OH THIS CHAPTER. SO VERY CHEESY.
I'm not very sure about whether or not I like this chapter, but oh well. :/ i NEED to update. :| How long have I not been updating? Homeworks have piled up, people! :(
Anyway, it was so timing, because as I was typing down this chapter, I was listening to (me and my friend's version of) When I Look At You by Miley Cyrus. I really LOVE that song. And then the line i quoted down then played, and it really hit me. I was like, "This is perfect."
So here you go :P Chapter 31!
31. WHEN I LOOK AT YOU
"When I look at you, I see forgiveness, I see the truth. You love me for who I am, like the stars hold the moon; right there where they belong, and I know I'm not alone."
- When I Look At You by Miley Cyrus
Rebecca started to feel a searing pain on her forearm again, and it came with her broken ankle feeling number and number. "Sirius," she said rather calmly, "I'm feeling a little bit funny, I really want to get back up to the castle."
Sirius had also noticed Rebecca's forearm, and the spell he had cast to temporarily seal the wound was wearing off. Without saying anything, Sirius picked her up and started to walk back to the castle.
Rebecca thought it was very awkward to be in this situation. She and Sirius have never really gone close to each other, physically. This was the first time their skin touched, and this had to be the situation, of all situations possible.
But nonetheless, Rebecca actually felt comfortable and warm to be with Sirius. Even if it was like this.
Sirius, on the other hand, had let his guard down. He had to face the facts—and he did, with utmost maturity. He had realized that somehow, somewhere deep down, he actually had some sort of feelings for the girl in his arms. He grimaced at the thought, not knowing whether it was something good or bad.
He looked at her, and she was looking up at the full moon in the sky, her chest rising and falling as she breathed evenly, deeply.
They soon reached the castle, and it was very eerie and quiet. "This is a bit creepy," Rebecca admitted, trying to push away the thought that blood was dripping down her elbow already, staining Sirius' shirt.
Sirius forced a smile, wanting to be warm to her, but it came out more like a sarcastic smirk. "Yeah, you get used to it after some time, though," he replied. He could feel the warmth of her blood creeping up his clothes, and he eyed her ankle, which had begun swelling already. Luckily, they were already at the Hospital Wing at this point.
Sirius kicked the door open, and Madam Pomfrey was awake, looking out of the window as another howl was heard from the grounds. She turned to them and frowned. "What happened?" she asked hurriedly.
Sirius shrugged while putting Rebecca down on a bed. "Accident," he said simply.
"Did he bite her?" Madam Pomfrey asked while rummaging through bottles for some medicine.
Sirius sat down beside Rebecca. "No. Just a scratch. Is it going to affect her?"
Rebecca frowned a little, feeling as if she was some sort of scientific experiment.
"Yes, but only a little," Madam Pomfrey answered and Rebecca's jaw slightly dropped.
"Hold on," Rebecca's eyes narrowed. "What do you mean, 'Yes, but only a little'?"
"Those are cursed wounds, girl," Madam Pomfrey pushed up Rebecca's sleeve and began wiping some sort of liquid on the wound. "But it won't take too much from you, since it's only a scratch. In fact, it'll just take very little from you, you'll probably never even notice. You'll be luckier than Remus. That's for sure. Much luckier."
Rebecca pursed her lips and eyed Sirius beside her. She saw that he had a somewhat guilty expression on his face.
"You've broken your ankle?" Madam Pomfrey asked and Rebecca nodded. With a flick of her wand, Rebecca's ankle made some sort of snap sound, and the numbness, the pain and the swelling started to fade away. Her ankle was fixed.
"Thanks," she said out of amazement.
Another howl came from the grounds and Madam Pomfrey looked quickly out of the window. Then she hurried out of the Hospital Wing.
"Don't worry about her," Sirius said. "She always helps during transformations."
There was silence before Rebecca muttered. "Thanks, by the way."
"I'm sorry," was Sirius' unexpected response.
"I'm sorry I hurt you," Sirius looked away. "James and Remus were right. Hera would've have wanted things to be like this." Then he looked at Rebecca.
"Sirius…it was an accident," she reached for his shoulder. Immediately, Sirius took her hand and didn't let go, making Rebecca feel a little taken aback.
"The past is the past," Sirius nodded. "We'll solve it, but I don't want to be all hostile about it anymore."
"We?" Rebecca raised an eyebrow.
"I know you haven't done anything wrong," Sirius said and Rebecca felt her stomach drop, but in a good way.
To be truthful, Rebecca had realized long ago that she had feelings for Sirius, but it was only now that she actually fully accepted it.
"I have some questions," Sirius muttered, turning her hand over in his, "One question, one answer, okay?"
"Were you and Hera friends?"
"Yes," Rebecca sighed.
"And did you have anything against her?"
"Anything against my family?"
"No, not me."
Sirius sighed and Rebecca swore she saw a smile somewhere. Sirius asked another question, a bit different this time, "How are you feeling?"
Rebecca stared at Sirius and he stared back at her intensely. "How about now?" he asked.
"I don't know what you're talking about," Rebecca muttered innocently.
"Oh, I'm sure you do," Sirius muttered back. "I have another question."
Rebecca shook her head, "I thought we were done."
"No, not even close," Sirius frowned. "What do you feel about James?"
"About James?" Rebecca's shoulders dropped, and she didn't know whether to be amused or to be confused. "I don't know. I'm not really friends with him."
"That's an invalid answer."
"Fine," Rebecca looked at the wall. "I think he's very helpful. He was the first person who helped me in the Dark Forest."
Sirius shook his head. "No, I did."
Rebecca looked back at Sirius, confused. "No, James was the first one who helped me."
"No, no, he wasn't. I pushed Remus out of the way. If I hadn't done that, you'd have been bitten."
Rebecca cocked her head to one side. "That was a dog."
Then there was silence. Afterwards, Rebecca asked, "That was you?"
Rebecca looked back at the wall. "Huh," she realized, "I guess I owe you my life, then."
Sirius chuckled and shook his head.
Rebecca peered at him sideways, and could see a small smile on his face. This brought a smile on her face as well.
Sirius took a deep breath before asking, "And how do you feel about Peter?"
Rebecca pulled her hand out from his and tsk'ed. "No more questions."
"But I'm not yet done," Sirius complained irritably. "Let me finish."
Rebecca sighed. "Peter is," she thought, "a good buddy. I can run to him when I want to. Though, I've never really done that."
Sirius nodded once. "And Remus?"
"I love him," Rebecca smiled, "even if he is responsible for my cursed wounds."
"Elaborate," Sirius grunted.
"He's my guy best friend," Rebecca smiled, but was worried at the same for him as she looked at the window. "He knows me a hundred percent."
"So you're best friends?"
Rebecca nodded, not taking her eyes off the window. "Why, what's it to you?"
"I'm the one asking the questions here, woman," Sirius grunted.
There was silence. Rebecca looked back at the wall.
Sirius asked his last question, "How about me?"
"You?" Rebecca looked at him.
They stared at each other for a few seconds, and Sirius suddenly said, "Nevermind. You don't have to answer that anymore."
Sirius looked at her again, as if he was examining her. "If I could choose the one thing that's the most honest about you," he said, "it's your eyes."
Sirius smiled and chuckled lightly.
Silence. Another howl came.
"I thought you were never going to forgive me," Rebecca said, her voice a bit hoarse.
"I thought the same too," Sirius looked down on the floor. "But then time makes you realize it's impossible to be that heartless. What I know now, is that you're not at fault. When you're feeling better, we should all get together and try to work things out."
Upon impulse, Rebecca took Sirius' hand and said, "Hera would be happy. For all of us."
Sirius smiled and shook his head. "Nah," he said, "Hera would be happy—even if it was just the two of us."
OH WOW, SO VERY CHEESY. :") ahahaha.