Author's Notes: Written for HedwigBlack's Romantic Drabble Challenge on the HPFC forum.

I'll give you a pairing and you write at least five drabbles about them.
Couple: Regulus/Marlene

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Marlene was Sirius's friend, not Regulus's.

By the time Regulus arrived at Hogwarts, Sirius had already gathered something of a following – girls and boys, outside his own house, who considered him their friend, or even worthy of admiration (something Regulus never understood). Marlene was among those – not a part of his inner circle by any means, but close enough that Regulus had to exercise caution in approaching her. Sirius would have considered it "stepping on toes" had Regulus become too friendly with her.

Not much chance of that – Regulus wasn't the sort to become too friendly with anyone.

On the few occasions that Marlene did deign to talk to him, Regulus became painfully self-conscious, too worried about making a mistake in what he said to be able to carry on a conversation, and she would walk away with a confused expression as he stammered after her like the fool he was.

But when he watched Marlene from across the Great Hall, saw her move from her table over to the Gryffindor one and talk to Sirius, he wished that he were as confident as his brother.

He would have given anything to be able to talk to Marlene so easily.