Seven Mounds of Gold
This one goes to my beta-reader, Jo. Thanks for
helping me make this story awesome!
The First Marriage
Aurora Hansen was a twenty year old witch and about
to be married. She was going to marry Trevor Zabini, a young man from one of
the wealthiest wizarding families. They had met just a few months ago at a
party. Trevor had fallen in love and wanted to marry Aurora the minute he laid
his eyes on her. Aurora, on the other hand, wanted to marry Trevor the minute
she found out how rich he was.
Aurora stood in her bedroom by the mirror. She was
wearing beautiful white dress robes. She wasn’t like those witches who wore
Muggle wedding dresses. Aurora was proud of her pureblood heritage. She
straightened her flaxen tresses. She was beautiful, and she knew that. She had
won so many beauty pageants in the last few years.
Betty, Trevor’s house elf, approached Aurora cautiously.” Miss Hansen?” the house elf said quietly. “You have only five more
minutes to get ready. The wedding is at seven.” Aurora nodded and inspected her
mirror image carefully.
“I do,” Aurora said out loud.
Should I put more emphasis on the ‘I’
or the ‘do,’ she
wondered. I suppose it doesn’t matter anyway.
Aurora had little intention of remaining
married for long. Fortunately for Trevor, he’d had enough gold to attract her
notice, but when she was through with him no other witch would be able to say
that. Suddenly though, she noticed a flaw in her plan.
If I divorce Trevor, she thought, he won’t leave me any
money. I’ll have to get him to divorce me.
“Aurora, sweetheart,” Trevor said as
he came in. He was wearing black robes that were exactly the same shade as his
short hair. “We must leave now.”
There will be plenty of time to think about that
later. So Aurora smiled, held Trevor’s arm, and they Apparated to the
The ceremony began. Aurora thought that the wedding
took forever; it was extremely tedious and boring.
After the ‘I do’ (in which Aurora emphasized the
‘do’) the couple kissed. Aurora Hansen was now Aurora Zabini. She had access to
his Gringotts vault. He presented the key to her, along with his wedding
present, which was an enchanted necklace that protected the one who was wearing
After the reception, they went home. Aurora had already moved in with Trevor. “Darling,” whispered Trevor. “I love you.”
“I love you too, Trev,” Aurora lied, and kissed
* * *
A few months into the marriage, Aurora had decided
that it was time she got Trevor’s money to herself. She had spent a lot of it,
but she knew that Trevor wouldn’t like it if she spent too much.
Clearly, Trevor needed to die.
One day, when Trevor was at work, Aurora Apparated
to Robert Nott’s house. They were friends at Hogwarts.
Aurora rang the doorbell. A short woman with light
brown hair opened the door.
“Hi, Elizabeth,” said Aurora and hugged her.
“Aurora, it’s been so long. You haven’t come to
visit me and Robert for months!” Elizabeth said.
“I know, sorry,” apologized Aurora.
“Come on in,” Elizabeth said.
They walked through a gold carpeted hallway and sat down in comfy armchairs.
“So, Aurora. What’s up?” said Elizabeth.
“Er, well, I’m having a- a problem. I just needed
someone to talk to. Is Robert here?” Aurora asked.
“He should be coming home any minute,” Elizabeth said as she glanced at her watch. “Is something wrong?”
Just then, Robert Apparated into the front hall,
and came to the living room. “Hi Elizabeth,” he said and kissed her. Then he
noticed Aurora. “Hi!” he said as he went over to hug her.
“Robert, dear,” Elizabeth said to her husband. “Aurora wanted to talk with us.” They both looked expectantly at Aurora.
Aurora fiddled with her blonde plait. “It’s Trevor.
I- I don’t exactly know how to say this but I really need to talk to someone.” Aurora paused, double checking the details of her lie in her head.
“Yesterday, I found out that Trevor has been having an- an affair with
a- a Muggle-born woman.” At this point, Aurora burst into tears.
Elizabeth and Robert looked shocked. “How did you
find out?” Elizabeth asked.
Aurora hadn’t expected them to ask that. “Um, my
sister found out from her friend, who overheard the Muggle-born woman talking to Trevor,” Aurora explained as she
continued to weep.
Elizabeth and Robert looked outraged. “How dare
he?” exclaimed Robert.
Aurora struggled to keep from smiling. They were
actually buying it!
“Aurora, I’ll take care of it,” Robert said.
Aurora looked grateful through her tears. “Would
you? Oh, Robert, thank you,” she said. “But I’m not sure it needs to be
anything drastic. I don’t really think that he needs to be killed. I
think I might regret it if I had something that extreme happened to him,” she
continued, lying through her teeth.
“Nonsense,” Robert said. “You don’t worry about it,
Aurora. I’ll see that he gets what he deserves.”
Aurora smiled. Things were going just the way she
had planned. God I’m a good actress, she thought as the Nott’s house elf
came to deliver tea.
* * *
“Alohomora!” whispered Robert and opened the door
to the Zabini mansion. It was only a week later.
He shut the door behind him and walked straight
into the bedroom. Aurora was wide awake. She knew that he was coming. They had
planned it together.
She caught Robert’s eye and nodded at him. Robert held
his wand over Trevor. For a moment, Aurora had an urge to stop him. Trevor
didn’t really deserve to die. But that doesn’t matter, she
thought. She reminded herself to think of the money.
“Avada Kadavra,” Robert said, and Trevor stopped
breathing. Robert muttered another spell that would erase all evidence of the
spells his wand last did.
Aurora tried to fall asleep. She would inform the
hospital of her husband’s death in the morning.