Chapter 28

Nearly a month had passed since the war ended, and things were going rather well. Harry had returned after fighting Voldemort in a dangerous condition, and was sent to St. Mungo's immediately, which was already over-crowded with people.

The night that he arrived back at Hogwarts, owls were sent to all the students in hiding, telling them to come back. Everything was pretty good, Malfoy, Crabbe, Goyle and Wormtail were the only dark siders left, which wasn't too much of a threat. Draco was absolutely furious with Catherine for lying to him about everything. He had the strongest temptation to hurt her, but the only times they saw each other was during potions, and needless to say, Severs wasn't about to let that happen.

Charlie and Cate's engagement was kept quiet, nearly the entire Order knew they had been dating, but only the couple knew of the engagement, no one else even slightly suspected it.

Catherine had just finished her charms exam, and was leaving the Great Hall with Lavender and Parvati. They were talking animatedly until they noticed Professor McGongall standing directly infront of them.

"Yes Professor?" Parvati asked.

"Can you please come with me Catherine?"

"Sure." The nineteen-year-old agreed, following the woman to her office. As she closed the door, Catherine noticed Charlie sitting in one of the chairs across from where Minerva had just sat down.

"You're not in any kind of trouble." McGonagall smiled, "I asked you here because I want to offer you a job."

"What?"

"I am taking over the job as headmistress, and am unable to keep doing everything with Transfiguration. You won't take over right away, but you'll be working alongside me for a year or so. Then you'll be teaching first through fourth years, and soon enough, everyone."

"That would be wonderful." Cate smiled brightly.

"All right."

"Thank-you Professor."

"Your welcome, I'll send a letter out this summer, you'll start in September." The woman turned slightly so she was now talking to both Cate and Charlie, "I'll see you both then." Catherine and Charlie thanked her once again, then both left the office.

"Did she offer you a job too?" Cate asked as Charlie wrapped her in a hug.

"Yup." He replied, smiling.

"Good."

"There are definitely going to be more relations in the school now." Cate brushed their lips together.

"Always." Charlie replied, smiling brightly, and kissing her quickly before a flood of students came around the corner. "I'll see you at Kings Cross."

"Bye." Cate waved as he hurried off, the last day of her student years, even though it should have finished a year ago. As there was only a few hours before the end of year feast, she decided that she should go see Severus. Catherine headed down to the dungeons, knocking on Snape's door.

"It's open." The hard voice came from inside. He looked up when Cate entered. "Good afternoon." He smiled softly, something he hadn't done for a long time.

"You too." She smiled, walking up to his desk.

"Have you decided what you want to do for the summer and afterwards?"

"What do you mean?"

"Well, are you going to be back in Canada, or stay here. And if you're staying here, you're going to need to buy a house, because you won't be staying at Grimmauld Place anymore."

"Oh. Uh . . . about that." The young woman paused to sit down on a desk top, "I'm uh . . . going to be living at the Burrow for the summer, and then I'll be back at Hogwarts." Severus raised an eyebrow.

"Are you planning on stalking me?"'

"No," Cate laughed "Professor McGongall offered me a job."'

"Congratulations." The man stopped to think, "Are you going to be called Professor Snape? Because you won't want my reputation."

"Uh . . . that's another thing, by the time I start teaching . . . I . . . I'll be a Weasley." Severus' head shot up.

"What!"

"Yeah."

"It's not Ron is it?"

"No," She sighed lightly, "I've been dating Charlie since the end of school last year. He proposed after the war."

"Well congratulations on that too. I expect him to treat you very well, and if he doesn't, he knows what to expect."

"I'll be sure to tell him." Catherine laughed.

"It's strange . . . for me to only get to know you last year, and already, you're getting married."'

"Yeah, well, you know why."

"I know, and I regret that mistake, especially now that Elena's gone."

"Yeah...but it's still good. For the past two years, you were a good father."

"Somehow I doubt that." Severus chuckled slightly as Catherine slid off the desk.

"Sorry if I was a total ass."

"Sorry if I was." The two hugged quickly before Cate turned to leave. "I'll see you in September."

"No, you'll see me in August."

"For what"

"The wedding."'

"Oh, right." He smiled softly, "I'll see you then."

"Bye."

The next morning, everyone threw the last of their things into their trunks, and boarded the train. The ride to Kings Cross went smoothly, most students spent the time finding out how the war went from someone else's perspective, others spent it catching up, and sleeping.

When they reached the station, Charlie immediately found Cate, pulling her into a deep kiss (they were out of sight of his parents).

"How did the last day go?"

"Good."

"Did you talk to Snape?"

"Yeah. He took it fine, nothing eventful."

"That's good." Charlie smiled, taking her hand, the young man led her over to where Ginny and Molly Weasley were talking.

"Cate!" The woman exclaimed, "It's wonderful to see you again. How are things?"

"Good."

"That's wonderful." She turned to Charlie, "How did things with Minerva go?"

"It was good, she gave both Cate and I jobs."

"Oh fantastic! What did you get?"

"I'm doing Care of Magical Creatures, in place of Hagrid, and Cate's helping Minerva with Transfiguration."

"Well that will be interesting. So Cate, you must tell me, what have you decided to go with for your surname while teaching?"

"Well . . . it's not going to be Snape, as I'm engaged, and getting married over the summer so . . . " Mrs. Weasley cut her off.

"Engaged! Catherine, that's fabulous! To whom?"

"Well . . . you know Charlie right?" She gestured to the young man beside her.

"Why yes, he's my son . . . " Her eyes widened, realizing what was going on. "Oh my gosh!" Shrieked the woman, "Why didn't you tell me earlier?"

"The entire order knew." Cate laughed, "They just weren't going to tell you."'

"Aren't you a little far apart in age?"

"Cate's nineteen, remember?"

"Right." Molly replied, smiling brightly, "Have you started planning?"

"A bit." Charlie replied, wrapping an arm around Catherine, pulling her close, "We've decided for it to be in mid to late August."

"August! That only gives us a month!" She then hurried over to Arthur, frantically speaking with him. Charlie laughed heartily at his parents.

"C'mon, let's go home." He kissed his fiancee softly before the two left the station.

Fin. Part 2.

Part 3 to come.