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Sarah and Severus finished their dance with a gentle kiss. Everyone clapped, and they looked into each others' eyes.
'I love you.'
'I love you more.'
'It's not a competition, you know."
'I know, Sarah. I just do, so I win. Even though it's not a competition.'
Sarah walked back to their table and as she sat down Severus walked up to Eileen and took her in his arms.
"That was beautiful. Your voice is gorgeous."
"Thanks, Dad. Mum taught me well I guess."
"Well, I have an idea that I think your Mum would love. Let me just look at the muggle music we have here for a moment."
He looked through the CDs that Arthur Weasley had collected over the years and found the one that he was looking for. He handed it to George who was acting as DJ for the event.
"Weasley. Could you play track number 6 for me please?"
He looked at which track it was, and smiled.
Severus went beside him and whispered something to him, and George smiled.
"That's BRILLIANT Professor! I'd be glad to!"
Severus nodded politely and stood beside Eileen who was over at the table. He put his hand on her shoulder as George began to speak.
"Hey everyone! We have a special request for the next song, and I think that it's only fitting that Mr. Somerville and Professor Snape dance with their girls during this song. So, let them start it off, and then everyone join in, ok?"
Severus took Eileen's hand in his as everyone heard the opening sound of the song start.
"It's the first chance I have to dance with my little girl in a long time. Care to?"
She smiled up at him, and stood, walking to the dance floor.
As soon as they got up to the dance floor, Severus looked to see that Sarah was dancing in the arms of her father. He smiled, as this is exactly what he wanted. She missed the chance during their wedding to have a dance with her father, and he hoped that in some small way this would make up for it.
"What are you thinking, Dad?"
He looked at her with a smile on his face.
"Nothing, sweetheart. I'm just really happy. This was a brilliant idea."
"Thanks, Dad. I always knew how much Mum loved you, and from the first time I saw you a few months ago, I could tell that you felt the same. When I realized that your anniversary was coming up, I thought this would be the perfect thing to bring you both back together and officially complete our family. I'm so glad to have you back, Daddy."
He placed his lips on her forehead.
"So am I, Eileen."
They moved around the dance floor gracefully, Severus swinging her around and she laughed the entire time. A few moments in and after the dance floor began to really move, Severus walked up to Bronwyn.
"Severus, thank you for making my daughter so happy."
"Well, I was wondering if I could have the pleasure."
She took his hand and they walked to the dance floor.
"I'm just sorry that we didn't get the chance to do this 20 years ago, Severus. I'm glad that my nutter of a husband finally came around. You really are a good man."
Severus smiled as he twirled her around and brought her back into his arms.
"I might not be the best, but as long as Sarah's happy with me, I'm ok with that."
They danced for a few more minutes and as the song ended Severus gave her a kiss on the cheek.
"I promise you that I'll do everything I can to keep her happy, Ma'am."
She smiled at him.
"I know you will, son. I know you will."
Severus felt a gentle hand on his back and turned to face Sarah.
"Are you stealing my mother from me, Severus?"
"Just for a dance or two, that's all."
"Well, I suppose I can deal with that. I'm going to get something to drink. Come with me?"
He nodded his head and walked with her to the table where Molly had truly outdone herself. There were bottles of wine, bowls of punch which no doubt George had spiked, bottles of butterbeer and pumpkin juice all over the table. Molly was busying herself re-filling everything when Sarah looked up at her.
"Molly, please. Come and enjoy. You have done so much by opening up your home for this special day. I don't want to think that you've been stuck in a kitchen all night. Make sure you get some dances with Arthur, yes?"
Molly smiled at her.
"Of course I will, dear. Don't you worry your pretty head about that. I'm just replenishing, then Arthur and I will be out on that dance floor kicking up a storm!"
"I look forward to watching that!"
She turned to Severus.
"Pumpkin Juice, I think for me, but you have whatever you'd like."
"I'm good with pumpkin juice too."
She picked up two bottles of pumpkin juice and they walked through the crowds hand in hand, not really knowing where they were going but content that wherever they were going they were going together. They ended up near the forest on the other side of the house from where the party was now in full swing. They sat down together and Sarah rested her head on his shoulder.
"I'm truly happy, Severus. I never knew I could be euphoric, but I truly am in this moment."
He kissed the top of her head.
"I'm glad. That's my new goal, to keep that beautiful smile on your face for as long as possible."
"Make sure you never leave me and it will stay there forever."
They sat together for a few moments just enjoying the quiet time away from everyone. Severus opened his eyes and looked around him. It was getting dark and the stars were starting to come out.
She started to move, and she looked up at him.
"Hey, it got dark pretty quickly."
"We've been sitting here for over an hour my dear. I think we should head back."
"I agree. People will probably be wondering where we went. Do I look alright?"
He smiled at her as he stood and took her hand to help her up.
She blushed and leaned towards him touching her lips to his.
"Far from it my dear, but as long as you think so I'll be ok with it."
"You're perfect to me, Sarah and that's all that matters. I actually have something to ask you."
"Well, this whole evening was a surprise but I have one more for you actually."
"Severus, I don't know if I could take any more surprises."
"Well, I'm hoping you like this one."
He took her hand in his and placed it on the left side of his neck where the bandage, though much smaller than before, was still placed.
"Take this off for me."
She carefully removed the small piece of cloth that had been concealed under his robes and was amazed at what she saw. She ran her fingers softly along the smooth skin that she saw.
"Severus. It's healed. I mean, it's completely healed. There's a little scar which is to be expected but there's no bruising, no sign of any infection at all. Does this mean…"
Severus nodded his head.
"Yes, love. It means that I am completely healthy. Do you remember what I promised you after the battle?"
She thought for a moment then nodded her head, her eyes full of hope for what she was about to hear.
"Well, I believe that I promised you that as soon as I was given a clean bill of health that I would take you somewhere, where it didn't matter, but I would take you somewhere and we would check into a room and not leave for the entire time we were there."
She ran her fingers through his silky hair and smiled at him.
"I believe I remember you did say something along those lines."
"Well, Mrs. Snape. The world is ours, so where would you like to go?"
She gave him the kiss she had been wanting to give him for months. Her mouth fully attacked his and he was so taken aback by her force that he wrapped his arms around her and lifted her off the ground, not wanting to break their closeness.
"Severus, I don't care where we go. I just want to be with you again. I've missed our closeness more than you can possibly imagine."
He put her back on the ground gently and looked into her eyes.
"I know where we can go for the first stop, Sarah. We need to leave here first though."
"Should we floo home to get some things first?"
"Sarah, you won't need a nightgown. Trust me on that."
She giggled at the meaning behind his words.
"Ok. I'll just follow your lead then."
Severus nodded and took her hand in his. They walked back towards the party and approached Molly and Arthur.
"Thank you both so much for opening your home for us this evening. We're going to head out now."
Molly took Severus in her arms and smiled at him.
"I'm so glad that you have happiness in your life, Severus. Arthur and I always knew that there was so much more to you and we were only too thrilled to be able to let you have it back, officially."
"Thank you, Molly."
Arthur shook Severus' hand.
"Well done, Severus. Keep your lovely lady happy."
"I will, I guarantee that."
Severus looked at Sarah then they walked to Eileen and Severus Jr. who were both standing talking to the Weasley children.
"Kids, we're going to be going now. Thank you for everything. Truly, this was one of the best surprises I've ever had."
"Have a great time, Mum and Dad."
"No raucous parties and no blowing up your father's lab young man."
Severus smiled at them.
"We'll send you an owl when we know when we'll be back, and we expect the house to still be standing."
"Alright. Go already!"
They hugged each other, and then Severus and Sarah threw some powder into the floo.
They stepped into the green flames and arrived home in seconds. They stepped out into their Living Room and Sarah looked up at Severus.
"I thought we weren't coming home?"
"Just for a moment. I have to get something. Wait here."
She nodded her head and Severus ran up the stairs and came back down seconds later with two bags and an envelope.
"I had hoped you would say yes, so I had Eileen pack these already for us."
She took one of the bags from his hand, and again they threw powder in the floo.
They stepped into the flames and arrived at Diagon Alley. Shops were just closing up for the night as they walked toward their destination. They turned the corner and Sarah saw where they were going.
"I thought a little tradition might be nice. Just on this occasion anyway. We're going somewhere lovely tomorrow, but we have to start things off right I think."
She leaned towards him and he held the door open for her as they walked in.
"Good evening. Professor Snape and the Mrs. I presume."
"Yes. We have room number 13 reserved for the evening."
"Yes, Sir. Here is your key. Everything is prepared just as you requested, Sir. Have a pleasant evening."
They walked up the stairs of the Leaky Cauldron and Severus put the key in the door, opening the room for them. Sarah was taken aback at the beauty she saw before her.
"Severus, it's exactly like it was 20 years ago. Everything is the same."
"I figured if we were starting again that we should start right at the beginning. This was the beginning, Sarah."
"It was, wasn't it?"
He put their bags on the floor and took her in his arms.
"Dance with me, Sarah."
She put her hand in his, her other arm wrapped draped around his shoulders and they moved slowly across the floor. Then, as if some unseen force were making them do it, their heads moved closer to each others', and their lips connected with magic. They rose a few feet off the floor as they kissed, then they were brought back down to ground level.
They walked slowly to the bed, and Severus lay her down gently, stroking her hair, reveling in how beautiful she looked.
"It's like I'm 19 again, Sarah."
"I know. We're not though, which makes this so much better."
He smiled at her.
"True. We know each other, inside and out. This is going to be magic."
"I know, my love. I know."
He pressed his lips to hers again, and they never left the comfort of each other's arms throughout the night.
Thank you so much to everyone who has read this, and who has gone through my hideous writer's block with me! I'm considering doing a follow up story to this one, but I'm not too sure about it. Let me know what you think about that. Also, if you'd like to read the M version of this chapter, let me know and I can write that and post it too. Just make sure you review.