Heather laughed loudly as one of her knights smashed into Sirius’ king. “I win!” she squealed, jumping up off her chair. Sirius stared in disbelief.
“No fair!” he said, standing up also.
“I won! You lost!” she said sticking out her tongue.
“You sound like a three-year-old!” he said, huffily.
“Yes, but a triumphant three-year-old!” she countered, folding her arms. Sirius grinned. Heather felt her insides melt. Never before had she felt like this. So...happy. She looked at the floor, blushing profusely. Sirius noticed her blushing and grinned even wider.
“I love it when you blush,” he said softly, coming to stand before her. He fingered a strand of her dark hair between his fingers. He caressed it with his thumb, and then tucked it gently behind her ears. She smiled, and his stomach did those special flip-flops only Heather could invoke. He was filled with a delicious pain. A sweet ache that he couldn’t describe. He wanted her. He needed her. It made his day just to be by her side. A moment without her was worse than the Cruciotus curse, and as he stared at her lips, these thoughts combined into an unstoppable desire for her. He moved his face close to hers. She closed her eyes, waiting for the inevitable. Sirius pressed his mouth to hers, unable to control himself any longer. Soon they were both wrapped in a kiss so intense a bomb could have dropped beside them without their knowing.
Heather knew now that she would feel this feeling for the rest of her life. For never would she part with this man. Wrapping her arms around him in an attempt to pull him closer, she sighed in contentment. Sirius smiled through the kiss, noticing her attempt at more intimacy. He wanted so badly to give it to her, but didn’t know how good his self-control was. Would he be able to stop? He knew that he would if she wanted him too, but it would hurt so bad...
His fingers went deftly to her blouse, unbuttoning it with unnerving ease. Heather wondered briefly exactly how many girls he had done this with. She felt a moment of embarrassment at her inexperience. But that thought fled her mind as she realized Sirius had steered them to the couch and was now pulling her down onto it. She went with a smile as he ran his fingers through her long brown hair.
“You are so beautiful,” he whispered, almost to himself. She wasn’t sure how to respond, so she went with instinct.
“I love you,” she murmured, and heard him return the feeling before he moved his head to the side of her neck. She opened her eyes in surprise. Had he missed her mouth? But then all sane thought was shoved out of her mind as he began to move lower. She tensed, unsure what exactly he was planning to do.
Sirius stopped, noticing her stiffen. He closed his eyes, taking long, deep breaths. “Damn, I’m sorry,” he muttered, running his hands through his disheveled hair. She shook her head.
“Don’t apologize. I’m just not...” she stopped. “Well...I’ve never...” she stopped again, not knowing what to say. He grabbed her hand, rather tightly.
“I know. And I shouldn’t have moved so fast,” he said, shaking his head. “You’re the most precious thing in the world to me, Heather. There is no way I would risk scaring you off.” Heather moved her hands to his face. He began to button up her shirt. “We really should go. I can’t believe nobody broke in on us! Especially in the Common Room,” he said, giving an airy laugh. She nodded, rather confused. Why was he so on edge?
“Are you okay?” she asked, concerned. Had she done something wrong? He saw her face and his heart fell. She was doubting herself. He sighed in frustration. How could he tell her that being around her like this without finishing the job was...painful?
“Heather, everything is alright. I’m just going to take a quick shower before we head of to Hogsmeade for our big date!” he said, giving his eyebrows a taunting wiggle. She laughed and kissed his cheek as he bound up the staircase. Once in the boy’s dormitory, he grimaced. “A very cold shower,” he muttered to himself.
About a half-hour later Heather and Sirius, whose hair was wet and falling all in his face, were sitting in the Common Room, waiting for James and Lily. They were going to double-date, and Heather was rather nervous about the whole ordeal. Sirius noticed and put his hand on hers.
“It’s not going to be any different than if we were hanging out, as usual. There’s no need to be nervous,” he said soothingly, smiling. She grinned.
“It’s just, well I’ve never been on an actual date before,” she explained. Sirius’ eyes widened.
“Never?!” he asked in astonishment. She shook her head.
“Honestly, the guys at the orphanage were...strange and perverted. There was never any chance I would date those creeps. So...yeah...” she trailed off. Sirius was dumb-struck. He closed his eyes in pain at the thought of Heather growing up at an orphanage. She sat there nervously, expecting the usual. Whenever she explained this to people, they always said “I’m sorry,” as if it was their fault. She hated that, and it’s not as though they meant it either. She wasn’t asking for pity, and in fact hated it. To hear Sirius say it would be terrible, because she knew that if he said it, he would mean it. She braced herself.
“You won’t ever have to live there again,” he said. Heather stared, and then began laughing. She stopped when she saw his face however. He was serious.
“I’m afraid that’s pretty impossible. I don’t have a place to go after this year. I don’t have a house of my own, and I would rather go and live there than be forced to be a Death Eater by my family,” she explained, but Sirius shook his head.
“I’ll get a house, we’ll live there together. I will get a job as an Auror. I can take care of you,” he said, his eyes full of earnest. Heather stared, and felt her eyes fill with tears. Never before had anybody shown such kindness towards her.
“You are the most amazing person I have ever met...” she said, her voice broken. His face brightened.
“So you agree? You’ll live with me?” he asked. She nodded through tears, and he pulled her into a hug. It wasn’t a sexual hug, but something completely different. It was love in it’s most subtle form. Sirius’ heart thumped. He had never been so nervous in his life. He had felt as if his entire future dangled on a string, a string held by Heather Malfoy. Girl of his dreams. All she had to do was utter the word ‘no’ and he would have died on the spot. He couldn’t possibly live without her.
“Hey you two lovebirds,” somebody said right behind them. Sirius rolled his eyes. “Wow, things are really moving along,” James said sarcastically, taking note of their hug. “Next thing you know, you two will start doing scandalous things like,” he gave a horrified gasp, “holding hands!!!”
“Leave them alone, James,” Lily said, coming to stand beside him and slapping him on the shoulder.
“Yes dear,” James said, pretending to cower. Lily gave a laugh as she rolled her eyes. “Are you two ready?”
“I’d say so,” Sirius said. “You?” Heather nodded, and stood up, holding Sirius’ hand with both of hers. James eyes widened.
“OHMYGOD!!!!” he said in a high pitched, girly voice. “You’re holding hands! Wow! You’re moving so quickly in your relationship! First hugs...now this...” he said, making fun of their lack of intimacy. But Sirius and Heather decided to shut him up. They looked side-ways at each other, both thinking the same thing. Sirius gave a nod, and they came together in a fiery kiss. Most of the kiss, however, consisted of laughter.
“OKOK!!! You win,” James said, wincing away. “It’s obvious they have much to learn,” he said, kissing Lily softly on the lips.
“Yeah...” Lily murmured, obviously not realizing anything he had just said.
“Come on,” Sirius said, putting his arm around Heather and walking out the Portrait Hole.
“Oh, so now you’re giving orders?” James said huffily, following the two.
“I suppose I am,” Sirius called over his shoulder, grinning.
“Oooooh,” James said slowly. “I see who wears the pants in that relationship!” James said, winking at Sirius. “Way to be a man!” Heather raised a brow.
“Oh really?” she said, grinning. “You wear the pants in our relationship?” she said, mockingly, reaching into her robes for her wand.
“I most certainly...WHOA!” he said, freezing in mid-step. He looked down and realized he was wearing only his boxers. Lily burst out laughing. Heather did too. Sirius quickly gave a wave of his wand, restoring his pants. He pointed his wand at Heather’s skirt, readying himself for revenge.
“Don’t. You. Dare,” she said. She stood there, sincerely hoping he wouldn’t do it. James and Lily watched the internal battle between the two. Sirius was wondering just how mad at him she would be, and decided it wasn’t worth it. He pocketed his wand.
“Ouch! One point for Heather! Sirius is such a wimp!” James said, as if commentating on a Quidditch game.
“Shut up,” all three said, smiling. James grinned and bowed his head in mock hurt. Lily put her arm around him.
“Come now, let’s be nice to James,” she scolded.
“Yeah!” James said, standing up straighter.
“I mean, It’s not his fault he’s an idiot,” she finished. Every burst into gales of laughter as they walked down the halls. Soon, they were in line to be checked for signed permission to get into Hogsmeade. Heather frowned realizing something she hadn’t thought of before.
“Sirius...” she said. Sirius stopped, looking down at her.
“What’s wrong?’ he said, concerned. She looked up at him.
“I don’t have permission!” she said. Sirius frowned.
“The Malfoys never gave you a slip?” he said. She shook her head.
“Hey, it’s alright. I’ll stay here. You guys go on,” she said, trying to smile away her immense disappointment. “We can have our date some other time, Sirius,” she said lightly. She moved to walk away before her disappointment showed. Sirius grabbed her hand to stop her.
“No way! I am not going to leave you here! I’m staying with you!” he said firmly.
“What’s up?” James asked, coming up beside them.
“We’re staying here,” Sirius said.
“No, I am. Sirius is going with you,” she said firmly. Sirius shook his head stubbornly.
“I don’t want to go if you’re not going to be there! You were the only reason I wanted to go anyway,” he said. “I don’t care where it is. I just thought it would be fun to show you around Hogsmeade, since you’ve never been there,” he said honestly.
“Will you two stop bickering!” Lily said, rolling her eyes. “Of course both of you can go,” she said lowering her voice. Her cheeks grew rather hot. James smiled.
“Uh-Oh. Lily has something up her sleeve,” he said adoringly. Lily pulled out her permission slip.
“ I can’t believe I’m about to do this...Replictio,” she whispered, and suddenly her permission slip doubled. Now she held two. “Signatus,” she whispered again, making sure no teachers were watching. The signature that had once read “Violet Evans,” quickly changed to “Damien Malfoy.” Heather stared in amazement.
“Lily! You’re a life-saver!” Heather announced, hugging her. Lily blushed red as James grinned proudly.
“She’s a regular Ne’er-Do-Well!” James said clapping her on the shoulder.
“Where did you learn all that stuff?” Sirius asked.
“Class,” Lily said dubiously. Sirius stared at her as if she was crazy.
“You actually learn things in class?!” he said incredulously.
“Yes...I listen!” she said haughtily. Sirius noticed that Heather’s cheeks were red with excitement. Honestly, he had really wanted to show Heather Hogsmeade. He knew she had never seen it, and knew she would love it.
They managed to fool the old Care-Taker easily, slipping passed with downcast faces as he checked them off on a list. Before they knew it, they were in Hogsmeade, looking at all of the different shops. First, of course, Sirius had to show Heather Zonko’s. Surprisingly, she seemed to like it just as much as James and Sirius, where as Lily stood in the corner and rolled her eyes. Next they all decided they would visit the Three Broomsticks for a drink.
“Have you had Butter-Beer?” Sirius asked as the waitress brought them four flagons. Heather nodded.
“A few times. It’s wonderful!” she said. James nodded.
“Here, here!” and he took a large swig. Lily sat up very straight, sipping it lightly. Sirius, like James, inhaled his. Lily and Heather shared an exasperated look.
“What? Don’t like the way we drink?” Sirius said jokingly.
“It’s barbaric,” Lily said.
“Well at least we won’t die of dehydration,” James said, imitating Lily and sipping little bits at a time. He stuck his pinky out and the set the cup on the table. He reached for an imaginary napkin and dabbed at his lips daintily. Sirius burst out laughing. Lily tried to frown, but failed and began laughing too.
“You’re just jealous,” Heather said, smiling.
“Oh darn, she caught on!” Sirius said in mock disappointment. Heather smiled brightly, holding onto his hand. But her attention was caught by a blue-gray owl flying towards them. Sirius turned in his seat to see what she was looking at. He saw the owl too. There were whispers from the students as it landed on the table before them. James stared.
“I didn’t know the owls could deliver letters to the students in Hogsmeade,” he said in astonishment. Everybody looked at Lily, but she shrugged, unable to explain for once.
“Who is it for?” Heather asked, taking the letter that had been tied to the owl’s leg. She read the address:
The Three Broom Sticks
Fourth Table on the Left
“I think it’s to you, mate,” James said.
“Thanks James, I don’t think I could have figured that out on my own,” Sirius said sarcastically.
“Who’s it from?” Lily said, curious. Sirius looked at Heather sadly.
“It’s from my parents...”
A/N: Alrighty, I've started putting chapter pics in my chapters now. I've got one for the next chapter all ready, and there are some at the beginning of the story if you want to check them out. All creds on them go to Gnome123! Now...I've decided to try something, to see if people actually read the Author's notes. If you're reading this, put the word "Flamingo" in your review!!
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