For @staliahs, who requested Remus and Tonks on the theme of accepting one another. I hope this satisfies, my dear, though it’s a little rough. If you’re interested, the soundtrack for this was Garden by Halsey, and the title was generally inspired by Burnt Norton, part the first of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. The Lewis Carroll reference is from Alice Through the Looking Glass.
Upon meeting Nymphadora Tonks, Remus was to learn a few very important facts.
The first being that under no circumstances was he (or anyone else, under threat of grievous bodily harm) to use her first name or any diminutive thereof. The second was that she took two sugars in her tea when it was offered, and made certain to thank the person who made it directly. The third was that she was somewhat clumsy, but in such a way that suggested a body that was always changing, one that didn’t always fit the distractions of a lively mind rather than ineptitude or actual gracelessness. Others might have missed the difference, not seen the faint trace of embarrassment that she brushed off from evident habit when she stumbled upon entering the kitchen at Grimmauld Place, but not Remus. Oh, there was no blush or burn to her cheekbones like most to point up the embarrassment; Tonks’ ability prevented that. However, there was a slight inward curve to her shoulders, subtle enough, but it still suggested such stumbles were a frequent and unwelcome occurrence. Her body language, varied as it was, told him a great deal in a very short amount of time.
The fourth and final thing that he learned was that everything about her was vibrant, non-linear, unpredictable, and that it was difficult not to be drawn to that vibrancy. There were other echoes to every colour she brought to a room which suggested depth, chiaroscuro, the play of light and dark, even as Tonks talked and laughed easily among the Order as though she’d always been there. Everything about her drew the eye, and for Remus, it had less to do with her predilection for pink hair, and far more to do with the way that she inhabited space.
Brumation crew (sans hornet)! These kids are all headed into brumation starting thursday! I’m a little sad I won’t get to take pictures or handle them for two months but I could use a break tbh. Hopefully this will reset everyone’s clocks and I’ll have lots of babies come spring!