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Chapter 48 : Meeting Teddy
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Rose hurried into the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, eager to spend some quality time with Remus now that Harry had continued to avoid her since the previous night. She shoved the door open in frustration, mumbling to herself like a lunatic as she did so. “Remus, I-” she started to say, stopping when she saw that he was not alone. “Oh gods, I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have barged in like this. I’ll leave you to it,” she said hurriedly, making her way back to the door.
“No, Rose, it’s quite alright,” Remus said with a smile. “I think it’s time you three met.” Turning on her heel, Rose glanced at the woman standing there holding her father’s hand. She knew she had no right to feel the way she did in that moment, but thoughts of her mother swam through her head endlessly. “This is my wife, Tonks,” he said softly, seeming to notice Rose’s reaction.
“It’s nice to meet you,” Rose sighed, forcing her anger to abate.
“I’ve heard a lot about you, Rose,” the woman said with a bright smile. Her eyes twinkled with mischief, but the effect of them was lessened considerably by the strength of her pink hair.
“I wish I could say the same,” Rose laughed, but she casted a glare in Remus’ direction.
To Rose’s astonishment, Tonks laughed with her. “Well, in his defense, this is a rather uncomfortable situation for him. How does one tell his newly discovered daughter about his new wife?”
“I suppose,” Rose said, but she still didn’t feel very forgiving.
“This is our son Teddy,” Remus sighed, holding the baby in his arms. “Your brother.”
“I have a brother?” Rose asked in astonishment. Tonks and Remus both nodded in her direction, as Remus handed his son over to his wife. “I have a bloody brother and you never told me?!” Rose shrieked at Remus, stomping over to him in disbelieving anger. She pounded on his chest. Eventually her force weakened and her anger turned to sobs. “How could you not tell me?” she asked more softly as Remus wrapped his arms around her and stroked her hair while she cried into his shoulder.
“I’m sorry,” he said, and he let Rose cry herself calm.
An hour later, Rose was walking through the halls of Hogwarts, Teddy laughing in her arms as she made faces at him. She strolled into the Gryffindor Common Room in a daze, letting Teddy’s tiny hand grasp her index finger. She knew it was only a matter of time before Remus and Tonks came to collect him for Tonks to take him back home, and she couldn’t help but be surprised by how sad she was that she wouldn’t be able to see him regularly.
“Rose, is there something we should know?” Hermione joked lightly.
“This is my brother,” Rose laughed.
“Remus and Tonks have a son?” she asked.
“Apparently. His name is Teddy,” Rose said.
“He’s adorable,” Hermione said, coming closer to meet the little smiling boy. “He likes you,” she observed.
“I’m rather fond of him myself,” Rose answered quietly.
“Bloody hell, you’ve got that look girls get over babies. Have you gone mad?” Ron asked.
“Don’t be ridiculous, Ronald. I’m seventeen, but that doesn’t mean I can’t adore my precious baby brother,” Rose muttered. “Does it?” she asked in a sing song voice, turning to the bundle in her arms. He cooed back at her affectionately. “Is Harry still sulking in his dormitory?”
“I’ve yet to see him come down,” Hermione answered sadly.
“His loss,” Rose said. “He’s going to miss out on meeting his godson. He’s going to miss out on so many things if he doesn’t pull his head out of his arse.” When the Common Room door opened, Rose didn’t need to look back to know who it was that had entered. “Is it time already?” Rose asked, running her thumb over Teddy’s cheek.
Remus nodded solemnly. Rose knew saying goodbye to his wife and son had to be even harder for him. “Where’s Harry?” he asked.
“In the dormitories. He’s been there since before dinner last night.”
“Did you two have a fight?” he asked, cautiously.
“I don’t know what we had. All I know is he’s avoiding me.”
“Go on,” Tonks said. “We’ll wait.”
“Thank you,” Remus said, rushing up the stairs to drag Harry down whether he liked it or not. He took the steps two at a time, eager to see what was so important that Harry was willing to hurt Rose over and over every moment that passed. He knew how much he had wanted to be with her the entire time they weren’t speaking.
“Get out of bed, Harry. There’s someone I would like you to meet,” Remus ordered throwing the Seventh Year Boys Dormitory door open.
“Not now, Professor.”
“Harry James Potter, you get up this instant. Rose is holding your godson in the common room, and you’re going to go down there and meet him if I have to drag you down by that mop of hair on your head.”
“Teddy is here?” Harry asked.
“Yes, and he and Tonks are about to leave.” Before Remus could finish his sentence, Harry had leapt up from the bed and started to make his way towards the door. “That’s more like it,” Remus laughed.
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