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Pearls Don't Bring Tears 
1st-Mar-2010 05:02 pm
Converse: black
Title: Pearls Don’t Bring Tears
Word count: ~400
Characters/pairings: Parvati/Astoria, Draco/Astoria
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Parvati and Astoria grow up not quite together.
Warnings: none
Disclaimer: The girls belong to JKR, even though I’m often much nicer to them than she is.
Author’s Notes: This was written for sortinghatdrabs, with the pairing “Astoria/Gryffindor” and the prompt “string of pearls”.

I came second in the competition with this ficlet; the banner is under the cut.

Parvati and Padma have known the Greengrass girls for years. Their families are friends, though those bonds were strained to breaking point with the onset of war. Astoria, sweeter and more intellectual than her older sister, would have long, obscure conversations with Padma about their respective reading. Their mingled voices would babble like a brook, their laughter at classical puns filling the nursery.

Parvati and Daphne played with dolls. Daphne stole Parvati’s favourite purple shoes, that were meant for her doll. But her mother always said that rude little girls did not get cake, so Parvati smiled grimly.

Midway through sixth year, Parvati was sulking by the lake. Lavender had gone off with Ron again, even though Padma said he’d been a dead loss at the Yule Ball and he didn’t –


Astoria’s voice. She was just fifteen and had the coltish look Parvati was beginning to lose. She smiled and plopped down next to Parvati, nudging her shoulder with hers. The warmth of the contact was startling, outside in a Scottish spring. “What’s wrong?”

Parvati ranted about the stupidity of girls who fell so foolishly for boys. Boys could not be trusted with precious things. Did Astoria remember how Longbottom broke that doll of hers, a long time ago?

Astoria nodded, her blue eyes sincere. She seemed somehow on the edge of laughter, but that only made her company more appealing after months of Lavender’s sniffles.

So the two girls found a friendship they’d never had before in anything but name. As the war drew closer, and finally invaded the castle; as friends ran like rats, fleeing through tunnels and gutters; as the news grew ever grimmer and they all began to wonder if Harry was dead already, Parvati felt herself glow from the inside. Like a candle.

No, Astoria is the candle, Parvati decides. She’s asleep now, curled naked in Parvati’s bed. They could never have done this before, but in the new Hogwarts it’s easy. Astoria’s milky flesh glows, pale and luminous and warmly real in Parvati’s arms.

Pale and luminous as the pearls Astoria accepts from Draco Malfoy in May.

Still, their affair pushes the world away. Until spring of Parvati’s eighth year, when Astoria turns seventeen.

Parvati runs away from Astoria’s beam and shining ring. She flees for the dormitory where she and Astoria curled round each other.

She wipes away tears, and smiles down at the string of shining pearls curled smugly on her pillow.

Parvati wears the pearls to Draco and Astoria’s first anniversary party.

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1st-Mar-2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. This was very well written. I love her spite. Love it.
2nd-Mar-2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The spite was fun to write. :)
1st-Mar-2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. This is exceptionally well-done. Pavarti's spite makes my teeth itch, and I love it.
3rd-Mar-2010 06:50 am (UTC)
Thank you, darling! I love writing spiteful characters.

...I wonder what that says about me.
1st-Mar-2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
I love seeing underdeveloped (or, in Astoria's case, pretty much undeveloped) characters in fanfic because you can take them in whichever direction you choose. You did a nice job in blending this with canon. :3
2nd-Mar-2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
This is so true! It was fun writing this. :)
1st-Mar-2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
(From hp_diversity)

I liked this. Really felt sorry for Parvati until I re-read the last two lines and realized what Astoria had done. Clever and a little wicked all at once!
2nd-Mar-2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I do like attempting clever fic. :)
2nd-Mar-2010 12:33 am (UTC)
Oh that's lovely. Every little hurt of it.
i felt like I was biting into pearls the entire time, and I appreciated it.
3rd-Mar-2010 06:51 am (UTC)
i felt like I was biting into pearls the entire time

:) Thanks for the comment! I love that.
2nd-Mar-2010 01:53 am (UTC)
Nice :)
2nd-Mar-2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
3rd-Mar-2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
Lovely, but so sad.
Draco doesn't deserver her D:
4th-Mar-2010 07:55 am (UTC)
Thank you! Excellent username btw. :)
7th-Mar-2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)
I sort of hate it, actually. Dr Prunesquallor's my favourite character in one of my favourite books ever, but it's an ugly name.
(I really don't know how it ended up in my last comment. Must have had a slight brainstorm).

Edited at 2010-03-07 06:44 pm (UTC)
7th-Mar-2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
It's an ugly name, but it's perfect for him. :) Gormenghast has a special place in my heart, too.
10th-Mar-2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
Sorry, meant to reply a while ago.
It's good to find another Peake fan. We're still fairly rare :)

I just wondered if you were aware of the imminent (well 2011) publication of Maeve Gilmore's completed version of Titus Awakes.
I'll definitely buy it, but I don't really know what to expect. Take away Peake's writing and wit and I'm not sure what you have left. Then again, Gilmore's A World Away, which is her memoir of her marriage to Peake, is extraordinarily moving, so I've a feeling Titus Awakes will be much more effective on an emotional level than the others were.
Guess we'll have to wait and see :)
11th-Mar-2010 10:56 am (UTC)
Oooh. I wasn't, but I'm intrigued now!

Eoin Coulfer's Hitchhiker book turned out pretty well, although the style and wit was different. I was concerned about that, partly because Douglas Adams was so very English, and Coulfer's sense of humour is so very Irish. But it was awesome. :)
20th-Oct-2015 11:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, my! That was sharp and biting and so very well done.
29th-Nov-2015 09:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! Belated but sincere, I always love it when I get comments on older stuff :)
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