Chapter 1 : Hysteria
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Now get your head out of the gutter, it's not James, Remus or Peter. They are my guy friends.
No, I'm in love with my girl friend. Not my girlfriend, but girl-friend. The hyphenation, though a simple grammar use, is the one thing stopping Lenalia Archer from being my girlfriend instead of a girl, hyphenated, friend.
We've been friends since our second year. I was trolling the fields looking for someone to prank when I heard grunting from around the corner castle. I slowly made my way over the noise, hoping it was a Slytherin to hex. Instead I saw a girl in my grade that I'd seen around the castle. She was small with blonde hair and an intense look on her face. In one hand she held a bat and in the other she held a bludger. She threw the bludger up and hit it with her bat against the castle. I watched her do this for a few minutes, the same thing over and over. She would throw the bludger up and then she would hit it, I noticed with great strength. She was small but powerful. After one particularly good hit she had, which involved her diving to the ground in order to hit the bludger I decided to interrupt her game.
“You're pretty good,” I commented.
She'd turned around startled and a little embarrassed by the fact that I had been watching her. She pushed her hair out of her eyes as she looked at me. “What are you doing?” Her voice sounded like a breathy whisper. She was trying to sound tough and stand strong but she was so small it was a hard task for her to accomplish. I couldn't help but smile.
“Why are you smiling? You're weird.”
“How am I the weird one? You're the one beating the bludger to smithereens against the castle wall.”
“I'm practicing for the quidditch team. I plan on trying out next year,” she puffed out her chest proudly, clearly she already had it set in her mind that she was going to make the team. “I was going to try out this year but the beaters slots are already full, next year both of the players will be graduating so there will be two open spots.”
“I hope you make the team.”
“Thanks,” she said, lowering her eyes to the ground and scuffing at the ground with her feet. “Do you play?”
“No, not really, that's more of James's thing.”
“So because one of your friends play you can't?” She said with a teasing grin as she dangled the bat in front of her.
“No, it's just his thing, not mine.”
“Well you should try it some time.”
“You should teach me.”
She stopped and looked at me to see if I was joking or not. Her blue eyes searched mine before she broke out into a grin and threw me the bat. My coordination wasn't very good and instead of catching the bat it hit me in the head. Lenalia started laughing and I was embarrassed, not wanting to be embarrassed I picked up the bat and grabbed the bludger from her hand.
After that day Lenalia and I met after classes and would practice together. Encouraging each other and helping one another. Quickly a friendship formed and we started hanging outside of practicing. The rest of my friends immediately liked her. She had a quick wit and was sarcastic, but a fiery temper. She fit in perfectly and participated in some of our pranks, even providing us with ideas. Third year we both made the quidditch team as beaters. Throughout the years we've been there for each other. Through puberty, heartbreak, quidditch loses, everything. Besides James she was my best friend, one of the few people I could trust.
And up until yesterday I never thought of her as anything more than a friend. It started out as any other time spent with Lenalia. We were sitting on the couch in the common room trying to develop new plays. I could tell something was off, she had been fidgeting the whole time and couldn't keep still for more than a few seconds. After she had chewed her nails down to the bone I decided to finally say something.
“Lia is something wrong?”
She looked shocked and stared at me with wide eyes. “No, why would you say that?”
“You haven't been able to stop twitching, I'm afraid you're going to start seizing.”
She playfully slapped me with the back of her hand. “Well, I do have something to tell you but I'm not sure how you’re going to take it and I'm afraid you're going to go crazy on me. I don't want this to be like last time when you saw Peter Willings staring at me and you freaked out on him and he hasn't talked to me since. And to be quite honest most guys haven't talked to me since then, they're too afraid of you. You're like a dad in that respect but not really my dad as you weren't the one who created me.”
“Lia,” I said interrupting her. Whenever she had something important to say she would start rambling and not make any sense, talking in circles. “Just tell me what it is.”
“I have a boyfriend.” She finally spit out. The words were strewn together so it didn't sound like a sentence at all, rather just a long word.
“Oh,” was all I was able to get out. That I hadn’t been expecting. In the six years I had known Lia she'd never really paid much interest in dating. She was too focused on quidditch and studies for that. “Who is it?”
“Trevor Hall, Katherine set us up.”
Katherine was Lia's best friend, aside from me. She was a seventh year, like us, but in Hufflepuff. I'd always liked Katherine, she was slightly quiet but mixed well with Lia, who was always loud. But right now all I wanted to do was pummel her with chocolate frogs for setting them up.
“Please promise me you wont scare him away,” she looked up with me with pleading eyes and a big smile on her face.
I looked down at Lia and couldn't figure out how I was feeling. Something was building up inside of me and I couldn't describe it. She was looking at me hopefully, expecting an answer. I sighed and placed an arm around her shoulders bringing her towards me, to which she easily leaned into. “Don't worry I wont scare him off.”
“Thank you Sirius,” she said sounding relieved and finally stopped fidgeting. “Don't worry, I wont forget about you. We'll still have Lia and Sirius time, nothing will change. But you couldn't expect me to stay alone forever and just be your friend, did you?” She said with a giggle.
It was then it hit me. Lia had always been around, she'd never wavered, she was always the most stable thing in my life. With a family that was so rocky, having some stability was a way for me to breathe and get through the hard parts in my life. I realized though that I'd never imagined a life without Lia, a future without her. Every time I'd thought of my future there was Lia smiling at me and staying with me. I don't know why I'd never expected her to move on, find a guy, have a family and slowly forget about me. I always assumed she would be with me. She brought out the best in me, encouraged me to do anything I wanted to do and succeed. She was always on my side, always there for me, I could always count on her. It was then I realized I was in love with her and I couldn't stand to lose her.
“Remus,” I said barging into my dormitory with the force of an angered Hippogriff. “Get your tufted werewolf tail over here.”
Remus barely glanced over his book before rolling his eyes and ignoring me.
“What do you want Padfoot.”
“Well, if you take that tone with me I wont ask for your assistance.”
“Fine, I don't really care either way.”
“Well if you ask like that, then I'll tell you my problems. One, James threw my favorite quill into the fire after I accidentally checked out Evans. Two, i'm in love with Lia.”
With my last statement I expected the earth to stop. I mean, Sirius Black in love with a girl, if I weren't me I would be pretty shocked too. But instead Remus only looked at me lazily once again. Honestly, I thought werewolves were supposed to be aggressive but Remus was just so lazy. Werewolf my arse, more like couch potato.
“Moony, didn't you hear me? I'm in love with Lia.”
“Yes, I heard you. I just don't see why you're telling me, or why this should come as a shock.”
“I'm not talking about in love with Lia as in friends, I'm talking about let's get hitched and shoot babies out of your money maker type love.” No response from Remus, seriously this boy is supposed to be intelligent but he's obviously not grasping the severity of the situation. “Don't you have anything to say?”
“What do you want, Sirius? It's not like this should come as a surprise to anyone. We've all known you've been in love with Lia since day one, we thought you were just in denial up until this point. But you've never had problems getting girls before so just be your normal self, I'm sure she'll come around eventually.”
I sighed dramatically as I laid on Remus's bed. He looked uncomfortable and tried to kick me off. “But Lia has never tried anything with me before and she knows who I am so obviously I can't be myself, also she's gotten herself a boyfriend.”
“Really? Who is it?”
“Trevor Poop-Face Hall.”
“Ah Hufflepuff? I like him, he's a chaser, right?”
“Details don't matter. His middle name is Poop-Face.”
“I doubt that's his middle name.”
“Shut it Moony. Anyway, I'm enlisting your help.”
“What do you want me to do?”
“I need you to help me. I need you to help me get her to see me as more than a friend.”
“Sirius, she had a boyfriend. If she's happy I don't want to hurt her, and I'm sure hurting her is the last thing on your mind. Why don't you go put frog spawn in Snape's shoes?”
“When did we get more frog spawn? Never mind, that's besides the point. Remus,” I said slowly creeping up on him. “If I don't get myself some Lia loving I will cuddle with you every night.” And to prove that I was as serious as my name I threw my arm around Remus and laid down next to him. Remus quickly moved away and fell off the bed, his book falling on his face.
He laid on the ground and sighed in defeat, “fine, I'll give you lessons. We'll call them Gentlemen Lessons, for you to win over the heart of Lia.”
“Moony, you're the best. Would it be alright if we still cuddled?”
Can't win them all.
A/N: I know, I know I've been gone for a million years and instead of updating Duck and Cover or my other HUNDRED stories I started a new one. I seem to be making a pattern of this, don't I? Sorry, its unintentional. BUT! I have written about 1 1/2 pages worth of Duck and Cover for chapter 6 so once I get back into the character Avery expect an update :) I'm having trouble clinging onto her again. I thought this would be different Sirius/OC though because it's told from Sirius's point of view. Tell me what you think!
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