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Belatedly, for a request by [livejournal.com profile] postingwhore . One of those three sentence fics that got away.

Summary: and she just doesn't know/ how much more she can give

Narcissa could hear them in the dark, in the garden burying her sister, as inside the house she packed her things to go. She was lucky. Most of the dead still lay where they fell. Animals might defile the bodies; if they did not the victors would. They hadn't been able to bring them all, but Bellatrix at least would be at peace, in the quiet and unhallowed ground of Malfoy Manor.

“Do you want--,” Lucius had asked, and gestured to the body.

“Let her robes and mask be her shroud,” Narcissa had said, looking at Bellatrix's slack face and tangled hair. Bella had been the most beautiful of three sisters known for their beauty, and men had written sonnets about her midnight eyes and the mysteries of her smile.

Narcissa had left her husband and son to do the digging and gone into the house, and begun putting things in her bag. What did you take, when you left, she wondered. Which robes were fashionable for deserting one's husband? Black, because almost everyone they knew was dead. There would be funerals for weeks.

Despite herself she thought of Bella, still at last; the niece she'd never known who'd died at Hogwarts, Sirius, whose grave she'd never seen, Regulus, whose body had never been found. So many dead, and all of them for nothing, because the war had been lost. For nothing, because the Muggles were going to ruin everything and call it progress.

The brushes with the silver handles had been a gift from Lucius's mother; she left them on her dressing table. There was a framed photograph of Draco, which she wrapped in a scarf and tucked into her bag, and one of Lucius that she left. She ran her fingers across the spines of the books on the little shelf under the window, but in the end she left them. They could be sent on later.

In the bath she tucked shampoo and conditioning potions and makeup into a case, and left her birth control on the edge of the sink, because she might be leaving Lucius but she could not imagine going to bed with anyone else. Eighteen years of marriage, and two years of sin before that, and she had been not quite eighteen that first time. Even then she had known what she wanted, and what it might mean.

She had been a Death Eater's daughter, even then, a Death Eater's sister. She cannot say she wasn't warned.

Suddenly she was on her knees on the tile, sobbing so hard she could barely breathe. She had warned them-- she had warned them all, and they hadn't listened. No one had ever listened. Not her father, not her sister, not her husband. Not her son.

“I thought you were gone,” Lucius said from the doorway, “Narcissa?”

She looked up then. Her head hurt and her eyes burned and her nose was running. She was too old to be so foolish. He had something on his cheek that might be dirt, and might be a bruise, and when he knelt beside her and touched her face his hands were filthy. He smelled of blood and smoke and the mud of her sister's grave.

“No,” she said, and put her hand on his. “I'm not going anywhere.” It was true, unfortunately; she never could bring herself to go. Her husband was a racist and an idiot who had involved their teenage son in a civil war, and he had appalling taste and wore more jewelry than she did and had quarreled with her entire family. She had meant to leave him a dozen times and never managed it, and just because their world is burning does not mean she ever will. “You know I love you too much to leave.”

“Yes,” Lucius said, resting his chin on top of her head, “but that doesn't mean I ever get tired of hearing you say it.”
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I promised this to [livejournal.com profile] postingwhore in FEBRUARY. I suck, you guys.

The Backstory-Verse
How the Malfoy Wealth Was Won (London, 1860)
The Greatest Treason (Wales, 1913)
When I Ruled the World (France, 1917)
Portent (London, 1943)
The Greatest Generation (London, 1945)
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (New York, 1959)
The Ill-Made Knight (Yorkshire, 1960)
The Setting Sun (Surrey, 1963)
Conviction (London, 1974)
Charm (London, 1978)
(Baby Don't) Fear the Reaper (London, 1979)
Shadow of the Day (Spinner's End, 1979)
A Woman's Place (Surrey, 1979)
Chronology (Surrey, 1980)
Destiny's Child (London, 1980)
Spy Games (London, 1981)
Shadow of the Day (Surrey, 1982)
Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War (Surrey, 1982)
A Prophet In His Own Country (Surrey, 1984)
A Handful of Dust (Surrey, 1994)

Well it goes like this, the fourth, the fifth/ the baffled king composing Hallelujah )
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For [livejournal.com profile] pushdragon, in case she's still out there.
Summary: For every beginning there is an end.
The Backstory-Verse
How the Malfoy Wealth Was Won (London, 1860)
When I Ruled the World (France, 1917)
Portent (London, 1943)
The Greatest Generation (London, 1945)
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (New York, 1959)
The Ill-Made Knight (Yorkshire, 1960)
The Setting Sun (Surrey, 1963)
Conviction (London, 1974)
(Baby Don't) Fear the Reaper (London, 1979)
A Woman's Place (Surrey, 1979)
Chronology (Surrey, 1980)
Spy Games (London, 1981)
Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War (Surrey, 1982)
A Handful of Dust (Surrey, 1994)

And I will show you something different from either/ Your shadow at morning striding behind you/ Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you )
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Summary: 1981. Severus has a secret. So does Lucius. And sometimes love, it just ain't enough.

The Backstory-Verse
How the Malfoy Wealth Was Won (London, 1860)
When I Ruled the World (France, 1917)
Portent (London, 1943)
The Greatest Generation (London, 1945)
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (New York, 1959)
The Ill-Made Knight (Yorkshire, 1960)
The Setting Sun (Surrey, 1963)
Conviction (London, 1974)
(Baby Don't) Fear the Reaper (London, 1979)
A Woman's Place (Surrey, 1979)
Chronology (Surrey, 1980)
Spy Games (London, 1981)
Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War (Surrey, 1982)

Spy Games )
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The Backstory-Verse
How the Malfoy Wealth Was Won (London, 1860)
When I Ruled the World (France, 1917)
Portent (London, 1943)
The Greatest Generation (London, 1945)
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (New York, 1959)
The Ill-Made Knight (Yorkshire, 1960)
The Setting Sun (Surrey, 1963)
Conviction (London, 1974)
(Baby Don't) Fear the Reaper (London, 1979)
A Woman's Place (Surrey, 1979)
Chronology (Surrey, 1980)
Spy Games (London, 1981)
Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War (Surrey, 1982)

A Woman's Place )
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The Backstory-Verse
How the Malfoy Wealth Was Won (London, 1860)
When I Ruled the World (France, 1917)
Portent (London, 1943)
The Greatest Generation (London, 1945)
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (New York, 1959)
The Ill-Made Knight (Yorkshire, 1960)
The Setting Sun (Surrey, 1963)
Conviction (London, 1974)
(Baby Don't) Fear the Reaper (London, 1979)
A Woman's Place (Surrey, 1979)
Chronology (Surrey, 1980)
Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War (Surrey, 1982)

When I Ruled the World )
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This was meant to be a goodbye present for [livejournal.com profile] pushdragon. She loves Lucius--so I wrote her a story in which he doesn't appear, because he hasn't been born. This is really not the story I meant it to be. This is set in my Malfoy backstory-verse, and chronologically it's the earliest installment. Other parts can be found here:

The Ill-Made Knight, The Setting Sun, Conviction, and Chronology, and Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War

Portent )
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I'm so far behind on everything, you guys. I'm sorry. I fail at life.

Follows The Ill-Made Knight, The Setting Sun, Conviction, and Chronology, and probably won't make much sense if you haven't read at least some of those. This is backstory for the backstory. Title is from Shakespeare, although I forget where. Point for you if you can remember.
The End )
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Summary: Lord Voldemort doesn't prioritize job satisfaction.

Reaper )
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And now for something slightly different.
Summary: This is the way wars are won, and lost.

Oh I get by with a little help from my friends, He gets high with a little help from his friends, Oh I'm gonna try with a little help from my friends. )
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Summary: Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it.

Morning After )
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This was largely inspired by [livejournal.com profile] pushdragon's awesome Reliquary.

Summary: In each ending, a beginning.
The Setting Sun )
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This is--neither slash nor porn. Damn.

Summary: From A Brief History of the Malfoy Family . The night Lucius met Narcissa.

No man is an island, entire of itself; )
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LYMOND
Richard Crawford
1. Is not quite as sensible as he is given credit for being--except by comparison. There was that time with two of the Queen Dowager's ladies-in-waiting, and he earned his reputation as a swordsman as much by dueling as on the battlefield.
2. Knew what his father was, and loved him anyway.
3. Has always known who Francis and Eloise's father was, since Gavin told him when he was eight, but was always afraid to bring it up for fear of driving Francis completely mad. Feels guilty about the title, but knows Francis would be a disaster as a peer.

Tom Erskine
1. Came to admire Francis Crawford, but loved his brother Richard, who was steady and kind and very nearly as intelligent, and had a great deal more bottom with it.
2. Lived long enough to be grateful he had not married Christian Stewart, though he would never have admitted it even to himself.
3. Would never have given Philippa the message about Joleta to carry, if he'd known that she would end by loving Lymond.

Marthe
1. Is an expert on addiction, in every form; she recognizes it in Francis, in Jerott, because there was no drink or drug or fuck she hasn't tried.
2. Married Jerott because he loved Lymond, not despite it.
3. Foresaw her own death, and rode to it anyway.

HARRY POTTER
Narcissa Malfoy
1. Didn't accept Lucius's first two marriage proposals, and wouldn't have accepted the third, if he hadn't been going away to war. She didn't sleep with him until their wedding night, either, even though she hadn't been a virgin in years.
2. Sort of had a thing for Snape in school, and was disappointed he never seemed to notice her. I t was only later that she noticed he was in love with her husband.
3. Writes and publishes best-selling self help books, under her maiden name.

Draco Malfoy
1. Isn't so much gay as he is opportunistic. This is a fairly Slytherin characteristic, actually.
2. Made enough money to buy his first racing broom when he was ten, by operating a pumpkin juice stand in the lobby of the Ministry, and suggesting to potential customers that his father would appreciate their support.
3. Was disappointed by the Revel:Torture ratio when he joined the Death Eaters. Feels that nothing less than 5:1 is acceptable.

Lucius Malfoy
1. Sort of has a thing for guns. And weapons in general. He hates Muggles, don't get me wrong, but it's sort of a wistful, they-can't be-so-bad-if-they-invented-the-AK-47 type hatred.
2. Met Narcissa in a nightclub during the war, and fell in love with her from across the room, even though he could only see her back and her umarked arms. It took him three weeks to work up the nerve to approach her, though, because she was Bellatrix's sister.
3. Once mistook Regulus Black for Snape and grabbed his ass at a Death Eater meeting. Regulus screamed like a girl and the Dark Lord was incredibly shirty about the whole thing.

Crookshanks
1. Never knew his father, and was separated from his mother and siblings at a young age, when a garbage can raid resulted in his capture.
2. Secretly wishes Hermione was the kind of girl who would buy him diamond studded collars and pink leather leads.
3. Has used up seven of his nine lives, five of them on Mrs. Norris and/or Minerva McGonagall

SUPERNATURAL
Bobby Singer
1. Has two grown children who don't speak to him because they think he's crazy. He's mostly philosophical about it.
2. Was a roadie for the Country Joe and the Fish, way back in...'67, maybe. Did a lot of drugs, and protested against Vietnam, which is something John Winchester never let him live down.
3. Loves John's boys like they were his own.

John Winchester
1. Once shot a man in Reno just to watch him die. Not really. But he's been tempted. When he was in the Marines his temper was legendary, and later, sometimes it was all he could do not to take it out on his kids. And sometimes, with Sam, he still lost it.
2. Slept with Ellen and Billy Harvelle. At the same time. More than once. May or not be Jo's father, which is something he doesn't think about if he can help it. It was the 80's; everyone did it.
3. Spent a couple of nights after Mary died sitting in the front seat of Impala with a gun in his mouth, praying for the strength or the courage or the cowardice to pull the trigger.

Jessica Moore
1. Went to an all-girls Catholic school for twelve years before Stanford, and spent the whole time sneaking cigarettes in the parking lot and shortening her uniform skirt with tape.
2. Thought she was a lesbian second semester of freshman year, and had this deeply passionate, completely screwed up thing with an Asian math major named Steph.
3. Was eight days late when she died, even though she was never, ever late, even when she had mono.

Dean Winchester
1. Isn't so much straight as he is opportunistic. Has gotten almost as much action as he says he has, but stopped doing it in the car as soon as John gave him the keys.
2. Isn't nearly as blind to or accepting of his father and brother's faults as he pretends to be, but learned a long time ago that some things aren't worth fighting about.
3. Doesn't actually remember his mother, or anything that happened before he was six or so, but has lied to Sam about it so many times the stories he made up feel true.
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Summary: From A Brief History of the Malfoy Family. There are things we do out of duty, and things we do for love.

[livejournal.com profile] pushdragon tempted me to write this. It's always someone else's fault.

Horse Whisperer )
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for [livejournal.com profile] pushdragon, who asked me for Lucius backstory to Flame In the Dark
title is from George R.R. Martin's The Armageddon Rag
The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. )
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Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] postingwhore! I meant to write you a schmoopy Lucius/ Narcissa drabblet, but it ended up angsty Lucius instead. Hope you have a great day anyway.

Summary: Lucius Malfoy's rookie card is the rarest and most valuable chocolate frog card in existence. Less than a dozen were printed.

Going Pro )

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