Lumos Harry writing in the air
"Lumos" Harry's thought spell
And In Conclusion
Harry finally freed himself from his bonds and got to his feet. He swayed dizzily for a moment, getting his equilibrium back and then moved toward the door. He groaned in frustration when he saw more runes on the door.
This is fucking ridiculous! I want out of here, NOW!
His magic responded to his command and the door exploded outward. He took off at run, recognizing the walls that identified that he was somewhere within Hogwarts. A sliver of pain shot through his side and he almost collapsed.
He caught his breath and put on another burst of speed.
- - -
A slashing hex caught Draco in his side and he cried out in pain, pressing his hand against himself to staunch the flow of blood.
"Draco!" Lucius exclaimed.
"I'm all right!" he called back.
Pansy's curses were getting more vicious as she tried to leave the room. She found she couldn't when she identified Severus's magical signature on the wards. She would have to kill him first if she wanted to escape. She kept firing curses at the two blonds on the other side of the room and she searched for Severus. She finally spotted him pulling the werewolf behind the couch and turned her attention to him.
"Severus, look out!" Lucius shouted. Severus ducked in time to see bright green light hit the wall just behind him and he snarled a word Draco had never heard him use before. Severus fired of his specialty, Sectumsempra, and grinned with vicious delight when it found its mark across the girl's thigh.
Pansy nearly dropped her wand in shock when she felt the spell hit her leg. She looked down to see her blood running down her leg in a flood.
Caught a vein, that bastard! She growled.
She strengthened her shield spell and withdrew a second wand from her robes. Now she could cast double the amount of spells and did so with relish, unaware she was about to get attached from behind.
- - -
Harry recognized the hallway of the seventh floor immediately and stopped outside where the Room of Requirement was.
I need a shortcut to the dungeons. I need a shortcut to the dungeons. I need a shortcut to the dungeons. He thought quickly. The door appeared immediately and he yanked it open, quickly ducking out of the way of one of Lucius's spells. The room had sensed his overwhelming need and instead of giving him a quick route to the dungeons, had brought him straight into his father's room. He looked over the top of the table he was hiding behind and spotted Draco near the kitchen, a hand pressed to his bleeding side. Harry's breath caught in his throat. He found Lucius by looking to his immediate right, hiding behind Severus's chair. Severus and Remus were nowhere in sight, which worried him greatly. And then he saw Pansy, standing near the door. He could see the outline of her shield spell and growled low in his throat as she launched another Avada spell over near the couch. He could make out the top of his father's head behind it.
This bitch is going down! He snarled.
His magic reached out again in his anger and Pansy's shield fell immediately. A second later, her left arm was severed from her body, quickly followed by her right. She howled in agony before the sound was cut off by her head separating itself from her body and hitting the floor with a thud.
The silence in the room following her grisly death was frightening.
"Harry?" Draco whispered. Harry looked up, saw Draco looking at him with relief and ran to his side, helping him to his feet.
"Are you all right?" Harry asked, looking at the wound.
"I'm fine, nothing Madame Pomfrey can't fix. Are you all right?"
"I'm fine now." Harry whispered, tucking his head against Draco's neck and listening to his heartbeat. Draco wrapped an arm about him and hugged him tightly, letting go when he aggravated his wound. Harry looked around.
"Will be fine once we get him to the infirmary." Severus reassured him. The two men stared at one another before Harry launched himself into his father's arms. Severus hugged him tightly, his eyes clenched shut to stave off the flood of tears. "I thought I had lost you." he whispered into Harry's hair.
"Never." Harry replied, the words muffled in Severus's robes.
Professor McGonagall arrived with a contingent of Aurors and statements were taken and confirmed. The body of Pansy was carted away immediately and the five men helped each other to the infirmary.
- - -
After Poppy had gotten each man settled into a bed and healed, she called for a house elf to bring them something to eat. Severus complained the whole time that nothing was wrong with him and he didn't need to be stuck in the hospital wing. Poppy glared at him until he settled down and calmly pointed out to him the egg-sized bump on his head that he had gotten when part of the wall of his rooms had rained down upon his head.
Harry bit the inside of his cheek to keep from laughing.
Once things calmed down, Minerva approached him.
"Stop hovering, woman!" Severus muttered. Minerva laughed and sat down in the chair at his side.
"I have some good news and some bad news I'm afraid."
"Well, by all means, share the good news first." he snorted.
"We managed to save all of your books and personal effects and your rooms are repairable."
"I'm thrilled." he snorted.
"The bad news is, they won't be ready until the start of the next school year."
"I beg your pardon?"
"The wards and walls sustained heavy magical damage and the earliest we can get a curse breaker to come take a look is next year. William Weasley is on assignment in Mongolia for Gringotts and is incommunicado for the duration."
Severus dropped his head and groaned.
"Well where are we staying?"
"I was hoping Harry and Draco would allow you to stay with them for the time being." she wondered, looking at the two young men in question.
"No bloody way!" Draco exclaimed. "I refuse to be subjected to seeing my father and my godfather and my uncle naked and in compromising positions on a daily basis! And on our furniture no less!"
"Me either!" Harry agreed with a fair amount of blushing.
"Nor do I wish to see what the two of you get up to in our absence as I'm pretty sure it's just as obscene." Remus snorted, wincing slightly as he aggravated the wound in his side.
"I figured you would see it like that. I have instead given your parents the room next to yours. If that is agreeable?"
Remus, Lucius and Severus looked at each other in silent communication before they each nodded. "Excellent! I'll get the house elves to move your things immediately. Get some rest, all of you. It's been a trying time, I'm sure." And she left the room.
- - -
Harry was in the throes of a nightmare, crying out and struggling against his unseen attacker.
"Harry, wake up son! You're safe. It's all right." came a soft voice. He bolted upright, shuddering violently and found the dark eyes of his father looking at him with concern. He looked around and realized he was still in the hospital wing. He looked back at Severus.
"Yeah." Harry whispered, running a hand over his face.
"Want to talk about it?" Harry shook his head no and Severus let him be, simply rubbing his back in comfort. Finally Harry looked at him.
"Am I evil?" Severus looked at him, shocked for a moment.
"No. Why would you think something like that?"
"Because I felt nothing when I killed her. Nothing at all. No pity, no shame, no remorse. Doesn't that make me evil?"
"You're no more evil than Remus or I are. Now Lucius, he's evil." Severus chuckled, ignoring the blond glaring at him on the other side of the room. He nudged Harry to move over until he was sitting on the bed beside him, an arm wrapped around him. Harry leaned into him and sighed. "You did what you had to do to save the lives of people you care about. She would have killed us and gotten away if you hadn't arrived when you did. And you heard Kingsley. Purely a case of self-defense. They won't send you to prison for saving lives."
"Shouldn't I at least feel some guilt about it?"
"Why?" Severus looked at him.
"Because some small part of me enjoyed it too damn much and it scares me. I was even picturing her as Uncle Vernon at one point."
"Each of us has a bit of a dark side. The important thing is that you know what is right and what is wrong and you don't let those wrong things outweigh the right. Deep down inside, you are a good and decent person, Harry Potter-Snape and no one can take that away from you if you don't let them."
"Who did I piss off in a previous life to make people want to hurt me?" Harry asked, a small amount of sadness in his voice.
"I don't know, son. I don't know." Severus replied. He kissed the top of Harry's head and let him think over his words. "No more questions. It's been a long day and you need sleep."
"Yes, sir." Harry yawned. Severus slid down in the bed and pulled Harry against his side. Harry fell asleep listening to his father's steady heartbeat, and Severus drifted off a moment later listening to his son's soft breathing. Poppy came out to check on them, and almost woke Severus to move him to his own bed, but decided against it when she saw him unconsciously place a kiss on Harry's sleeping form. She smiled softly before dimming the lights and returning to her own room.
- - -
The sun shining in his eyes was the first thing he was aware of. The second were the whispers coming from somewhere to his right.
"I'm not waking him, Ron. He looks comfortable." came Hermione's voice.
"How can anyone be comfortable sleeping next to Snape?" Ron replied. Severus mentally rolled his eyes.
"Ron, are we going to have this discussion again?" Hermione snapped. "I thought you were over it already?"
"I thought I was too, until I saw that!" Ron snapped back. Severus was on the verge of letting them know he could hear them when he heard a third voice join the argument.
"Ron, if you have something to say about my father then fucking say it and leave because I'm really sick and tired of your back and forth attitude." Harry stated. Severus mentally applauded. He felt Harry shifting upright beside him and remained still.
"Harry, come on! This has gone on long enough, don't you think?"
"Have all your brains taken residence in your feet?" Harry wondered. Severus repressed a snort, though it was a bit of an effort. He slitted his eyes to watch Ron's face change colors. "This is where I want to be Ron. No one forced me into this situation, no one hit me with a compulsion charm and I'm not polyjuiced. Do you want me to take Veritserum? I can have the best Potions Master in the world whip up a batch for you if that's what it takes."
"Ron, shut up! I'm sick and tired of it! Either you're my friend and support my decisions and trust me to know what's best for me or you get the hell out and don't bother coming back." Harry scowled.
The silence in the room was so thick, Severus wondered if a privacy charm was erected.
"And that's the way it is, is it?" Ron asked. Harry only nodded. "Then I guess I shall abide by your decision and try to be the best friend I can be."
"That's all I ask." Harry smiled.
"If the melodramatics are over, I would like to get just a bit more sleep." Severus finally stated. Ron had the good grace to blush.
"We're sorry we woke you, Professor." Hermione apologized. Severus waved her off. She grabbed Ron by the arm and with a "See you at lunch." to Harry, dragged him from the room. Almost immediately, Severus was covered in blond, though not the blond he wanted. Draco leaned over him to bestow a passionate kiss on Harry.
"Draco, do you mind?" he grumbled, rolling out from under the blond boy. Draco just grunted and continued kissing Harry. Severus rolled his eyes and pulled the privacy screen around them.
"Boys will be boys, Severus." Lucius chuckled from his bed. Severus moved to his side and proceeded to kiss him senseless.
"Well I'm feeling a bit left out." an amused voice chuckled. Severus pulled away from a dazed Lucius and moved to Remus's side. He kissed him just as passionately before moving back, stroking Remus's cheek.
"I thought I'd lost you." Severus told him.
"You almost did." Remus replied, taking Severus's hand in his own. Lucius joined them and took Remus's other hand.
"I think after all this, we deserve a vacation." Lucius added.
"When was the last time you had a vacation, Severus?" Remus wondered.
"I don't even remember, in all honesty." Severus replied.
"Then I suggest we take one once this school term is over." Remus suggested.
Harry and Draco joined them, Harry with a really big smile on his face.
"There's been one place I've always wanted to go but The Dursleys never took me with them before." he grinned...
- - -
Severus was in hell. That was the only way he could describe the bright colors and inane songs floating about his head in a never ending stream.
"Lucius, kill me please." he begged.
"If I have to hear that song one more bloody time, I may kill someone on general principles." Severus moaned, just as someone dressed in a giant mouse suit walked by him. Remus, Harry and Draco made their way toward them after having a go on the Finding Nemo ride.
To his great distress, Harry was humming "It's a Small World" under his breath and grinning like a loon. Severus didn't have the heart to tell him to stop. Harry looped his arms around his father's neck and hugged him.
"Thank you, Dad." Harry whispered in his ear. There was such a wealth of emotions in those two words it nearly brought Severus to his knees.
He felt something in the vicinity of his heart, as if a piece of puzzle had finally found its home and he felt complete.
For Harry, it was finally a chance to call something his own. He had a loving mate and couldn't ask for better parental figures such as the three men he was with. And he knew, somewhere, his real parents were happy and proud of his decisions.
Despite the lousy summer, it was the best year of his life.
The End...but is it ever?