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Severus groaned as Harry and Ron continued to pound on his door. "We know Hermione is in there!" Harry yelled from the other side of his door.

"She's taking a nap Potter!" Severus argued.

"Sure she is! You've done something to her haven't you?" Ron yelled.

Severus rolled his eyes. "Do you think teaching classes is easy?" Severus asked.

"Yes!" Ron yelled back.

Oh for Merlin's sake, Severus thought as he pulled out his wand to hex them. He crept towards the door as the boys continued to shout, waiting for the right moment to attack…


Severus put the wand away and gave her a sheepish grin. "Hello Hermione. Is it almost done?"

Hermione's eyes lit up. "Yes, my famous figgy pudding is almost complete. Just a few more seconds and…"

"I can hear Hermione!" Ron shouted. "I hear her!"

"Let us in Snape!" Harry demanded.

Severus glared at the doorway. "May I hex them?" he asked in a low voice.

"No," she sighed. "Although I wish they had better timing."

Hermione trudged over to the door and opened it. Her aggravation was evident. "Hello, what do you want?" she asked.

"Hermione!" Harry answered as he embraced her. "It's so good to see you again!"

"We saw each other last week," Hermione answered. She broke away and raised her eyebrow. "What do you two want?"

"We wanted to invite you to the Burrow for Christmas," Harry answered.

Severus glowered at Harry as Ron snuck in and began to sniff the air. "Harry, Severus and I would really like to spend the Christmas together…alone!"

"Please! The twins won't turn your hair blue again, I promise!" Harry pleaded.

"Actually I was more upset about Molly bringing up how perfect Ron and I would've been together every ten minutes," Hermione replied.

"I tended not to care so much for Fleur's endless drabble about Parisian fashion," Severus interjected.

"Well, everyone will behave this year and…"

"What's that smell?" Ron finally demanded.

All eyes turned to Ron, who was at the doorway to the kitchen. "It's figgy pudding," Hermione answered.

"Figgy pudding?" Ron asked.

Hermione exhaled. "It's an old family recipe, now please get out of my kitchen before…"

"Can I have some?" Ron interrupted.

"No!" Hermione answered. "It's for me and Severus, now as I was saying about the Burrow party…"

"Please!" Ron begged.

"No!" Severus snapped.

A buzz came from the other room. Hermione raced inside to pull the pudding out of the oven as Ron pouted in the corner. "I believe my wife has answered your question about the Burrow party," Severus began.

"Yes," Harry sighed before glaring at Severus. "She was much more willing to tolerate the Weasleys before she married you."

"It smells great Hermione!" Ron called into the kitchen.

"I was much less willing to tolerate them before I married her," Severus answered.

Hermione stepped out into the room where Severus and the boys were. "This has been fun, but I promised some figgy pudding to Severus…"

"I want some!" Ron interrupted.

Hermione gritted her teeth and tried not to throttle him. Finally, she answered, "Doesn't your mom make food?"

"Yes, but not figgy pudding!" Ron answered.

"Well, ask her to make some," Hermione answered.

"No!" Ron yelled. "I won't leave your house until I get some figgy pudding!"

Hermione appeared exasperated while Severus smirked. "Ronald?"

Ron looked over at Severus. "Do you even know what's in figgy pudding?"

"No," Ron replied.

"Lizard guts and pig ears, as well as green beans…"

"Yuck! I hate green beans!" Ron exclaimed.

"Do you still want some?" Hermione asked, catching onto Severus' game.

"It smells so good," Ron replied.

"It also contains peas," Severus replied.

"Gross! Come on Harry! This sounds disgusting!"

Ron stormed out of Hermione's living quarters, all the while wondering how something so heinous could smell so delicious. Harry suppressed a laugh. "I'm sorry, but that was too funny."

"I had to find a way to keep him from eating it all," Hermione replied.

"Do you want to meet the day after Christmas?" Harry asked.

"I'd love to," Hermione answered.

"Okay then. Goodbye Hermione, Snape."

Harry strolled out and shut the door behind him. After they heard the click of the door, both Hermione and Severus laughed. "Pig ears?" Hermione asked.

Severus nodded. "It's all I could think of."

"You were horrible!" Hermione gasped above her laughter.

"That's why you love me," he answered.

The laughter died down before Hermione asked, "Do you want some figgy pudding now?"

"Only if you give me a portion with the peas."

They resumed laughing all the way into the kitchen.