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The girl’s answer was correct; as always. 



The Professor's additional remarks which followed the usual, “That is correct, Miss Granger,” were condescending and cutting; as always.

Snape watched as Hermione’s body folded into itself while he continued to pin her with his stare.  Her eyes downturned, her face swiftly became obscured by wild hair—as constant in its vast tangle of unruliness as Snape’s own was lank and dull—as she bowed her head. She slumped down on her appointed chair under the Potion Master’s glare to such a degree the wizard marveled that her form, by its angle and gravity’s assistance, did not disappear from sight entirely to puddle on the dungeon floor.

One would think the girl would stop raising that hand of hers when he presented the class with a question.  But regardless of Snape’s persistent ensuing biting words, icy glares and/or the occasional dismissive grunt in the affirmative to her eager answers her hand continued to fly skyward unerringly and without hesitation.

It galled Severus to admit, if only to himself, that Hermione was indisputably a wonder of a witch although she was yet only an adolescent.  At the rate she readily consumed everything her instructors threw at her alongside everything he knew her to seek out and delve into on her own by adulthood she would be nothing less than utterly brilliant.  He hated the knowledge she would be his equal much sooner than he would have been had their roles been reversed.

At the insidious thought of roles being reversed, Snape felt a scowl greater than the one he’d already worn for Miss Grangers benefit assert itself on his face.

As much as it galled him to acknowledge Hermione Grangers abilities as a witch it nearly killed him to admit—again if only to himself—that if she were the professor at Hogwarts and he was the student, whatever the subject (save Muggle Studies), he would have respected her greatly.  Had he not gleaned all that he knew from the same tireless toil? Had he not been driven by the same endless hunger to simply know more? And had he not continued to toil and hunger regardless of the heckling remarks and looks of mocking, eye-rolling amusement by his peers at his expense?   In bile-inducing-truth, if she were the teacher; proficiently able as such due to her relentless pursuit of knowledge, and Severus were the pupil; constantly thrusting his hand into the air—the answer she’d requested burning on his tongue, he probably would have been disgustingly besotted with her. 

Snape pulled his now darkening gaze from what was left to be seen of Hermione Granger.  Barely perceptible wisps of brown hair were all that remained to look upon in the space where Hermione’s face had retreated from moments before (due to her obscene tresses becoming an even greater mass in the dampness of his classroom).  He turned, suppressing a growl of discontent.

Hermione’s eyes, yearning for his approval, lifted and followed.



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teaoli
Oct. 25th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
Wow, Hopeful. That was utterly brilliant.

Two lines resonated with me so much — because the both get to the core of who I believe Severus Snape to be – I had to read them over and over and over and over again:

He hated the knowledge she would be his equal much sooner than he would have been had their roles been reversed.

and

In bile-inducing-truth, if she were the teacher; proficiently able as such due to her relentless pursuit of knowledge, and Severus were the pupil; constantly thrusting his hand into the air—the answer she’d requested burning on his tongue, he probably would have been disgustingly besotted with her.


Thank you so, so, so very much for this beautiful gift.

Would you mind terribly if I shared it with others? I will not do so without your permission.
hopefuladdict
Oct. 25th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
Yay! I am thrilled that you like your present!!!! I have typed and tweaked all morning here to get a true 'flash fiction' going for you--although my word doc says I'm right at 500 and LJ is saying I'm over by a hair. I don't mind at all if you share it with others. I'm going to post it to ff.net (practice because I haven't posted anywhere in forever and need a refresher).

And you inspired me to give the writing a go again by the way. I loved that you were prompted to 'pinch-hit" in a new fandom/ship and thoroughly enjoyed it. I need to expand and you helped me.

Happy Happy Birthday, Lovely One!!!!!

Edited at 2012-10-25 08:34 pm (UTC)
livejournal
Oct. 25th, 2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
I A Haz B-Day Pressie!
User teaoli referenced to your post from I A Haz B-Day Pressie! saying: [...] at FanFicDotNet or at hopeful's lj as A SS/HG flash fiction for Teaoli on her birthday [...]
hopefuladdict
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Re: I A Haz B-Day Pressie!
Well this is a fair bit of awesome. I think you loving this little bit o' fic is one of the best gifts I've had in a long while.
karelia
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, good heavens! I don't even know you, and I already adore you just because of this! So, so, lovely, and so, so in character!
hopefuladdict
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
W-O-W
Goodness, those are some seriously kind words. Thank you so, so much!
linstock
Oct. 25th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
This is a HG/SS story i can believe. Snape is soooo Snape-y and Herminone is perfect. Snape self awareness, not matter how grudging, was a delight.
hopefuladdict
Oct. 25th, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Lin!!
spockchick
Oct. 26th, 2012 08:51 am (UTC)
This was fab Hopeful, and Snape's acknowledgement that she was smarter than him was wonderful.
hopefuladdict
Oct. 26th, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm so glad I gave myself the treat of sitting down to write it.
pennfana
Oct. 26th, 2012 11:37 am (UTC)
(Here via teaoli.) Wonderful work. You've got them both so thoroughly in character, and even though very little of the story is actually from Hermione's point of view, you still manage to convey precisely what she's thinking, too. Well done.
hopefuladdict
Oct. 26th, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your generous words! I'm so happy, Tea was pleased with it and wanted to share it with others.
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