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Chapter 1 : Illness
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When I was younger, before my life changed completely, I always thought that I would grow up, go to Hogwarts, graduate, then go to University. Of course, that was just a dream and that never really happened.
What really happened was that I went to Hogwarts, became a Death Eater on my seventeenth birthday, then graduated Hogwarts. I'm now twenty-five years old. I was born on August 21.
When I became a Death Eater, Voldemort hadn't risen. He had taught Lucius Malfoy how to burn the Mark into someone's arm. If Malfoy messed up and Marked the wrong type of person, then he would be killed.
I went to school that year with a burned arm. The Mark had to heal. I hated that because I had to hide it from all my classmates. I was a Gryffindor.
Harry Potter came to Hogwarts during my last year. I was instructed to spy on him. After I graduated, I became Severus Snape's Potions assistant.
Severus saved my life many times, and I never properly thanked him. I payed him back when he was dying in the Shrieking Shack.
It's been six months since the War ended. The Battle was in March at Hogwarts. I remember the snow running with blood. It was so horrible.
I didn't realize that I was in love with Professor Snape until I was twenty-three. At first, I thought it was just a school-girl crush. Now it's love.
"Danielle, get me that jar that's behind you," Severus said.
I went and grabbed the jar for him. I handed it to him. He gave me a small half-smile.
"Now, get to work on that Sleeping Drought. I need it for the hospital wing. Now that the war's over, children are having nightmares like crazy," Severus snapped, turning back to his work.
I got started. This is how he was. He'd do something nice, but then he'd just turn around and snap something back at you.
I had always like the fact that he was dark. Not the evil kind of dark, but the handsome kind of dark. He's never admit he's handsome, but I think he is.
We worked in silence for three hours. Then, Severus glanced up at the clock. He told me to put all my stuff away.
"After you're done, we need to go to dinner," Severus said. "Hurry up."
We walked to dinner together. I sat down next to him. We ate dinner in silence.
After dinner, we went back down to the lab to finish up our potions. Then we started on the Wolfsbane Potion for Professor Lupin.
"When we're done with this tomorrow, I need you to take this to him. I'm extremely busy and can't do it myself. Okay?" Severus said.
What he really meant was, 'I don't want to see him, he drives me up the wall.' All I said was, though,
We worked until midnight. He told me to clean up and got to bed. We finished cleaning up and went to our separate quarters.
I walked into my quarters. Mine were right next to his. Our fireplaces were connected through the Floo. I kicked off my shoes as soon as I sat down on my couch. I lit a fire in the fireplace.
I sat there for a while. I thought about the things that had happened today and about Severus Snape. I snapped out of my thoughts.
"Wow, Dani, you're really falling for him even more," I said to myself.
I heard shuffling in my kitchen. I bolted to my feet. I turned toward the noise, wand at the ready.
"Miss, please don't harm Twinkle!" a high-pitched voice squeaked.
"Twinkle, I didn't know you were going to be here tonight. You startled me," I said to my house-elf, Twinkle.
"Sorry, Miss!" she said.
"It's alright," I said and relaxed. Twinkle wasn't paid but I treated her fairly. I didn't allow her to beat herself.
When I tried to pay her once, she would take it. She does get one day off a year, though. She won't let me make it one day a month.
I went into my bedroom and put on my pajamas. Twinkle came in the see if I needed anything. I told her no and that she could leave if she wanted.
I crawled into my bed, feeling exhausted. Today had been hard. I relaxed and fell asleep right away.
The next morning, I stumbled into the Great Hall, feeling horrible. I walked up to the teacher's table and sat down. Severus glanced at me.
"Feeling alright?" he asked. I looked at him. I could see concern in his eyes.
"Yeah, I'm fine," I said. I was lying. I actually felt like I had to throw up or pass out. I guess my body couldn't decide what to do.
I only ate a piece of toast and a small amount of tea for breakfast. I could practically feel Severus's eyes boring into me. He knew I was lying.
After breakfast, we went down into the lab. He didn't have a class until 10:30 and it was only nine. I started to make a Fever Reducer.
At ten, I started feeling even worse. I was achy, cold, and felt like I had to throw up. I didn't say anything. Suddenly, I felt really dizzy.
I started to sway. The world was swimming before my eyes. Severus said something, but I didn't know what he said.
I passed out on the cold, hard stone floor.
When I awoke, I noticed that I was lying in a bed. I realized with a jolt that I was in the Hospital Wing. I heard someone walking toward me. Madame Pomfrey walked into my line of vision a few seconds later.
"How are you feeling, dear?" she asked.
"Not good," I croaked.
"Well, you've got a nasty cold and the flu. I've given you some potions to help you," she said as she waved her wand in my direction.
"How did I get here?" I asked.
"Oh, Professor Snape brought you here. He looked a little panicked. He said you fainted in his lab," she said.
"Oh," was all I could say. He had looked panicked. Maybe he did care for me. I could always hope.
"Now, dear, I want you to rest. Sleep is the best medicine," she said as she walked away.
I did as I was told. I was extremely tired all of a sudden. I fell into a dreamless sleep.
When I awoke for a second time, I noticed that I wasn't alone. Sitting on a chair across from my bed was Severus Snape. My heart leapt.
"Good afternoon. How are you feeling?" he asked. He got up and stood next to the bed.
"I'm good, I guess," I said. I avoided looking at his eyes.
"What's wrong?" he asked, concerned.
"Nothing," I replied quickly.
"You lied to me this morning," he stated.
"I did," I replied, still not looking at him.
"Why did you?" he asked. I didn't answer. After a while, I looked at him. It was a mistake.
"I didn't know that I would get that bad," I finally exploded.
Madame Pomfrey came rushing over. Her arrival cut off anything that Severus was going to say. She looked at Severus accusingly.
"Severus!" she reprimanded. "Please do not provoke my patients! She is trying to get well, not have a relapse."
"I'm sorry, Poppy," Severus said. "Could you leave us alone for a few more minutes. I need to speak to Danielle privately. "
She huffed and walked away. Severus pulled the curtains closed. He then cast a Silencing Charm around the area. He stared at me for awhile.
"I'm sorry. I never should have provoked you," he said finally.
"Apology accepted," I said softly. "I just don't like people knowing when I'm ill. It's just so awkward."
"I know the feeling." he said with a half-smile. "Well, I need to go make sure the Seventh Years didn't blow up the classroom."
"Bye," I said. He left and I feel back asleep. I was content now.
I was released from the Hospital Wing the next day. Madame Pomfrey told me to get lots of sleep. I went to my quarters and fell asleep.
I dreamt about Severus Snape and I getting married. I hoped that it would one day become true.
Hey! I finally got this up. I've been thinking about writing this story for a long time, but never got around to doing it. I hoped you liked this chapter. Remember, please review! It makes my day!
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