Disclaimer: I do not own Harry Potter. The great J. does.
A/N: Just another Hermione/Severus fic I've been working on for a while. I've not quite finished it, so I'll post one chapter a week. I look forward to your thoughts and comments. Take care and enjoy!
Severus held Hermione in his arms as she read Hogwarts A History. Hermione had been silent for hours with her nose in her book. She's been the Transfiguration Professor for three years and married to Severus Snape for almost six. Finally, Hermione closed her book and sent it back to the bookcase in the study and then snuggled back into her husband's chest.
"How are you feeling, 'Mione?"
"No better." Hermione stood and went to the bathroom. Severus slowly followed and rubbed her back as she slowly lost whatever was in her stomach. Hermione leant back into her husband and sighed.
"I think it's time to go and pay a visit to Poppy."
Hermione nodded against his chest and closed her eyes, unable to keep her heavy lids up any longer. Severus scooped Hermione up and carried her to the floo where they went straight to the Hospital Wing.
For the next ten minutes, Poppy quickly waved her wand performing all sorts of diagnostic spells. Hermione lay stock still holding Severus' hand. A gasp and a tear escaped simultaneously as a blue ring hovered over her abdomen.
"Congratulations, Hermione, Severus."
"You mean, I'm pregnant?" Hermione whispered.
"Yes." Poppy smiled. "I can give you something for the nausea if you wish?"
"No thank you, Poppy." Hermione said with a dreamy voice. The pair were still in a dream-like state with Poppy nodded and left.
Severus and Hermione walked through the corridors hand in hand silently, until they got to their chambers. Hermione sat on the sofa and Severus took the coffee table. What felt like hours passed before the silence was broken by Severus.
"Well done!" Severus shouted as he jumped up and lifted Hermione into his arms, spinning her around.
"It takes two to tango Severus." Hermione laughed as she was placed back on the ground.
"But you're the one that has to do all the hard work." Severus grinned and pecked her cheek.
"I take it you're happy then?"
"I never thought I'd be blessed with a child." Severus whispered. His grin had stooped slightly but his eyes radiated with happiness. Tears shone in Hermione's eyes and she rested her head on his chest, sighing. Severus ran his fingers through her curly locks and held her close. They stood therein silence for what felt like forever before they separated briefly to sit down and call an house-elf for lunch.
Lunch was a quite affair as the happy couple made light touches and shared bright smiles as they both danced with their own thoughts of having a child.
The day passed quietly as the pair adjusted to expecting a little pitter patter of feet.
That night, Hermione curled up into Severus' chest as he held her close.
"Would you prefer a girl or boy, Severus?"
"A girl, you?"
"What would you call her?"
"Diana." Hermione said thoughtfully.
"Diana Snape. I like that." Severus smiled and kissed her nose.
Hermione smiled and moved her head slightly until their lips met and she engaged him in a heated kiss. Hermione groaned when Severus pulled away.
"Rest, petal. As soon as you feel better, I promise."
Hermione nodded, snuggled close again and closed her eyes, giving up to sleep just as Severus laid his hand on her stomach and kissed her hair. Severus soon gave into sleep as he watched his wife relax in his arms. He made soothing circles on her stomach as he saw pictures of his wife holding a little girl in her arms. Smiling, the pair slept through the night, both dreaming of their little girl.
The next morning, the sun was high in the sky when Severus was jolted awake by Hermione jumping out of bed and running to the bathroom. Severus followed her quickly, held her hair back and rubbed her back, soothing her slightly. When Hermione had lost everything in her stomach, she leant back against Severus' chest and sighed as he held her. Severus pressed a kiss to her hair and ran his fingers through her chocolate locks. He whispered loving words to her as she relaxed and calmed her stomach once more.
Twenty minutes later, Severus scooped his wife up an took her to the living room and placed her on the sofa in front of the blazing fire before going into the kitchen and fixing tea and biscuits.
Hermione sat on the sofa gazing into the fire as she relaxed. She listened to Severus in the kitchen as her mind slowly started to go blank.
"Here you go, petal." Severus passed Hermione a mug and placed the biscuits on the table. "You need to keep your strength up."
Hermione nodded and started to sip the warm liquid, enjoying the feel as it trickled down her throat, soothing it softly. Severus sat next to his wife and put a hand on her knee. Hermione smiled and placed her free hand on top.
"Are you sure you don't want anything for the morning sickness?"
"I'm sure, Severus. I just don't want to take any chances."
"I understand sweetheart."
Hermione put her mug on the table and snuggled into Severus' side. Severus held her close and gently rubbed her back. A content silence settled over the couple, each engaged in their own thoughts.
That was, until Hermione blurted out, "How are we going to tell everyone?"
"We'll find a way. Perhaps we could speak to Minerva or mention it in the staff meeting tonight?"
"Shall we just mention it tonight? I don't think Minerva would keep something like this quite."
"Of course. Beside, she doesn't have a choice, she's magically bond to patient confidentiality."
Severus mutely nodded, and pulled her closer to him.
"I do hope this won't cause any problems with me teaching." Hermione said, slightly saddened at having to stop teaching, even if it was to have their child.
"Not until you're at least seven months." Severus reassured her. He hated hearing her so pained. Teaching had been her life since she graduated. She didn't even leave Hogwarts. She took her apprenticeships under both himself and Minerva, gaining her masteries in both Potions and Transfiguration. She was then trained under himself, Minerva and Albus. She excelled in all of her exams and was offered the post of Transfiguration Professor straight after, so that Albus could step down and Minerva could step up.
Hermione sighed and snuggled to Severus, closing her eyes. She was so happy, yet so worried.
"Don't worry petal. Everything will be fine." Severus soothed.
"I hope so." Hermione whispered.
Over the course of the day, the pair did their marking until it was time for the staff meeting.
Severus and Hermione walked hand in hand into the staffroom.
"The wanders return." Minerva said from her soft tartan sofa that she shared with Albus.
"We didn't go anywhere, Minerva. We were just spending our Sunday together." Severus snarled and sat in his usual chair, gently pulling Hermione into his lap and holding her close.
"Well, no everyone's here, we can get down to business." Minerva stated in her strict classroom voice. "We've caught wind that a group of Slytherins have found a secret room down in the dungeons. Albus and myself have done an extensive search and have found nothing. Now, we've tried to get hold of Severus throughout the day, but his floo has been closed all day. Care to enlighten us, Severus?" Minerva glared at the dark man in the corner waiting for his answer.
"Hermione and I have received some news and have not wished to be disturbed."
"And what, may I ask, could be more important than your duties?"
"I'm pregnant Minerva, so cool your heels." Hermione snapped at the Headmistress.
"I'm sorry, Hermione. Had I realised ..."
"Nonsense Min. Hermione, Severus, congratulations." Albus said beaming. He wrapped an arm around his wife and held her close. She hadn't had much luck with bearing children. Yes, they had daughter, but that's a story for another time, and Albus stored it away.
"Congratulations!" The staff cheered once the news had sunk in.
"Thank you." Hermione blushed.
Severus' lips twitched at the corner and carried on with the previous conversation, "If you'll excuse me, I'll go and do a walk through of the dungeons." Severus and Hermione stood and embraced.
"Seeing as everything else has been said, I suggest we all do rounds now." Minerva and Albus stood and left. Everyone else hugged Hermione and patted Severus' back congratulating them, before heading off to do their extra rounds.
"That went well." Hermione smiled.
"I feel sorry for Albus." Severus chuckled.