Author's Notes: Written for wvvampire's 366 Days of Words – Word a Day Challenge on the HPFC forum.

Write a drabble/ficlet/chapter a day based on or around the www(dot)dictionary(dot)com word of the day for each day of the current year! It's as easy as that. Use the word in the chapter or let it inspire the chapter.

There is no order to these. They will jump around from era to era depending on who the prompt makes me think of. The only way in which they will be connected is that they will all, at one time or another, been part of the Noble and Most Ancient House of Black.

Enjoy, and wish me luck.

Novation - the introduction of something new, innovation


"It's so…" Druella waved one hand vaguely through the air. "I don't know… life is just… I wish…"

"Your ability to put thoughts into words never ceases to amaze," Abraxas teased gently, taking her hand and kissing it.

"I'd give anything," she said, "just to… to have something new in my life. Something other than endless days of doing the same thing over and over, playing the perfect wife to Cygnus…" She let out a short, mirthless laugh. "Pretending as though I love him or care about him…"

"It must be very difficult."

"It is." She looked at Abraxas, tears gathering in the corners of her large, pale eyes . "And… Abraxas, do you know what is even more difficult?"

"No, my darling, what?"

She sighed. "That every time I'm with you, I do feel new."