Now That Your Rose Is In Bloom

Chapter 27

AN: Thank you for all the support! It is deeply appreciated!

The screen was black.

Rose pulled the blankets up to her chest and groaned.

"Oh no! Is that a stain on your carpet?"

She grabbed the remote and muted the television. The only thing half as annoying as a Weasley was a commercial.

Soft footsteps approached the sitting room. Rose turned until she was facing the hallway.

"Sweetie, do you need anything?"

"No Grandma," Rose replied.

"Okay," Grandma stepped closer to her granddaughter. "I'm going to be out in the garden doing some weeding. If anything at all comes up don't hesitate to let me know."

"I will," Rose replied.

Grandma kissed Rose on the head. "I hope you are feeling better soon."

"As do I," Rose replied before kissing her on the cheek.

"Don't forget to call your parents and tell them that you made it here safely."

"I won't."

Grandma picked up a blue bowl. She raised it until it was eye-level with Rose. "Are you finished with the chips."

"I am."

"I'll go ahead and put the bowl on the kitchen table then."

"Thank you."

Grandma gave her a grin before leaving the room.

Rose glanced up at the television. If she called the number on the screen now she would get two commemorative Beauty and the Beast coins for the price of one.

The patio door creaked open, then clicked shut.

Rose crawled out of the couch and trudged towards the fireplace. She grabbed a fistful of floo powder and threw it inside. "Snape Manor."

The flames crackled. Rose's heart slowed. Perhaps Mum and Dad are still asleep. There is a chance that Dad was never afflicted with amnesia. Perhaps my fears that he ran into my dungeons and behaved as a formidable potions master are unfounded.

One minute passed without a response.

A chill ran down Rose's body. Perhaps Mum and Dad are not in the mansion. There is a chance that Mum followed Dad into my classroom. Once they reached their destination…

Rose squelched that train of thought.

A face appeared in the embers. "Rose?"

She exhaled. "You recognize me."

"Indeed I do," Severus drawled.

Rose's stomach dropped. She could only remember two times that disoriented expression had been on her father's face. The first was when he had a high fever, the second when he had awoken from a nightmare.

"Dad, did anything unusual happen last night?" Rose asked.

Severus looked behind him. He looked to his right and to his left. Then he waved his hand. Rose stepped back.

Within a few moments, Severus was standing before her. He made no attempt to brush the soot from his robes.

"Where did you wake up this morning?" Rose asked.

"In my bed," Severus answered.

Rose relaxed.

"I would not be relieved just yet," Severus replied. "I have little idea of what occurred after nine o'clock."

"What was your last memory?" Rose asked.

"I was preparing for bed."

"Where was Mum when you blacked out?"

"In the bathroom," Severus smirked. "Once again she took an eternity in there. I swear I've never seen a woman spend so much time preparing her hair for bed."

"That's Mum," Rose replied.

"Indeed it is."

"Do you know where Mum is at the moment?"

"She is currently in bed."

"In bed?"

Severus nodded. "I woke up beside her this morning."

Rose blinked.

"I do not remember anything after she entered the bathroom, but I awoke with her beside me as if it were any other night," Severus answered.

"Odd," Rose whispered.

"Did anything occur at Hogwarts last night?" Severus asked.

Rose grabbed the end of her cape and twirled it around her finger.

"Did I return to my old quarters?" Severus asked.

"No, I did not see you, but a few of the Weasleys paid me a visit."

"What do you mean by 'a few?'"

Rose strolled over to the sofa. "Arthur and Bill barged into my office. They were convinced I was Mum."

"Lovely," Severus flicked a pile of ash from his shoulder. "Did they say anything to you?"

Rose sat down and picked up the remote. "They were pleading with me to join them in searching for Ronald."

"Did you tell them his true location?"

She turned off the television. "I did not wish to explain his situation, so I told them I did not know where he was."

"That is for the best," Severus replied.

"But Molly," Rose smirked. "Oh she remembered me well."

"Wait," Severus drawled. "How did Molly recognize you when Bill and Arthur did not?"

Rose leaned back. "I wish I knew."

"Why would she follow them into your office if she had not lost her memory?" Severus asked.

Rose ran her finger along her cape. "Again, I wish I knew."

Severus' frown deepened. "What have I told you about sleeping in your cape?"

"I'm not sleeping in it," Rose replied. "I'm sitting in it."

"Judging from the blanket and the pillows I would say that your goal is to sleep at some point in the day, as it should be," Severus replied.

Rose yawned. "I suppose I could stand to get a little rest in the near future."

"Then take off your cape."

"Dad," Rose groaned. "I know how to iron out the wrinkles."

"Do you know how to prevent it from strangling you in the night?" he asked.

Rose shook her head as she unfastened it. Then she folded it and set it on the coffee table. "Are you happy now?"

"Quite," Severus stepped towards her. "Are you staying here for the foreseeable future?"

She nodded.

"I am pleased to hear it," Severus replied. "It is much safer here than it is at Hogwarts, or even at the mansion."

"What about you?" she asked in a soft voice. "How are you going to prevent yourself from returning to Hogwarts during an episode?"

He sat down beside her. "Do not worry about me. I have faced far worse than this."

"You deserve a bit of peace in your life, not another crisis."

"I have endured much worse than this."

"True, but what about Mum?" Rose asked. "How do you plan to explain your condition to her"

Severus swallowed. "So long as I can keep my condition from her, she should remain healthy."

"Are you sure it is wise to lie to her?"

"Given that I do not to aggravate her condition, it is my only viable option."

Rose twisted her lips.

"Do not focus on me," Severus continued. "I am perfectly capable of taking care of myself and your mother. You should focus on your recovery, not on what may happen to me once the sun sets."

"What about…"

Severus put a finger on her lips. "You need to focus on recovering."

His expression left no doubt that the discussion had concluded.

"Now," Severus removed his finger from her mouth. "It seems as if your grandparents are taking excellent care of you."

"They are," Rose replied.

He glanced over at the television. "What were you watching earlier?"

"It was a movie entitled Galaxy Quest." Rose answered.

Severus raised an eyebrow.

"The film is quite interesting. It concerns a group of actors working on a space show. Much to their surprise, an alien civilization has taken them to be real space explorers. Now the crew has to save the aliens from invaders."

"That sounds convoluted."

Rose shrugged. "The only real complaint I have about the movie is the science officer. The actor who plays him is mediocre at best."

"I will take your word for it," Severus replied. "How much pain are you in?"

"Not much at the moment."

"I will give you a potion for headaches just in case your pain flares up again. I can also grab a couple of your nightshirts so you do not sleep in your teaching robes."

"I brought a few nightgowns, but I wanted to be presentable when I spoke with you. I was too concerned for your well-being to sleep anyway."

"I hope that fear has been put to rest."

"It has not."

"Considering that there is little you can do for me, I would dispel those fears from your mind and focus on getting well."

"I will try."

Severus gave her a small grin.

"Dad," Rose swallowed. "May I ask you a question?"

"Sure," Severus answered.

"When Arthur believed me to be Mum, he gave me a speech on how I should reconcile with Ron. He claimed our love could conquer anything," Rose began.

Severus snorted.

"How did you do it?" Rose asked.

"How did I do what?"

"How did you sit through those speeches on how Ron was Mum's true love?"

"It was simple," Severus answered. "When they spoke, I remembered that each night, she fell asleep beside me. Every day she professed her love to me. Most importantly, she gifted me with her children. Nothing they said could ever change those facts."

Rose smiled. "That is true enough."

Severus kissed her forehead. "I love you so much Little Rose. Never forget that."

"I won't," Rose promised before embracing him.

"Also, do not spend a moment of your time worrying for me," Severus continued. "I will find a way to resolve this issue."

"How?"

"That is not for you to know."

She nodded. "Do be careful. I would prefer not to search for another father. I quite like the one I have at the moment."

Severus chuckled. "Do not fret, I will be around for quite some time."

Rose hummed, hoping he was correct.