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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
And still more from hp100
Because I like this "write about Grimmauld Place" challenge. I may do my maximum fourteen this week.

Title: Arrival
House: Gryffindor
Word Count: 100
Characters: Remus, Ginny

"Professor LUPIN!"

The shriek was still echoing and Remus hadn't had time to see more than a stream of bright red hair standing out against the gray walls when Ginny flung herself at him, throwing her arms around him exuberantly.

He hugged her back, less from instinct than because there was nothing else to do with his flailing arms. "Hello, Ginny."

She stood back. "Oh, I'm so happy to see you, we missed you… it is really you, isn't it?"

"Yes... though I wonder if you're really you. You look like a girl with a happy secret."

She smiled innocently.

Title: Tea Cozy
House: Gryffindor
Word Count: 100
Characters: Molly, Kreacher

"Give that filthy thing here," Molly said, reaching under the table.

Kreacher backed up between the rungs, clutching a moldy tea cozy. "The blood traitor is not taking mistress's things!"

"It needs washing."

"They takes everything," he said. "And lies about 'washing'."

"I don't imagine there’s a dark spell on a tea cozy."

"Nasty master spoils all of mistress's things." He petted the tea cozy.

Molly was reminded—against her will—of a tatty doll that Ginny refused to relinquish until it unraveled.

"All right," she said. "Keep it. But don't come complaining to me when it makes you sneeze."

Title: Heir Apparent
House: Gryffindor
Word Count: 100
Characters: Narcissa, Draco, Mrs. Black

"Now, Auntie," Narcissa said. "You shouldn't upset yourself. It'll spoil the portrait."

"Why do I need a portrait? Who will see it?"

"I will, Auntie, every time I come in. And Draco will, too, won't you, sweets?"

Draco, who had covered his face in paint, said, "Guh."

"Think you're the heiress, do you?" Auntie said, giving her an unpleasant smile. "Think again. You're the youngest, not the eldest. And you're not mine."

"Bellatrix is in Azkaban. So is Sirius."

"I have Regulus."

"Regulus is dead, Auntie."

"How dare you? Get out!"

Narcissa let it wash over her, and continued painting.

Title: Exploding Snap
House: Gryffindor
Word Count: 100
Characters: Sirius, Regulus

The deck exploded, and Regulus burst into noisy tears.

"Oh, please!" Sirius said.

"It hurts."

"Don't be a baby."

"I'm not a baby. I'm nearly five" He held out his hand for inspection.

Sirius looked. The hand was red and swollen. He winced. "Sorry, Reg. That is nasty."

"Can you make it better, Sirius?"

Sirius looked over his shoulder to see that none of his cousins were about. "All right. But this is special brother magic, and it only works if you don't tell anyone."

Regulus nodded somberly.

Sirius kissed his brother’s hurt and hugged him. "All better?"

Regulus nodded.

Title: The Haunting of Number Eleven
House: Gryffindor
Word Count: 100
Characters: OCs

"You're not joking!"

Sarah nodded in a knowing way. "I hear her all the time, raving about blood."

"Aren't you frightened?" Amanda asked, eyes wide. "I'd be terrified to live here!"

"Well, it's not as though it's loud," Kath said, still leaning against the wall. "You can barely hear her unless you're listening really hard." She thought about it. "Still, it's spooky."

The other girls clamored over to the wall to press their ears against it, and Sarah prayed that the ghost would keep up its wailing. It had, after all, made her slumber parties the most popular in school.


This was too long to be a drabble, and there was no way to cut it, so it's just a short-short.

After "Restituo," in which the family tree is restored.

"Mum taught me to use it," Tonks said.

"Use it?"

"It's not just a family tree. It's charmed. Look." She touched her name—looking a bit awed at its return—and whispered, "Appello."

Under her finger, the name lit up, and Harry saw from the corner of his eye that other bits of light had appeared around the room, where the tapestry had now grown to encircle most of the parlor.

"All the ways Mum's descended,"Tonks said. "Back to the middle ages. 'Course, Dad's not on here more than once, being Muggle-born. But look--Appello contineo." Lines sprung up from her name, twisting illuminations leading back to the top of the tapestry. "Pretty, isn't it?"

Harry nodded.

"Finite incantatem." The lines disappeared. "Do you want to try it?"


"See, you can also see how you're related to a person, if you are. Or well, the closest relationship, anyway. I imagine there are plenty of ways to twist it around, but it has to stop somewhere. I tried it with Remus when we first started, er… seeing one another—" She grinned, as she always did when the subject came up. "Then I tried it with everyone. And see?" She touched her name and said, "Appello concero Harry Potter."

Bits of light zigzagged up and down the family tree, finally leading down to a spot about halfway down the wall. Harry looked at it curiously, first noticing his parents' names, twined together on the parchment, then seeing the line leading down to a square that said, "Harry James Potter." In pale, illuminated letters beneath it, it gave his closest relationship to Tonks (fourth cousin, once removed).

His heart stopped, and he felt like he had in front of the Mirror of Erised, except that this was real. These names were people who really had come before him. He looked up curiously, spotting at random a Bones and a Macmillan among his great grandparents, and his great-great-grandmother...

Vega Black.

"Hi, coz," Tonks said, and winked, then waved her wand and said, "Finite incantatem." The words and the zig-zagging lines disappeared. "Give it a try."

He touched his name curiously, and traced the line without speaking.

"It really doesn’t bite."

He licked his lip, then made a decision. "Appello contineo," he said.

Lines of light leapt upward from around the room, forming a net like the cage of phoenix song that had protected him in the graveyard, lines of light that were maps leading back to the place he had come from.

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From: lnevans Date: July 17th, 2004 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Loved them all! Especially the last two. I've always thought about writing something from the PoV of the other occupants of Grimmauld Place. And the Sirius & Regulus one was very touching.
dipsas From: dipsas Date: July 17th, 2004 11:37 am (UTC) (Link)
You're on a roll, aren't you? They're all great. It seems (and I think you're really onto something there) that 'Family' is a very important concept to everyone connected to Nr 12 - but in very different ways. It's a pleasure seeing someone as good delving into the subject.
sophonax From: sophonax Date: July 17th, 2004 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Heir Appparent" is wonderful! I like your Narcissa--sane (I can see her being quite determined not to end up like Bella) but still Slytherin through and through. Draco's cameo is pretty good. I wonder how well Bellatrix and her aunt got along?
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: July 17th, 2004 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Tonks and Harry

I love them. 100 word ficlets. What a great idea. That way you can kill those bunnies without them killing you! My favourites would have to be Sirius, Regulus and their special brother magic... and cool, controlled Narcissa painting the portrait. What a cool cat. I like the way you write her here and in the Tonks' stories. For better or worse, JK seems content to completely stereotype the Malfoy family - not that I care, at any rate! - so seeing creative dimensions in them is wonderful.

I also like the Haunting of No. 11! Far out!

You know, this brings up a matter that I once raised on a mailing list. Doesn't the non-mention of the Potters in the Blacks family tree indicate that James might not have been 100% pure blood. It seemed that Sirius went out of his way to explain how all the Pure Blood families were related to each other and how the 'good' ones like the Weasleys and his cousin had been struck out of the tapestry. Won't it have made sense for him to mention to Harry that there was another sort of tie between them?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 17th, 2004 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Tonks and Harry

I just assumed he didn't mention it because he's annoyed at the tapestry in general--I figure the Potters were blasted off it at some point.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 17th, 2004 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Tonks and Harry

At any rate, maybe he was waiting for Harry to ask. He mentions (fairly casually, as if it's something everyone would know) that everyone is related to everyone. Maybe he's not sure that Harry would want to know.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: July 17th, 2004 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Tonks and Harry

I think the fact that he was annoyed about the tapestry should have made him mention them. It seemed a pretty big omission to me... However JKR has said it time and time again that sometimes the fans over-reach with speculation.

Won't it be intriguing though if the Potters were not pure bloods? OotP pretty much annulled the Gryffindor Heir theory - something I was particularly happy about because I disliked the idea of Harry being some sort of inherited hero and not the genuine article. (It also failed to explain why James Potter couldn't just kill Voldermort if it was all about the Potter Power. ;)

It would also explain why even though Harry's parents are witch and wizard, the wizarding world in general seems to regard him as a half-blood.
mrs_who From: mrs_who Date: July 17th, 2004 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
These drabbles are wonderful -- what a terrific idea. I think I'll introduce the idea to my 14 yo (non-writing!) daughter, who is currently beginning a fanfic with Petunia as the main character. She was inspired by your stories, Fernwithy. :)

~ I really wonder what Ginny's secret is.
~ Kreacher gave me goosebumps - very Gollum-like.
~ Narcissa's ingratiating herself to Mrs. Black is just SO in character.
~ Sirius & Regulus. :( So sweet -- it reminded me of the "mummy spit" bit from Doll Army.
~ The Haunting of Number Eleven -- what a creative idea! I'm impressed.
~ Yes, the Family Tree would probably be endowed with all sorts of magical properties, I think your scenario is entirely likely. I do wonder WHO Harry wanted to find out about, though!

Thanks for sharing these.

Lauri B.

sreya From: sreya Date: July 17th, 2004 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I almost started crying over the Sirius & Regulus drabble. It was just so cute.

And how do we keep producing the same bunnies? I was mulling over a similar idea to your Haunting drabble just last month! I really need to start writing things faster. One of these days, I'll post something before you do! ;~)
jetamors From: jetamors Date: July 17th, 2004 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love the image of Narcissa painting her aunt, with Toddler Draco wandering around in the background somewhere. And I love the short-short. The mental image of one's heritage lighting up is gorgeous.
atropos87 From: atropos87 Date: July 18th, 2004 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I think I'm obsessed with the family tree. I love your post script to Restituo. Harry's hero's burden is the lack of a family after all - it would mean so much to him to see that tangible proof of his ancestry.
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