Chapter 1 : Don't Call Me Nymphadora
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“Why did you need to talk to me? I have to leave in about an hour so if we could make this slightly quick,” Lupin sat looking up, but just past Tonks’s head. “I think you know why I asked you to see me,” Tonks replied calmly. “And it’s going to take as long as it tikes to work through this.” “I already told you no,” Lupin said sternly, now looking directly into Tonks’s eyes. “We’ve been over this,” he said, continuing to look directly at her, “I’m too poor, too dangerous, and much too old.” “And I’ll say this again,” Tonks replied, returning Lupin’s stare, “I-DON’T-CARE.” Tonks had said this nice and slow in a hope to get it through that thick skull Lupin had.
“Look,” Tonks said standing up, “If those are the only three reasons you think I shouldn’t love you, I can think of a millions reasons why I should.” “Like what?” Lupin asked, standing up as well. They were about three feet part, and he was about six inches taller than she was. His towering above her did nothing at all to her confidence.
“Ok,” Tonks said, taking a step forward, so that now there was only two feet between them, “You are so smart, and so charming, and funny, and adorable, and handsome-” (at this Lupin gave a snort of laughter) “What?” Tonks asked sounding offended. “It’s true.” “Yeah,” Lupin said sarcastically, “Look at me, I’m a mess. My robes are always in tatters. My face is constantly torn up. I always look sick. I’m covered in scars from head to toe-” “But that’s what I think is hot,” Tonks said with a small smile.
Tonks took another step closer. “Why can’t you get it through your thick skull that everything about you is attractive to me?” she asked. “Because it’s never been attractive before,” Lupin admitted. Suddenly everything snapped into place for Tonks. Lupin knew he could be controlled- they made potions for that. But it was his other two reasons. She was about ten years younger than he was. For someone her age to love someone his age was unusual. And the fact that he was very poor didn’t usually help things.
“All of my life I’ve faced rejection,” Lupin began. Tonks looked up at him. “And then here you come right out of the blue. So beautiful, so full of life. Imagine my surprise when, after I’ve known you for only a year, you tell me you want something more. Suddenly, there’s someone in my life, that isn’t like family, that doesn’t reject me for being what I am. It’s just hard for me to accept that anyone like you could ever love anyone like me,” Lupin finished.
Tonks reached out her had and placed it gently on Lupin’s cheek. His skin grew hot were ever she touched. He closed his eyes and leaned into her hand. Lupin placed his hand on hers and held it tightly. Not that it would hurt but in a possessive sort of way. She traced one of the many scars on his face with her thumb. Suddenly, Tonks stood on her tiptoes and planted a gentle kiss on Lupin’s lips. She pulled away within a second. She sank beck to the floor, but didn’t move her hand.
Lupin looked down at Tonks. She was biting her bottom lip and looking up at him through her eyelashes. In one swift movement, he wrapped his arms around her waist and captured her lips on his. Tonks wrapped her arms around his neck, closed her eyes and smiled. It was the best kiss she had ever had. Maybe it was the fact that she had had to work for two long years to get it.
Suddenly Lupin pulled away. He again looked down at Tonks. Her arms were still wrapped around his neck to he couldn’t pull away very far. Her eyes were still closed and she was wearing the stupidest, yet most adorable smile Lupin had ever seen. “I’m sorry,” he whispered quietly. “I don’t know what-” But he was cut off by Tonks’s voice. “Don’t stop,” she choked out. She opened her eyes and saw that Lupin was not going to make any effort to continue. So she took the lead. She once again stood on her tiptoes and placed her lips on his. This time her kiss was less gentle and more wanting, hungry even.
It had been less than a minute before Lupin’s animal instinct kicked in. He pulled away from her lips and moved to her jaw. Tonks, once again closed her eyes and smiled. She was becoming more and more dependent on Lupin by the second. But her knees gave way when he nipped at the pressure point beneath her ear and next to her jawbone. At this sudden extra weight Lupin stopped to look at her. She looked right into his eyes and he saw that they were full of love and promise.
“I love you Remus Lupin. No matter what happens, nothing will ever change the way I feel about you,” Tonks said with a smile. “And I love you Nymphadora Tonks. And I will always love you,” Lupin said returning her smile. Suddenly he felt Tonks punch him playfully in the stomach. “What was that for?” he asked surprised. Tonks shot him a playful grin, “I told you- Don’t call me Nymphadora.”
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