Title: When Are You Going To Tell Him?
Summary: Takes place before Harry's at Hogwarts and during Harry's third year. Remus Lupin has come to teach Defense Against the Dark Arts and Severus asks the same question. When are you going to tell Harry that you're his father?
Disclaimer: I don't own any of the Harry Potter characters, J.K Rowling owns them, but I do like to have fun with them.
Two Years before Voldemort's first downfall
Severus Snape sat down at the Leaky Cauldron, his Death Eater mask next to him, and he thought over the madman that he served. He was really starting to hate the Dark Lord and his mad obsession with never dying. Dying was the ultimate release from anything and how could anyone not want to 'move on.' He had moved on and was stronger, though he would always have a thing for Lily Evens. He wished, as he drunk his second firewiskey, that someone would just kill the Dark Lord and leave him alone.
"Scotch," said a voice next to him.
Severus turned to see Remus Lupin setting there. The moon had waned and he looked as though he had come up from the depths of hell. Tom filled his glass but Remus didn't touch it.
"What is a member of the Order of the Phoenix doing here?" Severus asked.
"Dying of lonely depression," Remus answered. "What is a Death Eater doing here?"
"Wishing that I was dead," Severus answered and then he asked, "Why are you feeling depressed?"
Remus took a sip of his scotch. "If I told you I would have to kill you," he told him and Severus knew that he hadn't said that as a joke.
"Oh Remus Lupin has a big secret, doesn't he?" Severus taunted.
Remus glared at him. "And why should you care what my secret is, you already know one."
"True but I like to mentally torture someone," Severus told him.
Remus rolled his eyes.
"So is this secret going to ruin your friendship with Potter, Black, and Pettigrew?" Severus asked.
"Depends if they find out," Remus answered. "Of course if you find out then you'll probably tell them."
"If it keeps Potter from being happy I'll take it to my grave," Severus said and ordered another Firewiskey. "Come on; tell me what this big secret is."
Remus sighed. "Fine, I'm in love with James's wife," he announced.
Severus was so glad he didn't have the Firewiskey in his hand because he probably would have dropped it in shock. Of all the things that he had expected Remus Lupin to say this wasn't it. He studied the man that was now in his position and instead of wanting to taunt him, he felt sorry for him. Finally he spoke.
"Does Lily know that your in-love with her?" Severus asked.
"No," Remus answered. "James is always around, like some stick puppy that makes me want to kick him and Moody isn't too happy about it. This is the first time that I and wolf have agreed that James seriously needs to die."
Severus had read about the wolf that lived in all werewolves but he had never heard Remus talking about the wolf that he had named 'Moody.' Remus drained his glass and then asked for another scotch. Severus decided to give Remus some advice since he had never made fun of him when they were in school.
"Remus, I think that you need to tell her," Severus told him. "The most that can happen is that Lily will rant and rave about how much she loves James and that entire BS. So if you tell her then it will be off your chest."
"Oh great and James hears me," Remus said.
Severus rolled his eyes, "There has to be one time that James isn't around."
Remus nodded and left without finishing his drink.
Severus didn't hear from Remus again and life moved on. Voldemort was killing more and more people and Severus had to work on whatever potions that the Dark Lord wanted. Finally October came around and Severus was freed from anything for two weeks since Voldemort was going to France to try and recruit more Death Eaters. Severus was busy reading when there was a knock on his door.
Cursing anyone that dared to come and bother him he opened the door and came face to face with Remus Lupin…again. He looked scared and Severus hoped that Lily hadn't hexed him.
"Can I come in, please?" Remus asked.
Severus rolled his eyes. "Fine," he snapped, "But you better make it quick."
"I promise that I will," Remus said. "Severus, Lily is expecting."
"Potter's spawn more like it," Severus said but Remus shook his head and it came to him, "The child's yours, isn't it?"
"Yes," Remus answered, "I told Lily that I loved her and she just stared at me. I don't know what happened but when I came around I was in Lily's bed. The wolf has been silent but I smelled the child and knew that it was mine."
"What are you going to do?" Severus asked.
"I don't know," Remus answered. "The Ministry will kill me for sure and I don't want my son to have to pay for what I've done."
Severus knew about the present werewolf law. No werewolf could mate with a human and if it was discovered that the woman was pregnant the child would have to be terminated. Severus knew what kind of danger Remus had put himself in by giving into the wolf.
"Severus, I want you to promise me that you won't tell anyone that the boy is mine," Remus begged. "I don't want him to suffer."
"I'll keep my mouth shut until I know that he's old enough to know," Severus told Remus, "Fair enough."
"Fair enough," Remus said and then asked, "Do you want to be his Godfather?"
"I'm sure that Potter will have Black in mind," Severus said.
"True, but I want you to be his Godfather," Remus told him.
Severus agreed and Remus left.
Nine Months Later…
Severus hadn't heard from Remus since he had come to his house, telling him that Lily was pregnant with Remus child. Like he had promised he hadn't told a soul, not even Voldemort, about the child. And then one night he overheard a prophecy from Sybil Trelawney and told Voldemort at once.
"What children will be born near or on the last day of July?" Voldemort asked.
"I don't know," Severus asked.
"Keep a watch out," Voldemort ordered, "And let me know who it is."
Severus soon found out who they were. Lily had given birth to Harry but the whole thing had knocked her out. Severus decided, at once, that he would make sure that everyone believed that Harry was James's son, to prevent the Dark Lord from killing Remus. He hated doing it but he needed to deceive only a small portion of the population. Once he was done he went to Voldemort and lied, saying that the Potter's had a son that had been born exactly on the last day of July.
"A half-blood," Voldemort said.
"And the Longbottom's had a son as well," Severus pointed out.
"A Pureblood," Voldemort said and Severus nodded, "No, I'm going after the Potter's son."
Severus wanted to cry inside but he didn't dare. He had to pretend not to care, but he did. Harry was Remus's son and here a madman was deciding that the child wasn't to live. Once Voldemort had sent them away Severus hurried to the one man that would care, Dumbledore. He met Dumbledore on a hill and told him that he had told Voldemort the part that he had heard.
"I know that he's talking about the Potter's," Severus told him. "He wants to kill Lily."
"No, he wants to kill Lily's son," Dumbledore said.
"Then protect her, them," Severus begged.
Dumbledore looked at him. "And what will you give me in return?" he asked.
"For you…anything," Severus said and he mentally vowed, "And for the only wizard that ever saw me as a human. Remus, I'll watch over him but when are you going to tell Harry that you're his father?"
That was the same question that, unknown to Severus, he would be asking Remus thirteen years later.
A/N: I didn't jump right to Harry because I wanted to sit up everything including how Remus had made Severus Harry's Godfather and the conversation between Severus and Remus in the bar where he tells Severus how he feels about Lily. If Severus is ooc then enjoy, at least you won't be hearing half of Severus biting comments.