The summer was a whirl wind and living next door to the Blacks was unexpectedly pleasant for a few reasons.
The day we moved in Regulus came over to meet us. He and I got to talking and he told me that Sirius had run away. This came as quite the shock, but something great came out of Regulus’ visit. I fell in love.
Regulus and I just seemed to hit it off and we seemed to have a lot in common. His family is a bit intimidating, all Slytherins, including Regulus, excluding Sirius and his family is very wealthy and high-up in the ministry. But Regulus seems to be different from his family in a way.
This summer has also given me a new start. Before I moved to Thirteen Grimmauld Place, I gave myself a makeover. I dyed my hair, transforming it from the lank blonde to somewhat vivacious black hair. I’ve started to wear make-up, not much, but eye-liner which seems to accentuate my green eyes on my pale skin and I have finally stopped wearing baggy clothes which show that, believe it or not, I have a figure! This makeover is probably what Regulus likes about me and all through the summer I couldn’t stop thinking about what Sirius had said to me on that fateful Thursday, so many months ago.
I sat with Lily, James, and Remus in the gardens, the first morning of school, in an animated discussion about what we want to do when we get out of Hogwarts. We all had said that we would like to be aurors and James was explaining some strange organization called The Order of the Phoenix. Lily and I had become good friends over the summer since we both got jobs in Diagon Alley and ate lunch together everyday. I had yet to see Sirius and was kind of relieved; something about him still made me nervous and blush.
“Sirius Black, at your service!” Sirius announced himself as he walked up behind us.
“Hey, Padfoot!” Remus and James said, happy to see their fellow Marauder.
I didn’t turn around. I closed my eyes and exhaled slowly. All he could see of me was my legs, adorned in a skirt, not pants like last year, the rest of my uniform and my newly long, black hair. Without seeing my face, could he tell it was me?
“Who’s the hottie?” He asked, nodding his head at me. Apparently not.
I turned with a flip of my hair and my green eyes locked with his silver.
He squinted, scrutinizing my face, trying to register who I was, and then it hit him. His eyes widened.
“Holly!?” he yelled in shock.
I grinned widely at his reaction and stood up and hugged him, throwing him even more off guard. “Hey Sirius? What’s up?”
“Holly, you look fantastic! I mean…um, how have you been?”
I laughed. “I’ve been good! How was your summer? I haven’t seen you in months!”
“Yeah, yeah it was good. I stayed with prongsie over here… Wow, Holly you look so different!”
I blushed. I hate blushing especially in front of Sirius. The five of us sat and talked for the morning and I actually started to have a good time with him. He and James are pretty easy to talk to once you get to know them a little bit. We were all walking to lunch when I remembered that Sirius didn’t know I was his neighbour. “Oh my gosh. I can’t believe I forgot to tell you Sirius! It’s so ironic what happened this summer! I—,” I began to tell Sirius when someone caught my eye near the lake.
“Regulus!” I called.
The handsome Black brother turned around and spotted me, his face lighting up. I ran up to him, wrapped my arms around his neck and kissed him. He lifted me up and swung me around as we kissed. When he finally put me down, the four other people present were dead silent. I wiped the smudged gloss off of my lips and laughed.
“You guys all know Regulus, right?”
The group nodded.
Sirius was shocked and livid at his brother. I’m sure that he wasn’t jealous, he just really hated Regulus, but I don’t know why.
I held on to Regulus’ hand I smiled. “Well what I was saying before was that it’s so ironic. Sirius, while you were at James’ all summer, I moved in next door to you!”
“What?” Sirius asked, still confused, but he continued to stare at my boyfriend, his brother.
“Yeah, it’s funny.”
“Well, Reg, even though we’d all love to stay and chit-chat, but we have to get to lunch.” Sirius snapped, pulling me away by the hand.
“Sorry Reg, I’ll see you later.” I said, quickly kissing him on the cheek as Sirius pulled me along.
Once Regulus had gone I snatched my hand back. “What the hell is your problem, Sirius!?”
“Me?! You’re the one going out with that arse!”
“That’s your brother.”
“Thank you for pointing that out Miss White, but he’s not, well not anymore at least.”
“What? What are you talking about?”
Sirius didn’t say anything and the other three were looking everywhere but at us.
“Sirius, what are you talking about? Regulus is your brother.”
“Not according to my family tree.” He mumbled.
I looked at him, perplexed.
“I was burned out of my family tree after I ran away in the summer.”
“YOU RAN AWAY!?”
Sirius didn’t speak.
“Sirius lives with me, Holl.” James explained.
“Sirius, what happened?” I asked, my voice shaking with worry.
“My parents tortured me for being friends with muggles and half-bloods. Holl, I’m one of the few people in my family who isn’t a death eater.”
“Death Eater?!” I hugged Sirius. “I’m so sorry. Why didn’t Regulus run away, too?”
“Because he’s a death eater, Holly!”
“No.” I shook my head. “He isn’t. He couldn’t be! There is no way.”
“Holly, Regulus is the one who told my parents that I was friends with half-bloods! He watched as they did the cruciatus curse on me!”
“Sirius, he’s changed! He’s not like that! At least not any more! He would never do that! He is not a death eater!”
“Yes he is Holly! He is! Why can’t you believe that?” He yelled at me.
“Why can’t you just give him another chance!?” I pleaded.
“Because I’m sick of second chances! My entire life I’ve given him ‘one more chance’. I fought with my conscience for years and I gave up!”
“Sirius! Please! There’s no way. Really. He’s…kind.”
“That’s only because you’re gorgeous.”
I looked at Sirius, eyes burning with tears. There was always a part o f me that thought that, deep down inside, that he only liked me because of my looks, but now I knew it was true. And I hated the tiniest twang of flattery in the back of my mind.
I ran away from him, from all of them, not knowing what to do with myself. I wanted to know the truth, I just didn’t know how to get it.
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