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Summary: What if there was a different reason for Salazar leaving? Hermione and Severus are swept up in a story of love, betrayal and mistakes. Can the two of them correct a mistake that Helga and Godric made or are they doomed to suffer the same fate as Rowena and Salazar? R/R


Hermione stood at the nursery door. She smiled as she watched her and Severus' two month old twins, appropriately named Rowena and Salazar, sleep. She sighed as she felt her husband's arms slide around her waist.

"We should go to bed ourselves, They will be waking up in about eight hours," he whispered.

"I still can't believe how blessed we are," she said.

"I know what you mean. Come on love, let's get some rest," he nodded.

It had been ten years since the truth about the founders had come out. For once in her career, Rita Skeeter told the story word for word as it happened. A month later, Fudge was forced out of office. Lucius was appointed the new Minister of Magic. One of the first changes Lucius made, was the appointment of three new governors. Masters and Phillips were removed and Arthur, Remus, and Sirius were put on the board.

Remus and Sirius had surprised the everyone by voicing their full support for Hermione and Severus. A month after graduation, Severus and Hermione were married in the largest wedding the wizarding world had seen in over a century. As Hermione went through her apprenticeship to be a Potions Mistress, she helped Severus not only write a book about Salazar and Rowena's romance, but also make significant changes at Hogwarts.

"Harry flooed and invited us to dinner on Sunday. I told him we'd be there," Severus said as he and Hermione dressed for bed.

"Good. We haven't seen them since the twins were born," Hermione replied.

"Draco's getting married,"

"Oh? To who?"

"Ginny Weasley of all people,"

Hermione chuckled as they climbed into bed. Five years after they were married, Harry and Susan were married and took over running Hogwarts when Albus and Minerva retired. That was the year Severus resigned from teaching. He and Hermione now ran one of the most successful Apothecaries in the world.

"I love you Hermione. Everyday, that love grows stronger," he whispered as he pulled her into his arms.

"I love you too Severus. Everyday I think God that I have you and now our beautiful twins. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect life," she sighed.

As they drifted off to sleep, a blue and green light glimmered softly at the foot of their bed. Rowena and Salazar held one another as they looked on at the sleeping couple. Their souls and the souls of Godric and Helga finally at rest.

The End!