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A/N: A nice Valentine's Day story with Aurora and Snape. Well, as nice as those two can be. :) Reviews would be nice. Enjoy.

Aurora's Valentine's Eve

The clock tower chimed quietly in the distance, signaling it was midnight. In the east, storm clouds slowly floated towards the massive stone castle that housed some of the brightest witches and wizards in Great Britain during the school year. Every now and then, the sky lit up with stray bolts of lightning. Since the thunder hadn't arrived yet, it was rather peaceful to watch as the storm rolled in.

Aurora Sinistra, a witch in her early thirties with long brown curly hair in dark robes, quietly walked into her chambers located in the highest tower at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She had just finished her nightly duty of patrolling the halls of the massive castle to ensure that no students were out of bed. Unfortunately, several students were out of bed. Some were from Gryffindor, one of the four noble houses at Hogwarts and bore the symbol of a lion after Hogwart's founder Godric Gryffindor. She escorted the young Gryffindor students (or lions, as she liked to refer to them by) back to their common room and took five points from each student she caught.

Others were from Slytherin, which was another of the four houses. Named after another founder of Hogwarts, Salazar Slytherin, its students bore the symbol of a snake. Considering who their head of house was, she had thought the Slytherins would have known better than to try to sneak out, but she guessed she was wrong in that assumption. It pained her deeply to take points from her former house, but the stupid snakes had broken the rules. In the end, Slytherin and Gryffindor both lost twenty house points due to their stupidity.

As she walked across her carpeted floor towards the warm and inviting bed, Aurora threw her dark outer robes onto the floor carelessly. She felt so unbelievably tired, which she couldn't understand. Since she taught Astronomy at midnight every night when the stars were at their greatest spot, she thought her minor patrol wouldn't tire her out so much. Yet another thing she was wrong in assuming. She quickly transfigured her clothes into a loose white nightgown before crawling into bed. She allowed all of her worries and thoughts fall to the wayside. Her bed was just too inviting for her tonight. She would deal with everything in the morning. After all, tomorrow was only Valentine's Day. It wasn't as if she was necessarily expecting anything. The exact second her head hit the pillow, she fell asleep.