BWA: So, is everyone ready?
Amber: -Bounces excitedly-
Cedric: I can't believe this is the last chapter.
Emmett: No kidding. That went so fast.
Harry: I need to see a shrink so that I can talk about my feelings..
Emmett: You're already seeing a shrink.
Harry: ... I need to see another one.
Cedric: Isn't it a little dangerous for someone to be so troubled?
Emmett: -Shrugs- Who cares? It's Harry. He was born emo.
BWA: -Chuckles- Okay, okay. Settle down. This is the Epilogue, you two need to at least try to be nice to each other and.. -pauses- I'm wasting my breath, aren't I?
Emmett: -Smiles- Kinda, yeah.
BWA: -Shakes head- Well, we won't keep you. I know it's not very long, but here's the last chapter!
Disclaimer: I think, by now, we should all know what's mine. Am I right or am I right?
Newspaper articles began showing up the very next day.
Dumbledore, Potter Vindicated.
Minister to Resign?
Umbridge Suspended Pending Investigation.
He Who Must Not Be Named Returns.
And my favourite…
Hogwarts Headmaster Reinstated.
The school was back to normal. The pictures were once again hanging from every free space on the walls, their happy voices and strange conversations following us wherever we were to walk. The castle was once again full of life.
I turned to see Harry standing at the bottom of the staircase; we had spent the day packing, for we left tomorrow. Our injuries were still healing. Harry had a few nasty scratches on his face, as did Luna while Ron was sporting a large black eye. Since I had been more a part of the fight than them, my injuries were a bit worse. I had bruises all over my back and gashes on my legs and arms, a cut on my cheek and an angry bruise on my jaw.
"What's up, Harry?" I asked quietly, walking over to him. Everyone else was down in the Great Hall for breakfast; I had decided to wait for Harry, not wanting him to be alone too often.
"In the Ministry…" he hesitated, cringing at the memories. "You told me that you had a promise to keep… what did you mean by that?"
I exhaled heavily and ran a hand through my hair, unsure of whether I should answer or not. I decided to tell him the truth; he deserved to know. "When we were at HQ for Christmas, Sirius made me promise to protect you and look after you if something were to happen to him," I paused, watching his face. Pain flickered over his features. "He wanted to make sure you would be well looked after."
He nodded, looking down at his feet. I quickly crossed the room and put my hands on his shoulders, waiting for him to look at me before I spoke, "Are you okay?"
"I'm not entirely sure," he answered. "I'm sad, of course, but I also feel…reassured." I waited for him to elaborate. "Even though my family is gone… they haven't really left, you know? And… I have you guys."
I smiled and pulled him to me, "You'll always have us."
We stood there for a moment, embracing in the empty common room.
"So," I began, leaning back with a smile when his stomach rumbled. "Hungry?"
"I want to thank you, Amber."
I looked away from Fawkes, my fingertips rubbing lightly against his feathered cheek, to Dumbledore who stood beside me, leaning against his desk. "You do?"
He nodded, "For looking after Harry and the others while I was gone. It takes a very loyal friend to do that."
I shook my head, "They mean the world to me and I have these powers so that I can protect people… it was kind of a given, Professor."
He chuckled, squeezing my shoulder. "You are so unique, Amber Dawson," He watched me for a moment before he sighed, "Harry is going to struggle for a while…"
"You want me to watch him over the holidays?" I asked.
"You'd do so without my instruction."
I laughed, "You got me there."
He looked closely at the gash on my cheek. "I'm sorry for everything Umbridge put you through this year."
I shook my head, "Don't apologize; we formed Dumbledore's Army and made such a difference here. We fought back. Everything I have endured this year was more than worth it, knowing we accomplished that."
We were silent for a moment.
"I heard you won over the Centaurs."
I grinned, "Now that was something else."
He listened intently as I told him of my experience with the Centaurs, gesturing wildly to better articulate what I was trying to say.
"Ready for the real world?" I asked.
Cedric sighed quietly, his arms tightening around me as we sat together down by the Black Lake. "I'd like to say that I am, but I'm not. I don't want to leave you."
"I don't want you to leave, either," I answered, leaning back against his chest. "But it's not like we'll never see each other again," I smiled and turned my head to kiss his jaw. "We've been over this before."
"You're right," he sighed, relaxing. "Besides, we've got the rest of our lives to spend together."
I blinked, looking up at his face to see him smiling lazily.
He looked down at me and winked, "What?"
"You mean it?" I asked quietly.
"Of course, sweet girl," He kissed my hair. "I don't want to spend my life with anyone but you; I will marry you one day."
"You're making it hard for me to let you leave," I whined.
He laughed and pulled me tight against him, still being mindful of my injuries. "I love you, Amber. Only you."
"I love you, too," I replied softly, smiling against his lips when he leaned down to kiss me.
Sunlight filtered in through the trees as we walked to the Hogwarts Express on one of the first sunny days we'd had in a long time. I tipped my head back, enjoying the warmth. Ron laughed at me and I poked my tongue out at him.
Harry caught up to us and smiled at me. I reached out and squeezed his shoulder in reassurance. He knew I would watch out for him during the holidays; I had made a promise, after all.
"I've been thinking about something Dumbledore said to me," he told us as we reached the station.
"What's that?" Hermione asked, smiling.
"That even though we've got a fight ahead of us, we've got one thing that Voldemort doesn't have."
"Yeah?" Ron replied, curious.
Harry looked at us, smiling proudly. "Something worth fighting for."
I looked up at Cedric and smiled, squeezing his hand; he pinched my nose and I laughed.
We really did.
Emmett: -Hugs Cedric- Our little fella went and got himself all graduated!
Cedric: -Laughs- Get off me you big bear!
Emmett: You love it. -Squeezes-
BWA: -Smiles- Well, there you have it. Fearless has come to an end.
Amber: -Is fighting back tears-
Cedric: -Wriggles out of Emmett's arms to hug Amber-
BWA: While this is the end of yet another chapter, never fear, because we still have quite a decent way to go.
Emmett: What's next?
BWA: The next fic on the way is called "Uprising" so, if you haven't already, put me on Author Alert so that you know when it's up and running.
Harry: Why do I get the feeling you're going to be all mushy and stuff right now?
BWA: Because I am.
Harry: Oh boy.
BWA: -Laughs- I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has read and reviewed, and to those who have only just found this ridiculous little series. Your support and encouragement is what gets me excited about writing. I love hearing from each and every one of you. You're the reason I write.
BWA: Someone get the boy a tissue.
Emmett: -Takes the offered tissue and loudly blows nose-
BWA: -Grins- Anyway, a few more little things to say before we get out of here. I've recently joined Twitter, so if you're a member, why not follow me? The link is on my profile.
Cedric: Anything else?
BWA: Just one thing. -Smiles- You know the drill. For the last time in our crazy Fearless adventure...
Amber: Reviews are love!
Harry: And we love you!
Emmett: So leave us some love?
Cedric: And be sure to check out the blog for info on Uprising!
BWA: Until then, take care of yourselves! We'll see you again soon!
Harry: -Runs in circles, smacks into a wall and falls over-
Emmett: -Points and laughs-
BWA: -Shakes head with a smile- The insanity never ends...