Chapter 1: Returning to Hogwarts
The sun dipped low in the sky and the few clouds present appeared more like smoky mist rather than anything of substance. Hermione looked up at the castle in the fading light, a hint of cool breeze stirring through the trees, and smiled. Tonight would be her first night back at Hogwarts since the war. The renovations had taken all summer and despite the impressive work, the castle still had a tilted appearance, as if the world itself was still slightly off kilter. She was looking forward to starting her seventh year with the hope that it would bring some normalcy compared to the past year. The board of governors at Hogwarts had decided that everyone needed to repeat the previous year given the significant interruptions in their education. Ron and Harry had complained of course, stating that hunting Horcruxes was far better preparation then their missed school year but, in truth, she had missed studying. She found her purpose in the long nights at the library surrounded by the faint smell of parchment. Often Hermione was the last one there at night, before Professor Pince shuttered the doors, and in the faint glow of the candlelight, she felt more at home then in the shouts and laughter in the Gryffindor common room. Ron trailed beyond Hermione as Ginny and Harry walked beside her, speaking quietly with the voice of new lovers. Despite their apparent casual demeanor, the intensity of their passion was quite obvious to any seasoned observer. Their bodies leaned toward each other, heads bowed and faces with a faint flush. Though they were lightly touching hands, their hands caressed each other with small tantalizing slow movements. Hermione was happy for them and their reconnection after the war seemed to give Harry support and strength, the support and strength she felt she was lacking.
Initially, she had hoped she and Ron would have the same connection, the same passion and love but her hopes had quickly been dashed. While they had needed each other to orient themselves in the swirling chaos of violence, once life returned as before, they no longer seemed to understand the desires of the other. Ron spent most of the summer drinking in the pub and playing Quidditch with Harry, Charlie and the other Weasley boys. He did not have interest in talking about anything of substance, preferring to bury himself in whatever activity would give him instant gratification. While Hermione poured over the NEWT study materials and articles regarding the latest in advances of transfiguration and potions, Ron played gobstones and exploding snap with one of his brothers or fiddled with George’s latest gag from the shop. He had tried to continue their physical relationship, not that they had had a particularly passionate one, but Hermione no longer felt any hint of a spark. She wondered if there ever had really been passion or if it had been more to combat their fear that the would be no tomorrow. Now that things were settled, his awkward groping and wet kisses didn’t seem worth the effort. She had never had sex with him despite his best efforts because Hermione had always been mindful of the real possibility of Harry walking in on them in the tent. Now she suspected that even then she didn’t feel passionate enough to risk getting caught by Harry.
Despite their incompatibly, their break-up had been difficult as Ron never handled rejection well. The first several weeks had been the worst as he seemed intent on breaking her with his words but it had confirmed her belief that she was better off being alone. Things had settled down after Ginny and Harry became sick of the endless fighting and sat them down to discuss the situation. Ron’s pride had been seriously wounded though and while they both wanted to be friends again, their interactions still were mostly just awkward silences, biting criticism or overly forced conversation.
“I wonder if Professor Snape will be teaching portions this year or if he will teach Defense against the Dark Arts,” Hermione heard Ginny say. Ron moaned, “I had thought after everything we would be rid of that old bat.” Harry protested, “he saved all of our lives in the end.” “But why did he have to be such an arse about it,” Ron whined. “Remember how miserable he made our lives and how anal retentive he was during class. I can’t tell you how many points I lost just because of stirring clockwise instead of counterclockwise.”
“But that was the point wasn’t it?” Hermione said with a slight edge to her voice. “The tiniest little thing can make such a large difference when brewing a portion, you have to be rather,” she paused trying to find the appropriate word, “precise.” Ron huffed but didn’t respond. “I’m just looking forward to being back on the Quidditch field,” said Harry. “It will be so nice to be flying my broom toward the snitch as opposed to away from certain death all the time.” At that they fell quiet, thinking of how different life would be, now that the war was in the past.
The next morning, Hermione was awakened to a cacophony of sounds. Ginny and Parvati were excitingly gossiping about their sex lives with Lavender snorting in the background at the hand motions Ginny was using to describe a particularly fancy position. Meanwhile a brown school owl hooted on the window sill looking very put out for being ignored. Hermione reached up and took the awaiting letter from the owl who shot her a snide look before flying back to the owlery. “Headmistress McGonagall wants to see me regarding my NEWT class schedule prior to breakfast so I will meet you in the Great Hall.” The girls looked up from Ginny’s animated performance to give her a quick wave as Hermione quickly threw on her clothes and robes.
The silence as she climbed down the stairs to make her way to the headmistress' office felt heavy but she preferred it to the ruckus of the tower. She felt isolated after the war. A thin veil seemed to separate her from everyone else. She thought that coming back to Hogwarts would allow her to feel more normal. However, she realized that the person she was looking for no longer seemed to exist. She felt broken, her innocence shattered by the war, leaving a poorly reconstructed shell of impurities behind. She supposed that was why she was no longer interested in Ron. His constant mindless chatter seemed to grate at her even now; but then again he wasn’t the person he had been before the war either. They all had changed, all struggling to find where they fit in the new world and Hermione was increasingly realizing that she didn’t seem to fit anywhere. Not with Harry and Ron, not with the girls in the Gryffindor tower, not even with her family whose reintegration into her life felt more then a little forced. She sighed, and walked slowly to the headmistress’ office, so deep in thought that she didn’t even notice Professor Snape leaving the great hall until she nearly collided into him.
“Miss Granger, do tell me your head isn’t so inflated from the wizarding world singing your praises that you can’t be bothered to watch where you are going,” Snape said with a low menacing voice. His dark eyes glittered with malice and before she could speak, he had turned away, walking with purpose back to the dungeons. “But sir.” She stopped as there was no point, he was already out of sight. She felt a weight in her chest as she thought back to that evening in the shrieking shack. The evening she had come back for him.
Harry had insisted that Severus Snape was dead, his eyes blank with the blood drained out of him by Nagini’s bite. However, Hermione went back, not really sure what she expected to accomplish but she felt the pressing need to do something. She was in awe of what Harry had told her, how he had suffered and sacrificed for just the memory of Lily’s love. She found him lying on floor, in a puddle of blood, unmoving. Her vision blurred with tears as her fingertips traced his face, slowly trailing her fingers to his pale lips when she felt a ghost of a breath. Her own breath caught in her throat. He was alive. She remembered the panic leap into her throat, her frantic hoarse cries for help, her attempts to staunch the bleeding with her hands. In her fright, she had forgotten her magic entirely for several minutes before her head cleared with the singular purpose to save this man who without whom, the war would not have been won. Hermione summoned blood replenishing potion and dittany from Madam Pomfrey’s office and with trembling hands applied it to his neck, rapidly reciting the wound healing incantation that she had studied in preparation for the hunt for Horcruxes so long ago. She knew she needed help if she were going to save him. So she concentrated on sending her patronus back to the castle to Professor McGonagall, the most powerful witch or wizard capable of helping now that Dumbledore was gone. A faint wisp of mist sputtered out of her wand but it immediately faded, leaving her only with the dim light of the rising sun. She tried again, thinking of the happiness she now felt, the war over and Voldemort dead, but still her shimmering otter had barely taken shape before it faded again. Hermione closed her eyes and searched deep in her heart for any trace of happiness in order to produce her patronus when her thoughts landed on Snape. She imagined how it would feel to be loved the way Snape had loved Lily, how special she would feel with this brilliant man's love and a shimmering otter glided out of her wand to the castle. Had the situation had been less dire, Hermione would have been uneasy about how she had thought about Snape, the professor who had strived to make her time at Hogwarts as miserable as possible. But she pushed it aside and continued working. The faintly rising sunlight cut through the boarded up windows of the Shrieking Shack as Professor McGonagall rushed in the door to Hermione's aid. Hermione's face smeared with dirt and tears, was barely recognizable as she intently focused on the broken man on the floor. As Minerva gently touched her hand, which was still holding her glowing wand, their eyes met. “Please save him,” Hermione pleaded. “I will do everything I can,” she said as she visibly straightening up to take over the task at hand as Hermione collapsed against the wall sobbing.
Meanwhile, Snape walked angrily toward the dungeon, irritated more then usual with Granger’s clumsiness, reflecting upon his current situation. He had come back to teach at Hogwarts because he didn’t have anywhere else to go. He had not planned to survive the war much less to endure the death of both of his masters. Despite all of his plotting to ensure the best chance of Voldemort’s demise, he had never considered for the possibility of his own survival.
Damn Minerva for her heroism, Snape thought bitterly. He knew he should be overjoyed to be given another chance at life, a life free from being under other wizard’s thumbs, but he just felt alone, aimless and without a purpose. During the war, everything he did was calculated to achieve a specific end. He carried his burden without support as he trusted no one. His sharp demeanor and snarky comments helped ensure his isolation. He inspired fear in students and cultivated their disgust for him which allowed him to complete his work without interference. Now, despite being a recognized war hero, he was still universally despised. Everyone still regarded him with the same distrust and fear except for a select few of the Order and even they seemed to unconsciously recoil away from him. Snape sighed, wondering if anyone else felt so lost. He no longer felt indebted to Lily but without that debt, he didn’t have any anchor holding him to this world. This is the brave new world that he had helped save from destruction and he was doomed to live as a mere shadow, without true human interaction and without focus. With that happy thought, Snape slammed the door to his chambers. This was going to be another long restless day alone with his thoughts. He would likely need to take a vial of dreamless sleep tonight if he wanted to get any rest at all.
“You wanted to see me Headmistress McGonagall?” Hermione asked approaching her desk. “Yes sit down please. I think it is important we discuss what happened last year with Professor Snape.”
“What, what, does Professor Sn-Snape have to do with my NEWTs?” Hermione stuttered.
“Oh, your NEWT schedule is fine, overambitious of course, but you will do well. The real reason we are here is talk about last year. Professor Snape doesn’t remember that you saved him and I think it is best that we keep it that way.” Minerva’s eyes looked almost wistful. “He is a true hero, but unfortunately a bitter and angry man. He was never allotted the same human decencies most of us were. To be fair, his father was quite abusive and other than his mother, I am not sure if he ever knew love. However, I don’t want you to suffer any abuse from him so we should keep it quiet,” she was speaking sternly now.
“Abuse?” Hermione said falteringly.
“He gave me a impressive verbal assault when he was awake enough to realize that I had saved him. He wasn’t counting on living and I suspect in many ways, he felt it was easier to die then to try to live with the aftermath.”
“But he is a hero, and finally free.”
“Therein lies the problem,” Professor Dumbledore’s portrait stated knowingly and Hermione was startled to hear his familiar voice so long after his death. “As an adult, he has never been free before to make his own choices and live his own life. He joined up with Voldemort right after his 7th year. He has lived almost his whole life under the instruction of another, even taking on a second master to try to appease his debt to someone else. Now, he finds himself free and I don’t think he knows who he is with the release of those ties that bound him. Professor Snape is likely doomed to wallow in misery of his own creation.”
“If that is true, Professor Dumbledore, shouldn’t we try to save him? What good was saving his life if all I have done is prolong his suffering? Do you not think he is worth saving?” Hermione’s cheeks flushed with anger, that her hero could so easily throw away the life of someone who had done so much good.
“I don’t think he is saying that Professor Snape’s life is not worth saving my dear.” Professor McGonagall said quickly. “But that he is angry and miserable and if we are not careful, he will take it out on you. I have let him continue to teach here to try to give him focus so he can come to terms with himself and maybe one day find happiness.”
Hermione felt the angry heat rise within her. “Has anyone talked with him, tried to help him through the trauma of the war or do you just assume that he will fend for himself, like he always has? I would have thought that he would be treated the same if not better than the other members of the Order who have themselves received extensive help.”
“Snape refused it all and prefers his own company. I know you feel strongly about the situation since you saved him, but I suggest you just treat him like you always have and remain committed to your studies. You only have one more year at Hogwarts, and we should try to make the best out of the unfortunate situation.” McGonagall’s tone was firm, indicating the conversation was over.
“Yes ma’am. I understand.” Hermione said dully with disappointment that everyone seemed to have given up on Snape. As she plodded back to common room, she felt a wave of emotion overtake her. She remembered how fragile he looked on the floor of the Shrieking Shack and how much she just wanted to take him in her arms to keep him safe. I still believe in you Snape, she thought and she couldn’t help but notice the twinge in her heart as she thought of him.
Chapter 2: McGonagall's Order
The following day, Hogwarts was in full swing with the first years whispering loudly as they stepped into the Great Hall for the first time for the sorting hat ceremony. Each table hooted loudly when the sorting hat declared a student for their house. Though the Slytherin house was more sedate than the remaining of the houses, even they got caught up in the celebration. Despite all the bad press dredged up by the Daily Prophet following the war about the Slytherin house, it was apparent to everyone that the majority of the house, while not the heroes of the war were also not the enemy. Students were anxious to put the war behind them and return to the time in Hogwarts before the suspicions and distrust tainted the school. The professors at the head table were chatting and smiling as the sorting ceremony progressed. All except for Professor Snape, who sat rigidly in his chair, scowling out at the excited students.
Ron, Harry, Ginny and Hermione sat cheering loudly for the newest member of their house as the Sorting Hat yelled Gryffindor and she sat down nervously at the end of the table. “I don’t see why you accepted to be a Head Girl on top of all the NEWT courses you are taking.” Ron said through the noise though his voice was tinged with jealousy. “I wouldn’t have accepted if they had asked me. This is our last year at Hogwart’s and without the war hanging over our heads, I intend to have fun.”
“It’s important to help maintain some semblance of order, Ron.” Hermione sniffed. She was secretly proud that she had been chosen to be Head Girl especially since she had thought someone else had already been selected. “But I thought that they usually choose Head Girl before the start of the school year, don’t they?” asked Harry.
“I thought so too,” Hermione said. “But I guess they were just too busy getting Hogwart’s ready for the upcoming year after all the damage from the war.” She showed them the letter that she had received during dinner that explained due to the extensive extra work the Professors had at Hogwarts, the decision regarding Head Boy and Girl had just been made today. “Draco Malfoy as Head Boy. Man the teachers are mental!” Ron exclaimed. An inpatient sigh came from Hermione. “Can’t you just say congratulations like everyone else, Ron?”
“Come on, I’ll help you move your stuff,” Ginny said as she shot Ron a look
“You have your own room, right?” she asked innocently as they got up from the table. Hermione couldn’t help but smirk when she replied as she knew what Ginny was thinking. She didn’t mind letting Ginny and Harry borrow it occasionally but she wasn’t going to be running a hourly hotel in her room. Hermione felt a little sad to think that their hijinks were likely the only action her new private room would be seeing this year. However, she pushed that thought out of head as she began excitedly thinking about how much room she would have for all her books. Then she smiled to herself. If she got tired of studying, she would at least have more privacy to please herself than was afforded in the girls’ dorm. She glanced at the head table as they left the Great Hall and her heart sank slightly in her chest again as she saw Professor Snape sitting unmoving in his chair, staring unblinkingly ahead. She could see the faint slouch of his shoulders indicating a man beaten down by the world.
The following day was the first day of classes and the whole castle was abuzz with nervous energy. Hermione, Ron and Harry stood outside the potions classroom following lunch for their first NEWT level Potions class, chatting quietly with the other students about their summer. Everyone was deliberately ignoring the obvious topic at hand regarding Snape’s role in the downfall of Voldemort and his speedy recovery from Nigini’s bite that almost claimed his life. It was quite apparent that even though Professor Snape had been recognized by the ministry with the Order of Merlin, First Class, that his reputation at Hogwarts remained the same. The door to dungeon swung open and Snape glared at the students. “ I did not seem to get the invitation to the social party outside my classroom but those who wish to have any hope of passing their NEWTs should be setting up their potion station, not participating in mindless gossip!” He shot a withering stare at the Golden Trio before striding back inside. “You would have thought all that praise from the Ministry would have taken the stick out of his ass,” Ron said bitingly and Harry suppressed a laugh. Hermione frowned slightly and walked without comment to an open station toward the back of the classroom. Her heart was pounding in her chest as she observed him. She thought she had given him another chance at a life that he deserved but what if she just had prolonged his misery. She definitely could see him being angry at her for saving him but she always imagined it would be due to his stubborn pride and not because he didn’t want to be saved.
As he strode intimidatingly through the dungeon, reviewing the topics that they would be covering, Hermione watched him closely. Physically, he seemed the same as she remembered. Tall and foreboding, his black hair framing his pale face and obsidian sharp dark eyes. She suspected he had a nasty scar from where he had been bitten despite Hermione’s best efforts but he wore a high button frock coat so if he did, it was not visible. During that harrowing night, she had been very concerned that he would suffer some significant disability if she could save him at all. Looking at him now, he seemed to be completely healed. He stalked smoothy through the class like a predatory feline and cut the gillyweed roots with the same precise knife movements as he always had. Hermione felt a slight shiver down her spine as she listened intently to his silky baritone voice, trying to discern any difference in his vocalization. He had always held the class at attention when talking but today she could almost feel the low vibrations of his voice on her body. She flushed when she realized that the vibrations seemed to be pooling in her pelvis, causing her to be very aware of the sudden increase of moisture in her panties. She shifted slightly in her chair, trying to lessen the distraction. Hermione looked around discreetly but everyone else seem to be focused on the task at hand, scribbling diligently as Professor Snape continued to lecture on the NEWT level potions they would be expected to know by the end of the year. I wonder if I am more attune to his magic since I saved him, Hermione thought. That might explain why I seem to be so affected by his presence. The butterflies in her stomach were taking flight as she suppressed the thought that she might be seeing him in a completely different albeit inappropriate manner.
Class couldn’t end soon enough for the 7th Years as they all rushed out of the door groaning about volume of work Professor Snape had assigned. “Six feet of parchment regarding the research and development of the 10 most important NEWT level potions,” whined Ron. “That alone will take all night and we still have to read and outline the first five chapters of Potent Potions. When will we have time for any of our other classes?” Harry joined in Ron’s dissent but Hermione just nodded along, watching Snape out of the corner of her eye. He looks so tired, she sadly thought.
Snape was tired, he rarely seemed to sleep at night. The fear that he instilled in his students and his snarky comments on their lack of skill no longer seemed to bring him the satisfaction it once had. Another year of teaching these dunderheads who can’t tell the difference between an ashwinder egg and a doxy egg, Snape thought listlessly. Minerva had recommended he pick a 6th or 7th Year student to be his teaching assistant to help relieve his burden as the other Professors had done this year. Given the stress of the recent war and nightmares that still plagued him, he had given it a brief consideration before he realized that it would create more and not less work. He couldn’t see himself working with any of the 6th or 7th Years as it would require some trust that the younger wizard or witch would have enough intelligence not blow themselves up. He laughed at the thought of trusting Ron to assist him in any way, imagining the paperwork when the twit destroyed half the newly refinished castle. The only one who was at all qualified and intelligent enough to assist him was Miss. Granger and he would rather eat bulbotuber pus than work with that Know-It-All.
“Professor Snape, may I see you for a minute?” He glanced up at McGonagall as she strolled toward him. “What do you need? I have another class in 5 minutes. First Years will likely set fire to the dungeon if they are left alone for any period of time,” he said, with thinly veiled frustration. “I was wondering if you had found an appropriate assistant?”
“I don’t need an assistant,” Snape snapped. “ I have been teaching for years. What makes you think that just because I briefly needed your assistance at the end of the war,” with this he glared at her, “that I now am some invalid who can’t perform basic teaching tasks?”
Minerva took a deep breath. “It’s not that I think any less of you, if anything I have been most thoroughly impressed with your teaching throughout the years. But the stress of the war has been hard on even the toughest wizards and I think it would be helpful for your healing process.”
“I am fine and I am NOT your project,” spat Snape. “I don’t want help!”
If it hadn’t been for her recent conversation with Hermione, Headmistress McGonagall likely would have given up. It was not worth provoking him. However, she felt guilty with Hermione’s insinuation that she felt Snape’s life was less worth saving than others. She didn’t want to admit it even to herself, but she had given up on Snape far faster then she should have.
“I don’t think I made myself clear, Professor Snape. This was not a request. Please find someone acceptable out of the 6th or 7th Year Potions students to assist you as it is quite unreasonable that you are the only Professor without such support.” With that McGonagall turned on her heels and stormed out, angry with herself for how she had handled the situation and furious with Snape for being so stubborn.
Chapter 3: Teaching Assistant Woes
Professor Snape paced furiously in his private chamber that night. How could she insist he take a teaching assistant and subject him to Hermione Granger and her mindless regurgitation all year? She was a fool if she didn’t realize that Miss Granger was the only Potions student that would even have a remote chance of success. The other students would likely blow up the stockroom or contaminate his potions within a fortnight. He briefly considered just picking another less capable student as he likely would not have to acquire another one after the first one had failed. Unfortunately, he thought with a frown, he did have an impressive potions stockroom and it would expensive and overly time-consuming to restock it after the explosive accident that would likely occur. And while he was not thrilled to be alive just to continue teaching idiots who were more concerned about their latest crushes then actually understanding the fundamentals, it had taken several months of intensive recovery before he had fully recovered from Nagini’s bite. It seemed a bit idiotic on his part, to put his body in such peril so soon after his recovery just because he didn’t like a student. Gritting his teeth, he quickly penned a letter to Miss Granger, informing her that she had been selected to be his new teaching assistant and sent it via school owl. Snape sat back in his chair and poured a large glass of fire whiskey as he watched the crackling fireplace. Tomorrow was going to test his patience.
Hermione had just finished her Arithmancy homework and was flipping through her new Charms course book when a school owl tapped quietly on the Common Room window. Ginny looked up from her astronomy chart and opened the window curiously. “It’s for you Hermione. I wonder who is sending you a letter so late.” She gave the owl a bit of her buttered toast, as he nipped her hand slightly, before shooing him out of the tower. “Who is it from, a new lover perhaps?” Ginny smirked mischievously.
“No, it’s from Professor Snape. He wants me to be his teaching assistant, though I can’t imagine why. He seems to despise me.”
Ginny snorted, “Personal feelings aside, you are the only student in this whole school bright enough to not destroy his storeroom within the day. Whatever feelings he has for you, he obviously values his potion stores and knows that you are smart enough at least not burn it down.”
Hermione blushed slightly when she realized that by asking her to be his teaching assistant, Snape was essentially saying he considered her to be the smartest student at Hogwarts. Ginny snorted louder at the creep of color on Hermione’s cheeks. “Why are you so surprised? You are the brightest witch, or wizard for that matter, in Hogwarts, including teachers. Except for Headmistress McGonagall and Snape obviously.”
Hermione rolled her eyes, “I’m going to bed now, see you in the morning.” Luckily Ginny had resumed completing her astronomy chart or she would have noticed the slight spring in her step as Hermione climbed up the tower to her room. Ignoring the tiny flutter in her heart as she thought of Snape considering her to be intelligent, she quickly dressed for bed, anxious of what tomorrow would bring.
The next morning, Hermione was a nervous ball of energy, chatting inanely about the required potions needed to pass the OWLs and the NEWTs. “Did you read the entire potion book last night?” Harry sighed. “I just wanted to be prepared for my meeting with Professor Snape this afternoon regarding the teaching assistant position.” “Blimey, Hermione. You are going to be Snape’s potion teaching assistant, Head Girl and take all of those NEWT level classes. When are you going to have any time for fun!” Ron exclaimed munching on a large buttered biscuit. “Ron, think of all I will learn regarding potions as a teaching assistant. This is our last year at Hogwarts, and I think my time will be better served learning and preparing for the NEWTs. Which are much more important to my future then just goofing off.”
“It’s your life, I guess,” Ron said with a shrug as he wandered off to talk to Dean Thomas about the new Nimbus racing broom that was coming out later this fall. Hermione rolled her eyes but said nothing in response. She finished her breakfast, uncharacteristically quiet while Ginny and Harry had a prolonged nonverbal goodbye. “Let’s get to Transfiguration, Harry.” Hermione said, interrupting their snogging. Harry and Hermione waved goodbye to Ginny and headed toward the other end of the castle.
Professor McGonagall spent most of the first class reviewing the most important aspects of transfiguration. The class was thoroughly impressed as she turned a thimble into a full sized chair, then five giant dragonflies which morphed into a hawk before shedding its feathers and turning back into the thimble. Hermione tried to pay attention but her stomach felt like she had swallowed a bag full of chocolate frogs as the clock marched forward. Minerva could see that Hermione was nervous and less attentive than usual today. She had been more than a little surprised when Severus had told her this morning that he had picked Hermione to be his teaching assistant. Looking back, she could see now that Miss Granger was the obvious and really the only choice that would meet Snape’s ridiculously high standards. However, she was very concerned this would end badly. Her goal had been to keep them apart and for Professor Snape to never know Hermione’s role in saving his life. Now, she had practically forced them together, and it was extremely unlikely that he would not eventually figure out that his true savior was Hermione Granger and not her at all. He was angry at her for saving his life but he did respect her given her extended teaching career at Hogwarts and acknowledged her intelligence. Despite that, he had taken his rage out on her for her role in keeping him among the living. She cringed to think how furious he would be if he knew that “Miss Know It All” had really been the one to save him. How much damage would he do to Miss Granger when he took out all of his aggression, fear and bitterness out on her?
At the end of the class as everyone was packing up their bags, Professor McGonagall asked Hermione to stay behind for a minute. She knew she couldn’t say much as they would not be afforded much privacy, but she wanted to warn her. “Tread carefully Miss Granger.”
Hermione looked into her eyes and could see she was worried about her. Or more accurately, worried about Snape’s reaction to her if he were to find out of her heroics. “I will, Professor. I always do.” Minerva gave a tiny nod and watched quietly as Hermione walked out of the classroom.
Standing outside of Professor Snape’s office, she paced for a few minutes before she worked up the courage to knock.
“Come in, Miss Granger. You are nearly late.”
“I’m sorry, sir…I just…”
“Sit down.” He gestured toward the leather chair in front of his office desk. “We have a lot to discuss if you are going to work as my teacher’s assistant. I will need you to help prepare potions needed for the classes as well as the bases needed for more advanced potions. I believe you are familiar with stewing lacewings.” He raised an eyebrow and Hermione flushed with guilt remembering the illicit polyjuice potion brewing during her second year. “I don’t have time for your endless questions and you will find that reciting pointless facts about potions does not impress me. I know you have read all the potion books. What remains to be seen is if you have the intelligence to use that regurgitated knowledge to brew correct potions. You need to understand the theory to truly excel in potions, not just follow the instructions and read books.”
“I understand, sir.” Hermione said trying to keep the nervous quiver out of her voice.
“Let’s get started then. We need to begin to make the base for Felix Felicis today as it takes over two weeks to brew and the 6th Year students will be studying in three weeks. In fact, we are running low on stewed lacewings so we will need to start that as well today. Come with me to my personal potions lab so we can get started.” Snape briskly walked out of his office through a smaller door which she had never paid much attention to before. His personal potions lab was small but impressive. Multiple cauldrons, of different shapes and sizes, bubbled and stewed on one large counter, while a second counter was covered in beakers, flasks and measuring equipment. A third counter was set up with two workspaces though given then small space, they would be working quite close together. A small obviously warded cabinet sat above the second counter and Hermione could see multiple small vials and containers but couldn’t quite make out the names. “You will stay out of there,” Snape snapped. “That is my private potion ingredient store.”
“But I thought you had all of the needed potion ingredients in the potion class storeroom.” Hermione was a bit confused. Every ingredient that was required in any potion she had made or read about was in the storeroom. Snape couldn’t help but smirk at the rare look of confusion that had entered her face. “There are some extremely complicated potions that require very rare ingredients. Unless you are training to become a Potions master, it is unlikely that you have ever even read about these potions.”
“But I have read every book in Hogwarts on potion making in preparation for my NEWT level class, even the books in the Restricted Section. I have never seen a potion that required any ingredient that you don’t have in the regular potion storeroom.”
Snape’s smirk grew bigger as he knew the thought that he had read a book that she did not have access to would infuriate her. “There are many potion books that are not available to the layperson.” He emphasized the word layperson as he could see the wheels in her head spinning. “Only a Potion Master or apprentice to a Potion Master are allowed access to such complicated potion books.”
“Oh,” Hermione didn’t know what else to say. He was obviously gloating about his superior knowledge.
“Let’s get started then,” he said sharply.
The next two hours they worked mostly in silence. Snape was begrudgingly impressed with her potions skills and he noticed he found her much less bothersome when he worked with her as a peer. He also noted that she was no longer the annoying child that he remembered from before the war. She had grown up. She was still enthusiastic about learning and seemed even more intelligent then he recalled but some of her exuberance had gone, replaced with a contemplative silence. Her mind wasn’t the only thing that had grown up. Working in such a small space, he could smell the faint hint of her honeysuckle shampoo. Her frizzy brown hair had turned into more chestnut colored wavy curls that framed her face. Snape prided himself on not caring to notice students but for the first time, he found himself silently admiring her soft feminine curves and rounded ass that despite her robes drew his attention. He mentally shook himself out of his reverie. He had lost his mind. Just yesterday he had been berating this Know-It-All and now he was finding himself thinking of her in a most inappropriate way. What was wrong with him?
“We are done for today. I will see you back again tomorrow after dinner to help extract and purify the salamander blood for the Strengthening Solution that the 5th Years will be brewing soon.”
“Yes, Professor.”Hermione answered, feeling relieved that she had managed to hold her own against Professor Snape. Snape watched her walk out feeling confused. She definitely wasn’t the insufferable chit he had remembered.
Chapter 4: Snape's Realization
The next several weeks went by without incident. The 7th and 5th Years moaned about their ever growing workload as they began to prepare for their OWLs and NEWTs at the end of this year but overall everyone at Hogwarts seemed to be doing well. The students and professors alike without Voldemort or the threat of Death Eaters lurking over their heads were comfortable. Friendships and romances blossomed and the memory of the war seemed to fade into the background for most students. Hermione and Snape were still struggling with the trauma of the war but Hermione working as Professor Snape’s teaching assistant seemed to help both of them. Over the course of the first month, the original tension between the two had resolved slowly as they had learned to work well together. Snape felt more relaxed than he had been in many years, since before the first rise of Voldemort. He could trace the change of his feelings toward Hermione to the first time she assisted him in preparing potions. He noticed that as the weeks passed, he had gone from enduring her to enjoying her company. He found he was able to have an intelligent conversation with her and that they actually shared quite a few interests. Her ability to comprehend advanced potions continued to amaze him and he found himself talking more and more as they prepped the potions and required ingredients for the impending classes. He began to appreciate her in other ways as well. He often lingered with his hand on hers while helping her stir the cauldron just right and he couldn’t help but notice how her breath quickened slightly when he brushed against her to get past her workstation. He knew he was enjoying her company a little too much but this was the first time he had felt connected to anyone in so many years. It had been too dangerous to form any personal relationship while he was Dumbledore’s spy and even before he had held most people at a distance. Snape knew he was too bitter for anyone to love or appreciate but he was enjoying this distraction. He tried to ignore the voice in his head that sounded an awful lot like his father criticizing him for continuing his delusion. He needed this but he would have to be careful. It wouldn’t do to forget himself and he needed to maintain his walls for his own self preservation.
With Halloween rapidly approaching, Snape found himself overwhelmed with extra Head of House duties. Reluctantly he admitted to himself that he has been looking forward to spending time with Granger all day. However, eyeing the pile of papers he still needed to grade, he doubted he would have any time for conversation today. “Miss Granger, I find myself behind in grading these papers, given the extra duties our Headmistress has found fit to give me. Would you please start on the Cure for Boils potion as Madam Pomfrey needs more for the hospital wing and I will assist you after I am done.” He watched her out of the corner of his eye as she prepared the ingredients and began to add them slowly. A faint pink mist rose from the cauldron and he couldn't help but think how beautiful she looked with that determined expression on her face. Suddenly, he noticed the mislabeled quills. The porcupine quills had been mislabeled by that incompetent 4th Year during his detention last night. They were actually echidna quills, completely incompatible with the current potion. “Miss Granger, stop!” Snape cried out just as Hermione started to add them to her simmering potion, but it was too late. As he rushed towards her, the potion exploded and without thinking, he found himself wrapping her up in his arms in an attempt to shield her.
Moments later, they found themselves on the floor, her weight pressed against him with her hands trembling with shock. “You’re bleeding Professor,” she reached out without thinking and traced a finger across his lips to wipe the blood. Snape inhaled sharply, a tingle on his lips as he grabbed her wrist and he was brought back to the night when he should have died. He had come to consciousness lying in the infirmary with Pomfrey and Minerva at his side with only hazy memories of how he got there. Professor McGonagall had insisted that after the battle, she had been searching for survivors when she had found him and brought him back. However, there was a blurry memory of hot wet tears on his face and a gentle pressure of fingertips on his mouth that had never corresponded with the story he had been told. He had pushed it to the back of his mind and assumed it was a dream or hallucination one might get before death because logically who else would even try to save him. The dour Potions Master who was seen as a traitor by all. Except now, he knew the memory was not a dream, she had been there at his side and it was her who had been weeping over his body, caressing his face as one would a lover.
With a sudden realization, he noted she was still lying on top of him, breathing heavily into his neck, her wrist in his hand and her pelvis sinking low into his developing erection. Snape quickly twisted her off of him, pushed up and pulled her to her feet. “Get out!” he snarled with a fury surprising even himself. Hermione looked up at him in surprise and their eyes met. He saw the confusion swirling in her eyes as they began to fill with tears. He quickly turned away and, without looking back, walked to his private chambers. He was finely attuned to the sound of her footsteps, however as she darted speedily away. His nerves were stretched so taut that he worried he might break into a thousand pieces. He felt overwhelmed with rage at her for dooming him to his meaningless existence but at the same time his heart was ripping apart his chest with the realization that someone cared enough about him to truly mourn his apparent death. He wanted to scream at her for making him suffer while at the same time bury himself in her arms. He had been pacing his room continuously for what seemed like hours when he realized that beneath all the rage and the shock, there is a glimmer of hope sprouting in his heart. Could this intelligent, beautiful woman enjoy his company and actually care for him? He internally berated himself, for even if she had cared, he certainly has not endeared himself to her over the years. He thought about the many times during the years when he had been intentionally cruel. Snape had justified it at the time knowing that it was imperative for Order that he appear to hate all friends of Potter. However, he had taken a tiny bit of pleasure knowing the control he exerted over her, given the lack of control in the rest of his life. If she had been developing some feelings for him, other than disdain, he likely had destroyed that with his actions today. He had the irrational thought that he wanted to kiss her mercilessly until she realized she couldn’t live without him. He had never felt as helpless as he watched his tight control slip away, at the epiphany that she had become the one drop of color in his otherwise dull life.
Hermione lay in bed, staring at the ceiling, lost in thought. She had been completely caught off guard when Professor Snape had exploded at her early today. He obviously was not used to any caring touch. Over the past several weeks, she had found herself enjoying working with him. Immensely enjoying herself if she were honest she thought, the heat rising in her face. She was no longer able to deny the attraction she felt for Professor Snape. When he dropped his protective layer and relaxed, he seemed like a different person. During those stolen moments, he seemed at ease and they seemed to naturally fit with one another. His eyes penetrated deep into her soul and body. She had caught a glimpse of this man even before the end of the war which explained her overwhelming drive to find him despite his reported death. She wondered how it must have felt for him, to have lived under the mask of a spy for so long. Did he really even know his own true self or had it been lost under the web of deceit that had been woven to fool the world for so many years. Drifting off to sleep, Hermione wondered if he shared even a hint of her feelings.
Chapter 5: Legilimency
The following day, Professor Snape seemed to be back to his previous demanding self but Hermione caught him watching her closely. He didn't seem interested in conversation and the potion lab felt unusually silent as they began cleaning and preparing the rat spleens needed for the Shrinking Solution. Maybe she had just imagined the past month and her loneliness was causing her to invent these inconceivable events. She would have never believed it if she had been told last year that she would enjoy Professor Snape’s company and he would appear to enjoy hers. Let alone that she would be sexually attracted to him. But as she discreetly followed his movements during class later that day, everything he did seemed to increase the heat developing in her core. His silky baritone voice almost whispering the potion instructions like to a lover. The skilled movements of his hands, the almost feline prowl around the classroom and his penetrating gaze was enough to soak her panties by the end of class. Luckily no one else in class noticed her sexual predicament and she was able to rush to the bathroom following the end of their potions class to take care of the problem. Quickly shoving her hands down her robe and up her skirt, she lightly teased her clit as she imagined Snape’s skilled hands on her. It only took minutes before she was flush with a powerful orgasm and she had to cast a quick cooling spell on herself before she left for her next class.
Snape, frustrated at himself for allowing this witch to throw his whole world off kilter, had been trying all day to behave as he did normally. However, he had been discreetly watching Hermione closely all day. It is obvious to him now how mind-numbingly sexy she is, the perfect combination of feminine charm with stunning intelligence. How did he let his happen? He had managed to keep the Dark Lord at bay but somehow he let her slip into his life and into his heart. He bitterly chastised himself. He was acting like a teenager, obsessing over the girl that will just reject him. He needed to cleanse himself of this obsession and what better way than to prove she doesn’t care for him.
At the next Potions class, Snape seemed slightly distracted and more tense than normal as he waved his wand at the board. Complex equations and detailed theory appeared and the students took a collective sigh as they began to copy down the lengthy notes. “I expect not only for you to understand the theory behind Merlin’s Second Law of Combustible Potions but I will except you to use this theory to create the proper equation for the Infindeo Potion.” Several blank looks stared back at him from the class. He let out a rather sharp huff. “The Infindeo Potion,” he said with his voice dripping with sarcasm, “is a potion that all 7th Years should know. It is used to create combustion within another portion during brewing which allows for the making of significantly more complicated portions such as Veritaserum. I doubt that any of you will be able to actually use this potion correctly as it takes a significant level of skill that is undoubtably lacking, but the theory is always on the NEWTs so I will at least attempt to give you the background.”
As the students all began copying down the notes and trying to figure out the needed equations, he sat back in his chair and grabbed a stack of papers he had to grade from the 1st Years regarding the 15 uses in potions for unicorn horn. He marked the papers with gusto, keeping one eye on the class. Once all the students were deep in thought and unlikely to notice anything was amiss, he trained his eyes on Hermione. She was focused and working hard, twirling one of her hairs as she copied down the theory and then opened her Advanced Potions book to check a particular equation. Snape felt a wave of lust watching as she gently bit the edge of her lower lip and crossed out the unwanted equation. He pictured her biting her lower lip as her face became flushed with need, his fingers slowly teasing her wet folds to bring her to orgasm. He quickly pushed that thought out of his head. She did not care for him at all and was certainly not attracted to him. She would be disgusted by his thoughts of her. She had just survived the final battle and likely the tenderness and grief she had displayed when he lay dying was just misplaced survivors guilt.
With that sour thought, he quickly used a nonverbal spell to open her mind to him. He knew he had to be careful, as too deep intrusion into her mind would alert her and incriminate him. No one else in class had even basic knowledge of Legilimency and as he was a known expert, it would not be difficult to figure out who had been invading her thoughts. He shifted through her thoughts of him, slowly as to not draw attention. At first it was was all as he had expected, pictures of him lecturing during Potions class, snapping at the students for their incredible idiocy but then the memories over the past few weeks seemed to change. He no longer appeared to be as intimidating in her memory and her focus shifted from his bitter face and words to his hands, his long legs, his billowing robes and his mouth. There was a faint tint of lust embedded in the memory as if she had been watching him with indecent intentions. He took a deep breath, his concentration faltering, he had to be over reading these memories. His growing lust for her must be tainting the memories that he viewed. He concentrated again and suddenly the memories changed. He was no longer in the Great Hall or Potions classroom as with the rest of her memories but in a hallway near the Astronomy Tower. The memory had taken on the fuzzy quality of a daydream but it was not so blurry that he could tell it was more than just an unconscious nighttime dream. He watched as he approached her, his black robes billowing out behind him and engulfed her mouth with his. She moaned as he held her hands up against the wall and his tongue invaded her willing mouth. Her hard nipples strained against her shirt and he could almost feel them pressing into his chest. “Please Professor, make me yours.” With a faint hiss, he watched himself slowly caress her thigh as she parted her legs and cried out as he softly rubbed her clit through her soaking panties. His lips traced a path to her breasts, sucking gently along the way with her quiet sighs of pleasure echoing in the hall. He relinquished her hands and they eagerly found his chest, kneading his muscles with pent up need. Snape took her perfect breast in his mouth and swirled his tongue around her nipple until she was quivering under his ministrations. “Please, I need you inside me,” Hermione said in an urgent whisper. Her hands had now found his pants and were frantically undoing the buttons. She yanked down his black boxers and his thick pulsing erection sprang out.
Without hesitation, she knelt down and enveloped him with her hot mouth. She continued to moan quietly around his penis, licking the shaft up and down, before ingesting almost the whole shaft in her mouth until the tip was deep in her throat. Then she slowly pulled back and Snape, as he watched her daydream, could almost feel her tongue trailing up to the head of his penis before she engulfed him again. It was obvious that her need was too great to delay much longer and she rose, stepping out of her skirt. Gracefully Hermione then peeled off her drenched white panties and handed them to Snape. He smirked and held them to his face so he could take a whiff. “You smell amazing,” he murmured in a deep voice. She smiled an almost innocent smile before guiding his cock to her core. He slide deep inside her depth with no resistance, her moisture dripping around the sides of his dick. He slowly picked up speed, pounding her into the stone wall. Reaching to lightly finger her clit, her breathing increased as she rapidly began to loose control. “Fuck, oh fuck,” her whispered voice betrayed her impending orgasm as she began to tremble in his arms.
He could almost feel her release around his cock as he watched himself come deep inside her with an almost feral growl. His erection was straining against his pants as he left her mind and he felt dangerously close to orgasm. Luckily, the students were all still engrossed in the complex work he had given them, so no one seemed to noticed the increased flush of his cheeks and almost panting like quality of his breathing. No one he realized with a start, except Hermione, who had completed her assignment and was watching him closely through half-lidded eyes.
Chapter 6: Hermione's Talented Spell
Hermione had finished her assignment early as always and as the other students were still floundering through the difficult task, she let her mind wander to thoughts of her and Snape. She had been thinking about him a lot recently in very inappropriate ways. No other wizard seemed to spark her attention as much as Professor Snape and she was wondering how she could hae missed her obvious attraction to him before recently. She had always known that he was quite intelligent but his extensive knowledge and talent was easy to miss behind his bitter mask. His hands during portions moved with obvious skill and she could only imagine how skillful his hands would be in other more private endeavors. Alone at night in her bed, she had composed a long list of fantasies involving his hands and mouth bringing her to the heights of pleasure. Thinking of them now, while Snape sat only several feet away at his desk, obliviously grading papers, made her very aware of her body and the growing ache between her thighs. Her mind wandered to a naughty daydream of Snape taking her roughly against the stone wall near the Astronomy Tower. Tightly crossing her legs together, desperately trying to create the needed pressure to relieve the tension as she pictured him ejaculating inside her, she suddenly realized that she was not alone in her sexual frustration. Professor Snape had stopped grading his papers and was staring at her with the dilated pupils and heavy breathing of a man trying to control his need. Several thoughts came to her at once and she struggled to remain calm. He obviously had used Legilimency on her but she was astonished that instead of looking at her with disdain or even smirking smugly at her pornographic cravings, he was extremely turned on. Hermione’s pussy seemed to instantly increase its lubrication and she felt a small trickle of fluid run down her thigh. Her desire to touch him was overwhelming and she could barely contain her breathing.
Silently congratulating herself for practicing nonverbal spells over the summer, her heart raced as she cast the needed incantation. She felt her hands grow warm as the projection spell took effect and she lightly moved her fingertips together before concentrating on the goal ahead. Snape had not moved at all since he had realized that Hermione was aware of his desire and only his eyes betrayed the swirling mixture of lust, confusion and horror of being discovered. He had just decided that he would end the class early with some excuse regarding Quidditch duties for the game tonight when he felt a warmth stroking his thighs. For a second, he forgot to breath, and he looked closely at Hermione. To the casual observer, she was just tracing her hands along the desk in an absent minded manner. However, her actions on the desk, mirrored the stroking warm movements that he felt creeping slowly up his thighs to his erection that was greatly straining at his pants buttons. His hands gripped the edge of his desk on their own accord as he tried to control his increase in breathing. The pleasure was rapidly overtaking the rational part of his brain. He could faintly hear his own voice in his head, protesting that getting involved with a student was beyond foolish, but the roaring of blood in his ears accompanied by the increasingly intense sensations overtaking his penis quickly expelled that thought. Hermione pinched her fingers together with concentration and Snape felt his trouser buttons come undone, one at a time, until his desire broke free, with only the thin cover of his black satin boxers protecting him from the cold dungeon air. Snape tilted his pelvis forward under the desk as the warmth began to stroke his cock with languid movements. He grabbed the papers he had been grading and began marking them randomly to create some appearance of control. He tried, almost unsuccessfully, to reign in his rabid desire to knock over his desk and take the instigating witch in his arms for a sweltering kiss before claiming her in front of the whole class as the pleasure swept over his body. Hermione lowered his underwear to his knees with a quick twist of her wrist and continued her relentless pursuit. Snape felt his body flush with heat as his climax approached. Tiny beads of sweat adorned his forehead as his balls tightened. The warm caressing sensations grazing unmercifully around his rock hard cock were causing him to involuntarily thrust his hips upward as its tip oozed its pearly liquid. Suddenly, with a quiet groan, he exploded, shooting a thick wad of come into the underside of the desk.
Breathing heavily, Snape looked up from his desk. Luckily, no one else had noticed his unfolding predicament as the rest of the class except for Hermione was still trying to complete the portion. The hazy mist and smoke coming from the various attempts at the required potion had obscured the classroom as he scanned the room. He relaxed slightly observing the students intent focus on their mostly abysmal portions as he murmured a Scourgify charm to clean up his mess. Snape was in a daze. He should be appalled at what happened. He had never crossed this line with a student before and now he had crossed it with Hermione. The insufferable Know It All who had caught him invading her mind. However, he couldn’t lie to himself that he wasn't impressed with her fortuitous magic which had given him such exquisite pleasure. More than impressed, he thought, though he hated to admit it. He was extremely turned on and wanted more. He wanted to possess her and sexually fulfill her until she could not live without him.
Class was finally nearing to its end and the students were all shuffling to the front to hand in the potions. Snape cleared his mind of his lustful thoughts and put on his best intimating sneer. Most of the portions were only half completed, some still smoking slightly, though he was too distracted to give his normal biting criticism. Hermione specifically hung back so she would be the last to hand in her potion. Her heart pounded in her chest as she reached out to hand him her potion, her index finger lightly caressing Snape’s hand as their eyes met. He saw the lust mirrored in her eyes and a dull ache recurred in his groin. Snape felt the urge again to damn the consequences and claim this temptress for his own. He shifted in his chair, but before he could act, he heard Harry call out.
“Hermione, are you coming? “We are going to be late for dinner and I want to have time to eat before the Quidditch game tonight. Ravenclaw has a new seeker who is supposed to be very good and I want to be at my best.” “Coming Harry,” Hermione shot a glance at the door and then back at Professor Snape. Her mouth turned upward in a faint smile as she walked toward the door, shooting him a ghost of a wink as Snape stared back at her.
Chapter 7: Reflections
Hermione felt a great thrill as she walked to the Great Hall with Harry. She had watched from her chair as the great wizard lost control. All she wanted to do was slip her own fingers in her pussy and rub her clit until she was calling his name. Hermione barely noticed as they sat down at the table, her mind so preoccupied with the previous encounter. She was looking at the ceiling, watching the clouds sweeping through the enchanted ceiling when she heard her name. “Hermione, Hermione?” Ginny looked quizzically at her. “What’s going on with you?” Did you hear anything that I said?” Hermione shook her head guilty. “I was talking about the Halloween concert at the Three Broomsticks, the Weird Sisters will be playing. All the older students are going and it is going to be wild.”
“Especially since some of us are of age to buy fire whiskey and may be enticed to share.” Harry teased slipping a hand up Ginny's thigh.
Ron raised his head from the pile of mashed potatoes that he had been inhaling. “It would be nice to meet some of the new witches.”
Hermione glanced at him with a look of bemusement. “Yes Ron, I’m sure that there are lots of witches who are very interested in making your acquaintance. Especially if you ply them with fire whiskey.”
Insulted, Ron fired back with more venom then intended “It will be nice to meet a witch who has some fire in her, if you know what I mean.”
Harry and Ginny both held their breath. They had hoped Ron and Hermione had gotten past this stage in their break up. It had been very awkward when they first broke up and on more than one occasion, they had walked in on a screaming match that usually ended with Ron calling Hermione frigid and her sending a well placed hex in return that had Ron constantly casting cooling spells on his balls for the next couple of days. However, Hermione didn’t seem to be very bothered this time with his comment and just shook her head slowly and got up to head to class.
“Ron, you promised,” Ginny hissed. “We are all friends and just because your romance didn’t work out doesn’t mean you and Hermione can’t go back to being friends, I know that’s what you both want.”
“She started it,” Ron pouted and poured more gravy on his already submerged mashed potatoes.
“Mate, she was just pointing out that if you approach witches that aggressively, you will never get anywhere. They will see right through you and never give you a chance,” Harry stated, inwardly cringing at his ineptitude.
“Right, let’s just drop it.” Ron’s ears glowed red as he too got up to leave for Herbology, grabbing his bag with a bit more force then needed.
Ginny smiled at Harry as he put his head in his hands. “Tell me they are getting better. I don’t think I can stand a whole school year with those two bickering.”
“Hermione didn’t seem to be insulted this time, so yes, I think they are making progress. I am a little worried about how she will react when Ron finds someone to snog as you know how he gets.”
Harry groaned. “I wish I could obliviate Ron and Lavender’s face sucking out of my head forever.”
“At least he wasn’t your brother. And I am more worried about those yellow canaries of Hermione's. They were vicious and hard to get rid of without her help. I still have the scar on my hand from trying to corral one in the common room,” Ginny held up her hand and Harry gently kissed the tiny scar. “And on that note,” Harry pulled Ginny up “we should get to class”. They walked hand in hand out of the Great Hall, not noticing the eyes of Professor Snape following them intently.
Professor Snape watched as Harry and Ginny walked out of the hall as he sipped his tea. What was he thinking, letting things get so out of control with Hermione. He had completely tipped his hand to her which seemed like such a rookie mistake for a seasoned spy. She was obviously intelligent, and her previous romantic entanglement excluded, she seemed to also have an astonishing amount of emotional knowledge. She would know that from years of serving others and being involved in complicated double-crosses that he could never believe that someone could have true feelings for him. He was so used to being used for the greater good, that he would seek to validate his belief and the only reason he would care to confirm that she did not have any feelings toward him was because he cared if she did. That he would risk invading her mind revealed that he not only did he return her affection but that it was strong enough to override the rational part of his brain.
I am such a perverted bastard, Snape thought as he recalled the warm caresses and his intense orgasm. When I realized what was happening I should have put a stop to it immediately. Instead I crossed the line, with the student who I used to despise. Though even that wasn’t true, he had never despised her. Rather he had taken out his anger on her because she reminded him of himself. When she first started, she was so anxious to learn and practically bursting with knowledge. Except he had let the taunting of others, his own jealousy and his own insecurity chip away at him until all that remained was a bitter shell eager to exact revenge on those who had burned him. It had taken the death of the first girl he had ever cared for to see how far from his moral center he had strayed. He spent years trying to correct the mistakes of his youth and he had suffered. However, Hermione had not let others corrode and tarnish her. Instead, she had continued to flourish and remain strong. Snape thought he had hated her for that. It wasn’t until after the war, when his two masters were dead, that he realized that he never hated her, but hated himself. He hated himself for not being as strong as her and for giving up so much of himself during his formidable years at Hogwarts.
His heart sank when he realized that he was more than just a tiny bit infatuated with her. He couldn’t even afford himself the falsehood that he had ever despised her. He felt stronger about her then even he had realized until now. Underneath all that bluster, he had always admired her tenacity and she had grown to be a very sensual women. Realistically, Snape argued in his head, he wouldn’t have been able to stop her during class without drawing very unwanted attention. His brain had been clouded with lust and if he had been able to utter anything to stop the onslaught of pleasure, he would have only been able to groan her name. At least he had appeared under control to the rest of the students, he thought with relief. Now that he wasn’t distracted by his erection trying to break out of his pants, he could act responsibly. It was likely just a schoolgirl crush, he would avoid her and act normal. Hopefully, she would have gotten her thrill, and move on to more appropriate pastures. Snape finally looked up from his teacup and was startled to see that only a few stragglers were left in the Great Hall. He got up decisively and walked briskly to the awaiting 4th Years. It was time to test antidotes.
Chapter 8: Halloween Ball
Hermione sat with Ginny in the Gryffindor common room listening to her prattle on with several of her friends about the Weird Sisters and how their Halloween concert performances were always spectacular. “I heard from Charlie that during their last Halloween concert, they had Veela-Vampire hybrids singing back up and they did the most amazing light show with their wands.”
“I can’t believe that you won’t be able to come”, Ginny said with disappointment
“I know, but the younger students are going to be having a ball following the Halloween feast and the teachers need the Head Boy and Girl to help with supervision. I can’t wait to hear the details though.” Hermione knew that Ginny wanted her to come, but to be honest, she was looking forward to being alone. Well, not completely alone, she thought, smiling softly. Her heart fluttered and she felt a growing warmth in her nether regions when she realized that she would be supervising the younger students with Professor Snape.
Professor Snape cursed again as he got dressed for Halloween feast, slipping into his emerald green dress robes. Why Headmistress McGonagall had thought that expanding on the Halloween feast and adding a Halloween Ball for the younger students was a good idea was beyond him. All of the students had been distracted today and he might have well have been talking to the wall. He had more clout than the rest of the teachers given his imposing nature but even he had some difficulties reigning in his class. Luckily he had just been reviewing theory today with the 2nd and 5th Years as he didn’t want to imagine the disasters he would have been cleaning up if they were actually brewing. The older ones couldn’t stop talking about the Weird Sisters and the younger students had been giggling all day about possible romances that would develop at the ball.
He walked slowly into the Great Hall, dreading the commotion that would await him. His heart jumped as he saw Hermione on the other end of the hall. She looked…stunningly beautiful. Her hair was sleek and shiny. It was pinned up with a multitude of small magical jeweled butterfly clips which fluttered their wings almost imperceptibly. A stray curl fell just next to her left ear framing her face and highlighting tiny pearl earrings encased in rose gold. She wore dark blue satin dress robes that accented her figure perfectly and made it very obvious to everyone that she was no longer any part a child. Her shoulders were bare as the blue corseted top speckled with tiny white pearls held up her pale breasts. A small Y-shaped necklace made of pearls dipped low into her cleavage, drawing Snape’s eyes. Her almost sheer blue gauzy gown flared at the waist and elegantly flowed to the floor. Hermione smiled as she caught his eye and then turned to converse with Professor Vector.
Snape tore his eyes away from Hermione. You need to remain professional, he repeated to himself. He busied himself with setting several off kilter singing skeletons upright again as he took several deep breaths. I just need to avoid her and continue to appear busy so I am not tempted to talk to her. Or just snog her until she begs for more, a voice in his head countered. Snape ignored that thought and steeled himself as he approached Professor McGonagall to offer his required assistance. He spent most of the night breaking up overly amorous couples and stopping amateur duels. He was lurking on the sidelines toward the end of the Ball, completely preoccupied with avoiding Hermione when he heard a bang, followed by a series of louder bangs.
Professor Snape quickly assessed the situation. Someone apparently had spiked the punch bowl with a modified hiccup potion and students everywhere were hiccuping up fireballs. “Fred and George’s work no doubt,” said Professor Vector as she started casting freezing spells on all of the hiccup sufferers. “I would have thought that once they left Hogwarts that we won’t have to deal with their shenanigans,” Professor Snape muttered. He joined the other Professors in casting freezing charms to prevent the Great Hall from going up in flames. However, he quickly realized that the fireballs were not the only problem. Some of the students were also sneezing uncontrollably, all within close vicinity of the treacle tart. He let out a tortured sigh, this night was rapidly turning into a disaster. The sneezing victims began sneezing soapy bubbles filled with black spiders which were frantically moving within the bubbles trying to obtain freedom. The charmed bats sweeping through the enhanced night sky above the Halloween Ball began to fly erratically though no one initially noticed given the chaos below. Professor Slughorn was busy being chased by a fireball across the Great Hall when he looked up and saw the bats straining against his confinement charm. He would have felt a twinge of regret that he hadn’t bothered to use a stronger charm and rectified the situation if at that moment, a large fireball hadn’t lit his butt on fire. The ensuring commotion with Professor Slughorn running around the Great Hall hysterically yelling in a very high-pitched voice, looking like a very overstuffed rocket, distracted everyone. Once the fire had been extinguished with a well placed charm by Hermione, the bats had completely left his mind. He was about to open his emergency supply of crystalized pineapple that he always kept in his robe pocket when the doors were flung open and Professor McGonagall walked in.
Professor McGonagall entered the Great Hall feeling pleased with herself as all the younger students had seemed to be enjoying the Halloween Ball. This would be a nice post-war tradition to start to help foster inter-house friendship, she thought to herself as she opened the doors only to be greeted by sheer anarchy. Professors running around casting freezing charms, students screaming running away from fireballs and what appeared to be floating black soap bubbles as stray fireballs lit up small sections of the hall. “Enough!” Professor McGonagall shouted above the din and waved her wand at the enchanted ceiling. The crackling of the thunder, caught Snape’s attention as he cornered the culprits, laughing underneath the punch bowl. His eyes widened as he realized her intent. “Wait, Headmistress!” His cry was lost in the generalized chaos. He quickly grabbed the two troublemakers by their collars and ran toward Professor McGonagall but not before the pouring rain began. It did extinguish the small fires that were smoldering all of the Great Hall as intended but Snape groaned as he realized that she had not thoroughly assessed the situation before releasing the rain. The spider bubbles let out tiny pops as they broke and the shouts in the Great Hall, which had quieted as fires dimmed, suddenly reached fever pitch again as numerous spiders began to fall from the sky on the unsuspecting students.
Professor McGonagall gaped at the impending disaster as a hurricane of bats broke free from their magical encasement and began to swoop at the spiders. One unlucky Hufflepuff girl yelled loudly as a particularly large bat struggled to untangle itself from her hair after plucking several tasty spider morsels from her head. Shrieks filled the air as the students en masse, began to exit out of the Great Hall, followed closely by scurrying spiders and bats. “I do say, what a success, we should do this twice a year.” Snape said with obvious sarcasm as he approached Minerva dragging two very sullen third year wizards by their robes. “I believe these are the two responsible for our fun evening. I will let you deduct the house points since they are in your house.” He raised his eyebrow with the obvious insinuation that a Slytherin would at least have the decency not to get caught.
“Let’s just get this mess cleaned up, shall we,” said Professor McGonagall. With a flick of her wand, she vanished the remaining spiders that had lingered in the Great Hall and called over the teachers who were trying their best to contain the fallout. “Professor Slughorn, stop eating that wretched candied pineapple and help.” Slughorn looked up with a shameful expression as he brushed the sugar from his bulbous mustache. “All right, let’s split up and deal with this. Hagrid, please gather the students that are still out and bring them back to the dorms. Snape you can check the dungeons for any miscreant critters. Professor Sinistra please sweep the towers for any stray spiders or bats. Professor Vector, please escort the injured students to Madam Pomfrey for care. Slughorn, come with me, we need to contain these bats. Next time, I expect you will put your full effort into the tasks I assign for you.” Minerva sighed; she should have known better then to trust Horace with anything that required attention to detail.
“I except you two troublemakers to help us straighten out everything.” She stared icily at the restless wizards and proceeded. “In addition to 2 weeks of detention with Filch, I will be taking 50 points from Gryffindor for this unprecedented mess you have managed to create. Each!” The students looked about ready to complain but thought better of it as she continued to glare at them and instead they averted their gaze down and studied their feet.
Headmistress McGonagall gave one last glance at the remaining students with Hagrid and saw that she had forgotten about the Head Boy and Girl. “Mr Malfoy, if you go with Professor Trelawney and check the 7th floor, I am sure she will appreciate the help. Miss Granger, please assist Professor Snape in checking the dungeons.” Minerva saw the look of rebellion on his face but even he knew this was not the time to question a direct order. Snape strode out of the Great Hall without looking back, his dark green dress robes billowing behind him as Hermione struggled to catch up.
“Bugger,” Hermione thought, “he doesn’t even want to be near me.” She had assumed that given his curiosity that had precipitated his Legilimency and the following events during last Potions class that he at least partially shared her feelings. Not that she pretended to know quite what her feelings were for Snape at this time. Over the course of the past couple of weeks working closely with him alone as his teacher’s assistant, she had seen a side of him that she doubted many others had ever seen. He was still sharp with her and demanding but she had grown to respect him. She knew that she had harbored some deep sexual fantasies regarding him, even prior to this year, but Hermione had not been really aware of them until after she saved him last year.
It had taken her forever to get ready this evening, as she had wanted to entice him to act on his desires in real life. She had used almost a full tube of Sleekeazy’s Hair Potion for her hair tonight and had charmed each one of her small butterfly clips individually. She knew she looked stunning tonight especially in combination with her corseted gown which hugged her hips and breast in all the right places as the maturing wizards and even some of the witches had been giving her lust filled stares all night. Even Professor Slughorn had seemed impressed, as he was much more flustered than normal. However, Snape had avoided her all evening and she hadn’t even caught him looking at her at all. Hermione felt dejected as she almost ran after Professor Snape striding out of the Great Hall without a backward glance.
She caught up with him on the stairs leading to the dungeon but he still ignored her. They walked down to the dungeon and both began stunning and vanishing the loose spiders and bats without conversation. Hermione’s eyes watered as she tried unsuccessfully to push down her feelings of rejection. She had finally found a man who not only was her intellectual equal but who sexually excited her like no other wizard and he didn’t want her. She was just a silly school girl to him despite the events in the potion classroom and she felt the shame well up in her throat. Trying to quell the onslaught of feelings, she plunged ahead of him in the darkness, blasting spiders with unnecessary ferocity.
Professor Snape watched her silently, battling his conflicting emotions. He knew he was more than just sexually attracted to this student and he was completely unnerved. It had been more than twenty years since he had felt this passionately about someone and the last witch he had felt this way about had not only rejected him but married one of his tormentors. Even if she appeared to want him now, he would not set himself up for the inevitable failure. It would wreck him. He had barely survived the last time. Though, honestly his feelings for Lily seemed like a piddly school boy crush compared to the drowning passion he felt for the witch in front of him.
Suddenly, a bat dove from the ceiling at a cluster of spiders hiding in the corner reviving Professor Snape from his thoughts. Hermione, in her surprise, stepped back on her gown and started to fall. Without thinking, he reached for her as she fell and caught her in his arms just before she hit the floor. The bats and spiders were all but forgotten as Snape looked into Hermione’s eyes. Her eyes were shining with tears but she looked up at him hopeful and frightened at the same time. He took a deep breath and tried to get the words out of his mouth that he could not be interested, she was his student and this was highly unprofessional. He could not let himself be controlled by his overwhelming desire for this beautiful witch. But the longer he held her quivering soft body against his, the harder it was to breath, let alone speak. He was fighting against the rising tide of passion and he knew he was lost.
A small sigh escaped his mouth as he ran his thumb over her mouth and watched her eyes light up with obvious delight. All rational thoughts left his brain as he felt the rising heat from her gasping breath. He could bear it no longer as he grabbed her in his arms and his lips crashed into hers. A delicious moan arose from Hermione as she melted into his arms and returned his kiss feverishly. Snape gently lifted her up as he continued to kiss her until she was leaning against the dungeon wall. He ran his hands through her hair, releasing her small charmed butterfly clips to join the swooping bats above, as he slipped his tongue into her mouth tasting her desire. He groaned quietly as she responded in turn, feeling her velvety tongue explore the depth of his mouth. Her hands reached up to stroke his face as he continued his assault on her mouth. She let out another delicious moan as she tilted her hips into him, rubbing slowly against his trapped erection. Snape let out an unconscious growl as he doubled his efforts and began to caress her heaving breasts. He could feel her hard nipples through her gown and he slowly teased them with his nimble fingers, feeling her arch her back further into his embrace. Her hands moved from his face and then continued to move south along his chest until she was stroking his cock through his robe. Slowly he traced her nipple with his right hand, while in response to their need, his left hand slide slowly over her luscious backside. Her breathing was becoming frantic as he continued to feasting on her mouth and his left hand persisted in its’ journey to move lower, gathering up her sheer dress skirt until he was able to slip his hand over her soaking wet panties. Snape felt her slippery wetness coating his fingers through her panties and his penis became even more engorged with lust. “You are an amazing sexy witch, so very responsive and eager,” he murmured in her ear. Hermione giggled softly, “You are solely responsible for my overachievement on this occasion.” Professor Snape was more than ready to take her now against the stone wall as Hermione began to unbutton his trousers. However, at that moment, they heard shuffling footsteps and they sprang apart. Snape quickly uttered a straightening charm under his breath. His trousers buttons refastened as Hermione’s dress unwrinkled and returned to its previous unmolested state. Rounding the corner, the three students didn’t notice anything was amiss as they quickly passed by in fear of reprimand from Professor Snape. Both Snape and Hermione breathed a sigh of relief after they passed. “We will continue this at a more opportune time,” he whispered slyly in her ear as they walked briskly back to the Great Hall.
Chapter 9: The Ball's Aftermath
“How was the Halloween ball?” asked Ginny nonchalantly. “You heard about the mess at the Great Hall did you?” She knew logically Ginny had no way of knowing about her other more titillating adventure but she blushed unconsciously as she thought about Snape’s hands caressing her against the cold dungeon wall. “It sounded almost as exciting as the Weird Sisters concert, though I think your night involved more flying spiders.”
“And Slughorn rockets.” laughed Hermione. Ginny gave her a quizzical look which quickly turned into a wide grin as she proceeded to explain how Professor Slughorn had turned into a very hysterical shrieking rocket. “You’re back earlier then I would have expected. I would have thought you and Harry would still be out partying”.
“Well, er, we had a little private party of our own.”
“I hope you cleaned up after your event. I was hoping to take a long bath and go straight to bed after the evening I had,” Hermione said with some bemusement.
“No, I promise, everything is completely clean. We scourgified the bed…and the floor,” Ginny smirked. “Thanks for letting us use your room.”
“No problem, just make sure you check with me prior to your little rendezvous in the future.”
“Planning on getting some of your own action?” Ginny gave her a lavish look.
Hermione turned bright red. “No, it’s just my private room,” she sputtered.
“I know.” Ginny turned serious. “Thank you so much, really. Harry and I appreciate it. But you should consider finding someone of your own. My brother is a moron and you could definitely can do much better.”
“Speaking of Ron, is he still partying the night away?”
“He was still at the bar when Harry and I left, trying to buy girls their drinks. Striking out pretty miserably though.”
Hermione found that the thought of Ron with another girl didn't really bother her anymore and she only had one man on her mind as she walked up to her chamber. After a long luxurious bath, she climbed into bed but still felt too pent up to sleep. She couldn’t get Professor Snape out of her head. The way he had touched her had caused her whole body to tremble with lust. She had never been so turned on in her life. Over the course of their whole relationship, Ron had never given her even a fraction of the pleasure that Snape had given her during those brief minutes of stolen time in the dungeons tonight. She tossed and turned in her bed, remembering in vivid detail his passionate kiss and the feel of his rigid penis underneath his trousers. Her current need was undeniable as she slipped her fingers into her wet panties. She fingered her clit, imagining Snape’s fingers touching her and feeling her slippery folds. Gasping, she pictured his hard cock plunging into her greedy pussy and slipped two fingers deep inside herself. Still not satisfied, she grabbed for her wand and recited a modified Engorgement charm followed by a Vibrato charm. Her wand immediately increased in girth and began to vibrate slightly. Fantasizing that Snape was claiming her for his own, Hermione thrust her wand into her cunt harder. She succumbed to the engulfing waves of pleasure of her orgasm as she called out his name. Feeling sated for now, she smiled and closed her eyes for the night.
Professor Snape was also still awake as he leaned against his door of his private chambers, well after midnight, feeling overwhelmed with emotion. He knew he should feel guilty for what happened but he no longer had the strength to fight his growing desire. As he closed his eyes, reliving her soft moans of pleasure, he felt his erection declare itself again. Still intoxicated by her scent on his fingers, he sniffed them deeply as he stroked himself. It didn’t take long before he spilled his seed picturing her willing body in his arms. He relaxed and crawled into bed, trying to ignore the twinge in his heart as he pictured her falling asleep in his arms.
Chapter 10: Plans and Memories
Hermione enacts plans to snare Professor Snape while Snape recalls his sexual history.
Warning. This chapter is slightly intense but everything is consensual.
Hermione opened her eyes slowly, watching the sun filter in through the castle window. She lazily ran her fingers over her mouth, smiling as she recalled the events from the night before. Her lips tingled at the memory of Professor Snape’s powerful kiss as recalled the taste of him in her mouth. She had been uncertain before regarding his attraction to her, but last night his rigid cock rubbing against her hips had left little doubt. The fact that she was a student was obviously a significant ethical factor for him though it wasn’t as if she were a regular student. Between the Time-Turner and the war, she felt years old than her stated age of 18. Hermione couldn’t help but feel a burst of satisfaction that his desire for her was strong enough to overcome that particular barrier. He was a man that didn’t like to lose control. In fact, before last night, she had never seen him the least bit out of control. Even in his anger, his behavior was calculated and she felt herself grow moist between her thighs with the realization that she had invoked his fiery loss of control. However, as much as he had undeniably enjoyed last night, she wondered if he would allow himself that pleasure again. The thought of not having this man over and over again and giving everything to him was unfathomable. Now that she had a sample of such erotic goodness, there was no way she could settle for less. Clearly, she would just have to seduce him until his tightly wound control exploded. Feeling better, as Hermione always did when she had a plan for the future, she got up to get ready. She had a lot to do if she was going to snag Professor Snape.
Severus Snape watched the sun peak over the horizon, slowly illuminating the Forbidden Forest from his private spot on the grounds. Its bright rays creating the illusion that the black lake itself was on fire. He had awoken early this morning, his thoughts whirling in his head. His structured day seemed to have fallen to the wayside, as snapshots of Hermione’s passionate reaction to him seemed to consume all of his attention. He had never been with anyone like her. Never had he felt so sexually satisfied, despite the limited contact that they had experienced last night. Had his whole life been a lie of his own construction? Frowning, he thought back on his rather extensive sexual past. When he had first joined the Death Eaters, he was for all intents and purposes a virgin. His time at Hogwarts had been marked with only a very few scattered encounters of groping in the Slytherin Common Room or behind one of the hidden passageways behind the many tapestries that adorned the halls. Usually they were both quite intoxicated on large quantities of fire whiskey that the older Slytherins would always sneak into the common room.
The only time he and his partner had not both been drunk was with Lily. She had been slipping away from him even before his awful mistake that alienated her forever. Spending more and more time with her other friends, she left him behind. However, she still would come to him when she needed a comfortable shoulder to cry on. It was during one of those episodes during a break-up with that idiotic Ravenclaw boy she had been dating, that he had kissed her. Snape vividly remembered his excitement when she kissed him back and the hope that bubbled up in his chest that maybe something in his life would go right for a change. He had gently held her and kissed her for hours, before she left to go back to Gryffindor tower. He hadn’t slept at all that night, as he could barely contain his excitement at the thought of being with Lily. But all of his hopes and dreams rapidly came crashing down the following day when she barely glanced at him during breakfast at the Great Hall. When he finally caught her alone before Transfiguration, she awkwardly thanked him for being there for her, but stated that she had made up with her boyfriend. Severus cringed even now how he must have looked like a love sick puppy dog to Lily, starving for the hint of any sign of affection. He had loved her and she had just used him, easily brushing him off at her own convenience.
He had been so angry that night. He had wanted to prove himself and had joined Lucius Malfoy, Evan Rosier, Rabastan and Rodolphus Lestrange in bullying the first year Hufflepuffs after dinner, hitting them with dancing jinxes and a urination hex, of his own invention, that had made them wet their uniforms. His talent for curses had gotten him their apparent admiration and in turn, the admiration of a Slytherin girl named Megan. They had ended the night with multiple shots of fire whiskey. Lucius and the others egged him on to drink more and more shots. He vaguely remembered getting sick in the corner before an equally wasted Megan had started kissing him. Snape had lost his virginity that night, roughly pounding the girl on the floor of the Common Room, the girl who was not Lily. His “friends” cheering him on while she eyed Lucius seductively. Obviously wishing that it was him, not scrawny Snape who was invading her but hoping this lewd act would entice Lucius. After Snape had cum, embarrassingly fast despite his drunken state, Lucius had given him an evil grin. “Come here Megan, let me show you how a real wizard pleases a witch”. She hadn’t spared a second look at Snape and began moaning at Lucius’ ministrations. Severus had looked on in dismay with her juices still dripping off his cock at her wanton display. He was just a means to an end. He should have known that Megan was never even remotely interested in him but in Lucius. What better way to get him than to offer Lucius not only uninhibited sex but the opportunity to appear as the alpha dog and humiliate Snape in the process. It was devastating, though very Slytherin of her, he begrudging admitted. He had tried to maintain his pride and joined the cheering crowd. He slunk away as soon as he could, but not before being assailed with the image of Megan willingly taking Lucius up her ass as Rodolphus crammed his dick into her moaning mouth.
Once he was a Death Eater, there had been plenty of opportunities. Even though he was not by any means a handsome wizard, it seemed that witches were lining up to be with him. Soured by his previous experiences, he had known that they were not attracted to him, but his power and the darkness he represented. However, he had thought that it was enough to have his choice of women to satisfy his urges. It was a physical itch that he scratched, but the previous humiliation had scarred him. He was determined to keep the upper hand during all of his interactions. He would fulfill his cravings and leave the women begging for more. Snape would always ensure that he gave the women intense orgasms, so they would be the ones intoxicated. He would always leave them needing more, sharply laughing at their debasement as the women would plead for just one more night. Severus Snape had thought he had experienced the heights of sexual satisfaction. Except, it appeared, he had never been so wrong. One kiss with Hermione was better than all of his previous encounters. It didn’t take a genius to figure out that this was the first time other than with Lily, that he had allowed himself to fully participate. He had let himself become utterly lost in Hermione's body and willingly surrendered to his desire for her. He had never thought he would feel like this again after the horrid rejection Lily had handed him.
He had lived with the heavy burden of Lily’s death for so many years. His feelings of love for her as a teenager, mixed with his anger at her betrayal, had suffocated him in guilt for years. Following the death of Dark Lord, he had finally felt free of that terrible burden. When able to analyze his feelings, out from under all of that emotional rubble, he recognized it for what it was, a high school crush. However, it always had stood out as the only source of light in the darkness that enveloped him. It was the only time he had truly felt loved; though following that crushing defeat, he had sworn that he would never allow himself to be vulnerable again. But what did he have to show for it, at almost 40 years old? Alone with not a soul who loved him or even considered him a friend. Behind his hardened exterior, he felt empty and vengeful at the world that had treated him with such disdain.
Yet, with one caring touch of his lips by Hermione, he had broken apart. No one in his life had ever cared about him or desired him like she did. He was willing to prostate himself at her feet for just a small taste more of her. He had never felt such a connection with anyone. It terrified him, even more than standing in front of the Dark Lord, occluding his true intentions, as he withstood the onslaught of his powerful legilimency. He didn’t know how to proceed. There appeared to be no way to close the Pandora’s Box he had opened. He stared out at the grounds, lost in thought as the sun grow higher in the sky and the birds awakened filling the morning with song. He sighed deeply and started back to the castle, still preoccupied with the regrets of yesterday.
Hermione looked somewhat nervously around the Great Hall for Professor Snape as she walked in with Ginny and Harry for breakfast. Ron was still sleeping it off in his room, having not come back from the Three Broomsticks until long after curfew. He had been very drunk and irritable, according to Harry as he had not managed to secure the attentions of any of the girls. Harry had been adamant that they not wake him yet. When she didn’t see Snape at the head table, she relaxed. She wasn’t ready to put her plan in place yet and didn’t want to give him the opportunity to try to reinstate any professional boundaries. She was completely engrossed with her plans throughout breakfast, but managed to hide her inattention from Ginny and Harry as they babbled on about the previous night.
“It sounds like I missed a real party,” Hermione sighed, trying to act disappointed, as Ginny and Harry were finishing their tale regarding Dean Thomas and the Katie Bell, who hooked up rather publicly at the concert.
“You probably would’ve died of embarrassment, looking at those two,” Ginny stated as she swatted at Hermione playfully. “I mean, you could see his hands all the way up her dress and I am pretty sure she was enjoying it. I don’t think all that shrieking was just for the band.”
“Yea, Hermione, I’m not sure it would have quite been your scene,” Harry muttered, looking rather embarrassed himself with the direction of the conversation.
“Well, you never know, I like the Weird Sisters,” Hermione smirked as both Ginny and Harry gaped at her insinuation. If only they knew what she had really been up to last night with Professor Snape. It definitely would’ve given Dean and Katie a run for their money if they hadn’t been interrupted. “Well, I have a ton of homework to do this weekend. I am already behind in my studying schedule due to last night’s Halloween Ball fiasco.”
“Are you going to spend the whole weekend in the library again?” Harry whined. “We never seen you anymore, between your studying, Head Girl duties, and whatever crazy potions work you have to do for Snape.”
“Don’t worry Harry, I'll make sure to stop by the Gryffindor Common Room for some of my studying. I know you need some help with the Transfiguration homework.”
“I do,” Harry reluctantly admitted “but I also just miss hanging out with you. Honestly.”
“I know Harry. I promise I'll try to not spend all my time in the library.” Hermione grinned, as she headed back to room. She did have a lot of homework to do, but she was still ahead in all of her classes as always, in case of emergencies. Though, she had never had an emergency like this.
She spent the rest of the morning getting ready. Hermione wanted to appear casual but irresistible and she didn’t want Snape to think she had spent too much time getting ready. A quick hair removing spell on her legs made them smooth in seconds. Hermione was a little more precise with her vaginal hair as the Calvorio charm had been known to cause complete baldness everywhere if used improperly. She wasn’t sure if Snape would like her totally bare but after much thought, she removed all of her dark curls down there except for a small patch on top. Luckily, I picked up an extra Sleekeazy potion bottle, she thought, as she attempted to comb through her wild mane of hair. After much work, she had tamed her hair and soft sleek chestnut curls cascaded down her shoulders. Perfect, thought Hermione, as she gathered her hair up in a slightly disheveled bun. She didn’t want Ginny or Harry to notice anything different about her appearance and become suspicious. Looking through her underwear drawer, she was vaguely disappointed that she didn’t have more adventurous pairs. Finally, she picked up a simple satin white thong with just a hint of lace on the edges and a white lacy bra that cupped her breasts seductively. Smiling to herself, she quickly threw on the best of her usual weekend clothes. It was just a simple coral blouse and dark blue jeans but they accented her figure well.
Hermione grabbed her books and headed the long way to the library so she would pass the Professor Snape’s classroom. She knew he was currently supervising the Slytherin’s Quidditch practice, so there was no chance of bumping into him prematurely. As she passed the classroom, she discreetly casted a modified Cave Inimicum spell on the door. She had been able to modify the protection spell, after some practice in her room, to act as a silent motion detection charm that would alert only her when it was activated. Dean and Seamus had detention tonight with Snape after getting caught sneaking in after curfew and Hermione wanted to know exactly when they were leaving so she could catch him alone in his classroom. Smirking at her cleverness, she then went to the library to try to study. Despite knowing she wouldn’t be very productive as her thoughts were fixated on the events of yesterday night, she knew she needed the distraction to keep her nerves at bay.
After a quick dinner at the Great Hall, she wandered into the Gryffindor common room to spend some time with Ginny and Harry as promised. “Hermione, I thought you said you weren’t going to spend all day in the library,” Harry exclaimed.
“I just lost track of time. Don’t worry, I can look at your Transfiguration homework now.” Harry looked sheepish but very relieved as he handed her his parchment.
Suddenly Ginny started laughing and she and Harry looked up to see Ron stumbling down the stairs from the boy’s tower. He appeared rather green and swayed slightly before collapsing on the sofa. “I am never drinking that much again. I feel worse then when I spent the whole night vomiting slugs!”
“Why don’t you see if Madam Pomfrey has any Pepper-Up potion. That should take care of the worst of the symptoms,” Hermione said, trying not to roll her eyes at his foolishness.
“I don’t think I can move,” Ron groaned. Hermione shook her head but refrained from lecturing him. She continued to mark Harry’s homework silently as Harry tried to help Ginny with her Divination homework.
“Just make stuff up like I did,” Harry said. “She loves when you suffer a lot of calamities.”
“I could fall off my broom next week,” Ginny said with some hesitation.
“No, it needs to be worse than that.” Harry countered. “How about you fall off your broom into the Black Lake and then almost get dragged under by Grindylows,” Hermione sniffed loudly in disapproval. She was about to comment again about what an absolute fraud Professor Trelawney was, when she felt her wand vibrate slightly. Snape’s detention was letting up and she needed to leave now if she wanted to catch him alone.
“I just remembered, I have an Arithmancy assignment that I have to add some finishing touches on. I’ll see you guys later.” Hermione tried not to appear too anxious as she quickly gathered her notes.
“Hermione, can’t you just finish it here,” Ron said in a slightly whiny tone.
“Ron, I left my Advanced Arithmancy book in my room and I’m not coming all the way back here just to correct your homework.” Ron had the decency to look somewhat abashed as he didn’t quite meet her eye. Hermione inwardly grinned. She had an ironclad excuse to leave as neither Ron nor Harry were taking Advanced Arithmancy. No one would suspect that she was really planning on sneaking into the potions classroom to seduce Professor Snape.
Chapter 11: The Seduction of Professor Snape
Hermione catches Professor Snape alone in his classroom......Sexy times follow.
Snape was unsettled as he let the two boys out from his potions classroom. He had sensed the motion detection charm as soon as he had opened the classroom door after detention. He felt his defenses rise. It was unlikely that it was a former Death Eater come to seek revenge as the survivors from the final battle at Hogwarts all remained incarcerated in Azkaban. Not to mention, it would be almost impossible for them to sneak into Hogwarts undetected. Was it Minerva spying on him? Did she suspect his inappropriate feelings for Hermione? No student would have been able to cast such a complicated charm and disguise it so well that even he could hardly detect it. Well, he mused, one student could, but what would Hermione’s goal be in casting such a charm? Why would she care when he finished detention? He was sure she was hanging out with her friends in the Gryffindor tower and likely not giving him a second thought. With his thoughts on Hermione, he went to close the door. He stiffened as he detected a flash of movement in the corner of his eye. Without hesitation, he reacted. Waving his wand to seal the door with a Colloportus spell, he then blotted out the candles that lighted the classroom. Using instinct alone, he grabbed the intruder and pushed them roughly against the door, covering their mouth with his hand. A surprised feminine gasp stopped him in his tracks. He slowly removed his hand from her mouth and stepped back, flicking his wand to relight some of the candles he had so rapidly extinguished.
Hermione stood trembling slightly against the classroom door, illuminated only by the candlelight, breathing rapidly. Snape watched her, almost hypnotized by the rise and fall of her breasts as she tried to regain her composure. “You set the charm?,” he asked, already knowing the answer. “Why?”
“I want to be with you.” Hermione looked alluringly at him as she freed her hair, allowing her curls to cascade around her face. Those six words set a delicious shiver of anticipation up his spine as his cock leapt to attention.
“You don’t want to be with me. I am a damaged old man,” he said reflexively. He still couldn’t believe that this intelligent, alluring witch wanted him.
“Not old,” Hermione whispered as she began to slowly unbutton her blouse. “And we are all damaged.”
Professor Snape watched intently as her nimble fingers continued to unbutton slowly down her blouse, catching his breath as the curves of her breasts become visible. She finished the last button and let her shirt fall to the floor. Snape found his mouth watering at the sight of the supple pale bosom encased in her slightly sheer white lace bra. She smiled almost shyly as she unclasped her bra and deposited it on the floor with her growing pile of clothes. At the sight of her full breasts, with their soft pink nipples fully at attention, he couldn’t contain himself any longer. He closed the distance between them and took her up in a passionate kiss.
“You are playing with fire, Miss Granger,” he murmured as they broke from the kiss.
“I’m not the only one playing with fire, Professor Snape,” Hermione whispered in his ear, emphasizing the last two words as she began to nibble on his ear. He groaned into her neck and slowly began to trace his fingers down her sides until he felt the swell of her tits. Hermione let out a little sigh and leaned back slightly against the door, allowing him full access to her awaiting breasts. Snape began to fondle her chest aggressively, catching her mouth in another scorching kiss. Hermione could barely think as she felt his adept tongue warring with hers, his thumb and forefinger gently playing with her sensitive nipples as his palms cupped her breasts. His touch was electrifying and she felt the growing heat between her legs. Unconsciously, she found herself rubbing against his thigh, trying to obtain some relief for her growing need. Professor Snape moaned softly and broke off the kiss.
“You seem to be in need of some assistance,” he smirked as he took in the sight of Hermione flushed with pleasure and need, staring at him with her vision obviously clouded with lust. “Please…sir!” She gave a coquettish smile and Snape almost growled with desire. Grabbing her ass, he hoisted her up and deposited her quickly onto his desk. He brought his lips to her neck, sucking gently as he leisurely began to work his kisses lower. Hermione felt like every nerve in her body was on fire awaiting his grazing mouth. She let out a loud gasp as he began to feast on her tits. Snape paused for only a second as he cast a nonverbal Muffliato spell as well as quickly strengthened the wards surrounding his classroom.
“Don’t want any interruptions this time,” he uttered in a low baritone whisper, looking at her greedily. Then he returned to ravish her breasts, his tongue tasting each one in turn, lightly nipping at their pink tips. Hermione let out a stuttering breath as he began to trail his lips lower down her abdomen, dipping his tongue gently in her belly button before arriving at her jeans. He straightened up slightly, quickly disposing of his outer robe before undoing the buttons on her jeans and sliding them to the floor. He reveled at the intoxicating sight in front of him. Hermione’s blushing face surrounded by a halo of chestnut curls with her supple breasts and glistening erect nipples. His jaw tightened as he inspects lower, her legs spread slightly allowing him to see her soaking wet white thong.
“My, my, Miss Granger,” Snape said in an almost mocking voice. “I think somebody is quite the teacher’s pet.” She held her breath with anticipation as he began to lightly run his fingers over her saturated panties. His deft fingers circled her clit faintly, causing Hermione to thrust her hips towards him in an attempt to increase the contact on her throbbing nub.
“Please,” Hermione let out a futile groan as she continued to writhe her hips with increasing fervor.
“Relax, Miss Granger. I intend to enjoy you fully and we have all night. You will be sated soon enough, just savor the pleasure for now.” Snape murmured as he gradually lowered her underwear down, letting out a low moan as he took in her moist folds, shimmering in the dim candlelight with her need. He felt his arousal straining to break free from its confinement as he noted the puddle of her juices collecting on his dark wooden desk. Hermione’s warm brown eyes met his, conveying her desire and he was completely captivated
“I think you are overdressed,” she smirked as she propped herself up on his desk with one hand, while the other hand seized his neck to bring his face down for a passionate kiss. Whimpering with longing, she made quick work of his shirt throwing it down with disregard. Snape detected her gaze devouring his body and unexpectedly, he felt uncertain. He knew he was not traditionally handsome but he had never cared as his sexual partners always had ulterior motives. For the first time, he was concerned that he would not measure up.
He felt her hand gently stroke his chest.
“You are amazing,” Hermione purred. Snape looked into her eyes, expecting to see the deceit hidden there but instead he could only see her desire for him. She smiled gently as if she knew his insecurities and began lightly kissing his scarred lithe chest. Electricity ran through his body as her lips slowly grazed his sensitive skin. He reached toward her and tipped Hermione’s chin up so he could meet her eyes again. Snape was lost in the wells of passion that stared back at him.
“I am not a good man. I have tormented you a thousand times over. Why do you waste even a breath on me?”
Hermione continued to stare deeply back at him, leaving him feeling more exposed then he even had. “You are a brave, good man. Everyone makes mistakes. We are not defined by those mistakes but rather what we do to correct those mistakes. You have suffered enough at the hands of others. Don’t spend the rest of your life suffering at your own hands.” Hermione’s tender eyes tore through his soul and he was sure that he was safer at this moment in time, with her, then he ever had been before. A wave of lust enveloped him as he continued to gawk at her enticing figure. He swallowed hard as he felt her grasping hands undoing his belt, her hands ghosting over his rigid member still trapped in his trousers. Snape hissed softly as she undid his pants and let them fall to his knees, exposing the large tent in his underwear.
A mischievous grin overtook Hermione’s face as she stared captivated at Professor Snape naked except for his black boxers, his shameless cock announcing his master’s intentions. “Black seems to be your color.” She teased as she pulled his boxers down to expose his large penis, oozing precum slightly from its engorged tip. Growling with desperate hunger, Snape gathered her up in his arms, ambushing her mouth with frantic kisses. Hermione’s world contracted until there was only him, tasting her lips and invading her mouth with his tongue. Suddenly, he pushed her back until she was flat on the desk and released her mouth. Whimpering with need, Hermione tried to reclaim him, only to gasp and arch her back as he commenced kissing her other lips. She tried to remember to breathe as she was overwhelmed by the sensation of his soft lips grazing her satin folds.
Snape was losing himself in her scorching heat as he tasted her sinful nectar. His cock grew more insistent as his tongue plundered her core. Relishing in her increasingly delirious cries, he concentrated on her hardened button, greedily lapping up her flowing juices. He felt her beginning to come undone as his strong tongue circled her clit. He slipped two fingers into her, rubbing her sensitive spot, as he continued to tease her nub with his tongue. A hoarse cry announced her impending orgasm.
“You are mine,” whispered Snape as Hermione began to explode. Her inner walls clamped down on his fingers as a trickle of her sweet cum filled his waiting mouth.
“Yours!,” Hermione cried with satisfaction as her body shook with wave after wave of pleasure. “Severus, I am yours.”
Snape nearly lost control as he heard Hermione shout his name in the midst of her orgasm. He had never wanted a witch so badly in his life. Reining himself in until she had a chance to recover, he grabbed her off his desk and carried her naked body to his awaiting chamber. Kissing her deeply, he laid her reverently on his bed. She met his gaze seductively and beckoned him with her eyes to join her. “I want feel you inside me.”
“Are you…I mean have you…?” Snape voice trailed off as he tried to articulate his question.
“I haven’t had sex with anyone before. You are my first,” she whispered.
His heart sunk to the floor. “I can’t steal that from you.”
“You are not stealing, I am giving myself to you. Very willingly.” Hermione met his hesitant dark eyes as she slowly spread her legs. He felt his resistance rapidly leave him as he looked at her pussy, her abundant moisture sparkling in the candlelight.
“I kept two masters at bay for years, yet I give into temptation so easily with you,” Snape murmured as he slowly ran his hand down her trembling body, pausing only briefly at her womb to cast a contraceptive spell. His dripping shaft was more than ready as he lowered himself onto Hermione. He shuddered with pleasure as his cock easily slipped into her tight wet cunt. Her walls blistering with heat tightly clamped down on him as he gently pushed past her barrier. She let out a low groan.
“Please, more!", Hermione begged.
Emboldened, Snape increased his speed as she writhed beneath him, filling the room with her needy gasps. Angling himself so he could grind his pelvis against her sensitive clit, he repeatedly drove himself into her. Her hands gripped his muscular back, pulling him further inside her. Her desire was breathtaking to watch as she was consumed by ecstasy. He sensed her walls begin to contract around his manhood as he continued to pummel her.
“Oh, please, oh Severus,” Hermione let out a prolonged whimper as she began to come apart again. The rhythmic clenching of her pussy was too much for him. With one last thrust, he exploded. Gutturally crying out her name as he spilled his seed deep inside of her. Rolling off her, he quickly cast a Scorgify spell to clean off their copious juices and then gathered her up in his arms. Hermione gave him a blissful smile as she burrowed deeper in his embrace. I am found, thought Snape as he held her close. Finally sated, they slept.
Chapter 12: Into the Night
Snape and Hermione discuss their relationship.
Hermione woke several hours later, feeling chilled despite the heavy blankets on the bed, as the cold dungeon air seemed to cut right through to her naked body. Gathering the soft dark green blanket up and wrapping it around her shoulders for protection from the frigid night, she ventured out to his small study. Professor Snape appeared to be immobile in his armchair, staring deeply at the crackling fireplace. “You should go Miss Granger.” he said without emotion, his gaze still lost in the flames. Hermione’s eyes prickled with tears.
“Don’t” she whispered. Snape turned slowly and raised one eyebrow. “Don’t hide behind your mask. Don’t push me away.”
“And what would you have me do? You are my student.” He angrily emphasized the last word, ashamed of his weakness. Despite his icy restrained demeanor, Hermione could see the desperation in his eyes. She was undeterred by his determination to drive her away, instead his eyes fanned the flames that were growing in her. She slowly walked toward him, letting her blanket fall to the floor, never once looking away from his inky dilated pupils. Snape took a faltering breath but did not speak. He appeared to be rendered speechless as his hungry eyes indulged in the beautiful feast in front of him. His inner conflict fading away again as she bore down on him, her pale curvy body with her stiff dusky nipples demanding his full attention.
“I was your student, yes. But I am more than that now. We have a connection, don’t try to deny it." Hermione stared fiercely at him, expecting a fight but he appeared to be preoccupied with the opposing thoughts in his head.
She’s just a student. He thought, determined to regain some control over this unorthodox situation, despite his previous error. You know that isn’t true, an annoyingly logical voice in his head argued back. She is special. He had to admit that over the past month, he had delighted in their conversations. She was more intelligent than the majority of witches and wizards twice her age and he felt more as though he were conversing with a colleague, rather than his student. Truth was that she was on the same level as him intellectually. Snape scowled as he realized that he could count on one hand the number of people who held that particular title. Usually, even the most intelligent young adults still lacked the emotional maturity that separated them from their older peers. However, Hermione was definitely different in that regard as well. Possibly because of the war or her frequent trips with the time turner, but he sensed an oldness to her that he would not have expected. He wanted to run from her and the vulnerability she incited in him but instead he took a step toward her waiting body. Drawn to her, like a moth to a flame, he was fraught with fear at the connection he could not deny.
With his hesitation rapidly crumbling, he stood and carefully inspected her. She stood in front of him naked and unashamed as her eyes peered into his soul.
“I am cruel, but you make me forget myself. I have been wandering aimlessly since the war but with you I feel undamaged. I feel like I could be someone good,” he paused feeling exposed. “We could be something good.” Severus’ heart beat rapidly at his confession, bracing himself for the inevitable rejection. Instead, Hermione closed the small gap between their bodies and pressed her lips softly on his forehead.
“You are someone good. The sacrifices you made, foregoing all companionship, to atone for your past mistakes is more than most brave good men could do.” She slowly began trailing gentle kisses down his neck, leaving his skin burning for more contact. “I want you, I need you.” Hermione murmured as she began slowly moving her lips down his chest. Her kisses grew harsher, reflecting her growing hunger. Snape, for the first time in his life, was overwhelmed not just by his lust but by developing affection for this witch now kneeling in front of him.
“You don’t have to…” He began to say, when she voiced her dissent.
“I want to taste you.” His cock, already erect under his robes, expressed agreement with that course of action. Hee felt his blood pulsing as she rapidly divested him of his remaining clothes.
Grinning up at him, proud that she was the cause of his obvious desire, she gently kissed his tender head. Severus let out a throaty moan as she ran her tongue along the opening to lick up his copious precum before engulfing him in her greedy mouth. He trembled slightly at the delicious sensations running through his body as her mouth caressed his eager cock. Grabbing her untidy curls to anchor himself, he surrendered completely to her talents as waves of pleasure coursed through him. Deep feral noises emanated from him as she bathed his penis with her velvet tongue. Far too quickly, he felt his balls tighten signaling the impending climax.
“Hermione,” Snape let out her name in a low groan. “I'm going to cum.” Expecting her to cease her ministrations, he was surprised when she swallowed the length of his penis. His hips bucking up wildly, he cried out her name as he exploded into her mouth.
Hermione smiled up at him as she licked the last remainder of his seed off his softening penis.
“I know you don’t consider me an old man, but I hope you realize that I will need to recover some before my next performance.”
Smirking, Hermione stood up and started to laugh. “I am Hogwarts' resident Know It All, so I do have some knowledge regarding the male anatomy. I hope this means that I won't have to convince you about our compatibility in the future."
Despite her joking manner, Snape saw the concern in her eyes with her own fear of rejection. He had tried for weeks to stay away and deny his need. However, he could deny her no longer. “I am yours Hermione, if you want me.” Her face lit up at his admission and she took his hands. “And I am yours Severus.” Snape felt lighter then he had ever been with the thought that this beautiful intelligent witch that he desired, wanted him too.
He watched lazily in a post-orgasmic haze as she transfigured the rug near the fireplace with a flick of her wand into a thick white bearskin. She spread out naked toward the heat with her beautiful rounded ass glowing in the flickering light. Turning, she beckoned him to join her and his lips curved upward in a smile at the mesmerizing scene in front of him.
“You look heavenly”. Snape murmured as he settled down beside her and wrapped his arms around her prone figure. “Would you like some elf wine?"
“That sounds great.”
He quickly conjured up two wine glasses and some of his best elf wine. Pouring carefully to avoid spilling on the white bearskin, he self-consciously handed her a glass. He couldn’t think the last time he had entertained a women. He certainly had never had a women in his chambers at Hogwarts. He was so experienced regarding sexual relations but he was like a bumbling teenager when it came to any form of a relationship. He felt like he was waiting for some magnificent spell to end and reality to brutally claim him.
Hermione sensed Snape tense up around her. “Have your thoughts already convinced you that you are unworthy?” Hermione asked gently, turning to meet his surprisingly unsure eyes.
Severus took a fortifying sip of his wine”. “I am unaccustomed to this,” he stated, making a sweeping gesture with his arms. “I fear that it will be only a matter of time before you see the light and leave me alone again with nothing but the memories to keep me warm.”
Hermione searched her mind, but couldn’t recall a time where Snape had appeared so unguarded before. His honesty was endearing. She slowly took his hands in hers, and looked into his obsidian eyes. “I don’t have much experience either. I'm not expecting a fairytale relationship. I want to be with you, not some idealized version of you. We both have our flaws and scars. We will make mistakes, we will fight. However, I think that you are worth fighting for."
“I don’t want to disappoint you, you deserve the best.”
“And what if I think you are the best.”
“Then you are a fool but you are the only fool I will suffer gladly.” He stared into her warm brown eyes and his worries fell away again. His body relaxed again into hers as Hermione’s smile erased his fears. They both turned their attention to the dancing flames in the fireplace, each savoring the warmth slowly spreading through their limbs.
“You are usually so confident, so intimidating. Why does my desire frighten you so?" Hermione asked quietly, determined to learn more about this complicated man that seemed to already occupy her heart completely.
“It is a long depressing tale. You really want to know?” Snape had never had someone really want to know about his life in the past. Lily had always been more interested in his ability to listen. His school year “friends” only wanted information to hold against in him in the future and truthfully Dumbledore had been little better, seeking knowledge only to ensure his continued loyalty. He had never had someone want to just know about him, just because, without a hidden agenda.
“Of course.” She smiled shyly at him. He took a deep breath and began.
Chapter 13: Nighttime stories
Snape continued, his voice wrapped in melancholy. “I guess I have a very hard time accepting that anyone could find value in just me. Truth is I have always been lonely. My parents were too wrapped up in their own drama to concern themselves much about my comings and goings unless it was to punish me. My mother tried, I suppose in her own way, but I don’t think she had much to give. She and my father married young and he was furious when he found out that not only had he married a witch but that she had already gotten pregnant with me. A child, much less a child born into a magical world, that my father would be always be an observer, was not part of his plan. My first memories were of my parents yelling. My mother was always begging for his love and she tried so hard to please him. I suspect he severely abused her. She never said so directly but I was an observant child. I could never understand why she wanted this foul man to care for her. I knew he was my father and that I should love him but I couldn’t bring myself to do so, regardless. My house was just a prison to me and I spent my early childhood hiding away from my tormentor. I was a failure in his eyes just for existing, but he wasn’t physically abusive until I started showing signs of magic.
On a good day, he would just berate my mother and ignore me. On a bad day,” Snape paused, amazed that it still haunted him after all these years. “Well, let’s say on a bad day, it was lucky that I did have magic. My magic before Hogwarts wasn’t disciplined enough to do more then protect me from death and speed the healing but I don’t think I would be standing here today without it. Though, without my magic, I’m not sure if I would have suffered as much by his hands. After my Hogwarts acceptance letter came was the worst. I had never seen him so furious. He was determined to beat the magic out of me. He started with his fists until he beat me to the ground. I still remember the smell of the pinewood floor, as my vision blurred. Taking in small breaths of dusty air, with the metallic taste of blood in my mouth, as I concentrated all my effort into curling up into the smallest ball possible. I thought the kicking would never end but at least my magic was able to cushion the blows slightly. He finally got tired and sat down on the couch, throwing beer bottles at me if I dared move. It must have been hours before he passed out and I was able to sneak away.”
“I thought that when I finally got to Hogwarts that I would be free, but no one wanted to be friends with the damaged scrawny nerd.” Severus sneered bitterly at those first memories at Hogwarts. The excitement of belonging to a House and having the chance to make friends, only to have his dreams shattered still haunted him. “Being sorted into Slytherin House made the rest of the school wanted nothing to do with me but then neither did the students in Slytherin. I was too poor, too awkward and nothing like the purebloods who ruled the roost. I know you already know about Lily. She was the closest thing to a friend I had, and we had bonded prior to school, due to our shared family misery. But she quickly made other friends and I became nothing than a convenient plaything. However, to me she was the only person to ever truly care for me, even if only for a moment. I idealized her for so long. She knew that I had feelings for her and she took advantage of me, though I didn’t see this clearly until after the war. All I knew back then was that I loved her. When she married my biggest enemy at school, it just confirmed my unworthiness. He was the bully ringleader in a group of friends that made themselves feel big by making the other less fortunate students feel small.”
“I was so lost, and alone at Hogwart’s. I watched Lily slip away and while I had to contend with magical oppressors rather than just my drunk enraged father. I found the only way to survive was to appear tough to protect myself. Most magic comes very easily to me and the Dark Arts were no exception. The more powerful my dark skills became, the more I impressed the Slytherin students. I admit, I liked the fear in other students eyes. It made me feel powerful, like I was finally the master of my own density.” Snape paused again listening to Hermione’s steady breathing but not daring to meet her eyes, wondering why she hadn’t run out screaming yet. “You know how well that turned out for me”. He continued bitterly as he reminisced that until after the war, he had always been under someone’s thumb. It had started with his father, then Lucius and his gang, then Voldemort and finally Dumbledore. There had always been someone behind the scenes pulling the strings.
“I had thought briefly that Lily would finally return my love but I was mistaken. Even my first lover only used me just to bed Lucius.” Anger infused his words as he continued. “I am not a fool and I have refused to be hoodwinked again. I have had many sexual encounters but never with a witch that I had any feelings for…..until now. It scares me how quickly you have eroded my defenses and I am not prepared.”
Snape finally got the courage to look up at Hermione and was astonished to see her eyes swimming in tears. “Oh Severus. It is so unfair, everything you have had to endure. I know that life is not fair but I want you to know, you always have deserved love.” His heart fluttered, not just at her kind words but at her use of his given name so effortlessly in conversation. They lay quietly in each other’s arms for awhile and Snape could feel himself drifting off when she softly giggled.
“What’s so funny?”
“I just realized that you must have slept with Narcissa and I can just see the look on her conceited face if she knew that I was aware of her youthful indiscretions.”
He chuckled at the thought of him and Narcissa. “Even back then I had some standards. I can see why you would think it was Narcissa who slept with me to get to Lucius but it was another Slytherin. Megan, actually”. Hermione saw he thought this would mean something to her but she was baffled at who Megan was, and just nodded. Snape felt his mouth curl up in a slight grin as he replied “Pansy Parkinson’s mom. She was hoping to marry Lucius but obviously she had to settle for Ted Parkinson instead.” Hermione couldn’t help but laugh at the irony that Pansy Parkinson’s mom had slept with a teenage Severus Snape. Beaming at him, she gently brushed his lips with hers.
“I am so grateful that she didn’t realize the value she was giving up. Otherwise, I could never have claimed you for my own.” Snape’s felt a tug of pride at this witch’s possessiveness toward him. This beautiful women wanted him to herself.
“And you, my stunning witch, are mine.” He sealed this declaration with burning kiss. He sensed his desire overtaking him again and though he had already cum twice tonight, his cock was very willing to try for a third time.
He groaned softly into her mouth as their tongues entwined. He couldn’t get enough of this sensual woman trembling under his touch. He nibbled on her lower lip gently, as he trailed his hands across her back. She arched her back in response and Severus proceeded to mark her exposed neck with his sucking kisses. Moving lower, he took one, then the other nipple in his mouth and teased them to erect peaks. She was driving him wild, rubbing her sopping pussy against his leg.
“Always so ready, my lioness.”
Hermione gave a needy whine as she moved her fingers in between her thighs to stimulate her clit. “Allow me,” Snape smirked as he moved his mouth down to taste her glistening folds. Leisurely, he brushed his tongue against her swollen button as she increased her gyrations below him.
“Please don’t tease me Severus. I want you inside me.”
“Glad to oblige,” he leered as he moved up to kiss her lips again, before lowering his weight on top of her. She felt his hard member pressing into her, as he slowly entered her tight canal. He moaned as her walls gripped his cock. Snapping his hips into her, he began to move faster to relieve the growing ache pooled inside him. It wasn’t long before Hermione cried out as she reached the pinnacle before shattering apart, her walls contracting around his throbbing cock. He pumped several more times before grunting harshly into her neck and Hermione felt his warm semen spurting inside her.
Still flush and trembling from the aftershocks, Hermione wrapped herself around Severus as he groaned softly into her neck. Bathing in her warmth, he felt content. As he traced his two fingers over his upturned lips relishing in the lingering sensations from her kiss, he was shocked to discover the presence of a smile.
“Thank you” he mumbled quietly in her ear. She brushed the dark strands of hair from his eyes,
“For saving me. And I don’t mean just today” Hermione blushed and averted her eyes.
“I didn’t realize that you knew. I was informed that you would be furious at me.”
“I was beyond furious, I wanted to scream at you until I was hoarse for forcing me to continue my pointless existence. However, at the same time I was utterly amazed that someone cared enough to save me. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to berate you or kiss you senseless until I understood what would possibly possess someone as brilliant as you to save such a damaged man.”
“Because you deserve so much more then you have ever been given and I want to be the one to give it to you.”
Snape's heart tightened in his chest with her endearing confession. He didn’t know how to respond but he felt like he had been given a new lease on life and he didn’t intend to be so careless this time. He gathered her in his arms and held her tight, listening intently to the rhythmic beating of her heart. He was unsure how long they remained tangled in each other, but after some time, Hermione stirred.
“Come, let’s go to bed, Severus.”
Rising to follow her into his chambers, he waved his wand to extinguish the candles and fireplace before joining his witch under the covers.
Chapter 14: Lazy Sunday
Thank you to my wonderful betas including MadameFire for helping me edit my story.
Snape opened his eyes feeling refreshed. The crushing nightmare of seeing Voldemort’s red piercing eyes that awoke him every night, covered in a sheen of sour sweat, had not located him last night. He gazed at Hermione still sleeping with her messy curls spread out on his pillow and felt a wave of gratitude wash over him. Despite all his flaws, she had chosen him.
Hermione stirred as the greenish glow of the lake began to brighten his chambers signaling the start of a new day. “Good morning my fierce lioness” Snape murmured as she trained her vision on him. “Did you sleep well?”
Hermione felt a contented smile flood her face as she stared at his dark inquiring eyes. “I haven’t slept that well in years, Severus. I feel safe with you.”
He kissed her gently at first, but he was unable to contain a low moan as she parted her lips in invitation. Relishing the gentle feel of her lips, he breathed her in before plunging his tongue into her warm mouth. “You make a wonderful breakfast” he smirked after they finally pulled apart desperate for air.
“I wish I could spend all day with you but Harry and Ron are likely already banging on my door.”
“You don’t mean that.” He said reflexively. “I am quite disagreeable most of the time and you shouldn’t wish for things you don’t want.”
“Of course I mean it, Severus. If there was any way,” she trailed off, the wheels in her head spinning. “If they thought I was sick, they wouldn’t bother me. Those boys are surprisingly squeamish considering all we went through during the war.”
Snape just stared at her with obvious doubt in his eyes. “You really want to spend the day with me?” Hermione rolled her eyes.
“Always, just let me think so I can come up with a plan.”
“If that is really what you desire, Harry and Ron can be easily fooled. They often lack basic common sense.” Hermione giggled at this biting but true assessment. “I know you can cast a patronus, an otter I believe. I have a modification of my own design that allows your patronus to interact with others to a limited degree independently. Behind the door, they will think it’s you talking and you can explain that you are too sick for whatever shenanigans they have planned for today.”
“Do you really think it would fool them?”
“Well, I have occasionally used it to avoid office hours, and I haven’t been caught yet.” Snape replied with a devilish glint in his eyes.
Hermione swallowed another giggle at the thought of Snape’s avid avoidance of his students. “I highly doubt that degree of cleverness was required. You invoke such fear that the majority of students would never seek you out.”
Snape smirked at her as he ran his fingers over her increasing damp pussy, lazily teasing her clit. “Obviously I do not invoke that reaction from all of my students, unless you normally cream this much out of fear. Now Miss Granger,” Professor Snape met her eyes and Hermione felt an increasing throbbing in her pussy under his intense scrutiny. “This charm requires attention to detail so I won’t distract you too much.” He tried unsuccessfully to hide his leering grin as she let out a panting breathe in response to his probing fingers seeking out her increasingly moist folds. “Now, first cast the patronus charm as you normally would and then flick your wand up while saying Germinare. After that just tell a simple story that it will use to generate answers. Keep it short as your patronus will get confused if it has too many facts.”
“What should I say?” Hermione questioned.
“I suggest just saying you are sick to your stomach and need to rest. You don’t want to get them sick but hopefully you will be feeling better tomorrow. You don’t need anything now but you will let them know if you do.” Hermione nodded trying to ignore the increasingly pleasurable sensations her professor was inducing as he expertly caressed her wet cunt. Quickly casting the needed charm, she barely had time to admire her success before Snape claimed her mouth passionately.
“Good,” he growled in a low voice, “I would like my breakfast now.” Hermione moaned loudly as he buried his face in between her thighs. He breathed in her sweet perfume as he ran his tongue along her vaginal lips urging them to open so he could feast on her nectar. Hermione was in heaven as he explored her inner walls. She felt her hips involuntary thrusting against his face as he increased the pressure inside. Her engorged clit was sending shocks of pleasure through her body as his angular nose rubbed against it. His tongue was relentless as it continued to sweep up her sweet liquid now spilling from her pussy. Inserting one of his fingers to rub her spongy tissue inside, Hermione could barely catch her breath as she quivered in response. He sensed that she was close to orgasm and he was anxious to taste more of her juices. Snape dragged his tongue roughly over her sweet spot and Hermione could feel the beginning tremors of a powerful climax coursing through her body. “Cum for me my witch, I want to taste your sweet cream.” Gasping out his name in pleasure, Hermione’s walls tightened around his finger as she came undone. “Delightful,” Severus met her half-lidded eyes as he slowly withdrew his finger and sucked it clean.
“I think it is my turn. I want to taste you. “ Hermione begged.
"Was last night’s taste insufficient?”
She blushed slightly “I am feeling especially hungry this morning.”
Snape smirked at her enthusiasm. “Who am I to deprive you.” He hissed in pleasure as she hungrily engulfed his erection completely. “Slowly” He murmured, “I want to enjoy this.” Sweet Circe, Severus thought, her obvious desire for me is so sexy. I feel like a teenager with a hair trigger penis. He knew that despite his best efforts, he was not going to last long. Visually just the sight of this alluring beauty with her lips wrapped around his cock was more than enough to stimulate him. However, the sensation of her hot mouth and her frenzied tongue on his hard member was quickly bringing him to completion.
“Oh Hermione, it feels so good.” Snape moaned. She continued her assault and Severus let out a deep groan as he felt her hands graze his balls. Unable to hold back anymore, he pulled out of her slightly and then shot his copious load into her waiting mouth. His penis twitched again at the sight of her passionately swallowing his seed. Hermione smiled teasingly at him as her tongue darted out to clean a few pearly drops off her lips. Snape let out a deep groan as he felt desire course through him once again.
“You, my lioness are an exquisite mixture of sweet debauchery. Let’s have actual breakfast now before I lose control and debase you again.” He held out his hand to help her off the bed, inwardly groaning again as she stood with all of her exquisite body on display. He quickly summoned one of his white button shirts for her to wear but not before kissing her soundly again. He grabbed his black linen pajamas for himself and led her to his private dining room. Hermione couldn’t help but feel pride at his glowing praise of her talent and grinned to herself.
“I never imagined teachers had such extensive quarters at Hogwarts.”
“Mine are bigger than most of the other Professors here. Being head of a house does come with some perks. Wait until you see my bathtub. It surpasses even the Perfect’s bathroom.”
“That sounds amazing. I have had some very dirty thoughts regarding you in the Perfect’s bathroom so it’s good that we have an adequate substitute to explore these fantasies.” Severus laughed despite himself (when was the last time he had actually laughed?). “You are insatiable but I am more then happy to explore any desires you have.”
As they prepared to sit down at his dining table, Hermione looked around confused. “How do we get breakfast?”
“I will call Winky; she acts as the unofficial house elf for the head of Slytherin. I think you have meet her.” Hermione nodded distractedly as she remembered the disheveled state of poor Winky the last time she had seen her.
“You will see she is much better now. The final battle seems to have been cleansing for her. I think it allowed her to see the true evil that had corrupted her old master and finally let go of her guilt and self-blame at what happened to the Crouchs. I know she hasn’t touched a drop of butterbeer since then and she is quite devoted to all of Hogwarts, though especially the Slytherin house. In her own way, by assisting children in need, she is trying to prevent any recurrence of the unfortunate circumstances in my house that led to the Dark Lord’s assent to power in the first place.”
Hermione opened her mouth to interject that Voldemort would have likely risen to power with or without the loyalties of the Slytherin house but Snape cut her off gently, anticipating her dissent. “I know; he would have risen regardless. If another wizard or witch as consumed by evil as him arrives one day at Hogwarts, her little actions would never prevent the recurrence of such atrocities. But,” Severus paused for a minute lost in thought and then continued quietly, “her actions may prevent a child like me from throwing years of their life away. Seeking power and revenge to dull the pain and loneliness only to be chained by guilt when finally the right path is clear.”
Hermione could see how painful his memories still were as he stood silent and brooding, breakfast all but forgotten. “Severus” Hermione reached out and lightly stroked his face. He raised his haunted dark eyes to hers and she felt the pain radiating from him. Gently, she guided him to her arms and he rested his heavy head on hers. She held him for a long time without uttering a word. Snape felt safe inside her arms, cocooned in her warm embrace. Finally, they broke apart and he was astonished to see Hermione’s wet eyes. “I was so lonely, so lost after the war. My nightmares seemed to plague even my waking hours. I feel as if I barely survived but that seems so insignificant compared to what you have been through. I wish I could lighten your burden. I am so sorry.” Hermione said softly, her voice quivering with emotion.
“You have lightened by burden. You’re the ray of light in my otherwise dark world. But don’t forget,” he said in sad contemplative voice, “I am responsible for a majority of my own misery. Despite my childhood trauma at home and at school, I made a conscious decision to pledge my allegiance to the Dark Lord after Hogwarts. Deep in my heart, I knew it was wrong but I deluded myself, too consumed by anger and thoughts of revenge. I was not strong enough to resist the temptation of power. Dumbledore once wisely said that there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right. I chose what I thought was easy.” Snape avoided her inquiring eyes, feeling defeated.
“But you have more than made up for your initial decision. You spent over 20 years as a spy for Dumbledore because you knew that Voldemort and his evil was only contained after the first war and not gone. You suffered both physically and mentally by both from the Order and at the hands of Voldemort. You can’t punish yourself forever. Eventually you need to let go or be consumed forever by the past.”
“You are under the false impression that I am a good man. I am not a good man, I am selfish cruel and unworthy of love. Yes, I eventually found my moral compress again. But not until I had caused the death of the woman I loved and the one she loved. Even at the end, I was selfish, caring nothing for James or Harry; I just wanted Lily to be spared.” Snape’s eyes glazed over as he recalled the night he had found Lily and James dead. Hermione could almost see the dark pool of anguish he was drowning in but she didn’t know how to reel him in. He continued in a weary tone. As I held Lily in my arms, I realized that all of the power in the world could never give me the one thing I wanted, to be loved by her. My world came crashing down and for the first time I could see what my anger and desire to protect myself from heartache had caused. I would have given anything to save Lily and I realized at that moment James as well because I wanted her to be happy even without me.”
“I made two promises to myself that day. I would save Harry for Lily and I would never allow anyone to get close to me again. I could not imagine knowingly putting myself at risk for such wrenching pain a second time.” He darkly chuckled as he recalled his isolation. “Pushing everyone away was easy, especially since my bitterness had already absorbed me completely.
When Harry came to school, I was already an acrimonious man but he added fuel to the fire.
Harry reminded me so much of James. I was horrible to him, even though logically I could see that Harry was none of the arrogant bully of my childhood. I acted like an impetuous child when I was the adult, going out of my way to criticize him, and you for your association. Well, not just your friendship with Harry.
“You reminded me of myself at the beginning of Hogwarts, before I bent myself so much in deference to others that I left Hogwarts only a twisted remnant of my former self. I was so angry not just at Harry and the debt I carried, but I was also irrationally angry at you. I intentionally bullied you because you reminded me of all I had lost and all I had let others take away from me. You reminded me every day of my failures and weakness. I am so ashamed because again and again you have proved how much better you are than me. Despite everything, despite all of my flaws, you not only have the courage to forgive me but the audacity to care for me and accept me like no other.
“I am extremely sorry,” Severus mumbled in a low voice. “If you let me, I will spend time and time again making it up to you. You have led me to the conclusion that I was wrong all these years. Even just one hour with you is worth the possibly of crushing heartbreak in the future. I have never been with someone who is so intelligent, so determined and so amazing. I have never cared for anyone,” he paused scared that any moment Hermione recalling his mistreatment was going to leave him to face the world alone again, “who has cared for me too.” Snape felt his heart pounding in his chest and was astonished at his nervousness. He was always in control and never let his emotions get the better off him. Yet, here he was confessing his sins to Hermione and he was surprised at the lightness inside of him. A heavy load had been lifted and for the first time ever, Severus Snape felt hope.
Hermione stood there stunned, completely lost for words. She had been impressed last night that he had been able to share some of his painful past given his private controlling nature but this morning, his admission of guilt and apology, was totally unexpected. Every day she felt she could see more and more of the person that Snape had kept locked up and concealed for all those years. The person not corrupted by his anger, not tarnished from the mistreatment of others, the person that was hidden behind his sharp biting defenses. She had seen glimpses of it during her time at Hogwarts in his determination to save Harry from Quirrell’s curses in their first year to the extent that he willing incurred the wrath and mockery of all of the students for the appearance of trying to favor the Slytherin team by refereeing the Quidditch match. His willingness to step in front of a snarling werewolf to protect her, Ron and Harry and his subtle undercutting of Umbridge by preventing her from using his Veritaserum. She was still amazed that he killed Dumbledore and risked fragmenting his soul just to save Malfoy and cement his position as a spy. She remembered the conversation that Harry had overheard. Severus had struggled with Dumbledore’s order but despite that, he risked his whole being to continue as the spy that was needed to bring down Voldemort. He had been willing to die in the end to ensure the triumph of what was good. And everyone had left him first to die and then to suffer alone in silence with his demons. After all of his sacrifices, after all of his suffering, the world would not let him atone. Hermione felt a rush of emotion flood her heart as she smiled warmly at him and took his hand in hers. “As Dumbledore also once said, it is our choices that show who we truly are. Your choices reflect a great man desperate to atone for his mistakes. I forgave you a long time ago but,” Hermione’s voice trailed off as she didn’t know how to convey how special she felt that he was allowing her into his tightly warded heart. “Thank you” she mumbled and she blushed having finished her speech rather inadequately.
“I don’t apologize lightly”.
Hermione felt a tiny giggle escape her lips at his obvious statement. “I know, Severus.” I want you to know that I am always here to listen when you need to talk. I know you have never really dealt with the traumas of the war. However, I don’t want you to feel that you have to constantly belittle yourself and apologize for the past.” She said firmly. “I am aware of your flaws just as you are more then aware of my flaws and I don’t care about our past. I care about our future.” Snape felt the warmth spreading through his body as he looked at her and saw only truthfulness and hope shinning in her eyes.
“Come, let’s order breakfast.” Snape said awkwardly trying to rein himself in. She spends one night and you are willing to give her your heart. I am such a foolish bastard. He mumbled to himself. “Winky”. Hermione jumped as the elf apparated with a loud crack into the dining room, surprised that Snape hadn’t warned her.
He smirked at her reaction. “Don’t worry; you don’t have to hide yourself. While the final authority over the house elves rests with the headmistress, as long as you are not grossly breaking the rules, they will keep your secret. And as you have pointed out multiple times, while what were are doing is highly,” he paused searching for the correct terminology, “irregular, you are of age and it is not forbidden.”
“Don’t worry Miss Granger. I am happy to be keeping your secret.” Winky squeaked. “It is high time that Master Snape has somebody that makes him happy. I am assuming you both would like breakfast. Would pancakes be fine?”
“Yes.” Snape replied and Hermione shook her head in agreement slightly bewildered at Winky’s quick acceptance of the situation.
“Coffee or tea Miss Granger?”
Winky bowed low at both of them before disappearing with another loud crack.
They both sat down at the table and Severus couldn’t help but think how normal her appearance at his table seemed to him. He had never had a guest for breakfast before as his previous conquests had all fled during the night but Hermione looked like she had always belonged there, sitting at his table with him.
“I hope you are planning on doing something worthwhile with that brain of yours after you take the N.E.W.T.s this year.” Snape said abruptly as he buttered his toast.
Hermione laughed softly “You always did have a way with words, Severus.” He scowled at her as he took a bite but Hermione just laughed louder. “That routine may work on First Years, but I’m harder to scare, especially with your seed still dripping out of me.” Snape almost choked on his toast at her words but instead he found himself starting to smile as he looked her bemused eyes.
“Merlin Hermione, have you always been so blunt.”
“Just like to keep you on your toes,” she replied teasingly. “And yes, I plan to do big things in the future. Though I will admit, I am not so sure what those big things are yet.”
“You are by far the smartest witch or wizard of your generation. Truthfully, you are one of the brightest in the wizarding world. I can only think of one wizard alive that can even match your intelligence.”
“You can do more then just match my intelligence. I am constantly in awe of your talent. Your natural potion ability is amazing.”
“You assume that I am talking about myself. How do you know I am not talking about one of your little friends.” He said teasingly trying to deflect attention from his rapidly beating heart at her praises.
“Because there is no one else even close.” She said simply.
“Have you thought of doing Mastery of a field?” Snape was anxious to move the conversation away from his talents. He had never been comfortable with praise and he felt especially awkward with it coming from such a beautiful intelligent creature like Hermione.
“I have thought about it, yes. But I heard it is very difficult to get accepted for a Mastery.”
“Maybe for most students but not someone who was able to obtain 9 Outstanding O.W.L.s.”
“I got only an Exceeds Expectations in Defense Against the Dark Arts.”
“You had a ridiculous pink puffball has your teacher that year. I am astounded that anyone was able to achieve more than a Troll with that monstrosity trying to undermine your education. What subjects would you consider?”
“Well I have always had an interest in Transfiguration and Charms,” Hermione paused feeling nervous, “and maybe Potions.”
“I would recommend a Mastery in both Transfiguration and Potions, it would allow you to pursue almost any career field in the wizarding world. I expect great things from you.”
Hermione blushed at his praises. “You think I would be able to be accepted to do a dual Mastery. It is hard enough to get accepted for a single Mastery.”
“Of course, despite my less than exemplary behavior toward you in the past, I have always regarded you as the most talented student that I have ever taught.”
“Less than exemplary behavior,” she repeated letting out a little undignified snort. “You were a downright arse, though I understand you had a reputation to maintain.” Severus looked down at his breakfast, unsure how to respond. “And I admit, I was an insufferable Know-it-All.” He looked up at her sparkling brown eyes and felt his worry fade way at her smirking face. He kissed her hard on the mouth before returning to his breakfast.
Hermione sipped her coffee as they fell into a relaxed silence. Considering the heated and emotional night, she had expected to feel anxious but instead she found herself amazingly at ease. Looking at Snape as he casually sipped his black coffee while perusing through the Daily Prophet, she realized his demeanor had softened. In the past she had noticed that even while eating meals he always seemed alert, on edge, unable to let his guard down even for a second. However, today he appeared different. His angular face had lost its’ characteristic sharpness and the years of burden seemed to have lifted from his body. She smiled to herself.
“Hermione”. His silky voice interrupted her inner monologue. “I was wondering if you are sore. I fear I may have been a little over enthusiastic last night.”
“Just a little,” Hermione felt the heat flood her cheeks at his inquiring stare.
“Well,” he continued dropping his voice seductively, “I must give you a massage then. I would be a poor Potion Master indeed if I didn’t have my own special concoction to relieve your aches.” Hermione shivered in anticipation at the thought of his strong hands caressing her. “Will you let me relieve your tension?” Snape murmured in her ear as his arms enveloped her. The soreness from the night before was already being replaced with the dull ache in her core. Quite embarrassingly, she discovered that she was already in danger of leaving a wet spot on his chair.
“I can smell your arousal already,” he continued, his soft breath tickling her ear. “You are such a deliciously sensual witch and I delight in the opportunity to please you.” Letting out a soft moan, Hermione relaxed into his arms. Severus continued to nibble gently on her neck as she began to grind slowly into his rigid member. “Come, my lioness before you tempt me to take you over the table. I mean to actually massage you.” Leading her back to his bedroom, he watched intently as she lay languidly on his bed in his white collared shirt. Slipping his hands up her thigh, he casually ran two fingers along her dripping folds to gather her moisture. Hermione felt the heat flare inside her as he slowly withdrew his fingers. Without taking his smoldering eyes off of her, he raised his fingers to his mouth sucking her juices. She let out a needy pant and Severus smirked at her obvious desire.
“Not yet,” he said in a teasing tone. “I haven’t even given you my massage yet.” Hermione couldn’t help but whine with impatience and she reached out to pull him onto her. Snape’s devilish grin widened as he pulled away from her grasping hands. “Patience,” he whispered “or I will have to tie you down. I can’t have you disobeying your Potions Professor now can I?” She gasped at his intoxicating words as she felt her body flush with arousal. However, she reluctantly put her arms back down as she shamelessly watched him take his own shirt off.
“That’s better; let me take care of your sore body. I’m sure you’ll find the treatment more than acceptable.” His words dripped from his mouth like honey and Hermione wondered if he could actually make her cum with just his voice. She squirmed, trying to relieve the growing ache between her thighs, and watched as he used a nonverbal wandless spell to summon two potion bottles from another room. Now, he’s just showing off Hermione thought, though she had to admit his effortless command of such complex magic was a significant turn on. Placing the two potions on the bedside table, he first took the larger bottle and poured out an amber colored vicious substance on his hands that faintly glowed in the dim light of his bedroom. “Turn over” Snape commanded. He then straddled her back and began to softly knead her shoulders.
His touch was electrifying and she felt the warmth of the potion infusing her body. Her muscles were turning into melted butter as his hands traced over her back. However, while her muscles were relaxing, the potion seemed to be increasing the sensitivity of her skin. Each caress of his fingertips left behind the most pleasurable tingling sensation and she soon felt like her whole body was being licked by erotic tickling flames. Panting with need, Hermione felt tiny moans slip past her lips as she felt his long slender fingers nimbly trace the contour of her buttocks. Her pussy clenched in response to her overwhelming desire. Severus paused, chuckling slightly to himself at her wanton display. His cock swelled in his pants at the realization that her display was for him alone.
Snape leaned down to press his bare chest again her back and Hermione felt her core ache intensive in response to his nearness. She took an unsteady breathe in anticipation as the warm pleasure from the potion seeped into her body, setting every nerve on fire. Hermione gasped as she felt his hot breathe tickling her ear. “I’ll need to apply some potion internally” Snape murmured innocently. She nodded, unable to articulate words in her current delirious state. He summoned the other potion bottle and tapped out a small amount of thick shimmery gold liquid. She gasped as she felt his searching fingers stroking her labia before plunging inside to her depth. Hermione let out an anguished cry as his fingers ghosted her engorged button and found herself writhing under his sublime attentions. Desperate for release, she felt her whole body tense as she began rapidly approaching her peak. Hoarsely shouting nonsensical pleas she felt as if her whole body was about to orgasm. She momentarily saw stars as her pleasure crested and her climax came crashing down, pleasure reverberating throughout her whole being.
Severus ripped off his pants after giving her several moments to recovery before impaling her still convulsing pussy with his desperately hard cock. He almost came then at the intense sensation of his penis completely engulfed in her wet trembling core. He let out a guttural cry as he pounded her roughly. Hermione still trying to recover from her first orgasm was barely able to catch her breath as her second orgasm came barreling toward her.
“Harder, please” She begged as Snape sped up in response thrusting into her while each stroke increased the delicious friction against her needy clit. She cried out again as she came undone. Severus pumped into her three more times before he let out a feral groan, spurting his warm seed against her trembling walls. He collapsed next to her and Hermione grinned at him.
“That was amazing, I will let you take care of me anytime. Snape gave her a half smirk as his eyes fluttered closed, the post-orgasmic haze rapidly taking over. Hermione rolled her eyes at his rapid stupor but found that she couldn’t stop smiling. Snuggling up next to him, she too closed her eyes and let sleep once again overtake her as well.
Chapter 15: Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow
Hermione opened her eye slowly, feeling content in the warmth of Severus’ arms. She was so relaxed and at ease with him, it was hard to think that this relationship was still so new. Peeking over at his sleeping form, she watched his slow breathing. She couldn’t restrain herself from lightly tracing his pale sinewy chest, gently caressing his angry scars. His whole chest was practically covered in those deep scars but she had never seen anyone so beautiful. Each mark spoke of his bravery and his dedication to the light. Beneath that superficial damage, hid an astounding man and Hermione could scarcely believe that she had made him hers. Snape stirred at her ministrations and opened his eyes to see Hermione treating him with more care then he had ever received. He smiled at her as he took her roving hand and placed a tender kiss on her palm. “I could spend every day in your arms.” Severus said softly.
Hermione’s face lit up at his declaration as she grabbed his face for a passionate kiss. “As could I, but I admit I am getting hungry.”
“We have been quite active today.” He teased as he called Winky to order lunch. “I suspect we are on borrowed time. My trick won’t hold your friends for the whole day. Gryffindors have too much tenacity for their own good.” He smirked to himself as he recalled her determined seduction.
Hermione didn’t know what to say at the thought of leaving his chambers. She had always felt like an imposter at Hogwarts. As a muggle born witch, proving that she was deserving of the magic that others never questioned, was never far from her mind. Over the weekend, her world had contracted to just him and she was nervous about returning to the scrutiny of others. Feeling uncertain, she busied herself with her clothes while they waited for Winky to return with lunch. She didn’t want to scare him away, but if she were honest, everything about this weekend with him had surpassed her wildest dreams. The emptiness that had been threatening to consume her after the war had all but disappeared. Replaced with a growing flicker of hope and the realization that Severus Snape filled a hole in her heart that she had not even known existed.
They ate lunch in contemplative but comfortable silence, each trying to process the cataclysmic shift in their ordered lives. Had I died at the Dark Lord’s hand, I would have never known that I had not truly lived, Severus mused. He thought back on his wretched life before Hermione had so quickly pushed her way through his defense.
“You will likely need to be getting back soon. I have had the best weekend in my life.” Snape said candidly. “But…”Hermione’s face fell and she looked down at her feet. “But…” he continued as he tilted her face to meet her lips with another fiery kiss. “We have to come up with a plan to avoid attention. Professor McGonagall would have my balls next to the Hogwart’s house cup for corrupting her favorite lion cub if she were to find out about our extracurricular activities. We will have to behave normally and control ourselves. Normally I would say that I have the upper hand in such matters, given my history, but it appears that is not the case when it comes to you.”
Before Hermione could reply, her shimmery otter appeared, echoing Harry and Ron’s repeated calls.
“I am surprised we managed to stave them off this long and they haven’t broken down your door,” Snape stated matter-of-factly, though his tone betrayed a hint of disappointment at the inevitable. He sighed as he grabbed Floo power and called out for Hermione’s room. Hermione prepared herself to take her leave but was momentarily confused when Severus just stuck his head into her empty room. Leaving the Floo connection open, he quickly withdrew and looked at Hermione.
“The Floo system in Hogwart’s is still monitored despite Umbridge’s hasty departure several years ago.” Snape raised his eyebrow in amusement at Hermione as he recalled her unorthodox method of tricking the pink overgrown toad. “Not by the Ministry anymore, unless there is a specific inquiry, but suspicious activities often catch attention of the headmistress. Since I plan on retaining my manhood, I thought it best to exercise caution. The Floo network will register contact but not necessarily who initiated contact. Thus,” Snape paused to give her a little smirk, “you have contacted me because you are feeling so poorly and in need of some healing potions. Since you are my assistant, you were scared of shirking your duties just because you are sick.” His smirk widened as he strolled to his cabinet and picked up two potions. “The greasy git of the dungeon reputation does have its benefits. No one will question your fear.”
Hermione looked defiantly back at him though a smile played on her lips, “I think you are more scared of me.” She said quietly. “How easily I make you lose control.” Leaning toward him, she gently kissed his mouth and let her tongue probe for entry. Groaning, Snape passionately kissed her back, delighting in her soft body pressed against his. After several heated minutes, they broke apart. Hermione’s face was flushed in the light of the fireplace though he stood there seemingly unaffected. Only his eyes betrayed him and she flushed deeper, lost in those swirling dark pools of desire.
“Except no one will believe that I am at your mercy.” Severus drawled quietly in her ear, his deep whisper causing her pussy to contract with need.
A loud crackle from burning fireplace reminded them that she had to leave and they reluctantly pulled apart. “What are those?” Hermione asked quizzically.
“Some potions of my own invention. This one,” he held up the dark green vial, “will give you a slight fever and ill appearance but you shouldn’t feel too poorly. It’s similar to a Skiving Snackbox from Weasley’s Wheezes but not as obvious.” He gloated. “Fred and George always did lack a talent for subtlety. Then once your friends have confirmed your illness, you can take this bottle,” he held up a cloudy aquamarine blue potion, “which will have you feeling back to normal, so you wouldn’t fall behind in studying. Though you could take the NEWTs tomorrow and receive an Outstanding in all of them.” His pride at her intelligence obvious in his tone. “If anyone asks, I begrudgingly delivered via Floo my experimental healing potion because I can’t afford to have my teaching assistant ill right before mid-semester exams. Now, if you hold tight to me, when we Floo to your room, it will appear that only one person came and left your room. Keeping our dirty little secret safe.” Hermione almost missed his subtle wink at her as he grabbed her tightly in his arms.
They entered the fireplace and seconds later tumbled out in her own room with the sounds of Harry and Ron banging on her door. “Hermione, you’ve been in there all day. I know you are not feeling well but if you don’t let me in. I’m going to blast down the door. We are worried about you.”
“Give me a minute,” Hermione said exasperated. “I’m just getting dressed and I will hex you both until next week if you walk in on me naked.” She turned and grinned at Snape. “That will shut them up for at least a couple of minutes.” He looked back at her, his eyes betraying a mixture of lust and affection.
“Now kiss me my lioness before you take that first potion. I want you feeling your best so you remember the taste of me on your lips.” Lost in the pleasure of his mouth on her, Hermione could have kissed for hours but soon the pounding began again at her door. They pulled apart, panting slightly. Hermione rolled her eyes and shouted again at the door “Merlin, I’m coming out. Can’t you be patient for once? I am the one who is sick here.” She turned back to Snape and smiled coyly at him.
“You will be the death of me, Hermione.” For all of his lectures about remaining in control, he could barely restrain himself from taking her again against the wall despite Ron and Harry banging on the door. Steeling himself against temptation, he kissed her once more and then disappeared through the Floo. He collapsed haphazardly in his arm chair by the fire overwhelmed with emotions. For once, he didn’t immediately occlude his torrent of feelings but just sighed deeply as he let the memories of the weekend wash over him.
Back in her room, Hermione took a deep breath and downed the small green vial. She immediately felt the flush of fever. Hiding the vial in her drawer, she placed the other blue potion prominently on her desk. She glanced at the mirror before opening the door to confirm that she did in fact look sick and not like a witch who had been properly shagged all weekend. Of course, Snape’s potion was impeccable and she truly looked ill. Finally opening the door, she was practically barreled down by Ron and Harry.
“Hermione, we were worried. Why didn’t you let us in before?” Harry asked with concern in his voice.
“I was sick and I wanted rest. Seriously, am I not entitled to recover in my room without answering a million questions? Especially, questions about that Charms essay.”
Ron looked flustered as he tried to hide his incomplete essay behind his back. “Why didn’t you just go to Madam Pomfrey?” Ron asked.
“The usual healing potion for the stomach bug tends to make me too drowsy to study. I have so much work to do that I couldn’t risk falling asleep all day. So I asked Professor Snape for his experimental healing potion.”
“You asked that greasy git!” Ron exclaimed disgustedly. “Yes, Ron.” Hermione said not trying to hide her irritation. “I am his assistant and he can’t have me sick. He is quite talented at brewing healing potions.”
“You still look sick.” Ron muttered.
“That’s because I haven’t taken the healing potion yet. It works best if you have slept for several hours before taking it.” With that statement, Hermione grabbed the second potion and quickly swallowed it. Her fever immediately broke and a jolt of energy ran through her body. “See, all better.” She waved her hands for dramatic effect. “Now let me grab my books and I will meet you in the common room. And yes, Ron after I am done with my work, I will look over your Charm’s essay.” The boys clamored noisily downstairs and she quickly stuffed her books into her bag. She closed the door quietly behind, hiding a secret smile as she walked down the tower stairs.
Chapter 16: Just Another Day
The next morning, Hermione found herself still in bed long after the sun had risen, lost in thought. “It almost seems like a dream” she mused as she recalled the eventful weekend. However, the mild soreness in her nether regions and the numerous love bites on her neck that had sprung up overnight confirmed that it had really happened. She had actually had sex with Professor Severus Snape…multiple times. She felt as if her face was going to break from the width of her smile at the memories. Her pussy tingled with excitement as she thought back to his skilled hands and mouth. She had never had a lot of chemistry with Ron but it wasn’t until she had kissed Snape that she had realized how pleasurable touching another person could really be. She was addicted. How was she going to act normal around him when all she was able to think about was his cock pulsing deep inside of her?
“Merlin, Hermione” she groaned loudly to herself. “Get it together. Severus,” she paused and then corrected herself, “no Professor Snape stressed the importance of behaving as if nothing had changed. So you have to stop obsessing over him.” Sighing loudly out of frustration at her inability to think of anything else, Hermione dragged her body slowly out from under the covers. She headed to the shower and closed her eyes again as the cool water washed over her body, trying desperately to regain her composure. She was already running late but if she skipped a real breakfast and just grabbed some toast, she could still make it on time to her first class. Luckily, she remembered to cast a glamour over the evidence of Snape’s lustful attention on her neck as she threw on her robes and then ran rapidly down the tower stairs
Severus paced in his classroom, unable to quell his nervous energy. He was anxious to see Hermione, though he knew their interaction would be sorely limited during 7th year potions this afternoon. However, he couldn’t deny the tiny flutter in his heart as he anticipated her presence. The morning had been practically unbearable.
Despite Professor Slughorn coming back yet again from his retirement to teach first year potions as well as the less advanced second and third year potion classes and “assist” in rebuilding Slytherin’s house reputation, he seemed to be surrounded by the most blithering idiots as students. He pinched the bridge of his nose with annoyance as he mentally reviewed the fiasco this morning.
Tommy had almost turned the entire class into slugs with his inattention to instructions. Had he added the flaxseed to his boiling Girding potion as he had been attempting to do before Snape had ripped the vial from his hands, the resultant sparks would have instantly turned anyone they touched into bulbous bright yellow slugs. Since that particular antidote normally took over 36 hours to brew, he was sure to have been beset upon by a hoard of angry parents demanding his head for allowing their precious child to become a slimy gastropod. He huffed in vexation. Everyone always complained how nasty and mean he was to the students. While admittedly there had been times when he had gone too far especially when he was consumed with keeping Voldemort at bay (he inwardly cringed as he recalled the incident with Neville’s toad), nothing else seemed to impress upon the students the inherent danger of potions. Recklessness and inattention resulted in serious injuries. It was more important that they fear him and listen then like him and get hurt. He had not had a student death but several years prior to his tenure there had been a tragic incident with a 4th year boy who while trying to impress his friends had purposely added the wrong ingredients. The subsequent explosion had instantly killed the boy and badly maimed two of his friends. It was in all probability one of the main reasons that Horace Slughorn had decided to retire sooner then expected. As much as his students annoyed him, Snape didn’t want them dead or maimed.
Realizing that his next class was not for another 30 minutes, he reluctantly sat down and grabbed some papers to mark. However, his mind quickly wandered back to this morning. He had woken up feeling as though something was missing and he been shocked to realize how easily he had grown accustomed to Hermione’s presence in his bed. It had only been the weekend but waking up without her curls in his face and her warm body pressed against him felt wrong. He had plowed through his morning routine but his morning erection had not waned as it normally did. During his shower, he couldn’t help but imagine Hermione there with him, in a multitude of indecent positions. Her wet curls hanging loosely as her hands lathered her creamy breasts. The water streaming down her back over her delectable tight ass as he pounded her from behind. He soon found himself with his throbbing cock in his hands, desperately stroking the length, as he imagined her shuddering in orgasm while he fucked her against the wall. He had let out a hoarse cry as he spilled his semen on the shower floor, fantasying that it was Hermione’s mouth instead that had received his load. His member twitched beneath his robes at his vivid recollections, snapping him out of his revelry. His next class was starting soon and it would be impossible to teach the dunderheads if he couldn’t leave his desk due to massive erection. He aggressively marked the student’s essay, red ink slashes covering the page, as he attempted to dispel his sexual frustration.
Hermione immersed herself in transfiguration as her morning too dragged on. Unlike Harry and Ron, she had quickly perfected the transfiguration of the plain linen sheet to a sparkling pink dress. Admittedly, the steps were quite complicated and usually even with the best spell casters would only last several hours, but she thought it would be useful for short term changes in clothing. She sat back and watched the rest of the class as they struggled to complete the assignment. Harry had managed to transform his sheet into a pair of misshapen pants but a least his sheet resembled clothing. Ron was irritably waving his wand around trying to change his sheet but had accomplished little more than covering it with purple polka dots. Seamus had managed a successful transfiguration. However, his technique had also managed to shrink it so it would only fit a doll. Neville hadn’t accomplished much more than to wrinkle his sheet as he looked dejectedly at book again trying to figure out his mistake.
“All right, that’s enough for today. Good work, Hermione, as always.” Professor McGonagall smiled at her as Hermione ducked her head slightly, not wanting to appear to be gloating over her classmates. “As for the rest of you,” her tone firm as she looked over the poor attempts laying haphazardly on their desks. “I want you to practice the wand movements before you next class. Please read chapter 15 in Advanced Transfiguration regarding the five exceptions to Gamp's Law of Elemental Transfiguration and summarize how this relates to clothing transfiguration in a two foot essay.” A collective low groan went up from the class as they shuffled out the door.
“Merlin’s balls!” Ron complained loudly as he walked with Harry, Neville and Hermione to lunch. “I don’t see why we need to learn that anyway since it doesn’t last very long.” Hermione bit her tongue as Neville and Harry joined in commiseration. It didn’t matter what she told them, they would still see any activity outside of battling dark wizards as a waste of time. Harry and Ron continued to whine as they walked speedily to lunch, not noticing as Neville and Hermione fell behind.
“So what do you think of being a teaching assistant for Professor Sprout?” Hermione asked Neville.
“I except it’s much different than your experience.” He replied.
Hermione snorted as an unwanted picture of Neville and Professor Sprout fucking in the greenhouse next to mandrakes and self-fertilizing shrubs appeared in her head.
“I mean,” Neville continued, slightly anxious that he had offended Hermione. “I suspect Professor Snape is rather strict, that’s all. Professor Sprout is really good at letting me take the lead if she thinks I can do it and I’m learning about taking care of all sorts of cool plants that most people only learn about if they are taking a Mastery.”
“Are you thinking of obtaining a Mastery in Herbology? You would be rather brilliant at it.”
Neville grinned. “I am actually. I really enjoy the subject and it’s something that comes naturally to me. I could see myself doing it as a career. What about you? I am assuming you are going for a Mastery but which subject? You excel in everything.”
Hermione smiled and recalled her earlier conversation with Professor Snape. “I think I am going to try for a double Mastery, Potions and Transfiguration.”
“Blimey, Hermione. That will be intense, though if anyone could do it, you could.”
“Could do what?” Ron glanced at Neville as he sat down at the table.
“I’m considering doing a double Mastery in Potions and Transfiguration.” Hermione replied causally.
Ron’s mouth gaped at her as she sat down without further comment and began serving herself some sausages and beans.
“That would take years, Hermione. Think of all the extra time in school and the apprenticeships. You’ll never have any time for fun.”
She smirked back at Ron as she continued to eat. “Maybe I just have a different view on what constitutes fun, that’s all. I think I would have a great deal of fun learning all those advanced techniques, especially with the right mentor.” She inwardly laughed as she visualized all the “new techniques” she had learned from Snape over the weekend. Discreetly, Hermione glanced at the head table as Ron and Harry began talking about the training program for Aurors. Professor Snape sat rigidly as always, ignoring the chatter of his colleagues around him. However, as their eyes met for a moment, his raven eyes divulged his volatile passion for her and her entire body flushed in response.
“Are you still feeling poorly, Hermione?” Neville asked with concern. “You look like you have a fever.”
“Oh, I am feeling better but maybe I am still recovering.” Hermione replied feeling flustered. Neville frowned at his lunch with concern.
“I think you should go see Madam Pomfrey. She’ll fix you up right as rain.”
“You still feeling sick, Hermione? Harry inquired.
“Maybe just a little.”
“I knew you shouldn’t have taken anything that greasy bat made for you. He probably made you sick on purpose.” Ron chimed in, his mouth full of sausage.
“Ronald Weasley, you know that isn’t true. He is one of the reasons we sit here today and you should treat him with the respect he deserves.”
“He is still a giant arse regardless.” Ron grumbled beneath his breath, though he resumed eating, letting the subject drop.
Hermione was relieved as Luna plopped down next to Ginny asking about the Divination homework. Soon her friends were involved in a fiery debate regarding Harry and Ron’s Auror aspirations and the Rotfang Conspiracy with Luna. Professor Snape’s aid to Hermione while she was sick was all but forgotten. She spent the rest of her lunch daydreaming about future rendezvous with Severus while occasionally injecting wisdom regarding gum health into the debate.
“Luna, listen to Hermione. Gum disease is fairly easy to combat with proper tooth brushing, so even in combination with dark magic, it is unlikely to be able to bring down the ministry. If the Aurors truly wanted to take over the ministry, don’t you think they would come up with a rather more sinister plan?” Ron said as he frowned unable to hide his irritation at the ridiculous conversation. Ginny just laughed at his brother’s annoyance.
“Ron mate, just let it go.”
“Luna,” Harry said. “I promise if we become Aurors, we will work to bring down the Rotfang Conspiracy if it exists from within.” Harry caught Ginny’s eyes, amusement shining within them, and he discreetly gave her thigh a squeeze.
“Come on you guys, let’s finish lunch already. We’re going to be late to Potions if we don’t leave soon,” Hermione said as her pulse raced thinking about the impending closeness of Professor Snape.
“Hermione, you seem different,” Luna proclaimed, appearing puzzled as she stared deeply at the Gryffindor. “Ah, I see, your aura has changed.”
Hermione nervously held her breath as she waited to see what else Luna would say. Luna might believe in ridiculous creatures and conspiracies but she displayed an uncanny intuition sometimes. However, she just smiled knowingly at Hermione before drifting off to talk to a couple of Ravenclaws.
“Your aura,” snorted Ron. “Loony Lovegood is always good for a laugh.”
Ginny glared at her older brother. “You know, she doesn’t like that nickname. Just because she’s a little different doesn’t mean you should make fun of her. She’s really nice and our friend.”
“You make fun of me all the time.” Ron countered. “Just last night, you were going on about how my dress robes made me look like Aunt Muriel.”
Ginny grinned back at him. “That’s because you’re my brother and it’s my right as a sister to provide you with constructive criticism.”
“Alright, let’s go before we really are late” Harry said, eager to break up the impending fight between his best mate and girlfriend.
“Double potions.” Ron groaned as they made their way toward the dungeons. “This afternoon’s going to be torture.”
Hermione silently agreed with Ron, though she would be tortured in a whole different way.
Chapter 17: Double Potions
Hermione kept her head down as she attempted to calmly walk to her desk, ignoring the gush of wetness in her panties as she passed by Professor Snape. Her head swam as she inhaled his heady scent of sandalwood mixed with the various smells of currently brewing potions in the classroom. As she arranged her cauldron and notes, she tried to contain her heart, which stuttered anxiously in her chest. She vividly recalled last night, his particular fragrance enveloping her as he ground his erection against her back, teasing her. He, however, seemed unaffected by her presence as he lectured the 7th years about the proper brewing technique for Draught of Living Death.
Hermione tried to pay attention but her thoughts kept drifting back to their intimacy. Despite his unexpected confessions, she still didn’t understand this man. He could be so passionate, but seemed to have spent his whole life hiding under a cloak of anger. He pushed everyone away. During the years he served as an active spy for Dumbledore, it made some sort of sense to avoid jeopardizing his precarious position. However, this year, there had been no change in his demeanor and she doubted that anyone else would have had the persistence and sheer will to worm their way under his shell.
His hidden ardor was unlike anything she had ever seen, which was amazing to her, as she was well aware that he had only loosened his tight control. She wondered if she would ever see him completely unguarded; if he would ever trust her enough to let go of all of his defenses. At the beginning of the school year, she would have said he was an uncaring, spiteful man who had no desire for the company of others. But now, she knew the secret fire that he kept bottled up inside. Was he afraid of rejection given his past experiences or did he just believe as many abuse victims do, that he was truly unworthy of love? Did he really think that if he drove everyone away and struck them harder first that this afforded his heart the protection it craved? She tried to imagine herself, completely shunning the interactions of others, and her heart ached for him.
Hermione dutifully took notes for the rest of class as he reviewed the instructions in detail. The Draught of Living Death was one of the most complicated potions they would need to know how to brew for the NEWTs, a fact which he consistently harped about to them. Luckily, Hermione had already reviewed the instructions prior to starting her teaching assistant position in a failed attempt to calm her nerves, so she didn’t have the same frantic note taking as the rest of her classmates. It allowed her to watch him closely as she copied the instructions, looking for any changes in his carefully constructed persona.
Halfway through the class, she realized that though he was observing everyone, he avoided catching her eyes directly. Even as he handed back the previous essays detailing the Ministry of Magic’s rules and regulations on administration of Amortentia, he didn’t quite meet her eyes. She grabbed her essay from his hands, expecting the same feigned indifference and almost gasped as his finger caressed her hand briefly. His touch sent a shiver up her spine and her pussy clenched with need. He continued handing out the essays as if nothing had happened, leaving Hermione squirming in her seat, desperate for friction against her swollen clit.
“I want all of the ingredients prepped for tomorrow so we can start brewing right away. Gather the supplies from the storeroom.” Hermione took a few seconds to compose herself before stepping to the back of the line waiting at the storeroom. “Get a move on, for the students who fail to complete the necessary steps,” Snape paused menacingly, “will be completing it in detention.” With that statement, there was a collective murmur of dismay as students rushed to their stations with their arms full of the needed components.
“Miss Granger,” he murmured seductively, his lips grazing her ear as he spoke. “You seem to be the only one still lingering. You don’t want to end up serving a detention with me.” Professor Snape stood with his back to the storeroom door, his flowing robes blocking her completely from view. The 7th years outside remained completely unaware as they busied themselves finely chopping their Asphodel root.
Hermione trembled with anticipation in response to his nearness, inwardly struggling to maintain control. He continued to hover over her as she looked for lacewings, his quiet exhalations warming her ear, as he discreetly rubbed his covered erection against her backside. Trying to remember to keep breathing, she moved back into him and ground her ass slowly back into his throbbing cock.
“You will be the death of me, Miss Granger. It appears I am overcome with desire in your presence.” He whispered as his hand slipped under her robes and skirt to trail a finger over her now sodden panties. A faint moan escaped her lips and Snape’s other hand quickly covered her mouth. “Discretion, Miss Granger”. His sexy baritone voice went straight to her core as he nipped at her neck. The feel of her hot body against his was thrilling. He gritted his teeth struggling to remember their need for secrecy as he withdrew his fingers slick with her juices. It took all of his willpower to contain his urge to just fuck her hard against the storeroom wall until she was screaming his name. Their eyes met and for just a second Hermione gained access to Snape’s unguarded conscious which revealed both his primal need for her and his desperate battle to not lose control.
They continued to stare at each other, both breathing erratically, for what seemed like forever before Professor Snape regained his senses. Stepping back from her, he purposely knocked over a small vial of powdered Erumpent horn. The resulting explosion was small but served his purpose. “Miss Granger, can you not handle a simple task.” Snape said loudly in his normal biting manner. “Clean this mess up and I will be seeing you for detention tonight.” Hermione simply gaped at him as he flicked his wand to vanish the mess. He mouthed “wait 5 minutes before coming out” with a devious smirk and then strode out angrily out of the storeroom.
Hermione was glad she had time to compose herself before she had to face the rest of the students. It would not do to draw unnecessary attention, which she was sure to do if she came out of the storeroom looking crazed with lust. She took slow breaths to refocus as she grabbed the needed lacewings. She concentrated on reciting the instructions for the Draught of Living Death as the rest of the time ticked by. In command once more, Hermione took her tray of ingredients to her station and began chopping her Asphodel root.
Snape had returned once more to his desk and tried to mark papers as he chastised himself. He had never let his emotions overrule his common sense and logic in the past. He would have never survived the war if he had. However, he had been but a millimeter away from taking Hermione in the storeroom despite the dozen students outside the door. Snape had assumed that finally giving into temptation over the weekend would have lessened his need for her, not compound it. He needed to be more careful. He wasn’t sure if having more of Hermione would slack his insatiable need but he was quickly realizing that he couldn’t survive without her.
They were both relieved when double potions finally came to an end. Luckily, everyone had managed to finish the ingredient preparation so only Hermione had a detention tonight. “Miss Granger, I expect to see you at 7 pm tonight.” Snape said as she cleaned up her station. She nodded, not trusting her voice for fear it would betray her true thoughts. Hurriedly, she went to catch up with Ron and Harry as the last students exited the class. Snape waved his wand at the door, locking it and then collapsed back in his chair. How was he going to last a week without the whole castle figuring it out, let alone months before she graduated Hogwarts.
Hermione was on edge the rest of the day. Her sexual tension was overwhelming. She felt as if flames of desire were licking at her nerves, rapidly threatening to consume her. She snapped at the slightest provocation and it didn’t take long until Harry and Ron figured out that today was a good day to keep their distance. However, they attributed it her upcoming detention and would never have guessed that it was really sexual frustration at its finest.
“Merlin’s beard you are in a mood today, Hermione.” Malfoy said as they met before dinner to review their nightly Head girl and boy duties. “It’s just a detention, not the end of the world.”
Hermione rolled her eyes as she replied. “I guess I don’t view detentions quite a frivolously as you do, Malfoy.”
“I can try to talk to him if you want. I know he’s been a bit unreasonable lately, even for Snape.”
Hermione smiled despite herself at his offer. Who would have ever imagined that Malfoy would turn out to be so nice after the war? There was no trace of his former cocky attitude or sense of superiority he used to lord over everyone. His family had barely escaped Azkaban and the torture he had experienced under Voldemort had definitely changed him. It had been unexpected.
When she was made Head girl and found out that Draco Malfoy would be Head boy, she had resigned herself to dealing with snide comments and attempts to undermine her. However, after their first meeting, it was obvious that he was different. He had suffered greatly following the path his father had chosen for him. He never talked about the war but there was a new sadness and introspection in his gray eyes. He was finally his own man, having rejected the preconceived pureblood ideology forced upon him since birth. Little by little, as they interacted daily as Head boy and girl, they had become something like friends. Hermione had been surprised to discover underneath all that bluster was an intelligent thoughtful wizard.
“Thanks but I can handle him.”
“You Gryffindors, always go in wands blazing.” Malfoy teased. “You need to adapt some of the Slytherin finesse.”
Hermione just shook her head smiling as she reviewed this month’s prefect rounds.
“Finally, Hermione.” Harry’s voice startled Hermione out of revelry as she walked to the Great Hall after her meeting. “Come on; let’s grab dinner before your detention tonight. You’ll never believe the news.” The whole table seemed to be buzzing with talk as she and Harry sat down next to Ron.
“Did you tell her yet?” Ron asked with his mouth full of potatoes.
“Ron, are you ever going to learn some manners. No one wants to see you masticating your food.” Hermione said irritably.
Ron huffed in annoyance but closed his mouth and swallowed quickly. “Professor Hooch and Sprout are getting it on!”
“What are you talking about? Hermione answered with obvious confusion.
“Seamus tried to sneak into the Quidditch supply closet, wanted to nick the snitch and then he realized that someone was already in there. When he looked in the window, he saw Professor Hooch eating out Sprout on the table. Apparently Professor Sprout was completely naked playing with her tits with Hooch’s face buried in her pussy. I think I would have nightmares for weeks.”
Hermione just gave a prim look at Ron. “Why is everyone so shocked that they have a sex life? They are consenting adults and entitled to happiness just like the rest of us.”
“But, it’s gross.” Ron whined.
“Just because you have sexual capacity of a teaspoon doesn’t mean that others aren’t passionate.” She retorted.
“Certainly not you. The only things you are passionate about are dusty old books.”
“Maybe you just didn’t give me anything to get excited about.” Hermione said sharply.
“Just drop it you two. Can we just agree that it is interesting gossip without getting into a fight about your sexual prowess.”
Ron nodded glumly. Hermione just sighed and began picking at her dinner, trying to ignore the growing excitement as the time ticked by, marching toward her impending detention with Professor Snape.
Chapter 18: Detention
Hermione stood outside Professor Snape’s classroom and looked nervously around. After ensuring that the dungeon was in fact devoid of students and teachers, she whispered “Reducio” and flicked her wand quickly at her uniform. Her skirt shortened quite considerably and now barely covered her white panty clad ass. The cool dungeon air nipped at her private region and she shivered slightly as she proceeded to unbutton the first three buttons of her cardigan to reveal more than a hint of her cleavage. She knocked loudly on the door, and then waited.
“Enter.” Snape barked. Hermione stepped through the door, worrying her lower lip. Would he like her wardrobe changes or was it a bit too cliché for his taste. Snape was marking papers and waited until the door was closed to look up. He immediately steeled himself as he turned his attention to her to prevent from jumping her where she stood. Gods she was unbelievable sexy he thought and he felt himself begin to harden as his eyes feasted on the beautiful creature in front of him.
“Miss Granger,” he drawled in a low voice. “Your uniform appears to have shrunk.” He stood up from the desk and walked over to the door where she remained, awaiting his appraisal. A hint of a smirk graced his features as he inspected her. His fingertips traced up her leg slowly until he reached her skirt and he gathered the fabric in his hand. He bent down toward her until his hot breath tickled her ear. “This uniform is definitely not regulation. You’re a very naughty witch indeed and naughty witches need to be punished.” She trembled at his words as a delicious twinge of anticipation traversed her spine. His hand ghosted her now wet panties and she arched forward, trying to quench her growing need. However, instead of giving her the contact she craved, he straightened back up and walked back, leaning against his desk, leaving Hermione temporarily perplexed.
Snape pointed his wand at the door and uttered a silencing spell in addition to several locking wards. He then focused on Hermione and smirked. “Strip.” He demanded harshly, his dark eyes betraying his primal hunger as they roamed over her body.
Hermione slowly moved to the center of the classroom, desire coursing through her body. Silently, she turned to face him and began to slowly unbutton her cardigan. Snape inhaled sharply as her lacy white bra came into view, highlighting the swells of her breasts. Letting the cardigan slip from her fingers onto the floor, she unzipped her skirt and stepped deftly out of it. She unhooked her bra and Snape moaned under his breath as her nipples pebbled in the chilly air of the dungeon. She then reclined against a nearby desk and spread her legs, revealing her moist panties clinging to her inner lips. Hermione sent him a smoldering glance as she ran her fingers teasingly over her covered mound and then removed her underwear.
Standing in front of him, completely bare while he remained dressed, sent a fiery pulse of heat through her body. She felt completely wicked under his scrutinizing gaze as her moisture began to seep down her thighs. She shifted slightly, rubbing her thighs together as Snape continued to stare at her while palming his throbbing erection through his trousers.
After several agonizing minutes, he advanced toward her. “My Miss Granger, you are a dirty girl. Naked in front of your professor.” He slipped one finger inside her slick folds and he let out a mock gasp of surprise. “Filthy girl, you like being on display for me. I believe a punishment is in order.” He gave her an evil grin as his licked her nectar off his finger. He guided her to his desk and pushed her down so she was bent over the desk, her succulent ass on display.
“Count for me. I think 10 should be enough.” Hermione nodded meekly, trying desperately to remain still and not hump his desk. The ache in her core was all consuming. His hand slapped her ass.
“One, sir.” Hermione moaned. He struck again, this time her other cheek and Hermione fought to continue breathing as the burning tingle spread to her clit. “Two, sir.” Several more blows reigned down, hard enough to sting. Hermione would have never imagined that she would enjoy spanking but with each slap, the tension in her pelvis increased. “Please sir, I need you inside me. I need to cum.”
“Count, witch.” Snape growled trying to refrain from fucking her immediately. “You will get more than enough pleasure tonight, but not until you complete your punishment.”
“Eight, sir.” Hermione managed to gasp out. He rubbed her rosy cheeks with one hand as he unbuttoned his trousers with the other, sighing quietly in relief as his hard cock was freed from its prison. He continued to massage her bottom as his other hand cupped her drenched pussy. Letting out a whimper, Hermione pushed against her hand, desperate for any source of friction. His agile fingertips teased her nub as he continued to spank her.
“Nine, sir.” He could sense she was on the edge already, her panting becoming more frantic. “Ten, sir.” He continued to tease her clit with his one hand as he slipped a finger from his other hand into her sopping cunt. Pumping his finger so he stimulated her, he quickly brought her to the brink. Withdrawing his finger, he smirked at the pleading noise that left Hermione’s lips.
“Such a naughty witch.” Snape murmured as he inserted his now well lubricated finger into her ass. Hermione bucked in response, overwhelmed with the dual sensation.
“Professor, please, I’m so close.” He increased his speed in response, lightly rolling her clit with one finger as he buried two fingers back into her greedy pussy and continued his invasion of her virgin asshole with his other hand. Hermione tensed and cried out loudly as the climax broke over her. Her pussy convulsing in orgasm.
“Good girls don’t cum all over their professor’s hand.” He whispered in her ear as she came down from her high.
“Maybe, I’m not a good girl.” She said as she looked over her shoulder at him, her eyes burning with lust. Unable to control himself any longer, he impaled her with his cock.
“Yes, oh Merlin you feel so good.” He groaned deeply as he began to thrust into her hot dripping pussy. Her walls still trembling with aftershocks drew him further inside her, gripping his cock tightly. Hermione braced herself against the desk as he continued to pound mercilessly into her, drawing out sobs of pleasure from her chest. Her taut nipples rubbing against the wooden desk as he fucked her, adding to her sensory overload.
Snape found himself for the first time letting go completely, his mind focused only on chasing his orgasm from this beautiful witch whimpering with desire beneath him. He panted heavily as drops of sweat trickled down his face. His balls tightened at the approaching release. Light shimmered behind his eyelids and then his carnal need broke. He came undone, spurting violently inside her just as Hermione tensed and then screamed as another wave of pleasure consumed her as well.
Several minutes later, they found themselves tangled together on the floor. Snape having collapsed to the floor in exhaustion after such an explosive orgasm and Hermione had quickly followed. They lay with their limbs tangled just catching their breath for a while. Snape keenly aware of her soft warm body pressed against his. After some time, he turned to face her, wiping the sheen of sweat off her face with his lips upturned in a small smile.
“It seems that I have worn you out, my lioness.” Her bright brown eyes shone with delight and she wrapped her arms around him.
“I think you might be a tiny bit tired too” she teased. He grunted in response, not willing to admit that she had definitely wore him out.
“It is always like this? I mean, how do people get things done when sex is this good?”
Snape actually chuckled softly. “Always interested in learning more aren’t you. No, sex is most certainly NOT always like this. At least not for me.” He paused as a feeling of wistfulness sweep over him. “Sex was just a means to scratch a physical itch. Afterward, I felt relief but never true satisfaction. When I was a Death Eater, there was no shortage of women. It made me feel powerful to be able to control their pleasure and have them pleading to me, the greasy scrawny runt, for their orgasm. I really didn’t care if they came or not, it just stroked my ego and gave me back a small piece of badly needed control. I wanted them to need me, to want me more than I could ever want them. I never let go of that control, never really just enjoyed sex and enjoyed being with someone. I was already completely powerless in the rest of my life struggling under the weight of my two masters.”
Snape paused again, worried that his confession would push her away, but her eyes held no reproach so after a moment he continued. “Now it’s not just about my pleasure but yours. Even tonight, it wasn’t really about domination to maintain control. It was about losing control. Losing myself in you.”
Hermione’s bright smile caused his heart to expand in his chest. “I know, what we have is extraordinary. It’s like a positive feedback loop. The more pleasure I give you, the more pleasure it gives me and the more pleasure you give me. It’s amazing we haven’t short circuited yet.”
Snape stifled at laugh at her statement. “Only you would use a muggle science term to describe our sexual relations”
Hermione huffed in response though after a second she couldn’t help but chuckle at herself. “I know, even my pillow talk sounds pretentious.”
“You are not pretentious. You are incredibly intelligent and anyone who reacts negatively to your knowledge is just jealous. You are so far above your peers; I don’t know how you stand associating with them.”
Hermione couldn’t help but bask a little in the recognition that she had always craved from her brilliant professor before replying. “It is so different being with someone who appreciates my cleverness. I don’t feel like I have to dumb myself down.”
Snape frowned slightly. “You should never let others extinguish your light. Don’t change for other’s account. I should know, I let others dictate my course and I have spent years regretting my folly. I would probably still be the bitter potion’s master who delighted in cutting others down due to envy if it wasn’t for you. You remind me of what I could have been.”
She took his hands in hers as she stared intently in his eyes. “Severus Snape. You are full of light and love. It was just hidden under darkness and needed some encouragement to come out.” She leaned in and placed a sweet soft kiss on his lips and his heart melted just a little. “I suppose I can’t stay the night with you.” Hermione asked him, looking hopeful.
“I would like nothing better. However, at this rate, the secret will be out by the end of the week.” She was disappointed but understood. Snape gave her a small smirk. “I am rather fond of my balls.” He said dryly. “Don’t worry; I will work out a way so we can spend plenty of time together. I have several potions that need to be made that require almost constant supervision for 24 hours which would necessitate your assistance during some all-nighters in the potion lab.”
“I would love to spend as much time as I can with you, even just making potions.”
Her answer was met with a devious grin from Snape. “You misunderstand, that will be our excuse. I can prepare them beforehand but not distribute the potions until after our nights together. I will want to give you my full attention.”
His smooth baritone voice caused shivers of anticipation to ripple through her mind imagined just what he would do to her with his full attention.
“I imagine you will have quite some trouble in my lessons, if merely my voice causes such a dramatic reaction.”
Hermione bit her lower lip as the dampness began to accumulate again in her core. Severus lazily grazed his fingertips along her bare skin until they stopped at the swell of her hips. Her breathing hitched as he slowly traced his fingers in circles tantalizing close to her slick folds.
“You’re a needy little minx.” He teased and she shuddered involuntary as his hot breath tickled her ear. He slowly dipped two of his fingers in her pussy. Severus’ pupils dilated with lust at the sight of his fingers reemerging sparkling with her juices. Giving her a seductive grin, he proceeded to spread her nectar on her trembling mouth. His tongue darted out to taste her lips, circling the margins to enjoy her unique flavor before plunging into her awaiting mouth. Nipping lightly on her abused lower lip, he then began trailing his kisses lower. Hermione let out a low whimper in anticipation in response. Severus sucked and nipped his way down to her breasts, leaving a line of marks claiming her. After sucking hard at each breast, causing the nipples to jut out obscenely, he roughly gripped her hips and hoisted her back on to the desk facing him. His smoldering dark eyes roamed over her naked body causing Hermione to flush before forcing her thighs apart and burying his face in her cunt.
His tongue lapped eagerly at her folds. His hands moved down to her ass pulling her closer to his hungry mouth. Hermione moaned and found her hands tangled in his black hair, desperate for relief.
“Oh gods!” She cried in an anguished voice, her nails digging into his scalp with frenzied need. She squirmed, arching her back to increase the delicious friction on her clit. Severus continued his relentless assault on her pussy, swirling his tongue around her hardened throbbing nub until she thought she was going to go mad with pleasure. Luckily his hands on her ass kept her from falling off the desk since she was unable to stop her hips from bucking wildly. Hermione’s breath was coming in short pants as core tightened and her body began to tremble. A sob burst forth as the rapture reached its peak and then she fell off the edge, jerking as her orgasm swept through her body.
Hermione collapsed boneless on the desk, breathing heavily as her pussy continued to spasm. It was several minutes before she blissfully opened her eyes and raised herself on her elbows. She was greeted with the image of Severus standing in front of her, wanking furiously with low moans of pleasure escaping from him.
“You are a sight to behold when you come undone.” Severus gasped as he continued to rapidly fist his cock. Hermione gave him a devilish grin.
“I think the sight in front of me is quite appealing as well, watching you stroke that magnificent cock of yours. She licked her lips lavishly and he let out a feral groan in response. “Oh fuck, oh yes Hermione.” He shuddered as he exploded, shooting jets of pearly liquid over her marked breasts and stomach. He then collapsed on his knees feeling completely drained. Hermione smirked at him as she scooped up some of his cum with her fingers off her chest and then tasted her fingers.
Severus hissed in response to her wanton action. “You are the sexiest witch I have ever known, Hermione. Merlin knows my cock is trying yet again to rise to the occasion.”
“After all these years, who would have known that all it would take is a couple of mind blowing orgasms to cause you to heap on the compliments.” She teased.
“You are an amazing talented witch. I always thought so though I admit I have never been quite so free with my compliments.”
Hermione reached for him and Severus slowly got up and joined her on his desk. “Thank you. I hope you know that I care for you.” Taking her face in his hands, he tenderly kissed her.
“I care for you too.” He said in a barely audible murmur. Hermione heart beat erratically as she looked into his eyes and for a brief moment in time, could see past his shields before he tensed up, recognizing his vulnerability.
“You should go. We don’t want to try any attention and it’s getting close to curfew.” Snape said gruffly, feeling embarrassed at his display.
Hermione just gave him a knowing smile and they got dressed quickly. She could hardly contain her excitement and wanted to yell at the top of the astronomy tower that Severus Snape, the most intelligent passionate wizard, cared for her. She had always known that someone like Snape with his legendary discipline would never start any sort of relationship, especially with a student (albeit honorary 8th year), unless he had strong feelings. However, to hear him say it and let down his walls for just a second made her heart soar. She kissed him gently on lips. “I’ll see you tomorrow Severus.”
“Sweet dreams, my lioness.” He replied quietly before shutting the classroom door. Merlin, Snape thought as a milieu of emotions flooded through him. I am in over my head.
Chapter 19: Complications
Sorry it has been so long since I last posted. Life got in the way but I am finally back. I have the rest of the story mapped out so don't worry the story will get finished
The nights grew colder as winter closed in, though Hermione barely noticed, consumed with the happy warmth growing in her heart. It took considerable effort on both their parts to appear antagonistic toward each other in public, when the truth was they could hardly contain the desire to shag furiously at every encounter. However, their insatiable needs were better corralled now that they were spending at least 4 nights a week in each other’s arms. Hermione relished waking up in the morning beside him. She always slept better in his bed, as did he with her there. They each pretended that it was from all of their vigorous bedtime activities but deep down, they knew that it wasn’t that simple. Hermione felt safe with him. She wasn’t overcome with the need to check her wards for the umpteen time as she did in her own room. Instead of laying for hours under the blankets, with her heart beating nervously in her chest at every errant sound, she was able to just close her eyes. Drifting to sleep as his warm body and distinctive sandalwood scent enveloped her, she was content.
Severus too felt happy, there was no other way to describe it. It was a feeling that he had not experienced in quite some time. With his arms wrapped around this petite witch, he was accepted. It took every piece of his legendary self control, to slip back on his mask when outside the privacy of his chambers, and insult her in front of her classmates with his previous venom. Hermione had reassured him multiple times that she knew he didn’t really mean the nasty comments and barbs that he threw her way. Nonetheless, Snape was worried it would only be a matter of time before he drove her away with his angry words, like he had driven Lily away. He had taken to looking into her eyes for just a split second after every scene they played out for the public. Desperately looking for forgiveness while bracing for her rejection. Hermione understood his anxiety but never mentioned it with him. She just always ensured that while her eyes gave away nothing, thoughts of them together were always at the forefront of her mind. Allowing him to wordlessly slip into her mind and soothe his fears.
Hermione did her best to appear contrite when Professor Snape barked orders at her or belittled her work. She couldn’t meet those fiery black eyes with her own for more than the split second needed to quell his inner demons out of concern for giving them away. She knew that while their relationship wasn’t strictly forbidden, it would not be wise at all to give any hint of indiscretion while she was still at Hogwarts. Thus, it was imperative that they keep up the act of mutual dislike. Her friends only seemed to complicate the issue. Harry and Ginny were fairly distracted with their own lust and easily redirected when they questioned Snape’s treatment. Ron frequently insulted Professor Snape, but he was all talk and no action. Hermione would just have to nod and occasionally interject her own complaint and Ron would walk away feeling like he had solved the problem. Unfortunately Neville was harder to distract. He often looked sympathetically at her when she was being ordered around and had on more than one occasion suggested she talk to Professor McGonagall about Snape's behavior. Neville had become annoyingly concerned about the extensive amount of “work”, Hermione was being being ordered to complete. Hermione kept trying to insist that she enjoyed the challenge but she was becoming increasing apprehensive that Neville would stir up trouble. She would need to mention this to Severus.
Snape found himself in a drowsy haze as he patrolled the halls for miscreants. He had been up too late again in the lab. Hermione had suggested that she could help during his next 24 hour potion brewing but he refused. He could think of much better things that she could do when they were alone together than helping with the potions. He was used to little sleep during the wizarding war, a consequence of pretending to serve two masters. At least this time, he was doing it for something enjoyable. Doing it for someone he cared for, someone who seemingly against all reason cared for him too. He practically stumbled over a suit of armor on his way back to the dungeon and he was glad no student had been witness to such a clumsy display. He really did need to get a little sleep tonight.
Hermione was reading his latest potions journal by the fire when Severus finally returned to his chambers. Sitting on the floor with her back against the sofa, she looked delectable in the firelight.
“You look exhausted. Come sit with me.”
Severus captured her mouth in a kiss before removing his outer robes and shoes and settling comfortably next to her.
“I see you have made yourself at home.” Severus teased. “I haven’t even started reading that journal yet.”
“It has an interesting article on the ethics of using Veritaserum, let me read it to you,” Hermione replied smiling at him, completely nonplussed that she was reading his newest journal.
Severus repositioned himself and lay on the bearskin rug with his head on her lap. “This is a much better way to enjoy the potions articles anyway. With my head resting on your warm cunt.”
Hermione let out a bemused laugh. “You’re so tired, you can’t even walk straight but you’re still thinking about sex.”
“How can I not with such a beautiful sight awaiting me in my chambers. Your hair gleaming from the firelight while you read, naked except for my green Slytherin robe.”
She smirked at his growing erection in his trousers and gently caressed his face with her fingertips. “Relax, we have all night. I prefer you be awake for the event.”
Chuckling quietly to himself, Severus shrugged in response but couldn’t argue. His eyelids were already heavy as she began to read. In only a few minutes, he had fallen asleep. Hermione stopped reading when she realized the change in his breathing. His face no longer appeared strained as he slept. She listened to his soft, easy breathing. Her hand trembled slightly as she brushed away his thin black hair from his face, taking in his peaceful unlined face. He seemed so relaxed that she almost felt that she was intruding. Soon she succumbed to the warmth of the fireplace and his almost melodic breathing and was lulled into sleep as well.
Severus awoke first, breathing in her delicious scent from his advantageous position, and felt his cock declare itself. He nuzzled her warm core gently with his face, eliciting a sleepy sigh of pleasure. He carefully laid her back on the rug and proceeded to unwrap his prize. In the dying embers of the fire, her naked body seemed to almost glow and her pussy glistened with arousal.
“Beautiful” Severus murmured in her ear as he began to teasing trail kisses down her neck. His kisses left her skin tingling and Hermione let out a breathy moan as he captured her left breast with his mouth. He planted tiny kisses on her breast before sucking her nipple to an erect point. He grazed his teeth softly over her nipple, eliciting a pleasurable gasp from Hermione before he turned to the other breast and repeated the process. Hermione’s breathing grew increasing rapid as the heavy ache in her core intensified.
Severus slowly traced the contours of her stomach with his tongue, trying to savor her flavor and ignore the incessant urging of his hard cock to just bury himself inside her. He groaned faintly as Hermione began to arch her back, presenting her intoxicating cunt to him.
“I could feast on you forever.” Severus whispered silkily before he plunged his tongue into her. Hermione trembled as his soft tongue lapped at her sweet juices and soon she was thrusting her hips toward him, desperate for release. She moaned as he slipped two fingers inside of her and began to stroke her walls. Just as her pussy started to clench, he moved his mouth and began to suckle at her clit. It was like he had touched a live wire and Hermione felt herself shatter. Wave after wave of pleasure swept through her as she screamed his name. After several minutes, she opened her eyes and was greeted by the sight of Severus smirking down at her as he leisurely licked his fingers clean.
Another surge of lust coursed through her body as she looked at this erotic sight.
“I think it’s my turn.” Without waiting for him to reply, she quickly pulled down his trousers and underwear to free his straining cock. Hermione had never really comprehended before this year why other girls liking to give head. It seemed like a lot of work for no reward. However, now she understood. All she could think about was how much she wanted his cock in her mouth. She wanted to be the reason for his pleasure and she was getting wet again just thinking of him losing control because of her. Hermione’s tongue darted out and licked precum off his head, inwardly smiling as Severus’ breathing became rougher. She proceeded to then lick up and down the shaft slowly before coming back to head to gather more precum up with her tongue. Hermione couldn’t help but moan quietly at the taste of his pleasure and in response Severus’ cock leaked more for her to taste.
“Witch, you are driving me mad. Your mouth feels so good on my cock.” Severus gasped as Hermione’s mouth slowly devoured him. She moved faster in reply and was rewarded with a low feral moan. Severus’ hands gripped the side of the sofa for support as Hermione continued to engulf him.
“Please…..I need….." Severus begged incoherently as the pleasure began to overtake his mind. He let out a loud groan and then he exploded in her mouth. He sunk back down to the floor, completely spent and relaxed.
“You’re amazing, though I keep waiting for you to come to your senses.” Severus said after he had regained some of his energy. However, this time there was no bite to his words, just simple teasing. Hermione wondered if he was finally beginning to see himself as someone worthy of love.
Hermione looked at him with a glowing smile. “You’ll be waiting forever. I don’t know how I ever managed without you.”
Severus gave her a half smile, embarrassed at her endorsement. “You praise me but I spend most of the waking hours tearing you down for the public.”
“It’s a necessary evil. Once I graduate, we won’t have to worry about hiding it anymore because no one will be able to say anything.” Hermione replied, only realizing after the words had left her mouth that she had implied a continued relationship. She immediately tensed, waiting for his rejection. They had never talked about after school. Did he even want to be with her out of school? Would he ever be comfortable outside his chambers with her by his side?
Snape felt her grow stiff in his arms and he knew she was doubting herself again. He was baffled at how such a beautiful intelligent girl could question her worth. He would be lucky to ever have the privilege of declaring her his own.
“I look forward to it.” He whispered quietly in her ear and drew her closer to him.
Hermione’s heart leaped at his murmured reassurance.
“We may need to do something about Neville though. He sees quite determined to free me from your excessive demands on my time.” Hermione frowned and then continued. “I keep telling him that I enjoy the extra work but he seems to think he knows best. I wish everyone would just let do what I want to do.”
“And what is that, Miss Granger?" Snape replied smoothy.
“You, of course”
Snape let out a short barking laugh at her response. “I will make you a Slytherin yet my Gryffindor lioness."
“Severus Snape, a word please.” Minerva’s tense voice echoed through the corridor interrupting his thoughts as he walked toward the Great Hall for dinner.
A peevish sigh escaped his lips but he slowed and waited for her to reach him. “Yes?” He drawled, rising his eyebrow in question. He had no doubt that he was going to be lectured about his behavior toward Hermione. They had been very careful to continue the facade of mutual dislike and he was not unaware of the increasingly angry looks he had been generating from the staff as he belittled her in public.
She began without preamble. “You have been overworking Hermione.”
Snape frowned in response. “May I remind you that you are the one who insisted that I take on a teaching assistant.”
“Yes but she is working in your lab almost every night. I doubt she has any time for anything else other than her studies.”
He just looked bemused at her. “What did you expect? You insist that I must take on a student because of my extensive workload and then are surprised that she has to work hard. What did you possibly imagine, that she would work in the lab once and awhile and everything would be fine? I would be a ray of sunshine and she would still have time to spare for her immature friends?”
“No, but I expected you to treat her with respect and not abuse her.”
“Do you enjoy mocking me?” He snarled in response. “You force a teaching assistant on me then accuse me of abusing her.” Her words upset him more then he would like to admit, serving as a painful reminder that everyone still saw him as someone without redemption. Someone who would corrupt and tarnish anything of value. He would never be worthy of someone so pure hearted like Hermione.
Minerva took a step back from his looming figure. “I didn’t mean any offense. I was just trying to point out that your behavior toward her needs to change.”
“Yes, of course.” Snape replied bitingly. “I was foolish to be offended when accused of abusing a student.”
McGonagall at least had the decency to look ashamed. “Listen, I just want Hermione to have time with her friends. This is her last year at Hogwarts and I want her to have time to develop relationships. I don’t want her to regret spending her whole year buried in books and extra potions work.”
“Have you asked Miss Granger what she wants? Instead of projecting your desires onto her life.”
“No but Miss Granger has always been too ambitious in her studies. She doesn’t realize what she is missing and by the time she does it will be too late.”
“You speak from experience, I take it.” Snape said sharply though his anger had faded. He had been so consumed with his own bitterness after the war that he had been blind to Minerva's unhappiness. While it still stung that she had truly believed that he was Lord Voldemort’s man, he logically couldn’t blame her. He knew he had played his role very well.
Minerva just sighed in response. “Just limit your required brewing sessions to twice a week and no more than one 24 hour potion brewing a month. And try to avoid giving the poor girl detention.”
“Then I recommend that you plan on ordering Pepperup potion as well as the Vulnus Purgandum potion that I currently supply to Madam Pomfrey. I have gotten accustomed to not working myself to the bone and both of those potions require 24 hours of attention to complete.”
“Fine. You win. You can have one 24 hour potion brewing time a week but only if you treat her with respect and it doesn’t interfere with her social life.”
He nodded curtly in response and then strode off without a second glance to the Great Hall.
Professor Snape angrily poked at his potatoes as he ruminated on his conversation. He couldn’t say that he was surprised that Minerva had insisted on cutting back Hermione’s hours but it enraged him when he realized that once again, someone else was dictating his life. He had tried to keep his distance yet he had so easily let Hermione become irrevocability entangled in his life. He couldn’t imagine going back to his lackluster world. I am the worst type of fool. he thought bitterly. I am just setting myself up for disappointment. She will grow tired of me and find a wizard her age, someone more suitable than a greasy, perverted man like me. Minerva’s interference will just hasten the inevitable. I should just give her up now, remove myself before I become too attached. Severus knew that he wouldn’t do that though. He would hold onto to her until the end. He didn’t want to acknowledge it but deep down he knew he was lying to himself. He already was too attached. He had let this Know-It-All slip of a girl imbed herself so deeply into his heart that there was no way to remove her without destroying him.
He was still irritable when Hermione met him as planned that night in his office. He broke the news to Hermione right away. “I don’t know if Neville said something to Professor McGonagall or she just finally pulled her head out of her ridiculously tight asshole but she is limiting our time together. She says I’m abusing you and that you will regret not spending more time with your friends.” His bitterness obvious in his voice.
“That’s rubbish. I wish people would let me make up my own mind. Everyone’s always telling me I’m so intelligent yet they don’t trust me to lead my own life.” Hermione ranted. “Well, we’ll just have to find another way then won’t we? There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”
Snape raised his eyebrow inquisitively.
Hermione blushed. “It’s a muggle phase, kinda of silly one at that.”
“I know, I was raised part of the time in the muggle world. I just am surprised that you want to continue to spend so much time with me. Don’t you miss your friends?”
Hermione let out an undignified snort. “I see plenty of them during the day. I want to spend time with you.”
Snape pushed down his recent brooding thoughts as she continued.
“At night, everyone is usually pretty occupied. Harry is always sneaking off with Ginny somewhere for a little private time.” She smirked as she continued. “Which is much better than before, when Ginny kept trying to give Harry hand jobs under the blanket.”
Severus made a disgusted face. “That is an image of the chosen one that I do not need in my head.”
Hermione just laughed. “Ron is either hitting on everything with boobs or harassing me for answers on whatever assignment he has put off until the last minute. Even Luna has been disappearing more recently, probably out looking for proof of the existence of the Blibbering Humdinger. And Neville is just as tied up with his extra Herbology, but I am pretty sure he is not assisting in the same way."
“No, definitely not,” Snape drawled. “Neville lacks certain attributes that would make that an possibility.”
“I know,” Hermione admitted. “Seamus told the whole school last month after he caught Madam Hooch and Professor Sprout in a fairly compromising position in the broom supply shed.”
“Gods! I don’t need that image in my head either.”
Hermione gave him a seductive smile. “Maybe I can leave another image in your head.”
“Merlin, Hermione! I’m not as young as I once was, I’ve already cum twice in the sweet pussy of yours this morning. Are you trying to kill me?”
“Your cock doesn’t seem to mind.” Hermione laughed as she stroked him through his robe. No, Severus thought, my cock certainly does not mind as it was already at attention the minute you gave me that look.
“Well, if I must,” he teased as he grabbed her ass and hoisted her up on the desk. "Guess it’s better to die happy.” He quickly strengthened the wards on his office and put up an extra silencing spell. He parted her robes and reached up her skirt to find her not only dripping wet but without panties.
“Did you lose something at dinner?”
“No, I just thought you would like the easy access.” Severus smirked in response as he unbuttoned his trousers and pulled out his penis.
“It does make certain things easier. Like taking the Head Girl on my desk.” he drawled before thrusting his cock into her waiting pussy. He pounded into her, relishing the soft whimpers of pleasure she made. Her nails dug into his back as she pulled him closer and deeper inside her. His mouth closed over hers, swallowing her increasingly frantic moans. She cried out as her orgasm ripped through her and Severus couldn’t help but follow her, groaning as his release filled her warm core.
No, thought Severus, he couldn’t give her up. He would never be able to give her up.
Chapter 20: Forced Social Time
Hermione groaned as bright sunlight filtered onto her from her open bed curtains. “Ginny, can’t you let me just sleep for once.” Maybe she was overextending herself. It just seemed wasteful spend time sleeping when she could be with Severus.
“You’ve already spent half the morning sleeping, you’ll miss breakfast.”
Hermione sighed but reluctantly began getting dressed as Ginny prattled on about the upcoming Holiday party. She didn’t let up her steady stream of superlatives about holiday dresses and decorations all through her getting ready and Hermione struggled to continue to appear interested as they walked down to the Great Hall. Settling down at the table and helping herself to breakfast, Hermione’s mind drifted to previous night as Ginny’s soliloquy continued.
“What were you saying Ginny?”
Ginny rolled her eyes exacerbated. “I said, who are you going to the Holiday party with Hermione?”
“I’d rather go stag. I have had enough of men for a while”. She looked pointedly at Ron who was ogling a Hufflepuff’s tits and completely unaware of their conversation.
Ginny persisted. “I know my brother’s a bit of a slag but isn’t there somebody that catches your eye? With all those Ministry heads and professional Quidditch players coming to celebrate the first Christmas at Hogwarts after the war, I’m sure there will be some yummy wizards around.”
“Merlin!” Hermione almost shouted in frustration. “What is with the Ministry and these damn parties? It seems like every week, they are hosting another party to celebrate defeating Voldemort. Shouldn’t they be spending their time and energy on fixing the problems with the Wizarding World and not throwing yet another celebration?”
“Gods, it will be nice to attend a party without all of those young kids running around.” Ginny continued completely ignoring Hermione’s outburst. “And,” she paused giving Hermione a devious grin. “Did you hear that Cormac is coming?”
“He is a self-centered pig.” Hermione rolled her eyes as Ginny just continued to grin at her. Hermione sighed. “Why would you think that I care at all about Cormac, do you not remember how obnoxious he was?”
Ginny smiled, bemused at her. “I heard he still fancies you. I know he was kinda of an arse at school but he’s dead gorgeous and a Quidditch star. I’m sure he is more mature now and you strike me as someone who needs a more mature man in your life.”
Privately, Hermione agreed. She definitely needed a mature man in her life. One who was certainly not Cormac though. She briefly wondered what Ginny would say if she told her that she had such a man and it was Severus Snape. Ginny would probably have her admitted to St. Mungo’s for suspected brain damage. If she knew how he kissed, made her toes curl and how different he was in private, maybe she be more accepting. At least I don’t have to worry about that right now but when the time comes, Ginny probably would be the first one I would tell. Of all my friends, she might understand. Hermione mused.
The next several weeks passed slowly. Hermione was bored. She was spending less time with Severus due to McGonagall’s meddling and felt restless. She had tried to make it clear that she enjoyed the extra potion work. Honestly, she was considering becoming a potion’s mistress so she would benefit from the extra work and she had argued this relentlessly. McGonagall didn’t need to know that most of the extra time with Professor Snape was a completely different, most decided naughty type of extra credit.
However, McGonagall just brushed her off, saying that she would regret not spending more time with her friends. When Hermione had insisted that she didn’t need to spend anymore time with her friends, the Headmistress had given her a rather haughty look and said that Hermione would thank her when she was older. Sometimes it was important to understand that adults knew best. Hermione had practically exploded at that comment. Everyone, including McGonagall had always said she was the brightest witch of her age but apparently that only applied to books and not actually making any decisions about her life. She was officially 18 years old in the Wizarding World and definitely of age. Not to mention that she was actually much older than that due to her significant abuse of the time turner. She had been so bored last week, she had finally taken the time to calculate how old she really was when the extra days she had lived in her third year were taken into account. Hermione herself had been a little surprised to discover that she was actually 20 years and 4 months.
She sat fuming again in the common room during her imposed social time, waiting. Ginny had already disappeared with Harry into the corner. If the low moans Harry was making coupled with the wet sucking sounds coming from under the blanket were any indication, Ginny could give a rather good blowjob. She snickered under her breath at that tidbit of knowledge. Ron was attempting to regal a 6th year with extremely perky tits with his rather exaggerated story involving his courageous fighting during the Battle at Hogwarts. A couple of fourth year girls were gossiping near her about how kinky they thought Harry was in bed while giving envious glances at the dark corner where Ginny and Harry were not so discreetly going at it. She couldn’t help but roll her eyes as Ron continued to boast about his heroics, nearly knocking over the game of exploding snap that a handful of first years were playing with his sweeping gestures. I am surrounded by dunderheads, Hermione mused silently and then smiled to herself as she realized that she was echoing the sediment of a certain dark Professor. She had already finished her NEWT review for today so she just continued to sit in the corner, thinking and watching the fire, waiting until she could leave.
Headmistress McGonagall had forced them to be creative in their meetings since she had restricted their working time together. Though as Hermione had previously told Severus, there was more than one way to skin a cat. It had taken some research and fairly time consuming charms, but now her fireplace in her room was directly connected to Professor Snape’s quarters. An extremely complex privacy charm enabled this connection to be overlooked by Hogwarts magical monitoring system so there was no longer any worry about drawing suspicion. Unfortunately though due to frequent demands on Professor Snape’s time with his nightly rounds, preparation of potion classes and meetings, they still couldn’t meet every night. Hermione suspected that McGonagall was behind some of that extra work that Severus now found himself buried under. Likely trying to discourage Hermione from spending too much time with the man. She had always trusted McGonagall’s judgement but lately she had realized how biased she was on the subject of Professor Snape. He had been willing to lay down his life for the greater good and suffered for years as Voldemort’s spy to ensure his ultimate demise. Hermione knew that the Headmistress understood this fact. However, like many Gryffindor, her good sense and logic seemed to be easily overcome by her emotions. Minerva McGonagall had never forgiven Snape for the death of Dumbledore and his following convincing betrayal. He was an inconvenient reminder of the horrors of war and McGonagall hated him for that.
As Hermione looked at the bustling common room, full of shouts and laughter, she wondered how many others in the magical community felt like Headmistress McGonagall. It was a lot easier to condemn the morally gray actions of spy and write him off as someone who was damaged then to acknowledge to truth. That survival during the war had led many to questionable actions and though the majority of the Wizarding World did not support Voldemort, there were too many that turned a blind eye. Everyone wanted to forget and bury the past. It was easy to hate Severus Snape, because the alternative was to confront the damages of war and the damages of themselves.
Hermione sighed quietly at that depressing thought. I guess it’s easier to act like an idiot. She glanced around again at the common room, feeling isolated from her peers. Still lost in her thoughts, she looked down at her watch and she was startled to see that it was almost 8:45 pm. That only gave her 15 minutes before Severus would meet her in her room and she still had to get ready. After gathering up her books, she informed her friends that she was calling it an early night due to a headache. Parvati gave her a passing wave and even Ginny and Harry unlocked lips long enough to good-bye. Ron seemed to be making some progress with the 6th year as his arm was now over her shoulder with his fingers groping her right breast, so he just mumbled distractedly in response. Hermione climbed the steps up to her room wondering how much more forced fun time in the common room she could endure.
Her heart raced with anticipation of the upcoming night with Severus. She set the wards on her door and cast a silencing charm before slipping into her bathroom to get changed. After applying some subtle makeup and combing her hair, she stripped off her robe and clothes to get changed. She had ordered a negligee just for him and it had finally arrived by owl post yesterday. It had been several nights since they had been able to be with each other and Hermione was looking forward to greeting him with nothing but her new sexy outfit. She admired herself in the mirror and felt herself grow wet at the thought of his reaction. The emerald green silk slip seemed to caress her body like a second skin, highlighting her curves. The dark lace on the scooped neckline showed a tantalizing amount of her breasts and her pointed nipples strained against the fabric, just begging to be sucked. Hermione twirled slowly in front of the mirror. Her legs appeared much longer than normal since the slip stopped just below her ass. It would be obvious she was not wearing anything underneath. She looked fantastic but something was missing. Shoes, she needed shoes. Hermione thought. She quickly grabbed a pair of strappy black stilettos and put them on. Perfect. Now all she had to do is wait for Severus. Hermione briefly debated about lying on the bed but decided to lean against the bed in front of the fireplace instead. She wanted him to see the full effect.
Severus was anxiously awaiting for the 3rd meeting this week with McGonagall to conclude as he tried with some success to avoid glancing again at the clock. He wasn’t stupid, he knew she was wasting his time with extra meeting to review potion curriculum and teaching methods so Hermione couldn’t spend time with him. She doesn’t even want Hermione spending time with me to learn potions, she’ll never approve of our relationship, even after school, Snape thought dejectedly. Why had the world decided he was not worthy of anything good? Finally, after talking in circles for an hour, she dismissed him. Merlin, he was late. Hermione had been expecting him 10 minutes ago. He strode rapidly to his quarters, his robe billowing out behind him, managing to scare several first years that were on their way to the Hufflepuff common room. However, Professor Snape barely glanced at them in his hurried state. Finally reaching his quarters, he efficiently stripped off his teaching robes leaving only a buttoned white collar shirt and black slacks. He would have liked to have time to take a shower but he didn’t want to keep Hermione waiting. Nervously combing his black hair with his hands, he grabbed the floo powder and stepped through the fireplace.
Hermione tried her best not to panic as 9:00 came and went. He was never late. Did something happen or was he just sick of her? She was such an irritating Know It All, even her friends said so. Did he just decide she was too much trouble? She worried her bottom lip and she fidgeted with her curls as she waited. Relief flooded her body as the floo activated. Severus stepped out and began to explain his tardiness but then abruptly stopped mid sentence as he turned to look at her. His jaw nearly dropped to the floor. Hermione stood in front of him, shyly smiling as he took in her state of undress. She was wearing this sexy little scrap of fabric just for him. His cock responded immediately and within seconds it was fully hard and aching with need.
“Gods, you look amazing.” Severus murmured as he closed the gap between them. “How am I such a lucky bastard to deserve such a sexy goddess like you?”
He captured her mouth with a kiss and Hermione shivered in anticipation against him. Hermione leaned against the bed as Severus’ lips proceeded to move down her body. Slowly kissing through the thin silk, he teased her nipples through the fabric before heading further south. He let out a quiet expletive as his hands which had been traveling down her back cupped her ass and discovered her missing panties. Then without hesitation, he buried his face into her quim. Hermione let out a strangled gasp of pleasure at the sudden invasion of his tongue. His hands kneaded her delectable bottom as he relentless lapped at her cunt, his fingers lightly teasing her clit. Within minutes, Hermione felt the familiar pleasure building and let out a low moan as her orgasm rushed toward her. Severus’ cock pulsed with desire as his mouth was flooded with her sweet nectar. Feeling Hermione go limp with pleasure, Severus grabbed her ass tightly and hoisted her on to the bed. She smiled up at him, sated.
“This is an incredibly sexy little outfit, but it needs to come off for the things I plan on doing to you.” Severus whispered in her ear in his seductive low voice.
Hermione’s core tightened with desire and lifted her arms over her head to allow him to remove her slip.
“Good girl” He drawled, licking his lips as his eyes roamed appreciatively down her naked body.
Hermione eyes, half-lidded with lust met his dark eyes.. “What exactly do you have in mind, Professor?”
“I think” Snape began but then tensed suddenly. A second later, there was hard knocking at her door.
“Hermione, I need to borrow your book on aquatic charms. I forgot all about the essay Professor Flitwick assigned and it’s due tomorrow.” Ginny said. Then without waiting for a response, she opened the door.
All the years of being a spy allowed Snape to react instantly. Casting a nonverbal, wandless disillusionment spell on himself, he then shot up to the ceiling. Hermione shrieked as she tried to cover her nudity, cursing loudly.
“Bloody hell, Ginny!”
Ginny just snorted and closed the door. “Why in earth are you naked?” she paused giving Hermione a once over and then continued with a new glimmer in eye. “And obviously turned on. Those nipples could cut glass.”
Hermione gave her an angry glare as she grabbed her blanket to cover herself. “What are you doing barging into my room? How did you get through my wards?”
Ginny paused and looked confused. “I just walked in. I didn’t do anything. She was briefly puzzled as she thought but then continued. “Wait, Ron was angry that Harry and I were going at it again yesterday in your room and he hexed the door. It didn’t affect our wards so I didn’t think anything of it but I guess it could have affected the casting of new wards.”
Hermione buried her head in her hands. “Ron can’t pass Charms to save his life but somehow he manages to hex my door successfully.”
She went to grab her wand to undo whatever blocking charm Ron had placed on her door, when Ginny began to laugh hysterically. Hermione was briefly confused until she realized that her Advanced Potions book that had been nightstand had been transfigured into a dildo. An extremely large neon pink dildo that appeared to be very anatomically correct other than the neon pink color, complete with veins and all. She flushed and began to attempt to stutter out an explanation as Ginny continued to giggle uncontrollable.
“Well, I guess I know why you are naked now. Doing a little field testing before buying the real thing.”
“Just get out Ginny.” Hermione finally managed to mutter, her face flaming red with embarrassment.”
“No shame in paddling the pink canoe.” Ginny replied jokingly, making no move to leave.
Hermione grabbed her bag from next the bed and fished around for a second with one hand while trying to maintain a grip on the blanket with her other, before finding her Aquatic Charms textbook.
“Here.” She shoved the book into Ginny’s hand while awkwardly trying to keep herself decent with her blanket. “Please Ginny, can you go now.”
Ginny took the book and shrugged her shoulders. “Like I said, no reason to be embarrassed. Not everyone has a boyfriend to check the undercarriage.”
“Ginny, I love you and all but if you don’t get out, I swear I will hex you into next year.” Ginny rolled her eyes but begrudging walked toward the door. “And Ginny, if you tell anyone about this incident….” Hermione trailed off.
Ginny looked back at her, smiling gently. “Hermione, I’m just joking because you’re the closest thing to a sister that I’ll ever have. I don’t want you to be ashamed and I want you to know that you can talk to me, if you need to about this kinda stuff. I know it can be difficult with Harry and me always going at it and I don’t want you to feel excluded. I would never tell anyone, even Harry.”
Hermione relaxed a little bit. She knew that Ginny was not a gossip. She was just mortified that Ginny had walked in and now would be forever picturing Hermione doing all sorts of dirty things with a neon pink dildo.
“I know Ginny. Thank you. Now please, we can talk tomorrow.”
Ginny winked at her impishly as she closed the door but finally left and Hermione let out a large sigh of relief. She immediately grabbed her wand and ran a diagnostic spell on her door. Sure enough, there was a hex that was still lingering on the door that blocked the setting of any new protective wards. She doubted that was Ron’s intent, he was probably just trying to break Ginny and Harry’s wards, but the damage had been done. Muttering to herself about red headed imbeciles, she undid the hex and then cast new protective wards on her door.
“You can come down anytime now.” Hermione said looking at the ceiling as she sat on the bed still clutching the blanket around her body. She watched as it shimmered slightly and the face of a bemused Severus Snape came into view.
He lowered himself back down to sit on the bed and then ran his own set of charm diagnostics on the door.
“Weasley got unbelievably lucky to be able to cast an effective blocking hex like that but the wards are fine now.”
“I’m sorry, I didn’t know that my wards weren’t effective.” Hermione looked down at the floor rather ashamed of her mistake.
Severus’ finger tilted her head up to face his. “I don’t blame you at all. I wouldn’t have expected you to look for that type of hex on your door. I would not have noticed either. And you handled quite well.” His lips turned upward in a smirk.
Hermione buried her head in her hands. “That was by far the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me. I can’t believe that Ginny walked in on me naked and now thinks I regularly fuck a dildo. She exhaled loudly. “I know it was important to throw Ginny off the truth and much easier to explain why I was horny and naked with a dildo. Why did you have to make it neon pink?”
Snape’s smirk grew wider. “The more obscene the distraction, the less likely the truth will be seen. Plus, I think you look adorable in the shade of red.”
Hermione just groaned with renewed humiliation at that thought and tried to cover her face completely with her hands as she felt her facial flush returning. Severus uttered a low soft chuckle at her display before he gently removed her hands. Her blanket fell to the floor.
“You are beautiful and sexy. A sex drive is nothing to be ashamed of and from what you have told me, Ginny isn’t exactly a virgin saint.”
Hermione couldn’t help but laugh at his candor. “I honestly can’t believe they are able to keep going at it like rabbits without rubbing certain parts raw.”
“Well, healing potions go a long way.” Severus mumbled with his face now in to her breasts. “I know we have certainly indulged enough to require some from time to time.” Hermione’s face flushed again, this time with arousal at the memory of him roughly taking her last week over the bed.
“Let’s indulge again.” Hermione said seductively, reclining fully on the bed and spreading her legs.
Severus quickly divested his clothes and Hermione’s pupils dilated with hunger at the sight of his engorged cock. She raised herself up on her elbows to give his dripping head a kiss before he settled in between her thighs.
“Much better than a neon pink dildo.” She said jokingly before letting out a pleasured sigh as he entered her. He moved slowly, tilting his pelvis to grind against her clit with each stroke until Hermione was whimpering with need. “Please Severus. I can’t take anyone teasing. I need you.”
“Hermione, your cunt feels so good wrapped around my cock.” He moaned obscenely into the shell of her ear as he began plunging deeper and faster into her aching core. Hermione let out a near scream as her walls began to convulse and came apart hard in his arms. Severus quickly followed, unable to hold back with her velvet walls milking out his seed. He let out a deep satisfied groan as he rolled off of her and collapsed beside her. Hermione lay her head in the crook of his arm.
“Can you spend the night?” She said softly, soaking up his warmth and snuggling up closer to him. “My bed never feels quite right without you.”
Severus Snape just nodded his head and quietly stroked her tangled curls. His heart was soaring with joy at her declaration but he was too scared to admit the truth. His bed was empty now without her.
Chapter 22: Ministry Ball Preparation
The holiday party was fast approaching, much to Hermione’s chagrin. Ginny had become increasingly obsessed about it and Hermione spent much of her time trying to appear interested as Ginny droned on about her dress details and the upcoming Hogwarts event. Ginny was currently perched on her bed, prattling on again about the ball as Hermione tried to wake up.
“So, I want to knock Harry’s socks off when he sees me. I was thinking we could both go down to Hogsmeade the morning before the party and get our hair and makeup professionally done. What’d you think?”
Hermione had been daydreaming about dancing with Severus at the ball so it took her a second to realize that Ginny had asked her a question. “Um….that sounds good” Hermione replied nervously, not so sure what she had just agreed to.
“Great! I was thinking about asking Luna as well. We should make reservations now so we don’t get stuck with some time that is too early. We will definitely want to sleep in that morning.” Ginny continued. “I was thinking around 10 am, then we can get lunch and come back to get dressed.”
Hermione tried to disguise her confusion. “And what is the name of the place that we’re going to again?”
Ginny laughed. “Were you paying attention at all?”
“I was, really!” Hermione protested. Ginny remained silent and just smirked at her.
“Ok, so my mind may have wandered a little bit.” Hermione stuttered in response.
“Thinking about your pink lover?”
“Ginny!” Hermione buried her face in her heads, embarrassed. Gods, what was Severus thinking? She was never going to live that pink dildo down.
“I’m just teasing you. Honestly it’s nice to know that I’m not the only one with a sex drive.” Ginny gave Hermione a devious grin. “Anyway, the place I was talking about is called Forma Corporis.”
“I don’t think I’ve heard of that place.”
“It opened around the same time Hogwarts reopened. It has branches in Paris and Dubai as well. There was a whole article in Witch’s Weekly about the services they offer when they opened. They specialize in complicated beauty charms.” Ginny dug around in her bag before pulling out the latest issue of Witch’s Weekly and turned to a glossy full page ad that featured several beautiful witches twirling around.
“Take the guess work out of complicated beauty charms. Trust the beauty charm witches to help you prepare for your magical evening." Hermione read out loud skeptically as she eyed the shiny advertisement. “I don’t understand why we just can’t do it ourselves?”
Ginny sighed. “I know you’re amazing at charm work but the best beauty charms are not only incredibly difficult but well guarded secrets. Witches are very secretive about their beauty charms and anything beyond the basics are usually kept within families, passed down from generations. Obviously, some families have a more extensive repertoire, like the Malfoy’s for instance. Mum passed down all of the Weasley family charms to me when I was a 3rd year before the Yule Ball but our family has never had a lot of anything. I read that all of the charms applied are nonverbal to keep people from stealing the incantation and all the employees sign a fully binding non-disclosure agreement. If you break it, apparently you turn into a toad until they obliterate all of your memories regarding your employment at Forma Corporis.”
Hermione was still not convinced that she wanted to spend the whole morning before the ball getting beautified but it would make Ginny happy. “That sounds great, Ginny. Talk to Luna and then make an appointment for us.”
“This will be so much fun!” Ginny squealed. “We can go shopping for our dress robes at Hogsmeade this weekend and then spend a relaxing day getting ready before the ball! Let me go find Luna now.” Ginny practically bolted from her room in her rush to find Luna.
“Merlin, Ginny is way too excited about the Ministry holiday ball,” Hermione muttered to herself as closed her door. Although admittedly, there had been little to be excited about for a long time. Most of Ginny’s childhood had been tainted by Voldemort. She looked down at the invitation that the 6th and 7th years as well as all of the prominent British wizards and witches had received.
‘The Ministry of Magic would like to invite you and a guest to Hogwarts’ Holiday Victory Ball.
Join us in celebrating a free Wizarding future!’
Sincerely, Minister of Magic Kingsley Shacklebolt
How wonderful it would be to go with Severus and declare to the whole Wizarding World that Severus Snape was hers, Hermione thought wistfully. She had been hoping to spend all weekend with Severus but it seemed like Ginny had already claimed her for dress shopping tomorrow morning. Well, at least no one could claim she wasn’t socializing with her peers and likely Snape would be tied up for part of the weekend with some ridiculous task that Headmistress McGonagall had created. Sighing to herself, she grabbed her bag and headed down to class.
The following morning was clear but frosty. December was fast approaching and the treetops were all dusted lightly with snow. Hermione waited with Ginny by the front entrance for Luna, trying not to grow impatient as Ginny talked in great detail regarding the pros and cons of a sleeveless dress in winter. She had already grown tired of their shopping outing and they hadn’t even made it out of the castle yet. Luna finally appeared after what seemed like hours to Hermione and they headed to Hogsmeade. Hermione noticed that there seemed to be a lot of 6th and 7th year girls with the same idea and she had to keep herself from rolling her eyes at the overheard conversations. Gods, has everyone lost their mind. There are a lot more important things in life than matching shoes, Hermione ruminated. But as she looked around her at all the smiling and giggling girls, she had to admit it seemed to be a nice distraction. I guess it’s good to see people moving on with life, even if it’s just to get excited about a frivolous dance.
Ginny led Luna and Hermione into a store packed full of women who all seemed to have the same plan of finding the best dress robes. Hermione had to admit the selection was amazing. There appeared to be every type of robe imaginable and even a reluctant shopper like herself soon was caught up in the enthusiasm. Some of the dress robes were spun out of acromantula silk and seemed to effortlessly float around the wearer, while other dresses were decorated with all sorts of different magical feathers and still others sparkled and twinkled with magical enhancements.
Ginny quickly found a dress, despite the chaos of the shop. She looked absolutely stunning. It was made of black fine lace that hugged her curves with a small amount of flare at the knees. It wasn’t quite sleeveless but close enough, with only several Occampy black plumes covering her shoulders. Ginny’s red hair was highlighted beautifully with the dress and the dress was low cut enough to reveal the swell of her breasts. Hermione had not the least doubt that Harry would indeed have his socks knocked off.
Luna wandered around aimlessly for some time before deciding on a unique dress. There was no question that it was perfect for Luna though. The halter dress was light pink with scattered pink and white embroidered flowers on the fitted top. The bottom resembled a three tiered fluffy pink cake covered with pink Fwooper feathers and white charmed poppies that opened and closed at random.
Hermione, however, was growing frustrated. The store was practically bursting at the seams with all sorts of different dresses and she still hadn’t found one that looked even remotely decent on her. Ginny and Luna had long since paid and were trying to help Hermione by showing her all varieties of different dress robes. Hermione wasn’t sure what she was looking for but she wanted to look stunning for Severus, even if he couldn’t truly acknowledge her. She had almost given up when she finally saw the perfect dress. It was one of the more expensive dress robes since it was constructed out of acromantula silk, but Hermione didn’t care. She could imagine Snape’s eyes devouring her as she twirled around in the mirror. The V neck dress was pearly white and shimmered in the light, which according to the saleswoman, was due to embedded billywig scales. It was perfectly form fitting and revealing, as the V neck ended just beyond her breasts, and yet amazingly enough, still appeared elegant. Two thin sparkling silver belts wrapped around the dress, one just below her breasts and the other at her waist highlighting her hourglass figure. The dress was open backed just until the second silver belt and then fit snuggly, drawing attention to her rounded ass. It flared at the knees and appeared to float just slightly off the floor. Sparkling silver crystals wrapped around the dress in complex wavy lines, twinkling as if they were on fire. Even in the dull light of the dressing room, Hermione looked stunning. Her face glowed with anticipation. She couldn’t wait to show her dress off to Severus Snape.
The excitement surrounding the upcoming Ministry Victory Ball slowly seeped into the castle and Hermione soon found that Ginny was no longer the only one whose thoughts were consumed with the upcoming event. Despite upcoming exams, all of Hogwarts seemed to be focused only on the Ball.
“So I think I have narrowed down my date to either Lisa Turpin or Susan Bones,” Ron said at breakfast while smothering his pancakes in maple syrup. Hermione rolled her eyes but tried to restrain herself from berating Ron. It was just too early for Ron’s bragging, though Hermione knew that pointing that out would only make him more determined. Even Harry exhaled quietly in frustration and focused on cutting his sausage, while Ron began to list all the pros and cons of each girl. Ever since the Ministry Victory Ball had been announced, Ron’s standing at Hogwarts had been noticeable elevated. Harry, Ron and Hermione as well as Headmistress McGonagall would be receiving special honors at the Ball and everyone wanted to be seen on the arms of one of the golden trio. With Harry out of the running, girls were jockeying to be chosen for the dubious honor of being Ron’s date. The Hogwarts’ males didn’t care as much as the females but Hermione had turned down at least a dozen wizards hoping to accompany her. Several wizards had been quite persistent but after Hermione hexed Zacharias Smith with an extremely pruitic pustule rash affecting his private region, everyone had finally taken the hint.
“Lisa has amazing tits,” Ron droned on “but Susan has that innocent mouth that I can’t wait to stick my cock in.”
“Ron, for the last time!” Hermione exclaimed, disgusted at Ron’s blatant objectification. “I am trying to eat breakfast and I don’t need to hear you go into detail about the witches you plan to fuck.”
“Just because you’re frigid and can’t appreciate sex because your head is always buried in a book doesn’t mean other witches aren’t drooling to get a piece of me.”
“Mate, come on. That’s uncalled for.” Harry replied, bracing himself for the upcoming fight.
Hermione flushed with anger at Ron’s crude remark and her hand twitched around her wand. Why did her friends just assume that because she was intelligent that she couldn’t possibly be a sexual being? Merlin, what she wouldn’t give to tell Ron the truth, that her sexual experiences far exceeded his. Hermione knew that his posturing was partially because he was still a virgin, but he didn’t need to be such a prick. Unfortunately she was privy to far more than she had every wanted to know about Ron’s sexual habits. She and Harry had talked on several occasions about Ron’s increasing sexual obsession. Harry had admitted last week when Hermione was complaining about Ron’s pompous sexualizing behavior that maybe once Ron actually got some, he stop trying so hard. Though with his crude comments chasing away all available witches, only Merlin knew when that would be. Hermione inwardly sighed but her anger quickly faded as she thought about Severus. He was always saying that she was the sexiest witch he had ever met and the truth behind his words was obvious in his admiring dark eyes. She didn’t need anyone else’s approval, especially not Ron’s.
“ I just think our time right now would be better spend study for exams.” Hermione said primly, refusing to be baited into an argument. Ron just shrugged in return. The whole table took a collective sigh of relief as the topic moved on Quidditch.
Even the professors had been caught up in the excitement and could often be heard gossiping about the guest list and elaborate Ministry plans. Well, all professors obviously, except for Professor Snape. Professor Snape was just becoming increasing annoyed. The inane chatter followed him everywhere and he was now buried in extra responsibilities. Minerva no longer had to invent reasons to meet with him almost daily and the combined tasks of preparing for exams and preparing for an increasingly elaborate Ministry Ball was all encompassing. He had barely been able to spend any time with Hermione in the past three weeks. He missed her. He tried to justify it in his head as just sexual frustration, however in the dark of the night, lying alone in his bed, he knew it was so much more. He cared deeply for this woman, more than he had ever cared for someone before and that scared him to death. He had never felt so out of control or so fragile, allowing the fate of his heart to rest in the hands of another. Without Hermione in his bed, his nightmares returned. However, now his old horrors and fears were entwined with his fear of losing Hermione. Sometimes he watched helplessly as Voldemort tortured her while other times he dreamed of her making love to a faceless handsome man, laughing at his presumption that he had ever been worthy of her love.
Hermione noticed his increasing stress, but they both were so frazzled with extra work that their dreams of spending any sort of quality time together the weeks before the Ministry Ball had been immediately quashed. Hermione found her time extremely limited as she tried to study for all her exams as well as perform her Head Girl duties and actually assist Snape in his potions preparation. He had all but collapsed with exhaustion two weeks ago causing Hermione to insist that they spend at least some of their time together actually brewing potions until the craziness of the Ministry Victory Ball was behind them. Thus, besides a quick fuck while waiting for the Pepperup Potion to boil and dozing in each other’s arms while brewing, they had barely been able to spend any real time together, free of other obligations.
A delegation from the Ministry of Magic arrived one week before the Ball, compounding the developing chaos at Hogwarts. Officially, the students were told that the Ministers were in charge of the decorations, but rumors throughout the school also suggested that they were implanting extra security. Certainly, the decorating of Hogwarts had begun. Christmas trees seemed to be in every corner and garlands of holly covered the entire castle. At first the Ministry staff were thwarted at every turn by Peeves, who had taken to following them and tearing down all of the decorations almost as soon as they were hung, while blowing kisses at the frustrated witches and wizards. The Ministry staff were forced to use increasingly hostile curses at Peeves, but it barely slowed him down. Even Headmistress McGonagall was unable to control Peeves despite her best efforts. She finally begged Professor Snape to ask the Bloody Baron to restrain Peeves until after the Ministry Ball was finished.
Severus retold the tale to Hermione while they were grinding unicorn horn and Hermione couldn’t help but laugh out loud. “Serves her right for the way she has treated you. How long did you make her grovel before you agreed to help her?”
Severus smirked back at Hermione. “I may have let her carry on for quite some time. It does feel good to hear her apologize, even if she doesn’t mean it.”
Hermione grinned back at him. “I’ll bet it felt good to make her eat crow. Hopefully she’ll at least back off after this absurd ball and let you teach me as much as you want.”
“Oh I have plenty to teach you.” Severus replied with a sexy leer. “Though I doubt any of it is on the official curriculum.” He captured her mouth with his. He had just hoisted her up on the table when a knock came on the lab door. “Gods! Will this wretched Ministry Ball never be over?!” He quickly flicked his wand at Hermione, straightening out her robe and then pointed the wand at himself. The knocking returned, harsher this time. Professor Snape snapped at the door. “Be patient you imbecile! Potion brewing is a delicate art and one can’t always just stop at a whim.” He turned back at Hermione to ensure nothing looked awry and then whipped his wand at the door. The door opened with a resultant bang and Professor Snape greeted Headmistress McGonagall with an impatient sneer.
“Good evening, Professor Snape.”
“What do you need now?” Snape replied, intentionally skipping the formalities. He was not feeling very generous toward Minerva at this time. “As you can see I am quite busy preparing all the extra potions you requested for the infirmary in preparation for the Ministry event. I have little time for any more added tasks.
“I just want you to be aware that you will need to corral your younger students after their exams and ensure they are packed and ready for the Hogwarts train. The Ministry has requested that all the students who are not attending the ball be out of Hogwarts a day earlier than normal.”
“Yes, of course. It will be simple to make sure a bunch of over excited, hormonal teenagers leave Hogwarts with less time to pack and compose themselves than normal. But I’m sure the Ministry knows best.” Snape replied sarcastically.
Minerva huffed in response. “I understand that hosting the Ministry Victory Ball has created increased pressure for the staff, but try to remember the importance of this event.”
Snape just glared in return.
“It’s going to be fun. Do try to remember that.” Minerva said, undaunted by his silence. “Oh, and Hermione,” she continued turning to Hermione, false cheerfulness infused in her voice. “Don’t you think it’s time to head back to the common room? I wouldn’t want you to fall behind on your studies because you’re always assisting Professor Snape. He’s been doing this since before you were born, he’ll be fine.”
Hermione nodded and wordlessly grabbed her bag. She caught Severus’ eyes briefly, silently conveying her disappointment at the change in course for the evening, before heading out the door.
Snape scowled, angrily slamming the door shut again. Then something inside him snapped, though at least he had enough presence of mind to cast Mufflito before confronting the Headmistress. “Why, Minerva?” he asked, the fury barely restrained in his voice. “Every second I turn around, you are scolding me for following your directions. You insisted I take on an assistant to, and I quote,” he glowered at her as his hands emphasized his point, “to make the transition after the war easier. Yet you have done your damndest to interfere at every junction and to make it nearly impossible for her to actually assist me. I am quite aware you only insisted that I have the same privilege the rest of the staff so freely enjoys to quiet that tiny nagging in your conscious.”
“But why are you so genuinely surprised that Hermione could view her extra educational opportunities as anything but a horrible burden? Given Hermione’s know-it-all reputation, it strikes me as odd, unless you assume that it is only because she is assisting me, the loathsome bat of the dungeon.” Snape’s eyes burned with rage as he carried on with his tirade. “No one gives a flying Gryffindor fuck about all the sacrifices that I made during the war. The repeated abuse and torture I endured by Voldemort’s hand, the atrocities I was forced by saint Dumbledore to commit so as not to risk exposure. No, my one mistake as a teenager that I have spent a lifetime repenting, is my only defining feature. You and everyone else treat me like a disposable tool. You come begging for help when you need it but have no qualms about throwing me away after my usefulness has expired.”
Snape paused and ran his hand through his hair, suddenly feeling exhausted. His piercing eyes met Minerva McGonagall’s, the silence grew thick around them. Then he continued softly. "Why did you even bother to save me if you think so poorly of me, Minerva?”
Minerva stood stunned at his outburst. She just stared back at him, completely lost for words. He had never truly lost his temper as an adult in front of anyone before, except for rare occasions when Dumbledore pushed him too far. He certainly had never been this honest before with anyone other than Dumbledore, Lily and Hermione.
“Just get out.” Snape said, his voice dangerously quiet.
Minerva opened her mouth to say something, but seeing the rage still swirling in his eyes thought better of it and just nodded stiffly before walking out the door.
Severus Snape collapsed into his desk chair, feeling drained. He roughly pushed the third year essays he had been grading before Hermione had joined him off the desk, spilling red ink and parchment all over the floor. He then summoned his bottle of fire whiskey from the cabinet and poured himself a large glass. Thoughts churned in his brain as he stared dejectedly into the glowing embers of the dying fire.
This is why I shouldn’t be allowed to have nice things. He poured another glass of fire whiskey and took a large gulp, wincing slightly as it burned down his chest. I wouldn’t get so angry if I never got my hopes up in the first place.
Chapter 23: The Big Day at Last
The sun crept up over the mountains casting a golden glow through Hermione’s window, Hermione was already awake, having been tossing and turning for the past hour and was relieved that morning had come at last. She had been rather unsuccessfully trying to control her nerves now that the day of the Victory Ball had finally arrived. She stared out of the window, trying to ignore the butterflies fluttering in her stomach, as she thought about the previous week. Severus had been on edge ever since Headmistress McGonagall had broken up their last brewing session. Unfortunately, she had not been able to really get him alone since the incident and she was worried about him. It was evident to Hermione that despite his thorny exterior, Severus Snape was sensitive to the opinions of those he respected. He obviously took Minerva’s criticism to heart. The self loathing and bitterness had seemed to radiate from his pores during his recent classes, not that any of her fellow classmates noticed, since he was quite good at hiding it behind his biting criticism.
Snape had been especially vicious during the last potion class two days ago. He had been prowling around the room like an angry feline predator, deducting points from anyone for even the smallest infraction. Ron had managed to lose over 100 points for gossiping about his Victory Ball date. Even Neville hadn’t lost that many points last month when he had tried to use powdered Death-Cap instead of powdered Bicorn horn, almost poisoning his partner. Hermione had hung back at the end of class, taking her time putting back her unused ingredients in the storeroom, hoping to talk with him. When Professor Snape had come in, his arms full of half-used bottles of leech juice, he had almost seemed startled to see her waiting for him.
“Shouldn’t you be getting to your next class? I know Professor Vector is holding her last review before the Arithmancy exam and I know you don’t want to miss that.” Snape trailed off, the unspoken words “for me” seemed to hang heavy in the air as he turned away from her and began to shelve the partially full bottles of green liquid.
“I just wanted to make sure you were doing ok with all the extra demands on you recently.” Hermione replied hesitantly, not sure how to interpret his aloof demeanor.
“I’m fine. Remember, I have been doing this since before you were born.” Severus said gruffly, trying to smile at her as if he were joking, though the smile didn’t reach his eyes.
She hadn’t known what to do and had felt foolish just standing awkwardly, worrying her lip. She finally took his hand, letting her magic wash over him as she kissed him gently on the lips.
“I’m looking forward to the Ball only because for a few minutes I can hold you in my arms in front of the world.”
He had stared back her, almost in awe as her magic enveloped him, before tilting her head forward for another kiss.
“I look forward to dancing with you.” He whispered softly in her ear before turning back to returning the leech juice to its proper place.
Snape had seemed slightly less tense that night at dinner and Hermione had hoped that she had gotten through to him. However, she hadn’t had much time to analyze his mood as she had spent the rest of evening buried in Arithmancy notes.
Hermione was relieved to finally be done with her exams and despite all the trouble the Ball was causing, she was actually excited. She wanted to impress Severus with her beautiful dress robes. However, the chocolate frogs that insisted on hopping around her stomach were not just from nervous excitement. She couldn’t shake the feeling that something was bothering him, more than just the stress of all the extra work and Headmistress McGonagall’s petty behavior. Hermione’s heart twisted as her thoughts went to her darkest fear, that Severus Snape was getting sick of her. That she was too ugly, too annoying and bossy for anyone to want to her.
Hermione looked at herself in her floor length mirror. Her hair was still frizzy from the night and her cheeks red from the brittle winds of winter. Did he really think she was sexy or was she just fooling herself? She stared at her reflection for several more minutes before angrily turning away to gaze at the rising sun.
Another memory from the previous week popped into her head. Severus kissing her under the mistletoe. The warmth of that moment flooded her senses and her doubt vanished. She closed her eyes as she remembered. The Ministry staff had been seen pouring over schematics and writing detailed calculations down in the Great Hall for days. Hermione presumed that they were the team that would be implanting all of the needed charms on the Great Hall to transform it into a fantastical ballroom. Mistletoe had sprung up in every corner near the Great Hall and Hermione had to take great care to avoid any unwanted kisses from other wizards. Harry had actually taken to wearing his invisibility cloak just to get his meals so he wouldn’t be accosted by witches waiting for him under the mistletoe. Ron, of course, had been doing the exact opposite and tried to stroll under the mistletoe as often as possible. He was thrilled to be kissing any witch that would have him. Hermione had been on her way to her lunch before her last exam when suddenly she was yanked behind a tapestry. She had been surprised to see Severus. He had just smirked at her as he pointed at the enchanted mistletoe. “I couldn’t let you walk by all this mistletoe without at least one kiss.”
Hermione hoped that Severus would be able to relax after the Victory Ball and they would be able to spend more time together. There was no question that she missed the physical aspect of their relationship as she was finding it increasing ly hard to ignore her mind’s torrid fantasies during class. Fantasies that often involved her sucking him dry under his desk or him taking her roughly in the potion’s storeroom. But honestly what she missed the most was just laying in his arms. It was in the those moments that her heart felt content.
Hermione smiled to herself, remembering the comfort in his arms and with her brief crisis of faith averted, she began to get ready. She was meeting Ginny and Luna at ten and needed to grab breakfast first. When she walked into the Great Hall she was amazed at the sheer pandemonium that greeted her. The younger students had left on the train yesterday afternoon so she had expected a more sedate morning with only the 6th and 7th year students remaining. However, everyone appeared to be full of nervous energy and excitement. The shouts across the Great Hall echoed loudly and both students and faculty seemed to be in a frenzied rush to get somewhere else.
Hermione scarfed down her toast and pumpkin juice before quickly heading to the main stairs to meet Ginny and Luna. She hadn’t seen either one of them at breakfast and suspected they were getting their jewelry and other required objects. Hermione laughed in her head as she thought back to how pretentious the letter from Forma Corporis was that they had received. Most of the letter was spent congratulating them for having the privilege to get their hair and make up done at the most prestigious and talented beauty salon in the magical world , but it had also included a list of everything they would need to bring for their “personalized beautification appointment.” The list had included the expected jewelry and pictures of their dress but also for some reason included two pieces of parchment paper and optional one ounce of ashwinder eggs. Hermione already had everything packed away in her beaded bag (including the ashwinder eggs, though she had yet to figure out the reasoning behind that request) so she just waited for her companions.
Ginny and Luna arrived only several minutes after Hermione at the main stairs and they all headed down to Hogsmeade along with a large group of other 6th and 7th year girls.
“I suspect all the boys are just going to do their own hair but what a pity.” Luna remarked. “There’s so much potential for dressing up men.”
Luna didn’t elaborate on that statement though Hermione and Ginny both tried hard not to giggle as they both could just imagine the eccentric way Luna would dress up men for formal occasions. There was a line forming already at Forma Corporis but Ginny just pulled Hermione forward when she tried to take her place in the back of the line.
“We have special VIP reservations.” She grinned as she walked to the tall wizard at the front of the line. He glanced briefly at Ginny’s appointment card then smiled, ushering Ginny, Luna and Hermione through the front door. Ginny looked back at Hermione’s puzzled expression and began to answer the unspoken question. “Harry got all sorts of offers from places wanting to help him be prepared for the big event. People seem to always be sending him discounts and incentives. Good publicity for the Chosen One to be using their services. He’s never used one before but when he heard me trying to book the reservations, he remembered that Forma Corporis had given him an offer for the VIP package. We certainly could use it more than he could.”
Hermione was vaguely uncomfortable having Harry’s fame give them an advantage , but as she looked back at the line now snaking around the corner, she couldn’t help but also feel relieved that they didn’t have to wait forever. She could already feel the chill through her robes.
The temperature difference was immediate as they walked into the shop. It was like they had suddenly stepped into spring, the air itself had the faint scent of flowers. The front desk was made of white marble with ornately carved white roses rising to form two pillars on either side. Real red and pink roses seemed to float effortlessly in the air. The ceiling appeared to be comprised of nothing but a white fluffy cloud interspersed with tiny cursive script repeating the business name. The exquisitely dressed witch at the front desk smiled warmly at them. “Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley and Luna Lovegood, it’s a pleasure to meet you. Please let me take your bags and my girls will set you up in the VIP suite.” Hermione dutifully handed over her bag containing pictures of her dress, her jewelry, two sheets of parchment paper and her small jar of ashwinder eggs. Ginny and Luna followed in succession and they turned around to be greeted by three witches dressed in golden dress robes with a large FC embroidered on the front of their robes.
“Follow us please.” They were directed down an almost blindingly white hallway before coming out into a central area whose walls were almost entirely covered in mirrors. Sinks interspersed the mirrors and Hermione was amazed at the sheer number of potions that were stacked on shelves above the sinks. Rose- filled bubbles floated aimless under the fluffy white ceiling mixing with occasional floating glasses of pink champagne. Forma Corporis was obviously completed booked as every sink and chair was occupied by a witch in various states of preparation. Several women were almost finished as the golden attendants flitted around them, waving their wands to correct almost invisible imperfections. Other witches who had just arrived were covered in a variety of shades of facial masks as their hair lathered itself in the sink. Hermione was surprised when they did not stop in the central room but continued down another golden hallway and entered a smaller but more decadently decorated room. The mirrors, champagne glasses and rose-filled bubbles were still there but in addition, three large, golden chairs and a large diamond chandelier protruded from the clouds, sending tiny rainbows of light bouncing off the walls.
Ginny squealed in delight, settling down in the closest chair. “Now this is the life!” She grabbed a floating glass and took a large sip of champagne. “I can see what all the fuss is about.”
“It is rather sparkling but pleasant.” Luna said nonchalantly, looking around at the ornate room.
“Hermione?” Ginny asked. “What do you think?”
“I have to admit, it’s definitely beautiful. It’s a little pretentious for me but I guess it’s time I enjoy life a little.” She had to admit that the attractive setting definitely made the prospect of getting her hair and make up done much more appealing.
Once they were all seated, the tall raven haired attendant began to speak.
“Hello, my name is Hannah. Here at Forma Corporis we aim to make every witch dazzling. I will be working with Miss Weasley, and Sarah”, pointing to her left at a petite witch with short brown hair, “will be working with Miss Granger. Patrica,” gesturing towards her right at a tall, willowy blond, “will be working with Miss Lovegood.” She waved her wand and each of their bags appeared next to each of them on a small table. “We will start with a consultation regarding your desires for your hair and makeup. Please take out your jewelry, one piece of parchment paper and pictures of your dress. I do hope you took pictures in multiple positions, it makes it so much easier to provide you with the optimal beautification experience.”
Hermione had never seen anyone, even Ginny, take hair and make up so seriously and she suppressed a giggle as she rummaged through her bag to take out the requested items. Sarah turned out to be very helpful and less ostentatious than Hannah. Hermione, as always, had followed the instructions to the letter and had multiple pictures of her in her dress, standing, dancing, walking, sitting and even one with her eating. Sarah studied her pictures and jewelry throughly and then described her vision, waving her wand once over the parchment paper on which every detail was sketched. Once the picture was completed, Hermione was amazed at the result and quickly agreed to Sarah’s recommendations. This was one of the few subjects Hermione knew very little about and was happy to let Sarah make all the critical decisions.
Hermione found the experience of being pampered while engaging in small talk with Ginny and Luna very relaxing, surprising enough. She slowly sipped on her champagne while her hair magically lathered itself with a fragrant shampoo of honey and jasmine. Ginny was already on her second glass and her speech had developed slight blurry edge to it. Hermione was mildly concerned that Ginny would get drunk before the ball even started, but she needn’t have been worried. Once they all got their personalized face masks, drinking anything become impossible. “We match all of your beauty products to best compliant your own natural scent” Patricia said casually, as she spread a strawberry scented mask on Luna’s face.
“I quite like it.” Luna replied dreamily. “I have always been drawn to the summer fruits.”
The aroma of Hermione’s own honey and almond face mask made it quite impossible to distinguish any other fragrances. “What type do you have, Luna? I can’t make anything out other than my own.” “Oh I have a strawberry face mask. My shampoo was strawberry as well, though it was also mixed with white balsamic vinegar.”
‘Mine’s orange and green tea ” Ginny chimed in. “Though my shampoo seemed to be mostly cinnamon with only a hint of orange.”
“You know, it’s kinda like potions when you think about it." Hermione replied thoughtfully. "Matching the right fragrances with each person. I would have never thought of white balsamic vinegar but that would cut the sweetness of strawberry perfectly. Mine are both honey based. My mask has almond as well and my shampoo had jasmine.”
“I can’t wait to impress Harry. Hopefully we’ll make it through most of the Victory Ball before he ravishes me.” Ginny leaned back in her chair, hand on her forehead, making a dramatic pose while giggling.
“I think all of our wizards will be very excited to see us.” Luna replied airily.
“Wait Hermione, are you going with someone? I thought you were going stag?" Ginny asked, curiosity shinning in her eyes.
“No, I’m going alone.” Hermione answered quickly.
“Oh that’s right. I forgot.” Luna replied breezily. The topic quickly moved to speculation regarding who their classmates had decided to take to the ball as well as what food would be served. Hermione inwardly let out a sigh of relief. Luna believed in the most absurd creatures but she seemed to have an uncanny ability to read people’s emotions. She would not be that surprised if Luna knew about her and Snape, but Hermione wasn’t worried. Luna was never one to create trouble. Actually Luna seemed to be very accepting if she was aware and considering that she was a very good judge of character, it confirmed what Hermione knew all along. That she and Severus Snape made a good match.
They were served a light lunch consisting of lobster salad with toasted bread and caviar once they had been lathered and creamed to the fullest extent. As they ate, their attendants charmed each one of their nails individually.
“This is so much better than muggle nail polish.” Hermione said.
“How so?” Ginny asked.
“Well you certainly can’t eat while getting your nails done. You can’t move for at least 10 minutes, otherwise you’ll ruin all the work.” Hermione looked inquizically down at her nails, which were all a shimmery pearl color with just a hint of emerald. “And I presume they don’t chip as easily either.”
“Gods, no! They don’t come off without the removal charm.” Ginny replied, admiring her own silver nails.
“Alright everyone. Time to finish with your hair.” Hannah announced, waving her wand and vanishing their lunch plates.
It took longer than Hermione had imagined to finish with their hair, but Ginny and Luna were good company and it certainly wasn’t as tedious as she had feared. Finally, everything had been completed, though the ashwinder eggs remained untouched in their bags and Hermione again wondered why on earth they had been requested to bring them.
She had to admit that Forma Corporis had done an excellent job. They all looked amazing. Luna’s hair was pulled back into a French braid with pink flowers woven in her hair, the exact color of her dress. Her makeup made her face appear dewy and fresh but not overdone. Hermione had almost expected radish earrings for Luna but her earrings were surprisingly tasteful, just small pearl clusters in the shape of a flower. Luna had decided to forgo a necklace given that her dress had enough embellishments. Ginny’s hair was so glossy it appeared to be on fire in the bright light. A black feather headband kept the hair off her face and black onyx earrings hung dangled from her ears. She was also wearing a set of black pearls. Her makeup was more obvious than Luna’s but artfully done. Her brown eyes were highlighted by the smoky eyeshadow, while her lips were dark burgundy.
Hermione stared at herself in the ornate mirror. She saw no trace of the frizzy haired, insecure girl that had greeted her in the mirror this morning. She looked like a beautiful woman. Her dark green eyeshadow and black lashes gave her cinnamon colored eyes a new dimension and her dark pink lips looked thoroughly kissable. Her hair was sleek and pulled back into a bun with a few silver stars woven throughout her hair. They had left several tendrils of brown curls hanging loose on either side of her face, defining it, but not covering her large emerald stud earrings. Hermione bit back a smile as she imagined Severus’ expression at her emerald jewelry. Her grandmother had loved her emeralds and had given Hermione all her jewelry before she died. She had never thought when she inherited the jewelry that she would be wearing them to entice a certain Slytherin. Her necklace was a beautiful old fashioned necklace that had been on of her grandmother’s favorites. It was a teardrop shaped emerald pendant surrounded by white gold and small diamonds that dipped enticing low, hanging just above her breasts.
“I am presuming that you all brought the optional ashwinder eggs.” Hannah’s voice cut through Hermione’s day dreaming and she nodded while getting out the final requested item. Hannah spoke again, more softly, once they had all retrieved their ashwinder eggs. “This is a very special service that we only offer to our VIP customers. It is not for everyone though. Some witches find it a little,” Hannah paused to search for the right word, her lip curling up with amusement, “bold, for their tastes.”
“We use the ashwinder eggs to create a special perfume.” Hermione’s mind clicked. Oh course, she thought, ashwinder eggs are used to create Amortentia. She must have appeared alarmed at that notion since both Patricia and Sarah chuckled slightly at her expression. “Don’t worry.” Hannah continued. “Our special perfume is not Amortentia. It merely enhances your sexual pheromones. Anyone who is already attracted to you will feel a little extra kick but the real advantage of our special fragrance is that it intensives mutual attraction.”
“The sex is beyond explosive!” Patrica added excitedly. Hannah sent her pointed look but Patrica just continued to grin unabashedly.
“I don’t know about you two,” Ginny said, “but I am definitely in for some explosive sex.”
“That sounds lovely. Luna responded.
Hermione hesitated. She wanted it too but she was concerned about Ginny’s probing questions if she decided to use the perfume. However, Luna seemed to sense her conflict and answered for Hermione. “I think Hermione should have some as well. She shouldn’t limit her possibilities.”
“I totally agree!” Ginny said enthusiastically. “It’s about time you got laid, Hermione.”
Hermione just shrugged. “I guess I’ll take some too.” Hermione tried not to blush as her mind inevitably wandered back to Severus.
“Ok. I figured that you were the kind of witches who like to live adventously.” Hannah gathered all of their ashwinder eggs, then flicked her wand and three small crystal bottles appeared. Sarah handed a bottle to each of the girls. Hannah waved her wand again, and suddenly they were each surrounded by a golden curtain, creating their own enclosed area. Hannah spoke again.
“We will mix the ashwinder eggs with our special formula, and all we need from you is some of your essence.”
“Essence?” Hermione couldn’t help but parrot back. Hannah didn’t mean what she thought she meant, right?
Ginny cackled loudly at Hermione’s question. “Yes, Hermione. I’m pretty sure they want some of our pussy juice.”
Hannah’s professional voice floated through the curtains. “You don’t have to bring yourself to completion, though the perfume will be stronger if you do. Just cast silence and vanish the curtain when you are done.” The attendants footsteps faded as they walked out of the room.
“You do realize that this is the weirdest experience I have ever had Ginny.” Hermione said. That she would be masturbating next to her friends, with the full knowledge that not only did they know what she was doing but they were also pleasuring themselves was beyond bizarre.
“I know it’s not the same as your neon pink friend but just think maybe this will help you get some more animated action.” Ginny replied jokingly. “Ok my silence is going up.” A small change in Hermione’s ear pressure confirmed that Ginny had in fact cast her silencing charm before Hermione had a chance to respond. Typical, Hermione thought.
“I’m sure Severus will be very pleased that you went to all this effort for him.” Luna said quietly before she took cast her silencing charm.
Hermione froze in response to her words. She had suspected Luna had some inkling regarding her relationship but she was still stunned to realize that Luna knew exactly what was going on between her and Severus. Thank Merlin that no one else is as perceptive as Luna. Luna’s complete approval however, made her heart feel a little lighter.
Hermione admired her reflection as she cast her silencing spell. She could picture Severus wrapping his arms around her to dance, then pulling her close for a kiss. Despite the awareness that she was essentially being asked to masturbate on command, Hermione was already getting turned on as she fantasized about attending the Victory Ball free of any restrictions or expectations. Where she could dance and snog him to her heart’s content in front of everyone. Her fingers slipped down into her panties, lightly circling her clit. Gasping softly, she imagined that it was Severus fingering her discreetly as they glided across the dance floor. The image of reaching orgasm on the dance floor by his talented hands in front of oblivious crowds caused her core to clench with desire. She grabbed the tiny crystal bottle as her climax washed over her. Breathing heavily, Hermione looked back at her reflection, her face was flushed but her hair and makeup were still perfect. She cancelled her silencing charm and vanished her golden curtain. Luna sat in her chair holding her bottle and staring absentmindedly in space. Ginny’s golden curtain was still in place but after a few minutes, her curtain vanished too and the three attendants arrived back holding a small flask containing a bubbling thin rose colored liquid. They added the sweet smelling solution to each of the witch’s crystal bottle and then cast a nonverbal spell. A tiny blast of heat and light erupted from the bottle before quickly extinguishing and leaving a rosy sparkling liquid.
“Just dab a small amount of on your neck, breasts and ankles thirty minutes before you arrive at the ball.” Hannah said.
“If you are feeling extra bold, dab a little on your inner thighs.” Patricia said before winking at them as she walked out the door.
Sarah requested the second sheet of parchment paper from everyone and with a quick wave of her wand produced a lifelike drawing of each of their reflections. “A keepsake to remember your experience here at Forma Corporis.” She smiled warmly before she left. Hannah waited from for them to grab their things and then escorted them back to the front. “I hope you all have a wonderful time at the Victory Ball and please remember to use Forma Corporis for all your beautification needs.”
The cold air ambushed them as they left the salon but in truth they were all too excited to care. “Wasn’t that a great idea. Now we look amazing and ready for the party of our life!” Ginny exclaimed, beaming wildly with excitement. Smiling, they all practically ran back to the castle to finish getting ready, with even Hermione caught up in the anticipation. It had taken Hermione longer than she had expected to finish getting ready. She had hemmed and hawed for quite some time over which lingerie to wear before finally deciding on a delicate, lacy and almost sheer halter bra with a matching lacy thong. Her dress looked amazing with her makeup and hair, and of course as promised by Forma Corporis, everything complimented each other perfectly. She dabbed a small amount of the special perfume on her breasts, neck and ankles as well as inner thighs right before she left.
They had all made plans to meet at the main staircase ten minutes before the ball began. Hermione was predictably the first to arrive. Her heart nervously hopped in her chest as she stood waiting for her friends, wondering if her plan to dance with Severus would work, and hoping that he would be impressed with her ensemble. Soon Ginny and Harry arrived to distract her from her worries. Ginny was almost giddy with excitement, twirling around with Harry in a mock waltz with as Harry laughed loudly. Next Luna and Neville arrived next holding hands. Hermione thought they looked adorable. Luna resembled a fluffy but gorgeous tiered pink cake and Neville kept looking over in awe at her, like a kid in a candy store whose who has just been told he can have anything he wants.
Ron and Lisa eventually arrived, mere minutes before the Victory Ball began. It was no surprise that Ron was late as usual, however Ron looked awfully smug. As Lisa greeted everyone, Ginny pointedly glanced at Hermione and then back at Lisa’s smudged lipstick. “Ron’s appears to be getting his wand wet before the party even begins.” Ginny whispered in amusement. Hermione just rolled her eyes in response. Finally they started down the stairs toward the Great Hall. Halfway down the stairs, Hermione paused for a moment, lost in the memory of the last time she had walked down this stairs for a holiday ball. Merlin, how much things have changed since 4th year.
Chapter 24: The 1st Annual Hogwarts Victory Ball
A trigger warning. This chapter contains an attempted assault (does NOT involve Professor Snape).
The Great Hall had been completely transformed. The ceiling was charmed to resemble a clear night sky full of stars. Snowflakes fell from nonexistent clouds only to disappear halfway to the ground. Garlands of holly and ivy crept up the frost covered walls. The hall had been divided into three sections. On the left and right, there were refreshments of all kinds stacked on floating tiers that circled in a seemingly random pattern around the guest tables. Each round guest table was decorated with an enormous bouquet of white and red flowers. Every bouquet was unique with different combinations of white lilies, gardenias and roses mixed with red roses, tulips and amaryllis. Each side had two chocolate waterfalls surrounded by arches of strawberry vines as well as six bubbling fountains of champagne encircled by a floating table of glasses. In the middle was a large wooden dance floor with a small stage set up in the front of the dance floor. Two delicately carved ice sculptures flanked the sides of the stage, one of Merlin and the other of Circe. Hogwarts’ 1st Holiday Victory Ball was spelled out in large golden letters behind the stage and cast a golden glow on the stage.
“Wow, they really went all out, didn’t they.” Harry said. Ginny was too awestruck to respond and just nodded in response.
“I notice the sign says Hogwarts’ 1st Holiday Victory Ball. I wonder if this is going to be an annual thing.” Neville asked as he looked around.
“Gods, I hope not.” Hermione sighed. Ginny looked scandalized at her lack of enthusiasm and Hermione felt the need to explain. “Ginny it’s beautiful, but don’t you think having this every year would be a bit much. It would quickly lose its appeal.”
“I guess so.” Ginny replied, not sounding convinced.
“Mate, look at all this food!” Ron immediately headed toward the closest side and grabbed a large plate, loading it up with all the available appetizers.
The Great Hall was rapidly filling up with people and Hermione found herself getting rather annoyed at the constant flattery from strange witches and wizards. Harry caught her eyes revealing a combination of bemusement and irritation after she and Harry were again pulled into the limelight to meet yet another important wizard from the ministry. Ron originally had been quite put out that he wasn’t drawing the same type of attention. However Lisa had began rubbing her breasts against his back while whispering in his ear and Ron suddenly didn’t seem to care anymore. Hermione couldn’t help but think that maybe Lisa and Ron would make a good pair if Lisa could manage to restrain his quick temper.
Hermione had been anxiously searching for Severus all night and her heart took an anxious flop when she finally spotted him, dressed impeccably in formal black dress robes. His eyes widened almost imperceptibly when he saw her and for a split second, Hermione could see the fire and passion burning behind his eyes. However, almost instantly, his expression returned to normal and he appeared again as the unaffected professional. He held her gaze for a few seconds longer before he turned away to answer a question from Madam Pomfrey.
Unfortunately, the Victory Ball was so crowded, and she and Harry were in such demand, that Hermione was having difficulty even reaching Professor Snape. She had been hoping to at least be able to show off her dress robes to him before dinner under the guise of innocent conversation, but she couldn’t even get close to him. Occasionally she would catch glimpses of him but then she would be pulled another direction. Finally everyone was directed to take their seats and Hermione found herself at a table with not only Harry, Ginny, Ron, Neville and Luna but Percy and Penny and regrettably Cormac McLaggen. Severus was at a table with the rest of the Hogwarts' staff on the other side of the Great Hall. None of the teachers had brought dates other than the Defense against the Dark Arts Professor Proudfoot whose wife Geraldine who worked for the Ministry’s Accidental Magic Reversal Squad.
Once everyone had been seated, little puffs of smoke began rising from each golden plate followed by a surprisingly loud thump as dinner dropped on each guest’s plate. The Ministry of Magic had obviously decided to forego the system of ordering food that Hermione recalled from the Yule Ball and just serve everyone the same meal. Lobster tail, steak, green beans and mashed potatoes. Floating trays appeared by each table offering a selection of red and white wine as well as water, butterbeer and even fire whiskey. One just had to say the name of their desired beverage and it would even pour itself.
“What a nifty extension and command charm. I bet this would come in handy when watering the greenhouse” Luna commented as she ordered a glass of white wine.
“I suspect it only lasts for several hours.” Hermione replied. “But I do wonder if with some charm work it could be extended at least for 12 hours to assist with watering the more exotic magical varieties.”
“The Venomous Tentacula for sure.” Neville interjected. He paused to take a large bite of steak before continuing. “Those plants require so much water during their annual blooming and it certainly would reduce the chance of losing an arm.”
“I’m sure you would be able to perfect the charm Hermione. You have always been so intelligent.” Cormac said, his voice sickeningly sweet with flattery. “Though it’s easy to forget when you look so utterly gorgeous tonight.”
Hermione fought the urge to roll her eyes at Cormac’s ridiculous attempt to entice her. He was obviously still the buffoon she remembered from Hogwarts. She tried to catch Ginny’s eyes to gauge her reaction to Cormac’s rather poor attempts to win her over, but she was too preoccupied with Harry. Even Ron, who tended to get rather pissed at anyone who tried to chat her up, didn’t notice. The fact that they had broken up over 6 months ago had not previously curbed his ridiculous jealousy. However currently, Ron was completely oblivious. Lisa was feeding him bites of lobster off her fork, leaning over to give maximum cleavage and Ron’s eyeballs were practically embedded in her breasts.
Luckily the conversation soon moved to Quidittich so while Hermione had to deal with Cormac constantly puffing up his chest and bragging about his unbelievable saves, at least he wasn’t trying to win her over with excessive praise. She quickly tuned out the conversation and glanced around around the ballroom. The staff appeared to be having a good time with even Severus in quiet conversation with Madame Pomfrey. Well, all of the faculty except Headmistress McGonagall, who sat stiffly in her chair, her wand grasped tightly in her hand, watching carefully for any disorderly conduct. Hermione suspected McGonagall was extremely nervous that another unfortunate incident similar to the Halloween Ball would happen tonight and tarnish the school’s reputation. It was likely the Headmistress wouldn’t be able to enjoy the ball at all but Hermione found that she didn’t really care. Her opinion of Minerva McGonagall had certainly been tainted by her currish behavior toward Severus.
“So I have been promoted to the head of the Ministry of Magic Magical Trading Standards Body.” Percy boasted loudly to the table at a lull in conversation. “Just in time too since Penny and I are expecting our first little wizard in 6 short months.”
“Ron, you’re going to be an uncle!” Harry exclaimed, clapping Ron on the back. Ron looked a little stunned by the announcement. “Already Percy? You just got married this summer.”
“We figured why wait. If the war taught as anything, it’s that life is too short not to enjoy it.” Penny replied, gazing lovingly up a Percy.
“And don’t forget I’m going to be an Aunt!” Ginny said excitedly. “Have you already told Mum and Dad?”
“Yes, we told them this morning. Mum was totally chuffed. Her first grandchild.” Percy puffed out his chest with pride.
“Congratulations, both of you.” Hermione said warmly. Percy could be a little pompous but she was glad he had mended his estrangement from the Weasley family.
“Your son will be very loyal and intuitive with the moon as their ruling planet. How lucky you are that he will be born in the end of June.” Luna said. “He should be very good at detecting naggles.”
No one knew exactly how to respond to Luna’s comment but luckily they were saved at that moment by Minster Kingsley who had just stepped up on the stage.
“Esteemed Witches and Wizards, the Ministry of Magic would like to welcome you to the Hogwarts’ 1st Annual Holiday Victory Ball. The past years have been extremely difficult for the Wizarding World and it brings me great joy to see everyone gathered at Hogwarts to celebrate the holiday. He paused and looked soberly over the crowd before continuing. “Triumph, though, has not come to us without considerable cost and I would like to take this moment to remember all of the exceptional witches and wizards that gave their lives to ensure our ability to live without fear.” Kingsley bowed his head. Everyone followed suit and silence swept through the Great Hall. After several minutes, Kingsley resumed his speech. “The Ministry of Magic would like to take this time to recognize four heroes for their tireless dedication to ensuring freedom from tyranny. Harry Potter needs no introduction, but let us not forgot Hermione Granger, whose intelligence guided Mr. Potter, or Ron Weasley’s unwavering support or Headmistress Minerva McGonagall, who protected Hogwarts students during their time of need. Mr. Potter, Miss Granger, Mr. Weasley and Headmistress McGonagall, please come up front to receive your Order of Merlin, 1st class.”
Hermione followed Harry, Ron and the Headmistress up to the front stage. The room exploded in cheers as Kingsley pinned each of them with their medals and pompously shook their hands. Unfortunately, they had to remain on stage for the remainder of speech and Hermione fidgeted nervously, uncomfortable being in the center of attention. Harry also appeared to want to be anywhere but on stage, though Ron was obviously enjoying every second. The headmistress seemed to still be preoccupied with preventing any unplanned hitches that might ruin the ball and her eyes continued to scan the crowd for miscreants.
As Kingsley droned on about the achievements of the Ministry of Magic in rebuilding the magical world, Hermione thought about the persistent hypocrisy that saturated the magical community. The Ministry of Magic’s official version of the last year's events had been twisted to create a heroic narrative with Harry Potter as the sole warrior against Voldemort. Ron was mentioned only in passing with Hermione described as little more than a librarian following Harry dutifully along, consulting her books in times of need. McGonagall was painted as the saving grace of Hogwarts, protecting all the students and the castle. The role that Severus Snape played at keeping the students safe from the Carrows and delivering critical information to the Order of the Phoenix was completely ignored. The Ministry was whitewashing the war already, the undesirable actions were quietly being swept under the rug and the victory already was being attributed to the hard work of the Ministry rather than the outside group. Hermione wasn’t surprised by the Ministry’s action, but she couldn’t help but feel disappointed.
Kingsley’s long winded speech finally ended and Hermione quickly left the stage, making her way back to the table. Not too long after Hermione, Ron and Harry had returned to their table, the plates became popping their way back out of existence. “I guess dinner is done.” Hermione commented, biting back a laugh at Ron who was currently trying to jam the rest of his mashed potatoes in his mouth before his plate disappeared. “I wonder if the strawberries and chocolate fountain are dessert or something else will be served at the table as well?” Ron questioned, his mouth still full with mashed potatoes.
“Good grief Ron, are you still hungry?” Ginny asked. “Weren’t four plates of appetizers before we sat down and two helpings of dinner enough for you?”
Ron’s face flushed red as he mumbled that he was just wondering.
“No need to be embarrassed Ron. Wizards with such big muscles always eat more.” Lisa proclaimed before grabbing his face for a kiss.
Everyone else looked at each other with bemusement, obviously trying not to laugh. Luckily just then the music started, which covered up Harry’s suppressed snorts of laughter.
Percy and Penelope left the table to dance, followed by Harry and Ginny. Ron was still sucking face with Lisa and Hermione doubted he would come up for air anytime soon. Cormac stood up and Hermione inwardly cringed, trying to come up with a plausible excuse for not dancing. Luckily, before he was able to ask her to dance, Neville stepped in.
“Hermione, I’m sure Luna won’t mind if I have this first dance with you.” Luna smiled in agreement from the table and waved them off. Cormac awkwardly stood there for a second or two before asking Luna to dance. She gracefully accepted and soon everyone was out on the dance floor.
“Thanks Neville.” Hermione said gratefully as they twirled around the dance floor.
“You looked pretty uncomfortable around Cormac. It’s obvious to everyone but him that you have no interest in him.”
“I’m hoping I don’t have to hex him before he gets the message, but he’s beginning to test my patience.”
“Oh, I don’t know.” he replied. “That might be rather entertaining.”
“Neville! We’re supposed to be setting an example as teaching assistants.”
“You’ll be doing the Wizarding World a favor. His head is so inflated I’m surprised he could even get in the door.”
“Somehow I doubt that Headmistress McGonagall would see it that way.”
Neville just laughed as the song came to an end. Hermione saw with satisfaction that Cormac was now on the opposite end of the dance floor and had already been snatched up for the next dance by an adoring fan. It was time to put her plan into action.
“Professor Flitwick, can I have this dance?”
The professor nodded delightedly, and soon they were waltzing away. Hermione had been worried about the dynamics, but Flitwick, despite his diminutive stature, excelled at dancing and the levitation charm he had cast made them the same height. The music grew louder, as did the crowd, but Hermione concentrated on her goal. She danced with every professor in turn and even took a brief spin with both Professor Sprout and Professor Hooch before approaching Severus.
“Professor Snape, may I have this dance?” Hermione said nervously. Her heart was pounding in her chest, unable to suppress the worry that he might reject her. He had been so tense in the past several weeks with the extra duties and McGonagall’s petty interference. What if he had changed his mind about dancing with her? What if he had changed his mind about her? Hermione’s rumination was cut short when Severus took her hand tenderly and led her to the dance floor.
“You look absolutely stunning, Hermione,” he whispered in her ear as they began to dance. “I’ve had to restrain myself all night from just taking you in my arms and kissing you, the Ministry and Minerva be damned.”
Hermione's heart was soaring at his admission. She snuggled closer into his encircling arms though she managed to stop herself before their dancing appeared too unprofessional. His rich sandalwood scent clung to her body as they rotated on the dance floor. It was perfect. Unfortunately, the song was over too quickly and Hermione knew they couldn’t risk another dance. She no longer cared at all about the ball. She just wanted to leave and be with him.
“I think I’ve had rather enough of this event, haven’t you? Snape asked they pulled apart. “It’s a bit too crowded for my taste.”
Hermione grinned. “Let me just say goodbye to my friends so they won’t start searching for me. I’ll meet you in 10 minutes in front of the dungeon hallway.”
She quickly found Ginny and Harry in front of the chocolate waterfall, dipping strawberries. “You guys, I’m going to head out. Have a great rest of the night.”
“Hermione, don’t go yet. The night is still young. And we need to find you a man.”
I already have a wonderful man. She thought. “Ginny, I’ve had a magnificent time but I’ve never been one to stay out until morning.”
Ginny’s expression was rebellious and she appeared ready to start hounding Hermione to stay until Harry spoke up.
“Hermione, we would love you to stay but certainly we understand if you want to go.” He gave a pointed look at Ginny.
“Alright.” Ginny sighed. “I don’t mean to be overbearing. I just want you to be happy and have fun.”
“I did have fun, Ginny. I’m just ready to call it a night. We’ll catch up tomorrow, I promise.”
Ginny nodded, looking slightly mollified.
Hermione said her goodbyes to Luna and Neville and regrettably was waylaid by Hagrid for several more minutes before she was finally able to leave the Great Hall. Her footsteps echoed in the empty hall as she walked toward the dungeon. Suddenly, a hand grabbed her arm and spun her around.
“Where are you going you little tease? I’ve been trying to dance with you all night.”
“Cormac, look I tried to be polite but I am not interested in you.” Hermione said, frustrated at yet another delay.
“Come on Hermione.” Cormac leered at her. “I know you want me, everyone does.”
Hermione opened her mouth to respond and promptly found herself with his slimy tongue in her mouth. She froze for a second, shocked at the turn of events. Then a clattering noise startled her, jolting Hermione back to her senses and she shoved him away. Her heart sank to the floor as she saw the metal torch holder on the floor and a faint glimpse of black robes billowing away down the hallway.
“No need to play coy with me Hermione.” Cormac said as he leaned in toward her again.
Hermione had had enough. “I said ‘No’!” She whipped her wand out and sent a stunner at his chest. Cormac collapsed to the floor as he was hit with the red light, a baffled expression on his face. Gods, is he really so dense that he still thought I wanted him?
“Engorgio." Hermione waved her wand over his head causing it to rapidly grow. After several seconds it was the size of a large dog and she cancelled the spell. While her spell wouldn’t do any lasting damage, it wouldn’t be comfortable when he woke up. His facial features were now grossly distorted and his head comically lulled on the floor, looking way too big to be attached to his body.
“Wanker” Hermione muttered as she stowed her wand again. She looked down the dungeon hallway and sighed. Now it was time to deal with Severus. Bugger, she thought. This night was not shaping up at all the way she had imagined.
Chapter 25: Hermione teaches Professor Snape
Hermione felt like screaming in frustration. She had shared such a wonderful dance with Severus and then everything had gone tits up. She glanced back at Cormac’s misshapen head and belatedly wished she had blown up his balls instead. But she wasn’t just angry at him. She was furious at Severus. How could he think that she would be willing to kiss someone else? He should have helped pull him off of her, not assumed that she wanted to make out with Cormac. Did he really think that poorly of her, that she betray him so easily? Logically she knew his insecurity and jealousy had overridden his common sense but she still mad as hell. How could he not trust her?
So caught up in her thoughts, she almost bypassed his doorway. She gathered together her swirling emotions, took a few calming breaths and knocked. Predictably there was no answer. Tonight, however, Hermione was not going to let him ignore her. She jiggled the handle with no success. Sighing, she took out her wand and began breaking the protective wards that guarded his private quarters. Luckily everyone was still at the party and the dungeon was deserted. It would have been rather hard to explain why she was attempting to break into Professor Snape’s room. Finally, she disabled the last charm and opened the door.
Severus sat rigidly in his chair, his back turned away from her. He gave no visual reaction at all to her invading presence. There was no fire in the grate and without it, the room was frigid. Hermione struggled to see anything in the dim light.
“Severus. Please talk to me.” Hermione said softly. There was no response. Annoyance bubbled up inside of her again. Why was he always pulling away from her?
“Damn it Severus!” Hermione yelled. “How many times do I have to tell you that I am not interested in anyone but you?”
Snape turned and stared crossly at her as he replied. “I don’t know why you insist on denying it. It is quite obvious that I lack certain assets that Cormac seems to possess.”
Hermione responded back bitingly. “I would have thought the only asset Cormac had that you were lacking was the ability to behave like a complete arse but you are making me doubt that assessment.”
He turned away from her once more, shutting her out.
Hermione let out a frustrated cry. Why did he insist on behaving like a child? Hermione was just about to start yelling at him again when she was suddenly struck by the sadness and desperation that permeated the room. His face was all but hidden by the dark shadow that the lone flickering candle cast. Despite his posturing, misery seemed to radiate from him.
Hermione stared at his back for a few seconds, thinking. She understood his insecurity all too well but he had to learn to let it go. She cared deeply for him and whatever this relationship was, she wanted it to continue. But he was going to have to learn to let go of his defenses.
Finally, she broke the silence. “Incarcerous.”
Snape’s head snapped up as he sensed a wave of magic sweep over him. Before he could quite wrap his head around what was happening, he found himself bound tightly to his bed.”
“Untie me, witch!” Snape said angrily but she just ignored him. His heart sank as his anger quickly turned to fear. Did she mean to leave him here as a punishment for his crimes? Had she finally had enough of his bitterness? Just like Lily, had his foolish behavior pushed her away? She had never given him reason to doubt her. What was it about her that made him lose his control so easily?
Hermione continued to stare at him quietly, leaving Snape uneasy, unable to guess her intentions. Sighing, she met his eyes. “If you are going to act like a petulant child, I am going to treat you like one.” She took off her outer robes slowly and placed them on the chair next to the bed. “I wish you would use your formidable intelligence to comprehend that I am not interested in any other wizard.”
Snape’s mouth was unusually dry. “I’m sorry,” he whispered. He was embarrassed by his jealousy, his lack of control.
“Please trust me Severus. Don’t let your doubt cloud your judgement.”
Snape’s eyes avoided hers in shame but he was astonished to realize that he truly did trust her. He had never before really trusted anyone but despite this, he trusted Hermione implicitly.
“I do trust you.” Severus’ voice was barely audible despite the silent room.
Hermione’s heart leapt at his admission. However, she wasn’t going to let him get off so easily.
“I know, but” she trailed off, a small smirk appeared on her lips. “Since you seem to be unable to act your age, I don’t think you have earned the freedom to make your own decisions yet. You continue to let your insecurity override your exceptional wit. How long before you get it into your thick skull that I am yours, and you are mine.” Hermione almost growled the last word, possessive.
Snape held his breath as he watched her move in front of him, unsure of her plans. Leisurely she brought her fingers to her pouting lips and slowly traced her index finger over them. “You are the only man I want touching my lips, kissing them raw.” Her hand trailed down her neck and a quick flick of her wand removed the glamour, revealing several prominent love bites that made an enticing pathway down to her supple breasts, still hidden under her dress. His breath quickened as he watched her unhurriedly unbutton her dress from behind, finally letting it fall to her waist and expose her perfect breasts enclosed in delicate white lace. “You are the only man that has had the pleasure of feasting on my breasts. Running your tongue over my nipples.” Her own hands were now caressing her tits, undoing her bra. Severus let out an involuntary hiss as her fingers pinched her erect nipples. His cock now tight in his trousers, throbbed for attention.
Hermione continued her slow seduction, letting her dress drop to the floor as her hands ran down her body. “You are the only man that pleases me." She stepped out of her panties and stood unabashedly naked in front of him. "You are the only man I want tasting me. The only one I want inside me.” She spread her folds with her questing fingers and Severus groaned at the image. Hermione, naked with her moist cunt spread out for him. His hard cock strained against his trousers to break free and claim her enticing pussy. He struggled against his bonds but she had cast her spell well and he was only able to wiggle slightly in the bed.
Hermione smiled smugly at his ineffective struggling as she continued to touch herself. Letting out tiny needy gasps as she brushed against her clit. He could only watch as her face began flush with pleasure and her back arched in response. Snape had never seen anything so beautiful. No woman had ever treated him to such a show before and he was overcome with desire for this stunning sexy witch. This witch that unbelievably wanted only him.
“Please Hermione.” he begged. “Please let me fuck you.”
In response, she frigged her clit harder and Severus could tell that she was nearing climax.
Severus let out a tortured groan at the intoxicating sight. He jerked his hips involuntarily. His cock seeking any friction to relieve the unbearable hunger that was threatening to consume him.
“Merlin, Hermione. You are so fucking hot!"
She cried out and fell off the cliff as pleasure rippled through her veins. Hermione met his dilated pupils, passion searing beneath her gaze.
“Please Severus, it’s only you. It will always be only you. Mark me as your own, claim me and wash away your doubt.” She gasped as she flicked her wand and vanished his clothes. She climbed on top of him, grinding down hard against his arousal.
An animalistic need washed over his body as her lips crashed into his. “You are mine, mine!” He replied, his voice as demanding as his mouth as he thoroughly feasted on her enticing lips. Soon he moved to her neck, sucking and biting passionately as she moaned, leaving his mark upon her. Hermione leaned over, feeding her lovely breast to him. His tongue encircled her pink peak, then scraped his teeth gently over the sensitive tip, causing her to let out a tiny gasp of pleasure. She leaned back and shifted so his mouth enclosed the other breast, his tongue laving the other nipple with the same attention. She continued to roll her hips over his engorged shaft. The moisture from between her legs coating him, making him slick with her wetness.
Severus was drowning in her. Pleas of desperation fell undirected from his lips, begging Hermione to release him and let him fuck her. Hermione didn’t free him but she did finally adjust her hips. Severus let out a guttural groan as Hermione sank down on his cock, feeling her tight warm walls engulf him.
His hips struggled against her magical confinement, wanting to thrust up further into her, faster into her but he was essentially immobile and found that he had to let Hermione set the pace. She moved torturously slow up and down on him, impervious to his begging. Gods she was beautiful, riding him. Severus thought. A thin sheen of sweat covered her delicious body and her breasts bounced in rhythm as she continued to impale herself on his thick cock. Hermione’s breath was coming faster now and she began to fuck him with abandon. He could feel the heat rising inside him and within seconds he was at the brink. A surge of pleasure overtook him and he let out a deep moan as he shot his load deep inside her. Hermione responded with a shuddered gasp, as her inner muscles contracted around him in climax, milking every last drop out of him.
Sated, she slowly untangled herself from his body. She waved her wand and released him from his bonds. He reached for her and pulled her back into bed with him, his body covering hers. “Don’t ever let me go.” He murmured into her riotous curls. Hermione grinned. “Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere.” She snuggled closer in his arms and they both drifted asleep.
Hermione awoke several hours later and was surprised to see that Severus was awake as well.
“I guess this is what happens when you go to bed early. It must be the middle of the night but I feel unexpectedly alert.” Hermione said.
“Well let’s get up. I have an idea.”
Hermione sat up, confused at his suggestion. She was waiting for further clarification but Severus just smirked at her. “C’mon, I promise you’ll enjoy it.”
Intrigued, Hermione got up and began to gather her clothes from the ball.
Snape just shook his head and quickly transfigured one of his shirts into a dressing robe. “Just wear this. No need to be overly formal,” he said, bemused.
Hermione laughed and took the dressing robe from his hands. “Well maybe if I knew where we were going, I could dress for the occasion.”
He had put on a long velvet green dressing robe and slippers and was patiently waiting for her to finish getting ready. “It’s a surprise.”
Quietly they crept through the corridor and up the stairs. Finally they stopped in front of the doors of the Great Hall. He pointed his wand and the doors opened. Quickly pulling Hermione inside, Snape turned and resealed the doors. Hermione took in the scene in front of her. Remnants of the party were everywhere; half empty glasses of champagne on the tables, festive debris on the floor. The decorations were all still in place, even the chocolate waterfalls. The stars twinkled above and the fluffy snowflakes were still falling from nonexistent clouds, only to disappear halfway to the ground.
Severus pulled her to the dance floor. “I owe you another dance.” He waved his wand again and soft music began playing overhead. Hermione smiled and melted into his arms. This time, she didn’t have to worry about maintaining a professional distance. She twirled around, enclosed completely in his arms. Her heart felt like it was floating. This was how the evening was supposed to go. She could hear the steady beat of his heart as she rested her head against his chest. His distinctive scent completely permeated her senses as she closed her eyes and let him guide her. After several songs, Severus tilted her head gently up with his hand and his lips brushed hers.
“Thank you.” He breathed into her ear.
“For understanding. For not letting me push you away. For caring for me.”
She was struck by the sadness of his words and couldn’t help but reflect. How awful his life must have been, if she was the first person to ever express love to this complicated but wonderful man. How different his life might have been, if he had received even a tiny bit of the love he deserved.
Hermione’s eyes were damp with tears as she pulled him closer. “You never have to thank me for that.”
They swayed peacefully together, both in quiet contemplation for quite some time before Hermione’s lips met his again. The soft kisses escalated and soon Hermione found herself aggressively rubbing against the bulge in his robe. Her hands tangled in his hair and Severus let out a moan as her breasts pressed against his chest.
Suddenly he pulled away and instead took her hand, leading her to the chocolate waterfall. Kissing her shoulder, he slipped the transfigured robe off her shoulders and allowed it to pool on the ground by her feet, leaving her completely naked. Hermione made a move to cover herself, looking nervous. “What if someone comes in? They would catch me starkers with a Professor. There would be no explaining that one away.” Severus just chuckled. “Don’t you trust my wards?” Hermione looked chagrined. Of course Severus Snape wouldn’t be doing anything that he didn’t have complete control over, she thought. It was just that she was naked, in the Great Hall!
“Plus, I don’t think we would be able to explain away why we are alone in the Great Hall in the middle of the night in dressing gowns, either. In for a pence, in for a pound I say.” With that proclamation, he took off his robe as well.
“C’mon here, Hermione.” Severus’ lustful gaze seemed to swallow her up as he stared unabashedly at her bare form.
He stuck his fingers in the waterfall and then began to trace them down her body, painting her with the dark chocolate. The sweet fragrance filled her nose. His fingertips brushed her nipples, causing Hermione to buck against his hand. Severus smirked at her reaction and bent over to whisper in her ear. “You like that, don’t you?” Without waiting for an answer, he held out two fingers in front of her face. “Suck," he commanded and Hermione’s mouth covered his fingers, her tongue exploring each digit, savoring the sticky liquid.
His other hand continued to roam along her curves, coaxing a soft sigh out of her lips. Then he removed his fingers and tilted her head to kiss her. Their tongues tangled together, sharing the luscious chocolate flavor.
Hermione’s head was blissfully floating, consumed by the sensations he was drawing from her body. The warm chocolate felt heavenly on her breasts as it dripped tantalizing down her abdomen toward her wet thighs. After Severus had coated her body with swirling chocolate designs, he removed his hands and replaced them with his mouth She moaned as his tongue darted out and he began to follow the delicious trail he had created. He lapped around her nipples before slowly descending to the her thighs. Hermione’s legs trembled when he finally found her slick cunt. A low hiss of desire from his lips sent vibrations through her core. He was doing his best to clean off all of the chocolate mixed with her own sweet ambrosia, his tongue explored every fold, his nose bumping against her bundle of nerves. Hermione felt a gush of wetness as her core tightened, the combination of the friction and his questing tongue driving her higher and higher. She seemed to stay suspended on the edge forever, heat flooding her body. Her cries becoming frenzied screams of need.
“Severus, please, please. I need, please oh gods please.”
He turned his full concentration to her throbbing nub and within a few seconds, she was overwhelmed by the most powerful climax she had ever experienced. Hermione’s legs gave out and she was dimly aware of Severus catching her and gently placing her on his lap. His arms encircled her, keeping her safe as wave after wave of pleasurable aftershocks tore through her body. A final release of liquid trickled out of her onto his resting palm and then she collapsed on his chest, panting.
“Merlin Severus. That was absolutely amazing.” Hermione said when she finally caught her breath.
Severus just grinned seductively at her before bringing his palm to his mouth and lapping up all of her release. “You taste so much better than chocolate.” His eyes were dark with desire and Hermione could feel his hard length pushing against her rear.
Hermione pushed back enticingly against him. “I think it’s time I taste you.” She covered her own hands in chocolate and then began stroking his length. The creamy chocolate felt like satin around his cock as it slide between her delicate hands. He felt himself swell even more at her ministrations. As she began to move faster, he had to use all his willpower not to just ravish her right now on the floor of the Great Hall. A whimper escaped from his lips as she kneeled in front of him, grinning seductively. The sight of Hermione, mouth stained with chocolate, slowly engulfing his cock nearly made him burst right there. She continued to torment him, her tongue caressing up and down his length slowly. He could feel the tension building as he threaded his fingers in her curly hair. She was the only thing tethering him to reality as the rapture grew near. He finally surrendered, letting the ecstasy wash over him as thick spurts of come pulsed from his cock. Hermione swallowed it all without hesitation and then ran her tongue around his head, cleaning off all the chocolate as well as his seed. At last, when he was completely clean, she stood up and smiled at him. “You make an excellent dessert.” Hermione teased.
“Not as good as you, I’m sure.” Severus kissed her gently then summoned their robes, helping her with hers before donning his own. “Unfortunately, we probably should head back now, Flitch won’t do his rounds for at least another hour and only Minerva and I have the ability to get into the Great Hall tonight, but no sense in taking any chances.”
“Why dp only you and the Headmistress have the ability to unlock the Great Hall? I would have thought that all the teachers could do that.”
Severus looked thoroughly pleased with himself as he replied. “Normally yes, but when extra security measures are put into place, only the Head of the Hogwarts can open certain doors, including the Great Hall.”
Hermione looked confused. “But, obviously Professor McGonagall is the Headmistress, so why can you….” She trailed off, thinking before answering her own question.
“The castle still recognizes you as the Headmaster.” She stated.
“Very good. Ten points to Gryffindor.” Severus replied, still smirking.
“Does Professor McGonagall know?"
“No. I see little reason to enlighten her and I must admit, it definitely provides an advantage at times. How do you think I was able to override the security on your fireplace.”
“It makes a little more sense now, why you were so comfortable taking me here. But weren’t you at all concerned that McGonagall would walk in?"
“Nope.” He answered, his expression devilish. “I had been planning for weeks to take you here tonight after the Ball. I wanted to be able to give you a proper dance. I may have slipped Minerva a time activated sleeping potion mixed with her coffee this morning.”
“Severus! I was so worried that despite our precautions, we’d get caught.”
“I know." Severus replied. “It was such a turn on though, to see your trust in me and that you want me so badly that you were willing to strip in the Great Hall.”
“I will never be able to eat here again without remembering this night.”
“That was the whole point. It will make mealtimes much more entertaining.” Severus winked at her. “Let’s go back to bed. The whole castle is bound to sleep late tomorrow. I’m sure this time you’ll be able to spend the night without your friends trying to break down your door too early in the morning."