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Title: Settling In
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape/Harry Potter.
Word Count: 100 x 7
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [community profile] snarry100/[insanejournal.com profile] snarry100/[livejournal.com profile] snarry100's prompt# 579: Vital.
Summary: New surroundings require adjustments.
Part Fourteen 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.


~

Settling In

~

Looking around the flat, Harry smiled. He hadn’t been sure how things would go once they arrived, but so far, everything had gone swimmingly.

Yes, there had been a bad moment when they arrived at the flat and discovered it empty, but a quick Floo call to Harry’s MACUSA liaison had resulted in vital items being delivered, and they’d spent a rather fun night sleeping on the floor.

Harry had offered Snape his own room, but Snape had simply rolled his eyes at the suggestion. “We’ll just end up in the same bed anyway,” he’d said, and that was that.

~

“Isn’t today your first day?” Snape asked, startling Harry from his reverie.

“Yep.” Exhaling, Harry approached the Floo. “I guess I’ll see you later.”

“A moment.” Moving towards him Snape smirked. “Aren’t you forgetting something vital?”

Harry blinked. “I don’t think so.” He patted his pockets. “Wand, MACUSA instruction manual, money—”

Pulling Harry into his arms, Snape kissed him breathless. When they separated, both were panting. “Wow,” Harry breathed.

Snape hummed. “We’re supposed to be co-habitating. We should do things…properly.”

Harry smiled. “I like how thorough you are.”

“Indeed. Anything worth doing is worth doing properly. Enjoy your day.”

~

No one blinked when Harry entered MACUSA headquarters, and when he reported to the Auror office, the secretary didn’t give him a second glance before pointing out a desk he could use. It was all rather refreshing.

“You’re Potter from the British DMLE?” someone asked.

“Yes.” Harry stood. “Harry Potter.”

“Right. Penelope Morton.” She eyed him. “You’re riding with me today on patrol.”

“Great,” said Harry.

“First, let’s establish a few vital rules, shall we?” Penelope crossed her arms. “You’re visiting, so you’ve no official rank. You do what I say, when I say. Understood?”

“Got it.”

“Lovely. Let’s go.”

~

To Harry’s surprise, they rode in a car, Penelope pointing out various landmarks. “That’s the Empire State Building. In its lobby is the entrance to the magical hospital.” She glanced over at him. “Unfortunately, I spend more time than I’d like being patched up there. They do provide a vital service, though.”

Harry nodded. “That’s just a part of being an Auror,” he offered with a smile.

She nodded. “True.”

Minutes later, she pulled into what looked like a dead-end street. “Here we go,” she said, grinning, and speeding up, headed straight for a solid brick wall.

Harry braced himself.

~

They sailed through the wall, emerging into an alley. Harry, who had been holding his breath, exhaled.

Penelope chuckled. “Sorry about the drama, but I love seeing people’s reactions to that.”

“Understood.” Harry grinned. “Although expect the same should you ever visit the DMLE.”

“I’d expect no less.” Penelope pressed some buttons on the dashboard. “Right, time to do some surveillance.”

The car rose in the air, and flew out of the alley.

Harry shook his head. “These are bloody brilliant. Wish we had cars.”

“You don’t?” Penelope shook her head. “Cars are vital for us. We’re a car culture.”

~

When Harry got back to the flat, he found Snape cooking dinner. “Something smells amazing,” he said. “Did you have a good day?”

Snape hummed. “I explored the neighbourhood,” he said. “There are several markets, a plethora of specialty shops, and no few bakeries. I shall have to be careful lest I get fat.”

Harry smiled. “We’ll be okay. People walk a lot here.”

“Quite.” Snape raised an eyebrow. “How was your day? Did you glean many vital American Auror tips?”

Harry laughed. “It was interesting. They do things differently here.”

Snape narrowed his eyes. “You enjoyed yourself?”

“Yes.”

“Good.”

~

After eating, they went for an evening walk. Reaching for Snape’s hand, Harry interlocked their fingers. Snape glanced at him. “Is that necessary?”

Harry smirked. “Vital. Gotta warn the other blokes off.”

Snape snorted.

They strolled down the busy street, peering into windows.

“Are any of the shops magical?” Harry asked.

“Not that I could tell, but I didn't ask.”

Harry pursed his lips. “How would you feel about being open about your magic here?” he asked. “It’s not the same magical community. No one would recognise you.”

Snape went silent for a moment. “I’d consider it.”

Harry beamed. “Brilliant.”

~

Continued in Learning to Listen (LJ/IJ/DW).
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