Character Appreciation - 5. (relationship) Father
Disney Challenge - Aladdin - Write about a survivor.
Book Club - Glen Bateman - (character) Remus Lupin, (word) mentor, (dialogue) "It's okay, [Name]. You don't know any better."
Showtime - A Sentimental Man - (relationship) Father/Child
Count Your Buttons - (song) Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson, (pairing) Teddy/Lily Luna, (word) official
Lyric Alley - 2. That things will get better
Liza's Loves - 4. Blushing Bride - Write about a woman on her wedding day.
Insane House Challenge - 681. (event) A wedding
Serpent Day - Cottonmouth - (word) mumble
Scavenger Hunt - 15. Write a family fic
Remus watches with amusement as his son frolics with Lily, the two children chasing each other around the meadow. He and Harry are seated on swings, keeping a careful eye on the pair but not interrupting their fun.
"You know, I miss being young," says Harry wistfully. "Despite everything that happened, I still miss my childhood. I often wonder what life would've been like if my parents had lived and I didn't have the weight of the world on my shoulders."
Remus pats his shoulder sympathetically. "I wonder the same thing, a world where lycanthropy didn't exist, where I don't have to be ashamed of who I am and what people think of me."
"You shouldn't have to, regardless," Harry says immediately. "There's a new law—"
"I know about that law," he says dryly. "It still doesn't change how people view me. They may tolerate it, but they still have the right to be prejudiced."
"Then they don't know anything about you," Harry says firmly. "They don't know that you're an incredible father and an amazing friend. They don't know what you contributed to the war. They don't know how brave and selfless you are. They don't know that you served as a wholesome mentor to me. Let them judge you as much as they want, but they can't demoralize you."
Remus stares at Harry, nostalgia washing over him . "You're so much like James," he murmurs. "You have a resolve made of steel and a heart of gold."
Harry smiles, and then there's a sudden shriek from the grass, and both fathers jump to their feet, their wands drawn in an instant.
Lily is being pinned to the ground by a victorious Teddy, squirming frantically, but Teddy is much stronger than her. A look of sheer distress paints her face and Teddy sobers, thinking she's about to cry.
"Oh no, please don't cry," Teddy pleads. "I didn't mean to tackle you so hard—"
A fit of giggles from below interrupts him. "I can believe you fell for that!" she squeals. "That's the oldest trick in the book!"
Teddy huffs and sits up. "No fair," he pouts.
The two men relax and sit back down, identical looks of relief on their face, and resume their discussion.
"Lily reminds me of Gin," says Harry fondly. "Not just the red hair, but her spunk and wittiness. She's the spitting image of both her mother and her grandmother."
(They both know he's not referring to Molly.)
There's another shout, but this time it's Teddy, who's closing in on Lily again. She tries to increase her speed, but he's too quick for her and tackles her to the ground.
"Got you again!" he exclaims triumphantly.
Lily wriggles, but she has no tricks up her sleeve this time, and has to admit defeat.
"Let me up," she whines. "My elbow hurts."
Teddy obliges and Lily sits up, rubbing her elbow gingerly. There's a thin scratch along the crease of her elbow. As the pair observes, a small drop of blood oozes out.
That's enough to make Teddy lose his marbles.
"She's hurt!" he cries. "Lily's hurt!" Tears start welling up in his eyes.
Remus and Harry exchange glances. "Do you want to—?
"I'll go." Remus stands and approaches them. Teddy, immediately upon seeing his father, throws himself towards him.
"I'm so sorry, Daddy," he mumbles, his voice muffled by Remus's cardigan.
"It's okay, Teddy," he says quietly. "You don't know any better. Now, let's take a look at Lily's scratch."
Throughout the entire ordeal in which Remus patches her up, Lily looks bemused at Teddy's insistence to stay close to her. "I'm okay, Ted," she says gently. "It's just a scratch. It'll heal in a day or so."
"That's right." Remus confirms. "It'll be gone by tomorrow, since's it's not a big scratch."
Teddy appears somewhat mollified.
"There, all done." Remus smooths down the band-aid and gets to his feet. "Make sure you change it after you wash. And you," he adds to Teddy, whose back straightens, "keep an eye on her, okay?"
Teddy nods resolutely and Lily rolls her eyes. "I don't need anyone to watch me! I'm nearly seven!"
"Yeah, but I'm the older one," taunts the blue-haired boy and the two start bickering.
Remus snorts and sits down the swing again. "One day, those two are going to get married."
"You think?" Harry chuckles.
Lily smooths down the skirt of her dress as Ginny adjusts her veil for the umpteenth time. "I can't believe my baby girl's getting married," the latter gushes.
Lily doesn't attempt to fend off her mother. "I know," she whispers, her voice shaky with excitement. "I'm becoming Mrs Lupin today!"
The two girls, one old and one young, jump and down exuberantly. Harry rolls his eyes affectionately.
There's a knock on the door and Remus sticks his head in. "How's my future daughter-in-law?"
"Chipper," Harry says, grinning. "She's really looking forward to this. I think she started planning her wedding when she was born! And then she meets Teddy, and the position of future husband was officially cemented."
"Wow." Remus smiles as his eyes take in the sight of Ginny fussing over Lily's dress and the bride herself looking breathless. "I can also confirm that the bridegroom is also thrilled, but the nervous kind of thrilled."
"More nervous than when he asked for my permission to marry her?"
"Oh dear. Hopefully Lily's elation is contagious." Harry watches his wife and daughter fondly. "Scratch that, I think it is. Look at Gin. I don't think she's been this enthusiastic since James got married. Kind of reminds me of Molly."
"It does," Remus agrees. "Well, gotta go check up on Ted again. See you at the reception?"
"Where else would I go? Gin and Lil would murder me."
They laugh. Remus exits and Harry turns back to Ginny and Lily. "Are you ready?"
"Yes." There's not an ounce of hesitation in Lily's voice. Harry gives her a once-over.
"You look beautiful," he says, and Lily's cheeks pinken.
She really does, there's no denying it. Her wedding dress is gorgeous. The color of it flatters her complexion and seems to brighten up the room. Her cheeks are rosy and she looks enlivened.
"Dad," she admonishes.
"What? Am I not allowed to tell my daughter she looks beautiful?" he says teasingly. "Listen, Lils, I want to talk to you alone."
He glances at Ginny meaningfully and she takes the hint, retreating from the room.
"I just wanted tell you, sweetheart, that your mother and I love you very much and we're happy for you and Teddy. He's a wonderful young man, and he will take care of you."
Lily recognizes the seriousness of his words and nods, her jubilation subsiding temporarily.
"However, I just wanted to give you some advice," he says. "You're my only daughter, so this the first and last time I'm doing this."
"Marriage is a bumpy road. It will test your patience, your mental strength, and your love for each other. Don't be surprised if all of sudden, he loses his temper and starts yelling at you. Since Teddy inherited his father's even temper, it's very unlikely he'll do that, but there's always a chance. He is a man, and all men have egos."
"And you, meanwhile, inherited your mother's stubbornness. Which is a good thing, sometimes, but if not monitored, it can be deadly. Don't let your stubbornness get the best of you, Lil. It will only lead to more trouble."
Lily's eyes are wide and Harry fears he has pushed it too far.
"There's nothing to be afraid of," he continues sagely. "You just have to remember that in the end, you love each other and because of that, you can work out a solution. Your mother and I experienced that in the first few months, but we always managed to put our tempers aside and figure out what we had to do."
"I understand, Dad." Lily nods. "I thought it was strange, living with Teddy, but I eventually got used to it. We only got into arguments only a few times, and that was only over trivial things, but we always made up."
"That's good," Harry says approvingly. "It's nice to have some stability already established."
Lily gazes at her father for a few moments, and then she throws her arms around him in a tight embrace. "Thank you, Dad," she whispers. "You'll always be the first man in my life."
"You're welcome, sweetie," he murmurs. "I'll always be there for you."