Wow, I've seen some stories concerning McGonagall and the aftermath of Dumbledore's death. Yours is the best I've read. You go so deep for such a short story. You feel her lack of confidence, the skeletons in her closet. But I love the show of McGonagall grit at the end, not to mention the fact that while Dumbledore may have been in a class by himself, McGonagall has her own strengths and has more talent and spunk at the end than she gives herself credit for.
Thanks, Madeline. *blushes* Served up by a writer who's own depthful characterizations I much admire, this is real meat and drink for me.
I do love Minerva though and feel that JKR short-shrifted an opportunity to ennoble her character in HBP (deliberately according to one interview)--which is the main reason I wrote this piece.