He could feel her. Her body, her naked breast softly pressing against his chest. They had lain like that for half an hour, motionless, completely silent. The only noise they heard was the soft roaring of mugglecars outside, on the other side of the window, where the world was still turning. Inside the appartment everything was quiet, and time did not seem to excist.

His hand stroked her back and he could smell her sweet fragrance. His eyes where closed, concentrating on remembering every inch of her body. He did not want to loose so fast what he just gained with so much care and difficulties. He could hear her breathing, heavy, but peaceful. She kissed his shoulder softly, on which she lay, and he could feel her smile. A fibrant feeling pulsed through his body. She could still make him feel like that, still make him shiver with one smile, one kiss.

He did not remember feeling so peaceful in his whole life. His whole life had been pain and suffering, losing people, never winning. Pushing the ones he loved away. But he couldn't. Not with her. He loved her so much he could not push her away. And he knew it was selfish, claiming her as his own. He had tried not to be selfish. He just couldn't help himself. He loved her too much.

And then it struck him, like a thunderbold. He loved her. He had always loved her and always will love her. Before he knew what he was doing he said it.

"Marry me."

It was so soft he did not know for sure if she had heard him. But only a second later he felt her whole body tense and heard her voice.

"What?"

He felt her eyes on his face. He looked into her eyes and was now sure of what he was going to say.

"Marry me."

She looked at him suspisiously.

"You don't mean that."

"Yes, I do. Marry me."

"You are kidding right?"

"No, of course not. Please marry me."

She still looked suspisiously. He looked seriously.

"Nymphadora Tonks, will you please marry me?"

Her eyes widened.

"You are being serious!"

"Yes of course I am!"

Then she furiously kissed him and he could feel her broad smile and tasted her happiness.

"I take that as a yes."