The next few days they were left alone at home. They went about their day normally but knew something was about to happen. What they hadn’t noticed was that though Severus had some strong wards on the house they did not notice the aurors watching them through the windows. Then again who would have guessed that would happen. They were watched on the orders of Kingsley Shacklebolt now that he was Minister of Magic.
After three days of surveillance a report was handed to him and to Minerva. In it was proof that Hermione was not under any charms, spells or potions. That she was voluntarily with Severus and that he was treating her kindly. Kingsley was happy with this but Minerva was not but she realized that she would have to live with the young woman’s decision to be with the snarky bastard. So, she decided to apologize. She grabbed her cloak and apparated to Severus and Hermione’s home and knocked on the door.
“I’ll get it!” called Hermione. She ran to the door and swung the door open to find a very cold looking Minerva. Immediately Hermione put up her guard not allowing the woman in. “What do you want?” she asked angrily. Severus wasn’t too far behind her and heard her and walked faster to the door. Upon noticing Minerva he made sure his wand was close.
“I came to apologize Ms. Granger, Severus.”
“What I said and did at the ball was absolutely wrong and I can see now that you are under no guise and that you want to be with Severus. I sincerely apologize for my gross mistake and for attacking you Severus.” She sounded apologetic but Hermione was not in a forgiving mood.
“Apology accepted, goodbye Headmistress.” She retorted curtly and slammed the door in the woman’s face and put up the wards. “She should have just stayed where she was. Apologizing is not going to change what she did.” Commented Hermione. Severus stood silent the whole time amazed at Hermione’s anger and her defense of loving him.
“Have I told you I love you today?” Severus asked smiling.
“Yes, but it won’t hurt to say it again.”
“I love you.” He whispered as he wrapped his arms around her waist and kissed her. Hermione moaned in to the kiss and allowed Severus to carry her to the sofa and lay her down on it as he kissed her repeatedly on her lips and neck. For the first time in a long time he could see himself with her and no one else. He could see that he wanted to be with her for the rest of his life and what a long life the two would live together. For the first time being a father passed through his mind and he didn’t balk at the idea.
For the next few weeks Severus thought about their relationship. He had known Hermione now for almost ten years. Six years of teaching, one year of fighting the Dark Lord, two years of running in to each other, and seven months of living together. They knew each other in and out. They knew their darkest fears and their dreams. So a month after the events at the ball and Hermione standing up to Minerva Severus went out to a jeweler in Muggle London to find a ring for her. A wizard owned the shop but no one knew this unless they of course were a witch or wizard. He gave him the specifics of ring size, shape, and design and was handed the ring and hour later after all his other errands were done. The ring was expensive but it would be worth it.
Upon his return home he found Hermione asleep on the sofa they had made love on the previous day. She was reading a new book she had gotten and it was open to the last page across her lap. Severus magically put away his purchases except the ring then crept in to the room and removed the book from her lap. He smiled at how this would never change and he didn’t mind. Even as a student at Hogwarts she’d fall asleep reading, only her head would be in the book. Luckily she didn’t drool when she slept. He placed the book on the coffee table and picked her up and sat on the sofa with Hermione in his lap. Hermione then woke when a whiff of Severus’ natural smell hit her.
“Hello.” he said smiling. She looked like a cat when she woke.
“Hello.” she whispered as she stretched in his arms. Exactly like a cat.
“I need to talk to you about something.” Hermione repositioned herself on his lap straddling him.
“What’s on your mind?”
“I love you Hermione, more than you realize. I took you under my wing to bring you out of the depression you were in and you in turn took me out of mine. For the past few months I have been thinking about our relationship and I can’t imagine myself with out you.” Severus reached in to his pocket to take out the small box While Hermione sat transfixed by his words. She wasn’t exactly sure what he was getting at and she didn’t notice his hand dive in to his left pants pocket. “What I’m trying to say Hermione is that I love you and…oh fuck it! Hermione, will you marry me?” Hermione’s jaw dropped at his question.
“Are you sure?” she asked
“Even with all my idiosyncrasies that drive you crazy?”
“Hermione, yes.” He answered impatiently.
“Then yes Severus, I will become your wife.” She answered with tears. Severus opened the box and slipped the ring on her finger. It was a thick silver band encrusted with emeralds and rubies. Severus then kissed her not wanting to let her go.
“This ring is special just to let you know.”
“How?” it was then that he showed her his ring, which was also a silver band but not like hers. It was encrusted with one ruby and one emerald, which were magically joined to seem as one.
“These rings will alert either of us if we are in danger. If you are in danger the ruby glows. If I am in danger the emerald glows. But there is something more important.”
“And that is?”
“Upon our formal wedding a spell is placed on the rings. If one of use should die so will the other. It’s archaic but that's the rule.”
“It is archaic Severus but to be honest I don’t think I could live if you died.” With that admission Hermione leaned forward and kissed Severus.
Two months later they were married in a druids circle with a handful of friends. Minerva was not invited but Kingsley was and he presided over the joining of the couple. After the wedding there was a small party and then everyone went home. Severus and Hermione did not go on their honeymoon until the potion they had been working on from the beginning was completed and tested.
Once all was done they honeymooned on a small island in the Mediterranean. There was not much contact with anyone else so they were free to do whatever they wanted. On one such day Severus had walked out of the bungalow they were staying in the find his wife walking in to the surf completely naked.
A year after marriage Hermione had given birth to their first daughter who was named Elena Mari Snape. Two years later they had a boy they named Damian. Hermione and Severus lived for another two hundred years before they both died peacefully in their sleep.
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