Summary: Nymphadora Tonks lives under a shadow. Both her cousin and her aunt are in Azkaban believed to be in league with Voldemort. She knows Bellatrix deserves to be there- but Sirius?
Remus Lupin is an outsider. He’d once had three good friends- now two are dead and the third has been locked up for murder and betrayal.
They had met once before, when she was a child, but as Tonks grows up they find themselves thrown together- far too closely for Remus’ comfort. He’s always yearned for a normal life but knows that is impossible. Can Tonks convince him that he deserves happiness?
Nominated for a 2009 QSQ award in the Best canon Romance category. Thank you.
I'm not sure if I have words to describe my love for this fic. I read it all in one gulp today, and I. I've recently become obsessed with Remus/Tonks, and this didn't disappoint at all-in fact, it surpassed even my wildest expectations! Here, you've written a beautiful love story, which is not only amazingly original and true to the characters of JKR, but also a great love story in its own right. You've answered so many questions I've had, like why Tonks got into Hufflepuff when she has Gryffindor qualities (I never felt like authors' explanations of a metamorphmagus belonging in a house of "all the rest" made sense), how she felt about Sirius's crimes and whether she ever met him, if she and Charlie were friends, etc. I also like how you gave Tonks some real depth and how, although she is still the fiery Tonks we all know, she also isn't free of worries by any means, and has her own share of baggage (she must be mature for her age, if she fell in love with someone 13 yrs her senior!). Remus's self-deprivication and reasonings for them not to start a relationship is realistic too, but not annoyingly over-the-top as it often the case (I hate the fact he's dating someone else, but I'm glad to know he hasn't completely shut himself off from the opposite sex). I think my favorite part of this was the metamorphmagus superstitions and prejudice. It was so unique, yet at the same time, it made sense, and I feel like it gave Tonks/Remus SUCH an incredible similarity, despite the differences between their morphings. Please, I know every FF author is sick of hearing this, but I would consider myself a very lucky reader if you updated this soon. I know you have a lot of projects, but this story is such a gem, and I'm tempted to shout and recommend it to every R/T fan I see.
Author's Response: Oh thank you for this review. I'm pleased you liked the metamorphmagus superstition. It was something that I had a thought about when I read the books because it must have been so hard to keep a young child away from Muggles (I explain this more in a story of mine called Reconnaissance, if you're interested) I will try and update soon. I get very carried away with other projects, but this story is close to my heart because it has possibly my three favourite characters in it. Thanks again ~Carole~