***~~~*** Hogwarts was better than Severus had imagined, though he had to admit he wasn't crazy about the amount of homework. He had a few friends, his roommate, Ax, was an interesting caracter, and of course he had Lucius around to keep him company. But as much as he liked school, he was glad to go home for Easter break, because it meant spending a little time with his sister, whom he hardly ever saw at school as she avoided the common room and often ate meals with her Ravenclaw boyfriend, and he also got to see him Mum, who had clearly missed him an awful lot. So there he was, home for the weekend. It was April again. Another hot day in April. And Severus was again in Hogsmeade with his sister and friend. The difference was the mood. The year before, they had permission to be there. But ever since the Snape’s had learned of their daughter’s involvement with the muggle-born Johnny Cavedweller, things had changed. Sarraiah was no longer Daddy’ Little Angel. And she no longer lived at home. Just after her seventeenth birthday, Sarraiah, who had been forced to break up with her boyfriend Johnny, decided that she would be better off away from home, so she packed her trunk, grabbed her Tawny Owl, Caramel Kisses (CK), and took off. She sent a letter with Tawny about a week later to inform her family that she was living with her boyfriend, and would be spending all Hogwarts breaks with him. “Sorry Mum and Father,” she had written. “But I need to live my own life, free of prejudice, boundaries and ridiculous rules. Kiss Severus for me and tell him I will see him at school. I’ll write again soon.” That was over Christmas break. Nearly four months had passed since she had written that letter, and she had had very little contact with her family since then. But on that hot April day, two days before Easter, she picked up the boys and brought them to Hogsmeade. “So Sarraiah, why is it you never ever write to us?” Eleven year old Severus had asked her the moment she entered the house. "And at school, you never talk to me, even when I see you in the halls!" “Sorry, love. Johnny thinks it best if I limit contact with my family. He feels that you, or rather, Mother and Father, are a terrible influence on me. But I do see you at school all the time!” “You hardly ever speak to me! Just nod in the halls or say a quick hell in the common room!” “Well, Johnny prefers that I...Come on, Severus. Let’s just go and get Lucius, alright?” Severus sighed. He hated feeling that he was losing his sister. And he hated even more to think that it was all her boyfriend’s doing. “Severus? You’re coming?” “Yes,” he replied, grabbing a handful of Floo Powder. “I’m coming.” ***~~~*** The trip to Hogsmeade was uneventful, and in all the trio had a fun day, visiting the pet store, spending severul knuts at Honeydukes, and even checking out the Pendulum Swing. But there was something...off...about Sarraiah, which worried her brother. Lucius, however, did not notice.
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