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Why do Muggles
think getting pissed in a smoky pub is sexy?
thought had crossed her mind a dozen times this evening, and she still had no
good answer.No one could call this
place romantic.Blaring music made it
nearly impossible to hear any conversation without yelling.People were jammed up against one another,
grinding their bodies in an attempt to arouse the person they were next
to.The stench of sweat mixed with beer
and smoke was overwhelming.It was just
the sort of place Nymphadora Tonks hated.
Grissom, however, was having the time of her life.Tonks was actually enjoying it, too, but on
an entirely different level.Pretending
to be someone that you are not was always entertaining, especially when it came
with the chance to lock up several Death Eaters and take down a woman you
despised.The only regret Tonks had
about the whole situation was that it made her feel…well…dirty.Not dirty in the sense of perversion, but
honestly fifthly, slimy, sticky…dirty.
she knew it was the best place to get what she wanted – more specifically whom she
wanted.Unfortunately, Darrius LaMont –
or as he had introduced himself to her, David Monty,
was currently in the loo.Not an original name, but then Darrius LaMont wasn’t too bright.
had been following him here for a week now, keeping a close eye on which ladies
he favored, and how he dealt with them.He always gravitated towards blondes who had too much to drink.Darrius really went for that type, proving to
Tonks how truly trite his tastes were.The women never seemed to be anything but the all fur coat and no
knickers type.They would have to be
brainless to go home with him, but that’s exactly what they all did.Sick, really, but tonight she would make it
work to her advantage.
her hair as white blonde as she could make it, and her chest as inflated as her
breasts would go, Tonks had morphed herself into the perfect trap for
Darrius.He spotted her right away and
made a beeline straight for her.His
pick up line had been one of the worst she had ever heard, but she laughed and
giggled and stuck out her chest, playing the tart to perfection.
bought her several drinks, cheap drinks to be precise, most of which Tonks
managed to spill here and there to avoid truly having to drink them.She would laugh loudly at some stupid comment
of his and, in what she hoped appeared like a drunken stupor, would spill some
liquid over the rim of the glass.The
floor was so sticky no one would notice the spill anyway.
more their conversation progressed, the more Tonks wondered how this man ever
managed to attract women at all.He knew
nothing about the art of flirtation, not to mention the fact that he really
wasn’t that good looking, though he seemed to think otherwise.And yet, Darrius had taken home a different
woman every night this week.
glanced over at a handsome, olive skinned man in the corner to find him sitting
alone.Zach raised his eyebrows at her
suggestively, obviously having a good time watching her play the tart.It was astonishing to Tonks that Darrius had
loads of women and Zack had none.Then
again, Zach was trying to keep himself hidden as much as he could.It was his job to be her back up, and it
wouldn’t do for him to become distracted from the task at hand.
feel of a hand rubbing up her back snapped Tonks out of her thoughts.Darrius smiled a twisted smile at her.It was a look that he used all the time, and
it sickened her.But at least it
signaled that he was ready to get on with the evening’s festivities.
enough, he made his predictable move.She had seen him use the same tactic on three other women, so it wasn’t
much of a surprise at this point, but she kept her eyes wide all the same.
want to get out of her and make some magic?” he shouted at her over the
roar of the pub.
she said with a wiggle of her hips.“What kind of magic did you have in mind?”
“The real kind.”
she teased.“Are you a magician?”
“Hardly.Magicians have tricks up their sleeves.”
where do you keep your wand?” she asked suggestively.
flinched just a bit.“Who said I had a
smiled brightly.“Don’t all magicians
have a magic wand?” she covered.
relaxed slightly and said, “I’ve got one hell of a powerful magic wand that I’m
just aching to show you.”
looked up at him through her eyelashes and nibbled on a long fingernail. “I’ll
bet!And I suppose you are an expert at
you have no idea.It’s my job.”
job?” she sounded surprised.“You mean
you’re a gigolo?” she said with an air of stupidity.
“Bloody hell!My magic is worth more than that.”
what are you?”
a wizard, doll.I’m one of the most
wanted wizards in the world.The stuff
I’ve done is legendary.”
come on,” she said rolling her eyes at him.He was taking the bait: hook, line, and sinker.
raised his eyebrows, “You don’t believe me?Sweetheart, I’m so powerful, I can kill people with one thought.”
“No!Really?” she mocked at him.
flick of the wrist is all it takes.”
shrugged, “If you say so, I guess.”She
leaned back against the bar, resting on her elbows, which only amplified her
eyes traveled over her curves.He
smirked and took a step closer to her, obviously not liking the fact that she
didn’t believe him and his magical story.“And what if I can prove it to you?”
love to see you prove it!” she said a tad too quickly.“I mean…cursing someone.”
eyes narrowed into slits.“I don’t usually
like an audience when I work.”
well…” she said in a demure manner.“How
am I supposed to believe you’re a wizard if you won’t let me watch?”
smile was pure evil.“You are a kinky
one.I like that in a girl.”
wiggled her body up next to his.“And I
like powerful men.”
I do have an assignment, if you’re up for it.”
on whom we’re cursing,” she stated, using her best impression of a dim-witted
adolescent.“Anyone I’d know?”
it.Just some old bag of bones who’s been causing my boss trouble.”
wet her lips.“Well, I’d love to see you
work.Are you sure I wouldn’t get in the
that thought,” he said placing a finger on her pouting lips.“Give me a minute, and I’ll see what I can
do.”He dragged a finger over her chin
before sliding off his stool.With a
nod, she let him go and watched as he strolled to the washroom.
shivered in revulsion once we was gone.She wasn’t too sure why he always waited
until the last second to take care of business in the loo, but that was his
routine.He’d done it with all the
others.It was actually quite fortuitous
since it gave Tonks a moment to signal to Zach that they would be leaving
soon.To a casual observer, it would
look as if Tonks were merely redoing her cherry colored lipstick; however, Zach
understood the signal. He gave an almost imperceptible nod of his head, and
left the pub for the designated meeting place.It wouldn’t be long before Tonks would join him there.
ten minutes of wondering if Darrius had gone arse over kettle on the floor of
the loo, Tonks at long last spotted him swaggering towards her.He gave a wink to the bartender and said,
“Come on, babe, have one more drink and then let’s get some privacy.”
was new.She hadn’t ever seen him buy a
drink after a loo visit.He’d always
been too anxious to make “magic” with his lady friends. He’d never wasted time
on a last drink before, and this made Tonks a bit nervous.
for the road,” he added when Tonks looked skeptical.He handed her the beer and she took a sip
with a flirty smile.
no.Drink up.It will help you not feel so nervous.”He tipped the glass up to her lips and nearly
shoved it down her throat.
choked and coughed and pushed the glass away, forcing a smile on her lips.“I’m good.I’m not nervous at all.”
but you’re chatty.And I don’t like the
was an edge to his voice she didn’t leave her feeling comfortable.When he grabbed her upper arm and started
dragging her to the front door, she knew something wasn’t quite right.
don’t be so rough!” she managed once they were out in the cold night air.
like it rough, baby.”He pulled her
against him and squeezed her bum with both hands.
she said, pushing away from him and nearly falling backwards from a sudden
dizzy feeling.“You’re a feisty one!”
she said, trying to recover.
haven’t seen anything yet.”
warning signal went up in Tonks’ mind.She had to keep him at bay long enough to get the information she
needed.“Now what about this magic
trick?Who are we going to kill?”
you mean curse?”
uh,” he shook his head at her.“You know there’s a big difference
between a simple curse and the killing curse, don’t you?”
felt light headed.“I don’t know what
you’re talking about.”
think you do.I think you know all about
warning she felt earlier was now screaming at her to run.“Maybe I should just…”
she could turn away, Darrius grabbed her.“I don’t think so, baby.I’m too
turned on right now.And you’re going to
drop the act and tell me who you really are.”He rubbed his pelvis against her.
tried not to look disgusted, but knew she was running out of time.She pushed him away again, her mind going a
bit fuzzy.“No!I don’t know what you’re even talking
about!”She could hardly focus anymore.
froze and gazed at her with dangerous eyes.“I thought you might say that.”
blood ran cold.“What do you mean?”
chuckled.“You’ve got about ten seconds
till bed time, baby.”
turned to run, but the world went black before she even managed to take a step.
that same night
was kissing her neck.Hot breath was
covering her skin.Lips pressed urgently
against her pulse point.
covered her breast and gave a tight squeeze.It was flesh to flesh.She wasn’t
wearing a shirt.The same hand moved
down her stomach and below her waist.
What’s going on?
pressed her legs apart.Again, it was
flesh to flesh.
opened her eyes to find a man kneeling above her.
was menacing and lustful.“Wakey, wakey.It’s
time you joined the party!”
lowered his mouth to hers and she screamed.Almost reflexively her knee came up to meet his groin.He cried out in pain and she shoved him off
of her.She scrambled to get off the
bed, but his large hands grabbed her.
second, what do-.” She saw stars as he cracked her across the mouth; trickle of
blood stained the pillow.
no you don’t!You’re way to mouthy
for your own good, and I don’t like the chatty type!”
her wrists over her head with one hand and reached for something on the
nightstand with his other.Her body was
still sluggish from the potion that must have been in that last beer, but she
fought back as best as she could.The
stiletto, calf-high leather boots she had worn still concealed her wand.If only she could free her hand long enough
to reach it.
mind was racing; her only thoughts were of getting free from him.And then she saw what he was going for…his
wand.With all the strength she could
muster, she wrenched free from his grasp and grabbed for his wand.She twisted and writhed under the weight of
his body in a desperate struggle for control of the wand.Her left hand scratched his rib cage as her
right hand grabbed at his wand.All she
could do was reach his wrist, but that was enough.
go!” he ordered.
she cried out.Finally, with a sudden
twist that caught off guard, Tonks jabbed the tip of the wand painfully into
thehis flesh of his side.“INCENDIO!”
burst from the tip, scalding his bare skin.He screamed and rolled off the bed, waving his arms in an attempt to
stop the fire.
didn’t hesitate.She scurried off the
bed and grabbed her coat draped over the chair.She quickly bent down, grabbed her wand out of her boot, and Disapparated.
There was no time to gather up anything else.
later she found herself in the middle of her bedroom, safe from harm.For the first time she could really consider
what had just happened.She glanced down
at her body and shivered, hugging the coat to her.How could I be so stupid? She could
smell him on the fabric…feel his sweat on her skin.It left her completely nauseated.She dropped the coat, kicked off the boots,
and headed straight into the bathroom.
into the shower, she turned the water as hot as she could make it.The heat was scalding, but she didn’t
care.She had to get him off of
her.She lathered up the soap and
scrubbed and scrubbed until her skin was nearly raw.Feeling suddenly weak and light headed, she
sat down in the shower and let the water fall around her as tears started to
fill her eyes.
was a knock on the door followed by an inquiring voice shouting at her.“Dora?Are you all right?”
happened?I got worried when you didn’t
show up at the cabin?”
fine,” she managed.“I’m just taking a
shower,” she said in a voice that was surprisingly strong.
a second, harsher voice said, causing her to jump.“I want to know what happened.”
Moody.Zach must have gone for help when
she didn’t show up on time.She rolled
her eyes and turned off the water, knowing that the men wouldn’t leave her
alone until they had some answers.She
stifled her sobs and told herself to get a grip.Stepping out of the shower, she wrapped a
towel around her body and opened the door just a crack.
wanted to wash the smoke out of my hair,” she said not looking at them.
see that.” He noted dryly.“What I’m interested
in knowing is why you left your back up?”
didn’t…leave really.I just…”
the crack she could see Moody’s magical eye focused directly on her.He could see her.Damn it!
a bruise on your face?Open this door!”
reluctantly did as she was ordered, slowly revealing her dishevelledand now dripping wet self to her
the bloody hell happened to you?” Moody asked gruffly.
didn’t go as planned.”
“Obviously.Go on,” he said when she paused and looked away.
thought I had convinced him to take me on his next assignment, but I guess…I
was too willing.I wasn’t convincing
enough for him.”
landed a punch before you could get to your wand?”
first, no.”Tonks lowered herself to the bed, keeping her eyes on the floor.“He drugged me.I was so stupid!I should have known better.”
drugged you and then beat you?” asked Zach, taking a seat next to her on the
bed. His eyes travelled over to the meagre clothing pile.
looked up at him slowly.She wasn’t
comfortable explaining everything with Moody standing there.“No…no.We struggled and I…got hold of his wand.”
you didn’t accidentally kill him.” Moody frowned.
“No.I wanted to, but I didn’t.”Darrius had important information about the
surviving Death Eaters, specifically where to locate Bellatrix LaStrange.The Ministry needed him alive.She knew killing him would have placed her in
even deeper trouble than she was in right now.
turned his focus to Zach. “How many times have I told the two of you, CONSTANT
VIGILENCE? Laddie, where were you whilst this was happening?”
at the cabin.Darrius took all of his
all the girls except Tonks.”Moody paced the room,
the clunk of his wooden leg pounding out the fact that he was observably angry
with the two of them.“So let me get
this straight.First Garcia leaves you
alone with a known Death Eater, and then you accept a drink from him without so
much as a second thought?”
Auror made a sound.
was a long pause as Moody looked them over with his magical eye,
the vein above it twitching in what Tonks could only assume was a combination
of disappointment, and anger.“You’re
off duty for the remainder of the week.Both of you.”
nodded, no use arguing the point when she knew she had made a terrible
mistake.“I don’t want to hear about any
more missions like this.”Moody’s tone
was chilling.“Nor do I want the two of
you working together.Not for a while,
at least.”Again she nodded.“Seems both of you have forgot a few basics
of the job.You’re next few assignments
will be routine until I’m certain you won’t disregard your training
again.”Tonks caught Zach’s eyes.He looked just as guilty as she felt.“Now, missy,” Moody’s voice softened every so
slightly, “get dressed and have a healer look at those wounds.”
Moody had Disapparating, Tonks flopped backwards onto the bed and let
out the breath she had been holding.“Bloody hell,” she mumbled.
stood and walked to the pile of clothes on the other side of the room.“You’re going to tell me what really
happened, no?” he said, glancing at her over his shoulder.“Because I know you left out a few
things.”His Spanish accent was thick,
but his voice was full of concern.
slowly sat back up, unable to look him in the eye.“So I left a few things out?I didn’t want to get into more trouble with
Moody.”She walked to the wardrobe and
grabbed a robe.With her back to him she
slipped it on and let the towel fall to the floor.“It isn’t what you think.”
isn’t?Then explain to me why a fully
clothed woman would return home with only her boots and a coat.”He emphasized this by picking up the
discarded items.“Why would she rush to
the bath before making sure her friends knew she was all right?Why would she have bruises all over her and
say that it was just a little struggle?”
looked up at him slowly, feeling humiliated.“He tried to…er…when I woke up I was…my clothes were all on the floor
and he was…”It was all she could do to
hold back the tears.
eyes went wide.“Do you mean that
no.I don’t think so.”
don’t think so?Dora!”
up in time.He hadn’t…I don’t feel like
he did anything.”Zach gave her a stern,
angry look.“I think I would know if he
had done anything,” she said assuredly.
must go to a healer,” he stated matter-of-factly.“Immediately.”
“No.I just need…”
he commanded.“No arguments, or do I
have to get Remus to drag you to one?”
pursed her lips.“Listen, if I promise
to go to a healer, will you promise not to tell Remus anything about
this?”Zach looked at her questioningly.“Don’t tell him.Please, Zach.He’ll go insane if he finds out about this.”
not like guarding secrets.Besides, he
but please…you know how he gets.I
didn’t tell him I had been given this assignment for that very reason.He won’t be home for another few days
a hand though his long, dark hair.“Fine. I will not say anything, but I doubt my silence will be of any
he knows you too well.From what I know
about werewolves, he’s going to know that another man has laid hands upon his
a deep breath.“Let me worry about
that.Just…don’t say anything to him if
a hand on her shoulder, he said, “I’m not going to lie for you.I will not offer up any information on my
own, but if he asks me, Dora, I cannot…I will not lie.”
enough.I’ll just have to make sure he
has no reason to ask you.”
cocked his eyebrows again.“You sure
there nothing I can get for you right now?No potion?Food?”
collapsed onto the bed, slouching forward, resting her elbows on her
knees.“No, I’ll see the healer tomorrow
after I get some rest.I promise.And I’m really not in the mood to eat
I’ll leave you to it,” he said before gently kissing her once on each cheek. He
smiled reassuringly when he broke away, and then gave her a final supportive
hug before Disapparating.
alone in the room, Tonks curled herself up into a tight ball in the middle of
the bed and cried herself to sleep.
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