"I never had to be by myself, you know? It was always Gred and Forge, Fred and George. We were a package deal, always together, and now… I don't know how to be me without him."

And once George had spoken those words, a floodgate opened. Loud, unrestrained sobs escaped his mouth, and his chest shook with the effort self-control.

Awkwardly, Percy placed a hand on George's shoulder in an attempt to comfort him. "It'll be okay."

But despite the confidence he tried to portray, he couldn't believe the words he said, either. He could only hope it was true.