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Written December 1, 2006
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Summary: CHARACTER DEATH. What if the knack for close calls fails? Sometimes success can only be brought about by loss. CoS AU/One Shot
The Basilisk lunged at Harry one final time. Its fang simultaneously pierced Harry's arm as Harry drove the sword of Godric Gryffindor through the roof of its mouth. As the great serpent died and its body fell away, the fang snapped off and the boy pulled the long, sword like tooth from his flesh.
Harry dropped to the floor of the Chamber of Secrets. "No!" the memory of Tom Riddle angrily cried out from behind him. "The Basilisk is dead, Potter, but so are you." White-hot pain tore along Harry's bloodstream and through his body. He scrambled to Ginny's prone form and the diary next to her. "The bite of the Basilisk is fatal and soon it will be you who will be
Her CatalystAs she walks through the maelstrom, the words trace upon the tips of her fingers and press into the stone. Every brick, every crack in the concrete, every crossed and angular stroke in reds and blacks and oranges. The drips of the gasoline pool around the base of her boots, slosh as she steps over the burst pipes and the rubble.
So much rubble. So little outcry. The silence of the city grates on her eardrums and the mantras she'd been forced to memorize. The Seers demanded they observe thirteen years of recitation before they attempt to weave their first World together.
But who other than the Seers can claim the incantations that knot the skeins they twist and pull on like reins hold fast? When have any of the Sisters recorded the visions they traced upon space-time and recited them, left them open for critique and discussion and debate?
Which is why she walks through the chalky soot of the smashed city around her. This all
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