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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

Epilogue

Life continued after the final battle. Hermione and Severus returned to Dedham Manor and she began preparing for her apprenticeship in July. Harry, Ron, and Neville took their N.E.W.T.'s and graduated. Ginny returned to Hogwarts as good as new.

"Severus, have you heard anything about Sirius?" Hermione asked as she and Severus ate dinner the night before she would begin her apprenticeship.

"No. All I know is, he didn't return to Hogwarts after the holidays," Severus answered.

"Do you think something's happened to him?" she questioned worriedly.

"I don't know. Maybe he just had enough and went off on a vacation. What that wizard really needs is a good lay. Or a kick in the ass," he said.

"You're horrible," she laughed.

Sirius sat at his desk. Scattered everywhere on the desk were maps, parchments, letters, and books. Ever since January, he had secluded himself in the small house he owned on the outskirts of London. After seeing Hermione and Severus at the celebration, he had been planning.

'I will get her. I won't let that bastard hurt her. She belongs to me and no one else,' he thought as he looked over the Ministries file on Hermione.

It angered him that she and Severus were together. Especially the fact that they were getting married. He stood up and poured himself a glass of Firewhiskey and walked to the window.

"Soon, I'll have Hermione and Severus will be out of the picture. Permanently," he said with a twisted smile.

He downed his drink then exited the room. He needed a full nights sleep. The next morning he would put his plan into action. He entered his bedroom, stripped down, and climbed into bed. A confident smile plastered on his face as he drifted off to sleep.

The End…or is it?