Chapter 38

Remus and Tonk's wedding was a lavish affair. There were hundreds of guests and they had rented a hall that could transfigure itself into anything. Severus glanced around the hall. It was decorated nicely. He was unsure where Tonks had found so many purple flowers; the hall was filled with them. He and Remus waited under a giant arch made up entirely of the dark flowers. The aisles were framed with them and they seemed to be blooming from the ceiling, dropping down in long vines that stopped just a few feet above the guest's heads. The chairs were all pink, as was the podium on which Severus and Remus stood.

Severus felt a bit intimidated at all of the people he would eventually need to shake hands with, but he calmed himself down. He would be stalwart for his new found friend. He glanced down at his outfit. He was clad in a very dark purple satiny tuxedo that fit his form perfectly.

Purple he thought. Of all the colors, she had to pick purple. I look like a giant grape. He thought of the alternative and was immediately grateful for the purple, imagining himself in a bright pink tuxedo was enough to make him want to run from the room screaming. He had no desire to look like a Pygmy Puff.

Remus himself looked as if he was about to jump out of his skin, he was so nervous. Severus grabbed his arm and began whispering furiously into his ear.

"Listen, Remus, if you keep jittering like that, everyone will think you have been hexed with an insect spell. Stand still for Merlin's sake," he hissed.

Remus looked gratefully at him. "Sorry, old chap. It's just nerves, you know."

"Yes, if you'll remember, I have been through such a ceremony myself. There is nothing to fear, it will be one of the most wonderful memories of your life."

Remus smiled at him. "Too bad Serina didn't hear you say that."

Severus raised an eyebrow at him. Perhaps he should make his feelings known to her later. He would enjoy the blush that would cover her cheeks as he whispered that and other sweet nothings to her. He smiled slightly just thinking of it.

Finally it was time for Tonks to enter. Even Severus had to admit she looked nice. She had on a shimmering white gown which had been enchanted to glow pink and purple as different lights hit it. The large windows that lined the hall let in enough of the suns rays to keep her gown sparkling and changing for her entire trip down the aisle. Her hair was still the light purplish pink, but it flowed with strips of gold throughout. The effect was quite breathtaking.

Severus once again thought back to his own wedding day. No one could come close to the beautiful woman who had been his bride. Tonks looked good, but Serina had been ravishing. A small chill ran through his body at the thought of his beautiful Serina as she had looked on that day. He glanced over at her now. She was sitting in the second row, looking lovely. She had put her hair up, and it was so beautiful he just wanted to pull it down and watch it cascade around her shoulders. She had left a few dark curls to frame her face, but the rest was swept up and flowed down behind her. She wore a beautiful dress in royal blue that hugged her curves and then flaired out below the knees. The necklace he had given her in the Shrieking shack was wrapped around her neck. She noticed him staring and blushed prettily. Finally she gave him a smile, and then widened her eyes, motioning to him to pay attention to what was going on. He smirked at her and turned back to the couple about to be wed.

The ceremony was lovely and Severus had even remembered to hand the ring to Remus at the appropriate time. He had been worried that he would miss his cue, but it was hard to do, as everyone turned and stared at him when the Vicar had asked for the ring. Remus and Tonks had stared lovingly into each others eyes as their binding was completed, much in the same way as Severus' and Serina's had been. They each had promised the other to be their best friends, their protectors, and to always love one another. The golden strands had wrapped themselves around their wrists, and with a flick of the Vicar's wand, had become part of the both of them. Remus smiled down at Tonks and they kissed. Everyone burst into applause.

When that was over, Remus had turned and pumped Severus' hand up and down vigorously, thanking him for being his best man. Severus had nodded and congratulated Remus on his nuptials. The Hall transformed itself as the guests had arisen. There appeared a large dance floor with tables surrounding it. There was a place for the band to set up in the back.

The couple was suddenly surrounded with a flurry of well wishers; all wanting to shake their hands and give them hugs of congratulations. Of course, Severus and Tonk's bridesmaid, Molly Weasley, were obliged to stay and greet everyone also. Harry came up followed closely by his girlfriend, Ginny to offer his congratulations. He hugged Tonks and then clapped Remus on the back jovially.

"That was brilliant, Remus!" he gushed.

"Thanks, Harry!" Remus said. He lowered his voice considerably and whispered in Harry's ear, "So when are we going to hear wedding bells from you and Ginny?"

Harry pulled back and grinned at Remus. "Maybe soon, you never know!"

He went over to Severus and shook his hand vigorously.

"I was a bit surprised when Remus told me you were to be his best man, Professor," Harry offered.

"Yes, I believe that hell is freezing over tonight," was Severus' reply.

Harry chuckled. "I'm glad you two finally buried the hatchet."

"Serina thought that perhaps I had lost my mind."

"Maybe you're just getting soft in your old age."

"Why is everybody telling me I'm old? I am not old! Getting soft? Well that's obvious. I mean, for heaven's sake, I'm talking to you without sneering, I'm certainly getting soft." Severus pointed his finger in Harry's face, "but I am not old."

Harry just shook his head. "Whatever you say, Professor."

"It's Severus."

Harry's eyes grew wide. "What did you just say?"

"My name, Potter; it's Severus. You are no longer my student; you may address me by my given name."

Harry threw his hand over his heart. "I think I'm having a heart attack!"

Severus rolled his eyes. "I knew I shouldn't have expected a mature reaction from you."

"Well, Severus," Harry said, his hand extended once again. Severus took it and shook it again mechanically. "I best get Ginny on the dance floor before she kills me."

With that Harry turned and led Ginny off to dance. Severus shook his head. Soft indeed! Now he was making ovations to Potter. Perhaps someone had strewn happy dust around the room.

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Eventually everyone was partying, dancing, and having a good time. With Severus' duties over, he wandered over to his lovely wife who was busily conversing with Minerva. He wrapped his arms around her from behind and hugged her. She leaned her head back against his shoulder.

"You were quite the handsome best man, my dear," she told him.

Minerva excused herself and went off to chat with someone else.

"Thank you, my love. I kept thinking about our wedding and what a beautiful bride you were; much more gorgeous than Nymphadora, if I do say so myself."

Serina turned and snuggled into him, blushing slightly. "Thank you," she said lovingly.

"Serina, our wedding day was the most wonderful day of my life," he murmured as he nuzzled her neck. "It is my most treasured memory."

She pulled back and studied him. She saw his love for her reflected in his eyes, as it had so many other times before. Serina smiled and blushed a bit. He always gave her butterflies.

"Severus, every time I look at you, you make my knees go weak," she confessed.

He smiled at her and kissed her lightly.

Serina pulled back and looked into his eyes. "I have something to tell you that I hope will make more wonderful memories," she said coyly. "I was going to wait and tell you tonight, but I find I can't keep it to myself any longer."

Severus arched an eyebrow at her. "You're keeping secrets from me, witch?"

Serina smiled at him. "I only found out this morning."

"So why didn't you tell me then?"

She tilted her head and looked lovingly at him. "You had enough on your mind, love. Besides, this is Remus' and Tonks' special day. I didn't want to overshadow it."

"Now I'm really curious. What are you keeping from me?"

Serina blushed, becoming nervous all of a sudden. She thought her news would be taken well, but part of her was still anxious about his reaction.

Severus smiled at her awkwardness. "Come on, what is it?" he insisted.

"I'm pregnant," she said softly so only he could hear.

Severus' eyes widened at her. "You're pregnant? You're going to have a baby?"

"That's usually what the word pregnant means, love."

"I'm going to be a father?"

"Another thing you might surmise from the word pregnant, dear."

Suddenly, Severus' arms were around her and he was hugging her tightly. "Merlin," he exclaimed, "I'm going to be a father!"

A couple of people standing nearby, including Minerva, looked over at him in shocked surprise, and then smiled at his cry.

Severus' sense of decorum returned to him and he stiffened a little at his outburst. He heard Serina chuckling into his chest. He pulled back and was going to glower at her for her insolence, but her bright smiling face made him forget his embarrassment. Her eyes were so filled with love for him that he could barely contain himself from enveloping her back into his embrace.

To heck with decorum, he thought. This is one of the greatest moments of my life and I'm not going to waste it!

He scooped Serina into his arms. His mouth came down on hers and he kissed her with all that he had. They remained locked in an embrace, kissing one another passionately for several minutes, attracting the attention of quite a few of the guests who were surrounding them. They were being so passionate; one would think that they were the newly married couple the guests were all here to celebrate.

Finally, they broke apart. Serina was blushing furiously and Severus looked a bit taken aback with his actions. Serina looked up at him.

"I take it you're pleased?" she asked.

"Ecstatic," Severus replied. He smiled at her then. "Serina, you are my everything. Every time I look at you I see my future and it sends shivers down my spine."

Serina looked lovingly at her husband. "You are my everything too, darling," she whispered before his lips met hers again in an emotional, loving kiss.

The End


A/N: This was one of my favorite chapters to write. I hope you all enjoyed it. There's nothing like a lot of fluff to end a story. Don't forget to leave a final review. :)

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