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Seven years later by Felpata Lupin
Chapter 1: Seven years later
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It was cold to be only the beginning of September. Severus tried to rally in his mantle a bit more, to cut off the chilly wind, but it was to no avail.
It felt odd to be there once again. It felt even odder to see Platform 9 3/4 totally deserted. He'd always associated that place with excessive concentration of people and annoying cheeryness and loudness. And, obviously, to the Marauders and their obnoxious way of pestering him at any given occasion.
To see the Platform empty and silent, despite it being a little unsettling, was a welcome change.
He sat down on a bench and took a glimpse at his watch, a present from his mother for his seventeenth birthday. It was a tradition in wizarding families to receive a watch when turning of age. A silly tradition, in Severus' opinion, but that was always a better present than what he'd received from his father, that is to say nothing at all except a longer than usual scowl during dinner.
Anyway, he looked down at the watch and discovered that he was half an hour early. He snorted. So typical of him, being utterly early and then having to wait ages for others to show up. If anyone was going to show up at all... He was quite sure no one would come. Why had he decided to come, anyway? What had got into him?
Seven years earlier...
Severus had found a compartment by himself on the Hogwarts' Express. He had escaped his parents as quickly as he could and had already changed in his new school robes. Well, not exactly new... Everything his mum had bought him for school was second-hand stuff, cause they couldn't afford better. But at least those were in his size, unlike his shirt and trousers handovers from his dad.
He was looking out the window, at a pretty eleven-year-old girl standing with her family with her back to the train, her dark red hair hanging losely on her back while she argued heatedly with her sister. At a certain point, he saw her marching onto the train and quickly left his spot, crossing the train in search for his best friend.
"Hi. Is that spot free? Everywhere else is all crowded..."
Edgar hadn't even noticed the compartment door opening, too absorbed in his reading of Hogwarts, A History. He jumped startled at the sound of the new voice.
A girl with curly blonde hair and the most cheerful expression he'd ever seen was standing in the entryway, clearly waiting for his answer.
"Yes, of course. Come in." He said, performing a little smile on his own.
She entered and sat across from him by the window. Then she started talking in an excited, shrill voice.
"I'm Emmeline, by the way. Emmeline Vance. But you can call me Em, everyone does. I can't believe I'm finally heading to Hogwarts!!! It's exciting, isn't it? My dad says that it is the best school of wizardry of the world. He was a Prefect, you know? Gryffindor. Hope I'll end up there myself, even if I'm not sure I really fit in all the bravery thing, you know? Mum, instead, is a Muggle. She understands nothing of magic. But she was really happy when I received my letter, and..."
"Erm... You talk a lot, don't you?"
Emmeline immediatly shut up and looked at the ground, seemingly hurt. Edgar realized that he'd been tactless and felt terribly guilty.
"I'm sorry... I didn't mean to offend you or anything. Sometimes, I just speak without really thinking... By the way, I'm Edgar Bones. Nice to meet you."
A quarter of hour or so later, Edgar and Emmeline's compartment door opened once again. A girl with red hair and emerald-green eyes and a boy with black, greasy hair and an unkempt appearance stood in the doorway.
"Sorry. We didn't mean to bother you..." The girl started shyly. "The boys in our compartment were being nasty, so we decided to move away... Can we sit here with you?"
"Of course!" Edgar and Emmeline exclaimed in chorus, bringing a smile on Lily and Severus' faces.
The four of them had a great time together. They laughed and chatted and shared sweets and played card games (Lily was tought how to play Exploding Snap, and in turn she tought the others Muggle games such as Buraco and Scopone). Obviously, the main conversation topic was the upcoming school year and the four Houses.
"And where do you hope you'll end up?" Edgar asked to no one in particular.
"Oh... I don't really know..." Lily started. "My whole family is Muggle, so I don't know much about the Houses. But Sev says that Slytherin is great, so maybe there?"
Severus smiled subtly, but it soon drew off his face as Edgar and Emmeline shared a knowingly look.
"I don't think you'll end up there, Lily." Emmeline said, quietly. "They usually are not too fond of Muggleborns."
"I'm going to be in Slytherin." Severus declared with pride and certainty. "And I'm quite fond of Lils."
"Well... I suppose it isn't a rule, although..." Emmeline's voice drew off, as she sent a silent SOS to Edgar.
"Well. Nearly all my family has been in Ravenclaw, so I expect to end up there too."
"You surely will." Emmeline commented amused. "Only a Ravenclaw would entertain himself with books so heavy."
"Hey, I like reading! Is there anything wrong with that?!?"
Emmeline feared that she'd offended him and wanted to apologize, but at the same time she found his pout horribly hilarious. She burst out laughing, and after glaring at her darkly for a bit, he started laughing too.
"Do you think there's a chance we'll end up all in the same House?" Lily asked, once the laughter died away. "Whichever it is? That would be awesome!"
The other three exchanged a look, and they knew the answer.
"No." They affirmed in chorus.
Lily's expression saddened but Severus, noticing it, took her hand in his and squeezed it.
"But that doesn't mean we can't stay friends, right? I mean, who cares which House we'll be in? We still can hang out together."
"Sure we can!" Emmeline exclaimed excitedly. Then, after a few moments' thought, she added. "Hey, I have an idea!"
Edgar raised an eyebrow at her.
"Cause you think?" He asked doubtfully. She rolled her eyes but otherwise ignored the comment.
"Let's give us appointment seven years from now, once school is over."
"Em... We're going to live in the same castle for ages, what would be the point in deciding now to meet up in seven years? Besides, in all that time anything can happen."
"That's exactly the point, Ed. That it won't matter whatever happens in the meantime."
"Ok! Let's do it! I promise that I, Lily Evans, will be... Where?"
"King's Cross." Severus said. "Platform nine and three quarters. That's where it all began, after all... What do you think?"
"Sounds good to me." Edgar answered.
Seven years later...
The minute hand fell exactly vertically on the platform clock's face. It was finally half past six p.m., the set time for the hangout, and nobody was in sight yet.
Severus knew he should've waited at least five more minutes, but he'd already been waiting for half an hour and he was sure no one would come for real. Why had he been that stupid? What did he expect? He had decided to head back home, when an astonished voice called from behind him.
He turned and fixed the young, blonde woman wide-eyed.
"I... I didn't expect to find you here, of all people. To be true, I didn't expect to find anyone..."
He gave her a weak smile and she returned it, although reluctantly. Then she sat down next to him on the bench.
"So? How's everything going?"
"Well enough. I just applied for an internship at the Ministry. I'm hoping to work in the DMLE, you see."
"Cool, I guess."
"What about you?"
"Haven't really been on carreer searching, yet. I'm planning on something related with potion research, but I don't really know where... Maybe join some healing project in S.Mungo's."
If other things don't get in the way. He added in his mind darkly, while massaging his left forearm where the Dark Mark was imprinted in his skin.
For a bit they both stayed silent, then Emmeline started giggling quietly.
"What's so funny?" Severus asked, his eyebrows raised.
"Nothing... It's just... You and I, here... Isn't it childish? Who would've guessed that we would do it for real? Despite everything?"
"Wasn't it the point? No matter what happens in between?"
"Yeah, it was. But we were eleven. Stupid and naive."
"Maybe we still are."
"No." He said, and he laughed too. "Stupid and naive. And dreamers, too... Isn't it amusing, that we ended up all in different Houses in the end?"
"No. I think it was inevitable. I mean, could you have imagined Mr. know-it-all Edgar Bones being anything but a Ravenclaw?"
Severus laughed again.
"I suppose not. But what about the rest of us? Couldn't you have been a Gryffindor, for instance?"
"I doubt it. And I think I like Hufflepuff better, anyway. Gryffindors are too rowdy."
"Hufflepuffs are too cheery." Severus countered. "And Lily isn't rowdy."
"Lily is an exception. And I like to be cheery. It is you Slytherins that are too moody."
All of a sudden they heard laughter, and they turned to look towards the barrier, from where two people had just appeared. They shared a look of disbelief, before moving towards them.
Lily and Edgar stopped their chat once they found themselves face to face with the other two.
Lily's emerald-green eyes met Severus' black ones and a mix of emotions, not all good, washed through her.
"You came!" They both exclaimed at the same time.
"I can't believe it." Edgar declared. "I was surprised enough when I met Lily out there, but to cross the barrier and actually find the two of you as well... We are four fools. This is totally unrational."
"Then why are you here, Ed? I thought you were supposed to act rationally." Emmeline commented, amused.
"Yeah. And you two didn't respect the agreements, anyway." Severus added.
"How is it, Snape? We are right here." Edgar rebated defiantly.
"You are twenty minutes late."
The four of them had dinner together at the Leaky Cauldron. They talked for hours about practically everything, from their plannings for the future to the old good times in school. They even tapped the politics topic, but dropped it quickly since Severus clearly had opposing ideas than the other three. In the end, they played some rounds of Buraco, and Edgar and Emmeline spent a good ten minutes bickering because she'd make a stupid mistake which had led to Lily and Severus winning.
After a while, they were out in the open again. Severus and Edgar were in the lead, their arms around each other's shoulders, singing and laughing and staggering a little. They clearly had drunk a bit too much alcohol for the night. The two girls were following, eyeing the boys with apprehension, but amused at the same time.
"You know, girls?" Edgar said through a hiccup. "We should do this again sometime."
"Seven years from now? Same time, same place?" Emmeline proposed happily.
Seven years later...
"How are you?"
He looked at her sadly.
"I've been better... But I suppose I've been worse, too..."
She sat beside him on the same bench they'd occupied seven years previous and posed a hand on his shoulder.
"I know. I feel the same way."
There was a pause, then Emmeline spoke again.
"So, you are a teacher now."
He nodded. "Dumbledore has been generous with me."
"Only because he thinks you deserve it."
She shrugged. She wasn't sure what to think of him. They'd been on opposing sides in the war, after all. Well, before he claimed to have changed his loyalties.
"Why did you do it?"
"Why did I do what?"
"Turn against Voldemort, join the Order."
He gave her a disbelieving look.
"Can't you guess?"
"Yeah... But it was pretty useless, wasn't it?"
"I wouldn't say it was useless. Harry is still alive."
"The Potter's prat. How lovely."
"Will you ever change, Severus Snape?" She asked with a small chuckle.
"If changing means caring about James Potter's offspring, then no, I won't."
"He's also Lily Evans' offspring."
"Did you really have to remind me?"
"I wish she and Edgar would appear at the barrier anytime soon."
"But they won't."
"We still have each other."
Another pause, then Severus lifted his glare and smiled at the woman.
"A Butterbeer at the Leaky Cauldron and then Exploding Snap?"
"I'm going to lick you, Snape."
"We will see, Vance."
AN Hello everyone! Ok, so this is just something that came to my (probably a little crazy) mind, and I thought to write it down and share with you.
I don't really know what to think of it myself, and so it would truly be awesome to know your opinion... A little review, please?
Hope you will like this little oneshot!
Love you all,