay down my heart
And I'll feel the power

But you won't
no you won't
cause I can't make you love me
If you don't.
He made his way over and laid next to his wife.

I'll close my eyes
Then I won't see
The love you don't feel
when you're holding me

Morning will come
And I'll do what's right
just give me till then
To give up this fight
And I will give up this fight.

Cause I can't make you love me
If you don't
You can't make your heart feel
something it won't.
Here in the dark
In these final hours
I will lay down my heart
And I'll feel the power

But you won't
no you won't
‘Cause I can't make you love me
If you don't

Voldemort was stunned. “So, you’re leaving me?”

“Believe me, this is not easy, but I can’t live knowing you don’t love me. Please, just give me one night.”

So he leaned in and kissed her hard. For the entire night, he tried to convince her wordlessly to stay. Still, the next day she left, and he was truly alone for the first time in his life. Before long, he had something to preoccupy his time. He had been informed of a prophecy, and would do his best to not let it come true.

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