Lucius and Severus should have been back by now; he had sent them to collect the child two hours before. They had found a way through the wards thanks to some help from Sirius and they should have had him. Tom was pacing back and forth in his library and though Rodolphus who had been watching him for some time kept warning his master that he would wear a hole in the carpet, Tom was unable to stop. He had been waiting fifteen years for this moment and he had finally worked it out, finally made it possible to bring the child here.
Tom picked up a picture from his mantle and traced the faces of the man he loved and the baby cradled in his arms. It was hard to believe it had been fifteen years since the love of his life was stolen from him and their baby as well. He had waited long, the world believing him dead, though he nearly was. He had been hit by a killing curse sent at his baby but Severus had given him a potion to survive it. He had been nearly a squib though, his magic lying dormant, and he had been forced to go into hiding. The whole resurrection in the graveyard had been a show put on by his enemies and the so called Death Eaters, nothing but his enemies' flunkies.
He put down the photo but not before he kissed it, swearing to his husband he would protect their little boy at any cost. He had been forced when he was near a squib o leave his son where he was but no longer. His powers were restored and if he was ever to take down Albus, he needed his son by his side.
Rodolphus came over to him. "My lord you need to calm down, they have not been gone all that long and you know that they will not fail you in this."
Tom turned to face the man. "You and Bella have not been blessed with a child but I am sure Lucius could tell you, children make you go crazy sometimes."
There were few who had once been among his followers who were the so called Death Eaters, including Rabastan Lestrange and the late Narcissa. Lucius had found out his wife had been a spy and had found a way to have her arrested by the ministry, and she had been given he kiss. There had been a time when Tom had been guilty of some of the crimes he had been accused of, an impressionable kid who fell prey to a lecherous old man who promised him power in return for certain favours. He had been too young to understand how wrong both what he was asked to do in and out of bed had been. It was not until asked to kill his father and learning the truth, he turned his back. Albus was not a man o take no for an answer though and he had continued a crime spree in Tom's name and forced Tom to go on the run. His followers worked with him to try and bring down the man.
His husband had been just one of the many people who fell prey to the plans of Albus. He had been killed around the same time their precious son was attacked. Their son had been in a safe house. It was Sirius who had suggested Lily who had los her own baby recently, to act as mother of the child, a cover to keep him safe. The woman had in the end died protecting the baby and Tom had nearly died in trying to rescue her and the baby after James died.
Draco had appeared in the doorway. "Uncle Tom a patronus has arrived from my dad. He and Uncle Sev have him and will be here any minute."
Tom called one of his elves. "Make sure the room I have ordered for the young lord has been made ready. Everything is to be ready for him."
The entire house had been on edge since they had learned that the child would be brought. They had known how anxious Tom was, and the manor which was under both Fidelius and blood wards, was safer then Hogwarts and the school combined. Tom had known after what had happened in the ministry of magic he needed to get his son out of there and tell him the truth. Albus was becoming more dangerous and he worried his little boy would become a target to draw him from the wood work.
The door opened and his two most loyal friends and allies came into the room but his eyes drifted to the boy in Lucius' arms. His little boy was home after all of this time and he would be able to finally tell the child the truth of who he was.
He motioned for Lucius to bring Harry into the bedroom and stared down at his son and noticed the bruises for the first time. "What happened? Not Albus?
Severus shook his head. "His so called Uncle was beating him when we arrived. I gave him a pain reliever and sleeping draught. He will be out till morning."
Anger boiled over in Tom as he realized that the muggle couple his son had been placed with by Albus had been beating his son. Lucius put a calming hand on his arm reminding his old friend that going and tearing apart a muggle for what he had done, would not help his son out any. Harry needed him here.
Tom bent down and kissed his son on the head. "I promise prince you will never go back here, and you'll be safe. They'll pay or hurting you, one day they will pay."