The next day dawned for broken hearts in Gryffindor Tower. Sirius Black was hardly conscious, and instead went on auto-pilot. He ate little breakfast, little lunch, and no dinner. Afterwards, he went to the Common Room and did homework. Luckily, he didn’t really have to think about it, so he managed alright. After that, at around eight or nine ‘o’ clock, he would go to bed, not to sleep, but to wonder on what he did wrong. Was he that horrible a person that Heather would try to cheat on him with his friend? Was she that desperate to get away from him? Then he would roll unceremoniously into a lethargy big enough to engulf all of Hogwarts.
This routine seemed to fit only one other individual, and it wouldn’t be hard to guess who. Heather Malfoy followed this schedule with strict obedience. Not once did she eat a full meal. Not once did she sleep more than an hour at a time. When called upon in class to answer the question of ‘who defeated the great giant Dungolo?’ she would simply answer, ‘yes.’
To most this odd behavior was an effect without any outward cause, but the select few knew of how Heather tried to cheat on Sirius. Daily Heather was tripped up or cursed at by the groups of vicious girl that followed Sirius like a pack of starving dogs. She didn’t mind that very much. In fact, she didn’t mind anything much at all. Not even the smug looks from her cousin, Lucius.
A few weeks of this schedule, and the once glowing couple became dementor-like singles. Heather had nobody to talk to. Even Lily was giving her the cold shoulder after that fateful night. She guessed that James had told her everything. She was alone in the castle of Hogwarts, yet there were hundreds of students surrounding her constantly.
“Sirius, pass me the Sneezwart,” James said. His request went ignored. “Sirius!” he tried again. “OY! PADFOOT!” James yelled, elbowing him in the side. Sirius handed him the Sneezwart. “Sirius, look. I know she broke your heart, but your killing yourself! You look like something Peter dragged in from outside.”
“James,” Sirius said shortly, getting annoyed, as he had often. “How would you feel if Lily had done that to you?” James opened his mouth, and then closed it, realizing that he would be just as upset as Sirius.
“Sorry, mate. I just hate to see you suffer like this,” James said. “Maybe you should talk to her.”
“I’ve tried. She avoids me like the plague.”
“She looks like the plague too! Have you seen her lately? She isn’t happy about this either mate, it doesn’t take a centaur to see that one,” James said, trying to lighten the mood. Sirius nodded.
“I did the best I could, James. And it still wasn’t enough,” he said, looking down at his potion. James slapped him on the back.
“We’ll get her back for you. We have to find out what is going on though. This isn’t natural. Remus is acting weird too. Have you noticed?” James asked. Sirius nodded.
“Yeah, I have. I think he just feels bad because it was him Heather wanted over me...” Sirius said sadly.
“Yeah...maybe...” James said, thinking.
Peter hobbled quickly up to Alex, who was on her way to dinner. “Alex! Hey Alex!” Peter said. Alex looked up, her face rather white. She looked slightly relieved to see Peter.
“Hey, Peter,” she said. Peter took her books. “Look, I’ve been thinking,” she said.
“What’s up?” he said, grinning at her.
“Have you noticed how...well...upset Heather has been lately?” she said.
“Yeah! Isn’t it awesome?!” Peter said excitedly. His face fell when Alex shrugged. “You don’t like it?” he said.
“It’s just...I’ve been thinking. Lucius doesn’t seem to think Heather is in touch with You-Know-Who... and she is friends with Lily Evans...who is a Muggle-Born,” Alex explained.
“So...” Peter said, confused.
“Well, I’ve just been thinking...what if Heather was telling the truth? What if she had nothing to do with my parents death?” Alex said. “I mean...I’ve been trying to remember, and I never told her my parents were Aurors.” Peter nodded.
“What do you want me to do?” Peter said eagerly. Alex smiled, realizing that Peter was willing to do anything she asked.
“You really are sweet, you know that?” she said. Peter blushed, and she thought he would pass out.
“Hey, cool it,” she said, laughing. “I’m just thinking. This is killing both Sirius and Heather. And I don’t think Heather did anything wrong. We need to find a way to help them.”
“But...if Lucius finds out...” he said nervously, forgetting the fact that he wanted revenge on Heather Malfoy. All that mattered now, oddly, was making Alex happy.
“He won’t. Come on. We have to fix this.”
“Alright,” Peter said softly, following in her wake.
Heather looked around the silent hallway, holding her school bag to her chest. It amazed her how her life could turn completely upside down in one night. And now, for weeks, she has been suffering the consequences. Her love for Sirius went deeper than she had thought.
She was so wrapped up in her thoughts, she didn’t even see Severus Snape coming down the corridor. She thought for a moment that she should be scared, and then realized something. Why should she care? She was just going to become a Death Eater anyway. There was no way she could stop Lucius on her own. She needed help, she needed support, she needed Sirius.
“Bring back memories?” Snape sneered, remembering their time in the hallway many months ago.
“Ones I’d rather not bring back, yes,” Heather said rather bored. Snape noticed her tone.
“What’s the matter? Your little Mud-Friends all abandoned you?”
“Yeah, pretty much. Except that they have every right to, and they aren’t my Mud-Friends,” Heather said, trying to walk around him. He put his arms around her, pulling her back against his front. He grabbed her books and wrenched them from her hands. The bag dropped to the ground, and Heather sighed dismally.
“Why so tense?” he asked.
“Just leave me alone,” she said earnestly, in a very tired voice. He spun her around roughly, forcing her to face him. He kissed her on the mouth and then looked for a reaction eagerly. He saw none. He unbuttoned the top button of her shirt, the whole time looking at her face. That’s when Heather realized something. He only did it to get the reaction! He only wanted to see her respond. “You really are disgusting,” she said, right before bringing her knee up between his legs as hard as she could. Snape let out a moan and dropped to the ground.
“You...” he said, wincing. Heather picked up her bag and books and walked back towards the Great Hall.
Once in the Great Hall, she realized that she would almost rather be back in the hallway with Snape. The Great Hall was full of people. People she didn’t want to be seen by. People like the Marauders and Lily. She went to find a seat by herself, but Remus came up to her.
“Are you alright?” he asked, seeing her disheveled look. He saw that the top button of her blouse was undone.
“Yeah, whatever,” she said, sitting down. Remus sat down beside her. He frowned.
“We need to talk,” he said firmly, as she buttoned her shirt back up.
“Fine, talk then,” she said, looking at the currently unappetizing food around her.
“This has gone on long enough. I want you to stop this,” he said.
“It must go on until he forgets about me,” Heather said firmly. “Pass the pumpkin juice.”
“Why not? Too heavy?”
“I’m not talking about food,” Remus said, getting frustrated. He grabbed her shoulders, his eyes meeting hers. As soon as that happened, he felt as if he was looking at death. Heather’s normally bright blue eyes seemed to have dulled in their color. “Merlin, what have you done to yourself? You are torturing Sirius and yourself. I don’t know why, but it can’t be worth it.”
“It is,” she said firmly, moving out of his grasp. “I have some homework due tomorrow. I’ll see you later,” she said and got up. Remus watched her leaving quickly. He put his head in his hands.
“Tomorrow’s Saturday...” he said sadly.
A/N: Yeah, this chapter was kind of pointless, but it was a chapter necessary to the character's development and emotions. The next one, is a nice long one, I think you guys will like it a lot. It's back to my usual chapter length, which is normally around 7 pages long on word. The next one is called Candy, which is one of my favorites, where we get introduced to a new character of mine!! Okay, leave me lots of lovely reviews, and I'll post quickly!!!!!! YAY!!!!!
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