“Hey, Severus?” You asked lightly, gripping your potions book tighter in your hand out of nervousness.
He glanced up at you from his seat, his expression neutral as he arched an eyebrow, prompting you to continue.
You had the second highest marks in Potions which constantly rivaled those of Severus’. You were never rude to him, however. Yes, he was extremely talented at the subject but rather than resent him for being smart, you kind of admired it. He was quiet, and didn’t talk very much but you knew there was something under the surface with him.
“Do you mind if we work together for this potion?”
“You want to work with me?” He drawled.
“If you don’t mind. It’s just this is a particularly hard potion and I know you’ll probably be brilliant at it so I was wondering whether you’d like to work together?” Your tone went higher at the end and you cringed internally.
Severus’ eyebrows furrowed, almost as if he was confused by the idea that someone would like to work with him.
“Its completely alright if you don’t want to.” You reassured, stepping back as you went to turn and sit in your normal seat.
“No.” He stopped you, holding out his hand slightly as if to grab your arm. He let it drop when you turned around and his eyes were softer as he replied, “Yeah, we should work together.”
You smiled brightly at him, dropping your book next to his as you sat down beside him. As you opened up your book and took out your quill, you missed the way Snape smiled briefly to himself as he glanced at you.