The next day Hermione could not stop thinking about Severus. She thought about how tender he was and how his grim personality didn't match the way he loved her. Her feelings for him kept growing stronger with every passing day. Hermione knew he felt the same way for her just by looking at him. Severus looked at Hermione with such passion, as if he could never stand to lose her.
Hermione went about her day as usual. She went to classes, she ate in the great hall, and she studied. But people noticed something different about her. She had a glow about her that she had never had before. Hermione was absolutely, positively, head over heels in love with Severus.
During dinner, Harry, Ron, and Hermione discussed the past few months. She told them everything, from her little crush, to the meeting in Hosmead, and finally what happened last night. Every once in a while Hermione and Snape caught each other's eye and they shared a quick smile. Ron stuck his tongue out at Hermione when he noticed. Hermione watched as Snape got up from the head table and walked down the aisle past her. He dropped and note on the floor by her feet. Hermione picked it up and tucked it under her plate until she thought no one would be paying attention. Harry laughed at her jokingly. She slid the note out from under her plate. It read:
"Meet me down in my quarters at twelve. Love Sev."
Hermione smiled. When the trio finished dinner they went to see Hagrid. Ron wanted to tell him all about Hermione and Snape but Harry didn't think it was a good idea. Hagrid didn't have the best history with keeping secrets. Shortly after they arrived, Hermione left to get ready for her date. She didn't know what he had planned but she didn't want to take any chances. She ran up to her room and picked out a nice set of muggle clothes and ran a brush through her thick hair. Within an hour she was ready and it was almost time to meet Severus. She stole Harry's invisibility cloak and snuck quietly out of the room.
Hermione knocked once and opened the door. Severus stood over his desk, reading something. He smiled and approached her. She stood on her toes to kiss him. He placed his hands on her waist and kissed her neck. Hermione giggled. She pushed Snape into a chair and sat in his lap. The couple kissed a while longer then stopped. Hermione looked into his eyes.
"I love you so much." She said.
"I love you too, Hermione."
"No, Severus. I love you more than you could ever know."
Snape paused. Hermione felt tears swelling behind her eyes. She stood up and walked to the other side of the room and wiped her tears away. Snape followed her. He took her hand and held it to his heart.
"Hermione, I love you so much. You are everything to me."
Hermione smiled and kissed him passionately. She felt so comfortable with him. The two went back to the chair and became kissing again but this time it was more feverish and passionate. His hands cupped her waist. Her hands were grasping onto his neck. Suddenly, they heard a noise coming from the door. When they looked up they saw Dumbldore standing in the doorway. He did not look surprised to find them together. Hermione jumped off of Snape's lap and began pleading with Dumbldore, but he silenced her. Snape stood and waited for what would come next.
"I am not surprised to find you both here. I am, however, surprised that you didn't tell me, Severus. I had to hear it from Hagrid. Not wise telling him, Miss Granger."
Snape looked at her with anger in his eyes. Hermione quickly defended herself.
"I didn't tell him, I swear. I… I told Harry and Ron… they must have told… Severus, I am so sorry! Please, it wasn't my fault. I didn't mean for him to find out!"
Severus's eyes softened. Dumbldore saw the way he looked at her.
"Miss Granger, your secret is safe with me. I just needed to find out for myself. I wouldn't normally condone such a relationship but I don't believe Severus would have fallen for you if he didn't truly love you, Miss Granger. As for you, Severus, I hope that you are happy."
"I am, sir. Very happy." Snape smiled at Hermione as she came to take his hand.
"Good. Enjoy your evening."
And he was gone. Hermione sighed heavily. She kissed her love on the cheek and led him into the bedroom. They laid down, kissed each other, cuddled up, and went to sleep.