Lily sighed happily as she rested her head on Severus's chest.

"You okay, Sev?" she asked, tilting her head back to smile at him.

"Yeah... I'm fine. You alright?"

"Yeah I'm good. I was just thinking about Hogwarts. Isn't it amazing that we've done four years already?"

"Yeah," he said distractedly, playing with a strand of her brilliantly red hair.

She leant back into him, feeling the rise and fall of his chest.

"I'm going to have to go inside soon... but do you wanna play hide and seek or something before I leave?"

"Yeah, alright," he smiled, rolling his eyes, but she could tell he was equally excited as she was at the prospect of playing a childish game.

"You can count first," she shouted back to him as she ran off towards the trees.

He grinned and pushed his feet into the ground, absent-mindedly pulling up blades of grass. He wasn't counting but she wouldn't mind. As long as he didn't leave her hiding for too long. He waited long enough, stood up and brushed the dirt off his trousers before muttering,

"Ready or not, here I come..."

He knew she would be hiding behind the oak tree just before the edge of the field, but he wasn't going to look there straight away. Where was the fun in that? Instead he walked in the opposite direction and looked behind the trees behind the wall. He turned round suddenly and saw her red head watching him from behind the oak tree, but when she saw him looking she quickly disappeared again.

He laughed to himself and whispered,

"Lily Evans, I'm gonna get you!"

He could hear her giggling as he approached the tree.

"Boo!" he yelled, jumping in front of her.

She squealed in delight and wrapped her arms around his neck. He loved the smell of her hair, if only they could stay like this forever, he thought sadly.

"Hey, Lily..."

"Yeah?" she pulled away and looked deep into his dark, almost black, eyes.

He closed the gap between them and pressed his lips to hers. She struggled with his grip around her body and tried to speak.

"What are you doing?" she said breathlessly, in shock.

"Oh my... I'm so sorry."

He turned away and put his hand up to his eyes, letting out a deep breath. He had wanted this for so long and he was sure she had wanted it too. If only he had waited to be more sure of her feelings for him.

"No," she said, frowning, "wait."

She took his hand and gently turned him round to face her. She pulled him close and kissed him. Nothing else mattered, his earlier attempt was forgotten. She had kissed him. It was his first kiss. It was even more amazing than he had imagined; softer, warmer, spine-tingling.

"Lily! Mum wants you to come in for tea!" Petunia shouted from across the other side of the field.

Lily groaned.

"I don't want to go..." she whispered.

"Hey, it's fine. I'll see you tomorrow morning, right? That's only, what, fifteen hours?"

"Fifteen hours too long," Lily murmured into his neck as she hugged him tightly. A kiss on the cheek and she was gone, leaping through the long grass.

Severus couldn't stop grinning on his way back home. He'd never wanted to fall in love- he'd seen how love could destroy people. But that couldn't be love, he thought, convinced that if love felt half as good as this, it was worth everything.