Moony (x_remus_lupin_x) wrote in beyond_hogwarts,

The face is different, but...

When: 6 January 1999 - around noon
Who: Nymphadora Tonks, Remus Lupin
Where: Diagon Alley
Status: Complete
Summary: Remus and Tonks meet up in Diagon Alley, and catch up on recent events

Walking through Diagon Alley, Remus sighed in relief, happy to have left St. Mungo's behind him. It was only two days after his discharge, and only five since they had all been positive that he had been on the brink of death. But he didn't question his good fortune, as he looked around him, smiling faintly. He was just grateful to be alive.

Passing people on the street, he was paying little attention, as he made his towards Flourish & Blotts, to pick up a book for Bill. But his werewolf senses - now that they were working again, caught a familiar scent, and his head turned, fixing unerringly on a young woman standing in the crowd. Of course, he didn't recognize her by looks, only by scent... but that didn't surprise him. After all, she could look like anyone.

Sliding up next to her silently, he spoke. "Cammie?"

Tonks turned with a slight grin to face the man. "Remus." Her grin faded as she noted how pale he was, more pale than he normally was. "What happened? You look like a mess." She commented cheerfully although her eyes were worried. She ran a hand through her now short black hair. "I haven't seen you for ages."

Smiling, relieved he had correctly identified her, Remus shrugged. His smile became slightly crooked, but he spoke lightly. "Why you flatterer, you. You'll turn my head," he said, drawing her into a quick hug before releasing her. "I had a run in with a dose of liquid silver, but it all came out right in the end. And me? What about you? Where have you been hiding yourself these last six months?"

Tonks chuckled. "I have holed myself up at work." She gave him another hug. "Its become my life." Her eyes narrowed. "Who's messing with my Remus?" She grinned up at him.

He shrugged again. "We don't know, at least not yet. It could even have been accidental, I suppose. It was in my Wolfsbane potion... but I'd rather talk about you. Too much work isn't good for you, Cammie. You need to get out more. You should come visit me in Hogsmeade." He stopped, flushing slightly. "Er... visit Bill and I, that is."

She laughed. "Bill? Bill Weasley?" She poked him playfully. "He's attractive." A pause. "Maybe I will. The office is starting to kill me. I have dreams about work." She shook her head. "Bad dreams so I don't sleep well, and I go in early because I have nothing better to do."

"Yes, he's very attractive," Remus said, laughing. It was easy to laugh around Tonks, she was just that kind of a person. "We've not been together long... not like that at least. But... it's good. And yes, you must come to Hogsmeade. I've bought a house and I would love to have you as a guest. If you can put up with a couple of loud, obnoxious males, that is. We won't even make you cook. Or... I should say, we won't allow you to cook."

"You wouldn't like it if I cooked." Tonks grinned wickedly. "It wouldn't be fit to eat. Obnoxious males? Where? I don't know any really." She winked. "How long have the two of you been that?"

"Cammie! You wretch, you want me to kiss and tell?" he asked, raising a brow in a parody of shock. Then he shook his head, chuckling. "About a month, actually. Surprised his parents, too. Why do you ask, you minx? Are you planning on stealing him away from me with your feminine wiles?"

"Depends how wonderful of a snog he is." Tonks grinned slipping an arm around his waist. "I bet Molly and Arthur were intrigued too. And if you wish to kiss and tell, by all means." She winked again her grin becoming more and more devious.

"Incredibly wonderful... but I don't share, not even with you, Cammie-luv." He dropped a casual arm around her shoulders, and squeezed lightly. "Don't tell me there are no young men in your life!"

Tonks shook her head. "No young men in my life." She smiled. "No old men either. I just..." She trailed off and shrugged.

"Hey, Cammie... tell your big brother all about it. What's wrong?" Remus asked softly, concerned.

"I don't know what I do wrong." She admitted. "I mean every now and then I go out to get drinks, and I think I scare them off." Tonks gave a humorless smile. "Part of the reason I threw myself into work, so I wouldn't be as lonesome. Pathetic isn't it?"

"No, it's not," Remus said, hugging her. "Remember who you are talking to, luv. You'll meet the right person, it'll happen. But you won't do it working yourself to death, to the point to where you don't even come to see old friends!"

Tonks laughed. "I've missed you Remus." She grinned. "When I meet him shall I bring him by? So you can make sure he's okay?" She paused. "That may be a bad idea."

"Afraid I'll scare him off?" Remus asked, raising a brow.

"If you don't like him." Tonks teased. "If that is the case, I wouldn't want you to lock him in your pantry or something."

"You think I'd be that subtle?" Remus asked lightly. "You know, you should come to visit this weekend. Get away from London and come out to Hogsmeade. We can wander around Hogwarts and the countryside. It's quiet and peaceful."

"I'd like that." Tonks grinned. "I think I just might. I'll bring cookies. Those are the only things I can cook without killing someone."

"Okay, that sounds like a plan," Remus said, giving her another hug before releasing her. "I'm at 42 Cantexp Lane, Hogsmeade. I'm on the floo network, or you can apparate over."

"I think I'll apparate. Floo makes me feel ill." Tonks said. "What time would you like me over?"

"Why don't you come over right after work on Friday? We can go over to the Three Broomsticks and get tipsy, then stay up late telling lies, just like we used to," he said, with a lopsided grin.

She laughed happily feeling more like herself again. "That is a plan. I get off at six, but I think I can sneak out at five."

"Wonderful," he said, hugging her again and dropping a friendly kiss on the top of her head. "I'll see you then. For now, I'd better get home to Bill before he starts to worry. He's been a bit overprotective of me lately," he admitted.

"I bet." Tonks grinned. "Yes go home and rest please, Remus you look like you are going to fall over." She stepped away from him. "I will see you Friday." With a small wave she started to walk off blending with the crowd.

"Bye!" Remus called out, and then turned away, smiling. He couldn't wait to get home and tell Bill. It would be... well, not like old times, but close. Finding old friends was always a very good thing.
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