Chapter 12 – Dad
Taking a deep breath to calm her nerves Nissa took George’s arm and walked through into the Burrow. Harry was tagging along behind looking slightly nervous but excited too. Dumbledore had arranged for Nissa and Harry to meet with Sirius at 1pm, when Nissa had said that she wanted George to come, Dumbledore accepted. (Though reluctantly). It was now five to one as they walked a bit slower into the large kitchen; Sirius was sitting facing away tapping his foot. Not knowing what to do George stepped in and cleared his throat, Sirus’head whipped around far too quickly to be normal.
For a couple of seconds it was silent, and rather awkward but Sirius broke them silene. “Harry, Nissa. I don’t know what to say.” Sirius said looking slightly green. “I haven’t seen you in so long!” Truly, he was terrified that she wouldn’t want anything to do with him.
Nissa considered the normal answer but just wanted to get straight to the question that had been engrained into her head, she asked. “Did you know I was here?” Nissa knew he was in the house when she got taken back by something Molly said. However, she had been thinking about whether or not Sirius knew she was here. Sirius shifted his eyes slightly, “Did you know?” She said more firmly. He nodded; she snapped. How could he? Knowing his daughter was here, in pain and crying and he didn’t do anything! Not even comfort her!?!
“WHAT? YOU KNEW I WAS HERE! YOUR DAUGHTER HAD BEEN TORTURED BECAUSE OF YOU AND YOU NEVER THOUGHT TO TALK TO ME. COMFORT ME?!?” She felt tears running down her cheeks and a hand trying to calm her down, she shrugged it off and continued, this time not shouting. “I nearly died, did you know that! I was being burnt alive , I have scars from it.” She shrugged off her robe to reveal her heavily scarred arms, and pointed at them “ Is that why you didn’t want to see me? Because I was too ugly and scarred to be your daughter. I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU KNEW! MERLIN PERHAPS YOU’RE NOT A MURDERER BUT YOU PRETTY DARN EVIL! ” Sirus was shocked; he didn’t have time to explain before she had run out the house followed closely by George. Harry stayed behind and asked Sirius’ side; after all he had been like a dad to him. He was still a bit reserved though, why hadn’t he helped her?
“I didn’t want her hurt anymore, that’s why I didn’t talk to her. If she was captured again and they saw me in her thoughts then it would confirm their suspicions. She would be hurt more; I wanted so much to tell her. Also, she thought I was a murderer, she would have rejected me. Got scared and left,” Sirius explained. “ I don’t care about her scars, how could she think that, perhaps I am evil.”
“Oh, well that explains the lot.” He looked genuinely relieved that his godfather hadn’t abandoned his daughter for selfish reasons. He sighed and gave Sirius a quick pat on the shoulder. “I’ll go find her, but I think she might not want to talk for a bit,”
Sirius sighed again and sat down as Harry walked out the door. He found her sobbing her eyes out onto George’s chest; her arms had been covered once more; obviously, self-conscious again. He felt a surge of anger at Sirius for making her cry but then remembered why and knelt down next her. Placing a hand on her shoulder he said quietly, “Nissa, he explained everything to me. He didn’t want to leave you alone but he didn’t want you hurt anymore.” She looked up at him confused,
“What do you mean?” She asked. Had he really wanted to help her maybe he did, hope filled her.
“He only didn’t say anything because he thought you would think he is a murderer and also if you get close the death eaters would use you against him more!” He said hoping she would forgive him, Sirius looked so broken when she left. “You have to forgive him; he was just trying to protect you,”
She looked happy, shocked, and a bit nervous. Her dad was here and they could get to know each other, perhaps she wouldn’t have to go back to the orphanage. “I should go and talk to him shouldn’t I?” George, who hadn’t said anything the whole time, simply looked at her and smiled. They all got up and walked together towards eerily silent house.
Nissa was thinking to herself the whole time. ‘He didn’t want to desert me, he was trying to protect me. What do I say to him now?’ She sighed, earning a look from Harry and continued through the door hesitantly. She walked behind Sirius’ chair and placed a hand on his shoulder; he reached his hand up to touch it and smiled.
Without turning around he started talking, “I honestly didn’t want to leave you Nissa. It was killing me inside to hear you cry, but you would be hurt more because of me!” He turned around and looked up at her from the chair, her robe fell off her shoulders and she went to pull it up. Sirius held her hands tighter so she couldn’t. “And you scars are beautiful, they aren’t just scars. They show your loyalty; bravery and that you can deal with anything. You got these protecting me and Lily, which is something to be proud of!” They both had tears falling down their faces and she tugged her hands free and wrapped them around him, he grinned, still with tears running down his face.
“Sorry Dad, I love you” She muttered into his shoulder.
Nearly finished, what do you guys think. PLEASE REVIEW! Thanks to CassiePotter for helping me throughout this and helping A LOT with the Sirus and Nissa’s reactions.
“I’m sorry and I love you too Nissa,” He smiled and saw a little glowing in her pocket, the port key back to school was ready. “Before you go, you are just like you mother.”
She smiled at him and held onto George’s hand then all three of them held onto the portkey and twirled on the spot. Leaving Sirius truly happy, he had his daughter back.