Chapter 25 : Some Idiots
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Chapter 25: Some Idiots
Sirius and Darlene were being attacked.
Alice and Katelyn were going nuts over the pair. Well, Alice was, but Katelyn “didn’t care” about Sirius and was instead going crazy over Darlene alone.
“Are you sure you’re okay? Like, positive?” Alice asked for the millionth time.
“Yes, I’m fine,” Darlene sighed exasperatedly. “Honestly. Leave me alone, people.”
“Well, you were just attacked by Death Eaters, so we have full rights,” Katelyn pointed out.
Darlene scoffed, sending an annoyed glare at Sirius. “I was hiding in a closet. I didn’t get to do anything. All the macho men went and did that,” she also sent a glare to her brothers still eating eggs. “And Mindy because she’s lucky and didn’t have to be the one stuck talking to a bloody mirror.”
“They were using dark magic!” Sirius exclaimed. “You saw what happen to me!”
“What happen to you?” Alice asked with wide eyes.
“I haven’t gone and almost bled to death any time in the past month so that wouldn’t have affected me at all,” Darlene reasoned. “Besides, I’m good at dueling; remember Defense?”
“That’s not the point!”
Alice threw the other girls who were in the kitchen, too, a “hear it comes” look. This was too similar to the argument after the Bludger incident. Lucky Sirius there were no lakes around this time, but the stove was still on…
“Oh? Then what’s the point?”
Uh oh. Darlene was using the tone. Last time she’d used the tone was when Sirius tried to ban her from Quidditch. It was not a good thing. The argument in general. The day after the full moon had been fine with Sirius being stuck on the Heads’ Dorm sofa with Darlene baby-sitting him, but the day after that there was the argument. She didn’t want him going out again, and he refused to not. The argument started out eerily similarly, and Alice remembered thinking at the time that that was too much like after Darlene had gotten out of the hospital wing in October. It looked like time to clear out.
“Just because you can duel doesn’t mean you won’t get hit!”
“Well, I could have still done it!” Darlene shot back. “It wasn’t like I would have done any worse than you! Or do you think I’m not good enough?”
“I never said that!”
“You make it seem like it!”
Alice looked pointedly to Lily and gestured to the door and she nodded, knowing exactly what was coming. The girls turned to the door and Sarah beckoned Darlene’s brothers to follow, James, Remus, Peter, Frank, and Steven already headed for the door. They too knew what they would be dealing with if they stayed.
“How do I do that?” they heard Sirius demanding as the door swung shut.
Sitting out in the living room, they could still hear Darlene screaming, “You just do!”
“I do not! You know I don’t think that. I just said that it doesn’t mean you’d have been safe just because you’re a bloody good dueler!” Sirius shouted angrily. “We’re all good duelers, but that curse still hit me and the rest of your family took a few spells.”
“That’s what I said!”
“But you’re not getting what I’m saying!” Sirius exclaimed in frustration. “You wouldn’t have been safe!”
“Neither were you!” Darlene screamed at him.
“Yeah, but none of us wanted you down there!”
“Why, because you lot don’t think I could have handled it?”
“Ugh!” Sirius shouted. “We just went over this! You could have, but I personally prefer you to not be out in danger. No one said you couldn’t, but no one wants you to.”
“Why not?” Darlene glared.
“Because, Darlene, You might have forgotten but we love you!”
“Well, I would have preferred you lot not dueling Death Eaters either, but I didn’t get what I wanted!”
“Someone had to –“
“I could have!”
“You could’ve, but Merlin, do you realize what it was like the last time you got hurt?” Sirius shouted at her. “I turn around and the Bludger just hit you and there was blood everywhere. I do not want to do that again! We already established that I’m an overreacting fool last time, and I’m not getting any better! I don’t want to have to see you like that again!”
“Well, what about you?” Darlene shot back. “James and Peter carry you in and you look dead! Do you think I want to do that again? Oh, but wait! That curse practically gave me a repeat experience! What do you think I thought when I realized what was happening?”
“So you know what I would have gone through if you’d gotten hurt!”
“Oh, and it’s okay for me to have to deal with it all as long as you don’t have to?” Darlene asked angrily.
“You’re twisting everything around, Darlene!”
“No, I don’t think I am,” she shot back. “I think that you just don’t get that I have a side in this too, and maybe you didn’t get the memo, but I love you too! You’re not the only one who cares!”
“I know that!”
“No you don’t! I know exactly what you’re saying about wanting me to be okay, but you don’t get that I want the same for you. I don’t want you dueling Death Eaters or practically dying on me again! It’s a two way thing, Sirius. Don’t go pretending that you’re the only one who cares, because I do too. You can’t tell me to go make sure I’m safe and then go off to your death!”
This was followed by silence. No screaming. No shouting. No yelling. Just silence. And a lot of it.
Alice was fairly sure Darlene had not pushed Sirius into a lake this time, seeing as there was no lake in the kitchen, so that meant that they were done fighting, and they were now kissing.
Thank God they’d gotten out of there.
Katelyn made a face. “I’m going to pretend I don’t know what they’re doing.”
“I’m going to go make them stop doing what I know they’re doing,” James muttered, going for the door.
“I’m coming with you,” Brandon made to follow.
“I don’t think so,” Lily and Mindy grabbed them by the arms respectively and dragged them back.
“But Lily!” James exclaimed. “It’s my kitchen!”
“Seriously, James, she’s already got three jerk brothers,” Lily sighed. “She doesn’t need any more.
“They just had a fight,” Lily reasoned. “What do you expect them to do?”
“Break up?” Kyle suggested hopefully.
Mindy shot him a glare.
“That’s what normal people do,” he muttered, looking away from her piercing eyes.
“Really,” Mindy sighed. “He’s so sweet to her and they’re great together. Leave them be.”
“No, I’m pretty sure he’s a jerk,” Brandon said as Danny nodded in agreement.
“I am so glad you don’t have brothers,” Steven said to Katelyn.
She only rolled her eyes.
“Sirius is getting it easy,” Alice said. “Frank came to spend a day at my house last Christmas; it was bad.”
Frank gulped. “I have never been so scared in my life.”
Alice laughed. “But they loved you by the summer.”
She just laughed again.
“Lily’s family already likes me!” James exclaimed. “Except Petunia.”
Lily shrugged. “She doesn’t matter anyway.”
“Well, I don’t like Sirius!” Danny exclaimed.
“Oh come on!” Mindy sighed. “The guy is already so nice. He’s one of the few kids that actually knows what to give a girl for her birthday, he’s already taking care of her, and he obviously loves her.”
The three brothers exchanged looks.
“Nope,” Brandon turned back to his wife. “Still hate him.”
“Hey, we should get going,” John and Margie came down the stairs.
Brandon grinned triumphantly. “Sure, let’s just say goodbye to Darlene,” he made for the door.
Mindy sighed. “Stop being such an idiot.”
“What happen?” Mike and Sharon appeared at the bottom of the stairs. “Why’s everyone in here, and where did Sirius and Darlene go?”
“Darlene just yelled at Sirius,” Remus replied.
“And ‘bout time, too,” Katelyn added. “He had it coming for a while.”
“He didn’t do anything!” Frank exclaimed.
“Yeah he did,” Sarah said. “He was being inconsiderate of her.”
“Inconsiderate?” James cried. “How was he being inconsiderate?”
“He was forgetting that she loves him just as much as he loves her, and therefore, she’d be equally hurt if he’d gotten hurt worse,” Sarah stated simply.
“No buts,” Lily said sharply. “She is absolutely right. And know I won’t be as nice as her if you go around pulling the same crap!”
James eyes widened and he nodded quickly, clearly scared of angering her.
“What? You were supposed to catch it!”
Frank shoved the door to the kitchen open. “While it’s safe.”
The occupants of the house filed into the kitchen to find Darlene picking a grape off the ground, sending Sirius a glare. “I said pass the grapes, not throw them!”
Sirius shrugged. “You throw Quaffles to your teammates; you don’t hand them off. Most of the time.”
Darlene sent him a look. “Really?”
“What happened?” John asked his daughter.
“Sirius threw a grape at me!”
“No! The others said you had a fight!”
Darlene gave her dad a look. “You look hopeful.”
“What happened?” he repeated.
Darlene rolled her eyes. “Sirius was being an idiot. I fixed it.”
“You’re not fighting anymore?” his face seemed to fall.
“You look disappointed.” Darlene was glaring at her father again, but unlike before, she seemed hurt as well.
Alice caught Remus’s eye as he threw her a nervous glance. They’d seen that look only ten minutes ago.
“Well, I kind of am,” John pointed out, sending Sirius a look as he shifted uncomfortably on his stool.
Mike raised an eyebrow. “What’d you do, Sirius?”
“He didn’t do anything,” Darlene snapped. “My dad and the oafs,” she gestured to her brothers, “are just idiots.”
“Darlene!” her mother gasped.
“What?” she turned to her. “You know it’s true.”
“Er, Darlene –“
“Shut up Sirius!” she snapped.
“What’s gotten into you, Sweetie?” John asked concernedly.
“Nothing!” she shrieked. “It’s just you being all mean to Sirius for no reason!”
“Really, Darlene –“
“Shut up!” Darlene screeched as she rounded on her boyfriend. “I don’t care what you have to say on the subject!”
“Darlene, Sweetie,” her dad took a step forward, “you just need to calm down and –“
“I don’t need to do anything!” she shouted at him. “This is all on you!”
And with that, she stomped out of the kitchen in anger, door slamming behind her as a tear slipped down her cheek.
In her sudden blind rage, Darlene hadn’t realized she’d reached the room the girls were staying in until she fell onto the bed she’d slept in with angry tears rolling down her face.
Why was their natural instinct to be “protective?” And all that stuff about “We care about you,” “We’re just looking out for you,” “We want you to be happy.” What was that?
If anything, they were making her furious.
Why couldn’t they see it? Why couldn’t they see that he did make her happy and he did take care of her?
They didn’t even know him.
What gave them the right to hate him? They knew nothing about who he really was.
Her brothers knew Sirius in detention, Sirius in broom closets, Sirius sneaking out, Sirius pranking, Sirius being obnoxious, but they didn’t know Sirius. All that other stuff wasn’t him, and Darlene knew that. But her brothers and dad didn’t believe it.
Was it so hard to trust she would know?
Darlene glared at the door.
“Let me in, Baby.”
She still offered no response.
“Come on, Honey, I know you’re mad but just let me talk to you, Sweetie Pie.”
Darlene only glared some more. She knew excessive use of pet-names was code for “I made you mad and I don’t know why but I’m still going to grovel.”
How could he not know?
Darlene sighed heavily in anger and waved her wand sharply at the door, unlocking it.
Jonathan Jade tumbled in, looking both nervous and determined.
Don’t start, Dad!” Darlene snapped, glower still in place.
He sighed and moved into the room. Darlene reluctantly backed away to let him in and sat on her bed with her arms crossed.
“Look, Baby, I don’t know what I –“
Oh you don’t?” Darlene shouted sarcastically. “Would you look at that?”
“If you just said –“
“You don’t know anything about Sirius, this is the first time you’ve met him, and you’ve been horrid the whole time, despite the fact that he’s proven himself a thousand times over in the past barely 15 hours! What more do you want?”
Jonathan sighed and sank into a chair, rubbing his temples. “Look, Sweetie –“
Darlene cried out in frustration. She hated when he did that. It was as if he was trying to suck up for forgiveness or something.
“I’m not going to be any less mad if you don’t use my name!” she shouted exasperatedly.
Her dad gave her a look for a second, but then nodded in understanding with a slight wry smile. “I do do that, don’t I?”
“Don’t change the subject!” Darlene snapped back.
He sighed. “Darlene,” he started again, earning himself a curt nod. “Darlene, I’m your father –“
“You have to understand that, sometimes, especially when it comes to you and boys, I get protective and jealous.”
“Can we rein in the attitude, please?” John asked, with a sigh.
Darlene kept her glare in place. “Slightly.”
Her dad shook his head. “Here’s the thing, Darlene. You’ve always been my little girl, and you always will be; nothing’s going to change that, and I’ll be sure of it.”
Darlene’s annoyed glare hardened. “That’s your excuse?”
“Excuse for what?” John asked.
“For not trusting me to be able to know the good guys from the bad ones!”
“Darlene!” her father exclaimed. “Baby, you know that’s not true! I’ve never thought that; I’d lock you in your room if that were the case. I know that you can take care of yourself.”
“Really?” Darlene raised a sarcastic eyebrow. “You could’ve fooled me.”
Her dad sighed and shook his head. “I really do believe that you can; I can see it. Why else would you have brought that kid home?”
Darlene’s face fell into confusion. “What do you mean?”
John sighed. “You’re my little girl and no one’s taking you from me. We’ve met a few other boyfriends, but you were still my girl. With this one though, I don’t know anymore. I mean the way he looks at you and the way you talk about him. He so obviously cares about you, and he takes care of you with plenty enough annoyance from you, which is a good thing from where I’m standing. I don’t like my little girl in love. You know I don’t share well and I got you first. I’m not just going to let someone take you.”
Darlene raised an eyebrow, a slight smile tugging on her the corners of her mouth and a smug, amused expression evident on her face. “You’re jealous.”
Her dad made a face. “Well, when you put it like that…”
“I can’t believe you’re jealous!” Darlene exclaimed.
“Keep quiet!” he hissed, shooting a look at the door.
“Dad!” Darlene cried. “I can’t believe you!”
“What can you expect from me?” he questioned. “I’m your father.”
Darlene rolled her eyes. “And such a great one, too. I’m allowed to date the idiots, but not the one guy that actually likes me.”
Darlene rolled her eyes again. “But why do you have to be so horrible about it?”
Jonathan shrugged. “Well, it’s the only way to scare people away.”
“But it didn’t work.”
“Yes,” John said bitterly.
“So what are you going to do about it now?”
John shrugged and scowled. “I guess I gotta get used to him, don’t I?” he grumbled. “Stupid git.”
Darlene laughed. “You’re just jealous.”
“That’s a bit of an exaggeration.”
“No,” Darlene shook her head, “I don’t think it is. I think you’re totally jealous.”
Her dad sighed. “Well, kind of…”
Darlene laughed. “Ha!”
John sent her a scowl.
“Don’t worry, Dad,” Darlene grinned. “I still love you; I’m not going anywhere.”
“Yeah yeah,” he grumbled.
“I can’t believe you’re jealous,” Darlene laughed again. “Sirius doesn’t even have a brain.”
“I’m not even that jealous,” Jonathan mumbled.
“Oh, no,” Darlene said in glee, “You are so jealous of Sirius!”
“Oh, wow,” Sirius said from the doorway, leaning against the doorframe. “No one’s been jealous of me before.”
Darlene snorted. “Yeah right.”
He shrugged at her and took a step into the room, but kept his eyes on John who was sending him a look.
“Um…” Sirius hesitated slightly, making his way into the room, “I…uh…know that I wasn’t always the…er…best person out there, but that really isn’t me anymore. I mean, the other half of my brain even came in. I’m not a bad person, I promise and I really do care about Darlene, honestly. And…er…yeah.”
John gave him a quick look and stood, sighing. “You were right; I was wrong,” he said to his daughter who grinned back almost cheekily.
John turned to Sirius with another sigh. “You are a good person and I wrongly judged you. I’m sorry.”
Sirius’s eyes widened in surprise, but he nodded quickly. “Oh, yeah, no problem, really.”
John nodded and held out his hand. “New start.”
Sirius nodded in agreement and shook his hand. “Right.”
Darlene rolled her eyes and sighed. “The other people? My brothers are still idiots.”
Sirius suddenly grinned at her; it was that Marauder grin. “They’ve changed their minds. Your birthday present has redeemed me.”
Darlene’s eyes widened. “W-what present?”
Sirius only smiled cheekily. “Just a month more, Love.”
He only laughed and turned to leave.
“But you know,” he turned back around, “James will be unhappy that I’m still alive. He really wanted my broom.”
That was so short!
And after two months!!!
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