Title: Last Chance
Author: Girl Who Writes
Word Count: 426
Summary: The lovely woman with her whole life ahead of her, and the man who looks like he spent the night in a gutter, people stare at them and shake their heads.
Author's Note: Written for February RT Ficathon.
And I will be your one more time if you will be my one last chance
He saw it in Andromeda Tonks' eyes the day Nymphadora took him to dinner. The curiosity, the tolerance and a spark of something that let him no he was no way ideal for her daughter; after all this time and all her revolution, Andromeda was still the daughter of the House of Black, and she still believed in some of the lessons of that house.
Nymphadora turns her face away from her mother's criticizing look, and to her father, Ted who is, if nothing else, indulgent when it comes to his darling daughter (a flaw Remus recognises in himself too; he does not fault anyone for love of Nymphadora except himself) and remembers Remus as a first year with Sirius, when Ted and Andromeda left half way through seventh year to get married. He remembers the bookish boy tagging along with Andy's larger-than-life cousin, and he doesn't turn away when Nymphadora gazes up a Remus with a look that is the mirror images of Andy's.
Ted takes Remus out into the garden after lunch, leaving Andy and Nymphadora to scream at each other. He smiles mildly when the first plate smashes, and Remus glances back to the house. Ted Tonks has always been easy to talk to, and he does not speak about his daughter, but rather literary journals that Remus himself contributes to.
Remus leaves with Nymphadora after the plates have been repaired (her clumsiness rather than a fit of anger, Andromeda reassures everyone with a slightly forced smile) and they Apparate back to London city, to her apartment. Her arm is around his waist, her hair waist length and deep pink. They stand at a corner, waiting for the traffic light to change, and she stands on her toes to kiss him. The lovely woman with her whole life ahead of her, and the man who looks like he spent the night in a gutter, people stare at them and shake their heads.
She takes him home, and they drink mugs of tea on her great patched lounge and he reads a heavy book he bought with her money. He owes her more than he can say, and he has nothing to give her back.
She kisses him good night, and he is gladder than anything Nymphadora learnt her lessons in love from her parents' example, and she just hopes that when he tells he she is his last chance, he knows he will be her only chance.