Co-written by Stormypup

Beta'd by Rakina

A/N: Oh no we didn't. Oh yes we did . I said to myself, two of my livejournal buddies and stormypup that I wouldn't post this until midnight. But, yeah. I posted the epilogue now. But, damn it it's midnight in a tiny bit of Greenland, Cape Verde, and some random chain of islands!


Epilogue

Snape swam through the dark water, pining for his mate. But Harry wasn't here. He was at the bottom of the lake where Snape had left him. Unable to be away from him for a minute more, Snape snapped his tail through the water, propelling him faster until he finally reached his destination, shifting effortlessly back into his human form.

Harry.

Snape ran a finger lovingly down Harry's closed eyelids, wishing to see Harry's bright green eyes, shining again, just for him.

His wish was granted, and the lids opened and Harry smiled at him sleepily. "You're home early?" Harry said, reaching out his hand and pulling Snape back in to bed.

"I missed you," Snape admitted, draping himself over Harry.

"You've only been gone for a few hours," Harry laughed, running a hand up Snape's bare back.

"Which was a few hours too long," Snape groused, burying his face in Harry's neck.

Harry snorted, twirling his fingers in the drifting strands of long black hair. "You didn't have to go at all."

"I don't like Lobalugs near our home. I'd rather deal with them elsewhere," Snape said, kissing Harry's neck.

"Wish you didn't have to deal with them at all," Harry said, craning his neck to give Snape's clever mouth better access.

Snape hummed in agreement, sucking at the junction of Harry's neck and shoulder. Harry moaned softly, glancing out into the glassless window as a fish swam by lazily. Despite it's glassless state, no water was entering either.

"It still boggles me that we can see out, but nobody can see in," Harry said, letting his fingers trail up and down Snape's back.

"You'll get used to it," Snape assured him, pulling back to look into Harry's face, frowning.

"Severus, if you ask me one more time if I'm sorry, I swear..." Harry warned, knowing the look all too well.

"I wasn't going to ask," Snape said, lying. Harry couldn't leave the boundaries of the lake, he'd been forced to give up his world, and Snape was still waiting for Harry to resent him for it.

Harry cupped Snape's face. "There's nowhere else I want to be," Harry assured him. "I love you, and living without you would destroy me, so stop."

Snape leaned forward and kissed Harry lightly on the lips. He knew one day Harry would change his mind, but for now he would be content.


A/N: Thank you to everyone who supported this story as we wrote it and posted it. There was no greater thrill than reading how you were feeling while reading this fic. Look for the sequel in early May. Now I've got to go back to doing editing on Danger in the Healing which we have been neglecting.