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FIC: What Kind Of Day Has It Been, for penhaligonblue

Title: What Kind Of Day Has It Been
Author: such_heights
Recipient: penhaligonblue
Rating: PG-13
Highlight for Warnings: *none *
Word Count: 1200
Summary: "You know, he hasn't actually been arrested before. Let's hope he doesn't see that as a challenge."
Author's notes: Many thanks to glass_icarus for betaing! Title stolen from The West Wing.



"... and today the Ministry will be debating a controversial bill that proposes to give homosexuals unfettered access to our children in schools ..."

Remus rolled his eyes: wizarding radio, always a source of balanced and insightful commentary.

"Protesters in favour of this radical agenda have gathered outside the Ministry today to harass ministers as they make their way inside the building in order to vote."

"Bloody nutters, the lot of them," came the blustering voice of Hillary Cracklesworth, Minister for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. "Keep 'em away from our kids, that's what I say."

"It's a complex issue," said a new voice, "but there's no need for the disruptive nonsense outside. Due consideration will be given to the matter."

"Orion Black, Minister for International Magical Cooperation, making an unexpected appearance at today's debate having been in talks with Scandinavian magical leaders for the past fortnight.

"Meanwhile, Albus Dumbledore, long known for his idiosyncratic approach to management at Hogwarts, has said he would welcome the changes proposed by this bill, and that he calls on voting government officials today to make the right decision.

"And now, a special report from our entertainment correspondent on Celestina Warbeck's Irish tour ..."

Remus waved his wand listlessly, and the radio fizzled out into silence.

Marlene walked in, carrying tea and sandwiches.

"Bless you," Remus said, sitting up from his nest of cushions with some difficulty.

"So Sirius hasn't made the headlines yet, then," she said as she cleared away bits of newspaper.

"Give it time," Remus muttered. "I had no idea his father was going to show up."

"Well, I don't have the money to bail him out," said Marlene, "so he's on his own there."

"You know, he hasn't actually been arrested before. Let's hope he doesn't see that as a challenge."

"Well, Dorcas did say she'd Stupefy him if necessary."

Remus laughed. "I'll hold her to that."

Marlene shoved his feet aside a little and perched on the edge of the sofa. "Do you wish you were there?"

"Not particularly - at least, not without some Polyjuice. I'm in enough bad books with the Ministry as it is, I don't need 'radical queer activist' added to that list."

Marlene nodded. "Well, I've got to run back to work now, but just owl me if you need anything, won't you? You sure you're up to dinner on Friday?"

"Wouldn't miss it," Remus said, patting her knee. "Go, contribute to society."

---

Sirius got in a little before six. The sound of the lock in the door turning brought a familiar smile to Remus's face. Of course, he'd lived with Sirius more or less all the time since he was eleven, but sometimes the novelty of this, their crappy flat and piles of washing up that neither of them could be arsed to deal with and the way Sirius's socks were founding a colony under the couch, was still something of a revelation.

Remus hefted himself up on his elbows, shifting the pillows to give himself a decent chance of sitting upright for a little while. Sirius came clattering through the kitchen, a mix of worry and fondness on his face.

"To forestall your fretting," Remus said, much less annoyed than he sounded, "I am perfectly fine. Lily sent the potions along this morning, Marlene came round at lunchtime, a couple more days and I'll be back on my feet. Just like every month."

Sirius took a breath, let it out, and then said, "Okay. Good."

Remus rolled his eyes. "So you didn't get yourself arrested! Excellent work."

"It was tempting, but I restrained myself, yes."

"And? Is there any chance they're going to vote in favour?"

Sirius shook his head. "Not really, and you know it."

"I do. I just wasn't sure you did."

Sirius sighed, lifted up Remus's feet and flumped down on the sofa. Remus settled his legs back on Sirius's lap and tried not to laugh at how disgustingly domestic they'd become.

"Did you talk to your father?" Remus asked after a pause, hesitant.

Sirius looked at his hands. "No. And this can't be the only reason he came back."

"Yeah, I was afraid of that."

Sirius dug a list out of his pocket. "Look, these are all the ministers who showed up today. When was the last time Abraxas Malfoy or Augustus Rookwood showed up for a debate on social policy?"

"Have you told Dumbledore?"

"Sent an owl as soon as I got away, yeah. Shit, Remus, why didn't we know about this?"

"I don't know." Remus was still processing, mulling the new information over, but he could see Sirius was building up for a rant.

"We never fucking know, do we? We have people in there, so they have more. We get the head of a division, they get the head of a department. What the hell are we meant to do?" He let his head thud back against the sofa. "I am so sick of fighting losing battles."

"It's not lost, not yet." The words sounded hollow even in Remus's own ears. The disappearances were getting more frequent and the Ministry's decisions more erratic, and Moody said it wouldn't be long before they had out and out war on their hands. On the bad days, Remus didn't see how they were expected to survive at all.

He wondered if Sirius felt the same, but he never asked. Sirius, meanwhile, was busying himself with the parchment, quill between his teeth.

"If we double the tail on Malfoy," Sirius muttered, absently chewing the quill and getting ink smeared across his mouth, "maybe we can pick up some more of his associates --"

"Sirius," Remus said, interrupting him by laying a gentle hand on his wrist. "Can we talk about something else?"

Sirius looked up at him slowly, his quill slowly falling from his mouth and leaving a trail of black in its wake.

"Sure," he says. "Whatever you want." Then he glanced at the clock and offered Remus an embarrassed half-smile. "Do you mind if I just check the news, though? The vote should be about over."

Remus laughed, not really expecting anything else, and flicked the radio on.

"Now, the news at six. In an unexpected political turn, today's debate on open homosexuality in learning environments has been extended after ministers failed to reach a consensus in the allotted time ..."

Sirius's eyes lit up. "You might have a point! Maybe not everything's a disaster after all."

Remus smiled. "I'm glad." He still couldn't get his hopes up, but it had been a long time since the radio had brought anything remotely like good news, so he'd take what he could get. "Come here."

Sirius went happily, propping himself up above Remus and grinning.

"You have ink all over your face, I can't take you anywhere." Remus reached out and smudged Sirius's jaw before leaving inky fingerprints along his collarbone.

"Well, we'd better stay in, then," Sirius answered, cupping Remus's face and bending down for a kiss.

Remus was still tired and aching, and in a moment or two Sirius's weight would be too much for him and they'd have to do some awkward wriggling, but in the meantime Sirius was warm and familiar and here, and more than capable of chasing fears of the future away. The radio hummed on in the background, unnoticed.

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I love this! Politics! Sirius as a queer activist! Marlene and Dorcas! <3
Thank you, I'm so glad you liked it!
I loved the dialogue throughout the fic! It's really well done and in character. Also, the politics you've incorporated were interesting to read about (I never miss an opportunity to enjoy fics with First War politics). Domestic pups are the best! Well done. :)
Thank you, glad to hear it worked for you!
<3 <3
*squishes* Thank you, sweets!
This was great! I've always seen Sirius as an activist, and I rather imagine that he'd fancy himself some sort of revolutionary. But a queer activist? Even better! And he was a darling queer activist, to boot.

Remus, too, was adorable. I loved the subtle combination of tolerance and pride with which he treated Sirius and even the issue itself. That seems very fitting for, whether it be about sexuality of lycanthropy, poor Remus is always facing some sort of prejudice. Yet he's strong and you show that well.

And the ending was perfect. Remus was still tired and aching, and in a moment or two Sirius's weight would be too much for him and they'd have to do some awkward wriggling, but in the meantime Sirius was warm and familiar and here, and more than capable of chasing fears of the future away. The radio hummed on in the background, unnoticed. I like that it really showed that, at least on one level, Sirius was doing this for Remus (maybe even so that he could teach), rather than just making a universal point.

Well done.
Thank you so much!

I like that it really showed that, at least on one level, Sirius was doing this for Remus (maybe even so that he could teach), rather than just making a universal point.

Yay, I'm glad you picked up on that - it didn't quite fit with the story to explore that further, but it was definitely on my mind as I wrote.
I really enjoyed this. I especially like Orion's response. It seemed so in character with the attitude of no unseemly displays in public. :)
Thank you very much!
...sometimes the novelty of this, their crappy flat and piles of washing up that neither of them could be arsed to deal with and the way Sirius's socks were founding a colony under the couch, was still something of a revelation.

Loved that. :) And a happy merry to you!
Loved that too:D
Oh, I liked this! These two are so sweet and easy together, and I enjoyed the politics.
Thank you very much!
Thanks so much! :D
I've never actually thought of it that way before, but Sirius would make a brilliant (queer) activist. He strikes me as a bit idealistic sometimes, despite the tough-boy image he keeps, and he cares so much! I can just imagine him ranting along red-faced whenever he reads the paper/listens to the radio and someone says something derogatory about gay people. So cute!

And I must say, I love Orion here. Stiff upper lip and no nonsense!

I agree very much - Sirius has always struck me that way, part of the reason why I like him. :D Thank you very much!
Gaah Marlene and Dorcas, Sirius as an activist, Remus huddled up in a bunch of pillows waiting for Sirius to come home - so cute! I was particularly pleased to hear that Marlene and Dorcas were so supportive of Remus - sometimes I feel like everyone was a bit afraid of him in those times = and yeah. I don't know. Made me smile and have hope for ourselves. :)

Cute story! (And yay West Wing!)
Thank you very much, I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Lovely! Sweet and domestic with that undercurrent of political strife. I loved the image of the colony of socks. :-)
Hee, thanks so much! Colonies of socks have been a feature of many of my co-habitation adventures.
Wow, I never read Harry Potter fic, but I really enjoyed this! Very well-written and emotionally convincing, and I loved the way you made the relationship feel so real and lived-in. Great job!
Thanks for taking a chance on this! I'm really glad it worked for you.
Oh happy sigh. I've missed your writing. :) I loved Marlene and Remus' conversation. They are both wonderful and Remus is perfect as his dry-witted, kind self. I loved that Dorcas and Sirius were out there and all the political dynamics you describe. And you did all that with romance and a lovely kiss as well. Wonderful!
Thanks so much, Min! <3
oh my god, Amy, yes. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. politics! queer activism! marlene and dorcas! remus being precious! sirius being sirius! and their disgustingly domestic adorableness, oh!

this is why you are one of my absolute favorites always ♥
eee, thank you, CJ! *squishes you up*
What a delight! Kudos on the dual political activism. This feels very in keeping with the characters and times. And I adore the established relationship and casual domesticity! So warm and lovely to imagine, especially that Friday dinner with Marlene and Dorcas. My two favorite passages were these:

"Meanwhile, Albus Dumbledore, long known for his idiosyncratic approach to management at Hogwarts, has said he would welcome the changes proposed by this bill, and that he calls on voting government officials today to make the right decision.

and of course

Remus was still tired and aching, and in a moment or two Sirius's weight would be too much for him and they'd have to do some awkward wriggling, but in the meantime Sirius was warm and familiar and here, and more than capable of chasing fears of the future away. The radio hummed on in the background, unnoticed.

Hillary Cracklesworth - I see whut you did thar!
Thank you very much, I'm happy you enjoyed it!
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