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*A leisurely morning spent wrapped in a silk robe seeing to her correspondence. A sumptuous and quiet breakfast with her husband. An hour spent choosing smart black robes of silk and velvet and lingering over her vanity table dressing her hair and applying cosmetics with the usual somewhat-heavy hand. It isn't a terribly taxing life, that of an aristocrat-turned-soldier, and what time isn't spent in service to the Dark Lord Bellatrix tends to fritter away over comfortable minutae like social calls in the afternoons.

Here, she is accomplishing both at once. She has business to discuss with Lucius, however he may set her teeth on edge, and it's been too long since she's seen her sister. Bellatrix isn't one to forget the obligations of family, so here she is with her husband at Malfoy Manor, ostensibly for a purely social call. Rodolphus has even brought a toy or two for the child--he is always so thoughtful about that sort of thing, where Bellatrix inevitably fails to be. As she looks at the little neatly-wrapped parcel in his hand she feels a brief and uncharacteristic swell of affection. In the half-second before she knows the door will be opened, she murmurs to him, almost softly.*

What is that again?

Date: 2011-08-21 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] le-strangled.livejournal.com
*It's almost with a bit of surprise that he turns to his wife, smiling.*

Oh, just a set of blocks. Enchanted to teach him how to spell. Got it from the Rosiers. It's educational; can't give him anything too fun, Lucy would take it away.

Date: 2011-08-23 02:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purely-better.livejournal.com
*Lucius merely tolerates these visits from Bellatrix. Rodolphus is quite alright, for a Hufflepuff - Lucius is vaguely fond of him at best, ambivalent at worst - but Bellatrix is never a welcome presence in the manor. He doesn't like her being around Draco, he doesn't like her even on the grounds, but the base fact is that he'll do almost anything to make Narcissa happy. And her sister - for reasons entirely beyond Lucius - makes her happy. And so he behaves.

It doesn't mean he doesn't take it out where he can, though. It's with a limp that Dobby opens the door, bowing so low that his nose nearly touches the ground.*

Master and Mistress are expecting you, please, in the drawing room -

Date: 2011-08-28 04:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] le-strangled.livejournal.com
*Rodolphus only pauses for a second at the threshold to hand over the package to Dobby.*

Take it to the baby's room, would you?

*Without waiting for a response, he trails along after his wife's intrusion, an agreeable smile on his face.*

Date: 2011-11-24 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aprettyconceit.livejournal.com
*Narcissa already knew of their arrival - wards are wonderful things - and was already making her way through the manor to greet her sister. She enters the parlour from the other end just as her guests do, and a genuine smile lights her face.*

Bella! And Rodolphus - I didn't realise you'd be visiting, too. It's lovely to see you both.

Date: 2011-11-24 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aprettyconceit.livejournal.com
*A greeting that's returned, with a smile for her brother-in-law.*

You're too kind. He's ready to chew on them, at the very least - better those than my hair.

Date: 2011-11-24 04:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aprettyconceit.livejournal.com
And you're delightful.

*Not an adjective most would attribute to Bellatrix, but Narcissa sees a slightly different side, since she does her level best to ensure it comes out.*

I've a knack with coiffure charms that hides much of his handiwork, the cheeky little imp. You look ravishing - are those new robes?

Date: 2011-11-24 04:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aprettyconceit.livejournal.com
*Lucius is putting this off for as long as he can without being rude.*

In his study, I expect. He'll be along shortly; Dobby will have informed him of your arrival.

Date: 2011-12-01 10:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] le-strangled.livejournal.com
Oh, we wouldn't dream of disturbing Lucius if he's busy. How is dear little Draco? Might he be up for a visit?

Date: 2011-12-05 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aprettyconceit.livejournal.com
*Narcissa is careful to avoid responding to the first part of Rodolphus' comment by being all smiles and delighted motherhood about the second part.*

He's perfectly wonderful, and he should be awake from his nap in a few minutes. He's grown so much, Rodolphus, you'll hardly recognise him!

Date: 2011-12-05 12:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] le-strangled.livejournal.com
*The omission doesn't sail past Roddy at all, but he lets it lie: if Lucius would rather be left alone, then he should be left alone.*

We would love to see him when he's up and about, if you would be so kind. You must be swamped with requests hold him--Draco is so sweet and everyone else seems to be waiting on children. Rabastan not even wed, Mulciber a bit too young--although, of course, Evan Rosier and his new wife will have a little playmate for Draco soon enough, if what I hear is true.

Date: 2011-12-05 01:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aprettyconceit.livejournal.com
*It's more that Lucius and Bella are a bad combination.*

Of course - he adores you. *By which she means that Draco knows and smiles at their faces and submits to being held and doted on by them. She also thinks their dark hair fascinates him, since she and Lucius are both so fair.*

I'm sure Rabastan will find someone suitable before long. He's a handsome young man...

*Oh, Merlin. The rumours are true. Thankfully, Dobby chooses this opportune moment to appear and announce that Master Draco has awakened from his nap.*

--I'll just be a moment.

Date: 2011-12-05 01:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] le-strangled.livejournal.com
Is it really? I thought everyone just knew, what with the speed of the wedding and all.

*If there is any conflict between them, this is the crux of it: he is thirty-two, she is thirty, and they've been married for years, and yet they've left no heirs. There should be a whole brood of Lestrange-Black children by now, but--well, there is the war, and Bella has never been terribly stable, and heaven help the man who tries to take away her champagne even for the sake of a pregnancy. Roddy is willing to settle, at least for now, visiting the Malfoys and the Rosiers, once Evan's little wife pops one out, but it's not the same.*

There are so few children of good birth as of yet, I'm sure Narcissa would like to know whom Draco will be growing up with.

Date: 2011-12-06 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] le-strangled.livejournal.com
If it weren't for the war, I'm sure someone would have sent him off to France with instructions to not come back til he had a woman he could tolerate for longer than a month. You know how Rabastan can be.

Date: 2011-12-06 06:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] le-strangled.livejournal.com
Oh, I don't think Rabastan could stand to have that much in common with Regulus.

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