Chapter 33 : We need to talk
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I woke at dawn to find my pillow streaked with tears. I sighed and then rolled over, wishing that I had a Sight to distract me.
Quietly, I slipped of the bed, making sure not to wake Alice as she had fallen asleep next to me.
I tip toed downstairs and sat in front of the fire. The last few weeks had been absolutely draining. Making up with Sirius had been the right thing to do but everything felt so wrong and awkward when I had told them that I had Seen their futures.
Suddenly, I heard the portrait being opened.
"Where on earth have you been Sirius?" I said tiredly as he tried to sneak past unseen. A guilty look crossed his face as I felt a pang in my stomach.
What was he hiding from me?
Why was his hair sticking up more than usual and his shirt all messed up?
And was that a rip in the seems of his shirt and a blood stain?!
"Hey," he said softly and tried to kiss me.
"No," I said and pushed his face away. He winced and I saw that there was slight bruising around his cheek and nose, "What happened to you?"
"Don't 'nothing' me, Sirius Black. Where the fucking hell have you been since yesterday after noon?" I spat.
"Look, Rosie, I'm really tired and everything hurts and I smell bad. I need to shower and sleep... Can we have this conversation later?" He pleaded. I looked up to face but his eyes slid away from mine.
I stepped back and turned up the staircase without another word.
My heart sank as Rosie stalked up the staircase. I so badly wanted to tell her what had happened but Lily had made me promise not to tell anyone.
I never broke my promises but this one was just so hard to keep.
I took a quick shower to get rid of the smell of blood but couldn't find enough energy to dress properly so I just chucked on a pair of boxers.
I lay down, glad that I could finally rest, but images of what had happened that night kept playing over in my mind.
A heard James stir from the bed next to mine and I quickly pulled the curtains shut to avoid any awkward questions.
"SIRIUS!" James yelled as he ripped open the curtains. I sighed. I should've known that curtains wouldn't stop Prongs.
"Dude, I'm trying to sleep," I said and rolled over.
"Merlin, Pads. Where the hell have you been all night!" James turned to ranting mode, "Not only did you disappear, so did Lily and thanks to you, Remus, Peter and I couldn't even get the Map to find where you where. You know what happened, Sirius. You know what? Moony and I were on the verge of asking Rosie if she knew where the bleeding map was!" James took a deep exaggerated breath.
"Are you done?" I said quietly.
"Then get out and let me sleep." I yanked the curtains out of his hands and rolled over.
"Come on, Al," Alice whispers to me and drags me down the staircase, "You have to face him again."
"I can't, Alice."
"Yes you can," Alice said and took my arm, "Don't think about it. Besides, he's probably not cheating on you at all. If you're really that worried, confront him about it."
"Al, do you remember the last time I confronted him?" I asked. Alice shook her head, "He ended up breaking up with me."
"Ok," Alice admitted, "But that was last time."
"So let's go to breakfast."
I let Alice lead me down to the Great Hall where the Marauders- minus Sirius- were eating breakfast. I involuntarily sighed and Alice shot me a look.
"See it's not that bad is it?" She said and sat down next to Peter.
"What's not that bad?" Peter piped up.
"Nothing," Alice said and shot me another look.
"Stop looking at me!" I squealed.
"Well stop making me attempt to telepathically communicate with you!" Alice shrieked back.
"Both of you shut up. My head can't handle this," James moaned.
"Where was Sirius?" I blurted.
"Dunno. He was in a crappy mood," James shrugged, "He pulled his curtains on me."
"What?" Alice screwed up her nose.
"I mean, he pulled his bed curtains closed and got super grumpy at me when I pulled them open," James explained.
I sighed and felt like face planting into my porridge. I heard it makes an excellent face mask.
"Oh, and Al?" James said.
"Do you think you could play this at our next game?" James said quietly. I opened my mouth to reply but James cut me off.
"And if you don't want to just say 'no'. You don't have to get all pissy and storm out," he said quickly. I rolled my eyes.
"You, James Potter are an idiot," I laughed, "Luckily enough, I am a nice person. So yes, I will play for you." James' eyes lit up like a kid at Christmas and I wondered how I could every have said no to him.
I woke up at midday.
Shit, I had missed all my morning classes.
Oh well, it was more important that I spoke to Lily.
I left the Gryffindor Tower and used some handy hidden hallways to go unseen to the Hospital Wing.
"Lily," I said by way of greeting.
"Sirius," she said back, "You didn't tell anyone?"
"Of course not," I said and took a tentative seat at the foot of her bed.
"Good," she said blankly.
"I still think we should tell someone," I said after a while.
"And who would we tell, Sirius?"
"Anyone....Dumbledore," I said.
"No," Lily said shortly.
"Lily, you can't go on like this!" I said, my voice was become extremely raised.
"And why not, Black?" Lily said, suddenly her eyes all cold and refused to look at me anymore.
"Because one day, that little fucker who calls himself Smith is going to go to far and seriously hurt you, Lily!" I yelled, "One day, he's going to end up hurting you so bad that you won't even realise! One day, he's going to go too far and you're going to end up dead!"
"Get out, Black," Lily said her voice devoid of emotion.
"I said get out."
A boy and a girl sat opposite the headmaster. A nurse fretted around the girl.
"Headmaster," she trilled, "Miss Evans is in no condition to talk to anyone! She should be resting where I can keep an eye on her."
"Thank you for your consideration, Poppy, but I need to talk to Miss Evans and Mr Black," Dumbledore said calmly. Poppy huffed.
"With all due respect, headmaster, Mr Black has several broken ribs, a dislocated shoulder, a broken nose, numerous cuts and bruises and Miss Evan is no better off!" Poppy's voice was starting to climb, "Both have mild to severe concussion and probable internal bleeding and severe psychological repercussions!"
"And those psychological repercussions are exactly what Mr Black, Miss Evans and I are here to discuss," Dumbledore's voice strained, "If you could perhaps give us a few minutes?" Poppy huffed some more but left without anymore arguments.
"Mr Black, do not even try to deny anything," Dumbledore said sternly.
"Professor," Miss Evans broke in timidly, "I would like to say that everything was my fault." Dumbledore looked slightly startled.
"Are you sure, Miss Evans?" Dumbledore asked and peered over the top of his glass.
"Yes, Professor. I take full blame," Lily said shakily but lifted her chin defiantly, "I started the fight with Smith and his friends. I fired the first spell and I am one hundred percent responsible."
"You may both go," Dumbledore said shortly, "Madame Pomfrey will tend to your injuries but rest assured that we will talk more later."
Miss Evans and Mr Black left.
"Are you crazy?" Mr Black yelled the second the door was closed, "Lily, don't you just keep walking. Don't you fucking da-"
"Don't you swear at me, Sirius!" Lily shrieked. Sirius took a deep breath.
"Lily, did you hear Madame Pomfrey?" Sirius said, "My ribs are smashed, my shoulder isn't sitting in its joint and my vision keeps going out of focus. I did not just get into a fight with Smith and his cronies to have you take the blame for something that Smith started!"
"I couldn't say it," Lily whispered and then started crying softly.
"And why the hell not?" Sirius demanded.
"Sirius?" Lily said softly and stopped walking.
"What?" Sirius stopped to.
"You have to promise that what ever I say next you can't tell anybody," Lily said and started cry.
"Merlin, Lily. Um...please don't cry...of course I won't tell," Sirius mumbled, slightly incoherently.
"Oh God...I promised myself that I would never tell..." Lily cried.
"Um..." Sirius said hesitantly.
"My father...he used to hit my mother," Lily sobbed, "Oh God...I should have told someone..."
"Did he..." Sirius gulped, "..did he ever...hit you?" Lily shook her head vigorously.
"He never hit me. Just mum...it was so horrible...one day, mum and I left..." Lily sobbed and Sirius pulled her into a hug.
I woke up to find Alice shaking me.
"Al, wake up." It was raining so loudly that I thought y ear drums were doing to pop.
"I'm awake!" I said and sat up, "Oh God, Alice."
"Oh, my God," I said and buried my face in the sheets. What the hell was that?!
"Ok, what ever it is, please save it for later. If you don't remember, you promised James that you would play," Alice said quickly and glanced at the door, "If you're not down in five I can almost guarantee James' is going to come charging up the stairs. Forget about the slide."
"Oh, God," I groaned and rolled out of bed, "I can't Alice."
"Why not, lazy arse? Come on, you're brilliant at quidditch and you don't even have to practice," Alice said and practically dragged my out the door.
"What, Al. I got to change," I said and started ripping my clothes of and chucking on my robes.
"Well, you were just standing around so assumed you enjoyed playing in your pyjamas," Alice said and rolled her eyes.
"Al," I said softly and looked away, hoping that she would see that I couldn't play.
"Please, what ever it is, Alexis Rose, tell me later. James' is going to crack the shits at you."
I sighed but shoved all thoughts of Lily and Sirius into the back of my mind.
"PARTY IN THE COMMON ROOM!!" James screamed at the top of his voice. Everybody cheered.
I should have been happy.
We won. In fact, we smashed Ravenclaw and I don't want to boast, but I did make a large contribution.
The Ravenclaws were dragging their soggy eagle tails across the pitch and I knew I looked like one of them.
I shoved my wet robes into my locker, not even bothering to squeeze out my hair. I flopped down on to the wooden bench and dropped my head between my hands.
Outside, the world was grey and it was pouring rain. James and the rest of Gryffindor were in party mode but all I wanted to do was sit down and cry.
So I did.
My sobs had slowed to ragged breathing when there was a knock on the door.
"Rosie?" Sirius softly and poked his head around the door.
"Go away, Sirius," I said but I didn't mean it.
"Rosie, listen to me," Sirius sat down next to me, "We need to talk."
a.b. hello my lovely readers! Claps all 'round for a SUPER long chapter!
So what do you think? What do you think happened to Lily and Sirius? Or should I be saying what do you think is going to happen to Sirius and Lily? And any guess as to what Sirius is going to tell Alexis?
marauders forever xx
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