Mirrors to the Soul
With a small hand motion, he locked the door behind him and hung his robe on the hook waiting for him. Another small hand motion set the hot tap pouring into the basin. He didn’t use the plug. A wasteful use of the hot water, but who was going to tell him otherwise now.
A soft cloth rested to the side, a dark green, the colour of
the leaves of the forbidden forest at dusk in summer, his favourite colour, it
reminded him of the freedom Hogwarts had originally offered him, a time of
innocence. Before the rot set in. The soap was simple in its fragrance, he nodded in approval.
Steam rose from the basin before him, long pale fingers took the cloth and wet it, using the soap he quickly washed his face and upper body. He would have a proper shower later, this was to just remove the dust and ash from travelling.
A flicker of faint words from his early memories, Freaks
don’t deserve to be clean. A snarl rippled across his face, it had been a long
time since that thought had bothered him. No more, he was beyond them now, mere
muggles had no hold on him any longer, especially those animals.
The pouring water was refreshingly hot and clean, the steam
rising and filling the room with a faint mist. The heat burning away the last
of his darker thoughts from his childhood and before Hogwarts, his first true
The mirror shone in the room, its frame proud and strong,
golden filigree on black wood. Expensive and regal, an antique. He hated it
He dropped the cloth back into the basin and the tap stopped
with another motion of his hand.
He looked deep into the reflection of his eyes. A cold and
harsh glare focused back on himself.
When had things gotten so out of control? When did the game change so much? He had been so
careful, every move planned and measured. He had examined and dissected every move of his enemies, the same of his supposed allies and followers. Contingencies and alternatives now ruined and sitting in the wreckage of his schemes.
In one night everything had fallen from
his grasp, now he had to plan again and prevent any more disruptions from
spoiling the end game.
He raised his hand and carefully wiped away the steam
condensing on the mirror before him, only enough to show his eyes, no more,
never more than that.
His features so like his fathers, anger began to writhe in
his belly before he could calm himself. His eyes those of his mother, the only
thing of worth in his face, their shape and colour calming him, restoring
equilibrium in his mind. He wondered for a moment if there were other images of her elsewhere, perhaps something without his accursed father beside her.
He took a deep breath, letting the vapour collect in his
lungs for a moment before expelling it. His occlumency barriers returning
strong and inviolate once more. A fortress of will housed in his flesh.
He glanced to the side, an old newspaper damp with the
moisture declared the fall of Dumbledore. The old fool who had controlled his life for so long. A smirk broke across the emotionless face, he was
truly free now, he had no need to include him in his plans any more. A smirk echoed the feeling of a great weight being taken from his shoulders, the sudden loss of danger from that avenue, almost exhilarating even now.
It would have been satisfying to at least have cast the
spell himself, to take the light from his eyes by his own hand, years of
suffering and pain repaid, never listening, always knowing best for him,
sending him back to that place year after year even when he begged not to. He
had begged, he begged to no-one and he would have fallen to his knees just to
be safe from there. He shook his head to clear those thoughts.
His eyes returned to their reflection, coloured now by his
emotions. He had dreamed of the look on Dumbledores face when the light left
him. Such a pity Snape of all people had performed the act. No matter, his
punishment for stealing such an important event from him would be exquisite and
subtle. He wondered if he would even realise until it was too late.
No. Snape would recognise it, he was too sharp not to.
His thoughts flowed then to others, what ripples they caused in the game, a few would need to be reclassified, pawns to higher pieces and a few of the higher pieces, no more than pawns now.
Draco was simply a way to punish his father for his
failures, a pawn, he would never amount to anything more than that. He had done well though; he could at least
The Order of the Phoenix. No longer a threat to his plans, Dumbledore’s
militia of old men and women, fools and thieves. Only a few remained who were
of consequence. Who would lead them now? McGonagall would not, she was a
follower and administrator. She would not be the best for them to follow, too
rigid in her attitudes, they needed strength and versatility. Take Hogwarts hostage
and she would fold to protect the children. Someone who would do what was
necessary to win, no matter the cost.
Shacklebolt. He was an experienced auror, good connections,
a skilled fighter. People spoke of him with respect. Yes, without Mad Eye Moody,
they would follow him.
A frown creased the reflections forehead.
Alastor 'Mad Eye' Moody. Such a disappointing end to a legend, to fall
in battle from a spell aimed at another. Mundungus Fletcher would pay for his
cowardice. To have fought Moody would have been something to savour, the
strongest wand of the Order behind Dumbledore. A master of combat and a war
hero having captured so many without having to resort to killing them. A true
paragon of combat.
He tapped his lips for a moment in thought, yes there would
be no dishonour in respecting such a fallen hero, his remains would have to be
recovered and lain to rest in honour. A warriors rest, wand in hand.
Images of a Viking funeral flashed through his mind bringing
a smile to his face. He truly had been born in the wrong age of man. As appropriate an image and offering to his memory that it would be, the others wouldn’t understand.
The smile faded at that, the frown returning.
His inner circle was fractured, damaged. Out of all of them,
he could only trust her, none of the others were as worthy as her in their
He smiled at the thought of her, her hair wild and untamed,
just like her personality. She was attractive, in the right attire she caught
even his attention. Her mind though, such sharp intellect focused around her
burning faith in him. She was truly his right hand in this war, his sword, his
To counter her, his left hand, a pureblood of ancient
lineage, it was such a pity that he could never be trusted, jealous and
ambitious, hungry for glory, wealth and power. Forever standing in the shadows
of others, desirous of more but without the drive to do more with his own
hands. The greatest gain with the least effort.
He leant forward his hand on the edge of the basin, he
stared deep into his reflection as he pondered how things would unfold from
The Wedding at the Burrow.
That would be the moment to strike, the Weasley Patriarch
ran a department, he was a member of Dumbledore’s Order. There would be many of
the Order and Auror’s present either as guests or guarding the Weasley Heirs
wedding to the Veela. Her father was an official in the French government, that
was how he had managed to retain his families position even having married a
Veela. He had weathered the scandal well, but he had used manay favours and debts from others to do so. Although he had gained respect amongst a powerful faction. The Veela would watch his blood with interest and care. He would have guards, the British Minister would have to surpass those
numbers to show strength, or match them for trust. So surpass it would be, Scrimgeour
would not allow himself to appear in any form weak.
A simple assault to kill his targets would not eb enough, it would have to be a series of hammer blows carefully orchestrated to shatter his enemies and to collapse the house of cards. Take the ministry whilst most forces are distracted with the planned events, a
secondary force to take St Mungos. Slow infiltration of the Wedding site with a
third force. Slow and careful.
The minister will need to show his face, his guards on alert
for attack. Whilst they are away from the ministry, strike. Close off the floo
network, allow only access to those I desire. Contain the Auror’s and Imperio those
department directors not already loyal to the cause.
Second team strikes through the floo at St Mungo’s. Use the
confusion and secure the site. Take those within the wards as hostage, ensure
silence and capture aurors as they retreat with the injured to the hospital.
The Minister will return either to his estate or to the
ministry itself. Anti portkey and apparition on his arrival at the estate,
force him to retreat to the ministry, he’d go directly to his office. That
needs to be held as a priority. Slaughter him and his guard.
Presume a warning will be sent to the Order. Time the strike to occur during the reception, drink, food and the festivities will distract people, slow them just a touch. It would
need to be timed correctly. Snape would be best to lead that force, he has the
most experience with the Order, a test of his loyalty to see if he would strike
appropriately or not.
Malfoy should lead the assault on the ministry; he is the
most aware of the loyalties within their ranks. He is also experienced in the minister’s
Who to lead the St Mungos assault? Not Bellatrix, she’d get
distracted and that is not acceptable.
He splashed his face a final time with the now lukewarm
water, a towel jumped into his hand, careful drying his face off he stopped.
Rookwood, yes, he would likely be best for that role at least to begin with.
Once the hospital is secure shift him to the ministry to deal with the
The Department of Mysteries would lock itself down, raise its wards for a seige. Well, that is if they get the chance. How to handle them... Ah yes, turn the draught of living death into a mist, disperse it into the halls, make sure its potent enough and will be absorbed through the skin. Leave them for a few hours and then move in and clean up. Yes, that would work. It would need to be preppared and that section would need to occur earlier than the rest, no need for warnings to get out and ruin the surprise.
After that the rest of the wizarding world would be easy to
contain and secure. The Goblins were of no importance, they would maintain
business and remain within their walls, they did not have the advantage to
rebel right at this moment. Perhaps an envoy to request that they stay out of
internal matters that do not concern them.
Diagon Alley and Hogsmead were irrelevant at that time,
perhaps a minor force to attack hogsmead, a feint for hogwarts to draw
more wands away. It would be a good test for the new recruits, see which
could actually follow orders and if any had potential for more. The
aurors were badly trained and led mostly by idiots. They would fall for the
Hogwarts would be problematic, but no-one had been chosen to
become the new head of the school yet, he closed his eyes in thought, the post
required having served as a tutor for more than a year, usually they would be
head of a house and of suitable lineage to hold such a respected position in
society. Snape would be best, he would of course be supported by a few additions
to the teaching staff, it would not do to have only one man loyal within its
halls. Hogwarts would rebel in less than a day. No a few deatheaters to fill
the DA position, muggle studies, maybe history, perhaps a few guards to ensure
peace and order is maintained.
Of course all children of age must attend, it would not be
suitable for anyone to think they had other options. His fingers tapped the
basin as he pondered the next move. Those of unsuitable lineage would need to
be secured elsewhere, no need to damage the education of the next generation.
Azkaban. It was no longer really needed and it would keep the dementors in a
useful location to deploy them later if needed.
He stopped the flow of thought for a moment as the light
caught his eyes. A pale finger rose and he pulled on his lower eyelid to look
deeper at his eyes.
They say the eyes are the mirrors of the soul.
What did that really mean?
Especially to him?
A banging at the door grabbed his attention.
“Are you okay in there?”
He carefully brought his mask back into play, “Of course Hermione, everything is fine.”