Chapter Thirty-Three: While looking through your old box of notes
Once they reached the hallway that led towards Sev’s Secret Space, Arianna stopped. “Listen, you wait here and I will go get him, okay?”
“Why?” Sirius asked curiously, trying to look around her to the passage behind them. “Why can’t I go with you?”
“Because I don’t think he would like it if you just barged into his space. If he invites you, that’s one thing. I mean, I want to start you guys off on the right foot, and I just think it would be better if you waited out here. Okay? I’ll be right back, don’t move.” She said, watching him carefully as she walked around the bend and hurried along to Severus’s secret space.
She burst through the door, causing Snape to drop in the entire bottle of bat’s eyes that he was holding. “What in the name of Merlin’s beard?” he demanded, whirling around to look at her as the potion that he working on started overflowing. He waved his wand at it hurriedly to save the potion from burning him or the table.
“Arianna, how many times have I told you to knock?” He demanded crossly.
She waved off his attitude. “Severus, this is so exciting, you have to come out here.” She said, rushing over to him and grabbing his arm.
“What is it?” He asked suspiciously. Arianna hadn’t been this excited in the all of the time that he had spent with her.
“Sirius wants to talk to you.” She burst out excitedly.
Severus blanched. “What? Why?” He demanded, his mind not quite wrapping itself around this concept.
“He wants to talk to you about us. He’s come to say he’s sorry.” Arianna said, still dancing on her tiptoes in excitement.
Severus didn’t look quite as thrilled as she did about this news. “Somehow I doubt he’s really all that sorry.” Snape muttered.
She settled down onto her feet as she glared at him a little. “Honestly Sev, we’ve been waiting for a whole month for him to come around. Now he’s here and he’s trying to make things right.”
“You’ve been waiting a month for him to come around, Arianna. I have been perfectly content with Sirius Black not being a thorn in my side for the last month. He may be trying to be all chivalrous and put the past behind us in favor of you, but I am not quite so eager to bury the hatchet. It’s not that simple.”
She frowned. “What are you talking about?”
“Sirius may be here to make some grand gesture of apology but I don’t buy it. He’s up to something, Arianna, he always is.” Severus said darkly. “I’m not ready to forgive him for what he’s done to me over the years.”
“Don’t you think that you’ve done just as many injustices to him as he has to you? Seriously Severus, you two are seventh years now, how long are you going to drag this ridiculous feud on? This is your chance to patch things up with each other.”
“Sirius Black and I are never going to be friends, Arianna.” Severus said, turning back to his cauldron and turning his back to her.
“Then what are you doing with me? You do realize that he’s my brother. I am not going to keep being as selfish and stupid as you are and continue to ignore him when he’s willing to admit that he’s been stupid too. Don’t you think it’s kind of pitiful that I’m the more mature one when you’re two years older than me?” She snapped, angry that a reunion wasn’t looking possible between her brother and her boyfriend.
“You have no idea what maturity is, you’re still just a girl. Get out of here Arianna, run back to your brother. He’s waiting for you with open arms. He’ll make everything right for you again.” He snarled, refusing to look at her.
“You know, it’s days like these when I realize exactly why he hates you.” She snapped, turning on her heel and storming out of the dungeon.
Sirius was still waiting up the corridor, leaning against the brick with his arms crossed over his chest. He raised his eyebrows at her as she came stomping up the hallway. “Where’s your boyfriend?” he asked, trying to appear casually interested.
Arianna ran her fingers through her hair in a gesture that Sirius knew very well. “Um, he wasn’t in there after all.” She muttered. Telling her brother that it was now Severus who was refusing to come around was a bad idea. As much as she was happy that Sirius was appearing to be playing nicely, she knew that he would love to be able to throw it in her face that her boyfriend wasn’t able to keep his end of the peace bargain. Now it was Severus who being the pig-headed idiot. Boys.
“Really?” Sirius commented unbelievingly. “I could have sworn that I heard raised voices, Ari.”
She sighed. Now was not the time to start lying to Sirius. “Alright, he was in there, he was just too busy and apparently not ready to talk to you.” She admitted.
“That’s okay, I’m not sure that I’m ready to talk to him either. C’mon, let’s go up to the common room. There will be another time that I can talk to Snape.” He offered her his arm.
She smiled gratefully at him. “I love you, Sirius.” She said, leaning into her brother.
“Aw, c’mon Ari, none of that mushy girl stuff with me.” He complained, but she could tell that he was smiling. They didn’t talk about feelings much in the Black family. It was just supposed to be a known fact that they all loved each other. Arianna could count on her hands the number of times that her parents had told her that they loved her in her lifetime, it wasn’t a comment that was thrown around often.
He walked her right through the center of traffic in the middle of the castle, and she had a feeling that he was trying to show people that there was no longer any bad blood between the two Gryffindor Blacks. He too must have realized the reaction that she had gotten from the rest of their peers after he disowned her and she opened up about her relationship with Severus.
When they got up to the common room, Sirius made sure to sit right in front of the fire with her, in plain view of the rest of the Gryffindors. She sat back in the chair next to him, smiling as he traded jokes with James. This was home, here in the Gryffindor common room, with her brother and James. She was so close with James that it was almost like having another brother. He was just as protective of her as Sirius himself was.
Lily, who had been talking with some of her 7th year friends, came over and sat on the chair next to James. “Hey Ari.” She said cheerfully, just like James, acting like nothing had ever happened between them. And this time, Arianna was willing to allow that. Because she and Sirius knew what had happened.
Pretty soon, Remus and Peter came in through the portrait hole carrying their text books. Remus looked surprised to see her sitting there with Sirius, but he smiled, clearly happy that she was back in with the group.
“What’s she doing here?” Peter asked as the final two joined the group.
“Shut up, Peter.” Sirius said, smiling. Arianna smiled at him gratefully. She had been wondering if they were going to have to explain to the rest of the group about how they had patched things up, or if Sirius would tell them that Snape had refused to see him. She knew that he would tell them, but surprisingly he had the sense not to do it in front of her. Maybe he really was growing up.
“You look tired, Ari.” Lily commented, once the boys got involved in some ridiculous prank idea. “Have you been getting enough sleep?”
Arianna shrugged. “Not really, I guess. The girls in my dormitory thought it would be funny to transfigure my mattress into a rock and I can’t get it to turn back.” She whispered confidentially, Lily was trustworthy and very smart and would probably know exactly how to turn it back.
Clearly she hadn’t said it quietly enough though because Sirius whipped his head around immediately. “What?” he demanded, his brows furrowing together. “What did you just say?”
“Oh, I said that I’ve been sleeping like a rock.” Arianna lied quickly, not wanting to tell her brother just how bad things had gotten for her while he hadn’t been talking to her.
“No you didn’t.” he contradicted. “You said that someone turned your mattress into a rock.” He said, his angry voice carrying throughout the common room, which quickly quieted.
“It’s no big deal, Sirius.” She said, lowering his voice. “I’ve been sleeping on the floor. It’s okay, they’re just trying to be funny.”
“That’s not funny Ari.” James said quietly. “Trust me, we know funny and that’s not turning someone’s mattress into a rock and watching them sleep on the floor.”
Sirius stood up angrily, glaring around the room. He stormed over to the stairs to the girl’s dormitories and Arianna raced after him, barely making it up the stairs before he pushed the door to her room open. She saw his dark eyes take in her pile of sheets clustered on the floor, enlarged pillows at an attempt to make the cold stone ground more comfortable. She tugged on his arm to get him out of the room, but he didn’t budge. “This is unacceptable.” He muttered. He took her arm and walked her back down into the common room, the rest of the boys were standing at the bottom of the stairs looking unhappy. Lily was talking quickly to James.
“Anyone who wants to mess with my sister again will be messing with me.” He announced angrily to the room, dragging her along behind him up the stairs to the boys dormitory, who watched in dreadful silence. This was one of their heroes yelling at them. Then again Arianna used to be one of their heroes too.
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