Chapter 11 : Chapter 11: An announcement, an argument and many ideas.
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I yawned loudly and staggered into the bathroom for a relaxing shower that will hopefully wake me up. I barely slept last night at all, I was tossing and turning the whole night. The shower woke me up a bit, but I was still knackered and not fully with it as I entered the common room with dripping wet hair. I figured I'd slept in, Lily hadn't woken me, so I wasn't surprised when the common room was nearly empty. The exceptions being some second years who'd clearly forgotten their homework and Sirius, who looked as I tired as I felt. Judging by his, even more so than usual, messy hair, he'd had a terrible nights sleep as well.
Despite his exhaustion, his eyes lit up when he saw me. I'm sure my reaction was similar. "Hey." He greeted as I approached him.
"Hi." I replied, smiling at him.
"How're you feeling?" He asked, sounding concerned.
"Not as bad as I expected. What about you?"
"Fine." He shrugged, but his dismissal was just an act, I could see that he tensed up.
"Sirius, don't lie. You just… What happened with Regulus, it must hurt you."
He sighed, running his hand through his hair. Messing it up even more so. "Ok, I'm feeling rubbish. But, like you, not as bad as expected. Thanks to you."
"Me?" I asked in surprise.
"Merlin Willow, you don't know how important you are to me do you?" He said softly, placing his hands on my waist and drawing me closer to him.
"The same can be said for you." I countered, smiling up at him. "Are we done with the cheesy stuff now?" I added, a light smirk appearing on my face.
"For now." He grinned at me and lightly pecked my lips. "Let's get breakfast."
"You have a bet to keep." I reminded him, sniggering.
"To announce how awesome my girlfriend is?"
"Yep, that one." I tried to sound casual and ignore the butterflies in my stomach at being called his girlfriend.
"I think I'll manage it." He took my hand as we walked down to the Great Hall. "Ready for the outburst?"
"Pretty much every girl here is going to hate me now." I said brightly, just as Sirius pushed open the doors.
"Naturally." He replied. As he spoke, the entire room fell into a shocked silence. Which lasted up until we sat down, where Lily, James and Remus were beaming at us.
"Finally!" James cheered, causing loud babble to break out around the hall. "Took you long enough."
"Thanks?" I replied, laughing at their expressions.
"You two look really ill." Lily told us, looking worried.
"That's nice." Sirius commented dryly, rolling his eyes.
"I didn't mean it like that! I just meant…" She trailed off before shooting a half-hearted glare at us. "Never mind."
"Love you too Lily." I said, laughing at her, who was torn between being annoyed at us and happy at us being together. "Anyway, someone has a certain announcement to make." I added meaningfully, looking at Sirius.
"Is this the bet thing you had?" James asked, as Sirius winked at me and stood up. I nodded at James, while Sirius climbed onto the table and cleared his throat loudly.
"Can I have your attention please!" Sirius called, doing an excellent job of getting the whole room to stare at him. "I would like to say, thanks to a bet, that Willow Rosen, my girlfriend, is very awesome!" He announced to everyone, causing me and James to start laughing a lot. Sirius took a bow and sat down, wrapping his arm around my shoulder. "Good?"
"It would've been better if you hadn't said it was a bet." I told him, who just rolled his eyes and took a slice of toast.
"I just can't win can I?" He asked dramatically, pretending to sound offended.
"Nope, never could."
"That's not quite true."
"I thought it was very accurate."
"Clearly you're wrong."
"Clearly I'm not."
Remus butted in before we could continue. "Merlin, I thought that now you two are finally dating you'd stop arguing." He stated, sounding exasperated.
"That's delusional Moony." Sirius said, grinning.
"Ok, what's with the nicknames?" Lily asked. "It's been bugging me for ages."
"Well, you know the reason behind mine." Remus said, looking grim.
James leant across and whispered in Lily's ear, her eyes widening in realisation. "When?" She asked, sounding shocked.
"5th year." James said, shrugging.
"What?" I asked Sirius, who mimicked James.
"James, Peter and I are animagus." He murmured. "Peter, Wormtail, is a rat. James, Prongs, is a stag and I, Padfoot, am a dog. We became animagus so we could accompany Remus at full moon, he doesn't attack us as animals."
"That's really cool." I told him quietly.
"I know." He grinned at me. "But we're not registered."
I rolled my eyes at him. "Of course you're not."
"Sirius, have you seen Madame Pomfrey?" Lily asked, frowning at him.
"Why?" He asked, frowning back at her.
"Your face, you look pretty cut up." I explained for Lily, when his frowned deepened I touched the cut on his lip and the cut on his cheek. "You should get it cleaned up."
"And if my brother is there?" He asked tensely.
"I'll come with you." I stood up and waited for him to shove the remaining food in his mouth. "It'll be ok." I smiled ironically, repeating the same words he said to me yesterday.
"I know." He smiled grimly as we entered the hospital wing. As predicted, Regulus was there and was in a much worse state than Sirius was. Regulus had a black eye, swollen lip and cuts lining his jaw. Madame Pomfrey saw us enter and worked out what happened, it was quite obvious.
"I'll be with you in a moment." She told us, while Regulus leered at us.
"Enjoying the sight brother?" He asked.
"Ignore him." I muttered, taking Sirius' hand to comfort him. I could see how much this was bothering him, even though he tried to hide it.
"Isn't this cute?" Regulus continued, enjoying Sirius' reaction.
"Shut up." I snapped at him.
"It's risky brother, we all know now about her certain enemies." Regulus' smirk widened even more. "You're leading yourself up to heartbreak."
Sirius jumped forwards but, using my Quidditch reflexes, I grabbed him arm and pulled him back. "Sirius, stop. He wants this."
"Don't you dare…" Sirius threatened Regulus, ignoring me.
"It's true, she hasn't exactly got long left." Sirius yanked himself free and leapt forwards, drawing his arm back.
"Prongs mate, stop." Remus was suddenly there, stepping in front of Sirius and James had grabbed his arms, forcing him to stop.
"Master Regulus, I think you need to leave now." Madame Pomfrey said sternly. Regulus stood up and strolled past us, winking at me when he passed.
"What the hell?" James asked, clearly confused. I shook my head at him, silently telling him I'll fill them in later. Both Sirius and I were shaking, Sirius out of anger and me out of fear. I didn't want to let Regulus get to me, but he sounded so confident when he was speaking.
In silence, Madame Pomfrey quickly healed Sirius and we all left the hospital wing. "Where's Lily?" I asked quietly, not looking up from the ground.
"Planning the dance next week." James replied, watching me and Sirius.
I groaned loudly and buried my head in Sirius' chest. "I really didn't want reminding of that." I mumbled.
"The dance?" Remus asked, probably frowning but I couldn't see.
"Willow's got to go to a hearing concerning her parents death." Sirius explained tightly.
"Which I'm sure will be interesting now." I added, turning around to face James and Remus. "I'll explain when Lily's with us."
"Let's go and find her then. I think she's in our Head's Dorm." James said.
"Hang on, if she has her own dorm, why does she still wake me up in the mornings?" I asked, frowning.
"Secret passage that leads to the Gryffindor common room." James replied smirking. "It's not on the map."
"Neat." Sirius said, a hint of a smirk appearing on his face.
"Come on, I'll show you our common room." James began to lead the way, with Remus alongside him.
"Are you ok?" I asked Sirius, taking his hand.
"Are you going to ask me that everytime we see him?"
"Probably." I smiled at him. "So, are you?"
"I don't know what to feel." He muttered, before looking at me worriedly. "What about you?"
"What do you mean?"
"He thinks you're going to…" He trailed off, but I understood what he meant.
Honestly, I'd forgotten all about it. Well, I wasn't thinking about it. I was too worried about Sirius beating Regulus up again and not forgiving himself. "I'm fine." When he shot me a disbelieving look I decided to elaborate. "I think, now Voldemort's becoming more powerful we all have that threat near us. It's just now it's been voiced for me."
"Yeah I suppose." He conceded, but still looked troubled by it.
"Welcome to the Heads dorm." James announced, looking uncomfortable. We were stood outside a portrait of the four Hogwarts animals, a lion, snake, eagle and badger. "Unity." He then said, allowing the portrait to swing open revealing a very Gryffindor-themed common room that was similar to our Gryffindor common room but more personal. "Lily?"
Lily appeared at the top of the left staircase, looking confused to see us all there. "Hi?" She said, coming down the staircase. She caught on quickly that something had happened, probably by mine and Sirius' expressions, and folded her arms, narrowing her eyes at all of us. "What happened?"
James and Remus didn't say anything and turned to us, the questioning look in their eyes.
"Um…" I started, looking at my shoes. "Yesterday when we first spoke to Regulus, he told me… He said my parents were killed by Death Eaters, who also wanted me dead." I mumbled at my feet, but they heard all the same. "Today, seeing him again he said that… That it's only a matter of time until I was killed too, that I didn't have long left."
"Are you ok?" Lily cried, rushing forwards and hugging me.
"Everyone asks me that." I muttered, rolling my eyes and stepping back. "I'm fine, it doesn't change anything." Maybe I was exaggerating slight, I wasn't 'fine'. But I wasn't going to tell them that. "Look, my parents are still gone and we all know that defying Voldemort is similar to a death wish. Worrying about it won't change anything."
James grinned, slightly forced though. "Well said."
Lily shook her head, probably trying to clear the trouble thoughts and pressing questions bouncing around her mind. "We should get to lesson." She said hurriedly, grabbing her bag off their sofa.
"What lesson?" I asked, realising neither Sirius or I had any books or work on us.
"Charms." She replied, not even looking at her timetable. How she managed to memorise her timetable this early in the year I have no idea, it usually takes me up until the last month of school to fully memorise my timetable.
"Do we have homework?" Was my next question.
"Yes and you've done it." Lily told me, looking amused. "Is your memory like a sieve?"
"Nah, I just know that you know the answers for me." I told her, grinning cheekily. "I need to go and get my bag, I think I packed all my school work for today this morning." I then announced.
"Use the passage, or you'll be late." James said, chuckling as he pointed to a portrait of a Gryffindor lion, looking very proud of itself. Clearly it had heard what James said and swung forwards, revealing a lit-up passageway.
"Cheers." Sirius said, sounding more relaxed now. He took my hand and stepping into the passageway. I shot one last grin at the others before the lion portrait swung shut behind us.
The passageway was much shorter than I thought it would be, must be part of the magic of Hogwarts. It only took a few minutes until we reached the other end, we were walking quickly though. Flitwick doesn't appreciate lateness and it would give the gossip at school a field day if Sirius and I turned up late to a lesson, they have enough to gossip about already.
I rushed up to my dorm and grabbed my school bag that was sat on my bed. I never took my bag to breakfast with me, last time I did that someone managed to spill orange juice over it and ruined the potions essay I actually put effort into.
I raced back down the stairs, jumping the last three steps and grinned at the stares I received from those without a lesson first. Sirius came down from him dorm is a much more dull fashion.
"What time is it?" He asked, rolling his eyes at the 'Sirius Black fan-club' who were watching us with an expression that could only be described as heartbroken.
"Time to get to lesson?" I shook my head. "I have no idea, but we're probably late."
"Probably." He conceded, shooting a quick grin at me. Simultaneously, we swung our bags over our shoulders and ran out of the common room, running as fast as we dared down the moving staircases and laughing as we jumped over the trick steps.
Because of our Quidditch-trained speed, we arrived outside the charms class as the last student entered. Paul, a Ravenclaw, I think. As we walked, ever so casually, into the classroom I shot a wink at Lily, who rolled her eyes back, and slid into my seat next to Remus.
It was clearly near full-moon because Remus looked ill and tired. He was very pale and had huge, dark bags under his eyes.
"Wow Remus, ever heard of sleep?" I asked quietly, after Flitwick had finished speaking.
"Have you seen yourself recently?" He asked back.
"Yeah, I know." I shook my head, smiling.
"I think we both have perfectly good reasons."
"That we do." I grinned at him. "Hey, do you know if I have Quidditch practice tonight?" I then asked, remembering we had one scheduled soon.
"I think so. It's the Slytherin match soon so you'll be practicing for that."
"That'll be… Interesting."
"I was thinking more of violent."
I laughed delightedly and spun around on my chair to face James and Peter, who were sat diagonally behind us. I loved the Gryffindor/Slytherin matches, they were always a great, close (violent) game with an amazing atmosphere. Almost everyone in the school attended, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff all backing us and only Slytherin supporting them.
"James, Quidditch practice tonight?" I asked bluntly, still grinning at the thought of the match.
"Naturally, usual time." James replied, wearing a grin similar to mine.
"Excellent." I turned back as I saw Flitwick glancing in our direction, probably thinking we're plotting some epic prank.
… We need to plot an epic prank.
I let my chair fall back onto the floor, grinning sheepishly at Remus as the chair legs clattered on the floor. As Flitwick began another lecture on NEWTs to conclude the lesson, I allowed my thoughts to turn towards an awesome prank we can pull. Already, my mind was full of ideas.
A/N Woo! That only took a month! Which is an achievement for me, considering all the badminton I do and the fact I decide to start writing other stories at the same time... I need to stop doing that.
Anyway, I don't really have any announcements or things to say this time... Reviews are still not working, so that explains why I don't reply to them.
But reviews, as always, are still appreciated! ^_^