Pairing/Characters: Harry/Severus implied, Severus Snape, Teddy Lupin, Harry Potter
Word count: 3 x 100
Disclaimer: Harry Potter belongs to J. K. Rowling. There is no financial gain made from this. This is for entertainment purposes only.
A/N: The idea popped into my head as soon as I read the word Hinkypunk. I hope you like it, too.
(This isn't beta'ed. Also, I'm unsure about the line breaks and text-structure. If you find anything for me to correct, please tell me.)
Severus’s throat clenched. How had he acquired the child’s … interest? (Admiration. He calls you uncle.) ‘I’m sorry, Teddy. It’s not really what you are expecting it to be.’ He swallowed thickly as he saw the boy’s face fall. ‘You misunderstood, I’m afraid. Your godfather was discussing something different with me.’ He threw a searching look at Harry, who was watching Teddy in turn. A Hinkypunk was not something he wanted to have around a child as young as this.
* * *
‘No Heffalump,’ the boy asked in a small voice.
‘I’m sorry, no.’ Severus wondered how he could feel so … uncomfortable when faced with one mere child’s devastation. (But a special child. The boy who sees something agreeable in you.) He thought that he obviously was getting old or succumbing to some long term after-effects of the Cruciatus curse. (He likes you.)
Severus cleared his throat. ‘It’s a Hinkypunk, Teddy. It’s dangerous because it lures travellers into danger. It even has the ability to throw balls of fire.’ Sighing inwardly at the use of his tone, his lecture tapered off.
* * *
Teddy was watching him now, his huge eyes darkening to reflect Severus’s own colouring. ‘But you bested it. You fought it and it didn’t get you and it threw fire and you fought it and you caught it!’ With every word the child got more excited, squirming with energy. ‘Can I see it!? Can I see the Heffalump, please? I know you will not let it hurt me, uncle Snape. Yes?’
The boy was clearly a Gryffindor, trusting and foolish. ‘Idiot boy,’ he mumbled fondly. ‘It’s called Hinkypunk.’
Harry looked at him and smiled, a bright sparkle in his eyes.