|sheankelor (sheankelor) wrote,|
@ 2013-12-31 01:07:00
|Entry tags:||adventdrabbles2013, potter, snape|
Dec21, Harry Potter, Harry/Severus,A Long Cold Day
Title: The Weather Outside
Part 19: A Long Cold Day
Fandom: Harry Potter
Prompt: adventdrabbles Day 21:icicle
Disclaimer: Just playing with those LEGO Snape and Harry's that sit on the corner of my desk. That is about as much as I own.
Summary: Sleet and Snow make for cold work environments
AN: Part of The Weather Outside Part 1: In the Cards Part 2: Merging Schedules Part3: Refusing to be Stuck Part 4: Against the Dark and Cold Part 5: Theory Testing Part 6: The Taste of Snow Part 7: What to reveal Part 8: Decorations Part 9: Meetings Part 10: The Perfect Ornaments Part 11: A Christmas Morning Wake Up Part 12: Hearing Things Part 13: Interwoven not Homogeneous Part 14: A Long Overdue Conversation Part 15: Explanations Part 16: Molly's Request Part 17: Working Together Part 18: Snowmen’s Hogwarts
The Ever so Wonderful Yen has been helping out again. ^-^
A Long Cold Day
The storm had blown into London during the wee hours of the morning and was predicted to hit Hogwarts right after breakfast. Ron and Hermione had flooed over to Harry's and met them in the living room as they were about to floo out to the Three Broomsticks. The Weasleys had convinced Severus of the need to have someone there who knew exactly what was being attempted just in case.
They had all flooed away to Hogsmeade after that.
Severus had sent a Patronus to Minerva once they arrived to informing her of their imminent arrival and they headed out. That was three hours ago. Now fortified with breakfast, they were filling in the previous Headmasters about their plans as the storm made its way towards them. Severus was talking to Albus while Harry was listening to Phineas. Minerva, Ron, and Hermione were listening to both conversations.
As the first flakes fell against the large windows of the Headmaster’s office, Severus put on his warmest cloak and headed out. Minerva and Harry were on his heels, dressed as warm as could be.
Minerva and Harry didn’t have much to do as they were the secondary holders of the wards. According to Hermione’s findings, they actually didn’t have to be there, but everyone, the portraits included, thought it might be best since the wards were created by four friends, that they should be there to help with the placement. Severus didn’t want to think of how the fact that there were two Gryffindors and one Slytherin working on them would affect the outcome. He just hoped that his Ravenclaw leanings and Minerva’s Hufflepuff ones would help balance it out. It was time to test their theories.
Severus walked the ward line with his senses extended looking for the place to start. The Warders that Hermione had talked to said there was always a single start point and then the rest of the wards knitted together from there. They also said that the person in charge of the wards would know where that was. Severus was hoping that he could find it. As he passed a pair of standing stones near the Black Lake, he stopped - the connection in him was almost singing. Drawing his wand, he looked back at Harry and Minerva.
Harry caught Severus’ look and stepped into his spot just behind his left shoulder. Minerva took the spot behind Severus’ right.
Closing his eyes, Severus took a moment to feel the love and friendship that each one offered him and let those feeling wrap around him. These wards were tied together with those emotions and would respond better if they were present as he attempted to rebuild them. As the emotions flooded him, he saw a wall etched on the back of his eyelids. The wall surrounded all of Hogwarts and was a jigsaw of different shapes. Each shape had a feeling associated with them that made him think of the colors of the four Houses and the Heads he associated with them.
Eyes still closed and wand raised, Severus caught the first tendril of power from the falling snow. It was a blue color and had the distinct feeling he associated with Filius. Scanning the wall behind his eyelids, he spotted its place in the puzzle. He was glad that it was near them. With a flick of his wand, he sent the power where it belonged.
Icicles rained down from his wand, hitting the snow with soft plops.
Grabbing the next tendril, green this time, he sent it to its missing place. The next one was red, and the one after that was blue again. A yellow slither fell into place, connecting the blue to the green.
A shower of icicles rained down and plopped softly into the snow their tinkling almost a musical accompaniment to each wand movement Severus made.
Red, blue, and yellow were next. Green was the colour that held them all together this time. Finally, the section that they were standing before was done.
Severus felt his outer robe crack and heard ice tinkle to the ground as they moved to the next section and repeated the process.
They were halfway around Hogwarts, the icicles dangling from the edges of his hood, sleeves, and even the hem of his robe when Minerva called a halt.
“We need a warm drink, and Severus, I think you need to sit down for a moment.” A quick wave of her wand transfigured a few spare quills in her pocket into chairs and a small table while overhanging branches from nearby trees provided some protection from the wind, sleet and snow mix.
Harry smiled when the house elf he had called returned with a tray of hot chocolate and pastries. Pouring them all a cup, he put the first one into Severus’ hands, searching his face for signs of fatigue. Seeing some mixed with familiar determination, he moved on to hand Minerva her cup before sitting in his chair with his.
All three of them were surprised when a soup tureen was delivered with bowls and spoons. It took Minerva no time to have them all eating a hearty soup filled with meat and vegetables in a rich stock. There was no conversation made, they knew that they had to hurry. No one knew when this storm would blow out.
Severus set his empty bowl down, grateful that his hands were thawed and that his belly was full of warm food and drink. He felt like he could make it through the last half now. Harry and Minerva’s bowls landed next to his and their cups soon followed. All the dishes vanished with a slight pop. As the stood up, the chairs and table disintegrated.
Harry looked at where his chair had been a moment ago. “I guess that is the sign that it is time to finish this up.”
Severus grinned. “At least they waited till we were on our feet.” He then nodded to the next spot. “We need to get back to work.”
“Are we helping at all, Severus?”asked Minerva as the snow crunched under her boots.
Severus stopped in the next spot and spun about to face them both, new icicles tinkling on the edges of his robe, some raining off, which gave the spin an even more dramatic effect. “Yes, both of you are. If you were not here, I could not sense where to send the pieces. Can you feel the wards rebuilding?”
Harry looked back the way they had come. He could not see the wall, but he could feel it as if it were made of solid stone. Nodding slowly, he looked back at Severus. “I can feel it.”
When Minerva nodded as well, Severus turned back to the newest section. It wasn’t long before his wand was once again raining icicles with each flick.
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Ron and Ron and Hermione both jumped up as Severus, Minerva and Harry stumbled through the door of the Headmaster's office. The blue tinged noses and chattering teeth prompted them to strip the three out of their soaked cloaks, dry their other clothes, and ensconce them in warm chairs and under thick blankets. Hermione had called for hot chocolate and Ron for hot water bottles. Only when those were delivered and the fire was stoked higher did they ask how it went.
Severus sighed and sank into the welcoming heat, his hands wrapped about the warm cup, willing the heat into his frozen fingers. Looking at Ron and Hermione, he smiled. “It is done. The wards are reset and sealed. Later on, I’ll pass the Headmaster connection to Minerva, when both of us have enough energy to do it.”
Hermione sank onto a waiting sofa. “So, the magical storms will stop.”
Harry shook his head slightly. “No, there is still magic in the snow, but it is nothing like what it was. I think that it is all the energy that was the ‘glue’ for the ward pieces. Since we used our magic as the ‘glue’ it didn’t have a place to go. Maybe your team can figure out a way for it to be siphoned into the wards?”
Hermione frowned for a moment before opening a window and sticking her hand out. Lifting her wand, she cast a simple Lumos and smiled as it worked with no repercussions.
Ron sighed and shot a look over at Harry. “And she calls us the reckless ones. I’ll try a few more complex spells later. I have a feeling that the floo connection will be working next, and that apparation will soon be allowed.”
Harry grinned at Hermione’s indignant expression as she heard Ron’s first comment before looking over at Severus. He could tell the man was fighting to keep his eyes open, and he knew he himself was exhausted. “I think we are staying here tonight, Ron. If you want to attempt magical travel, go ahead. Let us know what happens.”
Minerva leaned back into her seat, savouring the warmth from the bottles. She was glad that the two Weasleys had been there. "Harry, you and Severus will be spending the night here, where Poppy can check on us if something happens. Ron and Hermione are welcomed to stay as well."
Ron looked out at the darkening sky. It had been a long day. A quick glance at the three who had been outside made him decide that it was time to call for dinner before sending them to bed. He and Hermione would stay the night to hear the rest of the story tomorrow. A quick call had dinner on the coffee table and he made the three a plate.
While he was serving them dinner, Hermione asked for rooms for them. Once they had eaten enough to satisfy Ron, a very tired Harry and Severus stumbled to their room.
Minerva saw all of them leave her office before heading up to her chamber. With the help from the elves, she was tucked in tight before the others had reached their rooms.
Kicking off their shoes, Severus and Harry changed into the nightclothes they found on the bed and crawled under the covers. It didn’t take long for sleep to claim them.