Ellia awoke the next morning to find herself tucked up in her fathers bed instead of her own. She could have sworn she fell asleep in her own room instead of her fathers. Sitting up, she noticed her father stood by the doorframe. He had been there all night, watching over Ellia. However, she didn't know it.
"Father, why am I in here and not my own bedroom?" Ellia politely asked her father. Sighing, Severus stepped into his green painted bedroom. Ellia was lying in the middle of his four poster double bed, under his green sheets.
"You woke up screaming Ellia, so I brought you here. You slept sound asleep for the rest of the night," Severus explained to Ellia, sitting down in the chair beside her.
"Oh. Thank you very much father, but have you slept?" Ellia asked her father, looking into his dark eyes.
"Yes. I slept in my arm chair for the rest of the night," Severus lied, hiding a yawn.
"That's good then," Ellia said, smiling innocently.
"Your breakfast is downstairs on the table for you. I have to go out today to Gringotts, I'll bring you with me so we can get your belongings for Hogwarts," Severus told his daughter.
"Okay, I'll go into my bedroom and find some clothes father," Ellia said excitedly.
"There is already done laid out on your bed," Severus said, before Ellia hopped out of bed.
"I'm sorry I awoke you last night father," Ellia apologised.
"It is fine Ellia," Severus insisted, tucking a strand of Ellia's black hair behind her ears.
"I won't do it again, I promise," Ellia promised him. Severus smiled at the child's attempt to apologise.
"It's fine Ellia. Now go and get dressed then eat your breakfast," He said, pointing towards the door.
"Yes father," Ellia replied, skipping out of the room.
"And be quick," Severus said as she skipped along the corridor. Abruptly standing up, Severus started walking down stairs and into his study. Scurrying around, the house elves tidied up Severus's paperwork that he had left scattered across the room. Picking up Ellia's Hogwarts Acceptance letter, he folded it up and slipped it into his pocket. The owl had came the previous night before Ellia had woken up screaming, and Severus had put her in his bed. Hearing Ellia skip down the stairs, Severus quickly rushed out of the study, only to see Ellia stood at the bottom of the stairs. Her hair was in little sausage ringlets, and she was wearing a white shirt under a navy blue dress. Just what Severus picked out.
"Your breakfast is already served in the kitchen table," Severus informed Ellia. Happily, Ellia skipped into the kitchen, and sat down in her usual seat. In front of her, where some grape pancakes where placed on the table. Politely picking up her knife and fork, Ellia cut her pancakes in half and ate them, the bursts of flavour exploding in her mouth. Taking a sip of milk from the glass beside her, Ellia gave her finished plate to the house elves in exchange for her coat. Watching her struggle to put her coat on, Severus pulled the coat over Ellia's small body before letting her do it up.
"Thank you father," Ellia muttered, doing up her buttons. All Severus did was grunt. Ellia lowered her little head and exited the room, only to hear somebody knocking at the door.
"I'll get it," She cheered, hoping it would be somebody she knew. As she pulled the old door open, Narcissa and Draco stood on the doorstep.
"Hello sweetheart, is your father in?" Narcissa asked Ellia. Excitedly, she replied,
"Yeah he's in the kitchen. Please come in," She offered, but Narcissa simply shook her head.
"It's fine Ellia. I was only here to drop off a few old potion books to your father," Narcissa informed her, pulling out a small satchel of books.
"I'll take them," Severus abruptly said, appearing from behind Ellia.
"I shall see you another time Severus, and you too Ellia," Narcissa told the pair, showing off her beautiful smile.
"Goodbye Narcissa. Bye bye Draco," Ellia said to the two of them, waving her tiny hand in the air. Within seconds after that, they apparated some where else.
"We better get going," Severus sighed, taking hold of Ellia's hand and slamming his front door behind him. The books in the satchel weren't really potion books, they weren't books at all. Severus knew that they where Lucius's death threats to him because of Ellia. It was hard for him to stomach. It was even harder for him to not be sick when they apparated into Diagon Alley, directly outside of Ollivander's.
"We'll go in here and get you your wand first," Severus said, pushing open the door.
"Ahh Severus. Such a surprise seeing you here, and young Ellia as well. How may I help you two?" Olivander asked the two of them.
"Ellia needs a wand. She's starting Hogwarts early so we need to get her supplies in," Severus informed Olivander. Immediately, Olivander started rummaging through endless boxes of wands. He pulled out a black box and passed it to Ellia.
"I knew you would come in one day. And I had the perfect wand waiting for you," Olivander said, whilst Ellia delicately took out her wand. Instantly, the room was glowing as soon as Ellia's fingerprint touched the wand.
"Ahh the wand has chosen wisely. Redwood, Dragon Heart Strings, 10 Inches," Olivander explained to Ellia and Severus.
"I love it," Ellia said, playing with her wand.
"Be careful child, they hold great power and wisdom. Do not disrespect the and or it shall choose somebody else," Olivander warned Ellia.
"I will take care of it sir, I promise," Ellia promised him, tucking her wand in her pocket. Severus thought that Ellia would be more fascinated with the wand, however it appeared she wasn't. Passing Olivander some money, Severus took Ellia's petite hand and dragged her out of Olivander's.
"Ellia I need to do some business in Gringotts, you can either come with me or stay out here," Severus told his child, looking around for somebody to loon after her.
"I'll go with," Ellia started, before she was interrupted by somebody else.
"Ahh if it isn't Severus Snape, what are you doing here on such a fine day?" The man said, edging towards Severus and Ellia. His gingery blonde locks of hair were styled to the side, and a scar traced down the side of his narrow face.
"Lupin," Severus snarled," What are you doing here?"
"Shopping Severus. And who's this little princess," Lupin said, bending over and staring wide eyed at Ellia. Shyly, Ellia smiled at Lupin.
"My names Ellia Snape sir, and yours," She said, timidly holding out her hand.
"Lupin, Remus Lupin," The kind gentleman said, gently shaking her tiny hand.
"Nice to meet you Lupin Remus," Ellia said.
"It's Remus... oh never mind," Lupin started, before standing up to face Severus," Well Severus I never even thought you would have a daughter, let alone such a polite one. in impressed." Severus snarled under his breath, before releasing Ellia's hand that he was holding on to.
"Such compliments from a man like you Remus who is afraid of a full moon," Severus snarled at him.
"Oh Severus, I do hope your daughter doesn't turn bitter like you," Lupin informed him.
"Will you kindly take my daughter then whilst I do some business for Dumbledore in Gringotts, then I shall come and collect her from the Leaky Cauldron?" Severus glared at Lupin, making sure his words escaped his lips quickly.
"Mm is that a favour? I think it is. If it was any other person Severus I would have said no, but seeing as your daughter is so polite and delightful, I shall just have to accept your offer," Remus replied to Severus, suddenly picking up Ellia and tickling her.
"Hehe stop it," She giggled, laughing uncontrollably.
"Do not feed her ice cream," Severus scowled at Lupin, before spiral into round and walking off into the distance, his black cape trailing along behind him.
"Well seeing as it is just us two now Ellia, I say we go and find a new by park," Lupin said, spiralling around with Ellia in his arms.
"A park? With swings?" She excitedly said.
"Of course, I think there's one just next to The Leaky Cauldron," Lupin explained to Ellia, walking up to the wall separating Diagon Alley and The Leaky Cauldron. Ellia watched Lupin in awe as he tapped on the wall with his wand a few times, before the wall before then opened. Stepping through the wall, Lupin carefully put Ellia down and let the wall shut.
"We'll go through The Leaky Cauldron and then out into the park, okay?" He asked Ellia, taking hold of her tiny hand.
"Yes Mr Lupin Remus," Ellia replied, following Remus into The Leaky Cauldron.
"You don't have to call me Lupin Remus," Remus told the girl, scanning the area around him.
"I know," Ellia smiled.