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A/N: I found this in some old files and decided to finish it. You know...I kinda like it, sorta. :) Hope you do!

(Harry's POV, in case you couldn't figure it out. It is kind of obvious, but whatever. :P )


I don't think anybody fully understood the magnitude of what had happened at the time it was happening. That would take weeks. Maybe months. All that registered was chaos and change and the odd absence of terror.

For me, nothing was real. I was numb, and I just wanted to be alone.

My hands did not shake as I brought my wand swishing down with force I didn't know I possessed. I did not smile, nor feel triumphant as the body of Tom Riddle crumpled to the marble floor of the Great Hall. Instead, I felt an inexplicable stab of confusion and uncertainty. It was almost an anticlimax.

This was supposed to be the biggest, most dramatic point of my life. This was my victory, my purpose fulfilled, so why did I feel so empty?

Ah. My purpose fulfilled. And an overwhelming feeling of What the hell now?

Attempting to pull my emotions and thoughts into some perspective, I allowed myself to be tugged at and hugged and pulled in every direction. It felt as though someone had taken my brain, turned it upside down, and shook it. Or like it was an office desk cluttered with miscellaneous papers and documents.

My throat was dry, but I spoke clearly. I couldn't understand my own thoughts, yet somehow whatever I said to the unknown people around me must have been comprehensible. I was so drained I just wanted to collapse, yet I was loath to close my eyes even for a moment: The bodies of those I loved (and some I'd never seen before in my life) swirled across my eyelids cruelly.

I felt a small, warm hand close over mine and looked up. Ginny stood next to me. She didn't look at me, and she gave no sign she even knew I was there save her fingers closed over my own. Then she was gone, shoved aside by the tide of people as she had been for me for years, but it was enough for now.

It was enough to make me realize that it is always darkest before the dawn.