Well here it is, the final chapter of Daughter of Slytherin. Thanks to you all who reviewed and loved this fic I was able to carry on with this instead of deleting it off the site. You have all helped greatly with this and I'm thankful to all who liked and read. Out of all the fics I've written, this has to be my best and longest one.
"My water just broke." Salena felt the contractions coming on just seconds after her seat became wet. It started out as a throbbing pain, and then it accelerated to a stabbing pain in her abdomen. "Oh dear God! SEVERUS!" she screamed as the pain increased and her fiancé was at her side.
"Hang on Salena!" he scooped her up bridal style and turned to the door.
"Get her to St. Mungo's!" Hermione cried rushing to them as everyone else got out of their seats. Molly and Narcissa came over and Salena screamed in pain.
"There's no time! Hogwarts is closer through the Floo." Molly cried and Narcissa helped Severus carry Salena. Lucius went behind with Draco, Harry and the rest followed as well.
"Good luck!" most of the Wizenagamot shouted as they left the room.
"Ahh! W-Why's it…have to hurt…?" Salena moaned in pain as another contraction hit.
"Hold on darling, we're going to Hogwarts." Severus whispered to her as they took the closest floo fireplace and straight to the hospital wing. Poppy was there to meet them.
"What's going on? Salena are you..?"
"She's in labor!" Molly cried. "Severus Narcissa set her down there." She pointed to a large bed set up in the wing and Salena was carefully placed down on the mattress. "Someone get water and fresh towels and blankets hurry!" Draco ran at those words with Harry and Hermione.
"Everyone wait outside! We need the area go!" no one waited to be told twice. The only ones who stayed were Narcissa, Severus, Molly, and Poppy; soon after Harry came in with the water and Draco carried towels and blankets. Both boys left the room quickly and Molly turned her attention to Salena.
"AAH! SEVERUS SNAPE YOU BASTARD I'LL KILL YOU!" Salena shouted so loud the room shook. Naomi slithered out from Salena's discarded bag and reached full size while waiting on another bed. "Ahh! M-Molly what's happening?"
"I can't tell, Poppy help me here. Narcissa you and Severus take Salena's hands." They did as obliged and as Salena's skirt was lifted they could see blood soaking the dress and the bed. "My wand, something's not right." Molly pulled out her wand and a clear bubble appeared over Salena's belly. Everyone saw two clouded figures in the bubble, and Salena couldn't believe her eyes.
"I-Is there…more than one?" she asked in a moan.
"Yes but we must hurry the umbilical cords are wrapped around their necks. Salena this is going to hurt but you have to keep it together ok?" Poppy and Molly went to work and Salena gritted her teeth moaning as another wave of pain came along.
"AH! GET THESE DEMONS OUT OF ME!" she screamed and Severus squeaked at her squeezing his hand so tightly.
"Yeow! Molly you might want to hurry she's crushing our hands!" Narcissa squeaked out.
"Deal with it!" Salena growled. Molly looked over Salena's legs and smiled with reassuring.
"Ok Salena, on the count of three I want you to take a deep breath and push."
"O-Ok…" with an intake of breath Salena readied herself.
"One, two, three, push!" Salena pushed hard and long. "Good that was good, now try it again. Push!" she took a deeper breath and pushed, this time feeling something come forward. "Ok that's good there's the head…one more should do it…one, two, three…push!"
"AAAHHHH!" with one last scream and a rush of fluid a loud cry was heard seconds later. Salena felt tears come to her eyes at the sound, and Severus kissed her forehead.
"It's a boy!" Poppy cried and took the screaming baby to clean. Salena was about to glance at her son when another wrack of pain went through her.
"Alright dear let's keep it going, one more to go!"
"M-Molly…!" Salena cried out and felt her insides tear. Molly checked under the skirt and gasped.
"Narcissa come here quickly something's been torn!" Narcissa wrenched her hand from Salena and went beside Molly.
"Is it the baby?"
"No I think it's the cords, they're making her bleed!"
"We need to get the baby out; she's losing too much blood."
"Women please hurry!" Severus cried out seeing Salena's face contort in agony. He kept trying to sooth her but it wasn't helping much. Molly and Narcissa used their wands and med skills to slow the process enough to stop the bleeding, but time was running out fast.
"Alright we have to hurry, Salena I want you to push on three. One…two…three!" Salena pushed a long one again and more pain kept coming with the baby sliding closer. "Good girl, one more should do it the head's almost out. One…two…three..push!"
"AAAAHHHHHHH!" she screamed so loud that time the windows cracked. Soon a second baby came out and a loud cry echoed the room again with the others.
"It's a girl! Congratulations mummy and daddy!" Molly handed the slippery baby to Narcissa who joined Poppy in cleaning the twins. "Alright, now before you can see your children I have to be sure everything else is in order, this will only take a few minutes." Salena smiled as the pain started to fade, she looked up at Severus and tears were pouring down both their faces.
"I love you." She said as he kissed her face multiple times.
"I love you too, and our twins." Soon Salena felt as if all the blood she'd lost was returning, and soon found herself able to sit up. Salena looked over to Naomi and could've sworn the giant snake was crying but kept her eyes hidden from view.
"Oh Naomi don't cry."
"I'm not crying mistress, I'm happy for you!"
"Thank you my friend." Naomi cleaned her eyes and looked as Narcissa and Poppy came over holding both twins in their arms. The twins were wrapped in blue and pink blankets, both looking absolutely adorable.
"Congratulations to you both, you're the proud parents of two perfectly healthy children." They handed the twins to their parents, Salena took the boy, and Severus took the girl.
"They're beautiful, oh Severus look at what we've brought into this world." Salena kept crying happily as she stared at her son and daughter.
"They have your eyes my love, and my hair." It was true, both twins had gorgeous green eyes and thick black hair.
"My nose too." They laughed at that. Severus kissed his love and his children as the babies began making small noises.
"You two up for some visitors?" Molly asked, not hiding the tears. Narcissa and Poppy were the same way.
"Yes, let them in." Poppy went out and soon the room was full of visitors, mainly the Lupins, Weasleys, Malfoys, Hermione, Harry, Sirius, and Professor McGonagall. All of them cooed and awed at the twins, especially the girls.
"They're so cute." Ginny.
"Positively adorable." Hermione.
"So what is it, boys, girls, or both?" Ron.
"Both Mr. Weasley." Severus answered and looked over at Lucius and Draco who were both smiling at the babies.
"They look like their mother, with her eyes."
"And her nose too." Sirius laughed and Harry punched him in the gut for that.
"So what're their names?" Harry asked. Salena and Severus exchanged looks, and shook their heads.
"We haven't decided just yet, hadn't had much time to think of names." Severus answered and Salena thought for a second.
"Well…I do have an idea for names Severus. I was thinking, we name the boy Samuel Salazar Snape, after my brother and father." Severus thought for a minute, and then smiled noticing the boy did in fact resemble Salena more than him.
"It's a good name for him, named after a legend." He kissed his son's forehead and moved closer to Salena while holding his daughter.
"And I was thinking for our daughter, Eileen Elaina Snape, after our mothers." Severus smiled, he hadn't spoken much of his mother but out of both his parents she paid him more attention and loved him more than anything.
"It's perfect, they're both perfect."
"Wonderful names for them, again congratulations to you both." Narcissa whispered and everyone clapped quietly since the twins fell asleep seconds after receiving their names.
"Oh and there's one more thing." Severus spoke up and looked over to Draco. "Draco, we would love it if you would be the twins' Godfather." Draco's eyes widened.
"Me?" he pointed to himself and the two new parents nodded. "I-I would love to." More clapping came and Severus walked over still holding his daughter.
"Would you like to hold her?" Draco nodded and carefully took little Eileen in his arms after taking a seat in one of the chairs.
"Thank you, now Severus come over here and hold your son." Severus smiled taking his place back beside Salena and held Sam close to his heart. Salena leaned back and Naomi slithered over to her lying next to her side.
"Beautiful children mistress."
"Thank you Naomi."
"Oh that reminds me, the egg you gave me hatched Salena." Harry spoke up and pulled out a small bag. He stuck his hand inside and pulled out a small white baby anaconda. The little one had black eyes and albino shining scales, with a sweet look of innocence about him.
"Hello there little one, what's your name?" Salena spoke to him and he smiled.
"Master has named me Falcor miss, and has told me about you."
"It's a pleasure to meet you Falcor, you are quite a lovely snake."
"Thank you." Naomi looked at the young snake and smiled slightly. "Hello mother."
"Hello my son." The snakes only glanced at each other before someone spoke up again.
"So I was wondering something, why is it Falcor here is white when Naomi is black?" Hermione asked, very rare for such a bright witch like her.
"Well you see Hermione, white anacondas are extremely rare, even rarer than ones like my Naomi. Out of 50 black anacondas, only one would give birth to a white one. Reason being because they don't live very long, when black anacondas can live for a century or more, white ones can only live as long as their masters. If they don't have a master then they seek one, it's natural instinct."
"I understand so far, but why is it they aren't born very often?"
"It's because of their lifespan, but a good reason they live is because they can breed more often than ones like Naomi. They can have up to a dozen children at once, and it's possible that maybe another albino anaconda is born but it's still rare. Males have to mate with other females though, otherwise there's no chance of them having babies."
"So only females can reproduce without males?"
"Precisely." Hermione looked dazzled.
"Fascinating." Everyone laughed and little Falcor crawled upon Harry's shoulder. Draco then handed Eileen to Salena and walked back over to his parents.
"So tell me Professor, Salena…" they looked at him curiously and he held out his arms. "When's the wedding?" Salena looked flabbergasted.
"Oh dear serpents I completely forgot about that! We never picked a date for the wedding Severus."
"It's alright my love, I have an idea."
"Next month, the seventeenth."
"What, Severus isn't that a bit soon?"
"Not quite, if you think about it." Salena was confused, but then remembered a quick thought.
"That's the month you found me, and that day you saved me."
"The day we first met, think that suits you?" Salena smiled and kissed Severus's cheek.
"I think that will do just fine." They kissed again more passionately.
"Get a room!" Ron whined and Hermione hit him with a pillow.
"Alright everyone that's enough for now, let's let the mother and the twins get their rest. Severus you're welcome to stay."
"Thank you Poppy." Everyone filed out, but the Malfoys stayed behind. All three took a seat while Salena fell asleep after Poppy placed both twins in two cradles she brought in; after Poppy left the room, Lucius walked over to Severus placing a hand on his shoulder.
"You are by far, one of the craziest men I've ever met." Severus looked up.
"Good crazy or bad crazy?"
"I'd say it's a combination of both. Severus you have done so much for us all, especially Mr. Potter and us."
"All for her. And for Lily." He looked at his sleeping bride-to-be and stroked her hair. Narcissa walked over and placed her arms around Lucius's.
"If you or Salena ever need anything, please just ask. It's the least we can do for you and your family."
"Thank you Narcissa, Lucius."
"No, thank you Severus. For all you and Salena have done for us, we owe you our lives."
"Now let's not get in too deep." They laughed and the men shook hands while Narcissa briefly embraced the Potions master. They left the room and Severus sat near the twins looking over them while they slept. "For all I've been through, it was worth it." He looked over out the window, and up at the setting sun. "Thank you Lily, Albus, and yes even you James." He snickered knowing if Potter heard that he'd be thinking he'd lost his mind.
One month later:
The entire area out by the Black Lake was swarming with witches and wizards everywhere. It was a perfectly sunny day after four months of clouds and little sunshine that came when the war had ended. They had picked a perfect day for the wedding; at the moment the bride and groom were still getting ready while groomsmen and bridesmaids escorted the guests to their seats.
Salena was busy putting on the last touches of her face and hair, a long cascade of curls in a ponytail down her back with two curly ringlet sideburns on either side of her face. She had on a beautiful long dress that contained the colors white, green, and silver; it had a sort of medieval look to it, but it was beautiful. It was her dream dress, and it was Narcissa and Molly who helped make it. Naomi had on a ring of lilies wrapped around her neck, and frankly the snake couldn't keep her eyes off the mirror.
"Naomi you silly snake, can't you see you're beautiful enough already?"
"I know mistress, I'm just admiring it. You'd best hurry the ceremony's about to begin."
"I know I know I'm just trying to make sure everything's in place."
"Everything but the veil mistress."
"Where is it?"
"On the chair behind you." Salena reached around and took a silver tiara with the mid-back long veil attached and carefully placed it around her ponytail. Along with the dress she wore her mother's pendant, silver earrings, and two silver manacles loaned to her by Narcissa.
The twins were flower girl and ring boy, but they were assisted by Remus and Tonks; both were to be dressed in matching outfits similar to their parents', Sammy had on a miniature version of his daddy's dress robes, and Eileen had on a smaller version of her mommy's wedding dress but with more green and a flower headband.
"Salena are you ready?" the sound of Ginny Weasley came from the other side of the tent.
"Coming." Salena stood up and Naomi quickly handed her the bouquet of lilies and white roses. As she teetered out in her heels she took her place behind the bridesmaids and groomsmen, all who went together:
Lucius as best man and Narcissa as maid of honor
Draco and his new girlfriend Astoria Greengrass
Blaise Zabini and Pansy Parkinson
Ronald and Hermione
Harry and Ginny (with Falcor on Harry's shoulder)
Remus holding Sammy and the pillow with the rings
Tonks holding Eileen with a basket of rose petals
As everyone stood in place, the music began and the first couple took their moment to walk down the aisle. Salena felt her nerves tense up, and realized that she'd waited over a thousand years for this day to come, but it had come so soon.
'Ok Salena breathe…breathe…breathe…' she was so caught up in her own thoughts that she hadn't realized only Tonks and Eileen were left in the line. Naomi jabbed her foot quickly as they were halfway down the aisle, and then the music 'Here Comes the Bride' started to play. Salena walked slowly, taking deep breaths with each step and with Naomi trailing close behind her. As she reached the floral altar flowers blossomed magically in every step she took until she was next to her handsome fiancé Severus Tobias Snape. He was wearing black and green dress robes, his hair was shining in the sunlight with a more silky texture than greasy.
"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to bond this man and this woman in holy matrimony, in the eyes of all witches and wizards and the eyes of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The couple has decided to speak their own vows before the bonding, so I shall now turn this over to them." Kingsley Shacklebolt was the minister, and he seemed as delighted and excited as everyone around. Severus turned to Salena, took her hand in his and breathed deeply before speaking.
"All my life I was missing something, and I thought I had found it in someone else. I realized a long time ago I'd made a huge mistake with my life, and did everything I could to make up for it; but then everything changed for me, that day in the cave." People gasped and had tears forming all around. "Salena, ever since I first met you I knew I was in love and even though it took me six years to realize it fully, I knew you and I would be together forever. We have such great happiness together, and in that great happiness we've overcome many obstacles, and in the process we gave life to two beautiful children. I promise to always love and cherish you, and even if I act like a git at times, my family will always be my first priority. It is on this day, and before all these people, that I take you as my wife for now and forever more." So many people were smiling, all the bridesmaids were silently crying. Salena took a deep breath and smiled at her love, and then glanced over to her babies and Naomi.
"Severus, ever since you rescued me I always knew there was something unique about you. I knew somehow I would never want to stay away from you, and that one year I had to go into hiding from the Dark Lord was by far one of the hardest times for me. I missed you each and every day I was gone, and ever since that one night in the forest I knew I was in love you. That night you were taken from me, I was so heartbroken that I'd lost another so close and dear to me, but like a gift from Heaven itself you came back and swore to love me. I have waited over 1000 years for this day to come, and now that it has I am sure this is where I belong. I promise to love you, cherish you, treasure you, and of course remain at your side forever more with our babies, and my family will always come first. It is with my love, and my honor, that I take you as my husband in front of all who stand today, my greatest passion and accomplishment." After that Kingsley cleared his throat and raised his wand.
"And now the bonding begins, but before we start does anyone have any objections to why these two shall not be wed. Speak now or forever hold your peace." A moment of silence passed by. "Then by the power vested in me, by the laws of the Wizarding World and all who witness today, I now bond you together as husband and wife. You may kiss the bride." As the kiss made its way to their lips, Kingsley's wand shot out thin white strands of magic that surrounded the couple and glowed brightly together. When the kiss ended, the magic disappeared and the audience clapped all around; the newlyweds each took a twin in their arm and walked back down the aisle.
"You look beautiful Salena." She kissed her husband's cheek and smiled at little Eileen in his arms.
"So do you, and so do they." They made their way over to the open courtyard on the other side of the lake, where the wedding food and seats were waiting to be dined on. They took their spots on the main table and the guests began their way over. The music began playing and couples either sat down or danced while the newlyweds watched.
"You've been quite busy my love." Severus took a sip of wine and passed Eileen to Narcissa while Lucius took Sammy.
"It's been worth it, all the troubles we've been through and all the torment. And now all we have is our life together." Salena smiled and looked around at the peace that'd been long awaited.
"All we can do now is wait for what the future holds for us, and for them."
"Yes, wait for the future." They kissed again and the ceremony picked up as the sun shined brightly in the sky and across the lake.
Eleven years later:
Eleven years had passed since the birth of the twins, and the wedding. Severus and Salena's lives had improved so much since they bonded. All thanks to Harry Potter and his word at the Ministry, Severus became Potions Master once again at Hogwarts, plus his own business selling potions as a side job; Salena had been able to become Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor, and when she was referred to as Professor Snape people sometimes confused the two. The two kept in touch with Harry and his newfound family, including his wife Ginny, his nine-year old son James Sirius, eight-year old Albus Severus, and six-year old Lily Luna.
When Severus had heard Harry named his middle son after him he was deeply touched but didn't show much of it. Salena felt so proud of her students and always did favors for them when needed. Draco and Astoria were married soon around the same time as Harry and Ginny, and soon had an eight-year old son named Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy, the holidays were spent at Malfoy Manor and the twins loved their godfather deeply. Things were great between everyone, but they still had their tiffs every now and again, especially with the Lupins, who were now expecting their second child. Teddy was now twelve and had grown to be quite an extraordinary wizard in school, and he wasn't much of a handful in classes as some may have thought so.
King's Cross Station: 10:40 a.m.
At the moment Severus and Salena were busy escorting the twins to the Hogwarts Express, along with their four-year old son Harry Draco Snape. Eileen and Sam were exceedingly bright for their age, but Sam had a more troublesome streak in him, probably taken after his mother. They were beginning their first year at school, both very excited, well except for a slightly nervous Eileen.
"Come on kids hurry now." Salena called from in front of platform 9¾ as the twins made their way through the barrier. Sam came first with his cart, carrying his trunk and a cage containing a black king snake he'd gotten for his birthday. Severus ran through with Eileen, who also had a pet but it was a grey Russian kitten, and little Harry was situated behind his mother's skirt.
"Let's move now the train will be leaving soon." Severus and Salena moved around as the carts were loaded onto the train and they took the twins over to the doors of the train but Eileen stopped halfway over. "What's wrong darling?"
"Daddy, what if we're not put in Slytherin?" Salena and Severus both smiled, and Severus kneeled down to his daughter's eye level.
"Sweetheart if the Sorting Hat puts you in another house it's alright. All your mother and I want for you is to fit in where you belong, whether it be Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin or even Gryffindor. If you want though, you can ask the hat to put you in Slytherin. It did the same thing for Harry Potter, and it may do it for you too." Eileen started smiling.
"Really?" she was such a daddy's girl.
"Yes, the same goes for you Sam."
"Hey dad, how come you and mum aren't coming with us?" Sam asked.
"We will be son, we just have to take care of a few things before we leave. We'll see you at dinner tonight." Since the two worked at Hogwarts they had a residence near the school, making it easier to watch the kids and work at the same time; Severus still owned the house at Spinner's End, but he rented it out to some people seeing as it was too small for their big family. The sound of the train engine blew through the platform, and the twins exchanged hugs with their parents and their baby brother.
"Bye you two, we'll see you later." Salena kissed her children's faces and Severus did the same while holding little Harry.
"Bye mum, bye dad!" they waved goodbye boarding the train and took their spots in a car. As the train left the platform Salena felt her eyes glisten with tears watching the smoke disappear in the air. Severus put an arm around her and kissed her cheek.
"Don't worry darling, we'll see them tonight."
"I know, but my babies are growing up so fast."
"Well we have seven years with them coming, best we'd enjoy the peace now while we can." Salena giggled, the twins were a handful at times but the worst part was them arguing over Salazar knows what.
"Daddy…" little Harry leaned his head on his father's shoulder and yawned. "Sleepy."
"It's almost time for someone's nappy, come on let's head home and get ready." They laughed leaving to the barrier but then Salena remembered some news she wanted to share.
"Yes love?" Salena started smiling and took Severus' hand resting it against her stomach. His eyes widened and she looked at him with slight suspicion. "Are you sure?"
"Yes, two months along." Severus' smile increased and he kissed his wife's lips hard but sweetly before little Harry looked at his mother confused.
"Mummy hungry?" she laughed.
"No honey, mummy's not hungry, but we'll tell you later." She winked at Severus and he snickered knowing how the twins would react.
"Ok." The little boy fell asleep soon on his father's arm. The couple had many plans to make for the year, and for their new addition soon to come.
Things were finally back to normal, but frankly normal was long overdue.
Again thank you all so much for the reviews. And please if you like I will be posting a new Harry Potter fic sometime soon, and it will be a Harry & OC pairing. I'm not sure what to call it yet but it will involve Bellatrix and Voldemort's estranged children. Thank you all again for the reviews, I hope to hear more from you all in the future.