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Author: [livejournal.com profile] edgewareroad (with moral support from [livejournal.com profile] clovermews)
Disclaimer: I love them like they’re my own, but they’re totally, totally J.K. Rowling's.
Pairing/Characters: Teddy(/James), Andromeda(, Al)
Notes: Teddy and Andromeda share a quiet moment before the wedding.
Rating: PG.

Albus begins to run down the list of things that Teddy should not do while walking down the aisle, and Teddy can feel himself getting properly nervous now. Soon—very soon, in fact—they will go downstairs for the ceremony. Teddy can hear the murmur of the crowd through the floor. Albus has just reached “no tripping, oh, and no inhuman eye colours”, when Andromeda appears in the doorway with a cup of tea.

“Will you excuse us, Albus? I would like to speak to my grandson for a moment,” she says from her place by the door, her tone demure but leaving no room for protest.

Albus looks Teddy over from head to toe and nods once.

“I’ll meet you downstairs. I’ll be there before you go,” he intones quietly to Teddy. Then Al turns, pauses long enough to take in Andromeda’s ensemble, smiles, and hurries out of the room.

“I brought you some tea,” Andromeda says, gently shutting the door behind him. She crosses the room gracefully in her high-heeled shoes and places the china cup and saucer on the dresser beside Teddy.

“I think I’m too nervous even for tea,” Teddy laughs breathily, then swallows. His throat feels dry.

Then, despite having told Albus that she’d come to speak with Teddy, Andromeda falls silent. She begins to inspect his clothing, tugging his collar straight and straighter still, brushing imaginary dust from the shoulders of his tuxedo.

After a few moments of this, Teddy catches her left hand, holds it between his own. He turns to look at her.

Her thick grey hair is swept up in an elegant bun. She wears a small, tasteful hat, adorned with blue and white feathers and pinned neatly just below her part. Teddy smiles. Of course tasteful--no doubt some piece mutually admired by his Grandmother and Albus.

“You look beautiful,” he says, because she does.

Andromeda smirks at this.

“Charmer,” she scolds, now fussing with the front of his hair. “No doubt how you won the heart of Witch Weekly’s favourite cover model.”

Teddy laughs properly this time, and pink shoots through his hair. Andromeda brushes her fingers through it, her smile turning wistful.

“Your mother would be so proud of you, Theodore…Teddy…” she whispers after another moment of silence. “Both of your parents. I am so proud of you. My little boy. Look at what you’ve become.”

Now they are both fighting against tears, unconsciously mirroring each other’s expressions, biting their lips and swallowing against the tight feeling in their throats, both knowing that they can’t cry now—not with everyone downstairs.

Then suddenly Andromeda throws her arms around Teddy’s neck. He holds her tight, smelling the perfume that will forever remind him of her and of home.

“You’ve always…” Teddy is struggling to maintain composure, but he has to get it out. “You’ve always been there. You loved me enough for a whole family. You were so…so brave and so strong, and all I want to do is make you proud. I—I love you, Grandmother.”

“And--” she begins, but has to take a steadying breath. “And I love you, Theodore.”

Then she steps back, looking at him from arm’s length, and manages to smile.

Teddy offers her his arm, and Andromeda takes it. They take another deep breath in unison and begin their walk toward the door and the crowd and the wedding.

Date: 2012-04-23 09:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leashy-bebes.livejournal.com
I am so, so glad to have the house to myself this morning because I am basically a puddle of emotion upon the floor right now.

I want to hug everyone. omg. Ladies. You're the best.

Date: 2012-04-23 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edgewareroad.livejournal.com
Gah. You are the best, and we want to hug you back.

Look at your beautiful Dorian Gr-- James icon.

Date: 2012-04-23 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cashdogg827.livejournal.com

I absolutely love you guys, this is so amazing. It's incredible how long you guys have been doing this and you've come so far as to have James and Teddy get married!!!! I love it, I love it, I love it! And omg this outtake is absolutely wonderful. I love the relationship you've given Teddy and Andromeda. I loved the best men speeches. They were so very appropriate. I had a grin on my face the entire time I read this. I can't wait to see what you guys have up your sleeves for the wedding night though ;) Keep up the GREAT work!!!!

Date: 2012-04-23 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edgewareroad.livejournal.com
I don't even know what to say. Your comment is so beyond sweet and means so much to both of us. Thank you a million times over!

Also, oh man. The best man speeches. We had a miniature freak-out attack last night, so we're really glad you liked them!

Date: 2012-04-23 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gabbygrl.livejournal.com
I love that you guys are still doing this. It's been the ONLY constant in my life the last four years. This is such a huge day and I'm so excited to be, even tangentially, a part of it. Even if it is fictional. I love all the ups and the downs and UGH WHAT YOU DO TO ME I DON'T EVEN. LOST ALL ABILITY TO EVEN. PLEASE SEND HELP.

omg i love you dont leave me

Date: 2012-04-23 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edgewareroad.livejournal.com
Thank you for being a part of it! It takes so much dedication to keep reading all this time, and we are so touched. We love TiRN an incredible amount--it's been a constant for us, too--but it's incredibly sweet comments like this that keep us going.

Haha. Sending help! Do the Deep Breathing!

Date: 2012-04-23 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the23rdjandal.livejournal.com
Aaaaah! You guys are utterly fantastic.

And. And... Maybe I should come back when I'm a little more coherent, but I don't want to forget to glomp huge hugs on you. It was perfect. Everything was perfect.

Yes. Incoherent thoughts of awesome.

Date: 2012-04-24 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edgewareroad.livejournal.com
Aww. This glomping was better than any coherency could have been! You are the fantastic one!

Date: 2012-04-24 04:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mabonwitch.livejournal.com
D'awwwww. (Also the sound I made reading all the wedding posts over at tirn, btw.)

Date: 2012-04-24 04:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edgewareroad.livejournal.com
Ah! So glad you enjoyed it! <3<3<3


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