Rating: R, for bad words.
Pairings: Snape/Harry, Luna/Ginny, Snape/Luna, Bellatrix/Ginny, Luna/Draco.
Summary: The Death Eaters's power seems unshakeable, but as their games become ever more complex and deceit and manipulation grow layer upon layer, so their power and control begin to unravel.
Word Count: 10,323
Challenge: Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Author's Notes: A huge, huge thank you to my fabulous beta, violet_quill. She's awesome. Also maelwaedd for calming my last minute jitters. Written for hp_classic
Story Notes: This fic is set in the autumn of 1998, when Ginny and Luna are just starting their seventh year at Hogwarts. The Ministry of Magic exists in name only, as Voldemort's growing power has rendered it all but irrelevant. For most people, their best hope now is survival, and so they will do anything they think will win them favour with the Dark Lord, or those increasingly influential pureblood families that are allied with him.
While those who actively resist Voldemort are rare, they do still exist, as does the Order of the Phoenix, although the events of that book have been largely ignored.
Severus Snape continues to spy for the Order, but is known to the world at large as a Death Eater. Bellatrix Lestrange is also known to be a Death Eater, and as such is held in high regard by many of the most powerful and influential members of the Wizarding world.
Luna Lovegood to Ginevra Weasley, 27.08.1998
My love, I just had to write to you. I know it’s only been a few hours since I saw you, and just a few days until I’ll see you again, but while I can still sit on my bed and smell you in the room, I want to write to you. This past week has been really beautiful, and I’ve so enjoyed just spending time with you, talking to you, hearing about your summer, tasting your soft lips as often as I could. Do I tell you enough that you’re perfection itself?
I don’t look forward to going back to school. I understand why we have to hide, and pretend, but please don’t ever think I like it. I want to shout my love for you from the top of Gryffindor tower. I’m sure I’ll find a way to let you how beautiful you are several times a day.
Take care, my love.
Bellatrix Lestrange to Severus Snape, 27.08.1998
I am, to put it mildly, displeased. Your ex-student, the Malfoy whelp, has seen fit to take a wife. Or at least, to ask his mother to find him a wife. As such, he claims to no longer want anything to do with me, no longer wishes to see me, no longer wishes to spend long nights in my bed.
Under my care, he has truly become an inventive lover. The things I have taught him, Severus, the things… It is a week now since he was in my bed, and hopefully he has had enough time to appreciate what an error this was. Severus, when I find out who his bride is to be, I will destroy her. To have some bitch benefit from the time I have spent with this beautiful creature…It will not happen, mark my words.
Severus Snape to Bellatrix Lestrange, 28.08.1998
Bellatrix, you always were such a one for drama. While I do not doubt you were attached to Malfoy, I am sure you can find others with which to occupy your time. When I heard from Narcissa that Draco had requested a wife, I knew you would be, as you put it, displeased, but I feel sure you will soon enough find another to occupy your bed and your free time. As for myself, I have lessons to prepare. At least this year, the Potter brat is no longer here, distracting me in his own unique way. I believe he has taken some desk job at the Ministry. So long as he is out of my hair, and my classroom, I truly do not care.
Ginevra Weasley to Luna Lovegood, 28.08.1998
Luna, it was so good to read your letter and to see your writing. I miss you already, my love. My room here at the Burrow seems so lifeless compared to your beautiful room, made all the more so because it contains you.
School, I know, will be awkward, but at least I’ll be able to see you. The photo that hangs on my wall, amongst many others so as not to attract suspicion, is some comfort, but really I know I won’t be happy ‘till I see you on the train in a few days.
Thank you again for a lovely few days. Spending time with you just makes me happy, and when I touch you…it’s just something else. I could spend hours kissing you, learning your body, what makes you moan and sigh and gasp. One day, love, one day.
Your Ginny x
Harry Potter to Minerva McGonagall, 29.08.1998
I’m just writing to let you know that I’m settling into the new job well. While the Ministry work is often quite mundane, it doesn’t take that long to do, which gives me plenty of time to work on things for the Order.
The people are also friendly, although the sooner they get over my being the Boy-Who-Lived, the better. Some are all right – Arthur Weasley especially has been a great help to me.
Anyway, I hope preparations for the new school year are going well. It’s weird not to be coming to Hogwarts in a few days time, but nonetheless, I’m sure the school will survive without me!
Hermione and Ron say hi as well, they just popped in on their way out to lunch, and I think I’ll join them.
Bellatrix Lestrange to Severus Snape, 30.08.1998
Once, I thought Narcissa had taste.
She has chosen a wife for her progeny, and although she has managed to select a pureblood (after all, how could she not?), her choice leaves much to be desired. At least the little bitch will be easy to destroy. Such a weak, pretty little thing, and with Narcissa and Lucius still holding the belief that their Draco should marry a virgin, it will be only too easy to despoil her. When Draco gets his hands on her, he will know he holds an experienced young thing.
And who better than to teach her but you, my dear Severus? My own Severus, whose talents are so famed in our society…And it will be so easy: the girl is still at Hogwarts, for this year at least. Luna Lovegood, a Ravenclaw I believe. Well, even the craftiest of birds may be swallowed by a snake. She will be an entertaining chase for you, Severus. I remember the pleasure you used to take in ensnaring such pretty things in your web; well, in her you have another opportunity. Enjoy her, Severus.
One last thing: don’t try and fool me over your feelings for Potter. Your…fascination for him is well known in certain circles. Perhaps the Lovegood girl will give you a much-needed distraction.
Luna Lovegood to Bellatrix Lestrange, 31.08.1998
You may not know of me, but I am Luna Lovegood, and yesterday I learned of my betrothal to Draco Malfoy. His mother is a good friend of yours, and she said that if I wrote to you, you would be able to help me as I prepare to enter the upper echelons of pureblood society. Any advice or help you could give me would be much appreciated.
Ms. Luna Lovegood
Luna Lovegood to Ginevra Weasley, 31.08.1998
Ginny, my heart is broken. Today, daddy informed me that he has arranged an ‘advantageous’ marriage for me. I am to be Draco Malfoy’s wife. What possessed him to do such a thing? Yes, we’re pureblood, but so are you, my love, and I don’t see your parents doing anything of this sort for you. He told me that there was no alternative, that if we are to survive, we must ally ourselves with the powerful. I know things are bad, Ginny, but surely they’re not that bad. Surely, surely You-Know-Who will be defeated. Then, perhaps, I will be able to return to you, in body as well as spirit. No matter to whom I’m married, my heart’s yours. Always. I love you.
Severus Snape to Bellatrix Lestrange, 1.09.1998
I thought I had made it plain to you, Bellatrix, that your games no longer interest me. The Lovegood girl is in any case far too easy a catch for me. In case it slipped your mind, I used to like my chases to have some kind of challenge in them. Success is only sweet when the chase has some measure of difficulty – as you well know, I only failed once. In any case, I am not in need of a ‘distraction’, as you so charmingly put it. Now that we are so very close to our final success, time spent on affairs such as this is time wasted. Do with Lovegood what you will, but she has little interest for me.
The Potter boy, now that would be a challenge. And a worthy prize at the end. Imagine it, my dear, the hope of the Wizarding World, turned into a Death Eater’s whore. There could not be a sweeter prize.
Bellatrix Lestrange to Luna Lovegood, 1.09.1998
I would be delighted to assist you as you make this move into the very best of Wizarding society. I know a little of you, and that little speaks highly of you. I have every confidence that you will make a good wife for Draco.
Do not hesitate to contact me, should you require anything. I wish only to make your experience of our society a pleasurable one.
Ginevra Weasley to Luna Lovegood, 1.09.1998
Luna. My darling Luna. I can’t begin to write down my reactions to your letter, which I’ve been staring at for hours. I can hardly believe this is true.
We are going to win this war, now more than ever. Without you, my life would be grey, dull and lifeless. I love you, Luna.
Why does your dad choose now to try and force you into some of our world’s oldest customs? It makes no sense. Luna, no matter what happens, I will always love you. Some day, my sweet, we’ll be together as we should be.
Bellatrix Lestrange to Severus Snape, 4.09.1998
Strange words, Severus, from one who claims to no longer be interested in ‘games’. Once a hunter, always a hunter. I quite agree, the idea of Potter as your whore is very interesting, but nonetheless, I fear it will have to remain your dearest fantasy. Surely you do not imagine you could snare the virtuous young man those fools hold so dear? I thought past failures had taught you to aim at a target you have some hope of hitting.
I have many things planned for Lovegood. Once again, the Malfoy line will be denied a virgin bride. But of that, more later.
Severus Snape to Bellatrix Lestrange, 5.09.1998
So. You believe that one tiny, insignificant failure spells my doom for all subsequent conquests. Well, my dear, you shall be proved wrong. He will be mine.
Minerva McGonagall to Harry Potter, 6.09.1998
Thank you very much for your letter, and many apologies for not replying sooner. Things have been busy at school as another year starts, despite the ever-falling numbers. This year’s first year is the smallest we have seen for some years; as the war goes on, so many parents choose to guard their little ones at home. That said, we believe we are getting ever closer to victory. I know it pains you not to be here, as plans are made and strategies drawn up, but your calmness in the face of this speaks highly of you. Hopefully, you will find time to pay us a visit soon. I know it would gladden many hearts here to see your face in these halls.
Ginevra Weasley to Luna Lovegood, 7.09.1998
We’ve been here three short days, and already I’m pining for you. Seeing you across the hall is a good thing, but in no way compares to how good it would be to touch you and kiss you. Even a hug would brighten my day more than I can tell you. So sorry I can’t write more to you, my love, but a long letter would only arouse suspicion. I love you.
Your Ginny x
Luna Lovegood to Ginevra Weasley, 7.09.1998
Ginny, if I could walk across this hall right now and just touch you, I would. My love, I would. Having you so close is like the most exquisite torture ever designed, but it’s still better than being apart from you. No matter what happens, I adore you.
Bellatrix Lestrange to Luna Lovegood, 8.09.1998
I trust that you are settling back into school well, and that you are enjoying term so far.
I will be direct. I am writing to you because some rather interesting rumours have reached my ears in recent days, which suggest that you are involved with a 7th year Gryffindor, Ginevra Weasley. If this is the case, do let me know. This is not something to be ashamed of; I myself enjoy such relationships, but you absolutely must be more discreet. While many in our society partake of such pleasures, none discuss it openly. Do write to me directly, my dear.
Bellatrix Lestrange to Severus Snape, 9.09.1998
While I still have my doubts, it appears you are determined to pursue this foolish dream of yours. Thus, a wager is required, if we are to play as we always did.
Should you, Severus Snape, succeed in spending one night with Harry Potter, your prize will be that thing you have long wanted and never won: me.
Be warned, Severus, I shall require proof. The rules are the same as ever they were. If you succeed and can show me proof of this, I will come willingly to you. Should you fail, you loose me forever. Let the games commence.
Severus Snape to Bellatrix Lestrange, 9.09.1998
Accepted. I look forward to welcoming you to my chamber, Bellatrix.
Luna Lovegood to Bellatrix Lestrange, 10.09.1998
I had no idea that anyone else knew about Ginny and myself, but yes, it’s true. We are in a relationship, and so perhaps you’ll understand why I’m not really looking forward to marrying Draco. But if, as you say, these things are common, perhaps everything will be okay after all. Although your letter was something of a shock, I thank you for it. It’s reassured me hugely. Do you have any advice on how we might be more discreet?
Thanks so much,
Severus Snape to Harry Potter, 10.09.1998
I am sure this letter will come as something of a shock to you, but now that you are no longer at school, perhaps things are possible that were not before.
You will be aware that the situation with the war grows darker by the day, yet that hope remains. And that while to the world at large, I am still one of the worst of His Death Eaters, I work instead to undermine You-Know-Who. In such times as these, I confess that I find myself wishing for the pleasure of human company at its most innocent. Circumstance dictated our relationship at school was one of animosity, but perhaps now something else is possible. This is my hope, and so it is to this end that I ask you to meet with me, in London should it suit you.
Bellatrix Lestrange to Luna Lovegood, 11.09.1998
My dear, it would be my pleasure to help you and Ginevra. Perhaps the most convenient arrangement would be for the two of you to come to my estates, where you would be able to spend time together at your leisure? I believe you have a Hogsmeade weekend in a few weeks, so we shall make arrangements nearer to the time.
Luna Lovegood to Ginevra Weasley, 11.09.1998
Ginny, I’ve got such good news! I don’t think I told you, but I’ve been in touch with Bellatrix Lestrange – Narcissa Malfoy told me to get in touch with her to talk about what getting married to Draco would involve – and she somehow knows about us. When Mrs. Malfoy first told me to write to Bellatrix, I was a bit unsure – I mean, she’s a Death Eater, everyone knows that, yet she seems so well respected. She’s been nice so far though, and she seems to really want to help me.
Anyway, I don’t know how she knows about us, but she’s offered to take us both to her house, during the next Hogsmeade weekend, so we can spend some time together! I’m so excited, love. We might actually get to be together again, properly. I guess she might write to you separately, so if she does, listen to her. She wants to help us.
Love Luna x
Harry Potter to Severus Snape, 12.09.1998
Your letter was indeed quite a surprise, especially given, as you say, the present circumstances. These are dangerous times, and I don’t see how it can be wise for us to meet. Your work is surely far too important to jeopardise for the sake of…well, I’m not sure what, exactly. Even without that, the answer would still be no. I am still very busy with various things, as I’m sure you’re well aware.
All the best,
Bellatrix Lestrange to Ginevra Weasley, 12.09.1998
As Luna may have indicated to you, I intend to help the two of you spend some time together during the next Hogsmeade weekend. It occurred to me that you might perhaps like to come out to my estate before then, to see if everything here is as you would wish it to be. I may also be able to offer you some help in conducting your relationship with Luna; I have some experience in these matters myself. Let me know when would be convenient.
Ginevra Weasley to Bellatrix Lestrange, 13.09.1998
Thank you so much for your letter. Luna has indeed told me about you, and about what a great help you’ve been to her. It’d be lovely to come out and have a look at your estate, thank you for the offer. I have Friday afternoons free at the moment, so perhaps we could meet in Hogsmeade? I’m well able to slip out of school and not be missed, so there is no need to worry about that.
Bellatrix Lestrange to Severus Snape, 14.09.1998
So, my dear Potions Master, is your chase successful yet? Or do you still lie awake at night, tormented by the visions of his young body laid open on your bed, his cock straining, desperate for your release?
My own schemes are proceeding well. I have become bored of the Knockturn Alley sluts, and so it is my intention to bring the Weasley girl to my manor quite soon, that I may teach her how women fuck. After all, she is such a delightful thing, and I feel quite sure that after time under my tutelage, Lovegood will have no complaints. I am bringing the two of them to the manor in a few weeks, to give them time alone together. Draco will doubtless be outraged when he learns that his precious bride has gotten a head start as far as affairs are concerned, but so long as he takes this rage out on her, all shall be well. That girl will rue the day she ever replied to Narcissa’s letter.
Oh, and one last thing. You will recall I mentioned my desire to give Draco an experienced bride. Your assistance in this matter is still very much required. I shall be in touch.
Severus Snape to Harry Potter, 14.09.1998
I must confess to some disappointment at your recent letter. My offer of a meeting was intended purely as relaxation; I am of course aware that you are busy with many things. I wished only to give you some ‘time out’ from these things.
I believe that we have much in common, Harry, not the least being an utter devotion to our cause. In strengthening ties between those involved in these causes, we do much to strengthen the cause itself. Your company is something which would do much to lighten my soul in these dark days, and so I hope you will reconsider your somewhat hasty initial response.
Ginevra Weasley to Luna Lovegood, 15.09.1998
Luna my love, everything is going so well! I heard from Bellatrix, and she’s letting me come out to her estates on Friday afternoon, so I can have a look and see if it’s going to be ok for us. Of course, I think anywhere would be ok, but this way I can tell you all about it before we go together! Luna, I’m so excited…the prospect of spending time with you again is just fantastic.
Severus Snape to Bellatrix Lestrange, 16.09.1998
Your mixture of the polite and the coarse is as delightful as ever. I have not yet arranged a meeting with Mr. Potter; he continues to be somewhat vague, but I am still working on him. Pure things are so easy to corrupt, and I feel sure that my gentle coaxing will sooner or later bring him around. In the end, Bellatrix, I get everything I want. You would do well to remember this.
I trust you will have an enjoyable time with Weasley. Your dedication to destroying Malfoy is to be admired, this much is certain. As to Lovegood, if you wish me to teach her, I shall do so. It will not be long before you’re repaying the favour very personally, my dear, beautiful Bellatrix.
Luna Lovegood to Ginevra Weasley, 16.09.1998
That all sounds so fantastic! You’re so lucky to be meeting Bellatrix already – even I’ve not met her yet. I hope it all goes well, my love. I can’t wait to hear all about it. And after that, it won’t be long till it’s just me and you, floating together in our special place. I just checked the board, and the next Hogsmeade weekend is next weekend, the 26th! In just over a week, you’ll be all mine again!
Ginevra Weasley to Bellatrix Lestrange, 16.09.1998
I just wanted to check that everything’s still okay for Friday. I can meet you behind Dervish and Banges’s at 1.30pm, if that suits you.
Bellatrix Lestrange to Ginevra Weasley, 17.09.1998
My child, that will be just fine. I very much look forward to welcoming you to my home.
Bellatrix Lestrange to Severus Snape, 17.09.1998
I aim to delight, Severus, and I never disappoint. So very sorry to hear your little game is thus far unsuccessful. Your various ‘promises’ that you will make Potter your whore do little to convince me. I desire results, Severus.
My own games are proceeding apace – Weasley comes here the day after tomorrow, and what fun we shall have. I am very much looking forward to seeing her lithe body begging for my touch, her lips craving mine as my fingers and mouth show her a whole new world of delight, coaxing Draco was certainly fun, but there is something so much…more about a woman. Reacquainting myself with it will be a pleasure.
And, of course, the more Weasley and Lovegood play together, the more Draco’s dreams of a perfect wife come undone. Which is, somewhat ironically, perfection itself.
Harry Potter to Minerva McGonagall, 17.09.1998
I hope the New Year is still going well for you all. Sorry to hear about falling numbers. Still, we’re getting there. We really are. It surely can’t be long till the Great Hall is full once more.
I wish to ask your advice on a different matter, as it happens. Severus has been writing to me recently, requesting a meeting, merely as a way of passing the time, or so it seems. It seems to me unwise to meet with him, for any number of reasons. I don’t entirely trust his intentions, and with the situation with the war the way it is, surely his cover has to be protected until the last possible moment?
Minerva McGonagall to Harry Potter, 18.09.1998
Term is going well, although all the teachers are still adjusting to such a small first year. As to the letters from Severus, I believe you are doing the right thing. Much about him remains a mystery, and while the order trusts him implicitly and without question, I have reservations. Not on his commitment to our cause, understand that, but rather on a more personal level. He has been known to play games with people, Harry, as well you know, and nothing indicates to me that he ever stopped doing this. Take care.
Harry Potter to Severus Snape, 19.09.1998
Hopefully you’ll consider this response somewhat less hasty. I truly am too busy to spend much time with anyone, even Ron and Hermione. Even were that not the case, I still think times are too dangerous for you to be seen associating with me. And likewise the reverse. For all anyone knows, you’re still a Death Eater, and one of the worst of them at that. Also, I have heard of the games you continue to play with people, and I have no desire to be a part of them. My answer thus remains no.
Ginevra Weasley to Bellatrix Lestrange, 19.09.1998
I just had to write and thank you for the wonderful time we had yesterday. I’m still sore all over – my muscles really ache – but in such a good way. I had no idea of the possibilities that existed for…well, for sex. I don’t think there could be a better teacher than you. I can still see your finger marks all over me, the faint bruises on my breasts. I can’t wait to show Luna some of this, Bella. Thank you again for all your help.
Ginevra Weasley to Luna Lovegood, 19.09.1998
Luna, you are going to love Bella’s house! The beds are just massive, and so soft, and there are so many rooms. We’ll be able to hide away all on our own, in such comfort as you’ve never seen. I’m really excited now; I can’t wait to get you on your own, when it’s just me and you. Not long, my love, not long.
Severus Snape to Bellatrix Lestrange, 21.09.1998
Of course, as long as your schemes proceed apace, the rest of us should just stand and marvel. It never ceases to amaze me how far you will go to destroy someone, Bella. Your sheer tenacity should be admired.
Potter continues to frustrate. It would appear someone has taken it upon themselves to inform him that in former times, he would have been a plaything to me. Clearly I shall have to convince him this is no longer the case; luckily, he is the type who trusts easily when the right words are dripped into his ear, and so I do not foresee this being a difficult task. For all the chase is engaging and stimulating, I look forward to its end.
Luna Lovegood to Ginevra Weasley, 22.09.1998
Ginny, Bella’s house just sounds fantastic. Being alone with you will be wonderful. Seeing you every day in school, sitting right behind in you Charms even, gets more frustrating with every passing day. I just want to reach out and run my fingers through your beautiful hair again, touch my lips to yours and pull you close to me, my hand on your hip…If it weren’t for Bella, I think I’d go crazy. She’s doing so much to help us, she really is a star.
Until Saturday, my love. Luna x
Bellatrix Lestrange to Luna Lovegood, 23.09.1998
How are you? I just wanted to check that Narcissa has been in touch with you regarding preliminary arrangements for the wedding, and your first official meeting with Draco. Remember, this will be an important occasion, and you should take care to conduct yourself well. Be respectful towards Draco, Lucius and Narcissa. You are incredibly lucky to have been given this chance, and it will do much to enhance your reputation and social standing. There is one more thing I think would be worth doing, to fully prepare yourself for this marriage, but discussion of this can wait for a few days. After all, time is not such an issue at the moment, and there is no use in rushing things.
Luna Lovegood to Bellatrix Lestrange, 24.09.1998
I’m well, thank you. Narcissa wrote to me a few days ago, actually, and I’m supposed to be meeting Draco on the 23rd of October. I’m really nervous, but hopefully I can make a good impression. You know that I don’t feel entirely positive about this marriage, so anything I could do to prepare myself would be really good. You’ve been such a help to me, Bella, I don’t know what I’d do without you.
Thank you so much.
Bellatrix Lestrange to Severus Snape, 25.09.1998
Well, well, well. Could it be that libertine extraordinaire, Severus Snape, is having problems snaring the Boy Who Lived? Severus, I told you this was a fool’s mission, and it would seem I am being proved right. By all means, lie to the boy if you feel it brings you nearer to your goal, but do not forget the game we play.
Weasley and Lovegood come here tomorrow, both of them sick with youthful anticipation. Their eagerness would perhaps be endearing if they were not so puppy-like. Weasley was an utter delight to have in my bed, it is true. It’s been a long time since I’ve had the pleasure of deflowering such a pretty girl, and one so quick to learn. Even her inexperienced little mouth brought me a much-welcomed release, and if her screams were anything to go by, I would say she also enjoyed herself.
I have given the house-elves their instructions, and a few cameras. I am sure Narcissa and Draco will be delighted when these photos make their way to Malfoy Manor.
Harry Potter to Minerva McGonagall, 25.09.1998
In the course of my research, I have come across several new documents. I have discussed these with Hermione, and she agrees that there are some exciting possibilities. Some of the spells, if used correctly, could just be what we need. We’ll need to do more work, but both myself and Hermione think this could be the development that brings us in sight of our final goal.
I’d appreciate it if you kept this quiet for the time being – I’ll discuss it in full at the next Order meeting. Hogwarts on the tenth of October, right?
Ginevra Weasley to Luna Lovegood, 27.09.1998
Luna, you’re amazing. You really are. Your beauty astounds me. If I cup my hand just right, I can still imagine it’s your breasts I’m cradling, your perfect, beautiful breasts and your amazingly sensitive nipples. The curve of your waist and hips…I want to kiss you all over, all over again, taste you, touch you. I don’t think a more perfect Saturday could be imagined by anyone. You’re wonderful.
I love you.
Luna Lovegood to Ginevra Weasley, 27.09.1998
Ginny, I don’t care where you learnt to do all that, as long as you promise to do it to me again, and soon. I’m sure I can still feel your tongue on me, and see your fingers as they slide down my body. I’m still sore from you, and if there was a way to get the bruises that decorate my body to stay, I’d find it. I want to have you all over me for as long as I can. I want to touch you again, soon, and taste you, and feel you inside me. Love you.
Severus Snape to Harry Potter, 28.09.1998
It saddens me that some have seen fit to tell you of a former me. It is regretfully true that at one time I did delight in playing with people in the most awful ways, but I assure you that times, and I, have changed. Before I returned to serve our common cause, such games were part and parcel of being a Death Eater, but now I find myself disgusted by such things. Believe me, Harry, I would not play such games with you. The pleasure I feel sure your company would give me is too precious to risk throwing away on some stupid game.
As to the danger you mention, I do not believe it to be as extreme as you imagine. What if you were to visit me before the next Order meeting, due to be held here at Hogwarts? This would attract no suspicion, and would perhaps be beneficial to both of us – a chance to let the cares of the world fade away for a few hours.
Harry, I truly hope that you will agree to come and see me. As I have mentioned before, the world grows darker around me, and seeing you would do perhaps help to lift me out of my melancholy.
Bellatrix Lestrange to Luna Lovegood, 29.09.1998
I’m so pleased that you and Ginevra had such an enjoyable time at the weekend. Of course, should you wish to come here again, I feel sure it can be arranged.
For now, however, we must turn to business. As I mentioned, there was one more thing I thought would benefit you before your marriage, and it is now time to arrange it. Forgive my bluntness in this matter, but it is necessary. Until now, your only sexual experience has been with Ginevra, but in order to prepare you for Draco, I feel it necessary that you have some…practice. While this idea may come as a shock to you, I assure you that it is quite normal for this to be done. Some will claim the opposite, but in our society, much happens that is not spoken of.
I therefore propose that you go to Professor Snape for lessons. I assure you, he is an experienced and skilled man, who has much he can teach you. Also, these lessons can easily be explained away as something more academic and mean that you do not have to take the risk of sneaking out of the castle. Do let me know if this suits you.
Luna Lovegood to Bellatrix Lestrange, 30.09.1998
Professor Snape? Surely not! I don’t mean to seem ungrateful, but the idea fills me with horror. He’s my teacher! Is there no one else available?
Obviously, if you think this necessary, then I do trust your judgement, but still…is there no other way?
Minerva McGonagall to Harry Potter, 01.10.1998
I’ve now had time to read through the documents you sent me, and there are, as you say, some exciting possibilities. Hermione has also written to me with her suggested modifications to the spells, and I now feel that there is a real possibility of victory. I do not say this lightly, Harry, and clearly we will need to discuss this with the rest of the Order, but I do feel this is the best news we’ve had in a long time. I shall look forward to the meeting. (Yes, this is at Hogwarts on the tenth.)
Severus Snape to Bellatrix Lestrange, 01.10.1998
I have again written to Potter, giving him my best assurances that I am no longer the person I once was. I feel it will not be long before he is in my bed, and his body is mine to use at will. I await his response to my latest letter, but cannot help but feel that victory is close. I look forward to welcoming him here.
I trust Lovegood and Weasley were sufficiently entertained during their brief stay, Bella my dear. The use of elves as photographers is a clever touch, and will doubtless do much to further your scheme.
Harry Potter to Severus Snape, 02.10.1998
The reports I received of your past behaviour did seem somewhat extreme, even considering the seven years I spent studying under you, and I’m pleased to hear that they were exaggerated.
It’s true that these are dark days, though there may yet be hope. But more of this will be discussed at the meeting. ‘The cares of the world’, as you put it, have been making heavy demands on my time recently, but they are finally beginning to ease, and since we must now work together as equals, perhaps it would not be too out of place for me to visit you. Before the meeting would be the perfect time – I’ll see you on the tenth.
Bellatrix Lestrange to Severus Snape, 03.10.1998
Your assurances are all good and well, Severus, but do not forget I will require some form of proof before the wager is won or lost.
Lovegood and Weasley were indeed, as you put it, entertained, and the photographs are quite something. Enough to ruin a girl’s reputation, even.
I shall be requiring your services soon, with regards to Lovegood. I trust you will be able to make the required arrangements. If Weasley is anything to go by, Lovegood should give you some sport, and perhaps a welcome distraction.
Bellatrix Lestrange to Luna Lovegood, 03.10.1998
I understand that my proposition must seem unusual, but it is for the best. If you wish to be a good wife to Draco, this is necessary. Trust me; he will thank you for it.
As to my choice of teacher, he is just that: a teacher. Treat this lesson as you would any other, and learn from it. You are engaged to a member of one of the foremost families of our world, and with such a position comes responsibility. One of these is to be a good wife, and this is part and parcel of that. Professor Snape will be in touch with you soon.
Ginevra Weasley to Luna Lovegood, 04.10.1998
Luna, my sweet, I know you’re only across the other side of the library from me, but I just wanted to tell you that looking at you now, when you’re deep in thought, writing whatever it is you’re writing, I love you. I can just see the outline of your breasts under your shirt, and the memory of them makes my mouth go dry. I can’t wait until I can taste them again. I wish there was somewhere in the school where we could meet. It’s such a long time till the next Hogsmeade weekend. Take care sweetheart.
Your Ginny x
Luna Lovegood to Bellatrix Lestrange, 04.10.1998
Sorry if I sounded petulant. Your letter was quite a shock, that’s all. Obviously I’m eager for this marriage to be a success, and I’ll do whatever you think necessary to make sure it is. I’ll let you know when I’ve arranged things with Professor Snape.
Severus Snape to Bellatrix Lestrange, 05.10.1998
It would be my pleasure to teach Lovegood. She is, as you say, a pretty little thing, and although she is not entirely untouched, it will be a pleasure to beat a Malfoy to his prize. Yes, I think I shall enjoy her, and trust me Bellatrix, by the time she leaves my chambers, Draco will know she is no innocent virgin. I shall write to her directly.
Your letter finds me in high spirits, as it happens. Harry has finally relented, and agreed to meet with me. I knew I would draw him in eventually; for all he has developed in recent years, he is still too innocent to know when he is being baited, provoked and pursued. It looks as though I shall have much to enjoy in the coming weeks.
Severus Snape to Luna Lovegood, 05.10.1998
Further to your communications with Ms. Lestrange, I shall expect you tomorrow evening at 8pm. Do not tell anyone else you are coming, not even Miss. Weasley.
Luna Lovegood to Ginevra Weasley, 06.10.1998
Ginny, sorry I didn’t answer your letter the other night – I was really busy, but I’m still thinking of you all the time. If I could do anything right now, I’d walk over to you and kiss you, right here in the library, consequences be dammed. As it is, I really need an early night. I’m really tired out, for no apparent reason. Have a good evening, my love.
Severus Snape to Harry Potter, 06.10.1998
It pleases me greatly that you’ve agreed to come and see me. Your letter made me smile, in a way nothing has for many months. I very much look forward to seeing you on Saturday, and showing you in person the high regard I have for both you, and for the potential friendship that now lies before us.
Luna Lovegood to Bellatrix Lestrange, 07.10.1998
It’s first thing in the morning, and I just returned from Professor Snape’s rooms, and I had to tell you all about it. It was…something else, totally. Really, really good. I don’t think I’ve felt that good in a long time. The things he can do, Bella…you wouldn’t believe it. You were so right to tell me to go to him. He said I can go back, next week, and I definitely will. I mean, I do really love Ginny, but I have to look to the future as well, to my marriage. I think I’ll always love Ginny, just differently. I think you can love two people at once – can’t you?
Bellatrix Lestrange to Severus Snape, 08.10.1998
It appears a small measure of congratulations is in order then, Severus. Even getting Potter to come and see you is a step I had thought impossible. I await new developments with interest.
I received a letter from Lovegood this morning, in which she praises you highly. When the time comes, I’m sure Narcissa will be very interested in it. Good work, Severus. I knew you still had an appetite for our games.
Minerva McGonagall to Harry Potter, 11.10.1998
Thank you again for your presentation at the meeting yesterday; everyone seemed to be fairly brimming with hope by the time you sat down. This is certainly the most promising breakthrough we’ve had in a long time, and gives us hope that the war might finally be over. Do keep working on it, and keep me up to date with your progress.
Harry Potter to Severus Snape, 12.10.1998
Thank you so much for the lovely meal on Saturday. I was surprised to find dinner waiting when I arrived, but it turned into really quite a lovely evening. I do apologize for my earlier suspicions; I hope you understand the reasons behind them.
Since we are now working closely together as adults, I’m very pleased that we seem to be able to more than simply civil to one another.
If you feel it safe, you would be very welcome to visit me in London on Thursday – my cooking is perhaps not up to the standard of the Hogwarts house elves, but I should be able to put something edible together.
See you soon,
Severus Snape to Bellatrix Lestrange, 13.10.1998
Bellatrix, it appears my victory may soon be complete. Taking it slowly was clearly the correct way to proceed with Harry, and is reaping rewards already. He has invited for a meal on Thursday evening, and I feel this will be the perfect time to take things to a new level.
Lovegood was indeed a delight, and we have arranged to meet on Saturday for further ‘lessons’. Her young, taut, beautiful body reminded me again how much I look forward to winning Harry and tasting his lips on mine, and seeing his cock straining for my touch. A prize worth fighting for, I feel.
How is your scheme proceeding, Bellatrix? It seems that all shall very soon be in place for you to reveal the secrets you have held close over the past few weeks. It should certainly be interesting when you do.
Ginevra Weasley to Luna Lovegood, 14.10.1998
My sweet, are you free on Friday afternoon? If so, I thought we could perhaps go to Bella’s, and spend some time there together. She said it would be okay, and I’d so love to see you properly, and…spend some quality time with you.
Severus Snape to Harry Potter, 15.10.1998
My apologies for not replying sooner, I have been exceptionally busy with school matters over the past few days, but it has all been in order to clear this evening, to spend with you. I should arrive around 8pm, and look forward to your company.
Luna Lovegood to Ginevra Weasley, 15.10.1998
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. I’ll meet you in the usual place.
Bellatrix Lestrange to Luna Lovegood, 15.10.1998
It is good to hear that your time with Professor Snape was useful to you. Remember, it will not do to become overly involved with him. He is merely your teacher.
I look forward to welcoming you and Ginevra here tomorrow, and trust you will have an enjoyable time. I shan’t be here, but the house elves have instructions to let you in.
Severus Snape to Luna Lovegood, 16.10.1998
A reminder that I expect you at 8pm tomorrow evening. Do not be late.
Severus Snape to Harry Potter, 17.10.1998
Many apologies that it has taken me so long to write to you; please do not interpret this as displeasure on my part. Indeed, nothing could be further from the truth. I merely wanted to say that I had a far better time than I ever expected, and that events took a turn that, despite my wanting it, and you, so very much, I would never have predicted. Yes, Harry, I’ve wanted you for a long time, and when I leaned in to kiss you, I was acting totally on impulse. I assure you, I did not plan to seduce you, but seeing your face in the light from the fire was like a siren’s call. I was powerless to resist.
This may all seem rather sudden, but in truth, you’ve long been a fascination of mine.
Luna Lovegood to Bellatrix Lestrange, 18.10.1998
My ‘lesson’ with Professor Snape was good, same as the last one, but he seemed a little more detached this time. I’m not really sure what was up with him, but still. He is truly an excellent teacher, and I’m sure what he’s taught me will really help when I get married.
I’m meeting Draco in just under a week’s time, and I’m really really nervous. I just feel sick when I think about it. My entire future hangs on this, and I really want it to go well, and then I think of Ginny, and just…I don’t know what to think about it anymore, I truly don’t.
Harry Potter to Severus Snape, 18.10.1998
Don’t worry about taking time to write; it’s taken me some time to process what happened on Thursday too. Firstly, I had an amazing time. Secondly, I had no idea. I mean, your first letter gave me hints, and made me feel a bit weird. And then there were the warnings about you, and now…now I feel like a fool for paying any attention to them. Obviously, someone who doesn’t know you very well is hardly going to have a reliable picture of you.
You’re still a Slytherin, but you’re more than that. You can be bitingly funny, you’re intelligent, and, dare I say it, you’re pretty damn fantastic in bed. I haven’t felt that well…taken care of in a long time. It’s weird, this is the last thing I would ever have expected to happen, but it seems strangely appropriate.
Hope to see you soon,
Bellatrix Lestrange to Luna Lovegood, 19.10.1998
It is understandable that you be worried about your meeting with Draco, but as long as you conduct yourself well, you need have nothing to fear. Be polite towards Narcissa, and especially towards Lucius – he is a powerful man – and show respect to Draco. Although times have changed somewhat, the best families still expect some measure of submission in their brides. Remember also to say nothing of your recent lessons, not even to Draco in private. Everyone does it, no one talks about it. Do not forget this. As to Ginevra, I suggest drawing the distinction in your mind between duty and pleasure. Draco is your duty, Ginevra your pleasure. Keep this in mind and you should not falter.
I have every confidence in you, my dear. You will make a good Malfoy wife.
Luna Lovegood to Ginevra Weasley, 20.10.1998
Ginny, I’m so nervous. I have to meet Draco this weekend, and I’m scared. Bella told me it should all be ok, but still, I’m not looking forward to it.
I know you don’t like to hear about this, but still. It’s something I have to do – I really don’t have an alternative. If I refuse this match, or mess it up, I’m as good as dead.
I still love you with all my heart, my beautiful Ginny. I’ll be thinking of you.
Your Luna xx
Severus Snape to Harry Potter, 20.10.1998
Again, many thanks for your letter. All of this has also come as something of a shock to me, but a delightful one nonetheless. The mere memory of your body, pressed against mine, the intensity of your eyes staring into mine, your kiss-swollen lips, your divine mouth, is a powerful one, and something I long to experience again. You truly are handsome, and everything I ever wanted in a man.
Would you care to join me for dinner on Friday, the 23rd? It would be a pleasure to welcome you again to my chambers. Your company truly is something I crave.
Ginevra Weasley to Luna Lovegood, 21.10.1998
My love, I hope everything’s ok for you at the Malfoys on Friday. I’m with you in spirit, and when you get back, I’ll be waiting for you, arms open. I love you, and that’s all there is to it.
Harry Potter to Minerva McGonagall, 22.10.1998
I’m almost there. Hermione and I have been working on the spell we discussed at the last meeting, and so far it’s doing what it should. I really do think this is it. I’ll be at Hogwarts tomorrow; I’ll tell you more then. This is magic at its darkest, but sometimes you have to fight fire with fire. Here’s to freedom.
Bellatrix Lestrange to Severus Snape, 23.10.1998
My victory is almost here, Severus. Lovegood meets with Malfoy tonight, presenting herself as the perfectly chaste bride Narcissa and Lucius demand. I shall take great pleasure in disillusioning them at the earliest opportunity. I have collected a number of rather interesting letters and photographs into a portfolio which I intend to have delivered to Malfoy Manor some time next week. Then perhaps people will see that anyone who attempts to take what is rightfully mine will not find it in their possession for long. I swore I would be that girl’s undoing, and if nothing else, I keep my word. Doubtless she will have to flee the country; not many would stay having angered Lucius Malfoy.
How about your quest, Severus? You have been remarkably silent of late. Am I to interpret this as failure, or are your games simply taking up too much of your time and energy?
Harry Potter to Severus Snape, 24.10.1998
Many thanks for dinner last night, and for everything else. It was all utterly blissful. I can’t wait to see you again, and show you just how much my opinion of has changed. And I’m so glad it has. If I never leave your bed again, it’ll be too soon. However, there is work to be done, and since you’re already off doing goodness knows what, I’ll sneak out quietly.
P.S. Next Saturday any good? Let me know. I have many treats in store for you, and your rather shaggable body.
Luna Lovegood to Bellatrix Lestrange, 24.10.1998
Everything went really well yesterday! I got on ok with Mr and Mrs. Malfoy, and with Draco. Maybe marrying him won’t be so awful after all. It was all very formal and proper, but I can cope with that. And when I remember what you said about duty and pleasure, it doesn’t seem that bad. Thank you so much for all you’ve done for me. It’s made a huge difference and has made me much more confident about all of this.
Ginevra Weasley to Luna Lovegood, 24.10.1998
I saw you arrive back late last night – how was it all? Love you. G xx
Luna Lovegood to Ginevra Weasley, 25.10.1998
It was ok, I guess. At least, I think it will be. Not what I’d choose, obviously, but everyone seemed to like me, so it should all work out. As long as I’ve still got you, I can do anything.
Severus Snape to Harry Potter, 26.10.1998
Next Friday would be fine. Indeed, more than fine. So much more. If your treats are, as you imply, an improvement on what you’ve already managed to do to me, I shall be a lucky man.
Minerva McGonagall to Harry Potter, 26.10.1998
Following our meeting on Thursday, I agree with you. This is it. Severus brings me information that Voldemort has plans to launch yet another attack on Hogwarts in the coming weeks. I think this could be our chance. To freedom indeed.
Bellatrix Lestrange to Severus Snape, 27.10.1998
Severus, I grow tired of being ignored. What is going on? From your extended silence, I infer that you have succeeded, in which case I presume you will want to make arrangements. Contact me, and we shall make them.
Also, I intend to send Narcissa the portfolio tomorrow, or the day after.
Harry Potter to Severus Snape, 28.10.1998
Indeed, you will be a lucky man. Should I tell you what I’m going to do to you? I’m going to kiss you speechless and suck you dry. I’m going to fuck you senseless, until you can’t see straight. By the time I’m done, you’ll never want to leave, Severus. You’re going to have a Halloween to remember. All of a sudden, I’m quite obsessed with you, and I look forward to having the time to explain all my fantasies to you in some detail. Until Saturday.
Severus Snape to Bellatrix Lestrange, 29.10.1998
Bellatrix, my dear. I have not responded because I am truly tired of your games. I have indeed succeeded with Harry, above and beyond my wildest dreams. He is a truly special young man, and I find myself increasingly drawn to him, to his life and his bed. He offers me more than you ever could, thus, tempting as your offer once was, I must decline. Go back to your games, Bellatrix. I’ve won this one, and I’m fully content with my prize. I quit.
Luna Lovegood to Ginevra Weasley, 29.10.1998
Ginny, they know. Someone told them about me and you, and oh Ginny, there’s more. Bella had sent me to Professor Snape for lessons, the worst sort, and someone’s told the Malfoys, and I have to leave. I can’t stay, it’s not safe. Hopefully they’ll leave you alone, but Ginny, look after yourself. Think back to our conversations over the summer. You know where I’ve gone. I don’t know if I can ever come back tho. Take care of yourself my sweetest love. I love you. Forever.
Ginevra Weasley to Luna Lovegood, 29.10.1998
Luna, if this reaches you in time, I love you. Even if it doesn’t, I still love you. Nothing changes that. If things get better here I’ll come and find you. I promise. I’ll turn both worlds upside down for you. I love you. Be safe.
Your Ginny xxx
Bellatrix Lestrange to Severus Snape, 30.10.1998
Severus, are you trying to kill me? You made me laugh so hard the elves came running. You think you’ve changed? You really, truly think you’ve changed, that by shagging some green-eyed wonder boy barely out of school, everything about you has changed? Severus, please. You and I are two of a kind. Cruel. Sensual. Focussed on the moment. Living for others pain. We cannot change overnight, and we never shall. Do you really think yourself capable of love? Someone who has sat by the Dark Lord’s side for twenty years and more, in love? Surely you see the sheer impossibility of this.
I had a friend, once, who did a similar thing. Thought himself in love when really it was nothing of the sort. Just another affair. He was blunt with his lover then, and I urge you to be the same. Nothing good can come of pursuing this, Severus. Either you look a fool and forfeit your life, or you send Potter (yes, Severus, Potter. Not Harry. Don’t think that particular change had passed me by.) the letter my friend sent his lover. I’ve enclosed it below, for your pleasure. It will make your position clear to the boy, and is not as cruel as it perhaps could be.
One tires of everything, love. It’s not my fault. It’s just a law of nature. For example, it’s not my fault if today I find myself bored of something that has fascinated me for almost a year.
It’s not my fault if I have just as much desire as you do resistance to me, and it’s not surprising that they should both run out at the same time.
If you think this change sudden, it is not. Only your tenderness forced me to wait until now to tell you. Again, not my fault.
Today, a woman I care for deeply demanded that I sacrifice you. This also is not my fault.
Find yourself another lover, as I have found myself another to share my bed. This is good advice, I assure you. It is not my fault if you do not agree.
Goodbye, my dear. I took you with pleasure, I leave you with no regrets. Maybe someday I will find you again. Such is the way of the world. It is not my fault.
Severus Snape to Bellatrix Lestrange, 31.10.1998
It is done. I trust I shall be seeing you soon.
Harry Potter to Minerva McGonagall, 01.11.1998
The tests are all done. This will work.
Luna Lovegood to Ginevra Weasley, 02.11.1998
My love, I’m safe now. I can’t say more, but I’m safe. Lx
Bellatrix Lestrange to Severus Snape, 02.11.1998
Oh Severus. You are the most delightful fool I ever did play with. See me soon? I think not, dear.
You have afforded me much amusement over the past few months, but I’m bored now. I think I shall move on. Making you pursue Potter, and seeing you fall for him was amusing, and watching you willingly reject the boy was even more amusing. There really is no limit to what people will believe about themselves, if they are only told in the right manner.
However, I’ve had a busy few months, and leaving you in ruins and forcing Lovegood to flee have tired me. I believe a break is in order, a sabbatical if you will.
Minerva McGonagall to Harry Potter, 02.11.1998
Harry, it’s going to happen, and soon. Get here. I’ve placed my fireplace on the floo network for you. Hurry. MM.
Ginevra Weasley to Luna Lovegood, 05.11.1998
Luna. My darling Luna. We did it. It was terrible, but we did it. The Death Eaters, and Voldemort, came to Hogwarts. We fought, and they fought back, and then Harry defeated Voldemort, and we won. We’re free, Luna, free. I’m coming to find you, and we can start again. Stay right where you are, love, I’m on my way.
Your Ginny xx
Minerva McGonagall to Harry Potter, 05.11.1998
It is with a sigh of relief that I report that the clean up operation is finally over here at Hogwarts and although you left only an hour ago, I felt I should write and offer you both my congratulations and my condolences. I know you’re taking Hermione’s death especially hard, but Harry, she died for freedom. Because of her, and you, and all the others who never gave up hope, our world is free. We did not enter this blindly, none of us, and we knew there was a chance we might die in our efforts to bring freedom, indeed that we might fail totally. But we didn’t, Harry. You didn’t. You succeeded where so many have failed, and I feel sure Hermione would have been glad to give her life for this cause.
You truly were magnificent, Harry. You fought like a true Gryffindor, and your victory honours all the dead. I know you are spending some time alone now, and I do not blame you, but if you could see the celebrations in Diagon Alley, and Hogsmeade, and Hogwarts itself…you can practically taste the hope in the air. I promise you this: whatever suffering we have undergone was not in vain.
Well done, Mr Potter. You have made us all proud.
Severus Snape to Bellatrix Lestrange, 05.11.1998
It’s over, Bellatrix. I know you’re still out there, and I’m coming. Do not insult us both and imagine you can run from me. By now you will know I was the spy, and that everything you fought for lies in ruins. The lies and deceit you spun are over, Bellatrix. I have told Harry everything, and once he has read your letters, I will make sure the entire Wizarding World will know what sort of woman you were.
Severus Snape to Harry Potter, 05.11.1998
Now the war is over, perhaps things can be different. We who have survived have a fresh chance, and I only hope you will hear me out. I enclose for you copies of my correspondence with Bellatrix Lestrange, as these tell a better truth than I ever could. Unless you met her, Harry, you would not understand, but I hope these letters bring you close.
I’m going to find her now, since I have received word that she survived the battle. She will not escape a second time, Harry, I promise. Once I am done with her, I will come and find you, and hopefully then you will have found it in your beautiful heart to look on me kindly. You never once left my thoughts, Harry, and I only wish for a second chance to love you as you should be loved.