Say It Isn't So
Title: Say It Isn’t So
Characters/Pairings: Remus/Ginny, Sirius/Hermione (sort of for both)
Disclaimer: Not mine; all characters and settings belong to J.K. Rowling
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Spoilers: Anything through OoTP is possible but there is one rather obvious difference.
Summary: Sirius tells Remus what he learned from the extendable ear.
Improv Challenge #3 Bon Jovi Song Title Challenge
“It’s us,” Sirius said as he pushed open the door to Remus’ bedroom.
Remus glanced up from the book he had been reading. Seeing the nearly frantic look on his friends face he closed the book and set it aside. By the time he turned his attention back to Sirius he was pacing the floor and muttering under his breath. He really needed to speak to Dumbledore about getting Sirius out of the house more often before it drove the man and everyone around him insane. “What’s us?”
“The girls…their crushes…we’re the boys…”
Remus’ eyes widened as the meaning of Sirius’ babbling sank in. He had to be mistaken though. The girls couldn’t…It would explain a lot really, the running away every time he walked into a room. The fighting with boys if one of them tried to speak to Sirius or himself. On the other hand why would they be interested in two men old enough to be their fathers? Sirius must have misunderstood.
“Sirius are you certain?” Remus asked now pacing the floor on the opposite side of the room, “How do you know this?”
“I heard them myself,” Sirius explained. “They were talking in their bedroom and I…”
“The twins’ extendable ears?”
“Yeah, and they’re worried that the boys have told us, or that Tonks may know.”
“They obviously don’t want anyone to know then,” Remus sat back on the edge of the bed, “Maybe this will all go away, children get crushes on teachers and adults in their lives all the time.”
Even as he said the words he knew that was an unlikely answer. They couldn’t really just ignore the situation and hope it went away. This was going to be a complicated problem to solve and he had no idea what they should do about it.
“So you think that’ll happen?” Sirius asked.
“No,” Tonks said quietly from the doorway, “They aren’t children, not really. Hermione is nearly seventeen and Ginny’s sixteen. Even before now, with everything they’ve been through they haven’t been children for a very long time.”
“So then what do we do?” Remus asked the Auror. He was hoping that maybe a woman’s perspective may help them with the girls.
“To start if you don’t want to be overheard by the whole house I would suggest closing the door next time,” Tonks smiled, “But first I would figure out how you really feel about it.”
“What?” Sirius asked looking up in surprise.
“Is this something you really don’t want? Or is it something you just never thought about because they’re young?”
“Well of course, I never thought about it they’re so young,” Remus insisted, “And I was their professor.”
“But you aren’t anymore,” Tonks replied, “Before either of you do anything I suggest you give a lot of thought to your own feelings. Once you do something you may be stuck with that decision for the rest of your lives.”
Remus watched her walk away in silence. Was she right? Could they ever see the girls as someone other than children? If he was being completely honest with himself he had noticed that Hermione and Ginny were not the same little girls they had been three years ago when he first met them. They had both become beautiful women in the last year or so. He had found himself watching the youngest Weasley more closely than he felt was appropriate many times since she had arrived here for the summer. He had also noticed Sirius watching Hermione although he had always dismissed it as being stir-crazy from being trapped in the house so often.
“What do we do now?” Sirius asked.
“How do we feel?” Remus turned his attention back to his friend, “How do you feel about Hermione? It is Hermione right?”
“Yes, how did you…?” Sirius asked, his eyes narrowing slightly, “I would’ve guess that Hermione would like you more than me.”
“The girl needs someone to add adventure to her life, not more books, whether she knows that or not.”
“Alright then,” Sirius replied, obviously trying to avoid answering the question, “How do you feel about Ginny?”
“Honestly?” When Sirius nodded, Remus closed his eyes and thought about the question for several minutes before answering. “Many things, most of which would cause Molly to hex me into St. Mungo’s for a very long time.”
“Yeah, I know the feeling,” Sirius frowned, “So then what do we do? That won’t end with us dead?”
“I don’t know,” Remus answered honestly, “I guess first we need to know how serious this is to the girls. Is it just a crush that they’ll move past or is it something they would actually want to pursue?”
“How do we do that?”
“I don’t know,” he replied, “For now I suggest we just wait and see what the girls do.”