Title: Snape’s Child 2/?
Pairing: Severus/Hermione, mentions of Severus/OFC
Warnings: Violence, Child abuse, Drama, Tragedy, OCC, Manipulative but not evil Dumbledore, Character Death, Bad Ginny, Bad Ron, Romance/Het, Alternate Universe, AU 5th Year, Good Severus, Adoption, Gender-Bender, Child Harry, Rape, Bad Sirius, Abusive Dursley, Pregnancy, Child Neglect, Contains references to HBP, and TDH, Post GoF.
Disclaimer: Nope, doesn’t belong to me. I only play with them a bit.
Summary: Based on the Challenge at Potions and Snitches Archive:
Hidden as Snape’s Daughter by carvell
Summary: Dumbledore never makes it to Harry’s trial (summer of 5th year) and Harry is sentenced to Azkaban to be kissed. Snape rescues him and Harry is hidden in plain sight, as Snape’s daughter; he ends up in Slytherin. Only Snape knows who he really is, the rest of the world thinks he’s dead from the Dementor’s kiss. No romance whatsoever.
Author’s Note: I’m basing this story on the challenge, although I’m not following it completely. Harry will be much younger. I wanted to try my luck at adding two other characters that are usually minor, and last but not least there will eventually be some romance, although not for a while, and not for Harry. She is too young for that.
I’m afraid that contrary to my usual way of writing this story’s chapters are short. No matter what I did, they simply refused to be longer. At least the 10 I already have, hopefully it might change but I make no promises. I do not have a beta, but hopefully I did catch most errors. If you find any please leave a comment and I’ll correct it ASAP.
It was not year nine thirty in the morning, but Severus could not care any less as he sipped his scotch. He was not drunk, and much as he wanted to drink himself into oblivion, he would not. The constables were supposed to drop by later -as he did not own a telephone- to inform him when he could pick his small daughter’s body, and make funeral arrangements. Elizabeth’s -the child’s mother- would be released much later. Danielle Henriette Morrison had been the child’s name; such a big name for a dainty six year old.
Danielle had been a surprisingly pretty little girl. What, with him being so ugly, and her mother not a beauty either, she had a high probability of being quite ugly as well. Thankfully she had been spared. His daughter managed to get the best of both her parents’ looks, plus her grandfather’s amazing emerald green eyes. Douglas Evans -Lily’s father. Danielle got Lily’s and her son’s eyes.
His daughter was the result of one of those nights when loneliness, and stress got to be too much, and he left Hogwarts to find female company to release some of it. His heart belonged to Lily Evans, even after her death, but he was no monk. He never sought a relationship with those women -all muggle- that occasionally shared his bed. Normally he would go to London, Edinburgh, or Manchester, but for some reason that time he went to his home town, Stockport.
It was at the ‘Hound and the Boar’, the local pub, that he meant someone from his childhood; Elizabeth Morrison. She was nearly ten years older than him, but he knew her because of Lily. Elizabeth was Douglas Evans eldest child. He had been barely fifteen when he left his then girlfriend pregnant, and had been sent away to a boarding school. Douglas did not give the girl his name, although once he returned he tried to make it up to her. Not that it worked, Elizabeth had been wild and rebellious as a teenager.
Even many years later, she was still wild and into drugs. She lived in London, and she was back in town only to settle her mother’s house and belongings. Bertha Morrison had passed away about a month prior to that night. It had been a rather wild weekend for Severus, but he had enjoyed it. That was the last time he saw Lily’s half sister before he learned of his daughter’s existence. Elizabeth never told him she was pregnant, and with the way she was, she probably did not know who the father was.
Severus only found out four months ago, when Jeremiah Prince -his maternal grandfather- finally died after being in a coma for three years. Jeremiah left what remained of the Prince State to him. There was not much money wise, but the old Prince manor was still standing, and their amazing library was intact. There were also five house-elves.
Jeremiah Prince was a bastard, and had never much cared about his grandson. So just to make things difficult he demanded in his Will proof -through a Heritage Charm– that his half-blood grandson was indeed a Prince. The goblins did the spell, and it was then that Severus found out Danielle existed. The Heritage Charm was amazingly thorough, and was able to confirm Elizabeth was indeed Douglas child, and Lily’s half-sister. It also revealed one startling fact. Petunia was not related to the Evans family at all. The only explanation was that she was probably adopted.
Potter was not safe at his current residence; and had clearly never been. There were no Blood Wards. There could not be if Petunia was not related to Lily at all. When Lily died, so many years ago, Severus made an Unbreakable Vow to protect her son. He was duty bound to do so. Blood Wards were still the best option, and those either Elizabeth or Danielle could power. Albus needed to know about his findings, but before he informed the Headmaster Severus decided to investigate Elizabeth. She would not be a good guardian for Gryffindor’s Golden Boy if she was still doing drugs. He also wanted to meet his child.
Danielle’s living conditions were deplorable. Her mother was still an addict, as well as a prostitute. She wasted the money she got from Bertha’s house on drugs. Elizabeth was also very abusive, and her boyfriend of the moment was no better. He was a low life drug dealer. That life was not safe for the girl, and neither would it be for Potter. Before he learned about his child’s life, Severus had no intention of raising her. Things were getting dangerous in the wizarding world, and he could feel the Dark Lord would be back soon. It would not be safe to get close to the girl, although he did want to. Once he knew how bad things were for his small daughter, he could not leave her there to be abused. He simply could not. He had lived a terrible childhood at his father’s hands, and no child of his would ever have to live through that if he could help it. Since Elizabeth was a muggle, he went about getting his daughter the muggle way.
It had been a slow process, and he had to resort to an illegal Time Turner so he could be in London and still do his duty at Hogwarts. Severus had the chance to see his daughter, and begin to get to know her. She was a powerful and smart little witch. When he visited her, he would tell her about Hogwarts, and about the Wizarding World. He was happy, but it did not last. He should be used to it by now.
Danielle was dead.
Elizabeth’s boyfriend raped, and beat her to death in a drug induced rage. It seemed the mother did possess some modicum of a mothering instinct. She attacked the man with a knife while he slept after he killed her daughter. It was brutal, according to the authorities, and she too was dead of a drug overdose. The constables believed it had been a suicide and not an accident.
It happened only two days ago, just when he finally got full guardianship of her. He would have picked Danielle up that morning to bring her to his modest house in Stockport. Since he did not have a phone, the constables in London had informed those in town, and it was they who gave him the terrible news. It was … unfair. Yet he knew that, at least for him, life had never been fair. Severus had begun to warm up to the idea of being a parent. He had also started to care for Danielle. Perhaps it was for the best. Being a spy put her at grave risk from both sides. He played such a delicate balancing act, and he might not have been able to keep her safe from either side.
Severus had been in the room he had Lippe -one of the Prince house-elves- clean and decorate for his daughter since the constables left the previous day. The room that had been his when he was a child. It looked so much better now, and Danielle would have loved it. But she would never see it. He had barely moved or slept since he got the terrible news. It was there where Shacklebolt’s Patronus found him.
“Snape, the audience was a farce and a set-up. Dumbledore never showed up. Potter was not allowed to defend himself. The Wizengamot found him guilty. They expected a mild punishment, we all did. Fudge and his Under Secretary had other ideas. The bastard used a Ministerial Edict to sentence the boy to a Dementor’s Kiss as soon as he reached Azkaban. We are stalling, but it won’t last. There is no way to appeal, or change, the sentence when it is via a Ministerial Edict. The Wizengamot is in uproar, and courtroom ten -where they held the audience with full attendance of the Wizengamot- is in lockdown. Meet me and Amelia Bones at Azkaban’s pier. Do not, and I must stress it, DO NOT contact the Order, or Dumbledore. Potter was assaulted while at Headquarters. He is not safe there. Bring _Healing Potions and Chocolate.”_ The lynx Patronus vanished after that.
Severus stared in shock at the place where the lynx had been. He could not believe what he had just heard. Dumbledore deserted his Golden Boy? And what the bloody hell was Fudge thinking? Not even the most vicious Death Eaters were sentenced to a Kiss! What was that about Potter being attacked at Grimmauld Place twelve? The boy was supposed to be safe there. For a moment, he was tempted to ignore Shacklebolt’s request. Was he not allowed time to grieve for his child? Let Dumbledore and the Order deal with Saint Potter.
But that particular Auror was not a simpleton. In fact, he rather respected him. Shacklebolt was smart, observant, and not one to follow blindly. That wizard was not afraid to voice his opinions, even if they were not what the imbeciles expected. Shaking himself, and stretching -he spent the whole night practically in the same position- he stood up, and went down to his potions laboratory to prepare a satchel with potions. He would also drink a Sobering Draught and a Stimulant Potion. He needed a clear head if he was to face Dementors.