Severus cursed himself as he ran a comb through his hair and looked for a proper set of robes. He could walk through Hogsmeade and buy groceries. He could even go to the Three Broomsticks and buy a meal. It just wouldn't seem proper.

Why did it have to be the Burrow? Severus asked himself petulantly. There was no place that would be as crowded, festive and ginger as the Burrow.

As Severus examined himself in a mirror, he hoped that Hermione had not lied. He would have a hard time talking himself out of trouble if Hermione wasn't there.