Chapter 1 : Chapter One: Train Rides
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By Mystic Phoenix
Three girls walk down the corridor of the Hogwarts Express. One was a vibrant redhead with brilliant green eyes, and the other two were dark haired, blue eyed twins. They were looking in the windows of the compartments, hoping for an empty compartment.
“I think we’re going to have to settle for this one,” Lily sighed, looking into the compartment.
“Are you sure this is the only compartment available, Lily?” Isis groaned.
“Sadly, yes,” Lily replied, “Luckily I won’t be staying around very long. I’ll have to go and talk with the Prefects.”
“I hate you,” Isis whined.
“What's wrong with this one?” Sekhmet asked, coming up behind Lily and Isis.
“I’ll give you two guesses, but you’re only gonna need one.” Isis and Lily both looked annoyed.
“Oh, you two are just mad because James and Sirius make no secret of their undying love for you,” Sekhmet teased. Before Lily or Isis could say a word, Sekhmet flung the compartment door open.
“My boys!” she shouted, running into the compartment and throwing herself at Remus.
“Well, well! If it isn’t Sekhmet,” Sirius laughed.
“In the flesh.” Sekhmet smiled.
“You still alive, Remus?” Isis asked, coming into the compartment, Lily following behind.
“Barely.” Everyone laughed and Sekhmet swatted him.
“I am not that heavy.”
“I never said you were, but that was one hell of a jump.”
“What can I say? I missed you.” Sekhmet kissed Remus’s cheek before turning to the others, missing the blush that had spread across Remus’s face. “Do you really have to go, Lily?”
“Not going to see Snivellus again, are you?” James asked. Lily threw him a glare that made him recoil.
“Actually, if you must know, I have been made Head Girl.”
“You owe me ten galleons, Padfoot,” James smiled.
“Not yet, I don’t. There’s still one more part to the bet.” Sirius leaned back, smiling.
“What in Merlin’s name are you talking about? And for the billionth time, what is with the stupid names?” Lily asked, annoyed.
“And for the billionth time, Lily Flower, that is strictly need to know,” James smirked and Lily stared daggers.
“Well then. What is this bet?”
“Oh, we had a bet that you would be made Head Girl and react, well, badly to his news.” Sirius’s smile widened.
“And what would that be?”
“I’m Head Boy,” James said proudly, pulling his Head Boy badge out of his pocket. Lily stood speechless. Everyone waited for her to say something. Lily, outraged beyond words, screamed in frustration before leaving the compartment.
“Like I said, Padfoot, you owe me ten galleons.”
“And you have a meeting to go to,” Remus reminded James, “Lily is already mad enough. You don’t want to make it worse by starting off being Head Boy on the wrong foot.” James ran out of the compartment without another word.
“They are so gonna kill each other,” Sekhmet commented, “It’s gonna be great!”
“I don’t see how,” Isis said “I always thought you would be Head Boy, Remus.”
“James said as much too, but I never thought I would be.”
“Why not?” Sekhmet asked.
“The Head Boy needs to be a leader. And while I get good grades and stay out of trouble for the most part, I am not a leader. James has proven that he is a great leader both on and off the Quidditch field.”
“But he has always gotten into so much trouble,” Isis argued.
“He’s matured quite a bit over the summer,” Remus replied.
“I’ve matured over the summer too Love,” Sirius leaned towards Isis.
“You can go to hell,” Isis glared.
“Been there done, that, love. It was called my parent’s house.”
“How was your summer staying with Mr. and Mrs. Weasley?” Remus asked, quickly changing the subject before Isis hexed Sirius, or worse, cursed him.
“Fun actually. It was very kind of them to take us in. Molly and Arthur are really nice people. Arthur is crazy for all things muggle. His storage shed is full of spark plugs, batteries, and all sort of other muggle odds and ends,” Isis remembered with a smile.
Up until this past summer, Isis and Sekhmet had lived with their grandmother in Ireland. They had started living with her in the summer of their second year when they ran away from home. Most of the family had been very angry with her for harboring blood traitors, but she could care less. Her son, their uncle on their mother’s side, was never happy about his mother’s choice, but he loved his mother too much to throw her out on the streets for taking care of her granddaughters.
Their grandmother had passed away just after winter break in their sixth year. She had left them all her money in her will, but not her house since it was not hers to give away. The house had belonged to their uncle. With no place to go, Dumbledore had contacted Arthur and Molly Weasley and asked if they would be willing to take the girls in. They were more than happy too.
“Molly was very happy to have extra helping hands with her three little ones. Boys can be so rambunctious!” Sekhmet laughed, “Bill, who is seven, wanted to know all about Hogwarts and can’t wait to go to school.”
“They were cute though. Molly and Arthur told us we could stay with them after we graduate if we are unable to get jobs. Molly said she did not want us spending all our savings only to run out because we are unable to find work,” Isis explained, “They wouldn’t even except rent from us. Instead we helped around the house. Molly is skilled at all types of domestic magic from cooking to cleaning to mending clothing and healing minor health issues. We learned a lot from her.”
“It’s nice to have a family that wants you,” Sirius mused, “I don’t know what I would have done if Mr. and Mrs. Potter had not taken me in.”
Silence fell over the group. No one knew what to say. Isis pulled down a book and began reading while Sekhmet curled up against Remus and fell asleep. Isis looked up from her book and smiled knowingly at Remus. Lily and James stopped in to chat every now and then before heading back to their rounds. Shortly after the trolley lady came around with her selection of sweets, Lily and James were able to join the group again.
Lily made a point of ignoring James even with James attempting to be on his best behavior. In the end, James settled for talking with Sirius, Peter, and Remus and the girls drifted off to sleep.
“What's that noise?” James asked, looking around the compartment.
“It sound like a cat purring,” Sirius looked perplex
“I think it is Sek.” Remus chuckled, looking down at her. “Apparently her snoring sounds like a cat.” The boys laughed silently.
“What would happen if I scratched her behind the ear?” Sirius asked with a big smirk.
“No idea. Try it!” James happily suggested.
Sirius reaches down and scratches behind Sekhmet’s right ear. Without even waking up, Sekhmet turns her head and bites Sirius’s hand.
Sirius withdrew his hand while Remus, Peter, and James laughed.
“You know it sounds like Isis is purring too!” Peter laughed.
“Must be a twin thing,” Remus suggested.
“You know it is amazing how sweet and innocent they look while sleeping,” James said, gazing at Lily who was asleep against Isis.
“I wonder if Isis bites as well?” Peter mused.
“I don't know. Try it., Sirius challenged.
“I’m not that stupid,” Peter responded.
“Fine. I’ll do it.” Sirius slowly and carefully climbed onto the seat between the two sleeping twins.
“Sirius, what are doing?” James asked.
“Just steeling a little kiss, no big deal.” Sirius said with a smile.
“I don't think that is a good idea,” James warned.
“Take chances when you can. You know all about that, James.” Sirius gently pushed a few strands of hair out of Isis face and leaned in. As his lips brushed Isis’s, her eyes flew open. Next thing Sirius knew, he was on the compartment floor with a fuming Isis standing over him.
“What the hell do you think you’re doing?! How dare you try and kiss me!” Isis’s yelling woke Sekhmet and Lily.
“What’s going on?” Sekhmet saw Sirius on the floor and Isis looking beyond pissed, “I have no idea what you did, but you’re stupid.” With that Sekhmet went back to sleep.
“I'm going to go change my robes.” Isis grabbed her robed out of her trunk with such fury no one dared talk to her. Isis took her time changing her robes; she had no interest in going back to the compartment any time soon. Eventually she had no choice; she did not feel like hiding out the rest of the ride.
“Well, if it isn't my favorite goddess twin.”
Isis froze. Regulus was the last person she wanted to run into in the only part of the train that was deserted, but there he stood, blocking her path.
“Go away, Regulus,” Isis tried to push him out of the way.
“I missed you too.” Regulus did not budge. Instead he moved forward, pushing Isis back against the wall.
“I have no time for this.” Isis pushed Regulus, but he refused to move. “Move now!”
“I don’t feel like it.”
“Both you and your brother have some nerve,” Isis spat.
“My brother may be blind, but I'm not.” Regulus whispered into Isis’s ear.
“What are you talking about?”
“You’re beautiful, intelligent, feisty, and any man would be lucky to have you as would any movement.” Regulus stroked Isis’s cheek.
“What do you say?”
“I get it now. It’s your turn to attempt what Malfoy failed to do.” Isis sneered, “What makes you think I will fall for your attempts if I didn’t even fall for Malfoy’s?”
“Malfoy might not have failed if he hadn’t had Narssisa throwing herself at him every chance she got.” Regulus looked disgusted. “I’m not so easily distracted.” Regulus stroked Isis’s cheek again. “Besides, in the end, Malfoy wanted a woman who would do whatever he said. I don’t like my women so compliant.” Regulus paused, allowing his words to sink in. “Your mother will listen to me, you know? Come back to the proper side. I can protect you. Unlike my brother.”
Isis began to try and figure a way out of her predicament. She had suddenly realized that no one had come to use the facilities; Regulus must have had his goons guarding the entrance to the corridor. To make matters even worse, she was unable to reach her wand.
“Say you’ll come home,” Regulus whispered seductively in Isis’s ear. Isis turned her head to make a comment; Regulus took advantage and captured her lips with his. Isis froze. This could not be happening. Regulus pulled back, a victorious smile on his face. “You’ll come to me eventually.”
Regulus walked away, leaving Isis rooted where she stood. Slowly Isis headed back to the compartment shock fading as anger. Part of her wanted to go and find Regulus so she could give him the punch he so deserved.
“What happened?” Sekhmet asked the moment her sister walked back into the compartment, the look on Isis’s face was dangerous.
“The other Black brother! That's what happened!” Isis spat.
“Regulus!” Sirius growled, looking as murderous as Isis, “What did he do to you?” Sirius grabbed Isis gently by the shoulders; taking her chin in one hand he examined her face. “Isis, what did my brother do?”
“Told me I should come back. Then he…he kissed me.” Isis could barely say the words she was so disgusted, “Mother and Father are desperate.” Isis explained, looking at her sister, Sirius still partially holding her.
“I told you. Hex them more and they will go away. How do you think I got them to leave me alone? They are all convinced I am too wild and unruly to ever be a proper pureblood wife; I’m not refined enough.” Sekhmet watched as her sister let Sirius gently and comfortingly run his hand up and down her arm as her anger ebbed.
“Our parents,” Sirius laughed bitterly, “so concerned that their beloved pureblood line will die or be contaminated. Mine simply gave up on me, but then again, they have another son, one they can be proud of as my dear mother always reminded me.”
“They used to try and convince us both.” Sekhmet commented as Isis sat down between her and Lily, “That was until I decided not to care how many times I got detention as long as I got my point across.” A hush fell on the compartment again. It was a rarity that the twins and Sirius talked about their families, but the group remembered all too well how Isis and Sekhmet’s parents had set proper pureblood boys on them starting in their second year, hoping to show them the error of their ways.
“Peter, Sirius, and Sekhmet, you should go change into your robes,” Lily suggested, breaking the silence.
“Good idea.” Sekhmet caught Sirius’s eye. They were both thinking the same thing: find Regulus.
The task proved easy. Regulus and two of his cronies were walking down the hall laughing about how they had just torment a student younger than them. “Regulus!” Sirius shouted.
“Brother, so good to see you.” A wide smile broke across Regulus face. Sirius’s hands clenched.
“Ah, I see Isis told you about our little encounter. She’ll figure out I’m the better man soon enough. How would that feel big brother? How would it feel to see the girl you want so much on the arm of your younger, more powerful brother?”
Regulus did not have time to react, in one quick moment, Sekhmet and Peter froze Regulus’s two guards as Sirius delivered a punch to his brother’s face. Regulus fell to the ground, his nose and lips bleeding, “Never touch Isis again,” Sirius growled.
Regulus opened his mouth to reply, but instead of speaking, he sounded like a pig squealing. Everyone but Sekhmet stood in shock. Regulus tried to speak again, and once again squealing noise came out of his mouth. Regulus began sputtering, outraged and only making it worse as Peter, Sirius, and Sekhmet doubled over in laughter.
“What did you do to him, Sek?” Sirius asked, laughing while Regulus glared up at her.
“Just made him sound like what he is.” Sekhmet stood over Regulus.
“A filthy good for nothing pig.”
Sekhmet smiled as Regulus got to his feet. He knew better than to attempt to attack her, not with his friends frozen, “Come on, boys. Let’s go change. Oh, by the way, Regulus. It takes a good twenty-four hours for that spell to wear off.”
Sekhmet laughed even harder as she, Peter, and Sirius made their way to the restrooms.
A/N: For those of you who read the original chapter please let us know what you think of the revised one. For those of you who just started reading please let us know what you think!
Chapter image by Jazzi @ TDA
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