Chessie: You know the disclaimer by now. RabidOrochimaruOtaku owns nothing but me and my kids in this mess.
It was now two weeks later, and even though things were still morose for Severus and me, things were finally getting back to normal. Eileen and Christine were perfectly healthy and sound little princesses. Even though Christine was a very, very vocal baby and Eileen was her polar opposite in every way, it still felt good to have them in the family. Daemon was finally used to not having the brother he wanted, but he kept asking Severus and me for one. It was so cute, but we couldn't exactly plan another baby so soon after the triplets – I still needed to let my body rest.
Still, Severus was happy to oblige whenever I wanted a "cup of tea" after a long day of work, at least once Poppy had given the all-clear to do so. I had the twins to look after, and so I was not the one to break the curse on the position of Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor. I was nervous now, but I was shocked to see a red envelope come in the mail and go towards the Gryffindor table.
"RONALD BILLIUS WEASLEY! HOW DARE YOU DUEL A PREGNANT PROFESSOR!"
Charlie's voice, magnified by one hundred, boomed throughout the Great Hall. I was appalled, I hadn't really been that kind to him, so what was going on now?
"WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING? I MET HER OVER CHRISTMAS AND SHE PASSES OUT FROM THE USE OF EVEN THE SMALLEST OF MAGIC? WHAT HAVE YOU DONE, YOU ARE NO LITTLE BROTHER OF MINE, CAUSING HEADMASTER AND PROFESSOR SNAPE'S CHILD TO BE BORN WITH BLOOD ON ITS BRAIN AND KILLING IT, ALL BECAUSE YOU BROKE PROFESSOR CHESSIE SNAPE'S BACK WHEN SHE WAS PREGNANT WITH TRIPLETS! WHAT ON EARTH MOM IS GOING TO THINK OF YOU WHEN SHE GETS WIND OF THIS, MOM AND DAD NEVER RAISED YOU TO ACT LIKE THIS, I HOPE THEY FLAY AND FLOG YOU TO RIBBONS! ON THAT NOTE, I HOPE HEADMASTER SNAPE CHOPS YOU UP AND USES YOU IN A POTION OR POISON, YOU'VE MOST CERTAINLY BEEN ACTING MORE LIKE A DEATH EATER THAN HEADMASTER SNAPE DID TO ANY GRYFFINDOR WHILE HE WAS TEACHING POTIONS! BILL AND I MAY HAVE BEEN JERKS AT TIMES, BUT WE NEVER ACTED LIKE THIS, HELL, EVEN PERCY DIDN'T ACT LIKE THIS WHEN HE WAS BEING A BIGOT DURING THE WAR!"
I knew he'd dealt a blow by bringing out Percy, because Ron cringed and flushed deeper. He glanced up at us and I held my wand above Daemon and Eileen to ensure that the Mufflatio spell of Severus' kept working, and Severus had his pointed at Christine, who was watching him curiously. Harry was sitting and cringing with his fingers in his ears, as did Neville, Ginny, Hermione, and the Gryffindor Quidditch Team.
"LETTER FROM SNAPE LAST NIGHT, DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU WERE THINKING WHEN YOU TRIED TO GET INTO HIS QUARTERS TO KILL HIS DAUGHTERS, DIDN'T VOLDEMORT TRYING TO KILL HARRY TEACH YOU NOTHING? HE TRIED TO KILL HARRY BECAUSE OF SOME STUPID PROPHECY, I WOULD HOPE THAT YOU WOULD HAVE ENOUGH BRAINS THAT YOU WOULDN'T GO TO ATTACK A NEWBORN LIKE HE DID AND PUT YOURSELF AT THAT LEVEL, BUT APPARENTLY NOT! HARRY DIDN'T KEEP YOU AROUND WHILE YOU LOT WERE ON THE RUN JUST SO YOU COULD GO AND ATTACK THE MAN WHO KEPT SAVING HIS LIFE, YOU'RE BEING NOTHING MORE THAN A SELFISH BRAT AND IF YOU KEEP THIS UP I'M GOING TO COME OVER THERE AND GIVE YOU A PIECE OF YOUR OWN MEDICINE WHILE USING PROFESSOR CHESSIE SNAPE'S MOST FEARED SPELLS!
"Oh, and Headmaster and Professor Snape, congratulations on the two new little girls in your family, I look forward to meeting them."
It exploded in a batch of flames, just before the Great Hall remained still. None of the students before now had known what had happened to our little Tobias, but now that the truth had been revealed there was shock and horror all around. Severus was blank faced but still sorrowful, I felt about ready to cry, and Daemon was looking up at me with tears running down his face. Molly and Arthur were both glaring at each other and trying to figure out where they'd gone wrong with him, while Sibyll Trelawney was muttering to herself. Fillius, Minerva, Horace, and Pomona (yes, the four heads of houses, I know, oh the irony) were gaping and gasping like fish out of water trying to comprehend what they'd just heard, and a very shocked Hagrid was staring at Ron as though he were seeing him in a new light for who he truly was.
The students, however, were the first ones to truly react. The Slytherin house was in an uproar at what had happened, and were soon yelling and letting loose a volley of swear words at Ronald Weasley. The Gryffindor House was yelling out as well, only they were yelling out death threats and the like against him, even Harry, Hermione and Ginny were glaring at Ron and yelling at him angrily. Neville was quiet, though, looking up at us sadly. The Ravenclaw house was looking around at each other trying to figure out what to do just before they joined in the fray, some letting out swear words and others threatening, while some were just sitting there and watching the fireworks fly with thoughtful looks on their faces. It was the Hufflepuff house who was the quietest, but their displeasure was made known in another manner. Most of them now took our quill and parchment and had begun writing furiously, writing swiftly but quietly. The Slytherins finally followed in suit after yelling out as many swear words as they knew, followed by the Ravens and finally the quieter of the lions.
It was a group of twelve members of the D.A. who made sure that Ron was expelled from the group, however. Luna sent her first reverse Patronus at him, which was a startling black rabbit. Harry sent an aura vortex out, while Colin used the aura shield, a privilege both of them had paid for unlimited use of. Neville disarmed Ron while Ginny sent a very, very nasty bat-bogey hex at him, and Hermione used her signature canaries, this time black ones. Cho Chang sent a powerful stinging hex at his privates while one of the Patil twins used a spell of mine that showed one's true inner beauty. To nobody's surprise, Ron turned into a devilish brute. The other Patil twin sent a patronus out to her parents, while the three remaining ones cast different jinxes in unison.
Ron was soon writhing on the ground in pain as tentacles erupted from his hair, his teeth turned sharp and he grew hair literally everywhere on his body. I didn't pity him one bit. No, he got what he deserved, on a much smaller scale than what I wanted. But knowing the entirety of the school, they'd get back at him for us while we waited for him to graduate.
And so they did. It didn't take long for more hexes, jinxes, and curses to be sent flying at Ronald Weasley, but to the students' initial surprise, the teachers didn't even bat an eye, even if it was right in front of them. They refrained when one of the children was around until Severus and I announced that all three of our little ones would be wearing protection amulets due to the increase in the itchiness to duel. It was then that the curses really started flying at him, even with the children nearby. Daemon's first experience with a hex coming from him was a stinging one that he'd used while punching Ronald in the privates, causing him to scream and writhe in pain.
We found out later that he had a broken testis as a result of Daemon's actions.
Severus and I couldn't help but laugh at Daemon's performance, and it was in June that I realized why I was suddenly so much more emotional now than I had been before. I sat down next to Severus one night at dinner and grinned and laughed like a Cheshire cat just imagining his reaction. He gave me a what are you thinking look, and I grinned up at him even wider and madder.
"What are you thinking? That grin isn't a normal one, Cheshire. Tell me, is it the upcoming summer within the week to be spent with our children, or something else entirely?" Snape asked curiously, and I only smiled wider.
"I'm thinking that I love you," I smiled sweetly with a completely different look in my eyes that he wasn't used to. I could tell it was scaring him somewhat, so I continued, "And that you'll be pleased to know that we have another baby due in March."
His reaction was priceless as his face fell forwards into his food as he fainted. The entire school could easily guess what I'd told him judging by his reaction and my shaking my head silently and shivering with containing my emotions at his own reaction and not even trying to revive their poor headmaster. I heard Harry yelling out a "Congratulations, Chessie!" just before Hermione and Ginny put body-binds on Ronald again and jerked his new wand from his pocket and throwing it down the table to pass it on down to Professor McGonagall.
Yes, I smiled and mused, this next baby of ours was going to have a wonderful life now that Ronald Weasley wasn't going to be around to ruin it.
I poked Severus in the face, and he had no reaction. I couldn't help but laugh and nibble his ear to jerk him awake, before he blinked at me confused and nearly fainted again.
"You have only yourself to blame," I giggled into his ear, and he scowled at me before wrapping his arm around my shoulder protectively.
"If this is due in March, then I can only do the math," he murmured exasperatedly as Daemon went back to eating his food at the end of the table with the girls eating from their spots in Minerva and Pomona's laps. "I hope our children don't end up like the Weasleys' children..."
"With you as their father, I have no doubt that they won't," I assured with a kiss on his cheek. "Besides, they'll have no choice but to learn from your mistakes once we start telling them stories about our pasts and what the war was like."
Severus could only blink in agreement before kissing me on the cheek fondly as we walked out of the Great Hall.
The Battle's over, but the war's not. There's a sequel on the way. It will sound like a crossover at first, but it's not.
I think I'll call it "Slytherin Phantoms" or something like that.