Disclaimer: I don't own anything except a few details about a previously mentioned ritual.
'blah' means thoughts
This fic is slash! If you are offended by such things, leave now. But being as this is the last chapter, I don't think there's anyone left who is offended.
EIGHT O'CLOCK, SEVERUS'S OFFICE
"Professor, why did Malfoy attack me in the hallway?"
"What I'm about to tell you is strictly confidential. Is that understood?"
Hermione nodded. "Is Malfoy a vampiric being? Is that it, Professor?"
"Why do you insist on asking questions to which you already know the answers?" There was no reply from the Gryffindor. "Now, take your pass and leave. I have things to do and essays to grade." Severus held out the pass, which Hermione took. She left. The second the door closed Severus added more to his comment. "And Gryffindors to fail."
"Good one, Severus." Draco stepped out of the shadows in which he was hiding. "About this afternoon, how can I ignore the bloodlust?"
"Well, I don't recommend going through the ritual with your dorm mates, they wouldn't understand and staying in the Slytherin dorm isn't a good idea. I'll ask the Headmaster if you can stay in my rooms. I'll also tell him to leave me this way."
"Will we be staying in this room?"
"I'll make sure of it."
DUMBLEDORE'S OFFICE, SUNDAY
The two Slytherins were standing in front of Dumbledore's desk. "What can I do for you, Severus?"
"Draco needs to be separated from his housemates."
"All right. I'll put him with the Gryffindors."
"WHAT!" they exclaimed.
"He'll skin them alive, Albus!"
"I'm only joking, Severus. Why does he need a new room after three and a half years in the Slytherin dorm?"
"Draco has developed a condition which would be lethal to his housemates."
"What kind of condition?"
"Well…um…you see…" Severus suddenly developed a fascination with the patterns in the wood floor. "That is…uh-"
"To hell with it." Draco pulled his collar down, exposing the backside of his neck where the two bite marks were. "See? This is why."
Dumbledore's eyes twinkled behind his half-moon spectacles. "Couldn't keep your fangs to yourself, Severus?"
A light blush stained Severus's cheeks. "I asked him to, Headmaster."
Dumbledore looked at the blonde. He smiled. "And why would you want to be a Daywalker, Mr. Malfoy?"
Draco blushed. "Well…um…you see…that is…uh…"
"It's because you love each other, isn't it?"
"How'd you know?"
"Now, now, Severus. As the muggle saying goes a true magician never reveals his secrets." Severus rolled his eyes. "Permission granted. Is that all, Severus?"
"Actually, no. I would like all attempts at finding a cure to stop."
"What? Why, Severus?"
"Isn't it obvious, Albus?" Severus wrapped an arm around Draco's waist. "Our love is no longer illegal. Draco and I can stay at my manor in the summer and in my rooms during the year." Severus's tone left no room for arguments and without another word Draco and Severus walked out of the Headmaster's office, heading towards the dungeons. As they rounded the corner, they almost literally ran into Lupin.
"Severus, Mr. Malfoy. Just the people I wanted to see."
"And why did you want to see us, werewolf?"
"One, I need the next dose of my Wolfsbane Potion and two, I needed to ask you two a couple questions about my next lesson." Lupin fell into step next to the two vampiric Slytherins.
"Fine." Severus sighed.
The werewolf took a deep breath and what he smelled or rather didn't smell made him smirk. "Turned him already, Severus?"
"What do you want me to tell the class?"
"I don't want Draco to be exposed, but I don't care if you tell them about me."
Lupin walked in and towards his desk. "Hand in your scrolls." When the scrolls were handed in, Lupin began his lesson. "If you remember, I ended the last lesson with a question. So, who do you think it is?"
"Malfoy!" Dean called out.
"Wrong!" Lupin exclaimed.
"Professor Snape!" Crabbe called out.
'Is he going to tell?' Severus thought. He felt Draco's hand slip into his and give his hand a squeeze. "It'll be all right, Severus."
"Wrong!" Severus visibly relaxed when Lupin said this.
"Both!" Hermione called out confidently.
"What? How could I be wrong?"
"Because we're not Daywalkers," Draco and Severus chorused. Hermione turned around and looked at them. They smiled evilly at her, showing off their fangs.
"Neither!" Ron called out.
"Correct, Mr. Weasley. Ten points to Gryffindor." As Lupin continued, Hermione whirled around to face the two fourteen-year-old Daywalkers.
"I know you two are Daywalkers, so why did Professor Lupin lie?"
"Protection," Severus answered.
Meanwhile, Pansy was staring at Draco with thoughts of love in her head. Draco noticed Pansy was staring at him and sneered. "Stop staring at me."
Pansy gasped and called out, "Professor! Professor!"
"What is it, Ms. Parkinson?"
"I don't need to hear about your love life, Ms. Parkinson."
"But he's got fangs!"
Draco and Severus paled. 'Are they going to believe her?' Draco thought.
"Really now?" Lupin said, deadpanned.
"And so does Snape!" Hermione pointed out.
"Clearly you two girls are imagining things."
'There's no way Lupin can convince them without proof.' Severus stood up. "Actually, Ms. Granger is correct." He secretly cast a glamour charm on Draco.
"What about Draco? I saw fangs!" Pansy shrieked.
"Draco, smile," Severus said.
"What are you doing?" Draco whispered.
"Trust me," Severus whispered back. Draco smiled, showing normal teeth. "As you can see, Draco has no fangs. I, on the other hand," Severus sneered. "I am a Daywalker."
Everyone except Lupin, Hermione, Draco, and Severus screamed. The class almost descended into the realm of chaos. Lupin yelled over the screams of terror, "QUIET!"
The students stopped screaming when they heard their normally quiet professor raise his voice. "Now, Severus, Mr. Malfoy, report to the Headmaster's office. The rest of us will cover Lethifolds and no, I don't have a Lethifold to show you."
Severus and Draco walked out of the classroom. As they walked to the Headmaster's office, Severus put an arm around Draco's waist. "Thank you, Severus. For casting the charm."
"There's no need for thanks, Draco. I'm here to protect you. You should keep the glamour charm on during class and meals." The two Daywalkers reached the gargoyle statue. "Fizzing Whizzbe."
The gargoyle jumped aside and the spiral staircase appeared. The two boys rode the stairs to the Headmaster's office. They opened Dumbledore's door and walked in without knocking.
"Severus, Mr. Malfoy. What a pleasant surprise. To what do I owe this visit?"
"There was an incident in Defense Against the Dark Arts, Albus."
"What kind of incident?"
"I've been exposed."
"He protected me by exposing himself."
"Draco inadvertently showed his fangs to Ms. Parkinson and she alerted Lupin. I diverted attention from Draco to myself. I cast a glamour charm on Draco which he'll keep, so it appeared that he didn't have fangs."
"He exposed himself to protect me. Now the fourth-years are scared of him and they'll tell everyone else and everyone will be scared of him."
"This is true. So, what do you plan to do about this, Severus?"
Severus shrugged. "The only thing I can do, Albus, is go into hiding. I'll stay out of sight, while Draco finishes his education."
"Very well, Severus. You have my permission."
Severus nodded and led Draco out of Dumbledore's office. With a flick of his wand, Severus removed the glamour charm that was on Draco. "You still have classes today."
"C'mon, Severus. Let me stay with you. Please?" Draco pleaded, showing off his fangs.
Severus stared at Draco's fangs and gave in. "All right. You can stay with me for the rest of today, but tomorrow you will attend classes."
"Okay." Severus wrapped an arm around Draco's waist and the blonde smiled at his mate. "I love you, Severus."
"I love you too, Draco."