Han opened the heavy door a bit and peeked in. "Severus?"

"Not now, I'm busy." Han bit his lip.

"I . . . I really need to talk to you." Severus twitched, and Han could see the man's grip on the quill tighten.

"Really? What could it be about? Why after one night together you suddenly decided to quit speaking to me? Why I see you every day, and you never acknowlege my presence? Why you began skipping meetings?" Han closed his eyes for a moment.

"Yes." He entered the room and shut the door quietly behind him. He leaned against it and crossed his arms over his stomach. Severus stood, sending his chair back with a loud scrape, and turned to face him. Han could easily see that the man was furious.

"Then, by all means, explain yourself!" Severus growled. Han tried to ignore the pain in his chest. He looked into his lover's black eyes, trying to hold back his tears.

"I was afraid . . ."

"Of what? Didn't I swear to never hurt you? I've done everything in my power to make you happy!"

"You have!" Han cried out. He could keep the tears back anymore, and hurried forward to cling to Severus. "You've made me so happy!" Severus went to hold him, but stopped, and let his hands drop to his sides. Just that made Han cry even harder. "I'm so sorry! I was afraid you'd be upset with me! With everything you're going through, I thought it would be best if you didn't know! I tried to get rid of it but I just couldn't! Then I couldn't face you because . . . I was scared that you'd leave me!" Han looked up at Severus, who was confused. "Severus, I'm . . ." Han let go and took a step back. He grabbed one of Severus' hands and placed it over his stomach. Upon feeling the once flat belly, Severus' eyes went wide with shock. "I'm with child. Your child."

"But . . . you . . ."

"My father . . . he cast the spell," Han explained softly. "You know how weak I am. He wanted a stronger heir. He was . . . he was going to make it from me and Potter." Han looked down in shame. "I tried to take the spell off, but I couldn't. I wasn't powerful enough. I couldn't follow father's plan. Not when I'm so in love with you!" The shock began to disappear from Severus' face. His fingers stroked the fabric over Han's swollen stomach.

"Han . . . I . . ." Han knew how hard it was for Severus to reveal any emotion but anger. He smiled at the look of awe on the man's face.

"I love you too."

"You're keeping it?"

"If I can."

"It will be difficult." Han wrapped his arms around his love's neck and pulled him down for a kiss.