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Chapter 20

After a leisurely walk around the lake Severus and Harry settled down under a large shade tree. Severus leaned against the tree as Harry settled between his legs, leaning against Severus' chest.

Severus got out his book and asked Harry which work of Shakespeare's he would like to read. "We have Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth…" Severus went through a few more options. Harry thought for a moment then answered. "How about Romeo and Juliet, I've always heard that one was good.

"That it is." Severus answered flipping through the book to find the proper page. When he found it he held the book out in front of them so they could both read the words.

"Sev?"

"Hmmm?"

"Would you read it out loud?"

Severuss leaned his head down and gave Harry a quick kiss. "Of course I will."

Severus then started reading, "Two households, both alike in dignity," but before he could get any further he was interrupted.

"Hiya Harry. Professor." Ron said as he and Hermione walked up to where Harry and Severus were lounging.

"Hey guys." Harry said as he blushed a little at the position he and Severus were in.

"Mr. Weasley. Miss Granger." The professor greeted them.

"I would ask how your date went last night, but I doubt that you would be sitting like that if it had went badly." Hermione stated.

"Yeah, it was nice." Harry said. "I'll tell you about it later."

Hermione then noticed the book that was in the professor's hand. "What are you reading?" She asked her professor.

However, Harry was the one to answer. "Sev was just about to read Romeo and Juliet."

"I love that play. May we stay professor?" she asked.

Severus glanced at Harry and the younger man gave a nod. "I don't see why not." Severus answered.

Ron looked a bit uncomfortable but Hermione pulled him down to sit on the grass. "Just listen," she told him, "it's fascinating."

After everyone was situated Severus once again began to read. "Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona where we lay our scene. From ancient grudge bread to new mutiny. Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes a pair of star crossed lovers take their life. Who's misadventurous, piteous overthrows doth with their death bury their parents strife. The fearful passage of their death marked love, and the continuance of their parents rage which but their children's end naught could remove, is now the two hours traffic of our stage. The which if you with patient ears attend, what here shall miss our toil shall strive to mend."

After reading the opening Severus glanced up. Hermione was listening intently, Ron was playing with a blade of grass, and Harry was comfortably resting against his chest. Severus then continued.

Harry listened to Severus' deep smooth voice as he read the play. He couldn't help but hang on every word. He loved that voice. He loved the way Severus felt when they kissed and touched. Then Harry realized, he had fallen in love with Severus. Harry then lifted his head and gazed up at Severus, receiving a small smile from the Potions Master as he continued to read. Harry's heart fluttered.

As Severus read the play Harry couldn't help but love the things that Romeo and Juliet said to one another. It was so romantic. It truly was an incredible story of forbidden love.

"For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet, and her Romeo." Severus finished. When he looked up this time Hermione was crying, Ron looked mad and Harry was definitely contemplating something.

"That is a bunch of bollocks!" Ron exclaimed, making everyone's heads turn toward him.

"What is?" Severus inquired, wondering what had made the red headed Gryffindor shout out.

"Why didn't they just tell their parents to sod off? I mean they still got married. There are so many things they could have done to be together." Ron answered.

Hermione was touched by Ron's observations. She really did love him.

Severus was the one to carry on the conversation with Ron. "Times were different, they couldn't just tell their parents. They were brought up to hate one another. It was forbidden before it even started."

"But what about the priest? Couldn't he have given them sanctuary or something?"

"I think that if he could have then he would have suggested it. The priest was hoping to bring the families together with Romeo and Juliet's marriage. But it didn't go the way he had planned, so instead he gave Juliet that potion that made her appear dead so that Romeo and Juliet could be together."

"But what was Romeo's deal? He was head over heels for that Rosaline girl and then he what, forgot about her at the first sight of Juliet?"

"In a word, yes." Severus answered. "And people's feelings can change. For them it was love at first sight."

"Alright. I still don't completely get it though." Ron admitted. "But if my parents would have told me that I could only be with a pure blood or something like that I would have told them to sod off."

"Well luckily we don't have to worry about that now do we?" Hermione interjected. "Come on Ron, let's leave these two alone. Thank you for letting us stay professor."

Severus nodded at the two. They said their goodbye's and strolled of toward the castle hand in hand.

"What did you think about the play?" Severus asked Harry who was still leaning comfortably against his chest.

"It was good. Have I ever told you that your voice is intoxicating?"

"You didn't always use to think so I'm sure."

"I do now though. Actually it is not only your voice that I find mesmerizing."

"Is that so?" Severus asked during a small chuckle.

"Yes it is." At that Harry turned toward Severus and slowly and sensually kissed him. "Let's go inside Sev." Harry had something he wanted to say.

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