After Class

"Where the heck is that bloody hangover potion!" Severus Snape grunted, while rummaging through his cupboards. "I know it's in here somewhere, it's got to be…." He droned on, throwing things here and there, on his search for the tonic.

As you could see, Wednesday morning found one very cranky potions master. Although Severus Snape got a full night's sleep, he woke up to his head pounding, from the night before. He had gotten straight out of bed, and went to look for something he could take for his headache. He couldn't remember why he had gotten drunk last night. It seemed strange because he only used to get wasted when he was younger. And that was before Dumbledore once found him, and forbid him to get like that again.

"Aha! I found you, you little bugger!" Snape said triumphantly to the little bottle, which contained what he was looking for. With out delay, he put the object to his lips, threw his head back, and drank it in one gulp. His headache immediately dissolved away, bringing him relief. He smashed the bottle into the fireplace and fell back into his couch. But sadly, now that his head was clear, he remembered why he had gotten the headache in the first place. Snape put his head in his hands and sighed. Miss Granger was now becoming even more troublesome to him, than the infamous Weasley twins. Although, he had to admit, she was much more attractive! "No" He told himself, "She is a student, besides those kinds of thoughts are what got you in trouble in the first place." His thoughts drifted to the kiss, if she told Dumbledore, he would surely lose his job. But then, all of a sudden, a thought occurred to him;

"It was too late last night fro Miss Granger to tell Dumbledore…. The only time to tell him would be after breakfast; maybe I could just write a note to her, saying that we will discuss it after class." Snape said, rushing to his study to get started on the letter. When he was finished he made to stop by the Owlery, to visit Hecate, on his way to breakfast.

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Hermione walked quickly to the great hall. She had considered not going, when she thought about last night's events, but her stomach told her that if she missed this meal, she would not be pleased. She had stared at her ceiling all night trying to go to sleep, but she couldn't get Snape out of her mind. Eventually she had given up trying to rest and went to the common room to check over Harry and Ron's homework. She had nothing else to do, and she felt kinda bad that they were beating themselves up over her getting in trouble, when it was actually there fault.

"Hermione, wait up." A familiar voice called. Hermione glanced around and saw Ginny jogging to catch up to where she was standing. "I'm glad you finally decided to show up today." Ginny panted, smiling. "Well, shall we?" She opened the door and gestured Hermione in.

"Thanks, Ginny"

The two girls made there way to the end of the Gryffindor table, where they then joined Harry and Ron. The two boys looked up and said "hello", before continuing their conversation. Hermione took her seat, and while helping herself to a piece of toast, snuck a glance at the head table. There he was, Professor Snape, staring intensely at her. She gulped and quickly turned away.

Snape looked good this morning, Hermione noticed, although he didn't seem very happy at the moment. His lips were in a tight line as he scowled down at the Gryffindor table, the same lips that she had kissed only the night before. Hermione shook her head to help rid her thoughts. She turned, and began to chat quietly with Ginny, who wanted to know why she had been acting so strange lately. Hermione lied and told her, it was nothing; she was just scared that she was not going to graduate at the top of her class. "Well, it's not really a lie" She though inwardly. But thankfully Ginny believed her story, and went to talk about the approaching Quidditch match.

"So who do you think is going to win the upcoming match, Hermione? Slytherin or Gryffindor?" Ginny said through a mouthful of eggs. "I mean, they are both really good teams. I still think were going to kick their butts, but I heard Slytherin just got a new keeper that's suppose to be really good!"

"God, Ginny you're almost as bad as your brother. Is quidditch all you talk about?" Hermione said as she rolled her eyes.

Ginny smiled and opened her mouth to respond but was cut off by a Hufflepuff shouting, "Mail's here!"

Hermione looked up and saw birds flying everywhere. She had once thought that it was cruel to use owls to carry mail, but she had quickly gotten over it, in order not to start a fight with Harry and Ron who had reminded her of how well S.P.E.W. went.

Hermione turned her attention to the Daily Prophet, which she had just received from a small barn owl. She opened it up to the second page where they had an update on what Fudge was up to. But she only got as far as the second paragraph, because something else caught her attention. A huge, black hawk had just landed right on her breakfast plate. For a moment she was truly angry with the bird, for ruining her meal. However, curiosity got the better of her, when she saw what was attached to its leg.

"I wonder who this could be from…." Hermione said to herself, as she took off the letter that was attached to the bird's leg. She glanced around to see if anyone else saw the mysterious bird. But Ginny was talking to Harry about an article in the Daily Prophet, and Ron was looking at another article in his paper. She ripped the note open as the hawk flew away. Her eyes widened as she saw who it was from.

Miss Granger,

Please stay after potions class today, as we have a few things to discuss. Also, I ask that you refrain from telling people about our encounter, until we have spoken together.

-Professor Snape

As Hermione finished the letter, she stole another glance at Snape. He caught her glaze and raised an eyebrow, indicating an answer to the note. She quickly nodded and then turned back to her breakfast with a lost appetite.

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Severus Snape was sitting at his desk grading papers, when his seventh year students came into the classroom. He gracefully stood and mumbled, "Another day in the exciting life of Professor Snape." He watched the students take their seats, before he began the lesson. When the scraping of chairs and banging of books hitting the desks stopped, he began;

"Today, we will be working on a potion that causes lost bones to re-grow. Can anyone tell me what the potion is called?" Snape asked his class. His eyes flickered at Miss Granger, who was carefully avoiding his eyes… she hadn't even raised her hand to answer the question. Strange. He moved his gaze to the boy sitting next to her, and spat, "Mr. Potter?"

"The potion is called Skele-Grow, sir"

"Correct Potter…. But then again I would expect you to know after your quidditch incident in your second year." Snape sneered when he saw Harry's hands clenching into fists. "It seems Madam Pomfrey has run out of her stock of Skele-Grow, and she thinks she may need some on hand for after the upcoming quidditch match." He looked pointedly at Harry, who had taken up glaring at his professor. "The ingredients are on the board." He gave his wand a flick, and his spiky handwriting appeared, "You may begin."

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"Why that horrible, awful, dreadful, slimy, Git!" Harry whispered to his two best friends, as they were standing in line to get ingredients.

"Not to mention, ugly and greasy!" Ron offered.

"Harry…Ron…" Hermione warned glancing around to make sure Snape hadn't heard them. Fortunately, he was over by Malfoy's cauldron answering a question.

"But, why does he always have to pick on us?" Harry asked, "I mean okay, Hermione, you did play that prank on him, but I'm not the reason I had to have my bones re-grown! That was Lockhart's fault, and it was in my second year! My SECOND YEAR, for goodness sakes!"

"Shhhhhhhh." Hermione whispered furiously. They finished gathering up their ingredients and then went back to their seats. "Harry, you need to calm down, when has Professor Snape ever been fair to you? You just need to ignore him, what do you think I've been doing for the last two days?" She felt a little guilty talking this way about Snape. Yes, he was rude, but he was a great teacher.

Harry's anger subsided, and he looked at his friend apologetically. "I'm sorry, Herm. It's just so trying to know that all he wants to do is make your life miserable."

"I know, I know…." Hermione sighed, she was suddenly very tired. "Now come on, we need to finish this potion before class ends." The boys nodded in agreement. They spent the rest of their class time in silence. It was only when the bell rang that she remembered that she had to stay after. Maybe she could rush out of the classroom, and then tell him later that she had forgotten, "Yeah, that would work." She thought. "But why do I want to run away from him? Is it because he might say that he regrets kissing you?" But before she could think of an answer to her inquires, she heard a silky voice call her back.

"Miss Granger, our appointment?"

Ron turned back to her, with a confused look on his face. But Hermione told them she didn't know what he was talking about and she said she'd meet them at lunch, later. When they had left the classroom, she turned and walked up to Snape's desk.

"Sir?" Hermione inquired.

"I trust you haven't told anyone about last night?" Snape asked her as soon as everyone was out of the classroom and he had shut the door.

"No, sir." Hermione answered truthfully.

"Good, now about last night, I want to apologize. I had no right to… k-kiss you. I'm truly sorry. If you want to tell Dumbledore, I understand."

Hermione was quiet, she felt sorry for him. She had actually been feeling that a lot in the last couple of days. He seemed like he was very lonely. She decided that she was too.

"Sir, it wasn't entirely your fault." Snape looked back up at her when she said this. "I'm the one who provoked you. I'm the one who couldn't keep my mouth shut." She hoped he didn't catch the double meaning in her last sentence as she continued, "I won't tell Dumbledore anything, if you answer one question that I have."

Snape paused before answering, "And what question would that be?"

"W-why did you relax into the kiss? Why did you kiss me gently?"

Snape looked at her with shock written all over his face. He didn't know how to respond. He had never been in a situation like this before. "First of all, Miss Granger, that was two questions. But I relaxed because… because it felt right. After I had pounced on you in order to hurt you, I realized I couldn't…. I-I wouldn't." He stopped. He couldn't believe he told her that when he hadn't even told himself that was the reason. But it was the truth. He was about to tell her to leave, that he would just tell Dumbledore himself, when he felt a hand on his arm.

"Really?" A small voice questioned.

"Really." He answered with confidence.

That was all Hermione needed to make up her mind. She cupped his chin in her hand, and closed the distance between them. Severus hesitated for a second, before deepening the kiss. When they came up for breath he put his forehead against hers and asked her a question;

"After you graduate do you think it would be okay, if I would be allowed to see you regularly? I mean that's only if you want to… I know I'm older than you and-" A finger on his lips was enough to silence him. Hermione had never seen her professor this uncomfortable before and felt sorry for him.

"I'd like that very much."

THE END!


Hullo everyone! I finally finished my story! WOOT WOOT!
Thank you to ALL of my reviewers, you guys helped sooo much. I'm sorry this took a while to finish, I'm trying to write another story, (Like I've said in the past...) I'm going to be out of town till next Monday, but I should hopefully post a new story after that! Anyway on to my review replies!

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Angelbabe385: Glad you liked the story! What blackmail did Hermione have on Snape? The fact that she could mention that he kissed her if he ticked her off?

prin69: Yea! You reviewed again! I hope you liked this chapter!

SiriusSpikeLover: Thank you for your loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng reveiw:) I'm sorry I took a while to update... but I made sure I finished it today before I had to go out of town!

KaylaAyleen: This chapter is a little longer... but I'm glad you liked the story! I'm honored that you reviewed, since you're a really great authur and also a Alan Rickman fan! Isn't he just great! Like you, I'll watch any movie he appears in! He's my favorite actor... Which is your favorite movie that you've seen him in?

PhantomPirate: I'm glad you couldn't stop reading my story! I hope you like this chapter also!

fiwoo: I know, isn't Snape acting like a lovesick schoolboy! I also tried to take your advice and write more about their feelings...

PrincessofDiamonds: I'm sooooooo sorry It took so long to update last time! This time it took 5 days.. I know, I know I should of had it up sooner! But I'm so happy that you actually like my story that much! Like I said to SiriusSpikeLover, I made sure I finished it, otherwise I wouldn't of ever updated probably..

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Taste's Like Home: Who would pull away if they were getting kissed by Snape! I hope this ending is okay by your standards? Oh, I also had a question for you, since your profile says you live in England... for my next story, I need a name of a fancy restraunt in London. If you know of one could you tell me? I don't live there so I have no clue what sort of restraunts there are. Thanks sooooo much!

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Nic: I tried not to have people out of character... Severus was pretty hard considering what happened in HBP, but I tried not to mention him being involved with Deatheaters, that was the hardest part of the story. I'm also glad the story made you laugh! I also want to thank you for putting a lot into the review, I was very pleased to read what you liked about it, not just that you liked it. So thanks!