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Chapter 6 : Rejection
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Sirius awoke with a groan. He wasn’t sure where he was at first but then he remembered. He was in his old room at the Potters’ because he had a fight with Shay the night before. He didn’t even know what started the fight, all he knew was he had to get back on her good side. They couldn’t have these petty fights anymore, not with Cillian. He needed to have a good environment to grow up in. Sirius got up and stretched. He was glad that the Potters still accepted him into their house. He felt a certain comfort here that he never felt anywhere else. James was a little annoyed with Sirius that he got into a fight with Shay. James took his godfather duties very seriously and wanted the best for Cillian.
Sirius put on a shirt and went down to the kitchen. He already smelt pancakes and bacon. All three Potters greeted him.
“Sirius, you’re finally up. Sit down, the food will be ready soon,” Mrs. Potter said and pulled out a chair for him.
“How are you feeling?” James asked.
“Terrible,” Sirius replied shortly.
“I got a letter from Shay,” James said and waved a piece of paper.
“Really? What did she say?” Sirius asked curiously.
“She wanted to know if you were here. And she said that she’s bringing Cillian to the meeting tonight, but she still doesn’t want you at the house,” James said quietly.
“Damn it. She can’t take care of Cillian on her own,” Sirius said angrily.
“She does it all day Sirius, I’m sure she can handle it.”
“I want to see my son James. You don’t know how it feels to be separated from your child. I’m feeling sick and it’s hasn’t even been a day.”
“Everything will be ok Sirius. Let Shay cool down a little,” Mrs. Potter said as she brought the food to the table.
“You have to let her adjust to her new life Sirius. She’s probably feeling overwhelmed right now. You have to be there for each other, not fight,” Mr. Potter added.
“I guess I’ll talk to her at the meeting,” Sirius said and dug into his food.
Breakfast was almost over when there was pecking at the window. Mr. Potter got up and let the owl in. It was carrying two letters.
“The letters are for you two,” Mr. Potter said and handed James and Sirius the letters.
“It’s from the Auror program,” James said and both of them ripped their letter open.
“I hope we got in,” Sirius said and unfolded his letter.
“Of course we did. Even Mad-Eye said we’d make good aurors,” James said and then jumped up.
“I got in!” he yelled and gave the letter to his dad.
“Honey, that’s great,” Mrs. Potter said and hugged her son.
“That’s great James,” Sirius said but wasn’t as excited.
“What’s up?” James asked and calmed down.
“I should have known. These days you can’t trust just anyone. With my family background, I had a feeling they weren’t going to let me in,” Sirius said and dropped his letter on the table.
“Oh sweetie, I’m so sorry,” Mrs. Potter said and put a reassuring hand on his shoulder.
“That’s ridiculous. You’d be a great auror. Who cares who your family is? Dad, you can do something, can’t you?” James asked.
“Son, I don’t know. It’s not the auror department that makes the final decision, the heads of the Ministry do,” Mr. Potter said.
“It’s fine. There’s no point in making a big deal. I really shouldn’t be an auror anyway. The hours are long, and the pay isn’t that good to start. I have kid that I need to see more than I do now. My uncle left a lot of money for me. I just need a small job and we’ll be fine,” Sirius said and gave a grateful smile to Mr. Potter.
“It still isn’t right,” James said and sat down with a thud.
Shay arrived at the Order meeting early to get Cillian situated. It had been a long day. Cillian was feeling better, but she could tell he missed his dad. She missed Sirius too. But he needed to think about what he did wrong. Shay heard a pop and turned around to see Lily.
“Shay have you talked to Sirius today?” Lily asked right away.
“No, we’re fighting right now. I haven’t seen him since last night.”
“Well, I just talked to James and he told me to tell you that Sirius got rejected from auror training,” Lily said.
“What? Why?” Shay asked dumbfounded.
“Most likely because of his family. At least that’s what Sirius thinks.”
“Lily, did James say how he’s doing?” Shay asked and picked up Cillian.
“Shay, you know Sirius. He doesn’t like to show when he’s hurt. I think you should talk to him when he gets here. Let him come home Shay. He needs his family right now.”
“Lily, I’m still mad at him. I can’t…” Shay was cut off by Lily.
“Shay, he just got his dream broken. Cut him some slack. You can still be mad at him but let him spend some time with Cillian. Talk to him and see how he’s doing. Whatever you do, just do something,” Lily said and then there were a few more pops.
Shay heard Sirius’s voice and looked his direction. She could tell just by looking at him that something was wrong. Sirius looked her way and walked over.
“Hey,” Sirius said and Shay handed Cillian to him.
Sirius seemed to cheer up suddenly when he held Cillian. Shay suddenly felt bad for with holding Cillian from Sirius.
“How are you doing?” Shay asked.
“So that’s what you and Lily were talking about,” Sirius said but wasn’t looking at Shay.
“Sirius, look at me,” Shay ordered.
Sirius focused his attention on Shay.
“Sirius, come home,” Shay said softly.
“I thought you didn’t want me home yet,” Sirius said.
“It’s not about me, is it? Cillian missed you, he needs his dad at home. So please don’t argue with me about it, and just come home,” Shay said and locked eyes with him.
“Did you miss me?” Sirius asked.
“Maybe a little,” Shay said with a small smile.
“Are we ok now?” Sirius asked hopefully.
“No, we still need to talk. But you’ve had a hard day and I’ve had a long one, so let’s just forget about it until tomorrow.”
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