Chapter 3 : Hogsmeade
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“Oh finally time to bless us with your presence?” Charlotte remarked.
I wiped the sleep out of my eyes and supressed a grin.
“You only have an hour to get ready” Saphira informed me.
“Like she needs it, have you seen her? Part veela has its perks” part veela I laughed, yeah right. I sat up and looked at the rest of my dorm mates. “What are your plans for today?” I asked.
“ I’m meeting up with Rufus, he’s taking me to madam paddifuts” Olivia boasted, I’m not sure why though, Rufus gives me the creeps. He’s too pro-Voldy for his own good.
“I’m going to see Mum and Dad with Ellie, they’ve got important news apparently” Charlotte informed me, she didn’t seem too happy. I heard Ryan Davies asked her, I guess that’s the reason she said no.
“And you Saphira?” I asked politely.
“Urm Regulus asked me if I wanted to go with him last night and I said yeah” wow that cut deep “look I know you have that thing with him, but I really wanted to go and nobody else had asked me I’ll turn him down if you want” she said hurriedly.
“Saph, it’s fine really. Enjoy yourself. After all it was only one time and nothing else is going to happen I swear” I said smiling sweetly at her. She grinned back at me looking like Christmas had come early “Are you sure?”
“Yeah, carry on”
“After all I hear Nova’s got her eye on the other brother” Olivia shot.
“Is that true?” Saphira asked trying to hide her judgement.
“It was a bet” I said defensively.
“I’d never lower myself to go for a blood traitor” Olivia said flicking her blonde hair over her shoulder in an I’m-better-than-you fashion.
“Yeah but you have no problem lowering your pants for every other scum bag in this place, go and have a nice time with Rufus remember to use a condom” I quipped back. She glared at me before storming out of the dorm to meet lover boy.
“Do you really have to wind her up like that?” Charlotte asked Charlotte was way too innocent to be a Slytherin.
“She asked for it” I replied as I finally got up out of bed. They sighed at me before following Olivia out of the door to meet their plans for today too. I looked into the mirror and sighed. I really should have woken up earlier. My hair hung untamed down my back in wavy curls. I ran my fingers through it trying to calm it down but it was useless my hands just got lost in the knots. I gave up. I grabbed my wand and performed one of the many spells my mother had me memorise. My hair was now presentable, nowhere near to my sister’s usual fashion but it would do. I applied a quick flash of mascara. And put my favourite blue jumper on accompanied with my dark wash jeans. I grabbed my knitted white scarf and put it carefully around my neck as I summoned the matching hat from under my bed. I placed it on top of my head and looked at myself in the mirror. I had ten minutes until I was supposed to be meeting Sirius, I’ll suppose it will have to do I thought. I grabbed my long black coat and ran down to the common room.
I just spotted Reg and Saph leaving together, I ignored the jealous feeling in my stomach. I shouldn’t be feeling this, I thought bitterly. I waited a second before following their lead out of the common room. The dungeons were always freezing you’d think they’d at least install central heating or at least a warming spell. I mean come on people we are wizards after all.
I walked briskly through the dungeons and up the stairs, until I finally got to the great hall. I looked around expecting him to be waiting. He wasn’t so I just stood there awkwardly until he eventually praised me with his presence.
“Hi” he ran his hair through his long hair, grinning from ear to ear “you look different” he commented.
“It’s because today I’m wearing clothes” he laughed.
“Yeah, I’m not sure I like that”
“Well tough luck, you’re not getting anything else” he smiled still chuckling to himself.
“So you want to head down?”
“Sure” we started walking down to Hogsmeade I was right to wear the extra layers it was freezing. I couldn’t say the same for Sirius though; he had one jumper on and his famous leather jacket. How he wasn’t cold was beyond me. We walked down together, talking like old friends. The conversation flew easily.
“So what are the plans for today?” I asked him.
“Well, how about we grab a butter beer, some sweets from honeydukes and then head over to the shrieking shack”
“The shrieking shack huh? You hoping I’ll get scared and jump into your muscly arms?”
“That’s the plan” he laughed.
“Sure then, sounds good”. We headed over to the Hogs head where Sirius bought me a drink, despite my feminist protests.
“So tell me, how in Merlin’s saggy pants did you of all people get sorted into Slytherin?” Sirius asked generally looking really curious, he took a sip from his drink as he waited for my answer. “Oh didn’t you know I’m actually a really big supporter of the dark lord” I said with the most serious face I could muster. Sirius immediately started choking on his drink. His mouth dropped open in complete shock. So that’s when I started laughing. “I’m joking you moron” he gradually started looking normal again and not like a dying seal.
“I got sorted into Slytherin because I’m determined and I’ll do anything to get what I want, also it helps that I’m a bit of a bitch too”
He laughed. “Anything you want, huh?”
“Yup” I said as I took a sip of my own drink.
“So how about you, why didn’t you get sorted into Slytherin?”
“The house said my loyalties lied elsewhere and that Gryffindor would help me achieve the future I was meant for”
“Oooh, the sorting has you for a hero”
“Well I have got the looks”
“I cannot believe you’ve just said that”
“What?” he laughed “I was joking”.
“Oh so you’re not really that big headed?”
“Well it has been said before”
“What that you’re big headed?”
“No that I’m handsome”
Now it was my time to laugh “I wouldn’t believe everything that everyone tells you” I told him with a wink. He looked slightly offended, he threw his hand dramatically on his head and then turned to me giving me the most adorable puppy dog face I have ever seen. But I would never tell him that. His bottom lip stuck out, his grey eyes looked like they were about to cry. I felt like giving him a hug but I stood my ground.
“So you don’t think I’m good looking?” he asked still pulling that adorable little face.
“Nope, nada, not in the slightest” I said way too quick to be believable.
“Liar” he exclaimed.
“Am not” I replied pouting slightly.
“I can tell you’re lying…”
“Your mouth moves” my mouth fell open in an I can’t believe you’ve just said that fashion. Sirius started laughing, well it was more of a bark.
“Sirius Black you are very handsome”
“Nice try Lore, but I believe that to be the most honest thing you’ve said today”. I scrunched my face up in annoyance, damn that didn’t work either.
“Fine you’re a knob”
“Actually I believe that to be the most honest thing you’ve said today” I laughed as he smiled back at me. I’d just finished my drink when Sirius asked if I wanted to go to Honeydukes I happily obliged.
“This is my favourite shop” I told him.
“Does that mean it’s going to cost me a fortune?” he laughed.
“What no! Don’t be ridiculous, I’ll pay for my own”
“No. I am a gentleman I could not possibly let you pay for your own stuff on a date”
“A gentleman?” I questioned raising my eyebrow up at him
“Yes, so Nova what shall it be?”
“Ten strawberry Liquorice wands”
“That all?” he asked.
“Yep, they’re my favourite” he nodded and went over to the cash register. He came back over grinning from ear to ear with a bag full of sweets.
“Hungry?” I asked him curiously.
“Yes and so will you be, so come one we’re going on a pic-nick” I laughed at the idea Sirius Black on a pic-nick. I followed him anyway as he took me down to the shrieking shack.
“So what’s the plan, we going to sit here and look at it?”
“No don’t be silly. We’re hopping the fence and sitting on top of it”
“What?!?” I asked sounding much more alarmed than I’d planned to. He threw the large bag of sweets over the fence and turned to look at me.
“What are you scared Nova?”
“No of course not. It’s just that fence isn’t really hopping size, it’s more of a…”
“Want me to give you a leg up?” he asked laughing.
“If you didn’t mind”
“No problem just come here”. He bend down and entwined his fingers giving me my step. I put my foot on his hands hesitantly as he lifted me up I jumped over the fence and landed with a thud on the lightly snowy ground. “You ok?” he asked.
“Just dandy thanks” I brushed off the snow from my jeans and looked over to Sirius who was climbing the fence with ease. He re-joined me and picked up the bag.
“Come on then Lore we having a haunting house to climb”
Great I thought. At least I didn’t wear heals. I followed him as he led me up the non-existing path to the Shrieking shack.
“Now you have to watch your footing with this. Some things aren’t as sturdy as others”
“How many times have you done this?” I asked as I watched him climb effortlessly.
“Thousands” he laughed. I followed his footwork, placing my foot exactly where he placed his. The only problem was I didn’t have the strength in my upper arms to pull me up to the roof so Sirius had to help me up. He was grinning from ear to ear as he locked his hands around my arm and lifted me up. And there I was up on the roof of the shrieking shack, somewhere I never thought I’d ever be, especially with Sirius Black.
He sat down on a little platform smiling at me expectantly. I walked over hesitantly not trusting the roof below my feet. “It’s safe” he told me still laughing. I walked over and sat down next to him. “See it wasn’t that bad was it?”
“So how many girls have you brought up here before?”
He mocked a faint hurt and put his hand over his chest “I’m in complete shock. What do you think I am some sort of man whore?” I looked at him with my eyebrow raised, he laughed. “Believe it or not none, I don’t tend to show girls my hiding spot”
“Your hiding spot?” I asked.
“Yep I like to come here sometimes, it quiet. It allows me to think”
“You’re capable of thinking?” I asked amused.
“I’m capable of a lot of things sweetheart”
“I don’t want to know” I told him, he smirked.
“Don’t worry you’ll find out eventually”
“Grosse” I pushed him lightly, I heard the roof creak from under us my face suddenly went from joking to complete shock. Sirius even looked frightened for a second before he burst out laughing. “You know Nova it’s not called the shrieking shack for nothing”.
“You’re an arse. I thought the roof was going to collapse!”
“It’s dealt with a lot worse than the two of us” he laughed.
“Like your friends transformations” I said not really thinking.
“Wait what?” Sirius asked heatedly.
“Tell me what you meant” he grabbed my arm tight.
“Your friend Lupin. Sirius get your arm off me please” he let go and looked away.
“How the hell do you know?” he whispered.
“Nobody is going to overhear you know Black. And it’s not that hard to put together when he disappears the same time every month. Look I’ve known for over a year I’m not going to tell anybody”
“Well thanks” he muttered. “Still how did you notice?”
“I like watching people, you tend to notice little things”.
“What did you notice about me?”
“I notice you looking at your brother from time to time” I said slowly wondering how he would react to it. He went completely quiet still looking away.
“What’s going on between the two of you?” he asked.
“What do you mean?” I asked dumbstruck.
“Don’t play dumb. I overheard you yesterday it sounded serious”. I ran my hand through my hair nervously.
“We had sex” I said suddenly. Sirius’ jaw set. “It was last year after one of our quidditch victory parties we were both drunk it was a… onetime thing”.
“Well our parents have kind of arranged a urm. My mum and well his, your parents want us to marry to carry on the pureblood line. But I said I didn’t want to”
“Oh” was all that Sirius said.
“The rest of the Slytherins were jibing at him because my sister is getting married and they were asking us how long until ours and I well let it slip that I didn’t want to and well they were taking the piss out of him telling him how he couldn’t control his woman and he stormed out. And well I followed but you already know that”
“So why don’t you, you know want to marry him?”
“I don’t want to get married and I especially don’t want to be forced into a marriage. If I marry it will be for love and because I want to. On my terms nobody else’s”.
“I’m guessing your parents don’t agree” I laughed.
“My Dad is completely fine with it. My urm Mum is she just wants to get rid of me”
“I’m an abomination to her” I laughed.
“How could you possibly be-“
“Because I’m not her daughter. I’m not even a pure blooded wizard. I’m not even part veela”
“Wait what? You’re not? But you’re beautiful”
“Just luck I guess. My dad had an affair with a muggle. She died during childbirth; Dad bought me home he’d already named me Nova. After a Super Nova, he’s fascinated by stars the universe really. It was just pure coincidence I was born in November, my mum or Lydia as I usually call her was forced to let me stay. She wasn’t happy of course she wasn’t I was evidence that my dad didn’t love her enough to stay with her and ever since she’s been just waiting to get rid of me. Your mum wouldn’t want me to marry your brother if she found out I wasn’t pureblood. She wouldn’t even want me at their Christmas party”
“So you’re a half blood?”
“Surprise” I said sarcastically.
“Does Regulus know?”
“Of course not. He wouldn’t want to marry me either” I laughed.
“He wants to marry you?”
“He thinks he does. He’s determined that he can make me fall in love with him by the end of year by summer when we’re officially telling the world of our engagement”.
“But I thought you didn’t agree to it”
“I didn’t. But it will still happen. The planning, the everything they’ll never take no for an answer only death. So I’ll just do a runner at the alter or something”.
“Classy” he laughed.
“Never said I wasn’t” I laughed.
“So are you going to crack open the liquorice wands or what?” I asked.
“Yeah sure, here” he passed me a box of them. A BOX.
“I only asked for ten! You bought the whole box!” he started laughing.
“Shut up and eat your wands, woman” I cut my eyes at him.
“Gladly” I replied as I started to eat them.
We sat there eating the bag full of sweets, talking all afternoon. It wasn’t forced, I liked spending time with Sirius he distracted me from the chaos that was going on around us.
“It’s getting late” Sirius mentioned. Of course it was getting late the bleeding stars where out.
“What time is it?”
“Half nine” he laughed “I didn’t think we were out here for that long”
“Fucking hell. They’ll have closed the gates by now”
“It’s a good job you’re with me then isn’t it”
“Yeah brilliant, I’ll get to spend a year’s worth of detentions with you too”
“Only if we get caught” he said with a smirk.
“Sounds like you have a plan”
“I have many”
“Well come on then times a wasting”.
“Ok, I’m just going to float you down from here ok”
“Wait, you made me climb up here and now I get to float down” he smirked at me, I shot him the most evil eyes I could muster. “Calm down Nova or I’ll just leave you out here”
“You wouldn’t dare”
“Well now I know you haven’t got the famous veela temper, I have nothing to worry about” he laughed.
“I’ll give you nothing to worry about” I muttered darkly as I flung myself at him. On top of a roof, not my smartest idea, we tumbled down on the roof Sirius was laughing as he hit the ground with a thud I was on top of him so thankfully he cushioned my floor. I heard him groan from under me. “Fuck” I complained.
“Oh you’re hurt are, imagine taking the full force of the fall and a sixteen year old girl too”
I laughed “Nearly seventeen” I reminded him.
“Oh how could I forget” I quickly got off him, but not before noticing the rather suggesting position we were in… I saw him smirking as I helped him up.
“Do you always smirk?” I asked
“It’s my famous trait” he remarked.
“You should try smiling, it’s much more attractive” I told him.
“Does Reggy smile?” he asked, I cut my eyes at him.
“No, he tends to scowl a lot. He smiled once though I have a photo of it”
“I would love to see that”.
“Too bad you’re not going to. Come on it’s getting cold. I want to go back” I told him.
“Sure thing Lore, if you’d like to follow me”
He led me back to the castle through a secret passage way through honeydukes’ cellar. How he knew about that is beyond me. I was amazed though and barely said anything, I’d definitely be using that again.
“I would say you can walk me back to the dungeons but at this time of night you’re probably asking for a beating”
Sirius laughed “Like I’m scared of a big bunch of Slytherins”
“Whatever helps you sleep at night, night Black we should do this again sometime” at that I walked away with my own smirk on my lips. I walked back to the Slytherin common room. Regulus was there alone in the room.
“Hi” I said hesitantly.
“Where have you been?” he asked sounding pissed off more than concerned.
“I was out with Sirius”
“Out with him, so where did you shag him? Broom cupboard? Abandoned classroom?”
“Do you honestly think that much of me?”
“It’s what I think of him”
“Well Reg, I didn’t even kiss him. Not that it’s any of your business” I saw a small smile tug at the side of his mouth.
“Why him though Nova?”
“It was a bet” I told him, I didn’t tell him that I wanted to.
“So you don’t feel anything for him?”
“He’s nice” I told him.
“And what about me?”
“What do you mean what about me? I only seem to matter to you when you need me, so tell me Reg how do you feel about me?”
“I asked first”.
“I asked second”
“We’re supposed to get married next year”
“I told you. I’m not going to marry you, I’m only going to marry someone that I love”
“And I respect that. You know I do. Look I don’t do feelings and that but you’re stupid if I’m going to let someone like you fall through my fingertips. You’re going to fall for me eventually, you know. I’m going to make you love me. Even if it takes me my whole life I will get you to love me” I found myself smiling, was that a compliment…
“And I wish you the best of luck” I told him as I made my way back to my dorm, still smiling. Today had been interesting.
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