Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: Bellatrix, Rodolphus, Rabastan, Narcissa, mention of various others of the pureblood set, both canon and OC
Word Count: 5400
Summary: Bellatrix has been ordered to be receptive to Rodolphus's proposal -- but he still wants to persuade her for himself. The ensuing conversation forces two stubborn, hot-tempered, passion-driven individuals to face up to a few things they'd far rather avoid.
Snippet: “Every other man in there,” Rodolphus asserted, jabbing a finger up towards the glowing lights from the ballroom, “the ones that didn’t come to despise you, they would give up on you, sooner or later. Our political activities don’t figure into that. Even if they allowed it, even if they approved, they still wouldn’t be able to handle you. You would wear them out, and they’d just stop trying to have any sort of influence on you at all.”
“And why shouldn’t I want that?” Bella challenged. “I think a husband who would stay out of my way sounds ideal.”
“You don’t, really,” Rodolphus answered, catching her around the waist with one arm. His other hand stole up, twisting one of her dark curls around his finger. “You’re just saying that because you think it sounds shocking and independent.”
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