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.

101 words.

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As the Weasleys shoved past the Malfoys, Hermione hung back and she stepped over to Winky, bending down to look at the elf.

"Are you all right?"

Winky squeaked, then nodded.

"Your master is horrible, making you sit up here all alone…"

"No! Not– Master is not horrible."

"Hermione, come on!"

Hermione started for the stairs, but yelped as she felt her foot catch something. She went sprawling, looked around, flushing, but saw nothing that she could have tripped on. Confused, she stood and left, but as she did, she thought she heard Winky whispering, as though to an invisible companion.

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Fin