Title: Through the Lines
Author: me! Little Bit
Rating: uh….why do they bother? I guess PG-13?
Summery: Harry Potter is actually the son of Severus Snape AND James Potter. James and Lily still died and Harry still survived, and he went on to live with the Dursely's, but Severus found out they were abusing his son and took him away. Harry Potter died, according to the Muggle and Wizarding world, but Severiun Lucius Snape lives….
Disclaimer: I don't own Harry Potter's books, movies, or anything….sadly, well, I mean the copyrights. yeah. okay that just sucked. oh well.
"Will you testify before this court under veritaserum?" An Auror from Britain's Ministry of Magic asked a man with shoulder length black hair and a hooked nose.
"Yes." Severus Snape looked at those gathered to watch the men who stood accused of associating with Lord Voldemort. He knew several of the men were Death eaters, he'd worked with most of them either in the past or just recently.
"Who brewed this potion?" Albus Dumbledore spoke from the jury box.
"The Potions Professor from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, sir." The Auror had completed his time at said school two years ago, In the same class as Severus himself. The only difference was their houses, Severus had been in Slytherin, while the Auror, who's name Severus could not recall, had been in Gryffindor. He'd known pretty well Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, and James Potter.
"Very well, proceed, Mr. Migel." The Auror, Mixaher Migel, nodded and opened the flask of clear liquid.
"Three drops Mr. Sna…"
"I'm a Potions Master, I know." Severus snapped, snatching the flask from the shaking man's hand. He administered the three drops himself and handed the flask back. Severus felt his mind clear then get hazy.
"What is your full name?" Migel asked, to make sure the potion was working correctly.
"Severus Severiun Snape." Severus spoke clearly and honestly.
"Are you a Death eater?" The current Minster of Magic began the true questioning. Albus Dumbledore shut his eyes in what could be seen as dread.
"No." Dumbledore and the bound Lucius Malfoy stared at Severus wide eyed. They both saw a man who looked like he had no life in him any more. They saw a man who was an empty shell, yet neither man knew what had upset Severus so greatly. Nor could they figure out his answer.
"Where were you on the night that James and Lily Potter were murdered by You-Know-Who?" Severus winced.
"I was west of the city that held Godrics Hollow by thirty miles. It was a forest where I have been completing research for a potion." Severus said honestly. That was completely the truth.
"Who were you researching for?"
"Remus Lupin." Several people gasped in shock, including the man who's name had been said.
"I thought you just said Remus Lupin, am I right?"
"Yes." More gasps.
The Minster leaned forward, even he knew of the fights between the Gryffindors' and Severus. "What were you researching for Remus Lupin?"
"My research is for a potion which would allow Lupin or any werewolf keep their mind during the full moon." Severus said.
"How far along are you?" Dumbledore leaned forward to ask.
"Several years from completing a working potion. I have years of research to complete a potion that will do exactly what I want." Severus said.
"Why are you doing this?" Remus Lupin asked a question, almost choking as he spoke. He was still in shock.
"James Potter asked me to try." Severus Snape said. Everyone stared in disbelief.
"Please explain." The Minster asked.
"James came to me a few months ago. We sat down and worked out some of our differences. He was going to help me learn how to be a good father and I would try to work out this potion." Severus said.
"What do you mean how to be a father?" The Minster was confused. Severus turned and looked directly at the Minster.
"My son is two, he lives with his mother and I wish to be a good father. I knew James was a good father to his son." Severus responded.
"Minster, I believe we have covered that Severus Snape was not a Death eater and was not involved with any crimes related to Lord Voldemort." Everyone flinched except Lucius Malfoy and Severus.
"Do you know any Death eaters?"
"How do you know them?"
"I am a Potions Master I have been to several classes and workshops covering potions. I have taught classes for Potions. I have run into plenty of Death eaters that way. Plus two years ago and the seven years before that I was in Slytherin, where I was closely associating with Death eaters."
"To your knowledge, is Lucius Malfoy a Death eater?"
"He is not." Lucius and Dumbledore stared at Severus.
"Are you sure?"
"Yes. Lucius has been my best friend since we were six or so. I shared a dorm room at Hogwarts with Lucius and after school Lucius and I were always in contact. The time of the murder of the Potters' Lucius was visiting me while I was doing my research. I know Lucius Malfoy is not a Death eater." Severus' mind became clear again.
"Thank You. Severus Snape, Lucius Malfoy you are free to go. All charges will be dropped." The Minster decided. They were both released from Auror induced bounding spells and lead to a side room to sign papers and clean up before they left.
Once they were alone and clean Lucius watched Severus a moment before asking, "Come with me to Malfoy Manor for a few days, Severus."
"I don't know."
"You haven't seen Draco since he was christened. Come and see your God son Severus." Lucius begged. Severus finally agreed.
Lucius lead him to a fireplace and they flooed directly to Malfoy Manor. Narcissa was there waiting to greet her husband. The couple shared a kiss before separating. Lucius to put away his heavy outer cloak and Narcissa to greet Severus with a hug.
"I flooed directly home when I heard the verdict. Severus, I'm so glad you are alright. Come and rest on the couch while the house elves ready a room for you." She said smiling slightly. Severus only nodded. He had no time to say anything as Lucius walked in with his son in his arms. The little infant was screaming away as his father tried to calm him.
"He's been screaming all afternoon I'm afraid." Narcissa said with a frown. "Not even his Nanny can figure out what's wrong." She walked over to Lucius to peer at her son. The blonde baby was wrapped in a blue blanket and had his fists clenched and waving about madly.
"Let me take him." Severus said tiredly. Lucius shrugged and handed over the baby. Severus stood up and swayed from side to side gently. Little Draco rocked back and forth in Severus' arms, his screams died down slowly. In less than a minute Draco was taking huge gasps of air and was blinking his red eyes at Severus. Narcissa hurried from the room muttering something about idiot Potions Masters being able to do her job. Lucius stared at Severus in surprise, he took a seat in a leather chair to watch Severus with Draco.
After a few more minutes Draco was sound asleep against Severus' breast and Severus was seated on the leather love seat. "You're a natural Severus." Lucius declared, his voice quiet enough not to bother Draco.
Severus grunted, but stared down at the baby. Lucius realized Severus wasn't really seeing Draco.
"Severus?" Lucius was once again surprised as a tear made it's way down Severus' cheek. The side of his face that had the tear was facing away from the Nanny as she took Draco away. Severus and Lucius used a hidden passage to go to a room in which no one else knew about.
"I want my son Lucius." Severus looked up at Lucius with fire in his eyes.
"I'm sure you can contact his mother and she'll have no problem visiting.."
"Lucius, I have something to tell you. I've kept it from everyone, even my mother and sister." Lucius nodded.
"I didn't hate James Potter. I loved him. And he loved me." Lucius didn't think he could get his jaw up from the ground. "We were together, Luc, We'd been together since 5th year. When I left to research potions I really went to stay with James and Lily. James and I never could find time to be together and that's why I asked Voldemort to be excused from meetings, that's the real reason."
"But Harry Potter!" Lucius gasped.
"Is not really Harry Potter. His name is Severiun Lucius Jameson Potter-Snape." Severus smiled happily at the memory of his son. "Lily was James and my decoy, as was the name Harry. Severiun is really mine and James son. Lily carried Severiun within her womb. He is biologically mine and James son, but Lily carried him as we can't." Lucius stared at his long time friend. "My son was beautiful, he was the last time I saw him too." Severus smiled with a pained expression on his face. "I went to the forest to do some research in October. I heard about the attack to late. Auror's had already come and taken James and Lily's bodies, and Dumbledore had already put Severiun with Lily's sister."
"We have to find away to get your son Severus." Lucius said determined.
"What can I do Lucius! I can't waltz up to the Minster or to Dumbledore and say 'well Harry Potter is really my son and his name isn't even Harry, its Severiun' no can I?" Severus snapped.
"We'll find a way. We'll watch those muggles and the moment the step out of line, we'll take Severiun." Lucius said.
"And how do you propose we do that?" Severus asked bitterly.
"Simple memory charms, a transfigured toy, a well said story, and you have your son!" Lucius smiled evilly. "Now, please tell me how you lied under the veritaserum?" he had to know.
"Simple seventh year prank. I switched one of the main ingredients for the potion with something else. The reaction was the same effect of outward appearance to one who has received the potion, but no being forced to tell the truth." Severus smirked.
"I'm so glad you're not my enemy, Severus. Now, to get our watch dog." Lucius explained several more things and the two men put their plan into action.
Three months later the two were able to put their plan into action. Lucius Malfoy was able to witness the reunion between Severus and his son, Severiun. Severus was crying as Lucius handed his son to him. Lucius was glad to see his best friend happy finally.
Yes, I've been gone for a looooonnnnnggggg time, but writers block is murder! Anyways, I came up with something that's been stumping me from the beginning, we're all set now. In all the chapters that have been up, there have been minor changes made in a way that helps the story. If you still want to flame me, bugger off, you shouldn't be reading anyways. And for those that don't read these little authors notes, you're not alone, I do the same thing all the time. I also believe I should stop rambling now, before I make myself seem even more immature….later!