CHAPTER 11: Silver WoundsMature

 There she laid, unconcious, blood dripping from her neck and forehead.  Madame Pomfrey was leaning over her, muttering incantations over and over again to try and stop the bloodflow, but it was no use.

"I don't understand," she said.  "These spells always work."

"Do they -- " Snape said, then leaned over and whispered in her ear, "Do they work on vampires?"

"I don't know.  I'll go see if Dumbledore knows of anything.  You stay put and watch over her.  If anything goes wrong, send a patronus to us up in his office."

"Yes," he said.

She ran off and he was left alone with Alice, as she laid in agony.  The silver blood leaking and running onto her black robes.  Occasionally she would let out a groan in her agony.  At those times he had to look away for she couldn't bear to see her in pain.

One of her miserable groans turned into a scream of pain and tears flowed down her cheeks and into the blood.  He wished he could help her.

Dumbledore suddenly walked in and immedietly touched his wand to her wounds, pulling the blood towards his wand.  When it touched the tip of his wand, it vanished.  As he pulled his wand off of the last wound, she began to stir.  He eyes opened and the first thing she saw was Severus.  She tried to pull herself up to embrace him, but she was too weak and fell back to her bed.  He scooped her up in his arms and stood her up in front of him.  Her weak and tired legs collapsed and she nearly fell to the floor, but Snape caught her at the waist. 

She looked at his smokey, black eyes and he returned the gaze.

Her eyes crossed and her legs gave out.  Snape already had his hands at her waist to keep her from falling and only needed to move his hand up her back to keep her torso upright.

"Are you alright?"

"I'm fine," she whispered in a cracked voice.

"Are you sure?"

"Yeah, I'm alright."

"You should lay down."

"I'm fine, I just . . . need," she panted.  "To sit."

She tried lifting herself up to sit, but her arms were too weak and they collapsed.  Snape knew this would happen and carefully lifted her up onto the bed and as gently as possible, released his grip on her.

"I'm staying here with you," he said.

"But, you're classes."

"I'll dismiss your classes for today," said Dumbledore.  "It's the least I can do for all that you're doing for me, Severus."

"Thank you sir," he replied.

Severus sat in the chair next to Alice all day.  When night fell, he pulled over a bed next to Alice's and slept next to her.

The End

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