Title: Remember What You MustAuthor: cjmarloweWord Count:
1814 words completeAlternate Links to Fic: hereCharacters:
Gregory Goyle, Draco MalfoyRating:
The heroes of the war aren't the only ones worth remembering. Gregory lost someone too.Author's Website:
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and LJWhy everyone should read this:
This is touching story about the not-so-heroic victims of the war, ones that would fall in the 'good-riddance' category. No-one likes to think about the friends and families these victims of war leave behind, and this story is just about that, a boy wanting, needing
the mourn the good friend he has lost but being thwarted at every turn. It is a sad story, even though Greg tries to stay optimistic and not give up on making sure Vince gets the attention he deserves. Excerpt:
The house was dark. Not dark in the way it always had been, with mahogany furnishings and leaded glass in the windows, or dark like people were doing Dark deeds, but dark in a way that meant nobody was home. It was like even Gregory wasn't there, when he didn't have nobody else to talk to or fight with.
He hadn't ever been on his own before, not really. Even the elves seemed to have fled, inherited by some distant relative or maybe just dead. Probably dead. He wasn't sure what to do at first except do what he always did: eat, sleep, and fly around the grounds on his father's broom (Gregory's own lost in the fire and not yet replaced). He thought he ought to have been doing the things his father would've been telling him to do as well, like practicing his curses and hexes, but he didn't have much of a taste for it anymore.
Nobody came to visit him, and he didn't have nobody to go visit, nobody who'd want him to, anyway. Vincent was his best friend, and without his best friend he wasn't sure what he was supposed to do anymore. He wasn't sure he was ever supposed to be a whole person by himself.
Nobody ever told him they were sorry, and nobody told him they missed Vincent too. Not even to lie about it to be polite. Nobody much seemed to remember that he was gone, and Gregory wasn't.
But it was important that people remember him too, even just a little bit. Vince was a friend, even when he did bad stuff, and that mattered.