When the whirling sensation stopped, Severus quickly took stock of his surroundings. They were in the sitting room of a small flat, simply decorated in favor of leaving room for large shelves filled with books. The sounds of cars outside told him they were in a Muggle neighborhood, though magic thrummed through the simple dwelling.
Hermione set down the bent quill and straightened her dress, which had got rumpled at some point. Her lips were bright and full from kissing, and he thought he might rather like to get back to them soon. Still, she seemed a bit too prepared for all this.
“Exactly how long have you been planning this?” he asked.
“Does it matter?”
He supposed it didn’t. The mere fact that she clearly had planned this … seduction was enough to silence any lingering worries as to whether she was merely intoxicated. Though there was certainly nothing in her demeanor to suggest she had had much to drink at all.
Unfortunately, Portkey travel was hardly conducive to a romantic interlude, at least not when inserted in the middle of things, and it didn’t seem they were going to quite pick up where they had left off before that imbecile had pounded on the door.
“Shall we have a glass of wine, perhaps?”
He nodded wordlessly as she fetched a bottle, poured two glasses, and handed him one. The garnet liquid glinted with the light of her fireplace. Was he supposed to come up with a toast?
She lifted her glass and relieved that worry, saying, “To …”
He started and nearly dropped his glass when he felt something rub up against his shin and twine its way between his legs. When he looked down, a fuzzy orange face regarded him seriously.
“I’m glad you approve,” Hermione said with a giggle. “Now go somewhere else for awhile, Crooks!”
He rolled his eyes as the beast sauntered off, hopefully not in the direction of the bedroom.
“Where was I?” she asked.
“I believe you were about to make a toast,” he replied. “I sincerely hope it was going to be ‘to an end of interruptions.’”
The look in her eyes was positively wicked as she clinked her glass against his.