A/N: Ohhhh! This is the LAST chapter! I'm feeling dizzy and weak. I just don't want to post it, because... well... it jsut makes me sad. :'(
Hope you'll like it, though. I'm posting it jsut before I go to Ireland. Study trip. Hoorey! I'm gone in four days. If anyone's from Ireland then I'll be staying in Dubling at Kinley hotel along with 21 others and two weird male teachers, one of them wearing glasses :P we're danes! We're also going to Belfast...
Well, screw that (pardon my language) but this is not the time to tell about my trip! I'd like to notefy you all about my other stories, which you can read while I'm goooone. Hope you'll enjoy them, review them, as I hope you'll enjoy and review this last chapter.
It's been great to see so many reviewers, I want to thank you all for reviewing, it makes my day to see all the nice reviews from people around the world. Especially since English is not my native language, so the response I get means a lot to me. Thank you all, again.
When Harry, Ron, and Severus had gone to the Ministry with Daniel, and then Hermione excused herself from the rest of the party. She went to Severus and her quarters, where she decided to hide and cry. It had been so tough to say goodbye to Daniel, because it was forever. There was no 'see you soon', only goodbye.
Hermione hadn't got a clue about how long she had cried, she just cried, but eventually someone entered the bedroom, and Hermione looked up to see Albus.
"Hermione," he sat down on the bed, and Hermione hugged him, crying into his embrace. "I am so sorry," he apologised, a tear running down his cheek and disappearing into his beard.
"It's not fair," Hermione whispered. "Not fair to Severus or Daniel. They deserve each other…" Hermione moved and looked into the Headmaster's eyes.
"I know," the older wizard sighed. "Severus needs you after this," he dried away her tears.
"I will be there for him, I will," she promised and Albus smiled.
"I know, my dear. There's ice cream and pancakes in the Great Hall. People don't want to leave yet. They all want to make sure Severus is fine when he gets back," Hermione nodded and got up and cleaned herself with a quick spell.
"I really thought he'd win the case," revealed Hermione quietly as Albus and her walked together through the corridors to the Great Hall.
"I know, my dear, so did I," Albus sighed and they entered the Great Hall. Many were sitting by the tables, talking quiet and eating pancakes. Lavender and Ginny went over to Hermione to comfort her, which made her feel so silly. She really was too attached.
"Oy, Neville," Fred's, or George's, voice greeted and people turned their heads towards a red-faced Neville. "Why so busy?"
"Oh good, you're all here," he sunk into a chair and gasped for air.
"What's wrong, Nev?" Hermione asked worried.
"Nothing," he thought that perhaps he should keep things a surprise.
"Obviously there is" Hermione objected, "now tell me-"
"Mo-" a voice called and Hermione's head snapped towards the door where Harry, Ron, and Severus stood with Daniel. Hermione's face paled. "SEVERUS SNAPE!" Hermione yelled, horrified.. "What- you…" She tried to find words. "You decided NOT to hand him over? They'll come after you!" Hermione looked positively panicked and Harry and Ron laughed while Severus chuckled quietly.
"Perhaps Mr. Longbottom should tell the tale, since he was the one who saved Daniel," people looked expectantly at Neville, who began his tale. Hermione was gaping by the time he was finishing, and then, slowly, she looked at Severus.
"Severus, how… so…" Hermione paused. "She used Daniel and you! THAT BITCH!" Hermione stood and flew towards the door. There were muffled laughter and then a strong hand caught her arm, holding her back. Severus had handed Harry Daniel and had hurried to stop Hermione.
"She's out now, no reason to seek her out and make her come back," Severus whispered intensely. It suddenly occurred to him that they were inches apart and now was a really perfect moment to ask her, but he was so afraid.
"But she used Daniel! I'll bloody kill her!" Hermione sneered, making Severus chuckle.
"Hermione, please," he really had to pull himself together. Just ask her, his mind screamed.
"But Severus…" and then she started a tirade on how immoral it was to use someone to get money, especially a child, and her own for that matter. Then she came up with alternative ways of getting back at her, and in the end Severus got so frustrated that he just burst out his intended question.
"Throw her into the toilet and flush, after which we use a plunger to get her out and then we do it again," Hermione said rapidly. "Microwave her and then stuff her into the closet and hit her with brooms…"
"Marry me!" He burst out frustrated, but Hermione kept going, and then suddenly stopped talking.
"We could also- What?- what?- WHAT!" Hermione shrieked and glared at him. "Is this some way of making me shut up, because it's not going to be healthy for you," she informed and Severus rolled his eyes and pulled out a small square box.
"This wasn't the perfect moment, but it was a good way to make you shut up," he paused. "I want… I want to marry you and I want you to be his mother. I want you to adopt him…" he opened the box and revealed a gorgeous ring. Gold and silver lines entwined around an emerald. He had had it in his pocket for a long time now.
"Adopt… " She felt unable to say the words. "I suppose it wasn't a perfect moment… or perhaps it was," Hermione muttered, losing her concentration. They stood in some moments, until Severus cleared his throat.
"You're supposed to answer," he informed her and Hermione looked up at him.
"Yes… To both! YES!" She yelled and swung her arms around him. She was brilliant, Severus mused, brilliant but scary. The sound of applause sounded behind them and Hermione grinned at Severus, who blushed a dull red.
"Well, um…" Severus said quietly, breaking the odd tension.
"When will the wedding be?" Albus asked and the couple returned to the others. Silence.
"I've just asked-" Severus started out.
"The day after tomorrow," Hermione looked at Severus, her eyebrow rose as if daring him to object.
"Doesn't it require a lot of planning? Women are all into all that," Severus remarked and Hermione smiled deviously.
"Well, if you want to wait…" Hermione trailed off.
"No, no, no, no!" Severus rushed desperately and Hermione's eyes gleamed.
"Severus and I need to plan a wedding in two days, we should take Daniel along…" Severus looked shocked at Hermione.
"I'm not going to help!" He blurted out and Hermione looked at him with a stiff glare.
"You will," Hermione looked at him coolly, and he crossed his arms, daring her to force him. Apparently he didn't know this young Gryffindor as well as he thought.
"No," he informed. He had seen all the horrible things that happened to men who dared stand in their future wives' way when they planned a wedding.
"Unless you want to end up in a pink tuxedo you will," she retorted, and Severus's face froze. For a moment the pair eye battled and then as one stood.
"Come here with Daniel," and then Severus grasped Daniel and Hermione and pulled them off. It was safe to say that the couple could be found at several bridal shops and books shops that afternoon, where they bought books to counsel and clothing, while Daniel was in his pram, looking at his two parents.
No one really knew how they had managed, because a big wedding DID take lots of time to plan, but Hermione and Severus had managed to create one of the wizarding world's largest weddings in barely two days. Everything was perfect. Hermione's dress, which was a muggle bridal dress since she was muggleborn, was detailed and simply perfect. It was not overly large, but not small either, and it was made of pure silk. Her hair had been tamed and curled into long stylish chocolate liquid curls and then put up in a beautiful and elegant hair-do. Her make-up was simple, but elegant, drawing attention to her lips and eyes. Severus was dressed in traditional wizarding wedding robe, which was dark blue. The setting was in the Hogwarts garden among flowers. There were at least 70 guests, which was mainly the Order and a few others. The party was thrown in the Great Hall, and the pair spent their honeymoon in Severus's family estate, The Snape Manor. Daniel was babysitted by Albus while the couple was gone, though both were reluctant to leave, because they wouldn't see Daniel for two weeks.
Their honeymoon was passionate and wild. They enjoyed themselves, but had nothing in mind going back to Hogwarts when their honeymoon ended. Fortunately it was still summer vacation, so Mr. and Mrs Snape took THEIR son back to Snape manor, where they spent the rest of the vacation. After the vacation ended Daniel started in kindergarten for magical creatures… children… and Hermione became the Arithmancy Professor at Hogwarts. She had informed Severus that she wasn't interested in just taking care of Daniel day out and day in, now that he was practically her son. She didn't want to end up like Mrs Weasley, who was completely dependant on Mr Weasley. Severus didn't mind, though. He knew Daniel needed to socialise a bit with all the other things… creatures in the kindergarten, as he so rudely put it. Hermione had just laughed and slapped him with a fish, before they had raped each other with love.
Around Christmas Hermione announced that she was pregnant, and explained to a very happy Daniel that he was going to be a big brother. He looked quite pleased, but he was only around 20 months old so Hermione knew he might not even get what she was talking about. Besides, Daniel looked pleased all the time, and why wouldn't he? He had, after all, the best family in the world.
You might think the ending was a bit... well, perhaps not what you had hoped for. But I'd like to remind you that it was a story about Daniel and bringing Severus and Hermione together. Their marriage and wedding were not necessary to write about. Please do me the great favour of reviwing and telling me what you thought. It's been a pleasure writing this story. Remember: I have other stories, all quite eager to get response from nice people as yourselves.