Whipped!Steven Cornfoot (steven_cornfoot) wrote in fidelius,
Whipped!Steven Cornfoot

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June 29, 1998

((OOC: Happened several days ago.))

Mandy could not describe how happy she was this particular day. Finally, she was out of the Hospital Wing! Orla had come to escort her down, seeing as most of her friends were finishing their practical Charms N.E.W.T examination that afternoon. Ah well, this'll be a good surprise for when everyone comes back... She thought with a smile, settling down into her usual chair in the common room.

"Since when are hair charms 'practical charms'?" Steven asked of his friend Kevin as they entered the common room. "I don't see what that has to do with any practicality..."

Kevin laughed and closed the door behind them. "You're just sore because you didn't know any! It's not my fault you didn't listen when I tried to charm your hair green that once..."

Steven made a face and turned to look at Kevin. "Well why didn't you try that trick more often?!"

Lisa followed close behind, listening in to their conversation. She had found that part of the exam easy, as she (along with Padma) had charmed each other's hair (and Mandy's) quite a few times over the years and she knew precisely what to do. She had found most of the exam good, actually, which pleased her. She looked around the room for Orla, whom she had agreed to help with Potions, when she suddenly let out a squeal.

As Lisa squealed, Steven turned to give her a sour look. "Just because you knew how to do them doesn't mean you have to rub it-OW!" Kevin had rushed forward and macked Steven on the back. "What is it?" Kevin turned Steven so that he was directly facing the girl on the sofa.


"Hey!" She replied, a huge smile on her face. "I'm back!"

All three of them rushed over to her, but Steven succeeded in grabbing the spot next to her. Kevin stood behind the sofa, and Lisa sat on the floor at Mandy's feet.

"Oh, you didn't tell me they were going to let you out!" exclaimed Steven, stroking her hair.

"I wanted to surprise you all," she replied. "And, by the looks of things, it worked...."

"I... wanted t-to surprise you all," she replied. "And, by... looks of th-things, it worked...."

"You can say that again," spoke Kevin, leaning his elbows on the back of the sofa.

Lisa was practically bouncing on the spot. "How long have you been here?" She asked, thrilled her best friend was on the road to recovery.

Mandy thought for a moment. "Not t-too long... Five m-mintues? M-Maybe ten?"

"And no one came to tell us?" blurted out Steven, who was now squeezing her hand as if she'd disappear if he let go.

"You were all... f-finishing exams," she replied.

"So?!" he squeaked in reply, as Kevin reached out to smack him.

Lisa rolled her eyes. "Honestly, Steven. Ten minutes is nothing."

"That's 600 seconds!"

Mandy giggled as Lisa continued her eye-rolling.

Steven shot Lisa a Look. "Anyway, I'm so glad you're here. We all are."

"I'm glad... to be here t-too. Th-that Hospital wing was driving m-me absolutely... batty. At least th-things can go b-back to normal... somewhat."

"Of course things will go back..well..for the last few days we're here, at least...we've only got a few."

"And we'll spend most of them writing exams or doing last minute preparations," Lisa muttered. "Where's the fun in that?"

"We still get free food," Kevin pointed out.

"Good point," remarked Lisa. "Free food is always a plus."

"I'll miss it," mused Kevin.

"I know... I hate having to revert back to Mum's cooking in the summer, but this time we won't be coming back."

Steven frowned at that. "It'll be so...different...not having school to look forward to."

Mandy shook her head slightly. "Unbelievable, isn't it?"

"Quite," echoed Kevin.

Lisa nodded in agreement. "...And it'll be strange not seeing everyone again come September... You guys all have plans for this summer or what?"

Kevin shook his head, as did Steven.

"Neither do I," Lisa said. "Big surprise there..." She turned to Mandy. "What about you?"

"Well, I can...can't be at m-much, as it'll take at... least a m-month for m-me to recover fully..."

"Only a month?" asked Steven, surprised.

Mandy nodded. "I was surprised... th-that too, but with all...all the potions and th-things I'm to take, and rest-" Here, she made a face. "-Madam Pomfrey said... a m-month would be... it."

"Rest isn't so bad," said Kevin, "and you get waited on and stuff. Or at least my sister did when she had the chicken pocks."

"But I just... spent almost t-two weeks 'resting'... I'm...I'm sick of it."

Steven looked at her. "But it's made you better..."

"I wish some...thing else could m-make m-me better."

Under his breath Steven said, "We're not allowed to do that yet."

Mandy blushed faintly at that, hoping the other two hadn't heard him speak.

Kevin hadn't and he vaguely wandered why Mandy was blushing.

Lisa had, though, and merely grinned as she twirled a lock of hair around her finger.

"Er, anyway," said Steven awkwardly.

"...How did you all...all find th-the exam th-this afternoon?" Mandy asked, changing the subject,

"Completely unpractical for practical charms," pouted Steven.

"What was... on it?"

"Hair charms," said Kevin.

Mandy laughed. "Oh sure... Th-that's easy!"

Steven's eyes widened. "Easy for you to say!"

"Well th-they are," she answered, defending herself.

Kevin laughed. "He's just bitter because he didn't know them."

"You m-mean th-there was actually... someth-thing you didn't know?" Mandy asked Steven, pretending to be greatly shocked.

Steven responded by sticking his tongue out at her.

She giggled again and copied him.

Kevin rolled his eyes and sighed.

"Here they go again..." Lisa muttered.

Steven put his tongue back in his mouth and laughed slightly.

"Anyway. Moving on once again, please..." said Lisa.

"Let's talk about something that isn't exams," suggested Kevin.

"Yes. We still have a few to write... Anything to take our minds off them for a bit... Oh." Lisa turned to face Kevin. "Have you told them-" She indicated to Steven and Mandy, "-the news yet? Your news?"

Kevin made a zipping motion over his lips to Lisa, but Steven looked at his friend and questioned him ruthlessly.

"News? Let's hear it..."

"Yes, let's..." Mandy echoed. "Please?"

Kevin made a mental note to murder Lisa later. "I..well...I signed with a Professional Quidditch team a few weeks ago..."

Mandy's mouth dropped open somewhat. "You're joking."

Kevin shook his head. "Nope. Comepletely serious. Tutshill Tornadoes."

Mandy twisted her head around a little to look up at him. Kind of. "Th-that's wicked! Why didn't you... say anyth-thing before now?"

"Er...it seemed a bit trivial at the time...N.E.W.T.s...then the battle..."

"But it was good news!" Lisa said, cutting in. "We could've used it."

Steven nodded in agreement with Lisa. "Why keep it from us?"

"Er...let's just rejoice in it now, alright?" answered Kevin.

"'Course we will!" exclaimed Lisa, getting up off the floor. She went over to a nearby chair, which she immediately deemed more comfortable than said floor. "And you finally telling has made today even better."

"You'll get to be on trading cards!" added Steven.

At that, Kevin had to laugh.

Mandy grinned. "So you will. Th-that'll be weird..."

Kevin smiled. "Hope they capture my good side."

"If they don't, I'll go and personally pound them," Lisa said, smiling a bit as well.

Kevin shook his head, laughing more. "Can I count on you all to come watch me?"

"Must you even... ask?" commented Mandy. "Of...of course we'll watch."


"Just as long as you get us all free tickets," Lisa said, half-joking.

Steven grinned. "And good seats. None of us want ground-level."

"And good seats," Lisa echoed. "Right in the middle of the pitch."

"And autographs," Steven added.

"And autographs."

Kevin's eyes grew wider as they added each item. "Would you like a thousand Galleons each while you're at it?"

"Sure!" exclaimed Lisa, laughing. "Who wouldn't?"

Kevin face-palmed.

"We're only kidding... At least about the autographs," she told him, trying to sound serious. In all honestly, she didn't really care how much she had to pay for tickets or where she sat, but he didn't need to know that. It was fun messing around.

Steven snickered and Kevin shook his head. "You lot are evil."

"Hey, I said n-nothing!" Mandy protested. "Am n-not evil!"

"Still evil," replied Kevin.

"Am not!"

"Are too," added Steven.

"Hey!" Mandy exclaimed again.

"I agree," nodded Kevin.

She pouted.

"Don't pout," said Steven quickly.

"Don't... call me evil th-then. Th-that's Lisa's title."

"That's both of you," said Kevin.

"We are not evil!" Mandy and Lisa exclaimed in unison.

"Yes you are!" retorted both of the boys.

"Are not!"

"Are too!"

"Are not!"

"Are too!"

"Are not!"

"Are too!"

"Are. Not!"




"Not!" Nobody appeared to be giving in.


And so it continued for a while. "Argh, enough of this," Lisa muttered. "Can't hack no more."

Kevin and Steven grinned in a gloating manner.

"Li-sa..." Mandy whined. "C'mon..."

"Evil," nodded Steven.



Mandy stuck her tongue out at him again.

"Here we go again," muttered Kevin.

"Hey! That's my line!" said Lisa.

"Well I took it," said Kevin.

"Think up your own!"

Kevin stared at her. "Like...?"

She shrugged. "I don't know..."

"No, that

is Steven's phrase," said Kevin.


Steven made a face, but figured he probably deserved it for something or other. Kevin gloated.

"Humph," replied Lisa.

Mandy just sat there, amused at the mindless bickering, trying not to laugh.

After several minutes, Steven said, "Look at what exams has reduced us to! A bunch of conversationless dolts."

"Who're you calling a dolt?"

Kevin snickered and Steven flushed. "Er."

Mandy couldn't hold in her laughter anymore as Lisa shot glares at everyone.

"Go to bed, Lisa," suggested Kevin.

"I will not."

"Take a walk," chimed in Steven, still flushed.


"Eat some chocolate?"

"Well..." Everyone knew Lisa's weakness was food, especially that of the sweet variety.

"It's make you feel better," nodded Kevin, digging in his bag and handing her some.

She mumbled a "Thank you" to him as she took the chocolate and began to eat it. "Where did you get this?"

"uhm," Kevin thought about it for a moment. "Hogsmeade?"

"It doesn't taste like Honeyduke's...."

"It's probably been in there for awhile..."

Lisa shot him another Look.

"What?" he asked innocently.

"Trying to feed me old chocolate, are you?"

"I was trying to be nice!"

"At least offer food that tastes like it's supposed to!"


"You try some!"


"A bite won't kill you.... And you're actually not hungry? Good heavens. Where is the real Kevin and what have you done with him?"

"I hid him."

"Well, go get him? Please?"

Kevin rolled his eyes. "You're just picky about your chocolate."

"So what if I am?"

Steven yawned and pretended to fall asleep on Mandy's shoulder.

"Sound... familiar?" She muttered to him, as Kevin and Lisa continued to go at it.

"Too," he replied.

"It's r-rather scary..." Mandy murmured, as Lisa flicked a bit of the chocolate at Kevin.

"Are they still here?" Steven asked as his eyes were closed.



"I th-think Lisa enjoys getting into th-these arguments..."

"Sadist," muttered Steven good naturedly.

"Ahem! What was that?" Lisa asked, turning her attention to Steven momentarily.

He opened one eye. "Hm?"

"What did you just call me?" She demanded, one hand on her hip.

"Superb," he said in a dry tone.

"Nice try."


Lisa sent another glare his way.




"Stop stalling."

"....sadist," he said in a very small, tiny voice.


Kevin snickered loudly. "Are too."





"AM NOT!" She exclaimed, standing up and glaring at him.

"TOO!" Kevin's smile was quickly disappearing. He had forgotten what they were arguing over.

Mandy had had enough of their argument by now. "Enough! Th-this is ridiculous!"

Kevin shrank back and Mandy's reprimandation.

"I'm... beginning to get a...a headache. You guys... are loud."

Steven sat up quickly and placed his hand on Mandy's forehead. "Oh....I think you have a fever..."


Steven winked at her. "I...uh...Kevin is it alright if I let Mandy sleep in our room tonight? That way I can look over her...she needs to get to bed..."

Kevin blinked. "I...guess..."

After a few moments of confusion, Mandy caught on to what Steven was trying to pull. "I do feel... little sick," she said, which was believable, all things considering. "Perhaps I...I ought... to go t-to sleep for a bit."

Steven nodded and stood, reached down to help her up.

She stood up, and wobbled on her feet a bit, as she still wasn't completely used to standing yet. She rubbed at her forehead, and noticed that it actually did feel slightly warm, but that was most likely to a little bit of overheating, as the castle was warm that day. "...See you guys... later," she murmured to Kevin and Lisa, the latter of which had a concerned look on her face.

Kevin bit his lip as Steven put his arms around Mandy to steady her. Slowly, the two of them ascended the steps to Steven's room.

"...Good plan," Mandy murmured, once they were out of earshot.

"They'll kill each other one day, I swear it..."

"One day? Lisa'd have his head now, if she could..." She could hear Lisa talking loudly below. "And there she goes again..."

Steven rolled his eyes as he reached out to open his door for her. "Only a few more days..."

"Thank M-Merlin," she replied, stepping inside. "I can't hack much more of their mindless arguing."

Steven closed the door behind them and helped Mandy over to his bed.

"...You don't really th-think I have a...a fever, d-do you?"

"Of course not."

She grinned. "But a good idea... t-to get me out of th-there..."

"I don't want anything to get you sick again..."

"Well, th-the row was giving me a...a slight headache, but other th-than th-that.... I'm fine."

"Perhaps you should rest," suggested Steven.

"I don't want t-to rest.... I'm...I'm sick of it..."

"...we could talk."

"Th-that I can handle."

"How are you feeling?"

"...All right," Mandy replied truthfully. "I've been better... b-but I've been worse..."

"A month from now, you'll be back to your old self," smiled Steven.

"Th-that can't come... fast enough."

"until then, you can enjoy being stress-free..."

"I suppose..."

Steven nodded.

"I still am...am going to write the exams... you know. Just... just later on."

"That’s good."

"How are... you finding th-them, any...way? Th-they hard?"

"Not really...except that damn Charms exam."

Mandy grinned. "Caught you by...by surprise, d-didn't it?"


"Don't worry about... about it."

"Let me guess, you're sure I did fine?"

"On th-the other part... yes."

"I'm not so sure," he admitted.

"But you're excellent... with charms!" Mandy protested. "Always... have b-been."

"Thanks," he blushed.

"Only stating th-the... truth."

Steven grinned - he needed that.

"Th-there we go... A smile. Finally."

Steven laughed softly.

"And the laugh... Good." Mandy grinned as well.

"It's easy with you around."

She blushed faintly. "You should do... do it more often."

"I haven't had much reason until now."


Steven nodded. "Not since the battle.."

"Yeah, well... Can't blame... you th-there..."

Steven nodded.

"Someth-thing just came to me... We... we graduate next week..."

"I know..."

"Oh m-my God... I never... realised how close it...it was..."

"..it'll be here before you know it," he sighed.

"Am going to m-miss th-this place..." She murmured.

"...as am I."

"Lots of m-memories," she said, gazing around the room.

Steven sighed.

"Ack... Now I'm all...all depressed..."

Steven reached out and spontaneously hugged her.

"...What's th-this for?" Mandy asked, pleasantly surprised.

"A hug."

She hugged him back, quite happy to be in his arms again.

"I missed you," he breathed.

"Same here..."

"I missed you more."

"Oh, really? I th-think that's debatable..."

"I'll win in the end," he informed her.


"Or I might let you," he added quickly.

She grinned. "Yes. You should."

"Okay, you win."

"Good," she said, leaning over and giving him a light kiss on the end of his nose. "About t-time you learned..."

Steven laughed.

"It'll m-make th-things easier..."

"You think you have me whipped, don't you?"

"Oh... I...I don't think...." She repled, trailing off.

"Just admit it," said Steven good-naturedly.

"...Admit what?"

"That you think you have me whipped!"

"Oh, I don't th-think I...I have you whipped... I know I do."

Steven tilted his head back in laughter before reaching out and tickling her. "You do, do you?"

"Mhmm..." Mandy said, trying to jerk away.

Steven continued tickling.

"St...Stop..." She said, her voice pleading as she giggled like mad.

"Sorry? Can't hear you..." said Steven, continuing.

"...St..Stop..." She repeated, sticking a hand out to catch herself as she threatened to topple over from her sitting position.

Steven stopped tickling and put his hands on her arms, catching her before she fell.

"...Th-thanks," she murmured, grateful he had stopped tickling her, as it allowed her to catch her breath.

"Are you alright?"

"Little... out...out of breath... Laughing t-too m-much..."

"Then we must be serious," said Steven in mock-solemnity.


"Yes. No laughing."

"Don't tickle m-me th-then..."

"No tickling," he nodded.

"No tickling."

"No jokes," he added.

"No jokes."


"No... someth-things? Explain?"

"I couldn't think of anything else," admitted Steven.

"Oh," Mandy replied. "Well, do...do you have any...any objections to th-this?" She asked, leaning forward slightly to kiss him.

"Mmm, nope, can't think of any," he whispered as she pulled away.

"Good," she murmured, proceeding to do it again.

Steven smiled and slowly slid his hands around her waist.

"Oomph!" Mandy gave a muffled sound of surprise when he pulled her into his lap a few minutes later.

"...missed this?" he asked between kisses.

"...know I have..." she murmured.

Steven smiled and let his fingers move carefully over her skin.

"...m-missed th-that too..."

"...how long until we can....y'know?"

"Not for... awhile," Mandy said softly. "Not... til I'm..I'm a little better..."

"I don't want to push you," he said quickly.

"It's so hard t-to wait..."

Steven laughed softly. "You think it's hard?"

"To wait..."

Steven nodded. "Try it from my point of view."

Mandy grinned. "I'm...I'm assuming it's..it's worse?"

"Very much so."

"You're going t-to have to... hang on f-for another... little while..."

"I'm sure it'll be worth it."

She leaned in to give him another kiss. "Well, it won't be... in h-here any...more..."

Steven started at that comment. "Wow. You're right..."

"We...we leave next week..."

"...I never realised..."

Mandy grinned a little. "Apparently n-not..."

"This was the first place..."

"Yeah... And th-the second, th-the third..."

Steven laughed. "I amend my statement to 'only' place."

"Erm... What about th-that time... in th-th common room?"

"I've tried to repress that...what with Lisa and all..."

"Not th-that... th-the other time..."

Steven paused. "Oh, yes...'course."

"Can't forget th-that one..."

Steven shook his head. "Nope."

Mandy had her arms about his neck by this point. "You know what would... b-be a nice idea?"

"...what?" asked Steven, grinning up at her.

"Well, besides all...all th-those obvious th-things-" she smiled, "-but you should... come up for a...a visit once we leave. No one'll b-be around... save th-the odd cleaning staff person..."

"I would love nothing more," he replied.

"Of course... it won't be th-the place out in the country - which I...I like more -, but you're used to b-big cities..."

Steven nodded. "I'll go wherever you are. Even the States. Or Canada."

"Which you might have t-to do..."

"Certainly not anytime soon." Steven looked worried.

"No... Th-thankfully. I don't really want t-to go overseas anyway..."

Steven sighed. "Speaking of Canada - has your mother found out about..."

"...About m-me?"


"No," she replied quietly. "Th-they didn't want t-to tell her just yet... Enough stress on her now as it...it is..."

"Who didn't?"

"I don't know... Whom...ever tells parents about th-these th-things..."

"The scary Ministry people?" tried Steven.

"For all I know... sure. But whomever it...it is, th-they didn't want to cause m-my m-mother any extra stress right now... Not th-that she would really care m-much."

Steven gave her a look that said HE, however, did care.

Mandy gave him a weak smile. As much as she insisted she didn't care what her mother did or thought about things, she sometimes secretly wished that they had a closer relationship. Of course, the fact that they were separated by the Atlantic Ocean for most of the year didn't help things.

"Besides," said Steven, "My mum can be your mum too."

"Well, she kinda will be... In th-the future... I've only met her th-that one time... Christmas... She seemed to like m-me th-then..."

"She loves you."

"She's only m-met m-me once!"


"How can she tell th-that s-sort of th-thing?"

Steven grinned at Mandy. "Witch's intuition."

Mandy had to smile at that. "Well, can't argue with th-that..."

Steven laughed.

"..What? I can't!"

"I knew you wouldn't."

"...I would like to see...see her again, th-though. Soon. Your... your father too." Her voice shook ever so slightly as she said those last words.

Steven quickly took her hand in his. "You can see them whenever you want. They're...they're you're family too..."

"Kind of all I... all I have at th-th m-moment... You, your parents..."

"We're always here for you, you know..."

"I know..." She murmured, slipping her arms around him for another hug. "But still... I wish you could've m-met Dad and M-Max... Th-they would've loved you..."

Steven allowed her to rest her head on his shoulder. "But I met your dad," he pointed out quietly, "kind of..."

"...But not really. After all... he wasn't exactly a...awake..."

Steven sighed into her hair.

"I still can...can't really believe he's gone..." She said, her voice muffled.

Tentatively, Steven began to stroke her hair. "It's alright to cry, baby..."

Mandy squeezed her eyes shut. Despite what he had just said, she didn't really want to have one of her sobbing fits. But it was hard not to...

His hold around her strengthened and he petted her back in a soothing manner.

Despite all her attempts, some tears did manage to work their way loose... "...Sorry," she whispered. "I'm m-making your robe... all damp again..."

"Don't apologise, and don't worry," said he.

Mandy lifted her head off his shoulder then. "I hate doing th-that.." she sniffed, and rubbed at her eyes.

"Please cry?" he finally requested.

She gave him an odd look. "...What?"

"Please? You need it," he explained.

"No I don't..." She murmured. But she knew the opposite was true...

"Please don't make me argue with you..."

Mandy wiped at her eyes again, barely managing to keep the torrent of tears that threatened to come at bay.

"Please?" he squeaked.

"...Can we... forget it all if I do?"

"Of course."

"...All right..." she said quietly, finally letting everything out.

Steven said nothing, but tried to do his best to support her as she cried.

"...There," Mandy finally managed, pulling away from his shoulder again. "All out..." She sniffed, eyes somewhat red from all the rubbing she was doing.

Steven gave her a comforting smile. "Sure?"

She nodded. For now, anyway...

"I'm glad you did that," he let out, sounding relieved, "because I've done it alot over the past few weeks, but I didn't think you had the chance..."

Mandy blinked. "...Wait a m-minute. Back up. Did you say th-that you have cried a..a lot th-these past weeks?" She gave him an odd look. "...You never do... Why now?"

Steven's face now expressed a deer-caught-in-the-headlights look. "I...you...we didn't know if...you were..." he gave up finally, frowning slightly.

"...If I was what?" She prodded, highly curious.

"Going to live," he squeaked, "and if you did, if you were still going to be...Mandy..."

"...Be like m-my normal self again?"

Steven nodded.

"Well, do... do I seem like m-my normal self?"

"More or less."

Mandy titled her head to one side. "...M-more or less? What do you m-mean?"

"I'm waiting for you to take a crack on me," he grinned.

"Ah. I see," She replied, laughing a little. Well, you haven't... given m-me an opportunity yet..."

"Just be patient."

"M-me? Patient?"

Steven nodded. "Yup."

"You do realise th-that I'm one of th-the m-most impatient people ever to live..."

"Yup," he said again.

Mandy managed a grin, or what could be passed for one, anyway. "I'm sure I'll get th-the opportunity soon, th-though..."

"I will make sure of that," he agreed.

Mandy leaned forward a little and kissed him again. "Enough with th-the talk for th-the time being..."

Steven smiled and kissed back,

"...You th-think Kevin'll be up soon?" She asked, pulling back from him slightly.

"Probably," sighed Steven, sliding her off his lap.

"..And I'm supposed t-to be "sick" anyway..." She said, smirking somewhat.

Steven laughed at that and helped her move under his covers.

"...Quick, act... like you're fussing over m-me," Mandy told him, closing her eyes as she heard loud footsteps approaching. Kevin, most likely.

Steven winked and got off the bed, tucking her in and then conjuring a glass of water, which he held to her face just as Kevin opened the door.

"...Water'd be good... Th-thanks," she murmured, just for effect as she watched Kevin come in. The latter looked rather agitated about something, and Mandy was willing to bet that it had to do with Lisa.

Kevin muttered something to himself about pompous feminists as he removed his shirt and collapsed on hid bes. He had yet to notice Mandy and Steven, which was all the same in

Steven's mind.

Mandy bit back a smile. "...She still driving you m-mad?"

Kevin, surprised at being addressed, sat up, disoriented. "...wha?"

"Lisa. Still gets... on your nerves?" She rubbed at her forehead, continuing to pretend she was ill.

"Stupid woman," muttered Kevin as an answer.

"I'll take th-that as a 'yes'..." She muttered, snuggling deeper underneath the covers.

Steven laughed to himself before making sure Mandy was set. He, too, merely removed his shirt before crawling into bed (pyjamas? what are those?).

"...Kinda early for you... isn't it?" Mandy asked Steven as he settled in beside her.

"WHat else have I got to do?" he whispered.

"...Th-the Transfiguration exams are t-tomorrow!"


"...Shouldn't you be doing last m-minute prep...arations?"

Steven sighed. "This is all the preparation I need."

"...What is?"



"I love you, Mandy."

"Love you too," she whispered, shifting in closer to him.

Steven cuddled up to her and balanced his chin on the top of her head.

Mandy realised that she was still in her school clothes, sans shoes, but didn't much care... She was in no hurry to get up.

Pretty soon, Steven's breath became regulated as he drifted off to sleep.

"...Night," Mandy murmured, as she felt his arms tighten around her. "...See you in th-the m-morning..."
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