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Rose paced the astronomy tower's floor at exactly eleven o'clock, her mind reeling with unfortunate possibilities: he wasn't going to come, he was playing a trick on her, and he never liked her at all. She sank to the floor, slightly shivering in the cool February air through her cloak. Why had she ever believed-
Suddenly, the door swung open with a bang as it hit the wall. Rose jumped up and gripped her wand tightly, her heart pounding at the thought of the dark figure in the doorway being a dementor, or worse, a teacher. But when she heard the familiar raspy chuckle, her heart stopped completely before beating even faster.
"Gave you a fright, did I?" Scorpius asked as he gently shut the door, showing off Rose's favorite crooked smile.
"Hardly," she sniffed but couldn't keep her straight face when Scorpius imitated her reaction with shaking hands clutching an invisible wand and a back arched like a cat's.
When the laughter died down, they looked at each other, both having a thousands things to say but not sure when to say them. Rose took a deep breath and began with the only way that seemed fit.
"So I was in the library the other day-"
"Of course you were," Scorpius smirked.
Rose glared at him. "Let me finish. I was in the library, kind of bored, so I started researching things. Random things mostly, because I was confused, see. I figured learning about something else would take my mind off of what I was feeling."
Scorpius smiled. "Go on."
"I found all these old, interesting books and skimmed through them. One was about language and the evolution of it over time. Thousands of years ago Egyptians had fifty words for sand and Eskimos had over one hundred words for snow. And it got me thinking how it would be useful to have different words for the same thing in modern times, primarily love. "
"Love?" Scorpius raised an eyebrow with a gleam in his eye.
"Yes," Rose nodded and shrugged. "For I wish I had a thousand words for love, including how we can treat each other like despicable beings and yet I'll still love you with all my heart."
"Do you mean that?" Scorpius asked as his face lit up.
"But what about McLaggen?"
"That's why I told you to meet me here, I had to talk to him after dinner," Rose explained.
"And what did you say?" Scorpius asked, beginning to take small steps towards her.
"I told him the truth."
"That I had already given my heart away once and I never really got it back," Rose smiled and looked up, for she had finished just as he had reached her. "And I didn't really want it back, to be quite honest."
Scorpius took her head in both hands and titled it up to kiss her on her lips, slowly and less urgent this time, for they had all the time in the world now. The kiss was as magical as the first, if not more so. Fireworks exploded in his stomach, while Rose had snitches fluttering in hers. An eternity could have passed and they wouldn't have known, but when they broke apart, Scorpius wrapped his arms around her shoulders and held her tightly to his chest.
"You have no idea how long I've wanted to do that."
He felt the vibrations of her giggle against him and smiled. "Just to clarify things though, it's you Rose. It's always been you."
She looked up and met his grey eyes with her blue and grinned. "I believe you."
Scorpius grinned euphorically and twirled her around while she laughed gleefully, feeling happier than he could ever remember being.
FOUR MONTHS LATER...
"Well, I don't know about you guys, but I am absolutely exhausted," Rose announced as she collapsed in between Albus and Scorpius as they laid in the grass next to the Black Lake. They had all finished their final O.W.L's and didn't know whether to feel relief or worry for the results said to come in July.
"I'm never reading another textbook again. I refuse to. It's not happening," Albus declared blatantly as he stared at the clear blue sky. Scorpius laughed as he put and arm around Rose and pulled her close to him so she was rested on his chest while he played with her hair.
"I say we all quit school and make a fortune from performing magic tricks for muggles in Las Vegas," he suggested.
"What the devil is Las Vegas?" Albus asked lazily.
"It's a popular gambling city in Nevada," Rose answered equally as lethargic, enjoying the rhythm of Scorpius' chest rising and falling and the feeling of his hand in her hair.
"Where the devil is Nevada?" Albus asked again and Rose and Scorpius chuckled.
"It's in America," Scorpius replied.
"Oh," Albus nodded and folded his arms behind his head. "Let's go to America guys. American girls are quite fanciable."
"Shut it Albus," Rose and Scorpius murmured at the same time. Albus rolled his eyes.
"You know, you guys should go back to hating each other. It was more fun when you didn't gang up on me," he huffed.
"But if we hated each other, it would be quite awkward if I did this," Scorpius said and flipped him and Rose over so he was on top. Rose giggled as he began to obnoxiously snog her which made Albus groan in disgust.
"It was also less repulsive," he moaned. "Oi, get a room, will you?"
Scorpius looked up. "Jealous Potter?"
"Why would I want a slimy Slytherin on top of me?" Albus retorted and Scorpius shot him and sarcastic smile. "Love you, Scorp."
Scorpius chuckled as he flopped on his side. "Love you, Alby." He looked down and kissed Rose gently on her lips. "Love you, Ginger."
Rose grinned. "Love you, Scor." She kissed him again before turning to her cousin. "Love you, Al!"
"Yeah, yeah," he muttered, making the two laugh. Albus sat up and looked out over the Black Lake, seeing other people residing on its shore from exhaustion. He squinted when he saw two people together, unsure if it was really them or not.
"Is that Melanie Hopert and Jack McLaggen? Together?" Albus asked in disbelief. Rose and Scorpius sat up and looked where Albus was looking. Jack and just spread out a blanket but before Melanie could sit on it, he collapsed upon it and took up it's entire area. They all started laughing as Melanie huffed and sat down in the grass.
"Yes, that is definitely Melanie and McLaggen," Rose acknowledged. "I guess everyone found their perfect match this year."
Albus glared at her and Rose held back a grin. "Er, almost everyone."
"Just you wait, I'll be dating a Veela before you know it without the help of you tossers," Albus declared and lay back down.
"Who needs a veela when you've already got the most beautiful girl in the world right here?" Scorpius whispered in Rose's ear, making her smile.
They had the whole summer in front of them and couldn't wait to spend it just how they wanted to: with each other.
ATTENTION: Yes, I am going to be starting another story (very soon actually) but I want your suggestions! If you have a pairing you want me to do, PM me or leave of review on this story. I will consider most anything, except I won't do another RosexScorpius because I've already done two. Let me know and I'm looking forward to your suggestions!
HEY, AND J.K'S NEW BOOK COMES OUT IN 4 DAYS!