Note: I do not own Harry Potter but do own my own characters...Here's the last chapter and I hope you all have liked the direction the story went in...Thanks especially to callie258 for all the reviews...Enjoy!
The entire wizarding world celebrated the demise of Voldemort. The captured Death Eaters were given trials and sent to Azkaban for the Dementor's Kiss. Aurors went after those who had gotten away. The last Death Eater wouldn't be caught for several months and the wizarding world celebrated again.
With Dumbledore gone, Minerva McGonagall was given the Headmistress position and her first order of business was to bury and erect a monument to the old Headmaster. His body was set into a pure marble tomb with a marble phoenix statue on top. The plaque adhered to the side read: Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His students always came first and with his death, the world became free.
Severus Snape was finally free. He did not have report to Voldemort or Dumbledore any longer. The Dark Mark on his left forearm was now only a pale outline and he had plans for his life. He was finished teaching dunderheads. His passion had always been Potions but he was going to open his own apothecary and brew Potions for the masses. Maybe even find a witch who could put up with him.
Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley weren't injured badly during the fight. One quick spell or potion from Madam Pomfrey and they were back to full health. After their brush with death, one passed look between the two had them running to the nearest closet to make up for lost time. Nothing could tear the two apart. True, they did have their normal bickering fights but they always made up, usually in a closet.
Both Harry Potter and Neville Longbottom were given Order of Merlin, First Class awards for killing Voldemort. Since the actual killing curse couldn't be traced back, they shared in the glory even though neither of them wanted it. Articles were written about their lives and their growth into the powerful wizards that they were. Rita Skeeter tried to dredge up dirty secrets about each guy but with one quick owl from Hermione, she backed off.
Harry took his new status in stride and got over his shyness towards the opposite sex. His eye had always been leaning towards a certain redhead and with some words with his best friend, he asked Ginny to be his girlfriend. With her by his side, nothing would stop Harry from living his life. He deserved some happiness after the last 15 years of hell.
Neville had never been one for attention. He had accepted the medal but was back in the greenhouses checking on the plants and seedlings after the celebration. He was just Neville Longbottom, not Neville Longbottom The Boy Who Defeated You Know Who. He was happy with his simple life as long as Pyx was there with him.
Not one other year in her life could compare to the last for Pyxis Malfoy-Black. She had gone from being an ordinary Muggle to one of the witches who fought against Voldemort. She declined the medal that the Ministry of Magic wanted to bestow upon her and ignored any publicity about the battle. She would shrug, rub the ruby pendant that was around her neck, and say that anyone would have done what she had but those who had been there knew differently. It was because of her that they learned the spells that had protected them and it was her perseverance that wouldn't let anyone quit. She was the reason why many of them were still alive.
It was because of what Voldemort and his Death Eaters had done to her that brought about his downfall. If her mother and grandmother hadn't been killed, she would never have found out about her magic and then she would never have been there to push Harry and Neville to rid the world of the Dark Lord. Who knows what life would have been like if Pyx hadn't been there.