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!

300 words exactly. Enjoy!

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"Bellatrix," Cygnus said to his eldest daughter, as the family sat around the table enjoying her birthday dinner, "You are seventeen years old now, and as a young lady, it is your duty to make a good marriage."

Bellatrix choked on a piece of birthday cake. She sputtered and coughed and finally managed to gasp out, "What?"

"A good marriage. Seventeen is more than old enough to be married. Now, unfortunately, your choice is quite limited…"

"Limited? By what?"

"By your…" Cygnus's lip curled slightly. "Less than chaste behaviour."

Bellatrix's cheeks coloured. "If this is about what people are saying about me and Rodolphus–"

"As a matter of fact, it is. You are very lucky that he offered to marry you, because I doubt that any other man would–"

"What? No! I don't want to get married!" Bellatrix cried. She leapt to her feet, backing away, as if by leaving the room she would somehow make the proposal untrue. "Not to Rodolphus, at any rate! I won't do it!"

Cygnus's face was completely empty of sympathy or emotion. "I am afraid that you don't have a choice in this matter."

"I'd rather marry anyone but Rodolphus!"

"You should have thought of that before letting yourself get caught in bed with him."

Narcissa's head snapped up and she looked from her father to her sister with horror. Bellatrix clenched her fists.

"And now," Cygnus continued, "since you have given your virginity to him, you must marry him."

Bellatrix lips trembled, and she stood in the doorway with an expression of complete fury on her face. Finally she burst out, "I didn't give my virginity to him!"

"What?" Cygnus looked horrified. "Who was it, then?"

"No one who I can marry," Bellatrix snapped, then whirled and ran from the room.

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