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Summary: What if there was a different reason for Salazar leaving? Hermione and Severus get swept up in a story of love, betrayal and mistakes. Can the two of them correct a mistake that Helga and Godric made or are they doomed to suffer the same fate as Rowena and Salazar? R/R


Rowena rushed through the mists that covered the gardens of Hogwarts. She could see the light of the coming dawn and knew she didn't have much time. She finally came to a stop at a secluded area of trees where a man stood surrounded by the swirling mists.

"Salazar," Rowena said.

"Rowena," Salazar replied as he turned and faced her.

Rowena walked to him and he pulled her into his arms and kissed her fiercely. Rowena returned the kiss. The two remained locked in their heated embrace for several moments before finally pulling away.

"I don't want you to leave," she said tearfully.

"I don't want to leave either, but I have no choice. Godric and Helga don't like the fact that you and I are together. Plus, they found the Chamber," he sighed.

"Oh no. Didn't you tell them what the Chambers is really for?"

"I tried, but they refused to listen. This is our only choice. I have to leave. There has been enough fighting between the four of us. We can't let this destroy Hogwarts Rowena,"

"Salazar, the school is already in trouble if you leave. The four of us can work this out,"

"No my love, we can't,"

Rowena began crying as she threw her arms around his neck. Salazar could only hold her, his own heart breaking at the prospect of leaving the love of his life behind. He wanted to take her with him, but knew he couldn't. She knew it too.

"Make love to me. One last time. Please," she pleaded.

"I could never refuse such a request," he growled.

Rowena sat in her sitting room. It had been five years since Salazar had left the school. Godric and Helga had created some nonsense story about him leaving because he wanted to keep magic within all magical families and that the other three founders didn't go along with his beliefs. Rowena managed to keep herself together for the benefit of the school. However, her relationship with Helga and Godric was forever changed.

Knock. Knock.

"Come in," Rowena called out.

"Good evening Madame Ravenclaw," the man said.

"Thank you for coming so quickly. Please, come in and have a seat," Rowena nodded to the soothsayer.

"How can I be of assistance?" he asked as he sat down across from her.

"I need to know if there is a chance for me and my soul mate to be reunited," she answered.

The soothsayer closed his eyes and fell into a trance like state. Patiently, Rowena sat and waited. For ten minutes the only sound in the room was the crackle of the fire in the fireplace. Suddenly, his eyes flew open.

"What did you see?" Rowena questioned.

"You and your soul mate will be reunited. Some time in the future when the school will need such a union to unite the four houses once more," he answered.

Rowena smiled. She felt a huge weight being lifted at hearing the news that one day, she and Salazar would be together once more.