A figure opened the door to the bathroom slowly, checking their surroundings before exiting and walking down the hall. They fixed their blond hair before pushing a pair of sunglasses further up the bridge of their nose, covering narrowed brown eyes that glanced around the hallway of the Hogwarts express suspiciously. The person looked as if they were seeking to avoid someone or something.
“What are you doing?”
Emily glanced behind her and scowled. “That's none of your business Black. Don’t you have some first year Slytherins to torture?”
Sirius smirked. “Tempting, but I’d much rather find out why you're sneaking about.”
She rolled her eyes and continued down the hallway, checking each compartment before passing. “Go away Black.”
Sirius followed. “No can do Emmy.”
She stopped abruptly and turned to face him. “Don’t call me that!”
“My apologies my lady.” Sirius said with a flourished bow.
Her right eye twitched in annoyance and she took off her sunglasses in irritation.
Well this train ride seems as though it's going to be fun. She thought sarcastically before glaring up at Sirius.
“What is wrong with you Black, and why are you following me?”
He shrugged. “I’m bored. James and Remus are at a prefects meeting and Peter went to see his Hufflepuff girlfriend. Why sit around a dreary compartment when something much more interesting is happening in the very halls of the Hogwarts Express?” He spread his arms to emphasis his words, but Emily just rolled her eyes and crossed her arms uninterested.
“So what’s with the disguise?” He asked, tugging on a chunk of the blond hair, causing it to slip to the side slightly, revealing a bit of the black hair underneath.
Emily reached up and fixed the wig, straightening it. “Not that it’s any of your business, but I just want to see what it’s like to be a blond.”
He raised an eyebrow. “Really?” He reached forward and pulled the wig off her head, smiling widely, but then frowned. “Oh, and here I thought you did something to your hair worth hiding."
Her eyes widened and she reached for it. “Black! Give it back!”
He smirked and lifted a strand of her hair, looking into her eyes intently. "Why, you look much more beautiful without it."
Emily was speechless for moment, caught off guard. She stared into his stormy grey eyes, knowing full well that she could easily get lost. He took a step forward and leaned closer. It was then, when he was only a breath away from her, when reality came crashing down on Emily. She pushed him back and reached for the wig. "Black, do not mess with me."
He smiled a breathtaking smile. "You're even more beautiful when you're angry."
She reached for the wig again, trying to ignore the pleased shiver that traveled up her spine. "Black, I'm warning you."
“Say please.” He taunted, keeping it just out of her reach.
“Black.” She growled.
“Potter.” He drawled.
“Give it back Black….Please?”
He shook his head. “You can ask a little nicer than that.”
Emily’s eyes widened and she turned slowly, her brown eyes meeting the grey ones of the last person she wanted to see. “…Regulus?”
Regulus stared at Emily intently, as if not even noticing the glaring Sirius behind her.
“Emily, what happened? Why did you leave? Why haven’t you returned any of my letters?” His eyes roamed over her face, drinking her in, and he look a step forward, hand outstretched.
Sirius stepped in front of her and growled at Regulus. “Don’t even try to touch her.”
Regulus sneered and glared at his disowned brother, but only addressed Emily, who was gazing up at Sirius with a raised eyebrow. “Are you going to let some blood-traitor Gryffindor defend you from your boyfriend?”
Emily glared at Regulus before stepping between then, her back facing Regulus. “Go away now Black.”
Sirius smirked, but it fell when he realized she was looking at him. “Me? You want me to leave you alone with this bastard?” He glared at Regulus. “After what he did?”
“I didn’t do anything!” Regulus yelled angrily. “It was you who kidnapped her and took her who knows where!”
“I took her home!” Sirius shouted back. “After your friend tried to rape her!”
“Shut up” Emily hissed as students began to look out of their compartments to see what was going on. “Just go find James or something. Just go away and leave me alone.”
“Why? This was why you were wearing the disguise, so he wouldn’t notice you, and now you want to be alone with him?”
Emily sighed and placed a hand on his shoulder, turning him. “Just go Sirius, I can handle myself.”
Sirius hesitated, but slowly nodded and walked away, throwing on last glare at Regulus. Emily watched him leave for a moment before turning back to Regulus.
Regulus’s eyes were wide. “W-What was he talking about?”
She waved a hand with an air of nonchalance. “Oh, I just tried to use a disguise so I didn’t have to talk to you.”
Regulus shook his head, but his eyes were still wide. He grabbed her shoulders tightly and shook her once. “No! About the…Who tried to rape you?”
She tilted her head and narrowed her eyes curiously. “You…You’re kidding right?” She suddenly took notice of his distraught expression. His wide eyes were bloodshot and had dark purple bags beneath them, his hair was tousled, and his robe was wrinkled. Overall he looked as though he hadn’t had a good nights sleep in a while and was completely opposite from the perfect and orderly Slytherin she knew.
“It was because of you that he almost…that I was almost…” She trailed off, backing away from him.
“I didn’t do anything!” He cried, reaching for her again. “You were suddenly gone. One moment you were standing by the window and the next you were gone. I searched for you and ended up upstairs. That’s when I heard you in his room and found you on the back of a broom with him, wearing his clothes!”
Emily looked at him as if he were crazy and opened her mouth, but suddenly noticed the many eavesdroppers listening in on their conversation. She grabbed Regulus’s arm and pulled him into an empty compartment. She didn’t give him a chance to speak as she shut the door behind herself and slammed him up against it, the tip of her wand at his throat.
“Alright Black, tell me what the bloody hell your talking about and you better start telling the truth real quick before I hex you into oblivion!” She growled.
“I am telling the truth. I was being the respectable party host when suddenly my girlfriend has disappeared and when I finally find her she is with my traitorous brother, flying off Merlin knows where, her dress robes the only thing she leaves behind!”
She pressed her wand harder against his skin at the implication. “Liar! You told me to meet me in your room, but sent Rabastan instead because you don’t like inexperienced girls.”
His eyes widened. “Rabastan?” His eyes darkened. “Rabastan!”
“Yes Rabastan.” Emily confirmed darkly. “He got pretty close to achieving his goal if it hadn’t been for your traitor brother stunning him and rescuing me while you were downstairs still entertaining your guests!”
Regulus looked at her pleadingly. “Emily, I wouldn’t do that to you, I swear! It was
Rabastan and Evan. It was them who tricked you!”
“Evan…Evan Rosier? What does he have to do with anything?” She asked.
“Evan and Rabastan had stolen Polyjuice Potion from Slughorn. I didn’t know what they were going to do with it, they wouldn’t tell me, but I can only guess that…”
“They used it to turn into you.” Emily finished, backing up, but her wand still pointed in his direction. “Why would they do that?”
“Probably just for fun.”
“F-fun?!” Emily sputtered. “Raping me is fun to them?”
“Yes.” He said darkly. “Evan probably did it just for laughs, but Rabastan had always been a little too interested in you, even before you became my girlfriend.”
Emily scowled. “How do I know you’re not lying?”
Regulus grabbed her hands, forcing her wand down. “You have to believe me. After you left and wouldn’t return my letters, I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, all I could think of was you. I didn’t know what I did so wrong that made you fly off with that blood-traitor. Please believe me Emily; I care for you far too much to hurt you in such a way. I’ll do anything to make you believe me.”
Emily smirked and pulled her hands out of his grasp. “I may take you up on that offer later, but for now… I think the easier route for me to believe you is to torture Evan and Rabastan until I learn the truth.” She walked past him and opened the door.
Regulus followed her out. “Why Rabastan? You already know he was a part of it.”
Emily turned to him, a cruel look in her eyes and malicious grin on her lips. “Oh, that’ll just be for fun. I’ll teach him what happens to the unfortunate soul that tries to mess with me.”
Regulus’s eyes glinted and he wrapped an arm around her waist pulling her closer.
“You’re adorable when you’re threatening.” He leaned closer, but was stopped when she grabbed his chin in a firm grip.
“You think that’s threatening.” Emily brought him down to eye level. “If I find out that you really did have a hand in their little game, I swear I’ll make you wish you were dead.”
She smiled sweetly and pecked his lips with her own before unwrapping herself from his arms and continuing on her way down the corridor, Regulus’s hand in her own.
“Don’t worry, I know better than to cross you.” He said.
Emily smirked darkly. “Yes, not everyone knows what happens when they cross the line.”
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