Author: Lady Chipmunk
Pairing: W/Severus, some B/Sirius
Disclaimer: BtVS belongs to Joss, HP to Rowlings. No money being made here
Summary: When Severus is discovered as a traitor, Dumbledore hides him in an interesting place. With Sirius Black.
Author’s Notes: This is a weird one. Takes place after book four, and sometime in season four of Buffy. Sorry the first chapter is kind of short.
“May I ask exactly when you started hating me?”
Albus Dumbledore looked into the scowling face of his potions master and resisted, barely, and urge to smile. “I have never and do not now hate you, Severus. Whatever would give you that notion?”
“You’re telling me I have to spend some undefined amount of time living as a muggle, in California no less, with Sirius Black. In the same house. It would seem that would demonstrate a certain amount of malice on your part.”
“Well then appearances are deceiving. You know full well I’m doing this for your own good, Severus. Now that Mr. Malfoy has discovered your less that unwavering devotion to the Dark Lord, we can only assume that his father will also know shortly.”
“And this requires you to exile me with Black? I know I failed you, but—“
“You did not fail! You have served me far better than I could have ever hoped. And that is why I am asking you to do this. First, the Hellmouth in California is the strongest known. It will interfere with anyone trying to track you, and with Voldemort’s summons. However—“ Dumbledore held up a hand as Snape opened his mouth to speak. “Don’t interrupt. However, more importantly, you’re the only one I can trust to keep Sirius safe. He’s become more and more reckless, and it’s only a matter of time before boredom and his own impulsive nature get him caught.”
“But, Albus, I can’t stand the man. I’m likely to kill him myself if I’m forced to live with him.”
The elderly wizard dropped into the chair behind his desk and began unwrapping a butterscotch disk. “I know this will be hard for you, but we need Harry stable and safe, and losing Sirius will destroy that. And there’s no one else to ask. Remus is to likely to be bowled over by his old friend, and most everyone else is busy or still convinced Sirius is a criminal.”
“He is, just not the one everyone thinks.” Snape snapped trough clenched teeth.
“That is an old issue. The matter at hand is simply that I need you to do this for me. Will you refuse me, Severus?” Dumbledore pinned the man with his gaze and waited.
“No.” Severus spat and then whirled on his heel and stomped out of the office.
“Well,” Dumbledore sighed as Fawkes moved to his shoulder and rubbed his face against the man’s cheek. “That went better than expected. Now I just need to tell Sirius.”