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The Domino Effect by Dallandra LeFay
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Chapter 1

The scenery flashed by the window as the train speed along the track.  It was great to finally be going back to school.  Don't get me wrong, I love seeing my family but it's nice to get away from them as well; they're a little protective over me, being the only female in the house.

“So, how was you’re summer?” Lily asked, sitting down in the seat opposite me.

I turned from the window to see the rest of my friends, placing their luggage in the racks and making themselves comfortable. Emily turned in her seat so that her legs draped across Lily’s, before telling us how Paris was lovely this time of year: turns out Emily’s mum had surprised her with the trip.

“…and then we went up the Eiffel Tower; the view was spectacular.”

"Cool, I spent my summer with family. We went camping, it was really quite fun.” Said Lily

“Wish I could have gone camping. It would’ve been better than the summer I had to endure.” Said Penny, sticking out her bottom lip in a pout.

“Oh, put that damn lip away, Pen!” Lily huffed.


“No, Penny Waterman! Don’t you dare tell me how much your summer sucked, because I know for a fact that it didn’t!”

Penny grinned wickedly, “I missed you Lils!”

I looked at Emily and rolled my eyes. This happens every time we come back from our holidays, it’s almost like a tradition.

“So what did you do, Domino?” Emily asked in her usual dreamy voice.

“Well, apart from spending the first 2 weeks with Penny before she went to ITALY WITH HER PARENTS,” Penny flinched when I emphasised the last bit. “I spent my summer looking at Wedding designs.”

“Wedding designs?”

“Dylan proposed to Sophie!”

I was bombarded with congratulations and questions. They made it sound like there was about 10 different people in the carriage, which considering there was only the three of them, was quite impressive.

“Whoa, slow it down, I can hardly hear myself think!” I called out, waving my hands around to try and shut them up.

“Which one is Dylan, again?” Lily asked, trying to work it out.

“Dylan is my oldest brother. Jacob is the second oldest and Sam is the second youngest.”

“Leaving you as the youngest of them all!” Penny said grinning

“Yes, thank you Pen.” I said folding my arms across my chest. I hated being the youngest.

Penny suddenly punched my arm and screamed, “Why the hell do I not know this already! I should have been told, I am your BEST FRIEND!!”

“Ow,” I said, rubbing my arm. “I tried to tell you, but you’d already left for Italy and all our owls were being used to send out invitations.”

“Don’t you have to plan everything before sending invites?” Emily asked confused.

“Normally, yeah, but Sophie has known for ages that Dylan was going to propose so she planned everything in advance.”

“How did she-“

“He cocked it up a couple of months ago. He never actually asked her to marry him but we all put two and two together and worked it out. Sophie has been planning everything since then.”

“Don’t think you’re getting off that easily!” Penny screeched.

“What are you going on about now?” I asked jumping onto Lily’s lap, in order to escape Penny’s flailing arms.

“No one in their right mind would go anywhere near your evil owl, so you could still have contacted me!”

Lily pushed me off her lap and I hit the floor with a thump. “Jacob risked it and used him to send a batch of invites, and he has the scars to prove it.” I said as I got up off the floor of the carriage and sat back down next to Penny. “And anyway, Thorn isn't evil!”

“Yes he is!” Penny, Emily and Lily shouted simultaneously.

“He won’t go near anyone but you, without trying to maul them! In fact he’s not evil. He’s Psychotic!”

She has a point, I suppose. Thorn is a little…picky...maybe that’s why I got him for free.

“Well, I was going to send you a letter using that crappy owl that you sent, but I had to give him a week to recover. When I went to give him my letter Sam came running in and shanghaied it into delivering more invites!”

“Oh, you mean Buck. Buck is Gran’s owl; she’s had him for years.”

“Yeah, I could tell.”

We spent most of the train ride discussing the up and coming wedding, when the door of our compartment opened, revealing the Marauders.


“What, Potter?”

“Will you go out with me?”

“No! Now get out before I hex your face off!” Lily said, her temper beginning to rise.

“Aww, you wouldn’t hex my face off. Would you?”

“Try me.” Lily said, shoving her wand in his face.

“And it begins.” Emily said, shaking her head.


A/N: I'm sorry if this chapter is a little boring / slow, but it's just an opening chapter. Let me know what you think. I'm open to constructive criticism.

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