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Title: Bellatrix's Lovers - Pigeon Wings
Pairing: Bellatrix/Ted
Prompt: Pigeon Wings on [livejournal.com profile] 10_whores
Rating: G
Word Count: 649
Summary: Over the years, ten different people are seduced by Bellatrix. Some she only toys with, some she takes to her bed, some she regrets, and one, she loves.

Bellatrix wished that Ted Tonks would stop hovering around her. She couldn't even eat breakfast or go outside for break without him interrupting her, no matter how many times she told him that she didn't want to talk to a Mudblood like him. It was all Andromeda's fault for leading him on and making it seem like he had a chance with a Black. He had gotten his hopes up about her because Andromeda was too nice to him, that was it.

Bellatrix was sitting alone under a tree in the grounds, pouring over an article in the Daily Prophet about the Dark Lord and wanting very much not to be disturbed when a shadow fell over her and she looked up to see Ted. He was staring down at her.

Bellatrix pulled her knees up to her chest and wrapped her arms around them, then fixed him with a sharp, suspicious glare.

"I don't know what you're doing here," she said coldly, "but if it's about my sister, she's not with me, and she wouldn't want to see you if she was."

Ted didn't take his eyes off her. He didn't even seem intimidated by her sharp tone. He just looked at her, bravely, unflinchingly.

"It's not about your sister," he told her.

"Well, what are you here for, then?" She set the paper aside and stood up, facing Ted and glaring right into his eyes. "Because I certainly don't want to talk to you."

"Do you only hate me because I'm a Mudblood?" he asked bluntly.

"I hate you," she snapped back, "because you're a Mudblood and you won't leave me alone. This is the dozenth time you've tried to talk to me this week."

"Maybe that's because I have something to say to you."

Bellatrix let out a short, derisive hiss. "Oh, do you? And I suppose it never occurred to you that I might not want to hear what you have to say to me?" She planted her hands on her hips and stepped towards him threateningly. "But fine, here you are, you've got my attention – whatever you have to say to me, say it now!"

Ted looked intimidated for the first time. "If you really don't want to hear it–"

"Don't try to tell me that you'll leave me alone if I don't want to hear it; I don't believe that for a minute," she snapped. "Come on, out with it – what's so important that you need to stalk me to tell–"

"I love you!"

Bellatrix fell abruptly silent. She stared at Ted, first with disbelief, then with dawning horror as she realized that he wasn't joking.

"Pardon me?" she asked at last.

"I love you."

"You don't even know me!"

"That's not–"

"Get away from me!" Bellatrix interrupted. She raised a hand to slap him. "Get away, and don't you dare ever talk to me again – especially not to say things like that! I'd never touch a Mudblood like you – how often will you need to hear that before you believe it?" Her voice rose to a shriek at the end, and several pigeons that had been roosting in the tree she had been sitting under took flight, flapping their wings loudly. Ted glanced up at them, then back at Bellatrix, and he looked slightly tearful.

"Oh… dreadfully sorry," he said quietly. "I didn't mean to–"

"Get away from me!"

Ted turned and fled, and Bellatrix sank back down to the ground, grabbing her paper and burying her nose in it again.

What a positively despicable person Ted Tonks was, she thought.

Then she wondered if, perhaps, she had been a little bit too harsh on him.

But then she thought of that pleading look all over his face, telling her that he loved her, and him a Mudblood…

No, she had been exactly as harsh as he deserved.

)O(

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