Moody disappears from the Fireplace having just told me that the time has come- the Order is being grouped to travel to Germany to battle Lucius and his Death Eaters- including Fenrir Greyback. Moody has been in contact with the German Ministry and has asked Remus to call together anyone available to make the trip.
I rise from the hearth and slowly ascend the stairs, wondering how to break the news. Tact isn’t my forte. Remus went up to read to Ella and put her to sleep, although I know she isn’t sleeping yet, I still hear the occasional giggle. Worse yet, I haven’t figured out how to tell Remus that I’ll be going with the group. I know the risks, but I am not letting my husband go off to fight Fenrir Greyback alone. I don’t want to hear from Harry or Moody that Remus isn’t coming home.
I stop at Ella’s door and just watch the two of them. Remus sits on the edge of Ellie’s bed, reading to her. Ella looks over and I wave to her as she quickly closes her eyes, pretending to be asleep. I can’t help but laugh. “Remus, I’ve a message from Moody, I need to speak with you for a moment.”
He pales and sets the book on Ella’s bed before rising and approaching me in the hall. “Dora, what is it?”
I take his hands in mine as I begin to speak. “Moody has permission for the Order to go to Germany- he’s been given a tip on Uncle Lucius and the other Death Eaters. He asked if you’d round up anyone who is available and convene here so we can travel by Portkey together.”
He nods in understanding and squeezes my hands before quickly descending the stairs. I step into Ella’s room and prepare to tell her the same thing I would before any mission. “Mummy loves you, you know that right? And so does Daddy.”
“I love you, Mummy, and Daddy too, but I already told him.”
I smile. “OK. Time for bed, yeah? Want the wireless on?”
She yawns. “No, I’m knackered.”
I smooth the hair away from her face and press a kiss to her forehead. “OK, good night. I’ll see you in the morning.”
“Wait!” she says, as I move away. “I want to tell Violet good night too.”
I smile and feel my eyes widen. She hoists up my shirt and kisses my tummy. “Night-night, Violet.”
I tousle Ella’s hair and tuck her in once again before turning off the lights and going across the hall to Harriet and Darcy’s room.
“Hey, Tonks, Darcy didn’t wake Ella, did she?”
I smile at the young woman and her daughter hungrily taking a bottle. “No, I just wanted to tell you that Remus and I will be going out for a while. Don’t open the door to anyone. Anyone who has any right to set foot in our house knows the Floo address or can Apparate in directly. We hope to be home by morning.”
She swallows and nods. “OK.”
I descend the stairs just as Penny Apparates into the house. “Wotcher, Penny.”
I didn’t expect to see her, but when I consider things- it makes sense. Lucius is the reason Percy isn’t here to see his kids grow up.
“Hi, Tonks. I know it’s a little crazy for me to be here, but I left the kids with Ginny at Phoenix House. I had to come.”
I nod in understanding. As I watch Remus kneeling in front of the fireplace, trying to make connections with any Order members who are available.
Ron and Harry Apparate in mere moments later, eagerness and dedication pasted on their faces. “Wotcher, blokes.”
“Hey, Tonks,” they said in unison, greeting Penny as well. “What do we know?” Harry questions as Remus rises from the fireplace.
“Moody has spoken with one of his contacts at the German ministry and has received permission to capture my Uncle. We’re just waiting for the others to arrive.”
Remus joins us on the other side of the room and rubs at the back of his neck. “Dora, this is it. We’re just waiting on Alastor; no one else is coming. Bill is with Fleur- and the twins, Ginny and Hermione are expecting, Minerva is needed at Hogwarts, and I couldn’t reach anyone else.”
There’s no way I’m not going now.
Suddenly there is a knock at the door and I watch as everyone pulls their wand. Remus cautiously looks around and proceeds to the door, looking out through the peephole. “It’s your cousin,” he says, less than enthusiastically and turns to look at me from over his shoulder.
He opens the door and sure enough, my cousin stands at the door.
I quickly glance around the room at Harry and Ron who bristle at the mention of Draco’s name. I haven’t seen him since I heard word of my Aunt Narcissa’s death, and frankly I don’t know what to say now.
Remus steps back, inviting Draco in. “What are you doing here?” I ask, stepping forward, matching Draco’s hesitancy as his eyes sweep the room.
“Good evening, Nymphadora. I was notified of your mission this evening and was asked if I wanted to participate in the capture of my father.”
I nod. “My condolences about Aunt Cissy.”
His expression steels. “Thank you.”
“But I also hear Congratulations are in order. How are the children?”
He smirks. “We’re managing.”
I return with a smile. “So after Violet is born maybe we can go on an outing in the park.”
Draco raises an eyebrow sceptically, but I can see the smile playing at the corners of his mouth.
The crack of Apparition signals Mad Eye’s arrival. “Quit lollygagging, gather round. Mentally prepare for your mission while I prepare the Portkey.”