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Hermione twisted and thrashed, trying to escape the pain.  It was nowhere, but it was everywhere.  

"Mudblood!"

The shrill words cut through the pain, finding her ears and driving the white-hot knives deeper.  

"Mudblood!  Dirty, nasty, Mudblood!  Tell me the truth!  How did you get into my vault?"

Hermione tried to scream, but no sound came out.  Frustrated, terrified, in pain, she threw her limbs about wildly, trying to throw off the curse, tears streaming down her face.

"Hermione!  Hermione!  Wake up!  It's just a dream!  Hermione, you're safe!"

The pain was receding.  Hermione sucked in deep breaths of cool, sweet air and opened her eyes.  

She was not on the cold tile floor of the Malfoy Manor, with Bellatrix Lestrange's  terrible face twisted in fury, shrieking one of the most terrible curses possible.  Ron's blue eyes were scanning her face wildly, scared and sad.  She threw her arms around his neck and sobbed.

"Shh," he whispered, rubbing her back.  "It was just a dream, Hermione.  

"But it wasn't.  It was real."

"A long time ago.  It's not real anymore."

"She's dead, Ron.  How much longer until I am rid of her?"

Ron didn't reply, just tightened his hold and let her cry into his shoulder.   

Bellatrix Lestrange invaded her dreams several times a week.  Sometimes it was a direct replaying of the events at the Malfoy Manor, and sometimes it was a complete fabrication.  A few nights before, Hermione had dreamed of the insane woman torturing a toddler with the curliest red hair.   That was probably the worst version of the nightmare that had ever come to her.  

Slowly, Ron's breathing evened out again, and Hermione knew he had fallen asleep.  He never could stay awake for long.   She didn't mind; he was there and that's all that mattered.  His arms were wrapped around her, pulling her close, a tight embrace even as he slept.

From the deep recesses of her memory, the Death Eater woman's cackle of laughter rose.  Hermione shut her eyes, trying to block it out.  But the effects of a Cruciatus Curse are not easily forgotten.  But on top of the physical pain, was the pain of those words.  No matter how many times Hermione heard how much she was loved and valued, that terrible word still worked its way into her mind, hiding in her brain, impossible to banish even years after she had heard it.  It still made her wonder if there wasn't something different about her…about her abilities.  She had been told a hundred times how clever she was, how skilled, how logical.  But logic was not a wizard's skill.  

Was there some truth to that word?  Even though logic had helped them many times in the past, she still wondered…
I really like this one. Took me forever cause i just couldn't decide where exactly to go with it. But I knew from the beginning that I wanted C to be Crucio.

A bit stumped on D, ideas welcome!!

This is my "ABCs" series. I got the idea from :iconlariren-shadow:. Her series is on the Last Airbender fandom, and it's pretty funny. Most of these will be funny, but a few will be darker, memories of the war and such.

Most of them will be about the Next Generation, but I may throw a curveball. We'll see how things play out.

If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them, but there are no garuntees I'll be able to bring every idea into it. After all, there are only 26 of these, assuming I stick with it.

Enjoy!!

A is for Arachnid: yellow-tulips.deviantart.com/a…
B is for Bat-Bogey Hex: yellow-tulips.deviantart.com/a…
F is for Fight: yellow-tulips.deviantart.com/a…
M is for More: yellow-tulips.deviantart.com/a…
Q is for Question: yellow-tulips.deviantart.com/a…
S is for Snitch: yellow-tulips.deviantart.com/a…

Yeah, faving without commenting sucks. Don't do it. You comment, I'll send love. Constructive criticism especially appreciated.
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MagicoffMusic Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awh, poor Hermione, kept reliving that horrible experience in her nightmares.
Really sweet of Ron to give her comfort when needed.
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
yeah, ron is very sweet when he's not being thick an idiot lol!
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MagicoffMusic Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, that's true :giggle:.
Luckily he is sweet more often.
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TinkerTalker Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Student General Artist
poor hermione!!!! as for D..... dementor, Draco, Dudley, Disaster, distractions, devious, death, debt, destruction.....? i hope that helps some.......
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
i think i want to use "dursley" but its hard. im working on it slowly. may be awhile
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TinkerTalker Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student General Artist
take your time, we can wait......as long as it doesn't take you over a year :D
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
it wont lol
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TinkerTalker Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student General Artist
good :D
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strawberrycupcake2 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
you could do D is for Death??? idk but i like these!!
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
thank!!! D is going to be Dursley
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Brilliant story! I love it!
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
thank you. this was a hard one to do, but i really like the result
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dolphin64575 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning prose! Love how the memory of that night stays with her, but I think her doubting her skill is a little OOC. The M word might cause her to have low self esteem, or something along those lines, but I severely doubt she'd put much thought into where her magic came from.

D can be Diffindo, a cutting spell...
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
thanks! well, i wanted to show how that kind of discrimination plays with your head.
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Katie-xox Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!! D for Descendo :P

I was thinking of writing something similar, but oh well :D
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
lol, just because I did doesnt mean you cant!!

do you mean an ABC series or hermione having nightmares?
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Katie-xox Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha, I could try... ;D

And I meant the ABC Series :) :D
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
well, there are certainly TONS of words that you could use!! i encourage you to try it. it's a fun challenge.
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Katie-xox Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha, well thank you very much.... I'll try it :) :hug:
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
yay!! send me a link!!!
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Katie-xox Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I will :)
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90singalong Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, this is really good. :D i like it. for the next part, you could do one about draco and his family.... x
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
i think i'm going with "dursley." but thanks, if I get stumped i may use that!
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charcargo Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This was heartbreaking, but beautiful.
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
thanks!!
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PseudonymousRMY Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
nice work...


I got two... D is for Dementor (as someone has said up there, I liked that one) or D is for Death Eater, but just that, I didn't get any ideas for those titles, good luck!
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
well, i kinda wanted most of these to be lighthearted (i write too much depressing crap) but those are good.
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PseudonymousRMY Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
is just an idea ^^
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junemanganut Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Awww- I feel really bad still about how much 'Mione had to go though! Glad she is still fighting though~ You did a wonderful job in writing this too :D
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
thanks!! i worked SUPER hard on this one
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junemanganut Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You deserve it then :D
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Mairelyn Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
how about D for dungBomb?

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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
haha that has been suggested!
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Mairelyn Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh. :(

D for delicious?
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
ooh thats good
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MollieJ Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
D for dungbomb?
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
hmm that has potential
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MollieJ Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
If you want a light hearted piece.
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mageofthebooksolivia Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Hmmm.... I still am on the the Crookshanks wagon, so how about P is for pets? Or F is for Familiars? (little off I know). But really: D is for Driving, that would be a great pre epilogue bit. H is for Harpy? (on Ginny's Quidditch carrier). Just thoughts, I love this kind of word finding. I really love this idea of yours though.
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
oh, driving might be good. i have an idea for H that any fans of James Sr will love ;)
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mageofthebooksolivia Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Oh H, duh, I forget the obvious sometimes.
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
haha i do to. all the effing time.
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shadowkrice Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
i love this sooooooooooo much hp forever
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
thanks!
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Batysia Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ooh. I like it a lot! (though by title I was expecting some parody of the song "C is for cookie" by Cookie Monster...)
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
haha i remember that vaguely!!! lol, but no, this is a little different. glad you liked it!!!
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Batysia Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Did! batysia.deviantart.com/art/C-is-for-Crucio-266533890
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Batysia Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Then I'll parody the cookie one :D
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
lol cool!
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Batysia Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Done.
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