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This was insanity.

"Sev, could-... could you rub my back?"

"Of course, love."

Insanity. Pure wonderful insanity.

His fingers ran ever so lightly up and down her back. Her body was pressed into his in the most delightful way, flat tummy against his waist, her little cool nose nuzzled into the crook of his neck. He heard her sigh in contentment as he rubbed her back. This had always been able to calm her before... Well, before what'd happened. His free hand wandered, and she allowed it to, down her side and over her waist, feeling the soft warmness of the skin, the gentle strength of her muscles. Memorizing her was easy, he must've done it twice already, but that didn't mean he couldn't indulge in his pregnant girlfriend's body just a little while longer.

Pregnant. Oh Merlin.

His fingers drifted, and finally they rested on the flat plane that was her tummy. He felt his heart pound. He was only seventeen for Godric's sake. Her father was going to kill him. He'd probably rip his penis off or something horrific in punishment for getting Lily pregnant. It's not like he had meant to do it! Severus scoffed to himself. Even he knew that was a lame excuse. No, he'd take whatever was coming to him. Whatever her father saw fit to do, he would accept it.

Beautiful terrifying insanity.

Lily's lips found his pulse point and he let out a shuddering breath All the worries of the world and their present situation seemed to melt away with that one little kiss. His arms tightened around her and he felt her smile against his skin.

"Why'd you stop?"

"Hm?"

"Rubbing my back... It felt so good." She tilted her head and looked at him, her eyes soft with what he knew was love. His fingers immediately restarted her massage and she moaned very quietly against him. He chuckled softly, enjoying the sound. He looked down at her and returned her smile.

"Are you hungry?" She shrugged, and he watched as she closed her eyes.

"A little." she mumbled. He pressed a few light kisses to her jaw. Merlin, if any of his housemates saw him like this, he'd never hear the end of it. He remembered a time when he tried to block out this part of him. Unfortunately, all of the softness, the gentle nature, the warm timid personality he had tried to hide behind cold unfeeling cruelty was strong. Stronger than he had realized. He wasn't a people person at all. In fact Lily was the only person he would willingly be around. It wasn't so much that he hated everyone else, he was just more coldly indifference. The Marauders he hated. Anyone who dared insult Lily in front of him, he hated. He hid his hatred well, however. Especially when it came to his housemates. He hated when they said nasty things about her, but he hid his anger inside his heart and tried to ignore them. He didn't know if he'd be able to hold himself back now. So much had changed.

"Lily?" She just grunted in response, apparently too tired for anything more. "I'm not going back to my dorm." Immediately he was staring into her beautiful emerald eyes. She propped herself up a little and looked down at him, the most adorable expression of shock and confusion crossing her expression.

"What?" she whispered quietly as she leaned over him slightly. He shrugged.

"I'm not staying in the Slytherin dormitories any longer." Her eyes widened and she looked at him for a long while, seemingly at a loss for words. Her fingers brushed a bit of stray hair that had fallen in front of his face behind his ear.

"I-I... But where will you sleep?" He shrugged again as if it didn't matter. It did, of course. He wanted desperately to sleep somewhere with her. The whole reason he wanted to do this was to protect her. He knew how his housemates thought of her and he didn't want to risk them testing out hexes on her and his child because he wasn't there to stop them. Many of them knew the Gryffindor's password...

"It's not doing you or our baby any good with me so close to the Dark Lord's followers and so far away from you. I don't want you alone for a moment." he whispered. He knew it sounded a bit clingy and jealous, then again when it came to Lily he was always clingy and jealous. Now that she was truly all his, he couldn't imagine anyone ever touching her, or even looking at her, but him. He knew it was greedy, but he couldn't help it. She was looking at him like he was going mad, one of her eyebrows arched in disbelief.

"Sev. I'll be fine. O-Our baby will be fine. No one will even notice I'm pregnant for a little while. Besides, I'm not weak. I can handle anything those dunderheads throw at me. You're just paranoid." He nodded slowly, knowing she was strong and skillful. She was taking the whole pregnancy situation surprisingly well. After she stopped crying initially she hadn't cried since. However, she clung to him as if he was her life support. He couldn't even go to the bathroom without having her trying to follow him in. He didn't let her, of course, it embarrassed him. Not her, though. She dragged a very bashful Sev into the bathroom with her whenever she went. They had gotten dressed, Severus transfigured their robes into pajamas, and they'd laid in bed all day. Just talking. That had given Severus the time to formulate what he was going to do about their future. First things first. Get out of Slytherin House.

"I'm going to ask Dumbledore if there's somewhere we can be."

Lily stared at him like he had just grown watermelons out of his ears, but she struggled to answer him, her eyebrows furrowed in concentration.

"D-Dumbledore?" she said quietly, "Do you really think he'll help us?"

"Maybe. We just need somewhere neutral. Not Gryffindor, not Slytherin. Away from everyone else. I mean, what happens when other girls get pregnant?"

He watched as Lily's eyes softened, and she leaned down to kiss him very softly. He smiled as he kissed her back, his voice hardly a whisper as she pulled back to look at him, "What was that for?"

"Because I'm sorry I never realized who I had all these years. Right under my nose. Sev." she pressed a brief kiss to his lips again, and giggled quietly. "If I was ever going to get pregnant, I'm glad you're the reason."

"Mmm.. Well, I'm glad you see it," he teased, "I love you, Lily." She smiled widely down at him.

"I love you too."

"But we need to figure out what we're going to do." He looked at her seriously and nodded, resting her chin on his chest. She was so damn cute.

"So Dumbledore? I don't know, Sev..."

"Just trust me. He loves you. He may help us." He leaned forward to kiss her forehead gently, and he heard her let out a sigh. He smiled as he saw her roll her eyes and smirk.

"Fine. I trust you."

"Good. Because you're having my baby. You sorta have to trust me." She giggled and leaned forward to kiss his chin.

"I'll do what I want. Now, let's go get a bite for dinner. We can talk to Dumbledore after."

"You're the boss, Lily." She laughed in amusement and pushed his shoulder playfully.

"Glad you're finally figuring it out."


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