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Sev's POV

Another school year is going by and once again the old fool has refused me the Defense Against the Dark Arts job. I wonder what horrid teacher he hired this time! You'd think Albus would learn after several flops that he needed to find a more suitable teacher...such as myself of course. I am so sick of dealing with these inexperienced teachers who knew about as much as a Hufflepuff first year. I turned to the empty chair next to me which would soon be occupied by the new teacher. I sighed and turned to face Dumbledore he looked back at me and I felt his blue twinkling eyes rip through my heart. He always did this to me, made me feel guilty for having cruel thoughts about him. It was like the man could read minds and with his boundless knowledge I would not be the least bit surprised if he could do exactly the that. I tried to turn my attention to the students but there was something compelling about the man's gaze, I continued to stare until he gave me a small smile of reassurance and only then was I able to turn my head.

As the feast began to start Albus stood and began making the announcement for the knew Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.

"Due to past events the Ministry has appointed us a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher and I would like for you all to give a very warm welcome to Ms. Vela Valerias."

I turned and saw a red head come to the table. She is absolutely breath taking, her hair is layered with lovely red curls and she has the most gorgeous green eyes I have ever seen. If I didn't know any better myself I would swear that it was a reborn Lily Evans.

"Thank you Headmaster." I heard her say quietly as she assumed her position next to me.

I looked at her once more and felt my cheeks become hot, she was such a natural beauty.

"Hello." she said gaining my attention.

"Um..hello." I said smiling slightly at her.

At first she said nothing and fiddled with her napkin then she turned back to me. "May I be so bold as to ask what your name is?"

"I'm Severus Snape-"

"Ah, your the Potion's Master!"

My eyes widened she actually sounded excited about meeting me. How very flattering.

"Yes, and may I ask what you do for the Ministry." I needed to know how much of a meddler this beautiful woman would be in my work.

"If you'll believe it I'm the prosecuting attorney for the Minister. The only reason he put me here was because no one else wanted to come."

"And you did?" I asked cocking my eyebrow.

"Yes, actually I did. I adore children and it was something Albus requested of me. Not to mention it is such a pleasure talking to you."

Oh, my lord! Did she just flirt with me?! I hope I can remember how to do that!

"Really?" I said trying to continue this delightful conversation.

"Yes, I have heard much about you-"

Just as she was about to continue talking the feast began and all the food appeared. Damn it all to Hell Albus! It usually takes you ten years to finish a speech why in Merln's beard did this one go so quickly!? She ate in silence which I found even more appealing about her, she knew how to handle herself in a public setting when it came to supper. I watched her finish eating and wipe her perfect shaped lips with a napkin. Then she turned to me and smiled a sparkling white smile.

"So," she began, "why are you a teacher."

I took a large sip from my goblet and faced her. That was a very complicated question, how was I to explain that I was a past death eater and this was the only job I could come by because of it? I didn't want to lie to her, lying never accomplished anything. I had to learn that the hard way.

"Albus found me when I was young and thought I would work well here. I have to say that he is right, I would not want to work under anyone else." and that was the truth. Albus found me when I was begging on my knees for help, I was young and foolish, and my Potion skills allowed me to work very well here. And I would never dream of working under anyone else.

"That is very good of you to think so kindly of Albus. I owe Albus a lot for allowing me to work here."

"And why wouldn't he allow you to work her?" I asked turning to face her.

"Well, with how the Ministry is I have not done much to help Albus and I owe it to him. He did so much for me when I was younger."

"What house were you in when you went to Hogwarts?" I asked my curiousity getting the better of me.

"Slytherin." she said grinning.

"What?" I asked confused. I could recall almost all of my house mates from back then but a Vela Valerias had never crossed my path before...had she?

"Yep, you won't remember me because I changed my name-"

"Wait, who are you?" I asked feeling a bit insecure.

"Sev, do you remember a Vicktoria-"

"Stone." I finished, remembering who she was.

"Yes."

I looked away and to the students. Vicktoria Stone was a past friend that I lost with my foolish mistakes. When I had made the mistake of calling Lily a mudblood I found a friend in Vicky-or Vela. She tried to help me along but because there was no one I loved but Lily I would not accept and Vicktoria had done everything to try and make me see that I could move on. When graduation was over I did one of the most horrid things you could ever do to someone...I tricked her to join Voldemort. She had died her hair black at my request and straightened it so she would look more frightening and the worse part was I knew the pain she felt abandoning all she loved and I ignored it. After the war I forgot about her and moved on not even giving Vicktoria a second thought, now I regret it extremely.

"Is this why you owe Albus?" I asked yearning to talk to her more. An apology was definitely in order...I just had to figure out where I was to begin when it came to one.

"No, I pulled away from the Dark Lord on my own before his downfall. No I owe Albus because he did something for me as a child."

"Are you willing to share with me what that was...Vicky."

I watched Vicktoria smile and giggle. "You can't call me that anymore Severus...that is not me anymore," Doesn't matter, she will always be Vicky the little red head to me, "But yes I will discuss with you what Albus did for me."

"When?" I asked.

"Hmmm...how about the next Hogsmead weekend?"

Okay that would work well-wait! Did I just get asked out on a date?! What do I say to that?! Well of course you say yes you moron!

"That would be very nice." I said maintaining my composure.

"Okay, then it's a date." she said looking back at her students.

A date? I haven't had one of those in many years. As a matter of fact I think my first date was with Vicktoria...and if I also remember correctly I only went out with her to make Lily jealous. My God, Vicktoria is either very forgiving or extremely clueless. I hope it is the first one I am not to fond of idiotic females. Then again Vicktoria had always been very intelligent and beautiful. Now that I think about it I do not know why I just didn't agree to go out with her when I was younger. Vicktoria was kind to me no matter what and even when I did insult her she always came back to me. What a fool I am to not see it before, maybe that is because you really don't know what you have until it is gone..

Vela's POV

In a minute or two Albus would call me out and I would get to see Severus. Despite everything I am still in love with him. I just pray that this time he has moved on from Lily, I should think he would holding on to someone who is dead doesn't seem all that intelligant or healthy to me.

"Ms. Vela Velerias."

My stomach feel's like someone dumped a bunch of cotton into it and as I walk out I look to my left and see him sitting there. I know that that is Severus Snape, there is no doubt in my mind. His hair is still long and blacker then the evening sky but I had always preferred it so. People always said that it was greasy but to me it was perfect and silky.. His nose was still hooked but I adored it no other way. And his eyes...oh, his eyes were hazel and the darkest anyone had ever seen them.

"Thank you Headmaster." I said in almost a whisper.

I sat next to him and tried to keep my gaze away because I knew that if I found myself looking at him my eyes would never leave. I could not just sit here though and hope for him to talk to me, I would have to be the one to break the ice so to speak.

"Hello." I said trying to stay calm and not act like a childish hormonal teenager.

"Um...hello." he said smiling slightly at me.

Oh I adored that smile, though rarely seen I found it extremely satisfying on my eyes. No one should frown and sneer as much as this man did but every now and again I could find ways to sneak a grin from him. It was my goal to get him smiling as widely as possible and to hear him laugh a natural hearty laugh. That will be my goal for this school year, I swear it. I watched him looking at me in a strange way and smiled, maybe I would have to start off slow. An introduction of names would do quite nicely.

"May I be as so bold to ask what your name is?" God that sounds so out of character. Ah, well I'll have to get used to it..

"I'm Severus Snape-"

"Oh, your the Potions Master!" I said not able to contain the excitement in my stomach.

His eyes widened, Clearly no one ever showed him appreciation for his work, much less a female. Well that would change and it would change fast. I know how talented Sev is and I will be sure to let him know that I know.

"Yes, and may I ask what you do for the Ministry." he said in a very suspicious voice.

Clearly Albus had not informed him of the role I played as spy for the Order when it came to feeding the Ministry false information. I would have to inform him about that at a later and more private setting.

"If you'll believe it I'm the prosecuting attorney for the Minister. The only reason he put me here was because no one else wanted to come." I said proudly.

I had to work very hard to get that position with the Minister and it had taken a lot of time and an a lot of help and reassurance from Albus Dumbledore. I watched him cock his eyebrow and open his mouth to speak.

"And you did?" he said unconvinced.

"Yes, actually I did. I adore children and it was something Albus requested of me. Not to mention it is such a pleasure talking to you."

Sweet Merlin! Did I just flirt with him?! HA...I did! I can't believe it! Okay...just calm down...we need to keep this conversation going.

"Really?" he said in an attempt to flirt back. I had to admit it was dead sexy to hear him say something in such a flirtacious manner even if it was only one word.

"Yes," I said trying to continue the conversation, "I have heard much about you-"

I stopped when all the food appeared. I hadn't eaten all day and not to be crude was extremely hungry. Dinner was meant to be spent in silence and I remember my mum saying that every time you speak you miss a bite. So the rest of our discussion would have to wait until I was done with my meal...I just wish Severus would stop watching me in wonder of whether or not he had said something wrong.

When I finished my meal I wiped my lips from the gravy that had probably appeared there from my roast beef and asked him a question that should spark a long talk.

"So," I began facing him, "why did you become a teacher?" as if I didn't already know. Severus had no other job option available.

He took a long sip from his pumpkin juice and sighed. "Albus found me when I was young and thought I would work well here. I have to say that he is right, I would not want to work under anyone else."

How Slytherin of him. That was true though he had cleverly allowed parts to remain missing. I was not going to push him though, Severus would tell me eventually but not right this moment.

"That is very good of you to think so kindly of Albus. I owe Albus a lot for allowing me to work here." which was true I owed Albus my life for allowing me to come back here.

"And why wouldn't he allow you to work her?" he asked looking deep into my eyes.

I was not about to tell him that for a long time of my life I had been obsessed with the Dark Arts to gain his approval, guilt would not do him any good right at this moment.

"Well, with how the Ministry is I have not done much to help Albus and I owe it to him. He did so much for me when I was younger." I said going farther back to reasons the old man had helped me.

"What house were you in when you went to Hogwarts?" he asked. I could tell he was starting to remember me.

"Slytherin." I said proudly. And I was proud of that house, it is the house that brought me to Severus and the one that showed me the path to my life.

"What?" he asked as if uncertain of whether or not he heard correctly.

"Yep, you won't remember me because I changed my name-"

"Wait, who are you?" he asked insecurity admitting from his tone.

"Sev, do you remember a Vicktoria-"

"Stone." he finished now in remembrance.

"Yes."

I watched him look away probably feeling extremely guilty. Well he kind of had a right to. I was not going to deny the fact that him using me didn't hurt but I love him so I have overcome it. Still when he asked me to die my hair and straighten it to make me look scary I cried my eyes out because I knew then that he was not pleased with my past appearance. However, by the way he could not stop staring I can tell he is very pleased now. I know that Severus went through a rough patch when it cam to his lost love Lily Evans but I know deep down that he will be able to overcome it and move on if he hasn't already.

"Is this why you owe Albus?" he asked. Clearly he wanted to continue the discussion, probably looking for a gateway to apologize. That would be appropriate seeing as it was defianately in order.

I owed Albus for many things, I would only endeavor to mention one right at this moment though, "No, I pulled away from the Dark Lord on my own before his downfall. No I owe Albus because he did something for me as a child."

"Are you willing to share with me what that was...Vicky."

I smiled and felt my eyes burn with tears. After all these years, I was still Vicky to him. Still I would not allow him to call me that anymore, Vicky is gone.

""You can't call me that anymore Severus...that is not me anymore, "But yes I will discuss with you what Albus did for me."

"When?" he asked eager.

I did not want to tell him at the school, that brought back far too many painful memories. "Hmmm...how about the next Hogsmead weekend?" I suggested feeling very content with that date.

As I waited to answer my hands became very cold and my heart beat began to quicken. Answer already damn it!

"That would be very nice."

YES!

"Okay, then it's a date." I said turning back to the children and smiling so widely that I thought my face would snap in half.

I have a date with Severus Snape!? Oh, Sweet Merlin! I HAVE A DATE WITH SEVERUS SNAPE! What am I going to where?


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