SETTING: 5th year Slytherin boys' dormitory.
SUMMARY: Reg and Rudy discuss brothers.
Rudolphus closed the door quietly behind him and toed off his shoes next to his bed. He climbed up and was about to close the hangings when a book on his bedside table caught his eye. Grinning, he picked it up and opened it to the page he'd marked. About using diffindo on small mammals
Regulus heard someone come in and peeked his head out of his bedhangings. He spotted his friend the next bed over, reading. "Rudolphus," he said to get his attention.
Rudolphus, inmersed in his book, almost didn't hear Regulus say his name. Snapping out of his daze, he turned his head. "Oh, 'lo Regulus. What're you up to?" Putting his book down, he turned over on his side to face his friend.
Regulus opened his bedhangings. "I was just looking over some Divination notes," he said, an edge to his voice. He was still having trouble memorising this crap even after reading about ten pages of Trelawney's notes. He hoped she didn't want them back.
Rudolphus shrugged. "We have a test or something, mate?" He was never quite sure when he was supposed to be studying or doing homework.
"Not yet. Probably will next week though," Regulus shrugged and stacked the pieces of parchment back up before sticking them back in his bookbag. "What're you reading?"
Rudolphus held the book up. Experimenting with hexes. "It's terribly interesting."
"I don't think I've read that one," Regulus said. He sighed. It'd been a crap day. "I'm hexing that mental Ravenclaw, Trelawney tomorrow afternoon. Should brighten up my week. You can come watch if you want."
Rudy laughed. "I'd love to. She's so aggravating, isn't she?"
"Ya, she read my sodding tea leaves and won't even tell me what she 'saw'," Regulus rolled his eyes in annoyance. "Stupid girl. I hate it when people don't do what I tell them to."
Rudolphus shook his head. "Yeah, I know, Reg. Believe me, I know." He sighed and rolled over on his belly. "I talked to Rab earlier ... he was pretty mad. You know, cause I haven't seen him much."
"Well at least he cares," Regulus said, annoyed. He pushed his bookbag onto the floor with his foot and smiled slightly as it hit the floor with a satisfying thud.
"You think? Well, it's nice to have him around. Most people hate their siblings." Rudy pulled one of his socks off and flung it under his bed.
"Most people don't have bloodtraitors for siblings," Regulus countered and flopped onto his back on his bed.
"Right." Rudolphus cursed himself mentally. He never seemed to remember anything. "Maybe ... you could just overlook some of it. Family is family, after all," he suggested, not really thinking about what he was saying.
Regulus sat up and stared at his friend in shock. "Overlook it? Rudolphus, tell me you're joking," he said. "Is there some girl you're after or something? Because I haven't seen you outside of class much either. And you seem a bit out of it, mate."
Rudy shrugged. "You know me, Reg. Sorry mate, I wasn't thinking. Anyways, you can share Rab with me if you want. Granted, he's odd, but he has his uses," he said with a grin.
Regulus couldn't help but laugh. "You really should get your head out of the clouds, Rudolphus. And that's all right. I rather like being an only child. Well close to it anyway." Regulus grinned for the first time that day.
Rudy laughed. "I almost feel sorry for Sirius, the way your parents seem to treat him. Almost," he added with a smirk.
"You know he deserves it. He's wrong in the head. And a bloody Gryffindor as well. He's just a total disgrace really. I'm loathe to even call him my brother," Regulus shook his head. He hated lying so much about how he saw his brother. He just wished things could be like they were when he and Sirius were kids. Normal. So they could just be brothers again. Even if that meant having to put up with Sirius.
He shook his head. "Merlin, you really hate him don't you? Well, maybe he'll come to his senses eventually. It's probably just those stupid filthy friends of his, brainwashing him or something. Don't worry about it."
"Ya, well Bella and I have a nice little plan drawn up for Potter. Not that it'll make him stop poisoning Sirius' mind. But it'll make me feel better. Just don't mention that to anyone else, all right?" Regulus knew he could trust Rudolphus, but he wasn't about to tell him the whole plot.
"Sure, mate. No problem. Glad to hear it, Potter getting his comeuppance. If anyone deserves it, it's him," said Rudolphus with a sneer.
"Ya, it'll be brilliant," Regulus said, then yawned. "I don't know about you, but I'm ready for this day to be over. I'm turning in. See you at breakfast?"
"Sure," replied Rudolphus, smiling and turning back to his book.
Regulus nodded, closed his bedhangings again and settled down to sleep.