The Conundrum

Title: The Conundrum
Fandom: Harry Potter
Rating :PG
Pairing: None at this time
Author: [info]lilyseyes
Word Count: 300
Prompt: [info]adventdrabbles #4/Snowy winter street with lit lanterns
Warnings: *AU, *
Disclaimer: JKR owns the Potterverse – I just use the characters for fun. No money is made from these amateur works.
Summary: After his recovery and acquittal, Headmaster Snape wants to prove he is qualified to do the job on his own merit. He distances himself from the one person who has been constantly at his side since the Battle of Hogwarts and his staunchest supporter, Harry Potter.
A/N: This drabble follows The Rescue and The Escape.

Severus Snape strode purposely down the lantern lit street leading into Hogsmeade, oblivious to the gently falling snow around him. The crunch beneath his boots was the only sound in the gathering darkness, but Severus was too wrapped up in his thoughts to notice. Harry Potter was up to something and Severus was determined to find out what.

Remembering the image of Potter on his late night food expedition, disheveled, face drawn, and circles under his eyes, had been the image of a young man who was over-indulging. Severus frowned. Potter wasn't involved with the Weasley girl, Severus knew, he'd caught her several time in compromising positions with Draco Malfoy, of all people. He would've known if outsiders had entered the castle or if anyone had left without permission, thanks to the augmented protective fields added during the repairs in the aftermath of the war.

Perhaps Potter's activity was more solitary in nature, an addiction of some type. Severus shook his head. Potter hadn't resorted to any illegal substances in the past, nor had Albus every mention any concerns in that area. Albus' worry had been more the boy's tendency to hide his difficulties, such as the nightmares that plagued Potter through much of his youth. Despite Potter's seeming inability to hide his surface emotions, he had apparently learned enough Occlumency to cover up his deeper secrets.

Severus paused under a lantern. It had to be someone in the castle that Potter was involved with. Potter, who had been given a small suite of rooms as his fame might prove a distraction in the dorms, could be entertaining anyone. Even taken a lover from amoung the students.

Something twisted in Severus' chest. He wasn't Potter's protector any longer and he was going to find out what Potter was up to.


You check on him Sev.
Love the slow build and what they will find of each other in the end.
Those two will never make it easy.
Also like Ginny with Draco: the Weasleys get money, the Malfoys get their pure blood, and Draco and Ginny aren't the two deepest people in the pond so they fit.
Eager for Sev to find the puppies.
LOL - I love your commentary!

Hope your holidays were wonderful! :)
Oooh see, I KNEW Severus wouldn't let a mystery with Harry involved rest. *bounces* Can't wait to see where this goes!
*hugs* No, I think Severus is driven where Harry is concerned, even if he doesn't acknowledge the deeper reasons for it.
Oh boy. Get ready, Harry. Severus is on the case. ;)
Something tells me Severus won't mind a puppy nearly as much as he would a lover.
Can't wait for the next bit, bb!
I think you are 100% right! :) Severus might even decide he doesn't mind a puppy or three!

Thank you, bb! ♥
Ooo, can't wait for more.
Thanks! :)
Yes, I do think checking on him would be a good idea. *nods*
Yes, I completely agree! :)
Beautiful storyline! Go get him Severus!
*hugs* Thank you!
Oh, Severus... it's heartwarming to see how very worried he is about Harry, but he's so wrong about what's really going on that I wonder how he's going to react when he finally realizes that Harry needs him not as a distant protector but in the role of a loving partner.

I love your patient pacing for this story. They are both ready to find love in their own way, but still too wary after the end of the war to surrender to that need. Hopefully that will change as this story moves forwards, leading them both to a happier future in the end.

I hope you had a lovely holiday and I wish you the very best in the coming New Year, lily. :D
Thank you so much for your delightful comment - it is a treat to get a comment from you!

I hope your holiday was wonderful and you have a safe and happy New Year! ♥
Ah, there we go. Knew that Severus would be curious. He knows what is plaguing Harry, he just doesn't know it. Give him time, he'll figure it out. Hopefully Hagrid will be back by then.