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I've offered ficlets to people who bid on my livelongnmarry auctions but didn't win, and I'll be posting these ficlets as I write them. Thank you, bidders!

4. rory8 prompted me with Snape/Harry, time-turner, number and, book..

A Hidden, Reckless Softness (PG; Snarry; 650 words): Severus knows the secret to keeping a lover.

Harry found the book after shifting a number of old packing cartons out of the attic. This one looked different; the carton wasn't as dusty as the others had been, and the book was an old, well-worn leather affair.

A journal? Harry thought, opening it to a random page and beginning to read aloud: "—so soft, softer than the first time, even though I know that isn't possible. He yielded to me, allowed my tongue to dance with his, pressed his hips into my—"

"What are you doing up there?" Severus called.

Harry yelped and dropped the book. "Er, just going through some old things of mine. I thought I might find something for the auction. Is lunch ready?"

"Just leave my things alone, and yes," Severus replied, his footsteps fading as he walked away.

Picking up the journal, Harry noticed an odd heaviness to it in the lower part of its spine. After some fiddling, a compartment opened and a small silver device fell into his hand.

"What's Severus doing with a—"


"Be right there!" Harry shouted, pocketing the Time-Turner and carefully secreting the journal in one of the cartons he'd left by the stairs. He sensed a mystery and wanted to explore it later.


Harry found the book after shifting a number of old packing cartons out of the attic. This one looked different; the carton wasn't as dusty as the others had been, and the book was an old, well-worn leather affair.

A journal? Harry thought, just as Severus levitated through the attic's opening. "Is that lunch?" he asked, smiling and setting aside the book.

"It is. I thought you might wish to take it here, given how intent on rummaging you are today," Severus said, handing Harry a plate and reaching for the old book. "Ah," he murmured, opening the tome, "old recipes of Mother's. I think I'll just keep this."

Harry, his mouth too full to do otherwise, smiled.


Severus left Harry to it, feeling relieved. The Time-Turners hadn't all been destroyed; only idiots gave up such things when ordered, and he'd found a particular use for his.

Living with Harry was, for the most part, uneventful, if one didn't count the myriad social obligations of the wizard world's favourite, the endless "family" get togethers, the long nights spent alone while Harry was on assignment or Severus found himself unable to leave his laboratory. Of course, Severus counted all these things, and often wished for a simpler time, a time in which Harry had been mostly his, and content not to leave the hovel in the Forbidden Forest in which he'd found Severus after the war.

When he and Harry fought, or he was missing Harry, Severus had taken to revisiting that first perfect moment, the one in which Harry had yielded to him—to anyone—for the first time: their first kiss under the stars. It had been fifteen years since Harry had let Severus press his trembling mouth to his firm one, since Harry had welcomed Severus as his lover, and, sometimes, Severus needed to turn back time and relive the softness of Harry's mouth, the quivering hardness of his body, the moment when they became one.

Romantic nonsense! Severus told himself, clutching his journal, which he secreted in a safer location at once.

He had no other secrets from Harry but this one, and it, he meant to keep.

Because should he tire of me, the Time-Turner will give me a second chance.

Merlin knew that Severus had always needed those second chances; forging a lasting relationship with someone like Harry, well, he couldn't imagine having done it any other way.

And there is no living without you, Severus thought, smiling as he entered the kitchen to find Harry waiting for him.

"Thought I'd thank you properly," he said, embracing Severus and leaning up to kiss him.

So soft, even now.


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 20th, 2008 09:10 am (UTC)
Oh... Severus. Damn.

Jul. 20th, 2008 09:18 am (UTC)
Insecurity's a bitch, ain't it? *huggle-thwaps Severus*
Jul. 20th, 2008 10:26 am (UTC)
*joins in on the exasperated-but-affectionate thwapping*

He can be SUCH an idiot. But we love him.
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
Aww! I love Snape here. Even if he is such a silly goose as to think Harry could ever give him up. XD
Jul. 21st, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
Thank you. :D *pleased*
Jul. 21st, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)
Wow! Kinda devious of Severus... always planning for the worst case scenario. Not that Harry's going to leave him. Right?
I loved it. Thank you! :)
Jul. 21st, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
Yay! You're welcome. I'm really glad that you liked it. :D
Jul. 21st, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
Poor insecure Severus, hugs him. :(
Jul. 22nd, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
*makes it a group hug*
Jul. 23rd, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
I think I must be thick, because I don't understand why the first paragraph is repeated and then the second one changed the second time...
Jul. 24th, 2008 08:07 am (UTC)
Because Severus took the Time-Turner from Harry, used it, and changed things. :)
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