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23rd-Jun-2010 11:06 pm
Have a belated little gift, woldy -- and I hope your birthday was fantastic!

Title: Cartography
Word count: 300
Characters/pairings: Minerva/Xiomara Hooch
Rating: R
Summary: Bit of McGonagall femmeslash set during the first war.
Warnings: ongoing-war type angst?
Disclaimer: The boys and girls belong to JKR, even though I’m often much nicer to them than she is.
Author’s Notes: This fits the current femslash100 prompt maps.

Everywhere Minerva looked in the house, she saw maps, lists, notes, little ceramic models of wizards for planning bloody attack. When she closed her eyes, she saw the same things. She dreamt of strategy, fine lines on parchment to denote hills to hide behind and dusty books that made her choke. The books left dust on her fingertips and in her lungs. It tasted like ash.

She stared down at the books until her eyes ached, looking for monstrous spells. She argued with Kingsley and Albus as they tried to find tactics that would make up for being so outnumbered.


She even dreamt about battlefields: yellow parchment covered in their plans, and the bloody mud after those plans fell apart.


The crisp voice came with cool fingers at her temples. Minerva sagged over the table with relief. “Xio.” Xiomara’s massages felt like a cool river. A stupid metaphor, but apt; it was like cool water worked itself through her muscles, which were tense as petrified wood, and let her shoulders flow from their hunch into an easy slump.

“Time to stop for the night, I think.”

Minerva could’ve disagreed with steel in her voice, but she chose not to.


Xio collapsed onto Minerva’s navy bedspread, her smile covering her face in thin lines. A map in itself, but one that called an answering smile to Minerva’s weary face.

They stripped quickly. She kissed Xiomara, their mouths hot and slippery, and stroked her fingers over Xio’s abdomen, her muscled arms.

She spent the night relearning Xio’s landscapes: the valley between her breasts, the secret corners at her hip. Victory clutched her stomach as Xio came to her tongue and fingers before falling on Minerva in turn.

Xio fell asleep with a smile on her sharp face. Minerva dreamt of it.

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23rd-Jun-2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
Loved the maps metaphor.
Xio's landscapes. Great image.
24th-Jun-2010 09:13 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
24th-Jun-2010 02:37 am (UTC)
I'm so glad Woldy had a birthday! -- if it means that we all get a McGonagall/Hooch present. I really like the map metaphor and the title and the "landscape" that is Xiomara and these lines: her smile covering her face in thin lines. A map in itself
24th-Jun-2010 09:13 am (UTC)
Ooh, pretty icon! Thanks so much for the comment :)
24th-Jun-2010 07:33 am (UTC)
To praise something different than the wonderful metaphor: Minerva could’ve disagreed with steel in her voice, but she chose not to. is such a marvelous sentence!!
24th-Jun-2010 09:14 am (UTC)
:) Thank you very much!
24th-Jun-2010 08:54 am (UTC)
Wow. It's amazing how powerful something so short can be. I would quote my favorite parts, but every line felt quotable. :)
24th-Jun-2010 09:14 am (UTC)
:D What a lovely compliment!
26th-Jun-2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! I love the maps metaphor, and it's lovely to think about Minerva planning strategy - no wonder she knows just how to defend Hogwarts, after all that practice - and Xio distracting her.

I'm sorry for the late comment, but this is beautiful & a fabulous birthday present :-D.
27th-Jun-2010 08:47 am (UTC)
:) Thank you, I'm glad you liked it! I totally see Minerva as being all Strategist Commanding The Troops.
4th-Jul-2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
This is great. I love how it doesn't use overdone metaphors (a problem of mine, to be honest.) And the characterization is great.
5th-Jul-2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
*beams* Thank you!
10th-Jul-2010 07:26 am (UTC)
The world needs more Minerva McGonagall in it. Also, where'd you come up with Madame Hooch's first name? The HP Lexicon says it's Rolanda, but that's from the TCG and hasn't been verified.
10th-Jul-2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
The world needs more Minerva McGonagall in it.


Both Xiomara and Rolanda have been suggested (interview vs film credits, or something like that) so neither name is confirmed canon, and woldy usually calls her Xiomara in her fic.
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