Teddy Lupin x Female!Reader: Thoughts
Summary: Time to meet the parents.
Rating/Warnings/Tags: All (Dead!Remus Lupin; Dead!Nymphadora Tonks; past!Remus/Tonks; past!Teddy/Victoire; past!Victoire & Reader friendship; Reader’s House is unspecified; Reader is the daughter of unspecified Death Eater(s))
Challenge: "115 Words" challenge by BonitaWolfSpirit on Lunaesence Archives.
Tag List: @imaginesfire
Most Hogsmeade weekends were cause for celebration. Seventh year students received so few breaks in their studies, after all. By mid-May, they saw none at all. You had, in fact, planned to stay in the castle to cram for your Divination N.E.W.T.s, rather than waste time going into town that day. The thought that you were not in your common room with a stack of books nagged at you throughout the morning. If not for your boyfriend’s insistence on your accompanying him that Saturday, you would have been there still.
Having got you outside for “a bit of fresh air,” however, Teddy seemed in no hurry to return to Hogwarts. He seemed in no hurry to get anywhere at all. First you trundled to the sweet shop, then the post office, then the Hogsmeade branch of Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes. From store to store he led you until there was nowhere else to go. And yet, as you left the Three Broomsticks after an hour of sipping gillywater, he continued up the main street.
“Teddy?” you said.
You saw his eyes flick in your direction. They were dark brown that day, and he’d turned his partially-buzzed hair violet.
“Teddy, where are we going?”
“Tired of my company already, [Name]?” he asked with a grin.
“Not your company, no. But I should be studying. As should you.”
“Exams aren’t for another three weeks! You study too much.”
“And you don’t study enough.” You tugged on his hand, which had been interlaced with yours since you’d left Hogwarts. “Come on. Let’s go home.”
“One more stop.”
“You said that after the last three!”
“Humor me. You’ve been so busy lately that I’ve hardly seen you. Pretty please?”
How could you say no to that adorable pout? “Fine.” You rolled your eyes good-naturedly. “But this really has to be our last stop. I promised Rose I’d help her study for her Herbology final, remember?”
“Last stop.” Teddy bent to kiss your cheek. “I promise. Would I lie to you?”
“Each and every day like clockwork.”
He chuckled, but the sound was subdued. Now that you thought about it, Teddy had been rather subdued all day long. Gazing at him intently all the while, you allowed him to pull you along, up and away from the typical hustle and bustle of the town. No further conversation passed between you.
The houses and shops slowly disappeared behind you as you moved on. Fewer students called out to greet you. Soon, you and Teddy walked alone together along the winding dirt path that led out of Hogsmeade. Just as you were beginning to suspect you knew where your final destination was, he drew to an abrupt stop.
A large expanse of flat land sat before you. Gray stones and bright bunches of flowers dotted the well-kept grass. He had brought you to the memorial cemetery installed for those that fell during the Last Battle of Hogwarts.
“What are we doing here?” you asked.
His answer did little to calm you. Oblivious to your nerves—or ignoring them—Teddy pushed open the beautiful gate and stepped inside the graveyard. You followed hesitantly. Many Hogwarts students made it a point to visit this place, especially around that time of year. Being the daughter of a Death Eater, you’d never set foot in it. You were not welcome there.
“Teddy,” you whispered, “can we please leave? I don’t want to get stuck in the hospital wing this week.”
“No one is going to curse you.”
Clearly, he couldn’t see the looks those gathered kept throwing you. The iron grip he had on your hand forced you to keep going even though you could. Cringing, you scurried along next to him until, quite suddenly, he let you go.
Teddy knelt in front of two graves, each bursting with flowers. He affectionately caressed each headstone before looking at you with a small smile.
“I wanted you to meet my parents.”
Yes, you saw that now. Nymphadora “Tonks” Lupin read one marker, the other Remus John Lupin. Your hands lifted to cover your mouth as tears filled your eyes.
“There wasn’t much time left, you know,” he explained, “what with us leaving school soon.”
You nodded, unable to speak.
“I’ve been meaning to introduce you for ages, but it took me awhile to work up the nerve. I wanted to bring Victoire, but—well. You know how that went.”
“Yes.” You and Victoire Weasley had been best friends up until her very messy breakup with Teddy. That you were dating him now hardly helped matters.
As though he read your mind, Teddy grinned. “Don’t worry. She won’t come. I paid James off to keep her busy for us.”
Why were you so damn nervous? Teddy’s parents couldn’t do anything to you! Neither could Victoire, whether she made an appearance or not. All the same, you hung back to watch in silence. Then he motioned for you to quit dawdling.
“Come on. Dad made it a point not to bite, even in life,” he said.
Feeling awkward, you moved forward until Teddy was able to grasp your hand once more.
“Mum. Dad.” An uncomfortable laugh told you he felt just as anxious as you did. “This is my girlfriend, [Name]. You probably didn’t like her dad much, but…she’s great. I never got to know you myself, but I want you to know her. Harry says you can see what’s going on down here, so you probably already know that I love her. She’s going to stay with me for a long time, at least as long as she’s willing to put up with me.”
Tears filled your eyes. You dried them with your sleeve, but not quickly enough for them to escape Teddy’s notice. He let out a whoop of laughter.
“You actually crying, [Name]?”
“Shut up!” you snapped. “You’re not typically so serious.”
He winked. “Enjoy it while you can, babe.”
After that, he went quiet. It took him elbowing you in the ribs to make you understand he expected you to say something as well. What on earth were you supposed to say? That you were sorry your father had made their short lives so miserable? Wouldn’t that kind of ruin the mood? You cleared your throat to buy some time and still drew a blank.
“Er, hello, Mr. and Mrs. Lupin,” you began. “Um. I know my family has done some terrible things to yours, but…I love Teddy. More than anything. I’d never hurt him, and,” you shot him a smirk, “I intend to stick around until he gets tired of me.”
“Thank you,” Teddy whispered, squeezing your hand.
There wasn’t much left to do once the confessions were done. He cast a few cleaning spells, made sure the enchantments on the flowers remained in place, and spoke to his father about the map his godfather had passed down to him and that Teddy in turn would pass down to James. Then Teddy grabbed your hand again and headed for the exit, all at once his usual cheerful self.
“All right, now we can get back to your studies and my interruptions,” he said as the cemetery fell behind you.
“Do we have to involve your interruptions? Can’t I have one study session without them?”
“Absolutely not. As your boyfriend, it is my duty to ensure you have plenty of distractions to keep you sane.”
“At least promise me you won’t disrupt my studies with Rose.”
“Your funeral,” you muttered.
Grumble though you might have, you’d meant what you’d said to Teddy’s parents. As long as he’d have you, by his side you’d remain, distractions and all. You guessed his mum and dad wouldn’t have had it any other way.