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Making Balm (G; Neville, Shadow, Hagrid; 100 words): Shadow spurns Neville's caring side. (Sequel to Making a Diagnosis.)

It had been ugly, painful, and fruitless, attempting to hold Shadow still for Hagrid's examination—until Hagrid had scruffed the cat between two fingers and held him high.

Neville had never heard anything make such menacing sounds. "Damn your claws," he muttered at Shadow, who was curled up by the hearth in Hagrid's hut against a protective, albeit wary, Fang.

"There now, see tha'? They like each other."

Stirring the cauldron of Scar Balm, which Hagrid had assured him had venom-leeching properties to benefit Shadow's wound, too, Neville thought of the fire ficuses. "Fang's warm, is all. Shadow's a rank opportunist."


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May. 16th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
Aren't all cats Slytherins opportunists? (see icon)

I'm sure Neville is better at potioning when Professor Snape isn't looming over him, but am surprised that Hagrid is advising on the balm :) of course, he does know his "interestin' creatures."

May. 16th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
Yes, he does know his critters, and I've never been inclined to think Hagrid an idiot, so I believe he knows his remedies, too. *g*

And strictly speaking, Neville's not brewing that balm; he's stirring it. ;)
May. 16th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
Hagrid has done well with (officially) only a 3rd year education, so he's certainly not an idiot.
May. 16th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
And there have been so many biting things . . . .
May. 16th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
You know, I never considered the whole cat/slytherin connection before. Interesting....

And yes, the little monsters are in fact rank opportunists. I have four... and they basically control my life.
May. 16th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine a cat wanting to be Sorted anywhere else. ;) Well, into Hufflepuff would also be a good choice of Sorting; "loyal" owners are to be desired, I imagine.
May. 16th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
We have a cat like Shadow, who bites the hand that attempts to help him.

Poor Neville.
May. 16th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
I suspect that an ungrateful cat is a good deal easier on one than a flaming Sorting Hat, but yes, poor Neville. *g*
May. 16th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
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