Chapter 1 : Returning to Hogwarts
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The morning of the first day of September was, like always, a busy one.
Outside, the sun was shining and there was no wind at all. However, inside the Black Cottage, there was a storm blowing.
“Mum,” a teenage girl was calling, “I can’t find my wand anywhere. Have you seen it?”
Mia sighed; every single year was the same thing. “Did you check your brother’s truck? You always leave it there.”
“Thanks, Mum,” the girl said.
Someone opened the door behind Mia. “Hi, Mum, I thought you might need some help this morning,” Izzy, her oldest daughter, said.
“Thank Merlin,” Mia said.
“I’m going to help Liv,” Izzy declared. “Damn, I can’t believe she’s starting Hogwarts today.”
“Go ahead, and take your father out of the bathroom. He always locks himself in there, saying that he is shaving,” Mia stated.
“More like hiding from all the September 1st drama,” Izzy laughed.
“Mandy! Get out of my room! I’m dressing!” Mia heard Evan yelling.
Minutes later, Mandy came to the kitchen.
“Alex doesn’t have it and Evan is dressing, so I can’t check in his truck,” she complained.
“Don’t worry, I can summon it later,” Mia assured her.
“Thanks,” Mandy said, grabbing a cookie.
Mia sighed. Today, her youngest child was starting her first year in Hogwarts. It looked like it was yesterday that Liv was born, so small, so fragile. It was not like they would be separated. Being the DADA and Transfiguration teachers, Sirius and Mia didn’t have the problem of being away from their children during the school term.
The twins were sixteen, two years away from leaving the school. Mandy and Alex were their parent’s carbon copies. McGonagall kept saying that it would be like having Sirius and Mia walking around the castle as students again if they weren’t so mischievous.
Evan, who was twelve, was calmer. He had his father’s charm but his mother’s responsibility. Everyone said that he looked a lot like his mother, but had his father’s black hair. He couldn’t be happier with the fact that his little sister and best-friend, Liv, would be joining him in Hogwarts this year. They, along with Teddy Lupin, Victoire Weasley and Annie Shacklebolt were always together during the holydays.
“You left something in my room, Mandy,” Liv declared when she came into the kitchen, with a wand in her hands.
“My wand!” Mandy screamed. “Of course, we were comparing mine with yours yesterday! I’m better put it in my trunk,” she said, before getting up.
Liv sit by the table, looking at the window.
“Nervous?” Mia asked her.
“A bit,” she answered. Liv was like a mini Lulu when it came to her looks. She had her grandmother’s brown hair and pale green eyes. “I basically lived there my whole life, but going as a student is different.”
“Don’t worry, you’ll be fine,” Mia assured her.
“Unbelievable,” Izzy was saying in the corridor, “hiding in the bathroom, Dad?”
“I was not hiding, I was shaving!” Sirius said.
“With what? Some kind of Neanderthal device? Nobody takes that long shaving!” she said.
They came into the kitchen to find Mia and Liv laughing.
“What?” he asked.
“Nothing,” they chorused.
More noise was coming from the hallway.
“You two soaked all his underwear in meat. That is so wrong. Funny, but wrong,” Evan told his brother and sister.
“He was asking for it!” Alex said.
“Yeah, Remington gave me detention because I was breathing loud, I mean, how the hell does someone breathe loud?” Mandy complained.
“So we had to get him back,” Alex finished. “The problem is that he suspects it was us, so either he gets the message and leaves us alone, or he turns our lives into a living hell!”
“You’re doomed,” Evan declared.
When the twins realized that everyone was listening to that talk, they silently sit by the table and started eating their breakfast.
“Do I want to know anything more about that prank?” Mia asked them minutes later.
“No,” they chorused, grinning.
“Okay, I have to go home to check on the kids, I’ll see you in the platform,” Izzy declared before disapparating.
One hour later, the Blacks flooed to the Platform 9 ¾, which was, once again, filled with students.
“Look, there is Teddy!” Evan told his little sister, who ran along with him in order to reach their friend.
Sirius and Mia took care of taking the trunks to the train, while their children were talking to their friends.
“Don’t even think of getting in that train!” they heard Izzy saying.
“We want to go, mum!” a red-headed boy said.
“Evan says it is so cool!” another red-headed boy, who looked exactly like the other one, told her.
“You still have to wait a few more years, boys,” Izzy told them.
“How many?” one of them asked.
“Four,” Izzy told them. They looked sad. “Come on, don’t give that look. It is one year less than it was last year!”
They smiled with that thought.
“Plus, how would you play with James and Dominique if you were in Hogwarts?” she asked them.
They thought for a minute. “Okay, we’ll wait,” one of them said and the other nodded.
“Well, well, if it isn’t Fred and Danny Weasley,” Sirius said.
“Grandpa!” the boys yelled and jumped on him.
“Who wants to take a walk around the platform?” he asked.
“Me!” they chorused and followed their grandfather.
“You really have a way to convince those two of anything,” Mia stated. “Are you by any chance stealing my techniques?”
“If you want to steal, steal from the best,” Izzy told him.
“Where is Roxy?” Mia asked her.
“With George, he’s talking to Wood somewhere,” Izzy told her mother.
“Then we’d better rescue her, don’t you think? All that quidditch talk…” Mia stated.
Mother and daughter walked through the mob until they found George.
“Don’t worry, sweetie, Mummy came to rescue you,” Izzy told her three year-old daughter.
The little girl giggled and reached for her mother’s arms.
“Where Freddy and Danny?” Roxy asked.
“They’re with Grandpa Sirius,” Mia informed her.
“Grandpa!” she said.
“I’m hurt! They always prefer Dad!” Izzy joked.
“Kids love him, that’s a fact,” Mia told her.
On the other side of the platform, Teddy was with Harry, Ginny, Evan and Liv.
“Are you sue you have everything?” Ginny asked him.
“Yes, aunt Ginny, everything,” Teddy declared, grinning. Harry and Ginny always treated him like he was their own.
“Hey, what took you so long to get here?” he asked Evan and Liv.
“Always the same thing. First Mandy forgets something, then Alex remembers he left his broom behind, and this goes on and on,” Evan explained.
“So, Liv, any favourite house?” Harry asked her.
“I’d like Gryffindor, but if I don’t get in it is fine,” Liv answered.
“That’s the correct spirit,” he told her.
“The train will leave in ten minutes,” Ginny informed them.
“We’re better find Mum and Dad,” Evan told Liv.
“We’re going with you, James is with your father,” Harry said.
They found Sirius and Mia talking to Izzy and George.
“Time to say goodbye,” Mia murmured.
She hugged Liv and Evan.
“We’ll see you tonight, Mum,” Liv told her and turned to hug her father.
Mandy and Alex arrived minutes later, said their goodbyes and got in the train with their siblings.
“Well, I guess we should get our things and go to Hogwarts as well,” Sirius said.
Mandy and Alex were sharing a compartment with their old friend, Will Lake, who was also a Gryffindor. He was tall and blonde with hazel eyes.
They were talking about their holidays when a girl opened the compartment’s door. She had long brown hair and dark brown eyes. It was Darcy Finnigan, Seamus Finnigan’s sister, who happened to be one of Mandy’s best-friends.
“And here I was, thinking that I would not have to spend the whole trip with you bugging me,” Alex told her.
“The feeling is mutual, Black,” she told him.
“What took you so long?” Mandy asked her.
“I fell asleep and almost lost the train,” she declared. Alex let out a smirk. “Do you have a problem, Alex?”
“The whole world doesn’t spin around you, Darcy,” he declared. “Sorry to disappoint you.”
Alex and Darcy could barely stand each other. He despised her because she was Miss Perfect, she despised him because he was…him.
Darcy ignored his comment, and turned to Will. “So, Will, I didn’t hear from you the whole break. What did you do?”
“I was in Italy with my parents,” he told her.
“Italy? Which part?,” she asked.
“Milan,” he answered.
“I’ve been there two years ago, it was fantastic,” Darcy said.
“I’m going to the bathroom, want to come Darcy?” Mandy asked.
“Okay,” she agreed.
They left the compartment.
“When will you and Alex star standing each other?” asked Mandy.
“Hum…never,” Darcy declared.
“You two remind me of what my parents told me about their best friends,” she said.
“Why? They shared mutual hate?” Darcy asked.
“Did they end up killing each other?”
“No, they got married,” Mandy answered, smirking.
Hours later, Teddy, Evan, Annie, Victoire and Liv were chatting lively.
“We’re almost there,” Teddy told them.
“Finally,” Annie said, “I can’t wait to go in there.”
“Shouldn’t we get dressed?” Victoire asked.
“Right,” Evan said, “You can use the compartment, me and Teddy are going to the bathroom.”
A while later, they were all dressed and waiting for arriving to the school.
In a matter of minutes, Hogwarts would have the biggest number of Blacks in its history.
A/N: The first chapter of this fic is up. Now, give me your opinion and review!
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