Title: A Mother’s Lament
Character: Merope Gaunt (addressing Tom Riddle Jr.)
Summary: Merope's words of wisdom to her son.
Word Count: 100
Author’s Note: This is a drabble written for the prompt "Deception" at minorhp100. The line “Beauty is truth, truth beauty” is from John Keats’ poem “Ode on a Grecian Urn.”
A Mother’s Lament
If you have the ill-fortune to live on learn this lesson from your mother’s sorry life and lonely death—
Trust in deception.
Never believe that it is better to tell the true. I had everything I had longed for. I finally had everything I deserved. I lost it all when I showed my true face. I lost everything because I believed the lies of the poet, that beauty is truth, truth beauty.
It is not so.
Don’t be fooled as your mother was.
The truth is an ugly woman cast out and dying alone. Deception is beauty.