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26 July 2009 @ 08:50 pm
Fanfic: What Brothers Do  
Title: What Brothers Do
Fandom: Harry Potter
Rating: G
Pairing: Remus/Sirius
Summary: Regulus informs Sirius about a nasty rumor involving him and James Potter.


 

Years ago, when they were still very young, Regulus and Sirius Black had come to the very simple conclusion that Regulus was not his brother's minder.

 

Sirius knew that his younger brother had no interest in what he did. But although Regulus didn't like to lie to their parents, he never fancied himself a tattle-tale either. When Sirius snuck out of the house he left Regulus out of it, despite the fact that Regulus usually knew anyway. When their parents asked, he would say something along the lines of, “I'm not here to check in on Sirius.” He would get a slap on the wrist for his tone, and they wouldn't press it; Walburga knew that her baby boy found few things short of picking his nose a bigger waste of time than chaperoning Sirius.

 

So when Sirius crept into the house that night and up into the sitting room, he should have known that it wasn't Regulus that gave him away. As it was, the younger of the two was curled up in a chair reading. The sky was dark with rain, and Regulus had a lamp lit next to him, the flame only lighting up his corner of the room.

 

Quietly, he sang out, “Somebody's in trouble.”

 

“You told them?” Sirius hissed.

 

Regulus gave a tsk. “You missed dinner. It ceased to be hard to guess where you disappear to years ago. If I were you, I'd go up to my room and start making a list of enemies. Mum's already in one of her moods because someone has been passing around rumors about the exact nature of the relationship that you and James Potter share.”

 

“What?” Sirius snapped. “What's that mean? That's bullshit.”

 

Regulus shrugged. “All I know is Lucius Malfoy came to around spouting something about how you two have a close, er, friendship, shall we say.”

 

Who would be stupid enough to spread that one?”

 

“Wasn't me,” Regulus said, glancing up.

 

Well, I know that.”

 

Last year Regulus had walked into an empty classroom, where at the time, Sirius was getting a good snog with Remus going. He didn't say anything, just blinked at the two of them, retrieved his forgotten textbook and left. It wasn't ever spoken of. Regulus felt himself above gossip, the only part of his snobbery that Sirius was ever glad of. If he had decided to finally say something, it wouldn't have been James Potter's name that was dropped. Regulus Black never did anything in halves.

 

Sirius gave a frustrated sigh and noticed that Regulus was watching him, his book lowered just enough that it showed only a vague interest. He contemplated for a moment whether he could count him as an ally in this battle; there was potential for him to be an enemy, but little for neutrality. After a few minutes Regulus turned back to his book and Sirius went up to his room as quietly as he could manage. He wasn't in much of a mood to fight with his mother.

 

~*~

 

Regulus knew that he was almost the exact opposite of his brother. Sirius' room was a monstrosity, and he knew from personal experience that his schoolbag was a place of unspeakable horrors. Even his boyfriend would search through it so very gingerly, pulling things out with the tips of his fingers. Sirius' clothes were usually thrown on, and he had ceased brushing his hair five years ago.

 

Regulus didn't know how he could live like that. It was one thing to slouch when sitting or eat as fast as he possibly could, quite another to fail to wear clean clothes every day or have to shuffle through desk drawers to find a borrowed book that, as it turned out, an ink bottle had broken on. He wondered how—or if—Sirius' boyfriend tolerated it.

 

Regulus would never admit to anyone that he liked Remus Lupin, although he didn't know him very well. He may have Muggle blood, but he was polite even to people he wasn't particularly fond of. And as far as Regulus could tell, he was clever, sensible and infinitely cleaner and well-organized than Sirius.

 

As for the relationship between the two of them, Regulus wasn't entirely sure how he felt. He was well aware that homosexuality was something that wasn't talked about. If someone in their family had ever partaken in it before Sirius, it was kept quiet. And as for Sirius himself, Regulus considered him to be a lost cause. He was completely unmanageable, so let him just go do what he wanted.

 

When Lucius Malfoy had shown up around tea-time with Narcissa, he had made sure to announce that Sirius was quite possibly having such relations with James Potter. The idea was so silly that Regulus had burst out laughing and taken a good ten minutes to stop as the rest of the family watched him in surprise; it wasn't often that he lost his composure like that.

 

Do you find this funny?” his mother asked testily.

 

I find it ridiculous,” he said. “I don't know who you've been talking to, Lucius, but you'd better go back and straighten things out. James Potter's been chasing after this Mudblood Gryffindor girl for most of the year. He won't stand any sort of physical contact with another bloke that doesn't involve Quidditch or the manly art of play-wrestling.”

 

Really, Lucius,” his mother said, relaxing and frowning. “You shouldn't be listening to silly rumors anyway. Don't state anything as a fact until you get it from a reliable source.”

 

Lucius had obviously wanted to defend his “reliable source”, but he didn't. Cygnus and Druella Black weren't the only people he needed approval from if he wanted to marry Narcissa.

 

Afterward Regulus wondered if he should have mentioned that it was simply the name that was wrong in that pair, but shrugged it off. It was too late now to do so without bordering on tattling. When he told Sirius, he decided to fail to mention that the matter had been smoothed out with hardly any effort. Turnabout was fair play, after all.

 

He stood from the chair that Sirius had left him in and stretched, feeling a crack in his spine. No, he thought, it'll be fun to watch him squirm for a little while. Feeling thoroughly satisfied with his day, he made his way up to his room.

 

There were some things that brothers did. One was defend each other, another to have a good laugh at the other's expense.


Notes: i really wanted to write something involving Regulus, cause I love him so much. Somehow I can see him and Sirius having a rather interesting relationship. And I can see him liking Remus, to some extent.



 
 
 
Ashleigh: rabmysecretashes on July 27th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
I really liked this. Regulus is one of my favorite characters, and you've written him very well here. I love the 'interesting' relationship he has with Sirius - it really is very brotherly. :D
cackling_madly: Padfootcackling_madly on July 27th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
I really liked your take on Regulus and his relationship with his brother. You summed it up really well in the last two sentences and I think with these two there would be much more of that love/hate defend/sit back and watch kind of thing going on.
Gflvr73goldfishlover73 on July 27th, 2009 06:19 am (UTC)
brillant
See you later, instigator: Remus/Sirius2 (the_8th_square & teh_indyoudeteron on July 27th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
This is a great way to show off Regulus! You've fleshed him out nicely as a character in such a short fic, so well done. And his relationship with Sirius seems interesting all right.
mysid: Sirius with bookmysid on July 27th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
Well done. You walked that difficult tightrope between making Regulus likable and making him detestable--he smooths over things for Sirius but he purposely allows Sirius to worry about it--and Regulus does need to be a bit of both to be in character.
ladyannikaa: Loveladyannikaa on July 27th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
Loved it! Regulus was a WIN!
dt_caffydt_caffy on July 28th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
I especially loved your Regulus, as well as the brotherly relationship between the two boys. Very nice. :)
brighty18: Blackbrighty18 on July 30th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
I am really attracted to your Regulus, my dear. I just love him.

Sirius knew that his younger brother had no interest in what he did. But although Regulus didn't like to lie to their parents, he never fancied himself a tattle-tale either.

Afterward Regulus wondered if he should have mentioned that it was simply the name that was wrong in that pair, but shrugged it off. It was too late now to do so without bordering on tattling. When he told Sirius, he decided to fail to mention that the matter had been smoothed out with hardly any effort. Turnabout was fair play, after all.

That really seems to fit him well.

Great story and great characterization.