Chapter 1 : Rest In Peace
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She was so sure
He shook his head
She said, answer my call
I know there'll be risks but believe me, I'm ready
He laughed, that's not the point so please, just be steady
Then what is the point Lupin? She suddenly cried. Tell me the truth, don't you dare lie!
Listen to me Tonks, he said in suprise. You know the answer, you know there's no lies
I'm too old for you, it wouldn't be right
Oh please Lupin, come into the light
Please, can't you see? You're the one I want for me
You're strong, you're perfect, you are just right
Goodness, stop me now; I could go on all night
He laughed again, unconvincingly
And you're smart, you're funny and you're so darn pretty
But in this war, we're smack bang in the middle
It makes all relationships a terrible riddle
Tonks replied, that's even better
You know now we have to work together
Forever more do you want to roam, all by yourself? All alone?
Of course not, he said, shaking his head
This war, Tonks continued, taking his hand
It's about good and evil and you know what's sad?
The evil only want the best
They'll put our skills to the ultimate test
The thought of this gave Lupin a fright
Alas, he said, but you are right
Every word you have said is true
I know I've been hiding it but I love you
The love and happiness swelled in her heart
I love you too. Let us never part
The kissed like they had never kissed
Enjoying the feel of one anothers lips
After a few months, they were married
A binding love contract together they carried
But Lupin had rushed it, this marriage fling
He didn't feel ready for the whole 'together' thing
But still he stayed with her; they loved one another
Remus! One day she cried. You're gonna be a father!
A father? He thought. We'll be a family?
This wasn't right. He had to find Harry
He found the young Potter at Grimmauld Place
I'm not ready, Lupin said, hands over his face
I rushed things with Tonks, I can't handle our baby
Would you mind if I helped with your quest, maybe?
Harry was rude but his words still wise
Once out of Grimmauld he made Lupin realise
Voldemort was Harry's quest, Lupin trusted him at any rate
But still he feared his friend's son's fate
So Remus accepted his place was not here
And apparated back to the wife he loved dear
Many months passed, the death toll grew
But one little life was born anew
Teddy Remus, born to Tonks and Lupin
Together and excitedly they called the group in
Congratulations! They cried to mother and father
Thank you, they said, we've never been prouder
We wish to make Harry the godfather of Teddy
We'll be sure to show you a picture when ready
Soon after, things became horribly wrong
Lupin had to spend less time with his son
Voldemort, his impatience growing
Travelled to Hogwarts, fully knowing
That Harry would be there, weak and slow
And that's when Voldemort would make his blow
But very little did he know
That Hogwarts would also take its stand
And fight the evil. Its passion was grand
Remus Lupin was there fighting alongside others
And amognst them he thought of his child's mother
And then what should appear
But a cry in his ear
Remus! It said
I'm here! Turn your head!
Lupin did as he was told
And saw his wife unfold
From the midst of other fights
Honey! He cried out to her. Now is not the night!
I'm in the Order too! I'm here to fight with you!
So shut up and hold me!
Together in a tight embrace, they looked into their lovers face
I love you she said
As I do you. He kissed the top of her head.
But without their realising
Death Eaters were rising
From corridors they came
Blocking the couple, they called their name
The Lupins! They sneered
Your end is near
But they only replied, death we do not fear
Wands were raised at each one of the lovers
There was a cry of Avada Kedavra!
And together, still hand in hand
Tonks and Lupin fell like rain
Never knowing their many brave efforts hadn't been in vain
Another hour later, a break before the last battle
Around so many bodies, the living's breath was rattled
There were screams as each empty body had been discovered
Finally, Tonks and Lupin had been recovered
The loss of these Aurors was unexplainable
The devastating shock of finding them under rubble
But the battle was won
And under the Sun
A funeral was held for two special friends
United together, they met a horrible end
Only one tiny person didn't cry that day
One little boy, his hair the colour of a blue jay
He was tightly held by his new carer
Her hair black, she couldn't bear
To see the name of her daughter on the grave
Daughter and husband, the witty and the brave
Were left in peace forevermore
And still now, if those times are old
Remembered by their hearts of gold
The way they fought
The way they cared
The love they bought
How it was shared
Never will there faces crease
Tonks and Lupin
Rest in peace
The night was still. Nothing stirred. Only the slight rustle of leaves on the ground, picked up gently by the little wind there was.
The night was chilly. A very thin mist hung millimetres above the ground.
A pair of yellow eyes surveyed the scene carefully. No graves were being visited: she would be safe. Stepping slowly and avoiding leaves, the vixen emerged from her hiding place behind an oak tree. Weaving her way between graves and mounds of earth, she pricked her ears for the hopefull sound of a rabbit or mouse. Instead she heard voices, whispers. Afraid for her safety, the vixen jumped back to her home and watched the newcomers with interest.
"I hope the kids don't wake up." Harry was saying.
"They won't," Ginny said, linking her arm with his. "We'll be quick. It's too cold to be out anyway."
"You didn't have to come" Harry said quietly.
"Don't be silly" Ginny said sternly. "Tonks and Remus were my friends too. I'm always willing to pay my respects."
They walked the rest of the way in silence. Finally arriving at their destination, Ginny placed the red roses she had picked on the way down on the grave.
Together, Harry and Ginny read:
Here lies Nymphadora Tonks and Remus Lupin
Will be sorely missed and remembered by their hearts of gold.
"Rest in peace" Harry and Ginny read aloud the last line.
Ginny wrapped her arms around Harry's neck and together they stood like that until a warm fire called them home.
Once the couple were out of sight, the vixen stepped out again, listening to their fading voices.
Again, she carefully stepped over leaves that might crunch and walked over to the grave that a few moments before had been visted.
She sniffed the roses with a dainty nose before looking up at the full moon.