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Chapter 56 : Firework
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Cause baby you're a firework
Come on show 'em what your worth
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh!"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y…
- Katy Perry
“So tomorrow’s the big game!” Lily said, her smile tight.
I shot her a glare, before narrowing my eyes. “You suck at small-talk, Evans!”
“What?” Lily said, looking shocked to hear that she was bad at something. “I do not!”
“Well, if this is your pathetic try to cheer me up, or whatever, then… don’t.”
“Look at that dress instead!” I said, pointing randomly at one of the shop windows.
True enough, it did distract her for a moment. I hadn’t actually even wanted to go to Hogsmeade, but Lily managed to persuade me.
As if I hadn’t got attention enough for a lifetime, people now kept giving me horrified looks when they saw the state of my face.
So what? I had a few bruises - so what!? I just hadn’t gotten around to fix ‘em, that’s all—
“Hey, there’s Sirius!” Lily said, and waved cheerfully through the window. “Oh… he’s coming out, he— uh-oh.”
I looked quickly up, just in time to see Sirius barge through the door, and march towards me. As he came closer, I saw the shock slap him in the face as he saw the condition of my face.
“What happened to you?” he blurted out, obviously not the thing he had planned to say. “Who did this to you?” he demanded with a thick voice.
“I walked against a wall,” I said shortly, giving a small shrug. “Why, are you planning to murder the wall now, huh?”
“Susie—“ Sirius said, reaching to touch my face.
I quickly stepped away form his reach, giving him a weird look. “What exactly are you doing?” I snapped, my eyes wide.
“We no longer have anything to say to each other,” I said slowly, and raised my brows to him. “So please sod off, yeah?”
“Susie!” Lily called after me, as I stomped away, my hands deep in my pockets.
I hadn’t made it too far, before someone grabbed my arm, and pulled me aside. I stumbled a few steps, before I caught myself and straightened up.
And in front of me stood Sirius’ brother – Regulus Black.
“Susan,” he said, and gave me a nod.
I stared at him for the longest time, before I gave a small nod. “Hi,” I said, taking a step back. “What do you want?”
“You can’t leave my brother,” he said, his face anxious.
I couldn’t do anything else but stare at him. “Excuse me?”
“Well, see, I…” Regulus began, twisting his hands nervously.
I seriously couldn’t see how two so different could be brothers; the arrogant and confident Sirius, and the awkward and nervous Regulus. One thing they did have in common, though; their eyes.
It was creepy.
“I don’t usually waste any time talking to Slytherins,” I said and rolled my eyes as the panic spread on Regulus’ face. “So why don’t you just say it?”
“My brother truly loves you,” he said, his eyes wide and sincere. “He really, really does.”
“Oh my God…” I muttered, burying my face in my hands. “This is ridiculous; first Evans, and now you…”
“But it’s true!” Regulus said, almost making a gesture to grab my hand, but stopping himself at last minute. “I know you know he’s been a real moron in the past, but something changed when you came in the picture. Also, he’s never mentioned a girl to our mother, he—“
“What?” I said, my head snapping up at this new piece of information. “He did WHAT!?”
“At Christmas time,” Regulus squeaked out. “He… he said… he said he would put you before the honourable House of Black, and that he didn’t want to be part of the family anymore.”
“Why would he do that?” I demanded.
“Because he loves you, you silly girl!” Regulus shot, his eyes wide. “Don’t you get it? He doesn’t want you to be part of that family, he wants… don’t ask me why, but he wants you to be his family!”
I couldn’t do anything else but stare and gape at him.
“Why…” I whispered, my mouth dry. “Why are you telling me this? You hate me.”
“I don’t hate you,” he said softly, and smiled a sad smile. “I… I can’t hate something my brother loves.”
“I don’t… understand.”
“I owe my life to Sirius,” he explained, and gave a small shrug. “He covered for me everytime I messed up as a kid – he always looked after me, he took the blame and punishment. He never asked for anything in return, he even pretended to not care.”
All the sounds of laughing students seemed so surreal right now. I had never heard this side of Sirius – in fact, the last person I expected to praise Sirius was Regulus. I had always seen him as another Slytherin creep, nothing else.
I suppose even I, Susie Q, make mistakes.
“Why would he do that?” I asked, tilting my head to the side. “Sirius is… he’s selfish, he’s—“
“That’s where you’re wrong, though,” Regulus cut me off. “Everyone thinks he’s selfish, but he’s quite the opposite. there’s nothing he’s ever wanted in life, everything he’s doen has been in the best interest of everyone else; his friends, family – you name it. He didn’t expect anything from anyone. He didn’t think he deserved or needed anything – happiness. But then,” Regulus said, a crooked smile – very similar to Sirius’ – appeared on his lips. “Then you blasted into his miserable excuse of a life like… like some kind of firework.”
“So!?” I snapped, feeling offended. “It’s not my fault he—“
“No, no, no!” Regulus hurried to say. “I’m not blaming you! You actually made him want something! You made him want happiness, Quency! You made him want something for the first time in life, don’t you get it?”
“No,” I said blankly. “Quite frankly, I don’t.”
“Why not? Because you’re the same?” Regulus asked.
It felt like he had just slapped me. “I don’t need to hear this!” I said, and stormed away.
“If you love him,” Regulus called after me, making me stop in my tracks. “You should tell him.”
I glanced at him over my shoulder, and met his gaze. “Your tie is crooked,” I pointed out before leaving.
The Quidditch pitch was empty – except for the two teams, Gryffindor and Ravenclaw, practising before the game. I watched them with a frown, watching their moves closely.
If anything, Ravenclaw would be a difficult opponent.
“I heard the Ravenclaw Keeper has a flu,” a voice murmured in my ear, making me jump in my seat.
“Remus,” I said, my eyes wide. “You scared me shitless!”
“Sorry,” he said, and smiled. “So… why are you here early?”
“Why are you here early?” I shot back.
“I asked first,” he pointed out.
“Well, I’m probably here for the same reason as you are,” I said slowly.
“To escape the annoying excitement in the castle?”
“Correct!” I said with fake enthusiasm.
“So…” Remus said, as the Ravenclaw Beaters started to watch the Gryffindor team’s impressive passes. “What exactly happened between you and Padfoot?”
I frowned again, and looked back to the pitch. “Nothing.”
“Doesn’t seem like nothing,” Remus said.
“He…” I began, biting my lip. “He should’ve caught the Quaffle earlier, and then distract the opponent,” I said, gesturing vaguely towards the pitch.
“D’you always dodge questions like this?” Remus asked suddenly, leaning back in his seat.
“Nope,” I said, and shrugged. “D’you always jump to conclusions without getting your facts straight?”
“No,” he said, and frowned. “What are you—“
“I’m talking about Val!” I shot, and glared at him. “Are you stupid, Remus Lupin?”
“You totally went off at her without listening to the whole story! You totally went and made your own conclusions over something that could be anything, and then—GOD, YOU’RE SO STUPID!”
“You’re one to speak,” Remus said, and blinked a few times. “What exactly made you think that Sirius lost his faith in you and your complicated feelings for him?”
“He said so!” I said stubbornly.
“Ah,” Remus said, looking thoughtful. Suddenly, a flash of realization hit him, and his eyes widened. “Oh. OH!”
“You mean… you mean that talk!?”
“What talk?” I asked, totally lost.
“That…” Remus said, not sure if he should laugh or not. “Oh Merlin, Susie, you’re so stupid.”
I glared at him, before standing up. “We’re done now.”
“Wait!” Remus said, grabbing my hand. “Sit – down,” he said, and pulled me back down.
“Let – me – go!” I growled, tugging my arm free.
“Sirius had a moment of weakness,” Remus said gravely.
“Moment of weakness?” I repeated in disbelief. “When men have a ‘moment of weakness’, they run off and cheat with some airhead bimbo!”
“Well, our Sirius gets all unsure and whimpy,” Remus corrected. “You’re not someone he takes for granted, you know. You’ve kept him on his toes for quite a while, now… how about you lower down to his level a bit, eh?”
I stared at him in astonishment, wondering, how such a brilliant mind could get some things so horribly wrong – like the misunderstanding with Val.
“If I take your advice,” I began, giving him a meaningful look. “Will you do a favour to me?”
A/N: I feel so proud now that I updated with another chapter SO SOON :D Also, I'd like to have a moment of silence now. Here's why; someone on another fanfiction site decided it would be a good idea to copy this story, and claim as her own. Now, at first, I wasn't sure if I should be flattered or not. I can't help my oddness, so at first, I was very, very flattered. Then it kinda hit me, and I got upset and offended. There's really nothing I can do, except let the mods of that site know. But, so that you know, THIS RIGHT HERE, is the real thing, because I doubt a copycat would waste so much time and energy on writing meaningless A/N:s, right? xD
Oh, how I adore my readers so so so much - I would exchange my husband for you all! ^_^
- Lily xxx
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