LbN: Ok, here's the winner of the two polls. It's an extension of "Moonlight" and a Tonks raising Teddy fic. Enjoy!
No Reason to Hide
Ginny walked out into the moonlight. It was an ironically beautiful night for running away. She locked the door behind her and set the key under the mat. As she neared the top of the hill behind the Burrow, a dark shape appeared in front of her. She panicked for a moment, thinking one of her brothers, had caught her, but it wasn't any of the Weasleys.
"Tonks," she said in relief.
"Are you sure about this?" Tonks asked.
Ginny looked back one last time at the house that would never accept her.
With that, they Apparated away.
Tonks bit back a giggle as her six month old son hiccupped and his hair turned pink. She turned as she heard footsteps behind her.
"Wotcher sleepyhead," she said, hugging Ginny.
"Mrrrghhh," Ginny moaned, "What time is it?"
"Two o'clock," Tonks smiled, "You were really tired, so I just let you sleep. There's food," Tonks nodded toward the fridge.
"Mmm, what did you make?"
"Artichoke chicken salad," Tonks answered, taking Teddy out of his stroller. She held him, watching Ginny dish up some food and tap it with her wand to heat it.
"We need to talk," she said.
"I know. Come on," Ginny nodded towards the living room.
"So," Ginny said, taking a small bite of her lunch, "let's talk."
"It's only a matter of time before they find us, Ginny," Tonks said seriously, "We can't just hide away forever."
"Tonks, they were going to send me to France!" Ginny said, "I know we can't keep running, especially with Teddy, but I had to get away. I don't think they'll ever…you know, accept us; but maybe if we give them time to cool off…I don't know…" she trailed off, picking morosely at her food.
"D'you think you can handle a bit more unpleasant information?"
"Remus came by the old flat a couple days ago."
"The day you told me about your family's…reactions. He said he wants to be in Teddy's life again."
"What did you tell him?"
"The truth. I told him about us; and that I was moving," Tonks shrugged, "And that he had a lot of nerve coming back after nearly a year."
They sat quietly for a few moments, listening to Teddy babble. Both were thinking of the inevitable complications of their situation. Ginny had to go back to Hogwarts in a week, and it was highly possible that her parents would try to come and get her from the school. The other problem was that Tonks worked at the Ministry with half of the Weasleys and Harry, so there were bound to be problems there; and on top of it all, Remus had just waltzed back into Tonks's life, quite unwelcome, and had started making demands about their son.
Taking advantage of the fact that she was now legal to use magic outside of school, Ginny summoned a piece of parchment and a pen from the kitchen.
"What're you doing?" Tonks asked, bouncing Teddy on her knee.
"Writing to McGonagall," Ginny said, "I'm just making sure that once I'm at Hogwarts, my parents can't come and make me leave. I'm of age now, so that shouldn't be a problem."
"Good idea," Tonks nodded, "Hey, how about later we go take a walk? We should get out of the flat for a while. There's a park a little ways down the road, we could go and de-stress."
"Okay," Ginny smiled, glad for a reason to stop thinking about her family. She sealed the envelope and went to the window to whistle for Socrates. Once she had tied the letter to the owl's leg she turned back to Tonks and said,
"Alright, let me get ready and we'll go!"
"So," Tonks smirked at Ginny, "Are you ever going to tell me?"
"Tell you what?" Ginny asked as she strapped Teddy into his stroller.
"How they found out," Tonks said. "You've been avoiding it this entire time, and I haven't really pushed the subject. But since the dust has somewhat settled, I want to know."
"Urrgh, do I have to tell you?" Ginny blushed.
"Now you do," Tonks grinned at the sight of her girlfriend's red face.
"Well…er…if you must know, I was sort of…having a dream about us. Well, Mum came to get me for supper and I guess I…yelled your name."
Tonks let out a yell of laughter and Teddy looked up at her like she was nuts.
"You could've, you know, lied," she said, wiping tears of laughter from her eyes.
"Not according to Mum's description of the yell," Ginny mumbled, face now matching her hair, "Besides, she did Legilimency before I could block her out, so she knew it wasn't just some random dream."
"That'd be a pretty odd random dream to have," Tonks said.
By this time, they had made it downstairs and outside. As they walked, Ginny hummed to herself and tried to think of a good way to bring up another of their many problems.
"So…what're you going to tell my dad and brothers?" she asked, deciding to be direct about it.
"I don't know," Tonks shrugged, putting an arm around Ginny, "I don't think Percy's one for this type of confrontation, Ron'll probably just try to hex me to pieces, and Arthur…" she trailed off.
"Dad's usually the understanding one," Ginny said encouragingly.
"Usually. However, usually his daughter isn't running off with older women…"
"Woman," Ginny grinned, "Just you."
"It'd better be just me!" Tonks laughed.
September first went by quite a bit more smoothly than normal. Ginny thought, as she got into Tonks's Ministry car, that this was probably due to the fact that there weren't a half dozen kids running around. Teddy squealed in the backseat and looking over, Ginny saw why. Tonks's hair was going through a cornucopia of colors.
"What's up?" Ginny asked.
"Just worried," Tonks said, "I mean, they know you're going back today, right? And you can't Apparate by yourself yet. What if they're waiting to take you away?"
"We'll deal with it if the situation arises," Ginny said grimly.
And of course, it did…
"Bloody hell," Ginny said, "Ummm, just walk with me to the platform, okay Tonks?"
"Alright, but it's going to be difficult dodging them," Tonks said, picking up Teddy.
A band of redheads were making their way toward the two girls. Tonks morphed and took Ginny's hand, steering her into the crowd. They went in a slightly more round a bout way to the barrier, but got there just the same. Once they were on the platform, Ginny gave Tonks a quick kiss and got onto the train.
"Teddy, look at Mommy," Tonks said, morphing her hair strawberry blonde. The boy gave her a quizzical look, subconsciously mimicking her. Most of the Weasley's passed right by them a second later without noticing them. Most of them…
"Hello Tonks," said the chilly voice of Molly Weasley. Arthur, Ron, and Percy turned back when they heard her.
"Wotcher Molly," Tonks said, watching the train start to move.
"Would you like to explain why you kidnapped our daughter?"
"I didn't kidnap her, she ran away," Tonks said smoothly, holding Teddy firmly to her.
"She can't Apparate by herself—"
"But she is of age, so she can go where she pleases."
"Not while she's living under our roof she can't," Arthur said. It was the coldest Tonks had ever heard his voice.
"Well, I think she's taken care of that slight obstacle," Tonks said sarcastically.
"She's not moving in with you, Tonks," Molly hissed, "This is…wrong! It just is! We're sending her to France to stay with Bill and Fleur until this…phase passes."
"It's not a phase!" Tonks said as calmly as she could manage. Teddy's hair was turning blue, which meant he was sensing some of the tension. "She happens to love me, and making her leave isn't going to change that. It's just going to make both of us miserable."
"You stay away from my sister," Ron said in a deadly whisper, pointing his wand at Tonks.
With a movement so fast it could have beaten quite a few world dueling records, Tonks disarmed Ron and began to walk back toward the barrier. She was about to walk through it when she heard Percy say,
"She doesn't love you! She'll always love Harry."
Choosing not to dignify that comment with a response, Tonks continued her walk back to the car, watching her son's hair reflect the slight bit of hurt she felt.
LbN: Hope you liked it! Reviews would be wonderful!!