Word Count: 1608
Genre: Drama, slash, introspection
Pairing(s): Neville/Harry, Neville/Ginny, Harry/Ginny, Ron/Hermione
Synopsis: AU diverging from canon at the end of OotP. On the eve of the final battle, Neville makes his peace with his life.
Timeline: Spring 1998
Disclaimer: I am not J. K. Rowling. I own nothing. Please don't sue me.
Author's Note: Neville's story stands on its own, but is part of a larger fic in which the whereabouts of various characters on the eve of the final battle is explored in chapters which take place concurrently. Feedback is my drug of choice. As usual, please report any errors or inconsistencies.
Here he was, on the eve of what might be the definitive battle against Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters, and instead of fear and worry, Neville's mind was full of Harry. It always had been. He used to rationalise it -- hero-worship, admiration, friendship -- but not anymore. He would be facing death tomorrow and he could not lie to himself any longer.