Chapter 5 : Wonderwall
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September 8, 1977
“But, Sirius, what about her?” Sarah asked Sirius, gasping for breath, her piercing green eyes searching for his face in the dark broom cupboard.
“I love her, I do,” Sirius said, gasping as well. “But, she’s moving too bloody slow,” he said. He leaned in to snog her once again, tongue wrestling as he lifted his hand up her blouse.
“I must say, Sirius,” she said as he kissed her neck, “I’ve missed you.”
“Yeah,” Sirius muttered snogging the girl once more, sure to stick his tongue deep down her throat to keep her from talking.
But, she pulled away. “So, are we--”
“No, just this one time if you don’t mind,” he said panting.
Sarah seemed to think about it for a minute before finally saying, “Okay,” and kissing Sirius hard on his lips, savoring his taste.
“I swear, Reg, something’s off with Sirius,” Bera muttered. The two were walking through the corridors, doing their nightly rounds.
“Like what?” He asked her as they made their way down the empty corridor. “He couldn’t stop talking about you over break, honestly it gets pretty annoying.”
“No, he’s just been...er, well, different,” she said warily. “Have I done something?”
“Nope, you’re just Sirius’ perfect Bera, if you ask me,” he shrugged. “Oh, it’s Lupin,” he drawled, pointing at the sandy blonde haired boy walking hurriedly down the hall.
“Have either of you seen Sirius?” He asked quickly.
“No, I thought that he was probably off with James or something, why?” She asked skeptically.
“Bera, I think you should come with me,” he said suddenly, pulling Bera along by the wrist.
“I’ll, er, see you, I guess,” Regulus muttered, watching Bera get pulled off down the corridor.
“What’s going on, Remus?” Bera asked. “I was just on my way to the--”
“Library, I know.” He said. “But, something bad might be going on, something very bad.”
Remus pulled Bera around multiple corners, and up about three flights of steps before stopping in front of a portrait of a fat lady, who eyed Bera suspiciously.
“Liquid Luck,” Remus said to the portrait that opened widely to a room decorated with warm golds and scarlets, Bera gazed all around at the room. “Let’s go,” he said, pulling Bera inside of the Gryffindor Common room.
Bera bit her lip nervously at all of the stares she got from other students doing homework and relaxing in the common room. Remus pulled her up a flight of steps on the left side of the common room and pulled her up another seven flights before bursting into the room.
“He wasn’t with her,” Remus said, letting go of Bera’s wrist. “Where is he?”
“Er,” James said looking at the Marauder’s map nervously. “Well, erm...” he said nervously.
“He’s in a broom cupboard!” Peter blurted. “With Stephanie Miller!” He said looking over James’ shoulder with anxious eyes.
“What?” Bera asked, breathlessly. “That can’t be true,” she said, marching over to James and snatching the parchment from his hands to observe the map. There it was: Sirius Black and Stephanie Miller in a broom cupboard on the seventh floor. “He told me he’d be with you!” She hissed.
“He told us that he’d be with you!” Remus, James, and Peter said in unison.
Bera Balled her fists. She gritted her teeth and held back the scream she so-desperately wanted to let out. She felt her blood boiling in her veins, and marched out of the seventh-year boy’s dormitory and out of the Gryffindor Common room.
“I thought you said you got rid of the scar!” Remus said in an accusiong tone. “Obviously, she still has a terrible temper!"
“No, Remus, this is Bera’s regular temper!” James said.
The two immediately followed after Bera, hoping to catch up to her and stop her from whatever it was that she was planning on doing.
“Wait!” James called after her.
She realized that the three boys would chase her down and make her stop. So, Bera began to run as fast as she could. Being a seeker really came in handy when she needed it to. The only one of the three that could keep up was James, but he wasn’t as fast as the Mini Zabini, oh no.
She rushed up the three flights of steps and rushed down the corridor searching frantically for that bloody broom cupboard as she slipped her wand from up her sleeve. And there it was to her right.
She walked slowly in front of the door, with her wand pointed at it. James rushed in a few seconds later, “Silencio! Petrificus Toatalus!” She said swiftly. James fell to the floor in a silence.
Bera rearranged her stance at the door and aimed her wand at the center of it, “Bombarda Maxima!” She shouted.
A whole fraction of the wall blew up to reveal Sirius with the one and only Stephanie Miller; Both half-naked and their mouths intertwined.
“Bera,” Sirius said, pushing away from Sarah, who gasped like the blonde idiot she was.
“You lying bastard!” Bera shouted, her wand aimed at Sarah. “What the fuck is this?”
“Er,” Sirius muttered, scratching the back of his head.
“I asked you a question, Sirius,” she said darkly, with sharp, red sparks coming from the tip of her wand. All Sirius could do was let out a small whimper. He knew what he’d just gotten himself into.
“Oh, shut up, Zabini,” Stephanie said, wiping her mouth. Bera’s dangerous eyes flickered to the girl. They’d become hollow and dark. “No one’s afraid of--”
“Calvorio!" She hissed, and all of that luscious, honey blonde hair elegantly fell to the floor. Sara shrieked and screamed, pulling and scratching at her scalp for any trace of hair. Bera smiled evilly, but glared at Sirius. “Well,” she said sourly. “Since you seemed to be having so much fun, I’ll make the moment memorable,” she said. “Colloshoo,” She said pointing her wand at both their feet. “Accio Wands," she said, and their two wands flew into her hand.
“Bera, what are you doing?” Sirius asked, trying to move his feet.
“Letting you have fun,” she said innocently. “Furnunculus, Immobulus,” she hissed. Sirius’ face broke out into boils, and he stopped moving, along with Sarah.
“Bera,” Sirius said quietly.
“Shut up,” She snapped. “Have fun with your whore,” she snapped in his direction. “Silencio,” she hissed. And Sirius finally shut up. “Aminadverto!” She hissed once more, and now the scene was a whole lot more noticeable, just because of that charm. “Nique Mutario." Now, no one could lift these spells but Bera, herself.
She walked back over to James. “Finite Incantatem,” she said simply.
James sat up quickly, and looked at the scene before him, then turned back to Bera. “What did you do?!”
“I’m giving my ex-boyfriend just what he wanted,” she answered simply. “No one’s going to be able to lift those spells but me,” she shrugged. I’ve also got their wands. Seeing as you’re a Gryffindor, you can return them respectively, when I decide that they’ve suffered enough.”
“Bloody hell,” James muttered. “You really should be a Marauder, with all the spells you know.”
“I probably should’ve been one,” she shrugged. “You’re not going to try and help your best friend?”
“No, I think he deserves it,” James shrugged.
“Thanks, James,” Bera said, smiling at him. “So, the engagement’s off?” He asked.
“Well, I almost forgot about that,” Bera said, pulling the necklace from underneath her shirt and yanking the small chain from her neck. She walked back over to the broom closet and tossed the ring and it landed in front of Sirius’ feet. “It’s all yours, Stephanie.”
“Right,” he said nodding.
“Can I use your cloak later on?” She asked him.
“Er sure,” he said nervously. “Exactly how long do you plan on letting this go?”
“Just until tomorrow afternoon, they’ll be humiliated enough by then,” she replied simply.
“Bera, don’t do anything!” Remus shouted, catching up to them finally.
“Too late,” James said scratching the back of his head, and glancing back down the corridor at the scene before them.
“Bloody hell, Bera!” Remus shrieked. “You did this?”
“I did,” she said nodding. “And give me detention, if you must, but I honestly don’t care, it was worth it,” she shrugged.
James and Remus walked in front of the scene that Bera had just set up. Remus collapsed on the floor in fits of laughter, and James leaned against the stone wall for support. “Merlin, Bera,” James said, “Have I ever told you I love you?” He said, holding his side.
“Nope, I think it’s the first time,” she replied, half smirking. “I should get out of here,” she said shrugging.
“Yeah, let’s go,” James said, helping Remus up.
Sirius watched as two of his best friends left him there in the broom cupboard left to be humiliated. He knew that he would never forget this, one day he’d get his revenge. Oh, yes. And it would be sweet.
Bera stepped into the common room, sending glares at anyone and everyone. She saw Regulus sitting in his usual spot on the couch, and she slumped down next to him.
“Sirius and I are over,” Bera growled.
Regulus thought he’d heard her wrong. “Come again?”
“I broke up with that bastard!” She shouted angrily.
“What the bloody hell happened?” He asked worriedly, though he was jumping for joy on the inside.
“He cheated on me with Bloody Stephanie Miller! I caught him!” She shouted. “I knew this was bound to happen from the start, Regulus,” she said in a slight whisper, throwing her head into her hands.
“That git,” Regulus growled. He’d given Sirius a chance. He had. He let Sirius have what he’d wanted all along. And he’d ruined it. He heard Bera sniffle, only slightly. “Bera Adriana Zabini,” Regulus said in a hushed tone, “Are you...crying?” he asked softly.
“Yes,” she sobbed pathetically, throwing herself into Regulus’ arms.
Regulus held a shaking Bera Zabini tightly. He rubbed her back and stroked her long thick curls of hair. “Don’t worry about him, Bera,” he said in a hushed tone. “He’ll get what he deserves.” Bera hiccuped in his arms now, his shoulder was soaked with salty, wet tears.
“Don’t you dare walk away from me!” Sirius hissed at Bera as she walked down the hallway, ignoring him. Bera continued walking, not even looking in his direction, she quickened her pace.
“I said stop!” Sirius said, grabbing her tightly by her upper arm.
This caught her by surprise and she looked at Sirius with her wide brown eyes. “Why?” She challenged.
Sirius’ grey eyes were now hard, cold, and icy. They were never this way before, Bera noticed. Sirius grabbed her, and pulled her into an abandoned tapestry. “Never do anything like that to me ever again!” He hissed, glaring down at her. “You have no idea how badly you humiliated me!”
“You have no idea how badly you humiliated me!” Bera argued. “I beat you at your own game, Black!” She taunted. “How does it feel to be on the other side of the fence for once? I’m the pranker, and you’re the prankee,” she said with a malevolent smirk on her face. “We’re over and I want nothing to do with you,” she stated as she tried walking away for the billionth time.
Of course, Sirius followed after her. “Maybe if you weren’t so uptight I wouldn’t have cheated in the first place!”
“Oh, so it’s my fault that you cheated?” Bera drawled. “Because I put my wand to your head and threatened to kill you if you didn’t practically sleep with Stephanie Miller, great logic, you arse!” She hissed.
“You’re always just so quick to scream and yell at me aren’t you?!” Sirius said angrily. “No other girl has given me as much crap as you!”
“Well, apparently, I’m not like all the other girls, am I?” She said, hinting at the double meaning. Bera stormed into the potions class room, slamming the door behind her. She rushed to her seat, dropping her bag onto the floor and plopping herself down in the chair, folding her arms angrily.
The class was silent as they watched Bera fume. James and Lily sent Bera worried looks from across the room, whispering to each other in concern. They could hear them arguing when they were all the way down the corridor. It was obvious that things weren’t going well between the two.
Sirius came following her in a few seconds later, obviously just as angry and sat down in his seat beside her, biting the inside of his cheek. Neither one of them acknowledging their presences.
“Miss Zabini, Mister Black, you’re both late,” Professor Slughorn said as he wrote the directions on the board. Neither of the two said a word. Professor Slughorn then turned around to face the two. “Something wrong?” He asked.
“No professor,” Bera muttered, copying down the notes from be board.
They soon began to brew potions. James, Lily, Remus, and Peter kept a careful eye on the two as they worked. Things seemed to be going fine. They were working diligently, while still ignoring each other. That was, until there was a loud explosion and Bera and Sirius were covered in green slime.
“You idiot!” Bera shrieked. “Why would you do that?!”
“Me? It’s obviously your fault!” Sirius argued, pointing an accusing finger at her.
“Me!?” She shrieked. “I saw you pour something in the cauldron, you dirty little liar!” She said angrily. “You ruin everything and you can never take anything seriously!”
“Was that pun intended?” He asked, obviously trying to irritate Bera even more.
“Ugh! I hate you!”
“Well, I hate you, too!”
“You lazy git! Now I know why you even bothered to help with the potion--you just wanted to tamper with it!”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about!” He drawled.
The class remained silent as Bera and Sirius continued to argue. If anything, it was amusing. But, knowing the two, the rest of the Marauders and Lily knew that this was only going to get worse and worse if those two didn’t make up in some way, shape, or form.
“Are you two just about finished?” Professor Slughorn asked, standing in front of the two.
“No, professor, I’m not!” Bera hissed. “I’m tired of him!” She said, pointing an accusing finger at Sirius.
“And I’m tired of her!” Sirius growled.
“If this is about last week’s incident--”
“Of course it’s about last week’s bloody incident!” Bera snapped. “I’m tired of him always being on my back about absolutely everything!”
“I’m tired of her blaming me for everything that goes wrong in her life!”
“Newsflash! You are the reason why everything goes wrong in my life, you mangy git!”
“You two just need to switch partners,” Professor Slughorn sighed.
“I’ll do it, professor,” James said, holding up his hand.
“Alright, Mr. Potter, you can work with Sirius,” Professor Slughorn said. “Miss Zabini, you can work with Miss Evans,” he said.
Bera picked up her books and walked toward the front of the room to where Lily and James were sitting. As James passed Bera, she quickly whispered. “Thanks James,” and seated herself beside Lily.
All Bera could think about was how much she hated Sirius. Some school year this turned out to be.
“Bera, don’t let Sirius get to you,” Lily said as the two exited the potions classroom. “He’s only trying to get back at you, you know?” She said.
“I know, but he still gets under my skin, Lily,” Bera sighed.
“Don’t worry, it’s just in Sirius’ nature to try and get back at you,” she said. “Just ignore him, alright?” She asked.
“Alright,” Bera muttered. “If you say so.”
Soooo. Yup. Mhm. He cheated. It's okay, though, it's not like things'll get worse or anything... Read and Review! ^__^
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