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"—because Granger would never agree! Even if she did, there's no guarantee that you'd find Sanguinem Magia amongst the Unspeakables' incunabula."

Lucius flicked his fingers and pinched something out of the air. "Cat hair. Orange. 'Granger', is it? And does she wear her old robes, Professor?"

Severus' smile was sudden and nasty; it made his mother's portrait gasp and Lucius' smirk fade. "Change the subject, 'old friend'."

"I will not. I cannot alter the manor's wards without it!"

"How very unfortunate," Hermione said lightly, to Eileen's chuckling and the rustling of books, as she joined them with the tea tray.