They had been back at Hogwarts for two days when Severus finally received an owl. It was not from his mother but from an older witch that lived around the corner from Spinners End.
Just wanted to let you know that your mother is out of surgery. Bad fall she took down the stairs nearly broke her neck. Dont know why she wont magically fix the house. That place you live is a shanty and your father is an ass. Didnt even call the muggle aurors. Course hed only been home a couple hours before the accident happened. Your mum said she would write soon as she could and shell use my owl.
Severus sat staring at the note. He couldnt believe it. His mother was doing so well while his father had been locked up. He didnt know what to do. He didnt know where she was or how to get a hold of her. He could not cry at the table. He got up and ran.
Severus didnt notice