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Platform 9.99999999999999999999... [Jul. 26th, 2007|08:52 pm]
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Massive spoilers for HP, book 7. No clicky unless you've read to the end.


Harry's train station never went away and so Dumbledore eventually boarded the train. He fell asleep when the train began to move and when he woke up, he was back where he'd started at Harry's train station, in the same seat he'd waited in to talk to Harry. The monster, still wailing under a bench a few rows back, had woken him up. Dumbledore moved to the other side of the station. "Must have been the wrong train," he said.



The monster was still wailing when Dumbledore nodded awake. There were some more people standing around, a great many of which Dumbledore recognized. Dumbledore waved at them, but none seemed to notice him. "Perhaps I am meant to advise another. I'm certain it will become apparent which one is in need," he said to himself.

Horace Slughorn showed up and stayed for a while, twisting his hat in his hand and biting his lip. Horace was looking quite well, with far more hair than Dumbledore remembered him having, but he never sat down the whole time he was there, he just stood, twitching and waiting as other people passed by him. Dumbledore attempted to talk to him but Horace edged away nervously and when Dumbledore went to touch him, his hand passed through the Slytherin as if he wasn't there.



Dumbledore went back to the benches. The monster wailed and blubbered. Dumbledore arranged his hands in the ancient and mystical position of serene patience. Another train arrived. Everyone boarded it except Horace, who looked at his feet and bit his lip some more. The train left. Horace fiddled with his hair and attempted to make it lay flat.

There were some more people and trains and the monster wailed. Beams of light from the windows made spots on the floor. After long study Dumbledore decided they moved incrementally in nonsensical arcs. Dumbledore dozed.

More people arrived. Horace twirled the ends of his mustache. A young boy of about thirty-five ran up to Horace and belted him in the shoulder. "I can't believe you left me there by myself! You cad!"

"Darling, I'm sorry! I didn't mean-" But the boy threw his arms around Horace and stuck his tongue in his mouth and Dumbledore never heard the end of what Horace was going to say. The boys stumbled, giggling, onto the next train.

"Slytherins," said Dumbledore. "Typical." And he went back to his seat.

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Harry arrived alone but left in a crowd. They filled a whole car on the train. Dumbledore was sad when they all left because their raucous laughter had quite covered the sound of the wailing monster. After that Dumbledore didn't recognize any more of the people who came through the station.

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Sometimes the monster crept along under the benches and touched Albus's shoes. It was a very wet monster and Albus's shoes were pure Erumpstack leather. Albus took to laying stretched out along the wooden benches. Dust motes whirled in the sunbeams from the windows. The monster wailed. Albus stuck his fingers in his ears and hummed. Loud.

It was absolutely shocking the way no one came by for the thing. Albus moved to the other side of the train station again.

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Fuck, this is annoying. And all these old ladies going by. One of them will make it stop. Hopefully soon.

Albus kicked the bench in front of him in time with the screams.

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Somewhere behind Al, somebody gasped and let out a sob. Al sat up and looked over the back of his seat. "Oh my gosh, who left you under there?"



Al picked up the baby and it cried. "Oh! Oh! Oh!"

"Oh, don't cry, baby. I wonder, are you a boy or a girl?"

The baby was so surprised to be asked that it stopped crying. It sniffed, wiped its nose on Al's shirt, and wondered whether it was a boy or a girl.

"I think that's our train."

"Oh?" said the baby.



"Yeah, I'm pretty sure. Look, it's turquoise! Gosh!" And it was filled with children. And babies.
Al squeezed his baby tight and ran to meet it.
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[User Picture]From: didjiman
2007-07-26 09:07 am (UTC)
What? No 9 levels of hell with boiling oil and all? Your purgatory is too kind :-)

Hopefully, Dumledore would take better care of the baby next time around.
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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-26 09:12 am (UTC)
Well, if you would like to imagine that the train derails into a pit of fire, that's okay by me.
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[User Picture]From: dolorous_ett
2007-07-26 09:11 am (UTC)
Awwwwwww!

A lovely afterlife, and a fitting resolution.

I do like your drawing of Slughorn!
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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-26 09:28 am (UTC)
Thanks. =)
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[User Picture]From: karjack
2007-07-26 09:17 am (UTC)
I like this. :)
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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-26 09:28 am (UTC)
Thanks. =)
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[User Picture]From: ann_mcn
2007-07-26 10:18 am (UTC)
Oh, gosh. This is the epilogue I wanted. Thank you!!!
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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-26 10:54 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad it worked for you. =)
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[User Picture]From: maxineofarc
2007-07-26 11:21 am (UTC)
That's so sweet. Classic you. :D
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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-27 10:07 am (UTC)
Hee, I suppose it is. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: mctabby
2007-07-26 11:30 am (UTC)
Ooo, afterlife fic! This is so, so wonderful. *applause*
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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-27 10:20 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! =)
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[User Picture]From: archangelbeth
2007-07-26 11:59 am (UTC)
Awwww. S'beautiful an' makes me cry. 'Specially the illustrations.
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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-27 10:20 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! =)
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[User Picture]From: sylvanawood
2007-07-26 12:41 pm (UTC)
This is so cute. Back to innocence for both of them, or making each others afterlife hell? Hm. Thanks for that.
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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-27 10:03 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks. =)
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[User Picture]From: driftingwind
2007-07-26 12:53 pm (UTC)
Wow, this is so touching and well-done. I love how you drew the Dumbledore of differeng ages. I wonder who the 35 year old boy who kissed Slughorn too!
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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-27 10:09 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! =)

I'm not sure who's kissing Slughorn... Maybe some old boy from that French school, met as teens during one of those Tri-Wizard contests?
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[User Picture]From: isiscolo
2007-07-26 12:57 pm (UTC)
Aw, I love your drawings. And Dumbledore aging backwards, hee, is he actually Merlin, then?
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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-27 10:05 am (UTC)
Thanks! =) ...I think Merlin was smarter.
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[User Picture]From: dryaunda
2007-07-26 01:09 pm (UTC)
Anomalous! How'd this fic make me tear up? Good job though. :)
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[User Picture]From: florence_craye
2007-07-26 02:05 pm (UTC)
It made me tear up, too! I love how he de-ages, so to speak. *loves it*
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[User Picture]From: scatteredlogic
2007-07-26 01:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is wonderful! The fact that Albus had to get younger to reconnect with his compassion was a brilliant touch. ~applause~
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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-27 10:17 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! =)
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[User Picture]From: unanon
2007-07-26 01:46 pm (UTC)
I've read this through twice and I cried both times at the end.

*snuggles fic* I just...Thank You for having someone finally pick up Voldemort's soul.
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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-27 10:15 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you liked it, though I didn't mean to make you cry.

Yeah, I just could not let Dumbledore leave it there.
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[User Picture]From: torenheksje
2007-07-26 01:53 pm (UTC)
Hmm...I was waiting for Al to turn *into* the wailing monster, but this was almost as good. ;c)

Too bad more people didn't ignore Dumbledore while he was alive.
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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-27 10:22 am (UTC)
Too bad more people didn't ignore Dumbledore while he was alive.

*laughs and laughs* No kidding!

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[User Picture]From: bluestocking79
2007-07-26 01:55 pm (UTC)
Fabulous. Your drawings are pure win (as always), but even better is the idea that Dumbledore should be forced to finally learn humanity and compassion in order for his soul to move onward. Right. On.

Immediately after finishing the book, my first thought was that Dumbledore's death hadn't been painful and lingering enough, but I've healed enough now to accept that even cold-hearted manipulative bastards deserve a chance to improve themselves.
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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-27 10:19 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! =)

Immediately after finishing the book, my first thought was that Dumbledore's death hadn't been painful and lingering enough Ahahahahaha! God, I'm still assuming that it was Imperius that made everyone llike this man.
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[User Picture]From: florence_craye
2007-07-26 02:06 pm (UTC)

another comment:

Is that Snape and Lupin holding hands!?! Squee! :D
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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-27 10:04 am (UTC)
It could be. Eveyone's seeing different people in those drawings, an effect I rather like. =)
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[User Picture]From: akycha
2007-07-26 02:08 pm (UTC)
This was wonderful. I adore your drawings, especially the first one (the fat witch is sooooooooooo hot! Now I want to get myself an outfit like that!), where people look so happy and Albus looks so alone and confused.

Actually, all the drawings are marvelous. As is the story.
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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-27 10:16 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! =)
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[User Picture]From: lolaraincoat
2007-07-26 02:20 pm (UTC)
Okay, this is canon for me now. Thank you!

(Seriously, this is gorgeous and spot-on.)
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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-27 10:06 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! =)
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[User Picture]From: heavenscalyx
2007-07-26 02:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you for giving us a more than decent (and well-written! and illustrated!) epilogue. I like it very, very much.
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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-27 10:17 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! =)
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[User Picture]From: loopyloonyluna
2007-07-26 02:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for that, especially the lovely illustrations to go with the narrative. You've managed to redeem Dubledore!

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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-27 10:16 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! =)
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[User Picture]From: chaos_rose
2007-07-26 02:58 pm (UTC)
*chuckles* Someone wise once said that justice is not revenge. Thank you so much for this!
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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-27 10:12 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! =)

Indeed, I love justice and hate revenge. Thus this, I guess.
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[User Picture]From: toraks
2007-07-26 03:11 pm (UTC)

Yay! Great job. I enjoyed Dumbledore's fate this way much more!
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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-27 10:16 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! =)
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[User Picture]From: realdedanaan
2007-07-26 03:52 pm (UTC)
I loved this. I thought it was a more fitting ending that the epilogue we did get and it really bothered me that Albus ignored that skinned baby. I love the illustrations, especially the baby and Slughorn, and all the de-aging pics of Albus
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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-27 10:10 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! =)

Yeah, I just couldn't leave that baby there.
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[User Picture]From: xandra_lj
2007-07-26 04:04 pm (UTC)
Now THIS, I like. It makes sense, D-dore actually LEARNS something himself, and the baby gets picked up at long last. Yup, yup, and yup some more.

Plus the illos are delightful, of course. You rock, as always.
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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-27 10:01 am (UTC)
Thanks! =)
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[User Picture]From: ngelinadb
2007-07-26 04:29 pm (UTC)
That was amazing. And very sweet, for both of them. Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: trickofthedark
2007-07-27 10:06 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! =)
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