"What is taking them so long?" whined Sara, giving the Professors cheek another reverent caress.
The four girls had been waiting in the Room of Requirement for what felt like three months, and the others had still not shown up.
"I wonder if that professor Joanna took them to Dumbledore and turned them in," Delaney said concerned.
Tina looked at the others and reprimanded, "Hey now, they are 'claws, they can handle one unconfirmed Professor." Looking back at the confirmed and adorable visage of Professor Severus Snape lying on the couch still unconscious gave Tina pause. What were they going to do if the others didn't show up? Should they continue with the plan? Should she continue with her own plan that nobody but she knew about?
Tina had been having fun playing the school-girl again. Using her talent as a Metamorphmagus, she had decided to change her natural appearance and make herself look younger to get into the school and get closer to her obsession: Professor Severus Snape. In truth the witch was a healthy 38 year old who was totally infatuated with the snarling Potions Master. Nobody had bothered when she had shown up in classes and kept to the back, or when she had suddenly been given a room in Ravenclaw Tower mid-term. She was a likeable, if quiet student, until the kidnapping had been plotted. They still didn't realise that it had been her idea in the first place. She had made friends with Laura first, and had told her the truth of herself. Laura had been aghast but thought the whole situation was dreamy. She had helped to keep Tina's secret and had introduced her as a visiting cousin from America who had wanted to experience Wizarding School while abroad. Tina had actually spent the last 15 years locked in a horrible marriage, that had just gotten worse and worse. During the process of divorce she had decided that if she wanted anything in this life she was going to have to go out and get it. Hence, her little trip to Hogwarts and her plan to kidnap Professor Severus Snape. Now she had the opportunity, with most of the girls absent, to send these others away and disappear with her prize.
"Hey," Tina said worriedly, "maybe you're right and we should go look for them and make sure they are ok, and that Professor Joanna didn't haul them off to some detention."
Sara's head immediately snapped up. "I will stay here and watch over Professor Snape," she offered.
"Wait just a minute," Delaney argued.
Slian turned on them and said, "C'mon girls, this isn't going to get us anywhere." Studying her fellow Ravenclaws, she nodded her head several times and came to a conclusion. Slian was always the big thinker in their group; everybody just naturally acquiesced to her solutions. "Here is what I propose and why. Delaney we can't leave you here with the Professor, I'm afraid if he woke up before we got back he would scare you to death. I like you too much to let you die." Turning, she pointed at Sara, "I think it quite obvious why we can't leave you here with him."
"What?" Sara almost shouted. Turning she tenderly pushed the inky black hair away from the unconscious Potions Master's eyes with one hand, while holding a death grip on his robes as if someone was going to yank him away at any moment.
Slian looked sadly at Tina. "I'm sorry, Tina, but I have to go because I am a Seventh year and can smooth the way if we have to bail the others out of anything." She glanced from Tina to the professor and asked, "You sure you can handle him if he wakes?"
Looking a little perturbed at being left behind while they went on a hunt and rescue for the others, Tina groused, "Ya, I can handle him. Though, I doubt he is going to wake anytime soon, unless woken."
"Ok then," Slian gathered them into a huddle, "we know what we have to do, we have to rescue our sisters so that we can finish with our plan. Let's go out there and find them."
Slian took Sara's hand and tugged her towards the door. The younger Ravenclaw went, but kept looking back sadly. Delaney finally came up behind her and shoved Sara out the door.
As the door clicked shut, and the Room of Requirement became quiet, Tina stood in the centre of the room with a very mischievous grin on her face.