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Different by Jungle
Chapter 1: Awkward Meeting
“Look at Bennett go! She is one quick chaser! The Quidditch world hasn’t seen anyone like her! The Holyhead Harpies sure knew what they were doing when they got her on their team…”
“Laney! Wake up! Your favourite brother is here to make sure you don’t miss the Hogwarts Express… again!”
I groaned and pulled my pillow up over my head. Maybe if I try really hard I can go back to having my amazing dream about being a Quidditch star…
No such luck.
“What are you talking about? You aren’t her favourite brother, I am!” Aaron said loudly from beside my bed. “Wake up and tell him Laney!”
Giving up, I sat up in a huff and glared at the twins. Aaron and Henry had the same dark hair, just like our Dad’s, the same blue eyes that were always alert and thoughtful and the same cheeky grins, which they were both giving me right now.
“I don’t like either of you. Now get out,” I said as I got out of bed and started trying to push them out the door. They pretended to look offended and protested but allowed me to push them.
Before I slammed the door on them, Henry called out “You had better hurry up! The train leaves in an hour!”
I made my way over to my open trunk and stared down at it. It was a mess. I considered taking everything out and repacking it neatly… then I came to my senses. I shoved the last of my Gryffindor robes into my trunk and sat on the lid to close it. The locks looked like they were struggling to stay closed but I chose to ignore that.
I hereby declare my packing done!
Well, sort of.
I dressed in a pair of old jeans and a t-shirt that had a muggle band called ‘The Clash’ on it, before I made my way over to my mirror. I stared at my reflection and shrugged. Nothing new to see, which is good, I guess. I didn’t have any extra limbs or anything which is all a girl can hope for. Same old blonde hair, same old blue eyes.
Same old Delaney. Well, not really OLD, but you get my point.
To cheer myself up I pulled some faces at myself, poking my tongue out and making a pig nose.
God, if anyone could see me right now…
What can I say? I’ve always been a little… different.
Most little girls dressed up as princesses, played with dolls and wanted to be Healers when they grew up.
I pretended I was a dinosaur, threw mud at the princesses and wanted nothing more than to be a Dragon Keeper when I grew up.
I haven’t exactly changed much. I’m sixteen this year and still sometimes like to pretend I’m a dinosaur. Needless to say, I didn’t and still don’t have many friends… But who needs friends when you have three older brothers to fight with?
I brushed out my blonde hair before I quickly put it into a pony tail. By the time I was finished, Aaron was banging on my door telling me to hurry up. I did a last quick look around my room for anything I might have forgotten, but then shrugged because I always forgot something.
I dragged my trunk out into the hall and then attempted to carry it down the stairs. That didn’t turn out so well. I stumbled down the stairs like a drunken pirate, cursing that I wasn’t seventeen yet and couldn’t just levitate my trunk.
Just as I reached the bottom of the stairs, I heard Henry, Aaron and my oldest brother David, laughing their heads off at me.
“Thanks for the help guys,” I grumbled and stomped past them into the kitchen.
“What’s wrong Laney?” David asked me, levitating my trunk into the kitchen behind him. NOW he helps?!
“Nothing is wrong!” I snapped and started shovelling cereal into my mouth. David raised his eyebrows at me and gave me a ‘yeah right’ look.
I sighed and mumbled, “I’m not super excited to be going back to school…”
Dave gave me a sympathetic smile and ruffled my hair. I swatted his hand away and he laughed. “Think of it this way, only two more years and you will be free!”
“Two very long years,” I grumbled.
* * *
With five minutes to spare, Aaron and I finally made it to platform 9 and ¾ to find an irritated Henry and David. I was supposed to be apparating with Aaron straight to Kings Cross station but he had thought it would be a good idea to take a little detour to buy some chocolate. He said it was for us to take on the train and would not listen when I told him that I didn’t want chocolate. I didn’t mind so much until Aaron spent 10 minutes flirting (badly) with a girl in the sweet shop.
“I knew I should have apparated with you,” David grumbled as he helped me put my trunk on the train. “Mum would kill me if she knew,” I rolled my eyes but gave him a bit of chocolate. Aaron, who had passed his apparition test with Henry this summer, had pestered David into letting him apparate with me for the first time.
“Speaking of Mum, she said to say have a good term and sorry that she couldn’t be here. She got called into the hospital early this morning,” David said as he gave me a hug. Of course she did. My Mum is a Healer and spends most of her time at the hospital. “Mum said she would write to you tonight.” Ha, I will believe that when I see it.
The train whistle blew and the students left on the platform hurried towards the train. I smiled as I watched Henry and Aaron push and shove each other as they raced to get onto the train.
“Look after yourself Laney and remember, only two more years!” David said and gave me a pat on the back. “Now get on the train before you miss it… again!”
I laughed as I ran to get onto the train as the last whistle blew. I slammed the door shut and stuck my head out of the window. “That was one time!” I shouted to him. There was just enough time to see his laughter before the train rounded the corner.
* * *
“Sorry, excuse me,” I said for about the millionth time as I struggled with my trunk down the crowded train corridor, looking for an empty compartment. Bloody Henry and Aaron had disappeared, leaving me to sit on my own and lug my trunk around.
I was getting near the end of the train when I had to stop. I was staring at the back of a tall boy with black hair who was leaning against the wall, blocking the corridor, chatting to a pretty Ravenclaw girl.
“Excuse me,” I said awkwardly, hoping that the couple would get the hell out of my way so I could stop dragging this heavy trunk around.
The girl looked at me and smirked and then continued talking. The guy showed no sign of having heard me. I narrowed my eyes at the girl and the boys back.
I cleared my throat loudly. Still nothing. What is wrong with these people? I bet you ten galleons that this guy is from Slytherin.
Getting fed up; I tapped the guy on the back. He finally turned around and I nearly choked. All of the angry words that I had planned on saying got stuck in my throat and I just stared open mouthed like a gold fish/idiot.
Sirius Black looked down at me with a questioning look.
He raised an eyebrow at my stupid expression and my brain kicked back into action. Kind of.
“Erm, sorry I just want-” I started to say but that was as far as I got. The train gave a sudden jolt and I was propelled head first into Sirius’ chest.
I have just head butted Sirius Black in the chest.
Sirius made an ‘OOF!’ sort of sound and managed to steady us both by grabbing hold of my arms. I froze in place and stared up at Sirius. He grimaced in pain.
I have just winded Sirius Black.
“Sorry!” I said loudly, quickly stepping away from Sirius. It took him a second to get his breath back but when he did, I wished he hadn’t.
“I’m used to having girls throw themselves at me, but I have to say you are the first one to literally follow through,” he said with a smirk on his stupid, handsome face.
I narrowed my eyes at him in a glare and crossed my arms. “I did not throw myself at you!” I protested. I heard the Ravenclaw girl scoff from behind Sirius. I wonder if anyone would notice if I threw her off of the train?
“My bruised chest begs to differ,” Sirius said and continued to smirk in his infuriating Sirius Black way.
I rolled my eyes and picked my trunk back up as I snapped, “I have better things to do than stand here and argue with you Black,” Yeah, like go crawl under a rock and die!
I shoved my way past Sirius and the glaring Ravenclaw girl. Just as I passed them and thought I was home free, Sirius called out to me.
“Hey! You… Bonnet?” he trailed off and I sighed. Bonnet? Bonnet?! Really? He doesn’t know my name. I mean we have never actually had a conversation before… but we are in the same house and year for Merlin’s sake! At least he was sort of close, I guess.
“What?” I asked in an annoyed tone, expecting him to say something stupid. I didn’t bother correcting him about my name, it’s not like he would remember anyway.
He didn’t seem to notice my hostile tone and surprised me by saying, “I like your shirt.”
I stared at him for a second, thrown off by his unexpected compliment. Is he being sarcastic? He must be. How does he even know who The Clash are? What is going on?!
By the time I had managed to shut my brain up, the Ravenclaw girl had recaptured Sirius’ attention and they were back to flirting, leaving me to awkwardly shuffle away.
A/N: Thank you so much for reading! Like any first chapter, this was just a way to start to get to know our main characted Delaney/Laney, so sorry if it was a little dull. I promise it does get better! :)
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