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2. Just A Little Confrontation 
“So…what is your family like?” Erica asked Sirius timidly. She didn’t want to cross over the lines of their friendship, but he got her curious.

Sirius looked at Erica for a minute…he guessed that she deserved to know…after all, she was the only person to talk to him at all so far. He took a deep breath and said, “Well they’re basically a bunch of pureblood wizards and witches that think that blood is everything. I’m the first one to be sorted outside of Slytherin in well…ever. Because of that, they despise me…and because of my family everyone else despises me.”

Erica looked at Sirius with sympathy. “I’m sorry…I never knew. I guess I wouldn’t be the friend for you to make at the moment then…I’m muggleborn.”

“But I want to be your friend,” Sirius replied. He looked her in the eyes before continuing. “You’re the only one that’s even bothered to try and talk to me in this god forsaken place.”

Erica smiled. “Well then, would you like to go for a walk?”

Sirius furrowed his eyebrows at her and asked, “Where? In the hallway…that’s no fun.”

“No, you doofass, outside,” she replied with a laugh.

Sirius looked at her uncertainly. They weren’t allowed outside after dark, and it was certainly way past dark. He hesitated for a bit longer, but finally agreed to when Erica made a pouting face that he just couldn’t say no to. He followed Erica down a few flights of stairs and out the doors.

The were greeted by a light breeze as they stepped outside into the night. Sirius saw Erica smile against the night air and look up to the sky. She pointed at the stars and said, “Look there! It’s Orion’s Belt.” Sirius looked up to where she was pointing and sure enough there was the constellation right above them.

“I’ve always loved looking at the stars,” she continued. “They intrigue me. We may know some things about the stars, but they’re so far away and burn so brightly. We couldn’t even make it half way to the closest one at speed of light before whoever’s going there dies of old age. Some of them have even burned out years ago, but we can still see them, bright as ever.”

Sirius nodded to what Erica was saying. He was always somewhat interested in the stars. Him being named after one. He was amazed at how much this girl knew in the first place. “I’ve always liked the stars, but never really thought that much about them.”

Erica looked at him, the smile never leaving her face. “You should really read about them sometime. There’s some interesting stuff, and it’s always good to learn new things.”

Sirius nodded. “Will do. So anyway, why did you want to come out here anyway?”

Erica shrugged her shoulders. “I don’t know, it’s just peaceful outside at night. And I’m not going to sleep anytime soon, so I thought might as well go get some fresh air.” She pulled Sirius off towards the lake. They walked along the edge of the lake in a comfortable silence for a little bit before it was broken by Sirius.

“Can I ask you something?” he looked at Erica.

Erica looked back at Sirius, her smile still there and said, “Sure.”

Sirius looked at the ground and shuffled his feet as they stopped walking. He put his hands behind his back and twisted his fingers around nervously. “Why…why is it that you don’t care what people think?” Sirius blushed a bit at his question. He thought it was a stupid question, but he couldn’t help but ask. Everyone he’s ever met or been around has always cared about what other people think about them…even he does.

Erica put her hand under Sirius’ chin and lifted his head up. He could see the smile on her face widen. “That’s just the way I was brought up. If someone doesn’t like you for who you are, then what’s the point in trying to be their friend. I think people are so caught up in being fake that they forget who they really are. If people can’t accept that everyone is different and doesn’t need to be exactly the same to be a good person, then that’s their problem. I’m not going to act differently around people or lie to them just to get them to like me. They should just like me for me.”

Sirius let a smile spread across his face. This girl was brave. He wished that he had the courage to not care what people thought of him, but he did. He couldn’t help it. He was raised by people where image is everything. That and blood. He had respect for the girl, that was for sure. “I wish that I could be the same.”

“But you can. All you have to do is believe in yourself and no one else. Just do what your heart tells you, not your brain. Be who you want to be,” Erica replied looking straight into his eyes. Sirius smiled and continued walking. They joked around for a bit before heading up to the castle. Sirius felt as if they had known each other their whole lives. Erica was easy to get along with once you got to know her. Her bluntness didn’t bother him either. He actually rather liked it. It gets a point across quick, simple, and painlessly. 

Sirius didn’t even realize what time it was before he heard footsteps coming down the hall. He quickly ducked behind a suit of armor, dragging Erica with him, as James, Remus, Peter, and Frank came around the corner.

“Come on,” Remus pleaded in a whisper. “We’re not supposed to be out of bed. Let’s just go back.”

“Merlin Remus, don’t be such a baby. It is okay to break the rules once in a while,” James replied back not even looking at the boy. They kept on walking, but stopped just in front of the suit of armor. Great…just what I need…please don’t find us…oh please…

Frank reached into his bag and pulled out some supplies. “Here,” he said handing them to James. “You can continue on without me…I’m tired and really need to get to sleep.”

“Fine,” James sighed. “But you’re not going to get any credit in this.”

“That’s alright with me…I don’t need to get into trouble only a week into school,” Frank replied back. Remus looked after Frank and Sirius could tell that he wanted to go too, but didn’t want to disappoint James at the same time. James turned to Peter.

“You stay on the lookout okay? Come on Remus.” He grabbed Remus and pulled him off.

Before Sirius even knew what he was doing he stepped out from behind the statue. Erica tried to stop him, but it was too late. “What do you think you’re doing?” Sirius demanded. He didn’t know where his sudden bravery came from, but he was going to use it while he had it. Erica stepped out from behind the statue and stood behind Sirius, she knew what was going to come when she did that, but she didn’t care…she could take it, she just didn’t know if Sirius could.

James smirked as he saw Erica step out. “I could be asking you two the same thing…”

Sirius and Erica both glared at him. Sirius opened his mouth to retort, but Erica beat him to it. “We’re not you…we don’t go around snogging half the population of the school, after only a week of being here. Why don’t you go shove your comments up your arse and go lay them on someone who cares.”

James looked shocked for a split second, but it was long enough for everyone to see. He recovered as quickly as it came and replied, “Well aren’t we the snippy one? I’ll have you know that…”

This time it was Sirius that cut him off. “Just leave it. What are you planning to do?”

“Like I would tell you?” James said raising his eyebrows.

Erica rolled her eyes and stepped up to James, getting right in his face. “Just go back to your common room before I make you.” All the boys in the corridor looked at her amazed by her bravery of getting in James’ face.

“Oh, I’m scared. What are you going to do? Tell a teacher?” James retorted glaring back at the girl.

She smiled before stomping her foot down on his as hard as she could, then grabbing him by the collar of his shirt and pushing him against the wall. “Like I said…I’ll make you.”

James looked startled by her strength as well as the rest of them. Sirius was grinning at her trying to suppress a laugh, Remus was trying to hold back a smile, and Peter just looked like he was going to wet his pants he was so scared. She let go of him and back away slowly not letting her glare falter. James looked at her and Sirius one last time before turning to the others saying, “Let’s just go…it’s not that important anyway.” They scampered down the hall back in the direction they came.

Sirius turned to Erica and grinned. “Where did you learn to do that?”

Erica laughed lightly. “I told you, my parents taught me to not care about what other people think, and then they made me take self defense.” She smiled at him. “Come on…let’s go.”

They walked up a few more flights of stairs making small talk, before Erica had to go in another direction.  They went their separate ways to their common rooms with a quick good night (and Sirius adding ‘don’t let the bed bugs bite’ which got a little chuckle).  Sirius made his way slowly up to the Gryffindor common room. Wow, that girl can fight. Come to think of it, what can’t she do? She’s smart…funny…tough…speaks her mind. She’s just amazing. Boy am I glad that she befriended me and I finally let her in, Sirius thought to himself on the way to the seventh floor. He didn’t like her like her, he just thought that she was a great friend so far. When he got to the portrait hole he said the password and walked in, not stopping as he made his way through the common room and up to his dorm.

When he opened the door to the dorm he found James and Peter still up. Frank had gone to sleep and Remus was in the bathroom. Sirius didn’t even look their way as he walked over to his bed. James, however, wasn’t that easily ignored. “Next time, your little girlfriend won’t be there for you…your lucky she’s a tough one.”

Sirius ignored his comments no matter how much he wanted to yell back at him. First off she’s not my girlfriend! Secondly, your just mad because she’s stronger than you Mr. Macho Man! Sirius screamed in his head. If he wasn’t so mad, he probably would have laughed at the fact that he called him ‘Mr. Macho Man’, even if it was just in his head. He laid down in his bed not bothering to change and pulled the hangings closed. He fell asleep not too long after.

The next morning Sirius woke earlier than the others in the dorm and took a quick shower. He dressed and left the room just as the others were starting to wake. Luckily, he got out before James had enough time to come up with some snide comment. He went down to the Great Hall and sat down for breakfast. It was then that he remembered it was Saturday and he had the whole day to get to know Erica better, he couldn’t wait. He finally had a friend.

Fifteen minutes after Sirius started eating Erica entered the hall and sat down across from him. “Hey, how you doing? Potter and the others say anything last night when you went back to your dorm?” she asked as she buttered a piece of toast for herself.

Sirius smiled at her and replied, “I’m good, tired…it’s still early, but whatever. And yes, he did say something. I can’t remember it though…I just ignored it, no matter how badly I wanted to scream back at him.”

“Well, good for you,” Erica smiled back. “So, what do you want to do today?”

Sirius thought for a minute, but couldn’t think of anything. “I don’t really care…anything, I’m up for it. I’ve got nothing better to do.”

She grinned and said, “I’ve got an idea…I’ll tell you…or rather show you later.” That comment got Sirius curious. He badgered her throughout breakfast about it, but every time he asked she replied with ‘you’ll see’ and then change the subject. By the end of breakfast Sirius’ curiosity was booming. He couldn’t wait to find out what she was talking about.

They walked out of the Great Hall when they were done eating, and out into the blazing sun. Sirius had to squint as he looked around at everyone outside. Some were trying to get all the way over to touch the whomping willow’s trunk, others were exploring the edge of the forest that surrounded the area (A/N-the forest is not forbidden in this story yet…that is very important to the plot), and others were swimming in the lake with the Giant Squid. He smiled knowing that he had a friend to actually share the weekend with and followed her down towards the lake.

He quirked an eyebrow and asked, “Why are we going to the lake?” He thought they were going to go somewhere unique. She just smiled at him and grabbed his hand pulling him along.

They passed some students and earned many stares. Most were wondering when they had become friends, and others were just curious as to where they were going. Erica stopped pulling Sirius along when they got to the edge of the lake. She still had a hold of his hand though. Turning her head in all directions, she made sure no one was looking and quickly dragged Sirius into the forest. They walked along the edge of the forest, so they could still see the lake, for a few minutes before Erica stopped him.

“You ready for this?” she asked putting a hand to his chest to prevent him from moving on. Sirius nodded quickly, anxious to see what it was that she wanted to show him. She pushed past some thick branches and what Sirius saw amazed him. 

A/N-There you are...chapter did you like it?  Okay?  Good?  Bad?  I want to chapter...well you can pretty much guess...their world is created.  At this moment it is about 15% done.

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