taste of frustration

A HariPo freeverse piece

by mew-tsubaki

Note: The Harry Potter characters belong to J.K. Rowling, not me. This pairing was discovered by EveryShadeOfDeath, so please give her a little mention if you write them! Thanks! It is one of many of Mew and Mor's Weird Pairings, most of which you may find in Mor's and my forum, "Mew and Mor's Weird Pairings Fan Stories," found here (Just take out the spaces!): http : / forum. fanfiction. net/ forum /Mew_and_Mors_Weird_Pairings_Fan_Stories /76194 / Read, review, and enjoy! And check out and join the forum FUN!

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"It's been seven hours long
And your shadow still hangs on"
—La Roux, "Fascination"

Shadows&shadows&bags under eyes
They're things they have in common
(but maybe that bugs Scab to begin with, because he can't stand having another him in the w_o_r_l_d)

D.a.r.k.n.e.s.s. is much more
in Draco, though
It c-c-clings to him like a burial [shroud]
That kid's never gonna get back the :)c h i l d h o o d(: of which he was

Scabior, on the other hand, e~m~b~r~a~c~e~d
his darkness a long time ago
(a miscreant's misspent youth)
&it's taken him all this t-i-m-e *tictoc* to adjust&
now that he's found himself in a position of
He's. So. Screwed.

{Agh, Draco, you've got the l/o/v/e/l/y grey eyes of a wounded animal}

Scab rather liked reporting to Malfoy Manor
—a day-to-day chance to glimpse those grey eyes—
Draco's stare began lingering on the Snatcher in passing
~perhaps that red streak in his hair was like a
&&Draco just c o u l d n ' t tear his eyes away~

{Oh, Scabior, you're a damned magnet to Draco's +p-o+l-a+r-i+t-y+}

Scabior was the "leader" of the Snatchers in front of Draco
(Greyback could go sCrAtCh someone, for all Scab cared)
Draco was not as w:e:a:k & did not /cower\ at the Dark Lord's name when Scabior was in the room
(Merlin, wouldn't it be nice to think he could draw on Scab's obnoxious confidence?)

B - U – T

There was a d.I.f.F.e.R.e.N.c.E.
between being friendly with Scabior
"being ;]f r i e n d l y[; with Scabior"
& Draco knew that line that was .::not::. to be crossed

{And really, plenty of people had already ?questioned? by now
that Draco had let H a r r y off so easily

So where did it leave them?
In a room full of captives&&a half-arsed attempt to escape?
Ah, if only A*u*n*t*i*e Bella hadn't lost her temper
(but that was the real chance)

• w e a k •
Draco found Scabior
[u n c o n s c i o u s]
&&Scabior had had enough
the Snatcher's ploy was no more

"Now or never, Draco"

A nod—a lean—a whisper
and Scabior thought Draco would cave…
But apparently he was not as persuasive as he thought,
for all he got was the ghost of a kiss & a pitiful excuse:

"…but, my family…"

So Scabior left
he fought
he survived
&&he lived with a permanent s_c_o_w_l on his face, the taste of Draco

(of bitter ¤f r u s t r a t i o n¤)

lingering on his tongue…


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Aww… I think Draco should seek out Scab postwar… Sequel, anyone? ;D Remember to give EveryShadeOfDeath a nod if you use Scabco! :3 Hope you enjoyed it, Shade. *Also, Scabco is an honorary M&MWP.* ;]

Thanks for reading and please review!

-mew-tsubaki :}