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11 February 2012 @ 11:44 pm
Midwinter, prompt 22 | Awakening (Harry Potter)  
Title: Awakening
Author: shimotsuki
Prompt: #22 | dormant
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters & Pairings: Remus Lupin/Nymphadora Tonks
Rating & Warnings: PG-13 | thorough kissing
Word Count: 185 words
Summary: It took everything Remus had to keep denying himself what he wanted most for so long. But now the dam has broken.


Her fingers brushed gently along his cheek, traced his eyebrow, tangled in his hair.

His heart slammed against his ribs like the wings of a trapped, panicked bird. Surely it would shatter.

Her hand tugged his head lower. Her lips slid along his jaw, searing his skin.

He tried to keep breathing, catching half a ragged gulp of air before her lips covered his for a long, searching kiss—oh, great gods, how many cold desperate nights had he spent trying not to dream of exactly this?—and now he couldn’t stop, couldn’t stop, couldn’t pull away from the sweet taste of her, from the feverish blaze her tongue sparked where it swept against his.

He had spent all his strength trying to push her away, keep his distance. Keep her safe.

Now he had no strength left.

His arms wrapped around her, pulling her against him, letting her warmth fill the void in his heart left by grief and loneliness and fear.

This new joy—it frightened him.

But not as much as the thought that he might never have found it at all.

~ fin ~
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shimotsuki: booksshimotsuki on February 12th, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you!
gilpin25: Lupin & Tonksgilpin25 on February 12th, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
I did a mental yay! when this appeared on my f-list, and an even louder one now I've read it. Lovely and passionate, and very much Remus as I imagine him in HBP/DH. It's easy to see why he'd bitterly come to reproach himself later on, but that last line says so much about him and what Tonks has given them both. Great job, especially the repetition of couldn't stop.
shimotsukishimotsuki on February 12th, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words! I know it's an obvious moment, but I thought it would be fun trying to write a kiss scene and make it vivid without (I hope) invoking too many clich&233;s.

It's possible that when I polish up Landslide for the final draft of Kaleidoscope, this will make it in there. ;)
gilpin25gilpin25 on February 13th, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
It's possible that when I polish up Landslide for the final draft of Kaleidoscope, this will make it in there. ;)

That would work very, very well. :)
arctic_comet: rtarctic_comet on February 12th, 2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
Awww, this was just lovely :) Glad to see a new R/T piece!
shimotsuki: rt_kissshimotsuki on February 12th, 2012 07:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you! Glad you enjoyed. :)
katyscarlett76: HP: R/Tkatyscarlett76 on February 12th, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
This is fantastic, such an intense, amazing kiss. My knees felt as weak reading it as Tonks' surely were on the receiving end ;) Like gilpin25 I loved the repetition of couldn't stop and it's so wonderful to see Remus finally giving into the impulse. The last two lines just seem to completely sum up Remus' reaction to his relationship with Tonks, being frightened of both having and not having it. Great stuff.
shimotsuki: rt_kissshimotsuki on February 12th, 2012 10:51 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks! I'm always a sucker for Remus finally getting a chance to have what he really wants, even if he's still half-afraid to believe that it's real.
sspring92: kissing booksspring92 on February 20th, 2012 04:11 am (UTC)
Always so happy to see a new R/T piece pop up. I'm not ready to let go of them yet! If only Remus could have just gone with those feelings! But then he wouldn't be the angsty hero we love! Oh, love the pg-13 waring for thorough kissing!
shimotsuki: rt_kissshimotsuki on February 20th, 2012 04:32 am (UTC)
LOL for perfect icon! :)

Thanks for the comment -- glad you liked my attempt at writing a really serious kiss. ;) Poor Remus, so into the self-denial... But I'm convinced that Remus and Tonks spent most of DH cuddling up. Best thing to do if you're in hiding, right?