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all the beloved characters and places. I’m just trying to entertain us while we
wait for Book 7.
Summary: Missing scene: Set during OOTP right after Ron and Hermione’s
Prefect Party and Molly’s Boggart scenes. A series of flashbacks as Lupin,
Tonks, and Sirius discuss their Hogwarts days and being (or not being)
Author’s Notes: If you read my other fics, you’ll see why I chose the
natural hair colour that I do for Tonks (oohh…shameless self-promotion!). I
threw in the beginning bit of R/T romance in at the end for good measure.
For Starsea- she knows why. She also encouraged me to write this. Thanks
for the title as well.
Thanks to Whimsy, my beta. I’m working really hard on my PoV problem for
Lupin caught a plate that slipped out of Tonks’ hands as she
was putting it away after Ron and Hermione’s Prefect Party. The evening had
gone well until Harry had stumbled upon Molly in the drawing room sobbing over
her Boggart. After that, Arthur had taken her to bed and Harry had gone to his
bedroom. Lupin had returned to the kitchen and quietly explained what had
happened to the others. The festive atmosphere had dissipated instantly.
Silently, each of them lost in their own thoughts, he, Tonks, and Sirius had
begun to clean up the kitchen after the others had quickly gone home.
Lupin smiled at the memory that assailed him as he removed
the banner that read: ‘Congratulations Ron and Hermione- New Perfects’. Both
he and his parents had been shocked when his badge had arrived with his fifth
year book list.
He was snapped back into the present by the tinkling sound
of breaking glass. He immediately looked at Tonks, who held up her hands,
silently saying that it wasn’t her. He smiled at her and felt his stomach drop
as she warmly smiled back. He dragged his gaze away and looked over at Sirius,
“Tonks must be rubbing off on me,” he said teasingly.
“Hey!” Tonks yelped. “That’s not nice! Remus, make him be
Before Sirius could respond, Lupin cut him off. “Let’s leave
the rest of this for tomorrow.” He went over to the pantry and took out three
Butterbeers that Sirius had just put away. He handed one to Sirius and then the
other to Tonks. “This reminds me of when I got my Prefect letter,” he said as
a way of opening the conversation. “I know Sirius was never a Prefect-“
“With all the detentions and duels? Ha, never!” Sirius let
out his signature bark of laughter.
“Now, Nymphadora, you said
earlier that McGonagall didn’t make you Prefect since you couldn’t behave.
Well, since you are half Black, I believe that-“
“Hey!” Sirius interjected. “I am offended by that remark,
however true it may be.” He grinned and Lupin knew that he was joking.
Lupin continued, “What could you have done to make Minerva
disqualify you as a Prefect candidate? I thought by the time that Sirius,
James, and I left school, she would have seen it all.”
He and Sirius were both amused to see Tonks blush. “Now what
could you have done to make you blush like that, Tonks?” Sirius asked, leaning
in for the answer. “Remember, this is just between friends, er…well, what ever
you two are, okay?”
Lupin barely stopped himself from rolling his eyes. Tonks
shot Sirius a dark look then said, “Er, it could have been that at the end of
fourth year I sort of, er, well…I morphed into her to get Charlie Weasley out
of a spot of trouble with Filch.”
“You didn’t…did you?” Sirius exclaimed, his eyes
lighting up. The teacher and Prefect in Lupin were properly horrified but the
Marauder in him was impressed.
“Er, yeah, I did,” Tonks admitted, grinning sheepishly at
the memory. “We would have gotten away with it if McGonagall herself hadn’t
turned the corner as I was escorting Charlie ‘to my office’. The look on her
face…” She trailed off as she began to laugh.
Lupin was glad he managed to swallow his gulp of Butterbeer
before Tonks explained. Sirius wasn’t so lucky. He choked, and then proceeded
to spray beer over the table. This caused Tonks to laugh harder. She managed to
slip off her seat and onto the floor, where she doubled over laughing. Lupin
began to laugh at Sirius, who was covered in Butterbeer and shaking with
hysterical laughter, and at Tonks, who was rolling around on the floor. “What
did she do?” he managed to ask between gasps.
Tonks stood up, still giggling. She sat back down, and then
said, “She took one look at Charlie and me and knew immediately what was going
on. In that ‘You know you are in trouble’ tone of voice, she said, ‘Miss Tonks,
I suggest you morph immediately back to your natural state’- which I did,
blonde and all- ‘Now you both will follow me.’ She took us to Dumbledore’s
“Remember the password?” Sirius asked. “I can remember quite
a few from some memorable moments.”
Tonks paused, thinking, and then said, “Sugar Quill.” She
grinned. “So up we went to the Headmaster’s office. She left us outside then
called us in a few minutes later. Now, this was not my first time in
Dumbledore’s office. Trouble must run in the family; I get stories from you two
next. Anyway, I remember it clear as day. Dumbledore was sitting at his desk
with his phoenix behind him. The phoenix turned towards us as well, while
Dumbledore looked over the rim of his glasses at us and said, ‘Miss Tonks,
there is no need to explain what happened. Professor McGonagall already has.
Now, while I appreciate your rare gift, you must practise more self-control
over it. Please, no more morphing into your Head of House, or any other professor or staff member here at
McGonagall will set your detentions. Now off to bed, please, it’s already past
“That’s it?” Sirius asked, shocked.
“Yeah, I don’t think he could have kept a straight face for
any longer. His eyes were already twinkling with laughter,” Tonks told him, her
own dark eyes glittering with amusement.
Lupin and Sirius exchanged glances then burst out laughing.
“And McGonagall’s reaction to this?” Lupin asked.
“You know how thin her lips get when she’s upset or angry?”
Lupin nodded, “Yes.”
“I don’t think she had any lip left as she escorted us to
Sirius grinned. “She was that angry?”
“Yes. Charlie and I polished every trophy in the Trophy Room
once a week for a month, the Muggle way.”
“Wow,” Lupin said. “I don’t think we ever got it that bad,
did we, Sirius? I got lines most of the time. ‘I am a school Prefect. I am
suppose to enforce the rules not break them.'”
“Mine were along the line of ‘I shall not encourage the
school Prefects to break the rules’ or something like that. Never really did
sink in.” Sirius grinned as Tonks let out a shout of laughter.
Lupin shook his head, amused at the memory. “You know what I
was thinking as I took down Ron and Hermione’s banner? I remembered being
shocked at receiving my Prefect badge along with my book list. Mum and Dad were
pleased that I could go to Hogwarts but we were all shocked that I was made a
Prefect. Because of the…”
“Werewolf thing,” Tonks supplied.
“Precisely,” Lupin said. He noted that they were starting to
do that a lot more lately. From the grin on Sirius’ face, he must have noted it
“Was Harry’s dad your other Prefect?” she asked.
“No, Lily, his mum, was.” Lupin smiled at another memory.
“With my badge was a choicely worded note from McGonagall suggesting I tell
Lily I was a werewolf. She pointed out that Lily would wind up on double duty a
lot, so perhaps I should explain. I was shocked. I had never told anyone
voluntarily of my condition. I was a little apprehensive.”
“A little?!” Sirius snorted. “We all got frantic
letters from him asking for advice!”
Lupin ignored him. “You knew beforehand, Nymphadora,
because my name was splashed all over The Daily Prophet when I resigned
two years ago and again when Umbridge passed her laws, citing me as an example.
However, back then the only people who knew were the staff, my parents, and me.
James, Sirius, and…Peter,” he paused as Sirius growled. “They figured it out by
second year. I should have known after living in a dormitory with them that
they would figure it out soon enough.”
“You must have been in a right state as September
approached,” Tonks said to him.
“For no reason, it turned out,” he told her. Sirius
straightened up. Lupin realized that he must have remembered what happened. “I
managed to avoid Lily on Platform 9 ¾ and during the Prefects meeting with the
new Head Boy and Girl, she
made it seem like she was leaving but then she slammed the door so it was just
the two of us in the compartment. She turned to me and blatantly said, ‘I know, Remus.’ I just looked at
her and said, ‘Know what?’ She started to say something else but Sirius and
James knocked on the glass. I was never so happy to see them in my life.”
Sirius laughed at the memory and Lupin smiled in reply before adding, “I
excused myself and took off down the corridor.”
“We knew something was wrong immediately, so we ran after
him,” Sirius said, taking up the story. “We made it to the compartment
where…Peter was. Remus looked as pale as death. James had barely closed the
door when Remus blurted out, ‘She knows.’ We all knew what he meant. James and
I exchanged glances then turned and left the compartment again. We found Lily
and took her into the corridor. By this time, Remus and Peter had caught up
Lupin picked the story back up. “Lily sighed at the four of
us, hissed, ‘Follow me’, and headed back up the corridor to the still empty
Prefects' compartment. After shooing us all inside, she said, ‘Listen, I know
that you are Remus’ mates and I appreciate that but I know he’s a werewolf. I
figured it out for myself, just as I’m sure you did.’ We were all at a loss for
a moment. ’Are you going to say anything to anyone?’ James asked her
bluntly. I was so impressed with him. He wasn’t even thinking of messing
with his hair, or trying to impress her in any way.” He paused as Tonks leaned
in to hear what Lily said. She was wearing a fierce expression, almost
protective in its nature. “Lily looked at him, almost as if seeing him for the
first time, James did really well with her that year until a little incident
involving him, Sirius, and Snape after our Defence Against the Dark Arts OWL,
and said, ‘Of course not!’ We all relaxed. Lily then looked at me and asked,
‘Do you think we can have that Prefects' meeting now, Remus. We have to
formulate a plan to control these three this year.’”
Tonks let out a shout
of laughter. “She didn’t!” When Sirius made a face, she smirked. "That was great!"
“What’s even better was my response of, ‘Absolutely, Miss
Evans. Gentlemen, if you will excuse us.’ James and Sirius looked properly
horrified. Peter let out a nervous little laugh.”
“On that note,” Sirius said, pushing back his chair and
standing up. “I’m going to bed. Good night.” Tonks and Lupin watched as he left
the kitchen. She turned to him with a puzzled look on her face.
“To this day he doesn’t know if Lily and I actually
formulated a plan or not. He and James always asked us if we had or not and
Lily and I agreed that it would be fun to annoy them, so we never told them. He’s
probably given up asking by now because he knows I won’t tell him.”
“Did you? Formulate a plan that is?” Tonks asked.
“Now why would I tell you and not him?” Lupin asked her as
he stood and collected the three empty bottles of Butterbeer and tossed them in
“Because… I’m prettier than him?” Tonks grabbed a tea towel
from the rack and began to wipe down the table.
He let out a laugh. “Well, yes, you are, but give me a good
reason why I should tell you.”
“Come on, Remus! Tell me!” She slapped her hand down on the
table and immediately yelped in pain. “Too hard,” she muttered.
Lupin crossed the room and stood in front of her. He took
her hand and examined it. “Are you okay, Nymphadora?” he asked anxiously.
“I’m fine,” she told him. “It just smarts a bit. I’m used to
it. Thank you for telling me your story, by the way.”
“Thank you for sharing yours. It was quite amusing.” He
looked down at her and he caught his breath.
Before he could act, Tonks stood on tiptoe and brushed his
lips with hers. When he didn’t protest, she brushed against them again.
“Lily and I never formulated a plan,” he whispered against
She laughed then opened her mouth to allow a deeper