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Eight Little Deaths - The Fictional Diaries of Ms. Spell
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Ms. Spell
2007-09-19 13:46
Eight Little Deaths
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fandom: harry potter, genre: angst, genre: romance, nymphadora tonks, remus lupin
Eight Little Deaths
Word count:
521
Characters: Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Mentions of sex, Deathly Hallows spoilers.
Disclaimer: This is a fictional, nonprofit work for entertainment purpose only. The copyright in the franchise “Harry Potter” and its components is owned by J.K. Rowling, which reserves all rights therein.
This fic was recced at chocolatefic and crack_broom. Yay! :D


The first time. Grimmauld Place. Sirius sleeps, alive and drunk, at the kitchen table. "Fancy a shag?", she says; he laughs and only then realises she means it this time.

It takes approximately five seconds between pinning her against the corridor wall, pulling it out of his pants and oh yes.

They sort of pretend it never happened, afterwards. (Blame it on the firewhisky, Sirius would have said, had it been him.)



The second time. His dusty old cabin; books under her as she looks at him with pleading eyes, half of a chocolate bar on the side table, both of them conscious that sex doesn't bring the dead back.

"I love you", she tells him for the first time. He sends her away because he loves her too.



The third time. Hogsmeade (he should never be there). A room above Hog's Head, dirty and impersonal as their moves, both reduced to animal need. They copulate as if committing a crime.

Maybe he is.

He leaves her crying and tells himself it's better this way.



Fourth time. The Burrow, may Molly never find out. It's fast, they keep checking if anybody is coming near, "for Merlin's sake, keep quiet, woman", and they're giggling by the time they're finished and he wonders to himself whether it's ok to feel this happy when Dumbledore's corpse has barely become cold.



Fifth. Muggle hotel, recommended by Kingsley (who would have guessed), at the Order's expense. Husband and wife: it's official, he thinks, now it's making love, not having sex.

He's so scared, it doesn't work the first time; takes him a backrub and the longest snog session ever known by mankind to relax.

Unconsciously, he has started to believe it was a mistake.



Sixth. What they call home.

Alastor Moody is dead.

It could have been either of them.

She took the Precaution Potion religiously every day, except for that month; obligatory interval period, the apothecary had said.

They'd been using spells.

Of course they would forget.



Seventh, at her parents' guestroom (their new home). He thought she'd leave him out in the cold night breeze; he thought she would make him sleep in the couch (a gift from hell, really, that couch, he bet Andromeda had used some Dark spell to make the goddamn piece of furniture extra-hard); he thought she wouldn't let him so much as lay a single finger on her.

Later, when she's already had "enough apologies for a lifetime", he feels the little lump of her naked belly under his palm, and starts thinking of names.



The guestroom, again. Both of them realise it's the last time.

They take their time, glad that Teddy will be quiet for the next few hours. It's slow and gentle like it is when two lovers know each other well enough.

La petite Mort, the French say. He tells her this. "To make way for the real Death", it's at the tip of her tongue, but she doesn't need to say it aloud.

"I love you", and that is him, and he says it aloud, and the meaning is the same.
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Ashley: clown-chu
moonythoughts
2007-09-25 21:15 (UTC)
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AV:clown-chu
Oh, wow, this is amazing. Ack, you know by now that I love your writing, yes? :D
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Ms. Spell: Harry Potter
msspell
2007-09-25 23:50 (UTC)
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AV:Harry Potter
OMG, I have a fan *blushes* :D

Thank you!
(I should get to answer reviews more often. Damn real life! ._.')
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Dora Solo
dorasolo
2007-09-25 23:49 (UTC)
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You write the good stuff when it comes to angst. I'm a big fan of your writing - do you mind if I friend you as to not miss more? ;)
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Ms. Spell: Reading
msspell
2007-09-25 23:52 (UTC)
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AV:Reading
Thank you! I guess I'm sort of specializing in angst as of late.

Feel free to friend me, it's an honor! :)
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Ms. Spell: Harry Potter
msspell
2007-10-29 19:49 (UTC)
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AV:Harry Potter
Thank you! Love the userpic. :)
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Ms. Spell: Lost
msspell
2007-10-29 19:50 (UTC)
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AV:Lost
Thanks! :D
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kobegrace
2007-11-07 13:21 (UTC)
(no subject)
Oh, my god. That was... wow.
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Ms. Spell
msspell
2008-11-18 19:23 (UTC)
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Thank you! :)
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sugar_fey: pic#luna
sugar_fey
2008-03-03 05:19 (UTC)
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AV:pic#luna
I found this via a rec from Coffee & Chocolate, and wow. This was really good, bittersweet and heartbreaking, just as Remus and Tonks should be. Gorgeous.
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Ms. Spell
msspell
2008-11-18 19:25 (UTC)
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I like my Remus/Tonks in dark chocolate flavour. ;D Thanks! (And wow, a rec! :D)
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(Anonymous)
2008-03-04 00:33 (UTC)
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Really really good! I didn't think I would like it but I looooooooved it!
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Ms. Spell: Reading
msspell
2008-11-18 19:22 (UTC)
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AV:Reading
I'm glad that it was a good surprise. Thanks! ;D
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Chesty la Rue: cry tears
hogwartshoney
2008-03-09 02:33 (UTC)
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AV:cry tears
Followed a rec at crack_broom

Each burst of words tells an entire story - you're soo good at doing that!
*wipes tear*
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Ms. Spell: Harry Potter
msspell
2008-11-18 19:21 (UTC)
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AV:Harry Potter
Oh hey, I was recced? Yay! :DDD

Thank you! Glad you liked it!
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(Anonymous)
2010-11-21 22:18 (UTC)
Wow.
This was amazing I keep trying to write from Tonks point of veiw and let me tell you it is hard. This was amazing! LOVE IT!
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