They don’t make a big deal out of bringing Chase home. It doesn’t sit too well with Kent, as one of the sports world’s biggest animal lovers. But he knows how the general public reacts to something like this, and he needs some time to get adjusted before having to answer questions about his new service dog.
Can you find your way around New York? Around all the little corners and crevices? In real life? In real life. Hell no. I get lost everyday. The cab drivers could literally take my money, because i wouldn’t know where i was going, or how he was getting there. I get lost in New York all the time.
After witnessing Annalise pull off another trial once again, and celebrating with the others over dinner Michaela had gone home to her apartment. Although she’d never outright admit it, she was a little hurt about the group not caring enough to check in on her the other night while they were comforting each other. She’d barely gotten any sleep, up all night feeling rejected by Caleb and guilty for even lying to him about Catherine in the first place. Then again, if she were in Caleb’s place, she’d hate herself too, so she couldn’t really blame him, and she didn’t. It was just another failed relationship added to the list of others. Running on a couple hours of rest, Michaela was still up and at Annalise’s office, right on time as usual. With a deep sigh, she plastered on her work smile and jumped right into things, digging through files and trying to keep her mind off of the guilt and rejection seeping from ever crevice in her life.
The silence was deafening. Not a sound could be heard
throughout the entire castle, it was still. Every nook and crevice seemed
devoid of life. He wasn’t used to seeing
Hogwarts this way, it was strangely disturbing. It was like the castle was
holding its breath, waiting. Harry stumbled along the castle, sort of in a
haze, moving towards the goal he was terrified of getting to, but knowing there
was no other way. The castle lay in ruins around him, completely devoid of
life. He expected everyone was in the Great Hall, the greatest building in the
school, it hadn’t fallen apart yet even under the attack, so it seemed a sound
assumption. He hoped all his friends were there. The DA that is. He hoped they
were all okay. Harry closed his eyes and sighed. They would be, he promised
himself, everyone would be okay, if he just did this. He could save them, he
could save them all. Harry stumbled over some rubble, and out onto the grounds
of the castle. He was headed for the Forbidden Forest, and to Voldemort.
“Where do you think you’re going hero?” came a familiar
voice from behind him.
Harry turned, seeing Draco Malfoy striding towards him.
Malfoy looked terrible, like he’d been through hell – not a bad assumption,
considering the chaos of the battle, and the events that took place in the Room
“Malfoy,” Harry mumbled.
“You’re going to Him aren’t you?” Malfoy said narrowing his
eyes. “You’re giving yourself up.”
“That’s not exactly it – ” Harry began, but Malfoy cut him
“Don’t do it!”
“Don’t go.” Malfoy said. “Don’t you dare go, you have to
know it’s not going to help, he’ll kill you!”
“I know he will.” Harry said with surprising ease. That
seemed to render Malfoy speechless. “One cannot live while the other survives,”
“So it has to be you,” Malfoy muttered. “It can’t be Him?”
Harry shook his head. “It has to be me Malfoy. I’m doing
this to save everyone.”
“Save everyone? You’re killing everyone!” Malfoy cried.
“He’s not going to care if you make the sacrifice or not, He’ll kill us all
anyway once you’re gone and there’s nothing to stop Him! You can’t just expect
us to sit here and wait to die!”
“You don’t understand –”
“No you don’t
understand!” Malfoy was insistent, his tone nearing hysteria. “You don’t have
to be the Hero, don’t try to be the Hero anymore you’ve done enough! Everyone
is fighting for their lives, they’re trying to help, and you don’t want that
help but no one expects you to fight this fight alone!”
“I won’t have anyone else die for me!” Harry cried. “I’m not
having anyone else die because of me!”
“And you think delivering yourself to the Dark Lord will
change anything? You think dying will help anyone? You can’t die damnit! I’m
not letting you kill yourself for this!”
“Why do you care so much Malfoy?” Harry shouted.
“Because I –” Malfoy clamped a hand over his mouth, looking
away. “It doesn’t matter why I care.”
Harry frowned. “Look, Malfoy…”
“I just don’t want anymore death,” Malfoy whispered, shaking
his head. “I don’t want anyone else I know to die. Not you. Not anyone.”
“I don’t want anymore deaths either, that’s why I have to
go.” Harry said. “You don’t understand, and I don’t have the time to explain,
but He can only be defeated if I die first.”
“That makes no sense,” Malfoy said.
“I know I doesn’t make any sense but it’s the truth. Once
I’m dead, he can be defeated. No one knows that except me, and now you. So…once
I’m gone, He can be killed. I think you should do it,”
“Me?” Malfoy’s eyes went wide. “Why me? Of all people, me?”
Harry gave him a crooked smile. “You’re the only who knows
this for one, and…because you’re the only who can.”
Malfoy spluttered. “Are you insane? You’re the Chosen One
not me! Look at me I’m a pathetic excuse for a wizard, I’m a Death Eater and a
coward you can’t honestly believe I can succeed where you fail,”
“Do you want Him defeated?” Harry asked.
“Yes, more than anything but I –”
“Then trust in me, to set things right, and trust in
yourself to make it happen.”
Malfoy didn’t speak for a long time, and neither did Harry.
They just looked at each other, eyes saying what their words didn’t know how
“You’re really doing this aren’t you?” Malfoy said. “You’re
going to die.”
We’re all in a constant state of motion, reacting to the environment and trying to align what we see with how we think. If all you see is pain, trauma and rejection then your mind will succumb to depression and sorrow. Change your environment, surround yourself with people who resonate happiness. Experience life, when you put yourself out there you learn about the person you are and the person you want to be. How do you know you don’t like something if you’ve never tried it? Discover your passion and explore every crevice. Your life is set in front of you, don’t leave fate to fill the pages, take a stand and write your own destiny.