I shortened this one because it doesn't please me... What do you think ?

For E -I'm so sorry for you sweetheart, but you're my sister, never forget that.

Disclaimer : Neverwhere and Harry Potter are unfortunately not mine. Their characters neither.

Fandoms : Neverwhere/Harry Potter

Words : 400+

Genre : Tragedy/Hurt-comfort

Main characters : Sirius Black, Anaesthesia


A new family

She didn't know where she was.

"Hello ?" she called, in the dark, a bit afraid.

"Who are you ?" someone on her right side replied, making her jump.

"People call me Anaesthesia." she whispered hesitatingly.

The man next to her scared her. She couldn't see his face, into this dark room.

"No surname ? Right. I'm Sirius Black." the stranger responded.

They walked a bit in the room without end.

"You're British ?" the man asked, curious.

"Yeah. Why ?" the girl asked suspiciously.

"You're a Muggle ?"

"A what ? You're from London Above, I presume ?"

"Above what ?" the stranger asked, eyebrows raised. " Not sure it counts a lot there, anyway."

"Oh. Do you think... Are we dead ?"

"It's a strong possibility." he nodded.

She sighted.

"And Richard ?"

"Richard ?"

"Yes, he said all would be fine. He said I wasn't going to die."

"Maybe he is somewhere, in a place like this ?"

"I don't think so. We were holding hands. I think he's not dead. I think I've accomplished my mission."

"A mission ?"

"Yeah. To keep Richard safe. I'm a rat-speaker, it was my mission, you know." she said.

"A what ?"

"A rat-speaker. I can speak with rats. If I see a rat, I'll show you."

"No, thanks. Bad experience with a rat in the past." the adult answered sharply.

"That's a shame. Most of them are pretty nice, you know."

They have walked for almost an hour, now, and they couldn't see any walls or doors yet.

"Do you think Richard will miss me a bit ?"

"Why not ?"

"I don't know. I lost my family when I was younger and I just thought it'll be cool if someone could at least remember me. Do you have a family ?"

"It's not that simple. But the closest persons to me related by blood are dead. It's not that awful. I sometimes miss my brother, but my parents weren't good people."

The girl lowered her head. She didn't want to cry, but she was dead, and it just hit her right now.

"Hey... Anaesthesia, right ? I'm not sure if it will work or not, but if we're doomed to stay here forever, I could try to be a suitable brother, or something like that. What do you think ?"

She raised her eyes. And there was a big bright smile on her face.

"You'll do that for me ?" she questioned, surprised.

"Yeah, why not ? I never had a sister."