Audrey Roberts had been sorted into Slytherin. She was spending the next seven years living with the likes of Lucius Malfoy. Great. Just bloody great!
After the Sorting, as Audrey went to sit down at the Slytherin table, she could not help but glance over at the Gryffindors. Sirius was laughing loudly at something James had whispered to him, and was clearly oblivious to anything around him. James kept glancing over at a girl sitting across from him. Audrey could only see the back of her dark red hair. Maybe this was the Muggle-born girl Remus had mentioned?
As she was looking over at them, Remus looked up and caught her eye. He looked a little disappointed, and a lot like he pitied her.
After the feast had finished, Audrey decided to look for James, Sirius and Remus before she went to her common room to face her fellow Slytherins. She walked into the hallway and saw James having a heated discussion with the red-head girl. Some greasy-looking guy hexed James with a spell Audrey did not recognise from the reading she had done on the subject. Sirius jumped in and hexed the boy back, calling him Snivellus.
It was about to turn into a nasty fight, until the redhead girl stepped in and dragged Snivellus, as Audrey assumed his name was, away.
James was clearly seething and Sirius was trying to calm him down. Just then Peter noticed Audrey and called her over.
“Hi guys”, Audrey said carefully, “what was all that about?” “Oh, that was just Lily. You know, the girl of James' dreams” said Sirius mockingly. “Ouch man, seems you’ve struck out there James, she clearly prefers greasy-looking boys with huge noses” said Audrey, trying to lighten the mood with a joke.
Unfortunately James was in no joking mood, and snapped. “Yeah, well why don’t leave us alone and go hang out with your new friends. Gryffindors and Slytherins do not mingle. Just go away!” Remus looked shocked for a second. Sirius grabbed James around the shoulder and said “Come on mate, let’s go to bed.” Remus looked like he wanted to say something to Audrey, but then thought the better of it. All four of the boys turned their back and started to walk away.
Audrey felt like crying. The only people who had been nice to her so far, and now they had made it clear they did not want to be friends with her.
Audrey walked to where the prefects had said the Slytherin common room was. Inside was a dungeon-like room with greenish lamps and chairs. Audrey felt a little awkward around the other Slytherins, and decided to just go straight to bed. On her way across the room she bumped into a black-haired boy.
“Oh for heaven sake Black, are you following me or something?” she exclaimed quite loudly. A few people turned to stare at her. The boy looked a bit confused. “How do you know who I am, have I met you before?” he said whilst looking at her strangely.
Audrey was getting more and more annoyed, why was Sirius pretending like he did not know her? “Yeah, like ten minutes ago. Your friend yelled at me for no reason and you didn’t stand up for me? Ring a bell?”
Now the boy was looking at her like she was a mental case. This was really pissing Audrey off and she yelled “What are you even doing here Sirius? I thought you and the other Gryffindors were too good to mingle with us Slytherins?” “Oh I see” said the boy in a matter-of-fact tone. “You think I am Sirius.”
Now it was Audrey’s turn to look confused. “Are you not being serious? Is this one of your stupid jokes?”
The boy laughed and said “No, you misunderstand. I am not Sirius. I am Regulus, the other Black.”
Right. Now that most the characters have been somewhat introduced, the real story can begin. In the next chapter that is. Hope you have enjoyed these introductory chapters, and that you will leave me a review? :)
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