"I'd like to go to Hogsmeade," I declared.
"Then go," Severus said, sniffing haughtily. "You already know the course material I was meant to teach you."
"I'm supposed to stay with you."
He rolled his eyes. "I won't tell."
"Good, because I want you to come with me."
"I don't know. Don't you think it sounds like fun?"
"Not in the slightest."
"Please come with me," I said, trying not to sound demanding or annoying.
"But why not? I never go do things like this, I don't want to go alone. You never go either. I want to see what the fuss is about."
"Go make friends with some Ravenclaw
"Couldn't we be friends?"
"You're going to be my friend," I decided.
He looked both enraged and confused but he had been rendered speechless, as I intended.
"Now why don't you want to come to Hogsmeade with me?"
"Do you really think that going to Hogsmeade with a first year Gryffindor is going to be better for my reputation than to stay behind? If I wanted to go with anyone, I'd go with Lucius or one of my friends. Not you."
"Does Lucius go to Hogsmeade often?" I asked sarcastically. I'd seen Lucius, whose entire being screamed seriousness.
He glared at me. "Are you done?"
"I will go to Hogsmeade with you on the condition that you do not speak half this much when we are there."
I beamed. "Thank you, Severus!"
He grimaced, picking up his books and walking back to the castle.
When the day came I had a list prepared a list of things to buy and shops to visit.
Severus looked pained when I happily ran up to him, and silently started walking to the path to Hogsmeade. It was chilly, so I'd charmed my shoes and robe to be slightly warmer than usual, and I wondered idly if he ever did the same to his. He was certainly capable, but he seemed like the type of person to stay cold just for the sake of pride.
"I'd like to go to Tomes and Scrolls first, and I'd also like to go to Honeyduke's but otherwise we can go anywhere you'd like."
"My common room?" he asked dryly, and I laughed.
Hogsmeade was picturesque, and smaller than I expected. I found only a few of the books I wanted, including A Standard Book of Spells, Grade 4, and Spellman's Syllabary. Tomes and Scrolls did not have Moste Potente Potions, or The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-protection. Severus spoke up while I was looking for them though.
"I own Moste Potente Potions. If you are willing to stay quiet about it, I can allow you to look through it. Given that you've already seen all my other books I suppose it can't hurt."
I thanked him, and went to Honeyduke's then, where I got some chocolate wands, crystallized pineapple, toffees and taffy. Severus refused to spend any of his money on sweets but when I offered, even he accepted a chocolate wand and a toffee. We then went to Dogwood and Deathcap to get some plants Severus wanted for his Potions ingredients, and he spent hours telling me what each one was, and what it did, and what it was going to be put in.
He told me about knotgrass and fluxweed, Angel's Trumpet, Flitterbloom and how it was loosely related to Devil's Snare. He told me about Silverweed and Wormwood. It was better than an Herbology class! I wanted to go to Three Broomsticks and try some Butterbeer that my housemates were always talking about, but as soon as I mentioned it Severus' entire demeanor changed.
"The Marauders are probably there."
"Oh. I forgot about them."
"I never do," Severus said.
"Would you like me to bring you some?" I asked, procuring a water bottle from my purse and removing the shrinking charm.
The unspoken happiness on his face looked quite unusual, and my heart swelled up with the new knowledge that I could make Severus Snape smile.