Snacks And Letters - Part 80

Author: [info]valkyriekat
Title: Snacks and Letters - Part 80
Word Count: 581

 

Headmaster's Office,
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Sirius Black – Eyes only

12 Grimmauld Place


The funeral is over, but my – our - associates don't seem to know about it, thank Salazar. They could simply not understand. They cannot help but be slightly disturbed at the choice I've made for DADA professor, knowing our history. I'm sure we have enough enmity left to please their expectations from time to time.


I simply stated and restated the truth of the matter: you are highly qualified for the position, having personally outwitted the Dark Arts. They simply looked at me as if I were a singing zebra. I should not be able to see past my overlarge nose, so sniped Longbottom. I taught him well. He is pleased with the decision but doesn't trust my motives. Slughorn tried to naysay him but kept curling up like a leaf in a high wind.


I will tell you who you are working with:


Minerva McGonagall, for the short term, Transfiguration (Gryffindor) Very pleased to have you, is one person who can see us being amicable.


Neville Longbottom, Head of Gryffindor, Herbology. Bluntly refuses to see that I would adopt you as a candidate without ulterior motives. Pfft. I haven't ousted him yet have I?


Rubeus Hagrid, Care of Magical Creatures (Gryffindor) “Whaddya thinking bringing Sirius in? He's been though enough, Snape, and you not likin' him...”


Yourself, Defence against the Dark Arts (See how many Gryffindors?)


Horace Slughorn, Head of Slytherin, Potions. He's intrigued as you know. He finds the whole thing amusing and looks to see how he can benefit personally.


Zacharias Smith, Muggle Studies. (Hufflepuff) He sneered so well I thought I'd set him as an honorary Slytherin.


Sybill Trelawney, Divination (Squib? No, a Hufflepuff) She predicted your imminent demise if you were to join the staff. I reminded her that she is slightly late in her calculations. She smells like a sherry mill. I will eject her soon. Splitting classes with Firenze, who is at the very least not a fraud. He said simply, “yes.”


Aurora Sinistra, Astronomy (Ravenclaw) Agrees with me that you are the best candidate, “Did Potter put Black up to applying?” I snort.


Terry Boot, Charms, (Head of Ravenclaw) “Why Black? Why not put Neville in as DADA and get Sprout back? Bit of a big head from what I hear.”


Septima Vector, Arithmancy (Slytherin) She says, I must have my reasons, there is usually a reason for subterfuge such as this. I thought she was quoting my brain.


Bathsheba Babbling. Ancient Runes, Head of Hufflepuff, just shrugged and said “Whatever pleases you, Headmaster.”


The Head Boy is a Ravenclaw, the Head Girl a Slytherin. You'll find out. (Don't ask me to remember everyone's names, I can see names but never faces or other associations with people. Even as a spy I had a hard time with it. As me a question on some bizarre theory or the date of a magical discovery or rare potion ingredients. Not people.)


I will be returning to Grimmauld Place shortly after the meeting. I expect I can be there by 19:30 at the latest. I need to check on the book situation at Spinners' End, what to do with the accumulated magic of centuries. Perhaps they would suit the many bookcases laden with ugly stone busts of half-gargoyles, I mean, our relatives? The books themselves would be happier in an all-magical household.


Yours

Severus

 

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