"Are you sure?!"

"NOOOO! THAT CAN'T BE TRUE!"

"I can't believe it!"

Snape tried to ignore them, he really did.

"But whyyy?!"

"Yeah, I thought he said-"

"I knooow!"

"It's true then- all the good ones are either taken or –"

"Both in this case, I guess!"

Why the teacher didn't do anything about the chattering girls, was beyond Severus.

"Hmm, I wonder…-"

Severus rubbed his temples tiredly, praying for the girls to shut up for one minute.

"I wonder, which one of them- well you know."

A short silence followed and the girls broke out into a fit of giggles.

"Stacy, you nasty girl!"

"Oh god! I didn't even think of that!"

"So?"

"Well, I can't really imagine any of the Blacks lying beneath somebody."

"True, but Sirius has always been different, right? I mean the guy's a Gryffindor."

"So what? Remus is in Gryffindor too!"

"Yeah, but Remus has this sort of calm masculine aura around him!"

"He so does not! I mean Sirius has more of a masculine personality! Look at all the girls-"

"And now we know it was just a show, so it doesn't prove anything!"

Severus sat there completely dumbfounded. What were they talki-

"It so does! I mean it clearly means that he at least theoretically likes sticking his-"

OH. OOOOH!

Oh hell no.

"Would you shut up!" Severus growled turning around and the girls froze stunned.

He gave them a dangerous look and turned back to his assignment.

"It's Snape, isn't it?"

Did they really think that counted as a whisper?

"Yeah, you know what?"

"I heard he's Lupin's ex!"

Severus felt a chill run down his body at that. What was wrong with these people?!

"Well that settles it, Remus clearly likes to be the man in the relationship!"

He slammed his head down onto the table forcefully and then after giving himself a couple of seconds to recover quickly threw everything into his bag and stormed out of the classroom.

Obviously, no one tried to stop him, as Professor Bins didn't even notice his absence- or anyone's absence- in the first place.

Severus Snape was not a patient person. He had never been. So a week of these chatters and rumors and everything left him going crazy. And the worst part- he kind of brought it on himself.

Yes, definitely the last time he helps someone.

So strode quickly towards the library- as long as he wasn't in the lesson, he could at least spend the time usefully. He received an evil look from Madam Pince upon entering the library and making a tiny bit of noise by closing the door.

Once the woman couldn't see he threw her one of those looks back.

He hurried to the third shelf on his right, where he knew that one book he wanted to read but didn't have time to (with N.E.W.T.s coming and everything) was.

"Okay," He murmured quietly going through the covers with his finger.

"Hello, Severus." He was startled by a voice.

He looked to the ground end realized he didn't notice two boys sitting on the ground previously.

Remus was holding a book and Sirius was lying with his head in Remus' lap and playing with the hem of the guy's shirt absentmindedly.

"Hi." Severus answered coldly, because really- they were the ones responsible for the entire ruckus in school.

Remus raised an eyebrow at that and a 'sorry' almost slipped Severus' mouth. Almost.

"What are you doing here?" He asked instead, a bit more relaxed.

The boys looked at each other and Sirius chuckled.

"Hiding, mostly. Well, he's reading, but I'm just here because the girls have been terrorizing us lately." Sirius answered with a smile, throwing Severus back.

Talk about an attitude change.

"Tell me about it." Snape shivered remembering the conversation.

"Hm?" Remus hummed and Severus wondered if he even noticed that his hand was running through Black's hair.

"Trust me, you don't want to know and neither do I." Severus pressed his lips together disapprovingly.

"I suppose you're right." Remus laughed and from the looks on both of their faces Severus suspected that he wasn't the only one who had been in some way a part of similar conversations.

Suddenly, he noticed Remus swatting away Black's hand which was running up his shirt almost unconsciously and felt like he was intruding something personal.

He was about to excuse himself when they heard the door opening and a group of females gushing in clattering like children.

"Maybe they're here."

"Maybe. I mean they could at least answer us, is that so hard?"

"Excuse me, have you maybe seen two Gryffindor boys around here? One of them has dark ha-"

"This is a library." They heard Madam Pince grit out. "The only thing there is to see around here is books!"

"Well, it's our cue to leave." Remus whispered carefully pushing Sirius off his lap and standing up, which resulted in Black whining wounded.

"Shh, do you want them to find us, Sirius?" Remus groaned to that.

"No, but you don't have to be mean." Sirius pouted jumping to his feet.

"Don't be childish, that was far from mean and you know it." Remus rolled his eyes making Sirius pout more.

"Anyways, we'll be going now, Severus." Remus smiled at Snape and hesitated before adding. "Sorry, about this."

Snape shrugged nonchalantly, because deep deep dow, very very deep deep down he might have possibly maybe kind of known that it couldn't be helped.

The boys turned to leave but Sirius stopped.

"You go, I'll catch up in a second." He said to Remus.

The werewolf looked at him confused but shrugged it off and nodded nonetheless.

When Remus was out of sight Sirius turned to Severus with a contemplating look on his face.

"Thank you." He said slowly. It sounded like he was forcing it, but nonetheless genuine.

Severus eyed him strangely.

"Never thought the day would come, Black." He smirked.

"Neither did I."

The boys stood in silence for a while awkwardly.

"You might be not as bad as I thought you were." Sirius huffed looking around.

"I'm sure that doesn't say all that much." Severus laughed surprising them both.

"Yeah, I guess." Sirius grinned. "I still hate your guts."

"The feelings mutual, Black and I wouldn't have it any other way." Snape answered simply.

"Well…"

"Well you better go, Black, I swear I heard Jorkins going on about how he just knew. Careful, I don't think he's the kind to give up easily." Severus smirked at the alarmed look on Sirius' face.

"I gotta run. Bye."

Severus allowed himself to laugh at Sirius hurrying off.

He didn't actually hear Jorkins say anything. In fact, he saw the guy with his tongue shoved down Amanda Brown's throat. He simply enjoyed watching Sirius squirm. He also kind of liked bruises on Black's face.

Because at the end of the day, Black was Black and the feeling really was mutual.

"Wait, is that Snape?" He heard some girl whisper and his smirk fell.

"Yeah, wasn't he Remus' previous boyfr-"

Well Goddamn it. He hated this school sometimes, he really did.