CHAPTER 35: The Train Ride HomeMature

After several minutes a handful of Aurors came and dragged Blaise off to Azkaban.

"You don't need to come to trial.  The veritaserum's proof enough.  The minister just need's to decide how long he'll be in Azkaban," said an Auror.  Snape nodded and they took Blaise away.

Snape went back to the hospital wing.  Madame Pomphrey didn't have to ask whom he was here for and led him immediately to Alice's bed.

"She's improved a lot," said Madame Pomphrey.  "At this rate, she sould be out before the train leaves tomorrow morning."

Alice gave a weak smile.  Snape could see she was still in severe pain, but less agony than she had been in this morning.

That night seemed especially long, mostly because Alice kept having horrible nightmares and waking up, screaming in the middle of the night.  So when, morning finally came, she was exhausted.  She tried to sleep on the train, but she kept having the same nightmare.

"No . . . muttered Alice in her sleep.  "No, please . . . don't, Blaise . . . no, please."  Alice jolted awake.  She and Severus were sitting alone in a compartment together.  They sat opposite eachother.  That's it," said Alice.  "I need to stay awake."  She stood up and opened the door.  "I'm gonna go get something from the trolley and maybe say hi to Draco.  Do you want anything from the trolley?"

"No," said Snape.

"Alright, see you in a little bit."  She shut the door behind her.

Conveniently, Draco and Pansy were only a few compartments away from Draco and Severus and Alice's compartment.  She tapped on the glass and smiled at Draco.  He stepped out and slid the door shut behind him.

"Sorry to interrupt," said Alice.

"It's fine," said Draco.  "She's bloody annoying."

"Isn't she your girlfriend?"

"Yeah, so she feels like she has to annoy me even more than Vincent and Gregory."

No one ever called Crabbe and Goyle by their first names and it was strange to hear Draco say it.

"Yeah, well at least she doesn't hate you," said Alice.  "Or try to send you to Azkaban."

"She doesn't hate you anymore.  No since you told me you weren't interested."  Alice laughed.

"Now that I'm not a threat?"  She giggled again.

"She's like a damn guard dog!" said Draco.  "I hate it!"

"Then dump her."

"I've tried but then she cries and I give in."

"Send her a patronus."

"I dunno . . . I've never done one before."

"I'll teach you."


"Sure!  Right after Christmas break."


"Any time."

Draco went back into the compartment and Alice looked for the trolley.

"Anything from the trolley, deary?"

"Two packs of Berty Bott's every flavor beans, six chocolate frogs and . . . ten licorice wands."  Alice pulled a handful of Galleons and Sickles out of her pocket.  "And you can keep the change."

Alice walked back to her compartment, her arms full of candy,  Snape opened the door for her.

"Got enough candy?" he asked sarcasticly.

"I told you, I'm trying to stay awake," she replied.  She sat next to him and dropped her candy on the opposite seat.

"I had no idea gaining weight affected your sleeping patterns," said Snape, his voice still full of irony.  Alice elbowed him in the ribs.  "Ow!  I was only joking."

"Actually, some of it's for you -- except the chocolate frogs, those are mine."

"I told you I didn't want anything."

"You're not the only person who knows how to use Legillimency."  Snape smiled.

"I just wanted a licorice wand, not the whole bloody trolley!"

"Well there are ten licorice wands here, so you should have nothing to complain about," said Alice, opening a box of Bertie Bott's every flavor beans.  "Ick!  Vomit."

The End

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