Harry woke up bright and early on the day of his Dad's birthday. At breakfast, he received the package he had been waiting for for his dad. Before classes, he put the shirt under his bed. He drifted through his classes in a dream-like state, excited to see the look on his father's face when he gave him the gift.
All throughout the day, he had to put up with more gossiping, pointing, and staring than usual. A few brave people had walked up to him and asked, "Why did you let the Greasy Bat of the Dungeons adopt you?" Harry would glare at them frostily and reply, "Because he did what no other person has done for me before. He cared." One person (a Gryffindor with a death wish) had scoffed, "Yeah right! Snape, caring! I'll believe that in never!" Harry pulled out his dad's glare, which was almost as powerful on him. He growled, "You'd better believe it! I'm still alive, aren't I? And I'm much more healthy than when I lived with my relatives. You don't know anything about having Snape as a dad. It's the best thing that's ever happened to me!" The Gryffindor had walked off after that, and Harry had been bothered no more. Surprisingly, the famous Hogwarts rumor mill had all their facts straight.
The moment classes were over, Harry bolted for the common room, snagging the present from under his bed, and dashing for his father's office. He knocked on the door, hiding the present behind his back.
"Come on in Harry," Snape called.
Harry pushed the door open and handed Severus his present. "Happy birthday Dad."
"Harry, you didn't have to get me anything." Severus was touched. Only Minerva, the Headmaster, and Hagrid had ever sent him birthday and Christmas gifts. The headmaster always gave him socks and sherbet lemons, Hagrid always gave him his homemade treacle fudge, but Minerva actually gave him sensible gifts, such as dark green sweaters, or potions ingredients.
"Of course I did! You're my father, and you do so much for me, I just had to pay you back a little. Open it!" Harry exclaimed excitedly.
Severus ripped open the present. He stared at the shirt before he chuckling quietly. Gradually, the sound grew louder until he was laughing a deep belly laugh. He laughed so hard he cried and almost fell off his chair. Harry stared at his dad and couldn't help but laugh too. The sight was infectious.
Soon, the two boys composed themselves. Severus looked at Harry fondly. Oh Lily, what much of you is not in his looks, is in his personality. It is so much like yours, he thought.
"I'm guessing you like it," Harry grinned.
"Quite," Severus smirked.
"So, do you think you'll wear it sometime?"
Severus looked at Harry in shock. "During the school year? When every student can see me?"
Harry blushed. "I'm sorry, I shouldn't have suggested that, I - "
Severus abruptly cut Harry off. "The looks on their faces!Oh, I'll need a camera..." He trailed off, smiling as he imagined the students' looks he would get.
Harry grinned at his dad. "Do you want me to owl-order one for you?" he offered.
"No thank you Harry, I'll do it," Severus said.
"All right. I'm going to go find the gang. See you later Dad," Harry said as he turned and headed for the door.
"Wait. Gang?" Snape asked.
Harry turned and shrugged. " It's shorter than saying Hermione, Ron, and Draco." He grabbed his ball cap and left Severus alone.
A/N: look, i know it's short, and it's been too long, but i got a puppy! his name is Rosco, and he is SO cute and sweet! i will post some pics of him on my devArt soon (i'm Katniss-HP-Twilight). he needed training of course, so i haven't been able to write as much as wanted. review, as always :D