LbN: This was way more depressing than I'd planned. I'll have to make it up to G&T with a happy one :)

November 11

The Weasleys, Tonks, and Harry laughed as Matteo smeared his birthday cake over his face. He hadn't quite got the hang of eating the cake, having way too much fun playing with it instead.

"Aren't you clever?" Molly cooed at him, smoothing his hair back from his face.

"It's going to be really clever when I'm trying to get chocolate stains out of that shirt," Tonks said, chuckling.

"Nope, I'll be getting those stains out," Molly said, smiling. "Arthur and I are taking him for the night, so you two can have some alone time."

"Mum, you don't have to do that," Ginny said, smiling.

"Oh yes we do. The pair of you have had ridiculous schedules lately, and you've been planning this party."

"It wasn't exactly taxing, planning a family dinner," Tonks said with a shrug.

"We know," Arthur said, "But the two of you still deserve some alone time. Plus, Molly and I haven't gotten to spoil our grandson in a while."

"We're not going to win this argument, are we?" Ginny laughed.

"Nope. You might as well reconcile yourselves with the fact that you're going to have a nice, romantic evening alone."

"Reconciled!" Tonks said, raising her hand.


Ginny stole the last bite of ice cream, smirking at Tonks.

"I think you have an addiction," Tonks said.

"To your homemade caramel mint ice cream? Yes, yes I do."

"Well, there you go," Tonks said, chuckling. "Acceptance is the first step to recovery."

Ginny rolled her eyes and took the bowl to the sink.

Tonks walked over and put her arms around her. Kissing her shoulder, she mumbled, "How are you doing? We haven't really been able to spend time together in a while."

"I'm fine," Ginny said, wiping her hands on a towel. She turned to face the older witch. "It's been…calm, this past month. I'm not used to being able to relax after this past year."

"I know. But it's over now. He's—"

"I know. I don't want to talk about him tonight," Ginny said, shaking her head. "We have the night off from work, emergencies and parenting; let's make the most of it. Bed?"

Tonks leaned down and kissed her.

"I'll take that as a yes."

"Hell yes," Tonks said with a grin.

"We're going to be fine, you know? Everything's fine again," Ginny told her seriously.

"I know. Let's go to bed."


And we break

And we burn

And we turn it inside out to take it back

To the start

And through the rise and falling apart

We discover

Who we are


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