Chapter 6 : Hakuna Matata
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"Wake up sleepy head" Lily said opening the hangings around Shay's bed.
There was no answer.
"Shay come on breakfast starts in a half hour and we are getting our schedules today."
"Lil, can't you get it for me?" Shay asked in a yawn.
"I could but I'm not going to. Plus we still have classes"
"Fine you evil woman, I'll get out of bed."
Shay got up, grabbed her pillow and blanket then laid down on the floor and went back to sleep.
"You smart alec! Don't make me get one of the boys up here to carry you to the shower," Lily said tapping her foot.
"You wouldn't dare," Shay said and uncovered her face.
"Oh I so would."
The thing is she wasn't lying. She had done it before in their 5th year.
"Fine! I'll go to stupid breakfast, get my stupid schedule and go to my stupid classes all for stupid you!" Shay exclaimed stomping into the bathroom and slamming the door.
Lily just laughed. Shay was like this every year on the first day of classes. But after she took a shower she was back to normal. Shay came out 15 minutes later wearing her uniform. Shay and Lily walked down to the common room. There was no one down there except a sick looking 1st year girl.
"Lils, I'll meet you down at breakfast."
"Well ok, you better show up."
"I will, I will. I just have to talk to somebody first," Shay said motioning over to the girl.
"Uh…oh. I see," Lily said and headed for the exit.
Shay made her way over to the shaking kid in the big armchair and sat on the coffee table in front of her.
"What's the matter?"
"Oh…it's nothing," the girl said looking at the floor.
"It doesn't look like nothing. What's your name?"
"Nickelson, eh? I think I know your problem. You are from a snobby pureblood family and you were supposed to be in Slytherin but of coarse you got into Gryffindor and now your mom and dad aren't too happy with you, scratch that, they are furious."
Amerie looked at Shay with amazement.
"How did you know?"
"I've been there, done that. Plus when you're from a dark wizarding family, you know way too many bad people. By the way the name's Shay Calhoun."
Shay stuck her hand out for Amerie to take it. She did.
"You want to walk down to breakfast with me? We can talk on the way down."
"Sure!" Amerie said with a smile on her face.
"So are you expecting a letter today from your parents?"
"Yes, they are so disappointed in me."
"Hun, you got it backwards. You should be disappointed in them for being such gits."
This made Amerie laugh.
"So did you make any new friends yet?"
"New friends? You need to have a friend to make new ones."
"You don't have any friends?"
"Well when all your housemates think you should have been in Slytherin, it's hard to make friends."
"Just wait; when they see you're not like the rest of your family, they'll give you a chance. I was lucky I had friends coming into Hogwarts. I even have a best mate that came from a dark wizarding family and was put into Gryffindor. I've known him my whole life. His name is Sirius Black."
Shay saw Amerie blush.
"Did I say something?" Shay asked.
"Is Sirius the one with shaggy black hair?"
Amerie blushed even more.
"Ah. I see. Do you have a little crush on Sirius?"
"Well, I guess. He is very handsome."
"You're not the only one. Most of the girls in this school do. Maybe even some of the boys. I'm going to be honest with you though. The truth may hurt but you probably have no chance with him. You are too young. But you could defiantly be his friend. When you're around him, act yourself, and don't giggle too much around him."
"Well, I thought you were dating him. That's what everyone thinks."
"Me, going out with Sirius. I don't think so. He probably has a couple girlfriend right now anyway," Shay said and shook her head.
"I think you two would make a cute couple," Amerie said and they stopped infront of the Great Hall.
"Weird things happen at Hogwarts. After a couple years here, nothing will suprise you," Shay said with a smile.
"Thanks, for talking to me. It helped," Amerie said with a small smile.
"Hey if you ever need me feel free to come up to me whenever and if anybody gives you troubles, you just come and tell me and I'll handle it. And hey… Hakuna Matata."
"What's Hakuna Matata?"
"It means no worries. It's a problem free philosophy."
Amerie gave Shay another smile and went and sat with the other 1st years.
"Who is that?" Sirius asked when Shay arrived at the table.
"That there is Amerie Nickelson, 1st year Gryffindor."
"Nickelson, eh?" Sirius said raising an eyebrow.
"That's exactly what I said."
Shay gave Sirius a smirk. He knowingly smiled back.
"What are you guys talking about?" asked a very confused Lily.
"The Nickelsons are another dark wizarding family. Every one of them have been in Slytherin. Amerie was placed in Gryffindor. A very similar story to me and Mr. Black here."
The rest of the group had an understanding look on their face.
"Poor girl has never even had a friend. I mean I at least had you guys."
"People will come around. She seems like a nice girl," Niki said.
"She is and that's what I told her. I even told her Hakuna Matata."
"Are you still going on about stupid thing?" James asked.
"Stupid, eh? Potter you are the definition of stupid. Plus it’s a…"
"Problem-free philosophy." everyone else finished.
"I see you've caught on."
"Here comes McGonagall with the schedules." Lily said excitedly
Shay scooted away from her like she was a disease.
"She's not right in the brain you know" Shay whispered to Niki and Remus loud enough so Lily could hear.
Professor McGonagall came over and started passing out the schedules.
They all took their schedules and started to compare. Shay, Sirius, and James had all the same classes because all three wanted to be aurors. Shay had four classes with Remus and Peter who were both still undecided and only two classes with Lily and Niki who wanted to be healers.
"Well I guess I won't be learning too much this year," Shay said looking at James and Sirius.
"How would we ruin your learning?" Sirius asked looking mock offended.
Shay scoffed at them.
"I guess we better get to class. Got Defense Against the Dark Arts." Shay said getting up with Sirius, James, Remus, and Peter.
"Good morning Professor" Shay said to Dumbledore.
"Good morning to you Miss Calhoun. How are you?"
"I'm very good. How about you?"
"How could I not feel perfect on such a perfect day?"
"Have a good day Professor and Hakuna Matata."
"Thank you and no worries to you Miss Calhoun."
But he didn't know she and her friends had many worries coming their way.
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