DISCLAIMER: All things Harry Potter belong to J.K. Rowling.

WARNING: This is a fic is rated M for a reason. Namely, abuse. Also contains nongraphic rape.

A/N: This fic is going to be told in first person, by multiple characters. It should be obvious who's talking when, but for clarity's sake I will post the narrator's name for each chapter under the chapter title in parentheses.

-- Bitter Echo --

"If I could change anything then I would change everything. These bitter days shall remain." - Nine Days, "Bitter"

"I need to let go let go let go let go of this pride
Until this echo echo echo echo in my mind
Until this echo echo echo echo can subside."
-Trapt, "Echo"

Prologue
(Voldemort)

I always knew that something was wrong, that she wasn't all there. But I never stopped to think about how or why she had come to be the way she was. She was broken when she came to me.

Only now do I wish I had wondered. Only now do I wish I had tried to understand. Only now do I wish I had tried to heal her fractured mind.

Because I have shattered her completely.