A/N: Welcome to what concludes our journey ofa day in the life Lupin and Tonks. Thanks for reading, and pleeease review, I will love you more if you do ;)
Chapter 7 – Lost and Found.
When Lupin found himself outside Tonks' door, for what he told himself would be the last time that evening, he felt as if a great weight had been lifted from his heart. He knocked once and entered. Tonks was sitting where he had left her.
"Ah, Mr Lupin, to what do I owe this pleasure?"
"I said I'd be back and here I am." She raised her eyebrows.
"Did you speak to Harry?" He nodded and she gave him a disbelieving look. "And?" He nodded again, this time with a smile.
"And now I think it's your turn, Nymphadora Tonks." He joined her on the bed.
"What do you mean?"
"Well, like you said, two out of three isn't bad, but I'm not one for giving up until the job's finished fully."
"So I'm a job now?"
"Only one I'm likely to have this year," he replied, causing them both to laugh.
"Well I hate to disappoint you Lupin but you can't fix what ain't broke." It was his turn to raise his eyebrows.
"Care to explain?"
"You've already fixed me. Seeing you smile again. Laugh. Remus, it's like I'm falling in love with you all over again." He looked at her and she at him.
"You ought to be careful, I'm not someone you should really get close to."
"Really? And why's that?" When all he could do is shake his head he began to get exasperated. "For God's sake Lupin! Are you gonna hide behind that werewolf all your life?" She must have hit a nerve because he retaliated with like kind.
"You want to talk about hiding? I don't even know what you really look like!" She stared at him, the tension between them heavy. She was the first to crack.
"Ok, ok, you win. But I warn you, it's not pretty." She closed her eyes and relaxed. He hair became a very dark brown, flicking out at her shoulders and round at her face. Her skin grew pale, save for the speckling of freckles over her nose. When she opened her eyes, Lupin was blinded by the most beautiful dark green he had ever seen. He wanted to gasp, maybe he had done, he didn't know.
"Damage done," she muttered nervously. He shook his head.
"No, I think you are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. Why would you want to hide this?"
"Maybe I'm afraid, like you." She lowered her head and he raised her chin with his hand. Their eyes locked and she was back on that street all those years ago, seeing him for the first time but understanding him so much more than she ever thought she could. She leant in and kissed him softly, putting her arms around his neck. He returned the kiss, holding her for then and there, but knowing he would regret it. When they broke apart he looked away.
"Remus, what's wrong?" He squeezed his eyes shut then opened them with certainty.
"You asked me earlier if I loved Sirius. The answer's yes and I still do. He was like a brother to me and I would have done anything for him, anything. I'm so scared that if I finally let go, and I fall in love with you, I'll forget him. I know it sounds silly -"
"No it doesn't. And if you want to walk away now tonight then do, I won't stop you. If that's what you want." Lupin didn't know what he wanted. He knew he wanted his best friends back, he wanted to be rid of his werewolf forever, he wanted the war to end so others he loved didn't have to die. And, yes, he wanted to love Tonks. He smiled and shook his head. Then he kissed her, this time stronger and more definite. When they pulled apart he saw tears in her eyes.
"Don't cry," he told her and she wouldn't. He held her close and she sniffed his neck. "You'd better not be crying!" he warned and she laughed.
"I'm not." They were silent for a pause. Then Tonks asked,
"Is it ok if I'm my usual forward self for a moment?"
"Do you want to stay here tonight?" Remus laughed.
"I thought you'd never ask."
A/N: Thank you for taking the time to read this. Hope you enjoyed. And the moral of the story is – I love Remus, simple as that. Pleasereview on your way out. The exits are here, here and here. Have a nice day :)