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Title: The Summons
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape/Harry Potter, Ginny Weasley/OFC.
Word Count: 100 x 6
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [community profile] snarry100/[insanejournal.com profile] snarry100/[livejournal.com profile] snarry100's prompt# 589: Risk.
Summary: Life catches up.
Part Twenty-Four 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.


~

The Summons

~

“Right,” Harry cooed while feeding the kitten warm milk. “What are we going to name you, then?”

“Oh, I imagine she’ll tell us her name eventually,” said Severus, going through the day’s mail.

Harry blinked. “Do Kneazles talk?”

“Not usually, but rather than risk coming up with the wrong moniker, I subscribe to the philosophy that familiars tell you who they are.” Severus tossed aside an envelope and opened another.

“I knew Hedwig’s name immediately.” Severus’ sudden frown made Harry nervous. “What?”

“It seems the word’s out,” Severus said, holding up an official-looking parchment. “It’s a summons from the Wizengamot.”

~

“…can’t make you return,” Harry said, pacing. “You’re out of their jurisdiction.”

“You believe I should risk ignoring them?” Severus looked remarkably calm.

“I don’t know.” Harry sighed. “What’s curious is how they found you. Someone must have told them, but who?”

“Several of your friends know,” Severus said.

Harry turned to face him. “You don’t suspect Hermione or Ron, do you?”

Severus shook his head. “No. They’re trustworthy.”

Harry gnawed his lip. “It can’t be George, and the only other person who knows—” He froze, turning to stare at Severus.

Severus sighed. “Are you asking her, or am I?”

~

Ginny arrived within minutes, Penelope with her. “What’s up?” she asked. “Your Patronus sounded upset.”

Harry gestured them aside silently.

“Oh.” Penelope’s smile faded. “Something’s clearly going on.”

Severus stepped forward. “I’ve received a letter, a summons, actually.”

“O…kay.” Ginny, eyebrow raised, looked back and forth between Harry and Severus. “What does this have to do with me?”

Severus handed her the letter.

As she read, Ginny’s eyes got wide. “Merlin.”

Penelope, looking over her shoulder, grimaced. “Ouch! Are you going back? Seems risky.”

Severus hummed. “I haven’t much choice.”

“Ginny,” said Harry. “Have you told anyone about Severus?”

~

Ginny’s eyes narrowed. “Why must it be me?”

Harry sighed. “We’re just asking. Was it you?”

“Have you interrogated Ron or Hermione?” Ginny huffed. “I see the answer on your face. You haven’t! Shows what you think of me!”

“You haven’t answered the question, Ginevra,” said Severus quietly.

“No!” Ginny shouted. “It wasn’t. There. Happy?”

“Who else knows?” asked Penelope, sliding an arm around Ginny’s waist. “Could one of your other friends have let it slip?”

“Yeah,” snapped Ginny. “Ron’s got a big mouth, and Hermione’s not perfect. And telling Mum was a risk, too.”

Harry gaped. “Your mother knows?”

~

Ginny frowned. “Didn’t you tell her?”

Harry blinked. “Of course not! No offence, but telling your mum anything is like taking out a full-page advert in the Prophet! I’d never take that risk.”

“Well someone must’ve told her. How else could she—?” Ginny’s mouth snapped shut.

Harry raised an eyebrow. “Gin?”

“She tricked me.” Ginny shook her head. “She asked if you were happy with your new partner, and I assumed she knew.”

Harry groaned. “Gin—”

“I’m so sorry!”

Severus sighed. “However it happened, the Kneazle’s out of the bag. The Wizengamot’s aware of my survival.”

“Well, fuck,” muttered Harry.

~

After Ginny and Penelope finally left, Harry picked up the napping kitten, carrying her into their bedroom and setting her onto a blanket by the bed. “Guess that mystery’s solved,” he sighed as he climbed into bed beside Severus. Leaning his head against Severus’ shoulder, he whispered, “The question is, what do we do now?”

“We?”

“Yes, we.” Harry raised his head. “What affects you, affects me, remember?”

Severus smiled, kissing him. “Quite.”

“I say we hire a solicitor to find out what they want.”

Severus snorted. “Who’d risk representing me?”

“Only the smartest solicitor I know.”

Severus sighed. “Granger.”

~

Continued in Discovery (LJ/IJ/DW).

Date: 2017-08-18 04:36 pm (UTC)
lilyseyes: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lilyseyes
Ohhh - yes! Hermione would be the perfect solicitor!

I am, however, severely disappointed in Molly! :(

Date: 2017-08-18 05:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrs_sweetpeach
I've been thinking about this story for days and eagerly waiting to see how Severus adapts to being the kitten's human. Not to mention seeing an update on its condition (although with Severus brewing for him/her, I have little doubt that she will thrive). But the summons, holy cats, *so* was not expecting that and concerned for Severus as well as Harry. I can only hope they are summoning him to receive an Order of Merlin not for something bad. (Although knowing that group, I have little faith in my own hopes. It seems to be too much like hoping Trump does or says the right thing.) Good thing Granger is a solicitor and sympathy for Ginny for letting Severus out of the bag and Boo to Molly for being unable to keep a secret. Unless there is actually a good outcome, in which case I'll overlook her blabbermouth this time. ;-)

Date: 2017-08-19 03:20 am (UTC)
lara_quinn: Naked Lily (Default)
From: [personal profile] lara_quinn
I wonder who Molly told cause I doubt she told the Wizengamot. Maybe she told Arthur and he mentioned it to someone innocently.

Hermione is a good choice for solicitor.

Date: 2017-08-19 11:53 am (UTC)
torino10154: Art by Tripperfunster of Severus and Harry (Snarry)
From: [personal profile] torino10154
Oh, Molly. *sigh* Good thing Hermione's on the case. Not worried much at all.

Date: 2017-09-11 06:55 pm (UTC)
teryarel: (Default)
From: [personal profile] teryarel
Ah, Molly spilled the beans, then. :( But that's how life goes.
At least they've got Hermione - she will flatten them! :)

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