On Sleepless Roads
Title: On Sleepless Roads
Prompt: 14- Nightmares
Word Count: 686
A/N: This shows how Tonks got to Cleveland and gives some info on the HP crew. Mentions of several character deaths, but nothing graphic. Also mentions of Tonks/Remus and Tonks/Hermione.
Disclaimer: I don't own the characters mention in this or any of the previous parts. They belong to Joss Whedon and JK Rowling and various corporate entities. The title comes from the song "Hear You Me" by Jimmy Eat World and I don't own it either.
Tonks has nightmares. They don’t happen every night. At least not anymore. In the days following the last battle, they had been an unceasing part of the night. She’d taken so much dreamless sleep that she couldn’t take anymore without risking toxic build up of the ingredients in her system. Thankfully Pepper-up potion didn’t have similar effects, otherwise she’d have been out of luck when she gave up sleep entirely for awhile. So for months she suffered, without saying a word. Everyone was worried about Harry which was understandable really, he’d just defeated the dark lord. At such a high cost, his parents, his godfather, his mentor, his former girlfriend, the first person from the wizarding world he’d ever met, and the last connection he had to any of his family.
The problem with that being that she’d lost Remus too. Lost him in a battle that he’d sworn to get through so that he could propose properly. Lost him to a vendetta that had robbed him of all his good sense and Peter Pettigrew’s silver hand.
The months after the war were hard on everyone really. Hermione threw herself into the rebuilding efforts, which drove Ron to distraction and eventually caused the rather explosive end of their relationship the night she happened to come home to their flat and found him in bed with Lavender Brown.
To her credit she didn’t hex either of them, even as Ron stammered out excuses about Hermione working all the time and just wanting to feel something with someone. Instead she apparated to 12 Grimmauld Place and found Tonks in the sitting room with a couple of bottles of firewhiskey and a tumbler preparing to get utterly sloshed. Without a word, Hermione conjured her own glass and joined her.
The next morning, Harry found them in naked together in bed in the room that Tonks used whenever she stayed. The utter shock and faint betrayal in his eyes, combined with Hermione’s horror as she realized the implications of their nakedness and the bite and scratch-marks that adorned both their bodies prompted Tonks to apparate out to her flat, pack a bag and take off for parts unknown.
That’s how she found herself in Cleveland. The wizarding world avoids hellmouths, so she figured no one would ever think to look for her in America, much less on the top of the new hellmouth. The problem with that solution was the lack of apothecaries where she could purchase pepper-up or the ingredients to make it herself which left her to face either alcoholism or spending entire days slipping in and out of sleep. Until she found the 24-hour diner just 10 minutes walk from her new apartment and discovered the wonder that was cheap diner coffee. She took to spending entire nights there writing letters that she’d never send or reading trashy muggle paperbacks.
She’s not sure when she first noticed the dark-haired girl with curls that reminded her of the texture that Hermione’s had finally settled down to instead of its former frizz. The clothes however Hermione would never have been caught in. She wore leather or tight denim and sleeveless shirts that accentuated her arm muscles, and she moved with a grace that Tonks envied.
The girl took to watching her when she thought Tonks wasn’t looking. It was flattering really to have a person that attractive find you interesting. So she wasn’t really going to say no on the one night that exhaustion kicked in before dawn and the girl offered to walk her home. She was perfectly capable of taking care of herself and the other girl was smaller than she was but safety in numbers seemed like a good enough excuse and Tonks could always obliviate her if she had to use her rusty DADA skills to take care of a vampire.
The walk is oddly comfortable and Tonks is almost sorry to reach her building. She’s so taken aback by this feeling, that when the girl, Faith asks about her eyes, she finds herself being honest.
The kiss was unexpected but not unwelcome.