Green eyes looked into dark eyes. The person that
owned the green eyes was alive, and the person that owned the dark eyes was
dead. The person belonging to the green eyes was a boy named Harry Potter, and
the one owning the dark eyes was a woman once known as Eileen Snape. She had
left the name of Prince behind in the wizarding world. A once good name.
In Eileen's arms was an infant wrapped in black robes, so dark you couldn’t see the blood stains. The infant was sleeping contently in his mother's arms despite her phantom state.
Eileen shook her head at him as misty tears fell down her face. The infant’s voice mumbled a little in his sleep for a moment.
"Please don't," she whimpered at Harry. She tightened her hold on the infant boy when Harry moved closer to her.
"No. I'm begging you not to," she said a little louder. Harry stretched his arms out to Eileen to take the boy from her arms.
"No," she sobbed, burying her face into the robes she had wrapped her son in.
"You can't care for him," Harry said to the Slytherin mother. "I will take good care of him. Better than everything that Tobias had once been."
Eileen's body started shaking with her sadness, using all her strength to keep herself from crying out. She didn't want to leave her son again. The last time she'd done that there had horrible consequences.
"Leave Severus to Harry." Eileen and Harry looked to see Lily above the water. "You can trust him."
"How can I trust your son after what you did," Eileen sneered. Lily flinched slightly but knew she could not deny what she had made Severus endure, before and after her death.
"I deserve that, I'll admit it. I did wrong by Severus. But Harry came back for him. Harry, out of everyone else, came back for Severus." Eileen moved her gaze between Lily and her son with a protective sneer on her face. Harry remembered seeing that on Severus' face a few times over the years. He understood too late what it meant.
"I'll never let him get hurt," Harry said to the ghost. "I will do everything in my power to make sure that he is happier than what he had been before now. I won't let another group of Marauders hurt him like before."
Eileen drew her gaze away from the boy and his mother to her own child, whom had started to cry. She rocked him and whispered kindly to him to calm the fright he had got from the emotions running through the air.
"I promise you," Harry said kneeling in front of her, "that I'll make him happy and let him know that there are people that love him."
"How can I trust you," Eileen glared at the boy in front of her and her son. "You let that monster kill him."
"I'll give him what I never had," Harry said, looking Eileen dead in the eye as he did so. He reached his hand out to the infant and let the small hand take his finger. Eileen looked between her son and Harry after the baby giggled at the wiggling finger. A sad look crossed over her face as she watched him.
"Harry will care and love Severus as no one did for him," Lily told Eileen. Tears began to fall down Eileen's face again before handing her son to Harry. Severus smiled when he saw the face of the man holding him and the warmth radiating to him. He laughed and wiggled in Harry's arms when he smiled at the infant he held.
Looking up to Eileen his smile disappeared when he saw that she had.
"The only thing that can truly kill a mother is when their child prefer another over them," Lily said. Harry looked at her with a sad look that mirrored her own. "Love Severus for Eileen and I, and protect him the way we couldn't."
"Always," Harry promised as he watched his mother disappear. "I'll never abandon you… Severus Potter."
Harry stood and began moving back up to the castle with baby Severus held tightly to him. He took a deep breath before he went into the Great Hall.
"Ready to have people adore you Severus," Harry asked. Severus squeaked with a big smile in response, wiggling around more when they moved into the room.
Hermione and Ron were only a few metres away when Harry entered. They'd been going to look for him and greeted him with wide smiles before noticing the robe wrapped infant in his arms. He introduced Severus as his son, bringing concern onto the faces of his best friends.
A few of the younger students moved from their seats to thank Harry for saving them and to have a look at the infant. Hermione and Ron looked at each other before moving towards Harry again to see whose baby he had in his arms. The two couldn't help but smile at the baby while he smiled, laughed, and made adorable noises at the attention that he was receiving from the students. He even tried to reach for the hands that wiggled their fingers at him.
Madame Pomfrey was on Harry and the baby once noticing the commotion. Handing Severus to her, Harry allowed her to check him over while he spoke with his friends.
"Are you sure you can take care of a baby," Hermione asked. "With everything that's going on I'm sure a family can be found to foster him until you're ready for a child."
Harry's eyes betrayed him by flashing red at the mention of abandoning him like that. Particularly when he knew there weren't very nice people out there.
Hermione and Ron took a step back in surprise at seeing the colour change. Madame Pomfrey brought Severus back before either of the trio had anything more to say.
"I'm not abandoning him," Harry said, looking at them with his eyes turning red once again. "Ever!" They flashed back to green before he turned and left the Great Hall with the baby in his arms. With the protective magic dissolved and in array, he apparated away to a muggle town where he knew there was someone he could trust. A new person he could trust but one who would not judge him anymore.
There were aurors outside the house still, uninformed of the Dark Lord's destruction. They saw him and narrowed their eyes suspiciously.
"He's gone forever," Harry told them. "Go home to your families and celebrate."
The aurors bowed at him with smiles before leaving. He'd rung the doorbell twice before anyone answered it. He too smiled at the person that opened the door.
"How you doing Big D?" Dudley gave his own and brought his cousin into a hug. Harry returned it with a free arm before they broke apart by the annoyed sound Severus made. His cheeks were puffed up with air inside his mouth and made him look adorable.
"You found time for that during the war," Dudley asked as he looked between the baby and his cousin.
"No. This is my old potions teacher," Harry said. "Somehow he was turned into a baby when he was left in the place he died."
"Can I hold him," Dudley asked after letting Harry inside. Severus was gently handed to the muggle giant while Harry took his coat and shoes off. He tried to let on that he wasn’t nervous about holding the baby.
"He's actually quite cute," Dudley told Harry as he gently and lightly bounced the baby in his arms. Slowly gaining more confidence in his holding abilities.
"He really liked the attention some students gave him before I came here," Harry said. Dudley led Harry to the living room where Petunia and Vernon looked up in surprise.
"Hi," Harry said awkwardly. Petunia stood abruptly and brought her nephew into a hug that was 16 years overdue. Tears ran down her thin face as she took his appearance in. His body was covered in blood, dirt, dust, bruises and scars.
"You're a mess boy," she said.
"Dudley, take him to the bathroom," Vernon said before his wife could manage. His son nodded before he and his nephew shook hands.
"I'll just need a few days to get certain things in order," Harry informed them, "then I'll leave with Severus."
"Who's Severus?" Vernon asked. His and Petunia's eyes moved to the robe-clad bundle in Dudley's arms that squealed to get the attention that he'd wanted.
"That's Severus," Harry said with a smile. "He's my son."