Chapter 18, aka Epilogue.
"Hermione, could you come here, pet?" Sirius called from their lounge.
"Yes?" She entered, hand on her swollen belly.
"Remus has something he'd like to tell you."
"Go ahead," she urged, impatient.
"Am I interrupting?" Remus asked from the sofa.
"No, I'm sorry. I was just working on some homework."
"Perhaps, I should-"
"Just tell her Mooney! It's worth disrupting."
Hermione's curiosity won out over her impatience and she sat beside Sirius.
"Dora's had the baby," he gushed.
"Oh, Remus!" She sprang up to hug him. "I'm so happy for you. But, it was a bit soon?"
"Yes, yes. The healers have checked them both over and they're fine. Our daughter's a wee small, but healthy."
"What'd you name her?"
"Itachi, after Dora's grandfather. Oh, I've fallen for the little angel already, and barely a day old."
"What's Teddy think?"
"He adores her, of course. I can't wait for you to meet her." He glanced at his pocket watch. "I really must be getting back. You'll let Molly and the others know?"
"Of course," Sirius responded, already owling Harry. Remus hugged them both once more before apparating back to St. Mungo's. "Good enough news to disturb your studies?"
"You know it was." She leaned against him, playing with the edge of his shirt.
"Are you jealous?"
"No, just eager to have our own."
"He'll be along soon enough." Sirius slid his hand over her tummy.
"Ginny will be next and I'll still be waiting," she pouted.
"Well, they've all had so much more practice than us. We have a lot of catching up to do." He nibbled her earlobe.
"Mmm, we've been getting a lot of practice in lately."
"And it's been lovely. So, no rushing to hold the little fellow. He's making things very pleasant just where he is."
Hermione chuckled. "Are you worried you won't have...privileges anymore, once he or she is born?"
"I'd like to think you like me enough to continue once you're not so...hormonal. But..."
"Oh, Sirius," she sighed and wrapped her arms around his waist. "I'll still want you."
"Honest?" He played with the end of her long braid.
"Promise." She kissed him softly. "There is something I've been meaning to tell you..."
"Go on." He kissed her neck, sucking gently near the base.
"I," she whispered, breathless as his hands smoothed over her body. "I- You're so good at that."
"I know. But, what I don't know is what you were saying."
"What? Oh, yes! I," she moaned when he cupped her breast. "Stop, stop for a second."
He groaned, but backed a step away.
"I," she cleared her throat, "This is difficult."
"Let me help."
"Repeat after me. Sirius."
"Sirius," she copied, amused.
"Brilliant and handsome."
"Brilliant and extremely handsome."
"Nice embellishment. And I."
"Love him, you." She bit her lip. "I love you."
"Took you long enough."
She laughed. "You knew?"
"I held hopes. You know that I love you."
"Yes, yes I knew."
"Well, now that we've got that settled, how about a shag?"
"You do know how to sweet talk a lady."
"I can do a lot of sweet things with my mouth."
She laughed as he swept her up and carried her off to their bedroom.
"Sirius?" Harry called from the doorway. A laughing squeal drifted from his godfather's bedroom, followed by a growl. "Later then." Harry shut the door quickly before he heard more. "Wish he'd quit doing that."
Thanks to everyone for hanging in there with me on this one. I hope you were all pleased with the ending. Hey, Fallen Angel Itachi, told you I'd remember you when Remus and Tonks had their baby!
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