The Raven Cries
Location: Swansea, Wales • Date: Early January, 1996
|Dobby has come to protect Harry Potter, to warn him...|
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Arturus Kane had offered to stay with Alun until someone from his family arrived, but Alun had refused. He wanted to be alone with his kids, to figure out how he was going to explain that their mother was gone. In hindsight, maybe it would have been easier to wait for Tegan to arrive. Then again, she was currently apparate-hopping from the other side of the world. It was going to take a while.
His baby monitor mirror was still sitting on the table next to him. He had sent Iwan to bed, against the boy's wishes, but as far as he knew, Nerys was still outside. Nerys. She was so close to her mother, what was he going to say to her? It was all too much. His face was still streaked with tears despite his best efforts to keep a brave face.
As he glanced up from where he was sitting on the armchair, he caught sight of a family photo sitting on the mantle. His wife looked so happy and carefree, tossing her hair over her shoulder every so often and flashing her trademark crooked smile. Beside her, photo-him had his arm wrapped around her waist and was currently kissing photo-her's cheek. The older kids were standing in front, looking like the last thing they wanted to be doing was holding hands, while the baby squirmed in his wife's arms. The image of a perfect family. And now it was broken. He choked back another sob, freezing as he heard footsteps.
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