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Title: Good Hunting
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape, Ghost Merope Gaunt.
Word Count: 100 x 6
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [livejournal.com profile] snape100/[insanejournal.com profile] snape100/[community profile] snape100's prompt # 686: The Snapely Alphabet of Places - Gaunt House.
This is the follow up to Rewards and Vows (LJ/IJ/DW), but it can be read independently.
Warning(s): AU.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.


~

Good Hunting

~

When the package arrived, Severus recognised Regulus’ handwriting. Hands shaking, he opened it.

Sev, if you’re reading this, I’m dead. Which means I’m now entrusting this information to you. Remember we talked about finding the secret to Voldemort’s immortality? Well, I think know what it is. Enclosed are my notes. They’re yours now, my friend. Make me proud.

Incredulous, Severus reread the letter, then scanned the notebook, exhaling once done. Horcruxes? Six of them? “Salazar,” he whispered.

Regulus’d known the location of three, so how could he find the others?

Severus eyed the third item listed. Gaunt House. He shivered.

~

Gaunt House was a bleak, desolate place. Alert to possible traps, Severus was extra careful, casting every trap-revealing spell he knew before stepping foot on the property.

The house itself had clearly been abandoned a long time prior. The walls were rotting and it appeared creatures were inhabiting the walls. Trying not to look too closely into the corners, Severus raised his lit wand aloft, scanning for clues.

“Where would I hide a piece of my soul?” he whispered.

:What do you want, stranger?: hissed a voice. :Why do you trespass?:

Severus jumped. “Who…who’s there?”

:I’m the guardian.:

~

Wispy smoke solidified into the shape of a woman. She was not pretty. The ghost tilted her head. :What do you seek?:

Severus exhaled. Reg’s notes had indicated Gaunt House could be…guarded. Luckily, he’d done his research. “You are…Merope?”

The ghost nodded. :What do you seek?: she repeated.

“I seek something hidden.”

Merope stared at him. :You want the ring!:

Severus gripped his wand tightly, prepared to flee if she got dangerous. “I…yes,” he finally said.

:Why? Did he send you?:

Severus considered lying, then decided against it. “No. I’m here on my own.”

Merope smiled. :Good.:

~

Severus blinked, thinking he’d misheard. “I…what?”

:You think I like being trapped?: Merope shouted. :He put me here, my own son!:

Severus stepped back. “He’s the one who placed you in Gaunt House? Why?”

:To guard that evil thing.: Merope scowled. :Why do you want it?:

Severus held her gaze. “To destroy it. Can you…help me?”

:No. His magic prevents that.: Merope smiled. :But I shan’t interfere if you do find it.:

Severus raised an eyebrow. “Will you tell me if I get close to locating it?”

Merope nodded. :Yes. And once you destroy it, I am free.:

~

Severus found the ring wedged between the floorboards of what had been Gaunt House’s living room. It looked innocuous, but he sensed waves of malevolent Dark magic emanating from it.

:You must destroy it completely.:

Severus nodded. He’d come prepared, and, reaching into his robes, he withdrew a small phial. Levitating the ring onto the filthy floor, he dripped acid on it, gritting his teeth when it shrieked.

When it was over, Severus sighed. The ring, now harmless, lay there. “Three down, three to go,” he whispered.

:Thank you.: Merope drifted towards the ceiling. :Good hunting.:

Severus smiled. “You’re welcome.”

~

When Voldemort called a meeting that night, Severus appeared exactly on time, wearing his mask. And as Voldemort ranted about traitors in his midst, Severus Occluded with all his might.

No one else seemed to know why Voldemort was upset, but as Severus heard him muttering at Nagini and caught the words “Gaunt House”, he smirked behind his mask.

Upon arriving home, Severus withdrew Regulus’ notebook from its hiding place and, in his own handwriting, scribbled a word beside item three. Destroyed.Then, smiling, he placed the book back in its secret place.

That night, he slept like a baby.

~

Continued in Saving Ilfracombe (LJ/IJ/DW).

Date: 2017-04-15 07:18 pm (UTC)
teryarel: (Default)
From: [personal profile] teryarel
This is quite an interesting way you are going with your story. Thank you for sharing!

Date: 2017-04-15 09:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] capitu
So good. I love he's also doing this for him, you know? I love idea of Merope finding some peace at last.

Date: 2017-04-17 03:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lilyseyes
Severus knows that revenge is a dish best served cold and methodically!

Loved it, bb! *hugs*

Date: 2017-04-25 06:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
Ooh, what an interesting idea! Love it.

Date: 2017-04-25 04:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
Well I meant specifically the ghost!Merope being held there by Voldemort to protect him, and her choosing not to because he's hurting her - what an interesting perversion of Harry and Lily - but that IS a great idea for a series, I hadn't taken in that's what it's about. I'll have to read the whole thing at some point!

Date: 2017-04-25 08:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
No, not at all!!!

Date: 2017-09-17 05:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wanted_a_pony
Ah, I like this version of Snape—able to strike directly at Voldemort & his power &, I hope, ally himself more openly with the Order of the Phoenix in the end. But what he's doing is *so* dangerous! I shiver to think that Voldemort might get his claws on Regulus's notes, now updated with Severus's handwriting....

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