Sorry for making you wait this long, but school took all my writing time away from me...Author: Ilka (LadyAlesha)Title: ConversationsSeries: Hidden DesireHalf an hour after Amy had been brought in, the Hospital Wing was crowded with concerned Badgers, proving once again that it was virtually impossible to keep a secret at Hogwarts. Madam Pomfrey had given up on trying to send the Badgers away and returned to attending to the other patients. Every now and then she called for silence, but everyone mostly ignored her.“I shouldn’t have let you go into the Forbidden Forest,” Ilka said for the hundredth time. Tear-tracks stained her cheeks and her eyes were still red and puffy, telltale signs of her distress.“It’s not your fault, Ilka,” Amy tried to reason with her. “I went in there alone before, I knew the risk.”Ilka was shaking her head ‘no’ vigorously, but Amy didn’t give her the chance to protest. “And if you hadn’t told Blaise and Severus where I went, I would still be in there, maybe even dead by now. You saved me, Ilka!”“Promise me to never scare us like this again, Amy. I nearly got a heart attack when Ilka told us that you had gone into the Forbidden Forest,” Rhi chimed in from where she sat on Amy’s bed, her best friend’s hand clenched tightly in her own.“I promise!”“Ok girls, that’s enough angsting for one day, let’s get back to the really important things,” Rob said suddenly. As one, twenty heads turned to glare at him, but Rob had been around his fellow Hufflepuffs too long to be intimidated. “I meant, how we can get Amy and Snape back together,” he added, exasperated.“Rob! Shhh,” Amy admonished, glancing around to make sure Madam Pomfrey hadn’t heard him. Thankfully she was busy tending a wound at the other end of the Hospital Wing. “You can’t say things like that where others, especially staff members, can hear you!”Rob opened his mouth to defend himself, but Madam Pomfrey chose that moment to return her attention to Amy. “You lot have been here long enough now. Miss Faircloth needs to rest, you can come see her again tomorrow after classes, but visiting time is officially over now.”Before leaving everyone took their turn hugging Amy. Last in line was Rob, who settled on a handshake instead of a hug. His last words before closing the door behind him brought a slightly uneasy look to Amy’s face, “Don’t you worry, Amy, we’ll come up with something.”*~*“Severus, is there anything you would like to tell me?” Dumbledore’s soft voice startled him. Turning around, Severus saw the headmaster standing in the middle of his private rooms, a small smile on his lips and a merry twinkle in his eyes.“Headmaster! I’m sorry, I didn’t hear you come in,” he replied, trying to hide the picture, he had been looking at, behind his back.“It’s ok, Severus, I already know about you and Miss Faircloth.”“Wh…what? How?”“The look in your eyes when you brought her in and her face when we discovered that you had left without saying goodbye, told me all there is to know.”“I’m sorry, Headmaster, I know this isn’t common practice …”“Nonsense, Severus. She is old enough to make her own decisions. I trust, you didn’t harbour any inappropriate feelings for her while she was still a student at Hogwarts and didn’t pursue a relationship until after she graduated. There’s nothing I or anyone else can do against this union.”“Yes, Headmaster,” Severus said, staring at the wall next to Dumbledore’s head intently. He had the feeling Dumbledore was fully aware of his partiality towards the spirited redhead while she had been one of his students, but was giving him an easy way out. He just couldn’t figure out, why Dumbledore was so adamant about making him believe he had done nothing wrong. It sounded almost as if he wanted him to save what was left of his relationship with Amy and start over with her.