In Hot Water


A/N: Happy Birthday, Neville yesterday and Harry today!

Lily's cheeks were flushed as she pulled back from Severus' unexpected kiss, but at the same time, she was thrilled by his show of affection for her.

"I'm sorry, Lily," he apologized. "I don't know what came over me."

"No, its okay Sev …it was very nice and …I enjoyed it," she replied stumbling a bit. "In fact I wouldn't mind if we …did it again," she replied blushing fiercely.

Severus' lips met Lily's willingly and they held the kiss for a few seconds until they heard "Uhem." They broke apart quickly Severus flushing and Lily's face almost as red as her hair to find Horace standing behind them.

"I think perhaps you two had better come back inside. It's gotten quite cold now and if the pain in my knees is any indication; we're in for a fierce storm tonight."

"Yes, Professor," Lily replied as she quickly went inside the door Horace held open and started down the hallway towards the main staircase. She stopped and glanced back at Severus and then waved before disappearing.

Severus followed Horace to the dungeon and waited as he gave the password to the Gargoyle head and they entered the common room. He wondered if Professor Slughorn was going to say anything about how he'd found them, but Horace's only concern seemed to be how cold it was. "I really don't want to see you or Miss Evans in the hospital wing with frostbite." He noticed Severus' flush. "Mr. Snape, you're not in trouble. This is certainly not the first time I've come upon students snogging and I doubt it will be the last," Horace said with a smile, attempting to put Severus at ease.

"Yes sir," Severus said. "Thank you. Goodnight sir," he said heading to his dorm.

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Lily hurried through the Gryffindor common room hoping nobody would notice her not quite subsided red face especially Potter and his cronies. She made it upstairs to her dorm without incident and opened the door. Alice was lying on her bed on her stomach with her Herbology textbook open in front of her. She looked up as Lily took off her gloves and stuffed them into the pockets of her coat, took off her scarf, unbuttoned her coat and then hung them up in her wardrobe.

"Where were you?" Alice asked.

"Sev and I were out in the courtyard talking." She blushed. "Actually, he kissed me …twice."

"Really?" Alice said excitedly, sitting up. "So tell. What was it like?"

Lily smiled and touched her lips in remembrance. "Very nice, but we got interrupted by Professor Slughorn."

"Oops! Are you in trouble? Did he give you detention?"

Lily giggled. "No, but I was expecting him to. He seemed more concerned about us getting out of the cold. He said something about his knees were paining him and that was a sign that there was going to be a bad storm tonight."

"It wouldn't surprise me; it's been cold enough the last few days." She looked at Lily who by now was seated on her bed with her potion textbook open. "So what was the reason for the kiss?"

"We were talking about the first time we met when we were five. Sev and his parents lived next door to us. We had just moved in that morning. My dad was Sev's dad's boss at the Mill. Greymalkin had gotten out and Sev's mum was worried about him and sent Sev out to find him. He found me petting him and was really surprised because he said Grey only usually let family pet him. We became best friends and I liked his dad and mum too; they were really nice, but then just a few months after we met, his dad was killed in a horrible accident at the Mill. About a month after that, his mum was killed in front of him in Diagon Alley dueling a Death Eater who was trying to kill a Muggleborn family. He went to live with his grandparents afterwards and I never saw him again until I came to Hogwarts."

"Merlin! That's awful!" Alice replied with a shake of her head. "No wonder he seems more mature than the rest of us. Something like that would make you grow up faster."

"Anyway I got kind of sad remembering and that's when he kissed me the first time. The second time was just because the first time was so nice."

They heard footsteps coming up the stairs and stopped talking as Mary burst into the room. "Jamie invited me to Potter Manor for Christmas," she bragged.

"Whoop de do," Alice muttered rolling her eyes and looking at Lily who was attempting to stifle a giggle.

"Well, it's much better than going over to visit a bunch of dark wizards like Snivellus' family!" Mary proclaimed angrily.

"Sev and his grandparents are not dark wizards!" Lily said, her eyes flashing. "They're very nice people and very respectable. And quit calling Sev that horrible name Potter made up!"

"And the Gringotts goblins have never tossed any of the Prince family out into the street," Alice sneered. "In fact I looked it up and no wizarding family, not even the Malfoys has ever been thrown out of Gringotts. The Potters have the honor of being the very first."

"It doesn't matter. Jamie's mum wrote him that his dad is going to opening another bank in Diagon Alley and he's going to run those goblins into the ground!" Mary huffed with her nose in the air.

"You mean like how he was going to run Minister Bagnold into the ground in the election?" Lily snickered.

"In fact I'm going to ask my dad to transfer all of our gold into Mr. Potter's bank," Mary announced.

"That ought to go over like a lead broomstick," Alice whispered and Lily giggled.

"Everybody in the house thinks you two are going dark because you hang around with Snivellus, Arsedrew, DePuka, Dodohurst, Lillligoop, and the Black brothers," Mary announced. "Righteous Gryffindors don't hang around with dirty, dark snakes!"

"Sirius is a Gryffindor in case you've forgotten MacDoofus," Lily snapped.

"Jamie says they should resort him and put him where he really belongs, in Slytherin."

"There's only one problem with that," Alice said. "According to Hogwarts: A History, the Hat's never resorted anybody. So Sirius was Sorted into the right house. Pull your head out of your arse and quit listening to Pothead," Alice said scornfully.

"Yes and like that bunch you hang around with is so sterling!' Lily scoffed. "Potter's a bully with an ego the size of Saturn, Troyer a brainless twit, and MacTavish is a pureblood snob worse than Lucius Malfoy!"

"He personally reminds me of a rat!" Alice added. "Every time I see him I get the urge to offer him some stale cheese!"

"Daniel and James are very nice. Just because they don't like the riff-raff you hang around with doesn't mean they're snobs and Lisa is a lot of fun. Much more fun than that boring bed-head Goshawk who's always got her nose stuck in a book!"

"Irene's smart because she's always reading," Lily snapped. "Troyer's lucky if she has two brain cells to call her own."

"Look, you don't like our friends and we don't like yours, MacDonald so why don't you go back to the common room and rejoin your friends in not being prepared for class tomorrow," Alice said.

"Well!" Mary huffed then turned and flounced back out of the room.

"Better yet, why doesn't she move in with Troyer? I hear they've only got four in their dorm," Lily grumbled.

"Because Potter and MacTavish want her here so she can spy on us," Alice answered.

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Severus was sitting cross-legged on his bed next to Grey practicing his Transfiguration for class tomorrow. He was attempting to transfigure a marshmallow into a pillow, but concentration was difficult when he kept thinking about kissing Lily.

He heard the door open and heard the voices of Avery, the Lestrange twits and Michael Mulciber. His bed curtains were suddenly jerked open and found Mulciber glaring at him. "I hear from your roommates that you're still hanging around with those Mudbloods and Blood Traitors. We decided you need to be taught a lesson so anybody else who's of a mind to make friends with the wrong types – won't."

"Don't call my friends those horrible names!" Severus shouted shooting up. He remembered the basic moves that Black Leif and Black Conor had taught him and quickly readied himself for their attack. Grey suddenly let go with an unearthly scream and flew at Mulciber, knocking him to the ground, scratching him. Mulciber screamed in fright, trying to throw Grey off him unsuccessfully.

Avery tried to tackle Severus who instead moved out of the way so Avery hit his head on the bedpost of Severus' bed instead and dropped to the ground unconscious.

Severus faced the Lestranges and said, "What are you two waiting for? An invitation?"

Rodolphus launched himself at Severus only to have Severus' fist plow into his stomach. All the desire to fight went out of him as the breath went out of his lungs and the pain blossomed in his stomach.

Severus looked at Rabastan who held up his hands in surrender and backed away. "Grey! Cease!" Severus ordered sharply. Grey jumped back up on the bed, but continued to watch Mulciber ceaselessly.

The door was suddenly flung open and Horace came in with his wand at ready. "What in Merlin's name is going on in here? The alarms went off in my quarters alerting me there was a fight in the third year dorms. He looked at Mulciber. "Merlin's beard! What happened to your face?"

"His bloody cat is what happened to my face! It's a bloody monster and ought to be put down!" Mulciber yelled, getting up.

"What happened, Mr. Snape?"

"I was studying and these four came into the room and said they were going to teach me a lesson because they think I shouldn't be friends with …using their expressions, Mudbloods and Blood Traitors. They said it was a lesson for anybody else who was thinking about making friends with the wrong types. Grey attacked Mulciber to protect me. Avery tried to tackle me, but I moved out of the way and he hit my bedpost instead and knocked himself out and I punched Lestrange when he tried to attack me."

Horace face had taken on a very cold expression when he heard the words Mudblood and Blood Traitor. "Mr. Mulciber, go see Madam Pomfrey and get those scratches healed. Mr. Lestrange?"

Avery who had just regained consciousness sat up, rubbing his head. Rodolphus helped his brother to get to his feet and then helped Avery up. "Yes, Professor?"

"Take your brother and Mr. Avery and go with Mr. Mulciber to see Madam Pomfrey. Starting tomorrow night all four of you will have detention for three nights and suffer the loss of 10 house points each for deliberately attacking a housemate with the intent to injure him. Another 5 points each will be taken for use of those derogatory names."

"What's Snape getting?" Mulciber demanded. "He punched Rodolphus!"

"That is none of your concern, Mr. Mulciber and unless you wish to suffer the loss of more house points, I would advise you to leave this instant," Horace replied.

Mulciber, helping Rabastan with Avery and Rodolphus left the room muttering under his breath, "Little potion's prodigy thinks he's untouchable."

"I'm sorry about Grey, Professor. He's very protective of me," Severus said.

"I know. Even part-Kneazles tend to be that way, Mr. Snape. However, while I'm not going to give you detention; I will take 10 points from you for fighting."

Severus understood even if he didn't think it was fair.

"If you want to be assigned to a new dorm, there is a spot in the fourth year dorm occupied by Mr. Andrews and Mr. DeLuca."

"That would be great, Professor," Severus said. "I don't feel safe here anymore."

"I'll remain here while you pack and then I'll escort you to your new dorm," Horace announced. "You have my permission to use magic to pack."

Once he finished packing his trunk and putting Grey in his carrier, Horace escorted him to the fourth year dorms which were up a short flight of steps. He knocked on the door and Dorian answered it. He was surprised to see Severus with Slughorn. "What's going on, Professor?"

"I am changing Mr. Snape's dorm as his roommates are unhappy with his friends and attempted to teach him a lesson. I do not feel he will be safe remaining in that dorm."

"Sure," Dorian said, opening the door wider and stepping back. "Come on in, Sev and welcome."

"Thanks Dorian," Severus replied, pulling his trunk inside.

"The bed next to mine is available," Tav said. "Over there is our other roommate, Hugh Longworth. He's a Muggleborn like Dorian."

"I'm Severus Snape," Severus said shaking his hand. "I'm a Half-blood."

Hugh smiled and replied, "I've heard a lot about you from Dorian and Tav. They say you're a potion genius."

"I'm good at potions, but I don't know about being a genius," Severus replied modestly as he let Grey out of his carrier. He immediately settled down on the bed and began to purr loudly. "I think Grey's happy to be out of there too. I had to ward my bed every day to protect him from those gits."

"No doubt they're followers of that wizard who's now titling himself as Lord Voldemort," Hugh remarked sarcastically.

"From the remarks they made and the derogatory names they used, I think you're probably right," Severus agreed. "My mum was killed dueling a follower of his when they were attacking a Muggleborn family in Diagon Alley."

"I'm sorry to hear that," Hugh said sympathetically. "But it's great that your mum stood up for that Muggleborn family. I don't think there are enough witches and wizards willing to do that."

Severus unpacked his trunk in silence, hung up his clothes in his wardrobe, placed his books on the shelf over his desk, and then got out his Transfiguration book and resumed studying for tomorrow's lesson.

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"I finally found something good we can use on those morons," Daniel said. "I found it in the library and copied the page."

"What is it?" James asked, smiling widely.

"It's a stinking charm. It makes you stink badly and you can't smell it, but everybody else around you can. In fact anybody its cast on can't smell it on anybody else it's been cast on either."

"Perfect!" Mary squealed clapping her hands together.

"What it's called?" Lisa asked.

Daniel replied. "It's called Rancens Alosque Animadverto and it basically translates to rancid stinking without notice. "The incantation is the same. It's kind of hard to pronounce so we'll have to practice it and make sure it's correct before casting it."

"What are we waiting for?" James said. "Let's get on with it."

It took them a couple of days to learn to pronounce the incantation correctly and when they were ready James and Daniel hid in the alcove near the Great Hall and cast the spell on each of the friends as they walked by. "Now, let's go in and watch the fun," James said.

He and Daniel went in and sat down next to Lisa and Mary. They filled their plates from the platters on the table and began eating all the while keeping their eyes on the Ravenclaw table where the friends were sitting that day.

One of the older Ravenclaw girls sitting next to Irene suddenly said, "What is that horrible smell? It smells like someone fell into a pile of dog crap!" She turned and sniffed at Irene. "Phew! It's you, Goshawk. What the hell did you step in?" She pulled the collar of her robe over her nose to shield it and moved as far away from Irene as she could get.

"What are you talking about, Crankhower?" Irene demanded. "I don't smell anything. Do you guys smell anything?"

Remus and Pete who were sitting across from her shook their heads, but Remus caught sight of the Ravenclaw second year who had been sitting next to him moving farther away. He sniffed and thought he could smell a wisp something unpleasant, but it was very faint.

The bell rang and everybody at the Ravenclaw table rushed for the door. Irene and Caddaric headed for Herbology, Reg headed for Potions and the rest of the friends headed to Transfiguration.

Severus couldn't help but notice that everybody was giving them a wide berth or covering their noses with their robes as they passed, but he didn't know why. Obviously, people thought they smelled something unpleasant, but he smelled nothing himself.

Lily, Alice, Frank, Peter Remus and Sirius looked just as confused. "Why is everybody acting like we smell bad?" Sirius asked. "We all took showers or had a baths this morning,"

Jane and Emily walked with Lily and Alice ahead of the boys. Lily felt unnerved by all the people who appeared to think they smelled bad for some reason. They went inside the classroom and sat down.

As Severus sat down, Mulciber, Avery, the Lestranges, Wilkes, and Rosier all got up and moved away. "Merlin's beard, Snape, Lillibridge, and Dewhurst! You all stink!" Mulciber growled. "But then that's what you get for hanging around with Mudblood and Blood Traitors, Snape!"

"I told you already; don't call my friends those awful names!" Severus yelled jumping to his feet in anger.

"Whew!" Daniel exclaimed loudly. "Let's move! It smells really rancid in here today!"

"PU!" Mary said holding her nose as she got up and moved away.

"I'm getting nauseous! Why don't you lot go somewhere else?" Lisa said getting up and moving beside Mary.

"I think there's a bunch of people in here who ought to take better care of their hygiene!" James mocked from where he had moved to stand beside Daniel.

Minerva walked into the room at that moment and saw half her students standing on the sides of the room. "What's going on here?" She asked walking towards them when suddenly the smell hit her. "Merlin's hat!" She exclaimed. "What is that awful odor?"

"It's them!" Mulciber said pointing at Severus and the rest of the friends. "They smell like they rolled in a pile of dog shit!"

"Thank you for letting me know, Mr. Mulciber," Minerva replied dryly. "And 5 points from Slytherin for using foul language in my classroom." She turned to the teens and quickly did a visual scan. "I think you best go see Madam Pomfrey. Something is causing this although I can't see anything myself."

Lily was in tears as was Emily as they walked out of the classroom. Alice and Jane tried to comfort them. "Don't worry Lily," Alice said. "Maybe we ate some spoiled food and it's having a strange reaction."

Pete shook his head. "Don't think so, Alice. The elves would never serve spoiled food."

"But from now on people will always be sniffing us to see if we smell bad," Emily said.

"And they might refuse to sit beside us because they think we're always going to smell bad," Lily said.

"If they do than they're not worth knowing anyway," Jane declared.

When they got to the hospital, they were surprised to see Dorian, Tav, and Reg were already there as well as Caddaric and Irene who explained that Professor Sprout had regretfully sent them from the class because some of the other students were becoming nauseated.

"Babbling kicked us out of Runes too," Dorian explained with a grimace.

"Yeah because the other were complaining we smelled like dog poop," Tav added.

"Sluggy sent me to go see Madam Pomfrey too," Reg said. He looked at Severus. "I heard he moved you to the fourth year dorm."

"Yes, Mulciber, Avery and the Lestrange twits tried to beat me up because they don't like my choice of friends," Severus sneered.

"Oh no, Sev!" Lily exclaimed.

"Don't worry Lily," Severus replied with a chuckle. "The gits ended up doing more damage to themselves in the end. Grey attacked Mulciber and scratched his face all up; Avery tried to tackle me and hit the bedpost of my bed instead, knocking himself out and I punched Rodolphus in the gut and took the wind right out of his sails. Rabastan didn't even want to try anything after that. They did lose 60 house points between the four of them though and I lost another 10 for fighting even though it was self-defense."

"Sluggy moved Severus into our dorm so don't worry Lily," Dorian said. "It's me, Tav, and another Muggleborn named Hugh Longworth."

Madam Pomfrey came over to them, looking at them suspiciously. She had already done an exam of Dorian, Tav, and Reg with her wand. "I've never seen anything like this before. I can't find any physical reason for it. Tell me what you did this morning."

"Nothing different Madam Pomfrey," Irene answered with a shrug. "I got up, took a shower, got dressed, got my books together that I'd need this morning and walked down to breakfast with my roommates. It wasn't until after I'd been sitting at the table for a few minutes that the girl next to me moved away complaining I smelled like dog poop."

"You know my sense of smell is much sharper than normal due to my condition and I thought I could smell a really faint odor of something unpleasant, but it wasn't strong enough for me to identify it," Remus explained.

Madam Pomfrey frowned again. "Is it the same for all of you? Your house mates noticed nothing before you left your houses, but your tablemates noticed it after you came into the Great Hall?"

The rest of the teens nodded and Frank said, "Sirius and I walked down with Archibald and Dave and they never said a thing about us smelling bad."

"Hugh never said anything and he wasn't grimacing or holding his nose either," Tav replied.

"It sounds as if you've been hexed again," Madam Pomfrey said. "It will take me some time to research what the hex is and find its counter spell." She looked at her watch. "Class is almost over and I will send my Patronus to notify Minerva as to what's happened and ask her to bring Professor Slughorn, Professor Flitwick, and Professor Sprout with her. Why don't you use this time to study as you probably won't be going to any of the rest of your classes today." Madam Pomfrey transfigured a bed into a table and padded chairs so they could study there. "I will ask Tippy to bring you food at lunchtime."

The teens sat down and looked at each other. "Who do you suppose did this to us if it is a hex?" Pete asked.

"That's easy enough," Dorian said. "It was Potter and his friends. Potter and MacTavish have probably been looking to get back at us after Tav and I made all their hair fall out after they were gripping that we cheated because we won the match."

"I'm sure MacDonald and Troyer helped them find the perfect hex too," Reg said. "MacDonald thinks the sun shines out of Potter's arsehole!"

"Mum would wash your mouth out with her special soap if she heard you say that Reg," Sirius pointed out.

"I know, but I got to call them as I see them, Siri."

The doors to the hospital wing flew open as Minerva marched in followed by Horace, Filius and Pomona.

"You think these children have been hexed, Poppy?" Minerva asked after casting a silencing spell.

"I can't find any other explanation for the stench, Minerva. There's certainly no physical reason for it and from what they've told me about their morning routines they didn't smell when they left their houses and then suddenly they did after they got to the Great Hall."

"I take it you suspect Mr. Potter and Mr. MacTavish did it in retaliation for the hair removal spell someone cast on them after the Quidditch match?" Horace asked.

"Well, he was one of the guilty culprits in the last mass hexing of this group," Poppy replied. "I don't have any idea what the spell is or its counter and the children will have to stay here until it's found."

"I will check with Irma," Filius said. "If it was Mr. Potter and Mr. MacTavish, Irma should be able to locate the book they used quickly as neither of them ever bothers putting their books back in the proper places as Irma's always complaining to me."

"I will help you Filius," Pomona called. She and Filius left the hospital talking in low tones.

"I think I will go back to my office and check my books to see if there might be a potion that could banish the smell at least. I know it's a long-shot, but there may be something I can do."

"Good idea Horace," Minerva said. She looked over at the teens sitting at the table quietly studying or taking. "They apparently can't smell how bad they smell."

"Probably it's a good thing Minerva or Poppy would need to dose them all with Stomach Soothers," Horace replied as he turned to head back to the dungeon.

It wasn't until early the next morning that Filius visited Minerva with a book in hand that had the innocuous title of, Powerful Charms. "Irma found this filed in the Transfiguration section just this morning and alerted me. She did a revealing spell that she uses to find out who's damaged a book they used while in the library and Mr. MacTavish's magical signature was all over it." He opened it to the place where he had placed his finger. "The spell iscalled Rancens Alosque Animadverto."

"Stinking without notice," Minerva translated.

"Yes, the general idea of it is to make someone stink so they don't notice it, but everyone else does. The caster isn't affected by it unfortunately so we wouldn't be able to connect it to them that way."

"But we do have Irma identifying Mr. MacTavish's magical signature is on the book and that may be enough to trick them into admitting he and whoever else of his friends helped to cast it. I guarantee if he's certain we know it's him that did it; he won't want to go down alone. What is the counter spell to it."

"The caster must wave their wand over the affected while chanting Desino Foetor. A breeze will be felt by the affected and the smell will be vanished," Filius read.

"Cease Stink," Minerva said. She got up and left her office with Filius following her. They immediately went to the hospital wing and gave the information to Poppy. After practicing the counter spell a few times, she lined the teens up waved her wand over them while chanting, "Desino Foetor."

Severus felt a light breeze moving around him as did the rest of the teens.

"Wow! That feels good," Sirius said smiling.

When she was done, she called Minerva and Filius over and all three of them sniffed the teens to see if they could detect any lingering odor. "I can't detect any odor now, but I'm going to do it one more time just to be on the safe side," Poppy said. When she had completed the second round of the counter spell she said, "Leave all the clothing you were wearing yesterday here and I'll let the laundry elves know they need special treatment."

The teens who were dressed in hospital gowns and robes left to go to their houses and get ready for classes taking their book bags along. Madam Pomfrey had cast the counter spell over their books in case they had been affected too. As Lily, Alice, Remus, Frank, Pete, and Sirius walked into the Gryffindor common room; James yelled, "Hold your noses everybody! Here comes the stinkies!"

Sirius growled and tried to lunge at James, but Remus, Frank, and Pete held him back. "Pay him no mind, Siri," Remus said loudly. "He's just a dumb ass trying to make everybody think he's clever."

They went upstairs and changed into their school clothes and walked back downstairs. Lily stopped in front of James and said, "I know you did this, Pothead and so does Professor McGonagall and you're going to get yours!"

"Prove it, Silly Lily!" James sneered.

Minerva appeared in the common room just then and called, "Mr. MacTavish, I need to see you before breakfast. Come along."

MacTavish gave James a puzzled look and then followed Minerva out. James suddenly started to look worried.

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Severus and Lily were coming from the library that evening. They were laughing about the fact that MacTavish thinking that Professor McGonagall already had him, admitted proudly that he and James were the ones who had cast the stinking spell on the other teens. Filius did a Prior Incantato on their wands which revealed they had cast the spell. They had been given an in-house suspension plus two weeks of detention with Argus and loss of 20 house points each.

"It's a good thing MacTavish wasn't sorted into Slytherin," Severus laughed. "He has ambition, but not the least bit of cunning."

They weren't paying attention to what was going on around them and suddenly they found their way blocked by Mulciber, Avery, the Lestrange brothers, Wilkes and Rosier. "We still need to teach you a lesson about hanging around with Mudbloods and Blood Traitors, Snape and this time your mangy cat isn't here to defend you," Mulciber said.

The staircase was slightly to their left and Severus wondered if he could get Lily past the Slytherins and safely up to Gryffindor Tower.

"Hey, what's going on here?" They heard James call as he and Daniel walked up.

"Slytherin business Potter and none of yours," Avery replied.

"You're paying Snivellus back for daring to exist?" James asked. "First intelligent thing I've seen you snakes do."

"You have our permission in other words," Daniel added.

"Go get a professor you idiots!" Lily hissed.

Severus looked from the Slytherins to James and Daniel. He was trapped between them and knew he probably would not be able to get out of it without injury of some sort, but he could hopefully keep Lily safe.

Mulciber had his wand out, pointed it at Severus and yelled, "Tarantallegra!"

Severus' legs began to dance crazily and he could not control them or stop them from moving nor could he stop himself from moving towards the stairs. He felt the heel of his shoe slip over the edge of the first step and the continued twisting and flailing of his legs sent him over the edge and tumbling down the stairs until he finally stopped on the second floor landing, his legs continuing to flail weakly. The last thing he heard before he blacked out were Lily's screams.