Author's Notes: Written for Forum Birthday Challenge #3 on xoxLewrahxox's Bellatrix Lestrange: The Dark Lord's Most Faithful forum.

Write a drabble featuring Hermione and Winky.

100 words.


Hermione spent days down in the kitchens trying to talk to the house-elves. Dobby listened politely as she explained why all elves should be paid, but the others ignored her.

It's all very well for them, they have decent working conditions.

She let herself focus on poor Winky. After almost two weeks of daily visits, she knelt down beside the elf to talk to her.

"I can help you, Winky," she said softly, extending her hand to the elf. "I want to help you."

Winky looked at her with distaste and shook her head hard. "No one can help Winky."