*below the villa, sitting on the beach next to Amelia, listening as she reminisces about Etienne while watching the tide ebb and flow in the early morning light*
*heart clenches when she suddenly chokes up, burying her face in his shoulder*
*rubs her hair absently* He's in a better place now, Lia. I'm sorry you're hurting. I'm sorry I'm the cause of it, but it's better this way. Now he's not able to do to you what he did to me. Now you're safe. Now you'll have a choice and a chance. I'll make sure of that.
*takes her hand after she calms, giving it a squeeze* Come on, let's go have the house elves get some breakfast ready. We can have them make everyone's favourites. Mother and Father will like that, don't you think?
*smiles when she nods, giving him a shakey smile when he thumbs the remaining tears from her cheek* That's my girl.
*helps her to her feet, offering her his arm* Shall we, then?It'll fade eventually, Lia. The pain will fade. Trust me on that. Someday you'll leave it far behind.
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