CHAPTER 44: Secret RomanceMature

Alice and Draco had become much closer friends over the past week.  She could talk to him about things she'd only ever been able to talk to Severus about when they had been boyfriend and girlfriend. 

She told him about how she and Lily and Severus had all been best friends when she was little.  She told him about her family's death and how she'd lied about murdering her family so that the other Slytherins would like her.  She told him how his mum and aunt had been her best friends when she went to school.  But, most of the time he would just comfort her when she missed Severus.

Alice paid absolutely no attention in Defense Against the Dark Arts, but he grades were extremely high.  Alice didn't even complete one of her tests (she made a drawing of a hippogriff on it), and Snape had given her an Outstanding.  Instead of turning in her essay on the most effective way to defend yourself against dementors, she'd turned in a copy of The Daily Prophet from three years ago and Snape gave her an Exceeds Expectations.  When they were practicing spells on eachother, Alice just petrified Crabbe (he was always her partner) and read a book.

One day Draco and Alice were sitting up on the Astronomy tower, talking.  They sat cross-legged on the floor and looked at eachother, the silver crescent moon behind them.

"Where do you go when you're not with us?  You're always with those two girls," said Alice, a hint of jealousy in her voice.

"They're just Crabbe and goyle, taking Pollyjuice Potion," he assured her.

"Why are they taking Pollyjuice potion?"

"I wish I could tell you."

"You can."  She reached out and held his hand in both of hers.  "You can tell me anything."

"I want to," he said.  "But . . . the Dark Lord says I'm not to tell a soul about it.  I s'pose you'll find out sooner or later . . . I just, can't tell you now."

"I understand," said Alice stroking Draco's hand.  Draco smiled.

"You're amazing," he said.

Then, without warning, she leaned in and kissed him.

The End

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