a/n-So this was originally going to be a one-shot, but it turned out way too long, and I was only half done with it. So now it's going to be a multi-chapter fic, most likely with 8 parts: 7 years at Hogwarts and an Epilogue. I haven't finished 7th year yet, so it's still up in the air whether or not there's going to be an epilogue. Also, it's going to be all about the relationship between Sirius Black and Marlene McKinnon, who my friend An-Jelly-Ca and I have decided were a couple at Hogwarts. But anyway, enjoy!

Disclaimer--Never owned Harry Potter, never will. Oh yeah, and I don't own the lyrics to 'You are Loved (Don't Give Up)' which is by Josh Groban.

You Are Loved Don't Give Up

First Year

After having ditched his cousin Narcissa and her boyfriend Lucius Malfoy once aboard the Hogwarts Express, Sirius had almost immediately found a new friend in a boy named James Potter. The two eleven-year olds had shared the same love of Quidditch, and the same excitement at finally being able to attend Hogwarts.

Though they had gotten along to begin with, Sirius got the impression that James was a bit uncomfortable with the fact that the entire Black family had been in Slytherin. James' goal in life was to be in Gryffindor, just like his dad. Sirius' goal was to not be in Slytherin, but he didn't mention that.

Sirius was rather regretting that now, as he stood by himself in a side room just off of the Great Hall. He had gotten separated from James as they got off the train, and at first he had thought it was just an accident. But even now Sirius could plainly see James conversing excitedly with a sandy-haired boy whose back was the Sirius. Sirius knew there was no way James couldn't see him, so it was with a heavy heart that he concluded his family heritage had lost him his very first friend at Hogwarts.

"Hello!" A voice said brightly from behind Sirius.

Sirius jumped visibly at the sudden voice, which could only be addressing him, as he was standing quite alone. He turned to see a red-haired girl standing there with a wide grin upon her face.

"Hello," The girl said again, though not as loud this time, "I'm Marlene McKinnon. Who're you?"

"Erm…Sirius Black." Sirius said slowly.

The girl stuck out a hand and Sirius shook it cautiously. Why was this girl being so friendly towards him?

"I thought you looked rather lonely over here." Marlene said suddenly, almost as if she were answering Sirius' unspoken question. "So I thought I'd come over and talk to you. I don't really have any friends here yet, either, so we're in the same boat I suppose." Her smile seemed to get even brighter as she spoke. "So, what house do you want to be in?"

"Er…I don't really know." Sirius said honestly. "But definitely not Slytherin. I want to get as far away from my cousins as possible."

Marlene laughed, and for some reason Sirius found himself wanting to laugh along with her.

"I think Gryffindor sounds great." Marlene informed him. "I bet you'd be good in there."

"Gryffindor…" Sirius murmured. A smile seemed to grow on his face. "Gryffindor would be perfect."

"That settles it, then." Marlene declared just as the door to the chamber opened with a wide grin. "You and I are going to be in Gryffindor together, Sirius. Deal?"

"Deal." Sirius replied, just as the professor at the door called for silence. If possible, his smile was even bigger than Marlene's was.

Don't give up

It's just the weight of the world

When your heart's heavy

I…I will lift it for you