Assessing the Situation ~ SS & HP ~ PG-13

Title: Assessing the Situation
Author: [personal profile] lilyseyes
Pairing: Severus Snape & Harry Potter
Word Count: 100 x 7
Rating : PG-13
Challenge: [community profile] snarry100 627: Divided
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.

Severus stared at the distinctive scar on Harry's forehead as the past he'd kept firmly locked behind his Occlumency shields, burst forward. His fingertip lightly traced the lightning bolt as the memories of what happened that night in Godric's Hallow flashed through his mind, making his chest hurt with the pain they still caused.

"Oh, Harry,"

It seemed ironic that the little boy he'd suspected was being abused was a child he'd vowed to protect. The child he'd prepared himself to hate for his parentage, willing to divide personality traits between parents.

Lily would have hexed him into next week.

Not wanting to move, Severus Summoned the paperwork the disgusting Muggle had shoved into his hands, dividing them between Muggle and magical. The Muggle paperwork had been filled out and signed by Harry's relatives, a note affixed to them with the name of an orphanage in Surrey. One name drew Severus' attention and he clamped down on the rage he felt as he recognized Lily's sister.

Petunia had been a vile, hateful bitch when Severus had last seen her as a teenager. Harry's rough childhood suddenly became very apparent to Severus and he hoped he'd gotten Harry out in time.

The other papers were the Ministry of Magic equivalents of the change of guardianship forms and, again, already signed by both Dursleys. Looking closer, Severus could see a red drop beside each signature, the enchantments on the parchment making the blood look fresh. Severus' eyes moved down the form, divided into neat sections, to see Harry's name printed in the section marked adoptee.

There was no drop of blood.

The idea struck Severus like an epiphany and he moved to gently shake Harry, who blinked his eyes sleepily.

"Harry, would you like me to adopt you?"

Harry nodded, "yes, please."

Harry yawned as Severus explained the Ministry paperwork. He showed Harry where his name was and where Severus' would go.

"I need to prick your finger and put a drop of blood by your name, but, Harry?" Severus looked into his eyes. "You have to be sure this is what you want or your magic won't allow it."

"I'm sure." Harry held out his hand.

Severus carefully collected a drop from Harry and himself, healing the fingers with a whispered spell.

After signing the form, the parchment divided itself into two and one scroll disappeared in a flash of gold.

Harry's eyes grew large and he leaned into Severus as the second scroll bounced once on the table. Automatically putting his arm around Harry, Severus could feel every rib under his shirt. Reflecting back to when he lifted Harry to Apparate to Prince Keep, Severus has been astounded at how little the child weighed.

His thoughts divided themselves into five different directions, each wondering how far the abuse had gone. Severus drew a deep breath, knowing he needed to make sure Harry was actually uninjured, especially if the adoption was to stand up to any challenge.

Who could he trust?

"Harry?" Severus sat the child up and turned to face him. "I would like a friend of mine to examine you, to make sure you aren't hurt anywhere."

Squirming a bit, Harry met his eyes. "Like a doctor?"

"Yes," Severus answered honestly. "Your uncle didn't seem very pleasant and to make sure your cousin didn't do more damage."

"Will I still get to stay with you?" Harry asked, sounding apprehensive.

Severus gave him a grim smile. "I suspect it will make us indivisible."

"Are they nice?"

"Very nice," Severus said, casting his Patronus.

"Oh!" Harry stared at the silver doe.

Harry had fallen back to sleep by the time the fireplace flared green and Poppy Pomfrey stepped out. She was carrying a small black bag, her expression perplexed.

Severus stepped forward to greet her, his voice soft. "Thank you for coming, Poppy."

"Severus, you said you'd found an injured child."

"More abused, I'm afraid, with some freshly injuries."

She frowned. "While you were attending your new hobby?"

"Surprisingly, yes." Severus pointed to the sofa. "He literally ran into me."

Poppy gave him a long look before turning her undivided attention to the child. She cast a diagnostic spell.

"Oh, Severus!"


Wow guess you have answered my question quite well!

Now to get Poppy's healer oath so she cannot tell anyone else!
*hugs* Thanks!