Chapter 23 : Epilogue
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With an exaggerated wink, I gave her a two fingered salute.
"I've got it, girlie."
"Of course you do," she muttered under her breath, before starting to walk away. "See you later."
I gave her a wave.
"Good luck on your speech!" I called after her.
Remus walked up behind me and put an arm around my waist.
"What does she want you to do?" he asked curiously.
"Nothing," I replied, the corner of my lip turning up in a smile.
"For some reason, I doubt that."
I rolled my eyes.
"Just sit down."
"That was awesome!" Lily giggled as we boarded the train.
"That it was."
Having it been our last day, Lily, Ashley, Katie, Leslie, and I pulled a little . . . Prank, you could say. Let's just say that girls will still be pulling silly string and confetti out of their hair next week.
In fact, I could see some blonde over there pulling some out of her hair . . .
We should have done that years ago!
"I can't believe we're leaving Hogwarts!" Ashley exclaimed, sitting down in an empty compartment.
I nodded, completely agreeing with her.
"Me neither. It sort of felt like we would never leave, to tell the truth."
"I know that feeling," Katie sighed, slouching in her seat. "With all that homework, I felt like I was drowning."
I turned my head to catch one last glimpse of Hogwarts.
"Well, we're certainly not going back."
Suddenly, the compartment door slid open and Xenophilius Lovegood snuck in.
"I was wondering if I could borrow Leslie for a little bit?" he asked, only looking at her.
Now, that's what true love looks like . . .
"Sure," Lily giggled. After this year, Lily certainly knows what it looks like. Brace yourselves. She started dating James Potter! His plan really did work! I wish I could have seen the look on his face when she said yes.
Leslie blushed and followed "Xeno," as she calls him, out of the compartment.
In case you're wondering (and you probably are), Ashley and Sirius got back together. Much to the surprise of . . . well, everyone! No one expected that! It happened in quite an odd way, too! But that's a story for another time.
I am still dating Remus. I am completely in love with him. And he's in love with me. We had our moments, but we were still together.
I am starting Healer training next fall.
Ashley has Auror training, Leslie has training to become a curse breaker at Gringotts, and Katie has an internship at the Daily Prophet.
We have all of our lives ahead of us.
"We're here, Elizabeth!" Remus called to me.
I shot up a big grin.
"I can't believe we're leaving!" I said excitedly.
I was feeling a little conflicted, though. I was both excited, and yet scared. I wasn't sure if I was ready to face the world.
But I know that I have to. So I will. And I'll rock the world.
I gave Remus a lingering kiss before leaving platform 9 ¾ for the last time.
Goodbye platform 9 ¾.
See you in twenty years.