AN: *awkward laugh* Uh, hi guys. Totally forgot about this story until, well, today. I re-read it and fell back in love with the story. So I'm going to continue it, and hopefully (at least) give you another nine or so chapters before I disappear again!

Chapter Ten

Scorpius couldn't help it. He had tried to sleep, but being away from her drove him mad with worry. He climbed out of bed and poked Al in the side. All he did was mumble and turn over, so Scorpius felt it was safe for him to leave. He darted out of the Dungeons, and made his way up to the Ravenclaw Common room. When he faced the portrait, he swallowed his pride and cleared his throat. The woman in the portrait opened her eyes and smirked when she saw him. "Well, well, well. If it isn't Casanova himself."

"Can you just let me in?" he demanded, "Before I lose my damn nerve."

"Watch that temper, Malfoy." She said, chuckling. "If you answer my riddle, then you may pass."

"Alright, fine, give it to me." He said, becoming more and more antsy by the minute. He expected that the portrait would give him the same riddle that Rose had been given.

"Say my name, and I am gone."


"I do not repeat riddles to Slytherins."

Scorpius was tempted to punch the portrait but decided that wouldn't solve anything. He paced back and forth past the portrait, naming dozens of objects, people, etc.

"She's probably already sleep, Mr. Malfoy. You'll just have to hope she speaks with you tomorrow."

"Silence!" he hissed, and the door opened. For a moment he was stunned, but then he felt overwhelmed with relief and crossed the threshold into Ravenclaw. It was very blue in there. The fireplace was low, and threw funny shapes against the opposite wall. Sitting on the couch in front of the fireplace was Rose.

Scorpius walked over and kneeled beside her. Her face was wet with tears, he saw, but she was asleep. He brought up a shaking hand to brush the tears away. The poor girl was afraid, lost, confused, and he had just left her. She probably cried herself to sleep each and every night. He whispered her name softly, praying that she would wake up. He just wanted to be sure that she was okay, and then he would carry her up to her bed.

Rose stayed asleep, so after a while he made to stand up. He froze when he felt a hand on his arm. He looked down to see Rose staring up at him. Her eyes reflected the flickering fireplace, glassy from crying so much. "Scorpius," she said, tugging him down towards her.


"How did you get in here?" she asked, starting to sit up. He kneeled between her legs when she spun around and she held his neck tenderly in her hands. He closed his eyes when she began stroking the nape of his neck.

"I answered the riddle."

She looked at him and then sighed. She pulled her hands away from him and wrapped her knees close to her chest. "Why did you come, Malfoy?"

"I wanted to be sure that you were alright."

"I thought you didn't care."

"I had an epiphany."

"Oh? And what did you learn from that epiphany?"

"That I can't be without you for even one moment." He whispered, and she gaped at him. "That I can't sleep without knowing you're happy, at peace."

"Malfoy, don't…"

"Rosie," he said, moving and getting onto the couch with her. She tried to turn her head away but she grabbed her face with his hand and turned it towards him. "I'm sorry."

"I'm sick of you getting mad at me for no reason, Malfoy. Do you know how hurt I was when you just left me in here? I was terrified to be alone and…" she looked down, tried not to start crying again.

He touched her arm, but she shrunk away. "For a moment, I thought I was in a dream." She said, closing her eyes, "because it doesn't make sense to me as to why you would come here."

"I just told you why!"

"Yes, but my sense of logic doesn't allow me to believe a word you're saying."

"Really, Rose?" he exclaimed, and she shushed him.

"I think you should go."

"Rose, I…"

"Malfoy, please, just leave."

"I'm not leaving."

Rose began shoving him then, trying to make him fall off the couch. He held his ground, though and she eventually gave up. He scooted in closer to her and held her face between his thumb and index finger. He leaned in, and when she didn't shrink away, he kissed her on the cheek. It was the first time that he had kissed her while she was actually conscious, and it made his heart flutter.

"I just wanted to see that you were okay." He said, moving away from her.

Rose turned toward him and pressed her hand against her cheek. "I'll be fine."

"I could stay with you." He said. As soon as it had come out of his mouth, he regretted it. Oh well, no turning back. "I'll leave before anyone gets up."

She just stared at him, incredulous, and shook her head. "You- you would get caught."

"I won't, I swear." He said.

She looked at him a while more, then gave in. "I… just, we're sleeping in here."

Scorpius's stomach tied in to knots, and he jumped to his feet. "Fine with me."

Rose pulled a blue throw blanket over herself, and then handed the silver one to Scorpius. She also took a pillow from the couch and handed it to him. Scorpius got to his knees and put down the pillow, then he shook out the blanket. "You can sleep on that chair, you know." She whispered, watching him carefully.

"I know." He said, laying down but propping up his head so he could look at her.

"I can't believe you're in here right now."

Scorpius said nothing, only reached out for her hand. She carefully placed the tips of her fingers onto his palm. He ran his thumb over the back of her hand ever so gently, making her shiver. They stayed like that until Scorpius began to doze off. "Scorpius?" she asked, looking at their hands.

He murmured, and she lowered his hand to the floor. "I'm glad you came." She said softly.