Chapter 16: Going Home
"She's fine, the operation went perfectly" the Healer announced as he neared them. "She is in intensive care; this is a precautionary measure for the first twenty four hours, just in case anything does happen, everything we could possibly need is right there, so don't be too alarmed when you see her wired up to a few machines.
"Oh thank goodness" Severus said, turning to hug Harry tightly.
"Hey, why the tears" Harry said, as they broke apart. Severus was crying.
"They're tears of relief."
"If you would like to follow me gentlemen, I'll take you to your daughter."
Harry and Severus followed the Healer. Severus interlocked his hand with Harry's and they turned briefly to smile at each other, not caring about the stares they were getting from other patients. The Healer led them down a couple of corridors and then to a large door with "Intensive Care" written above it. As soon as they entered the Healer kindly asked them to wash their hands before leading them to the back where Lily was.
She was indeed hooked up to a lot of machines and their faces dropped as they got closer to her.
"It looks a lot worse then it is, believe me. Like I said before, this is all precautionary. We're giving her body a rest after the operation. In twenty four hours we will take her off the breathing machine and hopefully she'll be transferred to the maternity ward and we'd like to keep her in for about a week to keep an eye on her progress."
"Is she in any pain?" Severus asked as he sat down on the chair next to the bed and lightly stroked one of Lily's hands.
"No, she won't be aware of anything at the moment. Once she's taken off the ventilator she may have some discomfort, but it will be minimal due to the medication she is on."
"Will there be any lasting damage?" Harry asked.
"No. Well, she'll have a very small scar, but as she's only a baby that will fade and if it doesn't completely fade there are spells to make it do so. So that's it now; she should be perfectly healthy from now on. Obviously if you have any concerns come back to us and we will probably want to see her once a year to give her a check up as well. I'll leave you to spend time with your daughter. Let me know if you need anything"
"Thank you so much, for everything" Harry said.
"It was my pleasure."
The Healer left them to it. Harry pulled up another chair and sat beside Severus, grabbing his hand and squeezing it tightly in his own. The last few hours had been the worse of his entire life, he wouldn't have wished it on his worst enemy. Lily was going to be ok, she was barely a day old and Harry loved her so much.
"Are you ok?" Harry asked as he turned to look at his boyfriend. Severus was still crying.
"I'm… fine. I just… I thought… she was going to die."
"Come here" Harry soothed, pulling Severus to him and hugging him. "It's over now. She's going to be fine. In a few days time we'll be taking her home, she'll meet her brothers and it will be a fresh start for us all. The rest of our lives."
"I know" Severus replied.
"Hey, do you fancy a coffee?" Harry asked. He suddenly felt very thirsty and hungry. He couldn't remember the last time he had eaten.
"That would be great" Severus replied. Harry left the intensive care unit and returned a few minutes later with two cups of coffee.
"Thanks" Severus said smiling. He took the cup from Harry and sipped it. "Mmm, that tastes good. Yum."
"What's got into you?" Harry laughed. "You've cheered up."
"Well, things couldn't be better. Our daughter is fine, we're fine, and our boys are fine."
"Ok" Harry said laughing. "Can I have whatever you're on please?"
"Hello Lily, it's daddy here… we're going to collect your big brothers and take them home. Then one of us we'll be straight back" Severus whispered to his daughter.
They had been in the Intensive Care unit for two hours and had decided it was best to nip back to Ron and Hermione's to collect the kids, go home and have a wash. Lily was fine and the staff had promised they will look after her whilst they were gone.
"It doesn't feel right leaving her" Harry said as they stood up.
"She'll be fine" Severus reassured him. "She's in the best possible place."
Harry and Severus left the Intensive Care unit and the hospital. Once outside they both apparated to outside Ron and Hermione's house. Harry began walking up the path but Severus put an arm out to stop him walking any further.
"Before we go in, I just want to say that I love you and I couldn't have got through today without you."
"I love you too" Harry replied, reaching up to run a hand through Severus' hair. "And I want to thank you."
"What for?" Severus asked frowning.
"For getting pregnant."
Severus laughed. He grasped Harry's jumper and pulled him slowly towards himself, stopping when their lips met. For a few minutes neither of them said a word, letting their mouths and tongues show each other just how much they loved one another. When they broke away they looked into each other eyes.
"I'm the one that should be saying thank you Harry."
"Thank you for getting me pregnant."
"Like I said, thanks for getting me pregnant."
"But we don't know if-"
"I asked for them to check the paternity while you were getting the coffees."
"And you didn't tell me?"
"I wanted to wait for the right moment."
"So… she's… I'm…" Harry stammered, unable to get the words out and suddenly full of emotion.
"Yes" Severus said, putting his arms around him and smiling.
"I would have loved her even if she wasn't mine" Harry whispered into Severus' ear.
"I know you would" Severus replied.
"How is she?" Hermione asked, as soon as she saw the two of them on the doorstep.
"She's fine" Harry told her. "The operation was a success and they just want to keep her in for observation."
"Oh I'm so pleased. That's wonderful news."
Harry and Severus stepped inside and made their way into the living room where Hermione said the kids were. Sure enough, Matthew was sitting on the floor playing with lego whilst Boo the cat watched him animatedly. Joseph and Ellie where sat in identical toy chairs and making a racket by hitting all the colourful buttons which set off musical tunes.
Hearing the voices, Matthew turned to see Harry and Severus, who were beaming down at him.
"Hello" Severus said happily as Matthew ran towards him. Severus picked him up and gave him a kiss on the top of his head.
"Have you missed me?"
"Have you missed me more than your daddy?"
"Oi" Harry shouted from across the room, where he was lifting up Joseph. "I heard that."
Severus watched as Matthew giggled his head off. He didn't doubt for one second that Harry wouldn't love Lily had she not turned out to be his. After all he loved Matthew with all his heart and his feelings were no different to the ones he felt towards Joseph and Lily. In fact, as far as he was concerned, Matthew was his.
"Are you ok?" Harry asked, as he wandered over with Joseph. "You looked a bit blank for a moment."
"I was just thinking about how much I love you all."
Harry smiled, but didn't say anything as he could feel tears trying to surface in his eyes. He couldn't describe how thankful he was for that night he bumped into Severus eighteen months earlier. Not only had it brought a man into his life that he loved beyond his wildest dreams, it had also given Matthew another parent and produced him two more gorgeous children.
"Shall we get them home then?"
"I think that's a good idea" Severus replied.
"I'm just going to say goodbye to Hermione, back in a sec."
Harry walked into the kitchen where Hermione was, holding Ellie in one arm and using the other to scrub down the kitchen surfaces.
"We're off now, thanks for everything Hermione; we couldn't have got through everything without you and Ron."
"We're happy to help. The kids have both had their dinner and baths so you don't need to worry about that."
"You're the best. Hey, we named her Lily, it was Severus' idea."
"Really? Wow, your mum would be so proud of you Harry."
"Thanks. Oh, we also had the paternity test, I'm the other father."
"I knew you would be."
Harry yawned as he descended the stairs and joined Severus who was sitting on the sofa, waiting for him.
"The kids are in bed, so I'll go back to the hospital shortly to be with Lily."
"No, its ok, I'll go" Severus replied.
"You're going nowhere. I'm ordering you to have a nice hot bath and go to bed. I won't take no for an answer."
"Alright bossy" Severus laughed.
Harry took one of Severus' hands in his and looked into his eyes. Neither of them said a word. They didn't need to. Finally, things were going right for them. They had a lovely home and a beautiful family. Severus stood up and pulled Harry with him until they were both standing, he then reached into his trouser pocket and pulled out two white gold rings, showing them to Harry.
"What's this?" Harry asked, his eyes dancing with happiness. Severus knelt down on the floor.
"They're wedding bands. Harry, would you marry me?"
"A muggle civil ceremony. Gay marriages have been legal for a couple of years now, I've looked into it. So…?"
"Yes, of course I'll marry you."
Severus placed one ring on Harry's right hand and the other on his own right hand.
"I thought we could move them when we get married" Severus told Harry as he stood up. Harry was staring at the ring I delight. He couldn't believe how emotional this day had been. They started off the day not knowing if their baby daughter was going to live, and now they were getting married.
"When were you thinking of getting married?" he asked Severus.
"I thought our two year anniversary. Lily will be six months by then and we should be able to manage a honeymoon for a few days."
"I can't wait" Harry replied, putting his arms around Severus's neck and kissed him hard. But only a few seconds later he pulled back.
"Hey, am I going to be Harry Snape?"
"That was what I was hoping for." Harry beamed at his future husband.
It was a week later. Harry and Severus were on their way home from the hospital with baby Lily. It had been a tough few days as they had been taking it in turns to stay at the hospital with her and had barely spent any time together. They were relived to be finally going home and Lily had been given a clean bill of health.
As they entered their house they were greeted by Ron and Hermione who had come over to look after the kids. Severus, who was holding Lily, placed her in the moses basket which they had already put in the living room. Ron and Hermione looked down at her and smiled.
"She's beautiful" Hermione said, lightly stroking Lily's cheek.
"Thanks" Harry responded proudly, as Severus put an arm around him and kissed the top of his head. "We're finally home" he whispered into Harry's ear.
"Well, we should leave you guys to it, you must be exhausted" Ron said, turning back to look at them. "Let us know if you need anything."
"Thanks Ron. And once we're settled you two have to come over to dinner."
"We'd love to" Hermione replied, lifting up Ellie who had been playing on the floor.
Ron and Hermione left. Severus went to fetch Matthew and Joseph from upstairs to introduce them to their baby sister at last. Matthew had been quizzing them all week wanting to know where she was. He was practically bouncing up and down with excitement as he came down the stairs with Severus, who was holding Joseph. Harry laughed as Matthew ran towards him and he picked him up to show him into the moses basket.
"Is she going to cry lots like Joe?" he asked Harry.
"Probably, it seems to be a trait of Severus' family."
"Oi, stop the Snape bashing" Severus laughed as he reached them with Joseph and positioned him so he could look down at Lily.
"Joseph, this is Lily, your baby sister."
Joseph stared curiously at Lily for a few seconds, and then turned to face Severus, grabbing a handful of hair in his fist causing both Harry and Severus to laugh.
"Can you hear that?" Severus asked Harry.
"Exactly. I've never truly appreciated how wonderful silence actually sounds."
Harry and Severus were in their bedroom, getting ready for bed as they were shattered. In was 9pm and they had just got the kids to bed and were finally alone for the first time in a week.
"You know, I don't think we've even managed a kiss over the last few days" Severus said as he laid himself down on the bed and murmured in comfort.
"Well, we'll have to do something about that" Harry responded, straddling Severus' legs and leaning down to kiss him on the lips.
Quickly, the kiss turned into a desperate need to be as close as physically possible to one another. Severus pulled Harry's body down onto his own, their groins meeting and both their arousals plainly obvious.
Just as Severus reached a hand into the back of Harry's jeans they heard Lily let out a loud cry. They immediately stopped what they were doing and only a few seconds later Joseph joined in and started crying as well. Harry and Severus laughed and leaned their foreheads against each others.
"Is this what it's going to be like for the next few months?" Severus asked.
"Yep" Harry replied.
"So who do you want, Lily or Joseph?"
"I'll get Lily."
Ten minutes later had Harry and Severus both sat up on their bed, contently rocking Lily and Joseph back to sleep. They heard a noise in the corridor outside and Matthew appeared, rubbing his eyes.
"Did Lily and Joe wake you up?" Harry asked, as Matthew sat himself in between him and Severus.
"Yeah" Matthew replied, letting out a huge yawn. "When's the next one coming?" he asked looking up at Harry and Severus.
"Er…" Harry began, looking at Severus who was smirking in amusement. "Not for a while. Maybe in a few years."
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(This chapter was posted on April 28th)
Update: There is now a sequel to this story called Marital Bliss, which can be accessed via my profile.