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Nineteen years have passed since the Second Wizarding War. Hermione's and Severus's world has drastically changed, but their lives are about to come crashing down again. Epic novel with angst, drama, mystery and, above all, love. First of a series, AU, Post-DH.

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Categories: Fanfiction; Fandom : Harry Potter
Genre: Adventure , Drama , Mystery, Young adults
Genre, Nonfiction : None
Other Languages: None
Warnings: Violence

Challenges: None; Series: None
Chapters: 59; Completed: Yes
Word count: 297252 Read: 12533
Published: Oct 05, 2012 Updated: Oct 07, 2012
Story Notes:

A/N: I'm very excited to share this novel-length story with you. As this story begins at the time of the epilogue, Hermione and Severus are slightly altered from JK Rowling's original version, since all characters should grow and evolve over time; however, don't fret. Many of the attributes we know and love about these two are still there. I have done my best to reflect these characters appropriately but am also trying to illustrate significant growth from both.

This story began (and is available) in its entirety on FanFiction.net. Special thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny, for helping me re-edit and perfect this story!

A prequel to Unquestionable Love is also in the works for those who may be interested.

Please review! Feedback encourages me to keep writing and I find readers' feedback immeasurable to this process. Thank you!

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

1. Chapter 1: A New Term by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 3] starstarstarstarstar (6968 words)

2. Chapter 2: A Daughter Is Sorted by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (5356 words)

A/N: This chapter and the next several are the 'beginning outlines' so to speak; more reflective and very much about establishing the family and school dynamics. More of the plot will start to develop later on. I can also promise some much-needed Severus and Hermione scenes, too; however, the next few chapters take place at Hogwarts, so you won't see much of her for a little while.

Many thanks to my beta reader, Brittny!

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

3. Chapter 3: A Father's Dismissal by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (3141 words)

A/N: A shorter chapter, but the start of one of a few plots I'll be introducing to you. Like I said, these first several chapters are establishing one plot and one dynamic of this family. More to follow later.

Many thanks to my beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

4. Chapter 4: Hate Is a Strong Word by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (4857 words)

A/N: An "Oh, sh*t just got real!" kind of chapter... 'Enjoy' would be the wrong word to use here, so I will just say that I hope it holds your attention, if nothing else.

Many thanks to my beta reader, Brittny!

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

5. Chapter 5: Growing Concerns by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (4943 words)

A/N: Brooding, brooding, and lots more (necessary) brooding...

Many thanks to my beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

6. Chapter 6: A Time For Talks by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (3835 words)

A/N: Hope you're enjoying the progression so far... I've been trying to update rather frequently but these chapters seem to be taking a long time to appear. My apologies for making you wait.

Many thanks to my beta reader, Brittny!

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

7. Chapter 7: Severus's Proposition by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (3398 words)

A/N: Progress can be slow, especially when it involves very confused teenagers and snarky, misunderstood fathers...

Many thanks to my beta reader, Brittny!

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

8. Chapter 8: Binding Together by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (4663 words)

A/N: Remember when I mentioned slow progress? And that other subplots would be introduced eventually? Just a friendly reminder. Enjoy the angst.

Many thanks to my beta reader, Brittny!

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

9. Chapter 9: Returning Home by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (7100 words)

A/N: Severus and Hermione together at last (yay!), but there are other things that will be starting to brew very soon, I promise. For now, our Potions Master is in need of his know-it-all, and a certain little girl we've been missing. :)

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny!

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

10. Chapter 10: Confessions by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (3171 words)

A/N: Some short self-loathing, brooding, comfort, and brooding again for our Potions Master...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny!

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

11. Chapter 11: Suspicions by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (5188 words)

A/N: More Hermione and Severus moments before other things start to kick in and cause a ruckus.

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny!

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

12. Chapter 12: A Never Forgotten Memory by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (6130 words)

A/N: A trip down memory lane. There is a lot more in depth back story about Severus and Hermione in my prequel, which has just started over at FFN; however, you really are meant to read the original first, otherwise a major revelation that happens in this story will be for naught if you come back to it later. There will be more flashbacks like this to come...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny!

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

13. Chapter 13: Alterations by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (3144 words)

A/N: Subplots and subplots! We like subplots!

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny!

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

14. Chapter 14: Lily Eileen Snape by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (5364 words)

A/N: Finally, we have some character development for the eldest Snape. She will play a more active role in this story soon...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny!

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

15. Chapter 15: Marked Change by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (3853 words)

A/N: A taste of what lies in store much later in this story awaits...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

16. Chapter 16: The Potions Assistant by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (4426 words)

A/N: There are small strides to be made here...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

17. Chapter 17: Inquiries and Accusations by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (2836 words)

A/N: Instigation and provoking here, and another family dynamic that will pop up again in the next chapter...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

18. Chapter 18: Slytherin vs Gryffindor by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (3941 words)

A/N: I never thought writing Quidditch would be much fun, as much as I enjoy reading it in the books; however, this was quite exciting to write. I hope you find it gripping.

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

19. Chapter 19: Snape Reservations by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 3] starstarstarstarstar (5248 words)

A/N: Well... I hope someone at least found that last chapter interesting. Moving right along...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

20. Chapter 20: An Act of Love by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 3] starstarstarstarstar (4630 words)

A/N: A smut chapter that probably isn't nearly as sexy as what most SSHG readers are used to, but hopefully someone will still enjoy it, nevertheless...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

21. Chapter 21: Eye To Eye by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (6071 words)

A/N: Another flashback that was fun to write...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

22. Chapter 22: The Third Snape's Admission by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (4033 words)

A/N: A long-awaited conversation between father and daughter. Not that everything will be settled, but it's a good start.

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

23. Chapter 23: The Former Flame by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (4771 words)

A/N: Another character pops up here...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

24. Chapter 24: Growing Developments by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (4610 words)

A/N: A chapter of relentless conversations...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

25. Chapter 25: The Retired Potions Professor by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (5804 words)

A/N: Another OC here who was admittedly a lot of fun to write into this story. Also, a few more revelations about that Quidditch match...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

26. Chapter 26: The Slytherin Godson by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (7497 words)

A/N: An emotional flashback and a visit that takes a turn for the worst in this chapter...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

27. Chapter 27: The Child Prodigy by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (4303 words)

A/N: A little more insight on the littlest Snape...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

28. Chapter 28: Muggles and Mudbloods by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (8606 words)

A/N: Two flashbacks here that were quite a bit of fun to write. More family dynamics, too, regarding what little the Snape children seem to know.

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

29. Chapter 29: Admonitions of Past and Present by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (4617 words)

A/N: A little more information in the first half, then reflections in the second half...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

30. Chapter 30: A Visit To St. Mungo's by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (6024 words)

A/N: Finally, our Potions Master's getting some help, but you may not get all your answers just yet...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

31. Chapter 31: The Malfoy Proclamation by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (5563 words)

A/N: Considering these are children of war veterans, I've taken the liberty of making not only the Snapes advanced in casting spells but others as well...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

32. Chapter 32: Too Much Curiosity by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (4432 words)

A/N: In this chapter, Hermione does what Hermione does best...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

33. Chapter 33: An Unexpected Visitor by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (4197 words)

A/N: Perhaps a bit of old school rivalry here...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

34. Chapter 34: The Snape Family Christmas by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (6156 words)

A/N: Not to be confused with the Griswold family Christmas... No, this is something else entirely.

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

35. Chapter 35: A Changed Friendship by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (3141 words)

A/N: This may not be what you think; or maybe it will be...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

36. Chapter 36: Aftermath and Reflection by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (7093 words)

A/N: There's a little bit of everything in this one...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

37. Chapter 37: The Coming Storm by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (3252 words)

A/N: Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

38. Chapter 38: Called Into Question by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (2817 words)

A/N: Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

39. Chapter 39: Unwanted Intrusions by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (5047 words)

A/N: Things begin to unravel here...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

40. Chapter 40: Taken by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarhalf-star (4839 words)

A/N: This chapter contains violence. I may be repeating this quite a bit...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

41. Chapter 41: The Beginning of Things by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (4122 words)

A/N: Warning - This chapter contains violence.

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

42. Chapter 42: Trial and Error by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (3992 words)

A/N: Warning - This chapter contains violence.

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

43. Chapter 43: The Assault of Serpents by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (5445 words)

A/N: Warning - This chapter contains violence.

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

44. Chapter 44: Fight and Flight by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (4417 words)

A/N: Warning - This chapter contains violence.

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

45. Chapter 45: Of Love and War - Part I by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (6327 words)

A/N: Warning - This chapter contains violence.

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

46. Chapter 46: Of Love and War - Part II by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (4128 words)

A/N: Warning - This chapter contains violence.

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

47. Chapter 47: On the Brink by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (6559 words)

A/N: Things aren't always what they seem...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

48. Chapter 48: The Next Great Adventure by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (5696 words)

A/N: A chapter of revelations, and one that's personally very meaningful for me. I hope it moves you...

Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

49. Chapter 49: For the Care of Posterity by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (5640 words)

A/N: I hope this and the next chapter are moving as well...

Many thanks to my beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

50. Chapter 50: A Father-Daughter Pledge by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (7078 words)

A/N: Another emotional chapter that's personally meaningful. Hope it grips you...

Many thanks to my beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

51. Chapter 51: Never a Lost Hope by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (5537 words)

A/N: Time to start tying up loose ends for the next several chapters...

Many thanks to my beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

52. Chapter 52: The Professor's Hearing - Part I by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (4172 words)

A/N: And so begins getting-to-the-bottom-of-everything...

Many thanks to my beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

53. Chapter 53: The Professor's Hearing - Part II by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (4683 words)

A/N: Let the interrogations begin...

Many thanks to my beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

54. Chapter 54: The Professor's Hearing - Part III by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (5059 words)

A/N: You might want to put those thinking caps on, because a lot will be revealed in this chapter.

Many thanks to my beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

55. Chapter 55: The Kiss of Revenge by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (6669 words)

A/N: Severus finally gets some revenge here, incase the title wasn't a hint...

Many thanks to my beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

56. Chapter 56: Markings and Destinies by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (6499 words)

A/N: The Potion Master finally starts to open up to his children in this chapter...

Many thanks to my beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

57. Chapter 57: Weighing the Pros and Cons by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (5100 words)

A/N: This chapter, another, and then the Epilogue will conclude this story...

Many thanks to my beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

58. Chapter 58: Turning the Page by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (5800 words)

A/N: Last chapter, then an Epilogue...

Many thanks to my beta reader, Brittny.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

59. Epilogue: Six Years Later by CRMediaGal [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (5264 words)

A/N: I hope you've enjoyed this story of mine, which is the first of a series. (I've written other one-shots and a Prequel as well, which I intend to post here as well).

Specials thanks to all those who stuck it through to the end and left feedback. I've really appreciated hearing your thoughts. I hope it left some sort of positive impact on you. That's all I can hope for.

Many thanks to my beta reader, Brittny, as well for all her immeasurable help.

Disclaimer: Harry Potter is copyrighted to and belongs to JK Rowling. I own none of her associated characters. New characters belong to me.

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