Harry Potter and the Cave of Revelation

By Aeowin

Chapter 10 James

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Hearing James Potter use the words 'your father' to describe Snape was more than Harry could bare; for the second time that night he collapsed into the arms of a parent. Snape's already pale face went even paler as he gaped down at the boy that was suddenly in his arms.

Snape gazed down into those disturbing green eyes.

What in Merlin's world was James talking about! Severus knew that he had never been with Lily in the way that James was intimating. He most assuredly would have remembered such an encounter, regarding Lily as he did.

"Just what are you playing at here, Potter?" Snape growled.

Both James and Harry looked at Severus questioningly.

"I mean you, James," Snape said angrily.

"What is your game this time?" questioned Snape.

"This is no game, Severus," stated James sadly.

"Do you really believe that I…that we would be as cruel as to come back from the grave just to play with your mind! Merlin's beard, man, wake up! Can you not see what is so plainly before your eyes?"

With that, Snape looked down at the boy in his arms. The boy he knew as Harry Potter was gone. The child he held bore no resemblance to the ghost from his past.

As he gazed down at the teen lying in his arms, the vision blurred. Snape blinked his eyes repeatedly to clear his vision. When he looked once again upon the boy that lay in his arms, he gasped.

Gone was the youthful replication of James Potter. In its place lay vision from his dreams. A merging of Lily and himself. His jet black hair, his pale skin, Lily's mouth, Lily's eyes…this was his son!

"This cannot be…how…we never…she wouldn't….you can't think that she…that we…" Snape stammered as he tried to look into his once hated rival's ghostly eyes.

James' face revealed nothing as he began to speak.

"I have had many years to deal with what occurred. I have…well, maybe not come to peace, but at least I have been able to accept what happened that night. I know that Lily was completely innocent…I know that you were…well…I tell myself that you didn't know…that she would never have…"

"I know what must have occurred that night," James said tightly. "I refuse to dwell upon it! Had I been here, where I was supposed to be, all of this would never have passed. And yet, if I had been here, than Harry would not. I cannot resend my own actions when they resulted in this wonderful being. "Even if he must call you father:" finished James, coldly.

Snape gazed at James with cold, black eyes.

"I suppose I am expected to take all of these statements as fact?" Snape said coldly. "Am I expected to believe that this brat is mine, based solely on your word, Potter?"

James' eyes filled with tears as he looked at Snape.

"I truly hope that someday you will be able to put aside all of the hateful pranks my friends and I played on you. But even if you can never forgive us, please do not hot our crimes against your son!

"He is yours, Severus. Yours and Lily's. Remember that!

"Harry, try to understand your father…you will need him…"

James' voice was growing faint with every word…

"Harry, I loved you like you were my own…now allow your biological father to love you as well….I give you my power….son…."

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I am sooo sorry for my extended absence! Things have been a bit hairy round here, but I think and hope that I have things back on track here, so I should be able to update regularly!