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.

96 words.


Hermione was in the kitchen, late at night, hiding clothing, when Dobby caught her.

"Miss Hermione," he said, "What Miss Hermione is doing for the House-elves is very good, Dobby thinks, but the other House-elves… do not like it."

"Why wouldn't they like being freed?" Hermione snapped, shoving a sock inside a pot.

"They enjoy their work."

"Only–" Hermione broke off with a shriek. She had just opened a cabinet and found Winky lying inside, either asleep or dead. Dobby winced.

"Winky is drunk," he muttered. "Dobby is sorry. Do not worry. Go back to bed, Miss Hermione."