Just In Case

What if Ron Weasley had never survived the war. What if he wrote letters to his friends and family, just in case.

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7. Arthur

Dad,

In case I don't survive,

Dad, normal is not something to aspire to; it's something to get away from. As soon as I was old enough to understand that you were not the normal calibre of wizard, I grew to be endlessly proud of you. It never bothered you even a little bit that believed you were an oddball with a Muggle obsession. In my death I want you to know how un-deniably proud I am to call you my father, a man not afraid to be completely himself.

We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it. That statement kind of contradicts itself doesn't it? But it's also one of the truest things I think I could say on this matter. Think about it Dad, we fight against the Evil that plagues us every day. Every minute, we fight for a better tomorrow, a tomorrow that will not be so full of tragedy, but full of happiness and joy that we can live in the peace we have longed for. Me, Harry and Hermione are utterly pivotal in the days and months to come. We cannot tell you why, just know that we are, for reasons you can never know.

We are fighters, we always have been, and will be until we take our final breathes. We are brothers in arms, every step of the way. When we stand, we have always stood together. You were right, they became family to me. So when you and Mum accepted them into our family, in all but blood, it meant the world to me that they also meant something to you too. They became your adopted children, even as they became my adopted siblings.

I intend to fight and I want to win. But my priorities are basically to be a good Brother and a strong one, and to try to be a good father one day. I hope that in the occasion that you read this, you do not let the knowledge of my past death consume you, for it is now just that, in the past. I want you to make sure the rest of the family understand that I did not willingly leave them behind. I want you to remind them that I loved them, and all I ever wanted was to be the best brother and son I could ever be. In the end, it is only the ones closest to us that can our story in all its complete pride and glory.

I hope I can grow up to be a father one day, but if this letter has reached you, then I will never get the chance to do so. I have wanted nothing more in my life than to stop with all the war and the fighting we have come to see every day of our lives. I have wanted to just grow old in peace, with the women I love, have a child, and live the perfect family life I have always wanted to have. I want to see my children get their Hogwarts, and grow into wonderful young people. However, with this letter in your hands, I know I will never get this privilege.

I grew up in a household where everybody lived at the top of their lungs. Where not an hour went by without something blowing up, or somebody shouting at somebody else. I hated it as I grew up, but now, as the war escalates and I get older, that those truly were the best days of my life. The days where everybody was together, no care in the world- I miss those days, miss being so care free.

Lastly, don't blame yourself for what has come to pass; it was always going to happen, if not now, then later in life, when I'm old and frail. So don't blame yourself, you are the perfect father, and I am proud to say so. You have always been there, through the thick and thin, and the high and low. You did your best by me, and I am eternally grateful for the love and support you have always showed towards me. Thank you Dad.

Never forget me,

Forever your son and a Weasley,

Ron Weasley

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