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Author's Note: Another story about the Dumbledore's! I must stop being so obsessive... Reviews are appreciated!


It wasn't supposed to end this way.

It was supposed to end like a fairytale, with horns and trumpets and fanfare and worldwide recognition. It was supposed to end with he and Gellert ruling over them all, kind, great, wise rulers. It was supposed to end with Ariana being able to go out in public without fear. It was supposed to end with Aberforth loving him again.

It wasn't supposed to end this way, with Ari's blood on the floor and Gellert breathing heavily and Abe with a gash on his face. It was supposed to end differently. It was supposed to end with Ariana alive and happy and he won't let himself think that it was supposed to end with her being better, because he knows it never was and never will be possible. But now she's staring at the ceiling with eyes that don't see, and a hand resting idly on her heart as if in one last act of innocence and grace.

And it wasn't supposed to end this way.

He wanted it to be different, because this is how all good things end, badly. But not his. He was going to have a happy ending.

Not anymore, with the blue-eyed girl dead on the floor, her hair looks like blood and it's all his fault.

He just wanted a happy ending.