Author's Notes: Written for Forum Birthday Challenge #5 on xoxLewrahxox's Bellatrix Lestrange: The Dark Lord's Most Faithful forum.

Write a drabble featuring Dumbledore's holiday on the beach

101 words.


Albus sat on the beach, staring out over the cold, grey ocean. Aberforth had disappeared somewhere – probably to the nearest goat farm – and Kendra had taken Ariana inside, leaving Albus alone on the seashore.

Of course our family would bother going on a vacation and not spend a minute together.

Just because his parents had had some stupid idea about the sea air doing Ariana good, he had managed to get his hopes up that they would care about him more than usual.

Tears prickled his eyes, but he willed himself not to cry.

Someday I'll prove I'm worth caring about.