Chapter Thirty-Two: You deserve much better than me
Three weeks later, Arianna laid stretched out in front of the fire in the Gryffindor common room. She smiled to herself as she thought about her day earlier. She had braved the Slytherin table so that she could eat with Severus. His choice of friends was not exactly her idea of fun, but she supposed that he would say the same thing about hers.
She nearly laughed out loud, thinking of how he had held open the door for her as they walked out of the Great Hall. At first, Severus had been resilient to any kind of public affection, now she could sometimes get a hug in the hallway. They spent most of their free time in his secret room, which Arianna had dubbed “Sev’s Secret Space” until she could think of an appropriate name for it.
Smiling to herself, Arianna rolled onto her back and looked up at the ceiling. Life was different now, that was for sure. Who knew that a boy could change so much about a person’s life? People were starting to get used to seeing Severus and Arianna together, but they still got whispered about.
Girls that Arianna used to call friends now spread rumors about her behind her back. One of her friends was now trying to get with Remus, who wasn’t seeming to keen on the whole idea.
Three weeks had passed by without much trouble. Arianna and Severus decided that the best way to deal with the rumors was to ignore them. They went about their lives as if the other people didn’t exist. They still found time to argue about things that didn’t matter, but that was just their way. They found out that things worked better between them when they screamed at each other every once in awhile and got the frustration out of their systems.
Sirius’s face loomed above Arianna. “Can you sit up for a second Ari? If you can stomach talking to me that is.”
Curious, she sat up and stared at her brother, who she had only spoken to that one time in the past month. Sirius had been giving her space lately, occupying himself with his friends instead of meddling in her affairs. For the most part, he had pretended that she didn’t exist.
He held out a hand to her and helped her to her feet. He cleared his throat. “Care to take a walk with me?” he asked, ruffling up his hair, which Arianna recognized as a nervous habit.
She regarded him closely for a minute, debating whether or not this was going to end in Sirius chewing her out for her choice in boyfriends. “I promise, I won’t yell.” He said, grinning as he saw the thoughts read across her face.
He walked with her out into the hall. They were quiet as they walked, not bothering to stop and talk to anyone. They walked outside into the crisp nearly winter air. Snow was supposed to start falling any day now. Arianna wrapped her cape closer around herself and stared at the frozen ground beneath her feet.
Sirius sighed and stared out at the lake with his hands shoved in his pockets. He, as always, had discarded his cape and had to be cold. But being outside was about the only way that they could talk without someone interrupting.
“So I’m not really a person to beat around the bush, you know that. So I guess what I drug you all the way out here for, is to say that I’m sorry. You were right, I wasn’t trying to understand that you might need to grow up a little on your own. It’s just….as your big brother I want to protect you. I want to make sure that you don’t get hurt. I hate seeing you get hurt, Ari. I guess I thought I was doing the right thing by making your choices for you.” He turned to look at her and she gave him a shaky smile.
“What I’m trying to say is that I’m sorry. I won’t tell you who to date anymore. If you want to date Snape, then I support that.”
Arianna jumped out and hugged her brother close. “Sirius!” She squealed. “I’m so excited! I never thought you were going to come around!”
He patted her on the back and pried her off. “You were cutting off my air supply.” He joked. “I kept thinking that you would give in, but there’s that Black family pride for you again. Never give in, eh?” They both laughed, Arianna couldn’t keep the ecstatic grin off her face.
“Oh Sirius, we’ve both acted very stupid. I mean, we’re all the family that we’ve got. We can’t fight like this.” She told him.
“I agree. From now on, I will try and be more understanding. I’ll admit that it’s going to be hard not to interfere in your life, but I guess I’ll have to learn. If I see that he hurts you in any way though, I’m killing him.” He said firmly.
Arianna sighed and rolled her eyes. “Yeah, whatever you need to tell yourself to make you happy.” He laughed. “You’ll see, Severus is really a good guy. Remus thinks so.” She added, hoping that would earn Severus bonus points in her brother’s eye.
“Yeah, I’ve heard all about what Remus thinks.” Sirius grumbled.
“What’s that supposed to mean?” Arianna demanded, from what she had heard, Remus had been nothing but supportive of her and Severus. It was very refreshing to have someone who believed in them. Remus hadn’t even spoken about the time when he used to want her; it was as if that was all in the past.
Sirius held up his hands. “Hey, I just swore myself out of problems in your love life, I’m not saying any more.” He protested.
Arianna sighed and rolled her eyes. “Fine.” Sirius just laughed.
He turned serious for a minute. “Listen Ari, I don’t want to fight with you again. So I will support you and Severus on the condition that if something goes wrong, I’m allowed to go back to hating him again.”
She laughed. “Whatever you need to tell yourself to make you feel better.” She replied, unable to keep the grin off her face. She squeezed her brother again in a hug. “I can’t believe that you’re finally coming around Sirius! I’m so happy that things are finally going to start to go back to normal!”
He gently pried her off of him. He cleared his throat and struggled for a moment with what he wanted to say. “So uh….I guess you should introduce me to this new boyfriend of yours. I don’t think I’ve really ever talked to him before.” He mumbled. He wasn’t quite ready to throw the towel in on Snape, but he wanted to work things out with Arianna.
Her eyes got wide. “Are you serious? You want to talk to Severus?”
He nodded. “I just want to meet the guy who’s making my sister act so crazy. If now isn’t a good time then I guess I could talk to him some other time.” He offered, not really in the mood to deal with Snape today but not revealing that to his sister.
“Oh no, now is fine. I’m sure. C’mon, let’s go find him.” She took Sirius’s hand and practically dragged him back into the castle.
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