The boy had taken the tears and yet he lingered. Severus shut his eyes against the unexpected pity and embraced the darkness. The sound, three sets of feet pattering against cobblestones, faded into the distance.

The boy had Lily's eyes. He'd never let himself acknowledge it, but the boy had Lily's eyes.

He had one last chance to be honest with himself. The boy hadn't killed Lily. Severus had given himself to darkness and that darkness had taken her. With one final thought, Severus surrendered to the greatest darkness. He'd no longer have to live in a world without Lily.