Pairing: Harry Potter x Pansy Parkinson
AU: Canon-adjacent; features Durmstrang!Pansy + Hogwarts Champion!Harry
Word Count: 2,432
On Pansy’s eleventh birthday, her parents get a divorce.
Well, they get a Pureblood divorce, which isn’t entirely the same thing as getting a regular divorce, but they still wind up dividing their liquid assets and staking claims on various Parkinson properties around Europe and fighting very, very bitterly about who Pansy might happen to love more.
And while the ensuing, seemingly endless parade of expensive gifts is a rather lovely development, Pansy can never quite manage to make herself forget that her Shetland pony and her life-size Victorian dollhouse and her two-carat diamond earrings had all been purchased as emotional bargaining chips—because her parents are playing an elaborate adult version of tug o’ war, and Pansy is really just the rope.
Which is why when her school letters finally arrive and her father begins to reminisce about the rich, bloody history of the Slytherin dungeons while her mother coos in an exaggerated French accent about the fairy gardens at Beauxbatons—well, Pansy narrows her eyes and lifts her chin and waves an unexpected third sheet of parchment in both of her parents’ faces.
“Durmstrang,” she proclaims, far too sweetly to be genuine. “I’m going to Durmstrang.”
And her mother is baffled, of course, and her father is irritated, understandably, but Pansy—
Pansy is smug.
That feeling effectively sets the tone for the next several years.