Removal ~ Severus & Harry - PG-13

Title: Removal
Author: [personal profile] lilyseyes
Pairing: Severus Snape & Harry Potter
Word Count: 100 x 4
Rating : PG-13
Challenge: [community profile] harry100 Prompt 335: Countdown
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 slowed as they got closer to his relatives' house, starting a countdown of his footsteps as they turned up the walk way. The front door was dark, curtains in the sitting room drawn tight and Harry wasn't surprised. His aunt always locked him out anytime he was late. Harry stopped, pulling his hand reluctantly away from Severus' grip.

"I'll have to go to the back," he said quietly.

"Why?" Severus asked.

"I—I have to sleep in the shed when I'm late."

Severus crouched in front of him. "You'll never sleep there again, I promise you."

Harry was skeptical.

Severus straightened up and held out his hand, waiting for Harry to grasp it. The more he heard about these Muggle relatives, the more Severus was determined to protect the child. If his relatives wouldn't listen to his advice or respond to his more strenuous suggestions, he would inform them of their transgressions and provide a countdown of time for him to report them to the authorities, both Muggle and Magical.

If all else failed, Severus would call in the Aurors. He'd promised Harry that he would take him to Kung Fu classes, allowing an opportunity to monitor the situation.

Harry cringed as Severus knocked on the front door, the thuds on the other side telling him his uncle was coming down the stairs. Instinctively stepping behind Severus, Harry held his breath, counting down the seconds until his uncle exploded as the light came on and the door opened.

"What the bloody hell are you doing pounding at this hour?" his uncle raged, face already purple.

"I'm here about your nephew—"

"The little freak isn't here, ran away and good riddance!"

"He's—" Severus began, but was cut off.

"Yours," Vernon said, leering at Severus, "for whatever you want."

Severus seethed as the obese man smirked at his own disgusting suggestion. His heart suddenly missed a beat as he wondered what he was saving Harry from. Harry hid behind him, clearly terrified of his uncle.

"I want it legal," Severus sneered, his hand sliding into his pocket.

The man staggered back inside. Severus wrapped his hand around his wand, counting down the seconds before he hexed the idiot. The fat Muggle waddled back with papers clutched in his hand.

"Here! Take them!"

"What do you want?

The piggish eyes gleamed. "Already been paid, just swear he never comes back!"


How horrible! So glad Severus intervened and Harry is now safe.
*SOBS* I am so glad Harry found Severus!