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The Heart of Everything: The End of It All

By AlysonSerenaStone

Fantasy / Romance

Chapter 3: Here's My Hell

Chapter Three: Here's My Hell

Disclaimer: All characters belong to J.K. Rowling. The underlined portions are taken directly from the novel; I do not own those parts. They belong to J.K. Rowling.

Author’s Note: This fanfiction is going to be different from my other stories. This picks up where "The Heart of Everything" and "The Heart of Everything: Shallow Bay" left off. The time in the books also changes. So, pay attention the time, so you don’t get confused. Some of the chapters are other Marcus Flint/Katie Bell stories, just with more changes and deleted scenes added.

Time: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Genre: Romance, Drama, and Friendship

Rating: PG-13

Marcus looked up as his father, Tonks, and Remus stepped into his living room.

Brad looked out the window at the dead ravens and turned to Marcus. "I see what you're saying now."
Tonks gave Marcus a small smile. "I thought you were drunk," she said in a playful voice.

"Very funny," Marcus muttered.

Tonks put her arm around him. "Very funny." She took her hand off when she felt the blood on his shoulder. "This better not have a disease."

"I hope not," Marcus said.

Brad and Remus pushed open the door and stepped out onto the deck. Tonks and Marcus followed. Brad and Remus were muttering about something that Marcus could not make out.

"They just fell from the sky?" Remus asked as he turned to face Marcus.

Marcus nodded. "I was just coming back from the barn and the next thing I knew it was raining ravens."
"Huh." Remus frowned at the dead raven at his feet. "Do you normally see a lot of ravens?"
Marcus shook his head. "This is the first time I've ever really seen them. They just came out of the nowhere and died."
"Huh," Brad said. "I've never seen anything like it."

"Me either," Tonks added.

"What would have caused a bunch of ravens to fly like that?" Remus asked.

"Maybe there were afraid of something," Marcus mused. He felt like an idiot for saying that.

Remus raised an eyebrow. "That could very well be true. Everything has been funny lately. I wouldn't be surprised if even the birds were feeling it."

Brad and Tonks nodded.

"I also would like to believe that Marcus is a bird killer and has some strange phobia of them and just wishes that they would all die," Tonks added.

"I believe you are the one with the phobia of birds," Marcus stated.

Tonks just gave him a look. "That was supposed to be between you and me."
"This is not a time to keep secrets," Marcus pointed out.

"Some things, like that, do not need to be made known to the public."

Remus studied Tonks. "I didn't know you were afraid of birds."

Tonks gestured to the dead ravens. "Can we please keep on task people?"

Remus just shrugged.

"Are there any dead ravens on the other side of the lake?" Brad asked Marcus.

"I haven't looked," Marcus admitted.
Tonks put her hand on Marcus's shoulder. "We'll go look." Without waiting for an answer, she began to pull him down over the hill.

Marcus frowned as he went around a dead raven. Why was Tonks being all touchy with him? They normally got along really well, but were never this touchy. He had a feeling that a touchy Tonks was a bad thing.

As they crossed the dam, Tonks kept looking over her shoulder. "Okay, I think they're gone."

"Huh?"

"Your dad and Remus. They're still up on the deck."

"Isn't that where they're supposed to be?"
Tonks rolled her eyes. "Men are so clueless."

Marcus frowned. He had a feeling that he was not going to like where this was going.

"You know about Remus and I and the fact that we have only just gotten together. It's taken way too long for that in my book. Anyway, I want to get married this summer, but he wants to wait until after this war is over. I keep thinking the longer we wait, the less of a chance there is of us getting married, you know?" Tonks said very quickly.

Marcus nodded slowly. Wasn't this the kind of thing that she should be talking about with female friends? The last time Marcus checked he wasn't a female.

"I was just wondering if you could give me an idea as to how the male brain functions." Tonks smiled at him.

"Are you going to help me with the female brain?" Marcus asked as he stepped off the dam.

Tonks waved her hand at him. "Don't be silly! A woman's brain is the easiest thing in the world to read."

Marcus snorted.

"That kind of attitude will get you in trouble with the ladies, young man," Tonks said, shaking her finger at him.

Marcus didn't answer.

"See you are learning. There is some hope for the male species."

Marcus wasn't sure if he liked this talk.

Tonks put her hands on her hips and looked around. "I don't see any ravens."
"They flew across from here." Marcus looked around.

Tonks frowned. "So, whatever scared them was over here." She pulled her wand out. "I wonder if it's gone."
Marcus reached into his back pocket and took out his own wand. "I don't know and I suppose you want to find out."
Tonks nodded. "See, a woman's mind isn't that difficult to read."
They stepped onto the gravel road and began to walk up the wooded hill. They both had their guard up and pointed their wands at every little movement. Marcus had to admit that this was a very strange feeling. Who knew what they was looking for? Who knew what kind of power that thing had?
Tonks turned down a hiking path. "Where does this go?"

"It loops around to the main highway," Marcus stated. "They all go back to the rental shops."

"Muggles?" Tonks asked.

Marcus nodded. "Yeah, it's a tourist area for them."

Tonks nodded. "So, there's not really a crowd of live ins?"
"There's some, but they are mostly wizards."
"So, in other words, strangers aren't that uncommon?" Tonks asked as they turned right.

"You would be correct."

Tonks stared at her feet. "You did know that we were going to place Harry's aunt and uncle here, didn't you?"
Marcus nodded. He had heard something about it, but didn't really know the details.

"I don't think they will now."
"It's probably for the best."
Tonks put her hands on her hips. "We really can't risk it now." She shook her head and swore. "Mad Eye is not going to be happy about this."
"Why do you think I didn't call him?"

"Because he doesn't have a phone."

Marcus heard voices and froze. He put his hand out in front of Tonks. "Someone's coming."

Tonks listened. She changed her hair to an bleached blond and shortened her nose length. She put her hand into Marcus's and pulled him closer. Their shoulders were now touching. "I think this is the perfect spot for us. No press and no other girls. Plus, you're stupid girlfriend wouldn't dare look for us here." She ran her other hand down Marcus's back.

Marcus stared into her eyes and smirked. He wanted to pull away from her so badly, but he knew he couldn't.

Two men rounded the corner and eyes them.

Marcus buried his face into Tonks neck. This was kind of disturbing to him.

Tonks moaned, but Marcus knew she was trying not to gag.

One of the men gave Marcus a thumbs up. Marcus recognized him from the Death Eaters meeting, but was not sure of his name. He probably hear all about this the next time he went to a meeting.

"That feels good," Tonks whispered loud enough for the men to hear her. "I just want to lock you up and play with you all the time."
The men rounded the corner. Neither Marcus or Tonks moved for several minutes.

"Never again," Marcus muttered as he pulled away from Tonks.

"So, that was just as bad for you as it was for me?" Tonks asked.

They turned back toward Marcus's house.

"Yep."

"Good, because you're really not my type."
"Why? Because I'm younger?" Marcus asked.

Tonks slapped his arm. "Older men are much more mature than you."
"I'll be twenty-one in a few weeks."

"You're only twenty?" Tonks turned to look at Marcus.

"Don't say it like it's a bad thing," Marcus muttered.

Tonks shook her head. "I just never realized how young you actually was."

Marcus frowned. He wondered what that was supposed to mean.

"I thought you were a little bit older than that," Tonks said as they walked across the dam.

"Afraid not," Marcus said as he fell in step with her.

"Huh," Tonks said.

Marcus wondered what difference age made in this war.

They crossed the rest of the dam in silence, only moving out of a straight path to dodge the dead ravens.
Marcus could make out three figures on his deck now. He wondered who could be there now.

Tonks looked right and left of them. "At least, it doesn't look like it's only your yard."

"Yeah," Marcus said.

Tonks cracked her knuckles. "I am just going to have to sit down and talk to Remus about this whole romance thing."
"Uh-huh," Marcus muttered. He could know make out the third figure out. It was his mother. This was not going to be good.

Tonks walked a few metres ahead of Marcus.

"Did you see anything?" Remus asked as they approached.

"Death Eaters," Tonks replied.

"Really?"

Tonks nodded. "Yep."

"Who?" Brad asked.

Marcus shrugged. "I've only seen them a couple of times."

"New?" Remus asked.

Marcus nodded. "Why would they have killed ravens?"
"Bored," Tonks muttered.

"I think it's a warning," Marcus said. "Natalia mentioned something about the Death Eaters knowing about the move."
"When was you planning on telling us this?" Brad demanded.

"I just found out last night," Marcus muttered.

Brad just gave Marcus a look, but didn't say anything.

"This just messes everything up," Remus said. "We can't move them here now! We are so far behind now."
Tonks nodded. "There are other places."
Remus nodded. "I know."

"They would probably be better off out of the country," Marcus pointed out.

"I know." Remus pinched his temples.

"We would probably be better off married," Tonks added.

Remus slowly lowered his hands from his temples. "What?"
"I said we would probably be better off married," Tonks huffed. She crossed her arms over her chest and eyed him.

"Um..." Remus trailed off. He looked at Brad, Marcus, and Jasmine.

"This weekend would be nice."

"Um..."
"What do you have any other plans this weekend?" Tonks demanded. She got closer to Remus.

"Not really," Remus muttered.

"Great! Let's have a wedding!" Tonks exclaimed.

Remus smiled. "Sure, let's get married."
Jasmine smiled. "That's great." She looked at Marcus. "Do you have something to tell us?"
"About what?" Marcus asked.

"Did you or did you not propose to Katie this morning?" Jasmine asked.

Marcus wondered how she found about that. "Maybe."

"Are you or are you not getting married?" Jasmine pushed.

"Yes," Marcus muttered.

Brad looked at Marcus. "You are?"

Marcus nodded slowly. He really didn't like having his love life out on display.

"I didn't even know you were thinking about it," Brad said.

"I didn't either," Remus added.

Jasmine smiled at Marcus and pulled him close. "I just found out from Jenna."

Marcus really hated how women were on top of weddings. It made the man's life a living hell.

"Weddings are in the air," Tonks said. "Why is it that war brings the love out?"

"I don't know," Jasmine said. "It just happens."
Marcus looked down at the dead raven at his feet. This was his demons and he had to face them all. Why couldn't getting married just be something simple? Why did everything have to be so complicated?


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