it was two weeks after that they had to come back to Hogwarts. the weather was extremely cold, the trio had their OWLS comming up and that feeling of christmas was over, filled their hearts with a slight saddness. Remus had been planning for days on how he was going put together a date. he paced the room in puzzled thoughts. it was too cold to do anything, and anything he thought of that they could do inside, seemed boring. Severus sat in the corner of the corridor where they began to hang out, head stuck in his books, while he simply made small noises in agreement with whatever Remus said.
"urg, i couldnt take her to hogsmead, its too cold and theres literally nothing to do there, other than Zonkos, but we've already been there hundreds of time. plus, we're both underaged to go for butterbeers" he huffed.
"mmhh" Snape muttered. Remus gave up and stared at Severus.
"your not helping here you know" and he began pacing again.
"quidditch? broom ride? bwah, still too cold!" he rubbed his face. finally, Severus stuck his head up from his book.
"you could always try a muggle date" he sudgested, as he was a half-blood. he knew enough from both worlds. Remus stopped walking and looked at him.
"whats that then?" he asked, completly puzzled. Severus sighed, shut his book and stood up.
"it's where you actually be a gentleman for a day. go for a stroll, not for long mind, but buy her flowers, chocolates whatever. talk to each other, and finally set up a romantic meal for two." he said sternly, a little annoyence in his tone, as he'd pretty much just admitted to watching every romantic film ever.
"yer, yer! that could work!" Remus smiled. Snape yawned.
"okay, but remember to make it your own. put your own personal twist on it, to show its you who put the effort in" he remarked again. Remus knitted his eyebrows together. Sev sighed.
"your forgetting, she's muggleborn. I expect she's seen every bloody romance film or novel out there, so surprise her for once" he finished.
"thanks Sev! i really appreciate it!" he said loudly.
"okay, good, im going to bed now" and he trailed back slowly towards his common room. Remus ran in the opposite direction towards the Ravenclaw Common room.
Valentine was a mess. she was already having a bad day as it was already. she had ran out of the classroom twice now, as she felt sick to her stomache. she lost count of how many times she had already thrown up, but was so exhausted, she rested her head on the side of the toilet seat and wiped the vomit from her mouth. she took a few deep breath and gently sat up. the chemo had finally started getting worse. she felt weaker every day, but she was strong enough to keep going. after five minuets of waiting for more up chuck, she stood, flushed the toilet and walked out the cubical. her friend lily stood outside. she was the only one within the entire school who knew what was wrong. well, her and Dumbledoor. she splashed her face with water and looked at Lilly.
"you okay?" she asked. Val gave her a blank look.
"I've got cancer. of course im not okay" she gave a small laugh and looked up at the ceiling.
"what are you doing here anyway?" Val asked a little sternly. she wasn't as close to her as the others, and she pretty much did what she had done with Remus on their first meeting. quite frankly, she so badly wanted to turn around and scream at her for the amount of pain she put her best friend through.
"too see if your alright. Besides, Remus is looking for you" She replied. Val sighed, picked up her bag and walked out, sightly shoving Lilly aside. she walked down the corridor and saw Remus. he noticed and came running up to her.
"hey!" he said cheerfully but then looked at Vals face. she was pale, more so than often.
"is this a bad time?" he asked. Val shook her head and smiled.
"no! of course not, whats up?" she brightened up.
"well, at christmas, you said you wanted to do this properly. so, meet me at by the lake side at 8 o clock, sharp" he winked and walked off. Val huffed and chuckled, and made her way to her next lesson.
Valentine was just finishing the last touches on her make up in the common room, whilst a few other girls of Ravenclaw made small comments on how pretty she looked. she was wearing a simple, knee length dress with no straps. it had a small like corset at the top, and was seperated with a white sash, and black satin that fell to her knees. she didn't want to over dress, so her simple, scruffed slip on dolly shoes fit perfectly.
"hey Sarah, could I borrow some of your perfume?" Val asked. Sarah, who sat behind her and watched, smiled and nodded.
"sure, its in the bathroom cuboard." Val thanked her and walked into the small Bathroom. she opened the small cabonet door, picked up the bottle, gave a few squirts, placed it back and shut the door to find her heart jump out of her chest. she looked in the small mirror opposite her and saw bloody trickiling down from her nose.
"oh no.." she whispered softly. she gently wiped it away, but more began flowing out. soon, it was gushing out all over her white and black dress. she had to hold a towel to the bottom half of her face, and even that was becoming soaked in thick red blood. soon, laughs could be heard from the common room.
"hey Valentine! you got a little preasent from Remus-" Sarah began as she stuck her head around the door, but was cut off from shock to find a blood covered Valentine, now sitting on the floor, looking as white as paper.