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The Humility Rites 
24th-Jul-2010 07:59 pm
Converse: black
Title: The Humility Rites
Word count: 400
Characters/pairings: eventual Ron/Draco
Rating: G
Summary: Draco chooses to perform the Humility Rites.
Warnings: angst, start of a WIP
Disclaimer: The boys and girls belong to JKR, even though I’m often much nicer to them than she is.
Author’s Notes: This was written for the old apology prompt at rondracodrabble.

“No. No.” Lucius grabbed Draco’s arm, and Draco turned. Grey eyes glazed with fear, but determined: a look he’d seen on his son’s face too many times. “You can’t. I forbid it!” he said in desperation.

A frown drew Draco’s brows down. “You would have our family renege on honoured traditions?”

Lucius looked at him in disbelief, pain splintering through angry words. “Better to lose my honour than my son!”

Draco’s eyes narrowed in sudden, shocking hate. “You said family honour was the most important thing. You said I should show some humility, and obey!”

“Don’t you dare use that against me!”


Lucius had only seen that sneer, those raging grey eyes, in the mirror before today. He knew in that moment that he would lose.

Draco matched his height. When had he grown up?

“Don’t tell me what to do, not when your choices led us all to ruin. Show some humility yourself, Father, and let me finally do the right thing!”

“But – your mother.” Lucius felt no shame at the pleading note in his voice.

Draco swallowed, his voice wavering. “She’ll understand.”

Narcissa’s voice sounded from behind the two men, its cadence and impossible grace unchanged, even now. “Understand what?”


They swung round together, and Lucius was forcibly reminded of summer days with illegally baked biscuits and Draco’s crumbs-encrusted, guilty face always giving them away. But Narcissa was paler and thinner than she’d been then, fragile as the glass birds on her windowsill. Sickening, unfamiliar guilt slammed into his stomach.

“Mother, I – I...” Draco stammered. He stared at her with wide eyes, but shuddered and found calm. “The Weasleys, Mother. I need to – we’ve stolen children from them, unrightfully, and someone – ”

True shock sent Narcissa’s face cold and white, as if touching her would give you frostbite. “The Humility Rites?”


“I have to.”

Narcissa’s face convulsed: a wave of emotion was visible under the thin ice of her composure. Then she shut her eyes, hiding her expression.

Lucius felt ill. How would he save Draco from this decision without his mother? Draco obeyed him but he adored her, if she begged him he would stop –

“Narcissa – ”

“No, Lucius. He needs this. And it may save him from Azkaban.”

Lucius swallowed dryly.

“Mr and Mrs Weasley?” Draco’s voice cracked only a little. They turned, red-eyed and weary, and saw Draco sink to his knees before them.

“I invoke the Humility Rites.”

joomla visitor

24th-Jul-2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
Waah, you can't just stop there!

So does 'start of a WIP' mean there'll be more? Pretty please?

Uhm, yeah, I like it, in case that wasn't clear. :P
25th-Jul-2010 09:24 am (UTC)
Oh yes I can!

And yes :) There shall be more!
24th-Jul-2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
I second that! You can't stop here!!!!!! Please, Please, Please write some more 0;)

25th-Jul-2010 09:24 am (UTC)
LOL. Workin' on it :)
24th-Jul-2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
Ohhhh so intriguing!! You've hooked me, can't wait for the rest!!
25th-Jul-2010 09:26 am (UTC)
*punches the air* Success!
24th-Jul-2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
Wait, what?! What are the Humility Rites?


I love the way you write Ron/Draco.
25th-Jul-2010 09:24 am (UTC)
HAHA. All will be revealed...

:) Thank you!
25th-Jul-2010 01:38 am (UTC)
Totally intrigued :). Lucius and Narcissa make it clear that this is something BIG - really looking forward to seeing where you're going with this!
25th-Jul-2010 09:42 am (UTC)
Yay! I hope you like what comes next :)
25th-Jul-2010 08:36 am (UTC)
How very intriguing! :) Hope to see more of this!
25th-Jul-2010 09:25 am (UTC)
:) Thanks! More to come, definitely.
25th-Jul-2010 10:59 am (UTC)
Uh, Humility Rites, I so can't guess what this will lead to. *waggles eyebrows* But yay for Draco/parents interaction! I love it when he talks like that to Lucius, who's totally flabbergasted that his son is suddenly grown up and can argue back. Ah, gladly he can cry on Narcissa's shoulder.

Looking forward to more!
26th-Jul-2010 05:34 am (UTC)
LOL. We'll see...

It was awesome writing the Draco/parents interaction, especially from Lucius' perspective! Thanks for the comment, sweetheart :)
25th-Jul-2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
Please. continue. I drag myself out of enforced silence to beg you to continue. This has the potential for SO. MUCH. HOT. :) Thanks!
26th-Jul-2010 05:56 am (UTC)
:DD Well thank you very much! Why the silence, though? Anyway, will definitely continue!
30th-Jul-2010 07:51 am (UTC)
Lol, I needed to do work :S Glad you are continuing though!
26th-Jul-2010 12:57 am (UTC)
I'm intrigued, greatly!
26th-Jul-2010 05:34 am (UTC)
YAY! Thanks for the comment :)
26th-Jul-2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
I'm intrigued. Great stuff.
27th-Jul-2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
30th-Jul-2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
You, umm, what? This needs more, more explanation, more Draco, more everythign. For goodness' sake, tell me this sin't the end?

Warnings: angst, start of a WIP Ah. ok. Well. Don't be too long with it, this sounds like it's going to be an amazing read.
30th-Jul-2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
LOL! Will try not to be too long...
5th-Sep-2010 03:47 am (UTC)
very intrigued...can't wait to read more
6th-Sep-2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
3rd-Nov-2012 11:39 am (UTC)
Warnings: angst, start of a WIP

Hem, hem.

I stumbled across this on my way through your Ron/Draco tag. And reacted pretty much the same way I did in my comment (hah, first comment!).
Any chance we can bribe you into a follow-up some time? Pretty please??
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