Author: atdelphi Title: Father to the Man Characters: Argus Filch/Severus Snape Rating: Rated PG by author (The moddies consider this mild R, adult) Content Info: *childrearing, domesticity, hurt/comfort* Summary: A restricted spell goes awry, and Severus Snape is left scrambling to cover his tracks. Meanwhile, Argus Filch turns out to be surprisingly good with small children, the nature of time is proven to be fiddly and anyone's guess, and (at least one) Severus gets a second chance at life. Disclaimer: The world of HP and its characters belongs to Rowling. The author of this fic has borrowed them for the purposes of storytelling. No profit was or will be made. Word count: ~20,160 Author Notes: Title credited to Gerard Manley Hopkins, and by extension to William Wordsworth. The patient beta-readers who helped me with this story know who they are and have my gratitude. Thank you so much for the inspiring prompt, Beth! I hope you enjoy the story and have an absolutely marvellous holiday season.