Valuing Your Virtues (Book 4)

One thing you'll learn in life is to value your virtues. Even though it may be hard to do. After losing something so great, it might not be easy to get back on track, but it starts to become easier after you accept yourself for what you have, instead of what you've lost. After losing my father, it wasn't a happy time, but I'm here. I'm still alive, and I'm still fighting. Me, Athena Black, has realized something grand. That is to not give up until you've realized what you've got.

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14. epilogue

Athena's POV

A funeral had never been more depressing than this one. You see, since my father hadn't left a body behind for us to bury, we hadn't had a funeral for him. But Albus Dumbledore's wishes had come true. He was being buried on Hogwarts grounds, and many people from the school we're there alongside their parents.

Fred and I, along with Remus and Tonks, the Weasley's and Harry, Hermione and Ron were sitting closer to the front. McGonagall wasn't far from us, and most of the teachers were there. Except for one.

Professor Severus Snape.

The name itself sickened me. How could a man have someone put all their faith in him, and kill him. He was on their side this whole time. I was beginning to like him, after he started to be nicer. But now... How could I? He killed a man. And a man who trusted him. And a man whom I trusted.

Afterwards, and I'm not going into grave detail about the funeral because enough tears were shed, and the ending of our story is becoming depressing enough. Harry and I were spending a lot of time together. And by a lot, I mean most of our days.

I knew that at the end of summer the three were leaving. I knew. It was obvious. So instead of being upset, I wanted to do my best to get my time with him now in case we can't later on.

The burrow that night wasn't as lively as it should've been. Fred and I were each staying with our family tonight and maybe for the next week or so. With everything happening now, if we don't have enough time to spend with them now, we'll regret it forever.

Even Remus' house wasn't the same. Remus went to bed unreasonably early and Eli and I stayed up every night in each other's arms. It was the only way she could get me to stop crying. Between extensive Auror training, and trying to keep myself mentally stable and make sure none of my family gets hurt either, causes extreme exhaustion. I haven't slept more than an hour in the past three days.

Later on that week, Remus and I sat together in the kitchen and didn't say a word. We didn't have to, really. We both knew what the other was thinking. I eventually looked up with a tear running down my face and I grabbed Remus' hand. Sometimes, even though I was a nineteen year old girl, I still needed him. And right now was definitely one of those times.

"I never thought in a million years that this would've turned out this way. That my dad would be dead and my former headmaster. Then my former potions master turning out to be a murderer. Remus, why did all this happen?" I whispered.

"Athena, I don't know. I really don't. But I promise you, I'm here. I always will be. So will Tonks and Eli and everyone else. We're never leaving you. Ever."

"Remus, I can tell you one thing I've learned in these many years." I looked him the the eyes. He looked so tired and worn down.

"What is that?"

"I've learned to value my virtues, and never dwell for too long. Nothing good will ever come of it. I can promise you that."

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