Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
Richard Kirk would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

One Last Caress

By Richard Kirk

Drama / Romance

One Last Caress

Snape was in tears.

He was alone of course; he would never allow anyone to witness such a moment of weakness, no one except her.  He had spent years building walls inside his head and she had torn them down in an instant.  He had closed himself off to the world so many years ago that he had forgotten what it was to feel like this, to feel love, to feel loved.

He ran his long, thin fingers through his lank, black hair and started at the floor through tear stained eyes.  A single saline droplet ran down the length of his long, beak like nose and hung there for a few seconds before finally falling to the ground.  He wrung his bony hands in quiet desperation while a torrent of emotions coursed through him like never before.  He was used to rejection, throughout his life he had never been what you would call popular with the ladies, but this hurt in a completely different way.  She had loved him; she had accepted him, and now this.

Part of him did not want to believe that it was happening, it just wanted to push it away like it had done to so many other things, but it was happening, it had happened.  He only had to look at her to be reminded of the full weight of the situation, not that it ever fully left his mind.  It was right here and now, there was no escaping it, something had to be done, responsibility lay on his narrow shoulders; at least that is how he saw it.  He felt responsible; he blamed himself, how could she have known what she was doing?

He tried to look at her again but had to turn away, afraid that he might break down if he gazed upon her for too long.  Why?  That’s what he wanted to know, just why?  The situation was never perfect, they both knew that from the start, but why this?  Surely there were other answers, other solutions; they could have worked something out, they could have at least tried.  All he had were questions; she held all the answers, lost to him now.

He stood up and began pacing around his darkened chambers, his hands still running over and over each other.  He absentmindedly checked the lock on the door, now was not the time for interruptions.  He knew that it would be locked; he had checked it several times in the last few hours, but he tried to keep his mind busy with unnecessary little jobs.  He would check the lock, straighten his bookshelf, rearrange the potions, but nothing worked.  No matter what he did he could not keep his mind away from her for more than a few moments.  She swam in his blood, he was infected, saturated with her and he had relished every moment.  Finally, he had found someone who he could let in, someone whom he could reveal his true self to.

The Serverus Snape that people saw on a daily basis was the product of years of hurt, pain and rejection.  He had opened himself up too easily in the past and had paid dearly for it.  People had betrayed his trust, taken him for a fool and humiliated him.  The years had made him hard, made him cold, but the real Snape still dwelled somewhere within.  The real Snape that craved acceptance and affection like rest of the world was still alive, but he was so well hidden that it was easy to forget he ever existed.  A lot of the time it was easier to forget this Snape than try looking for him.

She had changed all that.  He still did not know how she had done it, but she saw through his granite exterior and found the forgotten Snape, alone and scared.  She had nurtured him; made him strong, given him confidence to surface and it was because of this that he loved her.  He had not realised it at the time, but she was exactly what he was looking for, a kindly soul to draw him out of himself, to allow him to be Serverus from time to time, and not just Snape.

This was why it hurt so much, she was everything to him, and she had taken it all away in the blink of an eye.  He knew they could not last, she knew they could not last, but they could have had more time together.  She could have at least given him that.  No, the deciding move was now up to him, and he had hoped they would face it together.  He loved her too much to brand her selfish, she did what she had to do.

She did it well though, he thought, with a moment’s pride.  She was such a bright student, untraceable, perfect.  He held this thought for a moment, turning it over in his mind.  Could it be the answer?  Had it been staring him in the face all this time?  The more he thought of it the more it made sense; there would be questions, far too many for him to answer, and a lot that he would not want to face.  They had been a secret, it was the only way, no one would have understood.  There was no keeping the truth from the people now, a day or so and it would be everywhere, leaving him no refuge.  The repercussions of everyone finding out rushed past his mind’s eye with terrifying speed and even more terrifying clarity.  A cold chill overcame him and with a shudder he resolved that they would never know the truth, any of them.

With his mind made up, Snape was like a man possessed.  He went quickly to the shelves containing his potion bottles and started mixing ingredients.  Bottle after bottle, jar after jar, Snape worked, mixing, adding, perfecting.  It was a complex procedure, which is why he was so impressed that she had been able to do it.  No doubt she had read up on it, that was her way.  After an hour or two, which seemed to go by in a heartbeat in Snape’s mind, he was adding the very last ingredient.  The colour of his potion went from slime green to royal blue, indicating that he had mixed it correctly.  He ladled some into an ornate glass bottle that had the Slytherin emblem standing proudly on it.  She once told him that she would change houses just to be in Slytherin alongside him, if that were possible, and it had melted his heart.

He hung the ladle on the side of the cauldron and slowly approached the bed, to where she had been lying, peaceful and serene.

‘One last caress Hermione my sweet,’ he said, almost in a whisper.  ‘And then we shall be together again.’  He stroked her cold, dead cheek with a curled finger and gazed into her lifeless eyes.

One sip, that was all it took.

Untraceable.

Perfect.

- April 2003

Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, Richard Kirk
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

shawnas26: I knocked it out in one sitting and enjoyed it thoroughly. Thanks for sharing! :) I'll be looking forward to reading the next in the series.

FateFellShort: I have read this story and have followed the writers on tumblr from the beginning. Its a wonderful story. Beautifully written with a really nice pace, that makes it enjoyable to read more than once. For me, fairy tail has very good characters but what the writers have done is give them more depth...

MavisMcQueen: "To Live Again" is a well crafted, highly engaging, heart vibrating tale surrounding our favorite Elven King. The author will keep you engrossed until the very end and by that time you will feel so strongly for Clara and the other characters that you will never want it to end...like ever. Thrandu...

Usagi Kita: This story is emotional from beginning to end. You get to watch the characters struggle and grow, maturing in different ways so that they come to be the people they are meant to be. Inea is insanely adorable, and his antics made me laugh more than once, and Kaedon is perfect for him in so many wa...

Maria Appkova: I enjoyed the plot and the idea. and the need to change her awesome idea to save others people in city. and romance in the story involved. just romantic btw her and henri. Good work.

Animeviewer: It is one of the best stories I've ever read. This story will have you riding a roller coaster of emotions and nearly dying to know what happens next.You will get very attached to the characters and in my case I relate well with some of their very traumatic or emotional experiences, Just Juliet f...

Jenn Deering: This is a go-to story for when you're needing a little happiness in your life. It's well-crafted, and characters are true to their show-selves. The pace is right, there are minimal grammatical errors, and the plot is fresh.

263Adder: Okay so I adore this story. I only knocked one star off plot for historical inaccuracies because I'm a bit of a stickler for that. The ending broke my heart though, considering you already changed history couldn't you (SPOILER) change it a bit more and have them together!!!! I want an alternative...

Ruby0h: Overall I thought your story was really good! It drew me in right away and kept me interested as the story progressed. I loved the character of Kayla being inserted into this story, and the way she affected and shaped the life of the original story into something totally new and interesting. I lo...

More Recommendations

Atractivo Sumit: The story is an amazing blend of what we call natural, plain romance along with subtle emotions and interesting twists. The plot is so beautifully interwoven.

PaulSenkel: If you like Arthur C. Clarke's Odyssey, especially The Final Odyssey, then you will probably also enjoy this book. I definitely did.It does, however, address a more adolescent public than the above-mentioned book.I enjoyed the story and finished it in a few days. The overall situation on earth an...

Alex Reltin: This is a great story! I love how well you go into detail and emotions of Capri, and Mel. You have amazing dialogue and overall it's just a thrill to read!The only critique I could find is that some of the paragraphs should be separated. For example:-"If Nia would have just let me take the car an...

Hudson: Your story was fantastic Erin! The Rising Sun was one of the first stories I read on Inkitt, and I have to say I don't regret the three to four days I spent pouring through the story.Probably the biggest strength I see in your writing is your characterisation of Eliana, Oriens, and the rest of th...

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral stories!
Iosaghar

FreakyPoet: "you made me laugh, made me cry, both are hard to do. I spent most of the night reading your story, captivated. This is why you get full stars from me. Thanks for the great story!"

The Cyneweard

Sara Joy Bailey: "Full of depth and life. The plot was thrilling. The author's style flows naturally and the reader can easily slip into the pages of the story. Very well done."

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral story!
Spectra

Ro-Ange Olson: "Loved it and couldn't put it down. I really hope there is a sequel. Well written and the plot really moves forward."