LbN: Dedicated to SarahWinters, Respitechristopher, and all my Teachers' Lounge pals. Story will be moderately to severely cracktastic. Enjoy ;)
Tonks sat in the cozy café, staring out of the window. Harry would be along any minute now. She was surprised at how calm she was about this…discussion they were about to have. Really, she'd known all along that it would come to this—known since he first suggested sharing a place.
"Welcome to the Auror department, mate," Tonks said, giving Harry a friendly nudge.
"Thanks. Now I just have to find a place to live and I'll be a real adult," Harry said, laughing.
"Having the same problem," Tonks told him as they walked through the training center. "Death Eaters torched my place in the last few months of the war. Couch jumped from that point on."
"Hey, maybe…." Harry trailed off, glancing at her.
"Maybe…we could share a place? Split the cost; actually be able to have a breather with someone at the end of the day. We get on pretty well, and our schedules are similar…."
"You would get tired of me after a week."
"Oh come on," he said, grinning. "We'll Tonks-proof the place so you don't hurt yourself."
She glared at him for a moment, but then the corners of her mouth began to twitch. "I have friends over a lot. You strike me as the type who'd want to have a quiet evening after saving the world…again."
"So we'll dip into our vast inheritances and buy a house?" Harry suggested. "If we make it through two years without killing each other, it'll pay for itself."
Tonks laughed. "Key word: if. Fine. Let's give it a go. Just one thing…."
Tonks was quiet for a second, carefully choosing her words. "I want to pick the floor plan for the house. I'm…picky about what features there are."
Harry quirked an eyebrow at her, but said, "Fine then. Reckon you'll have some ideas by tomorrow? We could look them over at lunch."
She twisted her bracelet compulsively as Harry walked in and squeezed his way through the tables.
He had a smug grin on his face, but still blushed when he greeted her. "I'm on to you," he said quietly.
"Let's hope so after what happened. I'd have to call for your expulsion from the department if you hadn't picked up on it. Aurors tend to not be quite that dim."
"You're rather cocky this morning for someone who's about to have to explain herself."
Tonks huffed. "I figured we'd end up here sooner or later. Hadn't quite pictured it happening like this, but…."
They sat silently for a moment. Finally, Harry smirked at her. "Well? Get on with it."
"Fine," she said, smirking. "But before I do…How long have you known?"
"About a month. But only…the full scope since last night."
"Merlin, Morgana, and all the founders of Hogwarts…" Tonks mumbled. "Right, here goes…."