Yule Tide Giving - Part I - adventdrabbles 2018

Title: Yule Tide Giving - Part I
Author: [personal profile] lilyseyes
Pairing: Severus Snape & Harry Potter
Word Count: 100 x 6
Rating : PG-13
Challenge: <
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.
A/N: Not beta'd – poke me if you see anything!

Harry kept his hand in the pocket of his cloak, keeping his bag of money safe. It was all money he had earned doing his chores, his allowance, his dad called it. And Harry could spend it any way he wanted.

"Harry, the toys are this way."

Following his dad, Harry looked around with wide eyes. He'd never seen so many toys! A large, green blow-up dragon stood on one side, guarding a stack of plushies and Harry knew instantly who would like it as a Yule gift.

"Dad?" Harry looked up. "Can I get a Yule present for Draco?"

Severus smothered a smile as he envisioned Lucius' expression when Draco opened his gift. Allowing Harry to wander up and down the aisles, looking at the toys, Severus watched him to see if there was a toy that caught his eye, as Harry rarely asked for himself.

Christmas carolers, a new holiday addition by Magical Harrods, strolled by and Severus winced at the volume. Harry turned, watching them go by, a box of colorful wooden blocks in his arms.

"Did you find something you want, son?" Severus asked quietly.

Smiling, Harry looked up. "Do you think Mixie would like these?"

Harry climbed into his bed, pulling his new flannel sheets up to his chin. Dad had bought him the sheets while they were shopping and Harry loved how soft they were. Even though it had been months since they'd adopted each other, Harry wasn't used to getting presents. Dad had read him a story about Yule traditions and Harry wanted to give everyone special presents.

"Harry?" His dad came in. "Are you ready for your story?"

Sliding over to make room, Harry nodded. "Is it a new one?"

"Yes, tonight we'll learn about Christmas traditions."

And more presents to give!"

Severus looked down at the garish red and green sweater Harry handed him and tried not to cringe. It was the epitome of an ugly Christmas jumper, but the bright, expectant smile on the seven-year-old's face convinced him. Carefully, Severus pulled it on over his customary white button-down.

"Happy first day of Yule, Daddy." Harry's voice was uncertain and his use of a diminutive told Severus his son expected to be rebuffed.

Crouching to eyelevel, Severus smiled at Harry. "Thank you for your thoughtful gift, Harry."

Harry launched himself at Severus, who knew he'd done the right thing wearing it.

"Snowed in?" Harry looked at his dad's face in the fire, trying not to cry. "Does it mean you can't come home?"

"I'll come as soon as I can, little oneβ€”" His dad disappeared.

A soft hand squeezed his shoulder, turning him from the Floo. "Some storms have magical energy in them, Harry."

Harry nodded, sniffling quietly as they walked back to the class room. Draco looked up from his textbook at them.

"What's the matter with Uncle Severus?"

"A magical snow storm at Hogwarts."

Draco frowned. "Harry can stay here, can't he?"

"Of course, he can."

Draco beamed.

It was late when the storm let up enough for Severus to Floo directly to Malfoy Manor. The house was silent, but the fragrant with the smell of biscuits baking and stewing dates for the figgy pudding. Silently, Severus made his way up to the room he and Harry had shared before. He was relieved to see Harry curled in the middle of the bed.

Banishing his clothes, Severus found a nightshirt in the ensuite and crawled into bed. Harry was instantly in his arms and Severus knew he'd been crying.

"Shhh, I'm here, son. I have you," Severus whispered.


Aww, little Harry is so cute!

Hope your holidays were and are wonderful!
Harry is so caring and yet has no thoughts of himself-sad yet beautiful. Thank you for sharing.