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This story is No. 1 in the series "Connections". You may wish to read the series introduction first.

Summary: The War’s over. They won. And it’s just like it was last time for Remus. Only everything’s different.

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Harry Potter > Willow-Centered > Pairing: Remus LupinsmolderFR1377,0892197,8372 Dec 112 Dec 11Yes

part seven: settled

Disclaimer: I own nothing. Buffy the Vampire Slayer belongs to Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt. Harry Potter belongs to J.K Rowling.
Warnings/Spoilers: Post-War AU Harry Potter (so some character death different than the books obviously). Season 6 & Slightly changed (no Kennedy) Season 7 BTVS.
A/N 2: Reviews are Good. This has been a subtle hint from the author - Please return to your regularly scheduled reading.

Part 7: settled

Teddy was very excited to go to what he called “Luna’s Quiet Place.” (Remus supposed he really should have put together in his own mind before now where she got the very un-Wizarding World mediation techniques. But, like many things about her had simply chalked it up to her being Luna.) He was a bit afraid that his son was going to be disappointed to find, that although Luna had apparently spent some time at Devon Coven after Rolf died, that did not mean every single witch there was going to be exactly like his teacher.

He had dropped by and told Andromeda and Narcissa where he was going before he left although it was completely unnecessary – part of him wanting them to say something, to stop him. But the two only shared a look before Andromeda dryly stated, “We had been wondering who she was.”

The witches in charge directed them to a cluster of trees and they walked towards it. As they got closer he could see her sitting in the shade, her red hair - a bit longer than he remembered - falling forward to hide her face.

When Remus and Teddy where within a few yards she looked up and smiled.

He noticed right away the change in her. She hummed with a different sort of power now. No longer the darkness of before. This was warm and glowing – not bright but glowing none the less. It thrummed and rolled but somehow seemed completely and utterly natural.

Remus felt slightly nervous. She was different now; perhaps she wouldn’t want to see him. Perhaps he shouldn’t have come….but he had. And he had Teddy with him and he wasn’t going to have brought him all of the way out here only to take him abruptly back because of his own fears and insecurities.

“Hello,” she said softly, staying seated, probably for his son’s benefit.

“Hello,” he returned just at softly, feeling very foolish and tongue tied. “You did it,” he finally just stated; “you won.”

“Yes,” she kept eye contact and smiled a soft pleased smile that made something in him warm that was in no way connected to her magic.

Then Teddy frowned; he stepped forward from behind his legs and approached her – Willow stayed very still, letting him do what he wanted without any interference. He got closer and his nose twitched, as if he sniffed her, then he sneezed causing Willow to giggle. Teddy smiled tentatively.

“You don’t smell like GrAndy or Great Cissa. Or even Luna,” he said questioningly.

“You can smell differences?” Willow asked calmly.

Remus was staring at his son because this was news to him. But his son was simply nodding, “Kinda. When we have “Quiet Time” with Ms. Luna sometimes we figure out what we can see. Like without really opening out eyes and looking,” he explained.

“I understand,” she said seriously holding down a smile.

“And Hugo is pretty good at it – at being able to see things without looking during ‘Quiet Time’. And sometimes Felicity can know what the weather is going to do if she doesn’t try too hard. But I don’t see things I smell them,” Teddy sat down and related conversationally.

“Sounds like you have some really special friends,” Willow said not seeming the least bit surprised although Remus certainly was. “How about you tell be a bit about them and I’ll tell you about my friends, too,” she said.

“Alright,” Teddy said and he scooted over until he was seated next to her leaning against the tree with her.

“Remus,” Willow asked looking back up at him and breaking him out of his thoughts. “Are you going to sit down, too?”

He looked down at his son curled up against the woman he was starting to have feelings for and after a slight pause he answered, “Alright.” And settled on his son’s other side but couldn’t help looking over at her every few moments.

She was listening to his son intently but seemed to feel his stare and looked up, and their eyes caught again. There must have been something in his expression because she flushed slightly and bit her lip looking down… before glancing back up through her eyelashes at him, making his heart beat faster.

And one thought rang through his head.

Sirius and Dora would have approved.

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