Chapter 1 : The Soft Goodbye - The Half Blood Prince - Severus Snape
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She walked silently with the others in tow. No one dared question her motives or why they were headed to the far end of the the family cemetery. She seemed so lost since his passing, no one quite knew how to reach her. They reached the hill and she stopped. Placing her hand on a mahogany tree, she knealt down and began to cry.
The others crowded around her as the headstone came into view, his headstone. No one knew what had become of him or how his body had been removed from the shack. The answers suddenly became clear. She was the one who returned his lifeless body to his home, who had buried him in the family plot. She who had done all of this - alone.
They watched as tears fell from her face, hitting his headstone. After a moment, she stood and conjured up several flowers to place upon the grave. Lilacs, because they were both their favorite color, and lilies in honor of his love for his lost friend. The one he had told her about. She silently placed them in front of the headstone and conjured up one more - a single red rose, to signify her love for him. The man so important in her life but never knew and now would never know.
She turned to the others, her eyes red from her tears, and pulled out a piece of parchment from her pocket. Looking back to the grave, she began to read. The first time she had spoken in quite some time.
"To the honorable, Professor Severus Snape:
Even though your life was shrowded with mystery, those of us who know would like to thank you. Thank you for loving someone enough to care for another. Thank you for selflessly risking your own life to protect and help others, though they never knew it. Thank you for teaching us great life lessons, even if we failed to learn them.
You are a mysterious stranger to most and loved by so few. Your contribution to the wizarding world will never fully be known by all. But your sacrifice and dedication to those you truly served will always be remembered by those fortunate few who knew the real you.
Fear no longer engulfs you. . . your service has been complete. No more darkened fears but only light to shine your way. May you find true happiness and love in your life beyond the veil. Your memory shall remain an imprint on the lives and hearts of all those you protected.
The students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry -Houses of Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Gryffindor
Rest in Peace, Dear Prince. . . The darkness shall haunt you no more."
She folded the parchment and placed it amongst the flowers. Touching the headstone once more, she turned to the others. "Let's go home," she stated as they turned and walked back towards Spinner's End. There was alot to celebrate. The Dark Lord had been defeated. His dark reign was over. Although many, many lives were lost in the struggle, the final victory had come.
She looked back once more to the mahogany tree, the headstone and smiled. Thanks to him, no one had to live their lives in fear anymore. Though the pain would remain in heart for the rest of her life, she had to move on. He would have wanted that. It was then and there she decided to follow in his footsteps and become a great Potions Master. It was her favorite and best subject after all. She turned to follow the others to the house. Perhaps one day, she could return to Hogwarts, as Potions Professor. In honor of the man she never fully knew.
"Goodbye, father," she whispered. "For now."
Author's note: This is a one-shot I wrote several years ago after reading the final book for the first time. The unnamed character is one I intended to create for a different story.