AN: Wow, this is overdue.

I admit that I didn't really know how to wrap things up with this story, plus I got involved with some other stories, and recently I've been dealing with a new boss that I just don't seem to tie well with, a dying grandfather and a lot of inner turmoil. *breaths out loud* ok, but here it is.

Ok, so I used a Disney song in this last chapter.. WAIT! DON'T SHOOT ME!

If you read the lyrics, I think you'll agree that the lyrics fit Hermione and Severus well. Plus I had friends who used this song at their wedding it was actually really sweet.

I do not own the song, "You'll be in my heart."

"FINALE"

He stood in front of his mirror as he rolled up one of the sleeves so that the gold cuff links he had received as a gift would show off.

He decided that for this occasion, he would tie his hair back in a neat ponytail. His new boots which were cleaned and polished shone brightly against the light of the room, and they made a click-clack sound as he walked about the room.

He sighed out a breath he did not realize he had been holding and noticed that despite the mental exercises he had given himself earlier; he was nervous.

Blasted arrangement he had consented to where he would not see Hermione until the ceremony was driving him mad!

It wasn't enough that he had not let her out of his bed for almost the entire day only yesterday. Although… She did not complain, she was actually very obliging. but.. What if she had changed her mind about marrying him within the span of …
Severus mentally counted… 8 hours, 31 minutes, 56 seconds?

The sounds of a whisper broke him out of his pessimistic thoughts at that moment.

"Severus…" He turned and saw a gloved white hand wrap itself around the doorframe and when he saw that there was no intention of the person coming in, he realized who it was. He chuckled realizing he was not the only one who was being tormented by the hours of separation.

"I thought we were not supposed to be near each other." He said in his silky voice as he approached the door.

"Technically, we're not in the same room, we're just.." He then ran his fingers through her gloved ones, making small delicate circles on the palm of her hand and he carefully worked his way to her fingers in that same circular motion.

"Ohhhhh." She sighed from the other side of the door. "I do wish you had caressed me that same manner yesterday while.. "

Severus cleared his throat. "It appears my wanton vixen cannot keep away from me, despite her own rules. Worry not, we will have an entire two months to do nothing but indulge in our wildest and most passionate desires.

"In that big, roomy house you have…" Hermione groaned from the other side.

"Yes, I plan for us to make use of every single square foot my love; that is a promise. I will leave you in such a state that you will be mumbling and numb from the waist down."

She jerked her hand back suddenly and he heard a cross between a shrill, high pitched squeal and a moan come from her.

"I should go before I break my own promise."

A satisfactory smirk appeared on his face at the impact simple words caused.

"Until the ceremony.. I .. I'm really happy Severus; I can't picture doing this with anyone but you."

"Neither can I Hermione. You will be mine; there will be no one else for either of us. No one to kiss at the tender hot flesh in the midst of."

"I'M LEAVING NOW BEFORE I BARGE IN THROUH THE DOOR!" She practically shouted, and he heard her receding footsteps.
He chuckled darkly; it was so much fun to tease her. He now definitely felt more confident that she was the one, and that this really would be the beginning of the happiness he had been denied for so long.

OoOo

The wedding itself was a small affair that took place in one of the halls that they were allowed to rent out in the ministry of magic. Severus had only wanted to go in with a witness to sign the forms and head on out for their honeymoon, but Hermione had insisted on a small reception.

Hermione saw no point in hiding her Marriage from her friends especially since she would now be teaching at Hogwarts. To say that they were shocked was an understatement, especially from Harry.

She could still remember his reaction when she had told him.
"Hermione! I would've bet money that you fancied that Nathaniel bloke, or that deep down you and Ron would eventually end up together! Never him! I thought you hated him!"

"Believe me Harry when I tell you that I didn't expect for this to happen, but it did; and I love him. He loves me too and not only am I going to be able to continue to pursue music as a career, but I will be doing it under the same roof as the man that I love, can't you be happy for me?"

"Of course Hermione, I just didn't know, and it's well.. A bit of a shock I mean… The dungeon bat?"

Hermione laughed along with Harry. "Oh but he's so much more then that Harry, I have seen a side of him I never thought possible and I can sincerely say that he is the best man I have ever known."

"Well, if you think so then it must be true, I'm happy for you Hermione."

She sighed at the memory, he and Ron and the others would be at the reception. There had been some that she was surprised to find that they had outright refused, finding their bonding a disgrace, but that had not stopped them from moving forward.

She couldn't wait to give Severus a special wedding surprise… Well.. The one she could share with others as well.

OoOo

For Severus, the clock on the wall was clicking away far too loud. As people arrived and congratulated him, he did his best to look calm and collected and before he knew it, everyone fell silent and the music started up.

He could hear her heels hit the floor as she got closer, and closer, and finally she walked in, her bouquet held out in front of her gloved hands. 3 simple long stemmed irises held together by a silk white ribbon. Her curly hair was held up by a shiny hair comb that glittered in the light. She wore a simple silver chain around her neck with a crystal heart pendant.
She opted for muggle attire, and while the white dress was simple, it was extremely elegant, and hugged her curves in all the right places.

Her appearances actually took his breath away as she slowly approached him. He had never seen her look so happy, and he could feel his heart racing in his chest, but for the first time it was not accompanied by panic or dread; he too was happy.

He might've been holding her tighter than he needed to while they were exchanging their vows to love each other forever, and his hands might've been trembling when she slipped the ring on to his finger, but when she wrapped her arms around his neck and he leaned in, it was absolutely glorious. He could physically feel the spark inside him ignite; they were finally one.

Man and wife, they left the hall to go to the reception when he whispered in her ear. "You are the most beautiful witch I have ever beheld, why don't we detour to my quarters before arriving at the reception?" His voice husky and his eyes filled with love and lust.

"Because my dear, we would never actually leave your quarters, and.. I .. well.. I have a surprise for you, and I have been working a long time on it."

"Hmmm… well when you put it like that I guess its off to the reception, but mark my words witch, once I get you home, do not think you will be getting any sleep!"

"Promise?" She asked slyly.

"I would never lie to you Hermione."

Once they had arrived, they made their way to the head table where there was a giant vase filled with different types of white flowers. He chuckled at the muggle details Hermione had made sure were included. Plastic swans that held Jordan almonds and read: Severus & Hermione united in matrimony. Some had those tasty white mints that melted instantly when they hit your tongue, he personally loved those. To say nothing of the cake which could be smelt as soon as you walked in.

"Rum my dear?"

"It was the only flavor they..." She saw his brow rising and laughed out loud. "I'm allowed to indulge once in a while."

"You leave that part to me." He whispered and stole a kiss from her.

Trays of food were brought out, various people got up and toasted the new couple, and when the music started to play, a small dance floor appeared at the center of the room.

"Shall we have a dance my dear?"

"Yes but, I think now is the time I give you my surprise."

She got up and walked to the very center, she grabbed a chair and transformed it into a white piano and bench. She started to play around with scales.

Everyone fell silent and she began.

"I want to thank all of you for sharing this very important moment in the new life that Severus and I are about to embark on."
There was applause and then she looked up at him.

"I dedicate this song to you, because I think it truly expresses us, and what I feel for you."

Severus could only stare transfixed, he should've known the surprise was a song, but he felt himself anxious and excited to see what she had chosen.

"Come stop your crying
It will be all right
Just take my hand
Hold it tight

I will protect you
From all around you
I will be here
Don't you cry

You seem so strong
My arms will hold you
keep you safe and warm

This bond between us
Can't be broken
I will be here
Don't you cry

Cause you'll be in my heart
Yes, you'll be in my heart
From this day on
Now and forever more
You'll be here in my heart
No matter what they say
You'll be here
In my heart, always

Why can't they understand
The way we feel?
They just don't trust
What they can't explain

I know we're different but
Deep inside us
We're not that different at all

And you'll be in my heart
Yes, you'll be in my heart
From this day on
Now and forever more

Don't listen to them
Cause what do they know?

We need each other
To have, and to hold
They'll see in time
I know

When destiny calls you
You must be strong
I may not be with you
But you've got to hold on
They'll see in time
I know
We'll show them together

Cause
You'll be in my heart
Believe me, you'll be in my
heart
From this day on
Now and forever more

Oooh, you'll be in my heart
No matter what they say
You'll be here in my heart
Always
Always…

I'll be there for you always
Always

Severus was so overcome with emotion that he did not feel the warm tears cascade down his face until Hermione had come to his side and wiped it gently with a napkin.

"Is that dance still up for grabs?"

They simply swayed from side to side, her head cradled against his chest. As others looked on at them, he breathed in her scent deeply in an effort to memorize that moment for as long as he lived. When he exhaled it was accompanied by a faint: "I love you Hermione."

Eventually other people joined them on the dance floor but Severus being.. well Severus, led Hermione towards the back and when she realized it was his way of letting her know he was ready to move on to a more private celebration; she took his hand and headed out for the back door that did not have people occupying the area.

"That was quite Slytherin of you if I do say so myself."

Before she could respond, he grabbed hold of her tightly and she felt the motions of apparition. Expecting to see the familiar dwellings that were his quarters, she was shocked to find they had arrived at a private balcony overlooking the ocean and a beautifully lit star filled sky. Next to them was a table with a bucket of ice and Champaign.

"Consider this, my surprise." He said at a startled Hermione.

He popped open the bottle and Hermione squealed excitedly as the cork flew and the Champaign bubbled over.

He poured her a glass and then himself.

"To us, and the moment I realized I fell in love with you the day you sang that song at the Lions den. To your ability to inspire through your artistic abilities, and to that beautiful dress your wearing that will be on the floor three seconds from now."

"Here, here!" Hermione chimed in.

… and true to his word, he drank down the Champaign and took off her dress within the 3 second range.
Thankfully they were no other occupants nearby, lest they be kept up by the cries and loud moans of the newlywed couple, and indeed it was the beginning of a wonderful new life.

"FIN"