If a tree falls in a forest, does it make a sound? If two people love each other in private, is the survivor allowed to claim the public status of primary mourner? If no one speaks a truth out loud, is it still true?
a sequel to two certainties for Margaret's Angst Alone challenge.
This is a sequel to two certainties, but if you are super committed to reading this and not reading that one first, know that this is in an AU where you have a tattoo of your soulmate's last words they say to you on your wrist. Also, these are our heroes' last words, in the Department of Mysteries:
Sirius had just opened the door to a room that seemed to feature a cabinet full of — were they timeturners smashing and then repairing themselves in an endless loop? He was mesmerised for a moment, calling, "Moony, why do you think it's looping like that?" before Kingsley opened another door and called out, "They're in here!"
"They're time turners," Remus said in a strange tone of voice. When Sirius turned around, Remus was looking at him, stricken and his face drained of blood. There was nothing in the room worth that reaction, Sirius thought, unless Remus knew more about that shattering cabinet than he did. When Kingsley shouted a spell, Remus seemed to remember that time was of the essence and grabbed his shoulder. "I love you."