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The Face of Fear (G; Petunia; 180 words)

accioslash prompted me with Petunia: contrition, hoodwinked, flawed.

The Face of Fear (G; Petunia; 180 words)

Petunia furiously scrubbed at her eyes with her palms, brutally brushing away her tears after reading Dumbledore's letter.

"Who cares if I can't go to Hogwarts?" she asked herself, rising to inspect her reddened face in the mirror. "So what if I'm not a freak?"

She'd only wanted to look out for her sister, anyway. That awful boy had hoodwinked Lily into thinking she was something special, but Petunia knew he was wrong.

He's a . . . a flawed person, a profoundly awful, flawed, ugly boy, Petunia told herself, without an ounce of contrition, and Lily will see that soon enough. I know she will!

Petunia knew that Lily would see the truth—about that boy and herself—and come home, sooner rather than later. Sighing, she stuffed the hateful letter into her bureau and prepared to face everyone at the dinner table, promising herself not to show anyone how upset she was, especially him.

He could never know that she'd wanted to go to Hogwarts, too, even if only for Lily's sake.

He'd laugh at me if he knew. I know he would.

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accioslash
Apr. 11th, 2012 09:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, iuls. This was brilliant. Clearly you are on a roll and this really is my lucky day. *buys lottery ticket*

Petunia is such a hard character to like, but I really felt for her here. I can actually believe that among her other more selfish reasons, she really did want to protect her younger sister. Petunia and Severus are surprisingly similar in some ways. Thank you for bringing this missing canon scene to life. Wonderful.
iulia_linnea
Apr. 11th, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome; I'm loving your prompts! And while I was writing this, all sorts of Severus/Petunia bunnies came a'hoppin'. :D

I'm so pleased you liked this answer. *twirls you*
lunafish
Apr. 11th, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
Aw, I feel bad for her. It's so unfair that she knows magic is real but can have no part of it.
iulia_linnea
Apr. 11th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
I feel a little sorry for her here, too. *hugs*
lucianwolf
Apr. 12th, 2012 04:24 am (UTC)
*cries* That's exactly what I think happened.
iulia_linnea
Apr. 12th, 2012 09:26 am (UTC)
Thank you for telling me. *hugs*
secretlypadfoot
Apr. 13th, 2012 04:08 am (UTC)
Poor dear, I've never wanted to hug that woman so badly in my life. This was great.
iulia_linnea
Apr. 13th, 2012 04:51 am (UTC)
I'm really glad to know you appreciated it. Thank you. :)
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