Title: P'tit Chat

Author name: Kali

Summary: A short drabble involving two of our favourite professors, someday to be developed into a full story.

Disclaimer: This story is based on characters and situations created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros., Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.



"Remeber Cedric Diggory."

As Dumbledore's words echoed through the great hall, Severus felt a hand grasp his and squeeze firmly. He turned and looked into eyes filled with tears. Trying to reassure, he smiled weakly and returned the pressure, keeping their hands tightly joined beneath the table.

"Be strong, love," he whispered. "Just be strong until the students are gone."

"I know, I know. But it's hard, knowing that this is just the beginning and not knowing how many more lives will be lost."

"Just put on that brave face of yours. Inscrutible as a cat, remember?" Tying to provoke a smile. And failing.

"Severus.... its just... what we're going into is so dangerous. And I can't help fearing the worst. Especially for you. It's going to take a great deal of convincing before Vold.. You-Know-Who... takes you back into the fold. It's just... what if he sees through everything. What if he...." the whispered tirade trailed off, and Severus felt the pressure on his hand tighten, becoming almost painful.

"You can't worry about me, p'tit chat, you have your own battles to fight in the coming months. I can take care of myself, I've managed to do so so far, haven't I?"

One more stolen glance at the worried face beside him, and he turned back to his meal.

"Just keep a brave face for the students. You know how it would scare them to see fear in the eyes of the terrifying Professor McGonagall."