Halo

(Snape/Lupin)

Remember those walls I built
Well, baby they're tumbling down
And they didn't even put up a fight
They didn't even make up a sound

Remus sat in the back of the café, a caramel macchiato in hand. He was nervous, which was strange, because dates were usually such a simple thing for him. Maybe he was nervous because he was finally having a date with the man he had loved since he was 16.

I found a way to let you in
But I never really had a doubt
Standing in the light of your halo
I got my angel now

Severus swept into the café wearing dark, charcoal trousers and a wine red button down shirt, looking dapper as ever. He still couldn't remember what had possessed him to agree to have coffee with Remus Lupin. It was moot point that he had loved the man once, the Shrieking Shack incident had ended that. Nonetheless, some part of him, the part that held on to those memories of secret study meetings and hidden notes, still cared for the man. Now, after the war, Severus was letting that part of him open up a bit, he didn't need to hold all his emotions as close as before.

It's like I've been awakened
Every rule I had you breakin'
It's the risk that I'm takin'
I ain't never gonna shut you out

Severus spotted Remus sitting in the back of the café and walked towards him, "Remus."

"Severus! Do sit down, what would you like to drink? I wasn't sure what you'd want so I didn't order…"Remus trailed off, realizing he was on the verge of acting like a lovesick teenager.

Hit me like a ray of sun
Burning through my darkest night
You're the only one that I want
Think I'm addicted to your light

Severus nodded and turned to the waitress that had appeared next to their table, "One black coffee please. No cream, no sugar."

Remus smiled, he should've guessed.

I swore I'd never fall again
But this don't even feel like falling
Gravity can't forget
To pull me back to the ground again

Severus turned back to Remus and an awkward pause ensued.

"So, I heard you left Hogwarts?" Remus said to fill the silence.

Severus nodded, "I've decided to start a mail order business for potions. That will allow me to experiment with new potions as much as I desire to." Severus paused, "And you?"

Remus smiled, "I'm the Ministry's new werewolf liaison. With the more public use of Wolfsbane and all, they need someone to work between the two groups."

Feels like I've been awakened
Every rule I had you breakin'
The risk that I'm takin'
I'm never gonna shut you out

Severus nodded and silence ensued again as Severus' coffee arrived. This was a bad idea. We don't even have anything to talk about.

Remus' mind was racing, What should I say?

Just when the two men thought that the silence was about to become unbearable a young lady stepped onto the small stage at the front of the café.

"Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. My name is Cassidy Murphy and I will be your entertainment for the next hour. I would like to start off with one of my personal favorite songs, Halo by Beyoncé."

Everywhere I'm looking now
I'm surrounded by your embrace
Baby I can see your halo
You know you're my saving grace

You're everything I need and more
It's written all over your face
Baby I can feel your halo
Pray it won't fade away

I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo
I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo

Severus looked at Remus as the words of the song washed over him. Somehow the words seemed prophetic, as if it told his story. Remus's amber eyes looked straight into Severus' onyx ones, as if he knew just what he was thinking.

I found a way to let you in

"Did you read Albert Stefenson's new book on the defense against vampires?" Severus asked.

"Yes! What did you think of it? I thought his mentioning the muggle thing with garlic was a bit extreme and ridiculous…"

One step at a time.


Disclaimer: Don't own anything, Halo belongs to Beyonce.

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