Author's Notes: Written for Asking Me Where My Love Grows' First Kiss Challenge on the HPFC forum.

Remus Lupin/Regulus Black. Enjoy.


The library was deserted except for Remus. Sirius had – quite rightly – said that anyone who was in the library on a Saturday night in October was out of their minds, OWLs or no OWLs. But Remus preferred the library when it was quiet and empty anyway. It made it far easier to memorize the exhaustingly long lists of potion ingredient properties he was supposed to know. Of course, the quiet also made it easier to fall asleep staring at a page. Which was what Remus had done.

He was interrupted in his dozing by a soft cough.

Looking up rather blearily, he saw Regulus Black standing in front of him, looking incredibly nervous.

"Oh… Regulus." Remus rubbed his eyes. "Is something wrong?"

"No…" said Regulus, twisting his hands together nervously. "I just… just wanted to talk to you. About… well, if you're busy…"

"No, no," Remus said, shutting his book. "I'm happy for an excuse to stop staring at that page. What is it you wanted to talk about?"

Regulus pulled up a chair and perched nervously on the edge of it. Remus couldn't quite suppress a smile – at twelve years old, Regulus was positively tiny. He looked more like a doll than a boy, Remus thought. Delicate and breakable. And rather pretty.

"I wanted to ask you…" Regulus said, his face very red. "About… about kissing."

Remus raised his eyebrows. "Shouldn't you ask your brother about that? He's a lot more experienced with girls than I am." He smiled slightly at Regulus's embarrassment. "You want a lesson in how to kiss girls, is that right?"

"Well… more or less," Regulus nodded.

"Well, I don't know, Reg," Remus said honestly. "I'd be happy to help you if I could, but I don't really think I can. I'm just not the right person to ask. Now, if you wanted a lesson in kissing boys…"

Regulus bit his lip. "Well… actually, that's more… more what I wanted to know. Er…"

"Oh," Remus said, nodding. "I see. Well, then, I can help you after all. Just relax for a moment."

Regulus swallowed, then took a deep breath and let it out slowly, nodding.

He leaned forward, resting one hand on the back of the younger boy's head to hold it in place, and pressed his lips firmly against Regulus's. For a second, Regulus seemed hesitant, then Remus felt him respond to the kiss, and smiled as he pulled back.

"See, it's not that complicated," Remus told him. "Easy, really. Just remember to relax. Out of curiosity, is there someone in particular?"

Regulus cleared his throat awkwardly. "Well… there wasn't… but…"


"But… if it's all right… I think I'd like to kiss you again."