2. Setting a Date
Severus had just finished with the potion he had brewed for Poppy. It was a potion to reverse the Obliviate that Albus had put on her, so she wouldn't remember that he and Bobbie had been involved. With the school still closed and no students present, Severus was safe to move around freely. He was on his way to the infirmary taking the potion to Poppy and getting the list of potions she needed restocked. He thought about the teachers meeting he had attended last night. He never before had felt as welcome as he had this time. Everyone had been respectful around him, and they had also seemed glad to see him back. Now that he had a future and something to live for and didn't have to use his nasty persona anymore, he found that the meeting had actually been tolerable and he had almost enjoyed being one of the group.
He smiled when he walked into the infirmary, which was empty of patients now. Everyone had been well enough to be released and go home. Poppy saw him and waved at him. "You looked rather comfortable in the meeting last night. How are you doing with your neck? Have you tried eating yet?"
"I have, thank you! I am eating normal food since yesterday. I just have to chew harder stuff a little better. I will be fine."
"I'm happy to hear that. By the way, Minerva looked a little put out when she heard that I knew about Bobbie and you before she did." Then she laughed and said, "Not that I remember anything of it."
"Well, here is something that will remedy that." He handed the potion to Poppy and then continued, "Yes, Minerva came by two days ago and she was very excited about the whole thing."
"Thank you Severus." Poppy accepted the potion and drank it right away. "I still can't believe Albus did that to me."
Severus said, "I suppose he felt it necessary." Then he went quiet before saying, "I never thanked you for saving my life after that snake bite. You didn't have to do that after what I did to Albus."
"Listen to me! What you did was very heroic. Albus was wrong to force this on you. In any case, it is done." Poppy then looked at him sadly and continued, "I was reluctant to help you but your fiancé was very insistent. She pleaded and even begged me, and I only started helping when she told me that it was Albus's idea. I also wasn't the one who saved your life in the first place. Bobbie poured two antidotes and three Blood-Replenishing potions into you and what probably helped most was the Energy Transfers she gave you. She almost spent all her energy on doing so. She could have died if she would have done it any longer. She can't tell how long she is doing it by herself. Someone had to break the connection after 10 minutes. She called the house elves to do that. After you still didn't improve she did it another 5 minutes. It was almost too much for her. She had the house elves first Apparate you and then herself to her room, and then one of the elves got me. You have a good woman there, Severus. She truly loves you and apparently would give her life for you. You better appreciate her."
Severus was in a daze as he walked out of Poppy's office with the potion list in his hand. He had mixed feelings about what he had heard. On one hand he was stunned and liked the thought of someone actually being willing to do something like that for him, on the other it scared him. He didn't want Bobbie to die for him. He wasn't worth it. He needed to make that clear to her.
Severus went back to his rooms where he found Bobbie talking to Molly Weasley. Severus stood rooted to the ground inside the doorframe staring at Molly. When Molly saw him she walked to him and said quietly, "Severus, Harry told us about what happened with George and now I heard from Bobbie how hard you took it when you... well, you know... I won't pretend that we weren't furious when we heard that you sliced off his ear with a curse. We now know that it wasn't directed at him and that you tried to hit a Death Eater instead."
Severus finally moved and closed the door behind him. He stood in front of Molly and said quietly, "I wish I would have been able to perform the counter curse on him. If I could have retrieved the ear with an 'Accio' I could have saved him from being maimed but that counter curse has to be done right away. I wasn't able to do that. I have thought about what I could have done over and over..."
Molly put her hand on his arm to stop blaming himself anymore. "George is fine. At least he was until he lost... until we lost Fred." Her eyes filled with tears.
Severus laid an arm around her shoulders and Molly broke down and cried into his chest. Severus held her, looking at Bobbie over Molly's head. Bobbie nodded and smiled at him.
Finally Molly sniffled a few times and slowly pushed herself away from Severus apologizing to him. "I'm sorry, I still can't get over it."
"That is quite understandable, Molly. Why don't you sit down and I will ask the house elves for some tea," he said.
"Thank you but I actually was on my way to Minerva. She wasn't in her rooms so I thought I'd stop by to let you know that we don't hold any ill will towards you and to thank you for all the help you gave the kids to fight Voldemort. Harry told us everything, and he is like a son to us..."
Severus nodded and went to Bobbie and laid an arm around her shoulders and they walked Molly to the door. Molly smiled through her tears seeing them like that and said, "Congratulations, you two!" before she walked out the door.
When the door closed behind her Severus took Bobbie's hand and led her to the sofa. She knew right away that he had something he wanted to talk to her about.
After they sat down Severus looked at her hand he was still holding and stroked it for a while. He didn't really know how to start. He finally just came out with it. "Poppy told me about the Energy Transfers you gave me. She said you almost depleted all of your Energy. She said you could have died. Please don't do that again."
"What are you talking about? It worked, didn't it?"
"If you would have died, there wouldn't have been any reason for me to go on. You are the reason I have something to live for. Don't you know that I had a poison ready to take, for after the war? My life was nothing. I was nothing! No one ever wanted me. No one would have missed me. Everyone would have been better off without me..."
Bobbie looked at him slowly shaking her head in disbelieve, "Baby, don't you dare say that! You may had a few roadblocks on the way, but there are other people now who respect and admire you. There are people who see you as their friend, like Minerva, Poppy, Filius and I would bet that Harry, and Arthur and Molly Weasley would miss you. Please don't put that burden on me. Please don't make your happiness dependent on me. I want you to live. What if years down the road something would happen to me? Your students, your colleagues and our future children still would need you. I'm begging you not to think like that."
Severus looked down on the floor and mumbled, "I don't want you to give your life for me..."
Bobbie cradled his face and turned his head, so he had to look at her. "Severus, I knew what I was doing. Yes, I cut it a little close but I heard from other Nevari that it was entirely possible. I was careful. I had Millie and Winky with me."
"Please don't do it again. Promise me!" Severus whispered while looking into her eyes with desperation.
Bobbie sighed and said, "I can't promise you that, but I tell you what..., I promise you that I won't go any longer than I did if anything like that ever happens again. You on the other hand have to promise me that you are careful not to get into a position like that. Do we have a deal?"
He looked at her a little longer, realizing that he couldn't change her mind, and then nodded and said, "Deal!"
"Good, because people who love each other are also looking out for each other," Bobbie said and then abruptly changed the subject. "So, why don't we set a date for our wedding? Minerva and also Poppy asked me again."
Severus smiled and said, "Tomorrow!"
Bobbie laughed. "I guess that wouldn't sit well with those two. Minerva needs a little time to arrange for someone to perform it. Filius didn't renew his license because he didn't have enough people who asked him to do it. He said it wasn't worth renewing it."
Severus got up and fetched his calendar off the desk and sat back down beside her. He looked it over and said, "What about the 30th, that would give her almost a week and a half and it would be on a Saturday. On Sunday the 31st the students are coming back, and the day after that, on June the 1st, the school is opening again."
"Hmm, that sounds like a good plan." Bobbie scooted up to Severus and kissed him.
Severus pulled her onto his lap and said, "By the time the students are coming back we would be Professor and Dr Snape, unless you want to keep your old name."
"No, it is my Ex-husbands name. I just never changed it back." Bobbie wrapped her arms around his neck and looked into his beautiful black eyes. She saw the passion in them and she pressed her lips to his. He opened them and pushed his tongue in between hers. Bobbie moaned with desire and went to the buttons on his shirt.
Severus pulled the t-shirt she was wearing over her head and kissed her naked breasts. Bobbie moaned again and threw her head back at the feeling of heat running through her veins. She straddled him and he held her to him while getting up and walking them to the bedroom.
He set her down on her feet in front of the bed and she pushed herself into the bulge in his trousers. It was exhilarating to her, feeling how aroused he was and then worked on the buttons of his trousers. She finally freed him by pulling his trousers and boxers off him. When she stroked his magnificent erection the sensation drew a sharp gasp from his lips. Then she unceremoniously pushed him over onto the bed so he was lying on his back.
While she looked at him she took off the rest of her clothes and he licked his lips in anticipation. Bobbie was about to straddle him when he grabbed her and laid her onto her stomach. He rolled over onto her and parted her legs entering her slowly. Bobbie groaned, "Oh Baby, you feel so good..."
He caressed her shoulders and her back with his lips and teeth while pleasuring her with long slow strokes. Bobbie breathed muffled moans into the pillow. Her eyes were closed and her nails clawed into the sheets from the utter pleasure she received. Mindless in her ecstasy she pushed herself up into him trying to get more of him.
Severus felt how close she was. It stimulated him further to give her all he had, thrusting into her as far as he could. When he felt her pushing herself up to receive him and when she tensed around him crying out his name he lost all control and trembled in an all-consuming climax.
Bobbie felt him pant into the hair at the back of her neck and even though her climax had been mind-blowing she still pushed into him to get the most of the afterglow. Just knowing that he was there was pure heaven to her.
He finally rolled onto his back next to her utterly spent and she cuddled up to him playing with the hair on his chest. She breathed, "I don't think I can ever get enough of you."
Severus kissed her on the temple and said with a smile, "I hope you never do. I feel the same way."
For some reason he started thinking about the many times he had been standing in front of his worktable brewing, when he remembered her saying something about trying lovemaking on the worktable. A lot of times he had to pry his thoughts away because his pants had gotten a little tight around him. She had the ability to drive him crazy with want and lust. Not for the first time he was wondering about if he was like that, because he had always been deprived of love or if it was normal to want somebody that badly all the time.
He smiled when he remembered that he had always snarled at the students and called them hormonal teenagers when they were standing in corners snogging or touching each other in inappropriate ways. And now here he was doing the same thing in the middle of the day because he couldn't keep his hands off of her. Fortunately he had his own rooms to engage in things like that.
"What are you smiling about?" She asked him after watching him for a while. When he told her she said, "It is never too late. Age has nothing to do with it, and maybe we do have to try the worktable one day."
Just the mere thought of it made the blood run hot through his veins again. "Yes we may have to," he said in a husky voice and rolled on top of her to make love to her one more time.
When Bobbie and Severus went to have dinner with the staff they told them the date they had set for their wedding. Minerva again said she wanted to arrange everything and told them just to relax. Severus reminded her to keep it small and she promised she would.
Just before they walked back to Severus's rooms Poppy asked to speak to Severus in private for a moment. Bobbie told him she would see him later and walked off. Severus walked with Poppy to the infirmary where Poppy started in her no-nonsense way without beating around the bush. "Severus, I never said that I was sorry for the things I said to you when you were Headmaster..."
Severus interrupted her, "Poppy, you don't have to do that. It is okay. I understand..."
"No, it is not okay. You did your best and kept the students as safe as you could given the circumstances, and instead of being thankful I said some awful things like the time, when I accused you that you look healthy and much better because you finally found your true calling as a Death Eater. I couldn't have been more wrong. I mean, you did look healthier and better, but it wasn't because of what I thought. It was because you are finally happy. Now that I know better it is as plain as day. So, I want to apologize for what I said and I want to tell you that I am very happy for you. I also want to thank you for what you did for all of us and the whole Wizarding World."
Severus first didn't know what to say, so he just said, "It was nothing."
Poppy, who knew Severus well enough to know about him getting embarrassed, when receiving gratitude or a compliment, smiled and said, "You are very welcome, my boy. I wish you all the best."
"Poppy I just want you to know that I don't blame you. You didn't know," he said quietly.
Poppy patted him on the arm and said with a smile, "You better don't let Bobbie wait."
He nodded and left the infirmary. On his way to his rooms he was thinking some more about what Poppy had said, and it made him smile. Maybe Bobbie was right and he did have some friends.