Epilogue: How It All Began Anew
One can only imagine how many, many long nights it took before Hermione and Draco came to true understanding. More than one heartfelt conversation took place before the shadows of the past were laid to rest. Not only were their common and differing beliefs discussed, but all the misunderstandings of past years were talked through meticulously. Neither of them wanted to screw it up again.
They spent time together every day, reacquainting themselves with each other after years apart. It was not always easy, both had as many faults as perfections, but they had learned patience and knew by now that they were what each other wanted. The many stories of how they became reacquainted are, alas, for another tale.
The couple dated for two years before tying the knot. Standing up at their wedding were Harry, Ginny, Asteria and Blaise. Both couples remained the closest friends in the years to come. They did not, however, retain contact with Anthony Goldstein, who after a short tenure at St. Mungo's, transferred to the Americas as the head of a new magical medical mission.
Hermione and Draco attended the wedding of Anna Lane and William Trenton Smith in the summer of 2005, it was purposefully a long engagement. The young couple settled down in a pretty country estate and is awaiting their first baby – a boy to be named after his gods-father.
It seemed that, as the Lane-Smith wedding came to a close, everyone was paired off, as generations tend to do. Even Luna returned from her naturalist adventures with a friend in tow. He was said to be the great-grandson of the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and naturally Luna found him fascinating. The travelled the world together and only settled down years later.
Neville remained at Hogwarts, teaching herbology to some excellent students, although his study of dendacula leaves concluded after only a year's worth of research due to lack of supply. Apparently the students discovered their value in back alley trading.
Ron continued to work with George at Weasley's Wizard Wheezes; always the butt of the joke and usually and explosion along with it. Business boomed and eventually expanded to a second outlet shop in Dublin, and Ron added regular travel to his list of responsibilities.
Ginny played for the Hollyhead Harpies for only a few more years, and then retired to be the chief quidditch consultant for the Daily Prophet, where she was hired by the newly-promoted Asteria Zabini. Harry remained head of the Auror department for decades to come, working to change magical law and enforcement with the aid of his many allies. The Potters had three adorable children, all miniature copies of Harry and Ginny themselves – except the eyes.
Paris was where Hermione remained for her career, working as the Healer-In-Charge of the Spell Damage Division at the Children's Hospital for a full decade and loving every minute of it. By the time she was in her mid thirties, she was a prime candidate for the Healer-In-Charge position for the entire Children's Hospital, and it was on the day she got the job that she told Draco she was pregnant with their first child, a baby girl.
The Malfoys would continue their life together for many years to come.
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