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Who: Sev and Regulus
Where: 5th year Dorm, Slytherin
When: Late afternoon, 6th February
Rating: TBA
Complete: No

Anyone with a less precise memory would have been hard pressed to tell you what color Severus's bedspread was as he sat on the bunk, legs folded beneath him indian style to make room for the parchment spread out around him. He bit his lip, hunched over a page that had only partially been covered in his scrawl, as he tallied up the figures. Arithmancy, much like Potions, was an exacting discipline, and Severus preferred to have all parts of the equation where he could see them, in order to ensure the overall result worked with each of its individual parts. 

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Regulus climbed the stairs to the 5th years dorm and leaned against the open doorway.

"Hello?" He called out as he knocked on the wood frame, "Anyone home?"
"No." Severus replied shortly, not looking up from his papers at the interruption. He had work to do, the library was noisy, and... Merlin damn it all to hell. Studiously ignoring the other boy, he shuffled the parchment around enough that there was a space to sit on the edge of the bed, before he continued to write. The quill scratched on the paper, and Severus wondered how he was going to afford a new one - The owl feather wouldn't withstand too many more sharpenings.
Regulus walked into the room anyway, quite accustomed to Severus' lack of manners.

"Still doing homework?" He asked as he plopped himself down in the provided spot.
"Apparently" he replied dryly, finally looking up at his unexpected interruption. "Shouldn't you be doing the same?" The question was one of habit, rather than stemming from any real concern for Regulus's studies, so he didn't expect an answer.

Severus looked down at his work, up at Regulus who had by now insinuated himself on the bed, back down at his work, and with a sigh began to gather the parchment up into a single stack. "Enlighten me as to your reason for wasting my time?"
Regulus shrugged, "I've finished all of mine already," He replied happily. He watched Severus gather his papers together, "Well, to be honest I was wondering if you were going to bother going to that dance they're having. Figure maybe you'd be taking Evans?"
At the mention of Lily Severus looked up, startled, and fumbled the papers he was holding. His face flushed, and he glared at Regulus as he tried to pick them all up in order once more.

"It is not the sort of event I bother wasting my valuable time at" he mumbled, mortified as he wished fervently for some of that icy Malfoy distain.
"Mhmm," Regulus said, "Well, most of the school will be there, and it would probably be good for you to go actually socialize for once. Besides, I have to go, and it'd be nice to have another Slytherin there to talk to."
"Because she has you eating out of the palm of her hand, and saying 'Thankyou' like a lapdog" Severus replied bluntly, gaze unwavering.
"It's not like that," Regulus said with a grin, "I just like her. You know, when you like someone you want them to be happy? Ring any bells?" Regulus shrugged.

"Besides, you probably won't know her. She's not in our house, so I doubt you've had any excuse to talk to her."
"No." Severus blinked blankly, looking at Regulus as though he were slightly mad.

"And given that there are, at most, just under three-hundred pupils in this great school of ours" he added, eyebrow raised, "chances are I've heard the name"
"But you've only spoken to 10 people in the school total, and I doubt she was one of them," Regulus replied.
"You're counting?" Severus asked suspiciously, unable to immediately deny the accusation. "And what's wrong with her? Is she hideously deformed? Disgustingly popular? A Hufflepuff?"
Regulus looked over at the door as if distracted. "There's nothing wrong with Hufflepuffs," He said calmly, "Afterall, not everyone can be in Slytherin."
Severus gave him a flat look. "A Hufflepuff, Black? I would ask what you were thinking, but clearly that wasn't on the agenda."
"Oh, they aren't so bad," Regulus replied, "At least it I'm not pining after a Gryffindor."