Just so we all remember who the characters are:
Severus and Hermione Snape – Married, Children: Abby (26 - Severus' daughter, Hermione's stepdaughter), Addison (11), Seth and Marissa (twins, 10), Ethan (3)
Abby (Snape) and Matty Pierson – Married, Children: Isabelle (3), Matthew (Abby's pregnant with)
-Abby, Matty, and Isabelle live in the beach house with Severus, Hermione, and other children during holidays. The beach house was expanded to accommodate everyone. They have separate chambers in Hogwarts.
Harry and Ginny Potter's Children: James (14) 4th year Lily (11) 1st year (they do have younger children but will only write them in as needed)
The other children from other families will be written in as needed.
Severus woke to the sun beaming in through the window and chestnut hair sprawled across his face. The bushy hair was a god send with times like these, if it hadn't been obstructing his view of the sun he probably would have been blinded. With a flick of his wrist the curtain was drawn shut. Severus slowly started brushing the hair out of his face.
"I'm sorry, Sev," Hermione said sleepily, moving her head from Severus' chest to the pillow.
"You know I love waking up to your hair sprayed across me." Severus' voice was still sleep ridden as he pulled Hermione back toward him. Hermione grunted a reply and then groaned. "What is it?" Severus inquired.
"Today's the last day of Christmas Holiday!"
Severus couldn't help but grin, "Why yes, it is."
"Don't you be so smug, jerk! I'm going to send all those dunderhead delinquents to you at the first sign of mischief."
"I must admit being Headmaster does have its perks. Not having to be in a classroom constantly is lovely." Hermione mumbled something inaudible and Severus grinned, he could tell she was falling back to sleep. The bedroom door opened and closed, but Severus didn't see anyone. He was positive it was either Ethan or Isabelle, or both. A moment later a head full of pitch black hair was visible on the mattress and then a small body was crawling towards him.
"Hi daddy," Ethan whispered.
"Hi love." Severus smiled and pulled the three year old boy to his chest and pulled the blanket over them. Ethan launched into his regular morning conversation with Severus; it was one of the favorite parts of Severus' days. Hermione let out a loud snore in the middle of their conversation and Ethan started giggling.
"Mummy sounds like a train," Ethan giggled. Severus grinned when Hermione picked her head up and raised her eyebrow at Ethan, making him giggle more.
"Are your brothers and sister awake?" Hermione asked Ethan as she cuddled into him and Severus.
"No," Ethan responded and then hesitated. "…Mummy, what's a bastard?"
"Where did you hear that word?!" Severus said a little too harshly. Ethan started to cower towards Hermione.
"Daddy didn't mean to get angry, baby. That's just a bad word, where did you hear it?" Hermione started stroking Ethan's hair to calm him.
"Abby called Matty that before I came in here," Ethan said in a shaky voice. Ethan seemed to be Hermione and Severus' only child that hated confrontation; he was a lover not a fighter. Hermione was positive one day that he would make a woman very happy. He was always one to cuddle, hug, and kiss someone if they were in a lousy mood. The only down fall was Ethan could be extremely sensitive. Severus was certain Ethan was going to be a healer, or something along that line, one day.
Severus ran his hand through Ethan's hair and smiled lovingly at him, causing Ethan to calm slightly. "Did you hear anything else?" Severus asked him.
"No, it got really quiet. Like when you and mummy are talking about something you don't want us to hear about."
Severus nodded, "They put up a silencing charm."
"They're fighting again, Severus," Hermione sighed. "I hate when they fight."
"I know love, but they'll be alright. They just need to work some kinks out, all couples fight, you know that," Severus responded.
"I know, but they seem to be fighting a lot lately and it's not good for Abby or the baby, she's seven months pregnant!"
"I know," Severus said and then turned his head to Ethan, "Was Isabelle in her bedroom?"
"Yes, she was sleeping when I went to visit her."
"Go wake up Addison, Seth, Marissa, and Isabelle. Tell them to be downstairs for breakfast in thirty minutes," Severus told Ethan and helped him off the bed. Ethan ran toward the bedroom door and out into the hallway.
"What are we going to do about Abby and Matty, Severus," Hermione asked as she cuddled back into his chest.
"Nothing, I don't think we should interfere, I think that might make the both of them more pissed off. They're both just stressed out with the new baby almost here and they hardly get to see each other with the hours Abby works and Matty being away a lot with Puddlemere United."
"If they get any worse then we need to do something. You know how emotional Abby can get; it may harm her or the baby. Is Abby still working with the ministry on the weekends?"
Severus nodded. Abby had taken over as the potion professor at Hogwarts, but also worked part time with the ministry. When Abby played seeker for Puddlemere United, she secretly trained to be an Auror in the off season. There was never any intention on Abby's part or the ministry's part for Abby to be labeled as an Auror. With Abby's special gifts from Talon: being able to read minds by touching someone and calming people down the same way, the ministry thought Abby could be very useful. So, Abby joined the ministry as an undercover Auror and sometimes a spy. Abby's immediate family was only made aware of her positions.
Severus, Lucius, and Matty were not very happy about Abby's choice. They all hated the thought of Abby being in danger and were afraid she was going to get injured or killed. Still, no one could talk Abby out of joining the ranks as an undercover Auror and spy. Albus, Draco, and Harry had just assumed it was a phase and once Abby got a little older she'd grow out of it.
There was a soft knock on the bedroom door and then it slowly pushed open. Addison stood in the doorway with his black hair stuck up on the side of his head, mirroring exactly what Harry's hair use to look like at that age. Addison had kept his hair fairly short, but during the school year he had decided to grow it out. Hermione was sure it had something to do with him being in his first year at Hogwarts and trying to impress the other students. Severus was positive that Addison was trying to impress Lily Potter, Harry and Ginny's daughter that was the same age as Addison.
"Mum?" Addison said tiredly from the doorway.
"Hmmm," Hermione responded sleepily.
"Ginny is at the floo in the sitting room, she needs to talk to you about something."
"Okay dear," Hermione said and slowly pushed herself off of Severus and the bed.
"That surprise birthday party better be cancelled!" Severus said darkly, glaring at Hermione.
"No one is throwing you a surprise birthday party," Hermione huffed as she walked to the doorway, and then she grinned, "It surly isn't a surprise since you already know about it."
Severus leaned up against the wall in his sitting room. He was watching his twins create mass chaos at his birthday party, it was brilliant. Seth and Marissa had already spiked the punch with some substance that turned your hair blue upon consumption. Severus made sure to stay clear of any food or drink that had been left out in the open. They seemed to be following in the Weasley twin's footsteps. Although, Seth and Marissa were completely different in personality and looks. Marissa was a raven haired beauty that was sure to have the boys drooling and Severus having a heart attack in a few years. She had inherited Hermione's know it all-ness and the inability to stop talking. A few times Severus had to tickle her into a giggling fit just so she would stop asking questions. Marissa did have a bad temper, which she inherited from Severus. Seth was very handsome, but had unfortunately inherited Hermione's hair. He could only let it grow out so much before it turned into a nest of bushy brown hair. Hermione tried to show him a few spells and even muggle gel, but Seth claimed it was too girly. They knew once Seth got a little older he'd realize it was okay for guys to put effort into their hair.
Severus scanned the room and found Addison talking to a very pregnant Abby. Severus scowled when he saw how Abby was standing. She had one hand on her back and the other propped on a table, holding her up. Severus never understood why she just wouldn't sit down, Abby always made him nervous when she was like that. Seeing Addison and Abby grinning made him relax. Even though there was such an age difference between Abby and Addison, they still confided in each other and were very close. The two were bonding before Addison was even born, so this was no big surprise. Ethan and Isabelle were sitting at the table Abby was leaning on, with Lucius, Narcissa, Albus, Eileen, and Edward and Jane Granger. The two children were suckering candy out of Albus.
"Would you like a firewhiskey, birthday boy?" Hermione grinned and waved a glass of firewhiskey in Severus' face.
Severus scowled and took the firewhiskey, "You're infuriating, you know that?"
"Yes, but that's why you love me."Severus grinned and wrapped an arm around Hermione, pulling her into his chest and kissing her forehead.
"It's not even my birthday, yet."
"Well, no, but it is only in a few days and the students come back tomorrow... You just gave me a great idea! We can have a party with all the students when they come back, for your birthday!" Hermione giggled when Severus gave her a dark glare and scowled at her.
"I will Avada Kedavra you," Severus stated. Hermione giggled some more.
"I think our children are plotting something," Hermione said after a few moments of silence and joining Severus in his people watching.
Severus snorted, "Which ones?"
"All of them. They are bad enough when they pair off, but when they come together as one…They scare me sometimes. And Gods, when they join up with the Potters, Weasley's, or Malfoy's, or all of them, I'm afraid I'm going to come home to a burnt down house or one of them in Azkaban."
Severus laughed, "Yes, they do make things interesting. Don't worry so much, they will turn out fine. No one has been seriously injured or burnt anything…lately."
Hermione smiled, "I'm their mum Severus, I have to worry."
"I know, but we have good kids. They get a little wonky sometimes, but from what I'm told, we acted the same way at their age."
Hermione smiled and nuzzled into Severus' chest.
A few hours later found Severus and Hermione kissing Addison, Seth, and Marissa goodnight at the floo. They were staying at the Potters for the night. Ethan and Isabelle were curled up together on the couch, asleep.
"Abby, we'll get them", Hermione said after she turned around. Abby was struggling as she tried to pick Isabelle up and carrying her up to her room. Severus and Hermione walked over to the couch, Hermione picked up Ethan and Severus pulled Isabelle into his arms.
"Where's Matty?" Severus asked. "I haven't seen him in a few hours." Abby started to scowl but schooled her face, Hermione and Severus both caught it.
"He had to go with the team, they are recruiting for next season."
"I thought he didn't leave until tomorrow afternoon," Hermione questioned.
"He left tonight." Abby stated in a tone letting Hermione and Severus know that this conversation was over. "Dad, you can put Isabelle in my bed. I'm going to shower and then go to bed." Abby ascended upon the stairs and out of sight.
"I told you Severus!" Hermione whispered, so she wouldn't wake the kids.
"Love, let them work this out."
The Great Hall was silent as Severus gave his welcome back from holiday speech. Hermione glanced up and down the staff table. Other than Severus being Headmaster, Remus being deputy Headmaster, and Abby being the Potion Mistress there really wasn't any change in staff since Abby had attended Hogwarts. Although, there was another new addition to the staff. Ginny had started interning with Poppy last year. Poppy wasn't quite ready for retirement, but by the time she would be Ginny's children would be old enough not to need her constantly and she would be ready to be Hogwarts newest Nurse. But for now, Ginny was working with Poppy a couple nights a week and during the day she and Molly were watching all of the staff's children. Severus had the castle add a couple of rooms for the women to use as a daycare/learning center.
Severus finished his seat and sat down. He noticed Hermione was deep in thought and squirming around in her seat.
"What are you thinking about?" Severus asked, as the food popped onto the table.
"Hmmm, oh nothing. I was just watching the staff and students while you were speaking." Hermione looked up at Severus and then down to the table, she scowled at the food.
"Why are you moving around so much?" Severus inquired with raised eyebrows
"My skirt is too tight! I think I've gained weight!" Hermione whispered.
Severus rolled his eyes, "Love you haven't gained weight and even if you have than what's the big deal?" Severus didn't understand how Hermione could think she was overweight, but he knew this was a sensitive subject for women. Obviously, that was the wrong thing to say. Hermione gave Severus the evilest glare that made him cringe.
"What's the big deal! Severus, I still have some of the baby fat from Ethan! You haven't gained weight since the first day I met you! I hate being like this! I can't imagine what you think about me when you see me naked!" Severus glanced around to make sure none of the staff and students were listening and then he leaned in closer to Hermione.
"To be honest, I can't think straight when you're naked," Severus purred seductively into Hermione's ear. "You're beautiful body is so distracting that all the blood rushes from my brain to the other end of my body. I'm sure I can demonstrate this for you later."Hermione was flushed and trying to hold back a grin when Severus drew back from her ear.
"Thank you, Severus. I needed that. But, I still plan on losing weight. I was talking to Ginny and Abby earlier and we are going to start working out during the evenings."
"Why is Abby working out?" Severus scowled, "She's pregnant, she shouldn't exert herself!"
"Calm down, Severus. Abby isn't working out to lose weight; she's doing it to stay healthy. Healer Bronson told her it would be a good idea; it will help her and the baby stay healthy and help Abby to get back into shape after she has the baby."
"Fine, I'm working out with you three. I don't want either of you exerting yourself because you have some ridiculous idea that you're fat."
Hermione grinned, "I thought you might say that. Harry said the same thing to Ginny, and I believe he was trying to recruit Ron and Draco as well. I believe Harry and Ginny are going to try to hire a few of the seventh year girls to watch their children."
"I think my mother and Albus, or your parents wouldn't mind watching ours. Will Ron and Draco's wives be joining us?"
"No, since they both still have new borns they don't want to leave them."
Severus nodded and went back to watching the crowd and pondering why women were always obsessed with their weight. He was brought back out of thought by an eruption of laughter coming from the Gryffindor table. Of course, Addison was right in the middle of the giggling table, along with Lily and James Potter. Severus and Hermione knew pretty much from the beginning that Addison was going to be in Gryffindor. The twins on the other hand were probably going to be in Slytherin, they were just to sneaking and snarky to be a Gryffindor. Ethan was a tossup, he should qualities of all the houses, no one could really pin where they thought he would be. But, then again, he was only three years old.
"I'm going to get the twins and Ethan from my parents, Severus. I'll see you back in our chambers in a little while," Hermione said as she stood. Severus gave her a small smile and reached over and squeezed her hand. When Hogwarts was in session, Hermione and Severus made sure that the kids who were not attending Hogwarts had dinner with a family member. They didn't want the kids to feel left out or eat with a house elf, since they were known to talk the elf into doing something ridiculous or sneak off while the elf wasn't looking.
An hour after curfew, Severus was finally making his way back to his chambers in the dungeon. He actually had a door in the Headmasters office that led directly to his chambers in the dungeon, but being the first night back from break he was checking to see if there were any kids out after curfew. Luckily, he had gotten all the way to his chambers without seeing or hearing anything. But, most of the kids were smart enough to stay away from the dungeons if they were out past curfew. Severus was also positive that Harry had given James and Lily his invisibility cloak, so he knew those two, Addison, and Teddy Lupin were probably running around the castle.
Severus reached the door to his chambers and was about to murmur the password, but the door popped open and Abby started to walk out. Severus noticed she had on the Navy blue robes she usually wore to the Ministry. Abby stopped in the doorway when she saw Severus.
"Where are you going?" Severus asked.
"To the Ministry, I won't be long."
"You shouldn't be working when your seven months pregnant!" Severus scowled.
"I'm not doing my usual work, they just need a consult. I'll be back in an hour," Abby replied tiredly.
"You're going to end up harming yourself and the baby!"
Abby glared, "You're starting to sound like Matty! I'm not over exerting myself! They just need me to come look at a case file; I'm not even going after anyone!
Severus huffed, "Where's Isabelle?"
"She's asleep with Ethan; Hermione said I could leave her here until I got back."
"Don't disturb her when you get back, let her sleep. If you'd like to stay in Addison's room tonight you may," Severus said and stepped out of the way to let Abby through. HE grabbed Abby's face gently as she started to walk past him and spoke softly, "Be careful, let me know when you get back." Abby nodded and walked back to her chambers, that were right down the hall.
"I hope you weren't too hard on her", Hermione said from the couch as Severus walked into the sitting room. Hermione was busily writing her lesson plans for the remainder of the year.
"I wasn't, I just don't want her hurting herself or the baby. Abby doesn't think straight when she's angry at someone, especially Matty", Severus replied.
"She told me she slowed down a lot with the ministry work, Severus. Abby's just stressed a bit and she's just like you when she gets stressed out, she has to be working on something. I think you'll be happy to hear that I've talked her into taking off in two weeks until after the baby is born. I suggested that you take over her classes."
"That's not a bad idea, and how did you manage that?" Severus sat down on the couch and leaned into Hermione, nipping at her ear.
"Stop that!" Hermione gasped with a grin. "Abby's exhausted, it wasn't hard to talk her into it. I need to get these lesson plans finished!" Severus grinned and removed the lesson plans from her hand and sat them on the table.
"Please, I know you are planned until the end of the year. These are just extras." Severus pushed Hermione into a laying position and she grinned and wrapped her arms around his neck. "I thought I could talk you into something more enjoyable. Are the kids asleep?" Hermione gasped as Severus started sucking on her neck.
"Ethan and Isabelle are, I doubt the twins are asleep." Hermione let out a throaty moan and clasped her hand into Severus' hair.
"I guess we should convene to the bedroom then?" Just as Severus picked up Hermione, there was a loud bang that came from the twin's room and then the sound of Seth and Marissa in a fit of giggles. A moment later there were cries coming from Ethan's room. "Damn it!" Severus scowled as he set Hermione down.
"I'll take Isabelle and Ethan, and you deal with the twins?" Hermione suggested after pulling herself together, both were obviously disappointed in the interruption.
"They will regret whatever they did," Severus said darkly, as he stalked towards the twin's room.
-Review!!! Sorry it took months for me to get this posted, but I was busy and got a serious case of writers block. I can't really say I know where this story is going, I just knew I wanted to start posting. I have one or two ideas, but I still need to brainstorm. I hoped you like the first chapter!