Disclaimer – I do not own the song. Or characters.

This song is 'See the Sun' by Dido. It's from her 'Life For Rent' album.

See the Sun

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I'm coming round

To open the blinds

You can't hide here any longer

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Nymphadora Tonks hesitated outside the bedroom door of Remus Lupin. It was two weeks since Sirius Black had fallen through the veil and Remus had barely emerged from his room in all that time. Tonks had volunteered to go up and tell him breakfast was ready.

That now seemed like a mistake.

She knocked on the door.

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My god you need to rinse

Those puffy eyes

You can't lie still any longer

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"Yes?"

"It's only me Remus. Can I come in?"

"I suppose so." She opened the door. The room was dark. The curtains were pulled shut. Tonks frowned. Remus was sitting on the edge of his bed. His eyes met hers for a second before he stood up.

"Can I help you, Tonks?"

"Breakfast is ready. And don't tell me you're not hungry. You haven't eaten since yesterday lunch."

"I'm fine."

"Remus, you can't keep doing this to yourself."

"Doing what?"

"Shutting yourself away up here."

"Well, there's no one for me anywhere else."

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And yes they'll ask

Where you've been

And you'll have to tell them

Again and again

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"That's not true, Remus and you know it. The Order needs you."

"The Order…" Remus said bitterly. He turned away from her.

"It's the Order's fault that he's…"

"Stop it. You can't keep feeling sorry for yourself. We're all mourning."

"Sirius was my best friend. The last of the Marauders. I'm all alone now." He walked over to the bed, but froze as Tonks asked quietly,

"What about Harry?"

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And you probably don't want to hear

Tomorrow's another day

But I promise you

You'll see the sun again

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"Well, Remus? What about Harry? You remember him, don't you? Harry Potter."

"Of course I-"

"Then consider him for just one minute! Think what he's been going through."

"You don't know what you're talking about, Nymphadora."

"TONKS! Call me Tonks! And you listen for just one minute!"

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And you're asking me

Why pain's the only way to happiness

And I promise you

You'll see the sun again

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Tonks stepped over to the window and threw open the curtains. Bright sunshine flooded the room. Remus screwed up his eyes and threw up an arm to protect his eyes.

"You see that? The suns still shining. It didn't stop just because Sirius is gone. Everything carries on after you've died. It will when I die, it will when you die."

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Come on

Take my hand

We're going for a walk

I know you can

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"Tonks, I can't. I can't see anything worth living for."

"Sirius was stuck in this house for months. He wanted more than anything to get out of here. Why do you think he kept asking you to go out? So you could see what was happening, and so you could come back and connect him to the world outside. That hasn't changed. You have to live, because he isn't."

Remus stared at her. Her pink hair glinted in the sunlight, her expression serious. How could this young woman be so wise?

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You can wear anything

As long as it's not black

Please don't mourn forever

She's not coming back

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Tonks and Remus walked slowly around the scrappy grass in Grimmauld Place. Remus glanced at Tonks.

"How do you know the right thing to say?"

"Someone has to. It's ridiculous to be upset when someone dies. They're not that far away."

"Really?"

"Yeah. They're behind the veil, aren't they? You heard them."

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And yes they'll ask

Where you've been

And you'll have to tell them

Again and again

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Remus leant against a tree. Tonks gazed up at the sunlit skies.

"You weren't the only one who cared for Sirius, Remus." She said quietly. Remus glanced at her.

"You did?"

"Well yeah. He was cool. Said he was going to teach me how to play guitar. At the beginning, that was, before he got all moody. We all loved him."

"He was my best friend. It's hard to say goodbye."

"Then don't draw it out. Say goodbye."

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And you probably don't want to hear

Tomorrow's another day

But I promise you

You'll see the sun again

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"Just say it?"

"Yeah. Don't make it long and painful. Say goodbye, show your respects and then go on living. Pain's the only way to happiness, right? Just don't make it more painful than happy."

"When did you get so smart?"

"About the same time you started sulking."

Tonks stood next to him, leaning on the tree. They watched a man walking his dog.

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And you're asking me

Why pain's the only way to happiness

And I promise you

You'll see the sun again

And I promise you

You'll see the sun again

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"He was my favourite cousin, you know." Tonks said quietly. Remus looked at her. Her eyes were fixed on the ground.

"Really?"

"Yeah. Mum adored him. Wouldn't stop going on about him. I only met him recently. Obviously. He'd been in Azkaban since I was a kid."

"To know him was to love him."

"To love him was to go mad." Tonks laughed. Remus smiled.

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Do you remember telling me

You'd found the sweetest thing of all?

You said one day of this was

Worth dying for

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"Sirius knew the risks. We all do." Remus said, almost as if trying to convince himself more than he was Tonks.

"Yeah… still hurts though. That's just something you have to put up with."

"You say it so casually."

"Sulking never did anyone any good. I mean look at you."

"What do you mean by that?"

"You've been sulking for ages and you look terrible. All skinny and weak." Tonks grinned charmingly. Remus rolled his eyes.

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So be thankful

You knew her at all

But it's no more

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"You can be very bratty at times, Tonks."

"I try."

They started back towards the house. The square was deserted, but they sat on the steps outside the houses.

"So… are you feeling better now?" Tonks asked.

"A little."

"Good. I haven't wasted my time then. Oh, god is that the time? We've got a meeting in ten minutes!"

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And you probably don't want to hear

Tomorrow's another day

But I promise you

You'll see the sun again

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As Tonks and Remus reached the closed door to the kitchen, he put a hand on her arm.

"Thank you Tonks."

"No problem. Anything to help you." He could have sworn a pink tinge had touched her cheeks. She ran a hand through her pink hair, nervous.

"Well… we'd better get in there."

"I suppose so." She went through the door. Remus gazed after her for a moment, a smile playing about his lips. Then he followed.

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And you're asking me

Why pain's the only way to happiness

And I promise you

You'll see the sun again

And I promise you

You'll see the sun again

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That night Remus went into the garden of 12 Grimmauld place. He gazed up at the sickle moon and sighed.

"Well… I guess this is goodbye, Sirius, old mate. Tonks is right, I can't mourn forever."

He thought for a minute.

"Pain's the only way to happiness. That's what she said. Saying goodbye is the pain."

He bit his lip, and then smiled. Maybe… just maybe… was a pink-haired Auror the happiness?

He'd have to see.

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Well? Opinions needed people!

Remus/Tonks is quickly becoming one of my favourite pairings!

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Lotsa luv 'n' huggles

Katie