I'm glad to say that despite the fact that me and songfics have gone through a period of estrangement, we are once again communicating.

I don't own Harry Potter, or this awesomely awesome song by Carrie Underwood.

Just A Dream

The mass of celebrating Death Eaters preceded Voldemort. We could see that much. What we could see even clearer was the gigantic form of Hagrid. We were relieved he was alive, but only for a moment. In his arms was a limp body with a mop of black hair and round glasses.

So Voldemort hadn't been lying.

"NO!" The first scream came from McGonagall. Then Ron, then Hermione, then the final, most desperate, cracking as it rose. "Harry! HARRY!" It took Ginny a moment to realize that it was her voice shouting so terribly, along with her brother and friend.

Just as she noticed, she crumpled. "Ginny!" Percy caught her as she fell.

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When she opened her eyes, she was in her room, awakening from a nap. The light was slowly fading outside her window. Glancing at the clock, she noted she had about an hour to get ready.

It was two weeks after the day she turned eighteen

All dressed in white

Going to the church that night

She was ready long before then. Instead of waiting (she would have died of worn-out nerves if she had), she grabbed what she needed and got into the new car that was a replacement for the Ford Anglia trashed by Ron all those years ago. Ginny absolutely refused to think of the other person who'd been with her brother. She also didn't want to look at what had been sitting in the passenger seat for a while now, a sharp reminder of former plans and dreams torn to pieces.

She had his box of letters in the passenger seat

Sixpence and a shoe

Something borrowed, something new

She drove around town until she needed to be there. Parking in a spot saved for her, she walked up the steps to the church, taking only the letters with her, clutching them with white-knuckled fingers that matched her dress.

And when the church doors opened up wide

She put her veil down, trying to hide the tears

She entered, the only figure in white in the whole room. Everyone else was wearing black. Her mother had insisted on her wearing this stupid gown. Ginny wished she hadn't. It was just making it hurt worse. She accepted flowers from the man who had opened the door for her.

She heard the trumpets from the military band

And the flowers fell out of her hand

So many people were had come. She only barely noticed they were there. She was supposed to walk down the aisle and be the first to place flowers by his coffin. After all, they had been engaged. But she couldn't do it. She ran to the box that wasn't really all that separated them and collapsed, crying with loud, bitter sobs.

Baby, why'd you leave me

Why'd you have to go

I was countin' on forever

Now I'll never know

I can't even breathe

It's like I'm

Lookin' from a distance

Standin' in the background

Everyone is sayin'

"He's not comin' home now"

This can't be happenin' to me

This is just a dream

Her mother came over and helped her to her feet, guiding her daughter to a chair next to her own. People spoke. No one asked Ginny to. They all knew what she would have said, had they offered.

The preacher man said, "Let us bow our heads and pray

Lord, please lift his soul

And heal this hurt."

Then the congregation all stood up and sang

The saddest song that she ever heard

Everyone stood and saluted their fallen leader, protector, and hope throughout many long, terrible, painful years. All brought their wands up and sent black sparks into the air.

And they handed her a folded-up flag

And she held on to all she had left of him

And what could've been

And the guns rang one last shot

And it felt like a bullet in her heart

They gave her a Gryffindor flag and that brought the tears again. She kept her composure this time as she draped it over the unforgiving wood.

Baby, why'd you leave me

Why'd you have to go

I was countin' on forever

Now I'll never know

I can't even breathe

It's like I'm

Lookin' from a distance

Standin' in the background

Everyone is sayin'

"He's not comin' home now"

This can't be happenin' to me

This is just a dream

Ginny came to with Percy's warm hand on her cheek. All around her, people were struggling and fighting, being swept towards the castle. Quickly squeezing Percy's arm to let him know she was all right, she picked her wand up off the ground where it had fallen and raced into the school and the Great Hall, plunging herself immediately into battle. She found Belletrix fighting Luna and Hermione and went to help, ducking and dodging the curses she couldn't block. Just then, Ginny heard something that made her grin despite herself; her mother swearing at the top of her lungs. Ginny was smart enough to get away before her mother could get really mad, and then watched in admiration as she fought, and then killed the Death Eater.

Voldemort gave a scream of rage and pointed his wand at Molly. Before Ginny could even make a move to try and protect her, she heard an extremely familiar voice that sent chills up her spine even now, in this moment of life and death--

"Protego!"

Harry Potter appeared out of nowhere.

This is just a dream

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-Arnold-