Disclaimer: This is all made up.

A/N: Sorry it took so long kiddies. I got tired of this story. Working on something new.

She was dreaming. She knew she was dreaming because Sirius was there, and he was dead.

"You're dead." She informed him.

He gave her a wry smile. "I know. Stupid, really."

Tonks cocked her head to the side. "Why're you here, then?"

Sirius sighed. "We need to talk."

Tonks bit her lip. "We do?"

He nodded and started to pace. As he walked the blank landscape around them began to change, slowly forming a misty impression of the Hogwart's grounds.

She was silent for a moment, watching him pace. "If this is about me and Remus, it's not what you think." She blurted out.

He grinned. "Isn't it? You're shagging him, aren't you?"

"Well, yes but..."

He held up his hand. "Don't get your knickers in a twist, cousin. I think it's aces that you two finally figured it out."


"Did you really think I'm here for that?" He asked.

She shrugged. "Well, I dunno. Maybe."

He shook his head. "No. That's not why. It is about Moony, though."

"He misses you, Sirius." Tonks whispered. "Him and Harry. And now we're seeing ghosts of you all over the place."

"I know." He said gravely. "That's why I'm here."

"How do we make it stop? It's hurting them, Sirius." She said earnestly.

He turned away from her. "They have to let me go, Tonks."

"They have." She said to his back. "They're living their lives."

"They haven't." He said, turning to face her again. There was a deep pain in his eyes. "Not really. Remus may have accepted it, but he hasn't dealt with it. And Harry..."

He took a deep breath. "Harry hasn't even accepted it. He just going through the motions. That's why you keep seeing these... er... visions from my life."

Tonks' eyes widened. "Harry's doing it?"

"Not just him. And not on purpose." Sirius replied. "But it won't stop until they let go."

A cold wind sprung up, dissipating the landscape around them. Sirius lifted head, as if listening to something far off. "I have to go."

Tears sprang to Tonks' eyes. "Already?"

He nodded sadly. "I can't stay. You know that."

She stepped forward and hugged him tightly, surprised at how solid he felt.

He returned the hug, then stepped back. "Tell Harry I'm sorry. And tell Moony..." A touch of his old mischief glinted in his eyes. "Tell Remus it's about bloody time."

Then he turned and walked into the grey mist that surrounded them, disappearing from view.

Tonks woke up. She brushed the tears off her cheeks and snuggled against Remus. They had both fallen asleep on the sofa, his arms wrapped around her. She laid her cheek against his chest, listening to the steady beat of his heart, and sighed.

"What's wrong?" His voice was a rumble beneath her ear.

She lifted her head, meeting his gaze. "How long have you been awake?"

"A little while." He replied, his lips curving. "I was watching you sleep." He lifted a hand to her cheek. "Then you started crying."

She forced a smile. "I just had a conversation with Sirius."

His eyes gleamed in the dark. "And what did Padfoot have to say?"

"It's about bloody time."