In Perpetuum: Continuari [Harry Potter]

COMPLETED: Hermione Granger/Sirius Black. Sequel to 'In Perpetuum'. Make sure you read the first story, in order for this one to make sense. A series of one-shots based on the original story, mostly what happened between the end of the story and the epilogue.

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7. Veteribus amicis renascentur

 

A violent beating of wings preceded an ominous tapping against the window.

Sirius continued to snore as if nothing had happened. Hermione, however, had woken instantly. Ever since the second month of her pregnancy, she had been sleeping differently. It was a much lighter, but more restful sleep. It was almost as though she were in a constant state of readiness. She hoped that it was only the pregnancy hormones that were preparing her for many sleepless nights that were to come in future months.

Wand at the ready, she crept over to the window and pulled back the heavy red-coloured drapes.

She saw a snowy white owl perched on the window-sill, leg sticking out, waiting somewhat impatiently. It appeared as though the matter were urgent.

Opening the window, she coaxed the bird inside and untied the incredible knot that had been formed there. Whoever had tied it must have been in a great hurry. This was only confirmed by the script that had been hastily scribbled across the parchment.

"Lily's in labour. St Mungo's."

Hermione flew over to the bed and begun to shake Sirius awake.'

"Whazz gonna on?" he slurred.

"Wake up! Lily's at St Mungo's."

At the mention of the Wizarding hospital, Sirius jolted awake.

"What's happened?"

"She's in labour, you fool! Now, hurry up and get ready."

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They arrived at the hospital and were told where Lily was.

When they got up to the room, they found a slightly distraught James pacing outside the door. If he wasn't careful he could have worn a hole in the floor.

"Sirius," Hermione whispered as they approached James, "go and talk to him. It might calm him down."

Hermione went to greet James, before making a hasty departure saying that she would see how Lily was getting on.

She entered a blaringly white room that had a plain bed, with iron railing, in the centre, against one of the walls. It was in this bed that Lily lay, panting. An elderly witch, assumedly the healer, was at the foot of the bed, offering Lily all kinds of useless encouragement.

"One more good push, Mrs Potter...that's it...you can do it."

Lily let out a bellow that would have been more appropriate to come from a cow.

"Almost there..."

A pained scream rent the air, and Hermione winced, squeezing her own legs together at what was essentially a crash course for what was going to happen to her in a few months.

"...and congratulations – It's a healthy baby boy!"

The healer performed a few cleaning charms on the baby before handing him to his mother, and going to collect his father.

Lily immediately began to coo at her son.

"Hello there, my precious baby boy. Hi there, Harry. I'm your Mum."

Tears sparkled in Hermione's eyes, but she held them back; Lily looked so deliriously happy.

James walked it, with Sirius hot on his tail. Sirius immediately went over to Hermione, putting his arms around her waist, hands resting protectively on the small bump that was present.

James was beaming in a way that Hermione had never seen before.

"James, he's perfect," said Lily.

"My baby boy," was all that James was able to say as he laid his unblinking eyes on Harry for the first time.

It took a few moments for Lily to snap out of her trance, and look over to her friends.

"James has something to ask you," said Lily as she nudged her husband in the ribs.

James finally tore his own eyes away from baby Harry, ad looked at his lifelong friend.

"Mate, we'd love it if you were Harry's godfather...and Mione, you'd be Godmother."

A combination of sheer joy and excitement, and pregnancy hormones caused Hermione to spontaneously splutter into tears.

"Of course!" she cried, turning her head to see Sirius' reaction.

"I..err...yeah, blimey. You're making me his godfather?"

James nodded.

"Wicked," was all that Sirius deemed appropriate to reply with.

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