Progress ~ SS & HP ~ PG

Title: Progress
Author: [personal profile] lilyseyes
Pairing: Severus Snape & Harry Potter
Word Count: 100 x 5
Rating : PG
Challenge: [community profile] harry100 Prompt 334: In Secret
Warnings: * AU, Harry is seven, mentions of child abuse/neglect*
Summary: Severus meets a child in need – what does he do now?
Part of the Worthy Child Series
Disclaimer: JKR owns the Potterverse – I just play in it. No money is made from these amateur works.

Harry stepped out of the shower, delighted when the man told him he could wash up after he ate. Workout trousers and a long-sleeve shirt were a bit strange, but all the kids were wearing them. He knew he’d have to change in secret; his aunt would never let him keep them.

Putting them on, Harry couldn’t get over how well they fit. He quickly smoothed his fringe over his scar and walked back out to where the man was watching some children practice Kung Fu. The man crouched down in front of him.

“Would you like to learn, too?”

Severus watched the children's beginner group complete their stretches. The child, who had given his name to the instructor as Harry, was able to keep up with the others as they progressed into learning basic stances. Harry hadn’t said much since returning to the studio but had been amenable to all of Severus' suggestion. While he stayed close to Severus, Harry had remained quiet. Too quiet.

Although he wasn't sure how he was going to accomplish his plan and knew he'd have to do it in secret, Severus wasn't going to allow Harry to continue living in an abusive home.

Harry took the glass of water the man gave him with a smile, making sure to flatten his sweaty fringe over his scar. The exercises had been fun and none of the other kids had been mean to him at all! If he could keep from doing anything freaky, maybe he could come back. Although he'd have to do it in secret, Harry knew, his relatives would never give him permission. His aunt told him often enough he was worthless and a burden, Harry wasn't allowed to have fun.

Looking up, Harry's stomach dropped as he saw it was dark.

Severus was startled when Harry jumped to his feet, a panicked look on his face. He put a hand on the thin shoulder.

"What's the matter?"

"I need to get back to my relatives!" Harry looked up at him with pleading eyes. "They're going to be angry—"

Crouching, Severus studied his face. He didn't need to be a Legilimens to read the fear in Harry's eyes. "Do your aunt and uncle treat you like your cousin does?"

Harry gave a hesitant nod. "Especially when I do freaky things," he whispered.

"Tell me about the freaky things," Severus said quietly.

Harry held tightly to the man -- Severus' hand and skipped to keep up with him. It had felt good to tell someone about the freaky things that happened to him. Severus had listened quietly, asking him a question here and there, and when Harry got anxious, he had made a ball of light appear in his hand!

This man was just like him! While they could only talk about it in secret, Harry was relieved he wasn't a freak and there were other people just like him.

Harry really wished he never had to go back to the Dursleys.


Poor Harry! I like to think someone treated him with kindness.
I agree! *hugs*
Oh poor Harry! Severus will make it right *nods head*
*pets Harry* I think you're right!