The Slytherin's Secret
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I can't believe it's been so long since I last wrote a chapter for this, I guess I've spent all my time working on the rest of the series, oops. Anyway I'm jumping ahead in time a bit, so we're now in Isabella's third year at Hogwarts :).
12. The Slytherin's Secret
Isabella's eyebrows drew in together as she stopped dead in her place just through the library doors, unable to tear her gaze away from the students in the corner.
Severus and Lily were sitting together, working away on some project. This in itself wasn't uncommon, Isabella knew the pair had been friends since they were kids and she had grown used to seeing them together.
But when Lily rose from her seat, no doubt to go in search of more books, her hand lightly brushed against the Slytherins arm. She sent him a small smile before she stepped away, disappearing behind a book shelf as she ventured further into the library.
Severus' eyes watched her leave, a goofy smile playing on his usually stoic face.
Isabella grinned as she nodded to herself. She quickly dumped her books on a nearby table, not caring that there was already someone working there, and rushed forward. She leaped into Lily's empty seat, making Severus jump in the process.
“You like her don't you?”
She couldn't help herself, her grin grew even bigger at his shocked and embarrassed expression. He quickly let out a groan and turned his face away so that she wouldn't see his reddened cheeks.
“I don't know what you're talking about.” He finally said, picking his quill back up and scribbling on his page.
“Lily, of course.”
He kept his head down, “She's my friend. Of course I like her...”
“No, no I mean you more than like her.” Isabella corrected quickly, a smirk appearing on her lips. “It all makes sense now!”
He turned then, she supposed he was about to yell at her but he stopped short when he saw her teasing expression.
“Oooh you love her, you want to marry her.” She said in a singsong voice while watching him turn bright red.
“Shut up!” He covered her mouth with his hand as she went in to sing another line. “Someone will hear.”
She let her laughter die as she shrugged, “So what if they do? I think it's a good thing. Wait, does Lily even know?”
He shook his head frantically, “No, and she's not going to find out so you have to keep your big mouth shut!”
Isabella pouted, “You could be more polite about it, you know. Especially since I know this big secret of yours now.”
He knew she was using this to her advantage, but he couldn't risk her actually telling someone about his feelings. “Fine, please don't say anything, promise me. I don't want anyone knowing.”
“Better, all right, I won't tell a soul.” She promised quickly, her eyes scanning the library around them before she spoke again. “So why won't you tell Lily? She deserves to know.”
“Why don't you keep your nose out of my business?” He countered with a glare. Upon seeing her raised eyebrows he sighed, “We're just friends. She doesn't see me that way and I'm not ruining what we have.”
“How do you know? I think you should tell her, the worst she can do is say that she doesn't feel the same. She's not going to hate you because of it.”
He shook his head, refusing to even listen to her. “No way.”
“Oh come on, Sev, she spends practically every free moment of her time with you, she gets all angry whenever someone even mentions your name in a bad way and I bet she would even get that same look on her face if I told her what I just saw...” She pointed at his own red face, loving how easy it was to embarrass the poor boy.
“How do you know?” he said finally, turning fully so that he was facing her.
She grinned at him, “Because I know everything.”
He sighed as he turned back to his work, “Why are you always so annoying?”
She stood and walked away, calling over her shoulder as she did. “Why are you always so grumpy?”
He glared at her back, “Little brat.”