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A/N: 'Mezcolanza' is a colloquial word we use in Argentina that means basically "a messy mix". As many colloquial words in my country, it's a derivation from Italian.
This story will be a recollection of one-shots for the HPFC on this website. It'll be updated every week fullfilling a different challenge. I'm going to try make each chapter a missing moment from the books but that depends on how the challenges are (since I was warned by the mods that it'll be harder and harder to conect the one-shots). Thanks for reading and don't forget to review! :)
Title: Hunting Past
Pairing: Remus Lupin/Nymphadora Tonks
Prompt: Water (used with two different meanings)
Word Count: 654
Beta: leigh_adams (at livejournal)
Summary: Missing moment of DH; Teddy's birth.
A/N: Originally written for the first challenge on the forum "Harry Potter Fanfiction Challenges".
Remus sat on the old couch by the fireplace, the couch that had once belonged to Ted Tonks. Under his tired eyes, the words of the book he was reading were becoming blurry. He placed his reading glasses on the coffee table as he rubbed his hands, suppressing a moan. Last week's full moon had left him more tired than usual, but there wasn't much time to rest. The Order needed him as well as Dora. With a baby on the way, his free time was dedicated to his worry. What if the baby had a problem because Remus was a werewolf? He would never forgive himself for that.
As he was marking the page he was just reading, Remus heard Dora scream. It wasn't a second before he reached the second floor of the house.
"Dora?" he called frantically when he didn't find her in their room. He had his wand in his hand, ready to curse whatever intruded their home.
"Remus!" Tonks cried from the bathroom.
Remus pushed open the door and found Tonks naked by the bath tub. One had supported her weight against the wall while her other hand clutched at her swollen stomach.
"Dora!" Lupin ran to her side, supporting her by the elbows. Water squished inside his old shoes from where it'd sloshed over the sides of the tub.
"My water just broke, Remus. Call my mum," she instructed, bending over and tightening her grip on Remus' arm.
"Alright. Let's take you to the bed first."
Guiding Tonks outside the bathroom as carefully and slowly as it was humanly possible, Remus' mind kept screaming, 'It's time. No turning back. You'll be a father now'. He mentally shivered. Being a parent in times like these only incremented his fear. In his thirty-eight years of life, this was definitely the most scared he has ever been.
Once Dora was settled on their bed, he leaned forward to give her a gentle kiss on the forehead before he turned to run out of the room to look for Andromeda.
"Remus," Tonks called weakly. He turned around on the doorway to find her looking at him. Her dark eyes watered as she whispered, "I'm scared, Remus."
Looking at his confident and cheerful wife like that made all of his fears go away in a flash. He went to her side and hugged her comfortingly. "Everything is going to be alright," he whispered backing away and caressing her cheek. "We are going to have a baby!" he beamed, trying to cheer her up.
Tonks chuckled. A wide smile contrasted now the tears in her eyes. "We are," she repeated. "I love y- Aaahh!" Another contraction interrupted her.
"Oh, Merlin. I'll be right back!"
The moon had risen hours ago. Tonks was now sound asleep. Her long, mousy brown hair laid messily around her tired face. Seven hours of labour had exhausted her.
Remus cradled his son in his arms, sitting in the rocking chair beside the bed. His eyes travelled through his chubby face over and over again, still not believing that the baby in arms was his baby.
"Ted John Lupin," he whispered aloud, but mostly to himself. Maybe if he repeated his son's name, it would all start to sink in. "Ted...My Teddy. I'm really sorry, son. I shouldn't have run away from you and your mum. You are both the most important thing I have in the world, you know that?" Teddy yawned widely in response, making Remus smile in bliss. "I can't believe I almost left- If something had happened to your mum or you, I-"
His words died in his throat when he felt Andromeda's hand on his shoulder. He closed his eyes, and he felt the tears burn behind his eyelids.
"All that is just water under the bridge, Remus," his mother-in-law said comfortingly, patting him on the back.
"It is," he agreed softly.