It didn’t help that the Black Family had a history of it. Sirius, having been raised to not think twice about such things, didn’t find out about how other people saw it until he was in Hogwarts. James eventually pulled him aside and told him why he was getting such odd looks.
When the way Sirius treated him started to change, Regulus just thought it meant Sirius didn’t love him anymore.
He might not have been a prankster or a bully but he wasn’t above a bit of playful teasing now and then. Regulus was also constantly aware of how he was expected to behave and sought to always live up to those expectations.
The only people who ever met this side of Regulus were his very close friends, lovers, and Sirius though he never got to see it much as they got older.
Remus even knew how irrational this fear was, considering what length his friends went through for him, but it was always a lingering thought that no amount of reasoning would make go away.
He always felt a lingering guilt about this selfishness he could never get over.
And it’s one of the most awkward things ever.
Lily, of course, is happy as is Remus since he’s always hated the fighting. Sirius tries to be the tough guy who knows he owes Severus an apology and gives it in the most reluctant way possible.
But James is just so thankful to Severus for protecting Harry, even if it wasn’t for him - Hell, even if it wasn’t for Harry! - because he did it anyway, after all the crap he put him through when they were kids.
Regulus was terrified of ending up anywhere but Slytherin. It wasn’t just because he saw how Sirius was treated for getting into wrong House but because he didn’t know anyone else from the other Houses. The other Slytherins he knew, more or less, all his life but knew next to no one from anywhere else. Sirius might have been happy for him but he would have lost far more than he would have gained.
And Sirius couldn’t possibly hold it against him… right?
[Image: an animated gif from one of the Harry Potter movies, showing Sirius hugging Harry with Remus leaning against a doorway in the background.]
#THE BEST PART ABOUT THIS GIF IS THAT IT LOOKS LIKE REMUS AND SIRIUS ARE HARRY’S GAY UNCLES AND HARRY’S JUST GOT HOME FROM SOMETHING AND THEY ARE ABOUT TO HAVE SOME TEA AND A NICE CHAT IN THEIR TASTEFULLY FURNISHED HOME
#oh god you know remus would be in charge of the decorating because every time he picks out some curtains and shows them to sirius he’s just like I DON’T CARE MOONY JUST GET WHAT YOU WANT and remus is like no sirius we can get the eggshell or the taupe this is a very important decision and sirius is like FUCKING HELL THEY’RE THE SAME FUCKING COLOR AND THEY’RE JUST GOING TO GET DUST AND SHITE ON THEM ANYWAY and remus pouts but ends up buying the taupe because it’s warmer and it’ll look good with the new rug in the sitting room and sirius just follows him around bed bath and beyond and acts like he doesn’t care but when remus isn’t looking he throws 5 more packs of curtains in the cart because he knows remus is just going to shred the new ones during his ~time of the month~ and he always gets so embarrassed about having to come back and buy more curtains#remus lupin: domestic goddess #sirius black: terrible househusband who tracks mud all over the floors and puts his boots on the bed but then makes up for it by going down on remus while he’s reading
Remus: Sirius, be quiet.
Sirius: Be quiet yourself, Remus.
Severus: Oh listen to you two, quarreling like an old married couple.
This is a little bit Awesome.