01 January 2004 @ 09:55 pm
Drabble: Futility  
Title: Futility
Author: Lilith ([info]lilithilien)
Word Count: 100 words
Rating: Gen
Pairing: Dudley, Petunia, and Harry
Prompt #5: Picture prompt
Warnings: Character death
Disclaimer: I own absolutely nothing.

As Dudley drove up, Harry ran toward his car. "How is she?"

"She's not breathing. Bring her back, Harry!"

Dudley's demanding tone was familiar, but for his mother Harry could excuse him. Harry felt for a pulse that wasn't there on skin already gone cold.

"I can't, Dudley. I'm sorry."

Between sobs, his cousin asked, "What good is magic if you can't bring someone back to life?"

Harry thought of Remus, of Fred, of his parents. Of Colin, Dumbledore, and yes, even Snape. A decade later, the pain was still raw. "I don't know," he whispered. "I really don't know."

Photograph by Rick Snowdon