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Title: In the Clear
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape/Harry Potter.
Word Count: 100 x 6
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [community profile] snarry100/[insanejournal.com profile] snarry100/[livejournal.com profile] snarry100's prompt# 578: Clear.
Summary: Harry overcomes all the obstacles.
Part Thirteen of the Wisdom Series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.


~

In the Clear

~

As his departure date approached, Harry continued asking Severus whether he was going, and Severus continued not giving a clear answer.

“I can’t leave the shop unattended. I must arrange for someone to watch it,” he finally said when pressed for an answer. “And since no one knows I’m alive—”

“I hadn’t thought of that.” Resting his head on Severus’ shoulder, Harry whispered, “Maybe you could hire an assistant—”

“And leave them alone in my shop as soon as I hire them?” Severus sighed. “No, I’ll have to come up with another solution.”

Harry curled in his arms, pondering solutions.

~

“Yes,” said George when Harry approached him. “Verity’s a great assistant. She could run the shop without me if necessary.”

Harry nodded. “Great. I’ve a favour to ask—”

When he finished outlining his plan, George was grinning. “So, to be clear, you want me to run Snape’s Muggle apothecary while he goes with you to New York?” He whistled. “Yeah, it’s fine with me, but have you checked with him?”

“Not yet,” Harry admitted. “I figured I’d see how you felt about it before suggesting it.”

George grinned. “Well, I’m in, mate. Should be fun.”

Harry only hoped Severus agreed.

~

“George Weasley?” Severus pursed his lips. “I hadn’t considered him.”

“Would you?”

Severus hummed. “Yes.” He raised an eyebrow. “Although, to be clear, you shouldn’t have approached him without asking me first. Still, as he already knew about my…situation, I’ll excuse it.”

Harry exhaled. “Thanks. I know it was high-handed of me, but I really want you to go with me.”

Severus hummed. “I’m getting that impression.” He smiled. “Plus, the only person I could think of was Draco, and since even he doesn’t know I’m alive—”

“Malfoy?” Harry suppressed a grimace. “Hopefully we’re never that desperate.”

Severus laughed.

~

“Congratulations, dear,” said Molly, hugging him. “Although we’ll miss having you for Sunday dinners.”

“And I’ll miss attending,” Harry said. “I’m sure no one in New York cooks like you.”

“Oh.” Molly hummed. “I can apply for an international Floo to wherever you are, send packages—”

“Relax, Mum,” laughed Ron. “Harry’s clearly an adult. He can feed himself.”

Molly, looking unconvinced, wandered away.

“Everything’s set with George?” asked Ron once she was out of earshot.

Harry nodded. “He’ll cover Se—him during the day.”

Ron clapped him on the shoulder. “I hope this all works out, mate.”

Harry smiled. “Me, too.”

~

Departure day dawned bright and clear. Harry reported to the Ministry for his international Portkey, a tattered book. “It’s spelled to activate in three hours,” said the witch, handing it over. “Have a good trip.”

“Thank you,” said Harry.

After bidding his coworkers goodbye, Harry headed for the exit Floos. Minutes later he was at the Wheezes, and soon, he and George were entering Severus’ shop.

“Don’t turn my apothecary into a Wheeze,” Severus said as he handed over the keys to George.

George grinned at him. “I’ll be sure to owl first.”

Huffing, Severus let Harry lead him away.

~

“You’re fretting,” said Harry as they waited for the Portkey to activate.

“Can you blame me?” Severus muttered. “This is insanity! I’ve never travelled, and now I’m off to New York with someone I’ve known a few months! I’m clearly mad.”

Harry smiled. “First, you’ve known me years, second, you’ve always wanted to travel, and third, if you’re mad, then I am, too.”

“That’s hardly reassuring,” Severus said.

Harry kissed him. “At least we’ll have company as we go mad together.”

“You’re ridiculous,” said Severus, but he was smiling.

“Hold on,” said Harry. “Here we go!” And the Portkey activated.

~

Continued in Settling In (LJ/IJ/DW).
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