Author's Notes: Written for Forum Birthday Challenge #10 on xoxLewrahxox's Bellatrix Lestrange: The Dark Lord's Most Faithful forum.

Write a drabble featuring Fudge and Umbridge.

104 words.


"Minister," Dolores said, catching his arm as they filed out of the courtroom. "It's a crime that boy got off. He was guilty, we all knew it."

"I know, Dolores, I know." Cornelius sounded worn out and weary. "But once Dumbledore showed up…"

"That man has far more clout than he should."

"So he does. But what can be done? He is rather a popular public figure." Dolores did not miss the bitterness in Cornelius's voice.

She considered for a moment, then said, "Leave it to me, Minister, I shall have him dealt with. I promise you, within months, no one will respect him."