Thank you to my wonderful beta, TrippingOverYou!
A year...it had been a year since that fateful day that the portkey had dropped Petunia, Dudley and Harry in the Entrance Hall at Hogwarts. Never would Severus have thought that his life could be any better than it had been since the day in September when Petunia had agreed to marry him; it was about to become even better. Today, he and Petunia were going to be married. They had decided to celebrate their union at Hogwarts, surrounded by their friends and family. Yes, Severus now had a family. Not only were the other staff members at Hogwarts considered his family, but there were also the Weasleys, the Malfoys and Harry. Somehow, even Neville Longbottom and his grandmother Augusta had wormed their way into his heart.
Lucius was going to perform the ceremony; he had insisted when he had found out that Petunia had accepted Severus' offer. Draco, as his godson was to stand up beside him; Harry was standing up for Petunia. She had insisted that Dudley walk her down the aisle, even though this was not a Christian ceremony. Petunia had never agreed with most of the tenets of the religion, and had insisted upon learning more of the Pagan/Wiccan religion that Harry followed. She hadn't attended any church services until she had begun dating Vernon, and recognised the Pagan religion as being the one her parents and Lily had followed.
Currently, however, Severus was pacing the floor of his sitting room, trying not to let his nervousness get the better of him. This was the most important thing to him, this marriage, and he was truly worried that Petunia would change her mind or that he would somehow mess it up. Lucius stopped him by placing a hand on his arm.
"If it helps you any, I was thinking the same things when I married 'Cissa."
Severus stared at him in confusion. He didn't remember Lucius having been this worried about anything. "You were?"
"Mmhmm...I was terrified that she would find out about my father and what he had forced me to do. I hadn't told her that I had been marked and I was worried that she would find out before the ceremony took place. I didn't know that she already knew...Mother had told her...and she also knew about the abuse. After the ceremony, she took me aside and told me that she knew and that she knew why I had been marked. She worked with me, through all the years, to make sure that I was never discovered as a spy. If it hadn't been for 'Cissa, I would most likely be dead."
Severus shook his head. He had never known that about Lucius; he knew that he had kept the abuse under wraps, but he thought that Lucius had told Narcissa before they were married. He realised that Petunia already knew about all of his mistakes. They had sat down one weekend, not long after she had accepted him, and talked about his past. She let Severus know that she loved him for who he was right then...without his past, he wouldn't be the man she had fallen in love with.
Draco stuck his head into the small tent that was being used as a dressing room and smiled at his godfather. "Are you ready Uncle Sev? It's almost time to start."
Severus took a deep breath and nodded, trying to calm his racing heart. He followed Lucius out of the tent to stand next to him in front of the people gathered to witness his marriage to the only woman he had ever loved. Draco surreptitiously rubbed his hand up and down his back, trying to get him to breathe. The light sound of laughter reached his ears and he turned to watch Harry walk up the centre aisle, followed by Dudley and Petunia. He swore that his heart stopped for a moment before beginning to beat again at a faster pace.
Petunia walked up the aisle, her shaking hand resting lightly on Dudley's arm. She had been scared that Severus would change his mind, that he would realise that she was 'damaged goods', somehow; it never crossed her mind that he would be thinking the same thing. They reached Lucius and Severus and Dudley turned to his mother.
"Be happy, Mum...that's all I want for you. Be happy." He kissed her cheek and moved back slightly to stand behind his mother and Severus as Lucius began speaking.
"We are gathered to bear witness to the marriage and bond between Severus Tobias Snape and Petunia Rose Evans. Who gives this man into the bond?"
Draco spoke his part. "I, Draco Lucius Malfoy, give Severus Tobias Snape into the bond."
"Who gives this woman into the bond?"
Harry and Dudley both spoke. "We, Dudley Evans and Harry James Potter, give Petunia Rose Evans into the bond."
After that, everything seemed to speed along; neither Severus or Petunia paid much attention to the words Lucius was speaking, until he pronounced that they were united in marriage and bond and could seal the joining with a kiss. Severus gently pulled Petunia into his arms and pressed his lips to hers. She surprised him, however when she nipped lightly at his lower lip to get him to deepen the kiss. Cheers and applause accompanied their actions as Severus tightened his arms and plundered her willing mouth. Only the sound of Lucius clearing his throat drew them apart.
"Now, now...save that for later!"
The rest of the day was a blur for both Petunia and Severus. They knew that they had been hugged and kissed by everyone there, including Minerva McGonagall and Augusta Longbottom, and the well-wishers continued up until the time that they left to go on their honeymoon.
Severus had no idea where Lucius and Narcissa were sending them, only that they would definitely enjoy the views. The portkey whisked them away, leaving the rest of the party to wrap things up and end the reception. Draco turned to Harry, never noticing his father gaining everyone's attention.
"Harry, I've waited for two years to ask this, but I finally feel that the time is right. Would you do me the honour of becoming my bond-mate and husband?" He pulled a jeweller's box out of his pocket to hand it to Harry. Harry didn't even open it before he gave Draco his answer.
Severus looked around at the suite that the portkey had dropped them in. The room was large and airy, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a huge mountain in the distance. They looked around and, seeing brochures laying on a low table, walked over to pick them up.
Petunia gasped when she saw the top brochure stated that they were in Japan. "Dear God! He sent us halfway around the world!"
Severus chuckled. "Trust Lucius to not do anything small. I have the feeling that we're not going to be leaving this suite very often though. I find that I want you all to myself." He drew Petunia into his arms and proceeded to convince her that he was right.
It didn't take very long to make her see things his way.