A/N: All characters belong to J.K. Rowling
You can erase someone from your mind.
Getting them out of your heart is another story.
-Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
I felt…off. Like something was missing. I couldn't place my finger on it, but there was definitely something not right. This emptiness was strange, though not the first time I had felt it. If only I could remember how to fix it, get rid of it, fill it.
It followed me. Everywhere. Work didn't feel right. My routine didn't feel right. Everything had a shine to it, like it was an illusion.
There. Right there. That shine like I'm supposed to see something, but I can't.
Day in and day out. It's all the same. I have this urge to change it. A need to change it.
I'm reading when I feel it. Like a pull; a pull that my emptiness is begging for. I look up, searching for the cause. Suddenly I stand, head turning side to side.
There. A man begins walking away and I run after him. People stare, but I ignore them. The pull is strong as I reach him.
He turns. His face is familiar. His eyes pierce through me. My body…it hums with familiarity. Like it has found its home. I open my mouth, questions burning on the tip of my tongue, but I stop. I stare at his face. Tears falling in rivulets down his face, chin trembling, he says my name. A whisper. A wish. A benediction. I blink, and I know him.