Marlene sneeking into Sirius’ bed, because she can’t sleep during a thunder storm.
Marlene McKinnon hated thunder storms. She had always been scared as a child, when the rain would patter down onto the roof above, the thunder would shake the walls around her and the lightnings would only flash her room scarily for less than a second, while she clutched the blanket to her chest and tried to convince herself that she didn’t need her parents to console her.
It hadn’t changed when she’d gotten older though. She might not be as scared anymore, the years had taught her that neither the rain or the thunderbolts would be able to actually hurt her, but she still never managed to find sleep until the storm was finally over and she could only hear the faint dripping of rain onto the roof.
It was night in her seventh year, just a few weeks before Christmas, that she was lying awake in her bed again for that exact reason. It had been raining all day and she had suspected for this to come, but it still didn’t make the situation any better. With a sigh, she got up from her bed, grabbing her wand quickly, before she tiptoed towards the door of the dormitory.
If she couldn’t get some rest, she could at least spend the time usefully and have some fun. Marlene didn’t even take two minutes to sneak down the stairs to the girls’ dormitories and walk up the ones to the boys’ dorms instead. She knew the way, having been taking it quite a few times the past couple of weeks, and she didn’t even trip over anything as she walked through the dormitory she had been heading to. Pushing aside the curtains of the bed, she smirked slighty upon finding Sirius Black fast asleep. Without another look back, Marlene climbed into the bed next to him and closed the curtains behind her again, not after silencing them and putting her wand onto the nightstand. She wouldn’t need it for now.
“Wake up”, Marlene mumbled into his ear, before she leaned down to press her lips onto his and wrap her arms around his naked torso. Sirius awoke with a startle, but he didn’t even take a second to jump right into it and kiss her back as he slung his arms around waist too and pulled her closer.
“Hello there”, he mumbled against her mouth, before he pulled away a little. “What brings you here? We didn’t plan on this for tonight, did we?” he asked her, referring to their secret agreement. They had ended up in bed together last summer and considering they both didn’t fancy a proper relationship at the moment, they had agreed to just enjoy the benefits of the other in bed, while staying good friends.
“No, we didn’t. But I thought I might as well surprise you. Couldn’t sleep”, Marlene explained and shrugged slightly, before she moved in for another kiss, only to be stopped by Sirius once more. “You couldn’t sleep? Is everything alright?” he asked, not directly worried, but she had never told him about having problems with getting sleep before. “Yeah, I’m okay. I just… I can’t sleep during thunder storms”, Marlene told him hesitantly, too tired to be able to make up a good excuse, so she decided to just tell him the truth - which she regretted greatly only a moment later.
“You’re scared of thunderstorms?” Sirius asked, his typical lopsided grin appearing on his face. “Merlin, McKinnon, who would have thought that the girl, who hexed Avery into the hospital wings was scared of thunderstorms out of all things”, he chuckled and poked her side gently. “So, I’m taking it that you planned on using me as a distraction?” he asked after another moment and raised one eyebrow. Marlene nodded in agreement and shrugged slightly. “Reading only tires me out, but it still won’t make me sleep, so I thought I might try you out.”
“Oh McKinnon, how you always manage to touch my heart with your words”, Sirius replied, his smirk only growing. “Well, I hate to disappoint you, but I’m out of service for tonight. I’m knackered and as hot as you are, I can barely keep my eyes open. You’re welcome to stay here though, if you want, I don’t mind”, he offered, pressing one last kiss onto her lips, before he lay back into his pillow again. Marlene watched him for a moment, wary of what she should do, before she decided to stay. What else could she do? It wasn’t like she hadn’t tried out anything else before, and maybe sleeping next to Black would actually help her. She closed her eyes and settled down next to him, still doubting that she would actually be able to get some rest, but it was always worth a try. “Night Black”, she murmured quietly, a brief smile flying over her face. “Night, McKinnon”, Sirius replied, chuckling softly under his breath, before he closed his eyes as well, drifting off into sleep soon enough.
The next morning, James, always being the first to get up, came over to Sirius’ bed to wake his best mate up, only to find the two of them entwined with their whole bodies. Marlene’s head was resting against Sirius’ shoulder, his chin pressed against her hairline. His arms were holding her close to him, his right hand holding her left as his arm was wraped around her completely, while her right hand was resting on his neck and their legs seemed to be tangled underneath the sheets. James smirked at the sight and let the curtains fall closed again, giving them a bit more time to wake up and face the awkward situation they were always in on mornings that Sirius’ best mate found them in a position like this.