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Chapter 4

Hermione scooped the one year old up into her arms. "Sirius, this is Eridanus Corvus Black."

Sirius felt his heart stop. Eridanus was adorable. His hair was black and he had big blue eyes. Eri turned, burying his face into Hermione's neck.

"Eridanus Corvus…" Sirius whispered. His eyes lit up. "You followed the tradition and named him after the constellations?"

Hermione nodded, a few tears gathering in the corner of her eyes. "I thought that's what you would have wanted."

Sirius nodded. "He's so beautiful."

Hermione shifted. "Eri, sweetie, you can look," she said gently. Eridanus turned, casting a peek at Sirius. "I know he's a bit scary looking, my sweetie, this is your Daddy."

"No, Mummy," he said, placing his hand on her face.

"Yes, I am your Mummy, but now you have a Daddy too," Hermione tried to explain.

"Daddy?" Eridanus said, looking at him funny.

Sirius nodded. "That's right buddy, I'm your Daddy."

"Daddy!" Eridanus screamed, wriggling in Hermione's arms.

She laughed. "Do you want to hold him?"

Sirius took a step back. "It's been over eighteen years since I've held a kid, I don't think I can-"

"Oh nonsense," Hermione said. Moving forward, she plopped Eridanus into Sirius' arms before he could protest.

Eridanus wriggled, burying his face into Sirius' chest.

Hermione watched the two of them, a huge smile on her face. Before she knew what was happening, Hermione had tears pouring down her face.

"What's wrong?" Sirius asked, immediately feeling alarmed.

She sniffled, reaching up and wiping the tears. "I just never imagined the two of you together like that." Another sniffle. "It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen."

Sirius reached out and pulled her close. She wrapped her arms around his waist, burying her face into him. The two of them stood there holding onto each other, Eridanus snuggled in between them.

She couldn't remember the last time she had felt so at peace. It still felt as if she was lost inside a dream. But no, he was here. "You're really here," she whispered.

"I am, and I'm not going anywhere," he said firmly.

"Good because I don't think I'd let you go anywhere either."

Her brown eyes stared into his grey ones. It was like time had stopped. Slowly, his gaze flicked down to her lips. Subconsciously, her tongue darted out and wet them. Sirius was slowly leaning down…

Hermione shivered, closing her eyes. She prepared herself for his kiss.

Sirius grinned, and as he went to place his lips against hers,


Sirius internally groaned, pulling back.

"Daddy!" Eridanus cried. "Hungry!"

Hermione sighed. "All right, come on sweetie, let's go to the kitchen." Placing Eridanus down, he ran out the room.

"He's a loud one," Sirius commented.

Hermione sent him a glance. "This is nothing. You should see him when he's around Remus."

Eridanus' voice rang out.

Hermione cringed a bit. Glancing towards Sirius, she looked him over. "I'm glad you're okay."

"I'm glad I am too. Hermione, I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you."

Hermione nodded. "I'm just glad I was able to make a difference."

"You made all the difference." Reaching over, Sirius' hand gripped her wrist. He pulled her into his arms, his lips crashing to hers.

Hermione's eyes fluttered closed. This was heaven. His lips moved against hers, his tongue darting in and out of her mouth. She gripped his waist, pulling him closer. A soft moan escaped her lips.

Hermione reluctantly broke the kiss. "We should probably feed Eridanus."

"Probably," Sirius said with a smile, his eyes flashing mischievously.

Hermione blushed under his heated gaze. "Can we finish this later?"

"I plan on it," he whispered before leaning down to give her another quick kiss.

Hermione grabbed Sirius' hand. Together they made their way towards the kitchen. Remus had Eridanus in his lap, the small boy bouncing up and down.

Ginny smiled when she saw Hermione. "You look happy," she commented.

Hermione blushed. "Well, today has been a good day."

"I'm heating up some veggies for Eri."

"Thanks Gin." Hermione really appreciated all the help that Ginny would give her.

"So are you feeling okay Sirius? Any headaches or anything?" Remus asked, looking towards his old friend.

Sirius shook his head. "No, I actually feel fine."

"Well, we'll go to St. Mungo's tomorrow anyway to have you looked at," Hermione said matter-of-factly. "Besides, Eridanus has his one year checkup."

Sirius grumbled. "I don't want to be poked and prodded at like I'm some sort of experiment."

"But you are," Harry said, amusement in his eyes.

"Harry, do shut up," Hermione said, putting Eridanus into his high chair.

"What do you mean?" Sirius asked, sitting on the other side of Eri.

Harry smirked. "Well, you're Hermione's project. She brought you back from the dead… or wherever it is you can from."

Hermione scowled. "Don't call him that!"

Harry shrugged. "I'm just teasing; don't get your knickers all up in a twist."

Sirius remained quiet. It was so weird to be back. No time had passed for him, but Hermione and Harry had grown up so much. But they had been through so much.

Hermione was a woman now. She was now nineteen, a mother. He couldn't even imagine the trials she had gone through without him. A girl so young pregnant, all alone in the world. She must have gotten so much disrespect for that.

And Harry, he must be seventeen now. Looking at him, he was more built then he was the last time he had seen them. He was a spitting image of James, down to the mannerisms. And seeing his arm around Ginny, it was just like James and Lily were here with him again.

"Remus?" a voice called out. Turning, Sirius saw Tonks enter the room, a small boy in her arms.

"Sirius, this is little Teddy," Remus said proudly.

"You two got married?" Sirius asked, his eyes wide.

Remus stood, going to Tonks side. "Yes we did."

"Welcome to the family! It seems like everyone got married when I was gone."

Hermione pursed her lips. She was the only one. Ron and Lavender were engaged, Harry and Ginny married.

Sirius was oblivious to Hermione's expression though. "Can I feed him?"

Hermione handed him the spoon. She watched as Sirius fed Eri his mushed up carrots and peas. Sirius wiped up the mush that was leaking down his face. "What a messy eater," Sirius grumbled.

Hermione laughed. "Yeah, not much goes down."

"I can see that."

Ginny smiled. "Can I give Eri his bath?"

"Oh, erm, sure," Hermione said.

"Yay!" Ginny scooped the little one up, carrying him upstairs. His high pitched giggles filled the hall.

Harry followed Remus and Tonks into the living room, leaving Hermione and Sirius alone.

"Why don't we go to the study and talk?" Sirius asked, turning towards Hermione.

She nodded, following him up the stairs.