May 11, 2021 10:27 AM
Gloria in the Potterverse
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Sensible creature. And beautiful, too.

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Dudley stands with his nose pressed against the glass, staring at the glistening brown coils. "Make it move," he whines at his father.

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Uncle Vernon taps on the glass, but the snake doesn't budge.

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"Do it again," he orders.

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So he does, but the snake still doesn't react.

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"This is boring," Dudley moans. He shuffles away

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...And what about it is supposed to be more appealing if it moves? It's lovely just lying there. Ugh. Dudley, she thinks dismissively, and goes over to admire the snake from closer now that her cousin's gone.

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Slowly, very slowly, the snake raises its head until its eyes are on a level with Dorea's. It nods, slowly and meaningfully.

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She smiles at it.

"You're beautiful," she murmurs.

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Its tongue moves in an odd way her brain parses as a smile. Then it looks at the Dursleys and raises its head as if it were looking at the ceiling. It seems to be saying, with its oddly expressive face, "I get that all the time."

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"I am sorry about them."

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It does something with its body that resembles a shrug.

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"Do you have a lot of people bothering you like that, here?"

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"Ugh. I'm sorry. I wish there was something I could do."

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Another snakish shrug.

And then Piers' voice rings, making the snake do something that would be a jump if it had legs: "DUDLEY! MR. DURSLEY! COME AND LOOK AT THIS SNAKE! YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT IT'S DOING!"

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--Please let him be referring to some other snake--

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Nope! Dudley waddles towards her and the snake as fast as he can, leaning against the glass -

- and then he yelps and jumps back as the glass vanishes.

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...Aunt Petunia is never going to believe this wasn't her fault.

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The snake rapidly uncoils itself and slithers out onto the floor. People start screaming and running for the exits, but the snake pauses, looks at Dorea, and says, "Brazil, here I come. Thankssss, amiga."

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"You're welcome," she murmurs.

If she's going to get in trouble--well, at least this poor creature's gonna be okay.

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"Were you talking to it?" Dudley screeches.

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"Don't be ridiculous, Dudley, people can't talk to snakes."

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Uncle Vernon does not look convinced.

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