Title: A Defeat More Triumphant Than Victory
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, Harry/Ginny, Draco/Astoria
Summary: Whilst Harry is en route to right a wrong, memories of the past five years and, more specifically, the past week assail him and remind him how this tragedy-in-the-making began. If only he had listened to Snape at the end of sixth year when he’d told Harry to keep his mouth shut and his mind closed.
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warning(s): language; attempted non-con; violence; dark; character deaths, but not Harry or Draco, and suicide
Epilogue compliant?: Because melusinahp requested this fic be EWE, there's not a hint of nineteen years later.
Word Count: ~23,000
Author's Notes: melusinahp, I’ve endeavoured to include your kinks and stay away from your squicks, and I’ve attempted to make this story dark, angst-ridden and as unhappy as requested, although, there is happiness within if you look hard enough. I must also thank my lovely beta, S, for her keen eye and observant mind. Finally, thank you to the mods for your indefatigable love of and devotion to this event and to Harry and Draco.
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