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Batch 11 - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
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Batch 11
Something with Remus, Dora, and Sirius during Stray, please. Maybe a birthday party of some sort?
for chrischewscud

[Hmm. Did Remus's birthday that year earlier on. Maybe Tonks's?]
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Sirius watched the preparations with amusement.

Moony had actually gone to the trouble of baking a cake, decorating the miserable little shack he lived in, and spending part of his meager store of gold on a present. He was now fretting that she'd probably decide to go to her parents' home for her birthday rather than dropping up to the island.

The fact that he had no idea whatsoever of the image he was projecting made it all the more amusing.

"A little help, if you don't mind, Padfoot," he said.

"What do you need me to do?"

"Would you mind cleaning up after your hippogriff, for one thing? It's coming through the window, and it doesn't smell very good."

Sirius went to the window, opened it, and started a cleaning spell around Buckbeak's area. Buckbeak was Disillusioned, but the squawk he let out as soon as the spell moved under him was enough to let Sirius know where he was. "Don't worry, Beaky," he said. "It's just Lupin trying to impress a pretty girl."

"What?" Remus hit the back of his head with a light Stinging Hex, then sprawled out on the sofa in a parody of ease. "She just made a fuss over my birthday, so I thought I ought to do something about hers. That's all."

"Right." Sirius had to bite his lip to keep from laughing--laughing would only lead to defensiveness. "I'll, er... I'll have a walk on the sea cliff while you relax."

"Do it as Padfoot. In case another of my many Auror friends decides to drop by for a casual visit, since Dora will be in London."

Sirius rolled his eyes and transformed, then loped out of the shack and up the hill to the edge of the cliff. The North Sea spread out in gray spring glory under an iron-sided sky, and he could smell another rainstorm coming. He could even feel the charged air, waiting for lightning, tingling in his pelt. He stopped at the top of the rise, just before the land dropped into a little with a fast-flowing cold stream, and waited. It was the new edge of the shack's anti-Apparition spells--Remus had improved them significantly over the year.

There was a slight pop, and Nymphadora Tonks appeared. Her hair was bright pink today, and cut in a short, spiky style. She smiled. "Snuffles! Nice to see you. I'm all alone."

Sirius transformed and hugged her. "Nice to see you."

"And you, Mr. Foote." She hooked her arm around his waist and said, "I was talking to Kingsley yesterday. We both have to be careful of saying anything, of course, but... I think he thinks you're innocent."

"That's not the whole problem."

"No. But he got in a huge row with Scrimgeour about you, when Kingsley said that he wanted to bring you back for a trial, and Scrimgeour said a trial would take about thirty seconds. I think he might be starting to think..." She grimaced. "I'd rather bring you back for trial myself. But Scrimgeour might be right. Who'd listen?"

"That's what Moony's been saying all year."

"I hate it when he gets cynical. I don't want to be cynical. I want to think everyone will do his level best."

"Well," Sirius said, trying to turn the conversation to more cheerful matters, "he's not being cynical today."

"No?"

"Not at all." They reached the shack, and Sirius opened the door.

Dora smiled broadly, and her eyes lit in unfeigned surprise. "You remembered my birthday!"

"Told you she wouldn't go to London," Sirius said.

"I'm having dinner with Mum and Dad this weekend," she said, and went over to Remus. She hugged him, and Sirius marveled that neither of them, apparently, noticed how long they were hanging on. "This is great! You did all this?"

"Well, I did the dirty work," Sirius said.

"He did," Remus agreed. "Note the clean air near the window."

Dora took a deep and dramatic sniff. "All for me? I'm touched."

"Nothing's too much for my cousin," Sirius avowed.



It would be wonderful to see some a scene between Remus and Tonks sometime during DH.
for bazile03

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Tonks woke up in the night when she felt the bed shift. By the time her mind had convinced her eyes to open all the way, Remus was slipping out into the corridor.

She stretched and took a deep breath, enjoying their mingled scents in the sheets and pillows, then got up and pulled on a dressing gown. It tented softly over the small bulge of her belly, and she thought, There's a person in there. It was a strange, alien idea, and it tended to hit her from odd angles. There was a third person sharing their bed, a third person taking up residence in their lives, and they'd never seen him, but already loved him.

She shook her head.

Time later for pregnancy musings, a hobby in which she'd found great pleasure this year. She followed Remus out.

She wasn't surprised to see candle-light coming from under the door of the guest room they'd picked as a nursery. He spent a great deal of time here, putting art on the walls. She opened the door and went in.

He wasn't sketching this time, just sitting on a bench by the window, watching the fattening moon. She sat down across from him, stretching her leg out. He caressed her ankle absently.

"Is everything all right?" she asked.

"I didn't mean to wake you," he said. "Another bad dream. I was afraid I'd start thrashing around again."

She reached out and took his hand. "What was it this time?"

"We were back in the Shrieking Shack, and the war was over. We thought we were safe. Everything was good."

"Oh. Yes, terrifying."

He smiled. "Well, the first part was actually rather nice. But then someone knocked and you opened the door without looking, and it was--the one who's put a damned Taboo on his name--and Greyback. You didn't have your wand." He sighed. "I know you're not foolish enough to open a door without your wand in hand, but that's how James... it comes back to me sometimes."

"I know."

"Anyway, they took the baby. I tried to go after them, but the moon was out, and I every time I tried to follow, I transformed, and tried to hurt the baby instead."

Tonks pulled his hand over to her belly. "You're not going to hurt the baby, Remus."

"Arthur Weasley says it's normal," he said. "Big job, big worries. I'm personally more worried about big teeth."

"That's why you'll transform in France, with the cubs," Tonks said. It had been a concession she'd never intended to make, treating her husband as dangerous to have on her own property, but she'd discovered in herself a deep protective streak that covered the baby she was carrying before it covered Remus's psyche. And, to be fair, the decision seemed to make him feel like he was doing something concrete to protect the child, too. It still stuck in her craw, but she knew it was right "And other than that, Arthur's right--all of it's normal. I dreamed that morphed and accidentally miscarried. And that the baby was a"--she stopped before saying "monster"--"dragon, and I got burned and clawed. Mum swears that's normal. She said that when she was waiting for me, she had dreams like that, too. Molly said the same."

"So why do I feel guilty about it?"

"Because you're Remus John Lupin, and feeling guilty when you don't have to is what you do."

"And what I promised not to do anymore after... well, after I tried to..."

"Remus, that's over. You got scared, then you came home."

He turned her hand over in his and squeezed her fingers. "And you took me back."

"How easy do you think I am to get rid of?"

"Don't joke. You would have had every right to put me out."

"I'm going to punish you for leaving me by making you stay away? If I wanted you away, then there wouldn't be any reason to punish you, since you'd have given me what I wanted. So of course I took you back. And I'm putting you to the hard labor of being my husband and the baby's father."

"Which is the only thing I ever really wanted."

"Convenient, then."

"Yes, quite." He reached across and touched her face, then kissed her. "You should go back to sleep," he said.

"Not alone. You're just going to have to risk having a nightmare and thrashing around in your sleep."

He laughed softly. "All right. The sacrifices you ask of me, really..."
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From: severely_lupine Date: December 9th, 2008 08:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Aww! Love them both so much. It's so cute to see Sirius watching them and being amused at their cluelessness. Makes me a bit sad for him, though. Always the one on the outside, watching other people fall in love, without having had the chance to do so himself.

And that second one was great. It makes perfect sense that Remus would have a nightmare like that, after Voldemort went after Harry and all, and it's not like Lupin's probably had a large number of his friends have babies, or at least not ones he was around much. But it makes me all the more sad that they didn't actually get to be Teddy's parents, because they would have been so good at it, and Teddy deserved to have known his parents. So sweet, so sad...
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 9th, 2008 08:13 am (UTC) (Link)

woohoo!

grading until 3am has it's advantages! a Fern update!
Love them!
~mary
author_by_night From: author_by_night Date: December 9th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw. :( It's nice to see them together, somewhat peaceful. Though of course I was mentally telling Tonks, "both of you, go to France." But of course they never would - it wasn't either of their natures to leave their loved ones behind to fight the Death Eaters.
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: December 9th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely and bitterweet, since we know what is to come. But its lovely to spend some more time with my two favorite characters. Thank you!
malinbe From: malinbe Date: December 9th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
*snifs*
*hugs everyone*

I like Stray. The troubles they had then seem so simple and silly...
kt_tonguetied From: kt_tonguetied Date: December 10th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)
oh, both of these were absolutely lovely!! I love the r/t of it all!! :D I'd always imagined that Sirius saw the relationship LONG before they did. And I think I had half-thought up a fic similar to the second one, but gave up on it XD Excellent work!!
chrischewscud From: chrischewscud Date: December 10th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

Thank you for the Stray birthday! It's wonderful, and you even included Buckbeak too!
willowbough From: willowbough Date: December 10th, 2008 05:40 am (UTC) (Link)
How could I object to more Remus? Together these two ficlets provide such a compelling contrast, between the almost buoyant mood of the island celebration and the somber, reflective one of the DH scene.
tencups_i_swear From: tencups_i_swear Date: December 11th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
*sniffs* I liked them *wipes eyes*
bazile03 From: bazile03 Date: December 12th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much for taking the time to write all of these ficlets.
I think that this was exactly what I had in mind. It's so perfectly normal. Remus and Tonks would have been such wonderful parents.
I don't really know what to say, other than that you're an amazing author, and I am just amazed that you share your talents here with those of us out here in internet land. Thank you, and I hope that you have a wonderful holiday season.

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