Disclaimer: See Prologue
A/N: So a year after it was written, this has finally come to an end. I hope it's one that comes full circle and that you all enjoy it. Thanks ever so much to everyone who favourited, reviewed, or even just read. I've had a lot of fun with this and I hope I'm not the only one.
A/N: For those who notice, this ties in with The Gospel According to Lupin so don't worry if you don't get any references. They're not important.
"There's something else," said Harry, handing over a large box.
Teddy accepted it and wondered if this was yet another box of photographs. He hoped not. He didn't have room to pin any more up on the walls. "What is it?" he asked.
Harry only smiled at him. "You'll see."
Teddy heard the door click as his godfather closed the door behind him, but he didn't look up. He stared intently into the box as though trying to burn holes in it. He sat on the bed he had pulled into the middle of his room and slowly pulled open one end of the box. He turned it upside down and shook it until something rather large and heavy landed on his pillows.
It was a black box with a silver top. He fiddled with the lens cap and pulling it off, was able to read the slightly faded words; Kodak Retina. On it was inked in white, Property of Remus J. Lupin. Put. It. Down.
His father's handwriting was beautiful; small, but italic with long dramatic loops and tails. Teddy wished his looked like that. He consoled himself with the fact that it probably would if he and Tom didn't spend their time rushing to scrawl fifteen inches of an essay half an hour before it was supposed to be handed in.
"Wow," he breathed, hardly daring to touch it. He was content to leave it on his pillow and look at it, worshipping it like some sort of God.
The Easter holidays passed quickly and the camera was never mentioned or taken out of its box. Harry wondered whether passing it on had been a bad idea. He couldn't help but think that Teddy was almost ignoring the fact that he had it and had reverted to smiling sadly and using his natural form.
That was until he had arrived at Platform 9¾ where a turquoise-haired Teddy was immediately set upon by a pretty blonde who almost launched herself at him.
"Ted, how was your holiday? What did you get for your birthday?" She beamed at him and kissed his cheek. Galatea waved her friend over and the breath caught in Harry's throat as a young Electra Nott emerged, dragging a broomstick and swinging an owl in a cage.
"Oh, it's you. I did wonder why Tia took a running leap."
Teddy grinned. "Where's Tom?"
"Shoving my trunk on the train. It's almost amusing what he'll do for a Chocolate Frog Card."
Teddy gestured to his godfather. "This is Harry."
Galatea smiled at him and shook his hand. "I'm Galatea. Me and Ted are Potions partners. He's the best in the class and I'm appalling, so we sort of balance each other out."
Just like her mother, Erin McCormack made no attempt to introduce herself. Teddy nodded towards her and said, "This is Erin."
Erin nodded her greeting.
"What do you play?" Harry asked, nodding toward her broom.
"Seeker," she said.
Harry raised his eyebrows in surprise. While she was almost eerily slim, she was very tall, almost as tall as Teddy.
"You met my mum," she said, raising an eyebrow at Teddy. "She said you stalked her round Diagon Alley and badgered her for info on your Dad."
Teddy's jaw dropped. "Electra Nott is your mother?"
Erin rolled her eyes. "Please. We look the spitting image of one another. How could you not know?"
"She didn't tell me about you," said Teddy. "I didn't think."
Teddy's head shot up and he grinned. He had a glint in his eyes that was decidedly reminiscent of Fred and George and as Tom Collins slung an arm around Erin's shoulders, he beamed back.
"Is that your new broom? Christ, that's beautiful." He realised Harry stood beside him and gawped, awestruck. "Oh my God! I've got your Chocolate Frog Card! Will you sign it when I see you next?"
Harry blinked furiously. "Um…yeah, okay."
Erin sighed. "I don't believe it. I really don't believe it. I am ashamed to be seen with you, Collins."
Teddy met his godfather's eyes and mouthed, "Sirius."
Harry smiled sadly back at him and nodded. "Hurry up. The train leaves in three minutes."
Tom took Teddy's things and darted through the crowd with them with only the words, "Sorry, but you'd only end up falling over three times."
"I'll meet you," Teddy told the girls. "Thanks, Harry. I'll see you in the summer."
Erin flicked through The Daily Prophet and filled in the crossword, calling out political clues to Galatea who seemingly knew everything about the Ministry, and popular culture to Tom, who was second to none on famous faces.
"Who was the first member of The Weird Sisters to die? Clue: 2006."
Tom hummed. "Merton Graves."
"Who controversially recently declared himself as a political prisoner? Clue: Death Eater and torturer."
Galatea gasped, "I know this. I do. I know this. Um…Lestrange. Rodolphus Lestrange."
"'Once bitten, twice shy' is the first line of who's Chocolate Frog Card? Clue: Renowned spy for the Order of the Phoenix."
"Remus Lupin," Teddy answered at once.
Erin looked up from her paper. "I'm sorry, Ted."
"Why? Are we not allowed to mention my father's name in polite company or something?" He smiled. "Don't worry about it."
Tom frowned. "That was clearly my question. I am the expert here." He laughed and Teddy sat beside him, pointing his camera toward their grinning faces.