I moved into Hogwarts castle the next morning. Professor Ravenclaw introduced me to the other three professors. Professor Gryffindor was very easy-going, and liked to joke around a lot. Professor Hufflepuff was really nice and caring. And then there was Professor Slytherin. He seriously creeped me out. As soon as I walked into the Great Hall, he scrutinized my newly healed scars (from the cat attack), and told Professor Ravenclaw, "So this is the Mudblood?" That simple comment made me loathe him even more than before. I couldn't bear to think what his students would be like.
I had the whole morning to myself, before my first lessons would begin. I took the opportunity to explore the Ravenclaw common room. It was very cozy, but I preferred the library. It was a big room filled with shelves and books. I couldn't read anything yet, so nobody ever thought to look for me whenever I was exploring.
After six months of this, the other students started to arrive. By then, I had mastered a few basic charms, so I knew how to defend myself if I needed to. But still, I took the precaution of hiding in some bushes while the carriages arrived. I needed to know who I was dealing with first. All of them were rich, which confirmed what Professor Ravenclaw had told me; I was the only Muggle-born.
Some of the girls looked friendly, so I decided to go and introduce myself. As I walked towards the Great Hall, a painfully familiar voice drifted out.
"My father's estate is so big, it covers an entire valley, and he gave me a new horse for my birthday," Colin, the Duke of Cornwall's son, was saying. Of course, he just had to turn around and see me.
"You there! What are you doing here?" Colin said. I was usually terrified whenever I had the displeasure of running into him, but this time I had to stand up to him. I wouldn't let him ruin my reputation.
"I have as much right to be here as any of you," I said boldly, though inside I was quivering.
"Oh, really? You're a witch?" he said scornfully. Some of his friends laughed.
"Of course I am!" I retorted. Suddenly I felt thankful that I had bothered to read my spellbooks.
"Oh, yeah? Prove it," a girl near the back of the crowd said. I took my wand out of my new robes and pointed it at Colin. He didn't react because he thought that I couldn't do anything to him.
"Wingardium Leviosa!" I said. It was amusing to see how much Colin freaked out. He kept screaming at the top of his lungs and cursing me with everything he had.
"What is going on here?" Professor Ravenclaw said. She made me jump, which caused me to lose concentration and drop Colin. Professor Slytherin glared at me, but he didn't reprimand me.
"I see you've met Meredith," Professor Ravenclaw said. A boy raised his hand and said, "Why was she here before us?"
"She had to learn to read," Colin said. He had gotten a black eye and a nasty temper.
"What kind of person doesn't know how to read?" another boy said. "Oh, yes. I forgot. She's a servant!"
"That's enough!" Professor Gryffindor said. "You're going to have to learn to behave properly if you expect to stay here. Is that clear?" Everybody nodded, but a few muttered, "Teacher's pet."
This wasn't going to be a good year.
"Do you know the answer to number two?" I asked a Hufflepuff named Edward.
"Roscoe, did you hear something?" Edward asked his friend, completely ignoring my question.
"I think it was a pig squealing," Roscoe replied, snickering. I sighed; nobody in the school ever acted like I was there.
Later that afternoon, it was time for the first flying lesson. I already knew how to fly, but I still went to show up those stuck up fools.
Professor Gryffindor was leading the class. He told us to line up on the right side of a broom. It was all routine to me. When we ordered the brooms to come up, only mine obeyed. I knew that Professor Gryffindor was aware that everybody called me 'Teacher's Pet', but he still complimented me for the feat.
A girl named Morgan got so frustrated that she tried to levitate her broom. Unfortunately (for her, at least), she cast the wrong charm, and ended up barfing slugs.
"Oh great. Let's get you to Hufflepuff," Professor Gryffindor said. As soon as they had gone, Colin took the opportunity to strike at me again.
"You think you're so great, don't you? I'm going to make sure that you get sent back to that ramshackle hut of yours if it's the last thing I do," Colin snarled. He pulled out his wand. I was a little more wary now, considering what Morgan had just caused with her wand, so I took off into the sky.
"Scared, Mudblood?" Colin taunted. I turned back to say something scathing in reply, but I was hit by a jet of red light.
"What happened?" I asked, groaning. I opened my eyes, and was surprised by two things. One: I was in the hospital wing. Two: I couldn't see out of my left eye at all.
"Meredith! Thank god you're okay!" Professor Ravenclaw said.
"What happened to me?" I asked again. It sounded more like a groan.
"That insolent oaf Colin attacked you. You've been out cold for two weeks," she said.
"Whoa! Two weeks?" I asked. She nodded. "Of course, he had to be expelled," she continued. I completely detested Colin, but I never wanted to get him expelled.
"What happened to my eye?" I asked. I was afraid of what the answer was, but I needed to know.
"Well….The curse caught you squarely in the face, and you've gone blind in that eye," Professor Ravenclaw said hesitantly.
Okay, so if I hadn't turned around, I would be perfectly alright just then.
Sometimes I could be so stupid.
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