Chapter 9 - Severus and Minerva
I couldn't believe it, she was fine… well, ok, she was going to be fine but… anyway… it was so good to know that there was nothing to worry about anymore.
Once we were outside the building, we crossed the road and it began to rain all of a sudden so I grabbed her hand and pulled her into the telephone box that was right in front of us. It was such a small place that once we were inside together I thought we would maybe be more comfortable under the rain.
"I guess it seemed a better idea from the outside…" I said and she looked at me with shiny eyes of happiness and I pulled some of her wet hair back so I could see her face clear.
"I don't care…" she said "I'm not dying anymore…" and she broke down so I embraced her and she began to cry on my chest.
I wrapped her with my arms stronger and I kissed her forehead.
When she stopped sobbing I took my lips down and had a taste of her sweet wet lips.
Then, completely hypnotized by the smell of roses coming from her hair I came closer to her ear and whispered "I love you."
"You what?" I exclaimed in surprise after hearing those words coming from the most unexpected mouth.
"I'm sorry…" he muttered.
"Why are you apologizing?" I wondered… Could it be possible that he had said it by mistake?
"I don't know…" and then he left the cabin and walked away under the rain, so I followed him and made him stop. We stood in silence while our clothes got all wet until he spoke. "I had never said those words aloud…" he said.
"I'm glad you said them to me, then" I replied, "because… I love you too…" and we held hands and he pulled me closer to him and wrapped me around his arms and kissed my lips softly but passionately under the rain, and I closed my eyes and when I opened we already were at Severus' living room with the fireplace on.
Later, while sharing a glass of juice near the fire – since Minerva was still in treatment so she couldn't have any alcoholic drinks – she faced me and I felt her look very deep into my soul.
"What is it?" I wondered.
"This last twenty-four hours have been like a dream to me and…"
"Will you go once I'm cured? I mean, once you won't need to keep making my potions, once you won't need to keep taking care of me…"
"Oh, Minerva… Right now I can't imagine my life without you… you have taken light to it, you have taught me to enjoy it… No, Minerva, I won't leave anywhere, I will always, always be at your side…"
A COUPLE MONTHS LATER…
"I know you said the treatment was going well, Dr. Miller but I'm feeling those headaches again, and I'm sick almost all the time, just like at the beginning of the cancer… I need to know if it's growing back or whatever is wrong with me… I don't want to put Severus through all that again so I have everything already planned… No lies, if the cancer is back I will just go back to Scotland without saying anything to anyone… I already hurt too many people the first time…"
"Well, Minerva, what is growing inside of you is not exactly a cancer…"
"What do you mean? What is it that I have this time?"
"Minerva, you are expecting a baby…"
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