(A/N: Sorry it has been so long but with life and multiple writers block for this story and many others it took some time to get this chapter together as well as the vision I originally had for it. Please Review!)
Look down the Ravine
The screams. Loud. So many of them. Her face was frozen in a look of terror. Blood gathered near her head, eyes white looking into the darkness of the abyss. A drop of water splashed on her cheek. Confused Harrison lifted up his hand to his cheek. Wet. He was crying.
Harrison jerked forward out of his nightmare. The other occupants of the compartment stopped what they were doing and looked over at Harrison.
"You okay?" Remus wondered. Harrison did not respond as he continued to search his bag. Without noticing that all of their attention was on him, Harrison allowed a smile of sorts to grace his lips when he came across a photo. He was standing with Daphne for a moment before they danced. Both of them were smiling, so happy. Harrison starred at the photo longingly for a moment before he put the photo back in the bag and pulled out a vial with what was no doubt, a potion. He popped open the vial and downed the contents. Harrison closed his eyes as he allowed the potion to take effect.
Remus exchanged confused looks with James, Sirius, and Peter. However before anyone of them could voice anymore, the train came to a stop.
"Some people, they can't just move on, you know, mourn and cry and be done with it. Or at least seem to be. But for me... I don't know. I didn't want to fix it, to forget. It wasn't something that was broken. It's just...something that happened. And like that hole, I'm just finding ways, every day, of working around it. Respecting and remembering and getting on at the same time."
- Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever
Harrison took a deep breath and tugged on his tie. With a sigh he ran his fingers through his hair. It was different than he was used to that was for sure/ His hair was no longer the messy locks of hair like his fathers. Instead his hair was thick and short. The lightning bolt that had grace his forehead for so longer rested there.
"Are you ready Mr. Ravine?" Professor McGonagall questioned. Harrison sighed.
"As ready as I'll ever be," Harrison informed her. For a moment a sad pitying smile crossed the professors face. Harrison gave his tie one last tug before he turned around. "Shall we head in?" Minerva nodded. The two walked in silence as they headed toward the Great Hall. They paused in front of the Great Hall for a moment. It wasn't long but it was long enough for Harrison to whisper, "I'll never forget you Daphne, you are always with me." Minerva felt a small tear stream down her face as she pushed open the doors to the Great Hall.
"Sweet, crazy conversations full of half sentences, daydreams and misunderstandings more thrilling than understanding could ever be."
-Toni Morrison, Beloved
"So much pain," the hat commented. "It is a wonder that you have not gone mad."
"You mean I haven't?" Harrison wondered.
"Far from it," the hat commented. "You have the attributes of each house."
"You are aware as to why I am here," Harrison wondered and commented.
"I am," the hat informed him. "Hogwarts is happy to have her heir home. You have much to do so it better be Ravenclaw!" Harrison pulled the hat off of his head and headed it back to Professor McGonagall. Harrison then joined the Ravenclaw table. Behind him he could hear Sirius as he spoke to James.
"Glad he's not in Gryffindor," Sirius told James. "I have less of a chance of pissing him off. He's scary when mad. Think his mom is a red head?"
"No one really wants to admit they are lonely, and it is never really addressed very much between friends and family. But I have felt lonely many times in my life."
Harrison let out a labored breath as he stretched his legs. It had been a long time since he had gone all out on his workout be he needed to, he needed to be in shape.
"What are you doing out here so early?" Lily asked. He nearly fell over in surprise.
"Working out," Harrison answered as he straightened himself out. "Why are you out here so early?"
"Potter and his friends are in the Gryffindor common room making plenty of noise," Lily coolly informed him. "I came out here to get away from the noise." Harrison nodded in response.
"Well I'll leave you to it," Harrison told her. "I need to take a shower and get ready for the day." Harrison jogged off. Lily watched until he was out of eyesight. Lily sighed and pulled her legs close to her. It was her final year at Hogwarts yet she felt so alone.
"And the danger is that in this move toward new horizons and far directions, that I may lose what I have now, and not find anything except loneliness."
- Sylvia Plath
"Headmaster if you force me you will not like the results," Harrison informed him. Albus sighed.
"Mr. Ravine -" Albus began to argue. Harrison cut him off.
"We are in a war and yet you choose to not prepare your students for what faces them outside of Hogwarts," Harrison pointed out. "I wonder what the Wizarding world would think of the fact that the Headmaster of the school that their children attend isn't doing all he can to help them survive this war." Harrison paused. "Especially since you could have stopped before it got this far." Albus jerked up in his chair.
"How do you believe that I could have stopped this?" Albus demanded. Albus's eyes flared as his eyes tracked Harrison's movement.
"You were responsible for Tom Marvalo Riddle Jr. going to an orphanage and remaining there," Harrison shot back. "Don't deny it, Albus. You not only fed Merope Gaunt a love potion but also Tom Riddle Sr., a muggle, as well. Then when Merope was 8 nearly 9 months pregnant, you stopped feeding Tom Riddle Sr. love potions.
Tom kicked Merope out. She was magically weak on a normal day but because she was pregnant, she was almost a squib. Not knowing what else to do she went to a muggle orphanage where she into labor early. She lived long enough to give him a name, also the name of his father. She died not an hour after giving birth.
Tom Riddle Jr. remained at the orphanage until you, Albus Dumbledore, arrived to inform him that he was accepted to Hogwarts Witchcraft and Wizardry. By that point Tom had gone down a dark path due to his treatment at the orphanage.
Treatment which you ignored every time you came to visit the orphanage. Because Albus, you owned that orphanage. You would not allow him to be adopted, although several people attempted. Tell me, Albus once again how you could have not prevented this war from happening."
"The hardest thing about the road not taken is that you never know where it might have led."
― Lisa Wingate, A Month of Summer
At first light was all she could see, it was blinding, hindering, and debilitating. Then darkness flashed in, contradicting what she had seen seconds before. She strained her eyes against the darkness to see something, anything. Then a noise startled her.
"Who's there?" She called out. She could feel herself shaking. With a few careful, precise steps she was able to to note that the surface she stood on was cool and smooth to the touch.
"Is anyone there?" Her desperation was apparent as a chill ran down her spine. It started out low, dark – a voice that she did not know but seemed familiar.
"You always take one step forward in the darkness despite your own fear and all else telling you to just run away," the voice point out. The person paused in the midst of what seemed to be their monologue. "Now, Daphne how far would you go down that path for Harry Potter now known as Harrison Ravine?" The fire and love in her eyes was all the answer needed.
"You never know what's around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you've climbed a mountain."
― Tom Hiddleston