Just A Smile

Sirius Black

BeautifulTrauma: This should've been on the last chapter but I forgot to add this xD Sorry. Uhm. Lily will most definitely be jealous because she is a 15 years old girl who, while she might not like James all that much, is used to his affections. Even I would be jealous if the guy who claims forever to me for FOUR YEARS just up and left because a new girl shows up. That sucks. I also don't like putting Lily on the pedestal because I think the books put too much emphasis on that and I already have Hermione as my goddess. Hermione and Remus are just acquaintances. They know and talk to each other but they're not overly close much. As of now, Hermione doesn't even think that James knows about her because it's quite obvious that James is a popular guy while she's just a nobody. She knows of James but to her, he is just the famous boy in school for getting into too much trouble and nothing else. That will change as the story progress.

Sheraal: I know that since in the 4th book, Hermione can be really pretty if she wanted to be (especially with the Viktor, Cormac and Ron thing) but if you compare Hermione to other characters (Ginny, Lavender, Luna, Cho etc), she is really plain compared to them. So if you compare her to Lily, it would be Lily hands down that is beautiful. Don't get me wrong, I am not putting Hermione's character down. I just want to point out that while the majority of the characters find her plain, the people who actually matters find her beauty within. As my major characters discover her beauty, I want the readers to discover it with them. That's why I point out that Hermione's really plain UNTIL you get to know her. I really hope that makes sense because it made more sense in my head.

Disclaimer: I do not own the Harry Potter series.

Chapter Seven

Sirius Black

"I don't know what to do."

Sirius' steps faltered into a halt when he heard a familiar voice. He looked around the dark and empty hallway, wondering where the voice had came from. It was nearing curfew and he was just heading towards the Gryffindor dorm after having a lovely stroll with a pretty Hufflepuff Fifth Year that ended up with a snog in a broom cupboard somewhere. He didn't think that there were others out when Filch and Mrs. Norris were terrorising the corridors at night.

Sirius shrugged. It must've been his imagination.

"You do know what to do."

His eyebrows knitted. That one was extremely familiar, especially since he had heard it in his Charms, Potions and Transfiguration class all the time with Lily Evans.

It was Hermione Granger.

He immediately searched where her voice had came from, knowing that Hermione had just responded to someone whose voice was lower than hers. It was clearly a boy that she was talking to.

James would be pissed when he learned out about this.

Sirius made his steps light and careful as he looked around. He peeked behind a wall and saw something on the other side that made him pause.

It was Hermione Granger with his younger brother, Regulus Black.

He felt more confused than ever. What were they doing out together in this night? All alone?

They weren't doing anything malicious. Their bodies weren't touching and they weren't close. They were just standing in front of each other in the middle of the corridor, unafraid that they could be caught.

Sirius wondered if this was a first time occurrence or if it happened before.

"I know you're scared," Hermione continued, unaware of the watchful eyes trained upon them. "I'd probably be too if I were you. But you're a brave boy, Regulus. One of the bravest that I've ever met. I'm sure that he will accept you."

"What if he doesn't?" Sirius felt something stir in his chest when he heard Regulus' broken voice. "What if he doesn't listen to me? What if he still doesn't accept me? I'm afraid that he will turn me away just like what he had done years ago because I got sorted into Slytherin."

"Stop saying things like that. He will not do that." Hermione's voice was firm and full of conviction. "Sirius is not going to turn away his little brother like that."

Sirius startled. They were speaking about him.

"He did it before," Regulus muttered bitterly. "Whose to say that he won't be doing it again? I knew that he was ashamed when I got Slytherin. I thought that it was okay, you know? He was my brother, my blood. I never expected that he'd deny me in front of his friends, that he'd choose his friends over me."

"Sirius was a child back then," Hermione told him. "He did that because he didn't know what he was doing. He didn't think about the consequences of his actions. I'm sure Sirius misses you, Regulus. You're his little brother and not even house rivalry can erase that."

"I miss him," Regulus confessed, brushing his black hair back. "I have never felt so alone when he stopped talking to me. Then, there's this thing about our parents and it got all so complicated. I just want it to end, you know? I just want my brother back."

"Oh, Regulus."

Sirius turned away and leaned his back against the wall, his throat bopping with emotion. He never knew that his actions affected his brother so much. Regulus had always been calm and cold whenever they encountered each other. It was hard to tell what he really was thinking.

All this time, Regulus missed him just as much as Sirius did.

"Just talk to him," Hermione added. "Tell him everything and leave nothing out. He will not leave you. He will not abandon you. He will help you. Have faith, Regulus."

There was long silence then a sigh.

"Okay, Hermione."

Sirius left with determined steps.

It took weeks before Regulus heeded Hermione's advice and approached him. His normally calm and collected brother was fidgeting with nerves when he stopped him in the corridor. His younger brother couldn't make any eye contact on him and Sirius felt a pang in his chest.

Regulus shouldn't acted like that around him.

"Er, Sirius? Can I talk to you in private?"

Sirius didn't answer and instead, pulled his little brother in a tight embrace. He felt him went rigid in his arms and he hugged him tighter. It took a beat before Regulus found the courage to embrace him back.

"I miss you, little brother," Sirius murmured to his ear.

Regulus cried.

That Christmas break, Regulus joined Sirius to the Potter manor to celebrate Christmas together.

Sirius sent a thank you card to Hermione with a box of chocolate frogs.

He could just imagine her smile that his best friend was crazy about.

Now that he thought about it, Hermione is rather pretty when she smiled.