I Don't Remember

Woman Scorned

McGonagall

I was pacing in my office. My robes looked perfect. An emerald green velvet wave with real emeralds set into the embroidery. My hat was a jeweled wonder. The cane I would be using once the spell that allowed me to walk wore off had been polished by dragon fat and shone with a light almost of it's own. But my face was furious. The reason was because of what I had learned from a very surprised looking Severus Snape of his words to a Miss Hermione Granger earlier today.

"Let me get this perfectly clear." I started, rounding on him. "The woman tells you she loves you and runs off, and your response is 'it's only natural for feelings to form'?"

"I'm still very stunned as to how you knew about this, Professor."

I waved this aside. "Never mind how I know." It would do no good, bringing Ginny into it at this point. Also, it would waste time; as the Graduation Ball was starting in under an hour, time was of the essence. "What I want to know from you is how you can be so daft about women!"

"I... hoped it would show that I understood how she could be in love with me, as I am in love with her."

"Well why didn't you just say that, Severus? Why did you decide to be cryptic about it? Merlin's beard, she's a girl! Not some potion ingredient to measure and stir."

"Yes she... did say something like that..."

I sighed, putting a hand to to my eyes. "I bet she did..." I moved to sit down, looking at him again. "Well, what do you intend to do about it?"

He folded his arms behind his back. "I am going to give her the time and space she requested."

I sat back in my chair, raising my eyebrows."Are you truly so incapable of reading between the lines? She told you that because she's convinced you feel nothing for her beyond friendship! You have to talk to her, now, and tell her how you feel before she goes off and tried to talk herself out of her feelings."

He blinked. "Do you really think she'd do that?"

I glared at him. "She's a woman who feels scorned, Severus. There's no telling what she'd do. Something I do know is that you have to figure out what to do about this, and you have less than 55 minutes to learn. As that's barely enough time to get yourself dressed and down to the Great Hall looking presentable, you had better get going. Now."

Without another word, he left my office. I watched him go, sighing to myself. It was hard enough dealing with the aftermath of two Muggles being in the castle... And now this. Coupled with the other events likely to go on tonight, this was looking to be a very stressful evening indeed.

I walked to my window, but not before pouring myself a large shifter of brandy. I swallowed it in one gulp, watching the stars come out. After tonight, I'm retiring.


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