Fest Fic: Pieces Of Elder Wand Title: Pieces of Elder Wand. Author: nekochan23 Beta: My Beloved Master fayedoll Word Count: 3.385. Rating: PG 13, just to be safe. Pairing: Harry/Draco. Prompt: # 34. "Epilogue? What epilogue?" Past Life/Reincarnation Any pairing, how do they meet in past life and how the past choice leads to present life choices? Warnings: Since it was EWE, so of course… DH spoilers just before the epilogue. Disclaimer: Standard. Author’s Note: I hope you like it cblue9. Enjoy~ ^^
Do you believe in reincarnation? I don’t yet I do. It’s funny really, how beliefs beat the science. Like religion, even when science claims that God doesn’t exist, how can they explain the birth of the universe? Magic is what I didn’t believe in before I got letters from Hogwarts. No matter how hard I tried to tell myself magic doesn’t exist, I can’t seem to succeed and I’ve become a part of it. Why should there be a difference with reincarnation? I didn’t believe in it because it didn’t make any sense, but I started believing because I was being reincarnated with my 2 friends.
It’s different from ghosts that exist because they have regrets and something to finish in the human world. They say reincarnation happens because you have debts. Reincarnation happens so you can pay your debts, or so they say at least. But did you know? The truth is fate can’t be changed. When a soul is born, their fate was already written. The souls can try hard to twist it; they can’t escape from it. So no matter how many times the soul was reincarnated to pay the debt, the debt could not been erased. Unless…
Things. Things have souls too, you know. The easiest example it’s snitch. ‘It carries an enchantment by which it can identify the first human to lay hands upon it’, said Scrimgeour. Not only snitch, other things also have the same power.
Elder Wand. The first time I heard the name it didn’t ring a bell. After all, when you die you do cross the River of Death, where they would offer you food and drinks. And when you eat and drink it, your previous memories will all be erased. It’s a myth once again, but this is a true one. When people are being reincarnated with full memories, they will try to escape their fate, and that will disturb the balance. The first time I was ‘awaken’, it was on the night the war ended. By the next morning I wake up, I could recall everything.
Elder Wand, was known through history as “Deathstick” or “Wand of Destiny”. I prefer the second. It was, after all, started because of the wand. The story told the first owner was Antioch Peverell, who got the wand from the Death. It was totally wrong. The first time the wand showed itself was in the era of 4th founder life. The wand was a present from Rowena Ravenclaw to Salazar Slytherin, which she ordered from Olivander that time.
“Hey, Salazar. Happy birthday.” Rowena said while kissing him.
“What do we have here?” Salazar received the package.
“A present. From me. For your birthday.” Rowena smile back.
Salazar opened the package and found a wand.
“Just for you.” Rowena said.
No one knows that the wand will destroy them. The wizards-and-witches-hunting was making Salazar start to dislike muggles. But the climax was when one of Godric’s muggle students bullied Salazar’s student. As teachers both of them defend their own student. Godric challenged Salazar, Salazar lost. It was the first time the wand was overpowered. Salazar wasn’t banned, but he chose to resign, he never let anyone knew what the reason was, the rumors started then. But we should have known at that time, Godric’s obsession... Godric’s was heartbroken hearing Salazar was getting married. It was many years later that Godric found Salazar coincidentally in a small nameless city.
“What are you doing here?” were the first words Godric said when they met.
Salazar never thought he wouldl meet Godric again. He turned back and intended to run, but Godric was faster. “I will not let you go again.” And Salazar’s world became dark.
Godric forced Salazar back to Hogwarts and imprisoned him there. No one knew it, until one day Helga looked to the window behind which Godric held Salazar captive.
“Are you trying to run away from me?” Godric screamed at them when he caught Helga trying to release Salazar from the room he was locked up in.
“I…” Helga stammered.
Without any further question Godric cast a jinx at Helga and Salazar jumped forward to protected Helga. The spell hit Salazar, and a second later, he was dying.
“Salazar…” said Godric, crouching beside Salazar. “Oh my goodness! Don’t die on me. Please.”
Salazar only smiled, caressing Godric’s cheek before he closed his eyes.
“I will not let you leave me!” And Godric cast another spell to them.
It was then Rowena walked in to the scene. Hearing the incantation really surprised Rowena, but before she could reverse it, the spell completed. Looking at Helga who stood with her back on the wall, far in the corner, she rushed to her.
“Quick, you follow them.” Rowena pull Helga standing.
“Wh- what?” Helga was confused.
Rowena pushed her near the others 2 body. “I’m sorry, Helga. But you must watch them. I’ll be helping you from this side.” Helga just stare at Rowena in disbelief. “Goodbye, Helga. Until the day we would be together again.” Helga smile one last time before the spell hit her, sending her to some other place.
That was over thousand years ago. At first, I don’t understand what Rowena meant. In the new life and world, re-live again without a proper death, it means you didn’t pass the River of Death. Still refreshed with the memory from before, I felt betrayed by Rowena, angry, and many other feelings. Until I saw it all happen again with my 2 new best friends, the truth hit me fully and I was scared to death. It was the time I realized that Godric and Rowena were practising prohibited magic. Being reincarnated means you’re trying to change fate, that’s why it was forbidden.
I never thought Rowena would dare to pull such an act. Trying to change the fate that has been written, thoug it’s not like it can’t be done at all. It can be done actually, if the person has a strong will because once the wheel of fate rotate they must concentrate to the fullest, willing to sacrifice anything because the fate will ask for the most precious thing in their life, and the person must be a seer to be able to see the stars. While Godric, well… he is Godric. Act first, think later. It was Gryffindor’s motto after all. And… strike to the fullest.
I lived my first reincarnation to the fullest, because Rowena had told me there was no need to panic when the story was being retold. This time the wheel has rotate, slowly the star will moving. No need to haste, all will come to its place. Do the necessary precaution, but leave no track. It was what she told me in her silhouette, translucent but glowing, like an angel or a ghost more likely. ‘What did you sacrifice?’ I asked. She answered with the saddest face I had ever seen, ‘My daughter.’ She left after that. In the next morning, I did what I could, leaving a diary for my descendant.
After that I lost count how many times I was being reincarnated and history didn’t record anything, because many things happen at that time, it was a chaotic time for the wizarding world. Until… the Peverell brothers. Do you know, being reincarnated doesn’t mean you manage to trick Fate completely. Fate itself has several aces up its sleeve. You could never be ‘awaken’ unless the history has already repeated itself, that’s why you were always too late. The trigger in my case is, when the owner of Elder Wand died, it means either Salazar or Godric first that died. I was with the Peverell in their journey when they met ‘Death’, though it wasn’t Death, it was an old man. Antioch got the wand from the old man, after all a wand always calls its owner’s soul even if it was separated by flows of time. I decided to follow Antioch since I was his fiancé. It was then when we arrived at an inn in distance village, Antioch met his old friend. Antioch said he was his best friend, but I have doubt in my heart. By looking at his eyes, there’s something disturbing there. But I say no more, since Antioch was a persistent man. It was then in the middle on night suddenly the man barging into our room. Antioch was trying to grab his wand when the person snatched it first before him. I was screaming. The man look at me with hatred and cast a spell towards me, but Antioch protected me.
After I buried Antioch, I went searching for Antioch’s brothers. I met Cadmus and I told what happened to Antioch, but his eyes never saw me, he saw someone else behind me. When I grabbed his hand at that time I just realized, Rowena had been following me, and what Cadmus saw was Rowena standing behind me. The stone, it really could make people see spirits. Rowena dismissed me from Cadmus, convincing me that she can take care of him. And so I departed to Ignotus.
I met Ignotus who lead his life into ordinary life back in our village. I told him what had happened to his 2 brothers. When I finished my story, he just smiled and offered me to stay. It was the next morning that he told me that the old man is a diene, he was always there, waiting people to drown. ’Not I don’t believe you’, he quickly added. And so he asked me to stay longer. To keep him company. He gave me his cloak, hiding me from my fear. As the time passed, we grew closer, and I ended marrying him. It was then, the last second before he died that he gave me the idea to write their stories into a tale. And so ‘The Tale of Three Brothers’ was written.
Because of the tale, it was easier to track the wand. The tale made every wizard look for them, but the wand only can be found by Salazar’s soul. It moved to Emeric, then to Egbert. It vanished for some time until Godelot, whose son Hereward took it from him. Another disappearance before Barnabas Deverill owned the wand and was killed by Loxias, who was then killed by Livius.
It was in Barnabas’s era that I found out that fate was starting to change. Usually the wand goes from Salazar directly to Godric’s hand, but in Barnabas’s case there’s Loxias before Livius taking it. The stars started to change their position. Rowena’s plans start working.
The morning I was awaken, I run straight to Dumbledore’s office. In there, I found Luna.
“Luna, what are you doing here?” I asked her.
Luna smiled at me. “It’s me Helga. Or… do you prefer I call myself Hermione?” She teased me.
Instantly I knew, the other must be had been awaken too. “Rowena!” I run crying towards her.
She hugged me tight. “I’m sorry to have caused you difficulties.”
I’m still trying to adapt with all this knowledge. “It worked, Rowena. It worked.” I managed to spat the words.
“No. It hasn’t finished yet. We must act as soon as possible. Harry already went to Malfoy Manor.” She said.
And that word made my brain remember the entire scene that happened thousand years ago. “Yes, we must hurry.” That’s the only words that I said before we went for the Manor.
Coming when the sun still shining, it made the Manor looks vulnerable, like the owner itself. As we rushed into the front door, the door opened itself to us. It was leading us, there were voices once we in the Manor.
“What are you doing here, Potter?” Draco voice was heard from the room beside the hall.
There was a silence before Harry answered. “You don’t recall anything?”
“Recall anything? You mean, recalling that you’ve overpowered me?! And making it an officially public announcement?!” Draco voice was rising.
I was pretty sure that Draco was blushing despite his rising voice. And Harry… he must be smiling wickedly. Having a part from Voldemort’s evil, it will not disappeared completely even when the Horcrux was destroyed or Voldemort himself died. There’s after all a quote that goes: ‘the hero that killed the monster will become the monster himself after that’.
Rowena walked by, passing me. She opened the door that separates us. “Stop it, Godric.” She said in full authority.
Her bluntness only made Harry raise his eyebrows. I was shivering when I saw Harry smiling with evilness.
“So you decided to join the party, Rowena?” His eyes glint with malice.
I took the opportunity trying to move towards Draco when Harry cast Impedimenta to me, luckily I managed to dodge it.
“Harry!” Luna screamed. “She’s your friend!”
“She is not my FRIEND!” He yelled back to Luna. “A FRIEND, will NEVER desire her friend’s BOYFRIEND!” Harry’s gaze was full of hatred towards me. “And a FRIEND, will NEVER prevent her friend to be with someone he LOVES!” Harry glared at Luna.
“ENOUGH!” Draco voice rang in the room. “I don’t know what you are all talking about and I don’t know why you came here, Potter.” Draco stopped a while to take breath. “But… If you guys don’t have important business here, I will ask you to leave. The Malfoys already have enough problems.” Draco said politely.
That would absolutely have shocked me IF I were still Hermione Granger. But since I was holding a part of Helga’s memories, nothing amazes me anymore.
“No!” Harry walked across the room holding Draco in his place.
Draco eyes showed fear and it hit me like cold water, he hasn’t awaken yet. Why?
“Godric.” Luna’s voice called him softly. “Think before you act. Don’t do something that you’ll regret later.”
Harry closed his eyes, trying to ban Luna’s voice from his head, or was he trying to think about it?
“You said you love him,” Luna reminded him. “Is this an act towards the person you love?”
When Luna said the word ‘love’, Draco eyes was bulging, but when he heard the part ‘the person he loves’ his eyes was softening. Draco loved Harry too, awaken or not, his heart couldn’t be deceived.
“For all this time, your method didn’t works, Godric.” Luna reminded him again. “If you do love him, why wouldn’t you try the other route?”
Draco just sits there staring into Harry and Harry stared back at him while thinking. Luna pulled me out from the room and closing the door behind her.
“Why?” I asked her.
She just stared me with Luna Lovegood’s- dreamy- face, and that was very disturbing. “Oh well, I don’t know. Why do you think?”
“Rowena…” I was flabbergasted, Rowena was smiling.
“It was because from the start Salazar died naturally.” She explained. “So, the incantation that Godric’s cast it’s only one side, it’s only bound Godric to Salazar. So if Salazar didn’t have his wand, Godric will not ever able found him.”
I frowned at the statement. “If that’s so, wouldn’t it much better if the wand be destroyed? With that Godric will never be able to found Salazar.”
“No, Helga. If I do that, Godric will only suffer more. I’m still his friend you know.” Her stare was accusing me. “And that will not solve the problem. It’s best for them to acknowledge their feeling.”
While inside the room, Draco was still trapped by Harry.
“What do you want, Potter?” Draco dared. “What are you trying to do now? Bored playing savior, now tries playing the 4th founder?”
Meanwhile, Harry’s mind was full with the memories of his previous life overlapping with the present. Even so, his heart wasn’t fooled. Whatever his form, Godric or Harry, Harry was very sure he wanted this person in front of him. The feeling was different when he was with Cho or Ginny. He may not want to cherish Draco, but Harry was sure he can’t life without Draco. Even when in his journey run from Voldemort, what Harry kept thinking is Draco’s fate. Harry didn’t believe in fate, because if fate is exist, then fate was really cruel. It twisted every way so Harry never can get close to Draco, but he get to know Draco completely. Rowena, no Luna. Luna is right, Harry thought. Its better take things slowly. It’s not good to jump with both feet. I’m not Godric. Like Headmaster said, what important is be yourself. What’s important is the present. I’m Harry Potter, I’m not Godric. Draco is not Salazar either. Hermione isn’t Helga. And Luna not Rowena. Harry steadies his heart.
“Well, Potter.” Draco repeated his question again. “Stop dwelling there. Make up your mind will you? I don’t have all day.” Draco said with arrogant voice.
Harry smiled hearing him. Nothing changes. Draco Malfoy still is an arrogant snob. How much Harry missed it when Voldemort overruled. Seeing Draco’s pale face, was really heartbreaking for him. Draco Malfoy couldn’t show his weakness to the world, Harry will not allow it. All decisions have been made. Harry Potter is Harry Potter. He isn’t Godric. If Godric maade mistakes, then it’s Harry job as his reincarnation to fix it. And Harry decided he will win Draco’s heart slowly. He will not be possessive towards the person he loves, instead he will let the whole world know that Draco Malfoy is the person he loves and cherishes the most.
“Okay, that’s enough. I still have other things to do.” Draco pushes Harry a bit, to show that he really means it.
But Harry captures his hand. “Hey, Malfoy.” He held Draco’s gaze. “Is your offer still valid?”
Draco frowned and tilted his head at Harry’s question. “What are you implying?” He asked.
“I mean,” Harry said slowly, “I’m willing to be your friend.”
Draco gawked at Harry.
“With this war over and people starting to build a new life, I think we should overstep our dispute, right?” Harry quickly added. “So, are you willing to accept me?” Harry said nervously.
Draco closed his mouth, thinking a moment before gulping down his doubt. “I think, it would be my pleasure, Potter.” Draco offered his hand once again.
Harry has never been happier in his life. He got a second chance, and he would use it to the fullest. Instead of taking Draco’s hand, Harry decided to kiss Draco’s pouty mouth. Draco’ melted down from Harry’s assault. When Harry ended it, Draco face was blushing furiously, like a boiling shrimp.
“I thought you wanted to be friendf.” Draco whispered shyly.
“Yes. But that’s not limiting that I don’t have hidden intention to get to know you inside out.” Harry whispered in Draco’s ear.
Draco was speechless hearing the word. He straightened his back and trying to sit properly, hiding his eagerness. It was then when Hermione began knocking the door.
“I presume everything’s all right?” I tried to glare at them hiding my smile, but failed miserably.
Harry smiled brightly, like the Harry Potter I knew. “Yes, of course. We decided to get to know each other first. Let us forget the past.”
Hearing the words, I and Rowena knew instantly that Harry has decided to forget about Godric’s life and continuing with Harry’s life right now. I ran to him and hugged him both with Draco.
It was only later that I realized that Gellert Grindelwald was one of my descendant.Albus Dumbledore was one of the last students that Rowena had. Even Rowena was not in her body anymore, but she was so happy for can be reunited with her daughter. The Grey Lady regrets had already gone, she went to the other side. And The Bloody Baron went after her. Rowena and I are praying for happiness in after life.
With our acceptance that this is our lives, we slowly let our past go. The past memories were still inside us, but it didn’t overlapping with our conscience again and it was slowly forgotten. Harry already coped with his possessiveness and Draco trying to limit his annoying side. Everything’s back to normal, well as normal as can be, I say. May be if there isn’t war or there isn’t reincarnation, this is our true life, I would think like that.
And so, I corrected my understanding. Reincarnation isn’t about your debts. But I believe it’s because you want to life forever with the person you love. And so I do want to be reincarnated with Ron again. Or may be Ron is Ignotus in his previous life, who knows.
*** FIN ***
A/N: I know you all confuse about who is the narrator. BUT, that was the intention. T-T It meant to be a surprise. So, do you guys like it? Comment really appreciated. Thanks for reading. ^^