Second Start

By Sarah Cordova

Adventure / Romance

Making Changes

Severus had grown up in a home with little means and some years it was a struggle to have the basic supplies needed for school, it wasn't until just after his seventeenth birthday did he find out it did not always have to be that way. His mother had been disinherited by her parents when she married Tobias Snape, Severus however was not, he just wasn't aware. At least he wasn't until he received a letter from Gringotts when he came of age claiming him the sole heir of the Prince fortune. When he had confronted his mother about the letter she said she was afraid Tobias would get his hands on it and squander it away. He had to agree with her logic.

So Severus Snape sat down just after lunch and composed a letter to Gringotts hoping to at least get access to his trust fund without parental consent, though he highly doubted he would.

To whom it may concern at Gringotts Wizarding Bank,

My name is Severus Tobias Snape. I have recently found out that since my grandmother passing last May, I am now the sole holder of the Prince family fortune. I was hoping to be sent a key to the trust fund which was set up by my Grandmother. I am more than willing to give a blood sample or any other documentation you require to prove my identity.

Thank you for your time,

Severus Snape.

Sealing the letter in an envelope Severus quickly headed up to the owlery to send it off. As he reached the top step he quite literally ran into someone.

"Oh, excuse me." The boy who he had crashed into said softly.

Severus gave a low grumble but then muttered a quick, "It's okay".

It was Black, but Severus had never seen the normally cocky boy look so downcast. Even after escaping Azkaban Sirius carried himself with a since of pride and arrogance-much like Potter, to see him look so down trodden was almost unnerving.

"Are you ill?" Severus questioned him.

"Um, no."

"You look ill, or are you always this pale?"

Although Severus did not intend his comment as a joke, Black laughed. "I guess I'm just a little…disheartened."

Severus raised an eyebrow at his choice of word. "Disheartened?"

Sirius chuckled. "Um, well how about dejected, unhappy, glum, down in the dumps…

"I get it. So why?"

Sirius took a long deep breath as his eyes moved toward the sky above him. "I didn't want to be in Slytherin. My family…well, I 'm different from them, most of them anyway." His gaze slowly made its way back to Severus. I didn't expect to be in their house, a house of pure-blood bigots, of sons and daughters of…of Death Eaters." The last words were said in a whisper as the boys grey eyes dropped to his feet.

"Hum, so you think just because you were sorted into Slytherin you'll become a Death Eater?"

Sirius just shrugged. "I don't know. Maybe."

"I doubt everyone in your house is a future Death Eater". Severus knew for a fact that they were not. The truth was only about ten percent of Slytherin house had family that followed The Dark Lord, and around another twenty percent that had leanings in that direction. Slytherins stick together because they are not trusted by other houses and even some professors, so at first glance people may be inclined to think they all share pure-blood ideals, but the simple truth was that most did not. "You have free will, you are capable of making your own decisions, are you not?"

"Yes, I suppose so." He added looking back up at Severus.

"There you go then."

The Slytherin shrugged but gave a small polite smile just the same."I'm Sirius by the way, Sirius Black." He said extending his hand. Severus had no desire to become friends with the mutt, but he knew if he refused his hand, everything he had just told him would have been for nothing.

"Severus Snape." He accepted his hand.

XXX

Around two he headed toward the library for the orientation, to his dismay Potter had accompanied him. They had left their dorm at the same time at any rate. "So Severus, I heard some rumor that you kissed a girl this morning." James asked giving his dorm mate a cheeky grin.

Severus gave a proud smirk.

"So it's true?" Severus nodded. "Who was it then? I heard it was some pretty Gryffindor girl."

That's right he was her first kiss, not Potter or anyone else, and if he had it his way, he would be the first and last one to ever brush their lips against hers. "She is more than pretty, she's angelic. Her name is Lily Evan's and she is my best friend."

"Friend, huh," James said with a laugh. So how long have you and your friend Lily been snogging?"

"We did not snogg. I simply kissed her on the cheek. We are only eleven after all, it would be…inappropriate to do more than that?"

James snorted obviously not agreeing with Severus' thought. "If you say so."

As soon as they entered the Library Severus scanned the room for Lily. He quickly spotted her sitting at a table toward by the Potions section, he wasted no time in heading over to her. Potter found Martin and Jason and decided to sit with them.

"Hi Sev, how has your day been?" She asked giving her friend a quick hug.

"Not bad, yours?"

"Fantastic. I've never seen a larger library in my life." She said her eyes gleaming in excitement. "I only had a chance to skim though a few books so far, but wow!"

"If I could have everyone attention please!"

Severus looked up at the projected voice of the great manipulator himself, Albus Dumbledore.

"Hello first years and welcome to Hogwarts. As you can see we have a magnificent library at your disposal." He said motioning all around him. "Of course the restricted section is, as its name implies-restricted. After your third you can request a pass from a professor but so you know it is more often denied then not. Now as classes start tomorrow you still have the rest of the day to wonder aimlessly about the castle but please be back by curfew, and as I stated during the opening feast please do stay away from the third floor as well as the Forbidden Forest, believe me when I say it is named that for a reason."

A few people giggled, Severus however knew how serious the request truly was. Giant spiders and unfriendly Centaurs were just the tip of the iceberg when it came to the dangerous creatures that roamed the forest.

"Also I know the points system was briefly explained to you but I would like to go into deeper detail. The only ones who can take away points are myself, the professors, and the head boy and head girl. Also if you believe you have had points taken away from you unfairly you will need to submit a written request to have the points reinstated to your head of house."

Severus had to bit his lip from remarking on that comment. Dumbledore hardly ever approved written request for the reinstatement of points and when he did it was either because the student was a Gryffindor or one of the Professors had threatened to go to the board of Governors if he didn't.

"Now I will allow Madam Pince to explain how our cataloging system works and then you all are free to go. Be sure to pick up a new students packet on your way out, they are located on the table next to the main door." He then pointed to said table.

After an hour long lecture on library rules and procedures Severus picked up his packet, and headed out of the library with Lily. After a lingering hug good-bye Severus headed to Ravenclaw Tower and Lily to Gryffindor Tower. When he arrived back to his room he found a letter propped up against his lamp on his bedside table. Picking it up he saw it was from Gringotts.

"That was quick." Sitting down on the edge of his bed he opened the envelope, to his happy surprise inside, alongside the letter lay a small brass key as well. "Excellent!"

Mr. Snape,

We received you letter dated September 2nd and are more than happy to facilitate your request. Rest assured we have confirmed your identity as the grandson of Allegra Prince. Despite your young age, and because your mother was legally disowned you are now the head of the Prince family and entitled to not only your trust fund but the other seven vaults and other assets as well. Please let us know if there is anything else you require.

Clawbone

Head of Trusts and Inheritances.

A wide grin stretched across Severus face. Having access to his family money will definitely help with his plans.

That evening Severus sent out two more letters, one to his mother letting him know of his sorting and another to Gringotts requesting a withdrawal.

A week past and Severus began to put things into motion. After receiving his requested money two days previous the young Ravenclaw went to work on ordering several things via owl, including new robes, books, scales, two cauldrons, one pewter one silver, as well as a new telescope. He also purchased some every-day new clothes, shoes, a new rucksack, wallet, and also a camera. Severus Snape, was about to move up on the wizarding society scale.

Every morning Severus met with Lily for a few minutes at breakfast, they would have small talk and then before leaving he would kiss her on the cheek. Of course several people had asked both Severus and Lily if they were dating, and they're answers were always the same 'we're just friends' though Severus hoped that title would be changing in the next couple of years. Severus had run into Sirius a couple more times, always in the library, he took to sitting near him when Lily wasn't around. Why? In all honestly he wasn't really sure. It almost made him sick to think he would consider Black a friend, but without the influence of Potter he really wasn't that bad of a guy. But then his mind would wonder back to Black luring him through the passageway of the Womping Willow and almost becoming Lupin's chew toy, and the animosity quickly came rushing back.

It was around seven Saturday evening when Severus approached one of the girls in his dorm. She was a third year, and apparently had a talent for hair styling.

"Um, excuse me, Lela."

The blond looked up at the first year. "Yes."

"I have heard you are good at…doing hair."

The girl grinned. "I am."

"Do you think you could help me with mine? I'll pay you of course."

The girl rose from her chair and began to circle the younger boy taking in his oily, stringy hair. "I suppose I could." She carefully took a small amount of his hair in her fingers so she could feel the texture.

"What kind of shampoo do you use?"

"Um, well whatever my mother packed me." He answered honestly. Shampoo was shampoo right?

"Well, that might be the problem. Some hair, such as yours, naturally has more oils, and can be more difficult to manage. Tell you what. Give me a couple days to order you some fine quality shampoo, and then we'll cut and style it."

"Alright."

"So do you have a price range in mind? Some products are more expensive than others."

Severus shook his head. "Money's not an object."

The girl smiled clapping her hands together in excitement. "Excellent. I'll let you know when it comes in."

Severus nodded and headed back up to his room.



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