Hermione Granger And The Point Of No Return

22 Years Later

And if you wait for me,
I'll be the light in the dark if you lose your way.
And if you wait for me,
I'll be your voice when you don't know what to say.
I'll be your shelter;
I'll be your fate.
I'll be forever,
Wait for me. – Ryan Star

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." – Unknown

A/n This skips over twenty years as you may have noticed. You will understand at the end. I promise.

September 1st 2017

That day still lingered in her mind even now. Over twenty years later. She knew she would never fully forget that day. So much had been lost that day. She had lost friends people she counted as family and she had lost Ronald. Her best friend for over five years. Yet at the same time so much had been gained, she had got a family, friends and she had finally got a life without war.

She counted herself lucky that she didn't loose too much, not as much as others.

Harry had lost so much. He had won, of course he had, and good always triumphed over evil even in real life. But he had lost so much; it had taken him years to come back. He hadn't known he had lost Ronald, Ginny and Mrs Weasley before the war had officially ended. No he hadn't known his only remaining family had almost been wiped out. When he had found out he as vanished, without a trace for over five years.

By the time he had returned the wizarding world had almost forgotten about their hero. Hermione had almost had heart failure when he turned up. When he said he was married and had a daughter she had a heart attack. His oldest daughter was in the same year as her oldest child. He was fine now, he had grown up into a fine young man, and he had left his past behind him.

His wife, Lucy, was a muggle but he seemed not to mind, in fact he barely used magic now unless he had to. She was older than him by exactly two years, they complimented each other perfectly. He was taller, now, and well built with his shaggy black hair. While she was quite short, dainty, with blonde hair. They were opposites but were so perfect together you would never know they had grown up in two separate worlds.

They had four children, Hannah Ginerva, James Sirius, Lily Hermione and Remus Thomas. Hannah was going to enter her seventh year, James his third and the twins Lily and Remus were to start first year.

And then there had been Draco and Daphne, like no one had seen that happen. Well Hermione hadn't she thought Draco loved Pansy, but it just proved how wrong you can be about someone. They had children now, their oldest had left Hogwarts the year before, Fay-Louise, head girl and quiditch captain a mini version of her parents. Their middle child was entering his fourth year, Casper, and the youngest was about to start their first year, Jasmine. They had respectful jobs, Draco was negotiating with the goblins for freedom while Daphne was teaching Charms at Hogwarts.

Fred and George had never married, preferring to remain bachelors for the rest of their lives, which hadn't been long. They had vanished without a trace about two years after Harry came back, no one knew what had happened to the best pranksters Hogwarts had ever seen. They had left their mark though, the doors to the great hall would forever bear the words, Gred & Forge Weasley were here.'

Mr Weasley had struggled on for a time before finally passing away just a few months before Harry returned. He had never gotten over the death of his wife and best friend.

Charlie had married Katie Bell and they were currently living in Romania with their two children and their dog, Teddy.

Bill had married Fleur and they were living in France, no one had seen them since Arthur's funeral, but Hermione knew they were fine, they sent letters weekly letting them know how they were.

Percy had never married and had past away a few years ago.

Sirius had eventually settled down and married Fleur's younger sister Gabrielle; they were happily living in Godric's Hollow near Harry and Lucy with their two children Regulas Adonis and Apollo James, nine and six respectively.

Remus had married Tonks and had a child, Teddy. Tonks was the defence teacher had Hogwarts and Remus the headmaster.

Josh had died in the war, taking a killing curse that had been fired at Louise however it wasn't the end of his line. Louise had found out she was pregnant almost two months later.

And then there was Severus and Hermione.

They had married a year to the day after the war and exactly three years after that they had the first child, Daniel Severus, who was entering his final year at Hogwarts as head boy and quidditch captain. Then two years later they had had Isabella Minerva who was entering her fifth year as prefect. Then finally they had William David who was entering his first year.

Their lives had been in pieces for year after the war and they hadn't been ready for a baby and in fact when Daniel was born they almost divorced because of the depression they both felt. They had murdered during the war and that was something they could never forget, murder ripped the heart in two and it had taken years for them to heal it back together. But they were together now and that was what mattered.

Hermione was currently head healer at St Mungo's while Severus was the deputy head at Hogwarts as well as potions teacher. They had gotten on with their lives and that was what mattered.

Hermione sighed as she looked as the white marble in front of her that displayed the list of names of people who had lost their lives in the biggest wizarding war in history.

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace

Yes, that was very true and hopefully they would forever be in a time of peace. Hermione smiled sadly as her hand traced the names of the people she and countless others had lost. Her hand paused over Lily's, James's, Josh's, Ginny's, Ronald's and finally Daniels name where it came to rest. She left her other hand up and kissed the red rose in her hand, before laying it on the ground by the tomb with the other flowers.

For anyone else when they looked at the Rose they would just see a Rose. But to Hermione it was so much more; it was Lily's middle name, James's favourite flower, Josh's favourite smell, the colour of Ginny's and Ronald's hair. It was also the first Rose Daniel had ever given to her.

The rose showed so much. The petals were beauty that could be hidden in the smallest thing while the thorns represented the things that had to come to pass.

And the past was something she wanted to forget about.

"I'm sorry," she murmured before she turned and walked away.

End Of Story. – Review? For the last time?

The quote was taken from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Oh God, it's the end, the story has officially ended. There will not be a sequel and it will most likely be summer next year when I write another story. I know it took ages to update but I started school again and it's been living hell. I have the first part of my GCSE's in like 6 months and only 301 days till I leave for study leave so I'm all worried.

I know this chapter probably wasn't my best, I am sorry, but I just wanted to get it up and finish the story and I know it was really short, but you know it was soo hard to write. I almost gave myself heart failure 'cos I worried so much

Thank you for sticking with me to the bitter end.

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