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Life As It Is
Moving across the hardwood floors, she smiled at the cheery surroundings. The medium sized room was painted a warm shade of yellow with beige moldings. A changing table stood on one wall, and on the other there was a toy chest, and a small wardrobe. There was a small in-cove where a bay window was, the white drapes pulled across it keeping out the soft morning light. A small crib stood in front of the window, and Chloe smiled at her small child who was awake, and standing up.
“I just can’t believe you brought him here. What if-” Danielle started.
On The Platform
Chloe could see Lily from where she stood. She was with the other two girls in their dorm; Nadine Mundy and Katherine Fay. Nadine was a pretty girl, with short brown hair, and big brown eyes. But she had a rough edge to her that seemed to scare off any boys from going near her. Where as Kathy was the opposite. She had long straight blond hair, deep blue eyes, and a pale, plain face. But her out-going and bubbly attitude attracted many guys, and it wasn’t a surprise to find her being swooned by someone. Chloe fought her nervousness, and walked over to them.
Chloe gave a small smile. The comment about Sirius reminded her of the things she had loved about Sirius. How he had always loved taking risks, and had never been shy to say things that were stupid or silly. She thought of when ever he had smiled, he made her smile too even when she was mad or sad. He had always been so charming and kind to her when they were alone.
Only A Formality
She was aware that Sirius was looking at her, and feeling a little brave she looked at him. The air in her throat caught, making her almost choke. His eyes were so much like Ryan’s, more than she ever remembered. His eyes quickly moved away from hers, but to her surprise his mouth opened.
It's Not Over
Chloe sighed. She had expected the worse, but this was fine. “Well, there’s nothing wrong with that, now is there?” She reached her hand out for him to take. “We can just go back to the-”
Chloe’s thoughts were interrupted when she heard the sound of footsteps. Her vision went misty as she concentrated on the footsteps, she heard the small giggle of a girl.
“Don’t think you can hide him for ever.” He finished sharply. He turned on his heel, and abiding by what Lily had told him, he walked quickly to the stairwell that led to the first floor.
October Nineth Part One
Allison wood looked coyly at Sirius as she handed him her small parcel. She stood, waiting for him to open it when Sirius offered her the seat next to him. Knowing she would not say no, Chloe craned her neck to get a better look. She did not know why she was interested, but she wanted to know what was going to happen; it seemed the entire hall was.
October Nineth Part Two
The dark sky was glittered in bright stars, and the half-moon shone brightly spreading a white glow where ever its ray’s touched. But Chloe paid no attention to any of it as she stormed down the steep stone steps, the castle disappearing behind her. Tugging her thin sweater more tightly around her, she gritted her teeth to keep from crying.
The Dark Lord
Reaching she forward she put her hand on his arm. “Do not worry about Lily.” Chloe paused to collect her thoughts and look James in the eye. “Just because Snape is bad for her does not mean he will stop at nothing to keep her safe. Both Lily and Snape may not want to admit it to anyone but he loves her more then anything.” Chloe finished, still holding James’ eye.
A Talk with Black
“Where’s Sirius,” Chloe asked James asked during lunch the next day. She had decided that since Remus was being such an idiot she would turn to James who could not bother her about Ryan. It was a little strange, Chloe had to admit, as months earlier James had been quite hostile towards her. But she believed he had realized that it wasn’t all her fault over the months – especially after what happened between Sirius and Chloe the night before.
Leave it On the Pitch
Chloe breathed heavily, clinging to the rail and watched as Sirius stepped away from her, the look of worry reappearing on his face. If he only knew, then this would all become so much easier. He would understand, if he knew. They wouldn’t be having this conversation, if he knew.
“Hello Aunty,” Chloe hugged her Aunt, but was much more excited to see Ryan, sitting on the floor holding a big book in his hands. He turned his head to her, and a smile fell on his face. His curly black hair had grown, and he needed a haircut.
The Christmas tree glistened in the candle light, and Chloe stood back from the tree, and all the brightly wrapped presents underneath. Her mother and Aunt had long since gone to bed, and she was still up, unable to sleep. Everything looked perfect. Chloe couldn’t deny the congratulations her mother deserved after putting so much hard work into it all. The decorations around the house were simple – not so over-the-top like it had been the year before – and still the best.
It was too easy for Chloe to get used to having Sirius around, and being free of persecution. She was aware that the most of the student body – mostly those who could not remember Chloe when she had first been at Hogwarts – was watching her and Sirius where ever they went, but she didn’t care. She had him as her friend again, and that’s all the mattered. But when they entered the Gryffindor Common Room, laughing a joke Remus had made, Chloe could no longer ignore whispering people and the staring girls.
Chloe felt her stomach drop to her knees, and she stepped back, finding strength in the hand rail of the marble steps. She didn’t know how to respond; she could hardly breathe. She had known it, but it was all the more shattering hearing the hurt behind James’ words. It was true, they had never been best mates like she was with Remus, but she could see that this information hurt him all the same. Just like it had with Remus.
Chloe didn’t answer her mother when she called her name, as her eyes fell on the black curly haired boy who lay asleep in the crib that Mrs. Roberts stood by. Rushing over to the bed, Chloe bent over it, her hands encircling her son, she picked him up gently, making sure not to hurt him. Holding him in her arms, she frowned at how small he looked, how pale his skin was, and at the dark circled surrounding his usually bright and open eyes.
A Father's Love
Everything seemed so hopeless. Sirius was most likely never to speak to her again, and she knew it wouldn’t be long before it got out that she had a son at school. She wouldn’t be able to walk through the halls at school without being talked about. Though, that was nothing knew, she was after all, the girl who had stolen Sirius’ heart, and sent him on his destructive path. Chloe felt like laughing upon thinking this, but instead tears erupted from her eyes. It wasn’t supposed to be like this, she wasn’t supposed to be so miserable, and Sirius wasn’t supposed to be so far away.
End of the Mistake
The familiar smell of baby powder filled Chloe’s nostrils, and she forced herself not to laugh as she watched Sirius struggle to change Ryan’s diaper. She had told him there was a spell that was much easier, but he had been determined to do it the old fashion way. So Chloe’s mother had been kind enough to get him the things he needed, and standing in the ward, before Professor McGonagall was due to come get Sirius and Chloe, he started to change Ryan.
Preview: In The Dark
A/N: Partially because I want more people to read the sequel, and partially to let people know out there that the sequel is posted, I decided to post the first chapter on here. Hope it entices you :)
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