The Best Intent ~ Severus & Harry ~ PG-13

Title: The Best Intent
Author: [info]lilyseyes
Pairing: Severus Snape & Harry Potter
Word Count: 100 x 5
Rating : PG-13
Challenge: [info]snarry100 633: Triumph
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.






"One, two, three, four, now! One, two, three, four."

Severus counted as he stirred the potion anti-clockwise as Harry carefully dropped in a unicorn hair after set. A triumphant look crossed Harry's face when he'd perfectly added all five and he looked up at Severus.

"Good boy," Severus told him as he reached for the Honey water. "We need seven drops of this, can you help me count?"

"Yes, sir!"

The potion turned from yellow to a light blue as Severus executed a complicated stirring pattern. He lowered the flame with a flick of his wand.

"Now, we wait."




Harry made a face as he drank the green potion Severus gave him, triumph filling him as he choked it down.

"Excellent, Harry!" Severus smiled. "The nutrition potion may not taste good, but it will help you grow."

Harry took a drink of milk to wash the potion's taste out of his mouth. Setting it down, Harry watched Severus take a bite before starting to eat.

"Harry, did Professor Dumbledore ever visit your relatives?"

Harry shook his head. "I don't think so, but my aunt used his name when my uncle was really mad at me."

"Like a threat?"

"Yes."




Harry watched as Severus pricked his finger and counted seven drops of blood as they fell into the vial Harry held. Both watched in triumph as a wisp of purple smoke swirled out. Healing the wound silently, Severus wrapped his hand around Harry's, swirling the potion clockwise to ensure it was mixed.

"Can I sit with you?" Harry asked softly and Severus nodded before helping Harry into lap.

Arranging Harry so his back was against Severus' chest, Severus took a deep breath. "Are you ready?"

"Yes!"

And without hesitation, Harry tilted his head back and swallowed the contents.

"Good boy!"




Harry tensed as he drank the potion, but it tasted better than the green potion had. He sat very still as he felt his tummy heat up and a pulse of magic spread outward. The magic was warm and tingly, spreading through him until he could feel it from his toes to the top of his head.

"It's working!" He cried, triumphantly, but his voice caught as the tingles became almost painful prickles.

Severus' arms tightened around him, rocking him through the worst of the prickles.

"All right, Harry?"

"Yes," Harry said, glancing at Severus. "Are you my Dad, now?"




Severus tried to swallow the lump which had suddenly formed in his throat, giving Harry a nod instead. The child threw his arms around Severus' neck and hug him tightly, giving Severus a moment to regain control of himself.

"Let's look at you," Severus said, helping Harry down.

Harry looked at him, nose somewhat longer and cheekbones higher. "Do I look okay, Dad?"

Severus smiled. "You look perfect and I think you are a bit taller."

"Really?" Harry gasped, running towards the mirror.

Severus watched him, triumph tightening his chest. Now, for a trip Gringotts and then, one to Dumbledore.


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