A/N Taking a look at their lives I one more noticed how she always seemed to be a step behind him … I tried to find the words for it … Not one of my best stories ... but I just had to write it ... Maybe it can inspire you to write a better story! ;-)

FanFic 100 Challenge #:: 079 – When?

A Step Behind

In the last decades, people had often told Minerva McGonagall that she was following the great Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. Often these people had used other terms. Words like "shadow" and "footsteps" had often fallen.

Albus had been born earlier.

Albus had started Hogwarts earlier.

Albus had become Headboy long before she became Headgirl.

Albus had turned into an Animagus before she'd been a student at Hogwarts.

Albus had graduated long before her.

Albus had become an Auror before her.

Albus had started teaching decades before her.

Albus had become Head of Gryffindor before she'd even started teaching.

Albus had become Deputy Headmaster decades before her return to Hogwarts.

Albus had become Headmaster of Hogwarts when she started teaching there.

Albus had even died decades before her and his portrait had joined the other ones long before her portrait.

Nobody had ever cared that he'd achieved a lot of things earlier because he'd been older or because she'd often helped him. Nobody had even noticed that she'd been younger than him when she'd become Headmistress.

Albus had often been angry with people who couldn't see that she'd always been his equal. But Minerva hadn't really cared about such things. She'd always known that one day …

One day, nobody thought that Albus was walking before her.

One day, everybody knew that she was walking at his side.

Because they were walking on the far side banks of Jordan …


P.S. For those of you who don't understand the last sentence: The banks of Jordan are a symbol of Heaven … It's a reference to the wonderful song "Far Side Banks of Jordan".