Alice stretched her arms out wide, accidently smacking Severus in the face.
"Oh, I'm sorry!"
"It's fine," said Snape. "I needed to wake up anyway."
"What time is it?"
"I dunno, morning."
"Gee, that's helpful."
Severus laughed. "Breakfast has probably already started," he said.
"I s'pose we should get up then, huh?"
They got up and Alice went into Snape's closet to change her clothes. She wore ripped, black skinny jeans, tall black boots with buckles all over them and a black V-necked tee shirt with a big pink skull on it. She'd put an invisibility charm over her dark mark tatoo so she could wear short-sleeved shirts in public.
"You'll get in trouble," said Snape. "If you're not wearing your robes."
Alice grudgingly slid her robes on over her clothes.
"I didn't make the rule," said Snape. He smiled and held out a hand for her. She took it and they walked to the Great Hall together.
They followed their usual routine when they reached the Great Hall. Severus went to the front of the Hall with the teachers and Alice sat with Draco, Pansy, Crabbe, Goyle and Blaise. Alice kissed Snape on the cheek before they'd split, hoping Draco could take a hint. He wasn't looking.
"Damn," muttered Alice as she walked over to sit with the Slytherins.
"Oh, hey Alice!" said Draco.
"Hi Draco," said Alice. "Look, um I wanted to talk to you about something."
"Alone," added Alice.
"Oh okay, do you want to get a butterbeer after breakfast? I've got a free period."
They ate their breakfast an walked down to the Hog's Head.
"Two butterbeers," Alice told the waitor. When the waitor had left, Draco spoke.
"What was it you'd wanted to talk to me about?"
"Well," said Alice. "It's just that yu've been acting sort of . . . um . . . I dunno really how to put it." Draco looked at her curiously. "Look, I know we kissed back in September. But, I'm seeing someone else, Draco. And the fact is I . . . I didn't even realise what I was doing when I kissed you. I wasn't thinking about what was going on around me. I-I was thinking about someone else."
Alice could see the glisten of tears in Draco's eyes.
"It was Snape," said Draco angrily. "That's who you were thinking about, wasn't it?"
"Yes, it was Severus." Her voice was calm and smooth, like silk.
"And that's who you're seeing then, too I suppose?"
He wiped the tears from his cheek and left Alice alone at the table. Alice went back to the castle just before a confused waitor wondered where they'd gone.