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Nobody's Home by glPiItTtAer

Format: Short story
Chapters: 2
Word Count: 3,347
Status: COMPLETED

Rating: 15+
Warnings: No Warnings

Genres: Angst
Characters: Bellatrix, Narcissa
Pairings: Other Pairing

First Published: 01/29/2006
Last Chapter: 07/15/2006
Last Updated: 07/15/2006

Summary:
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Narcissa started crying, “Then you are homeless. WE are your family! This is your family! If we aren’t your family, and this isn’t your home, where do you belong? Don’t you love me?” Andromeda's fall from her family's grace. Go to my account at fanfiction.com for more info...


Chapter 2: Part 2

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“Hey Cissy!” Andromeda smiled.

Grabbing her arm urgently, Narcissa gasped, “Bellatrix is here, grab some friends, and pretend you aren’t on a date! Quick! She’s COMING!”

Andromeda’s eyes flew wide and she and Narcissa started rounding up Andromeda’s group. They looked flustered but managed to create a clump before Bellatrix regally walked in. Unfortunately, Narcissa was still bunched in with the group, and Ted was still next to Andromeda.

Bellatrix understood enough from the curious arrangement of people. Shooting both sisters a piercing glare, she ordered a butterbear, drank it, and left.

The two sisters glanced at each other in fear; knowledge of what was coming blanketing both with fear.




The next day a howler erupted in Andromeda’s hands. Narcissa winced as her father’s voice rang through the hall roaring about family honor, mudbloods, etc.





Open your eyes and look outside, find the reasons why.
You've been rejected, and now you can't find what you left behind.
Be strong, be strong now.
Too many, too many problems.
Don't know where she belongs, where she belongs.
She wants to go home, but nobody's home.
It's where she lies, broken inside.
With no place to go, no place to go to dry her eyes.
Broken inside.





That summer, Andromeda was patronized by her father severely. She got to the point where she withdrew to her room and requested meals be taken to her by the house elf, Sammy.

Narcissa would creep in, secretly, to visit her and talk to her. She would tell her about Bellatrix’s latest conversations (all about how wonderful the dark lord was) and the people who came in and out of the house.

The last thing she told Andromeda about all summer was Bellatrix’s engagement.

“Andie, Bella’s been engaged to Lestrange.”

“That’s nice Cissy.”

“You don’t care?”

“Not anymore.”

Narcissa knew, though, that if their parents tried to force Andromeda into an arranged marriage, she would fight like a cat.




“You will do well on all your N.E.W.T.s.” their father commanded Andromeda.

“Yes, Father.”

“You will act like a respectable pureblood.”

“Of course, Father.”

“You will be prepared to take up the life of a pureblood woman when the school year ends.”

“As you wish, Father.”

Narcissa watched, aghast, as Andromeda answered their father with no emotion, like a woman who has been conquered and doesn’t care about life anymore. Robotically

As Narcissa clambered onto the train with Andromeda, she tried to read her vacant expression.

“Andie?” Narcissa questioned.

“Yes?” Andromeda automatically responded.

“Cissy.”

“What?” Andromeda was puzzled this time.

“Yes, CISSY. You always used to use my name when you talked to me.” Narcissa said sadly.

“Alright Cissy. What is it?” Andromeda relented. Narcissa’s hope was to get her to show some emotion.

“Are you okay? You seem so distant and defeated.” Narcissa was worried.

“Cissy, sometimes you can’t let you emotions show, otherwise your enemies will get the best of you.” Andromeda sighed.

“You mean our parents. Right… Andie?” Narcissa waved her hand in front of Andromeda’s face, as she seemed to have gone off into a daydream.

Andromeda snapped to. “I do mean our parents. Now, go sit with your friends. This year you start N.E.W.T. classes, and I have to take my actual exams, so enjoy the ride.” Andromeda wondered off down the aisles, and Narcissa watched the light brown head go, fluttering slightly with each step.




Narcissa looked at the invitation to Bellatrix’s wedding. It was during the school year. Her parents would, of course, expect her to come. The wedding was to be held in February. Looking up, Narcissa saw that Andromeda was holding a similar green-and-black invite.

Making her way in between the tables, Narcissa wondered if Andromeda would dare to NOT come to Bellatrix’s wedding. Of course, it would be a bad idea for either of them to miss classes. But if they missed the wedding, they would be beaten. But then, if they did horribly on their exams, they would be beaten…

“You got your invitation then, Cissy?” Andromeda looked at the paper in her hands scornfully.

“Yes. Are you going Andie?” Narcissa looked confused and like she could be swayed by whatever move her sister made.

Andromeda looked thoughtful. “I don’t know. I would hate to miss all those classes. That would basically spell out FAILURE for my exams. But then, I would be in huge trouble if I missed the wedding.”

“I know.”

“But, I am of age now. So I can do whatever I want.”

Narcissa gasped, “You wouldn’t be so forward! You couldn’t! Father would MURDER you!”

“I don’t care. No, I really don’t. I won’t go to Bella’s wedding. But they won’t be asking whether I am going to attend or not because it is just expected – so I'll just be surprising them. I suppose I still have to go home for Christmas too, since that's before the wedding.” She shrugged. “I guess that just leaves more time for me to find my own place.

Narcissa gaped at her, staring with her light blue eyes wide in shock. Andromeda got up to go with her friends.

“I’m sorry Cissy.” With that, Andromeda left. Narcissa continued to stand there, tears now streaming down her pale face.




Her feelings she hides.
Her dreams she can't find.
She's losing her mind.
She's fallen behind.
She can't find her place.
She's losing her faith.
She's fallen from grace.
She's all over the place.
Yeah,oh





Narcissa could never tell what Andromeda was thinking these days. The only thing she knew was that Andromeda was evasive when she spoke with her.

Narcissa also knew Andromeda wasn’t going to the wedding.

Andromeda had always loved Narcissa. She had appreciated the comfort the younger blond offered when she had tears to shed… She had loved to read with her and talk with her, brush her hair, paint nails with her, try on clothes… But Narcissa remembered that one fateful conversation nagging at the back of her mind.

“I love YOU Cissy, but eventually you will become one of them. You will comply with everything they say and ask you to do. You may admire some of the moves I make, but you won’t ever get up the guts to do the same. I have too many problems at this point. I don’t agree with our parents or Bella about anything. You, on the other hand, don’t have any opinions – you just want us to all get along. So – yes, Cissy. Basically, I am homeless. I have no place to go. I come here because it is expected of me by everyone. But my heart isn’t here. And once I turn seventeen, I will somehow find my home. Other than Hogwarts of course.”

Recalling this conversation, Narcissa knew what was happening. Andromeda didn’t trust her anymore. Andromeda knew times changed, that girls grew to be woman. Narcissa would be a conformist. Andromeda would be independent. Bellatrix was independent, but also a conformist at the same time.

Andromeda was afraid that Narcissa would tell their parents whatever she said. She was afraid that Narcissa was now the spy. But she had given Narcissa enough information in that one past conversation.

Andromeda wouldn’t go to Bellatrix’s wedding. This would infuriate their parents. And the girl, who felt like the odd duck out, who felt homeless, would leave. She would seek her own home, and wouldn’t care if she was disowned.

Andromeda was going to move on and not look back. She was drowning and she wanted to be saved. Narcissa on the other hand, was drowning, and she wasn’t going to be saved. She was going to drown in it all. Perhaps not like Bellatrix, but she would still drown.

As these thoughts passed through her mind, Narcissa felt an overwhelming sadness wash over her thin body.




She wants to go home, but nobody's home.
It's where she lies, broken inside.
With no place to go, no place to go to dry her eyes.
Broken inside.





“Where’s Andromeda?”

Narcissa looked at her father cautiously. “She decided not to come.”

“WHAT!”

“I couldn’t do anything. She wouldn’t come. She said she had to go to her classes and study if she wasn’t going to fail her exams.”

Their father’s eyes were ablaze. Narcissa looked at Bellatrix, who was also incredibly miffed looking. Narcissa crept out of the room backwards, hoping they wouldn’t notice her slowly receding away into the hall…




Narcissa saw Andromeda walking through the halls with Ted Tonks. She had heard they were dating. Andromeda seemed… okay. The day the howler from their father had come wasn’t pretty. But Andromeda handled it pretty well.

“Hey Cissy!” Andromeda called to Narcissa. She was smiling. “How was Bella’s wedding?”

“Dark.”

Andromeda’s brows came together. She glanced at Ted, then pulled away from him with a look that said ‘sorry’ and led Narcissa away. “How so?”

“Black and green colors everywhere. Deatheaters filled the guest book. Purebloods galore. An over obsession with wiping out mudbloods. A whole fifteen minute segment dedicated to convincing people to join the dark lord.” Narcissa spat. “It was horrible. You’re lucky you weren’t there.”

“Oh.”

“Dad has even arranged a marriage for me. As soon as I graduate, I am to marry Lucius Malfoy. You know, the stuck up death eater who has long blond hair and gray eyes. I can’t STAND men with long hair!” Narcissa was almost hyperventilating.

“Has he also picked a wonderful pureblood for me to marry?” Andromeda asked sarcastically.

“I think he’s given up on you. One more wrong turn and you’ll be disowned.” Narcissa told her.

“And you think I care?” She asked Narcissa.

“No.”

Andromeda started to walk away. Narcissa ran after her and grabbed her arm.

“Andie – enjoy life. For me. For Bella. For all the purebloods who will never know how to. I’ll miss you.”

Andromeda gave Narcissa a hug and stroked her platinum blond hair.

Narcissa followed her back over to Ted. “Ted – be good to Andie, she’s a good girl. I only expect the best for her. And I THINK you fulfill that. Don’t prove me wrong.” Giving the couple her last true smile, Narcissa walked off into the throng of students, searching for her group of Slytherin friends, and her route down the path into darkness…





She's lost inside, lost inside...oh oh
She's lost inside, lost inside...oh oh yeah





I never really knew if it was me or her who was lost. Andie was lost for a while, but then she found Ted. He rescued her when she was drowning. Nobody was home, and then they were. She had somebody. She was disowned, of course, by her blood relatives, but did they ever really count? And me? I think I still haven’t found my home. I still think nobody is there for me. I drowned in the pureblood mania like she said I would. I did as my parents told me to. Lucius is a husband, not a “somebody” to save me from drowning. He is a dark and evil as the rest of them. I never found my way. I went with the flow. I was to weak, indecisive, and foolish. At least one sister was saved from drowning - and found that SOMEBODY was home for them… Narcissa.





A/N: This was a spur of the moment idea and sort of rushed. I split it into two because it was long. Was it bad? Please review! I need positive criticism and suggestions! E-mail moi if you have questions! Thanks! love, glPiItTtAer


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