"You must be kidding, right?" Ron sounded very worried. "No," answered Ginny "But--but that's crazy! Suicidal, even..." "Yes... but it has to be done." "Why not let Malfoy do it, then?" "That git?" Ginny laughed at the idea. "You know as well as I that he'd blow the whole deal." "Well, yes, maybe... but he's expendable and you aren't." "Everyone is expendable, sooner or later." "Later suits me a lot better for you..." "Are you saying you want to put up with another day of -- of that?" "Bloody hell, no! But it's better than you making a sacrifice of yourself." "I don't think so. Neither do the rest of the students." "Maybe if you mentioned the problem to one of the professors, they could handle it?" Ron tried to reason with his sister. "No -- it's our problem, not the staff's." "Then one of the house-elves -- you know Dobby would do anything you asked him to." "He's been abused enough by the Malfoys. I won't do anything to put him in that kind of situation again." "But why does it have to be YOU who does it?" questioned Ron. "Do you think I'd ever let you put yourself in that position? Mum would have my hide if she ever found out." Ginny sounded exasperated. "I don't think I even want to try. But -- wait -- here's your chance! He's just coming in." "Right, well -- here goes nothing... Erm, Professor Snape? I was just wondering... No offense meant, but -- but can I offer you a breath mint?"
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