A/N I'm sorry this took me so long to update, but it's here at last! Enjoy.
Part 2: Bliss
"You came!" Tonks exclaimed, attempting to rise, then falling back among the pillows. She was all ready starting to sweat, and her hair was a kaleidoscope of colours; first her usual bright pink, then her depressed mousy brown, then long and yellow…
Remus flashed her a brief smile, then turned to her mother. "How long has she been like this?" he asked concernedly, indicating her hair.
"About an hour," Andromeda replied tersely. She was obviously not as thrilled to see Remus as Tonks was. She cleared her throat. "I didn't think you had received my message."
"I didn't need your message," Remus stated, trying to remain civil. "I do know how to read a calendar." A loud silence enveloped the room as neither werewolf nor witch said anything. Tonks' small shriek of pain punctured the silence like a lance to a boil, and suddenly, Remus knew what to do. "I need clean towels and some hot water," he said urgently to Andromeda. She opened her mouth as if to protest, but then closed it as she saw Remus turn to his wife.
"Remus," Tonks started, "are you sure you know what you're doing?"
"I've done this before," Remus replied shortly, leaning in swiftly to kiss her brow.
"With whom?" Tonks exclaimed, and her eyes turned a bright red.
"Lily," Remus said curtly. "James couldn't do it himself, so I had to." Tonks' eyes slowly shifted back to their usual green, and she relaxed. "You must be brave, Nymph," he said. Tonks closed her eyes and nodded. When she opened them, Remus spotted the fear behind them.
"I'm scared," she whispered almost silently. It was at this moment that Remus wanted to run out of the room and let Andromeda handle Tonks, but he inhaled deeply and stood his ground.
"Just take a deep breath," he said. Remus was sweating almost as much as his wife as he urged her to push. Her screams of pain were the worst sound in the world to him, and he was experiencing almost as much pain as she was.
In a rare moment of lucidity, Remus remembered the pact he had made with James seventeen years ago.
"You know, if I deliver this child," Remus had said, grimly to a weeping James. "You'll have to deliver mine." His statement was meant to be a joke, something to make James laugh, but James, being the loyal man he was, took Remus' words to heart.
"Yes…" James said, wiping away tears. "Yes, I know."
Remus was catapulted back into the present and he smiled wistfully. "You know, James, you and I are going to have a little chat about that when I next see you," he murmured.
Minutes that felt like eons passed by, and Remus was once again forced to listen to the girl who meant the most to him scream in pain.
And then, without even knowing how, a child was in his arms. "It's a boy," he said softly, watching the child cry. Tonks was right. Their child. Their child. It didn't matter that he was the product of a werewolf and a metamorphagus because he was their own small, crying, fidgeting piece of life.
After having cleaned the boy off and wrapping him in a blanket, Remus handed him to Tonks. She looked down, exhausted, and held the small child to her breast. She gazed up at her husband, who, though exhausted, had a grin that she hadn't seem on him in what felt like years. "Are you happy?" she whispered to him.
"Yes," Remus replied, apparently having trouble finding the right words. In the end, he said, "what should we name him?"
"Teddy. Teddy Lupin," Tonks whispered. "Possible the most unique child in the world," she laughed. Remus sat on the bed near Tonks' shoulder and leaned down to kiss her. He ran his finger across Teddy's brow.
"You don't have to say anything," he said sadly.
"I've nothing to say," Tonks replied, giving him a smile that finally reached her eyes.
No one mentioned that Remus should be off; he couldn't stay for long in any one place. For the moment, there was no fear, no anxiety and no sadness. There was only bliss.
A/N Thank you to everyone who reviewed; I appreciate it! Thanks for sticking with this, since it took me so long to update! Bisous ~ the shattered star