Chapter 4 : No Love Lost
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“Rex, please,” I said. Don’t make this any harder than it already it. Lie. Lie, lie, lie. It was oh, so easy to break up with him.
“But I thought you had a good time…?” he asked. The hurt that was evident in his eyes pricked my conscience, but I soldiered on. Rex, a Ravenclaw and fellow seventh year, and I had gone on one date last year before summer started. One date.
“I did,” I continued gently. That, at least, wasn’t a lie. It had been fun roaming around Hogsmeade together, just the two of us. “But… we drifted apart over the summer.”
Rex’s expression changed, became softer. I cringed internally to see the pity in his eyes. I knew what was coming next. “I heard what happened with your parents, Millie. I’m sorry.” He reached out and touched my arm. I tried not to flinch away from his touch.
“Thank you,” I mumbled. “But you understand why…?”
Rex nodded slowly. “I understand. You just need a little time. We can –”
I suppressed a groan. “Listen, Rex,” I said, cutting him off. “I like you, I really do. But I don’t think we’re a good fit for each other.”
He looked confused. “You can’t know that,” he argued. Bloody Ravenclaws. “We’ve just been on one date!”
I shook my head. “What happened over the summer… I’m just not looking for a relationship right now, okay? And with NEWTs and everything…”
Rex looked crestfallen. “I – I get it.”
I smiled, soft and a little wistful. If things had been different, I might’ve considered. But, no. I didn’t want any distractions this year. Plus, Rex was a fairly popular fellow. I’d overheard a lovely Hufflepuff girl confessing her crush on Rex to her friend, just yesterday, in the second floor bathrooms. He’d be fine without me.
“I’ll see you around?” I asked. I didn’t like burning my bridges – Rex wrote excellent Ancient Runes notes.
Rex shoved his hands in his pockets. “Yeah, I’ll see you around, I guess,” he mumbled. He did smile at me, though. I’d wait a month or two before I asked him for help – if the need arose, of course.
I smiled one more time, and then left the classroom, not looking back.
“Been making out with some random again?” asked Lily, as I flopped into a seat next to her.
“No. I was breaking up with Rex,” I said defensively.
“Which one was that one?”
“The last one.”
Lily nodded. “I see. How did it go?”
“Well, he won’t be lending me his Ancient Runes notes tomorrow, but I think I broke it off gently enough that we’ll at least be able to become acquaintances again.”
She gave me a look. “How are you?”
I shrugged. “Fine. Why?”
“You broke up with someone, and you’re fine?”
“We’d only been on one date!”
“Plus the summer.”
“We… drifted apart over the summer. You know with my parents – and then sorting out the wills… I just… we drifted apart.”
“Okay, don’t talk about it right now.” She rolled her eyes and went back to whatever she was doing before I came; probably homework. Which reminded me that I should probably do the same, before Quidditch started. Merlin only knew when I would get the chance to have a normal life, let alone do homework, once Quidditch started. “Where’s Sarah?” I asked, realising that Lily had been sitting alone.
“Upstairs, I think,” replied Lily, almost completely engrossed in her Charms essay. I never could comprehend how she found writing about a stupid spell fascinating. I’d much rather show that I could actually use the spell in a practical situation, rather than regurgitate something from a dusty textbook.
“What’s she doing up there?”
“I don’t know.”
“I’ll just go and check on her, then.” And get my stupid homework. And then go hole myself up in the library for forever more.
“Hey Sarah, what’s up?” I asked. Sarah was lying on her bed looking up at the canopy. I can’t imagine it was very interesting, but hey, each to their own.
“Mmm,” was the only reply I received.
I picked up my bag and sat down on her bed. “Remus again?”
“Still ignoring you, huh?”
“Don’t worry, Sarah. He’ll come around soon enough.” As soon as he notices that there’s a whole other gender out there.
“Right. Well, um, I’ll leave you to it.” Lily was much better at dealing with situations like these. I just never knew what to say. I didn’t really have a way with words, just pictures. It was a really unlucky form of expression to be good at. It wasn’t like I could just draw a picture every time I needed to interact with other people. I headed back down the stairs and sat back down next to Lily. She was so engrossed into her work that she didn’t even look up. I sighed and pulled out a half-finished essay on whatever stupid potion I had been working on Monday. It seemed to me that the matters of the heart were reigning supreme tonight. A delusional ex-boyfriend and two best friends in love: one with a boy, and the other with her homework. And what did I have to love? My stupid sketchbook. A sketchbook so useless that I couldn’t even use it as a means of communication with anyone. I sighed again. Things would be better in the morning.
“She broke up with me!” I yelled as I stepped into the dormitory. “How dare she!”
Both Moony and Prongs looked up in surprise at me. Wormtail was busy sleeping – I could hear him snoring away. “Who broke up with you?” asked Moony. Wait… my friends hadn’t known I was seeing someone?
“That… that woman!” I couldn’t even say her name.
“And which one would that be exactly?”
“What…” asked Prongs with a frown on his face, “The Hufflepuff girl I caught you snogging in the broom cupboard the other night?”
“Yes,” I said through gritted teeth. “That one.”
Moony smiled that knowing little smile of his. “It’s barely been a month since school started, and the notorious Sirius Black has not only managed to find a girlfriend, but also lose one?”
I glared at him. “So?”
“Nothing. I was wondering what was happening on the Millie front.”
“Why don’t you ask her, seeing as you’re so chummy with her?” Things were not going well on that front. And no, I was not snogging Marissa to make White jealous, before you ask.
“So I take it not well,” remarked Moony, completely ignoring my jibe at him. How the hell can he stay so calm all the time? I guess he tries to make up for his, well, animalistic behaviour all the times he’s a werewolf. Then again, you can’t help behaving like an animal when you are one, right?
“I still don’t get why you’re so mad, mate,” said Prongs.
“Because she broke up with me. I’m the one who breaks up with people, not the other way around!” I hadn’t been dumped since… well, it had been a long time ago.
“I really don’t think you guys were going out.”
“That doesn’t matter. It’s just… why? I’m…” I was confused, mostly. Not being wanted by someone was quite the novel experience for me.
“Sirius, I know your pride and everything’s been hurt, but you really need to get over yourself,” said Moony matter-of-factly. If he hadn’t been one of my best friends and I knew that he was just saying that to help me out, I might have just hexed him. “Besides, I have the perfect thing to take your mind off your, um, current situation…”
Both Prongs and I looked over at him in surprise. “What?” I asked.
“It’s been a while since we pulled a prank, hasn’t it? I think it’s time to remind the school who the Marauders really are.”
“Any good ideas?” asked Prongs.
Moony gave a wicked grin. “Several.”
AN: Hello, friends! I've updated the start of this chapter, as well as the start of Sirius' point of view. So if you're a returning reader and you're a little confused, that's what happened. New readers, carry on!
Adios, amigos! :D
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