Last Chapter folks! I'm sad that I've finished it, but liberated at the same time. Please forgive any grammar or spelling mistakes. Reviews are love. :)

Oh, and I changed my penname from Hermione Jean Granger to Nymphadora Lupin-Tonks, just thought I'd tell you to avoid any confusion.


Hands tightened their grip around her throat. She tried to scream, she heard the noise she was producing, only no one else did. The same pain in the stomach hit her and she was on the floor crying in pain. No one was coming to help her, he produced a knife, she saw the silver glint in the candle light. She screamed as loud as she could, and this time it was heard.

"Dora." Lupin whispered softly. "It's okay. He's gone."

Her eyes shot open, and she was screaming hysterically. She saw Remus trying to calm her down, he pulled her close to him and she started to cry again, realising what could have happened. She saw Lily crying, and James and Sirius had just gone pale. Remus started to whisper comforting things into her ears, but she just started to cry harder.

"HE WAS GOING TO STAB ME!" she screamed. "HE WAS GOING TO K-KILL ME!"

Lily started to cry more, James had his arms around her.

"I think we should go to Dumbledore." Sirius said quietly.

Tonks started to thrash about, like she was in shock. Lupin and Sirius tried to restrain her but she overpowered them, people were rushing down the stairs and staring in shock, some of them screaming.

"HELP HER!" Lily screamed hysterically.

Lupin did the only thing he could think of. He picked her up and ran to the Hospital Wing. Madam Pomfrey was sitting in an armchair dozing off, but was alert and ready when she heard footsteps running into the room. She grabbed a potion and ran scurried over to Lupin, who was still holding Tonks in his arms as she wildly thrashed about. With great difficulty, Madam Pomfrey managed to get Tonks to drink a sleeping potion. She fell limp in his arms and he placed her onto a bed.

"You don't deserve this Dora, you really don't." he whispered to her softly, stroking her hand with his thumb.

He sat for a while, waiting for her to wake up. He was about to fall asleep when he heard someone walk in.

"Is she okay?" Sirius asked, pulling up an empty chair.

"I hope so. She shouldn't be here. I should have protected her." he said quietly.

"She's strong, she'll be alright." he replied, looking at the sleeping figure. "You really like her don't you?"

Lupin just nodded. "The first time I saw her, I felt something different. It was like she was part of me, even though I've only known her a week, I think I love her." he said firmly, smiling slightly.

"I know you do. I haven't seen you this happy in a long time." Sirius admitted. "You two are perfect for each other, you do know that."

"You just went all mushy on me." Remus said, startled by his friends sudden behaviour.

"Tell no one." he joked. "But you get my point."

"I do." he said. "But I could hurt her."

"How?" Sirius asked, confused.

"What would happen if she found out I was a werewolf, or she followed me to the shrieking shack. I could seriously hurt her!" he said, these doubts filling his mind.

"I can only think of one thing. Tell her the truth. Listen to me a minute." as Lupin had just opened his mouth to protest. "If you tell her, she'll know not to follow you. She deserves to know the truth Moony." Sirius said, he said goodbye to his friend and walked out of the Hospital Wing. " he said seriously.

"I suppose you're right Padfoot, I'll tell her when she wakes up."

"We still need to go to Dumbledore, she can't get away with this." Sirius said.

"When she wakes up." he said softly.

"I'm going to go and see James and Lily, she was in a bit of a state before. Come and find me when she wakes up." said Sirius, and he left a few minutes later.

"Get well soon Dora." he whispered, kissing her forehead.

He looked at her, her face look tired, he could see bruises forming on her neck, and her dress was covered in blood. But he still thought she looked beautiful. Her hand was warm and smooth, he fell asleep at the side of her bed, never letting go of her hand.

She slowly opened her eyes and found herself in the Hospital Wing. The one place she didn't want to be in. Something warm was holding onto her hand, she looked down and saw Remus Lupin holding her hand, he was fast asleep. A warmth spread through her, and she gently shook him awake.

"Loopy." she whispered softly.

He opened his eyes. "Dora." he said, still half asleep. He sat up and hugged her. "I need to tell you something."

He was about to tell her when Madam Pomfrey bustled out of her office and rushed over to Tonks.

"Good, you're awake. You were in shock last night, I cleaned up your bloody nose, but you still have some bruising that should heal in a few days."

"When can I leave?" Tonks asked simply.

"Today," Madam Pomfrey replied.

"So Loopy, what did you want to tell me?" she asked .

"We need to go to Dumbledore," he said, smiling at her.

She merely nodded her head, she didn't have the willpower to argue.

"Can we go now then? I just want to get it over with." she said.

Lupin nodded at her. "We need to find James and Sirius, and Lily first."

Tonks discharged herself from the Hospital Wing and she and Lupin went to find Lily, James and Sirius. She found them all in the library.

"I don't believe it. James Potter and Sirius Black are in the library!" she said sarcastically.

"I can't either." Sirius mumbled.

"We're going to go to Dumbledore." Lupin said flatly. "We need you three to come with us."

"Of course we'll come, I'm not letting that toe rag get away with what he did to Tonks." Sirius said James and Lily nodded their heads in agreement.

They all walked silently to Dumbledore's office. It was as though he had been expecting them because he appeared at the entrance to his office.

"Ah, Mr Potter, Mr Black, Mr Lupin, Miss Evans and Miss Tonks! I was wondering when you would show up. Follow me please." Dumbledore said, and they walked to his office. They all took a seat, Lupin sat next to Tonks and held her hand reassuringly.

"P-professor." she began. "Last night I was attacked going to the girls' bathroom. I-I think I know who it was."

"I know Nymphadora." Dumbledore said. "Your attacker, Derek Coppergate was expelled this morning. His parents came and collected him this morning. Before he was expelled though we did find out that Camilla Stevens had planned the attack, she has been suspended. Lucky Mr Potter and Mr Black had found you. I'm afraid to say that they rendered a student unconscious, so you will both have to serve three weeks detention."

"But that's not fair!" Tonks cried. "They were only helping me!"

"I know Nymphadora, but rules are rules." Dumbledore said flatly.

"It's alright Tonks, we'll go quietly." James said sarcastically.

"I'm sorry." she said quietly.

"Don't be." Sirius said, smiling at his cousin.

"I would like to congratulate Miss Evans and Miss Tonks though. Your karaoke performance was fantastic. I managed to get a picture, but I copied it so you could both have one each." Dumbledore handed them both a picture. Tonks looked at it and saw her wearing what she was wearing at the present time. Her pink dress. Beside her was Lily, and they were both singing, both smiling. Tonks reminded herself that she would buy a photo album.

"Thank you professor." she said gratefully, at least she had one happy memory from last night.

"Your welcome, you may leave." he said quickly, and the five teenagers left Dumbledore's office.

"Well, everything turned out okay then!" Sirius said cheerfully. "I say we go to the kitchens for a celebration!"

"I second that!" said James.

"I third that." Lily said quietly, and James gasped.

"Finally warming up to me, aren't you Lily dearest?" James said, a hint of sarcasm in his voice.

"Don't flatter yourself." she said, and she playfully hit him on the shoulder.

"Are you two lovebirds coming?" Sirius asked, pointing at Tonks and Lupin.

"Actually I was wondering if I could talk to Dora in private for a while." Lupin said, looking at Tonks.

"Okay," she replied. "We'll come to the kitchens later, okay?"

They nodded at her and the three of them walked to the kitchens, leaving Tonks and Lupin alone.

"So, what did you want to talk to me about Loopy?" she asked, smiling at him.

"Can we go for a walk first?" he asked.

"Yeah, okay." she replied, and they both walked out into the Hogwarts grounds.

They saw a tree near the lake, and they both sat down on it, leaning against the trunk of it. Tonks winced slightly, the bruises on her ribs hurting.

"What did you want to talk to me about?" she asked again.

"I have something to tell you." he said, sounding uneasy. "Actually, two things."

"In your own time." Tonks said sarcastically.

"This is serious Dora. I don't know how you're going to take it." he said quietly.

"What is it Loopy?" she asked, fear filling her.

"I-I'm a werewolf." he said. "I wanted to tell because, I l-love you Nymphadora Tonks."

"Y-you love me?" she managed to stutter out after a few minutes of silence. She couldn't believe it, she had never been this happy.

"I know I've only known you a week, but I know that I love you." he said. "Did you not hear the first part, I'm a werewolf."

"You're a werewolf." she said flatly.

"Yeah, I'm a werewolf." he said for the third time.

"I don't care," she replied, taking his hand. "And I-I think I love you too."

"Y-You don't care that I'm a werewolf?" he said, slightly shocked.

"To me, you're human. Can I just ask though, how did you become a werewolf?"

"Fenrir Greyback bit me when I was little. I've been a werewolf ever since." he said quietly.

"Loopy." she said softly, her voice slightly breaking. "I'm so sorry."

He looked at Tonks, and saw a tear down her face, her wiped it away with his thumb. "I've learnt to live with it."

"So every month do you transform?" she asked.

"Pretty much." he replied.

They say in a comfortable silence for a few minutes. They leaned against the tree, oblivious to the world, they only knew the happiness they were experiencing.

"Dora?" Lupin asked.

"Yeah?" she replied.

"I-I was wondering if you wanted to be my girlfriend?" Lupin asked, his voice slightly nervous.

Tonks felt like Christmas had come. "Any day." she replied softly.

His face was inches from hers, she felt his breath against her skin. He pressed his lips to hers, and she melted. He brought his hand to her cheek, and stayed like this for what felt like hours, but was minutes really. The kiss broke, and her cheeks were bright red.

"Do you want to go to the kitchens? They'll be wondering where we are." Lupin said.

"Sounds good. Can we go to the Hufflepuff Common Room so I can change please?" Tonks asked.

"Yeah, lets go." Lupin replied, and together they walked up to the castle, their hands joined together. The reached the Hufflepuff Common Room and Tonks ran up to the girls' dormitory and changed into a pair of black jeans and a long sleeved orange and grey t-shirt, considering she didn't have any more classes because tomorrow was her last day, she didn't bother putting her uniform on. She changed from her flat pink shoes, to a pair of silver flat shoes. She put her hair up into a bobble and ran back out of the Common Room, Remus was waiting outside for her. They continued their journey to the kitchens and when they approached the portrait, Lupin tickled the pear in the fruit bowl, which permitted them entrance.

"There you are!" Sirius cried cheerfully, food surrounded him.

"God you can't half eat." Tonks said, picking up a piece of chocolate. Lily burst into a fit of giggles.

"It motivates me. You see I stuff my face, then I work it off to keep my body looking as great as it does. See how that works?" he said sarcastically.

"I'm not even going to comment." Tonks laughed.

"Are you two together or something? Cause you're holding hands." James said, pointing at Tonks and Lupin.

"Of course they are." Lily answered. "You are, aren't you?"

Tonks nodded and Lily jumped up squealing, hugging Tonks. "This is great! You two are perfect for each other! I'm so happy for you both."

"Thanks Lily." Remus said, smiling.

"Yeah, that's great news mate." James said happily.

Sirius however, dropped the food he was eating, and his jaw dropped.

"Sirius? Hello? Earth to Sirius?" Tonks said, waving her hand in front of him.

He suddenly snapped back into reality, and a grin was forming on his face. "Good for you two. But Moony, if you hurt her, I know where you sleep." he said jokingly.

"I'm not planning on hurting her Padfoot." Lupin replied.

"I know you won't. This calls for another celebration!" Sirius said, opening a bottle of Butterbeer.

"It looks like you've already started one." Tonks said sarcastically.

She sat down next to Lupin and soon they all started to eat. Tonks ate to the point in which she thought she was going to burst.

"So, what are you doing for Christmas?" James asked Lily.

"Just the same as usual, quiet Christmas at home. What about you?" Lily replied.

"Moony and Sirius are staying at my house for the holidays." James said.

"My condolences to your parents." Lily joked.

"That hurt." James mocked, clutching his heart as if it had broke.

"Oh, I'm sorry Jamsie Wamsie." she replied, then doubled over in a fit of laughter.

"Please don't call me Jamsie Wamsie." he said, and then he started to tickle her.

"Noo! Please…Stop!" Lily replied, tears of laughter streaming down her face.

"I beginning to think that maybe them two have fallen for each other." Tonks said, whilst James continued tickling Lily.

"So do I, I mean James has always liked Lily, but I guess its taken her a long time to figure it out.." Lupin replied.

Just then, Sirius produced a camera from his pocket. "Mrs Potter asked us to take pictures throughout the year. So smile!" he shouted the last words like a five year old, he took a picture of Lupin and Tonks together.

"I want copies." Tonks said.

"Anything for you, Nymphadora." he said, emphasising the last part.

"Don't call me Nymphadora!" she shouted, throwing popcorn at him. "Give me that camera a minute."

Sirius reluctantly gave Tonks the camera. She looked through the eyepiece and got a picture of James and Lily, lying on the floor, laughing like maniacs. They only looked up when the saw the flash go off.

"Hey! That's not fair!" Lily protested.

"Life's not fair," Tonks said simply. "Anyways, I'm sure Mrs Potter would love to see a picture of James and his girlfriend." Tonks mocked.

"I'm not his girlfriend!" Lily said.

Before they could start to argue, Sirius interrupted and said. "Do you think we should go? It's getting pretty late."

"Wow, Sirius is being responsible." Lily said. "But I agree with him, it is getting pretty late."

"Let's go then, it's going to take me an hour to walk off all of the food I've eaten." Tonks said, and soon they were all trudging out of the kitchen and making their way up the stairs.

"Never…been…so…tired." Tonks said between breaths, and they were only halfway up the stairs.

"Do you want me to carry you on my back?" Lupin offered.

"Are you sure? I might be too heavy." Tonks replied.

"I doubt it." he replied, whilst she jumped onto his back and wrapped her arms around his neck.

She cheekily stuck her tongue out at Sirius, who looked like he was going to collapse.

"That's what you get for eating as much as you did." Tonks said to him.

"That's not fair Moony!" he wheezed. "I've been your friend longer! You've never once offered to carry me!"

"That's because I didn't fancy having back problems, and you're not my girlfriend." he replied sarcastically.

"If it would include a piggy back up the stairs, I'd be your girlfriend any day." Sirius said.

"I hope you didn't mean that." Tonks said, her skin colour changing to a pale green.

"Of course not, cousin of mine. Remus Lupin is all yours." Sirius said, still trudging up the stairs.

"Are you sure I'm not to heavy for you?" Tonks asked Lupin.

"I'm positive Dora." he replied softly.

"You'd better take me to the Hufflepuff Common Room. I haven't been there in a few days." Tonks said sadly. She loved Hufflepuff and all the prospects of it, but there was a great sense of loneliness whenever she went there, because she knew her friends were in a completely different Common Room.

"We're not that far, shouldn't take us long." he said.

They finally reached the Portrait which lead into the Hufflepuff Common Room.

"I guess I'll say goodnight here." Lupin said, as Tonks gently got off of his back.

"Yeah, I guess so. Could you tell Lily that I'll come and get my stuff tomorrow? Oh, and thanks for the piggy back." she said shyly, her heart was beating faster than it ever had before.

"I'll tell her, and don't mention it." he replied, leaning in closer, and closer, and closer, until he was millimetres away from her face. His kissed her, and she kissed him back. Her arms around his neck, and his around her waist. She never wanted to leave, she would have stayed like this all night but a Hufflepuff student tapped her very hard on the shoulder.

"Excuse me." the girl said quietly. "You're blocking the portrait."

"Oh, sorry." they both said, and they moved out of the way.

"I'd better head inside, I don't want a Prefect giving you a detention for being out late." Tonks said shyly. "Night Loopy." she give him a quick kiss and ran into the Hufflepuff Common Room.

She went into her room, and was flooded with girls wanting to congratulate her on the karaoke from the previous night. It was all like a daze, and the only person she could think about was Lupin. She slipped into bed and fell asleep in seconds.

The morning sunlight poured into the room, and in doing so woke a tired Tonks up. She rolled over, and pulled herself out of bed and did the normal morning routine. She jumped into the shower, the warm water cascading everywhere. Eventually, it woke her up. She dressed in a of jeans and a pink t-shirt. Considering it was the last day of school, she decided to make her hair pink. She put it up in a bobble and clipped her fringe up, but it was slightly raised, so it wasn't flat on her head. She decided to put on a pair of trainers, and after grabbing her jacket she went down to the Great Hall for some breakfast.

She saw Remus eating breakfast, be he hadn't noticed her, so she decided to surprise him. She crept up behind him and tapped him on the shoulder quickly. He almost jumped out of his seat.

"Tonks! You scared me!" he said, but he was smiling at her nonetheless.

"That was my plan." she joked, and sat down next to him, kissed his cheek and heard James and Sirius making vomiting noises into their breakfast. "Good morning to you too." she said quickly.

"I've lost my appetite." Sirius said dramatically.

"Good, because considering the amount you ate last night you shouldn't even to be able to think about food." Tonks snapped.

"I could never stop thinking about food, for it is my second love. Girls' are my first love." Sirius said.

"That makes me feel so loved, I thought I was your surrogate brother." James said sarcastically.

"You are loved Prongsie, but I can't snog you can I?" Sirius replied.

"You can't snog food either though." Tonks protested.

"You can in a certain way." Sirius replied, he looked serious.

"I don't even want to know." Tonks said. "Are you packed yet Loopy?" she asked, picking up a piece of toast.

"Almost, you?" he asked, wrapping his arm around her waist.

"No where near. I do this every year though, It's like a tradition, leaving it until the last minute." said Tonks.

"I see." Lupin said, laughing.

"Hey Tonks, I forgot to mention. Lily wants to see you." James said, taking a five new pieces of bacon.

"Where is she?" she asked, drinking some orange juice.

"I think she's in the library." James replied.

"I guess I'll go and see her then. See you all later." Tonks got up and walked out of the Hall trying to find Lily. She walked to the library and sure enough Lily was there.

"James said you wanted to see me?" Tonks asked, approaching Lily.

"Yeah, I wanted to ask you something." Lily said, smiling at Tonks. "I sent an owl to my parents the other day, and I told them all about you. They were wondering, if it was alright with your parents, that if maybe you wanted to stay at my house for New Year?" Lily asked.

"I'd love too!" Tonks squealed, giving her friend a hug.

"That's a relief, but you'll have to ask your parents. Hopefully they'll say yes, and that way I won't

have to put up with Tuney calling me a freak on my own." Lily replied, a wide grin on her face. "Oh and I wanted to give you this."

She handed Tonks a envelope, which contained a Christmas card. It was a picture of the four girls - Claire, Sarah, Lily and Tonks - from the Christmas Ball. Lily had obviously used a spell to make it a Christmas card.

Dear Tonks,

Have a great Christmas.

Love Lily (Your new best friend).

xxx

"Thanks Lily." Tonks said, tears of joy were welling up in her eyes. She had never received a Christmas card.

"Don't mention it." she replied. "I really meant the best friend part."

I know you did." Tonks said sincerely.

"I'd better go, I need to pack. I'll see you later though, okay?" Lily said.

"Me too, course you'll see me later because you'll be missing me so much." Tonks said sarcastically.

"That must be the reason." Lily said, rolling her eyes and laughing.

"Or maybe because I need to get my things from the other night." Tonks replied. "I'll see you later Lily!" Tonks shouted, on her way to the Hufflepuff Common Room.

The yellow and black stood out from one another, her teams colours were everywhere, and she raced up the stone stairs into the place she called sanctuary. She thrust open her trunk and rummaged about in it. Until she found them. Right at the bottom of her trunk she always kept a packet of Christmas cards in case she ever had any friends, she thought she would never get to use them. She took out her quill, and searched for her pot of silver ink. She decided to start with Lily.

Dear Lily,

Have a happy Christmas.

I won't say happy New Year because I will be their to happily wish it to you!

I'm glad I met you because you are honestly my best friend.

Love Tonks

xxx

She sealed the envelope and wrote Lily's name on the front of it and thought of what to write to Sirius and James.

Dear Sirius,

I hope you have a happy Christmas. I'm sure you and James will at least blow something up. It's weird only knowing now that you are my cousin. I couldn't ask for a better one though, you are a hero in my eyes.You saved me from being killed. Again, have a happy Christmas.

Love Tonks

xxx

Dear James,

Have a happy Christmas. I know that you'll spend most of it trying to think of ways to woo Lily. Have fun with that. I think she's beginning to see you for what you really are, a brave person. Thank you for saving me. Oh, and have a happy New Year!

Love Tonks

xxx

She sealed them up and began to write her last Christmas card, for Remus.

Dear Loopy,

Have a happy Christmas, I really mean it. I hope James and Sirius don't drive you crazy. Have a happy New Year too. It's kind of strange, because I've never written a Christmas card, so I don't really know what to put in it. I guess I'll see you after the holidays. Don't think I won't miss you though, because I will.

Love Dora

xxx

She sealed up the last Christmas card and put them on her dressing table. She decided that she would pack her things now and get it over with. She folded all her clothes up as best as she could, and then proceeded to arrange her books neatly into it. She had to sit on her case to get it to close properly, and she knew that it would have to be re-opened later. Just then someone knocked on the door.

"Come in." she said softly.

A girl with red hair entered the room and came and sat next to Tonks on the end of the bed.

"Lily? What's wrong?" Tonks asked, worried by her friends pale face.

"I've fallen for him. I've fallen for James Potter." Lily said quietly.

"At long last! That's great news, isn't it?" Tonks asked.

"I suppose. If he asks me out today, I think I might say yes." Lily replied.

"Lily, we all know that he'll ask you out today. After all, it is the last day of school." Tonks said.

"What happens if he doesn't though?" Lily asked.

"Lily, the day I don't fall or trip over something is the day that James Potter doesn't ask you out." Tonks replied sarcastically. Tonks reached over to her nightstand and handed an envelope to Lily. "This is for you."

"Thanks Tonks. I can't wait until New Year, it's going to be my best Christmas holiday ever."

"Mine too. Shall we go and find James, because I don't want you having second thoughts."

Lily regained the colour in her face and started to blush. She grabbed a pillow and hit Tonks with it. After a few minutes of giggling the girls went to find James, Sirius and Remus. Just before she left, Tonks grabbed the Christmas cards off of her bedside table.

They looked all over the grounds, until they eventually found them sitting out at a tree. Tonks noticed that a fire was ignited into a jar, keeping them warm. Sirius spotted the two girls and waved them over.

"Lillies and Tonks. My two favourite girls, what brings you here?" Sirius asked, eating a chocolate frog.

"Uh, you did." Lily replied, Tonks thought she sounded nervous.

"Lily, my sweet." James began. "Would you do the honours of going out -"

"Yes." Lily replied simply.

"Why do you reject me like this Lily my love?" James asked, so used to her saying "No," that he couldn't take in that she had said yes.

"I said yes, James." she replied softly, her cheeks turning pink.

James stood there, silent, which was never good.

"She said yes." he muttered to himself. "SHE SAID YES! MOONY! PADFOOT! SHE SAID YEEESS!" he cried like a five year old, skipping in circles around her.

Sirius burst out into hysterical laughter. "You…screamed…like…a…girl." Sirius said through bouts of laughter.

"James, you're making me dizzy." Lily said quietly.

"S-sorry." he stammered out, his cheeks turning red.

Lupin was staring at Sirius, then burst out laughing because he was laughing.

"Noo…Sirius…stop…laughing…you're…making…me…laugh…it…hurts!" he cried, beginning another fit of giggles.

After about fifteen minutes, Sirius and Lupin stopped laughing.

"Evans, what made you say yes?" Sirius said.

"He changed." she said simply.

"And it was my dashing good looks." James added, wiggling his eyebrows.

"When I say changed, I meant he was more responsible. He didn't change his ego in any ways." Lily said, rolling her eyes.

Tonks laughed, and sat down next to Lupin, and she was suddenly enveloped in the warmth of the fire in the jar.

"Who conjured that?" Tonks asked.

"Me." Lupin replied.

"You'll have to teach me that sometimes." she said, handing him his Christmas cards.

She gave James and Sirius their Christmas cards as well, which earned her a hug from James and Sirius each. But Lupin gave her a kiss.

"Urgh." Sirius said. "Can you go and suck face with my cousin somewhere else?" he asked.

"It's not like you haven't snogged a girl before is it?" she snapped back.

"Calm down children." James said sarcastically, who was sitting rather down with Lily.

"Okay, I'm calm. Lily and I have news!" Tonks cried excitedly.

"Ooh, news." James said, like a girl desperate for gossip. "What is it?"

"I'm staying at her house for New Year." Tonks announced happily.

"Lily, I'm hurt." James said sarcastically. "You're going out with me, and Tonks has been asked to stay at your house before me?" he pretended to clutch his heart, like it had broken.

"Cry me a river, build a bridge and get over it." she joked, taking his hand.

He had not response to her, he was shocked that she had taken his hand in hers.

"It looks like James Potter is finally lost for words." Sirius said, unable to believe it himself.

They spent the whole day by the tree, Sarah and Claire come to join them later. After hours of laughter, smiles, jokes and pictures they all retired back to their dormitories. Just before Tonks had wandered back to the Hufflepuff Common Room, Lily dragged her to the Gryffindor Common Room so she could collect her stuff from the other night. Lily had packed it all up for her.

"Thanks Lily." Tonks said, taking her things off of Lily.

"You're welcome." she replied. "I owled my parents and they're really glad that you can come."

"I'm glad too." she replied. "I'll see you tomorrow on the train?"

"Bright and early!" Lily replied sarcastically.

"I'll manage the bright, but not the early." she replied before going back to her dormitory.

She closed the yellow drapings that hung over her bed, and she fell in a slumber, the warm blankets being her best friend at that moment. Her alarm clock rung through her ears, she really didn't want to hear it. But nonetheless, she pushed herself out of bed and found her way to the bathroom. She cleaned her teeth, changed into clothes, a pair of jeans and a jumper. She wore flat boots on her feet, and she was ready to begin the challenge of hauling her trunk down the stairs. That's when the idea sprung to her. She could use magic, after all, she was a witch.

'How on earth did I forget that?' she thought to herself. "Wingardium Leviosa," she whispered, and soon her trunk was floating in mid-air. She smiled at herself, and continued the journey to the train station. She couldn't find any of the marauders, or Lily for that matter. She waited for them at the station, but they didn't turn up. The train was going to take off in a few minutes, so Tonks had no choice but to board the Hogwarts Express. She stored away her trunk and went to look for an empty compartment. She was just about to enter an empty one when she saw the four of them sitting in their own compartment, smiling at her, so she went and joined them.

"I couldn't find you anywhere!" she exclaimed, sitting next to Lupin.

"We thought we'd get here a bit early. So we were guaranteed a compartment." Lily said, who leaning on James.

"You mean you thought that you'd get here a bit earlier." Sirius groaned, he looked half-asleep. "You practically dragged us out of our beds."

"You should be thanking me for it!" Lily snapped. "If I hadn't, you probably would still be lazing in bed now, and then you would have missed the train!"

Before Sirius could reply, James cut him off. "So Lily my dearest, are you going to miss me?"

"Surprisingly, I might miss you a little bit." Lily said.

"My magical charm, see boys? My girlfriend is going to miss me." James replied, tossing his hair out of his eyes.

"Then again, it might be nice to get a break away from you." Lily replied sarcastically. "Considering, that thing is going home with you." she pointed towards Sirius after saying this.

"Hey! I am not an it, I am a goddess of a he." Sirius replied, his face breaking out into a grin.

"Just keep telling yourself that." Lily said, rolling her eyes.

They were interrupted by someone coming into their compartment. It was Camilla Stevens group of friends.

"Nymphadora, I should have known that you would be with your protectors. I've heard that you can't even go around the castle on your own with out one of these lot walking beside you." Rachel Young sneered, she was almost as nasty as Camilla. "I mean, you must be petrified, after Derek came after you."

"H-how do you know about that?" Tonks stammered.

"I know lots of things, like what happened to your brother." Rachel hissed.

"I Think you'd better leave. Now." Lily said, clutching her wand tightly in her right hand.

Rachel gave them each a dirty look, then turned around and left with the rest of her friends

Tonks was on the verge of tears. She tried to control them, but she couldn't. One tear after the other fell down her face, but eventually, she regained her composure and stopped crying.

"I'm going to kill her." Lily hissed, her eyes were red with anger.

"Can I ask Tonks. What happened to your brother?" James asked.

Tonks told them the story of how her brother had fallen through the ice and drowned. BY the end of the explanation, Tonks was once again crying, whilst Lupin held her close to him. Lily had tears in her eyes also, James looked white. Whilst Sirius was furious.

"How dare she come in here and say that! I swear, if she wasn't a girl I would kill her!" Sirius said getting angrier and angrier.

"Sirius, calm down." Tonks pleaded, and she wiped away the rest of her tears. "Please, don't tell anyone about this. I need you to promise me."

James nodded, and eventually, Sirius gave a small nod as well.

An elderly woman's voice rung through the train, in a sing-song like voice saying, "Anything from the trolley dears?"

Sirius jumped out of his seat and reached into his pocket, extracting a few galleons into his hand.

"Five packets of Droobles, twenty Chocolate Frogs, and three packets of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans." Sirius said, handing the woman all of his money, and grabbing half of the sweets, James had to come and grab the other half.

"Honestly Sirius!" Tonks exclaimed. "You're really going to eat all of that?"

"No." he replied. "We all are."

"Sirius." Lupin said. "This is the first time that you have ever shared your food with anyone else."

"I'm feeling generous today." he replied, a lopsided grin on his face.

James had already devoured two Chocolate Frogs, and half a packet of Droobles.

"I was just testing them, to make sure they weren't poisoned or anything." James said innocently, chocolate all over his face.

"Of course you were." Lupin replied sarcastically.

Tonks wasn't feeling very hungry, but she was extremely tired. She just wanted to get back into her bed and fall asleep, but that wasn't possible. She yawned, and Lupin seemed to notice her.

"Are you tired?" he asked, eating an every flavour bean. "Gravy." he said simply.

"A bit." she replied. "I didn't get much sleep last night."

"HOT! CHILLI! HOT! JAMES! HELP!" Sirius screamed, running around in circles like a madman. He had just eaten a chilli every flavour bean. James, Tonks, Lily and Lupin burst out laughing. James was a pile of giggles lying on the floor and Lily was holding onto the chair for extra support. Sirius grabbed the bottle of water Lupin had in his hand and took a long drink out of it.

"It wasn't funny!" he huffed, after his mouth had stopped burning.

"Mate, it wasn't funny. It was hilarious!" James replied.

"He's right Sirius, I never knew you screamed like a little girl." Tonks said, lying on Lupin.

"I do not!" he argued.

"I'm only joking." Tonks said, her eyes drooping. She tried to keep herself awake, but minutes later she fell asleep.

It must have been a few hours when she woke up again, because the train was nearly at its destination.

"W-where are we?" she asked, wiping the sleep from her eyes.

"About five miles from King's Cross." Lily replied, James's arm across her waist.

"It won't be long until we have to leave." Tonks said, sighing slightly.

"We'll all see you soon though." Lily said. "I'll see you sooner than the others, again, I can't wait."

"Me neither. You'll need to owl me. I don't have one."

"I'll owl you as soon as I get home." Lily said.

"What about me?" James asked.

"You as well Jamsie Wamsie." Lily grinned, laughing at his nickname.

"I asked you not to call me that." James said, pouting.

"Fine. I will not call you Jamsie Wamsie anymore. Oh how I will miss that nickname." Lily said sarcastically.

Suddenly, the train came to a screeching halt. Students started to flood out of compartments.

"We'll wait until the rush is over." Lupin said, he had a firm hold of Tonks's hand.

Tonks suddenly wished that he would never let go of her hand, she didn't want to go home. As much as she loved her parents, she wanted to spend more time with her friends. The five of them left the compartment and searched for their trunks. All of them were off the train, and it was time to say their goodbyes.

"I'll see you soon then James." Tonks said, hugging James. "Have a great Christmas."

"I will. I want to say thanks to you, I think you helped me in getting Lily Evans. The love of my life, the apple of my eye-"

"I get it James," Tonks replied sarcastically. "and your welcome."

Tonks walked over to Sirius, who was flirting with some girls.

"Have you not got a hug for you cousin?" she asked.

"Don't be silly Nymphadora, of course I have a hug for you." he replied, embracing her.

"Don't call me Nymphadora. Have a nice Christmas, oh and you've got something in your teeth." she started to laugh as he started to frantically rub the mysterious substance away.

"Always embarrassing me." he said, flicking her.

"It's my job." she laughed, before playfully slapping him on the shoulder.

Lily was obviously saying goodbye to James, because they were kissing. Lily broke the kiss, and James's face was like a five year olds face, when they got to have a go on a broomstick. Tonks walked over to Lily.

"I'll guess I'll see you soon. don't forget to owl me. I think I would die of insanity if I didn't hear from my best friend all holiday." Tonks said, hugging Lily.

"I will, I won't forget." Lily said. "I'll see you at New Year, okay?"

"Only if I see you first." Tonks joked, she waved to Lily and then saw Lupin standing behind her.

"Loopy." she whispered, embracing him. "I'll miss you."

"I'll miss you too. But I'll write. I promise." he replied, kissing the top of her head.

"You'd better. Have a nice Christmas." she replied, holding him tighter. "I don't want to go home." she whispered. "I don't want to leave you, call me crazy but I don't feel normal when I'm not with you."

"I feel the exact same way, but you are going to have to go home. I promise that I'll write, honest! Oh, Christmas card for you." he said, reaching into his pocket and pulling out a red envelope.

"Thanks. I'll see you in four weeks. Bye Loopy." she said turning to leave, but he grabbed her arm and pulled her closer to him. Then he kissed her. It had taken her by surprise so she gasped, but then she settled into it. The world was oblivious to her, all she cared about was Remus Lupin, and staying in his arms as long as possible. She heard Sirius and James wolf whistle though, and one of them came and tapped Remus on the shoulder.

"Moony mate, sorry to interrupt, but my mum's waiting." James said, and Lupins face turned red along with Tonks.

"Oh, sorry Mrs Potter." he said to the middle-aged woman with long jet black hair tied back into a ponytail.

"Don't worry about it dear," she replied. "Don't be embarrassed either, I seen James and his lady-friend before."

"Mum!" James exclaimed, his face turning as red as Lupins.

"Bye Dora." he said, giving her one last hug, then running through the barrier with the three teenage boys.

She looked at the Christmas card and opened it, and one of the biggest grins formed on her face when she read it.

Dear Dora,

I hope you have a marvellous Christmas. But I will miss you, for I rather enjoyed seeing your pink hair everyday. I've written Christmas cards before, just never one to a girl, or my girlfriend for that matter. I'll see you in four weeks, hopefully it will not seem that long.

Love always,

Loopy

xxx

Tonks felt joyous, she wanted to break out and sing a song right there. But decided not to, as people would stare. Instead, she crossed the barrier and realised that these four peope will probably change her life. Forever.


It's finished! I wanted to do a happy ending. But I'm thinking about maybe doing a sequel. Thankyou to everyone who read the story and to everyone that reviewed. I love you all. :)

I hope you liked it!

Nymphadora Lupin-Tonks