a/n: i do not own hp, jk rowling does.

The-boy-who-lived was running down the castle corridors up to the Gryffindor common room to find Hermione. He had to tell her of the bad news on the front page of the Prophecy newspaper. He entered through the portrait and saw Ginny in the common room.

"Ginny, where is Hermione?"

Ginny looked at the daily prophecy in his hand, then finally answered, "She already knows."

Hermione came out of the girl's dorm and entered the common room. She saw Harry and said, "Hello."

"Hermione, did you receive any petitions for marriage yet?"Harry asked as he took a few steps towards her.

"No, thank Merlin I did not. I hope no one sends me anything."

"Well, if you do receive any petitions, i wish you the best."

"Thank you, Harry. Well, we are almost late for potions. Let's go." Hermione said as she walked towards the portrait. Harry followed Hermione down to the dungeons.

Severus Snape, the most feared professor of Hogwarts sat at his desk and watched the class come in. He never cared too much to watch, but today he would because of a certain Gryffindor he admired. Then, he saw Hermione Granger walk in and take her seat with Harry and Ron. Severus then got out of his seat and walked to the front of the class.

"Silence!" Severus yelled over the commotion. The class immediate fell to silence and listened.

"You all know today that we will be brewing the Mandrake Potion. So, here are the directions and ingredients. Get started. I will be around in 90 minutes to check your potion." Severus ordered his students.

The students then got up from their seats and walked over to the ingredients cupboard, gathered the necessary ingredients, and went back to their seats. Then began to brew their potion.

Hermione was paired off alone again from what Severus noticed. Hermione began the potion step by step, adding the proper ingredients and stirring when told to do so. After 60 minutes, Hermione finished the potion and watched it turn the exact color of chocolate brown. Just like her eyes. Hermione then smiled to herself a little. Then she sat down at her desk and opened up her book to the Mandrake potion and began to take notes on it.

Severus noticed that Hermione was taking notes and her potion was already bottled on her desk. He saw it were a perfect color, then smiled inwardly to himself by how perfect it was.

Draco, out of jealousey, saw her vial near the edge and bumped the table hard enough with his butt to knock it in the floor.

Hermione saw her vial fall in the floor and smash, the contents spilled all over.

cwas all he said. Then he chuckled to himself as he turned to his partner, Crabbe and whispered, " she will get a zero for today."

"YOU ARE AN ASSHOLE DRACO." Hermione yelled out loud.

Everyone stopped working and Severus narrowed his eyes.

"Shut up you little mudblood. What are you going to do about it?"

Hermione then smacked Draco across the face.

Severus got up and rushed to the two before any more swings could happen and separated them.

Draco's cheek was red and his features were molded into pure rage."You're gonna pay for that you mudblood bitch!" Draco snarled at Hermione. Then he left the classroom, Crabbe, Goyle, and Zabini folllowing in his wake.

"50 points from Gryffindor for fighting in class and you will see me after class, Miss Granger." Severus sneered and then the bell rang.

All of the students put their vials on his desk, and scurried out of his class.

Harry and Ron looked at Hermione and prayed only for the less severe punishment as they left Hermione alone with Professor Snape.

"Come with me," Severus told her as he walked towards the door. Hermione then just followed behind him, she didn't know what he was planning or going to do about what she did in his class.

Severus timed his strides with Hermione as they walked down the corridors, then they walked outside and down towards the lake.

Hermione found it to be very weird for him to go outside, so she then wondered where they were going.

Severus then arrived at the lake and sat down in the shade on a tall rock he climbed up on.

"What are you doing, Professor?" Hermione asked.

"Just come up here, Miss Granger and you will see." Severus replied.

Hermione just climbed up on the rock and sat next to him. Severus then shifted his body so that he were facing her, "I want you to face me, Miss Granger."

"I would like to know what you are doing?" Hermione asked as she turned to face him.

"Now, look me in the eye, and tell me what happened in my classroom."

Hermione just looked at him in shock.

"So you do not get expelled, so I can protect you from Draco."

"Protect me?"

"Yes, now tell me what happened."

"I finished my potion 30 minutes early before you would come around and inspect. It was a perfect potion that would probably look just like yours. So, when I finished, I didn't want you to think I didn't do anything in your class, so I pulled out my books and started to take notes on the Mandrake Potion. Then, Draco hit the table purposely and knocked my vial in the floor. He said 'Ooops. Oh, well.' Then he laughed and added' she will get a zero for today.' I then called him an asshole. He then said 'Shut up you little mudblood. What are you going to do about it?' When he called me a mudblood, i got pist off and slapped him. Then you got in between us andseparated us. That was when Draco said 'You're gonna pay for that you mudblood bitch!'. That is what happened." Hermione finished.

Severus kept his eye contact on her for a moment and realized she told the truth. Severus then nodded.

"Ok. You will not get a zero for today, infact, you can make it up tonight in my dungeons. 8:00 p.m. do not be late.