Chapter 35

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I inhaled as deeply as I could manage, taking in as much of Sirius as I could. He kissed the side of my head and chuckled softly into my ear knowing full well that it calmed me down when I got anxious. Molly and the rest of the Weasleys were still asleep from their late nights so we weren't in danger of being interrupted. Poor Ron we would probably scar him and his innocence. He wasn't good with public displays of affection.

"Miss me?" He asked cheekily. I pulled back and smacked his arm gently. He frowned and pushed me back to arms length suddenly.

"What's wrong?" I asked as I followed his line of sight, looking down at myself. He reached over and toyed with my hair with one hand while the other drifted down to my necklace and he pulled it up.

"Where did you get this?" He requested. I shrugged as I studied it, a large piece of black glass rounded to look like a diamond hanging off of a plain gold chain. So it rather looked like I had a black diamond on.

"At a muggle garage sale I think. It was years ago. Why?" I wondered, glancing up at him and he shook his head.

"You'll think I'm crazy." He replied and bent down to pick up Bellatrix, who was extending her arms up to him.

"I doubt that." I retorted dryly. He laughed and leaned over to push a kiss to my forehead.

"Good point. Why are you wearing black?" He asked, subtly changing the subject. I raised up by eyebrow but decided to return to that point later.

"It's Amelia Bones' memorial today. I got invited to go." I answered and pressed a kiss to Bellatrix's forehead. Sirius frowned again and wrapped his hand around mine.

"Doesn't mean you have to go." He replied.

"Yes it does. You and I owe a lot to her." I said and he gave me a questioning look. I smiled at his confusion and laughed a little bit before I fell solemn.

"She was the main reason your innocence got proven. I owe it to her that I at least attend her funeral." I explained further. He leaned forward and inhaled when his chin rested on the top of my head. His shoulders sagged slightly and I reached up to rub my hands across them.

"Did I ever thank you for saving my life?" He asked me softly and I gently shook my head, both to answer him and chase away the horrible memories.

"Thank you. Twice over." I tilted my head as much as I could to glance up at him.

"Twice? Where was I the second time?" I questioned. He laughed and nodded as best he could without smashing his chin into my skull.

"That day you walked into Grimmauld. You saved my life that night." He answered. I frowned, not following his train of thought.

"How so?" I prodded hoping for a straight answer. Sirius was horribly fond of leaving me to my own devices when I wanted to find things out. He said it kept me on my toes.

"Ask Molly." He replied and pulled away from me as we both heard the soft footsteps on the stairs. I gave a halfhearted smile to a partially awake Ginny, who returned a sleepy one before stumbling off to the kitchen. Sirius shifted Bellatrix to his side so that he could slide his hand down my arm and entwine his fingers with mine.

"I love you." He reminded me and I laughed.

"I love you too. And, didn't we discuss the whole 'you don't have to tell me you love me everyday' thing?" I teased and he laughed before looking at me with a touch of sadness in his eyes. I suddenly felt self conscious.

"What?" I asked squeezing the hand that was holding mine.

"That was the first time your hair changed to lavender since the department of ministries fiasco." He answered and in one instant I knew he was feeling guilty. I reached up and kissed his cheek.

"Not your fault." I whispered and smoothed the frown lines out of his forehead with my thumb after removing my hand from his grip.

"Feels like it." He murmured back before reaching up to catch my hand in his again. I smiled.

"We'll have to disagree on this one." I replied and he nodded in agreement.

"I wonder why Ginny's up this early." He stated after he glanced at the clock.

"She's babysitting." I answered while pulling my hand out of his as gently as I could manage.

"Why?" He wondered looking confused. I shook my head at his stubbornness before reaching up and running a finger along the tired lines around his eyes.

"You're tired and you need sleep. So you can sleep in peace knowing that I'm safe and that the girls are being looked after. Also Molly said you're supposed to sleep here in the room I used. I was in the guest room." I said. He opened his mouth to protest but was cut off by a yawn. I quirked an eyebrow up at him, daring him to try to unconvince me after that. He raised his hand in a position of defeat.

"See you later then." He whispered in my ear and pressed a soft kiss to the side of my head while handing me Bellatrix. I nodded and he darted for the stairs. He knew better than to fight Molly and I on this one. Separate we were hard to argue with, together we were a force to be reckoned with. I smiled after him before heading into the kitchen where Ginny was eating cereal.

"Morning." She greeted, apparently she had regained her ability to speak.

"Not good then?" I teased softly and she sent me a pointed look before gesturing at me with her spoon. It took me a couple seconds before I winced slightly.

"Exactly. Not good." She replied before returning her attention to her breakfast. I walked around the table and kissed the top of her head.

"Thank you for doing this Ginny." I said and she shrugged.

"You'd do the same for me." She replied before turning slightly to snatch Bellatrix from me. I glanced at the clock and sighed. This funeral was not going to be fun. Not that they usually were but this one was going to be full of politics.

"See you in a few hours." I announced and darted out of the house.


When I got to the ministry I stumbled into the poor soul who happened to be closest to me. I opened my mouth to apologize.

"Do you and Tonks have any sense of balance?" Kingsley asked as he reached out to steady me. I let out a sigh of relief for the fact that I had run into some one I knew. I gave him a smile and forgot about the apology.

"Yes. It's just a little skewered." I replied honestly before giving him a tight hug. It had been days since I'd seen him because of his new assignment.

"Well that's true. Did you hear that Scrigmour is thinking about promoting you?" He asked and I shook my head while my mouth dropped open.

"No. Promote me?" I clarified as Dora walked up to us. It took everything in me not to flinch, if she looked bad in her normal outfits, black made it ten times worse.

"Told her have you?" Dora asked Kingsley and he nodded.

"Why would he want to promote me? And to where?" I was still trying to get answers. Kingsley and Dora both gave me a look.

"You have a sense of how to control yourself around people. You understand politics." Dora pointed out. I snorted, I hated politics and she knew that just as well as I did.

"Also Scrigmour needs someone close to him who is willing to put on a brave face and stand strong." Kingsley pointed out. I gave him a look of my own. Personally had I been Minister Kingsley would've been my top choice for whatever position Scrigmour was thinking of.

"Yours is also a name people recognize, and most of the public will side with the Ministry if they see that Sirius Black and his wife publicly show their support for Scrigmour." Dora, unfortunately, had a point.

"I'm still on mat leave." I replied, that was the best I could come up with at the moment. Dora glanced over my shoulder and caught my eye. I sighed but put on my best political smile as I turned to face the new minister. Damn, Dora and Kingsley were right. I made a mental note to hex them both later.

"Good day Mrs. Black." He greeted and I sucked in a breath before nodding.

"Or at least as good as one can be in such a situation." I replied, reminding both myself and him the reason why we were here. He sighed sadly.

"How true. Could I borrow you for a moment before the ceremony?" He requested and I nodded. Kingsley smirked at me as I walked past him.

"You know, I was hoping you could accompany me on a diplomatic mission." Scrigmour announced after a few moments had past and we were basically alone. I looked at him in confusion.

"Where to exactly?" I asked trying to figure out where a diplomatic mission was needed.

"Azkaban prison to go over how much man power we'll need there." He answered and I blanched. Of all the places I had never expected he would suggest that one.

"I'm afraid I must respectfully decline your request." I said after I had gotten a hold of myself. He waved to someone before turning back to me.

"May I ask why?" I gave him a weak smile.

"Well in all honesty, my husband wouldn't let me within a twenty mile radius of Azkaban." I replied and his look turned a little vicious.

"Does your husband control all your actions?" He questioned and I laughed.

"Of course not. But I can completely understand where he's coming from." I stated and his face softened. I took another deep breath.

"If it would make you feel better, Minister. I could talk to Sirius about it and maybe we may be able to come to an agreement." I offered this idea simply because I did not want to be on the bad side of two ministers in a row. If my job had it's bad moments now then it would only get worse.

"That would be most agreeable." He replied and glanced over his shoulder and nodded to the master of ceremonies who was gesturing to him.

"I hope you don't find the ceremony too unpleasant." He said and headed off for the doors as we were informed that they would like to begin. Dora came over to stand beside me.

"What did he want?" She asked and I glanced at her. The look on her face told me that she was actually in the dark about the subject the same way I had been.

"He wants me to go on a diplomatic mission to Azkaban with him." I answered.

"Does he remember who your husband is?" She replied, glancing at the door Scrigmour had just walked through. No doubt she was questioning his motives and calling him a lot of colourful words in her head.

"He remembers. I think he just thinks that that should have no basis for my refusal." I said and she shifted her look to me.

"You did tell him no didn't you?" She clarified, looking at me wide eyed. I bit my lip, she was going to flip when I told her what I had told Scrigmour.

"I told him I would talk it over with Sirius." I corrected.

"What!" She shrieked and I winced. She had lung power and used it to her advantage when she decided it was necessary. I glared at her and she glared back.

"I do not want to be on the bad side of two ministers in a row. I gave him a maybe." I added and she calmed slightly.

"You are going to talk it over with Sirius aren't you? I mean in some cases you've implied to people that you did and not mention it to him to keep him from worrying." Dora asked. I looked at her.

"I can't just go Dora. Sirius wouldn't kill me he'd kill the Minister and then get sent back to Azkaban and I will not let that happen." I explained and she gave the first weak smile I had seen in ages.

"Good. That's all I needed to hear." She stated and pulled me into a hug. We headed into the memorial area.


"So how was the memorial?" Ginny asked as soon as I sat down at the table. I groaned while Molly set a bowl of soup in front of me. I nodded my thanks to her before glancing at Ginny.

"Full of politics. Which reminds me is Sirius still asleep?" I answered. I wanted to get the Azkaban thing off my chest and out of the way.

"Not anymore." He announced and I looked up to smile at him. He walked over and kissed my cheek softly. I smiled again before returning the favour.

"Did you need something?" He questioned. I shook my head.

"Not desperately. I just wanted to talk to you about something." He gave me a look, obviously waiting for me to continue.

"At home." I added and he huffed in impatience. I bit back another smile.

"Does this talk have anything to do with the politics?" Molly requested and I nodded.

"Unfortunately. I'm afraid that Scrigmour backed me into a corner." I replied. Sirius frowned and leaned forward.

"Did he threaten you?" He demanded and I shook my head. Only Sirius would think about that small possibility.

"No. Don't worry I'll tell you everything as soon as I'm done eating and we head home." I said and he nodded.

"What else happened?" Ginny wondered. I sighed carefully.

"Scrigmour is considering me for a promotion." I answered. Everyone in the room shot me an incredulous look.

"You?" Sirius clarified. I rolled my eyes and sent him a look.

"Yes because people recognize me and Scrigmour thinks that if you and I publicly show our support for him the people will sway to him as well." I explained for everyone's benefits. Ginny snorted.

"Yeah that's a brilliant plan." She stated sarcastically and I nodded.

"I agree." I really didn't put any basis into Scrigmour's plan. It was completely ridiculous, most of the people where still convinced that Sirius was a murderer. Publicly saying we agreed with him would just muddy all of their views of him.

"Well at least he has a plan. Unlike Fudge." Sirius attempted to give him a better side.

"True." I agreed. I turned to Ginny.

"Are the girls asleep? Have they eaten?" She nodded to the first question, then shook her head to the second.

"No. So I figure they'll be hungry when they wake up." And with those words, crying resonated down the stairs. I gave Sirius an amused look before standing up. Sirius mirrored my actions.

"Speak of the devil." I let the sentence trail off as we both headed for the stairs. On the way up I linked my fingers with his.

"So are we eating then running?" I asked and Sirius laughed. He gave me a smile, with his eyes glittering in mirth.

"Well you did peak my interest." He teased. I smiled and pushed open Ginny's room. All the girls smiled at us and reached for us.

"Here we go." I muttered, summoning a diaper into my hand while scooping up Narcissa. I felt a small tug on my lower abdomen when I did so, but it was gone before I could give it further thought. Sirius laughed and nodded in agreement.


"Scrigmour wants me to go on a diplomatic mission with him." I announced as soon as we stepped into the house. I figured since Sirius was so curious I could jump right into the conversation.

"Okay, why did we need to talk about this?" Sirius questioned as we both slid out of our shoes and headed for the kitchen. I bit my lip.

"The talk is in concern to where the mission is to." I added and he gave me a look. I dragged the highchairs over to the island before responding.

"Okay." Sirius dragged out the word, waiting for me to explain myself. I settled Narcissa and Bellatrix into their seats. I glanced at them.

"He wants me to go to Azkaban with him." I finished. Sirius fell silent and I looked at him. The look of anger on his face was obvious. He set Andromeda in her highchair a little harder than necessary before turning to me.

"No! Absolutely Not!" He confirmed what I already knew he would say.

"I tried to tell Scrigmour that I wouldn't go but he insisted." I explained.

"Then why didn't you insist back? He asked.

"I tried! The best he would let me get away with was an 'I'll discuss it with my husband'" I defended myself as best I could but I wasn't sure if he was angry at me or the Minister.

"Damn it all!" He screamed before he sat down in the nearest chair. The girls started to cry and I soothed them before starting towards Sirius. I knelt down in front of him and bit my lip. I didn't know what to tell him at this point.

"I'm not angry at you Calli." That was all he said before reaching down and pulling me into his lap. He rested his head on my shoulder.

"I know." I laced my fingers in his hair. I figured that he would just tell me everything I wanted to know anyways so there wasn't much point in asking questions.

"I can't stand the thought of you going there." He admitted. A sad smile slipped across my lips.

"I know." He pulled away from me slightly. He reached and pulled both my hands in front of him so that he could look at my rings. I had started wearing Annabelle's ring on my right pinkie finger instead of my left. He fiddled with my wedding rings before locking gazes with me.

"Callista Annette Heartnet Black. The only girl brave enough to love me." He announced as if reminding himself. I smiled.

"I know." I mock groaned and he smiled before he leaned forward to nuzzle my nose with his.

"We better feed the girls or we'll never hear the end of it." He said and I slid off his lap reluctantly.

"I suppose."


Well there we go. Next chapter is going to suck... A Whole Lot. I'm not looking forward to writing it. Thanks for reading Please Review!