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Chapter 4 : Snuffles
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Accidentally in love.
-The Counting Crows: Accidentally in Love
“Are you coming, Padfoot?” Remus asked Sirius. They were waiting outdoors to leave for Hogsmeade. It was rather windy that particular day. Even the Whomping Willow was losing some leaves due to the breeze.
“I’m waiting for someone,” Sirius said, scouring the grounds with his eyes.
“Oh, did you and Lindy make up?” James said as Lily joined him. Sirius looked at them, throwing daggers with his eyes.
“I think that’s a ‘no’,” Peter said reluctantly.
“There you are, Peter!” Lindy screeched. All of the Marauders, Lily, and Remus’s date turned around at the wretched sound. Sirius wanted to cover his ears so that he wouldn’t have to hear her speak.
“Are you, erm, ready to go, Lindy?” Peter said hesitantly. Melinda nodded and dragged a helpless-looking Peter off into the depths of the crowd.
“So, who’re you waiting for, Sirius?” James said.
“Sorry I’m late,” Alina said apologetically as she came up behind Sirius. James and Remus looked from Alina to Sirius and back.
“Why are they staring at us like that?” Alina whispered in Sirius’s ear whilst tugging on his jacket sleeve. He grinned.
“Alina would like to know why you’re gawking at us,” Sirius said, still smirking. Alina cheeks turned red. James and Remus shook their heads and attempted to act naturally.
“We weren’t gawking, were we, Lils?” James said. Lily rolled her eyes impatiently and whispered something in James’s ear.
“Lily would like to go, so we’ll see you lot later. You coming, Moony?” James said as Lily tugged on his arm to go.
“Yes, we’re ready as well,” Remus said as he and his date, Sophia, followed James and Lily.
“Are, er, are you ready?” Sirius asked after a few moments of standing still and awkward. Alina smiled to his relief.
“More than ready,” she said as she started walking in front of him. He picked up his pace so that he could catch up to Alina.
“Competitive are we?” Alina said as soon as Sirius caught up to her. She pulled her coat tighter around her body as the wind blew colder. Sirius stuffed his hands in his pockets and shook his head.
“Not at all,” he said somewhat sarcastically.
They walked silently for a few moments before Sirius abruptly took Alina’s hand.
“What are you doing, Sirius?” she said as he pulled her into a wooded area off the path. He looked around before speaking.
“Can you keep a secret?” he said, holding her arm with her back against a tree. She nodded reluctantly.
“Do you promise?”
“I promise,” she said as he let go of her arm.
“Step back,” he said, waving his arms to get the full effect. She stepped back behind the tree with only her head poking out.
“Is this far enough?” she said nervously. He nodded and changed his form. Her eyes grew large.
“You’re…you’re an Animagus?”
Sirius barked in response and ran up to her. He nudged her leg with his snout. She sat down on the ground and pet him. He made a noise that told her it felt good.
“You need a little doggy nickname,” she cooed as she scratched under his chin. He barked loudly. She laughed, nearly falling over. He nudged her stomach with his snout to tickle her.
“Stop!” she shrieked as she fell over on her back. He stopped and crawled on top of her. He then morphed back into his human form.
“How about that nickname?” he said as she put her hands on his chest.
“Snuffles,” she said simply, still breathing heavily from laughing so hard. He started chuckling.
“Snuffles?” he questioned. “That sounds very…very not masculine.”
“No one has to know,” she said as he got up off her. “I can keep a secret.”
“Thank you.” He looked up at her and she was smiling.
“What for? I didn’t do anything.” She began pulling her coat even closer around her body as the wind rustled through the trees.
“For keeping a secret.”
They sat and listened to the leaves falling from the trees for a few moments. They said something to each other every so often, but just little things.
“Do you want to go get a butter beer or something, Alina?” Sirius said, those butterflies in his stomach fluttering about more than they were.
“Sure,” Alina said, smiling as he helped her up.
“Have you ever been to the Three Broomsticks?” Sirius said as he wrapped his arm around her shoulders and they began to walk.
“Who hasn’t been, Snuffles?” she said, teasing him about the nickname she had come up with.
“We’re in public, Alina,” he said, looking around to make sure no one heard him. She smirked.
“Is your ego too big for a silly nickname?” She scrunched up her nose as she laughed.
Damn, she looks cute when her nose is scrunched up.
What are you saying, Padfoot?
You are in love with her.
Am not! She’s like my…
“Yes, actually. My pride is too much of me to be called that in public,” he joked, still curious about the conversation he just had with himself. Alina laughed and she rested her head against his shoulder. He felt sweat creeping on his face, palms, and back. The butterflies in his stomach also started flitting around faster.
“Sirius, you just walked past the Three Broomsticks,” Alina said, pointing to their right and a bit backwards.
“Oh yeah,” he said as he turned them around. He let go of her so that they could walk into the pub without trouble. He found a seat quickly in the tiny and packed restaurant and they sat down.
“Hello, Sirius,” a shrill voice said behind him. He turned around to find Lindy. His jaw dropped.
“Hey, Lindy,” Alina said sweetly as she took her coat off.
Sirius noticed that Peter stood awkwardly behind Alina. For some reason, he put his arm around Alina’s shoulders. This seemed to anger Lindy and she stalked off shouting for Peter to come.
“You had better go, Peter,” Alina said.
“Yeah,” Peter said as he ran off. Alina looked at Sirius for a moment before speaking.
“He’s kind of acting odd,” she said, cradling her chin in her hands.
“He’s Peter. He does that sometimes,” Sirius answered as he took a drink of his butter beer.
“Can we go back to the castle?” Alina said as the pub got more and more crowded with students. He shrugged and nodded his head. She put her coat back on and followed him out of the door.
“Why did you want to leave?” Sirius asked once they were outside. He subconsciously grabbed her hand.
“It was just a bit too noisy,” she said softly as she looked up at him. He stopped and let go of her hand. They stood facing each other for a few moments.
“I think I’m going to kiss you now,” Sirius said, his thoughts traveling through his mouth instead of his brain. Alina looked at him for a few moments. Her hazel eyes seemed to be reading anything that they could from his face. She opened her mouth as though she were going to say something. He stepped closer to her and she bit her lip. He put his hand on her smooth cheek and his thumb ran over the surface of it.
“I…I think that I want you to kiss me,” Alina said. They stood and stared at each other for a few more moments before Alina made the first move. She placed her hands on his chest, reached up, and kissed him tenderly. When they pulled apart, they stared at each other in astonishment.
“Wow,” Alina said, shocked at her own actions. Sirius said nothing, but instead kissed her again.
“I think that we should go back to the castle now,” Sirius suggested. Alina nodded, still appalled at herself, and took his hand. They remained silent the rest of the way to the castle. The only noise was the sound of leaves crunching under their shoes.
They blindly walked through the corridors of Hogwarts when they finally arrived at their destination. They walked up and down the moving staircases and past countless portraits. Sirius surprised even himself when he pushed opened the door to one of the secret corridors.
“So this is how you lot manage to get to class on time occasionally?” Alina mused aloud.
“Yeah,” Sirius said as he shut the door behind him. He sat down on the cool stone floor and Alina joined him. They sat opposite each other with their legs stretched out before them.
“Why did you take me here?” she asked, looking at Sirius as she ran her fingers across the floor.
“You said that you liked quiet,” he said simply, as though it would close the case. Alina gave a small smile and nodded. Sirius leaned forward to kiss her again when the door of the passageway opened. Sirius and Alina looked up, his fingers still under her chin.
“Sorry,” James said, turning red.
“It’s fine, James,” Sirius said, still keeping his hand on Alina’s chin.
“Are we interrupting something?” James said, still sheepish.
“No, no, of course not, James,” Alina said. Sirius noticed that her cheeks had tinged pink.
“We were just going,” Sirius said, helping Alina up. She nodded and smiled, still embarrassed.
As they walked out, they heard James say something along the lines of ‘I hope they had a good snog.’ Alina looked at Sirius and they burst out into laughter. Alina started laughing so hard that Sirius had to wrap an arm around her waist to keep her from falling. Once they each collected themselves, they walked hand in hand through the corridors.
“Merlin, it’s already ten o’clock,” Alina said after a few hours of walking. Sirius sighed inwardly.
“I suppose I should take you back to your common room,” Sirius said, upset that he had to leave her.
Why am I so upset about leaving her? I shouldn't care!
You like her, you imbecile!
I do not! I just kissed her because I had to kiss someone!
She kissed you first.
You’re the one who kissed her again.
He sighed inwardly again, but this time at the conversation that he just had in his head. He held her hand for a few more steps, which is where she stopped.
“My common room is up those steps,” she said, pointing to a few steps that lead up to a wall. Sirius looked at her, confused.
“I say the password to the wall,” Alina said. Sirius nodded.
“Well, good night,” Sirius said.
Kiss her good night, you daft moron!
I am not!
But you want to.
I do not!
Yes you do.
“Good night, Snuffles,” she said with a grin on her face.
A/N: So, what did you think? Feedback is always nice. :)
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