[After Tumblr’s policy update and importing, cross-posting, and picking back up with blogging regularly here, I fell out of the routine of posting on my fandom tumblr about chapter updates. Backdated to align with when the chapter was uploaded – 11 Dec 2018.]
Ch 11: Ashwinder [ao3]
Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Narcissa Black Malfoy || Add:  Hermione Granger,  Original Non-Human Character(s),  Aurora Sinistra,  Ron Weasley
Ship(s): Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy & Harry Potter, Hermione Granger & Harry Potter & Ron Weasley || Add:  Lucius Malfoy / Narcissa Black Malfoy / Severus Snape
Tags: Dark Magic, Alternate Universe – Canon Divergence, Alternate Universe – Dark, Dark Harry Potter, Accidental Marriage, Accidental Bonding, Blood Magic, Parseltongue Magic, Dark Culture & Customs
Add:  Runes, Study of Ancient Runes (HP), Runic Magic;  Knights of Walpurgis, Mythical Beings & Creatures;  Astronomy, Forced Proximity;  Ron Weasley/Lavender Brown (background);  Creature Inheritance, Creature Draco Malfoy, Creature Fic;  Enemies to Friends to Lovers, Slow Burn
Ch Summary: No updates to characters, ships, or tags.
A/N: My beta is a good irl friend of mine, so I already knew she wasn’t exactly comfortable with snakes. I initially put a trigger warning on this in my version shared with her, and just in case, someone has made it this far who is equally uncomfortable or ophidiophobic: There’s going to be a brief comparison to a choking / strangling feeling when Ouroboros as the ashwinder is around Harry’s throat, but No One Gets Hurt.
A polite incline of the head and the Slytherin opened the lesson, “Have you been practicing with the acorns?”
Harry shrugged and shifted in the chair, pushing at his already rolled up sleeves without thinking. He finally pulled the jar out of his bag and set it on the table without looking at Malfoy. There’d been no change in the level of acorns with the jar, and the only trees within the Room were the ones created the week before. Harry slowly looked up at Malfoy as he tsked softly, and the blond casually pointed at the tree he’d created previously. Green eyes followed the line across the room, and he inhaled quickly as he watched a bubbling in the center of the tree devolve into a charred hole clean through to the other side. Malfoy lowered his hand and motioned to the jar, “Now you’ll have to make more targets.”
Harry’s jaw clenched slightly, but he didn’t say anything as he calmly reached forward and unscrewed the lid of the jar. He stood and carried it away from the table, enough so that they wouldn’t be in danger of another Whomping Willow sprawling across their stuff, and set an acorn down on the floor. He concentrated on a small tree growing and said, “Prifio”, confidently. It was a much slower process than accidentally setting the willow loose last time, but after a few deep breaths, a respectable tree about five feet high was sitting on the floor. Malfoy stood from his chair and walked around the tree slowly before pausing opposite from Harry and nodding his approval. He then waved his hand at it and stated clearly, “Creisioni.”
The tree burst into flames that licked up the limbs quickly and only left a pile of ashes behind.
End Notes: Ear on center of forehead (death). Ethel on back of left hand (family). Gyfu over the mouth (gift).
I’ve used Black Quill here, but it seems like a common fanon tweak of sorts to refer to Umbridge’s quill as the Blood Quill because it uses the writer’s blood as ink. I’m aware this is a relatively small detail, but I debated calling something a Blood Quill for a bit. So, just to be clear, in case I bring that back from the plot graveyard.