Shell Cottage

BillandFleur’scottagestoodaloneonacliffoverlookingthesea,itswallsembeddedwithshellsandwhitewashed.Itwasalonelyandbeautifulplace.WhereverHarrywentinsidethetinycottageoritsgarden,hecouldheartheconstantebbandflowofthesea,likethebreathingofsomegreat,slumberingcreature.Hespentmuchofthenextfewdaysmakingexcusestoescapethecrowdedcottage,cravingthecliff-topviewofopenskyandwide,emptysea,andthefeelofcold,saltywindonhisface.TheenormityofhisdecisionnottoraceVoldemorttothewandstillscaredHarry.Hecouldnotremember,everbefore,choosingnottoact.Hewasfullofdoubts,doubtsthatRoncouldnothelpvoicingwhenevertheyweretogether.

“WhatifDumbledorewantedustoworkoutthesymbolintimetogetthewand?”“Whatifworkingoutwhatthesymbolmeantmadeyou‘worthy’togettheHallows?”“Harry,ifthatreallyistheElderWand,howthehellarewesupposedtofinishoffYou-Know-Who?”

Harryhadnoanswers:ThereweremomentswhenhewonderedwhetherithadbeenoutrightmadnessnottotrytopreventVoldemortbreakingopenthetomb.Hecouldnotevenexplainsatisfactorilywhyhehaddecidedagainstit:Everytimehetriedtoreconstructtheinternalargumentsthathadledtohisdecision,theysoundedfeeblertohim.

TheoddthingwasthatHermione’ssupportmadehimfeeljustasconfusedasRon’sdoubts.

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