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Chapter 12 : Talks of More Than One Variety
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Jacob liked to think that he was very close with at least two of his three sisters, but despite that, he'd never visted Allisyn's house in London until that day. It had always been some sort of a mystery for the whole Bennett family back when they were living in France. What sort of place would Allisyn live in over there? At that time, none of them had any experience of England at all and so the house had always appeared as a sort of black cloud of dust. It wasn't, of course.
It was smaller than they'd always imagined. They weren't super rich but the Bennett's had always been used to a life with a certain amount of luxury. A luxury that Allisyn clearly couldn't afford on her own. Jacob tried not to be critical, though he did feel this odd sense of disappointment. Allisyn had always been the only one Jacob could look up to, being the second eldest, and when she'd moved out Jacob had pictured this very cool looking apartment where Allisyn didn't have to worry about cleaning up after herself or staying up to all hours. It was his dream really, he'd always wanted to move in with his sister back then and live a 'better' life than he did at home. Maybe he grew out of it, or maybe he finally realised that family was always more important.
That's why he was there in the first place. Family.
He took the cup of coffee Allisyn handed him and placed it on the table in front of him. Allisyn took the seat across from him and sent him her usual 'What are you doing?' look that she had perfected from a very young age. "This is getting out of hand. I know she says that everything is alright, but I can't help feeling like there's something she's not quite telling us,"
Allisyn sighed, running her fingers through her short hair, "She's a teenage girl, Jake. Sometimes they keep secrets to themselves."
Jacob shook his head, "Not Cora, never Cora, and you know that too. She never keeps secrets from us. That's just not who she is."
"She's changed," Allisyn replied, "This move will have been tough on her- it's been tough on all of you. She's had to make a new group of friends, get used to a new school, new subjects. Of course, she's going to change. Besides, I think the only thing she's keeping from us is about boys."
"And I told her, she can't do that." Jacob replied firmly.
"Can't do what?" Allisyn raised her eyebrows at him, "Please tell me you did not tell our sixteen year old sister that she couldn't like boys because if you did, I might have to slap you."
"She'll have plently of time for boys later. Her safety is what is mosty important right now." Allisyn rolled her eyes.
"Honestly, what do you think? One of these boys is working for him?" Jacob stared blankly back at his sister, "Oh Merlin, you've got to be kidding me. Just because a boy takes notice of Coralie doesn't mean he's immediately working for him. She's a beautiful teenage girl, and they're teenage boys- they're going to notice her whether you want them to or not."
"I'm just trying to look after her." Jacob responded, staring down at his shoes for a moment before he looked back up at his sister.
"I know, trust me Jake- I understand, but you can't protect her from everything, she's got to learn from her own mistakes sometimes."
"Like you did?" Allisyn pursed her lips at this and turned her face away from him. He knew he'd taken it too far, but he couldn't stop himself.
"You know that's not fair. Max never did anything wrong- it's not his fault he died, Jake. He couldn't stop something like that." Allisyn still wouldn't look at him, instead she began to play with her coffee.
"That might be true, but it's his fault he didn't leave you anything behind."
"Stop it." She whispered, though she hardly raised her voice, Jacob could see the anger flickering in her eyes. "We're not here to argue about Max, again. I assume you've got a plan for this whole thing then."
"Yeah," He replied, watching her reactions carefully.
"What are you doing then? And I'll tell you how much of a bad plan it is," She replied, the anger had started to leave her eyes again.
"I want to go back to France." Allisyn opened her mouth to say something, probably to tell him how stupid he was being but he cut her off, "I want to see what he's doing there, if he's still there. We might be safer here but we're completely blind to his plans."
"You can't just move back into our house, he can follow you much easier if you do that. You could be putting all of us in more danger."
"I'll be at the Melot's, and I won't stay long. They've promised to keep their eyes on him once I leave and they'll inform us of anything and everything he does." He replied.
"Why can't you just leave that to them now?" Allisyn asked, when he shot her a look, she sighed. "I get it, but you have to be careful. If he knows you're back then it won't be long until he finds where Cora is. What would we do then?"
"I don't know." Jacob sighed, burying his face in his hands, "We just have to hope that he doesn't even notice I'm there."
She could picture that stupid smirk on his face, in fact she couldn't get in out of her mind. She'd tried everything, she's tried reading some poetry out of a book she borrowed from the library, she'd tried writing a letter home to her mother and one to Emma, she'd even started to hum a bunch of her favourite songs to herself. Not a single thing had worked. He was stuck in her head, like some kind of disease, and no matter what she tried she just couldn't shake him off.
He probably would have enjoyed knowing that. That's the sort of thing he would have laughed about, or smirked at. It was that stupid smirk that had started everything. If she'd just been able to ignore it, then she wouldn't even be in this situation. She hated him for it, at least she tried to, but she'd never been very good at hating people who didn't deserve it. She knew, deep down he wasn't a bad guy but she found it much easier to hate herself for feeling like this if she ignored that fact.
That was how she spent most of her Saturday night, sitting around hating herself because she couldn't get him out of her head. The lights in the dormitory had gone off long ago and all the others were well and truly fast asleep by now, and still she lay there in the dark. She had decided sometime earlier during the night that Sirius Black would be the death of her. Either she'd die from lack of sleep because she couldn't stop thinking about him or one of the girls would kill her when they found out. She wasn't overly fond of either situation, but it seemed better than letting Sirius find out. That would result in unbelievable torture and mocking as far as Coralie was concerned.
Finally accepting that she wasn't going to be sleeping that night, Coralie swung her legs out of bed and wrapped her cloak around herself before tiptoeing out of the room. The Common Room was almost pitch black, the moon allowed a small amount of light in through the windows but it was hardly enough to see anything. She found that she was able to make her way over to one of the couches without needing much more light. It's funny how you can get so used to a place in such a short amount of time.
"What are you doing up?" Coralie jumped, letting out a squeal. "Wow, don't go waking the whole house, will you?" Sirius commented dryly.
"What are you doing down here?" She asked when she finally calmed herself down enough to ask. Really, she wanted to ask what he was doing down here after she spent half the night thinking about his stupid smirk, that same one he wore now, but she figured he'd take that the wrong way.
"I asked you first," He replied.
"What are you? Two?" She responded, with an exaspperated sigh.
"I see you're not a morning person," He noted.
"It's hardly morning."
"Actually, it's three am which means technically, yes it is." Sirius replied, though she could barely see his face she could hear the grin in his voice. "And you still haven't answered my question. What are you doing up?"
"Couldn't sleep, that's all." Coralie replied, drawing her cloak closer to her body. "You?"
"Same thing. Pete snores terribly loudly, I don't understand how anyone could sleep through it."
"Why aren't the other boys down here too then?"
"They seem to be able to survive it," Sirius said, almost bitterly. Coralie felt herself shiver. "Are you cold?" The softness is Sirius' voice caused her to shiver again, but rather than say anything, Sirius took off his own cloak and covered Coralie's legs with it. "You want to talk about what's keeping you up?"
"What makes you think there's a reason to why I can't sleep?" The words were out of her mouth before she had the chance to think them.
"I thought it might have something to do with the thing that happened on Halloween?" Coralie could feel all the colour leaving her face, "I know it was months ago, but you seemed really freaked out. I mean, I know you were freaked out otherwise it wouldn't have happened. I just wanted to know, was it my fault?" Sirius paused for a moment. "Are you afraid of me, or something? Did I hurt you?"
They were both silent for a while before Coralie finally gained the courage to speak. "No, no. I'm sorry, it wasn't you." Sirius let out a sigh of relief.
"It's just, it happened after I touched your hand and I was worried that I had freaked you out or something. I don't know why I did it, but I suppose I'm not really used to girls literally passing out on me." Sirius laughed awkwardly.
"Really?" Coralie teased.
"I mean, you might pass out on guys all the time but it was a new experience for me."
Coralie chuckled in response. "No, I can't say I ever have before"
"Oh, so I'm special then?" He teased, but Coralie could feel her heart leap in her chest. She ignored it.
"I wouldn't go as far as to say that." Sirius look disappointed.
"But you're alright now? You won't be passing out on me any time soon?" Coralie couldn't help but smile.
"It's not in my calendar at the moment, but you'll be the first to know if something comes up." He let out his usual bark-like laugh.
"So is your calendar looking relatively free at the moment?" Coralie opened her mouth to reply, but a creak on the stairs caused both of them to look over. Lily stood there in her pyjamas, looking rather sleepy and a bit confused.
"Cora? You okay?" She asked, rubbing her eyes.
"Yeah, I'm fine, Lily." She replied, smiling at her friend. "I'll be back upstairs in a minute."
"Okay, just wanted to make sure nothing was wrong." Lily smiled, turning on her heel, she paused for a moment before turning back, "And goodnight, Sirius."
"Night, Evans" Sirius replied confidently. "I suppose you're back off to sleep then?"
"Yeah, otherwise Lily will just worry" Coralie answered, moving Sirius' cloak off her legs and passing it back to him.
"Well, thanks." Sirius stared down at the cloak, "Uh, goodnight Cora."
Coralie stood up and made her way back to the stairs, "Goodnight, Sirius and thank you for keeping me company tonight." She disappeared back up to bed, and fell asleep pretty quickly after her head touched the pillow.
It'd been a weird sight, maybe weird wasn't quite the word to describe it, more like unwanted sight. When Lily had woken up in the middle of the night to see Coralie missing from her bed, she immediately thought the worst. She'd checked the bathroom first, to make sure Coralie wasn't in there in tears again but it was empty. Eventually, she'd trudged down the stairs still mostly asleep to see Coralie and Sirius sitting closely together on the couch. Much closer than Lily would have liked them to be. She knew it was up to Coralie as to how close she sat with Sirius, but Lily had felt this pang of fear for her friend.
It was no secret that she and Sirius didn't see eye to eye, in fact they never had, even before this whole ness with Shelena had started. Since the, things had just gotten worse between the two of them. She didn't trust him or like him very much, but she still tried to be civil with him though that often didn't occur. He was just like Potter, and she found it hard to control her temper around either of them. She knew Sirius felt something for Coralie, whether it was just interest because she was the new girl or whether he actually liked her, Lily had no idea. She just knew that she didn't like it at all.
She just wanted Coralie to be careful. Shelena had been a different story, but she didn't want to see Coralie get her heart broken by Sirius. There was this part inside her that almost believed that Shelena would be back. The girl Lily had once known would only disappear for short amounts of time, and she'd always reappear to claim what she believed was hers whether anyone else agreed with her or not. Lily, among many others, had been caught by that before and she didn't want to see the same thing happen to Coralie.
After her late night, Coralie was the last one to wake up in the domitory. All the other girls had already gone down to breakfast, but Lily had decided to sit and wait for her to wake up.
"Good morning," Coralie smiled, tying her hair back into a messy ponytail. Lily didn't reply for a moment. "What's wrong?" Coralie paused, staring at her friend.
"Were you alright last night?" Lily finally asked.
"Yeah, I was just feeling a bit restless, couldn't get to sleep." Coralie replied casually.
"And Sirius?" Coralie stopped again.
"He was already there when I got downstairs. Apparently he couldn't sleep either." When Lily didn't reply, Coralie continued on, "You don't have to worry about whatever it is that you're worrying about. We were just joking around together."
"Do you fancy him?" Both girls remained silent for a moment, before Coralie laughed softly and shook her head. "You can tell me if you do. I'm not going to hex you for it."
"I don't know." Coralie replied with a shrug of her shoulders, "Maybe I don't hate him, maybe I even like him as a friend but I don't fancy him, no."
It was obvious she was lying, though whether Coralie was aware of it was a completely different matter. It was hard for Lily to decide whether her friend was trying to convince Lily or herself. Either way, it didn't really matter and she didn't want to argue over something so small so she let it go. Coralie seemed relieved by the fact. "Are you ready for lunch then?"
Authors Note: I know I said I'd have this chapter out way back in May but things just got very crazy here and I didn't have the time. I'm back now, again, and this time I actually have the next one and a half chapters written. That means I'll actually be putting out chapter 13 next week!
Just briefly before I go, I have planned out this entire story now (at least of the first book) so I'm hoping my updates will be more regular now. I can also tell you, that as of right now, this story will be 52 chapters long. I can't wait for you all to read them!
Again, this is currently unbeta'ed but I'll be fixing that. Thanks for reading and see you next time!
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