Title: The Morning After
Author: Saiya-Jin Girl
Disclaimer: I don't own a thing

Chapter Sixteen: Family

Hermione was sitting on her bed, wondering what was going on. She hadn't heard from either Chris, or Remus, and she was worried. She looked over at Lizzy, who was sleeping peacefully, she sighed. Suddenly she heard the doorbell ring, and with a start, she made her way down the stairs and to the front door. When she opened it, she saw Chris, and then behind him, was Remus. Her hand flew to her mouth in surprise, and she jumped into Chris' arms. He hugged her and then let her go.

"Hermione, I would like you to meet my father, Remus Lupin," Chris said with a smile. She wiped away a tear and dutifully shook Remus' hand.

"A pleasure," she said smiling. Remus grinned.

3 Days Later

They all sat in the living room, drinking coffee. Hermione sat next to Chris, and Remus sat on another couch.

"Well, I should really get going now you know, I don't want to…take up your time anymore, you have a lot to catch up on," Remus said getting up. Chris and Hermione looked at each other.

"Well, Remus, we wanted to let you know what we were discussing," Hermione said with a smile.

"Since, Hermione and I will be both working, we thought that it would be better if Lizzie had someone to take care of her during the day," Chris said. Remus looked at them.

"What are you saying?" he asked. Chris stood up and went over to him.

"Remus……Dad…there's a lot I want to know, about you, about your life, I want you to be a part of my life, of our life," he said gesturing towards Hermione. Remus was speechless.

"But…I don't want to-"

"Please, Remus," Hermione said getting up. She came over to him and touched his arm. "Lizzy loves you, and we would love to have you here with us,"

"And…my mother is coming to spend some time with us as well," Chris added. Remus blinked.

"Oh, I don't know," he said.

"Please, say yes," Hermione pleaded. He looked at her and sighed.

"Well, if you insist," he said ruefully. They both smiled and Chris hugged him.

"I love you dad,"

Remus hugged him back.

"And I love you, son"

Hermione stepped back and looked at them. She couldn't help but to smile. Life, such a beautiful thing, she thought to herself. And with that, she left them alone and went upstairs to where Lizzy slept, her beautiful jewel that brought them all together; she allowed several tears to flow down her cheeks as she held Lizzy's hand.

Finally she would have a family, a real family.

A/N: I just want to take the time to thank every single one of you who took the time to review this story; I would not have completed it without you. I will come back with an Epilogue in a few days, but until then I want to let you all know that I really do love you all!! Each review has made me smile, thanks again!! I hope you liked the direction the story took, wasn't exactly Remus/Hermione, but, it was nice nonetheless D

Thanks again!!!!!

Love, Saiya-Jin Girl