is Life By Misha

Disclaimer- Everything belongs to J.K. Rowling and is not mine, however much I might wish differently. However, I am not making any money off of this, so please do not sue me!

Author's Notes- This is a strange, twisted alternate universe story. In it, I play with a lot of details and I don't go with the background that I use in most of my stories, as you'll find in the prologue. I've seen a couple stories where the Malfoys raised Harry and I thought I might put my own spin on it. I take liberties with the characters. I've made Lily a half- blood not a Muggle-born, because it made things easier for me. Okay? I've also decided that if anybody can be redeemed, that means Lucius can be too. So I make him nicer, still edgy and creepy, but not evil. Again, it's explained in the prologue. And I decided that with Lucius so cold, Narcissa must have a warmer side. I know it's not evident in the little bit we've seen of her in the books, but it's only one scene and she was in the company of people she didn't like, so she can't be judged on that alone. The changes in Draco and Harry are natural, given the change of circumstances. As for the change in Snape's character, that too is explained early on. Oh, and the first couple chapters will deal with Harry's childhood and his first year at Hogwarts, but the bulk of the story will take place in his fifth year, okay? Well, that's all, enjoy!

Rating- PG-13

Summery- A chance sighting leads Narcissa and Lucius Malfoy to learn of the mistreatment that the Boy Who Lived suffers at the hands of his Muggle relations. As a result he is adopted as their son and thus his life is very different than it might have been.

Spoilers- All four books.

Prologue

~1984~

Narcissa Malfoy made a face as she entered the Muggle clothing store.

She absolutely hated Muggles and avoided them most of the time.

However, she was quite fond of Muggle clothes and her wardrobe needed replenishing. It was true that she could have gone to the Muggle shops in Diagon Alley, but they didn't offer enough variety to suit her.

So, with her three and a half-year-old son, Draco, in tow, Narcissa had decided on a day of shopping. She flipped through the racks, anxious to spend as little time there as necessary.

Suddenly, she heard a sharp female voice. "You leave poor little Duddy alone, you rotten boy!"

Narcissa looked over, curious despite herself, to see a tall, skinny woman swat a skinny little boy. The woman then leaned down and fussed over a fat thing, twice the other boy's size.

Narcissa's eyebrows went up at the woman's behavior. It was obvious that the smaller boy was unable to pick on the bigger one, no matter what the woman claimed.

However, she was about to turn around, uninterested, when she got a better looked at the smaller boy. He was the spitting image of James Potter.

Her eyes widened, realizing that the boy had to be Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived. She knew that he had gone to live with Lily's Muggle sister, but...

Narcissa frowned, suddenly disturbed by what she saw. Was it possible that the Boy Who Lived was being mistreated?

Narcissa picked up Draco and hustled him out of the store. She would come back for her clothes, something much more important had come up.

She had to know what was going on with the Potter boy.

She'd have Lucius look into it.

***

"So, I was right, he is being mistreated." Narcissa said a few days later.

Lucius nodded. "It would appear so."

"So what are we going to do about it?" Narcissa asked.

She was under no pretenses that her husband had served the Dark Lord. But she was also one of the few to know that he had been a double agent, along with his close friend, Severus Snape.

However, many believed that Lucius had been loyal to He-Who-Must-Not-Be- Named. And thus it might be dangerous for him to show too much concern for the Boy Who Lived.

However, Narcissa had never been involved with the Death Eaters and she had been friends with Lily Evans. After all they had been in the same House at school.

Lucius had been friendly with Lily as well. After all, Lily had dated Severus up until their middle of their seventh year when they'd had a huge fight and broken up.

Lily had started dating James on the rebound and grew to love him, though never the way she had loved Severus, Narcissa knew.

And they could site that connection as the reason behind their concern.

"Go to the Ministry with our findings and demand that he be removed." Lucius stated bluntly.

"But where will he go?" Narcissa asked in concern. "After all, both James and Lily have no living family and Harry's godfather..."

"I know." Lucius said softly. "But I have a simple solution, the boy will come here. We'll adopt him as our son."

Narcissa smiled, that was the answer she had been hoping for. She had always wanted more children, but complications after Draco's birth made that impossible. "Are you sure that we'll be allowed?"

Lucius grinned at her. "Of course, after all, we're Malfoys and nobody refuses a Malfoy anything."

***

Petunia Dursley opened the door to see two men, one with silver blonde hair, and the other with greasy black hair, both smirking, awaiting her.

"What do you want?" She asked coldly, perfectly aware of what they were. It had taken her a moment, but she had recognized one of the men.

"I see you haven't changed at all." Severus Snape sneered. "However, that is of little relevance to me. We're here for the boy."

"Really?" Petunia asked with a sneer. "Well that's too bad. My husband and I have decided to raise him away from your kind." "

You don't get a choice." The other man informed her in a cool voice. "You see I have an order here from the Ministry of Magic demanding you give up custody of the child immediately, or else."

"Or else what?" Petunia scoffed, trying not to show how afraid she was.

The man grinned evilly. "Or else you be charged with endangering the life of a child and be tried by the Ministry."

"They have no rights over me, I'm not one of them!" Petunia cried outraged.

"But the child is." Severus said smoothly. "You caused harm to a Magical child, that puts you under the Ministry's authority. And there methods are less civilized than what you are used to. Especially when Muggles are involved."

Petunia was truly scared now.

"Fine!" She shouted. "You can have the child, it's of no importance to me."

It only took her a moment to run to the closet and unlock it. She then dragged the brat out and pushed him at the two men.

"There take him, I never want to see him again!"

With that she slammed the door and turned her back on her dead sister and her spawn.

She was free at last. ***

~A Month Later~

"It's official, he's ours?" Narcissa asked her husband.

Lucius nodded. "Yes. The papers are signed. Harry is officially our son."

"Did you hear that?" Narcissa asked the little boy.

"Does that mean I never have to go back?" Harry asked excitedly.

"It does." Narcissa said, sweeping him up in his arms. "This is your home, Harry, now and forever."

In the month since his rescue from the Dursleys, Harry had changed dramatically.

Though, he was still a quiet, polite little boy. But he had more spark and was less afraid.

He and Draco got on wonderfully, after a little competition at the start. Both of them were used to be alone and after a short adjustment period had thrived on having a constant companion their own age.

Harry looked at her and then Lucius.

"Are you my Mommy and Daddy now?" He asked after a moment.

Narcissa nodded. "Yes, Darling, we are."

She and Lucius had decided to raise Harry as their own, telling him about Lily and James when he was old enough to understand.