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Agent Granger broke the seals to the Lestrange mansion and entered. She had come to examine the estate: record its treasures and mark dangerous artifacts. No one would be surprised to learn she began in the library. Some might find it unusual she was drawn to the photo albums. Perhaps she wanted to rest her eyes after the long hours of the last month.
The first album was the early years: the baby pictures, formal portraits of the three sisters, the three sisters playing in their room, the sisters with their cousins in the garden, the birthday parties. The second album was the school years: the oldest daughter in her uniform as the younger sisters tried to hide their envy, group photos of her class, photos of the oldest daughter and her friends waving at the camera, essays that had earned high marks, tests with all correct answers, the award ribbons, the letters from relatives and professors on her graduation honors.
It was late when she closed the second album. She wandered into the pantry to see if there were tins she could open and down to the cellar to see if there any good vintages. She smiled when she saw the mead, something different. She nearly choked on the first swallow, found the second potent, and the third not bad.
On her way back to the library, she stopped to read the inscription under a pair of crossed halberds.
She was still digesting this when she noticed a painting of a fallen warrior had a caption.
She took another swig of mead and read it again. This time it almost made sense.
She returned with her spoils to the library of a militant family who had dared much and had lost much. The old mead moved her spirit in strange ways. The old moon rose and moved weirdly through the clouds. The old spirits rose and moved weirdly through her.
Agent Granger stepped out on the balcony and wailed.
Agent Granger shook her head clear and returned to her meticulous inventory.
Prompt from MuseAmusant: Granger inspects the Lestrange mansion.
Agent Granger’s Elegy by Fairfield
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