I Love You More than Myself Part One

Chapter 9

It was a clear, sunny day in April. The day of our first Quidditch lesson.

I stomped out across the lawn, heading towards an open field. There were six goal posts set up along with multiple Quaffles, Bludgers, and Snitches.

"I don't wanna do this…" I mumbled, trailing behind James and Sirius. Remus trotted along at my side.

"Common Tonks," James said, turning around. "It'll be fun!"

"James! You know me! I'm the clumsiest person ever!" I said.

"You'll be fine!" Sirius said, looking around to face me as well.

"Hope so…" I mumbled, turning to look at Remus. He had just recovered from one of his sick weeks. He still didn't look 100%.

All of a sudden we heard:

"Hey! Luuuupin! Whatcha doin?"

Remus stopped dead and turned around. It was the boys who had been giving him crap for weeks now.

"What do you want?" he said, looking at the ground.

"What? We cant talk to you, Lupin?" the leader of their group called.

"Shut up Marcus," Remus said, looking behind him for James and Sirius desperately. They hadn't heard Marcus's jeering and were continuing on toward the pitch.

These kids had been bullying Remus for a while now. They were in Slytherin house and were as big and ugly as they came. They tripped him in the corridors, took his things, and mocked his sicknesses. I think that was the main reason why they had chosen to pick on him. Because he was small and weak and sick. I tried to stand up for him as best I could. But it didn't work. They would just turn on me.

"Marcus, shut it now," I said, turning to face the idiot.

"Woo.. He's got a little girlfriend huh?" Marcus said, laughing at his friends.

"I mean it Marcus," I said, taking a step forward.

"You wanna fight me?' he said, drawing his wand.

"Woah! Stop it Tonks!" Remus said. "Let him go!"

"No! I'm tired of him bullying you!" I said, drawing my wand as well. "Plus we cant really do much damage!"

It was true. Harmful spells weren't usually taught to first years.

"Just don't do it, please!" Remus quietly begged me.

I looked into his face and saw how much he wanted me to stop. He looked very frightened. I knew I should stop. Those beautiful amber eyes were wide with fear. I lowered my wand.

"Just leave us alone," I said, grabbed Remus and turned to walk away. I could see James and Sirius standing at the pitch ahead. When we were a few yards away I heard Remus speak next to me.

"Tonks…" he breathed. "Thanks. So much."

"You're welcome," I said, turning around to see them still standing there. "I just wish you would've let me at 'em."

"What would you have done anyways?" Remus asked.

"I don't know. Just given them a piece of my mind," I said.

"You couldn't have done anything!" Remus said, exasperated. I stopped walking and turned to look at him.

"But whatever I could've done would've benefited you!" I said, taking hold of both his arms.

"Why do you care so much?" Remus asked.

"Because.. Because…" I didn't know why I couldn't answer the question. "You're my best mate."

"What? I'M your best mate?" Remus said, pointing a finger to himself. "Pfft. I thought James and Sirius were."

"You're all my best mates!" I said, letting go of his arms.

"Sure… You don't even talk to me," Remus said, turning to walk away.

"What?" Are you yelling at me now?" I said, making him stop to face me. "When did this turn into a confession circle?"

"It didn't! I'm just telling you what I think!" Remus said. It was the first time I had ever heard him yell before. I stood there, dazed. I had no idea how to respond to that.

"Remus…" I said, putting a hand on his shoulder.

"I'm sorry," he muttered, not turning around.

"Why are you sorry?" I asked, taking my hand off his shoulder.

"I just blew up at you. I'm so sorry," he said, still facing away from me.

"Well that's kind of what happens in an argument…" I said, laughing slightly.

"No, I shouldn't have done that!" he said, turning around. "I'm so sorry."

"It's fine… I don't see what the big deal is," I said, looking up at him.

"I didn't mean for that to get out of hand!" he said. "Please, just forget everything that just happened.

"I-I promise. I will." I said, looking back up into his eyes.

"I… I-I have something to tell you," he spat out very fast.

"What?" I asked.

"I… I am-"

"Lupin! Tonks! Get over here now!" I heard Madam Hooch yell.

"Ill tell you later," he muttered.

Then we walked quickly over to the make-shift Quidditch pitch and listened to Madam Hooch explain Quidditch. But I wasn't listening. I could only think about what Remus had to tell me…

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