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Summary: Severus's father returns after hiding for almost twenty years. Now, Severus and Hermione are thrown together. Will they find love in the midst of war? A/U

Finding Love in War

Prologue- June 6, 1975

Severus paced the hallway outside the bedroom. Sitting in a chair was Albus and Minerva. Severus had flooed them six hours ago when he arrived home from the Hogwarts Express. He had just completed his sixth year at Hogwarts.

"What's taking so long? Surely they could have told us something by now," he said worriedly.

"These things take time my boy. Your mother was pretty bad off when you found her. You need to be patient right now," Albus replied gently.

Severus sighed as he plopped heavily into the chair between Albus and Minerva. "Your mother is a strong witch. She won't give up without a fight," Albus added.

"We all know who did this to Leilani, but how did Hadrian find her here? You and I made sure this place was not only unplotable, but the Fedilus Charm was still in place until Severus flooed us," Minerva questioned.

Before anyone could answer, one of the medi-witches came out of the room. "How's my mother?" Severus demanded as he jumped to his feet.

"I'm sorry, but there's nothing more we can do for her. She's asking for you," the medi-witch answered solemnly.

On jelly legs, Severus made his way toward his mother's bedroom. What he saw floored him. The other medi-witches and wizards were packing their equipment and leaving. On the bed lay Leilani Dedham Snape, looking pale, fragile, and completely defeated. Something Severus thought he would never see.

"Mu…mum?" Severus asked quietly.

"Come here honey," Leilani said gently.

Slowly he moved over to his mother's bedside. After taking a deep breath, he sat on the edge of the bed and took her cold hand into his own.

"My dear Severus, don't…give up…on life. Don't let my…death make you cold and bitter. Promise…me," she gasped as she squeezed his hand.

"I…I promise mum. I'm sorry. I should have been here," he replied sadly.

"Don't. This is not your fault," she said in a fierce tone.

Severus simply nodded. Tears filled his onyx eyes as she told him she loved him, closed her eyes, and took her final breath. Severus let the tears fall as he kissed her forehead and said his final farewell to the one person he loved more than life itself.

"I will make sure my father pays for this. I swear I will avenger you," Severus vowed as she stared down at the marble tombstone.

Leilani Dedham Snape


Beloved mother and friend