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Advent Drabbles: Dec. 17 Velvet

Advent Drabbles: Dec. 17 Velvet

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December 17, 2009
Title: Velvet
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing/Characters: Severus, Rabastan
Rating: G
Words: 300
Prompt: Reindeer. Click on the link! It is worth it!

Severus was trying to re-create Skele-Gro, but with his own improvements and refinements. It had been the Dark Lord's request, and it was not an offensive plan, but a protective one. It was for Severus' friends, for all of them who had grown up Slytherin together. So many requests were destructive. Even though the Dark Lord was gone and almost every one of those friends were dead or imprisoned, even though it was over, Severus continued to work.

There had been one ingredient he had not never found, even though he had located a small shop that had once stocked it. He needed a quantity to develop his potion, and he needed a steady supply. It was antler velvet, which was easy enough, but he specifically needed the rare caribou antler velvet from the miniature flying caribou of the far north. Though they shed their antlers every year like any reindeer, they were illusive.

In late December an owl came to him, swooping into the Great Hall. He was surprised. Who was there left to send him a package? It was from the shop he had discovered with Rabastan, one sunny day. The shop that had once stocked the reindeer velvet.

In light of the season, it was wrapped in deep green paper and topped with a sprig of holly. Compliments of Mr. R. Lestrange the note read. It was Rabastan's last gift: a standing order for his special ingredient when it became available. His friend was in Azkaban. He scowled to hide the ache of his emptiness, but he built a shelf in his quarters, not in the potions storeroom, just to store this one thing, to keep it near him. It was a remnant of Rabastan's lost life, a hint of his presence, his kindness, his soul.
  • Man so I'm so behind on commenting on these! Sorry in advanced for never doing so when I should have been! Cause obviously I've been missing out.

    This is so sad, and I don't know who I feel worse for. But at the same time it's very sweet too. Almost as touching as the blanket that Sev made for him, haha. Though I suppose in Azkaban they don't let you make thank you gifts for your friends. Very lovely, sorry to be long winded.
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