A/N: This is very different from what you read last chapter, which I thank you for reading. It may be a bit confusing, but I plan on ironing a few things out next chapter.
Chapter One: Curious
“I dare you to ask out Sirius Black.” The words slipped off of her tongue before she really got the chance to think about them.
They were sitting in the dormitory together, each with an open textbook in their laps, both trying to catch up on forgotten homework. They had a few moments alone before having to go down for breakfast.
Leah thought about how to respond to such a challenge. “Ask out Pretty Boy? That’s not a dare, that’s an assignment.”
Her friend laughed quietly, already knowing the answer to what she was about to ask. “Why do you say that?”
“Because,” she started, “haven’t you noticed he has the tendency to go out with anyone who’ll offer? Besides, he has a girlfriend at the moment.”
Gina scrunched up her nose. “You really think that they’re going to make it past this week? Have you seen the looks she’s been throwing him?”
“So this shouldn’t be a problem for you.”
Leah shook her head. “It shouldn’t be, but it is. I’m not going to ask a guy out because of a dare. That’s incredibly shallow, even for Pretty Boy.”
“Well I want to see how long you can stand him. He’s an arse. Everyone knows that. I mean… you know what he’s famous for…”
Leah dipped her quill delicately in the pot of black ink and twirled it around her fingers. “Sirius Black,” she said slowly, weighing the words, “…is famous because he has dated more girls than any one person at this school. Yet has never once asked out a girl… nor been the one to break things off.”
“You would think,” started Gina, “that people would have gotten the hint by now.”
“You say that…and yet you just dared me to ask him out.”
“Oh, I was just joking. But think about it: Sirius is constantly being asked out because each girl is hopeful that he’ll treat her with respect—that she’s “the one.” But they are always wrong. Once they figure that out they publicly dump him. And since he’s so good-looking, he gets asked out again.”
“And around the circle goes,” Leah finished.
Gina’s theory was proven to be correct at breakfast that morning. The view was not as good from the Ravenclaw table, but that hardly mattered. Anyone within twenty feet of the Great Hall saw and heard Amber Clements break up with Pretty Boy.
“Nice call,” Leah muttered to Gina as she loaded eggs onto her plate.
“Thanks,” the white blonde girl whispered back. “Why are the break-ups always so public?”
Leah shrugged. “I think girls just want to make sure everyone knows they’re over.”
Gina grinned. “I wonder what he did to set her off.”
A boy sitting beside them overheard this and turned around. “Someone said he walked away to his mates in the middle of her trying to tell him something.”
Leah laughed to herself. “Oh come on. That’s not that bad.”
“It probably all built up and that did it,” remarked the boy.
“Well...he’s certainly done worse...”
She glanced over at the couple standing in the middle of the hall. Amber was ranting and raving, pink-faced, her golden locks flying.
“–never able to support me. You care more about your bloody self than any other being in this universe. It’s disgusting. You’re disgusting. Why can’t you be like a normal boyfriend who actually cares for the girl he dates? I’ll tell you why: because you’re afraid of a little commitment… afraid that a girl will mess up your oh-so-perfect life with your perfectly sculpted hair and bloody damn perfect clothes. Well you know what? You make me sick! We’re over, Sirius. So go and enjoy that perfect life of yours. It obviously would do far better without me in it.” She stormed out of the hall, leaving Sirius standing there, quite alone.
“That,” breathed Gina. “…was bad.”
Leah was still looking at Sirius when she answered. “Nah, he didn’t get slapped this time.”
But, sure observed, he sure looked as if he had. His best friend, James Potter, was now standing there with him.
For some reason, Leah could not stop herself from looking at the boy. The rest of the Great Hall had resumed eating their breakfast now that the excitement was over. They were used to the public displays of Sirius’s break-ups and once the fireworks went off, they only had to tend to their own business for a few weeks before the next show.
But the curly blonde kept staring. Was she the only one who noticed that Sirius appeared different? There was something else there, but she could not put her finger on exactly what it was. His arms were crossed and his eyes were cast downwards. It was different – she knew that. Different from his normal blasé expression, at least. Finally another emotion was almost showing itself. And for a moment—only a moment—Sirius was personified. He was almost human. It was like she was finally seeing Sirius Black as a real teenage boy, not an expressionless robot. But what that meant, she had not idea. And when she tried to look harder – tried to read the expression further… it was gone. He was back to his normal self, if that was even considered normal.
Leah watched as James spoke with Sirius, a slight grin playing around his features. James had always been the first to reach the scene when a break up took place. True, honest friendship.
And as they spoke, Leah felt something. She thought back to the brief moment when Sirius’ face showed a foreign emotion. She had to admit, she was curious. She felt like there may be something there in that empty shell – and she really wanted to know what it was; where it could lead to. Why it even existed in the first place.
No, she had only told Gina that morning she would never meddle in that business. Never try to understand Pretty Boy. It was unexplored territory, and once one put her foot upon that path, there was no turning back around.
Still, though, this was interesting. She could make an exception. She need not worry about rejection, for he never turned anyone down. Anyone and everyone who wanted a good snog could get him. He was almost like a rent-a-boyfriend.
Could she subject her pride to that? But wait. Leah grinned, for something had just occurred to her. Something that could be either very good or very bad. Either way it ended, something engrossing was sure to happen. And Leah definitely liked engrossing.
Without realizing it, she was standing up, ignoring Gina’s questions.
Aware that several pairs of eyes were following her, she walked straight-backed up to Sirius Black.
Leah was not sure what possessed her to do this. She had never been that brave. But whenever she thought of backing down or turning back she remembered that look on his face.
Ignoring James, who was taking a sip from his goblet of pumpkin juice, she faced Sirius, unnerved by her own intrepidity. His eyes were back to normal now – like steel: cold and lifeless.
Taking a breath, she said, “Do you want to go with me to Hogsmeade next weekend?”
There were now many more pairs of eyes on her, all looking stunned. James choked on his beverage and his own eyes widened at her bluntness (for most girls liked to act witty in the hopes of charming Pretty Boy.) It was only Sirius who had not moved as the whispers broke out around them. “Uh… if you want to.”
Leah nodded. “I’ll see you in the Entrance Hall.”
She turned on her heel and walked back to her own table.
Back at the Ravenclaw table, Gina was staring at Leah incredulously. “What the hell did you just do?”
Leah was thinking the exact same thing.
A/N You're probably confused. More will be explained about what exactly is going on and what Leah's big idea is next chapter. I don't know how well I portrayed Sirius' "dating history." Let me know how I did. All comments are appreciated. I'm looking to improve my style and my ability to convey a good story. Thank you!