AN: If this sucks, I would love to say that it's my first fanfic. But it's not. It's something like my 50:th fanfic or so, but it is the first one I actually let anyone read.

Disclaimer: however much I would like to, I do not own Harry Potter or any of the characters, J.K Rowling does.

Come back, my child

"There's no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul." -Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"Please, Nymphadora! Stay here!" Andromeda pled with her daughter. Nymphadora did not look up at her mother. She continued to watch her baby son sleep. He looked very peaceful. She gently pushed away a strand of the turquoise hair from his forehead.

"Please, Dora, listen to me," Remus will be fine. You just need to stay here, in safety, with your child."

"I can't sit here and not know, mother. I can help them and I'm going to. I'm an Auror for Merlin's sake! And I'm part of the Order, this is what we've been trained to do!" Dora replied fiercely, looking away from Teddy.

"You're job is to protect those who need it which, right now, is your son."

Dora sighed and cast an almost regretful glance at Teddy. She bent down to give him a kiss, at which he woke up. His big dark eyes stared at her sadly, the usual turquoise hair turning pitch black. Andromeda saw her daughter's eyes fill with tears.

Dora quickly looked away from the cradle to keep from crying. She took a deep, calming breath and grabbed her wand from the coffee table behind her.

Andromeda, however, did not cry. Not just yet.

The two women stood still for a few seconds, both waiting for the other to speak. Dora moved first, closing the distance between them by wrapping her arms around her mother. "I'll be fine." she whispered into Andromeda's ear.

"Come back home when this is all over, my child. Promise me. Please." She did not sob. But silent tears ran down her cheeks and chin.

"I'll be back. I won't leave you."