I walked into the Great Hall, sitting myself down to Sirius and looking at him sadly.
"What's up?" he asked, tilting his head.
"I have to leave today," I said simply.
Sirius's face dropped, "Today? Why? Can't you stay longer?"
His voice cracked as he spoke. My heart broke.
"No, I can't," I shook my head, "I have to leave. Uncle Al says I have two hours to get my stuff together."
"That's - that's not enough time. We - you need more time," Sirius said.
"I'm sorry, Sirius," I whispered, taking his hand, "I just wanted to tell you before I packed."
He took a deep breath, "Okay. Yeah, okay. You go pack. I'll be - I'll be here."
He slipped his hand out of mine and turned back to his food, staring down at it sadly.
I looked down at my hands, standing up quietly, "Okay."
I walked out of the Great Hall, stopping as I reached the doors and looking back to see Sirius.
But he was gone.
"Well...I suppose this is it," Kat said, standing up her bag and holding the handle. She looked at her friends, "I'll miss you guys."
Remus smiled sadly, "We'll miss you, too, Kitty." He pulled her into a quick hug.
"Yeah, really," Peter said, blushing deep red as he hugged her.
"Thanks for everything," James said, grinning down at her as he pulled her into a hug.
"No problem," Kat said, "I'm glad I could help."
Lily pulled her into a bone-crushing hug, "I'm going to miss you so much."
Kat wrapped her arms tightly around Lily, "I'm going to miss you, too, Lils."
Pulling away, Kat looked around for the last member of their party, "Where's Sirius?"
"He didn't want to come," James said, shrugging weakly. "He said he had some studying or something."
Kat frowned sadly, blinking back her tears, "I'm going to find him. I have to say goodbye."
Remus nodded, "He's probably in our dorm."
"No, I know where he is," I said, smiling at them before leaving the room.
Sirius picked up his head. That wasn't the voice he was expecting to hear - that was the voice of someone he hadn't talked to in a while.
"What are you doing here?"
Regulus smirked, "I kind of go to school here. What are you doing on the ground?"
"Jus' seemed like the place to sit," Sirius said gruffly.
Regulus nodded, secretly wondered why Sirius wasn't being a jerk to him like he had the past few years.
"Can I join you?"
Sirius stared at his brother for a moment before shrugging, "I don't own the ground. You can do whatever you want."
Ah, there it is, Regulus thought as he sat down on the concrete floor next to his brother, something he hadn't done in a long time.
"What's wrong?" Regulus asked, his voice curious. What could make his brother, who was so strong, break down?
Sirius scoffed, "You don't need to know."
Regulus nodded and didn't comment, he had been expecting this.
"My sort of girlfriend has to leave Hogwarts and I'll never see her again."
Regulus grinned at Sirius, "See? That wasn't so hard."
Sirius scowled, "It's your Lord's fault."
Sirius said the word 'Lord' mockingly, his voice almost overbearingly filled with hatred.
Regulus looked at his brother sadly, "What did he do?"
"Voldemort," (Regulus flinched), "Is after her. The Order needs to hide her so he can't get her, because...I don't know. She's related to Dumbledore or something stupid like that."
Regulus nodded, saying sincerely, "I'm sorry, mate."
"Oh, are you?" Sirius said scornfully, "Please, mate," he said mate with a creul laugh, "I don't think you do. You're part of his gang, you serve him. You're probably part of the team tracking her down."
Sirius stood up, smacking the dust off his clothes as he glared at his brother.
"You probably even told him about Kat, didn't you? Nothing would surprise me anymore with you." When Regulus didn't deny it, Sirius plowed on, "You are not my brother."
Sirius gave his brother one last glare before turning around and leaving. Regulus didn't go after him, just watched him leave.
His heart ached, not because Sirius had said he wasn't his brother, but because of his Lord - even Regulus thought the name mockingly.
How could anyone do this to his brother?
I walked over to the tree where Sirius and I had first met, knowing he would be there. Don't ask me why I knew he was here, because I honestly couldn't tell you.
I stared at him for a moment before saying anything.
"Can I sit down?" I asked, sitting before he answered.
"No," He said, then smiled.
I laughed shortly, nodding my head at him.
"You weren't going to say goodbye."
He sighed, looking away from me, "I don't want to."
"I want you to," I whispered, "And I'm not leaving until you do."
Sirius looked at me briefly, before turning back to the forest, "Fine. Goodbye."
"Wow, nice," I said. "We've only known each other, what, two months and you can't even say goodbye."
"Has it really only been two months?" Sirius asked, raising an eyebrow, "That's so strange."
"You're getting off topic. Point is, I want a real goodbye," I stood up, spreading my arms out towards him, "So give me a hug. Now."
Sirius smiled, shaking his head, "Fine." He stood up slowly, leaning down and wrapping his arms around me.
"I'm going to miss you, Sirius Orion Black," I whispered, a single tear sliding down my cheek and landing on his shirt.
"I'm going to miss you, Katarina somthing-or-other Dumbledore," Sirius whispered back, laughing quietly.
"My middle name is Arianna," I said, taking a step back. "Katarina Arianna Dumbledore. It's my Mother's name."
"What happened to your mother?" Sirius asked, his head tilting slightly to the side, his eyes sad.
"She was killed," I said, tears forming in my eyes. I wiped them away. "She was weak and it was an accident."
"Who killed her?" Sirius asked.
"I - I don't know," I whispered, "I don't think I ever will."
Sirius nodded slowly, finally putting all the pieces together.
I turned and walked away, forcing myself not to look back. The tears splashed down my cheeks.
I hope you live, Sirius. I hope I get to see you again soon. I hope you don't forget me.
I know I won't forget you.
Author's Note: Well, that's then end. I could write more chapters, but I feel like with the pace this story has been going (which is really fast) this just fit into that better then stretching it out. I'm really going to miss writing Kat, though, she's one of my favorite characters.
Thanks to my beta, DarlingILoveYou, you're amazing and I feel honored to have worked with you! You've helped me so much with my writing by your advice and corrections. :)
And thanks for reading my story! I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!