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Chapter 17 : Teddy Lupin
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She still couldn’t believe it. It felt unreal. She had been wishing for it for so long that it began to seem like this unattainable dream. She never thought it would actually happen but yet it did.
She bit her lips and smiled. “I love you,” she whispered to him. She leaned in and kissed his forehead. He didn’t stir. He seemed so tired. He hardly moved when she crept in the bed next to him the night before. She didn’t want to imagine what he had been through. She could tell from her interaction with Jane that they had been through a lot. Even the six year old girl wore signs of someone who was tired of life. It wasn’t right that she should feel this way… that they should feel this way. She didn’t know what it was that brought them back to her but she was thankful that they came back. She wanted to take care of them. She wanted them to part be of her and her son’s life.
She could stay there, laying next to him for the whole morning but she knew it was impossible. It would be six soon and the new guard would be arriving. If Harry found out about their relationship then it wasn’t such a big deal but if less friendly people found out then it could create a huge mess that she didn’t need.
She got out of the bed and walked across the hall. In the guest room, Jane was still sleeping and in the room further up, her son Teddy was sleeping sound and still. She new it would be a couple of hours before he woke. She stood there and looked at him for a while. She was so nervous about him, she wondered all the time how he would feel about Severus. It was such a huge change for him. He got along fine with Jane, he thought she funny and liked all the attention she gave him but she wondered what his reaction would to Severus. She had never brought home anyone she was seeing to meet him. She didn’t think it was right to have him go through all the heartaches and disappointment she felt when she broke it off with someone. She wouldn’t let him meet anyone unless she was sure… and she had never been sure before. Whenever she met a guy she always felt like there was something missing, like it wasn’t quite right. Molly would tell her that it was because she kept waiting for Remus to come back… but she was wrong, she was just waiting to be sure and she was sure now… she was sure about Severus.
It was such a scary thought… them not getting along. She didn’t want to think of it as a possibility. It was too horrible a scenario. She would have to pray for the best.
She walked out of the hall way and into the living room. She left Harry sleeping on the couch but he apparently showed himself out. She sighed and walked to the kitchen. She would make breakfast for everyone… the huge breakfast… their first all together.
It was after nine when they started to wake. The first was Jane. She woke up and walked to the kitchen, not even aware that her father was there in the house. “Molly,” she said. “Why does Teddy sleep so much?” she asked and her face looked so sad. Tonks laughed. “He’s just tired that’s all. I’ll tell you what… let’s go get you dressed and by the time we’re finished he’ll be up.”
She nodded in agreement and headed off back to the room she stayed. She was happy for that… she loved Teddy already… he was the closest person to her age she was ever allowed to be friends with. She loved the fact that he could do magic and Teddy took the opportunity to entertain the child who was amazed by everything he did.
She got her dressed in the pretty yellow sun dress she bought her and left her to play with Teddy who had just woken up and had no intention of cleaning up until he ate something.
Tonks took this opportunity to go back to her room to have a shower. She turned on the shower and let the water wash over. She was smiling to herself. She just felt like singing…
uldn’t it be nice if we could wake up
In the morning when the day is new
And after having spent the day together
Hold each other close the whole night through…”
Happy times together we’ve been spending
I wish that every kiss was never-ending
Wouldn’t it be nice
Maybe if we think and wish and hope and pray it might come true
Baby then there wouldn’t be a single thing we couldn’t do
We could be married
And then wed be happy
Wouldn’t it be nice
You know it seems the more we talk about it
It only makes it worse to live without it
But lets talk about it
Wouldn’t it be nice”
She turned off the shower and reached for the towel and wrapped it around her body. She didn’t notice that she was singing so loudly, she actually woke him. He wasn’t sitting up but his hands were now behind his head and he was staring at the ceiling. He was apparently listening to her. “Sorry I woke you,” she said, not really feeling all that guilty.
He smiled mischievously. “I thought I heard a whale being harpooned… but it was just you’re singing…”
She had never been that happy to hear an insult. “Was it that bad?”
“Well it depends on who’s listening… I personally like the sound of whales being harpooned.”
He was making her blush. She stood there in her towel and looked at him. She wanted to tell him what she told him in the morning but she knew she shouldn’t. She needed to give him time to breathe.
“What?” he asked
She shook her head. “Are you getting ready for breakfast? You could surprise Jane, she doesn’t know you’re here yet.”
“Really, that should be interesting.”
He sat up. “And… ah Teddy would like to meet you I’m sure…”
He didn’t say anything but she could tell that he was holding in hi breath… he was just as nervous about meeting him as she was. He knew too that their relationship rested on how he was received my Teddy.
Tonks saw him coming out the bed room, dressed in the clothes that she had bought for him. All his and Jane’s possessions were still being held by the ministry. He walked up behind Jane and placed hi hand over his eyes. “Guess who?” he whispered to her.
She pulled his hands down because she knew who it was based on his voice. She jumped up and turned around and wrapped her arms around him. He pulled her close and held her tight for a while. “So did you miss me?” he asked.
She nodded. “I did… and Molly too.”
“Really,” he said and turned to Tonks.
Teddy sat there watching the interaction between the two. Tonks told him the night before that he would be there by morning so he wasn’t surprised to see him there but he still looked awkward about him being there.
“Pa,” she said suddenly. “Look,” she said and she pointed at Teddy. “He is my new best friend.” Still holding her he reached out and shook his hand. Teddy shook his in turn.
Tonks walked over to them. “Teddy, this is my old friend I was telling you about.”
He looked at him and gave a half smile and then he looked back at her. Tonks knew her son’s every facial expression and she could tell by the look on his face that he was skeptical about him.
A/N So thanks to everyone who reviews, especially Bron.... who is always so supportive...
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