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Chapter 8: Home
Disclaimer; The characters not including Victoria Drew and fragments of this plot are property of J.K Rowling’s wonderful work and I am not trying to say otherwise. Thank you for reading.
The sun shone brightly down on the little cottage as Victoria finished off the last of Lily’s ‘famous’ pancakes- She had to admit they were pretty good although nothing could beat her house elf- Finky-‘s pancakes.
“Are you ready to go home Vic?” Lily asked-her emerald eyes twinkling with excitement, Victoria swallowed her last mouthful and smiled.
“I’m going to miss your cooking to be honest- I’m absolutely horrible” She laughed-She and Lily had become remarkably closer since she had agreed to their plan- while she and Sirius had broken even further apart, if that was possible in the first place.
“You’re welcome back anytime” Lily winked.
“This time on my own free will?” Victoria mocked seriousness, fighting back a chuckle.
“I think Sirius would enjoy kidnapping you again” Lily pauses. “but I have the feeling he’d keep you all to himself” The red head chuckled while Victoria glared at her. Lily stopped and bit down on her r a bottom lip. “Sorry, Low blow?” Victoria shot her a ‘you think?’ look and sighed.
“I don’t quite understand why he won’t talk to me- What have I done wrong Lily?” She asked, banging her head on the kitchen counter- Lily reached her pale hand over and lifted Victoria’s head up.
“I wish I could tell you sweetie but James won’t even tell me” She dropped her voice to a whisper, “Honestly I do not think he knows either but he’d never admit it” Both girls chuckled softly. “Boys and their secrets- and they say we’re bad”
Shoving her newly washed dressed into the red duffel bag that James had given to her only a few moments ago- Victoria diverted her eyes to the paddocks outside. Sighing, she sat down on the bed she’d spent the last couple of nights in and buried her face in her hands.
She was so confused, about everything. Whether what she was doing was right or whether Regulus was the good one. Whether she should go ahead with her agreement to the three people in this house or whether to betray them and stay forever loyal to Regulus. She didn’t know who deserved to die…Lily, James and Sirius or her love. Would she ever be able to make the right choice? If she could only save one person, who would she choose?
Silent tears began to flow from her eyes, she could never choose. She didn’t believe that Lily deserved to die- She’d looked after Victoria for the past week even though they’d never properly met. She could not kill James- despite how much she had always disliked him; she knew it would break Lily and Sirius’ hearts. Sirius or Regulus? It seemed to always be the way for her; she could never just have the one.
Sirius had her heart first; she could not dispute this even though she disliked it immensely. He was the one who caught her eye when she was only young- The one with whom she’d shared her first kiss, her first love but Regulus was the one who made her laugh, who let her shine, the one she’d given in to and the one she’d always wished to give her last kiss to. But was he the right choice?
She dragged her fingers through her dark brown locks and wiped her tears away as a knock came from the other side of the door. “Victoria?” She bit down on her lip as the calm voice of James Potter leaked into the room.
“Come in” Victoria replied, swinging the bag over her shoulders. James pushed the door open and frowned knowingly at her.
“Are you ready to go home?” She nodded and followed James down into the living room where she was to say her goodbyes. She dropped the bag onto the floor and bought Lily into a hug- who looked like she wasn’t too far away from tears.
“I’m going to be fine Lil” She whispered into her new friend’s hair- Lily laughed and released her grip on Victoria.
“Don’t be a stranger sweetheart” She grinned, Victoria turned to Sirius who was determined to look anywhere but her- She shot a nervous look back at Lily who pulled James into the kitchen.
“Sirius?” Victoria whispered, and the boy in question flinched.
“Victoria” He replied without taking his eyes off the floor, she frowned and took a step closer to him. Gently, she reached her head up to his chin and tilted it so he was forced to look at her. His stormy eyes were full of emotions that Victoria could not place.
“I thought you wanted me to” She whispered, He closed his eyes for a second before re-opening them. Sirius gave a small nod. “Then why won’t you talk to me?” She almost growled, His face fell again and Victoria let her hand fall from Sirius’ cheek “Forget it Sirius, I have to go home to Regulus now” She gritted her teeth together and picked her bag off the floor and stormed into the kitchen, leaving Sirius to think over what had just happened. “I’m ready to go home now James” Her voice showed no expression as James grabbed her arm, She sent a small smile over at Lily as she felt herself being tugged at the stomach.
Within seconds she found herself standing in the little alleyway a few streets down from her home, feeling ill from apparition. “I would have got you closer but we are pretty sure that your boyfriend put a magic detecting spell over your street” Victoria nodded, unable to string many words together.
“Thank you Potter- I’m fine from here” James smiled at her and whispered ‘good luck’ and reminded her about the meeting the next week about her mission before disapparating and leaving Victoria all by herself. She shrunk the bag so it would fit into the pocket of the jacket that Lily had lent her before slipping out of the alleyway and starting down the street. It only took her a few minutes before she was opening the front door for the first time in a week. What was she supposed to tell Pandora? Or her boss? That she’d been kidnapped for a week?
“Yeah, that would surely work” She muttered to herself, turning the doorknob and stepping into the front room. She through her keys into the dish she had for them and slipped out of her shoes, her bare feet making soft noises against the wooden floors. Without even bothering to check the muggle phone her parents had forced her to install for messages, she collapsed backwards onto the couch and shut her eyes.
“Vic?” Her eyes quickly flickered open and she sat up immediately. At the bottom of the stairs stood Regulus in his plain Death Eater robes- watching her with a wide smile. “Hard day at work beautiful?” He asked, walking over to the couch and sitting down- moving her legs so they lay on his lap in the exact same position as they had been only a few nights ago with Sirius. Realising this, she pulled away and turned to face the other direction. She could not deal with this right now. “Vic? Babe, what’s wrong?” Regulus put a comforting hand on her shoulder and she shrugged it off almost immediately.
“I’m going to bed” She whispered, standing up from the couch and walking down the corridor leaving a very confused Regulus in her wake.
Authors Note; and there is Chapter Eight finished. I figured Regulus had spent enough time away by now and he deserved to come back as Victoria deserved to go home. I did try and keep the word count up for this chapter but I ran out of ideas towards the end as you can probably tell, I’m hoping my muse will cooperate a bit more for the next chapter which I do hope to have out in about a fortnight so look out for that!