Prompt: #103 by ea_stofnar
Summary: Draco has discovered the moment when everything changed for his family and doomed them to their downfall post-war. He can go back in time and change that--if he's willing to let the spell burn his life up. But Draco feels he has little left to lose, so he begins the spell, not knowing exactly what will happen at the end.
Warnings: Mixture of past and present tenses, non-linear storytelling, angst, canon-typical violence, minor character death, AU from ending of HBP, ambiguous ending.
Author's Notes: Thanks for posting this prompt, SinsofYouth/ea_stofnar! I wanted to write for it as soon as I saw it. I hope you enjoy the story.
Thanks also to my betas, Linda and Karen, for working so hard on this story. The title is a variation of a line from the Edna St. Vincent Millay poem quoted below.
( This Candle Burns )