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Written for regulus_kat:

Title: Dire Circumstance
Characters/Pairings: Severus, Draco
Rating: PG
Warnings: None. Well, one bad word, but that’s about it.
Word Count: 315
Summary: A few days after Draco loses his wand, someone pays him a visit. Not to offer sympathy, nor to coddle the boy – no, this someone always has an ulterior motive. Just not always the one most obvious.
Disclaimer: I do not own any of the characters mentioned; they belong solely to J.K. Rowling.

“Where is your wand, Draco?”

The blonde flinched, recoiling away from the window where dusk had fallen. “I lost it,” the boy, Draco, whispered quietly, his pale eyes locked on the floor. He could never match wits with the man standing near the door, not when that same man was two steps ahead of everyone. Legilimency was a handy tool, after all; the ability to see into another’s thoughts and feelings, the advantages that could have. Draco had once sought to learn those arts, but he had only succeeded where shrouding his mind was considered. And, to be honest, he had only learned of that under the direst of circumstances.

Finally bring his gaze back to meet black, the young man flinched again. There was a look of insurmountable scorn plainly written across his once-mentor’s face. “The fight with Potter,” he spit the name out like a disease, “went wrong in almost every possible away.”

An emotion he hadn’t seen since Dumbledore’s death flitted onto that impassive face, but it was gone faster than Draco could put a name to it. “Very well,” Severus Snape drawled, “I take it you were going to wait around like your …” Severus paused, stretching out the silence until it was taunt. “Well, just like your father, wouldn’t you know. Dear me, I hope you’re not going to make it a point to completely disappoint our Master so much. I won’t always be around to save your neck.”

Before Draco could complain that he didn’t need saving, Severus had already turned, robes billowing out behind him. “I’ll keep an eye open,” the man barely raised his voice, “for a magical stick you could use, if not a wand.” In his own weird way, Severus was trying to help – but Draco would be damned if he ever let the man know he appreciated that. Maybe, someday, things would be different.

Written for scratchingpost1:

After the Battle
Characters/Pairings: Draco, Narcissa, Lucius
Rating: PG
Warnings: Death. References to violence.
Word Count: 422
Summary: The Malfoys betrayed the Dark Lord for the sake of their son as well as their own. There was nothing they wouldn’t do to live. Even waiting to be damned after the Battle of Hogwarts.
Disclaimer: I do not own any of the characters mentioned; they belong solely to J.K. Rowling.

The air was cold even in the warm, confined Great Hall. Bodies, alive and whole, pressed together, talking in low murmurs and soothing away the fears from the fight, soothing the anguish death had caused. Bodies, lifeless and still, rest in shrouds at the front of the Hall, where the staff table for the school should have bee. Draco found he couldn’t tear his eyes away from them, a strange, unsettling feeling twisting in his gut. This was what he had been fighting to cause, not prevent, and here he was sitting among the traitors he had been brought up to hate – the ones who wanted to do away with the Old Ways.

A cool, damp hand brushed against his cheek and he glanced away, eyes averted. “Mother, do we have to stay?” He rubbed the bruise that Narcissa had just rubbed and held back a wince as it stung unpleasantly. Leave it to Potter and his friends to get in a parting shot even when saving his would-have-been forfeit life.

He bit his lip when his father rapped him sharply across the knuckles with his cane. “Are you insane, Draco?” Lucius hissed, more of a strangled whisper from his bruised and battered face. Voldemort hadn't been kindest master these past few months. “By all means, leave if you wish to be next on Potter’s hitlist.” It was tempting; the stench of death was pungent and too fresh here in the Hall. He wanted to get away, but the necessity of staying put won out. The shock of losing was still heavy on his family’s shoulders and they had to rectify their grievous error before it blew out of portion.

It was a waiting game. Until things settled down, they could not make a move without being seen as guilty. He leaned heavily against his mother’s side, tired and frustration with the day’s events. Where did they have left? Their pride had been stolen, taken to the grave with a man that was as twisted as he was reviled. All they had left was each other and even that, in the pale light of moon overhead, seemed insignificant. They were battered, bloodied, and not at their finest, far from it.

Then his mother brushed her fingers through his hair and he was closing his eyes, refusing to think, letting the soft talk wash over and lull him into a doze. The coldness seeped into his skin, though, and kept him from falling asleep. He wondered absently if he’d ever feel warm again.

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Any particular text? If not, I'll just leave them all textless~

I can't think of any. Textless is fine. Thanks.

Mkay, finished a few icons for you. I'll put them up in the post.

Thanks. I really like them. I am willing to share them. Others can take them, if you want to make a note of that.

Mkay, I'll put that up in the post. Glad you liked them!

Oh! Btw, did you want a drabble too? Feel free to keep requesting until Sunday. :)

A drabble? Sure. How about something with Draco just after Voldemort is defeated at the Battle of Hogwarts?

I felt so sorry for the Malfoys sitting in the Great Hall after the battle with no one paying them any attention.

Posted your drabble up in the post! :)

I really like seeing those events through Draco's eyes. Thank you. I love the drabble!

Glad you liked it! It was an interesting idea you suggested and I couldn't pass up the chance to write it.

At least what you've written is short. I'm still working on my SS/HG story. I've written another 1,000 words. It's up to almost 5,000 words now. I have all the remaining plot points mapped out too.

I can't wait to read the rest of it! Good luck. Is it a one-shot then, or a novella?

But I can relate to writing long stories, orz. I have a novel-length project started over at with Severus as a 'sort of' mentor to Harry. My first real stab at writing a novel-length story. And it's hard!

I thought it was going to be a one-shot, but if it gets much longer, I will break it up into chapters. However, I don't think it will be longer than some of my previous fics in other fandoms. I had one that was over 17,000 words.

Woah! What fandom was it for?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.

Awesome. I am going to gank 4 and 11, with your permission (Severus and Bellatrix)

Nice Douglas Adams reference ;D

Sure! Glad you liked 'em.

xD Why thank you~! I really love Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (the book, that is). And, well, the movie has Alan Rickman's voice. Enough said.

I haven't seen the movie but I've read all 4 books. They're still laying about on my bookshelf, clamoring to be re-read.

Gotta love Douglas Adams' writing! As for the movie, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be (considering the transition from book-verse to movie-verse), but then I'm a sucker for satire, cynicism, and mice taking over the world.

Here. Have a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, and stick this fish in your ear, it really helps with the locals.

xDD I have a feeling I'll soon be re-reading certain books now.

Oh! Forgot to ask. Would you like any icons or drabbles~?

I like your icons already. I made the one above. Bwaaahaha, but I do stink at graphic design. So suprise me with a Severus that isn't Alan Rickman ot Adrian Brody. ;D
Fic: Something featuring Draco and Severus' struggles in HBP or a DH-era non-canon scene. I don't have many sqicks but crossgen sex is one.

Edited at 2010-09-24 06:18 am (UTC)

Tricky! But I love a good challenge. I'll give it a try. Wait. Can I include fanart for the icon set, or just real life stills~?

Fanart most definitely. Like my icon above. I dragged it off Photobucket, just a snap of his face while he was killing Dumbles.

Great! I'll be sure to get it finish tomorrow night for you. <3

Thank you in a slippery way. Ah, those smooth scales of mine feel nice udner my undulating, muscular body... ~~~~~<~

I finished that Severus + Draco drabble for you! Not too sure if I like it or not, though. >.

That was pretty intense, unusual read for me, I'm liking the fresh angle. I read the same people's fics all the time.\

Concrit is just more description would be great. Otherwise, a splendid fic with my favorite and his ulikely godson.

xD;; If I wasn't so tired I probably would have gotten more descriptive, but yeah, I can see what you mean. Although, most of the time I get told off for being too descriptive and these drabble things kind of help cut back on that, on the unnecessary words I tend to use ;;

'Course, I wouldn't mind trying to write you a longer fic, if you'd like? I dunno, I'm up for any prompts I can turn into a one-shot! Though I can't promise how swift I'll be on writing it.

I think the drabble you wrote was really good. I liked it a lot. I wouldn't want a rewrite but if you think of a Minerva/Seveus I'd love it, they're my new favourite duo.

Concrit keeps me motivated! I love rising to the challenge and trying new things. 'Cause it's tricky, writing so few words and being descriptive, I'll have to keep that in mind when I write more drabbles in the future.

As for the Minevra/Severus suggestion. Sure! I'd like some actual practice writing her before I try something smaller in drabble format for crossgen. Hmm. Could you toss me a prompt?

Prompt: The Lion's Share of the Snake Pit

Totally ganking 2, 9 and 12 and the rest were amazing but I'm running low on icon space


Edited at 2010-09-25 10:51 pm (UTC)

You're welcome <3 Do you mind if others use them, though? Or should I put up a non-shareable note?

Everyone should be allowed to lay their hands on these.
Spread the Severusness...

Mkay. :) Just wanted to double-check. Completely forgot to ask scratchingpost1 about that >.< /brb facepalming.

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