Chapter Four: Becoming A Parent

After covering Draco with a blanket Severus got up and made his way to his own bedroom. Upon arrival he sat down on his bed. He truly felt sorry for the boy. It was extremely hard to lose someone you loved. Especially at an age as young as Draco`s.

The deaths of the Malfoy`s had been so sudden. Severus himself was still in the state of disbelief. Lucius and Narcissa had been the only friends he had left. But now they where gone, and he was left to raise the orphaned Malfoy heir. In all honestly, he didn't mind. Draco was probably the only child that he had any sort of emotion for. He was his godson after all.

But for him to actually be a parent… well that was just not a title one would generally give him at first glance. Probably not even a title one would give him after they knew him. This was why when Dumbledore had come to give him the news; it had been all the more shocking.

Flashback

"Severus!" an all-to-familiar voice called.

Severus, who was busy in the kitchen, gave a low and agitated growl. He was busy and was honestly in no mood to be bothered.

"Severus!" he called again, only this time it sounded more like a command.

Muttering angrily he walked into the living room and too the fire place.

"What is it Headmaster?"

"I do apologize Severus but this simply cannot wait."

Severus suddenly became concerned. Something was not right.

"What is it Albus!? What's wrong!?"

"There's been a fire."

"A fire?"

"Yes, at Malfoy Manor."

Severus began to fear the worst.

"What!? Is every- "

"I'm afraid not my boy." Dumbledore said gravely.

"Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy have been killed."

Severus felt his heart skip a beat.

"There son Draco however, has survived. He has been taken to St. Mungo`s which is why I have called you. You need to get there immediately."

Severus nodded, unable to speak.

"Alright, I will meet you there. Go quickly!"

And with that, he was gone.

Severus immediately ran to grab his cloak. His fire place was not big enough to floo so he would have to apparate. Normally he would wait until he was away from muggle area to do so, but this time, he through caution to the wind and apparated as soon as he could lock his door.

When he arrived he quickly met up with Dumbledore who rushed him to Draco`s room. Severus quickly went inside. Draco was laying limply in a small hospital bed. Severus was about to go up to him when a nurse walked into the room.

"Sir, I'm going to have to ask you to wait outside for awhile."

"Why?" Severus asked. "Is he alright?"

"He will be fine but at the moment he needs rest. He was severely injured and we need to keep a close eye on him."

She eventually managed to shoo Severus out of the room. A grim looking Dumbledore was there waiting for him. Severus sighed and slid into a chair by the now closed door.

"Headmaster, I don't understand. What happened?" he asked.

Dumbledore shook his head.

"I don't know my boy. The fire happened two days ago but I have only recently gotten word of it. The Arours are going to start and investigation next week."

"An investigation? You don't think-"

"I can not be sure at this point. But that is not the only thing we need to talk about Severus."

"Pardon?"

"We need to discuses what will happen with Draco now that his parents are gone. I believe you are the boy's godfather, correct?"

"Yes I am."

"Then he shall stay with you given the fact the godparent oath immediately entitles you to custody upon the decease of the parents. You will do it, yes?"

"Yes I will." he replied almost automatically.

"Very well then."

End Flashback

And with that, he had become Draco`s new guardian.

Laying back on the bed he pondered over the question that had been going through his head since St. Mungo`s

'What now?'

Well there you go.

Chapter four.

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