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The Way Home 32/32

Title: The Way Home 32/32 final part!
Author: Eriador117
Rating: NC-17 Snape/Harry
Warnings: Angst, chan, child-abuse, non-con, dubious-con. AU.
Disclaimer: JK Rowling owns the Potterverse, I just like playing in it from time to time.
Summary: The Dursleys sold Harry Potter when he was four years old. What happened to him?
Gift fic for littleroo27 based on her plot bunny.
Beta'd by the wonderful rakina, many thanks :)

Earlier Parts

Part 32

As soon as they arrived at St. Mungo's, Neville was waiting for them in the downstairs foyer and soon led them up to the fifth floor corridor where Harry had first heard the news he was about to become a father. In the room down the corridor they heard screams before they were cut off as someone, probably one of the Healers, cast a silencing charm. There was nurse on the desk today but the wall still held the same pictures of tulips and seascapes.

Dressed in the sage green robes of an apprentice Healer, Neville was a measure of calm as he offered them tea or coffee or something cool to drink, but Harry couldn't face anything. He didn't feel calm; it was too early. The baby wasn't due for at least another three weeks. Instead of the excitement Harry felt he ought to be feeling; Harry felt little but sheer terror. What if there was something wrong with the baby because it was so early? What if - what if - but his mind was having trouble even considering that option, but it was an option, wasn't it? Babies died all the time, even ones who hadn't been premature.

A Healer popped his head out the door and called for Neville. Once he was gone, Harry paced up and down the corridor, he couldn't just sit in those chairs and wait for the news. Severus didn't try and placate him by telling him that things were going to be all right for they both knew it would be a lie. They had no way of knowing and they had to prepare themselves in case things didn't go right.

Severus wrapped Harry in his arms and stroked his back, neither of them speaking. They didn't need to speak.

Harry had no idea how long they waited in that corridor before Neville and the Healer came out of Hermione's room. The Healer and Neville both had broad grins on their faces; Harry almost fainted in relief. He clung hard to Severus so that he wouldn't fall.

"Congratulations, it's a boy," said the Healer, with Neville nodding enthusiastically by his side.

"A son?" asked Harry in a daze. "I have a son? And he's all right? He was too early, wasn't he?"

"He's perfectly healthy," said the Healer. "He's just a little on the small side but everything is working as it should and you should be able to take him home in a few days."

"A few days? I thought we could take him home today," said Harry.

"The birth can be traumatic for the child as well, it's best for the baby to spend a few days in the hospital just to be sure he's all right. He'll be due his first feed soon; we can ask the mother to express some milk."

"No!" Harry and Severus both said at once. "I don't want her to have anything to do with the baby. She has no legal rights," Harry continued. This was true, after being convicted of molesting Harry and being sentenced to Azkaban, any rights Hermione had ever had to the child had been revoked by the Magical Law Enforcement office. The baby was Harry and Severus' responsibility now and Harry wanted nothing from Hermione Granger. Nothing.

"Very well, Apprentice Longbottom, please take the baby to the nursery and arrange for formula milk. Perhaps you'd like to give him his bottle once he's settled?"

Harry nodded, his heart thudding against his chest with the knowledge that soon he was going to be seeing his son. Their son! Dear God, they had a son. It was like a dream, everything felt very unreal.

"Yes, sir," said Neville as he went into Hermione's room again. A few moments later, Neville came rushing out.

"They're gone!"

"Longbottom, what are you talking about?"

"Hermione and the baby, sir! They're gone!"

The world in front of Harry greyed out and he had to sit down before he fell down.

"What do you mean they're gone? Gone where? You can't Apparate in or out of the closed ward!" The Healer marched to the room and came back out, his face pale. He waved his wand and in the next instant an alarm sounded throughout the hospital. It was too much; despite Severus' arms around him, Harry fainted.


When he came round, he was lying on a hospital bed and Severus was sitting on a chair next to him. Harry remembered what had happened. Their baby. Gone. There was a hollow ache in his middle, as if a baby-shaped hole had somehow been carved out of him. He clutched his midriff and began to cry softly.

"Ssh, Harry, ssh, it's all right," said Severus, climbing onto the bed and wrapping Harry up in a strong embrace. Harry bawled against Severus' robes, finding it difficult to breathe. His throat ached and his nose was getting stuffy as he wept and wept, shuddering in Severus' arms.

"Harry, they found them. They found them."


"He's here," Severus placed his hands on Harry's head and turned him towards the other side of the room where a small wooden cradle was up against the wall. Harry jumped down from the bed and ran to the cradle. Inside his son was asleep with his thumb in his mouth. The baby had a thatch of dark hair with a few chestnut highlights when the light caught it just right. Harry felt his heart falter for a moment as he gazed down at their child. His legs felt rubbery as he just stared and stared. He was beautiful.

"What happened? Where did they go?" asked Harry, turning round to face Severus.

"The Healer was right, you couldn't Apparate from that ward, but we were so busy talking with him and Neville that Hermione slipped out unseen and hid in one of the bathrooms. She was hoping to run away with the baby; she never wanted to give him up."

"It wasn't her choice! She raped me!" spat Harry, the windows rattling in their frames. He had to consciously pull the magic back. "She lost any rights to this child the day she forced me to conceive him!"

"I know, Harry," said Severus softly. "Once the alarm went off, everyone was searching for them and they were found quite quickly."

"Where is she now?"

"She's under Auror guard in one of the private rooms. Once she's recovered from the birth, they'll take her straight to Azkaban."

Harry ran back to Severus and wrapped his arms around his husband. "God, Severus, we could have lost him!"

"But we didn't," said Severus, tilting Harry's face up so that he could kiss him and wipe the tear tracks away.

The Healer knocked on the doorjamb but came in without waiting for an invitation. Harry felt so irritated with the man and glared at him. "I just have some paperwork for you to sign and then you and your husband can get back home."

Harry stiffened in Severus' arms.

"You are suffering from a grave misapprehension if you think for one moment we are leaving our son alone here," said Severus. "The security in this hospital is appalling. We are taking him home at once."

"You can't take him home yet," protested the Healer.

"Is he ill?"

"No, but -"

"Is he any immediate danger?"

"No, but -"

"I have a Mastery in Mediwizardry," said Severus. "I daresay I can look after my son as well as if not better than some of the people here."

The Healer flushed. "It was an unfortunate incident, nothing more."

"Unfortunate? Our son was almost kidnapped!" said Harry. "And we are taking him home."

"Very well, as long as you agree to sign that you are taking him home against a Healer's advice."

"Fine, where are the bloody papers?" said Harry.

The Healer waved his wand and a sheaf of scrolls fell onto the bed. Harry and Severus both signed them all and at long last they were ready to take their son home.

"Have you thought of a name?" asked the Healer.

"We have," said Harry. "But it's none of your business." With that, he lifted out the sleeping baby and held him securely in his arms. Severus took hold of Harry's arm and in an instant had Disapparated them all out of the hospital and straight into the nursery of their flat.

The baby woke at once and began crying; Severus kissed Harry's head and went to prepare a bottle for him. Harry snuggled the boy against his shoulder and crooned to him until Severus came back upstairs with his bottle. Both of them couldn't stop grinning.

"His eyes are blue," said Harry when he turned the baby round to feed him.

"Most newborns have blue eyes," said Severus. "They change to their normal colour in their next few weeks. Had you decided on a name, Harry? Or were you just saying that to annoy the Healer?"

"A bit of both really," said Harry as he fed the bottle. The baby sucked greedily and Harry still couldn't believe how small he was. "I quite like the name Aidan."

"Aidan? That means 'little fire' doesn't it?"

Harry nodded. "I saw it one of the baby books, it suits him, don't you think?"

Severus leaned over and kissed Aidan's head. "So do we have another fiery Gryffindor, do you think?"

"Harry! Severus?" came Molly's voice from the kitchen.

"Up here! We're in the nursery," Harry called back downstairs. In a few moments the room was packed with all of his family as they looked agog at the new addition. Aidan finished the bottle and was gurgling happily by the time all the Weasleys had squeezed into the nursery.

"What a beautiful baby," said Molly. "Congratulations, both of you. We'll have to arrange the naming ceremony soon, we don't want him taken by the fairies!" laughed Molly.

Harry swayed and almost dropped Aidan. Severus took the baby from him and draped him over his shoulder, patting his back to wind him. "Can we have the ceremony today?" asked Harry, sinking into the rocking chair.

"Harry dear, what's wrong?" asked Molly.

"Granger almost ran off with the baby earlier today," said Severus. "As you can imagine we were a bit distraught."

"Merlin, Harry. Are you all right?" asked Ron, perching himself on the arm of Harry's chair.

Harry looked around him, at his family: his parents, his brothers and sister; his husband and his child. He smiled at all of them. It had been a long road but finally he'd done it.

"I'm fine," said Harry.

And he was. He'd found his way home.



( 29 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 30th, 2007 06:20 am (UTC)
Wow. What a nice ending. Very evocative. Would love to know what happens next in their lives.
May. 30th, 2007 06:33 am (UTC)
Another excellent story - I'm always sad to see them end! *applaudes*
May. 30th, 2007 11:26 am (UTC)
Another lovely story from you. :) Very happy this had a nice happy ending. :)
May. 30th, 2007 12:18 pm (UTC)
I am so happy they found baby Aiden safe. I'd have wrung Hermione's neck if anything happened to the baby.

But I am so sad that this is over now. Say it ain't so! I'll have to bide my time until you start your original fiction. But I'll always be waiting for Severus and Harry to make you write about them again! You do it so well.
May. 30th, 2007 01:39 pm (UTC)
A most wonderful ending! I'm glad Hermione didn't get too far with the baby. Delightful work!!~Sophia
May. 30th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
one of the things i think i like most about your stories is that they always leave me thinking what next??
will there be any heart ache in the future for harry and his new family?
in other words will we be reading a sequel in the near future?

one other thing i was hoping you will be able to tell all is what Aidan's full name?

thank you for the website for your book, waiting for the next payday before i buy them though, (hopefully by monday if the bills don't come in)

oh and thank you every every much for friending me

From Rima
May. 30th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
My customary sadness at seeing the end of a story was swept away by the drama and the love of this final chapter. *happy sigh*

It would be lovely to look in on them a couple years down the line and see what their lives have become.
May. 30th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
My customary sadness at seeing the end of a story was swept away by the drama and the love of this final chapter. *happy sigh*

It would be lovely to look in on them a couple years down the line and see what their lives have become.
May. 30th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
Wow... I can't believe it's over... *sniffs*

But it was absolutely lovely way to end the series. I loved it. Great job, as always.

I can't wait until you write anything else. You're wonderful! *hugs*

Beautiful ending!
May. 30th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
I was so busy locking down my journal yesterday that I didn't have a chance to reply. *pouts* all this stuff is crap, but I guess it's just a watch and see, huh?

Anyway, I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this story! From start to finish it was just brilliant. You made my day brighter everytime you updated.

Thank you for a wonderful story!
May. 30th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
Like I said, I always wish these stories were longer. I'd love to know who Aidan grows up to be.

Good story.

May. 30th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
I saw that the fic was finished and wanted to read it... went to the "earlier parts", tried to enter the first part, and was told I didn't have access... Are the chapters, by any chance, Friend Locked? And if they are - could you please friend me? Pretty please?
May. 31st, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
friended :)
May. 31st, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
May. 31st, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)
Question, do you have this fic posted somewhere else? cuz I want to read the whole thing but I can't read the beginning cuz its locked, so I was wondering if you're going to post this at HPfandom....
May. 31st, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
or could you friend me? please? :D
May. 31st, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)
friended :)
May. 31st, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
yay! thank you! :D
May. 31st, 2007 08:47 am (UTC)
I Loved It!!! ;-)

That was an absolutely beautiful ending to a wonderfully brilliant story!! You never cease to amaze me with your superb stories, and I am very much looking forward to reading your original fiction story you were talking about in your other post! Lovely job!

Storm TTFN!!! ;-)
May. 31st, 2007 11:01 am (UTC)
Thank you for another wonderful story.
Jun. 1st, 2007 06:58 am (UTC)
That was lovely! Harry sure had quite a few gigantic obstacles to overcome on the way to happiness. I'm so happy for Harry, Severus and Aidan. :)

The ending was beautiful, but the everything else was so enormously angsty! There were a lot of sweet and funny moments, too, though, to balance the angst. I enjoyed those lighter moments very much. The Weasleys were an amazing family for Harry. So supportive and caring.

I have no end of admiration for Harry's strength. Harry's childhood was a series of horrifying nightmares . . . So heartbreaking. Severus was very, very good to Harry. They deserve to be incredibly happy together.

So, again, lovely story. I enjoyed it greatly. Thank you. :)
Jun. 3rd, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
*happy sigh*
That was a peaceful ending! With one last disturbance from Hermione, true, but even so - I'm sure Harry and Severus have some fun and peaceful years ahead of them, together with little Aidan. : )
I hope the child will never resemble his mother very much...
Harry has come a long and mostly unhappy way. I'm glad things worked out for him in the end.
So, what do you plan on writing next? *g*
Jun. 6th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
I loved it!!! Great job! :D
Jun. 7th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
What a fascinating story and satisfying conclusion! Thanks for sharing. ;-))
Jun. 10th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC)
awwwww that was so AWESOME!! ^^ I'm sad it ended, but I'm happy they're gonna live happily ever after!! Thanks for writing!! ^^v
Dec. 26th, 2007 06:57 am (UTC)
I have added you as a friend

I would love to be able to read your stories.
Do I need permission?
Dec. 27th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
Re: I have added you as a friend
I needed to add you as a friend too, which I've now done, so you should be able to read them :)
May. 16th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
I can only read the last part, :-( Please friend me so I can start from the beginning? Thanks!
May. 20th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry, I forgot to do this, but you are friended now :) Enjoy the stories.

take care,
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