When I Sleep

By Incitata


I don't live when I'm awake.

Yes, I walk, talk, eat, provide the others with someone to laugh at…

That's easier than letting them see what I know and what I feel about what I am …

But when I sleep,

It is me that comes up roses.

I am the one with the power to survive.

When I sleep I'm in the arms of my mother, see the smile of my father,

I can fly.

When I sleep,

When the nightmares prod the deepest corners of their minds, I see no fear.

When I sleep I can combat any wizard who opposes,

When I sleep I can fly, I can fight, I can strive, I can win.

But then I wake.


A/N: Ever since I tortured his parents so severely in The Gang of Four I have owed something to Neville Longbottom. Please let me know if you think this is a viable (if quick) dip within his mind.

29th November 2001: slight typo corrected.

The character of Neville Longbottom belongs to J K Rowling and anyone she has since chosen to share him with.