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Poker Faces

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Title: Poker Faces
Author: Janus
Rating: G
Characters: Phineas Nigellus Black, Severus Snape, Alecto Carrow, Amycus Carrow
Word Count: 170
Warning(s): none
Summary: A pureblood portrait finds a reason to play poker.

Phineas Nigellus Black was sympathetic. The young man – possibly the youngest headmaster the school had ever seen – certainly had a challenging staff, with its worthy members openly antagonistic to him, and his 'allies' vicious dullards.

How witty of Severus to have chosen to draw them in with poker in his study. His prizes attracted the Carrow twins. Bids represented the students' disobediences. The prizes represented their punishments.

Phineas Nigellus had irreproachable lineage and he was welcomed as a fourth. But he and Severus prepared all the deceits, signals and distractions of an American river-boat dandy of a century before. The Carrows were completely taken in every time.

Phineas Nigellus risked winking and grimacing when they both looked away, entertaining himself by mimicking their stolid suspicious squints. The young headmaster sat quietly, giving away exactly what he wished, maintaining his tense nervous demeanour and reflecting nothing.

Between them, they protected the children, and Phineas Nigellus was able to offer nightly relief for the rigid isolation his successor took upon himself.

first posted to my dreamwidth account.
  • Love the irony. Very enjoyable read and two thumbs up for Phineas' involvement.
  • Very nicely done! I love the idea of the two of them working together to thwart the Carrows.

    How are preparations for Aeternatis coming? Have you chosen what you'll read yet?
  • As ever, I adore your glimpses of Severus' life.

    It cuts to the quick to think how young he was when he was headmaster.
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