Title:: Crimson Moon
Authors::SeulWolfe and Morganlefay1958
Disclaimer:: JK owns them all except the OC's
Written for the 7spells LJ community.
Harry/Severus, Ron/Hermione/Draco, implied Remus/Lucius,
Crimson Moon; Epilogue:
15 years later... Mid-July, The Coven mansion, in the Carpathian Mountains
Samael rolled over in his sleep, reaching for his mate, only to find cold sheets. Blearily, he sat up in the large bed wondering where Severus had gone, his vampire sight allowing him to see clearly in the dark, when he heard all-too-familiar sounds coming from the loo. After five children...they'd thought that their family was complete but then, the Goddess had blessed them once again. And this time, Severus wasn't alone-- Dorian and Tempeste were both expecting as well. Lady Angelina was beside herself with the anticipation of more babies to care for—as was Neely, the Snape family house elf who'd accompanied Severus back to the Coven's mansion years ago.
Snorting to himself as he crawled from the bed, he thought of the conversation he'd had the previous evening with Caderyn. The man was swelled with pride that both of his mates were pregnant again. He hadn't been quite sure how he had survived the previous pregnancies, and now they were pregnant at the same time! He was telling Samael that if he didn't go insane from the mood swings after this was all said and done...it would be a miracle from the Gods.
Severus had taken to pregnancy naturally—a trait of his Dark Veela heritage. Almost two years to the day, after each birth, he would become pregnant again. It had been over three years—closer to four, since the birth of their last child. So this pregnancy was a bit of a surprise. But no matter, Severus took it all in stride—so opposite that of the dark moody Potions Master from Hogwarts.
Once the sickness passed, Severus suffered no other maladies or negative symptoms. Samael found his mate to be the most beautiful when gravid with child. His coloring would become flawless, and almost rosy, his hair would shine and be silky to the touch, his demeanor would become peaceful and contemplative---and the sex…Severus was insatiable, much to Samael's enjoyment. The only thing Samael could not get accustomed to, were the odd cravings Severus experienced. After four pregnancies, his mate had yet to learn that certain foods were too rich, and did not agree with him while pregnant.
Padding to the bathroom, he summoned a cold flannel on the way. Samael found his lover on the floor, pale as a morning snow, as he rested his forehead on the edge of the toilet, waiting to see if his stomach was finished rebelling for the moment. Samael kneeled, smoothed away the ebony hair and wiped Severus' face gently.
"My Pet, when will you learn?" Samael chided lovingly, as he braided the long hair again, to keep it out of the way.
Severus groaned, "I know…but the berries...taste so good…can't resist."
"Ah, then maybe a handful, instead of a bowlful then, would be better." Samael smiled, knowing how difficult it was for a pregnant Severus to resist the rare and rich elfin berries. "I will speak with Angelina about portioning the berries to see if that helps."
"Maybe that would be for the best. The elfin berry cakes don't seem to bother me." Leaning back, Severus reached for his mate's shoulder to brace himself. "I think I will be fine now. I apologize, My Love, for waking you so early."
Samael smiled as he helped Severus to his feet, wrapping his arms around the gently swelled waistline, and hugging his mate to him. "It's alright my Pet, we will just crawl back under the covers and hold each other. Would you like to rinse your mouth first?"
"Yes," came the reply as Severus made a face at the foul taste in his mouth. "That would be advisable."
"Very well." Kissing Severus on the forehead, he released him and turned to enter the bedroom. "I will go warm the sheets again and wait for you."
After rinsing his mouth and casting a breath-freshening charm, Severus crawled into bed again, wrapping arms and legs around his Lord and soulmate. Samael captured Severus lips in a loving kiss as he buried his fingers in the dark hair at Severus' nape.
"I love you so much, My Pet." A hand wandered down to cup the swell of their unborn child. "Another child, Love--another gift from the Goddess. You are so beautiful and desirable to me like this…" Samael leaned in again, his eyes dark with arousal, and captured Severus' lips again in an aggressive and hungry kiss. Severus arched into his mate and moaned loudly, aroused by the sudden ardor exhibited by Samael.
A sudden chill fell over their ardor as a small voice called from the hall and a small hand knocked on their door. Samael closed his eyes and sighed, while a flushed Severus smirked at him. Samael leaned in and kissed his nose before sitting up in their large bed.
"PAPA!! DA!!" The voice came again, with an undertone of whining impatience.
"Yes, Annabella…. one moment!" Severus called as he rolled from the bed to his feet, still somewhat agile. He strode toward the door as the knocking stopped. Opening the door, he saw their youngest standing there, dancing impatiently. Annabella had flaming red hair and was the mirror image of her great grandmother, Lily, though she seemed to have more of Severus' personality.
"Granny Molly is coming!" She peeked around Severus to see where her Papa was. Seeing him still in bed and the ruffled appearance of her Da, she crossed her arms and eyed Severus, mirroring 'the eyebrow' perfectly.
"You and Papa been kissin' 'gain! Are we gonna have 'nother baby?"
Samael walked up behind his mate and looked over Severus' shoulder at their youngest daughter, then eyed his mate. They would have to discuss where that inquiry came from when there was more time.
"Holy Merlin, Pet, she's channeling the Potions Master."
"Well, hurry up! Granny Molly is coming! Uncles Gred and Forge said that Auntie PopPop and Auntie Min are coming as well..."
A dark-haired girl moved silently behind her younger sister. Renata put her hand on Annabella's shoulder. "Shush! Bella! That was not an appropriate question to ask Papa and Da."
"But Rena…" She whined, sticking out her lip in a pout.
"Shush!" Renata turned to her parents. "Good Morning, Da—Papa. Uncles Moony and Paddy are here. Lady Angelina has everyone waiting in the library."
"Thank you Renata---and, Annabella. We will shower and dress, then join you. Please have Lady…"
Renata smiled at her Papa. "Lady Angelina has already seen to everyone's comfort, Papa."
"Of course. Very well." Samael put his arm around Severus' waist. "Go, and help Lady Angelina keep an eye on your uncles." He called as he spelled the door closed.
Severus turned to his mate and wrapped his arms around Samael, leaning in and biting his neck. "Where were we?" He purred. Hearing Samael's breath hitch, he grinned. "Let's make good use of that shower."
Renata and Annabella heard their parent's laughter as they moved down the hall to the staircase. Renata just shook her head. "Bella, I can't believe you asked Da that question!"
Bella looked at her sister, an expression of being very put out on her face. "Well, I heard you and Kestorr and Olivia talking the other day…"
"Bella! Eavesdropping! You know better." She stopped them at the top of the stairs and turned her sister to face her. "Promise me. No. More. Eavesdropping. And no more questions like that to Da and Papa! If you have questions, ask me, or Lady Angelina. OK?"
Bella looked at her shoes and pouted. "Yes, Rena… I promise. But, ARE we gonna have 'nother baby?"
Renata rolled her eyes and sighed. "I have no idea. But if we were, they would tell us."
"Can Da have twins? Uncle Dory had twins."
"Yes," She snorted. "And Uncle Lucius fainted."
Bella snickered. "Uncle Cade says that's because Uncle Lucius is a drama queen."
"Bella!" Renata's gaze was sharp, as she looked at her little sister. Then she sighed and the look in her eyes warmed. She grabbed Renata's hand and squeezed gently.
"Well Da should have twins next." Bella stopped when they reached the bottom of the stairs. Her brow was creased in thought. "Rena, how come Papa never has babies?"
Renata groaned. "Bella, I think we need to talk to Lady Angelina tonight after the party. Now let's go." She steered her sister to the library and their guests before she could ask any more questions.
Samael opened the door and held it for Severus. When they stepped inside the expansive library, a cheery sight greeted them. All their guests were seated comfortably around the room, all attention focused on the center of the room. Granddad Albus was seated in a huge overstuffed paisley printed chair--one that was not part of the original arrangement of the room… He was dressed in bright orange robes embellished with purple fire breathing dragons. Little gold spectacles perched on the end of his long nose, and his beard brushed the floor. Blue eyes twinkled merrily and his hands gestured as he told a tale of a boy who fought a Hungarian Horntail for a huge golden egg. At his feet sat all the children, in a circle, hanging on every word, as they waited to find out if the young boy survived and retrieved the egg.
"... he draws his wand... Accio Firebolt... Now you have to understand.. I looked to your Da… and asked him what your Papa was going to do with his broom."
A small breathless voice asked. "What happened then, Grappa Awbus?"
Samael and his husband stopped behind the children, Samael grinning and shaking his head at the wizened old wizard. "Albus… you aren't telling that story again?"
"My boys!!! It's such a great story... to tell impressionable minds..." Albus' eyes twinkled merrily as he gazed over the heads of his audience at the two men he considered his sons.
Severus squinted at Albus' robes and his stomach rolled. He turned his head and leaned against Samael's shoulder as he swallowed several times, trying not to sick up. Those damn robes. Why did Albus have to wear such bright robes? Severus could barely tolerate them when he wasn't pregnant, but while pregnant, they made him desperately ill. Samael looked up at him when he felt the pressure against his shoulder.
"My Pet, are you alright?" Concern in his eyes as he asked quietly.
"Robes…" swallow "Too bright and busy…" swallow Severus grit his teeth against the nausea.
Samael turned toward his surrogate parent. "I do apologize Albus." He waved his hand and the orange robes became sky blue with soft immobile white dots.
Albus looked down at the change and smiled. "Ah, they match my eyes!" He looked around at the children as they clapped and cheered. Glancing up at Severus, a glint of curiosity flashed through those blue eyes then was gone just as quickly. At the admonition of several of the children, he went back to his story—his audience immediately rapt.
Samael rubbed Sev's back as he watched the color in his husband's face return to normal. Molly rushed over and was fussing over him as well.
"Why, Severus...what's wrong?" Molly continued to fuss as she ushered him to the table..."The only times I've seen you get ill at the sight of Albus' outrageous robes are when you're preg-- OH!" a hand over her mouth... "Severus????" she whispered, when he hissed at her.
"No one knows yet..." he whispered back, as one of the helpers poured him a glass of cold water.
"Knows what yet, Severus?" Poppy asked as she came to stand next to them, her hands folded in front of her and her eyes smiling. Minerva followed, stopping next to her mate.
"Yes, Severus... Do tell." Min was smiling as well.
Samael smirked as the women surrounded his Pet, and he moved to distract the rest of the adults. Sometimes things like this were too funny. Sev would be very upset if their news got out before Sev was ready. They hadn't even told their children yet.
Molly leaned over towards the other women..."Severus got ill by looking at Albus' robes."
"Oh really..." Poppy drawled out.
"Well, they've been making me ill for years!" Min added, with a smirk.
Suddenly, the women felt a rush of magic, and Minerva was in robes of the most lurid shades of fuchsia and lime green, complete with yellow dancing pixies. They all gasped and stood there, mouths open, as Albus stepped up, grinning and twirling his wand. Samael turned and snorted, then looked to his husband. He was hoping his Pet hadn't witnessed the change. Severus quickly closed his eyes, and turned away, fighting against the nausea, which had returned with a vengeance. He absolutely refused to be ill in front of his family and friends.
"Minerva! I'm disappointed. And all these years, I thought you liked my robes!" The mock pout on his face was belied by the humor dancing in his eyes. "Besides, it's a nice change from all that tartan you love to wear."
"Oh Albus! Really!" Min looked totally flustered, as Poppy and Molly attempted not to snicker.
Samael, with a wave of his hand, changed the bright colors back to Minerva's trademark black and tartan. Noone really had an opportunity to notice, since Severus spun around with his hands clamped over his mouth and bolted for the nearest bathroom. Lady Angelina seemed to materialize out of nowhere and followed him calmly, shaking her head and muttering about eccentric old wizards, bright colors, touchy stomachs, and babies.
"Oh dear!" Molly exclaimed, wringing her hands. Min's and Poppy's eyebrows rose and they both looked at each other and Molly. Albus started to chuckle quietly, "Who would have thought. Severus Snape with six children." Rubbing his hands together...it appeared he was going to have another grandbaby to spoil. He turned just as Samael reached the group. The happiness on his face alerted Samael that their little secret was out. Before Albus could say anything, Samael held up his hand. He put his arm around Albus and brought him back into the group.
"I'd like to ask all of you not to say anything. We have not had an opportunity to tell the children yet. I only found out myself this morning."
"Tell us what, Papa?" Samael looked down to see Bella standing at his side. He could see the wheel turning and wondered how much she had overheard. Before he could reply, he heard the inquisitive voice again. "Papa, is Da going to have another baby?"
He rolled his eyes, Molly gasped, Poppy covered her mouth, Albus smiled, and Min snorted, as a brilliant smile broke out on Bella's face. Grasping her hand quickly, he sighed and called out, "Children... come with me...let's find Da."
"Come along ladies. I believe some tea is in order at this juncture." Albus held his arms out and guided his companions to the refreshments. "Samael has everything well in hand, as always."
The group stood together by one of the immense windows, talking quietly over thier tea, the hum of the other guests socializing in the background, and the happy chatter of the children.
"Who would have thought...twenty years ago when Severus Snape was prowling the halls of Hogwarts, terrorizing the students, that he would be the parent of five beautiful children."
Minerva commented to noone in particular. Everyone hummed in agreement.
At that moment, a sudden whoop of sheer joy echoed loudly into the library, immediately stopping all activity and drawing everyone's attention. The sound of small running feet hitting the marble floors could be heard approaching at a quick pace. Bella burst through the doors at a dead run, her face flushed and a huge grin on her face. She skidded to a stop in the center of the room.
"DA'S HAVING A BABY! MY DA'S HAVING A BABY!"
Another voice, one of displeasure, echoed hers. "ANNABELLA ANGELINE LOUSIA MARCEAU!!"
The little redhead stopped in her tracks and froze…her eyes as wide as saucers… and a sudden realization on her face of what she had just done. Oh, Da was not going to be happy…
Minerva could not help the chuckle that escaped her at the sight of Bella's face. As if those two men could harm a hair on that precious child's head. Poppy's shoulders were shuddering and Molly was red-faced behind her hand. Albus just twinkled, as everyone else in the room started talking at once.
Tempeste, Dorian and Caderyn had walked in from another set of doors to the laughing. "What's happening?"
Fred… or would that be George, stepped up behind their youngest brother, "You lot keep reproducing... that's what."
Bella's siblings entered the room, followed by Samael and Severus. Renata moved to stand behind Bella. The others joined the rest of the children in the room. They were accustomed to Bella's antics. Samael had an understanding smile on his face, but Sev had spots of color high on his cheeks and his frown was evident. Severus taught his children to be proper...and to not run around, inside, like savages.
Samael picked up his Pet's hand, kissing the knuckles..."Family and friends... it seems the Goddess has blessed us once more, with a child." A silent happy tear slid down Samael's face. "I couldn't be more moved or loved at this moment. I am truly blessed."
Samael only had eyes for the man beside him...as memories of his first child's birth came to him. How utterly beautiful and wonderful it felt—then to repeat that feeling at the birth of his other children. How he knew his own father must have felt when he'd held his own child in his arms for the first time. As Samael's joy washed over him, Severus' irritation at his daughter bled away and his face softened into a warm smile, as he held his arms out to his youngest.
"Come to me child. We will talk later about appropriate indoor behavior, and how some secrets must be shared as a family."
Poppy walked up, with her wand out. "May I?"
A dark eyebrow arched in a very familiar manner, "Can't help yourself, can you?"
"I've taken care of you since you were eleven, Severus. Indulge me."
He held his hands out away from his body. "Very well." True annoyance was absent from his tone.
Lady Angelina walked up, just as Poppy raised her wand. She leaned up and whispered something in the mediwitch's ear, that made her hesitate and her eyes go wide. She stared at the little woman for a moment before she muttered the incantation and made the proper wand movements, causing the tip to glow as the spell worked. The glow started out a bright blue, as she had expected. She glanced at Angelina, but the woman was still smiling knowingly and nodding toward her wand. When she turned back, the glow had turned a deep purple. Poppy just shook her head.
"Twins!" Dorian yelled excitedly. "You're going to have twins!" He placed a hand firmly on his swelled abdomen to calm the child inside, currently rolling from the excitement he sensed from his parent. Tempeste was grinning widely, as she stood slowly from her seat—her center of gravity off due to similar circumstances.
Everyone started talking at once. Samael and Sev's children were jumping up and down. Samael wrapped his arms around his husband and kissed him soundly. As he pulled away, he noticed the stunned look on his beloved's face.
"Twins…" Severus whispered quietly, as if he was trying the idea on, like a new set of robes. It hadn't sunk in just yet, as he slowly slumped to the floor, in a dead faint.
Samael followed him down, cradling his body. "Merlin, you'd think after five children, he wouldn't do this anymore."
Bella knelt beside her Papa, placing one small hand in the middle of Severus' chest and the other gently patting his face.
"Papa, wake up. I'm sorry. Wake up now, please." She leaned down and kissed his cheek.
Samael sat on the floor holding his lover in his arms while their youngest fawned all over her Da.
In that moment in time, as Samael held Severus, he realized that life kept moving on. There would come a day when he would have to face the death of his loved ones. Albus and Minerva, his Godfathers and his beloved Severus.
The day Severus breathed his last, would be the day he took one last walk in the sun as the spell that gave him the gift of daywalking would be gone. He would not live in a world without him.
For he knew that the House of the Crimson Moon would continue as his ashes blew into the east wind across the mountains letting his soul follow Severus into the afterlife.
Yes, life would go on in the house of the Crimson Moon.
finis but remember.. life goes on...
Olaf74 has translated this fic into German.. Both Morgan and I thank her for loving this story so much that she shared it with others. Thank you!!
this fic is done!!