A/N: Thanks for all the response on chapter 6! Here's chapter 7!
"Come on, we're going to be late!" I shouted through the door at Severus, who seemed to be taking his sweet old time getting ready. "The party starts soon!"
Severus chose that moment to open the door and walk out. "Oh no, wouldn't want to miss it," he said sarcastically. I smacked his arm playfully.
"Oh, get over yourself and come on," I said, making my way downstairs and out the door, Severus reluctantly following behind me. Finally getting outside of the anti-apparation wards, I waited for him to reach me before linking my arm through his so we could apparate to Grimmauld Place.
Appearing in the small neighborhood with a loud crack, I led him up to the front door hurriedly with excitement. Knocking on the door, I smiled when it was quickly answered by Harry.
"Happy 18th Birthday!" I exclaimed, stepping forward to wrap my arms around him. He laughed at my enthusiasm, hugging me back fiercely.
"Thanks," he said, stepping back so he could greet Severus, who wished him Happy Birthday and shook his hand awkwardly. I couldn't help but smile at the awkwardness between the two of them.
"Oh come on you guys, you're both the same age, the war is over, and you're no longer teacher and student. Why can't you two just make up and be friends already?" I said, exasperated. They gave each other a quick glance before looking back at me.
"If you really want to, we will," said Severus, surprising me. I expected Harry to be the one to agree first, not him. I looked at Harry, waiting for his input. He shrugged.
"I guess we are being a little immature. I'll try it. Who knows, maybe I'll get a new friend for my birthday," Harry said optimistically, giving Severus a hesitant smile which he slowly returned, clearly unsure of himself.
"Come on," I said, clapping, "let's get to the party." Making our way to the kitchen, I trailed behind a bit next to Severus so I could talk to him.
"Wow, I never thought I'd see the day when you agreed to be friends with a Potter," I said teasingly.
"I think I just realized what happened two months ago. I'm 18 again, I can start over." I smiled at him.
"That's great," I said, impulsively kissing him on the cheek as we enter the kitchen. Before I could see the expression on his face, I quickly walked into the room, hoping no one saw what I had done.
Needless to say, dinner was extremely awkward, with me stuck sitting next to Severus trying to avoid eye contact. I was gratefully when it was finally time to open presents. My happiness at Harry liking my gift of leather Quidditch gloves was enough to distract me from the awkwardness until Ginny whisked me away later in the evening, pulling me into her room.
"I saw that," she said as soon as the door was closed behind us.
"Saw what? I asked, confused.
"That kiss you gave Snape before you two entered the kitchen." I looked down and blushed when I realized what she was talking about. "I knew it, there is something going on between the two on you!"
"No, nothing is going on," I said quickly. "I don't even know why I did it." Ginny smirked at me.
"That's because you like him," she said, smirking even wider. "Admit it. You're falling for him, hard." Before I could deny it again, there was a knock on the door before it cracked open, Severus sticking his head in.
"Molly wanted to know if we could stay the night. Almost everyone is." I saw the hesitation at staying overnight in his eyes.
"We don't have to if you don't want to," I said softly, taking his opinion into account. He shook his head.
"It's fine, I can go home and grab some clothes too if you want." I smiled at him; he just kept surprising me today.
"That would be great." He nodded at me before turning and walking out. As expected, Ginny practically exploded when she was sure he was out of earshot.
"He's getting your clothes for you! Do expect me to believe that there's nothing going on?" I looked down at me feet in embarrassment.
"No, but there really is nothing," I said unconvincingly. "Even if I did like him, it would never work. Any day now the Ministry is going to find some way to turn him back to his normal age and we'll both go back to living our lives. How could we be together after that? He would be 20 years my senior."
Ginny reached forward and started rubbing my shoulder soothingly. "Never say never," she said, giving me a cheeky grin. I smiled as I closed the distance between us and embraced her, happy to have the comfort of a friend. We stood like that for a few minutes before there was another knock on the door. Groaning exasperatedly, I stepped out of her arms and walked over to the door, pulling it open to reveal Ron, looking uncharacteristically serious.
"Can we talk?" he asked an unexpectedly tense edge in his voice. Nodding, I gave Ginny a look, silently asking her to leave us alone for a second. To my relief, she instantly understood, side stepping us as she made her way out the room. Closing the door, Ron turned toward me. "What's going on between you and Snape?" he asked angrily. I rolled my eyes.
"Honestly Ron, why do you care? I've been living with him for 2 months and we've become friends!"
"You two have been looking pretty cozy together lately," he said, voice laced with distrust.
"Is there something wrong with that?" I asked, growing angry. "Even if we were dating, there's nothing wrong with that. He's 18, I'm 18, and believe it or not, we have a lot in common."
"Two months ago he was the greasy git of the dungeons! Two months ago we kissed!" I sighed.
"So that's what this is about!" I yelled. "Just because I kissed you doesn't mean you own me! It was the heat of the moment type of thing, looking back at it now it means nothing! I can date who ever I very well please; you have no control over that!" I was panting hard by the end of my rant, glaring at him in anger.
"Just get out!" I yelled at him in fury. Looking down ashamed, he quickly backed out of the room, knowing not to push me anymore. I was still panting when Severus and Ginny walked in 5 minutes later.
"Are you okay?" Severus asked when he saw the look on my face. Shaking my head, I ran forward and hugged him, the force making him stumble and plop down onto the bed.
"I hate Ron!" I cried, sobbing into his chest as he rubbed circles on my back. Through my tears, I missed the look Severus and Ginny shared as she slowly backed out the room, closing the door behind her. Hugging me tighter, he leaned back on the bed, pulling me down with him so I was lying next to him, cradled in his arms.
"Do you want to talk about it?" he asked hesitantly. I shook my head vigorously, relaxing into his embrace before falling asleep, my last thought being that I was absolutely sure I was falling in love with Severus Snape.