As Pansy neared the orb, it descended slowly, gradually taking the form of an adult male to which Pansy bore a significant resemblance.
"Pansy, darling," began the voice.
"If you are hearing this, I am dead.
"At first, I thought your relationship with the Potter boy was a mistake. He was a half-blood. You were supposed to marry a pureblood.
"Lucius Malfoy reminded me of this. I brought you here... tried to talk to you... you wouldn't hear of marriage to Draco.
You had gone on for years about how you fancied Draco, how you.."
"I did no such thing." Pansy growled through her tears.
"... wanted to carry on the pureblood line.
"But something about you had changed. You said you loved Harry. I was fool. I had been raised all my life.. as your mother and I raised you... to favor blood over love.
"It'd been so long... I'd forgotten what love is...
"Pansy, it was I who attacked you in your common room. I feared Mr. Malfoy would go sour on me, and, it would seem, I proved myself right. I'll have made sure to obliviate your memory poorly enough so that, with time, your memories would bring you back to this place."
The memory of her father sighed and took a seat on the bed, then looked up wearily at his daughter,
"I used the polyjuice potion.."
"So that's why Draco was messing with his hair. I thought it looked odd." said Harry suddenly.
"to mimic his son's form in case anything went wrong. At the very least to turn you against him and that awful father of his..."
The image of her father began to weep bitterly.
"Pansy, I.. I'm sorry. Please forgive your father."
For only a moment, he kept quiet, allowing his daughter and the others in the room to take in what he had said.
"Pansy, I know I've never said this, darling, but I love you. It's time you heard that from your father." he added, still crying. "I know you love Harry,"
"Damn right, I do!" said Pansy enthusiastically through her silent sobs. Harry blushed brilliantly.
"So I will grant you this as the one thing I could do for you as a father before I die..
"Should you feel the same about him when you come of age, you have my blessing."
Pansy gasped and turned to Harry. Her tear-drenched cheeks glittering in the light of her father's memory.
"Goodbye, Pansy." said the Memory as it faded into darkness.
Pansy and Hermione both were crying silently. Ron took Hermione in his arms to comfort her.
Pansy looked up into Harry's eyes and whispered,
"True love never dies."
And with those words, the two kissed with all the passion their months together had afforded them. The room was now peaceful and quiet, and, though dark and difficult times lay ahead, for now, everything was alright.
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