Unexpected Assistance

Title: Unexpected Assistance
Author: [personal profile] lilyseyes
Pairing: Severus Snape / Harry Potter
Word Count: 100 x 6
Rating : PG-13
Challenge: [community profile] harry100 338: Fever / [community profile] snarry100 629: Privacy
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 watched Poppy cast a light Sleeping Charm on Harry, before casting the first of the healing spells he would need. Harry's face contorted into a frown when an orange aura surrounded his chest. Poppy mirrored the frown as Severus flexed his wrist to slide his wand into his hand.

"Expecto Patronum"

The silvery doe shot out from the tip of his wand and danced closer.

"For Albus Dumbledore, in private only: please step through to Prince's Keep, soonest."

The doe blinked before disappearing through the wall and Severus cast the spell to start a magical fire in the hearth.

Poppy just finished healing Harry's internal organs when the fireplace flared green and Albus Dumbledore stepped out. Severus sat up straighter, accidental startling Harry. A few soft words and his hand resting on Harry's forehead calmed him.

Dumbledore stared. "Severus?"

"Thank you for coming so quickly, Albus," Severus said as Poppy cast a Privacy Spell around them, to prevent them from disturbing Harry. "I was entering Ian's studio this afternoon when this child literally ran into me. He was being chased by two larger boys, who'd already beat him bloody."

"I'm afraid I don't understand—"

"He's a wizard, Albus."

Dumbledore frowned, stroking his beard. "I see."

"There's more: I escorted him home and the family demanded I remove him." Severus shook his head. "They refused to take him and insinuated I could use him for my own purposes. Sent us away with completed adoption papers, both Muggle and magical, already filled out for a Muggle orphanage."

"I've found evidence of significant neglect and mistreatment," Poppy added, her arms cross.

"Dear Merlin!" Dumbledore looked appalled. "Severus, if you wish to adopt the child, we'll certainly make provisions, as well as protect your privacy."

"I have adopted him."

"Excellent, my boy."

Severus was surprised by Dumbledore's immediate support, arching an eyebrow. "You'd help me with the Muggle paperwork?"

Dumbledore smiled. "Of course, my boy! I'm sure it's just a formality."

Poppy snorted and Severus met her eyes. "Do you have a fever reducer, Severus?"

Apprehension flooded through him as Severus flicked his wand and Summoned the punch containing his potions. "Is he feverish?"

"Not yet," she answered briskly, "but he needs all his wizarding vaccinations and half of his Muggle ones, which may cause one. Shocking example of neglect!"

"Poor child!" Dumbledore moved closer. "And so young. What's his name?"


"Harry?" Dumbledore frowned. "And how old is he, four? Five?"

Severus and Poppy exchanged a glance.

"Seven last month," Severus answered, his hand gently brushing back Harry's fringe.

Dumbledore's eyes widened. "Dear Merlin!"

"Did you expect anything else when you placed Lily's son with that shrew of a sister?" Severus grounded out.

"I thought, perhaps—the blood wards should have—"

"You know those only work if there is love, Albus! Petunia hated Lily and her magic!" Severus snapped, stilling instantly as Harry started.

Poppy waved her wand. "He's a bit warm, Severus, and I'm afraid the fever is starting."

Poppy helped Severus settle Harry into a guest room, rousting him long enough to swallow some of the fever reducer. When they returned to the sitting room, Albus Dumbledore was ensconced in Severus' favorite chair, drinking tea and reading through a large, ancient-looking book.

"Ah, perfect timing!" Dumbledore said, setting down his cup. "I think I've found an adoption ritual which would allow you to share Harry's blood and therefore anchor the blood wards."

"Blood magic?" Poppy asked as she poured tea. "Isn't that considered Dark magic?"

"Not when the intent is to protect and nurture."

Severus could only stare.


Adoption yay!!!!! Glad to see Dumbles can actually learn from his mistakes!
We'll see...