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Title: Embracing The Grey.
Author: pekeleke
Pairing(s): Severus Snape/Harry Potter
Challenge: Written for hogwarts365 Prompt #179#3: Conservator.
Rating: G
Length: 365
Warnings: none.
Disclaimer: Don't own these characters. No money is being made out of this work.
Summary: Harry isn’t Severus’ enforcer. He’s his conservator. His guardian. His protector.
A/N: I want to dedicate this particular work to my dear friend Teryarel, since today is her birthday and I'm hoping this drabble will make her smile. Happy birthday, Teryarel! May your day, and year, be merry. :D

Embracing The Grey.

Severus sits in his usual bench, picking at his bagged lunch, as Harry studies him from across the park. He’s become a muggle, an obliviated exile rejected by the ungrateful world he'd so loyally defended. Harry tried to save him from this fate, but his arguments hadn’t found anchor in a society that doesn’t recognize grey. Theirs is a world of black and white. Of good versus evil.

They’d made him Severus’ enforcer, smiling oh-so-triumphantly when his agreement to take the position made them assume he’d accepted their harsh judgment of a fellow war hero. Of his mother’s childhood friend. Of Dumbledore’s man. Harry isn’t Severus’ enforcer, though. He’s his conservator. His guardian. His protector.

He’s the wizard who cast the covert spells that gave Severus the right knowledge, the right references, to turn the homeless beggar wizarding justice intended him to be into the renowned chemical engineer he is today.

Harry is the wizard who funded Severus’ first bank account. The one who created the extensive paper-trail that makes his current existence possible. The one who pulled the eccentric uncle who’d bequeathed his trendy London flat to Severus out of thin air. Harry is also the wizard determined to make Severus Snape ‘invisible’ to the magical community by way of putting both the man and the very memory of his existence under Fidelius.

Today Harry observes this muggle, who still is -and at the same time isn’t- the same Severus Snape who taught at Hogwarts, knowing him to be completely safe. They both are. Because Harry’s gone and done it. He’s successfully cast Huic Obliviscaris* upon them both, and that means he’s finally free to approach this man he’s grown to adore. He's free to reach out, to dare woo this brilliant muggle who wears whitewashed jeans and bright-colored button-downs. He's free to ‘bump’ into a Severus Snape who braids his shoulder-length hair, drinks unsweetened tea like there’s no tomorrow, and thinks the tattoo on his forearm makes him look wild and exotic. He's free to risk his heart and find out if they can exchange the wizarding world for the kind of magic no wand could possibly grant them: their own, grey, happily-ever-after.


A/N2: * Huic Obliviscaris roughly translates to forget this man.

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Date: 2017-02-13 07:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] teryarel
My dear friend, thank you so much for your sweet message and the beautiful story! After reading it I had shivers running up and down my body. It's sad and upsetting - and promising so, so much. I love it.

It seems like irony of fate or heavenly compensation that now it's Harry's turn to look out for Severus. And just like he did, Harry does a very fine job at it. Their roles are truly reversed now: Severus appears to be the (carefree?) man who does what he wants; who seems to have so much sheer dumb luck to help him through his life - and a silent, powerful, reliable protector.

Like a true Slytherin Harry made Severus's enemies believe he was reveling in his role when in truth... well he probbly does revel in his ability to help Severus, even if Severus doesn't know that. But Harry is doing it >i>for Severus, not against him. And he knows that Severus is worth it, as Harry must have left behind all his friends and his old life when he cast this spell to shield and hide them both.

I understand his wish to leave the magical world behind: no world can be truly magical if it cannot see more than dark or light. And Severus is the epitome of grey, of ambiguity, of being incovenient, of being human. I can understand Harry changing a narrow-minded, sparkling world of mirages for a grey, real happiness together. Because that's the only way it can go for them.

Thank you so so much, dear pekeleke. I can't express all that goes through my mind when I read this. It's a promise (and fits the time of approaching spring we are in now) of so many things and it makes me want to cry and to smile at the same time. I choose to smile and be happy. :) *hugs*

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Date: 2017-02-13 07:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alisanne
Oh ny goodness!
SO much story wrapped up in this short story.
Well done!
I love how Harry did it all, gave Severus and himself this brilliant possible future.
Just lovely. <3

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Date: 2017-02-13 11:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] majmunka
This is so heartbreaking and also heartwarming at the same time... I know their happily ever after worth more than all that hypocrite bitch of wizarding world but still... they really shouldn't have to make any more sacrifice. sniff*

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Date: 2017-02-13 11:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] adafrog
Cries, but you made it better.
Well done.

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Date: 2017-02-14 12:55 pm (UTC)
mrs_sweetpeach: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrs_sweetpeach
Holy cats was this ever good! Great writing here, from start to finish. And a perfect characterization of Harry as Severus' protector, not to mention Harry's power as wizard, to cast a spell over the entire wizarding world for them both. Here's to a happy albeit grey future for them both!

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Date: 2017-02-15 02:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amorettea
Excellent! They are better off.

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Date: 2017-02-18 07:06 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] keyairreem
HOT DAMN! Love it! The absolute devotion that Harry has for Severus and their possible future relationship. I think that the wizarding world is too focused on the 'good vs evil' to really see anything or anyone that is different. I thank you for this because it just made my week! Thank you for sharing.

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