Disclaimer: Nothing belongs to me except Soman Carmichael. All hail JKR and Colbie Caillat.

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Minerva thought she knew what she wanted from life when she was eleven years old. But that was before Hogwarts – and Albus Dumbledore – though.

Take time to realize,

That your warmth is

Crashing down on in.

He was sixty-two, forty-four years her senior, when he finally decided what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. He had spent it teaching since he had left Hogwarts himself. Now he knew, he wanted to teach, and he wanted to keep his friendships. But most of all – he wanted to marry her.

Take time to realize,

That I am on your side

Didn't I, Didn't I tell you.

Soman Carmichael was everything she wanted; loving, witty, and bright. He courted her though her sixth and the beginning of her seventh year. Until that November – when she realized he wasn't everything.

But I can't spell it out for you,

No it's never gonna be that simple

No I cant spell it out for you

It had come to him while grading essays over a mug of hot cocoa one November. Her essay was filled with a new kind of intelligence he hadn't seen in any of the other students in her year. The he decided upon it – Minerva McGonagall would be the girl he was going to marry.

If you just realize what I just realized,

Then we'd be perfect for each other

And will never find another

She was forty-four years his junior, however, he acted so foolish around her that it made the age distance disappear. It was only hours after she had ended it with Soman when she reflected on her last lesson with him. Then she smiled.

Just realized what I just realized

we'd never have to wonder if

we missed out on each other now.

It wasn't until after his dismissed her class for the last time, when he reached his decision. He was going to tell her.

Take time to realize

Oh-oh I'm on your side

Didn't I, didn't I tell you.

Maybe it was his silliness, or their love for Transfiguration, that finally dawned on her. She was in love with him. And she supposed she had been for a while now. They were blind; fools who didn't notice anything until it was too late.

Take time to realize

This all can pass you by

Didn't I tell you

He watched as she took her seat in the Great Hall for dinner that evening, he caught her eye, blue into emerald, and gave her a nervous smile. All through dinner, he picked at his food, wondering if his love for her was mutual and that she was just as blind as he was. Ignoring Armando and Filius' nervous glances, he smiled towards her, catching her eyes before she dropped them to her lap.

But I can't spell it out for you,

no it's never gonna be that simple

no I can't spell it out for you.

She felt his eyes on her as her cheeks flushed, embarrassment flooding her. Looking up tentatively, her eyes met his and he nodded, as if everything was okay between them.

If you just realized what I just realized

then we'd be perfect for each other

then we'd never find another

Just realized what I just realized

We'd never have to wonder if

We missed out on each other now.

He rose a few moments after she did, hoping that none of her friends would follow her from the hall. As soon as the doors closed behind him, he gave a curt nod to himself, it was now or never. "Miss McGonagall!"

It's not always the same

No it's never the same

If you don't feel it too.

Excitement flooded her as she paused, her hand on the railing. She felt her knees go weak as he stopped besides her, smiling gently down at her. Dropping her gaze to her feet, she then felt a gentle hand turn her face to theirs.

If you meet me half way

If you would meet me half way.

It could be the same for you.

He stared into her eyes for a moment then dropped his hand, looking for an excuse. She smiled, her eyes dazzled as she looked worriedly at him, "You didn't eat much Professor."

If you just realize what I just realized

Then we'd be perfect for each other

Then we'd never find another

Concern shot through her as he placed a hand on her shoulder. Squeezing it, he gave her a smile, "I'm sad to see you leave. You're a wonderful student and I don't think there will be many more like you." He paused, "And feel free to call me Albus, you're no longer my student Minerva."

Just realize what I just realized

We'd never have to wonder

Just realize what I just realized

"Albus," she smiled, and a smile also graced his lips as his name rolled off her tongue. He took her hand and brought his lips to it gently, "Good luck Minerva. I expect to see you teaching here one day, my dear."

If you just realize what I just realized

She loved him, and now, she knew that he loved her. That night, she cried herself to sleep, her dreams dark and forbidding, before she pulled on her dressing gown and began the walk towards the Transfiguration class room.

Missed out on each other now

Missed out on each other now

He opened the door and immediately enfolded her into his arms. Tears lingered on her cheeks and more began to come as she clung to him. Tenderly, he wiped the droplets from her cheeks and held her to him, "Minerva, would you like to stay here this summer?"

Realize, realize

"I mean – " he seemed at a loss for words. Then he paused –

Realize, realize

"I love you Minerva."