The dull and normally colorless kitchen of 12 Grimmauld Place was, for the evening, a bustling hub of activity. The splash of color and breath of fresh air in the room was brought that evening by Nymphadora Tonks. Tonks, Remus quickly reminded himself. He certainly didn't want to find himself on the lovely young Auror's bad side. The activity was owed to it being the first full Order meeting since deciding on the manky old house as their headquarters.
Remus had been given the privilege of tailing the young Auror for a week at Dumbledore's request, watching her from afar to gauge her skills. Now that he was in the same room with her, the few naughty thoughts that he'd been unable to quash while observing her flew into his head, making it seem that the temperature in the crowded kitchen had gone up ten degrees. Remus hooked his fingers over his suddenly too tight collar and released the top button, hoping that his face wasn't flushed as the woman in question took a seat across from him at the table.
His eyes swept slowly from her bright pink hair down her pretty heart-shaped face, his gaze lingering on her lips for an indulgent moment. His gaze was luckily undetected as she chatted happily with Kingsley and Sirius—the latter so thrilled with company in the house he didn't notice his old friend practically ogling his young cousin. Sirius' inattention was a blessed relief considering the teasing Remus had received from him while tailing Tonks; Sirius had quickly come to the correct conclusion that Remus had a crush on the woman.
His gaze flitted from her mouth, across her jaw before descending down the slope of her neck. Still undetected, he allowed himself a brief moment to let his eyes slide down to the swell of her breasts covered by the fitted Weird Sisters concert tee she was wearing. He reached up and loosened his tie before taking a sip of tea and ignoring the part of his consciousness that called him a pervy old fool; he'd had so little color in his life, he wouldn't deny himself the opportunity to watch this beautiful young woman from afar. In fact, he found himself looking forward to the weekly Order meetings that he had nearly dreaded without the presence of James and—he could loathingly admit—Peter, as the time with his friends had been the highlight of his week during the first War.
Remus had been silent the entire time Tonks had been speaking with Kingsley and Sirius, watching quietly amused as she had upset both Mundungus and Severus with her presence, but hadn't let it affect her in the slightest—but could help himself no longer. The pull to speak to her was too great. He chose his in when she shared her secret of staying out of Potions teacher-inflicted detentions.
"Perhaps if Sirius had been that pragmatic he would have spent less time in detention," he said, earning a bright smile from across the table that warmed him down to his toes.
Yes, it seemed that Order meetings were to be the highlight of his week in the coming months, and he felt honor-bound to make sure he said something at each and every meeting that would make him worthy of her brilliant smile.
A/N: Happy Valentine's Day! In the name of romance, I am posting the first installment of a little series of shorts that is a companion fic to my OOtP-era RLNT fic titled "Jinxed Hearts". If you haven't read "JH", don't worry-but you should totally go to my profile and click on "Jinxed Hearts" and give it a go.
To those faithful followers of "JH", I promised you all a one-shot after taking the necessary hiatus for my NaNoWriMo project and I never delivered! Please take this series as a gesture of my humble apology:D. Enjoy!