Author's Note: Hi! This is my first fanfic. I've been reading a lot of Hermione/Severus pairing, so I decided to write one. Hope you enjoy it! If I do continue this fanfic, it may take a while.
Rated M for future chapters.
All credit goes to J.K. Rowling!
Severus Snape found himself lying down as he slowly regained conscious. Where am I, he thought. He was surrounded by a white misty fog, even his cloak and inner clothing were white! Ah, so this is the place where you go when you die… Standing up, Snape took a stroll through the misty fog. He didn't know where he was walking, but his feet brought him to a sudden halt, as he saw a feint figure through the fog.
"Hello?" Snape said lowly.
He quickly followed the figure as it began to fade. When he caught up, Snape recognized the long silver hair and beard, and the tall and thin body, sitting on a bench.
"Hello Severus!" Albus smiled at him. "It's wonderful to see you! Come and sit. You must be wondering why you're here." He patted his hand on the empty space next to him.
Snape hesitated before sitting. "Albus... I'm dead, am I correct? I remember Nagini attacking me… giving my last memory to Potter, and…" Seeing Lilly through his eyes… Snape stopped talking.
"Yes… you have died, but you are lingering between life and death," Albus said slowly.
Lingering between life and death…?
"Severus. You may have died, but someone who has helped you survive, wants you to live," Albus chuckled softly.
"Do you mean yourself, sir?"
"Well…yes. But there's someone else too. Perhaps you should thank that person when you reawaken."
Someone else? Who else would want me to live? Lilly is already gone… I don't think she would have wanted me alive anyway… Severus remained silent and continued to listen to Dumbledore.
"Severus," Albus continued. "I want you to have a second chance in life again."
"How is that possible?" Snape raised an eyebrow. "I'm 38 years old man and there are plenty of people who dislike me..."
Albus laughed."When you reawaken, you will realize that your body will no longer be of a 38 year old man, but as an 18 year old."
AN EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD BODY? I DON'T WANT TO RELIVE MY LIFE AS AN EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD! Snape sneered at his thought. He was disgusted with the idea of his body reverting back to his teenage years. The horrible memories he had in his past...
"Albus, me being an 18 year old? What happy memories can I make? I have betrayed the Order. There's no one who cares about me! What else can I do?"
"There are those who are alive and still care for you. There's Harry Potter and his frien-"
"Ha! The Golden Trio? Harry Potter does not care about me. He is just like his father! Weasley… That idiotic friend of his, and Hermione Granger!"
"What about Miss Granger?" Albus asked.
Snape didn't have an answer to that. He knew she excelled in his Potions class and was the brightest witch of her age. Other than her textbook like answers, she was rather intelligent. Also beautiful looking and if only I could... Severus snapped out of the thought. "She had stolen from my ingredient closet, and they all have knocked me out unconscious before."
"You may dislike them, but that doesn't mean they dislike you. You said you have given Potter your last memory… Mister Weasley and Miss Granger will know what happened."
Snape glared at Albus. Great, they'll tell everybody and I'll be a laughing stock if I live.
"I assure you that your memories will be kept between Harry, Hermione, and Ron. They are trustworthy," Dumbledore said, as if he read Snape's mind.
"Okay," was the only reply from Snape.
"Now, let's take a walk. It's almost time for you to go," Albus said as he stood up and stretched his arms out. As they began walking towards the end of the platform, Snape had a question in mind.
"Sir, who is this person that helped me live?"
"Ah, you have to figure that out…" Albus smiled at Snape, indicating the end of the question. "Severus, I know you may dislike the idea of having to live again as an eighteen year-old, but you never know. Maybe you'll enjoy it. Make new friends, get a woman, maybe get married, have kids. I want you to be happy, but I do not want you to be sulking around anymore, and this is a request."
"Yes, Albus. I will start over as an eighteen year old boy…" What else can I do? If I were to return as an eighteen year old, I can continue my life as a private man, or loosen up a bit… Or maybe…
"You won't be alone now, Severus. Someone will be there for you…" Albus smiled gently. They've both stopped two yards away from the end of the platform.
Snape looked at Albus. "What do you mean, sir?"
"Ah, she's here," Albus said, ignoring his question.
Snape turned to look at the unknown person Albus was talking about. As he got a clearer view, he saw a woman in a white dress. In a white dress, the lady's eyes and nose were covered by a white veil.
"Who is she, Albus? Is she…?" Snape turned his gaze back to Albus, but he was gone.
"Albus? Albus?!" Snape began to run around to see if he was still around. The lady in white followed him until Snape stopped. "He's gone… What am I going to do Albus! Is she the lady you want me to have a future with?!" He muttered.
He glared at the lady in white. Is this the woman I am going to be with for the rest of my life? Just who is she? He stared at the lady in white intently, trying to get a better view of her, only to find her smiling at him. Snape hesitated as the lady in white extended her arm out for him. It was soft, very soft, as he held her hand. It was awkward for Snape, since it has been a while since he held a woman's hand. Well it's a start… he thought. Leading him back to the previous place where Dumbledore had disappeared on him, there was a door awaiting. Bright light shined on them, as the door opened.
"I just have to go through the door and I'll awake?" Snape asked. The lady in white nodded.
"Well, thank you for bringing me here," Snape said as he headed towards the door. Pausing a few steps away, he turned around. "The person that Albus mentioned... is it you? Was it you who saved me?" The lady in white only smiled.
Staring at the lady who kept smiling him as if she was a creeper, he turned back around and continued his footsteps to the door. Right when he was about to enter, he was dragged back. His eyes widened, as the lady in white had grabbed his cloak and brought his face close to hers. Snape saw her eyes closed through the veil… their lips almost touching…
The lady in white disappeared. The white fog disappeared. Snape's eyes snapped open. He sat up suddenly, finding himself in his home, on his bed, at Spinner's End. Am I alive? Was the dream real? Thoughts raced in his mind. Not believing what he had dreamt, he slowly slid off his bed and went to the bathroom.
He was definitely alive.
Snape looked at himself at the mirror. For Merlin's sake, Albus was correct… He no longer looked like a 38 year old, but of an 18 year old. His face was a lot less wrinkly and was a few inches shorter, but still had his pale skin and his greasy looking hair. Glancing down, Snape noticed that his current clothes were large on him."Time to buy new clothes…" he muttered.
Leaving the bathroom, Snape wondered what he was going to do now. Albus was correct. The dream was real. But now that he's alive, would he continue teaching at Hogwarts? Or would he find a woman to be with? If the lady in white is the woman that I am to be with… Then I hope to see her again in the future, he thought. Little did he know, the answers were there when he noticed a note on his desk. He picked it up and read:
May 23, 1998
Please come to my office when you have fully recovered. I would like to speak to you about your position in Hogwarts and anything else you would like to talk about. Miss Hermione Granger will be there too. Please send me a reply as soon as possible.
Headmistress of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Snape stared at the note for a while. So it's been only two weeks, since the war has ended. My position at Hogwarts? I thought I wouldn't be able to teach there anymore… Continuing to stare at the note, flashbacks between Dumbledore and him reenacted. I have been given a second chance to relive my life… but how?
Rereading the note, he read two words outloud. "Hermione Granger."
Hermione Granger… what does she have to do with this?
Author's Note: What do you think of the first chapter? Does the scene seem familiar? The lady in white is probably obvious..
Please review and criticize me if I need improvement or changes.
P.S. Future chapters will be in Hermione's point of view, or maybe both.