An Unexpected Card

By Imhilien )

Disclaimer: I don't own anything to do with Harry Potter.

[Response to the WIKTT 'You've got to be kidding' challenge – the rules are that in 100 words, you should tell a story that logically ends with the words, "You've got to be kidding!"]

A/N: I have written two responses to this challenge, or rather, two different ways that Hermione responds on Valentines Day when she receives an unexpected card.

A/N 2: Yes, I am working on the next chapter of 'Roads'. But these 100 word challenges with their accompanying plot bunnies are very persuasive……

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Being quite practical at eighteen, Hermione is nevertheless surprised by the falling card by her plate on Valentines Day.

The card is devoid of gushing sentimentality, with an anonymous, carefully worded expression of affection for her.

Despite the efforts of the writer, she recognises the handwriting and a lump comes to her throat.

Hermione had noticed his oddly hesitant behaviour around her these days and glancing towards the High Table she sees a watching Professor Snape with wariness and hope in his dark eyes.

Her faint look of revulsion wounds a heart.

She muttered, "You've got to be kidding!"

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In another version Hermione's day goes like this……

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Being quite practical at eighteen, Hermione is nevertheless on the verge of blushing as she reads her Valentines Day card.

Despite the efforts of the writer, she recognises the hand that wrote the anonymous and carefully worded expression of affection for her.

Glancing towards the High Table she sees Professor Snape watching her with his eyebrows slightly raised.

The card he is holding is a bright pink, but it was the only one she could find for him in Hogsmeade. Despite her careful efforts he has recognised her handwriting.

He mouthed, "Pink? You've got to be kidding!"