Author’s Note: This takes place a couple months after the last chapter. This chapter takes place the day of the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. Chapter image by Carnal Spiral.
Bella stood in the entrance hall of Malfoy Manor waiting for her master. Narcissa waited with her.
It had been awkward between them ever since Narcissa had told Bella her secret. Bella started to grow impatient and she started pacing.
Narcissa rolled her eyes and said, “Stop pacing. Why are you nervous?”
Bella stopped pacing and faced her sister. She said, “Hmmm, I don’t know. I suppose I’m a tad nervous about what the mission is.”
Narcissa frowned, “Just be careful! Dumbledore is still on the loose. He could be anywhere!”
Bella grinned, “If I wanted to be safe, I would’ve quit years ago!”
Narcissa pursed her lips, “Bella, you know that it’s a lifetime of servitude or death. There’s no going back.”
The front door started to open. Bella immediately straightened. “Well, well! A welcoming committee?” Lucius Malfoy said.
Bella and Narcissa started. Bella said, “We weren’t expecting you…”
Lucius raised an eyebrow and drawled, “You see, Bellatrix, this is my house. I can come in and out… Unlike some of us…”
Bella growled, “Lucius… You are on dangerous ground… If you ever insult me again, I will snap my wand and strangle you with my own two hands!”
Lucius glanced at Bella and said to Narcissa, “You see, Cissy… Do you see what has happened to the Affluent House of Malfoy? Scum like Bellatrix… It makes me sad…”
Narcissa rose to her full height and spat, “Dear husband, if you ever treat my kin like that again I will leave your halls, never to return.”
Lucius backtracked immediately, “You’re right Cissy, I spoke out of turn. Bella, I apologize.”
Narcissa nodded curtly and Bella stiffly said, “Apology accepted.”
Lucius inquired, “Why were you loitering around in the entrance hall?”
Narcissa answered, “We were waiting for the Dark Lord.”
Lucius jumped up and yelped, “What? No one told me! Merlin’s Beard, I have to prepare!”
He ran out of the room and Narcissa whispered to Bella “Yes… off to straighten his hair, probably…”
Bella smiled faintly and said, “Well, that went well…”
Narcissa glared at Bella and said, “Please shut up! You are aggravating me.”
Narcissa continued to glare at Bella, but eventually she started smiling. The two of them broke out laughing. Suddenly, a loud crack filled the vicinity.
The Dark Lord asked, “Am I interrupting something?”
Bella sobered up and bowed to the Dark Lord, “No, my lord… The only thing that matters is you.”
Narcissa bowed, “We are honored to have you in our halls.”
The Dark Lord ignored Bella and said, “Thank you, Narcissa.”
Bella asked, “What is your bidding master?”
The Dark Lord addressed Bella, “Not now, wait for Lucius.”
The three of them waited for Lucius to arrive. When he arrived and greeted the Dark Lord, the latter said, “We leave soon for the Department of Mysteries. Our plans are coming to a close.”
Bella looked overjoyed and asked, “Is it time? Is it time for open warfare?”
The Dark Lord smiled, “Yes, Bella, soon. Soon, you can play with your pet muggles.”
Bella grinned and said, “Master, I will not fail you.”
The Dark Lord stared thoughtfully at Bella and warned, “Make sure you don’t, Bellatrix. I would loathe to kill you.”
Bella nodded, still smiling, but Lucius looked grave, “My lord, what is to be our part tonight?”
The Dark Lord looked thoughtful, “Lucius will lead my Death Eaters. Bella will be your lieutenant.”
Both of them bowed as the Dark Lord addressed Narcissa, “Narcissa. I want you to remain here. Call the house elf and tell him what to do.”
Narcissa bowed as the Dark Lord said, “Now I must open myself to Potter.”
Lucius, Narcissa, and Bella looked on in fascination as the Dark Lord closed his eyes and started twitching. After a minute he stopped twitching and opened his eyes. The Dark Lord said quietly, “It is done. Let us be off.”
Lucius, Bella, and the Dark Lord spun around and disappeared out of Malfoy Manor. Narcissa whispered to herself, “Please return, please…”
Author’s Note: Well what did you think of this chapter? The fifth book is almost done! Should I stick to canon or should I make an AU story, where Bella turns good? Because remember, Bella is awesome!! Beware, the next few chapters may be a tad boring. The dialogue is from OOTP! Remember two things! All property of Jo and live long and prosper!