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celandineb prompted me with Minerva, Poppy: warrant, raise, trump.

Early in the Game (G; Minerva, Poppy; 200 words): Minerva's been dealt a bad hand.

"Oh, Minerva," said Poppy, seeing how stricken she appeared as she opened her office door. "What happened? Did the Headmaster refuse your application?"

Tightly, Minerva replied, "No. I'm to teach here, but I wasn't able to persuade him of the seriousness of the situation."

Poppy led Minerva to the sofa. "You need tea."

Minerva sat, hiding her face in her hands. Poppy pulled them away.

"No, you mustn't give in to despair. You're safe now."

"Am I? You didn't hear him, Poppy. 'If he's using you to raise the stakes between us, I warrant he'll follow you', he said, as if it meant nothing, using me as bait. Dumbledore's a fool!"

"But you wanted him to deal with Tom, didn't you?"

"I wanted him to involve Magical Law Enforcement . . . because I can't."

"Oh, Minerva, Tom's no match for the Headmaster."

"You haven't seen what he's been doing, what he's become, since we left school."

"Well, since you won't tell me about—"

"I can't, don't you understand? I've been hexed. Tom made it possible for me to speak of what I've learned to Dumbledore alone, and now he stupidly believes that I'm some sort of trump card for him to play!"

Comments

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celandineb
Apr. 14th, 2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
*blinks* Wow. Now that is a fascinating idea as to what Tom was getting up to, and how Minerva might have been involved. Thank you!
iulia_linnea
Apr. 15th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
I have mad back story involving Tom and Minerva, but I know I'll never write it all, so thank you for this prompt! *twirls*
lunafish
Apr. 15th, 2012 04:16 am (UTC)
This is pretty scary actually, especially the fact that Dumbledore wants to keep it a secret! I can imagine how desperate and frightened McGonagall must feel knowing she's just part of DD's game plan now.
iulia_linnea
Apr. 16th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it's so vivid to you. :D
accioslash
Apr. 15th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
Tom made it possible for me to speak of what I've learned to Dumbledore alone

Oh, how intriguing! I'd love to hear more backstory here as well.
iulia_linnea
Apr. 16th, 2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
That's nice to hear; thank you. :D
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