A/N: Hey. So, here's the Epilogue. This story is over...more or less. :P I'm glad that you all have enjoyed it so much. I know it wasn't my best work in terms of organization but, really, I wrote this story in about 3 or 4 months and it takes me over a year to write a story now usually. :P I agree that all the time lapses did sometimes get confusing and I apologize. So, here is the end. It's quite short, just like the Prologue. Only 873 words before Author's Notes. :P Thank you so much for reading! :]
Warnings:Massive fluff. :P
"Thanks for taking Caleb and Kat," Harry said to Fred and George who had agreed to take the kids for the night. It was the night of Harry and Severus' anniversary and they wanted to spend it alone. After finding Jack, Luna and Sebastian, and Dean and Matt busy, and Teddy away for work, they had turned to Fred and George who happily agreed to take care of Caleb and Katryna for the night.
"It's no problem," Fred said, taking Kat into his arms.
"We love the little guys," George said.
"What time do you want them ready tomorrow?" Fred asked, bouncing a giggling Kat on his hip.
"Around noon," Harry said. "We love them, we do, but we can't help but take advantage of whatever alone time we can get."
"Completely understandable," George said.
"We'll have the little runts ready," Fred said.
"Thanks again," Harry said with a smile at the 'runts' comment. "We'll see you tomorrow," he said to his children. "Daddy and Papa love you." He kissed Caleb and Kat on the head before saying goodbye to the twins and Disapparating.
"I love this wine," Harry said appreciatively and Severus chuckled.
"Which is why I got it," Severus said. "It's a good thing you like it because elf-made wine is bloody expensive."
"What can I say? I have good taste," Harry said with a shrug and a grin.
"Only because of my influence," Severus said.
"I'm so sure. It can't have anything to do with my worldwide travels where I visited everywhere and tried everything," Harry said and they laughed. "Come on, let's go outside."
Severus nodded and took Harry's hand, following him out the back door and into the yard. The sun had begun going down and they had an amazing view of the sun setting behind the valley. Severus pulled Harry over to where they had a blanket spread on the grass and they sat down, curled up as close as possible to each other.
They were quiet for a long while as they watched the sun set, the sky changing with it. They finished their wine and ended up lying down on the blanket, hands linked and Harry on Severus' chest.
"You know," Harry said, breaking the silence, "all those years ago, I never thought this was how my life would turn out."
"I don't think it's the way anyone expected things to happen," Severus said, running a hand across Harry's back.
"I never even thought I'd come back to England," Harry said. "I always wanted to see you again but I didn't want to come back. So much had happened there."
"But you did return and because you did, we are here," Severus said.
"Before we got together or started talking again, I regretted coming back. I had nothing when I came back. I had Lileen but she wasn't enough or the same. She wasn't really enough to erase everything that had happened there," Harry said.
"I can only imagine how difficult it was," Severus said.
Harry rolled onto his back, turning his head to look at Severus. "It was hard but it got so much easier when we started talking again. It was like before the war when we were friends. I missed that with you while I was gone."
"I missed everything about you while you were gone," Severus said and Harry smiled.
"I'm glad now, though, that I came back," Harry said quietly.
Severus pushed himself up onto one elbow and placed his other on Harry's chest. "I never would have blamed you had you never come back or had you left not long after you got back."
"I think if I had left after I got back, I would've missed you too much after seeing you again, more than I already did miss you," Harry said and Severus gave him a small smile.
"I love you so much, Harry. You are the reason I'm alive, both figuratively and literally, and for that I thank you. I love you, Harry," Severus whispered.
"I love you too, Sev'rus," Harry said with a smile and bright eyes. He put his arms around his husband's neck and pulled him down for a kiss.
When he was eleven, England and Hogwarts was his home and continued to be so up until the day of the final battle. Of course, even while he was gone, he still felt that a part of him remained in the school of magic. While he travelled, he found a home in Iceland but he knew there was still something missing. Upon his return to England, he found that which filled the void.
Now he knew that his life was full with his husband who he loved so much and their three children. Once he was silent himself and he was lost in that silence, despite those few that he still had around him.
However, he knew, just like Severus knew, that neither of them would ever be stuck or lost in a deafening silence, not now that they had each other and their children and the rest of their family.
"Happy anniversary, love," Severus whispered against Harry's lips.
"Happy anniversary, Sev'rus," Harry returned.
Yes, Harry thought. There will never be silence again.
A/N: So, that's the end. I hope you all enjoyed it despite the many mistakes and slightly confusing time lapses. :P Now, I'm sure you are all waiting for that announcement I've been mentioning. Here it is.
I will be posting a "side-story" to go with this one and it will be drabbles and one-shots of scenes that didn't make it into this story or that you wanted changed or something like that. I will post the first one and after that, leave me your requests in a review or a PM. I will explain more in the actual story. This way, though, you can all get all of that Ron and Hermione conflict that never made it into this story. :]
So, I think that's all. I'm glad you all liked it and I'll see you again in Spur of the Moment and the side-story to this, which will be called A World of Sound. :P Bye! And thanks so much! :]