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(A.N: For 'Kissing Sin's' 100 Prompts Challenge of HPFC)

The Pit of Snakes
By Silver Sailor Ganymede

I. Haunted

"I can't believe we're actually living in a haunted castle!"

Blaise paused for a second, wondering whether he'd actually heard what he thought he had, then glanced over at the group of Hufflepuffs who were sitting at a table near him, confused. Why would they be so surprised that there were ghosts at Hogwarts? They weren't exactly uncommon.

"I don't know why you're so surprised, Justin," a boy who Blaise was pretty sure was a Macmillan replied with a laugh.

"Well I've never seen a ghost before," Justin explained. "My family's all muggle, remember? Dad didn't believe me when I told him there were ghosts here. He thought I was making it up."

"So he was willing to believe that you're a wizard but he still won't believe in ghosts?" Blaise said incredulously, causing the Hufflepuffs to jump and stare at him in horror.

"Wh… what do you want, Zabini?" Ernie asked, looking at Blaise as though he was a muggle and had just seen a ghost himself.

"Muggles are strange," Blaise replied, trying to sound as bored as possible. "Now can you shut up? I'm trying to work."

He wasn't about to admit that he had actually found their conversation interesting. After all, they were Hufflepuffs and he was a Slytherin; to have an interesting conversation with them would just be wrong.