a/n-This is a semi-sequel to my story Library Conspiracy. The events of that story are referenced within this one, but I don't think that not reading that one would make this story confusing for anyone at all. Really, it shouldn't be a problem at all. However...that doesn't mean you can all go read that story, too...just saying :) Enjoy!


Chapter One-Prelude

Rose Weasley loved the library at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There was no other way about it; Rose loved the library and that was that.

It was the place where she went to study, to think, to read, and to simply get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It was the place where her rivalry with Scorpius Malfoy blossomed. And it was also where she had fallen in love…with the aforementioned Malfoy. The library was the setting for a majority of the scenes in her so-far secret relationship with Scorpius.

In short, Rose Weasley's favorite thing about Hogwarts was the library. And so it was to the library that Rose went on her last full day of her sixth year, long after all of her exams were over and done with, simply to be able to hear herself think again. (Her cousins James and Fred had been celebrating the end of their seventh year a bit over-rambunctiously for Rose's taste.) She took with her one of the muggle books her muggle grandparents had given to her over the previous Holidays that she hadn't quite gotten around to reading yet, what with her prefect duties and extensive devotion to schoolwork. It's quite possible that a large portion of her time had been spent snogging her boyfriend as well, but that wasn't a part of her official school record.

Scorpius Malfoy was also quite fond of the library at Hogwarts, this much was true. However, he was rather more partial to spending time with its only occupant on that warm June day. Having known Rose for several years, even before they had begun dating, Scorpius first made his way to the library in search of her, knowing that it would probably be a sign of the apocalypse if his girlfriend wasn't in there.

When he entered the large, book-filled room, Madame Pince, the positively ancient librarian, gave him a suspicious glare, but otherwise didn't bother him as he made his way to a back corner of the library. It was there that he found Rose, book open on the table in front of her, her red hair pulled back into a haphazard ponytail, and a content expression upon her face.

"I knew I'd find you here," Scorpius stated, sliding into the chair next to hers.

Rose gave a startled jump when he spoke, having not heard him walk over. She grinned when she saw him next to her, though.

"Hey, Scorp," Rose said, slipping a bookmark into her book before flipping the cover shut and turning slightly in her chair to face her boyfriend. "What's up? I thought you and Al were going to go flying or something?"

Scorpius rolled his eyes. "Alice needs more friends to occupy her time so that she doesn't keep stealing my best friend from me."

Rose laughed slightly. "I did invite her to come with me, but she seems to think it's a capital offense to set foot in the library when classes are all finished."

"Good. That means there's less of a chance of being interrupted, then," Scorpius said, snaking his arm around Rose's waist and pulling her onto his lap in the blink of an eye.

Rose placed her arms around his neck with an amused smile. "Why, I do believe this has happened to me before, Mr. Malfoy."

Scorpius merely smirked at her, capturing her lips with his own.

"Rose," He finally managed to gasp out several minutes later, after her enthusiastic response.

"Scorp," She replied, resting her head on his shoulder as she caught her breath.

"Remember that…chat we had a few weeks ago?" Scorpius asked, a bit hesitant now.

"When? You're going to have to be a bit more specific than that," Rose teased him lightly.

"The night we mysteriously got locked in the library and that has made your brother and cousins act strangely—even for them—whenever we're in the same room together," Scorpius said.

Rose rolled her eyes. "I remember that night. But which chat, in particular, were you talking about?"

"The one…" He trailed off before regaining his wits, "The one where you mentioned something about wanting to tell your family that we're dating."

Rose didn't respond immediately and, if it wasn't for the fact that he could feel her warm breath on his neck, Scorpius would have been concerned that she had somehow been petrified.

"I remember," Was all Rose finally said.

"I know that later you said you had changed your mind about telling anyone," Scorpius said quickly, glancing down at the too-still redhead in his arms, "But…the school year is almost over…"

"I still want to know why my cousins locked us in here," Rose said suddenly, making Scorpius question if they were even having the same conversation anymore. "I mean, I know we don't know for sure that it was them, yet, but it must have been them. I think…I think it had something to do with us."

"Us?" Scorpius questioned.

"Us," Rose confirmed. "I know I've told you about how Lily's always going on about getting me a boyfriend. Well, lately she's been trying to convince me that you're my perfect match; it's just…the way she says it, it's like she already knows we're together."

"Do you think she knows?" Scorpius asked.

"I don't see how she could," Rose admitted. "You and I have gotten to be quite the experts, in the past year, at sneaking off together without anyone noticing."

"You know…I think Al's starting to get a bit suspicious, now that I think about it," Scorpius said. "Lately, whenever I've gone to study in here, he always gives me these knowing looks, but he never says anything. I just don't know about your family, Rose…they're a sneaky bunch."

"More like conspiring," Rose said. "Watch, I bet they locked us in here last month in some twisted plot to get us together, like we did with Teddy and Victoire when we were younger."

"You Weasley's and Potter's…" Scorpius said with a slight shake of his head. His face quickly became serious once more, however. "Rosie, could you please just consider finally telling them, though? I'd really like to see you some time in the next two months, other than sneaking off when I go to visit Al. Please?"

"It would be nice if you could come to Teddy and Victoire's wedding," Rose confessed. She gave a theatrical sigh then. "Oh, alright, I suppose it's about time we finally came clean to all of them."

"It's settled then," Scorpius stated quickly, pressing a chaste kiss to Rose's temple, "We'll tell each of our families once we get home tomorrow."

"Easy for you to say," Rose grumbled, "You just have your mum and dad, no matter how much you think they'll disapprove. I'll have to break the news to my entire extended family, too…this could get ugly. Thank goodness I've already got my Apparition License."