Hermione, Hermione Granger. I know I should be worried, she has been missing for over a week, but all I feel is hot, burning anger at the thought of her name. She sees Malfoy- Ron told me all about it- a Death Eater, kisses him even, doesn't tell us. Then, she comes barging into my and Ginny's room, spouting some ridiculous story about Voldemort not being dead and her going out to sacrifice herself, 'for the greater good'. Seriously, it's a load of bull.
A knock on my door pulls me out of me reverie. "Come in," I call.
It's Ron. "Harry, please talk to me." Ever since he tortured Hermione and beat her to a pulp, I haven't talked to him, let alone get near him. "Harry. Please talk to me! I'm sorry, okay? I'm sorry about Malfoy and Hermione."
I know he meant well, but something inside of me snapped. "Why did you do it?! You nearly killed your fiancée, and now she's gone, making up some bullshit about Voldemort being back. Hermione is gone! And... And she probably won't come back, Ron. If what she's saying is true, she won't come back."
"She is right." Said Ron grimly.
"And how would you know?" I ask, my eyes instinctively darting to his left forearm.
He lifts up his sleeve and there it is- the Dark Mark burned onto his skin. I gasp.
Ron leaves, leaving my mind to wonder. Running my fingers over my scar, I think. I killed Voldemort. I saw it myself! But then again, he fooled the world for years into thinking he was dead. But how was he still alive? He had no more Horcruxes... Or did he? People claimed that his soul left my body, but did it really? How can they be so sure about this?
Screaming in frustration, I realize what I have to do. I grab my wand and take a deep breath, aiming directly over my heart. "Avada Ke-"
"HARRY! What are you DOING?!"
"Ginny, I have to do this."
"What, commit suicide?"
"I have to die! I'm the reason Voldemort is still alive!"
"You honestly believed what Hermione said?"
"Yes, because where is she? Over a week has gone by and there is no trace of her! And besides, Ron comes in this morning and proves that he is still alive and- a-a-and he's a Death Eater!"
"Ron even showed my the Dark Mark on his arm! Voldemort is here, and the only reason he's still alive from when I attempted to kill him two years ago is because of the Horcruxes. You all say my soul is all mine and pure, but how can you be so sure? How can you be so sure that I'm not the reason Hermione is going to die?" Unchecked tears start to fall.
"I would know, Harry. I would know." She leans in and gives me a quick peck on the cheek. "And you said my brother was a Death Eater?"
"I'll be right back." From Ginny's tone, Ron was in major trouble.