Sirius had just been released from his final class of the day and studying was the furthest thing from his mind. Instead of heading back to the common room, where he figured he would be forced to pretend to do his homework, he headed out towards the entrance hall. He opened the front doors to find that if was a nice, if slighty chilly, day. He stuffed his hands in his pockets, to keep them warm, and headed down the lawn to his favorite hang-out. It was a large, bent over tree that was located near the lake, which was, at the moment, still frozen over, although the ice was dangerously thin. He sat down and, closing his eyes, leaned his head against the tree. He rested for a moment until he heard a twig snap, at which his eyes snapped open and he instinctively reached for his wand.
Damnit! Why did that twig have to snap? It's not like she was sneaking up on her cousin or anything, but if he turned around, she'd be toasted for sure. I mean, besides being Slytherin, there were some inner-family issues that they needed to work out. And as much as Cissy hated to admit it, she had to. Sirius was much better with a wand then she was. Still, she bent over and reached for her wand, carefully tucked away into her shoes. Grasping it firmly in hand, she felt the pliable willow in her fingers, and waited to see if Sirius would turn around.
Sirius knew that there was someone behind him. That snap wasn't just his imagination. He could sense it. Could be Snivellus... He slowly pulled his wand out of his robes, before standing quickly and whirling around, his wand pointed.
Cissy did the only thing she could think to. "Impedimenta!" she yelled, eyes squeezed shut, hoping that somehow in the whirling of arms her curse would hit its target.
Sirius rolled his eyes as the curse whizzed past him, not even coming close to hitting his body. "What the hell do you think you're doing, Narcissa?" he asked cooly, not lowering his wand. He didn't have much patience for his cousin but he didn't feel like hexing a girl at the moment.
Cissy opened her eyes a bit. "Well, I thought that you would think I was sneaking up on you or something, and I'm not in the mood to be hexed right now."She glanced at his wand still pointing at her, and it made her nervous.
Sirius saw her glance down at his wand and smirked slightly to himself, before lowering it slowly. "I did think you were sneaking up on me," he said. "And, in case you didn't notice, you were. Not making any noise at all is considered sneaking up on someone." He dropped back down to lean against the tree again, crossing his arms and looking up at her with a slightly amused expression. "What do you want, anyway?"
"Well soooorry... I was loking for Bella, and when I saw you, I tried to keep quiet so you wouldn't decide to pull some stupid prank on me. I hate when you or your immature little friends do that!"She stared her cousin down. With his wand down, he didn't scare her.
Sirius snorted. "Did you put your wand in your back pocket, Narcissa?" he asked. "I think it may have gotten stuck up your butt." He grinned at his little joke, referring to the old phrase "stick up your butt", and then continued, "It might do you some good to have fun once in awhile."[OOC: Please pardon my crudeness, I just couldn't resist ;)]
((ooc: no worries! es muy divertido! (its very amusing)))"Oh yea, real funny. And with Bella off doing whatever the hell it is she's doing, and you off with those idiotic Marauders and flirting with the FILTH that makes up half your fanbase, one of the Black children has to be serious. And no, Sirius, you know that's not what I meant!"Cissy knew if she hadn't said something he would have made a joke about that. Just like him, too.
Sirius chuckled at the mention of his fanbase and just shook his head, feeling a tad disappointed to have been cheated out of one of his overused Sirius/serious jokes. "And why is that?" he said, with a smirk. "To uphold the 'great and noble' family name?"
"Yes, as a matter of fact, it is. You and Bella get yourselves into more trouble than your worth. And I swear, if you got the chance you'd mix blood with half the filth in this school just to say you did!"
"Always a question of blood with you, isn't it?" He gave her a falsely sweet smile. "It doesn't matter what type of bloodline you have when it comes to things like that," he said. "Trust me."
"Who're you talking about? That Potter kid's little crush on that Mudblood? Or do I have to worry about some Muggle trash joining into the Black name? I never thought I'd have to worry about a Black becoming a blood traitor! What would your mother think?"Narcissa was yelling in a mix of fury and genuine concern for her cousin's well-being. His mother wouldn't like what he had become, nor would any member of the house of Black.
"Why should I give a damn about what my mother thinks?" snapped Sirius, giving her a very dirty look. "And you don't have to worry about anyone "joining into the Black name" as I'm perfectly content with the way I am right now." He turned from her and swore again under his breath.
Bellatrix had in fact been hiding behind a nearby rock, - practising unspoken curses on a number of unfortunate insects - when her cousin and sister had turned up quite suddenly. She'd listened in to their verbal sparring with amusement until choosing this moment to jump in and make things worse. Twirling her wand in her fingers, Bellatrix strolled over to the pair of them with a hint of a smirk on her face."Oh Sirius, what a pity no-one would want to marry you anyway..." Now definitely smirking, she turned to her sister and inquired, "Since when have I been more trouble than I'm worth? And why were you looking for me anyway?"
"Take a look around, Bellatrix," said Sirius, with a bit of sneer at his least favorite relative. "More than half of the girls in the school would give their right eye to marry me." Then he added, "'Course, I wouldn't marry them then, because they'd be downright ugly." ((OOC: I don't have anything against anybody missing their right eye. Sirius is just an idiot, that's all. Didn't want to offend anybody :\))
Bellatrix turned in a full circle, 'taking a look around' very deliberately, then raised an eyebrow at her cousin and said mock-pityingly, "You're delusional." Of course, she knew he was telling the truth - Sirius had inherited the same good looks as she had - but to say anything remotely nice about him was out of the question. Almost as an afterthought, Bellatrix added dryly, "But then again, downright ugly would be a perfect match for you."
"Well, since you two are having such a deep conversation, I'll just leave. By the way, Bella, Mum's owl is sitting on your four-poster, with a Howler in its mouth. Just thought you'd want to know."With that Cissy left, before her cousins got further into their immature bickering.
Bellatrix blinked in momentary shock before yelling, "Cissy, wait!" But it didn't do much good - her sister had already disappeared to sulk about whatever it was she liked to sulk about. Bella squirmed at the idea of a Howler from her mother but wouldn't give Sirius the satisfaction of seeing her looking worried. Instead she shot him a withering look and strode back towards the castle, dreading the owl.
OOC: I thought it would be fun to pop in here. But if any of you would prefer that Hestia doesn't come into the post, I wouldn't mind joining somewhere else :)BIC: Hestia hummed under her breath, a childish habit she only indulged when she was alone. She swung one arm, while the other held a large book. Earlier she had tried to study in the library, but she had kept getting distracted. So instead she decided to go down to the lake, hopefully most people would think it was too cold to go out. But as she got closer she realized that there was indeed someone near by. Three someones actually. None of whom would leave her alone to study. About five yards away Sirius and his cousins Bellatrix and Narcissa were talking. Or rather, arguing. Although Hestia could only hear snitches of what they were saying, it didn’t sound pleasant. She didn’t like getting involved in unpleasantness that didn’t involve herself though, because it would probably just cause more trouble. Besides, even if she did try it wouldn’t work. Bellatrix and Narcissa were too narrow minded to take someone a year younger than them who was in Ravenclaw seriously. And Sirius was worse. He would just try to flirt with her and assume that was all she wanted. What nonsense. Still, her curiosity was peaked. So after the two girls started back toward the castle she hesitantly walked over to the tree. For a moment she didn’t say anything and just waited. She knew it would disconcert Sirius and that would give her the upper hand. Several years ago she had had a crush on him. And although she had never done anything silly about it, and she was sure he had never noticed, remembering still made her cringe with embarrassment. So if she didn’t make the conversation go exactly the way she wanted there was a possibility of saying something stupid, which she absolutely despised doing.“Hello, Sirius,” she said at last. Although she didn’t smile, she did nod her head in greeting. “Can I ask what is going on between you and your cousins? It didn’t sound nice at all.”
((OOC: New characters are always fun in posts :) And it says Open to Anyone, so it's all good.)) Sirius, now thoroughly aggravated, turned his head. He wasn't exactly sure what her name was. Helga? No, that didn't sound right. "Hey," he said. Harriet? "It was nothing really." Helen? "But nothing nice ever comes out of Bellatrix's mouth, Hestia." There it was. "Nothing for you to worry your pretty little head about," he said, giving her a very Sirius-like grin.
OOC: Awsome. I'm glad I came in than :)BIC: Hestia’s mouth twitched when Sirius hesitated before saying her name. If she hadn’t already discovered his disinterest in her years ago, she would have been insulted. But instead she only felt amusement. And, she was honest enough to admit, smugness that she hadn’t dwelled overly long on her infatuation for him. “She does seem to be very…verbal in her dislike,” Hestia said carefully. Although Sirius didn’t seem to like his cousin very much, she didn’t want to make him angry if she could avoid it. That would cause no end of trouble. And while she would never admit it, she was a little wary of his temper. “My what?” She started at him for a full few seconds, blinking rapidly. “Did you just say…you can not be serious.” A rare laugh escaped Hestia, which she quickly stifled with a hand over her mouth. Still, a smile peeked through as she shook her head. “I do believe that is the most absurd thing anyone has ever said to me. Do you ACTUALLY think such an inane comment applies to me in any way?” She lifted her eyebrows. Never before had anyone put her looks before her much more superior intellect; it was really an interesting experience.
Sirius raised his eyebrows as Hestia had a bit of a snigger session in front of him. True, she was no goddess but she didn't seem terribly disfigured to Sirius. It had only been his natural reaction to say that and besides, most girls would've swooned on the spot. He was completely at loss for words at this girl's peculiar reaction. "It was just a throw-away comment," muttered Sirius. "You don't have to get so worked up about it."
After a final giggle Hestia forced herself to calm down. It was difficult though, especially when the always suave Sirius looked so discombobulated. It was actually kind of cute, seeing him so unsure. How comforting to know that she could always get attention by being unusual, she thought. Of course, that was much more fun than being normal at times like this.“Yes, I figured it wasn’t a very heartfelt comment.” Hestia grinned once more. That was twice in less than five minutes, her brother would be amazed when she told him. “Don’t flatter yourself. This is not me getting worked up; this is me finding something extraordinarily funny. But if you are trying to get girls with that line, I urge you to be a little more original. I imagine it would be very embarrassing if you were seriously trying to get someone’s attention and they started to laugh.” Hestia didn’t even bother to hope that he had been serious when he said it to her, that would be a waste of energy and time.
Narcissa returned to the tree by the Black Lake quickly. She now spotted Sirius talking to Hestia."Like she's got a chance..." Cissy muttered to herself. She walked up to them."Hello," she said to Hestia, including a cordial nod, and then turned to face her cousin.
Hearing footsteps behind her, Hestia craned her neck around. She showed no reaction other than blinking when she saw who was coming toward her and Sirius, but she privetly sighed. Although she didn't make it a habit to avoid Narcissa quite as adamantly as Bellatrix, she still wasn't a girl Hestia would purposefully have a conversation with. Still, it was really her own fault for giving into her curiosity. At least Narcissa didn't seen to be irritated with Hestia at the moment. "Hello, Narcissa." She answered with a polite, but hardly warm, smile. Then she glanced down at the book in her hand and said, "I was just coming down to study when I decided to say hello to your cousin." Hopefully, if Narcissa wasn't a complete idiot, she would realize Hestia was telling the truth. It would be beyond embarrassing if she wrongly assumed she was like half the girl at school and had contrived to talk to Sirius privetly. As if she would ever lower herself to using her intelligence to do something that pathetic. Especially when it pained her to see her friends do just that. To her chagrin she realized she was almost blushing; her cheeks weren't red but they did feel a little warm. Even if she hadn't purposefully made such a plan, she had still been less than chilly toward Sirius. It had been nice, she admitted, to laugh. But it would not do at all for Narcissa to know that. "I have a charms test two days from now, that is going to be a beast I am sure."
"Now, if you don't mind, Narcissa," said Sirius, with a rather unpleasant expression. "Hestia and I were in the middle of a conversation, which didn't involve you."
Hestia stared at Sirius, not quite sure what to make of his comment. While she had realized him and his cousin had just argued, it hadn't occured to her that he would be so eager to think of an excuse to get rid of Narcissa. Espcially not when his so called conversation with Hestia had been very odd and possibly embarrasing for him. She wasn't sure if she should be flattered or insulted that Sirius was using her to get rid of his cousin. Or, more importantly, what she should do about it. If she agreed with him, than Narcissa and most likely the rest of her house would be out to crucify her. But then again, Hestia already didn't like Narcissa. And at times even actively disliked her. "Yes," she said with careful neutrality, "we were having a most riveting discussion. On the meaning of remarks and how they can be interprated." Then she turned toward Sirius so Narcissa could only see her cheek and raised her eyebrows in question.
"Do you really think so? I, personally, don't think I'll have a problem with it. I have Charms the next class after you." Cissy was begin to talk more than she liked. She had been hoping to continue her conversation with Sirius.
Hestia momentarily paused, choosing her next words carefully. She had fully expected Narcissa to snap at her, certainly she hadn’t thought that the girl would make polite conversation. It was becoming apparent that the entire situation had aspects she had no idea about. Again she wondered exactly what the cousins had been arguing about. Whatever it had been, Narcissa wanted to continue it while Sirius wanted to end it. For now, Hestia decided, she would wait to see what happened. If anything, she was sure it would be interesting to see the proceeding events. “Well, I am almost sure I will do fine on the test. But it will still be a challenge. Charms isn’t my best class.” Not that that was saying much, Hestia privately snorted. She excelled at all her subjects; it was just a matter of how easy it was for her to do so. But bragging would be very ill advised in the current company.
Cissy wasn't the rude sort. At least, not to anyone of wizarding blood. Rudeness made the Black family look bad. "Well, Potions and Charms are my two best subjects, so I'm not particularly worried. Flitwick isn't known for particularly hard tests."
"That is what I am hoping," Hestia said with a slightly forced smile. Although she always tried to not be on bad terms with anyone at school, neiter was she comfortable with small talk. Espcially not small talk with a seventh year Slytherin. It always sounded slightly silly to her.Somehow, it had been much easier to talk to Sirius. Maybe because she didn't take him very seriously. It didn't really matter though. Either the conversation would continue in the same vein and Hestia would go study, the conversation would become more interesting, or Narcissa or Sirius would leave.
"Well then... If all you can do is hope, maybe you /should/ be studying." Narcissa really needed to talk to Sirius, and she was beginning to snipe at Hestia. She normally wasn't rude towards non-Mudbloods.