Somewhere Only We Know

The morning of graduation, the Great Hall looked superb. Each of the house banners were suspended in the air above the dining students, the windows had been scrubbed clean, and suits of armor each carried a shield with the Hogwarts crest, rather than their plain iron ones.

Each of the graduates had on their regular school robes, freshly laundered, and silk scarf the color of their house. The ceremony would be simple- first Headmistress Krane would speak. Then Torrice, a Hufflepuff and the top of their year, would speak. Deputy Headmaster Brinson would declare them graduates of Hogwarts, and then…the parties. Teddy already had six different ones lined up. Four House parties, a Quidditch party, and then two Hufflepuffs and a Gryffindor were throwing an "invitation only" party on the Astronomy Tower. He still wasn't sure how they were going to pull that off….

"Morning, mate," Andre said as Teddy sat down to breakfast.

"Last one in the castle," Teddy said.

"It's weird, innit?"

"A little." Teddy looked up as the mail owls began swooping into the hall. With a smile, he remembered how terrified he'd been the first time he'd witnessed this. Now, as a large barn owl deposited a package in front of his plate, he simply offered it a scrap of hash brown and watched it fly away.

"Who's it from?"

Teddy stared down at the package. Was Daniel crazy? They had a strict "Don't Do Anything to Remind Anyone of Us Going AWOL" rule. That included sending packages to one another. Oh well. "It's from Daniel."

"Run away Daniel?"

"Know any others?" He opened the box to find a smaller wooden box inside. It was a beautiful dark case with a glass front. Inside of it was a snitch. Next to the case, a letter was poking up. Teddy opened it and read:

Yes, I know we're only supposed to send packages at Christmas. And yes I know you're a Beater. As to the former, it's your graduation, so get over it. As to the latter, I wanted to send you a Bludger from the game, but someone had already bought it. Plus, the case would've been enormous, and I don't have that much shipping money. Anyway, the Snitch is from the Wilbourne Wasps championship game last year. The program on the side of the case is autographed by Seeker Lothgarious Argyle. Hope you like it. Write to me about next week. ~D

With a smile, Teddy folded the parchment and tucked it back into the box. Andre was looking at him expectantly. He held up the case for him to see. "It's my graduation present."

"Wicked."


The next three days passed in a blur. Between graduation parties, packing, moving out of Hogwarts, moving into his new apartment… by the time Friday rolled around, Teddy was exhausted. He'd packed a small suitcase the day before. Now all that was left was to send an owl to his mum.

Hi Mum.

I've unpacked everything, and no, I'm not eating cookies every night. Grandmum Weasley insisted I come over last weekend for cooking lessons. So far, I can only make pasta and green beans, but I'm working on it….

I wanted to let you know that I'll be out of town for about a week. Daniel's invited me to stay with him for a bit. I won't be gone long. The Cardiff Dragons want me to try out for Beater! I'll be back in plenty of time to rest and train for my try out. I'll owl you when I get there. Love you. ~T

He smiled, knowing Grandmother Andromeda would hear about this. His mum had wanted him to move back in, but the older Tonks had preemptively ruled that out buy paying a twelve-month lease on a flat for him as a graduation present. Total freedom. "Oswald," he called softly. His owl flew over from his perch. "Take this to Mum for me. Stay with her for the week." He walked the owl to the window and watched it fly off. With a yawn, he walked back into the living room, picked up his bag, and Disapparated.


Tonks folded Teddy's letter and held an Owl Treat out to Oswald. Sipping her tea, she debated going in to work, or going to see Harry. She settled on the latter as she finished her breakfast.


"Oh, Merlin," Ginny said, "I just walked in on Auror Talk, didn't I?"

Tonks laughed as Harry just stared at his wife, confused.

"I can always tell. The pair of you finish each other's sentences when you're talking about cases, and you look constipated."

Tonks just laughed harder. "It's about Teddy, actually. I was just asking Harry about the memories he gave him two years ago."

"Ohhh," Ginny said, nodding and waving her wand. Sandwiches began making themselves on the counter. "After the Incident?"

"Exactly. Teddy left to see Daniel last night."

Ginny just quirked an eyebrow.

"I know," Tonks said. "I'm trying not to worry."

"Is it working?"

"Actually yes. He's of age now, so if anything were to happen…."

"But just so both of you don't go spinning into panic;" Harry said with a smirk, "I'm pretty sure he's fine. I kept the memories. You can see them if you want."

Tonks paused, taking the sandwich Ginny offered. Then she shook her head. "No," she said, smiling slightly. "I don't need to."


Teddy wiggled his toes in the sand he watched a group of teens play Frisbee. His head snapped up as he felt something cold drip onto his head.

"Sorry," Daniel said, grinning. He handed Teddy one of the green slushies he was holding.

"Did you get the non-alcoholic ones again?"

Daniel laughed. "Course I did. I don't need you taking any bad habits back to London with you. They put vodka in it, anyway, and that shit's disgusting."

"Just because you had one bad night in Lisbon…"

"I'm traumatized, okay?" Daniel said, smiling.

Teddy laughed and sat up a little. "I go back tomorrow."

"I know. Cardiff Dragons, right?"

"Right…. If I make the team, will you come to Wales to see me play?"

"Of course I will," Daniel said without hesitation. He raised his glass and tapped it lightly against Teddy's. "Cheers."

Teddy smiled and drank, intent on enjoying his last night in Portugal.

Fin


I walked across an empty land
I knew the pathway like the back of my hand
I felt the earth beneath my feet
Sat by the river and it made me complete

Oh simple thing, where have you gone?
I'm getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you're gonna let me in
I'm getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

I came across a fallen tree
I felt the branches of it looking at me
Is this the place we used to love?
Is this the place that I've been dreaming of?

Oh simple thing, where have you gone?
I'm getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you're gonna let me in
I'm getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

And if you have a minute, why don't we go
Talk about it somewhere only we know?
This could be the end of everything
So why don't we go somewhere only we know?
Somewhere only we know

Oh simple thing, where have you gone?
I'm getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you're gonna let me in
I'm getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

And if you have a minute, why don't we go
Talk about it somewhere only we know?
This could be the end of everything
So why don't we go? So why don't we go?

Oh, this could be the end of everything
So why don't we go somewhere only we know?
Somewhere only we know
Somewhere only we know