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Closing Time

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One evening just before closing time, Hermione found herself lost in a book. "Listen," she told Severus, who, though he was holding open the shop's door and looking meaningfully at his wrist, did so. "'Maw-ghouls'," it's pronounced, at least, that's the closest to a proper pronunciation humans can come, or so says the book."

"What in Merlin's name are you reading?"

As if she had not heard him, and in truth, she had not, Hermione continued, "The word is actually monosyllabic—its meaning known only to the Elder Gods—and it takes a full minute to say."

Snap!