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哈利波特前传《莉莉与混血王子》第三章(2)

(2011-12-28 15:40:16)
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    两姐妹之间的裂痕越来越大,尽管莉莉不愿意面对。她不太埋怨佩妮不愿和西弗勒斯交朋友了——都怪她那些新朋友和新爱好——佩妮却说自己已经长大,成为一个年轻的姑娘,而莉莉还是个小孩子。

    莉莉不理这些——和西弗勒斯在河边一起度过的美妙时光令她忘记了一切,只想着第二天一起再去哪儿冒险。

    暑假一天天过去,西弗勒斯和莉莉几乎每天都见面,到河边的小池塘那儿玩。西弗勒斯一本一本把书借给莉莉看。那些书大都非常破旧,因为是他妈妈的。但霍格沃茨的教材不怎么变,所以保存得好的话可以一代一代接着用。莉莉很勤奋,一看完就马上还。有时候她想到以后要学那么多东西,真是觉得手足无措。而且没有魔杖的话,她也不知道自己到底做不做得来。还有些东西她一点儿也搞不懂。

    “别担心,”西弗勒斯向她保证,“一开始学的那些咒语不那么难。我之所以知道是因为我试过,”他压低声音说,“有几次我拿我妈妈的魔杖试过。不过千万可别告诉别人,不然我就有麻烦了。”

    “你妈妈知道吗?”

    “不知道。我可小心了。”

    他没有告诉她,最后一次用魔杖是因为妈妈扭伤了脚踝,在床上疼得动不了。那天父亲又喝醉了,发脾气意外把母亲推下了楼梯。他甚至没有停下来看看自己所造成的伤害,就半夜冲了出去。西弗勒斯用母亲的魔杖做了一种缓解疼痛的魔药给她喝,骗她说是麻瓜药。她疼得太厉害没法和他争,也没有意识到这药的效果太好,远非任何麻瓜药可比。

    之后,妈妈让他立即离开房间,不想让他看见自己愤怒和屈辱的泪水。西弗勒斯回到厨房,看到桌子上自己刚刚用过的魔杖。他得把它藏起来——不能让父亲回来看见,尤其如果他回来的时候状态更差的话。而且在此期间,他还可以趁机用用魔杖……他用过那么多次都没有人发现。如果他不离妈妈太远的话,魔法部也分不清是谁在用……

    “我表哥表姐这个暑假要过来。”

    “什-什么?”西弗勒斯沉浸在上周事件的回忆里没听清莉莉说什么。

    “我表哥表姐——他们过两周就来。”

“哦。”他尽量让自己听起来高兴些。

    “你没有表兄弟姐妹吗?”莉莉光着脚丫在一根落木上走独木桥,两只胳膊伸着像走钢丝的杂技演员一样保持平衡。

    “嗯,有。但我从来没见过他们。”

    “怎么会呢?”

    西弗勒斯没有回答,于是莉莉跳下来坐到他身旁。

    “这事挺复杂的。”他不喜欢谈话朝着这个方向进行,“我爸爸这边我没有表兄弟姐妹,他是独生子。妈妈这边我有几个表兄弟姐妹,可是我妈妈她被自己家驱逐了,所以我就没见过那些人。”他说得很快,希望这些信息应该能让她满意,可莉莉当然想知道得更多。

    “你妈妈为什么会被自己家驱逐呢?”

    西弗勒斯起身朝水边走去,这样莉莉就看不到自己混乱的表情。他把他们俩一起捡的柳树叶扔回到水里。他该怎么跟她解释,说自己的母亲实际上来自一个非常古老的巫师家庭,却嫁给一个麻瓜给家庭蒙羞,以致被驱逐?

    “西弗勒斯?”莉莉在想自己是不是问多了。

    “嗯,这么说吧,因为他们不赞同她和我爸爸结婚。”

    她没再多问,转而说起自己的表哥表姐,丹尼尔和希拉。

    “希拉跟我姐姐差不多大,丹尼尔还要大两岁——他都快十五了,我想都差不多算是个大人了。他们在这儿呆两周——你也得见见他们,西弗勒斯。”

    他的胃紧了一下,“我-我想最好不要,莉莉”他结结巴巴地说。
    “为什么不呢?你会了解他们。没问题的。”
    “我和其他麻瓜孩子一般合不来。他们-他们老是笑话我!”好像她自己没有注意到一样,他痛苦地想。他的脸一下子涨红了,庆幸自己背对着她。
    “但他们为什么会那么做?”她气愤地喊道,“无论如何,我表哥表姐不是那样的人!另外,你是我的朋友啊!”
    西弗勒斯看着她。她急切地站了起来。他给了她一个羞涩的微笑——他从来没有被人当成过朋友。虽然他知道现在他们已经成了朋友,但是听见莉莉亲口说出来真的是很棒。
    “你能这么说真不错,莉莉。如果你坚持,我会见你表哥表姐的,但如果他们在的话事情就不一样了。我们得非常小心——我们不能当着他们的面谈论魔法。
    “没问题西弗勒斯,我会小心,不会说漏嘴的。但至少我能再见到你啊。来啊,在我回家之前,我想抓到我的第一个吉利虫。快来教我吧。”
    于是他们脱下自己的鞋,在池塘里淌来淌去,直到夏日夕阳西下。

 

The rift between the sisters grew imperceptibly bigger, though Lily, at least, would not admit it. The fact that Petunia did not want to be friends with Severus did not worry her so much any more – she blamed it on Petunia's new friends, new interests – Petunia said it was because she was now a young lady, while she, Lily, was still a kid.

 

Lily did not mind – the wonderful days spent with Severus by the riverside made her forget everything else but planning the next day's adventure.

 

The summer days rolled on, and Severus and Lily met almost every day by the riverside, near the still pool. Severus had let Lily borrow his books, one by one. Most were rather old, since they had belonged to his mother, but books were not changed very often at Hogwarts, so if still in a reasonable condition they could be used from generation to generation. Lily returned them back to him diligently as soon as she had finished reading. Sometimes she was a bit overwhelmed at all she would have to learn, and, without a wand, it was difficult to know if she could do it or not. Some things she did not even understand at all.

 

'Don't worry' Severus used to reassure her 'The first spells are not that difficult. I know cos' I've tried them' he lowered his voice 'I took my Mum's wand a few times. But don't tell anyone, or I'll be in trouble'

 

'Did your mum notice?'

 

'No. I was careful.'

 

He didn't tell her that the last time had been when his mother was in bed nursing a twisted ankle. His father had accidentally pushed her down the stairs in a drunken rage. He had not even stopped to see the damage he'd done, but stormed out of the house into the night. Severus had prepared a soothing potion with his mother's wand and made her take it, telling her it was muggle medicine to relieve pain. She had been too distraught and in pain to argue, or realise that the effect was far too good to be anything muggle-made.

 

She made him leave the bedroom immediately then, - not wishing him to witness her tears of anger and humiliation. Severus had wondered back into the kitchen and saw her wand on the table where he had just left it. He would have to hide it - it would be better not to remind his father of its existence, especially if he came back in a worse state. In the meantime, however, he could use it ... he had done so on a number of occasions and no one was any the wiser. If he did not move too far away from where his mother was, the Ministry would not be able to tell who was casting the spell...

 

'My cousins are coming over this summer.'

 

'Wh-What?' Severus had been so lost in his memory of last week's events that he hadn't heard her.

 

'My cousins- they're coming in two weeks' time'

 

'Oh' he tried to look pleased.

 

'Don't you have cousins?' Lily was walking barefooted along one of the fallen logs, her arms outstretched like a tight rope walker.

 

'Well, yes, but I never met them'

 

'How come?'

 

There was no answer. Lily jumped down and sat beside him.

 

'It's complicated.' He didn't like the way the conversation was going, "I have no cousins on my father's side, and he was an only child. I have some cousins on my mothers' side, but since she was disowned by her family, I don't know anything about them.' he spoke fast, hoping it was enough information to satisfy her. But Lily, of course, wanted to know more.

 

'Why was your Mum disowned by her family?'

 

Severus got up and walked to the water's edge, so she would not see his confusion. He started to throw the willow leaves they had collected back into the water. How was he going to explain that his Mother came from a very old wizarding family, and that the reason she had been disowned was that she had disgraced the family by marrying a muggle...?

 

'Severus?' Lily realised that perhaps she had been prying.

 

'Well, let's say they didn't approve of her marrying my father.'

 

She did not question him further but told him about her cousins, Daniel and Sheila.

 

'Sheila's my sister's age and Daniel's two years older – he's going to be fifteen soon – almost a grown-up, I guess! They'll be staying for two weeks – you'll meet them too, Severus.'

 

His stomach clenched "I-I think better not, Lily' he stammered.

 

'Why not? You'll get to know them. It'll be alright'

 

'I don't get along too well with other muggle kids. They – they usually make fun of me!' As if she hadn't noticed, he thought bitterly. He felt himself flushing and was glad he was standing with his back to her.

 

'But why would they do that?' she cried indignantly 'Anyway, my cousins aren't like that! And – and besides, you're my friend!'

 

Severus looked at her. She was on her feet now, in her earnestness. He gave her a shy smile – he had never been called that before, and, although he knew they were friends by now, it was good to hear it out loud, from her own lips.

 

'That's very nice of you, Lily. I'll meet your cousins if you insist, but it won't be the same thing with them around. We'll have to be careful what to say or do – we can't talk about magic.'

 

'It's Ok, Severus, I'll be careful not to let anything slip, but at least I'll get to see you. Come on, I want to catch my first gillyworm before I go home. Come show me how.'

 

And they took off their shoes and waded in the pool till the late summer sun started setting.

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