“We’re actually on the same boat, you and I,” Ted practically spat, “Our hearts want what we know we can’t have.” He stared down at her tear-stricken eyes, trying to be firm. They needed to stop living in this fantasy that everything would just fall into place. There was a war outside the school grounds, and people like them were being killed off every single day by a bigoted half-blood. Their friends and families were in danger, and the only way to protect most of them was to sever ties. “I know you love Amos, but I really think this is for the best,” he said. “After all, you made the decision to break up with him.”
“You bloody hypocrite!” She yelled, throwing her martini glass at him. He had barely dodged it before he heard it crash against the wall behind him. He needed to take her home. She had too much to drink. “You said it yuuurseelf,” she slurred. “Our h-hearts want what we knoooow we can’t have… So what about you and Andromeda, hmm? What’s that all about?” She glared at him as best as she could in her state. “You act all noble and–and knightly, but all you really want is to push her against a wall and fuck her senseless.”
Ted’s eyes widened at her brashness, but he had quite a few drinks himself, and his inhibitions weren’t really intact as he would have wanted. “This has nothing to do with me! I’m trying to help you get your pathetic life back together–”
“It has everything to do with you, Edward-bloody-Tonks!” She clutched at his shirt, digging her nails in the fabric. “And yooouu have the nerve–the fucking nerve–to call me pathetic” she panted, her faces inches from his, before she continued “when all you’ve ever done was sit around and fawn over a pureblood for years, too much of a wanker to make a move–what’s the matter?” She hissed. “You’re just going to watch her marry Carrow and sit quietly in your study, thinking about how he’s kiiiissing her, stroking her hair, maybe even touching that ass–”
“Shut up!” Ted growled, instinctively grabbing her shoulders and squeezing. He tried to control his anger. This wasn’t like him, but she knew just the right buttons to push.
“What are you gonna do?” She taunted. “It’s just like you to be too bloody nice, too much of a pushover–”
“Oh, that’s rich coming from an idiotic girl who broke up with Amos, just so Voldemort might save him–not even thinking about how he’s going to torture you limb-for-bloody-limb. And you’re calling me too nice?”
“Take that back!” She shook with rage.
Ted remained defiant. “Make me.”
She crashed her lips against his, her hands snaking up his neck and tugging on his hair so violently that she was probably ripping some off. Ted took a deep breath, initially shocked before he responded to the kiss, putting all his anger and frustrations into his movements before he realized what he was doing. He fell into a stool, trying to regain his balance by grabbing on the bar table. His hands subconsciously slid from her shoulders to her waist, his fingers digging in to her shirt. Any longer like that and he would be leaving bruises. There was nothing romantic about that kiss, it was all gnashing and growls, the pair of them intoxicated by the night’s drinks and each other.
He pulled away when she had already seated himself onto his lap, breathing heavily. “Mary… this isn’t right,” he sighed, running a hand through his hair. “I’m taking you back to the dorms,” he said, slowly setting her back on her feet. She groaned and slumped against him. Ted, being more sober, pulled her arm over his shoulder and lifted her into his arms. He didn’t trust himself to apparate because he hadn’t taken his test yet, so he trudged the way back to Hogwarts through Hogsmede.
He didn’t know the Gryffindors’ password, so he walked to the Head Dorms and knocked. James answered, wide-eyed, before letting him enter. “She had a bit too much to drink,” he stated simply, setting her on the couch before leaving the room.
He groaned when he reached the Prefect’s common room. Alice may have long went to bed. Not trusting himself to climb a few stairs, tonight, he crashed onto the couch and fell asleep.