What in God’s name are you doing, Tonks? This is a bad, bad idea.
She ignored the voice pounding in her mind as she sped past Ginny, waving her
hand behind her. She heard her call out, but she didn’t look back. Because all
she could focus on was Aberforth, running faster a fraction of a second in
front of her. All she needed to focus on was getting to Remus. If she was
shaking, she could barely feel it. The castle was rumbling from underneath her,
jets of light spurting from every direction.
There was a loud explosion from ahead and she ducked instinctively, her wand
clutched firmly in her fingers. Out of the corner of her eye, Tonks saw
Aberforth again, backed up against the wall as dust echoed through the
You have to find him. You need to find him.
Debris fell from the roof of the castle, and she could see where the explosion
came from. There was a large hole in the corner of the wall, taken out by the Death
Eater she knew to be Mulciber. He glared at her, before smirking and running off
in the direction of the group of students who had previously run past her.
Seeing the coast was clear, she ran up to Aberforth, coughing, and skidded to a
halt in front of him.
“Why didn’t Mulciber attack?” Aberforth said, his voice thick though the dust.
She shook her head. She had an idea, but she wasn’t going to tell him. She
coughed, staring around at the destroyed castle.
“Where – where was he?” Her voice was more cracked than she expected. “Where is
There was another explosion, and red and green spurts of light burst from all
directions. There was a scream, closer, and Aberforth grabbed her wrist and
pulled her out of the line of fire and against the wall next to him. She barely
noticed how close it was. She felt the dirt and grime cover her face, her
breathing heavy. She turned her head and stared at Aberforth, waiting for an
Aberforth spluttered and pointed down the staircase. “Entrance Hall.”
She barely heard him say ‘hall’, because she had already begun speeding across
the corridor and down the staircase, dodging the students, professors and
others who were scattered on the staircase, aiming spells at the Death Eaters
scattered around the bottom floor.
He’s okay, he’s okay. He has to be okay.
Out of the corner of her eye, she saw George Weasley firing spells at Yaxley,
while Charlie and Bill were both dueling Rodolphus Lestrange, moving quickly
and dodging Lestrange’s badly aimed spells. Avada Kedavra erupted from
Yaxley and George just barely missed the Killing Curse. Charlie yelled at Bill
to go help George while he continued to duel Lestrange.
Tonks sped past them, barely seeing Bill join George, and looked around wildly
for Remus. Her mind raced through the alternative situations that he might be
in, panic building up inside her. She heard movement behind her and she spun
around, her wand raised as Bill backed up into her.
“Have you seen Remus?” She yelled over the noise.
Bill pointed to his right, over to the other side of the hall and before she
had time to look, she shot a Stunning Spell at a hooded Death Eater who had
entered the ring. He ducked, aiming his wand at her. A jet of green light burst
from the tip and she ducked, flat against the floor. Charlie ran past her,
grabbing her hand and hoisting her up as he shot a Disarming Spell at Yaxley.
Moving quickly, duelers surrounding her, she saw Remus dueling Dolohov over the
other side of the room. A gasp or a groan of relief escaped her mouth and she
began running towards him, ducking from the shots of light.
“Stupefy!” She yelled, aiming her wand at Dolohov. He was taken aback, spinning
around and ducking from the spell she aimed at him.
Remus turned and saw her. Shock spread on his features as he caught her eye.
Within seconds, he had quickly resumed his stance as Dolohov gained his
composure and began dueling him again.
“What are you doing here?” He yelled, more out of shock than anger.
She dodged a spell Yaxley aimed at her. “I couldn’t sit at home and wait!”
For a split second, she thought she saw a flicker of a smile appear on his
face. “I didn’t really expect you to!” He called to her, ducking.
“Little Nymphadora! Tell me, what do you think your mother will say when I kill
Tonks turned quickly and saw Bellatrix standing in the middle of the Hall, her
head tilted as she mockingly waved her wand in Tonks’s direction.
Breathing heavily, she smirked. She was going to play too. “Tell me Bellatrix,
what’s Voldemort going to say when you’re killed by a blood traitor like me?”
A snarl appeared on Bellatrix’s face.
“I was wondering why the other Death Eaters didn’t touch me. Been telling them
you’re the one to finish me off, have you?” Tonks asked, her wand aimed at Bellatrix’s
Bellatrix laughed. Cocking her head again, she saw Remus dueling Dolohov and
grinned manically. “Poor werewolf. He’s going to meet his end soon.”
Tonks instinctively swiped her wand and attempted to Disarm Bellatrix, but the
witch was too quick for her; with an almost lazy movement of her wand,
Bellatrix deflected her jinx.
“Sloppy, sloppy. How’s married life treating you?” Bellatrix grinned, shooting
a jet of red light at her.
She shot one back, ducking. “Quite well actually. Motherhood is treating me
Bellatrix was momentarily shocked, and Tonks laughed as she shot a Stunning Spell
at her. Gaining back her speed, Bellatrix dodged the spell.
“What, didn’t you get the notice? Shame. You’re a great-auntie now. He look’s
just like Remus,” She said, grinning at the livid look on Bellatrix’s face.
Bellatrix seemed to be over having a talk, because she furiously swiped her
wand, aiming to kill. Tonks had to use all her speed and skill to fight her;
despite Bellatrix’s homicidal nature, no one could deny she was a talented
Her wandwork was sloppier than usual, and subconsciously she knew it was
because of fear and worry. For both Remus and Teddy, and everyone surrounding
her. As she flung herself on the ground, barely missing the Unforgivable Curse Bellatrix
shot at her, she got a glimpse of Remus five metres away from her, still
“Worried about your husband are you, Dora?” Bellatrix shrieked,
shooting a spell at Remus, who just barely missed it.
Fury welled up in Tonks’s body and she flew up from the floor, yelling and
aiming her wand back at Bellatrix. She backed up, dodging the spells and
hurtled across the room. She knocked into Remus behind her, and with his spare
hand he grasped hers briefly while they both faced their opponents.
A yell erupted from behind her and she spun around, not caring that she was
still facing Bellatrix. Dolohov shot Remus straight in the chest and she saw
him fall, limp, onto the crumbled ground.
A cry she barely heard, but felt, escaped her lips and she scrambled over to
him, clutching his robes as she stared into his empty, lifeless face. Tears stung at her eyes, blinding her vision and
pain she had never felt before burst into her heart, making her entire body,
inside and out, ache. A sob escaped Tonks’s lips and she grasped the front of
his robes, shaking him slightly, knowing, deep down, that it wouldn’t make a
bit of difference.
A cackle behind her crashed her down into reality. She stood up
unsteadily and turned around, staring at Bellatrix numbly.
“Poor Dora,” Bellatrix drawled, an expression of mock pity on her face.
Tonks launched herself at Bellatrix, her wand swiping and shooting jets of
multicoloured light. Bellatrix’s smile halted, and with equal aggression, she
Every part of her body hurt. And her mind was frozen on the sight of Remus. The
lump in her throat was swelling and she knew she only had to kill Bellatrix.
Only had –
She barely paused for a moment when the green light hit her squarely in the
chest and she collapsed onto the floor.
And then there was nothing.
But she was crying.
“No, no, no …” She knew that she was curled up on the floor and she knew
what had happened but she also knew that this was …
She opened her eyes and looked up.
Remus knelt in front of her, his hands pressing on her forearms. The sight of
him made her lose control. She sobbed and clutched his robes, bringing him
closer to her as she cried into his chest. She heard him making soothing noises
as he held her, his lips against her hair.
“I’m sorry … I’m sorry …” she whispered, standing up, her voice shaky and
He shook his head. “You have nothing to be sorry for.”
Tears welled in her eyes. “We left him. Oh God, we left him…”
Fresh tears flowed down her cheeks and his arms curled around her waist as he
held her close. She wanted nothing more than to hold her baby boy in her arms
and tell him that it would be okay, that he would be okay. The thought broke
“He’ll be okay,” he murmured into her hair. “He’ll be okay.”
After what felt like hours, she finally looked up, and he loosened his grip on
her. She glanced around.
“Where are we?”
It came out more like child-like wonder. They were standing in a misty street,
she now noticed. Everything was white, glow-like even. It was empty. Her eyes
found the sign on the building in front of them.
“The one and only Leaky Cauldron,” came a voice from behind them.
They both turned around to see James Potter, Lily Potter and Sirius Black move
towards them, smiles on their peaceful faces.
Remus grinned. “Typical.”
James stopped in front of them and reached for Remus’s arm, before pulling him
into a hug. When they broke apart, Lily hugged him, laughing, and finally
Sirius moved towards Tonks after releasing Remus and pulled her into his arms. Everything
seemed faint and dizzy as they broke away and she was faced with the four of
“This is Dora, my wife,” Remus said, drawing Tonks towards him. She hadn’t seen him so happy before. The sight
made her laugh.
James grinned at her, holding out his hand. “We'd better hurry up, or we’ll be
“For what?” Tonks asked.
Lily smiled. “The party.”
“It’s finished. Voldemort’s gone,” James said, beaming.
Remus smiled. “He did it.”
Lily nodded, tears welling in her eyes. “He did.”
Tonks smiled, clutching Remus closer to her. James nodded to them, the smile on
his face not vanishing as he and Lily lead the way up the stairs to the
entrance of the Leaky Cauldron.
Tonks released her grip on Remus in shock and turned around,
only to be engulfed in a particularly large hug. Realising who it was in a
split second, she laughed, squeezing him as tears formed in the corner of her
eyes. She buried her face into his neck, holding him.
“You did good, kid. That son of yours is a looker,” Ted laughed,
releasing his daughter and turning to grasp Remus’s hand. He beamed at them
“Dad…” Tonks began, smiling, wiping her cheek.
Ted shook his head. “We’ll have plenty of time for that
later. Now, we celebrate.”
He winked at Tonks before gesturing towards the open door of
the Leaky Cauldron, which James, Lily and Sirius had disappeared through
“He’s safe,” Remus whispered softly into Tonks hair as they walked up the
stairs after Ted.
She nodded, closing her eyes. Their Teddy was safe.
And she knew that everything would be alright.