Author's Notes: Written for Lady Eleanor Boleyn's "Birthdays" Challenge on xoxLewrahxox's Bellatrix Lestrange: The Dark Lord's Most Faithful forum.

Your challenge for the next two weeks is to write a story involving one or more Harry Potter Characters and a Birthday Celebration of some sort!

Exactly 100 words. Enjoy!

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Lily's twelfth birthday party was sombre. She had come home for winter vacation, and though her parents tried to make the event cheerful, neither Lily nor Petunia was in the mood for celebration.

"You're really going back to that school?" Petunia asked, as the two of them sat at the table, prodding at birthday cake.

"I'm sorry…"

"It's not fair," Petunia said. "I'll bet you wouldn't if it weren't for that boy."

"That's not true."

Petunia set down her fork and looked at her sister, tears glazing her eyes. "You love me more than him, right?"

Lily could not answer.

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Fin