Author's Notes: Written for TuesdayNovember's "Time" Challenge on xoxLewrahxox's Bellatrix Lestrange: The Dark Lord's Most Faithful forum.

This fortnight's challenge is 'times of day' (or night). For this challenge, I want you to set or focus your fic at a specific time, be that either an exact hour (X o'clock) or something more vague, like afternoon. The time can be either a prominent feature, or just a subtle reference, as long as it's included.

And, to return us to our challenge roots, so to speak, the word limits are either 100 or 500 words (give or take a few.)

100 words.


Narcissa awoke to the sound of someone moving around her bedroom. She sat straight up, trembling slightly. "Who- who's there?"

"Shh…" Andromeda's voice was soft as she approached and quieted her sister. "It's just me. Don't worry. I'm just going out."

"Going out where?" whispered Narcissa, curiously.

"Just… out."

"Well, you know you need to be back before dawn," Narcissa told her. "Otherwise Mother and Father will be angry at you."

"I know," Andromeda told her. She kissed her little sister's forehead and left without another word.

Narcissa sat up all night, waiting for Andromeda to come home.

She didn't.