It was December. Rory had known Sirius for a year now. A whole year. That was really strange. He had almost been adopted for a whole year too, considering that had happened over the Christmas break. It had been a really lovely break. He had met Duke, and he had done all of things with Sirius.
Except Sirius was at Hogwarts now, so he didn't have to wait for the holidays to see him. Which meant that maybe they could just stay at Hogwarts this time? And he would have both Randi and Sirius in the one spot, and everything would be okay. He hadn't talked to Sirius about it yet, but he was sure that it was all going to be okay. He missed Randi a lot when he had gone home for the breaks since he had met her. He really just needed her around him always.
Coming back to the common room after class, he flopped down beside Randi. "Afternoon," he said cheerfully.
December had never been a very cheerful time of year for Randi. Before her parents lost custody of her, it had been just like every other time, and once they had, she hadn't felt at home in any of the families she'd been with to actually notice any differences. And once starting school, she hadn't left the castle for a Christmas since. There was just no point to it, because it didn't matter. It was almost like it didn't exist at all. Honestly, she was fine with that. Having never really experienced it, there was nothing she was missing out on.
Except this year she'd gotten a letter from the head of the orphanage she stayed at in between different families, assuming she was out of school when they finally got fed up with her. This year they were forcing her to leave the school instead of just waiting until summer.
Feeling more than seeing Rory plop next to her, Randi looked over at him. "Hey," she said quietly, letter still in her hand from where she'd just been reading it over again. The page was crumpled and obviously hadn't been treated very well.
Or maybe he could invite Randi to stay with him and Sirius for the Christmas break? That could work too? And then they would be home, and there was Teddy and Remus, and it would be nice. It seemed like a good plan in his head at least. Rory plopped down next to Randi, and at her less than enthusiastic reply, noticed the letter in her hand.
"Are you okay?" he questioned, eyebrows pulling together. "What's going on?" He didn't want her to be upset, he just wanted everything to be okay. Randi deserved for everything to be okay.
Her eyes fell back down to the letter in her hand again, and her fist closed around it, crumpling the page that much more. "I'm getting another new family," she said softly, eyes still downcast. "The other one got sick of me already." Not that she made that difficult. She constantly fought against everyone that she was made to stay with. She just wished she was old enough to be on her own already. She was tired of being thrown aside like trash when things got too hard. "So I have to go over the holidays to meet them."
Rory's eyes flickered down to the letter in her hands. "Oh," he said softly. "Oh." He knew that feeling, he knew what she was going through. Every time over the years that he had been told that he was moving elsewhere, that the people that had him no longer wanted him. No matter how many times that it happened, it still hurt. He was lucky now that he had a place that he wasn't leaving, that didn't want to give him up. "You'll find someone that wants you. It might not be this person, but you will." Maybe Randi could just come and live with him and Sirius forever. That would be nice.
Green eyes flicked up to look at Rory, frown set firmly in place on her mouth. She wanted to say that she didn't want a new family, or any family at all really, but every time she'd done that in front of Rory he'd seemed a bit sad. But Randi had never known a proper family. Her parents certainly hadn't been one before they got arrested. "What if no one ever wants me? What if I just go from place to place until I'm an adult?"
"Then you can come stay with me," he said firmly. It didn't matter if he hadn't talked to Sirius about it, it didn't matter what Sirius had to say about it. Randi was his best friend, and he wasn't going to leave her alone. "We can stay here together on the Christmas breaks. Or you can come to London with Sirius and me, and spend the summers there too. If people don't want you, they're stupid and dumb, and they don't know what they're missing. I want you."
As Rory spoke, Randi felt her eyes welling up with tears, but she pushed them back. She didn't want to cry. She'd spent more than enough of her time crying. Meeting Rory had been one of the best moments of her life and she was more than grateful to have him now in a moment of weakness. Sniffling slightly, she threw her arms around the small boy. "Thank you," she said quietly.
He hugged her back tightly. He'd meant everything that he had said. Randi was his best friend, she was practically family to him. People were wrong if they didn't want her, and that was their loss. But he didn't know how to pull all of those thoughts into words, so he just tried to put them into his hug instead.
There was probably some science to the healing properties of hugs, but Randi didn't know them. All she really knew was that hugging Rory made everything seem just a little bit better in the world. He was such a constant bright point, especially when she forgot how to be. "I honestly don't know what I'd do without you."
Hugging made things better, even if it was only for a little bit. It still made things better. "I don't know what I'd do without you either," he admitted. Randi had been the first stable person in his life after a long time. He wasnt sure what he'd do if he lost that.
Randi smiled softly. She didn't know what she'd done to deserve someone as wonderful as Rory as a friend, but she had him. At least until she inevitably screwed everything up again. She really hoped she didn't do that, but it was a running theme in all of her relationships. "Friends forever, right?" she asked, trying not to betray her mind to him.
Returning the smile, Rory nodded firmly. "Friends forever." Nothing was going to stop that, no matter what. He wasn't losing Randi as a friend. She'd been the first stable person in his life after a long time, and he wasn't letting go of that.