Drabble Challenge

by darsynia


The Challenge: 5 prompts, 1 drabble per prompt. Must be related to Harry Potter in some way, and is limited to no less than 85 words, no more than 125. I ended up winning the contest, which was conducted by 3 different Sorting communities on livejournal, each community choosing a ‘champion’ to represent them in each category. Written 4/13/06.

Note: We were encouraged as much as possible to find as creative a way to incorporate the prompts as possible. I think one of the judges commented that it took them a few reads on some of them to even find the prompt…

The Prompts:
-ring
-‘all over you’
-babylon
-the boys (or girls) of summer
-fire

RING



It was time, then. He felt weak and old as he stared into the grey eyes of the child in front of him. A child sent to do a man’s job—but the man would be along, soon enough. He heard a ringing in his ears and imagined it was Harry, desperately trying to break free of the spell he’d cast.

No, Harry. Only one sacrifice is required this night.

He struggled to retain his dignity as he welcomed his new guests, hoped he could hang on long enough to greet the last one. Would he have the courage to do what the other could not? Would he see the necessity?

Severus, please…

His last thought was to wonder what Draco would make of Thestrels.


all over YOU!



I can’t believe I skipped dinner to sulk in my room—they were even serving shepherd’s pie, my favorite—all over you.

I don’t know what’s wrong with me.

(long pause)

I hate Lavender Brown.

(longer pause)

I think I’ll hex her tomorrow.

I wonder if you’ll enjoy snogging her so much when her teeth are two inches long.

(gasp)

I can’t believe you’ve got me thinking about breaking school rules, all over YOU!

babylon



Remus was going to go crazy if Peter continued to babble on about how brilliant he thought James had been, and what a genius idea it was.

Normally he wouldn’t care, he’d have taken it in stride. After all, bewitching Quidditch balls to switch personalities had been a pretty great prank. Pettigrew was missing a key component of their friend’s character, however.

James Potter would never have messed with Quidditch.

As Wormtail began fawning all over Prongs again, Moony’s patience snapped.

“It was ME, all right?”

The three of them just stared.

“I’m a Marauder too, you know!”

Girls of Summer



Diagon Alley in August. Fred and George were in absolute heaven. More and more young witches these days were forgoing their hot, stuffy robes for Muggle clothing—tight, Muggle clothing.

George wanted to send a customized daydream to whatever genius had thought up halter-tops.

Fred had concluded that August was the perfect month to have a special on love potions.

Both of them decided that Harry was hands-down the best friend a bloke could have, and that summer was a fantastic time of year.

Now, if only they could find a way to design a work uniform for Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes that incorporated the very best of summer attire. Oh well. Just their luck, Ginny would decide she wanted to work there next year…

FIRE



They were gone.

Sirius stared blankly at the lifeless bodies of James and Lily, and then at the sleeping baby in his arms. The dichotomy was palpable—innocence and the profound loss of it.

What had he done?

His heart felt both full and achingly empty.
Harry’s tiny hands clung to his robes, and Sirius felt an unreasoning anger. He wanted to tell the boy, ‘Don’t trust me! Look what happened to them!

Oh, James…

His heart beat in a tattoo of a single name. Peter, Peter, Peter. Sirius Black cradled his best friend’s son as his heart burned with murder for his best friend’s betrayer. Peter, Peter, Peter. If it took his life, he would avenge. He owed Harry that much.

Wait for me.