|By : Blackkitten23|
Category: Harry Potter > Slash - Male/Male
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|Disclaimer: I don't own Harry Potter and I don't make a profit off my stories|
Pairing: Yaoi M/M – seme James x Severus
The Malfoy heir nodded and since Severus was asleep after a tough day he went back to the Malfoy manor. He knew he had to help Severus recover. His thoughts of how to help his friend were interrupted when he stepped out of the floo and saw a rat scurry passed. Of course, he quickly put it out of his mind when he heard his father chatting with their deadly guest ...
Severus was woken up by a sudden twitch of pain in his leg. Out of habit he froze and tried to listen for where his parents were. It took a few seconds for then sleepy daze to leave so he could remember where he was and that the pain was from the potion’s that were healing his body. He also remembered, much to his annoyance, that he fell asleep before he could hear anything about the trial.
A part of him wanted to go ask right now. However, it didn’t feel right waking up anyone just to ask a question. Unfortunately, now that his mind was full of these unanswered questions he couldn’t just go back to sleep. With nothing to do he decided to go pass the time in the potion lab.
“If I just read my new books or do some homework it should be fine.” Severus whispered to himself as he tried to hide how eager he was to investigate the lab. Of course, he knew he couldn’t risk having a dizzy spell while brewing, but doing research shouldn’t be a problem.
“Severus?” Severus froze right when he started pushing the doors to the lab open and looked over his shoulder to see Nicholas standing at the bottom of the first floor stairs. “Are you ok?”
The young wizard winced, “I’m sorry. Did I wake you?”
Nicholas smiled and held up a letter, “Not at all. I had a reason for being up. Do you?”
“I couldn’t get back to sleep.” Severus admitted feeling a little embarrassed at being caught.
“And you wanted to brew to relax.” Nicholas said and smiled as a subtle pink appeared on his grandson’s cheeks. “You definitely take after the Prince side. More so than your mother. However, I do hope you don’t actually intend to brew.”
Severus shook his head, “No. it’d be foolish to even try when a dizzy spell could hit at any moment.”
Nicholas noticed that the young wizard looked like he wanted to ask something, “I’m glad you understand that. Why don’t we sit in the lab and talk. I have something to tell you about yesterday. Before you ask, everyone at the trial was required to give vows including Sebastian and Lucius. They can’t tell me the results or if people outside your parents were involved, but …” Nicholas glanced down sadly at the letter he carried. “There is something you should know. Let’s sit down.”
A baffled Severus allowed himself to be guided into the lab, but he barely sat down before his curiosity was about to burst, “What is it? Is it about my mother?”
“Actually, no. It’s about your father.” Nicholas gave the letter to Severus. “When Sebastian returned he told me the discovery and we asked Gringotts to dig a little deeper. This is information on your father … your real father.”
“Real father?” Severus slowly looked down at the letter in a daze.
“It’s not what you think.” Sebastian’s voice nearly made the young wizard jump. Severus never even heard Sebastian enter the room. “You were about to think he didn’t want you, didn’t you?”
Severus flinched feeling uneasy about being read so easily, “Why else would I have been left alone with them?”
“Ellen … killed him.” Nicholas answered feeling absolutely heartbroken by his daughter’s actions.
Severus was glad that he was seated because he felt like the wind was knocked out of him. It wasn’t something he expected to happen considering he only just learned of the man’s existence. When he felt a comforting hand on his shoulder he finally opened the letter. While the content revealed that Tobias was still related to him, it also revealed that his life would have been very different if his father raised him.
“Hadrian Snape? His nickname was Harry.” Severus murmured as he looked at the name of his late father. “He worked in animal rescue and as a firefighter for a time after dragging himself out of a bad life.” Severus summarized as he skimmed the letters. One particular line made him smile sadly. “He stalked Tobias and tried to get him out of his questionable lifestyle, but both Snapes were too stubborn to change for the other.”
Nicholas’ sad eyes looked at the picture Severus pulled out of envelope, “I wonder if that’s how he met Ellen … you have his smile.” He commented as he saw Severus smile at the young man holding a puppy in the picture. The back of the picture said that he helped save the puppy and was checking up on the puppy after taking it to the vet. There was a little similarity between those smiles. Still Severus seemed to take after the wizarding side more than the muggle with brown eyes and dirty blonde hair.
“Can I keep the photo?” Severus asked if softly.
Sebastian smiled, “Of course. The goblins are still doing some digging on Hadrian so we might know more soon. For now, how are you feeling?”
“I’m doing ok. Just dizzy, but I’m not as tired so I could get my do some reading done and get my summer homework started.” Severus said as he stood to first take the picture to his room.
Nicholas smiled, “That’s very good. We can have some breakfast first though and if you want you can tell us about the project you told Patty.” He suggested making sure to stay close to his grandson as they went out to Severus’ room just in case a dizzy spell hit.
Sebastian’s eyes lit up, “A project? What project? Something I can help with?” He asked eager to help his grandson.”
“That depends on how you’d teel about me tampering with lycanthropy stages.” Severs commented as he went in his room to put the picture on the nightstand next to his bed. He just froze as he waited for his grandfathers, who were out in the hall, to respond. A part of him expected the photo to vanish as a punishment for suggesting such a thing. After all, what lover of potions would approve of such a project when werewolves are needed for certain ingredient preparations?
Sebastian hummed in thought, “I’m sure Lucius would’ve told you about how werewolves are involved in potions, right?”
Severus breathed a sigh of relief, “Yes, he told me when we learned someone we knew was one.” He commented calmly as walked out of his room to join his grandfathers.
“So if you know that then what about lycanthropy do you think you can change without causing large problems?” Sebastian asked genuinely curious about the young wizard’s goal.
“I can at least try to lessen the transformation pain.” Severus said as they went to the dining room.
Nicholas smiled softly, “Is this because of Remus?” He chuckled slightly as a look of surprise flickered across Severus’ face. “Maybe you didn’t notice. You were having a dizzy spell, but Remus was at The Crock & Pestle too. He works for Patty just like James and Sirius. In fact, he helped put your things away.”
“Really?” Severus asked absentmindedly following his grandfathers to the kitchen.
A concerned look crossed Nicholas’ face, “Yes and what I learned was absolutely infuriating- … that should be fine to bring up, right?” He asked Sebastian. The last thing he wanted right now was trouble with the goblins.
“Yes, I believe so. You reported it and they didn’t ask you for a vow … just in case it does become a serious part of an investigation maybe don’t talk about it outside here unless Remus wants to talk about it, ok?” Sebastian recommended and was pleased to see Severus agree.
As Severus leaned on the counter and listened to his grandpa explain what happened while he was with Patty he wondered something, “I wonder if the goblins will look into what Dumbledore told Remus … it’d be nice to know who kept breaking the runes on the Shrieking Shack too.” He commented as he went to sit in the dining room.
“The Shrieking Shack? Runes?” Nicholas’ eyes narrowed dangerously as he set some buttered toast and bacon on the table in front of Severus, “Severus, why do you make it sound like you were around him during a full moon?”
“He needed someone to heal him. I sometimes stay the entire night until too so he isn’t alone.” Severus said firmly not regretting what he did or will continue to do.
Nicholas gaped at that, “You were the one who healed him? He was alone in a cramped shack? No guards or anyone to keep you away or anything beyond runes? Someone was breaking the only thing confining him? Did I get all that correct?”
“Yes.” Severus said, feeling a bit nervous. “I had to restrain him a couple times because he got out completely. I couldn’t really tell anyone, but I figured someone would check the runes. When no one repaired them I went to Lucius.”
“I see.” Nicholas looked right at Sebastian. “Right after breakfast you’re going to report this to the goblins. That’s a disturbing level of recklessness and Severus and Remus should never have had to put up with that sort of danger.” He said bristling with anger.
“Of course. Now eat up and I’ll deal with that soon.” Sebastian said as he put Severus’ potions next to a glass of water and they all sat down to eat.
Once breakfast was done Sebastian went to contact Gringotts. Severus went up to the potions lab and started his summer homework. Nicholas mentioned going outside to check the greenhouse, but he occasionally checked in on Severus even when Sebastian started brewing. It was a very relaxing day and Severus managed to get most of his homework done before he got tired.
When he woke a few hours later Severus went to try and finish his last essay. Ideally he wanted to get it all done so he could focus on his own little project. However, the potion fumes, which never bothered him before, seemed to give him a headache.
Sebastian noticed Severus rubbing his temples “Are you ok? Is it a headache?”
“Yes. Is it a side effect?” Severus murmured and he felt his grandfather’s hand on his forehead.
“It can be. The potions do make you very sensitive … maybe you should go outside. You haven’t explored the greenhouse yet.” Sebastian suggested, but he frowned when Severus stood up to go. “I’d prefer it if you didn’t go by yourself until we’re sure you won’t be dizzy. One second, I’ll call Nicholas.”
“You can't leave now, though.” Severus commented as he noticed the unstable stage the potion was in. The potion currently being brewed was not in a stage where it could be left alone for even a minute.
Sebastian chuckled, “True … you’ll see.” He said and he tapped a metal bracket that looked like a tulip and held up the shelves that the ingredient bottles were on. “Nicholas, Severus isn’t reacting well to the potion fumes. Could you come take him to the greenhouse?”
‘Of course! I’ll be right up!’ Nicholas’ voice was heard saying out of the center of theblack metal head of the tulip.
A curious Severus looked closer at the seemingly normal bracket, “What is it?” He asked as he examined the metal. He could see a pentagram under one leaf, but not much else.
“It’s an artifact that uses charms similar to a floo. Nobody really uses them now, but I think they’re still useful.” Sebastian said as heard his husband coming.
Severus smiled, despite his headache, as he realized how his grandfathers listened in on him and Lucius before, “Very useful.” He said and he went to grab his last essay and followed Nicholas out.
It was a beautiful two story greenhouse complex with many rare plants and a fountain In the center that actually had a desk built into it. Severus was guided across a mini red bridge to the large half circle wire metal desk that was floating on a giant stone platform, which was under a large stone palm leaf. It was a surprisingly comfortable and dry spot despite the curtain of water pouring down off the palm leaf from above and onto the far edges of the desk.
“Just relax ok. I’m going to be right up there harvesting some things for St. Mungo’s.” Nicholas said as he left Severus to go up to the walkway up on the second story of the glass greenhouse.
Severus nodded and went on with his homework. It didn’t take too long for the last essay to be finished and the young wizard just relaxed in the warm sun. He was barely startled by a popping sound just as he started falling asleep. He was too tired to notice a house elf give him a letter.
The house elf wearing a sundress looked at the sleeping wizard and went to Nicholas, “The young master fell asleep. He got a letter from a James Potter too”
“Thank you, Dixie.” Nicholas said as he quickly went down to the lower level and went to take Severus back to bed. The letter could wait until he woke up, but he did decide to tell Patty that Severus was doing better. Maybe she can tell James, Sirius and Remus later ...
James glared at the leeches in the tank, “Evil blood suckers.” He said annoyed that it took so long to clean the creatures up that he missed Severus being taken away from the shop.
“I hope Severus feels better … his grandpa seemed nice.” Remus said and eyed James carefully. “Don’t do anything stupid.”
James pouted, “I’ll only write a letter when I get home.” Unfortunately, by the time he finished up at his job it was late and it seemed his owls weren’t in the mood to help with one of his deliveries after the last one. They all refused to mail the letter until the morning, but even then they only took Severus’ letter. “Hey Sirius, can you go to Honeydukes at some point for me? I was going to try to owl order those chocolates, but my owls are on strike.” He explained sadly when he was getting up for their second day of work.
Sirius yawned, “Yeah sure. I can go during our lunch break.” He mothered sleepily. “Why do we have to get up so early?”
“Because that’s when I open.” Sirius immediately woke up when he heard Patty’s voice. In his sleepy daze he didn’t realize that James flooed them over already. “Come on! We’ve got a busy day today! Start filling out the owl orders.” She said as Remus flooed in.
A slightly distracted James looked at the first order, “I hope Severus writes back.”
Patty chuckled, “Give him some time. I’m sure he’s tired.”
The young Potter was hopeful. Sirius managed to get some chocolate, but James didn’t feel right about sending another cranky owl. He kept the chocolate and hoped the owls would calm down ...
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