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Title: The Talk
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG
Pairing(s)/Character(s): Severus Snape/Harry Potter, Scorpius Malfoy.
Word Count: 866
Warnings: None.
Summary: A chat with Scorpius.
A/N: Written for [community profile] adventdrabbles/[insanejournal.com profile] adventdrabbles' prompt # 24: Man carrying wrapped gifts. This is part 23 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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The Talk

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When they get to Severus’, Scorpius immediately heads for his room, until Severus stops him. “We need to talk to you, Scorpius. Come into the living room and have a seat.”

A wary expression on his face, Scorpius follows them, sitting down on a sofa and looking up at both of them.

Clearing his throat, Severus says, “As you know, Mr Potter and I are involved in a relationship. As a result, we expect our children will be seeing a lot of each other.”

Scorpius’ shoulders relax and he smiles. “That will be brilliant, Papa! Albus and Lily are fun.”

“And James?” asks Harry.

Scorpius shrugs. “He’s okay I guess.”

Severus hums. “Yesterday, something disturbing happened with them about which we need to speak with you.” He then raises an eyebrow at Harry, who sighs.

“Scorpius, after you and Severus left our home yesterday, Albus used a bad word for Muggle-borns,” says Harry gently. “When I asked him why, he said you say it a lot. Is that true?”

Scorpius frowns. “You mean Mud—?”

“Don’t say it!” Holding up a hand, Severus stops him. “Surely you know that word is not used in polite society?”

Expression mulish, Scorpius replies, “Grandpa Greengrass uses it all the time when I’m there.”

“I’m sure.” Severus shoots Harry a look. “Sometimes people, especially older people, have beliefs that are wrong. Back when he was a kid, people believed Muggle-borns were inferior. But we now know it’s not true. And since we know that, it’s wrong to use that word to describe them. Understand?”

Slowly, Scorpius nods. “Okay.” He looks down at his lap. “But what does it matter what I call them if they’re not there?”

“Fair question.” Harry sits down beside him on the sofa. “That word you were about to say was created to make Muggle-born people feel inferior. How would you feel if someone said your blood was as dirty as mud?”

Scorpius gasps, looking up at Harry, his eyes going wide as if Harry’s said something shocking, as if the meaning of the word had never occurred to him. “Bad,” he finally says.

“Exactly.” Harry slings an arm over Scorpius’ shoulders. “And we know it’s not true. Muggle-born witches and wizards are every bit as skilled as pure-bloods.”

Looking back down at his hands, Scorpius nods. “I’m sorry, Mr Potter.” He sounds miserable. “I won’t use that word anymore ever.”

Smiling, Harry pats his shoulder. “That’s all I ask. And I know you can’t stop your granddad from saying it, but if you and others your age don’t ever say it, eventually people will stop using it and it’ll go away, understand?”

Scorpius nods. “Yes, sir.”

“Excellent,” says Severus. “All right, you may go to your room now, Scorpius.”

Jumping up from the sofa, Scorpius starts for the exit, then stops. Turning around, he runs back to Severus, hugging his legs. “I love you, Papa.”

A tender expression settles on Severus’ face, and leaning down, he kisses the top of Scorpius’ head. “I love you, too.”

Shooting a shy smile at Harry, Scorpius scampers out of the room.

Groaning, Harry leans back onto the sofa, closing his eyes. “That went better than I thought it would, thank Godric.”

Severus settles beside Harry, clasping his hand. “It did. You’re really good with children.”

Cracking open one eye, Harry looks at him and smiles. “Thanks, but those conversations are never easy.”

“Indeed not.” Leaning over, Severus’ kisses him. “Which makes it doubly impressive that you’re so good at it.”

“Mmm.” Harry opens his mouth, letting Severus’ tongue inside, and as the kiss deepens, gets hotter, his fingers go to the buttons of Severus’ robes.

It’s Severus who pulls back, panting, “This is perhaps not the best place or time.”

“Ugh, I know. You’re right.” Resting his hands on Severus’ chest, Harry smiles at him. “It’s your fault for wearing those enticing robes, though. All those alluring buttons make me want to unwrap you.”

Severus snorts. “You’re the only one who thinks that way.”

“Not true, as we’ve already discussed.” Sighing, Harry looks over the clock on Severus’ mantel. “Right, I should go.” He stands up, Severus rising with him. “When am I going to see you again?” he asks.

“I’m free tonight.” Severus hums. “Draco’s picking Scorpius up later. I can come to your home afterwards, or you can visit me here.”

Harry grins. “Since Molly has the kids, I don’t have to be home, so I’ll visit you this time. And maybe I’ll be carrying gifts.”

“You’re my greatest gift,” says Severus, cupping Harry’s arse. He smiles a dark smile full of promises. “Feel free to come over without clothes. And if you do come naked, there shall be no need to bring anything else.”

Laughing, Harry shakes his head. “Oh, you’re getting gifts. As for coming naked…” He winks. “We’ll see. Maybe I’ll surprise you.”

“I normally hate surprises,” says Severus. “If you’re the surprise, however, I may need to rethink that stance.”

“Smart man.” After pressing another quick kiss onto Severus’ mouth, Harry extricates himself from his arms. “See you later.”

Severus smirks. “I look forward to it.”

~

Continued in Introspection (LJ/IJ/DW).

Date: 2018-12-25 12:37 am (UTC)
lara_quinn: Naked Lily (Default)
From: [personal profile] lara_quinn
Raising children is challenging especially teaching them about prejudice and how to keep it out of their vocabulary when grandparents expose them to words like Mud... I like how united Harry and Severus were in their discussion with Scorpius.

Date: 2018-12-25 09:21 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] valenti1965
Brilliant chapter. They both did well x

Date: 2019-01-01 02:25 am (UTC)
torino10154: Art by Tripperfunster of Severus and Harry (Snarry)
From: [personal profile] torino10154
Glad everything went so well with Scorpius. The end there was quite enticing, hoping to see some more of that. :D

Date: 2019-01-03 07:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lilyseyes
I love Severus telling Harry he is Severus' greatest gift!

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