Title: A Surreal Tale — Prologue
Rating: R to NC-17 overall.
Warnings: Cursing, descriptions of adult activity, torture
Story Summary: The year is 1981, and it is rapidly becoming a bad one for Bellatrix Lestrange. A shocking revelation is followed by shocking betrayal, and soon Bellatrix is out of her depth - stranded from all she holds dear. She fends for herself, somehow - no Black could do less, and, years later, re-enters the public arena once more, with her erstwhile son and companion, Antares Black.
But wait - what on earth does this have to do with Harry Potter, ostensibly dead at the hands of Voldemort in the year of his defeat?
Pairing: Several are mentioned in passing, but only one gets any significant screen time. And it really should be a spoiler. So, therefore: Severus/Bellatrix.
Wordcount: ~170,000 overall. About 3,000 for this chapter.
Chapter Rating: R, for references to torture and other nasty things.
Chapter Summary: It all begins, as you will see, in a small room, between a husband and a wife.
A/N: This is now (and really, has always been) massively AU, for all the hints I’m dropping in on the rewrite. It’s already completely posted elsewhere (here, to be helpful) in its unedited glory, so if you get impatient with my (re)posting schedule (once a week is about as high as I’m willing to aim, since I’m still writing the third part of this series and actually continue to leave my house on a regular basis), you can always satisfy yourself that way.
( Bella stared at the results one more time. It was inconceivable. This could not be happening, not to her- )