Character: Narcissa Black/Malfoy
Disclaimer: JKR owns. I only play. You do not sue.
Length: 995 words
Summary: Just what it says on the tin.
Beta: None. RAYOR.
Note: Written for the Slytherin vs Ravenclaw Quidditch match at hogwarts_elite. Winning entry.
Concrit: Always welcome and appreciated.
01. Narcissa Black was the last of three, expected to be the golden child -- a fussy baby, a flighty girl, a heart-breaker. But Narcissa was not that child; she cried little and bothered her mother not at all. Narcissa's first steps took her along a cold stone wall into an upstairs drawing room, where her mother was reading her sisters a book. No, she was not a golden child. Gold bends with enough pressure from a careless hand. Narcissa's blood carried her mother's cold determination and her father's unbending will. Narcissa was steel.
02. Her first word was "mine".
03. Narcissa's first manifestation of magic came when her sister Bella intended to mutilate Narcissa's favourite doll, Mistress Cissy. As Bella stepped towards the toy, brandishing a pair of cruel, sooty tongs, Narcissa shouted, "NO!" and reached for Mistress Cissy. There was a bang, and Bella flew backwards, astonishment on her still-smirking face.
04. Mr and Mrs Black were so very proud of how strong Narcissa's magic was that they did not even punish her for fighting with her sister. Instead, they bought her a pet black cat. Narcissa named him Arthur, after that young Weasley upstart her father always talked about in snide tones.
05. Bella took to calling her Cissy after the doll incident. Narcissa acted as though she did not like it, but secretly she was pleased. Mistress Cissy was so very pretty.
06. When she began to learn magic, Narcissa knew right off that she would rather turn a Butterbeer cap into a spider than kill a fly with a hex. Charms was her best subject by far: she felt comfortable manipulating objects -- chairs and feathers, bodies and brains.
07. Narcissa didn't have any close friends at Hogwarts. She didn't see a need for any: her sisters gave her all the companionship she wanted.
08. One summer evening not long before Narcissa's second year, the Malfoys came to call. They brought their son with them: a pale, pointed-faced boy of thirteen who had barely spoken two words to Narcissa since she had come to Hogwarts. Only this time, Lucius was like a burr in Narcissa's robes. He followed her around the mansion, asking ridiculous questions and watching her every move, his pale grey eyes anxious. Everything became clear when Narcissa's mother asked her if she wanted to marry the boy when they were both of age.
09. Lucius Malfoy stood in the middle of the downstairs drawing room, looking uncomfortable as Narcissa studied him from an armchair by the window. She wasn't sure what she was supposed to be thinking about, but she'd seen Bella do this with the Lestrange boy, and Andromeda repeat it with the Macnair boy. Lucius had hair like hers, and light eyes. She supposed they would have children. Blond ones, pale and beautiful like her old Mistress Cissy. "He will do," she told her mother. Just because she wasn't allowed to refuse didn't mean she had to show that to the Malfoys.
10. Narcissa was not a pretty girl -- not like Bella with her dark eyes and an air of mystery; not like Andromeda with her ready smile and sweeps of colour in her cheekbones. Her mother said that she was still growing into her beauty, perhaps thinking to comfort her, but Narcissa needed no comfort. Lucius Malfoy made all the girls blush just by showing up, but everyone knew he belonged to the flat-chested, white-haired, scrawny Black girl.
11. When Bella went off to marry Rodolphus Lestrange, and Andromeda started to keep company with Gryffindors, Narcissa was forced to admit that perhaps she should've made some friends her own age.
12. It was Narcissa who caught Andromeda kissing the Mudblood creature Ted Tonks. She was looking for Arthur near the edges of the Forbidden Forest when she saw the pair of them, rolling around in the soft grass like common folk. Forgetting about Arthur, she walked purposefully back to the castle. Andromeda was a good sister, and kind, but she was to marry Walden Macnair in six months. Narcissa would not allow anyone to insult her family.
13. By sixth year, Narcissa grew into her mother's promised beauty. Suddenly, boys in the common room were dropping things when she walked by and seemed to swallow their tongues when she tried to talk to them.
14. When Andromeda had her baby, Narcissa wrote her a letter of congratulations. It is still hidden in a dusty chest, down in the cellar underneath the drawing room at Malfoy Manor.
15. She was glad to leave Hogwarts. There was nothing there but memories of the Black family breaking.
16. Narcissa's wedding to Lucius Malfoy was held inside a marquee floating above the lake on the Black mansion grounds. During the feast, Lucius's father drank too much Firewhisky and fell in the lake after an ill-fated attempt at dancing.
17. Narcissa privately thought that "Death Eaters" was a completely ridiculous name.
18. She chose to distance herself from Lucius's associates. One of them was Walden Macnair, who always made her think of her lost sister.
19. Narcissa did not like to tell lies. Lying was the province of those who did not prepare for every eventuality. But when the Aurors questioned her about her husband's whereabouts on the night of some Mudblood's death, she told them that he was at home in bed. Allegiance to the Dark Lord aside, Lucius was the father of her unborn child.
20. When her baby was born, Narcissa took one look at him and knew she'd never want another. Lucius, who -- as custom dictated -- had witnessed his firstborn's arrival, tried to get a closer look, but Narcissa made a noise so like a snarl that Lucius sprang back. His eyes were pleading. "May we call him Draco?" She realised that throughout the pregnancy, she had never thought about a name. He was just her baby, her tiny boy. Her Draco.