Author's Notes: Written for Forum Birthday Challenge #1 on xoxLewrahxox's Bellatrix Lestrange: The Dark Lord's Most Faithful forum.

Write a drabble featuring Lucius Malfoy and a peacock.

103 words.


Lucius paced the Manor gardens, brooding. So much had gone so terribly wrong over the last months… the Dark Lord returned, he, Lucius, called back to duty, suggestions that Draco become a Death Eater, and – perhaps worst, despite Narcissa's happiness – the escape of the Lestranges from Azkaban.

That thought sickened Lucius.

A noise came from the walls that surrounded the manor, and Lucius reacted automatically and violently, sending a curse up to kill whatever made the sound. There was a squawking noise, and Lucius watched, horrified, as one of his precious peacocks toppled down and lay upon the grass, dead by his wand.