|janus (janus) wrote in adventdrabbles,|
@ 2009-12-17 23:19:00
|Entry tags:||contributor: janus, dec17, fandom: harry potter, year: 2009|
Dec. 17, Harry Potter, Severus;Rabastan, Velvet
December 17, 2009
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing/Characters: Severus, Rabastan
Prompt: Reindeer. Click on the link! It is worth it!
Severus was trying to re-create Skele-Gro, but with his own improvements and refinements. It had been the Dark Lord's request, and it was not an offensive plan, but a protective one. It was for Severus' friends, for all of them who had grown up Slytherin together. So many requests were destructive. Even though the Dark Lord was gone and almost every one of those friends were dead or imprisoned, even though it was over, Severus continued to work.
There had been one ingredient he had not never found, even though he had located a small shop that had once stocked it. He needed a quantity to develop his potion, and he needed a steady supply. It was antler velvet, which was easy enough, but he specifically needed the rare caribou antler velvet from the miniature flying caribou of the far north. Though they shed their antlers every year like any reindeer, they were illusive.
In late December an owl came to him, swooping into the Great Hall. He was surprised. Who was there left to send him a package? It was from the shop he had discovered with Rabastan, one sunny day. The shop that had once stocked the reindeer velvet.
In light of the season, it was wrapped in deep green paper and topped with a sprig of holly. Compliments of Mr. R. Lestrange the note read. It was Rabastan's last gift: a standing order for his special ingredient when it became available. His friend was in Azkaban. He scowled to hide the ache of his emptiness, but he built a shelf in his quarters, not in the potions storeroom, just to store this one thing, to keep it near him. It was a remnant of Rabastan's lost life, a hint of his presence, his kindness, his soul.