AN - I own nothing! I'm just borrowing from J.K. Rowling!

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Epilogue

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The Wedding Night

The newly wedded couple where in a resort-vineyard in California. Severus had planned the week with an adventure of wine tasting and great food, not to forget, wonderful nights of making love to his new bride.

Hermione was seated at the edge of the bed, in their private suite, holding the letter that Severus had given her years ago. She had yet thrown it away since the night she had read it, but she never re-read the letter. She felt as if that it wasn't her right to throw the letter away, but Severus's.

"The wine is superb," Severus said in a silky voice as he walked back into the bedroom. In his hands, he had two wine glasses, and a good bottle of red wine.

Hermione only looked up and smiled at him.

Severus saw what she was holding. He set the wine on the night stand and knelt down in front of Hermione. "You still have the letter," he stated, holding her hands in his.

"I do," Hermione replied with a nod.

"Why keep it?"

"I thought about throwing it away myself," she replied. "But, I think that's something you should do. It's your step as a sign to be able to move on from the past and Alex."

"I've moved on Petal," Severus said as he took the letter in his hands. He then turned back and tossed it into the burning flames. His wife wanted to see him move on he thought and that is exactly what he showed her. He faced Hermione yet again, cupping her face in his hands. His lips brushed against hers. "I've moved on the day you said you still wanted me in your life."

Hermione wrapped her arms around his neck, as he pushed her gently on her back. His tongue, delved deep into her mouth, dancing with her own.

Severus decided that he was going to take his time with her that night, for it was a moment he wanted to remember.

A moment in which they would make love for the first time as husband, and wife.

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Four years later

The Snapes where in their chambers at Hogwarts. They also had a home in muggle London which they did use from time to time, an apartment in New York City when they stayed there whenever they could.

Hermione became a part time professor at Hogwarts, teaching Transfigurations. She too also helped Severus in his potions research. Once, they even developed a permanent wolfsbane potion together, earning them recognition throughout the wizarding world for their success. The best job in the world to Hermione was being a mother to her children, and a loving wife. Nothing else compared.

Her friendship with Harry was never the same as it was before. They only talked on occasion when they saw each other. They were more like mutual friends actually. Hermione was still angry, but had chosen that she couldn't ignore him out of her life completely.

"Here's some more ice," Severus said as he placed a new ice pack over Hermione's knee. Right after, he lay on his side, right next to her, on their bed, and rubbed her swollen belly.

"I feel like a whale," Hermione muttered.

"You're pregnant, you are most definitely not a whale," Severus said as he looked at her lovingly.

"I wasn't this pregnant," Hermione huffed in disappointment. She was only four months along, but bigger than normal.

"Dad!" an eight year old Tobi said aloud as he barged into the room. "Sierra kicked my cauldron all over the living room floor again, ruining my potion!"

"Boo! Boo! Boo!" a two year old version of Hermione came running into the room, naked as the day she was born.

Even though she did look like Hermione, she was just as sly and cunning like her brother. She may have looked all cute, adorable and innocent, but the girl was just as wicked as any Slytherin, or perhaps even worse. Still, she was a little angel in her Daddy's eyes.

"It's brew!" Tobi growled angrily at his little sister.

"Sorry, she got away from me again," Beth said as she entered the room. She then carried a giggling and squealing Sierra out of the room, getting her ready for her bath.

"She's only two Tobi," Hermione said firmly. "Be patient with her. You were worse than she was when you were her age."

"Was not! And why do you always have to take her side?"

"Go and get yourself ready," Severus said as he pointed out towards the open door. "Uncle Lucius and Aunt Cissy should be here any moment to fetch you for the weekend." Once a month, to have time to themselves, the kids would stay at the Malfoys for the weekend, giving the couple a rare moment of peace and quiet, allowing private intimacy that wasn't disturbed.

"Do I have to?" Tobi whined. "Daniela gets all clingy and everything. It's annoying. Daisy and Dianne are never like that with me."

"Go!" Severus growled, in a very serious tone. "Otherwise, you won't be joining your uncles in America in watching the Giants play, and their tail-gating for the Superbowl."

Tobi crossed his arms over his chest, knowing that he had lost the battle. "Fine! I'd better have a little brother otherwise… Argh!" he growled out loud as he marched out of the room, slamming the door behind him.

Hermione sighed and shook her head. "How are we going to tell him he is having twin sisters?"

"I think he'll come to terms when the time comes. But then… we'll have to try and try again for another son if he wants a brother," Severus whispered seductively into her ear.

Hermione turned her head slightly and kissed Severus. She was enjoying the kiss, until Severus pulled back.

Severus stood form the bed and snapped his fingers. Instantly, there was a song playing in their room. "Dance with me," he said extending his arm down to his wife.

"Sev, my knee hurts as it is," Hermione argued. Before knew it, Severus picked her up in his arms. She held onto him, with her arms around his neck, not wanting to be dropped.

"I have you Petal. I won't drop you," Severus said as he slowly started to rock on his feet, and turn slightly.

Hermione smiled and placed her head on his shoulder. She planted kisses on his cheeks, and rubbed her nose against his skin, as Severus did the same to her.

She wondered to herself how she came to this place for a moment. Life did have its ups and downs. The path to where she was wasn't a smooth one. All she knew was that a mysterious letter was what brought them back together again. Perhaps, it was also the cause of their break-up if it was viewed from another perspective. Nonetheless, she was where she wanted to be…

With Severus—the only love of her life, and with her family.

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I will be the answer
At the end of the line
I will be there for you
While you take the time
In the burning of uncertainty
I will be your solid ground
I will hold the balance
If you can't look down

If it takes my whole life
I won't break, I won't bend
It will all be worth it
Worth it in the end
Cause I can only tell you what I know
That I need you in my life
When the stars have all gone out
You'll still be burning so bright

Cast me gently
Into morning
For the night has been unkind
Take me to a
Place so holy
That I can wash this from my mind
The memory of choosing not to fight

If it takes my whole life
I won't break, I won't bend
It will all be worth it
Worth it in the end
'Cause I can only tell you what I know
That I need you in my life
When the stars have all burned out
You'll still be burning so bright

Cast me gently
Into morning
For the night has been unkind

THE END

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AN – The song is entitled 'Answer' by the artist Sarah McLachlan. A funny, sweet and happy ending! I hope that you have enjoyed and loved this fic as much as I have. Thank you to all of you who have spent the time reading, and reviewing it. As always, you are always appreciated. And for me, it may never be the end. I will continue writing stories. Hugs, kisses and love to all of you. On a final note… REVIEW!