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More GP drabbles--one short of max-out this week. :) - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
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More GP drabbles--one short of max-out this week. :)
Cross-posted to hp100

Title: Grayfur
House: Gryffindor
Word Count: 100
Characters: Phineas (portrait), Sirius--Sirius's childhood


It began with the lazy tongues of insolent boys.

"Great-great Grandfather" was too much to ask anyone to say, Phineas supposed, but the boys' initial choice of "Greatfather" was perfectly acceptable to him.

Unfortunately, his young roommates had still found it cumbersome to attempt a display of respect. Bad enough he had to listen to their childish prattle, bad enough that the older one—the heir of the House!—treated him with all the respect due a disobedient house elf. But it was altogether too much when he breezed into the room with an insolent wave and cried, "Morning, Grayfur!"


Title: Scrying bowl
House: Gryffindor
Word Count: 100
Characters: Sirius, Mrs. Black (with mention of Andromeda)


"Here. Now."

Sirius sighed. He was stuck here for the summer, and it was come-when-called or be dragged. He went into the parlor.

Mum stood above a silver bowl, her black robes flowing. She held a dagger in both hands. As he watched, she dragged it down across her palm. Blood dripped into the bowl.

She reached out her bloody hand and dragged him forward. "Now, we'll see what you know about your cousin's... marriage." She spat the word like a curse, and plunged his hand into the bowl with her blood and the Potion she'd mixed it into. "Veritas."


Title: Headquarters
House: Gryffindor
Word Count: 100
Characters: Dumbledore, Sirius


"Are you quite certain about this, Sirius?"

"It's perfect. Use the bloody place to do a little good. Dad had every kind of Charm you can think of on it for security, and as far as anyone knows, it's been empty since Mum died."

"You'd need to stay here. We won't be able to let you roam about London. It would raise... questions."

Sirius grimaced. It certainly wasn't his choice of a vacation resort, and the last thing in the world he wanted was to be stuck here until his name was cleared.

But really, how long could it be?



Title: Grayfur (2)
House: Gryffindor
Word Count: 100
Characters: Phineas (portrait), Sirius—summer after GoF
A/N: Related to the "Grayfur," but not a continuation


The house had been blessedly quiet for nearly a decade, except for Kreacher's scurrying and occasional tirades of his great-granddaughter's portrait. It was a calm, ordered existence, with nothing to disturb him.

He couldn't imagine why he was so unhappy. If he could wished for any life, this would have been it.

And yet, it grated on him—dust, silence, and madness.

The door opened, and he slipped on the Invisibility Cloak he'd had painted into the portrait, expecting Kreacher. Instead, it was a long-haired man with a manic smile.

"Hullo, Grayfur!" he said. "I hope you're ready for company."


Title: Nature's Nobility
House: Gryffindor
Word Count: 100
Characters: Arthur, Bill


Arthur flipped through the book with some curiosity, comparing the formal listing of names and deeds with his family's casual memories of "Old Uncle Delbert" and "Mad Cullum." Here, they were Delbert, Sir Gillivray and Cullum Weasel IV. His family had talked of Delbert's predilection for firewhiskey and Cullum's habit of flying naked. The book spoke somberly of achievements in government and magical research.

Bill strode in cheerfully; the house didn't seem to affect him. Little could disturb a young man in love. "What's that?" he asked.

"A book about people I don't recognize," Arthur said, and tossed it aside.



Title: Morning
House: Gryffindor
Word Count: 100
Characters: Molly, Remus, Sirius, Tonks


They were sprawled out in the parlor.

Sirius was draped over an armchair; Tonks was curled up in front of the fire. Lupin—who Molly thought would know better than this—was stretched out on the sofa. On the floor, a Charmed candlestick ran about, sniffing at them like an overanxious puppy. Around the room, it looked like many objects had been Charmed.

She'd found the twins' room like this quite frequently—Charm duels—but these three were old enough to know better.

The candlestick noticed her and ran over eagerly. Molly rolled her eyes and went to the kitchen.
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From: anatomiste Date: July 21st, 2004 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha! These are great. I particularly like 'Morning' -- reminds me of my own friends.

I think you're missing a 'have' in 'Grayfur (2)':

If he could wished for any life, this would have been it.
mafdet From: mafdet Date: July 21st, 2004 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Loved them all, but especially the Phineas ones and "Nature's Nobility." If "Mad Callum" flew naked before the invention of the Cushioning Charm then that must have been why they called him "Mad." ;)
leeflower From: leeflower Date: July 21st, 2004 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I offer general applause. 'Scrying bowl' was slightly confusing, mostly because I don't keep up well enough to figure out what she was casting. The image of the candlestick was funny.

Reminded me of disney's beauty and the beast, with the ottoman that was a dog.
sophonax From: sophonax Date: July 21st, 2004 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I normally don't care much for drabbles, especially since they're usually along the lines of "Unrecognizable Canon Character 1 couldn't believe that Unrecognizable Canon Character 2 had finally declared his/her love. Already he/she felt as though Unrecognizable Canon Character 2 had been calling him/her 'wubby-boo' forever. Had it really been just a few seconds ago? He/she had waited so long for this moment, but would it ruin everything they had shared thus far? But would it be an even greater ruin never to partake in their true feelings? He/she decided to seize the moment, regardless of the risks it might entail. 'I love you, too,' he/she said."

However, I think you've found the perfect character and situation for drabbles. When you're surrounded by action but never truly part of it, life does seem to happen in isolated moments, after which the monotony of a Grim Old Place sets in again, and you simply have to wait. I think that's what I regret most about Sirius...not that he died unnecessarily, but that he spent the last year of his life, just when he thought he had a chance for freedom, hardly even living.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: July 22nd, 2004 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I am almost afraid to ask what that candlestick was charmed to do!

Grayfur 1 and 2 were hits! Perfect.
erised1810 From: erised1810 Date: July 26th, 2004 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I think you made me liek the art of drabbling. I might join hp100 and try it myself. ;)
I like those greyfur ones. firs thogut it was *his* nickname for his own animags form but ah well.
erm..gray. gray. Is there a "Grey" at all? I ALWAYS write grey! Ild like to finally know if i'm dealign iwth an something-ishism here or jsut me missing out on soem word-buildign at school.
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