Azkaban was, to James, living depression. Not just because he saw the mutilated body of his deceased father, but because the Dementors kept making him relive that moment every time they "fed". As predicted, the Dementors just let him and the rest of the prisoners leave, and gave them an escape route. Once they all returned, James was immediately brought to the Dark Lord.
Standing in front of him, James knelt down and lowered his head. Voldemort walked up to James and had him stand. He then gave him a small awkwardish hug, and said, "You know, I always thought of you as a son"
Voldemort then let go and walked back to his "Throne" and took a seat. He then says, "You shall be in charge of the Ministry's volunteers"
James was then dismissed and was given the rest of the week off to prepare. The only place he wanted to go was the Tonks' residence. He quickly wrote a letter and sent a raven to deliver it. He then grabbed a book on Necromancy and started reading, waiting for the reply.
Tonks was bored. Ever since the events at the DoM, she had been training herself and started increasing her spell capacity. She was surprised to see a Raven tap at the window of her room with a letter in it's beak. Curious, she opened the window, and the Raven dropped the letter onto her hands.
Reading the letter, she started tearing up. It was from James, and he wanted to see her again, and in the letter it sounded like he was desperate. Quickly writing a reply, she gave her response to the Raven, which took flight. Tonks then grabbed a jacket and left the house, leaving her parents confused.
Marcus went upstairs and found the letter, he brought it to Miranda, who just shook her head.
"I don't like this" Marcus says
"What, you think he'll want revenge for his father?"
"That's exactly what I'm thinking"
"Dear, he won't hurt our little Nym. He loves her too much"
With a sigh, Marcus puts the letter back to avoid suspicion. He then went back downstairs and sat down in his chair.
"Dear, did you plan on killing Will?"
"Of course not, but I don't know what happened"
"Don't worry, we'll figure it out"
Upon receiving the reply, James put the book away, grabbed an cloak, and quickly apparated to where Tonks wanted them to meet. With a small crack, he found himself standing in an alleyway that was close to where the Park was. He walked up to a Pink haired girl sitting on a bench. He took a seat next to her, getting her attention.
"James!?" Tonks says
Tonks took in his appearance, he looked like he died and came back to life. She then reached out with her hand and held his hand. The familiar warmth had gone and was replaced with a cold and pale feel.
"I look bad, don't I?"
"Uh...not too bad"
James smiled for the first time since he left Azkaban. He then cupped her face and leaned forward for a kiss. Although his hands might feel cold, he still had the same passion as when they were younger. Breaking the kiss, they stared into each other's eyes, not wanting the moment to end. Unfortunately, James' mark was calling him back, and it felt like it was urgent.
"Tonks, I'd love to continue this, but I really need to go"
"What? Did I do something wrong?"
"No, it has nothing to do with you"
James then gets up, but quickly leans down and gives Tonks a peck on the lips.
"I love you, remember that" James says as he rans back into the alley, leaving behind a very confused Tonks.
Apparating back, James stands once again in the presence of the Dark Lord. He was forming a small group to destroy a very large and very long bridge. James was put in charge of the operation, along with Crabbe and Goyle. All three of them apparated around the bridge and broke the supports, killing hundreds (?) of people.
When James left her, Tonks became very confused. He said she loved her, but had to go. She was perplexed, but didn't have time to think about it. She had to prepare everything for Hogwarts, which was about a week away.
When she got home, she found her father reading the evening paper with a scowl on his face.
"Dad? What's wrong?"
Marcus only handed Tonks the paper, which she quickly skimmed over. She covered her mouth in shock, not knowing what to think.
"Best get ready for school honey" Marcus says
Tonks only nods, and goes upstairs. Once finished packing, she lays down on her bed and lets a single tear fall down her face. Was that the reason he left? So that he could kill hundreds (?) of civilians? That couldn't be it. She had to talk to him, and try to figure out what was going on. Finishing packing, with shirt sleeves sticking out from the sides, Tonks lazily tossed it next to her bed and sprawled herself on her bed.
After a long wait, Tonks was finally boarding the train to Hogwarts again, and sat with the Golden Trio once more. They were all troubled by the recent events, but decided to try to put them out of their minds. Soon the train stopped at Hogwarts and as usual the first years were brought to the oats. The Golden Trio plus Tonks and minus Harry went to the carriages and were transported to the castle.
Surprisingly, Fleur was sitting with the Gryffindors. She explained that her Headmistress and their Headmaster agreed to let her attend Hogwarts, due to the bond. Eventually, after worrying and waiting, Harry finally showed up. Fleur helped clean a bit of the blood off his face with her own napkin, which was greatly appreciated by the latter.
Dumbledore approached his podium as the Golden Owl spread it's wings. He announced the new Potions Professor was Mr. Horace Slughorn. He also announced Fleur's transfer to Hogwarts, and Tom Riddle. After some time, everyone was sent to their House Common Rooms, where they went to their respective dorms to hang out with eat other, or just get some sleep.
Unfortunately, Tonks couldn't sleep, and curled herself on the couch in front of the fire that was still burning. She couldn't get to sleep, and James wasn't there to hold her. She knew that she didn't need him, but it was nice to be in his embrace. Eventually Tonks did fall in slumber, but woke up with a small stream of drool on her mouth, and her hair in complete disorder with her body sprawled on the couch.
Tonks went into the Girls Dorm to make herself look a bit more presentable, which was basically looking into the mirror to change her hair a bit. Once she settled on her usual Pink short hair, she changed into some torn jeans, a white tee shirt, and her school robes. She then left with everyone going to breakfast.
The day seemed to drag on, like it wasn't as interesting anymore. Professor Slughorn was nice, but didn't seem like battle hardened material. During study period, students were getting some work done while food was floating around the place. A couple owls came and went as usual, but Tonks received an interesting letter. Instead of being addressed to "N. Tonks", it says, "My Nym". Taking a quick look around to see if anyone was looking, she opened the letter and began to read it.
I'm sure that you don't even want to read this
Maybe you will, but I doubt it
So I wrote this letter to tell you something
Of all the people I've met you are my favorite
Right now there are many people are in my life
Ready to stand by my side
You are the only person that matters though, just trust me
Tonks was a bit confused. She could understand a bit of it, but it all seemed to be scattered. Perhaps she could give it to Hermione, maybe she could make something out of it. Tonks spent the rest of the day trying to figure out the letter until the Golden Trio made it back. They told her about Katie Bell being cursed before Tonks handed Hermione the letter. Hermione said that she'd look it over as both girls went up to their dorm.
Harry and Ron played a couple games of chest before turning in themselves. While in the Boys Dorm, they talked about why Dean might have likes Ginny, which was a bit humorous. In the Girls Dorm, Tonks was laying down on her bed with her head hanging off the side.
"Of course!" Hermione yells, startling Tonks, causing her to fall off her bed
"What!? What is it!?"
"Your letter. I just realized what it meant. How could I have been so foolish. It was so obvious. I was searching for a more complicated answer rather than a simple answer-"
"'Mione!" Tonks interrupts, "What do you mean?"
"I've underlined the message, look!"
Tonks skims over the underlined message, and laughs a bit, before breaking into a full laugh.
"Ha-Ja-heh-James-haha. You are a creative man, aren't you?"
Tonks then thanked Hermione for uncovering the message. If James thought she thought he was at fault then he was a big idiot. With a smile on her face, Tonks fell into her first peaceful slumber since she arrived at Hogwarts.