Severus sat at the bar of the Three broomsticks with a subtle 'do not notice me' spell cast upon himself and the seat he occupied. He watched students come and go, and stear away from his end of the bar. He toyed with a crystal goblet full of a smoking pale blue substance in frontof him as he watched students coming and going. Looking out the windowin the late afternoon sky, he could see heavy cloudspressing in on theonce clear sky. The bell above the door tinkled as another wave of customers entered the tavern, drawing his eye. He looked at the leader of the wave and recognized Victor Krum, Hermione's date, and a gaggle of students following in his wake.
Severus noted withblack eyes drawn narrowed,that Victor chose a seat at the bar as he had done, and smiled awkwardly at the fawning youth. He signed a few bits of parchment that was thrust at him, an awkward smile pasted upon his face. Severus watched his every move wondering what a bright young witch would see in this hook nosed, duck-footed and graceless man. Severus lifted his goblet to his lips and drank the steaming liquid. He enjoyed the fiery path it blazed on its way to his stomach.
The bell over the door chimed again as three students entered; Hermione Granger, Weasley, and Potter, Severus noted. Victor excused himself from the youth surrounding his barstool to meet Hermione before she had a chance to find a table.
Severus watched with as she hugged him in greeting. He held his now empty goblet in tightly clenched hand. Hermione and that Krum boy walked out the door of the three broomsticks holding hands, Severus noted. Heset downthe fragile crytal gobletcarefully; threw a handful of sickles on the bar and followed them silently out the door.
I had such a lovely evening last night, although the weather was rudely uncooperative.
Victor and I had a lovely dinner and theatre tickets in muggle London. After the show, Victor has asked me to spend Easter holidays with him, and I agreed. I really like his family, and I am sure I'll have a nice time although it will still be terribly cold in Bulgaria. We apparated back to Hogsmeade as I didn't want to be out past curfew.
We were dismayed to find upon our return to Hogsmeade, a blanket of snow had fallen during our absence. Victor kindly offered to procure rooms for us in the village. I just didn't think it was right to stay out all night without some form of chaperone. Victor understood, and offered to escort me back to the school grounds.
We talked of all sorts of things as we trudged through the thick snow. It took us a great deal more time than I had anticipated. It must have been three o'clock in the morning by the time we approached the winged boars at the entrance gate. I was accosted upon my return by the school care taker, Argus Filch.
The rudeness of that man has no bounds! That man dismissed my date without so much as a by your leave, and marched me up the main path. I am certain it was a look of glee that made him seem uglier than usual in the crisp moonlight. I have a bruise on my arm from his bony fingers!
Once inside the castle that mangy old man sent the bloody baron down to the deputy headmaster. The trouble I caught! I was torn between being upset for being in trouble, and outraged at being treated like a child.
In retrospect, I suppose I did deserve some type of punishment,but detention each night for two weeks seems extreme! You know though, what hurt the worst was the look he pinned on me. Oh, I can't explain it, exactly, except to say I'm certain that I disappointed him.
Why did such a lovely evening have to end so badly?
I'll send this off to you now, as I don't know when I'll have time to write next with all the detention I'll be serving.
All my love
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Dear Miss Granger;
In response to your letter dated February 15 Mr. John Smith instructs you to stay at school over Easter holidays. He is concerned about your education, and feels that you should not allow yourself to be distracted.
Dear Mr. John Smith;
I received word from your secretary again. I so want to go and spend time with Victor. I promise it will not distract me from my course of study. Please write and say that you've changed your mind. Please!
Dear Daddy long legs,
Oh, please change your mind about Easter. I promise to be a good girl! Please! I'll wait to hear from you.
Thank you for the allowance.
Dear Mr. Smith;
I'm really angry with you! I am not a little girl anymore, and although I greatly appreciate your sponsorship, I wish you wouldn't interfere in my personal relationships. As you have not changed your mind, I am staying on at school, as youdictated.
Thank-you for the allowance that arrived in a timely manner.I have been mad at you, you must think me quite childish tobe angryfor so long, and perhaps youwould be right. I have been acting like a spoiled child.
I just wish you would have let me go. I regret that I ever told you of the invitation, but, there's no use crying over spilt potion, sowe'll go on from here.
I've missed telling you all that's' been going on in my life. Last week I had a visit from the school governor who was here for my examinations. He was here over Easter to attend to school matters, or so he says, but he spent so much time talking with me that I wonder what school business he was able to conduct.
Seeing him reminded me of you, and how petulant I've been. I've missed you daddy, and I wonder if you've been missing me?What a fine miserable pair we've made these last few weeks. Don't let me stay mad at you daddy ever again. You must firmly remind me that you are considering my best interest, and I will try to understand.