Chapter 10

Saturdays at Hogwarts were rather relaxing for the teachers, as they didn't have too much to do. Liza sat at Severus' desk with him, marking essays from the third years.

"There has to be a better way to do this." She commented, flipping over a freshly marked essay, putting it into the middle pile.

"If only." Severus replied, glancing over at her, he laughed softly, "After so many years of this, you think someone would have come up with a better way."

"Exactly." Liza turned her attention to the next essay. The pair spent the next few minutes marking in silence. The woman jumped slightly when the alarm on her watch went off. "Crap." She muttered to herself, placing down the quill as she stood up. "Sev, I've got to go, I promised to meet Minerva at the Leaky Cauldron."

"You're meeting her there?"

"Yeah. She was doing some shopping before hand." Severus stood up, his hand twitched slightly toward his pocket, but he stopped it. "I'll see you later." Liza wrapped her arms around him, kissing him passionately.

"That you will." He replied quietly, "I love you."

"Love you too." She whispered, then departed, pulling her cloak on. Even though it was only early January, it was raining heavily outside, and she had to walk to the edge of the grounds to apparate.

Liza then left the dungeons, walking quickly through the quiet hallways of the school. Most teachers were in their rooms, or in the teachers lounge, and most students were in their house towers, thus, the halls were mostly deserted. The woman pulled her cloak tight around her as she began to walk through the rain. Her hand was inches away from opening the gate, when a shout came from behind her.

"Liza!" She turned to see Severus running up to her, only in his school robes, he had no cloak, and was absolutely soaking.

"Sev, what're you doing out here?" She asked as he stopped, inches away from her.

"I have to ask you something."

"Hun, I'll be back in a few hours."

"This is important." He replied, taking her hand in his, he was suddenly down on his knee. "Liza, I've loved you since the moment I met you...will you please marry me?" Tears sparkled in the woman's eyes.

"Oh Sev..." She gasped, "I thought you'd never ask, of course I will!" Severus slipped the ring around her finger, then jumped up, pulling her into the tighest hug, ending with the most passionate embrace known.