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A Little Tea and Kindness

Rating: PG

Pairing: Pre HP/SS

Summary: The things that Harry overhears when he wanders Hogwarts.

A Little Tea and Kindness

"Ah, another Valentine's dance. Isn't it romantic, Severus?" Albus Dumbledore's voice filtered over the hedge as they passed Harry's secluded hideout.

"Certainly, Albus, just imagine how many red envelopes will be arriving over the next weeks as parents receive news of the romantic indiscretions that occurred tonight. It will feel like Valentine's Day – all over again. And, to think, in only nine months you'll have an entirely new crop of cherubs to recruit in eleven years. I wonder how many parents will be proudly filing new heir assignments before they've even taken their NEWTS."

As Professor Snape's meaning filtered through Harry's depression, his eyes widened in surprise and he had to slap a hand across his mouth to keep his embarrassed almost-giggle from being heard.

 


 

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Best Laid Plans

Rating: G

Summary: Severus has made big changes in our little waif’s life but has he made enough changes? And… how far will new friendships go to further these changes? Italics flashback.

Pausing to study Harry’s supposed Uncle, Draco almost shuddered.

The man was enormous- truly, unnaturally, enormous- and beside

him stood a disgustingly simpering woman, who might have been

a house elf for her pandering airs. These were the hateful creatures

who had quite literally tortured his friend?

Best Laid Plans

Fingering the gilted tip of the holly wand, tied by only a wisp of a ribbon into the silk sheath ending just inside her cuff, at the pulse point on her wrist, Narcissa mused over how easily she could draw it and nearly unseen cast any one of two dozen hexs to remove the woman’s tongue. Really, the way that the woman prattled on and on about her ‘charming and talented’ son - while totally ignoring the fact that they were waiting for her nephew- was simply infuriating.

The wand’s closeness to her fingertips was tantalizing. As was Narcissa's absolute certainty that anyone forced to spend time in the woman’s presence would immediately absolve her of silencing the woman in anyway possible. That the ungainly, horse-faced woman and little Harry were related was nearly unfathomable and if asked by Severus or her husband, Narcissa might have even admitted that there was a bit of a temptation to sever that relationship (given what her son had alluded to) and abscond with the tiny boy back into the civility and grace of the wizarding community.

 

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 To Your Station

Rating: G

Summary: Severus has made big changes in our little waif’s life, but has he made enough changes? And… how far will new friendships go to further these changes?

 

Swallowing a lump in his throat, Severus smiled softly and

nodded before reaching down to wrap the child in the first

hug that he had given in over twenty years. Breaking from

his arms with a sob, Harry clumsily rushed toward the train.

To Your Station

Draco smirked at the completely gobsmacked expression Harry wore. His friend’s mouth worked incredulously – alternating between a gaping chin drop and lips snapping shut over words he couldn’t quite get out. It had been obvious that Harry had been just dying to ask why Draco had kept his school robes on until they had reached the train station. But even after an entire school year as Draco’s friend, Harry still carefully avoided doing anything that he suspected might upset his first real friend.

“Boom?”

“You’re … You’re…”

“Yes?” Draco’s smile stretched even wider.

“Naja! You’re dressed… like a muggle.” Harry practically hissed in alarm.

“Well, so are you.” Draco teased.

“But,” Harry struggled for the subtle, political phrasing that Severus was painstakingly teaching Draco’s small friend. Finally after an unfortunately long pause, Harry flushed and finished, “I thought your father preferred for you to dress in accordance to your station.”

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Tiniest Wish: Time Apart

Rating: G

Summary: Severus has made big changes in our little waif’s life, but has he made enough changes?

Time Apart

“And Ahhsitha?” Harry’s voice quivered slightly with worry.

“Yes, and Ahhsitha! Of course, I’ll look out for your two thousand year old, twenty-nine yard long basilisk and make certain she doesn’t come to harm over the summer.” Severus would have found his response humorous if the child wasn’t looking up at his with such glowing trust.

“And, you’ll write every day?”

“Yes, you have the journal. All that you will need to do is moisten your finger with saliva and touch what ever page you want to write on. I have the duplicate, right here in my pocket. As soon as ink touches your page, the duplicate will resize incrementally until I am able to read what you’ve written.”

“And, you’ll really write back?”

“Yes. I will ‘really’ write back to you. It may not be immediately, but I will not let a missive go unanswered… even if only to discuss your potions homework.” Even after nearly a year, it almost hurt Severus to hear the eager awe in the child’s voice at the thought that he would actually take the time to respond. It was almost as uncomfortable to hear the child’s eagerness to delve into long rambling discussions about his potions homework. If he could have been certain that Harry truly enjoyed potions and had a taste for the art, he would have happily fostered the boy’s studies. But, when both Draco and he, obviously, had a natural interest in potions, it was difficult to separate Harry’s true interests from his desire for their approval.

“And, you’ll meet us at Diagon Alley, when I get to visit Draco.”

“I will, I have already brewed for the infirmary’s needs and can rearrange my schedule to suit whatever date and time Lucius can wrangle out of Mr. Dursley.”

“And, Bernice?”

“Aghhh,” Severus sighed pinching the bridge of his nose as he explained for the second time, “Madam Sprout has already made a spot in her gardens for your devil’s snare plant. … Are there any other “And’s” you would like to add?”

It was obvious that Harry was skirting around what he truly wanted to say...

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Friends with Snakes, part 10

Rating: G

Summary: Even cold hearts have a difficult time resisting Harry’s charm.

Friends with Snakes

Ahhsitha slithered circles around the basket in confusion. The young speaker’s scent permeated the basket, and it was clear that he had brought the acromantula eggs to her chamber for her pleasure. But, that in itself, was confusing.

Her first interactions with the child had reminded her that young speakers were so often delicate unknown quantities: where one might display great bravado to cover intense fear – another might offer great compassion. The last speaker that she had known before this one had been the former while this child had seemed the latter.

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Two Boons and a Pact

Rating: G

Summary: In the aftermath of Harry’s stunning rescue of Draco, an unusual deal takes place.

Two Boons and a Pact

“Harry, have you considered what boon you might wish to ask of me?”

Lucius asked as he watched the much vaunted boy-who-lived with thinly veiled amusement. There was a decidedly delicious irony in watching the frail child interact with Draco and Severus. The child’s tone was almost subservient to Draco and nearly worshipful of Severus as he attempted to explain himself for both his rash rescue attempt and his remarkable, though ill-considered, attempt to strengthen instead of heal himself with wish magic. It was probably the deference that the boy was paying Draco (combined with the amusing sight of Severus spluttering every time the boy’s parentage showed in blatant admissions and cloying sincerity) that prompted Lucius to give the child a brief respite from their lectures. But the blaze of desperate gratitude that flashed through Potter’s eyes as he turned to question Lucius cinched it.

“Sir?” Potter asked with obvious confusion. “A boon?”

“It is not uncommon for the head of a noble house to reward an individual who has performed an act of great benefit to that house. Preventing Draco, the direct heir to the Ancient and Noble House of Malfoy, suffering a grievous and severe injury could easily be defined as an act of great benefit to this house; therefore, you are entitled to request a reward should you desire one.”

“A reward, Sir? I wouldn’t ask for a reward to keeping Draco from being hurt when I could do something about it. Draco’s m… I th-think of Draco as a friend. I’d be a pretty sorry friend if I didn’t try to keep him from being hurt if I could.” Realizing how pushy, even self-righteous, he’d sounded, the child blushed heatedly at his own impertinence.

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Best Wishes for a Wonderful Birthday, Ender.

I hope the year brings you the best of everything.

Diane.
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Tiniest Wish, Part 9:

The Softly Hissing Darkness.

Rating: G

Summary: Harry wakes to meet two formidable snakes.

The Softly Hissing Darkness.

Nodding at Severus’s gesture toward the privacy screen at the far end of the infirmary, Lucius suppressed a smirk as his friend led the fuming mediwitch away. There was something refreshing in the knowledge that while others might deny him access to the boy based on his past ‘affiliations’, Madam Pomfrey was equally inclined to refuse the headmaster’s access until she felt the boy was up to the visit. Were it not the reminder that the child was currently unconscious (and therefore beyond troubling) and that he was being attended by Lucius’s son, who had refused to move from his friend’s side so vehemently that even a calming draught had failed to diminish his persistence, Lucius would have been equally banned. That reminder caused enough doubt that Severus was easily able to bundle her off and send Lucius in search of his son.

As he approached the screen, Lucius was rather surprised to his son’s soft distraught voice.

“Boom, you idiot. Why did you go and do that? I was trying to stay out of it so hard when that bloody prat was picking on you because I knew you would be upset if I hexed him, and here you go and make me want to hex him bloodless. I know spells that could do it, too. Things they can’t treat fast enough, and I swear I’ll use them if he ever hurts you again. There won’t be enough of him left to find. But, why did you have to go and do something so stupid.”

Beyond the idiocy of his son’s foolish nearly-public admission to knowing Dark Arts, Lucius was stunned at the frustration and violence in his son’s tone. Draco had been so contained in his bare references to the famed boy who lived that, at times, Lucius could barely credit that they were in the same house. Yet, here, his child, who had not only been raised to cunning and discretion but who had shown a deep talent for the facilities, was sufficiently overwrought to make what might, in other circumstances, be a fatal error. There was clearly more to their association than Lucius had gathered, and he was both proud and irked to discover it.

 

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A Lion’s Prideful Ways

Rating: PG

Summary: Lions and Slytherins mix and mingle.

A Lion’s Prideful Ways

“Well if it isn’t the pampered prince himself.” A sneering tone drew Harry’s attention as Ron Weasley broke from the clusters of Gryffindor first years waiting for their flying practice as the lines of Slytherin first years approached lead by Harry and Draco.

“Hey Potter, glad to see you finally show for class. How many points did Snape have to give you to finally get you up off your lazy arse?” Weasley jeered.

“None, Ron.” Harrry answered with a troubled sigh as he gestured for his suitemates to stay out of it when he heard their affronted grumbles, knowing Professor Snape wouldn’t be happy with them if they got into a fight. “That’s not how Professor Snape awards points.”

“Oh, that’s right, Snape’s a real git with the points. We have to get our potions perfect, or he doesn’t even notice, and the questions he asks cant bloody well even be from the same book because only Goody two shoes Granger can answer them, but you – you just slurp up a bit of cereal and the bloody git practically showers you with points.”

Paling as Weasley’s comment drew glares from a number of Gryffindors, Harry stared at the angry redhead in bewilderment.

“Ron, why are you acting like this? I thought you wanted to be my friend.” He immediately regretted the question though as he watched Draco stiffen out of the corner of his eye and heard his suitemate’s grumblings. He must have sounded so pathetic. He was already letting everyone down on his first day of classes. If it Millicent hadn’t repeatedly scolded him for looking weak by staring at the ground, Harry would have locked his eyes on his feet to avoid Weasley’s.

Flushing at Harry’s comment, Ron growled, “I did before you decided you wanted to be a slimy snake in the grass.”

 

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