Revised: 28 August 2004
The Future Awaits
Chapter 25: Reminiscing
"What's what?" asked Hermione Granger, as she pushed the bronze key into the tiny keyhole.
"That… isn't that…"
The door finally opened. Hermione stepped inside and looked down at what Sirius was staring at. "Yes, Sirius. That's the keychain you gave me for Christmas five years ago."
The corner of his mouth twitched annoyingly before it spread into a full blast mischievous grin.
It was a keychain in a form of a cat's tail. He remembered giving it to her, bundled together with a book called 'Moste Potente Potions', in which he had taken the liberty to circle the line 'only for human transformation'. He even drew a small cat on the side of the page with a scribbled 'meow' above it. Harry had told him about their incident with the Polyjuice potion during their second year whilst their stay at Grimmauld's.
Snickering softly, he said, "I've yet to receive any 'thanks' for that, you know."
Hermione rolled her eyes, and walked straight into the kitchen to stock the newly-bought food.
Sirius laid on Harry's bed. Again, he did what he always did when he's in this room. Reflect.
He had to admit to himself that he is hurt with Hermione's behaviour towards him today. He never got emotionally wounded this easily with anyone. But with Hermione… his heart just felt fragile.
Hell! He was even peeved when that Rita Skeeter scoop went around with her supposedly affairs with Viktor Krum and his godson in her fourth year. Even though he knew he should not believe in such trash, he could not help but doubt. Thinking over, he felt really thankful to whoever it is up there, that Harry does not feel that way about Hermione. If not, he could not imagine feeling worst than he already is.
With a heavy heart, he let out a long sigh. His mind travelled to the other night. He remembered the way Hermione examined her Epoch. She must have known what it was. And what's with her 'Ron, Sirius, Ron, Sirius'? Does she know I sent that necklace, already?
Sirius was eager for the day to come when she would finally realise the relationship they shared a long time ago. But at the same time, he dreaded the outcome. Her reactions. What would he say to explain it all? Would she still feel the same way? Or will she look at him with disgust and never talk to him again? No!! I'll never let that happen. Whatever it is, it's better than her not talking to me. But most of all, would she even remember?
Absentmindedly, his hand dug into his pocket to pull out the necklace. He stared at it for a moment, as his mind drifted off into a memory lane…
..:: Flashback ::..
"C'mon. Let's try it," exclaimed an eager Sirius Black.
"I'm still a bit doubtful about this, Siri."
"Aww, c'mon, Mya. I bought this for you, you know."
Feeling the sudden guilt, Hermione quickly complied.
Full with apprehension, both of them took their necklaces which were already around their necks, and carefully leaned towards each other.
Uncertainty was written all over her face, making Sirius smirked secretly. Taking the close distance between them, he quickly gave her a quick peck for reassurance.
Gingerly, the two pendants clasped together, as they glowed brightly, blinding the two lovers. Sirius could feel Hermione grabbed his arm in the process.
All of a sudden, both of them fell on a hard floor. Sirius noticed their Epoch had detached by themselves. He turned when a moan was heard from his side, only to find Hermione rubbing her knee, whimpering.
"Are you alright?"
"Well, if you don't consider by bleeding knee, then yes! I'm alright!"
"Aww, baby. I'm sorry. Here, let me help."
Gently, he cast a quick healing spell on her knee. Since her cut was not deep, the simple spell managed to fix it completely.
"Thank you, love."
"Anytime, sweetheart," replied Sirius as he leaned in to give her yet another kiss.
Straightening themselves, Hermione wondered, "Where are we, now?"
"I'd say, we're just outside the portrait hole, Mione."
"Oh," muttered Hermione, feeling utterly stupid. Suddenly, she gave out a loud gagging sound.
"Are you okay?" asked Sirius, with his hand on her back.
"That girl just walked pass through me!"
"Blimey! Hermione, that girl is you!"
Hurriedly, they followed the 'double Hermione' into the portrait hole. There, they found Sirius sitting on the couch in front of the fireplace.
Sirius stared at his double, but soon realised that they were invisible to everyone there as no one seemed to acknowledge their presence. Grabbing Hermione's delicate hand, he led her to sit just near the 'double Sirius'. He knew which memory this was already. And by the look of it, Hermione had too, as she snuggled closer into Sirius' arms. They sat there quietly, and watched as the scene unfold…
Hermione sat on the armchair next to the couch Sirius was sitting on, as she stared at his fidgety self.
"I got your note. You wanted me to meet you. What about?"
Sirius gave a quiet groan as he ran a hand through his silky black hair. "Uh… I just need to tell you something," he mumbled, not meeting her eyes.
"I'm listening," said Hermione.
He gulped at that statement. "Yeah. Uh… it's just… umm."
"What?" Hermione asked in the most serene voice he had ever heard.
"Well," he continued, running a hand yet again through his hair, before it landed on the back of his neck. "I, uh… I mean… we have known each other for…"
"Five months, two weeks, three days, eight ho-" supplied Hermione jokingly.
"Uh, yeah. And for these time span, I… I came to realise that I… kinda… kinda like you."
Relief pervaded all across his face, as the words flew out off his mouth. But at the same time, the certain fear of rejection stood still.
Hermione just sat there starring straight into his grey eyes, surprising herself not to feel shock at his confession. She always knew that one day he would ask her out, considering his constant flirting.
To Sirius, her face showed nothing more than contemplation. He never felt this jittery around a girl he asked out. Furthermore, none of the girls would take this long to agree to his proposal.
Hermione was only brought out from her reverie when she felt Sirius stood up from the couch, heading to the boys' dormitory, with his head held down.
Sirius knew she would never see him as anything more than a playboy, who changes girlfriends every week. How could I be so stupid! Why did I even have to feel this way about her, when there are better looking witches out there?
He obeyed, but kept his back to her. He felt totally humiliated… totally heartbroken.
"It's okay, Mione. I mean, I'm not forcing you to feel the same way or anything."
"Did you really mean what you said, there?"
He finally gathered his Gryffindor courage to look up at her, before losing himself into the depths of her chocolate brown eyes. "I really love you, Hermione."
Hermione widened her eyes a bit, before closing her eyes, as if assuring herself. Love. Such a strong word and such a strong feeling. She did not realise as a single tear rolled down her cheek.
"Hermione, i-it's okay. Don't feel bad. You deserve someone better than me. I mean, I'm just… Sirius Black. The 'unpredictable boyfriend'. I'll understand if you don't want me."
Hermione wanted to snort out loud at that. Any girl would think she's out of her mind to not want him. But how could she? He's everything she can't ever have. Sirius will never understand. Finally, she opened her eyes to look at him, absentmindedly tilting her head, listening to him rambling on.
"It's just… I never felt this way before. I even lost my… my uh… 'smooth self' around you. Whenever you're around me, my heart came alive out of a sudden. You're all I could think about… dream about… Uh, I mean… yeah. That's what I meant."
He knew he was rambling his secrets out to the girl who had unknowingly captured his heart. He was still rambling when a finger was placed on his lips, shuddering him.
Hermione let out a soft giggle as she felt his body quivered. Twitching her nose at him, she said, "You talk too much," before flicking his nose with her finger. Standing on tiptoes, she kissed him full on the lips.
The only thought that passed his mind at that moment was 'This girl is a mystery!'
They stood there in complete bliss with each other, kissing passionately. There was never a time Sirius felt this complete. Even with the numerous girls he had gone out with, he never felt, what the girls called as 'sparks' whilst snogging. But with Hermione… all these came true. It was as if fireworks had erupted everywhere. Angels looking happily down at them. To summarise it all, he felt like all his dreams have been successfully accomplished.
Their moment was ruined when a loud clearance of throat was heard. It was then when Sirius realised how noisy the place was. Where did the noise come from? It was so quiet just now?
He turned around to face none other than James Potter. He was wearing that monkeyish grin he was famous for.
"Heheh… I'm happy for you both, but there are people who would like to walk up the stairs. And they can't do that when you block their way."
"Sod off, Prongs!"
"I will. Oh! And by the way, I wish you guys a happy married life!"
Hermione groaned and covered her face with her hand. Sirius however just rolled his eyes.
Hermione giggled as James ran up to his dormitory, as Sirius tightened his arms around her. They both watched as the new couple indulged into another searing kiss.
With a finger, Sirius tilted Hermione's chin and gave her a similar kind of kiss. As they slowly broke the kiss, they saw their Epoch glowed.
"Well, I think it's time we get back."
"Yeah," agreed Hermione, as she looked longingly at the still kissing couple.
They finally connected the pendants and soon found themselves on the couch they were sitting on earlier.
"Well?" asked Sirius, grinning.
"Well, I guess that's our most memorable day… yet."
"I think it will change as soon as a better one occurs."
Sirius thought again. Even if we used the Epoch now, will we go back to that time? She doesn't even have those memories in her head. As far as he knew, this thing only works when both of them have the same exact memory. But seeing the situation…
Hermione sat on her bed, starring into space. It was around 7.30 in the morning. She has to head to work sometime soon. She sighed to herself for the umpteenth time. She was really ashamed of her behaviour yesterday. She turned to look at her book on the end table.
"Idiot! Can't he even use a bookmark?"
Heaving yet another sigh, she took out a piece of parchment. Probing her hand into the drawer to find a quill, she could only find a muggle pen. That will do. She finally set down to writing.
I'm really ashamed of my behaviour, earlier. I guess I'm just
stressed with work. Hope you'd understand. I'm really, really sorry.
Please forgive me.
She reread the parchment, already deciding in her mind to slip the letter through his door. As she put the pen away, her eyes caught sight of a small furry black unused purse. She grinned as an idea struck her. Taking the small item into her hands, she transfigured it into a small miniature of Sirius' animagus form, before giving it a small charm.
As she walked out off her room, she found his door wide opened. Sirius was asleep with a hand on his chest. Hermione tiptoed across him and placed the letter on his bedside table as quietly as she could, before placing the miniature as a paperweight.
Smiling with satisfaction, she glanced at the sleeping Sirius. A golden chain laid sprawled across his chest. Hermione shook her head. What's with men and chains? Facing back, she continued walking out, when she gave a sudden halt.
With furrowed eyebrows, she turned back. It was a mere coincidence when Sirius stirred to the right, letting go of what he was clutching.
Widening her eyes at the sight, Hermione gave out a noiseless gasp. It's the same Epoch!
A/N: Sigh! I'm never good with fluffs. Anyway! I would like to thank all the people who have explained that 'Can I see Uranus too, Lavender' quote to me. Finally get it! Thank you!
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