“Baby.” I heard Tyler whispering and it took me a few moments to realize I had passed out. His voice was strange; it wasn’t scared like I would think it would be. He was strangely calm. My eyes fluttered open and he smiled at me, but it didn’t quite reach his eyes. So our daughter was still with the healers.
“Mackenzie” I whispered back.
“Still with the healers.” He responded and even though I’d known that, tears were in my eyes. “They came in a few minutes ago and said she would be back with us in a few hours if they don’t find any complications.”
“Where’s Mum and Dad?” I sat up and took in my surroundings again.
“Your mum just went into labor. That’s why I woke you.”
“Oh Merlin! Is she okay? Is Dad?”
“Your dad looked like he was going to pass out but I’m sure he’s fine. Your mum’s one hundred percent okay. She’s elated, in between the pain, anyway. And Draco’s on his way with Delilah to see you.”
I tried to focus on my breathing as I it all in.
“Is there anything I can do Mia?” Severus asked for the hundredth time, holding my hand.
“No Sev, there’s not.” I replied calmly, as another contraction hit. I was very lucky my labor was going quicker than Alix’s had. I’d been feeling contractions all day, but I hadn’t said a thing until they started getting closer together.
“Another few minutes Mrs. Snape.” The Healer informed us and I felt Severus tighten his hand around mine. He was more nervous than I was and I chuckled a bit at him. He stared down at me in incredulity and I kissed his cheek.
“Ready to have a son, Severus?”
He smiled a little, but his nervousness shone all over. I wanted to laugh at him, but I didn’t want to hurt his feelings. “Severus?” I asked again, and his eyes got a little more focused. “Calm down.” He leaned into the hand she had placed on his cheek and took it in one of his.
“On the next contraction, push, Mrs. Snape.” I nodded as the healer s placed my feet on the metal petals and took their positions near them. Another contraction pulsed through my body and I gripped Severus’ hand in mine, squeezing it tightly and pushing like I was told.
Before I knew it, I was holding my brand new baby boy in my arms. Severus’ index finger had a tiny fist wrapped around it and he cooed at him. Finally, he looked at me and smiled, kissing me happily.
"Oi, we've got another one!" I heard a healer yell, and just as quickly as Aiden was given to me, he was taken away. Someone placed my feet back on the metal pedals and all the healers regained position near my legs.
"Did you know you were having twins Mrs. Snape?"
"Twins!?" I yelled and I felt Severus' hand loosen around mine.
"I'm taking that as a no. Get ready to push again."
Draco and Delilah walked in some time after I woke up and I tried to sit up and smile for them but my mind was elsewhere, and they knew it. Delilah sat on my bed and pushed my hair back, while Draco took my hand in his. “It’s gonna be alright, Love. You know that right? She’s gonna be just fine.” I nodded a bit and he tried to smile. “That’s my girl.”
A nurse knocked on our door and popped her head through. “Alixzandra, your mother has just delivered and will be wheeled back in to share this room with you in about an hour.”
I nodded towards her and she left quietly. I didn’t know what to do. Nothing seemed to be going right. I wished I was able to be with my mother when she gave birth, but I knew that wish was useless and stupid. I cleared my throat a little more. “Ty?”
“Yes baby?” He asked, rushing to my side.
“Will you please go get me something from the cafeteria? I’m in the mood for something cold. Ice cream or such.” He looked torn and I realized he didn’t want to leave in case Mackenzie was wheeled in while he was gone.
Draco seemed to notice as well, because he clapped a hand on Tyler’s shoulder and said, “I’ll go get it mate.” Tyler thanked him and Draco left.
When he returned, he brought news that Mum had delivered twins. I was surprised, but I felt like I was in a parallel where nothing was real. I didn't understand half the things being said to me and the only thing I could truely pay attention to was Tyler's hand around mine and his whispers in my ear every few moments. Where was my daughter?
Mum and daddy came back into our room and they tried to have sympathy, but it was obvious their minds were elsewhere, and that made complete and total sense. I smiled and held my little brother and sister, but it made me think of Mackenzie more and more so I gave them back to my parents and Tyler pulled the divider between our beds out. He sat down on the bed next to me and held me closely, magically widening the bed and lying with me. He started singing me the lullaby he used to when we first got together and I’d get upset and before I knew it, my eyes had closed and I was dreaming.
In my dreams, I saw Tyler and I, walking around Hogwarts by the lake, four of our children around us. A sixteen year old Mackenzie sat on the lap of a boy (obviously her boyfriend). She had beautiful raven curls like I did, but her eyes more closely resembled Tyler’s. The boy looked a lot like the Malfoy family. Another child, a boy with long, shaggy, brown hair looked to be about 13. He kicked a stone around the lake and then picked it up and skipped it across the surface. Something was troubling him. The other two were twins, a boy and a girl. They each had black hair and were around 8 years old. They ran around us in a wide circle, playing tag with one another. I looked over at Tyler who smiled at me and kissed me. “Ewww!” A high pitch voice yelled and I felt hands pushing Tyler and I apart. I smiled and let her separate us. “Mommy, boys have cooties! You can’t kiss Daddy!” Tyler picked the little girl up and swung him over her shoulder and she giggled loudly as he ran around with her.
Something was shaking me again, but I didn’t want to leave. Everything was perfect here. Everything was amazing. “Alix, wake up baby. Mackenzie’s here to see you.”