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Walking the Floors 
10th-Feb-2006 04:41 pm
Shoving the quill behind his ear, Fred began rummaging through the shoppe front late that evening, taking inventory after having noticed some items at a dangerous low. With the baby and other distractions he'd let things go, and it wasn't fair to George to have to always pick up the slack. He was knee deep in Extendable Ears--which had oddly slowed in sales of late, when he heard Tonks still shuffling about the bedroom, baby still crying.

And crying and crying and crying.

Putting the quill down, Fred went upstairs after hearing the muffled, exhausted and flustered tones in Tonks' voice as she tried to sooth the newborn. Once in the bedroom, he found the Auror now sitting on the side of the bed, rocking the infant who was voicing herself quite well.

"What's..." Fred didn't have to finish his question when Tonks looked at him as if she were near tears, her hair gone silvery white. "Why don't you let me help," he offered, telling that she was beyond exhausted and at a loss.

"Trust me..." the redhead grinned boyishly.
11th-Feb-2006 02:03 am (UTC)
Tonks looked toward the door as she heard Fred enter the room. “She – she won’t stop crying. I’ve changed her, fed her, burped her, rocked her, walked her. I – she just won’t stop. I- I don’t know what else to do, I’m a bad mum,” she whispered miserably.

Looking bleary eyed at Fred, Tonks asked, “help? What else is there to do?”

Sighing deeply as he told her to trust him, she stood up and walked over to him. “All right, she mumbled as she gently placed the crying baby in his arms.
11th-Feb-2006 04:25 am (UTC)
"You're not a bad mum, Tonks," Fred corrected, gingerly accepting the baby as the Auror placed the infant in the crook of his arm.

"You're just exhausted, that's why you're thinking such things," he continued, looking down at his daughter as she continued to fuss, her face now crimson. "But you forget, Andie is half Weasley...we're most fickle and yet easily amused," the redhead chuckled, glancing up and winking to Tonks, then cuddling the baby ever closer to his chest so she could feel his heart beat and soak up his warmth. Then he started slightly bouncing a bit as he swayed on his feet.

He watched as Tonks looked skeptical as she sat back down on the bed. "It's all in the bounce," he mused, hoping this worked as well on his daughter as his Mum said it worked on him and George. Then he started humming.

Before long, Andie stopped crying and sucked on her fist before settling down. "There it is...you've got to just charm her," he said in triumph, about to set her down to her cradle by the bed but her face began to turn red as she scrunched up her face once more in protest. "Well...opinionated little girl, aren't you, ye wee thing."
13th-Feb-2006 01:33 am (UTC)

“I am tired,” Tonks admitted as she ran her hand through her tangled hair. “It seems like every time I get her down and try to get some sleep, she knows and wakes up. I don’t think I’ve had more then six hours sleep in the last couple of days. She shook her head as she watched him cuddle the baby close. “Easily amused huh?”

Tonks let out a strangled sob as she watched Fred quite Andie. “I can’t believe you did it. I – she trailed off as the baby scrunched up her face and began to cry again. “That’s it – she’s trying to drive us nutters,” she muttured. “I – I don’t know what else do to. She – I am beginning to think chasing down dark wizards is easier then parenthood,” Tonks muttured.

Sighing deeply she cocked her head slightly as she watched her daughter. “She liked it when you bounced her. Maybe you could try that again? Or, I guess I could try to feed her again? Perhaps-,” she stopped in mid sentence as the little girl’s hair suddenly turned from red to a bright shade of purple.
13th-Feb-2006 09:19 pm (UTC)
Fred looked a bit shocked at first, then chuckled. "Seems Andromeda takes after you in a few more ways," he mused, watching as her hair suddenly changed back to it's normal red.

"And come to think of it, I've heard mum and dad mention that whole dark wizard deal being easier than dealing with George and myself upon occasion--though normally it was right after attempting to bury or hex Ron," he sighed, cuddling the baby once more and slowly bouncing and swaying to calm her down which she did instantly as she yawned.

"Look, you're tired, I've still got inventory and a few things to do downstairs in the shoppe before I can get to bed. And it's high time Andie learned the ropes of running the shoppe, she's not getting any younger, in fact..." the redhead smiled, walking over to Tonks and while holding the baby, leaned down and kissed her gently. "...she'll be good company."

"Now grab some sleep while Andie and I go downstairs and finish things up...you know she'll be ready to eat in no time and then the real crying will start, so sleep while you can," he suggested.

15th-Feb-2006 12:41 am (UTC)
Tonks eyes widened as she shook her head in disbelief. “She’s a metamorph,” she said softly as her face broke into a grin. I remember mum saying that she first knew I was when I was a baby, but I never knew it could happen so early. I wonder when she’ll do it again?” Tonks asked as she watched Andie’s hair turn back to red.

“Only On occasion huh?” Tonks replied dryly. “And here I thought that you and George kept both of your parents hopping. So, how many times have you actually attempted to bury and or hex your brother anyway?”

“All right,” Tonks yawned as she lay back on the bed and pulled the throw over her. “Just know showing her any experiments until she’s at least old enough to sit up, all right?” she mumbled as she made herself comfortable.

Tonks cracked an eye and looked at the clock. She’ll be looking for something to eat in two hours, if she holds to her schedule. And heaven help the neigbours if she’s late to eat. She is your daughter in every since, isn't she,” Tonks chuckled as she closed her eyes.
16th-Feb-2006 07:31 am (UTC)
"I say we've got ourselves a keeper with this little one, no tossing her back, she looks too much like the both of us," Fred chuckled, glancing at his tiny daughter.

"And as for Ron...he overly exaggerates the numerous times George and I tortured him," he rolled his eyes as he stood in the hallway. "Now get some rest," he again ordered, quietly closing the door behind him as Tonks closed rested.

"So..what shall we do first, Andie?" Fred asked, walking downstairs and just cuddling her close to his chest. "I say let's start on the backroom with a quick inventory and then we'll call it a night," he offered in that sing-song voice most parents use when talking to their infants.

The next time Fred glanced at the clock in the backroom, it was well past two hours since he had taken Andie downstairs. His daughter had been sound asleep in his arms as he went about his task and she was just now starting to stir. The baby hadn't even been disturbed when George had stopped by in the middle of the night with some disturbing and tragic news from Rosie's place.

Suddenly wrinkling his nose, Fred got a good wiff of his daughter who was now blinking up at him, her face a brilliant red as the stench signaled her dilemma.

"Whew...you are a little stinker," Fred groaned, waving his free hand about him to clear the air of the stench before he headed upstairs.

Quietly opening the bedroom door, Fred went to the changing table and as silently as he could, he figured to change the baby without disturbing Tonks. Granted, he wasn't exactly thrilled with the idea, but it was something that had to be done.

Just then the infant lowly protested as the cool air hit her exposed skin as he undressed her. That was right about the same time Tonks stirred as well.
17th-Feb-2006 02:01 am (UTC)
Tonks eyes snapped open as she heard her infant daughter began to cry. “Andi?” she croaked as she pushed herself into a sitting position. Rubbing her eyes, she looked bleary eyed toward Fred as the stench of her daughter’s dirty nappy hit her. “Merlin – what is that smell.”

Looking toward the cloak, she groaned as she realized it was only shortly after three a.m. “Did she sleep at all? Tonks asked tiredly as she rubbed her eyes and reached for her wand. Muttering a spell, she conjured herself a drink of pumpkin juice as she watched Fred finish putting a clean nappy on the little girl.
17th-Feb-2006 05:24 am (UTC)
"That smell...was your lovely, little girl," Fred informed as newly freshened baby and himself walked across the room to sit on the side of the bed as he put the infant to the mattress between them.

"Trust me, she slept like a rock while we were doing inventory. How she'll ever learn to take over the shoppe from me, I'll never know if she keeps this up," he chided with a grin. "Question is, how did you sleep?"

Fred pondered his next words carefully, struggling if he should say something to Tonks or keep it quiet a bit longer. But in the end, he knew he had to tell before word reached her from someone else.

"Tonks, George stopped by late tonight with some bad news. Seems there was a bit of trouble during that last mission they were sent out on..." he saw the alarm in her eyes. "It's Chow, he didn't make it back home...none of them realized he was in trouble, they just thought...I think they're all feeling very responsible for this in their own way right now. I know George was pretty upset with himself, and I suppose the others are too. Even if they didn't have anything to do with his disappearance and death...well, he was Chow, they all thought he was near invinsible and would turn up."
18th-Feb-2006 03:51 am (UTC)
“My little girl? Why is she always my little girl when she has a messy nappy or is crying?” Tonks replied as she bent down and kissed the top of her red head.

Tonks grinned at her love as she said, “oh I wouldn’t worry yet. With us as parents and George and Sirius as Godfathers, I have no doubt that she will be out pranking us by the time she’s out of nappies. It will be very interesting to see what products she comes up with and what direction she takes the Shoppe in.”

“Sleep? I think I slept like the dead,” she groaned as she stretched, trying to work the kinks out of her back. “Thank you for taking her down stairs, the cat nap helped. How long where you in the room with her before I woke up? Because I think I heard her before I heard you.”

“Chows dead?” Tonks exclaimed in disbelief, the shock evident in her eyes. “B- but- oh Merlin, poor Rosie. How’s she doing? Did George say? Have they found him?”

“I can imagine that they are feeling responsible. But, we all knew the risk we take when we joined the order.” Tonks frowned for a moment as she said, “did he happen to say how Sirius is doing? I have no doubt he’s blaming himself as well.”
18th-Feb-2006 07:22 am (UTC)
"She's always going to be your little girl during those most messy and foul times," Fred grinned, watching the two women in his life with great joy.

"You needed the rest," he smiled. "And we weren't in here but seconds before you woke straight up," the redhead chuckled. "A mother's sense...you'll do good in keeping this little one out of mischief and keeping me in line as well."

Fred looked to his daughter before meeting Tonks' concerned gaze. "George didn't say too much, I think he was a bit shocked himself. He did say they didn't find Chow's body, but evidence of his demise," he informed, not wanting to go into the gory details as told to him earlier, not tonight in front of his daughter--even if she'd not understand, it just felt wrong.

"He said Rosie was taking it hard...the shock and all," he continued. "Sirius is Sirius, he keeps so much bottle inside him till it just pours out, but George said the man even turned down going out and getting pissed tonight...you know he's taking it tough, but I think he might want to be there for Rosie too, at least that's what George gathers."

"It's going to be odd about not seeing him, I really liked Chow...and I thought he dressed rather sharp," he grinned, thinking back, looking down to his daughter. "I can only imagine what Su-Li is going through right now too...I mean, if I lost Mum or Dad...bloody hell, that would do me in."
18th-Feb-2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
Tonks rolled her eyes as she rubbed Andi’s back. “My little girl huh? All right, she can be my little girl when she needs her nappy changed, but she’s your little girl when she wakes up screaming for something to eat at two, four and six in the morning,” Tonks grinned.

Really? I woke up just seconds after you come into the room? Merlin, your mum is right. You know I told her that I was afraid that I would do something like sleep through her crying,” the Auror admitted, knowing how she can sleep like the dead. “But, she told me not to worry about it, that I’d always wake up when she needed me. I guess your mum’s right.”

“As for keeping you both out of mischief,” she trailed off as a smile tugged at the corner of her mouth.

“So they are certain he’s gone then,” she said quietly, not wanting to believe that it was true and they lost one of their own. I – can’t imagine what Rosie’s going through. If – if anything ever happened to you, I – I don’t think I could bear it,” Tonks exclaimed, her voice thick with emotion.

Sighing, she trailed her finger along Andi’s face as she said; “I hope Sirius will talk about it before that happens. I liked Chow as well, Merlin its going to be tough not seeing him at the Three Broom sticks or the house.”

“Su – Li will be going through hell. I – when mum and dad were killed, It – I never thought I would be able to get passed it, to move on. I don’t think I completely ever did, until I met you.”

“Rosie and Su-Li have each other. Hopefully that will give them some comfort.”
19th-Feb-2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
"George said there was no denying it, Chow is gone," Fred replied, kissing Tonks on the cheek and running the pad of his index finger along Andromeda's forehead.

"We should probably stop in some time and check on Rosie and Su Li...if you feel like it," he added, standing. "I need to finish up downstairs and make sure everything is secure and I'll be back up for bed," the redhead informed. "After all, our little bundle of joy will be fussing any moment now that she's starved," he laughed.
20th-Feb-2006 03:01 am (UTC)
“I’d like to stop by and check in on them,” she said quietly. “Perhaps we can do that in the next couple of days.” No sooner did Fred mention the baby starving, did she start to cry. “It must be three o’clock,” she exclaimed as she turned and looked at the clock. “Yup, I was right. Well, we certainly know whose daughter she is,” Tonks, yawned as she picked the baby up. Unbutton several buttons, she settled the baby at her breast.

“Hurry all right? Andi and I will wait up for you,” Tonks smiled tiredly as their daughter began to nurse.
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