While Holly was making amends with her parents, Harry awoke on the Forest floor. He kept very still while Narcissa Malfoy checked his body to see if he was dead. She felt his heart thumping and whisper asked Harry if Draco was in the castle and alive. She obviously didn’t trust Voldemort’s word that he would spare Draco’s life even though he failed him multiple times. Harry’s slight nod answered her question.
Narcissa spun around and said confidently, “He is dead”
The Death Eaters cheered and rejoiced, drowning out Hagrid’s cries of pain and heartbreak. Voldemort smiled and levitated Harry’s body and thrust it into Hagrid’s arms. Voldemort waved his wand and the cages with Nagini and Holly’s body trailed after him. The half-giant and the ‘dead’ Boy Who Lived lead the parade of Death Eaters to the castle. The parade stopped in the castle courtyard, facing the survivors of the battle.
The screams of Harry’s friends echoed throughout the courtyard.
“SILENCE!” Voldemort roared. He addressed the crowd, “Harry Potter was caught trying to flee the grounds. He left you to my mercy-“
Voldemort stopped his speech, “No? And who dare challenge the word of Lord Voldemort?”
Everyone watched as Neville Longbottom limped out of the crowd. He had a gash on his face and his hair was matted down with blood.
Voldemort laughed when he saw Neville, “Don’t make this worse for yourself Longbottom” Bellatrix’s cackling laugh could be heard behind Voldemort. He continued, “Who will be the first to pledge their loyalty to me? Who will be the first to receive the honour of being in my circle?”
There was a long pause. Nobody moved from the group outside the castle. The Hogwartians stood their ground until an urgent whisper was heard.
“Draco!” Lucius Malfoy’s harsh voice carried across the courtyard.
“Draco,” Narcissa said quietly but commandingly.
The crowd parted as a tall boy with bright blonde hair walked slowly towards Lord Voldemort.
“Ah Draco” Voldemort said. He met Draco and gave him a slow and awkward pat on the back. Draco quickly walked away from the Dark Lord and joined his parents, giving no glances to the hovering cages nearby. They quietly made their way to the back of the pack of remaining Death Eaters.
“Who else will join us?”
Voldemort’s voice followed the Malfoys as they snuck away with haste, walking quickly over the bridge, away from Hogwarts.
“Oh Draco thank goodness you’re safe.” Narcissa said moving to kiss Draco’s head.
“Get off me.” He replied harshly pushing her away.
“Draco.” Lucius said warningly
“Oh shut up. I don’t want to hear this right now” Draco shot back. He walked with a stiff back ahead of his parents as if he was repulsed to see them. They walked in silence for a few moments, hearing a murmur of voices coming from the courtyard but none were distinguishable. Suddenly there was a loud collective gasp and voices started shouting.
The three Malfoys quickly turned around and saw the figure of a very alive Harry Potter running away from the Death Eaters and Voldemort into Hogwarts. His fellow Hogwartians quickly followed and braced themselves for a second battle. Voldemort and his followers looked stunned as they took a few moments to reach.
“KILL THEM!” Voldemort’s shout could be heard clearly from where the Malfoy’s stood. They watched as the Death Eaters dispersed and ran back into battle. Voldemort soon followed but not before releasing Nagini from her protective cage. Then he turned to Holly’s body. He pointed his wand at it and within moments the body was engulfed in flames. He obviously didn’t want another Potter to have a miraculous reappearance. Above the blaze were more cries.
Narcissa took in a sharp breath when she saw the flames. Lucius lost all the blood in his face and he and his wife quickly turned to Draco. What they found instead was open air. Draco had immediately hurried across the bridge and ran into the Forest on the other side. His parents quickly followed and soon found him down a hill at a secluded rock cave. Narcissa grabbed her husband’s hand when she saw what Draco was doing. After saying a few incantations an area in the cave moved and revealed a glowing cage, not unlike the one that had held Holly’s body and Nagini. What shocked Narcissa the most was that Holly’s body was in the cage. Draco quickly took her body out and layed it softly on the ground.
“Holly please come back. Please!” Draco had taken Holly’s body in his arms and was rocking gently.
“Harry came back, it’s your turn now Hol. Please come back to me”
“Draco I don’t think-“
“WHAT?! What don’t you think?” Draco had let Holly’s body go and turned around furiously to meet his parents’ eyes. His face was tearstained and his eyes were red and puffy.
Lucius sighed, “Just because Harry was alive doesn’t mean she will be. Your mother checked Harry when He cast the spell, he wasn’t dead then, he was acting until the right moment”
“SHUT UP! SHUT UP! She can’t be dead, she just can’t!” Draco shouted at his parents.
Narcissa moved closer to him, “Draco, I know it’s hard but we have to move on. There’s no use dwelling in the past. She’s gone but there will be other girls”
Draco threw his hands up in the air, “You don’t understand, you’ll NEVER understand!” He walked back over to Holly’s body and cradled her head in his hands on his lap. He whispered something that his parents’ failed to hear.
“Honey? Do you mind saying that again?” Narcissa said gently, walking towards Draco with Lucius.
Draco turned to look at his parents, fresh tears streaming down his face, “I said I loved her, I STILL love her. I will never be able to love anyone like I love with her.”
“Now see here boy, you’re going to have to move on eventually” Lucius said crossly.
“How dare you. How dare you look me in the eye and say that. It’s your fault she’s gone. I’m ashamed to have a father like-“ Draco’s insult was cut off by a sharp pain on his forehead. He and his parents looked down at the figure in Draco’s arms.
“Don’t treat your parents like that!” Holly said looking up at Draco frowning. She had flicked Draco's forehead with her fingers to grab his attention. She received no response except wide open mouths of shock on the Malfoy family’s faces. “Oh c’mon, is it really the first time you’ve seen someone come back from the dead” She added winking at them. Holly touched Draco’s cheek gently to prove she was really there. She received a kiss to end all kisses from Draco. Holly laughed and took his face in her hands, “And by the way, I love you too” She said winking again. Another kiss complimented her statement.
“Ugh why does it feel like I’ve been hit by a truck?” Holly asked as she got to her feet with the help of Draco.
“Maybe that’s one of the after effects of the killing curse, you could ask your brother.” Lucius replied, still stunned. He them proceeded to tell Holly what had happened in the courtyard.
“Interesting, guess I should join the fight soon eh?” Holly said turning to Draco, “What’s your problem?” Draco was still blinking as if he was still figuring out if this was a dream or not.
“How the hell are you alive?” He asked astonished.
“Well see, I have a theory. I THINK, and don’t quote me on this, but I think because I have some of Lily’s blood running through my veins…and arteries can’t forget those…but the protective spell of love that she used to save Harry from Voldemort’s curse so many years ago worked on me as well. It didn’t work in the car crash for my parents because it wasn’t a magical spell so it waited all this time. I am Holly Jane Potter after all.” Holly explained, “Or you know, I’m just freaking lucky” She finished laughing.
“Yeah, really lucky” Narcissa said in amazement.
“So, what’s your guy’s next move?” Holly said seriously.
“I-I’m not quite sure.” Lucius replied.
“Well, the way I see it, you have two options. One: you can go home and pray that Harry wins and pray again that everyone will forgive your family for the terrible things they’ve done.” Holly held up a second finger to join her index, “or Two: you can rejoin the battle and prove to everyone that you’re sorry and want to redeem yourselves. Up to you.”
Holly turned to Draco to let his parents contemplate what they were going to do, “So. Everyone thinks I’m dead?”
He sighed, “Yes, when Voldemort asked me to dispose of your body I made a copy and hid you, in case he wanted to tarnish your body afterwards.” He shook his head, “Thank god I did”
Holly put a hand on his shoulder, “Thank you.” She kissed him on the cheek then said with a wicked smile on her face, “This is going to be fun.” Holly waved her wand that had been safely kept in her jacket pocket. Within seconds her brook appeared beside her. She quickly jumped on and spun to address the Malfoy family.
“I hope make the right choice. Actions speak so much louder than words” Holly said, “I hope to see you all soon. If not, good luck!” She gave the family one last smile, turned, and sped back to the castle.