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Elemental: The Will by deslea Elemental: The Will by deslea
Another illustration from the fic Elemental. Tom, Bella, Rodolphus, Lucius and Narcissa at the reading of Cygnus' will.

Specs and credits: Hexagon 2.5, Daz Studio 4.6 Pro, 3Delight.

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Cygnus died within weeks of Druella as spring melded into summer.

Bella observed a formal grieving period. She retired from war duties and secluded herself in the Black family home, cleaning it out with her sister.

He saw her only once, at the reading of the will. He knew there was a bequest in support of the war effort even before Xalvador the Litigator requested his attendance. The choice of solicitor amused Tom; Cygnus was a blood purist for everything but money. And in areas financial, the goblins were the best.

Today, Xalvador was in fine form.

Tom thought this as the craggy little creature looked over his glasses at them all, from his position perched atop a tall stool behind his oversized desk.

He intoned solemnly, "To my sons-in-law, Lucius Malfoy and Rodolphus Lestrange, I leave ten percent of my estate, each. In the event that either initiates a divorce from my daughter, for any reason, his share will be forfeit and distributed among the other beneficiaries."

Lucius and Narcissa shared a grimace. The irony was that theirs was a far more committed marriage than Rod and Bella's, and Lucius' need for the money far less. But the spectre of Cygnus' ongoing control from beyond the grave clearly grated on them both.

"My daughter by birth, Andromeda Tonks, is excluded from consideration as a direct result of her abandonment of the family. To my remaining daughters, Narcissa Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange, I leave ten percent of my estate, each, without condition."

Tom arched an interior eyebrow. He and Cygnus and Xalvador had discussed thirty percent for the war effort only a few days before he passed, but there was sixty percent unaccounted for. Surely, the old man hadn't left more than half-

Bellatrix was serene. Serene, and unsurprised.

Clever girl, he whispered in the depths of her mind. The corners of her mouth twitched.

Narcissa's jaw was hanging open. She could do the math as easily as he. She was appalled, and trying not to let it show.

"To the Dark Lord, Tom Riddle, Lord Voldemort, I give the balance of my estate in trust to fund the fight for the rightful supremacy of Pureblood wizards and witches."

Tom glanced around the room, gauging the reaction. Rodolphus was clearly surprised, but not perturbed. The muscles in Lucius' cheeks flickered and his knuckles were white.

"Cygnus was a great visionary," he said evenly. "His greatest bequest was the gift of a better world for his daughters."

"Hear, hear," said Bella and Rodolphus in unison.

Lucius looked rather ill, but said nothing.
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Tatgoat Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Lucius' face though is so aristocratically pissed that it made me laugh:DDD
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deslea Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*giggle* Poor Lucius. He does get short shrift in this universe. Tom continually, and unfairly, dismisses him as weak and useless, and then his father disowns him for standing by his ill fiancee, and then he gets a measly ten percent of Cygnus' estate. He's a bit insensitive and a sexist pig, but he's basically a stand-up guy who doesn't deserve any of it!
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Tatgoat Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Maybe he doesn't deserve it but for all I like him I would really love to read a moment he realises that its Narcissa that definitely holds the reigns;) Any chance you'll ever write that???? (looks eagerly like a puppy):) 
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deslea Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know if his poor ego could handle that...and I don't think she would particularly like it if he did! :D :D :D
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Tatgoat Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Maybe:/

(That particular thing is what makes me prefer to read slash. My mother and various other women always insist that its smarter to not make a fight to let the the man think that the decision is his but, while I understand it in part and can play it, i find it beyond hypocritical and residue from past ages.)

  
But I didn't have a confrontation in mind. Deathly Hallows thrives with moments that shown that Narcissa was the stronger one of the two and that Lucius leans on that strength I would have loved a moment of contemplation where he became conscious aware of that fact.   
(Not that I believe it would have been exactly pleasant for him) 
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deslea Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I can understand that. But I think that's true of all persuasion, not just women with men. I use the same strategy with my children and my stakeholders and my staff and all sorts of people, and every man I know does it too. It's just that wives doing it with husbands is the prevailing stereotype.
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Tatgoat Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Probably:) and I don't see you or anyone as something less from doing it (I'm doing it too) I'm just deadly tired of it in my house. I can't stand it of always being the case...
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Tatgoat Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Oh my what a fine company:DDDDDDDDDDDDD
(Bella and Rod are the most striking persons this time:))
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deslea Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I was really pleased with how they turned out.

Narcissa is wearing her spider earrings, but because of the distance, you can't see them. Argh.
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Tatgoat Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
:DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

Too bad:(((((
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Procar Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
why aren't blood here? this is typical in the ''will reunions'' XD 
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deslea Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hee! There's certainly temper tantrums, but not blood. Yet. ;)
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Procar Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
o.o..hehe, ok, I'll wait eating popcorns...XD
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