I'm sorry if I disappointed some of you with the original fic. I didn't plan it as well as I thought so I decided to rewrite the entire thing. This is starting out differently than usual, and it takes place after Harry's fifth year.
Deathly Hallows and HBP don't exist here, horcruxes do but I'm rearranging how they're found and that won't take place for a good while.
Anyway this chapter is the start of my new plot, but instead of the two slowly falling in love at Hogwarts I decided to make things more interesting by the two secretly married. The pairing showing is HPxSS, but it's more of a family fic not slash, plus I have Harry paired with another who isn't Ginny.
This is more focused on Snape and Millie, but also on Harry while he copes.
Here's the actual summary:
Severus Snape is not the man everyone thinks he is, the snarky, hook-nosed, spying, little greasy-haired dungeon bat. He never hated Harry Potter, but he's forced to put on an act every time he sees the boy. Why? Because he's married to the pureblooded twin sister of Lily Evans, Camille; forced to hide his marriage, Snape only watches from the sidelines as Harry's abused by the Dursleys, but after Voldemort returns to power and Fudge steps down as minister, it opens a new door for Millie and Severus to take their nephew home where he belongs.
I don't own Harry Potter.
November 24, 1980:
"Severus it's time." The voice of Lucius Malfoy reached him in the small room Severus had been dressing in. Today was a special day, despite it being in the middle of a war.
"I'm coming." He quickly straightened out his black and white robes, made sure his hair was neat, and joined Lucius in the hall.
"Are you nervous?"
"A bit, but that's expected isn't it?" Lucius smiled and patted his shoulder.
"It is, you remember how I was when Narcissa and I were married?" Severus smirked.
"You almost left a trail in the floor, pacing back and forth worrying if she would call of the marriage but she was as nervous as you." The two men laughed and walked into a room where Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Narcissa Malfoy with her one month old son Draco, Alastor Moody, and Kingsley Shacklebolt. All who showed were the ones he mainly trusted, Lucius was his best man, but there were no maids of honor or anything for the bride.
This was going to be a small ceremony, small enough to stay out of the attention of the Death Eaters and Voldemort. So many families had died already, and others had run off to marry and hide away; it was chaotic, but it didn't stop Severus Snape from marrying the woman he loved.
"You look wonderful Severus." Narcissa smiled from her spot.
"Thank you Cissa." As Lucius sat beside his wife, Dumbledore stood up front with his wand in hand. He would be the one to bond the bride and groom, and Severus couldn't ask for someone better. After he had turned sides with Lucius, Dumbledore was more than happy to perform this act.
Soon the music began to play, and through the same doors he'd come from his beautiful bride came. If you saw her at first you would think she was Lily Evans, but she wasn't. She looked like Lily, with the same face, red hair, and green eyes, but she was not Lily Evans-Potter. Her name was Camille McAllister, or Millie McAllister, and she was Lily's twin sister. If you knew Lily then you'd think she was muggleborn, but instead she was adopted by muggles; her sister was adopted by purebloods and raised in Europe, so the two never met, at least not until last year.
"You look beautiful." Severus took Millie's hand as she approached the altar. She wore a long white gown with her hair pulled up and decorated with small flowers and a veil. Her jewelry was simple, mere pearls that belonged to her birth mother.
"Thank you." They joined hands and Dumbledore began.
"Dearly beloved we are gathered here today to join this man and this woman in holy matrimony. If anyone has any objections please speak now or forever hold your peace." No one said anything. "For the vows, Severus and Camille have agreed to say their own, go on." Severus turned and faced his bride, taking both hands and staring directly into her eyes.
"Camille, I admit when I first saw you I couldn't believe my eyes. You are everything I could ever ask for, and I vow that I will love, cherish, and protect you now until my very last breath. I may be a dark wizard, but you are the very light in my soul that keeps me going every day through this war. I love you, my Millie." Small tears fell from her eyes, but as she prepared to say her vows she took a deep breath.
"Severus, when we first met I assumed you were the darkest man I'd ever met. I was wrong, and as I got to know you I fell in love with you. Just when I thought all men were the same, you came into my life and once again proved me wrong. You are my friend, my life, my very soul; I love you more than my own life and I will protect you as you protect me. My Severus, my husband." Tears began to form in his eyes, but he wouldn't let them fall.
"After hearing those vows, there are no more words. I now pronounce you husband and wife, you may kiss your bride." Severus put a hand on his wife's cheek and leaned in to kiss her lips. The witnesses all clapped and when they pulled apart Severus led his wife back down the aisle to the doors.
"Are you ready?" he stared at her.
"We'd best say goodbye to our friends first." The guests all walked behind them, luckily the area they were in was shielded and out of sight. They could apparate to their home and no one would know.
"Thank you all for coming, we couldn't trust anyone else to be here tonight."
"You're very welcome Severus, Millie. We wish you both nothing but the best." Lucius and Narcissa hugged them, they shook hands with Moody and Kingsley, hugged Minerva, and thanked Dumbledore before Severus disapparated them away. They ended up in the front lawn of the Frayne family home, left to Camille and Lily after their parents died.
"I'm sorry Lily couldn't be there." He held her as they approached the door.
"She sent me a letter, wishing me luck with my new husband." He stopped and stared at her.
"Doesn't she know?" he and Lily hadn't spoken for years, but he assumed Millie would have told her they were together.
"She does, granted she thinks I'm mental but she wishes me luck nonetheless. James doesn't know, she promised she wouldn't tell him unless I said it was alright." That was a relief.
He picked her up bridal style and carried her upstairs to their bedroom, he set her down on the bed and walked away to give her time to undress. He took off his own robes and laid them on a chair, and when he turned around he saw Millie dressed in nothing but black silk undergarments.
"Come to bed my love." She whispered, and Severus happily obliged. He climbed into the bed and they shared a kiss. She tasted so sweet, almost like cherries.
He leaned up to look at her one more time, and then moved along to make love to his lovely bride.
November 1st 1981:
"YOU SAID THEY WOULD BE SAFE! YOU PROMISED THEY'D BE ALRIGHT!" Severus had been called into Dumbledore's office on an urgent request, only to find out that his worst fears had been realized. His mark had stopped burning and faded, so when Dumbledore called him he had news, good and bad.
"Lily and James placed their faith in the wrong place Severus, this is entirely out of my hands."
"Lily is gone! James is gone! Harry is an orphan now what can't you do?" the old man turned to him.
"I can't do much Severus, I'm sorry."
"Sorry won't bring them back! What am I supposed to tell Millie?" he froze as he said that, Millie and Lily had gotten close in the last few years they'd known each other. How would she take the news of her only sister gone and her nephew all alone?
"Severus I know you feel horrible about this, you were the one who told me of the prophecy and you begged me to hide them and I did; sadly though not all of us could be trusted."
"What's going to happen to Harry?" Harry's godfather was gone, disappeared, and his parents were dead.
"That's more difficult." The old man sighed. "Harry is going to be sent to the Dursleys." Severus' eyes widened.
"WHAT? ARE YOU INSANE?"
"Severus calm down, sit." Severus didn't sit.
"How can you send him there? They aren't his blood relatives Millie is!"
"I agree, but Fudge won't let her have him."
"Why not?" he was seething now.
"Because she's married to you, and to him you are still a marked death eater. He won't let Harry be given to a death eater."
"Millie isn't a death eater, she is more than capable of caring for him."
"I know and I believe you, but Fudge won't see reason. He claims to have watched the Dursleys and believes they will be a far better family."
"Petunia hated Lily, you can't possibly believe she'll love her son. Do they even know?"
"I doubt it very much, I will try and get custody sent over to Millie but I can't promise anything. For now, go see your wife I'm sure by now she suspects something." He knew Dumbledore was right, he had to go home and see Millie, so he left through the floo and straight into their living room. Millie was on the couch, just sitting there staring out into space.
"Millie, sweetheart…?" she looked up.
"They're dead aren't they?" he sighed, twins always had a special connection. They could tell when the other was hurt or afraid, even dead.
"Yes, James and Lily are gone." She stood up slowly and approached him.
"And Harry?" he gently grabbed her arms and took one big deep breath.
"He survived, but…he's going to the Dursleys." Her eyes widened and she gasped falling to her knees. Severus held onto her and stroked her back. "Dumbledore's going to try and get us custody, but he said he can't make any promises."
"Why…why won't they let me have him? I'm the only blood family he has left…" she sobbed.
"It's because of me, in the minister's eyes I'm still a marked death eater. You're my wife, regardless of blood Fudge wants Harry at the Dursleys."
"No…no Petunia hated Lily, she told me so. She'll never love Harry."
"I know, but Dumbledore's going to try and get custody for us." He rocked her in his arms, and kissed her head. "We will get Harry, we won't let Petunia get him."
"How can you be sure?"
"Because I know Dumbledore, he'll do everything he can to get Harry to us. We just have to wait." He held her and let her sob into his chest. He hated seeing her like this, but considering the circumstances all he could do was comfort her.
November 8, 1981:
"I'm sorry Mrs. Snape but I cannot allow it." After waiting a week to see if Millie could have custody of Harry Fudge turned her down once more.
"I don't understand, Harry is my nephew by blood why are you giving him to Petunia?" Dumbledore was with her, as was Lucius Malfoy.
"Believe me Camille I have taken all measures possible to make sure the Dursleys are a fit family for the boy. He will be cared for and they will raise him as their own."
"Did she tell you that or are you assuming?" she glared.
"Camille please, Fudge there must be some other way. I've met Petunia Dursley and she is not one to accept those who are abnormal." Dumbledore.
"I'm sorry Albus but you won't be able to convince me. Even though Severus Snape is cleared I seriously doubt he'd be a fit guardian."
"Severus is on the light side Fudge as am I, would you question my parenting to my son?"
"Of course not Lucius, because you're still alive; again I'm sorry but my decision is final. Harry will remain at the Dursleys unless I find reason to remove him which I doubt I will. Now if you'll excuse me I have a meeting to attend." Fudge grabbed some scrolls and left through the office door. Camille took a few deep breathes and turned to Dumbledore and Lucius.
"I'm very sorry Camille, I wish I could fix this."
"It's not your fault Albus, nor is yours Lucius. I know Fudge has another reason for leaving Harry with the Dursleys, but I don't have enough evidence to back it up." She made to leave, but then Lucius stopped her.
"Aren't you an Animagus Camille?"
"Yes, I'm a fox…" then an idea struck her. Even if she couldn't have Harry she could watch over him, all she had to do was keep out of sight. "I understand."
"It's all we can do now Millie, until I can find grounds to put Harry in your care."
"Thank you for your help Albus."
"Thank me when Harry comes to Hogwarts, and we can be sure he'll be safe."
"But Albus, there's a problem. Severus has a reputation; he can't be nice at the school." Lucius ran a hand through his hair.
"That's true; unfortunately Severus will have no choice but be his mask. It would be too dangerous for Harry to know the truth when he's young, with other death eaters at large. It's dangerous for you as well Camille."
"You may have no choice but to hide as well, while Severus is at Hogwarts teaching you will have to stay hidden."
"What should I do? Live in Muggle London?"
"You may have to, but you'll still be able to keep an eye on Harry. I know you won't want to be separated from Severus, but this is for Harry's protection." Camille felt tears coming, but knew Albus was right, as long as other death eaters were around Harry wasn't safe and neither was she.
"I'll do it."
Now I hope this was a better start than the last one.
The next chapter will skip ahead to after the battle at the DoM, when Harry is forced to return to the Dursleys but is rescued by Dumbledore and Millie since Fudge will be forced to step down. Any questions?