End of the School Year
AUTHOR’S NOTE: I wrote this story around 2002-2003. It was the first story I ever wrote so if it’s Mary Sue-ish that’s why. Since this a repost I didn’t change the story I just tried to fix errors. B
uffy was holding her father's hand tightly as they walked along the woods. She was afraid if she let him go he would disappear. The blanket was still wrapped around her. Every once in a while she would look back at Harry and he would smile. They had just cleared the trees when Buffy and Severus heard a familiar voice.
“Buffy! Severus!” Joyce called as she broke away from Dumbledore, Flitwick and Hagrid.
Buffy waved to her mother. She finally let go of her father's hand as her mother embraced her daughter tightly.
“Oh Buffy. I was so worried. Are you alright?”
“I'm fine. What are you doing here?”
“I had something I wanted to tell you. I wanted to tell you in person and thought it would a nice surprise for you and your father. Professor Dumbledore told me about you getting sick. Are you sure you're alright?”
“She's fine Joyce. She was under a vengeance spell, but Rupert was able to break it.”
Hearing what Severus had said only made Joyce hold on to her daughter tighter.
“Thank you for saving my baby.” Joyce said looking toward Giles.
“I'm glad I could help. Sev is the closest thing I have to a brother. He's the only family I have I would do anything for him.”
Severus looked at Rupert in awe. He had always considered Rupert a brother but neither had spoken the words out loud.
“He saved dad's life too. This evil looking git performed some spell. I thought dad was dead, but Uncle Rupert had put some kind of protection special on him.”
Joyce, Dumbledore, Flitwick and Hagrid were all shocked at what she had said. Giles was looking at in awe.
“Uncle Rupert?” Her father finally said.
“Well yeah. He said you're the closest thing he has to a brother. So that would sort of make him my Uncle. You don't mind do you?” Buffy asked Rupert.
“No. I would love for you to call me that.”
Buffy got out of her mother's grip and went over to Rupert. She motioned for him to bend down. When he did she wrapped her arms around him.
“Thank you for saving mine and dad's life Uncle Rupert.”
“You are entirely welcome my dear.” Buffy smiled at him and then turned the others.
“Headmaster, have you seen Professor Lockhart?” Snape asked.
“He's a Deatheater working for Voldemort.” Harry finished. Dumbledore looked toward Snape for confirmation. Snape nodded.
“He has not been seen all day. Upon our return I will have the staff look for him.” J
oyce sat on the bed brushing her sleeping daughter's hair. Upon their return to the castle she had taken Buffy straight to her room to get her warmed and cleaned up. By the time Buffy had gotten out of the bath, a house elf had brought up some food for them. Buffy barely ate as she fell asleep with her head resting on the table. Snape had carried her off to bed before going to take a bath himself. Joyce turned slightly when she felt hands on her shoulders.
“I came so close to losing you both today. I don't know what I would have done if that had happened. Severus, I came here today to tell you and Buffy that my divorce is finally final. Today made me realize how close I came to losing you without ever telling how much I truly love you.”
Snape's heart jumped for joy upon hearing Joyce's words.
“You don't know how happy your words have made me. I love you Joyce I always have, and I want for you, Buffy, and I to be family. I want to give our daughter the family she deserves.”
Joyce threw her arms around his neck hugging him tightly. Their faces were mere inches as they moved closer and were soon sharing their first real kiss in twelve years. B
uffy awoke early the next morning to the grumbling of her own stomach. Getting out of bed she got dress and went to see if her parents were up yet. What she saw made her heart jump for joy. Her mother and father were fast asleep in the same bed arms around each other. She quickly backed out there room and went to the desk to leave them a note. She left the note where they could find it and quietly left heading for the Gryffindor common room. The halls were mostly empty since most of the students were still asleep. She gave the password to the Fat Lady and entered. She smiled upon seeing Harry sitting on the couch.
“Good morning Buffy. You look rested.”
“Morning Harry. I slept like a log last night. I didn't really expect to see you up this early. You were looking kind of tired yourself. What are you doing up this early?”
“I always get up early when I have a Quidditch match. It's our last one this year. Remember?”
“I do. Against Ravenclaw right?” She asked taking a seat beside him as he nodded. “Thank you.”
“For what?” Harry asked slightly confused.
“For what you did yesterday. You risked your life to save mine, and when I broke down, you were there for me. Thank you.” She wrapped her arms around him tightly.
“I owe you a thanks too. Your mother gave me the best Christmas present ever. The feeling of knowing what it was like to have a mother. She tucked me in and kissed me on my forehead just like I had imagined my mother would do if she were still alive.”
Buffy told him with a smile. They sat together for a while until Buffy's stomach rumbled.
“Breakfast should be getting ready to start soon. Let's go get something to eat.”
“Good, I'm starved.” Buffy said. M
emories of last night came back to him as he woke up. He was sure that it had been a dream until he felt the movement on his arm. Looking down, he smiled slightly upon seeing Joyce's blonde hair.
“Morning.” Joyce said almost purring.
“Morning.” Snape said as he lowered his head to kiss her. “We should really get up. Breakfast will be starting soon and we need to talk to Buffy.”
“Of course you're right.”
Joyce said as the two began to get up and get dressed. Once Joyce was dressed, the first thing she did was check on Buffy. Her bed was empty, but a note was on her pillow. Went to see Harry. See you two at breakfast. Buffy
“Buffy went to see Harry. She said she'll see us at breakfast.” Joyce said when Snape entered.
“Then let me escort you to breakfast my love.”
Snape offered Joyce his arm. The two left and walked hand in hand to the great hall. Upon entering they saw Buffy sitting at the Gryffindor table next to Harry. Looking up Buffy waved to them before getting up to approach them. She hugged her mother first who kissed her on the cheek. When her mother released her, her father embraced her kissing her on her forehead.
“How are you feeling?” Snape asked.
“Great. Better than I have in a while. You guys are going to be at the game right?”
“We wouldn't miss it. It's been ages since I've seen a Quidditch match.” Joyce told her.
“Great meet you at our regular seats then.”
They turned and watched her return to her seat before heading toward the head table. They moved toward their seats to see Rupert already there. Snape held her chair for her and then pushed it in. He took a seat beside her as Dumbledore started breakfast. G
ryffindor had just won the Quidditch match and the crowd was cheering loudly. Buffy was sitting with her father, mother, and Giles in their regular seats. It was the best game anyone had seen in quite a while. The team had landed and Dumbledore was presenting them the trophy. Captain Oliver Wood smiled profusely. Magical fireworks began bursting into the sky. As the fireworks began to wind down one last rocket shot up. Joyce gasped and Buffy smiled. The firecracker had left a message in the sky. Joyce Summers, Will you marry me?
Joyce turned toward Severus who was holding a black box with beautiful ring in it.
“Will you marry me Joyce and make me the happiest man on the planet?”
“Oh Severus. Yes. Yes! Yes!”
She put her hand out and he placed the ring on it. She admired it. It was a golden ring with a red and a green jewel on it. She hugged and kissed Severus. Buffy soon let out a squeal.
Severus and Joyce broke apart to look at their daughter who was sheepishly smiling. Snape pulled his daughter into their embrace.
“I'm glad you approve.” Her father said.
“Well I was hoping you were together after I saw you this morning. We're going to be a true family.”
“Yes, we're going to be a family. I missed out on so much of both your lives.” Severus told them.
“Come on. I believe we all have some celebrating to do." Rupert said as he clapped Severus on the back. "Congratulations Sev.”
“Thanks Rupert.” They began walking toward the exit.
“I'm going to stay in the tower tonight. I've already have some clothes up there.”
She turned to see Harry, Ron, Ginny, and Hermione coming her way. Harry was the first to reach her.
“There's a huge celebration about to begin in the Common Room. Are you coming?”
“I'm there. You want to come Uncle Rupert?”
“No thank you Buffy. I found a really good book in the library that I would like to finish before we leave. I'm going to retire to my room.”
Giles left them. Buffy turned to her parents.
“See you in the morning. I'll be sure to make it noise when I come in.”
She said with a wicked grin as she ran off with the others. Her parents looked slightly shocked before wear matching seductive grins. T
wo days later had brought about the last day of school. Giles had left the day before and now Buffy stood on the Hogwarts platform holding Harry's hand. The train whistle blew signaling that the express would soon be leaving.
“Where will you be going this summer?” Harry asked.
“Dad's taking us someplace, but he won't tell us where. He says it's a surprise, and won't tell us. I'll write to you as soon as I know. I'm going to miss you.”
“I'll miss you more.”
The train whistle blew once again telling everyone that the train was about to depart. Harry reached into his pocket and pulled a square gift-wrapped box.
“This is for you. You can open it once I'm on the train.”
“Great minds think alike. This one is for you.”
Buffy pulled a similar shaped box. They exchanged boxes and hugged each other one last time as Harry hurried to get on the train. Buffy waited a few seconds before she ripped the paper off her gift. Opening the box she laughed. He had given her an autograph photo that said this ink won't disappear. Always thinking of you Harry.
She looked toward the train and saw him with a look that matched hers. The train began to move and Buffy waved clutching her picture. Harry waved back to her also holding his picture.
“I'll be thinking of you.” Harry called out.
“Me too. Bye Harry.”
Harry was soon out of sight and Buffy felt a hand on her shoulder. She smiled slightly at her mother and father.
“We need to go Buffy if we're going to make our reservation in time.”
Her mother said as she and Snape began to leave the platform. Buffy nodded as she looked down at the picture and then hugged it to her chest. She ran to catch up with her mother and father. THE END! I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE STORY. PLEASE REVIEW!