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Title: On the Table
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG
Pairing(s)/Character(s): Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger. Eventual Snarry.
Word Count: 915
Warnings: Implied character death, off screen.
Summary: Harry has a few home truths explained to him.
A/N: Written for [community profile] adventdrabbles/[insanejournal.com profile] adventdrabbles's prompt # 2: Christmas carolling. This is part 2 of my How Harry Claimed Severus series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Beta(s): [personal profile] torino10154.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.


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On the Table

~

Ron stares at the dragon, which takes up a large part of Harry’s front garden, and he shakes his head. “Only you, mate. Lily’s got you wound around her little finger for sure.”

Harry rolls his eyes. “And you wouldn’t do anything for Rose?”

A fatuous smile crosses Ron’s face. “Yeah, yeah I would.”

“Exactly.” They exchange amused looks. “Anyway, I meant to say, something odd happened at the Christmas tent where we got Braxy.”

Ron raises an eyebrow. “It’s name’s Braxy? Who came up with that?”

“That’s what I was going to tell you. The tent’s being run by none other than Snape. And did you know he—?”

Ron hold up a hand. “Hang on, Hermione’s going to want to hear this. Unless you want to say it twice?” When Harry shakes his head, Ron casts his terrier Patronus, and within moments, Hermione emerges from the cottage.

“What’s going on?” she asks. She looks up at the dragon. “Only you, Harry.”

Harry rolls his eyes. “You two sound more and more alike every day. That’s exactly what Ron said.”

Linking her fingers with Ron’s, Hermione smiles. “I hear it happens. So what’s going on? Why am I out here instead of getting the kids ready for Christmas carolling?”

“Harry encountered Snape today,” says Ron, and immediately, Hermione’s eyes narrow.

“How did he look?” she asks.

Harry frowns. “That’s an odd question.”

She hums. “Humour me. Tell us your impressions of him.”

“Fine. Whatever.” Harry exhales. “He looked…good. Really good, actually. I think he’s gained some weight, at least his shoulders were a bit broader than I remember. His skin looked…less sallow. Although he had on a high-necked robe so I couldn’t see if his neck has completely healed. And he’s gained weight, he looks more…filled out, you know? And do you know, he almost smiled?” Harry purses his lips. “He seems a lot more relaxed than he was when he was a teacher. You know, I don’t think he liked teaching that much…”

“Uh huh.” Hermione and Ron exchange another look. “He sounds like he made an impression. Are you going to see him again?”

“He’s Snape, he always makes an impression, and I doubt it.” Harry eyes them. “Why would I?”

“Oh, I dunno,” says Ron, tone dry. “Maybe because you still seem to have a bit of a thing for him after all these years?”

“What?” Harry blinks at them. “I don’t have a thing! I never had a thing!”

Hermione’s expression borders on pitying. “Harry, you never got over your crush on the Half-Blood Prince. In fact, as far as I can tell, it seems to have…strengthened over the years.”

“But…I loved Ginny,” says Harry weakly.

Hermione sighs. “Of course! You and she obviously loved each other very much. But she’s gone now, and you’re still here, and you deserve to find happiness. No one will blame you if you seek out…adult companionship.”

Shaking his head, Harry looks down. “I don’t have time for that! I have three kids to take care of—”

“Who would love to see you happy,” interjects Ron. “And you have to take care of your own needs, too, mate.”

“I don’t have any needs.” Harry glares at Ron when he snorts. “It’s true!”

“Sure. Whatever,” says Ron, shaking his head.

“Anyway,” says Hermione, tone firm. “Back to Snape.”

Harry huffs. “Fine, yes, back to Snape. And Malfoy.”

“Malfoy? He was there, too?” Ron frowns. “You didn’t tell me that.”

“I was about to when you said Hermione needed to hear this.” Harry holds up a hand when they both begin to speak. “Let me finish the story, all right? Great. Anyway, Snape works at the Christmas tent and while we were there, Malfoy and his son Scorpius, who is the one who named the dragon Braxy by the way, come up to us and make it clear Snape and Malfoy are together. Scorpius even called him Papa.” Harry crosses his arms over his chest. “So even if I did fancy Snape, which I don’t, he’s not on offer anyway.”

“Snape and Malfoy?” Hermione chews on her bottom lip. “Why does this sound familiar?”

Ron snorts. “They were probably fucking when we were at school.”

Ronald!”

“What?” Ron shrugs. “You heard the rumours about all those Slytherin orgies they were having when we were in school.”

Harry raises an eyebrow. “Yeah, just like there were rumours the Hufflepuffs were all on illegal potions, the Ravenclaws were experimenting on house-elves, and we were drinking purloined firewhisky every weekend.”

Ron’s face falls. “So you don’t think there were orgies?” he says, sounding almost disappointed.

Rolling her eyes, Hermione ignores him. “I remember something coming across my desk a while back about Malfoy and his son…”

“Hermione, it doesn’t matter.” Harry exhales. “Snape’s off the table. Not that I ever wanted him on the table.” As Ron and Hermione both eye him, Harry groans. “That came out wrong—”

“I think it came out as intended.” Smiling, Hermione nods at the cottage. “Let me check something out before you give up on Snape, all right?”

“There’s no giving up because I wasn’t interested in him in the first place,” Harry mutters, but as they return to the house and get all the children ready for carolling, he finds himself pondering how good Snape had looked. Maybe it won’t hurt just to have Hermione check things out.

~

Continued in Imagination (LJ/IJ/DW).

Date: 2018-12-02 11:23 pm (UTC)
felaine: (northern lights)
From: [personal profile] felaine
Love how Ron and Hermione have to hear everything together.
Mysterious....

Date: 2018-12-03 12:21 am (UTC)
torino10154: Art by Tripperfunster of Severus and Harry (Snarry)
From: [personal profile] torino10154
I'm sure Hermione will soon figure out what's going on. *nods*

Date: 2018-12-07 12:04 pm (UTC)
lara_quinn: Naked Lily (Default)
From: [personal profile] lara_quinn
Sweet story esp how Ron and Hermione are SO married. Braxy = Abraxas after Draco's grandfather?

Date: 2018-12-10 09:13 am (UTC)
sarahsezlove: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sarahsezlove
I always love clueless Harry having to be educated by Ron and Hermione.

Date: 2018-12-13 04:52 am (UTC)
firefly124: charlie bradbury grooving in a glass elevator (Default)
From: [personal profile] firefly124
Well of course it never hurts to have Hermione check things out, Harry!

Date: 2019-01-03 06:36 am (UTC)
lilyseyes: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lilyseyes
Sounds like Harry is still in denial...

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