DISCLAIMER: Yeah, if I owned it, Snape would be Harry's real dad and Harry would've gotten married to Draco instead of Ginny.

Lily's Lie, Severus' Secret, Harry's Surprise

Chapter Six

To say Harry was unhappy in his dorm was an understatement. It had only been a week since the start of term and already, the first year boys, sometimes even the first year girls, would mess with him or tease him. After the second week of classes, Harry came into the dorm to find Seamus, Dean, Ron, and Neville dunking Ivory into a tub of water and holding her under the water. Before he could do anything, Harry's accidental magic sprang forward and spilled the tub of water all over the four boys. The soaking wet kitten raced over to her master and hid behind his legs, shivering. Harry knelt down and picked Ivory up. "The nerve of all of you!" Harry shouted. "I don't care if you mess with me, but to harm a poor innocent animal, that's just sick and twisted!" Harry spun on his heel and raced to the dungeons as fast as his legs could carry him.

He crashed into Draco in the Entrance Hall. "Woah, hey there, short stuff. What's wrong?" Draco grabbed Harry gently by the shoulders.

"Those jerks in my dorm! Look what they did to poor little Ivory," Harry showed Draco the drenched kitten. Ebony, Draco's black cat with a white cresent moon on his forehead peeked his head around Draco's legs. Harry set Ivory on the ground and watched as Ebony licked his mate dry.

"Harry, how much do they mess with you?" Draco asked, concerned for his best friend.

"A few things here and there, taking my stuff, screwing around with my homework. I don't care if they mess with me, Drake, it's when they mess with Ivory..." Harry growled, not able to finish his sentence.

Draco bit his lip. "Does Uncle Sev know?"

"Does Uncle Sev know what, boys?" Neither noticed that Severus had come up from the dungeons when he heard their voices.

"Nothing, Professor," the boys said in unison.

"Mr. Snape," Severus addressed his son. "Why is Ivory drenched in what I hope is water?"

"Um...well...y-you see, Professor..." Harry was stalling, that was never a good sign to Severus.

Draco shook his head at his friend. Well, if he won't tell him, I will, Draco thought. "Harry's been having problems with the other Gryffindors, Uncle Sev."

Severus raised a midnight eyebrow. "Problems? What kind of problems?"

Harry blushed and glared at Draco. "Nothing. It's all in good fun, that's all."

"Them attempting to drown your cat is not 'all in good fun,' Harry!" Draco snapped.

"You didn't have to go and tell him, you know! It wasn't your business to tell, Draco!" Harry raged.

"That's enough, both of you!" Severus yelled.

Both boys had the decency to look ashamed. "Now then, you both will follow me to my quarters where we will discuss this." Neither boy could say anything as Severus grabbed them both by the back of the neck and guided them to his rooms.

Once there, Harry began to relax for the first time since he was sorted into Gryffindor. Harry ran to his favorite seat on the couch while Draco sat next to him. Severus summoned the boys their favorite drink and sat down in his arm chair. The very arm chair I rocked Harry in when I first brought him back to me, Severus thought nostalgically. My, how time flew by.

"Harry," Severus began. "What's going on up in the Tower?"

"Nothing," Harry said stubbornly, crossing his arms in front of his chest.

Severus looked at Draco. "They've been taking his things and screwing around with his homework. Harry walked into the dorm today to see them attempting to drown poor little Ivory." Draco told him, glaring at Harry for pretending nothing was wrong.

"How do I know they weren't just trying to give her a bath?" Harry asked. Severus, Draco, Ivory, and Ebony stared at him as if to say, "Yeah, a bath. And the giant squid just wants you to come to a tea party when it drags you under water." Harry threw his hands in the air. "Ok, fine, they weren't trying to give her a bath! But, honestly, I can handle this!"

"Harry," Severus sighed. "This is bullying. You can't just expect me and Draco to sit aside and watch it happen?"

"They already call me 'Snape's Baby Brat!' You and Draco interfering would only make it worse, Daddy!" Before Harry could listen to another word they had to say, he stood and walked out of his dad's quarters, stopping only to grab Ivory.

Before Harry knew it, it was Halloween. His favorite holiday. He and Draco were back on speaking terms, however, Severus was still irate with his son. As if I don't know what it's like to be bullied, Severus thought sullenly, going through old ingredients that needed to be thrown out.

In charms, the students were finally going to learn how to levitate something. Harry and Draco succeeded on the first try, gaining them five points to their respective houses. A few rows down, Ron was having problems. "Ron, stop, you're saying it wrong! It's Wing-gar-dium Levi-o-sa, make the 'gar' nice and long."

"You do it then if you're so clever!" Ron snarled.

Hermione glared at him and performed the spell. Gaining praise from Flitwick and an extra five points to Gryffindor.

"It's no wonder no one can stand her," Harry and Draco heard Ron telling his little group. "She's a nightmare honestly, no wonder she hasn't gotten any friends." Harry and Draco watched as Hermione shoved past them, tears streaming down her face.

"I think she heard you, Ron." Neville said quietly.

"So?" said Ron, but he did look a bit upset. "She must've noticed she's got no friends. Merlin, even Snape has more friends than her!"

"Yeah!" howled Seamus. "One! And a slimy Slytherin at that!"

"What do you expect," piped up Dean. "Look at the boy's father!"

Draco had to physically hold Harry back as his dorm mates began insulting his father. "Think of the feast, Harry. Come on," Draco continued to drag Harry away from the Gryffindors and made a mental note to tell his Uncle as soon as possible.

At the feast, Harry was having a good time, despite his lack of friends in the house. "Hey, Ron," Harry heard Seamus say. "Where's Hermione?"

"Parvati Patil said she won't come out of the girls' bathroom. She's been in there all afternoon, crying." Neville stated. Ron looked a tad more upset by that fact.

Harry was helping himself to more food when Professor Quirrell came sprinting into the hall, his turban askew and terror on his face. "Troll! In the dungeons! Tr-Troll in the dungeons." The hall grew eerily quiet. "Thought you ought to know." Then, the Defence professor fainted.

The hall was mass chaos, filled with students screaming. "SILENCE!" Dumbledore roared. "Now then. Prefects, will lead your house back to your dormitories. Teachers will follow me to the dungeons."

"Sir?" Severus questioned. "What of my Slytherins? Their dorms are in the dungeons!"

Dumbledore thought for a minute. "Slytherins! Follow the Gryffindors! You'll camp up there until it is safe!"

Draco ran and caught up with Harry. "How could a troll get in?" Harry questioned his best friend.

"No idea. Trolls are really stupid. Probably Peeves playing a joke." Draco grumbled.

Harry stopped. "I just thought of something."

"Now? C'mon Harry!" Draco tried to drag him after the rest of the group.

"Hermione! She doesn't know!" Harry stared at Draco imploringly.

Draco gave in. "Oh, fine! But, if we die, I'm going to haunt your ghost for the rest of eternity!" They then took off towards the girls bathroom they saw Hermione go into earlier that day.

On their way, they saw Severus. Draco grabbed Harry and pulled him into an alcove. "What's Daddy doing up here? Why isn't in the dungeons with the other teachers?"

"No clue, mate." Draco whispered back. They waited for Severus to pass and rushed to the girls bathroom. They stopped. They felt the ground shake. Then, at the end of the corridor, was a giant troll. "I think the troll's left the dungeons," Draco said, absolutely petrified.

"It's headed into the girls' bathroom!" Harry shouted and ran forward.

They followed the troll inside and saw Hermione staring there with a look of pure terror on her face. "Hermione, move!" Harry shouted at the girl, attempting to distract the troll.

"Hey, pea-brain!" Draco yelled as he lobbed a hunk of wood at the troll's head. It made contact. The troll turned to Draco and roared, causing Draco to back himself into a wall as it advanced.

Without thinking, Harry ran and leapt onto the troll's back, clinging to its neck. Harry hung on for dear life and shoved his wand up the troll's nose. The troll took that moment to grab Harry by the ankle and hold him upside down, trying to hit him with its club.

"Do something!" Harry screamed.

Draco looked around him. "What?"

"Anything! Hurry up, Draco!" Harry was terrified. "I want Daddy," he whimpered so softly nobody but himself could hear him.

"Wingardium Leviosa!" Draco yelled. The club was removed from the troll's hand mid-swing and was dropped on its head.

The troll released Harry who scrambled away as fast as he could as the troll began to fall. There was an echoing crash and the troll remained still.

"Is it...dead?" Hermione questioned with a quiver in her voice.

"I don't think so," Harry answered with a smile. "Just knocked out." Hermione smiled back at him.

"Oh, oh my goodness!" Came the voice of Professor McGonagall. The three turned and saw McGonagall, Quirrell, and Severus in the doorway. Severus looked at the boys murderously. "Explain yourselves, both of you!" McGonagall snapped.

"Well..." the two hedged.

"It's my fault Professor McGonagall." Hermione spoke.

"Wha-Miss Granger?" Professor McGonagall looked stunned.

"I went looking for the troll. I've read about them and thought I could handle it." She looked at the troll and shivered. "But I was wrong. If Harry and Draco hadn't come and found me...I'd probably be dead."

"Be that as it may...It was a foolish thing on your part and I'm severely dissappointed in you, Miss Granger. Five points will be taken from you, for your serious lack of judgement. As for you two gentlemen," she turned to face the boys. "I just hope you realize how fortunate you are. Not many first year students could take on a fully grown mountain troll and live to tell the tale! Ten points...will be awarded to each of you." The boys smiled at her. "For sheer dumb luck!"

"P-P-Prehaps we'd ought to go. I-I-It might wake up." Quirrell stammered.

In the hallway, Harry, Draco, and Hermione smiled at each other. "Harry," Hermione said hesitantly. "I'm sorry for how the other Lions have been treating you. I'll try to get them to stop. And, even if I can't, I'll be your friend. I'll stick up for you. And Ivory."

"Thanks, Hermione." Harry smiled, so did Draco.

"Miss Granger, Professor McGonagall will escort you back to your dormitory. Mr. Snape, Mr. Malfoy. Follow me." Severus said in a cold, clipped tone.

Hermione waved goodbye as Harry and Draco shuffled behind Severus. It took far too quickly to get to the dungeons for the boys' liking. Both Harry and Draco blanched when, instead of heading to Severus' private rooms, he led them to his office. "Get in." Severus sneered.

On wobbly legs Harry and Draco went to the chairs that sat in front of Severus' desk. They sat on the very edges of their chairs as they waited for Severus to sit. Severus sat at his desk and steepled his fingers while leaning his elbows on the desk.

Severus watched as the boys began to fidget and squirm. He just sat there and stared at them. He decided to let them stew for a bit.

When both of the boys looked to be on the verge of tears did Severus decide to put them out of their misery. "Who," Severus began, "would like to tell me what you two were thinking!"

"We're sorry, Daddy." Harry sobbed. "We heard Longbottom say that Hermione was in a bathroom and we knew she didn't have any clue about the troll! We didn't want her to get hurt. Please don't expel us!" Draco, who had been fighting back tears while Harry spoke, began crying in earnest at the word "expel."

"Boys." Severus said, stunned. "I'm not going to expel you!"

Draco and Harry both looked at him with wide, tear filled eyes. "Y-You're not?" Draco asked quietly while Harry wiped his own tears away.

"No, boys, I'm not." Severus stood and knelt between the two of them and opened his arms. Both boys took the invitation and flew into his arms. "When I heard you boys screaming it just about gave me a heart attack! I've never been so scared in my entire life." He gave them both a kiss on the cheek. "Promise me you won't do anything that reckless again."

"We promise!" Both boys said together.

"Good." Severus smirked. "However, Draco, you realize I'm going have to contact your parents."

"You're going to call Mama and Papa!" Draco looked, if it was possible, paler than usual.

"Of course. I think they'll want to know about their son's heroic exploits," Severus grinned.

Draco sighed and visibly sank in his chair relief. "Thanks for the heart attack, Uncle Sev."

Severus cocked an eyebrow at him. "Now you know how I felt." He ruffled Draco's hair affectionately. "How about you head back to your dorm. I still want to talk to my son." Draco nodded and left immediately.

Severus tapped on the chair Draco had just vacated with his wand, thus transforming it into an armchair. He sat down in it and looked at Harry softly. Harry's lower lip trembled as he shuffled towards his father. "I'm not mad, Baby." Severus murmured as he lifted Harry into his lap. Harry stared at him with wide eyes before he began to cry earnestly into his chest.

"I-I-I'm sorry, Daddy! P-p-p-please don't hate me! I was t-t-trying to help Hermione! D-d-don't send me away!" Harry was clenching and unclenching his fists, sobs shaking his small frame.

Severus rubbed his back and gathered him up in his arms, attempting him to shield him from the pain. He tapped on the chair with his wand again and this time it turned into a rocking chair. He began to rock Harry slowly, occasionally kissing his forehead. Once Harry cried himself out, he didn't move. "Harry?" Severus asked with a gentle shake.

Harry looked up at him, green eyes still sparkling with tears, face red and puffy. "Will you sing for me, Daddy?" Harry asked in such a small voice that Severus couldn't have refused even if he had wanted to.

Severus began rocking again. "Lullaby, and goodnight, with red roses bedight, With lillies o'er spread, is my baby's sweet head. Lay thee down now, and rest, may thy slumber be blessed! Lay thee down now, and rest, may thy slumber be blessed! Lullaby and goodnight, your Daddy's delight, Shining angels beside my darling abide. Soft and warm is your bed, close your eyes and rest your head. Soft and warm is your bed, close your eyes and rest your head. Sleepyhead, close your eyes. Daddy's right here beside you. I'll protect you from harm, you will awake in my arms. Guardian angels are near, so sleep on, with no fear. Guardian angels are near, so sleep on, with no fear." Severus glanced down and saw that Harry had fallen asleep against his chest. "Sleep well, Baby." Severus murmured before transfiguring the chair again, this time into a bed large enough for the both of them.

A/N: Okay, yes, I know, it has been almost a year since I've updated this story...and for that I apologize! I hope you all can find it in your hearts to forgive me? :) I am actually starting the seventh chapter as we speak and I'm on summer vacation now, with my first year of college finally over! XD Anyway, please review, it might help me update faster. ;)