Change is Everything
Epilogue: Memories Never Fade
Ginny Weasley continued down Diagon Alley with her four year old daughter in tow. A sleek, lavender cat padded along beside them, tinkling from the bells tied around his neck, a present from Hermione.
She smiled down at her child, which was the only light in her life. Her husband of almost four years had died, being an auror; he had always been at risk.
Harry had always thought it strange that his daughter had beautiful white blonde hair, and Ginny was sure that in the back of his mind, he knew what had happened five years before. She knew where her daughter got her coloring simply because she understood the repercussions of her actions. A sharp pang of guilt surged through her, and she stopped walking to pick up her child. She would never call her a mistake, because that little girl was the best thing that would ever happen to her. Ginny may not be able to be with the love of her life, but she had a little piece of him to look at everyday for the rest of her life.
"Mommy, where are we going?" The small voice put a smile on the older woman's face.
"We're going to see Auntie Hermy and Uncle Connor, baby."
"Is Diedre going to be there?"
Ginny nodded, knowing Evee was referring to Hermione and Connor's little girl, Diedre, who was only a year younger than her own daughter, fully christened Evelyn Ashley Elaine Potter.
Ginny's life had been hard, there was no denying that. She had left the man she loved to marry the man she hated. Few knew about Evelyn's true genetics. The creation of Evelyn caused her to drop out of Hogwarts right before her last year, and only recently had she finished her schooling.
As she continued down the road, struggling to keep Evee on her hip, something caught her eye. A flash of platinum hair up ahead caused Ginny to increase her pace a bit, hoping yet dreading it was him.
When her eyes finally took him in, she wasn't disappointed. He was dressed richly and his hair still covered his ears in a way that always seemed adorable to her. When he finally stopped looking in the shop window, he turned and saw her.
To say he knew nothing about her life after Hogwarts would be a complete lie. He knew Harry was dead, he knew they had a child and that burned him. His eyes fell on the child, and the burning sensation cooled instantly and was replaced with pride. She was beautiful, like her mother. He told her that she would have perfect children. But the best thing about the little child was that she was his flesh and blood. There was no denying that.
He parted his lips to speak, his heart still did beat only for Ginny. But when she shook her head, he closed them once again. She shot him a look as if to say "I know, I'm sorry, but some things are just better left unsaid."
The love still radiated between them, they could both feel it, but what was the use in bringing it all up again? Not when they had already been through so much pain together.
So with her head held high, she walked by the only man she would ever love with a smile on her face. Only Draco could see the sadness and the heavy heart she held inside.
Evelyn looked back at him and smiled shyly, maybe she didn't know him now, but he knew that she would eventually.
Oh my gosh, can you believe it's over? Artemis did a major revision on this epilogue for me, so you can thank her if you liked it that much. I did originally have an idea for a sequel, but I don't know if it will ever be posted, nor do I know if it will be finished. I may write something else sometime later, but I'm not sure. Just tell me what you think! I know the writing is pretty bad, but I've improved a lot since I originally wrote this (I believe I was only 14 or 15) and if I ever choose to go back and rewrite it, I'll be sure to do much better.