by Kathryn A

In Truth Beauty Harry Potter / Buffy ( 200 words) [2009-03-06] Severus Snape, ?Anya Jenkins

Necessity is the mother of invention. Follows on from Virtue and Vice, and is part of my In Truth, Beauty series.

Done for tthdrabbles challenge #085 - "making do"

"I find it hard to believe that you're a squib," Snape said.

"I'm not a squib," Anya said.

"You know too much for a muggle."

Anya sighed. "Why do wizards assume that you must be born into the Wizarding world to know about it?"

"The Statutes of Secrecy might have something to do with that."

"Not in the States."

"They must have something similar."

"A huge don't notice magic spell over the whole country; it's easier than obviating individuals."

Snape raised his eyebrows. "The whole country?"

Anya shrugged. "You'd be amazed how people just ignore what they don't want to know."

"Not at all. You should see some of my students," Snape said. "But how can you run a magic shop? Deal with Gringots? Make potions?"

Anya ticked off the points on her fingers. "First, wizards aren't my only clientele; wizarding magic isn't the only magic there is. I even get mundanes who don't know anything about magic: that's what the crystal exhibit is for. Second, I speak Gobbledegook fluently. Third, you don't need magic for most potions."

"You need controlled flame," he said. "Don't tell me... another one of your muggle contraptions."

Anya grinned. "It's called a Bunsen burner."