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Chapter 10: Tying up Loose Ends.
When Remus and Ginny entered the Headmaster's office they were surprised to find Severus Snape, Minerva and Albus already there. Ginny took the seat by her transfiguration professor and Remus stood behind her, barely noticing that he was imitating the Headmaster's behavior around his deputy. The four of them looked up at Snape.
"After much investigation, and a surprising conversation with Mr. Malfoy, I know who attacked Minerva and Ms. Weasley." He paused for a moment and sighed deeply. "I regret to inform you that it was a death-eater, Marcus Flint and Millicent Bulstrode let him in the castle. I have taken the liberty of expelling Ms. Bulstrode and turning over the evidence against Mr. Flint to the Ministry." He informed them glancing at the headmaster for approval.
Albus nodded. "Excellent job Severus. We appreciate all you have done."
The potions master bowed slightly and began to walk away. As he walked past Minerva grabbed his hand and stopped him. She stood a bit shakily and he pretended not to notice the tear tracks on her face. "Thank you for everything Severus." She whispered. He nodded briskly, uncomfortable with her gratitude and swept out of the room.
Once he was gone Ginny stood and she and Remus turned to leave as well. Before they got to the door however, the Headmaster cleared his throat. They turned back. "Relationships between students and teachers have always been frowned upon at this school." He started quietly. Ginny opened her mouth to protest, but he held up a hand to stop her. "Ginny is not yet of age and since she is not, I would imagine that her parents would have a few choice words Remus. But the level of support she allows you to give her and the level you willingly give we would be hard-pressed to replace."
"On top of which, this war takes too much away from us all, and whatever happiness we can garner and keep, we should be allowed." Minerva added pointedly, but Remus and Ginny got the feeling that she was talking less to them as she was to Albus, a feeling that grew as she continued. "And certainly Albus, with the many people in the world who have will have something to say, especially considering age and position, we should grant them some understanding."
He smiled a little and there was an amused sparkle in his blue eyes that always seemed to appear when she chastised him. "Certainly my dear." He conceded. "As I was saying, in light of all of these factors, I ask only that you maintain a platonic relationship until Ms. Weasley graduates and that you keep it discreet."
They both agreed readily. He bestowed a rather paternal smile on them. "In that case I think the only thing left to say is congratulations and I wish you both all the best." As soon as they left, Albus turned to his deputy, still standing at his side. "You didn't really think I was going to forbid them from seeing each other did you?" He asked with a warm chuckle.
Minerva frowned at his teasing and placed her hands on her hips. "How was I supposed to know Albus? You may be able to read minds, but I certainly can't, and even if I could, I strongly suspect that yours would continue to elude me."
This prompted another chuckle and he pulled her into his arms. After a few gentle kisses, she sighed heavily and laid her head on his shoulder. "Remus and Ginny aren't the only ones who are going to take censure when their relationship becomes public."
"Could it be any worse than the comments made about my sanity or your 'ice queen' behavior?"
"No." She decided after a few minutes. "I suppose not."
"Good. In that case, could I interest you in a late night stroll?"
Minerva smiled and pulled out of his arms, slipping her hand into his as she did so. "I'd like that."
Halfway across the castle Remus and Ginny had come to a stop in front of the portrait of the Fat Lady. The smiled wistfully at each other. "You'll come by for tea tomorrow?" He asked shyly.
"Of course." The little red head looked up and down the hall quickly. Seeing no one she raised herself up on tip toe and kissed his cheek. "Goodnight."
"Goodnight Ginny." He answered as she scampered through the portrait hole.