Disclaimer: Only the OC's and parts of the plot belong to me. The story title is Taylor Swift's and everything else belongs to J.K Rowling. Thank you for reading.
"I expect everyone to hand in their three foot long essay on the due date this time around, that includes you Mr. Black. Class dismissed" With this McGonagall turned on her heel and began to shuffle her papers together, leaving the students to pack up their own things and head out by themselves.
"We only just got an essay last week" Peter whispered furiously to James, who shrugged his shoulders in response, his eyes stuck on Lily who was laughing about something with Coralie. "Are you even listening Prongs?"
"Course he's not. Why would he bother listening to your pathetic chit chat" Sirius interrupted, pushing his way between the two and darting out of the room- James noticed Coralie stare after him worryingly and before he got the chance to intervene she had already disappeared after him.
"Don't bother about him Wormtail, you know how he's been lately" James assured his friend.
"Is he still sour over Cora and Nate?" Lily asked, falling into step beside James. Peter nodded and James sighed, Lily took this as her answer.
"She'll probably get her head cut off for going after him" Remus added as he and Miranda joined the other three. All of them sighed, watching Sirius whisper something at Coralie which caused her to huff and turn on her heel.
"Prat" she muttered as she passed them, Lily and Miranda chuckled slightly at this before following after her.
"You okay?" Miranda asked, placing her hand on Coralie's shoulder.
"I think I'm actually starting to hate him" she responded with a half-smile before wrapping her arms around herself and following her friends down to lunch. At least she could see Nathaniel there even if it meant seeing Sirius again.
Sirius however did not feel like eating lunch, a rare occurrence for him as he could hardly think of a time where he was neither eating nor thinking about food before now. He didn't know why he got so riled up about Coralie, well that was a lie but he knew he was more angered by Peakes than he was by her.
He knew that every time he got angry with her that he was just pushing her closer to Peakes but sometimes he couldn't stop himself. Having Shelena around hardly helped.
Usually he wasn't one of those people who looked back on the past and wished to have everything the same again. In fact he was far happier now he was away from his terrible family. But for once, he wanted to be able to go back to the previous year. To James' New Year’s party and to not break up with Coralie, to not see Shelena.
Maybe it would have been worse for Coralie when Shelena did return but he knew deep inside that they would have been able to work through it. He didn't want to let go, even if Coralie had moved on, he wouldn't. Not until he knew he no longer stood a chance or maybe until he could stop loving her- whichever came first.
He shook these thoughts from his head as some footsteps made their way towards him. He expected it just to be a first or second year a little lost or distracted on their way to class. He didn't expect to see his brother standing before him.
"Regulus" he breathed, brushing some of his hair out of his face. His brother did not bat an eyelid in response, in fact he acted like he never heard or saw Sirius. "Hey, pay attention to me" He almost yelled when Regulus tried to pass through.
"Yes, Sirius?" Regulus responded, the blank look on his face disappearing for a moment in order to be replaced by a disgusted glance. He quickly built his barriers back up.
"Why aren't you at lunch?" Sirius asked, furrowing his eyebrows at the boy he had once tickled to the ground constantly. He could hardly believe this was who his little brother had become.
"Why do you care?" he replied coldly when Sirius didn't respond, he chuckled a chuckle that sent shivers down Sirius' back. "That's the correct answer, brother. You don't care and you never did" Regulus turned to leave before pausing for a moment, he stared back at his brother and opened his mouth once more. "Saw that girl finally wised up and chose a worthy pureblood, unlike yourself" At with that, he was gone again.
Despite your extensive training thanks to yours truly, I do hope you haven't had to duel Millen yet. As Angus has not informed me of such thing, I'm taking that it hasn't happened? Which is good, keep that way for the sake of our mother- I swear she'll end up half crazy by the end of this year. You may want to write to her after you reply to me of course, make sure that you fill her in on the good parts of school too. Merlin knows she needs it.
Violet is bugging me to ask you about your new boyfriend, please for my sanity tell her in a separate letter to mine. I'm not sure I could take her screaming and gushing through an entire letter. Remind Angus to send a letter home as well, you know how mother gets. Also, we received a letter from father asking about us all- I know, who knew he even remembered that he had children? We lied and said we were all brilliant.
Hoping you are in fact, brilliant.
Jacob + Violet (who really needs to learn to write her own letters)
Coralie chuckled at the letter in front of her before slipping it into her pocket. She was grateful that her brother knew when she needed cheering up sometimes without even having to ask. He was always good at making her laugh even when she didn't want to.
She pulled out her own parchment and wrote down a reply for Jacob, making sure to mention that she was fine and that his 'wonderful training had not been needed so far'. She made a mental note to write a letter for her mother and Violet, not bothering to send one to her father quite yet- it was doubtful that he'd even pick it up.
Coralie put her letter for Jacob into her pocket with the one she had gotten from him and headed outside to the Quidditch pitch- Nathaniel had been practicing for the last hour or so.
Moments after Coralie left, Shelena slipped into the same seat in the Common Room and pulled her own letter from her brother. Leo wasn't so great at making Shelena laugh, if anything it made her angrier than anything else in the world.
You have not written in a while to tell me of your progress so far with Bennett. I hope you have not gone soft again, I've already warned you not to let Black get in the way or any other of those silly boys for that matter. Must I remind you that you were the one begging to return to Hogwarts and to finish Bennett off, have you been so love struck that you have forgotten that?
Step it up, sister and hurry.
She sighed, the typical letter from her brother. No update on his life or that of their mother, and no questions about how she was going. Not at least in a way that showed he cared, that was him nowadays. It was all about the power and destruction; he hardly remembered who he was anymore. It was certain to her that he was no longer the carefree brother she once had.
She had heard that Bennett’s brother was quite similar, at least to what Leo used to be. She’d even see Coralie laughing over pictures of her brother that she showed the other girls in the dorm- they had all commented on how attractive he was. Shelena had wanted to join in then, if there was anything she was good at then it was picking attractive boys out but she knew she couldn’t.
She wished her brother; the proper one was back so that she could gossip with her friends and tell them funny stories about the things he used to do. Nobody wanted to hear those stories, Merlin even Shelena didn’t want to replay those kinds of memories in her head, not the ones where he father could make a surprise entrance.
If there was anything worse than Leo then it was remembering her father and the pain she felt inside when he died. With a deep breath, she plastered the stony look back on her face and tucked the letter away. Time to go back to her ‘usual’ self.
Once Nathaniel was changed back into his usual school uniform rather than his Quidditch gear, he and Coralie made their way to the library- it had become one of their favourite places to just chill out together. Granted, they couldn’t talk much while they were in there but they were able to sit around and read books and that was good enough for both of them.
In the previous few days, Lily and James had begun to join them at their table. Despite Lily constantly reminded Coralie that there was nothing between her and James, she had taken to leaving the pair by themselves while she and Nathaniel would make their way through the aisles.
She was still waiting for the day when they came back to see Lily and James holding hands under the table or something but it was yet to happen.
That particular day, Coralie and Nathaniel made their way through the aisle with books on Herbology. Nathaniel was looking for a book to study- constantly reminding Coralie that N.E.W.T’s were coming up and that he was terrible at the subject while she searched for new books for Alice whose boyfriend- Frank, apparently had a love for plants. Alice was trying to come up with a plant she could give her for his birthday that was coming up in the week.
“Please remind me why I picked this subject” Nathaniel groaned causing Coralie to chuckle at him, he pushed yet another book back into the bookshelf and slid to the floor resting his head on the books behind him.
“Because, as much as you complain, you love the subject” she reminded him, patting his head softly as she walked passed him.
“Whenever I said that, I was clearly too distracted by your beautiful face to know what I was saying” Coralie laughed at this and he sent her a wink in response before he ran his fingers through his hair again. “Can we go sit back at the table again? I want to slam my head repeatedly”
“No, we need to give Lily and James some time” Coralie replied, pulling out another couple of books and flicking through them quickly. She didn’t notice Nathaniel roll his eyes in response nor did she notice that he had stood up until he stole her books and set them behind her, leaning over to kiss her on the mouth.
“I like you a lot” he whispered and she smiled against his lips.
“I like you a lot too”
Authors Note: I almost thought I wouldn't get this chapter out today but here I am. I'd like to mention now that there are now only seven chapters left! And now for another little fact about the sequel, Leo Millen will play a smaller part! And so, I will see you all on Wednesday with Chapter 49! Thank you guys for reading!
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