"California, here we come! Right back where we stared from. CALIFORNIA! Here we COOOOME!" - Phantom Planet
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The sun shone brightly on another California day. It was never this sunny in London. Plus it was mid-August. Marion woke up in her sister, Mischa's house (which actually belonged to her fiancee Ryan.) She had come with her mother, Persephone Preston and little brother Johnny Preston to visit her older brother Valkyrie (nicknamed Val) and older sister Mischa. They lived in California as it was where their late father was from and they wanted to study there. Mischa was 5 years older than Marion and Val was 4 years older. They had also brought along James Potter and his parents as Persephone was a family friend of theirs and also Sirius Black as he was living with them. Marion had also insisted on bringing Lily with her as she was her best friend.
Marion got out of her bed in the attic and peered out of the balcony, enjoying the warmth of the California sun on her skin. She would've stayed like this for the entire morning if she hadn't heard her mothers stern voice calling out to her.
"Marion! Get down here now! Your breakfast is ready." Marion never usually did what her mother asked but couldn't be bothered with the fuss this morning so she put on a robe to cover her short night gown and headed downstairs.
Persephone Preston wasn't what someone would stereotypically call 'bad' persay. But since her husband died 7 years prior she became icy and cold and began sleeping with relentless amounts of vile men. This made all four children begin to resent their mother, as it was her constant arguing that had put their father on anti-depressants before he died. And, although it had nothing to do with his death, had had an affair a week before he died. That made all the children feel a sense of hatred for her. Marion was included in this but was willing to give her mother a chance when the situation demanded it.
As Marion entered the kitchen, she gave a groggy smile to Lily, who was already dressed, and yawned, wide-mouthed as she passed her mother, bumping into her as she did so. She stole a bit of toast out of Sirius' hand as he was about to bite into it and started to eat it herself, smirking at him cheekily with her mouth full.
"Oi! You're gonna pay for that, Preston." Sirius threatened. Marion swallowed, indifferent.
"I highly doubt that you will find anything with which you could make me, Black." She returned and everyone else looked away with pursed lips thinking 'awkward'.
As Val was washing up the breakfast things, and Marion, Lily, the Marauders and Mischa were chatting away, the doorbell rang. Persephone answered it and they could hear the exchange in the kitchen.
"Hello, Kyle." said Persephone. "I take it you are hear to see Marion."
Marion panicked silently. She was still in her night dress and robe. She frantically ran back upstairs to get ready as her boyfriend came into the kitchen.
Kyle was a native from California that Marion had met and started dating when she came over during the Easter holidays. He was a year older than her and about to start his last year at Lamontwood, the magic academy in California. He was handsome and tanned and his accent was to die for. He was a great dancer and singer and seemed to be wonderful in every way. Val didn't really take to him though as he had heard rumors that he had been with another girl while Marion was back in London, but there had been no physical proof in the matter.
Sirius spotted a way to get his revenge on Marion as the new comer entered the large kitchen and greeted the residents. He and Marion had been playing pranks on each other ever since they found that they disliked one another when they met on the Hogwarts express before their first year. He strolled up to Kyle, a smile of satisfaction of his own mind on his lips.
"Hello there, Kyle." he said. Lily was on red alert; that was the voice Sirius used when he was up to no good. Kyle, on the other hand, had no clue.
"Hey there, Sirius." he greeted him with a hand shake. "Where's Marion?" This was Sirius' cue.
"Oh, she's upstairs getting ready. You should have seen her when she woke up, mate. Not a pretty picture." he said.
"Sirius!" Lily shot at him sternly but Sirius took no notice.
"She looked like she had been dragged through a edge backwards the way her hair was sticking up. Oh, and you should know how bad she smelled!" he stopped there rather abruptly as he felt Lily dig her pointy elbow into his side with a sharp jab. The Marauders were all sniggering. Val was looking at him with a 'you'll pay for that later' look. That was when Marion re entered, smiling and beautiful... and completely clueless as to what had just happened.
"Hey, what's going on?" she asked, sensing the mood in the atmosphere. The Marauders burst out and Kyle struggled to keep back a laugh. Lily gave her an' I'll tell you later' look and she left with Kyle without another word. Mischa and Lily instinctively immediately slapped Sirius on each shoulder. He winced away.
"What the hell!" he cried.
"Oh don't try and tell us that you didn't see that coming." Lily sneered coldly.
"What? I told her that I would get her back." he complained.
"Ugh! You are despicable!" Lily growled as she shoved past him.
"Come on, Evans! Calm down. Or I may have to ask you out again." James laughed, causing the Marauders chorus to grow louder. Lily started to shout obscenities from up the stairs.
"Fucking stupid Potter. Get a fricken life you tackless, greasy asshole..."
After a while of silence, Persephone reentered the kitchen with a weird look.
"Why is Lily shouting foul words at you guys?" she asked.
"Like you care ,mum." Mischa shot at her before leaving. Grins erupted between the boys at her confused face.
In a family of nymphs, you would've expected them to be a superhero family or something, but they weren't. The Frank Preston's mother (Marion's grandmother) was a nymph and Frank inherited her abilities, becoming one himself. Male nymphs get a luminesant blue mark on there left ankle whereas females get it on their right and it's bigger. It was a long shot that he would pass his nymph abilities to all 4 of his children, but he did. Mynphs powers originate from the four elements. Frank's was fire. His first born, Mischa got wind, the Val got earth, Marion inherited fire from her father, and Johnny got water. Only the Preston's, Lily and the Potters knew about their secret and Marion was sure that James had told Sirius, even though he wasn't supposed to. Anyway, Frank was very proud of being able to produce 4 new nymphs, but what Persephone had neglected to tell him in life, and made very clear now he was gone, was how much she hated it. She hated living with kids who still could use a kind of magic underage, but there was nothing she could do about that.
So there you go matees! There is my first chapter. I thought I would give you a little info that may be useful in later points of the story. There probs won't be much more of the description and more of the gossip :P it will be juicy so stay tuned xx