Footprints ~ Severus & Harry ~ PG

Title: Footprints
Fandom: Harry Potter
Rating :PG
Pairing: Severus Snape & Harry Potter
Author: [info]lilyseyes
Word Count: 200
Prompt: #16: Footprints in the Snow
Warnings: *AU, Harry rescued from the Dursleys, implied past child abuse, Harry is eight-years-old *
Disclaimer: JKR owns the Potterverse – I just play in it. No money is made from these amateur works.
Summary: Severus and Harry, Christmas 1988
Little Harry series.

Severus tore through the stack of papers on his desk for the third time, searching frantically for the Father Christmas letter that Harry's teacher had given him. He remembered setting it down, but hadn't seen it since.

"Sev'rus?" Harry's hesitant voice startled him.

"What?" Severus snapped and was instantly sorry as Harry's face fell.

Severus knelt down and reached for Harry's shoulders, devastated at the slight flinch. Unshed tears filled Harry's eyes as Severus drew him slowly into his arms.

"I'm sorry I snapped, Harry." Severus kissed his forehead. "I've misplaced a very important paper and am angry at myself."

Tentatively, Harry wrapped his arms Severus' neck as Severus hugged him hard. He sighed and snuggled closer.

"What did you need?"

Lifting his head, Harry pointed to the window. "It's stopped snowing and I thought we could got out to the trees for the mistletoe."

Severus stood, Harry still clasped in his arms. "Then we shall! Wellingtons, gloves, and coat, young man."

Harry's smile was back and within minutes, they stepped out into the fresh, crisp winter air. Severus pushed his carelessness to the back of his mind as he watched Harry gleefully hop into his footprints in the snow.


Harry is still sensitive to harsh words so Severus has to be careful. It's especially ironic as he wanted to give Harry what he asked for in that lost letter to give him a happy Christmas. But Harry forgave his. A lovely time out in the snow ahead.
I think the letter will surface pretty soon - all is not lost! :)

Poor Harry. He's so sensitive and tentative. *cuddles him*
I'm glad Severus explained since I think Harry would worry otherwise.
Another sweet installment, <3
Nice, bb!
They're working through the issues I think the Dursleys' would have left on Harry. A work in progress as it were!

Thanks! ♥
Poor Harry. :( Do love the picture of him playing in the snow, though, carefree for at least a little while.
Just being a kid can be hard work, without the baggage left from the Dursleys!

Thanks! :)
Poor boys.
Poor boys-it is going to take a lot to smooth the rough out, but if anyone deserves a happy ending it is those two.
I think they both need a bit more security - Severus is working on it!