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Passwords

Severus and Minerva take turns setting the password for the Hogwarts staff room.

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Passwords

It began with a raised eyebrow, as Severus looked at the password that appeared magically on the self-destructing parchment.

“Slippery when wet,” he intoned, and the staff room door swung open.

When it was his turn to set the password, he hesitated only a moment.

Minerva blinked once before giving it: “Have you seen my pussycat?”

They moved through “Touch me, Titus,” “Queen Anne’s clitoris,” and “The early village cock/Hath twice done salutation to the morn,” before anyone caught them at the game.

“A hard man is good to find,” Minerva read, before she heard Filius say, “Indeed,” behind her.

Written for the Snape 100 Challenge #369: Beholder Redux on LiveJournal. “Touch me, Titus” is from Robert Graves’ wonderful historical novel, I,Claudius, and “The early village cock” line is from Shakespeare’s Richard III.

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Passwords

It began with a raised eyebrow, as Severus looked at the password that appeared magically on the self-destructing parchment.

“Slippery when wet,” he intoned, and the staff room door swung open.

When it was his turn to set the password, he hesitated only a moment.

Minerva blinked once before giving it: “Have you seen my pussycat?”

They moved through “Touch me, Titus,” “Queen Anne’s clitoris,” and “The early village cock/Hath twice done salutation to the morn,” before anyone caught them at the game.

“A hard man is good to find,” Minerva read, before she heard Filius say, “Indeed,” behind her.