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Elemental: The Wedding by deslea Elemental: The Wedding by deslea
Another illustration from the fic Elemental. At Lucius and Narcissa's wedding, Tom realises that finally winning Bella isn't going to be as simple as outliving Cygnus. The backstory to Lucius and Narcissa in the background is that their wedding is a bittersweet occasion: she has recently been treated for cancer and her fertility is in question, and Lucius has defied his father to marry her. I imagine here that she has been stricken with guilt at what Lucius has given up for her.

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He thought about it, standing there on the Black balcony, staring out over the grounds.

He had miscalculated Bella. He had miscalculated badly.

It struck him forcibly that Cygnus' death, whenever the hell that would be, wasn't going to change anything. He had thought that Bella, like him, feared losing the old man's money, but he realised now that it went deeper than that. She feared losing his esteem. And that would continue to matter to her even after he was gone.

Bella, his strong beautiful Bella, had a weakness. And it was one that might keep her from him forever.

It was a realisation that, just for a moment, derailed him completely.

It did not derail him for long, however. Nothing ever did.

Slowly, methodically, he worked it through. He analysed and calculated and looked at it from every angle. Then, slowly, his mouth turned up into a smile.

Tom had a plan.
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Tatgoat Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
I love love love Tom here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (God you have no idea how much:)Heart Heart Heart
But Lucius and Narcissa look so sweet too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (and I'm really  touched by their storyLove :) Any chance you will post them alone and like that in the couples section??? (PLEASE)Worship 
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deslea Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! And yes, I have a soft spot for this Lucius/Narcissa moment - I'm working on an adapted one of them now. :)
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Tatgoat Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
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YAY:DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
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deslea Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Done! Lucius and Narcissa's Wedding by deslea
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Tatgoat Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
:D
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Ananya-Talvi Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Tom's expression on this picture. It's a very complex look, a mix of thoughfulness, of making plans, maybe even of some insecurity what he should think of the wedding, or better, the concept of wedding, at all. I also like the backstory you tell with this picture. Maybe I should read Elemental eventually, although I like the later Voldemort stories more...
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deslea Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh - and by the time all the art is done, you'll have read two-thirds of it in excerpts anyway. :)
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deslea Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It's interesting you say that about the fact of marriage playing on his mind. Tom actually asks for Bella's hand twice in the story - initially as part of a manipulative play, and then some years later to placate her. Neither time is a romantic proposal, but he's willing to go ahead with it both times. So I think the whole marriage-and-what-it-means thing is something that does play on (this version of) Tom. At one point he also says that he doesn't want it, but only because it seems too mundane - he wants something bigger and better than that.
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Ananya-Talvi Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, that's exaclty how I'd imagined he'd handle that proposal and marriage business. I found your take on it in Biophilia very interesting too - that he doesn't want to marry, but a man in his position needs a wife at his side, so he decides to play by the rules and takes Bella as something similar. All in all he's not the family-founding kind of guy...
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deslea Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No, and I think he would be highly suspicious of marriage. He never saw a good one growing up, and virtually his first introduction to the concept was learning of the marriage between his parents - one characterised by manipulation, rape, and abandonment. I think he would conceptualise it as just another vehicle for social control. He would use it if the need arose, but he wouldn't embrace it as a concept. Plus, he knows the inner workings of married people through Legilimency and he would see it in all its imperfections, and he has really a horror of the imperfect.

That said, I think he does have an appreciation for contract as a basis for relationships, and he has a conservative streak, too. I think if he were ever in a situation where marriage was a strategic possibility, he might be sort of oddly interested by it as well as pushing back on it. I'm reminded of the marriage-like feel of taking the Mark - people literally tying themselves to him. It's an imagery he understands enough to at least use.
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Ananya-Talvi Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And again you show your perfect understanding of Tom's character. I really like how much you develop all the nuances of him, because Rowling didn't do that job very well. I'm also fascinated by how similar we see him.

I think that all the things he had found out about his parent's marriage left a deep trauma in him, one of the kind that'll never heal. I don't know if he'd even be willing to give in to it for the demands of society, because it would perhaps open wounds he does only subconsciously know of.

The way he ties people to him with the Mark is an interesting concept indeed, but I don't think he sees that similar to marriage- there's no emotional connection and he keeps the people as distanced as possible. He just wants to make sure they're loyal, but not because he means something to them (or the other way around) but because he wants control over them - he wants them to never forget who's their lord and master.
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deslea Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's interesting that you think he might resist even marriage for convenience - I hadn't thought of that, but it's possible. And Merlin knows the war would have probably been much easier for him if he'd married into a Pureblood family, so there's possibly an implication that he wouldn't even for that reason.
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Ananya-Talvi Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It would have been _much_ easier for him to be accepted by society if he had married, and that makes me think he really was somehow disgusted by the mere thought, because otherwise he would have done it out of pure neccesity. The other fact is that he appreciated his freedom very much. He wouldn't wanted to be tied to a family, because he would have thought it'd be in his way.  
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