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The full run of drabbles can be found here on FFnet, and here are the latest. Let's pick up from 18, which you've already read, and keep going through 21.

*

'I would never,' Hermione declared imperiously, 'put caramel in a coffee beverage. That defies all logic.'

Snape began scribbling something on the paper cup. When he was through, he passed it to another barista in a green apron, and he asked for payment. 'Your card, Granger?'

She frowned. 'How do you know what I wanted?'

He rolled his eyes. 'Granger, you are a creature of habit. You also seem to forget that I prepared your beverage just 24 hours ago.'

After paying with her mobile, she walked the length of the counter.

There sat a dirty chai latte labeled 'Herman.'

*

That smug bastard.

She pried the lid off. After a single sip, she knew that he'd remembered her drink exactly. Most doused their tea with only one shot of espresso, but Hermione had never found that terribly effective. She also had the perfect amount of foam at the top: just enough to make the drink feel indulgent, but not enough to make it seem like one of those frou-frou holiday specials.

Squeezing the lid back on with a minimum of spillage, she called out to the man. 'Thanks again, Silvius!'

He scowled as she swept out the door.

*

The next morning was a Saturday, so there was technically no need to show up for some caffeine at the crack of dawn.

Hermione never went there on a weekend for Kevin. Instead, she slept in like a duchess, usually past 7 o'clock. Once, back in March of 2011, she even refused to change out of her pyjamas until noon.

But Snape was no Kevin.

After she woke, she decided to lounge around her flat for a while, listening to BBC Radio Four while she tidied up.

Then she threw on some warmer clothes and headed out for coffee.

*

Snape wasn't there.

But Kevin was.

'Say, Kev,' Hermione said, striking up a conversation while the young man prepared a pour-over for another customer, 'you wouldn't be interested in coming back to weekday mornings, would you? The bloke who replaced you is perpetually grumpy, and I'd like you back.'

Kevin frowned. 'Tobias?'

Hermione shrugged. Perhaps that was what Snape was going by these days. 'Yep.'

'That doesn't sound like him,' Kevin said, hesitant. 'He reads stories to kids and makes balloon animals.'

Confused, she decided to clarify. 'Tobias is the pale man with black hair?'

Date: 2017-02-05 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madeleone.livejournal.com
OMG! *giggling like a schoolgirl* over here by the image of Snape making balloon animals and reading stories to little kiddies!

Date: 2017-02-05 10:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] too-dle-oo.livejournal.com
I love, love, LOVE Snape with kids. Love it. Love him babysitting, love him playing with them, love it all!

Date: 2017-02-05 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] toblass.livejournal.com
'He reads stories to kids and makes balloon animals.'

OMG, woman! You are absolutely killing me here!!!!!! This is fabulous stuff but these little bites are such a tease!

And I'm loving every bit of it.

The plot thickens as we see he's using an alias in the Muggle world, eh?

*continues chewing on nails until the next update*

Date: 2017-02-05 10:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] too-dle-oo.livejournal.com
The balloon animals image makes me laugh.

The real question: WHY is he reading stories to children? (cue mysterious music)

Date: 2017-02-05 11:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] toblass.livejournal.com
scribblesnape

Just a really bad scribble, but I couldn't resist the balloon dog image in my head.

Sorry.

Date: 2017-02-05 11:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] too-dle-oo.livejournal.com
AAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

Date: 2017-02-06 12:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] too-dle-oo.livejournal.com
Now imagine him shoving it awkwardly at a crying toddler.

And then walking away.

Date: 2017-02-06 01:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] toblass.livejournal.com

The question is: is the toddler crying before or after he gives the balloon dog? Is he actually making kiddies happy???

They used to give out helium balloons at our local Trader Joe's, which used to make my kid very happy. That is, until the day one cashier decided to draw a face on the balloon before giving it to my kid. Needless to say, my kid never wanted TJ balloons again after that.

Date: 2017-02-06 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] too-dle-oo.livejournal.com
The FACE did it? Really? Kid fears are so random. (One of my friends' sons was terrified of hand dryers... to the point where he thought he should dress up as one for Halloween.)

I want the kids to be SO HAPPY in his presence, and for him to be utterly confused by it.
Edited Date: 2017-02-06 01:08 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-02-06 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] toblass.livejournal.com

LOLOLOLOL! I love that idea! One of my favorite images of him is babysitting Potter spawn (from one of my own drabbles) and he picks up a toddler who grabs at his nose with a suspiciously wet hand. He doesn't flinch at all.

Date: 2017-02-06 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] too-dle-oo.livejournal.com
Ooh! Where can I find these drabbles?

Date: 2017-02-06 01:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] toblass.livejournal.com
Erm...this is why I don't really write much of anything. But you can find it here.

*hides*
Edited Date: 2017-02-06 01:33 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-02-06 01:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] too-dle-oo.livejournal.com
Ah!!!! Adorable! Good call on the "practice," Severus. XD

Here's a short ficlet (https://archiveofourown.org/works/6806683#comments)about Severus getting stranded babysitting Scorpius, and then calling his co-worker Hermione and demanding that she help him.

Date: 2017-02-06 03:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] toblass.livejournal.com

Loved it! I always adore fics where he suddenly sees perfection in Granger even if she's wearing ratty track pants.

Also, drabbles and ficlets that leave me wanting more are always a sure sign of great writing to me. Thanks for sharing!

Date: 2017-02-06 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] too-dle-oo.livejournal.com
Even in ratty track pants. YES! Me, too.

Date: 2017-03-14 06:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mywitch.livejournal.com
That's fantastic, tob! Handsome devil :D

Date: 2017-02-06 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theimpossiblegl.livejournal.com
I have sooooo been enjoying these!

Date: 2017-02-06 12:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] too-dle-oo.livejournal.com
Hooray! So glad you're enjoying Snape's ride in a coffee shop. I'm totally unsure of how long this will go on, but right now it looks like I've got at least 1 a day for 3 months.

Date: 2017-02-07 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snapebraille4tu.livejournal.com
"Herman"!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is such a snarky butthead!!!!!! Then reading that there are BALLOON ANIMALS involved?!?! I love this Snape. These are so fun, Toodzzzzzz! ❤️

Date: 2017-02-07 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] too-dle-oo.livejournal.com
I love a Snape with tiny children hanging off him. XD

The balloon animals are a bit of a mystery...

Date: 2017-03-14 06:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mywitch.livejournal.com
Hee hee :D



Date: 2017-03-14 03:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] too-dle-oo.livejournal.com
Ha ha ha ha ha!!!! The Gold's Gym tank is PERFECT.

As is Herms lounging in her chair. (Um... that might be a picture of what I do on Saturday mornings. Minus the magic, of course, unless you count a dishwasher as magical.)

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