Around the end of November, James’s parents announced in a letter to him and Sirius that they would be spending their fortieth wedding anniversary, which happened to be in Christmas Day, and the two weeks around it in Paris, leaving the two of them to spend Christmas in Hogwarts.
Of course, knowing that, Mia had the idea that maybe this year Lulu ought to accept her family’s incessant invitations to spend Christmas with them so she could stay in Hogwarts with Sirius. It did take a lot of convincing but, in the end, Lulu ended up giving in.
By the time Christmas Eve arrived, bringing a massive snowstorm with it, Mia was frustrated. There had been some sort of tension between her and Sirius for the past month. Not the bad sort of tension but the… well, sex-related sort. For several times their snogging seemed to be leading to something more before they were for some reason interrupted. That was getting awfully infuriating.
“Well, that just sucks,” Sirius said when James told him he couldn’t go outside because of the storm. The two of them, along with Mia and Lily, were standing in the empty Entrance Hall. “Now we have to stay inside for the whole bloody day.”
“Would you rather I let you out and you freeze your arse off?”James inquired.
Sirius shrugged. “It’s not exactly very cosy inside, anyway,” he mumbled. “What’s wrong with the castle’s cold-shield?”
“Dumbledore said it was down,” Lily said, wrapping her cloak further around her. “The storm seems to be interfering with it. He’s not sure he will be able to set the shield up again before it ends.”
“That’s just bloody great,” he murmured sarcastically.
“Don’t complain,” Mia told him, rubbing her own forearms hoping to create a bit of heat. “Lily and James have to patrol the castle’s doors the whole afternoon so nobody gets out. At least we get to go back to the dorm.”
“Yeah, listen to the voice of reason,” James told him with a smirk. “Next time you see me and Lily we may very well be ice sculptures.”
“Well, can I move to your room if that happens?” Sirius asked with a laugh.
“You wish,” his best friend replied.
“Alright,” he said, wrapping one arm around Mia. “I’d better take this lady up to the tower before she gets one of these nasty colds going around now. It is difficult to snog when you can’t breathe through your nose.”
Mia elbowed him on the side. “It is also difficult to snog when your girlfriend doesn’t want to.”
“You wouldn’t,” Sirius said.
The look she gave him clearly dared him to try it and see what happened.
James chuckled as Lily shook her head. “Alright, just go back to the tower,” she told them. “We’ll come by when Dumbledore relieves us of the job.”
“Okay,” Mia said. “We’ll be waiting for you.”
“Stay close to each other,” Sirius told Lily and James with a smirk. “That way you can share the heat.”
He turned around, bringing Mia with him, and hurried to the stairs before he could see their reactions.
“You’re terrible,” Mia told him with a laugh.
“I was simply stating a fact,” Sirius replied, trying to sound absolutely innocent. “Can’t I look out for my best mate?”
She shook her head, smiling slightly. “Sure, you were just looking out for James,” she said, not really believing him.
“Of course I was. Just as I am now looking out for you when I say you look like you are freezing,” he pulled her even closer as a way to heat her up a bit.
“Who isn’t?” she asked, leaning her head against his shoulder as they walked. “We are in a thousand-year-old castle whose cold-shields are down.”
“Well, then we just have to get cosier, don’t we?”
Every Gryffindor in the castle seemed to surrounding the common room’s fireplace, leaving no space at all for Mia and Sirius there. They ended up escaping up to his dorm, which was now sort of like a private room to Sirius as all his dorm mates were home for Christmas.
“We can always burn down one of the beds if we get too cold,” he joked as he locked the dorm’s door. “I’m sure Dumbledore wouldn’t even blame us.”
“Right, setting beds on fire seems to be a great way for us to get busy in Christmas Eve,” she replied, rubbing her arms up and down. She hated cold ever since she was a little girl.
He saw her shivering and approached her, wrapping his arms around her petite form once more. “Look, why don’t the two of us just go into my bed and stay there for a while. You’ll see in a few hours the cold-shields will be back on and we’ll be able go and do something nice for the day.”
She thought for a moment of how awkward that might be considering the sexual tension she had been feeling lately but, before she even realized she had sat on the bed and taken her cloak and shoes off, her head was already hitting the pillow and he was covering her with the covers.
“Hum, pillow smells like you,” she murmured, pulling it closer.
“That surprising because I don’t sleep in here or anything,” he joked as he slipped into the bed, lying by her side. “And you’ll have to share it because that is the only one I’ve got.”
Mia let go of the pillow and shifted so her back was resting against his chest. Sirius wrapped his arms around her waist and they just lied like that in silence for several minutes.
She couldn’t help thinking of how good… no, how perfect it felt to lie in his arms like that. It seemed like they had been made for that. Her eyes were starting to get heavy and Mia realized she was falling asleep. But she didn’t want to. It was Christmas Eve – she couldn’t just fall asleep. So, fighting back the sleep, she shifted again so she was now facing him. “Do you think next year we will be spending Christmas Eve like this?” she asked in a whisper.
He shrugged. “I have no idea what lunch is tomorrow, much less how we will spend Christmas Eve next year,” he told her in an even tone. “But, if it’s up to me, you can bet we will.”
Mia smiled. “Well, I’d better start convincing Lulu to spend Christmas with her parents from now on,” she said.
“That might be a good thing,” Sirius agreed, half-laughing. “I get dibs on you now.” The smile he gave her after that made her fall in love with him all over again.
“I want to kiss you now,” she whispered.
He grinned even wider. “What’s stopping you?”
“I’m too comfortable to move,” she said.
“Well, how about I move and you enjoy?” he suggested
She pretended to consider it for a moment. “That might work,” she finally said.
One of Sirius’s hands touched her face, pulling her it closer carefully. His lips touched hers softly and slowly. Gradually, his hand moved, feeling her back’s soft skin. The contact caused her to shiver all over, making his heart thump faster. Her body was tense as he touched it but he could feel it slowly relaxing.
What had started slow quickly grew more and more passionate and, next thing Sirius knew, he was laying on top of her kissing her lips, her cheeks, her neck as if he would die in the moment he stopped. She responded to every movement, every touch with as much passion as he did. His hands roamed up and down her sides under her shirt, feeling every inch of her now warm skin.
It was in the moment when he started to unconsciously tug her shirt up and she cupped his face, pulling him into an ever more passionate kiss, that he realized that if they didn’t stop now, they wouldn’t be able to do it later. They were heading towards a big step – he couldn’t take it before he knew she was okay with it. So, making use of all his strength, Sirius managed to part their lips with a groan.
“Maybe we should stop,” he whispered breathless.
“No,” she panted.
“We are not going to stop today,” she interrupted him. “I love you for caring about me being ready or not, but I assure that I am so ready you wouldn’t believe. I’ve known for a while you are the only one I want to lose my virginity to and it is happening today.”
He couldn’t believe how sure she sounded, how sure she was. He also couldn’t believe that was about to happen. “Are you really sure?” he asked.
Mia finished pulling her shirt up and removed it, looking him right in the eyes. “I’m ready,” she said.
Sirius took a deep breath and leaned down again to kiss her. “If you’re ready I am too,” he said right before their lips touched letting the passion take over.
She couldn’t tell if it had been seconds, minutes or hours. Her notion of time was completely gone as seemed to be her capacity of speaking. Her skin was sticky and her heart was beating so fast it made her throat ache as she breathed.
It hadn’t been perfect. She hadn’t expected it to be, anyway. The awkwardness had been there and, well, the soreness too – Mia guessed that came with exploring uncharted territory. But as she rested her head on Sirius’s bare chest she couldn’t help thinking it had felt right… so right. She felt so much closer to him right now – like she knew a side of him nobody else did. Well, she thought with a laugh, I literally know a part of him that nobody else does.
“What are you laughing at?” she heard Sirius breaking the silence.
“Just something I thought of,” she murmured. “Something dirty.”
“Shame on you,” he said, shaking his head in mock disbelief as he played with her hair. “So… that was sex.”
“Seems like it,” she agreed in a low voice.
There was a long moment of silent awkwardness – bed talk was still pretty new to the both of them.
“I hurt you, didn’t I?” he asked softly.
Mia lifted her head, looking him in the eyes. “You’re not going to feel all guilty about it, are you? Because I’m sure practically every girl is in a bit of pain during her first time. Plus, I’ve got to confess the whole thing seemed to be promising towards the end.”
“Promising,” he repeated, looking at her with an eyebrow rose. He had been afraid for a moment that she might never want to do that again.
“Very promising,” she repeated, leaning to kiss him on the lips.
“Enough for you to want to give it another go?” he asked once more.
“Much definitely,” she assured him.
He grinned. “Great, because I really, really li…” Before he could finish, someone knocked on the door, causing Sirius to groan loudly. “Please tell me you cast a silencing charm on the door.”
Mia nodded. “Right after the…” she coughed, feeling embarrassed, “contraceptive one.”
“Good. Let’s just ignore the knocking, then. We have better things to do,” he said, leaning for another kiss. Suddenly, he noticed something and removed his lips from hers. “Wait, is it me or it’s not so cold anymore?”
He was right – the room was a lot warmer now. “Cold-shield seems to be back on,” she told him. “But who needs them, anyway? We’ve found our own way to keep each other warm.”
“Indeed we have,” he agreed with a playful smile all over his face.
A/N: I had a bit of free time, so here is another chapter. Today is my dad's birthday and I'm working on a surprise party for him with my siblings, so there's lots to do. Hope you liked it. Review!