Hush Little Baby


"WEEE!!!" Tom Riddle-Potter cried joyfully as he rode on his daddy's trolley.

Harry had really gotten into his new fatherhood position. In Tom's eyes, he was master of the universe, Superman, and the Incredible Hulk all in one. It was amazing the feeling that adoration created. It was a different type of adoration than the wizarding world lathered on him as the Boy-Who-Lived and now, The Savior of the Wizarding World. It was amazing how all a child knew how to do was love a person just for being them.

There had been no more trouble from the ministry since Scrimgeour was officially sacked. Currently, Arthur Weasley was being considered as his replacement. Tom had not yet tried to ask why they were after him in the first place. But, right now, he was more concerned with having the time of his life. Harry knew that Tom would eventually ask, when he was older, but Harry wasn't worried, he had the truth on his side.

"HARRY HURRY!" Ron shouted. "We're going to miss the train."

Harry shouted back. "We're coming as fast we can!"

They barely got through the barrier in time. Tom stared at the bright red train in wonderment. Harry got the feeling he'd be hearing nonsensical, homemade songs about trains on the way to his last year of school. As Harry had expected, Professor McGonagall had been more than willing to make special arrangements for Harry and Tom. One of them had been making Harry, Head boy. This way, Harry would have access to a private dorm. And Harry, as head boy, would be able to protect Tom from those who might torment him.

"Now, Harry dear," Mrs. Weasley began as they prepared to board. "We're willing to watch Tom for you, any time it gets to be too much. You're bound to face some resistance about it, at Hogwarts."

Harry nodded as he lifted Tom off the tower of luggage. He'd needed a lot more this year. "Thanks, Mrs. Weasley. I know what to expect. I'll be ready." He looked at Tom. "You ready to go, sport?" Harry liked to call Tom "sport" or "kiddo". He liked to imagine that those are the names his father would have called him.

Tom nodded, although still mesmerized by the red engine. He jumped when the whistle blew. Impulsively he answered back. "CHOO CHOO!"

Everyone laughed. He really was adorable.

"You better get on dear, before it leaves without you." Molly smiled, giving little Tom a quick motherly kiss.

Harry boarded the train, getting his many trunks aboard with the help of his friends. As the train started to pull out of the station, he pulled his new son to the window to watch outside. Tom instantly found Mrs. Weasley and waved vigorously. Harry grinned. Tom's second chance was starting out well and Harry just knew that, this time around, he would have a bright future ahead of him.

AN: And that my friends, loyal reviewers, is the end of the first in the Baby Tom saga, Hush Little Baby. There will many stories focusing on Tom and his second chance at life. The first chapter of the sequel, officially titled "If You're Happy and You Know It" will be posted by the end of the night. "If You're Happy and You Know It" will focus on Harry's last year at Hogwarts and his first year raising the two-year old Tom. Many challenges await them, from opposition from those bearing grudges against the diminutive Dark Lord to Tom's buried memories from his first adulthood. Remus Lupin makes his first appearance in the sequel. Please and review. I love reading your reviews, it's a real morale booster. Even those two word reviews are great to read. Oh, I'd appreciate it if you'd email me your favorite children's songs, ranging from lullabies to silly songs like "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly". I am especially looking for train songs a child might sing. These songs will play a big part in the sequel's outcome.