heres the end to all of you who have anticipated it. thanks for reading this.

"be happy, it is one way of being wise"

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chapter fifteen: the aftermath

"What the bloody hell is taking so long?! She's been in that room for two hours!"

"Be patient Severus, these things take time. Come over here and sit down, it will help with the stress."

He walked quickly next to where the headmaster sat, and crossed his arms with a grimace on his face. "It wouldn't be such a big deal if I were in there." he said coldly. "But NO, I just have to stay out here and not with her."

"Severus, please, be patient. It shouldn't be too utterly long. How long did you say it took for Christina to be born?"

"Three and a half hours."

"Usually the second one is quicker than the first. I doubt that it should take very long, just hold your tongue, and cross your fingers."

"But I-" Severus stopped mid-sentence as Poppy Pomfrey walked out of the room with a smile on. "Come on in Severus. I think your baby boy wants to say hi to you. I also think your wife may want a word or two as well. She's holding out on naming him, just so you can be there."

Severus nodded, and sat up from his chair. He walked towards the delivery room in a quick pace. In the meantime, Minerva walked right past him, with a small smile upon her face, not one nearly as convincing as Poppy's. She walked quickly towards Albus, who's eyes didn't leave her once he had seen her approaching him. His arms were spread open, and she sat on the bench next to him.

"How did it go?" he asked quietly, his arm wrenching around her waist.

She looked at him, her face very vague, and expressionless. "It went well. She did quite well, you would have thought she's done it before." Minerva said, a small smile showing on her face, though still not very convincing.

"I wonder why." he said quietly. There was a long silence, perhaps even close to ten minutes, neither one knew what to say. "How are you holding up?" Albus asked finally, him squeezing her tightly.

"I'm alright." she whispered. "I'm fine."

"Are you sure?"

She stared into his eyes, knowing quite well that her own eyes had been filling with tears ever since she left the delivery room. "No." she said, in even lower of a whisper. "I'm not." she shook her head.

"Min, I know this is hard for you. You don't have to pretend to be strong, you don't have to hold it in." he said, his hand gently carressing the hair that had fallen over her forhead.

She nodded her head, she knew what he meant, she knew herself that she couldn't hold it in for very long, though she had meant to wait until they reached there rooms. She wrapped her arms around him, and did the only thing she really wanted to do...cry.

"Oh Albus, why is this so unfair?" she whispered through her sobs. "Why does this happen for them?"

"Min, I-I know how you're feeling. But you know...it isn't too late for more children. We're not so incredibly old that it can't happen."

She shook her head into her chest. He could hear her heaving for air, for an outlet. "No, no more children." she whispered, her head rising towards his shoulder, so she were leaning over him.

"Why not?" he asked quietly, not wanting to kill the scene anymore than it had to.

"I don't want to go through that again...I don't want anymore heartbreak." she shrieked

"Min, it doesn't have to turn out like this next time."

She lifted her head away from him, and stared into his eyes. She breathed in deeply before she spoke, so it would have the full extent of what she wanted to say. "Albus, there isn't going to be a next time."

Albus stared at her. They hadn't covered the issue since they had gotten the news of the miscarriage, it was never discussed. Now that he thought about it, it wasn't that much of a surprise that she didn't want anymore children. She had carried an innocent life, with hardly anything but bad news...he quite understood her. "Well what would you like to do then Min? We can never be too sure whether or not you'll carry again."

"I want an operation. I don't want to be able to do this again." she whispered. "I don't want to take any chances."

"An operation?"

"Albus, listen to me, I don't want anymore to do with it. We have two children, that's enough. We can adopt, we can do whatever you want, but I don't want to be able to conceive anymore. I want to be done with it."

He nodded his head, and kissed her softly on the cheek. "Whatever you want Min, is what I want. I love you."

She leaned back into him, and hugged him tightly. He clutched her tightly, and they stayed within one another's embrace until Poppy came through the door, and approached the two. "I think they're ready for visitors if you wish to go in and see." she said with a smile.

Minerva and Albus exchanged glances, then they got up, and walked in towards the hospital room holding eachother's hands. Kate was in the bed, looking quite tired, while as Severus stood next to her, holding his new son, and smiling. "So what did you end up naming him?" Albus asked.

"Scott. Scott Snape. Has a ring to it, doesn't it?" Severus said, taking a quick look at his wife, who was also smiling.

"I think so. He looks awfully healthy...at least for being a newborn."

"I think so too."

"You know Severus, I think he's inherited your hair, what do you think?" Albus said, as he took a glance at the bundle that Severus was now holding. There were Several strands of black hair upon the little infant's head.

"Yes, I think he has. Let's just hope he doesn't inherit my temper...I don't think I could stand a miniature me."

"Look on the bright side, you'll at least know how to handle him if he is like you. Granted it may not be too easy at first, but I'm sure you'll get the hang of it. You certainly have it with your daughter."

"Yes, speaking of which, where is she?"

Everyone in the room looked towards Poppy, who had been in charge of the children up to this point. "They're all in my office. I transfigured a crib for them to sleep in."

"Severus?" Kate asked weakly from the bed, "why don't you go and get them, I think they'll be interested in Scott."

"Yes dear." Severus said. "Why don't you take him Kate?"

"Yes." she said, and Severus handed her Scott, while he walked towards Poppy's office, and awoke the three sleeping children. (minerva's kids were there too)

"Congratulations Kate." Minerva said finally. "I'm really happy for you."

"Thank you Minerva. I think Severus is pretty happy too."

"Oh yes, he certainly seems like it." She glanced towards the door, where Severus was now exiting with three different children, all walking oddly towards the crowd that lay around the bed.

"I seem to like what?"

"Having a new addition." Kate said calmly. Her daughter walked towards the bed, and lifted her arms as if to say "up". Severus picked her up, and she sat next to her mother, staring at the strange bundle that lay before her. "Christina, can you say Scott?" Kate asked gently.

"Ot?" she asked quietly, she could only say a few words, but she seemed to understand most of it by now.

"Yes, that's Scott, you're brother." Kate said, taking Christina's hand, and letting her hold the infants hand gently. "He's going to be living with us for quite some time. You'll have to get used to him." she said with a smile

"Now Christina, you and Scott will not fight, okay?" Severus said staring at the uncomprehending girl. She shook her head gently, no...then yes. "Make up your mind girl, you and your mother are so much alike, it's uncanny."

"What's that supposed to mean?" Kate asked, her head shooting up to look at him.

"Nevermind dear."

"Minerva, do you want to hold him?" Kate asked quietly, seeing the look of utter want in Minerva's eyes.

Minerva looked at the baby, then at Albus. "Of course I do." she said quietly. "That is if you're willing to let me have him for a few minutes." Minerva attempted a smile.

"Of course I am." she said politely, and lifted the tiny figure up to Severus, while Severus handed Minerva the child. Minerva held him tightly, letting images and images roll through her mind. 'A boy, a baby boy.' she thought quietly to herself. 'Why can't he be mine?' She bit her lip, and swallowed hard. "He's adorable Kate. You and Severus will have a wonderful family." she quietly stated. "Good luck." She looked back down on the baby, trying her hardest to smile instead of cry.

She looked at Albus, who was presently holding Elizabeth, then towards Poppy who was holding William. She walked towards both sets, and looked at her children. "Elizabeth, William, this is Scott. You'll be best friends with him...just like you are with Christina. You'll all be together whenever Kate and I trade off with babysitting, you'll have fun together. You'll grow up with eachother, he'll be like a brother to you."