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18 July 2011 @ 12:33 am
Blue Skies, prompt 3 | House and Home (Harry Potter)  
Title: House and Home
Author: shimotsuki
Prompt: #3, shelter
Fandom: Harry Potter
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Remus/Tonks, Kingsley, Andromeda
Rating & Warnings: PG, AU (post-DH)
Word Count: 997 words
Summary: Remus wonders if the post-war world will finally give his little family a chance to make a home of their own.
Author's note: The DH movie is really making me want to write hopeful Remus/Tonks, heh. This story stands alone, but it is part of the Warp and Weft AU ficverse.

House and Home

It was Remus’s first day out of bed.

His stomach still ached after Dolohov's near-fatal Sectumsempra, and he was still weak from the effects of the soul-severing curse, but Dora had helped him stagger downstairs. It was much better being out of bed—even if he was under strict orders not to even think about standing up on his own.

Andromeda had brought him tea and settled a sleeping Teddy in his lap, and he was half-dozing himself, except that every few minutes he would wake with a start, heart pounding. It always took a moment for him to remember that the battle was over and Harry had won.

And he was home. Well, the nearest thing he had to a home just now—when their marriage cost Dora her job and her Ministry flat, they had taken refuge here with her parents.

Did he dare hope that the war’s end would bring a chance for a real home for him and Dora and Teddy, at last?

Remus had dozed off again when a sharp knock at the door startled him awake.

“Mum, can you—?” came Dora’s voice from upstairs.

“Yes, of course.” Andromeda swept in from the kitchen and peered through the window. She gasped, smoothed her robes, and pulled the door open. “Minister Shacklebolt! Please come in!”

Kingsley nodded to the two burly wizards who stood behind him and stepped into the house alone. “Mrs. Tonks—it’s a pleasure. I’ve known Nymphadora for some time.”

“Don’t call me that, Kingsley!” Dora came flying down the stairs and gave the Minister for Magic a fierce hug. “I’m so glad you’re all right. I saw you at the funerals, but I couldn’t get near you, with all that security you’re trailing.”

Kingsley laughed, a little wryly. “I think it’s a bit much, myself, but the Wizengamot insists, at least until things settle down.”

“Do have a seat,” Andromeda urged. “I’ll bring tea.”

Kinsgley came over to tickle Teddy, which earned a giggle. Then he gripped Remus’s shoulder for an instant before settling on the sofa. “It’s good to see you. Minerva tells me it was touch and go for a day or so.”

“I was lucky,” said Remus quietly. “We both were.”

Dora nodded, coming to sit on the ottoman by his chair and leaning against his knee.

Andromeda returned and handed round tea before perching on the other end of the sofa.

“I’m here with good news,” said Kingsley, once they all had their cups in hand. “Tonks, I am pleased to report that you have been fully reinstated as an Auror, retroactive to August.” He grinned. “Even better, your back pay will be deposited into your Gringotts account within the week.”

“That’s brilliant!” Dora gave a little bounce—and then she stilled. “Only...does that mean I’m wanted back at work now—?”

“Certainly not,” said Kingsley quickly. “You have the standard six months’ parental leave as well.”

“Absolutely brilliant,” Dora breathed, scooping Teddy into her arms and cuddling him close.

Kingsley’s grin returned. “I have news for Remus, too.”

Remus set his teacup down with a sharp chink. Had they managed to rescind Umbridge’s laws against employing Dark creatures this quickly?

Kingsley held up a hand. “It’s not a paying job, not yet—but it might turn into one if we do this properly.”

Remus raised an eyebrow.

“It’s past time to overhaul the Wizarding legal codes.” Kingsley sighed. “We need to stop the discrimination that pits one group against another, before we wind up with yet another war on our hands. I’d like you to comb through all of the records of the Wizengamot, to compile a list of the statutes and regulations that discriminate against ‘non-human creatures.’ Once we know what we have, we can start setting things straight.” He grinned again. “Such as, paying you for your work.”

Remus swallowed, feeling somewhat daunted by the enormity of the task. “After Dora goes back to work this autumn, I’ll be minding Teddy,” he said slowly. “Can I do the research at home, or in the evenings?”

“Absolutely,” said Kingsley. “Just keep records of your time—and find those employment discrimination statutes first, eh? Once we get you legally employed, maybe we can hire some other werewolves to help with the compilation.”

Remus shared an incredulous smile with Dora. Maybe things really were going to change in this post-war world.

Kingsley thanked them for the tea and rose to leave. Andromeda had begun to show him to the door when he stopped and turned back.

“Tonks, I almost forgot. Now that you’re reinstated as an Auror, you’re eligible for a Ministry flat again. In fact, you qualify for a family flat.”

Remus blinked.

A flat of their own.

He remembered, all too well, his bitter shame last summer when they’d had to ask Andromeda and Ted to take them in. His utter helplessness at having no way to provide for his own family.

Now they would have a home again, their own place—one less reason for his mother-in-law to scorn him—

And then Remus looked up and actually saw Andromeda, standing beside the door. Saw the way she had gone white and still and stood very straight.

This wasn’t the same woman who had so grudgingly let him move into her house nine months ago. This was a woman who had lost her husband, who had nearly lost her daughter. Who doted on her grandson.

Who would be left all alone if they moved away.

Dora looked a question at him. Remus glanced from his wife to her mother and back. He nodded.

“Thanks, Kingsley,” said Dora. “But we’ll stay here. This is home now.”

And so it would be.

~ fin ~
katyscarlett76: HP: The Lupinskatyscarlett76 on July 18th, 2011 08:47 am (UTC)
Oh perfect! Yay for more AU fic in the world :)

I loved this, Kingsley so determined to set things right and in a proper organised way, they couldn't have picked a better Minister.

I love the idea that they will stay with Andromeda, it's like the meer fact that they can have their own home is enough, it then allows them to see where their home really is and what's really important. I wouldn't want them to leave Andromeda either, she's been through so much to take Tonks and Teddy from her seems cruel (I'm struggling with that for my own AU at the moment, can't decide what to do).

Lovely fic has brightened up what is a dull and rainy Monday :)
shimotsuki: warp-weftshimotsuki on July 18th, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
I totally agree about Kingsley -- he's just the one they need to have running things.

it's like the meer fact that they can have their own home is enough

That's exactly what I was thinking with this! :) (And my AU fics set further in the future still have them all living with Andromeda, so I needed a reason for that, heh.)

Thanks so much for your comments.
What's Taters, Precious?: Expecto Patronummrstater on July 18th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
Aw, I really love this. It's so Remus for it to be enough for them to be allowed to have a home, but be willing to stay with Andromeda for her own well being. (And who knows, maybe one of these days she'll meet a nice wizard of a certain age and she'll want the place to herself again...)

Also really like all the little tentative looks that pass between Remus and Tonks--like they barely ever dared to hope that winning the war might actually mean things would be different. They never counted on Kingsley being Minister, did they? ;)

Well done!
shimotsuki: warp-weftshimotsuki on July 18th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
I think Remus is also remembering times in his life when he's been lonely, and thinking that he wouldn't wish that on Andromeda. And what ate at him the most was worrying that she thought he wasn't good enough for her daughter, so if that's changed -- and it has, especially considering Andromeda's overture in "Porridge" -- then he's feeling better about the whole situation. (Not that I could get this into my 1000 words, lol!)

And I think this Remus and Tonks barely dared imagine they would make it out of the war (*cough*), let alone that things might get better.

Thanks so much for your comments! :)
sspring92: meta_morphicdsspring92 on July 19th, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
Love, love, love this! This is the future they should have had! Makes me warm and fuzzy!
shimotsuki: rt_kissshimotsuki on July 19th, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! I completely agree -- this is the future they should have had.
mish2mishmish2mish on July 19th, 2011 10:25 am (UTC)
I'd vote for Kingsley!

And of course Remus would be someone who understood the fear of being left all alone, and so offer to stay with Andromeda. Really lovely ficlet.
shimotsuki: ordershimotsuki on July 19th, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
LOL -- I'd vote for him too.

I just see Remus and Andromeda as being a little bit alike; I think that they might understand each other well once they really started trying.

Thanks for your kind comments! :)
gilpin25: Teddy & Remusgilpin25 on July 19th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
Your stories always make me feel that's exactly what the characters would do and say in a given situation. Remus may start off dreaming of a home of their own, see the opportunity for just that, and yet he and Tonks still recognise that some things - and some people - are more important. Of course he'd know exactly what loneliness is like and what Andromeda was feeling at the prospect.

I'm loving the idea of Kingsley surrounded by bodyguards as befits his all-important new status, and Dora still rushing to give him a hug as befits her old colleague and friend. And how great that he's planning to get things moving right away in a few important areas. That seems perfect for what we know of him as well. :)
shimotsuki: rtshimotsuki on July 20th, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for the comments!

I do think Kingsley would make a wonderful Minister, and have the right priorities for what to get done.

And I think eventually in this timeline, Remus and Andromeda come to be very fond of one another -- Remus realizing he understands her a little here may be something of a start!