CHAPTER 31: Slughorn's PartyMature

Alice awoke in the hospital wing bed.  She'd been told by Proffessor Dumbledore that she ought to sleep there for one more night in case the potion had any more unexpected side effects.

It was Sunday and they had no classes today.  Alice pulled on leather leggings, black Ugg boots and an oversize tee shirt.  She tapped the wall with her wand and a rather large mirror appeared.  She looked at her clothes for a moment or two, pleased with her all-black outfit.

Alice tapped her wand on a nearby desk and the end turned into eyeliner.  She lined her eyes -- top and bottem -- and then tapped it again to turn her wand back to normal.

Alice walked to the Great Hall.  She wondered how people would react.  Last night, dinner had been nearly over and only a small crowd of Ravenclaws were still there.  As she pushed open the doors to the Great Hall, all eyes seemed to be on her.  She quickly ran to the Slytherin table and sat next to Goyle, across from Pansy.

"Alice," said Goyle.  "Is that . . . you?"

"Yes," said Alice quietly.

"What happened?" asked Crabbe.

"Slughorn made a potion that -- "

"It made you ugly?" asked Pansy.  Alice turned beat red and looked down at the floor.

"No you idiot," said Draco.  "It made her human."

Alice smiled.

"So what you're saying," said Blaise, "Is that she's weaker, slower, defenseless and uninterested in drinking my -- er, people's blood."

Alice nodded her head up and down.

"But I still bleed silver blood," she said.  "And I won't age, and I can't have children."

"Mhm . . . " said Blaise, lost in thought.  "Completely defenseless without a wand . . ." he muttered to himself.

After breakfast Draco pulled Alice aside.

"Look," he said.  "I've been thinking . . . and I'm really sorry about . . " he made a nod toward her breasts.

"Oh, that." said Alice.  "Yeah . . . "

"It-it was a really stupid thing to do."  Alice nodded in agreement.

"It was a very . . . bold move."  She smiled.

"I still want to be friends, though."

"Yeah, me too."

They stared at eachother for a few moments.

"I should go," said Draco "I have . . . things I need to take care of."  He started to walk away, but then looked back at Alice.  "I like your eyes."

Alice stood there for a moment or two.  Then, without much thought, she ran to the lake outside the castle.  She wasn't sure why, she just felt like going there.

When she reached the beach, she pulled off her boots, rolled up her pants and stood in the shallow water.  She remembered once she and Severus had gone skinny dipping here.  She had been in her fourth year and he was in his sixth. . . .

"You can't catch me!" she teased, running through the sand with Sev chasing close behind her.

Alice tripped on a rock and Severus ran up to her, cathing her inches away from the ground.  Alice spun around, pinning him on the ground.

"Told you I could catch you," said Severus.

Alice giggled and then kissed him.  "I wanna go swimming," said Alice.  "And I'm taking off these stupid school robes."

Alice snapped back into the present.  She was still standing alone in ankle-deep water.

"What are you doing out here?" asked a high-pitched voice behind her.

"What does it matter to you, Pansy?" hissed Alice.

"I was only wondering why you're not getting ready for the party."

"Excuse me?" said Alice.  "Aren't you the one who helped Weasley try to get me sent to Azkaban?"

"Well, yes.  But that was when I thought you were trying to steal Draco from me.  I didn't realise you were with -- "

"Wait a minute.  You tried to get me sent to Azkaban OVER A BOY?!?"

"Well . . . yeah.  I guess so, but I'm really sorry."

"Save it  And besides, I'm not interested in getting my face painted green."  And with that, Alice stormed into the castle.

Alice ran up the staircase and into the library.  She found peace in the library for a few hours before running into Moaning Myrtle's lavatory.

There, she got dressed and ready.  She lined her eyes with sparkly, dark blue on the to and black on the bottem.  She put light blue shadow on her eyelids and put light pink on her browbones.  She applied faux lashes that were blue on the ends.  Then, she put on a dark pink lipstick and matching blush.

Alice wore a black ress that had a tank top sleve on the left side and was sleeveless on the right.  It had ruffles down to the floor which extended into a train behind her.  Two ruddles down on the left side, her leg was visible.  She pulled on a pair of pumps that were covered in blue glitter.

She smothed her hair as she walked to Severus's office, where she'd said she'd meet him.  She knocked on the door a couple of times and then Snape stepped out.

"Wow," he said.  Alice smiled.  They walked to the party, arm-in-arm.

"Severus!" said Slughorn.  "Glad you came, and hello Ms. Thorne.  You look lovely.  Feeling better then, I suppose?"

"Yes, much better," said Alice.

"Would you like some firewhiskey?" asked a tall boy with crooked teeth.

"Yes," said Alice, taking a small goblet off the tray he carried.  "Dont I know you?"

"I don't know, Im a friend of Harry's."

"Oh, I know who you are.  You're that Longbottem kid, aren't you?  The one who's parents were tortured to insanity?"

Neville nodded slowly.

"Well, um . . . this turned into a rather unpleasant conversation.  Um . . . well, I s'pose it was nice meeting you, um . . . yeah . . . "

Severus and Alice wlked around, trying to find a spot that wasn't so crowded.  As they were walking, someone threw up on Snape's shoes.

"You just bought yourself a month's detention, McLaggen," said Snape.  McLaggen ran off.

"Here, let me get that," said Alice.  She waved her wand over his shoes and they were cleaned.  "I've been practicing noverbal spells."

They stood together, talking and drinking for a while.  Then, out of nowhere, Slughorn grabbed Snape by the arm, who was holding Alice's hand.

"Alice, Severus, stop sulking and come join us!" hiccuped Slughorn.

"Actually," said Alice, "We were doing fine on our -- "

"I was just talking about Harry's exceptional potion-making!  Some credit must go to you, of course, Severus, you taught him for five years," said Slughorn, cutting Alice off.

"Funny," said Snape, "I never had the impression that I managed to teach Potter anything at all."

"Well then it's satural ability!" shoutes Slughorn.  "You should'e seen what he gave me, first lesson, Draught of Living Death.  Alice nearly had it right, but the leaf caught on fire, instead of dissolving."

"Actually, the potion didn't do anything," muttered Alice to Snape.  "It caught on fire after I spit some venom into the cauldron."

"But Harry's was perfect," continued Slughorn, not  hearing Alice's last comment.  "Never had a student produced finer on a first attempt, I don't think even you, Severus -- "

"Really said Snape quietly.  He was staring at Harry, it looked like her was using Legillimency.

"I'm gonna go find that Neville kid and get some more firewhiskey," said Alice.  "Do you want any, Sev?"

"No," he said, his eyes still piercing Harry.

Alice wandered off, looking for Neville.  After a few minutes she found him, but he didn't have any more firewhiskey.

"Are you sure?" Alice asked Neville.  "Are you sure you don't have another bottle?"

"I'm sure, we only had one bottle.  I think you drank most of it."

"Damn," she said under her breath.  "I guess I should find Sev."

She soon found Slughorn, but Severus wasn't with him.

"Have you seen Severus?"

"He went off to go speak with the Malfoy boy."

"Oh," said Alice.

She left Slughorn's office and walked along the corridor.  She walked for a while, with no sign ofSeverus.

Something grabbed her by her arm and yanked her into the dungeon, closing the door behing her.

"Wh-who's there?" said Alice.  She couldn't make out the person's face because it was so dark.

"Shut up," said a boy's voice.  Then, Alice felt one of the chains from the dungeon floor whip her across the face.  Blood started trickling down her cheek.  "Expelliarmus!"  Alice's wand flew out of her hand.  "Crucio!"

"Please," said Alice.  She was crying.  The boy continued whipping her with the chain.  Then he took a knife out and slit down the side of her dress.

"You didn't think I'd let Snape have you all to himself did you?" said the voice.

The End

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