Chapter Thirty Eight

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The two women crouched down on the stairs to see who had come to the Forney household.

"Who do you suppose it is?" Anora whispered.

"I don't know! This is your house. By the way, why are we hiding? It's not like we've done anything wrong." Tonks went to stand but Anora pulled her back down.

"Hold on, will you?"

"I got it!"Gerald's voice called out as he came out from the kitchen. He opened the door as Anora and Tonks held their breath but let out a sigh of relief when they saw it was some of her parents' quidditch buddies.

Anora sat back on a step and turned to Tonks, who looked mildly confused.

"I would have thought that would be Charlie." Tonks told her.

Anora shook her head. "No, he's back in Romania." she replied sadly. 'It's better off this way, Tonks."

She pushed herself up and returned back to her room with Tonks trailing behind her.

"Come on, Weasley, you're blowing it." Tonks muttered under her breath.

The two decided to spend the day in Diagon Alley, something Anora missed a great deal.

"You act like you've never been here before." Tonks giggled as they walked around. Anora was entering every and any store.

"I just missed all this. I missed home and you, my parents..sometimes it gets quite lonely out in the sanctuary. "Anora tucked her hands into the pockets of her jacket. "If Charlie is out in the field, then the only other person I like talking to is Iggy."

"The other workers can't be that bad."

"Greg is alright, he's a bit out there, and tends to rant about the weirdest things..but Nicola...the woman drives me absolutely mad. And the other workers," she shrugged, " they aren't bad but some of them...he thinks I'm reckless, they are just plain stupid with the situations they get themselves in."

"Sounds exciting rather than boring."

"Well there is rarely a boring day, but it doesn't mean I don't get homesick."

"Then come home and visit every once in awhile you git." Tonks told her. "Rather than everyone coming to see you guys."

"It was convenient for everyone to come visit us because you know how Charlie doesn't like to apparate. The whole trip back and forth would stress him out a great deal. I wouldn't want to put him through that...it's cruel and.." she realized what she was saying and quickly shut her mouth.

Tonks smirked which Anora caught before pushing her to the side.

"Leave me alone." Anora said putting on an annoyed face.

"Oh come on, Anora, don't be like that. You know what I think?"

"No, but I'm sure you're going to tell me."

"I think that you two separating for just a short while will prove that in fact that you two care a great deal about each other-"

"Well, of course, I care about him, Tonks. I care about you too, you guys are my best friends-"

"I don't mean it in that sense, Anora. I meant, romantically."

"You're still on that?"

"Damn right I am. You mean to stand here and honestly tell me that even the thought never crossed your mind about Charlie?"

"Has it crossed yours?"

"Yeah back when we were like third years but nothing more than that. I probably knew deep down that it was you two that were meant to be together. You share the same interests, your families are good friends, your parents love him, his parents love you...scratch that his entire family loves you...."

Anora felt her cheeks grow warm.

"I just want you two to be happy." Tonks admitted. "That's all and I know if you two would get together you would be happy. And your parents would be happy, his family would be happy, I would be happy-"

"I get it Tonks." Anora snorted. "But you know what, let's not talk about this anymore for now, let's just enjoy the day together. I haven't seen you in ages, and I want to hear how your auror training is going. How's Mad Eye Moody?"

"He's gruff, sarcastic and...incredible." Tonks grinned.



After a long day of shopping for random items and catching up with Tonks, Anora returned home to find that her parents' quidditch friends were still in the home and rather tipsy.

"Look at her," her father's friend Barry said standing up and wrapping his arm around her shoulders. "She's all grown up. Her hair reminds me of marshmallow fluff....oooh now I'm hungry."

"I think you've had one too many, Barry." Simone said standing up to save her daughter.

Anora slipped away after telling them all good night. She planned on showering, dressing in her pajamas and retreating to her bed with a good book.

As she walked up the stairs, she saw Iggy waiting for her at the top.

"Hello friend...what have you been up to today? Catch a bird or a mouse?"

Iggy meowed at her before heading to the bedroom, from her room she could several meows.

"I'm coming!" she called after him. "I'm sure you're starving after such a long day of lying around.."

She chuckled as she opened the door only to drop all her bags in fright as she found someone sitting on her bed.

"What are you doing here?!"

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