Chapter 20 : The Reporter
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The sun was struggling to find a way into the window but the thick drapes were putting up a strong fight. In fact if it wasn’t for the single stream of light that had managed to make its way through Tonks would have had no idea that it was morning. But even knowing it was morning was not enough to move her from her spot under the blanket. It was good spot to be in. There she could lay down and think about Severus. Usually she would have to worry about their relationship and all the things that could go wrong. But that morning all she had to think about was night before and side of himself that he had never revealed to her.
She passed her hand through her hair and sat up. She really had to get up. There was no point trying to prolong the moment by staying bed all morning long. He was already up anyway.
She walked to the bathroom door and thought about knocking for a moment but then she decided against it. She pushed the door open and leaned against the frame of the door. “Hey,” she said.
He didn’t say anything, he could only manage to look and her and for a moment she thought she saw a tinge of colour in his cheeks. He took his shirt and tucked it inside his pants.
She walked passed him and smiled and turned on the shower. “What?” he asked, clearly feeling self-conscious.
“You’re a morning person?”
“Am I?” he asked. “No one has ever told me that before.”
“Well you seem quite cheery to me... so.”
He looked incredulous. “Cheery.” Clearly he had never been called cheery in his entire life.
She laughed. She liked the idea of teasing him. There was a sort of intimacy to their conversation that they never had before. It felt like this was a custom not so much something that was happening for the first time. She felt comfortable with it, like she could get used to having him there in the morning... every morning.
He looked at her and sneered. “So is this a new habit of yours,” he asked talking her hand “Are you going to tease me now?”
“Just a little.” She said showing the amount between her fingers.
He bit his lip and his eyes squinted at her. He took his other hand and pressed hers between his. “Nymphadora,” he said in a serious tone. Every time his voice got low like that she would feel her stomach tying in knots. “There is something I need to talk to you about.”
She nodded, urging him to go on.
He kissed her hand and looked at her, his eyes almost looking through hers. He took a deep breath. She could feel his hands tightening the grip around hers. He was making her nervous and not in a good way. “What is it?” she asked him.
“It’s about why I came here... I mean the full reason. I think the sooner you know the better we’d be able to chart our way forward.”
A million and one things were going through her head and most of them were absolutely horrible. What is it that he could have to tell her that would require him to use such a serious tone? “Is something wrong,” she asked
He shook his head. “At least not at the moment.”
She hated that ambiguous sort of answer. “Tell me,” she said. And as the words left her mouth she could hear a knocking on the door to the bedroom. Heavy knocking. She was prying that it wasn’t Teddy.
“I’ll see who’s at the door,” Severus said and he released her hand.
“No, tell me now?” she said.
“Don’t worry, we’ll have that talk.” He said and he disappeared out of the room. She sighed in frustration and took her robe off and stepped into shower.
She wondered what it could have been. She hated feeling nervous. She didn’t understand what he could have to tell her that he couldn’t tell her before. Did anything else happen in Norway that he wasn’t telling her. Was she too caught up in the fact that he was back in her life that she never took the time to ask the obvious question of why.
But she knew why. She knew he came back because he loved her, because he needed to be with her. So why was this question still looming over her head. Why was she still wondering if there was something more to him being back?
She was expecting him to be back in a little while but who ever it was who knocked on the door was keeping him longer that she expected.
When she finished getting dressed she walked out the bedroom to see what was keeping him. Jane was still asleep and Teddy was still asleep as well, it must have been Harry. She walked into the living room, where she could see harry leaning against the back of the couch. Severus was sitting with a news paper wrapped in his hands. “What’s going on here?” she asked.
Harry could only manage to look on the ground and Severus opened the paper and spread it on the coffee table, the headline written bold fancy writing. “Severus Snape Is Alive.” And then under the main headline in smaller print. “ Read about his steamy love affair with a Top Auror.”
A/N: Besides the fact that this chapter was short and really sort of BLA I accidently posted it under the wrong story, so for a couple of mins people were reading Envy and going HUH?
So I'm really sorry about this chapter. I'm still having problems writing. I really need to go read a book. If only I could stop making banners.
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