By the end of Transfiguration Alice had most of her strength back. She met up with Snape in the hallway.
"So, you're feeling better?"
"Yeah," said Alice. "About the strength of a human."
"That's good," he said.
"So I'll be staying in your room then?"
"Yeah," said Snape. "There's a king-sized bed." He smiled.
"Absolutely not," said Alice.
"Why not? We've done it before."
"Yes, but that was a long time ago."
"Are you saying that I'm not good enough anymore?"
"I'm not saying that at all. It's just that, I'm a vampire now and it's dangerous. I have a hard enogh time not killing you when we're kissing. And you're a head taller than ne so your neck will be millimeters away from my fangs. My answer is no until I'm human, you can wait three days."
They walked a little further down the hallway.
"I've got a free period," said Alice. "Do you have any classes?"
"I've just been gone for a little over a week and I really need to work on Defense Against the Dark Arts."
"Why don't you come practice then?"
"Alright," said Alice.
"Oh, Weasley's got detention this period though. Do you mind if he's there? He'll just be doing homework."
"Yeah that's fine."
They walked hand-in-hand to Snape's classroom.
Ronald was sitting on the ground in front of the door waiting for Snape.
"I'll be tutoring Ms. Thorne while you're here," Snape told Weasley. "You are to sit at a desk and do your homework. Do not interrupt us." He swung open the door and the three of them walked in.
Ron sat down at a desk in the corner, as far away from Snape and Alice as he could possibly get.
"Here's a quiz we took while you were gone," said Snape, handing her a piece of paper and a quill. "And since you weren't here for the lessons, I can help you with them, if you have a question."
"That's not fair!" said Weasley.
"Life's not fair," Snape yelled back. "Shut up and do your work!" he turned to Alice. "We looked at boggarts while you were gone. Would you like to see one?"
"Sure," said Alice. "Didn't we learn about boggarts in our third year?"
"Yes, but we just reviewed it. You wouldnt believe how many kids forgot what a boggart is."
"I remember it and it's been twenty-one years since I was a third year."
Snape pulled a large chest out from a closet in the back of the room.
"You know Sev, I heard from Blaise that one kid looked at the boggart and it turned into you!" She laughed. "I don't think you're scary," she kissed him on the cheek, "I think you're sweet." She kissed him again.
"Could you keep the romance to a minimum?" asked Ron.
"Oh," said Alice, leaning on his desk. "Trust me honey, this is minimal."
"Are you ready?" Snape asked Alice. Alice nodded.
He opened the chest and at first only fog appeard then it materialized into someone crouched over a dead body. No, it was Alice . . . crouched over who? She was drinking someone's blood. She stepped closer to see the face. "No," she whispered. it was Severus she'd killed. "No! No!" She lunged at the boggart but Snape grabbed her and pulled her back. "Alice," he said. "Alice look at me, It's not real, I'm here. See?" He stood and looked at the boggart and it turned into Nagini, Voldemort's snake. "Ridiculous!" he said, pointing his wand at it. It turned into a feathery scarf, and then Severus pointed his wand at it and it flew back into the chest, which slammed shut.
He looked back at Alice, who was still trembling, with tears running down her cheeks.
"Shh," he said, hugging her. "Shh, here, sit down. It's alright, it's alright, I'm safe, it's okay." She burst into tears and he held her tighter. He glanced over at Ron and mouthed "Go." He ran his fingers through her hair. "It's okay," he whispered, "It's okay."