Chapter 3 : All aboard.
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I was well aware of the wide grin that had spread across my face as I walked forwards, the exciting making me forget about the way my parents threw me off at Kings Cross Station. Literally, I mean they had me get off on outside the station doors, and drove off, as if I was just some extra baggage that they were happy to get rid of.
I didn’t even get to say goodbye to Emma properly, and my goodbye consisted of me waving at the back of the moving vehicle while my sister waved back from the window with a forlorn expression on her face.
However, I wasn't going to let that upset me. I was about to start my sixth year at Hogwarts, and not even Voldemort could stop me from enjoying it.
All around I could see muggles running around trying to catch their trains, and I even spotted some wizards and witches heading to the same way as me. The sounds of train engines fill up my surroundings and for some odd reason they have a calming effect. Is that weird?
There they are: Platforms 9 and 10. Without my gaze never leaving the brick wall in between the two signs, I walked forward. After waiting for a wizarding family to go through the barrier, I gripped the handles of my trolley, and ran.
Just as I closed my eyes as I neared the wall, I was succumbed into darkness for about a second. Yet, as I reopened them I felt as if I were in another world; the change in surroundings was almost surreal. Even after six years, magic never ceased to amaze me.
Pushing my trolley further, I neared the bright red train, but stopped in my tracks just as I heard someone scream my name from behind me. I turned around to see a girl with fiery red hair and emerald eyes run towards me. I was now grinning from ear to ear as I engulfed my best friend in a hug.
“Merlin, Lily. I missed you so much!”
“Me too! I’m sorry you weren’t allowed to meet up or talk to me all summer.”
“I swear, but I guess mother thought it would keep me in line if she cut me off from the outside world,” I replied ask she hugged me tighter. "Err, Lils? Stop squishing- can't breathe- no oxygen," I squeezed out theatrically.
She moved and scoffed, "Such a bloody drama."
"Love you too, Lily," I retorted rolling my eyes.
“What? I don’t get a hug?” A husky voice I now had memorized said from behind me.
I turned around to the speaker and smiled sweetly, “I’m sorry, I only hug people that are special to me.”
“Well in that case,” he retorted as he put his arms around me in a bone-crushing hug.
“Okay, Sirius, I get it,” I tried to get out of his grasp, “Please, for the love of magic, stop.can't breathe- lungs collapsing- dying.”
He let go of me with a smug grin spread across his face. "You're weird, you know that?"
"Normal's boring," I shrugged in reply.
I now noticed that the rest of the Marauders were by his side, who, along with Lily, had confused expressions plastered over their faces.
“Oh, umm, hi guys,” I said sheepishly addressing three fourth of the Marauders, waving my hand.
“Hey,” they all said in unison.
“Lily, you look beautiful, as always,” James said with a smirk after noticing that Lily was standing behind me.
“Potter, you- you’re such an insufferable toe-rag –“Lily squealed before pulling me away from the group of guys with rage. I turned around to see Sirius, Remus, and Peter laughing at James’ as he stood there gob smacked.
We took our luggage and got onto the train just as Lily turned; “You have some explaining to do,” she said eyeing me suspiciously.
As I opened my mouth to reply, another voice spoke before me. “What does she have to explain?” Alice asked as she came from behind Lily.
We all squealed and engulfed each other in our trio hug that lasted for five minutes, which included us jumping up and down and continuing to squeal. We were ignoring strange looks that we were receiving and possibly scaring the shit out of passing first years.
Yeah just keep looking at us as if we are weirdoes. We are the epitome of cool. You wish you were as awesome as us, so be jealous. Be very jealous.
The three of laughed at our eccentricity before Lily continued. “Belle here has to explain how she is suddenly friends with Sirius Black,” causing Alice to give me a weird look.
“OI, stop looking at me weirdly, both of you,” I said before walked together in search an empty compartment, “I just got to hang with him over the summer because, apparently, he lives across the street from me.”
I hadn’t noticed that Lily and Alice had stopped in their tracks until I walked a few steps forward in complete silence.
I turned around to see Lily standing with her mouth agape, and Alice’s eyes so wide open that I thought they were going to jump out of their sockets. “What?” They both questioned simultaneously.
“Oh, don’t give me that. It’s not like I knew before.”
“Exactly,” Alice said as I tilted my head in confusion, “How, in the name of Merlin’s oversized robes, did you not know he lived across from you all these years? You can’t be that unobservant.”
“Never mind,” Lily jumped in, “What did you guys do?”
“You make it sound like we hopped on top of a hippogriff and flew across England with firewiskey in hand,” I scoffed rolling my eyes, “We just hung out I guess. Talked and stuff, and we got pretty close. We hung out when running away from our mothers. Did you know he hates his family too?”
"Yes," they both replied as if it were the most obvious thing in the world. Jeez, I'm not that stupid.
“So, in short: You had a nice summer?”
“Yes, I did. Besides my mother being Satan’s mistress, I had a dandy time,” I grinned and began to walk backwards.
“Did you just use the word dandy?” Alice smirked, raising an eyebrow.
“Don’t judge me, Alice Prewett, you’re just jealous because you are not as awesome as m- ,” I was cut off as I bumped into someone who grabbed me and turned me around by my waist. Oh sweet Circe, why him?
“Let go of me, Avery,” I said, revolted to have him touching me. Oh, have I mentioned that out the people I absolutely despise at Hogwarts, Corvus Avery is at the top of my list?
“I don’t think so, Stone. Actually, come to think of it, I kind of like this position,” He replied with a smirk.
I tried reaching for my wand, but my hands couldn't reach my back pockets as his grip on my arms tightened.
“Well I don’t. Now let go of me before I kick you so hard in a place where the sun doesn’t shine, that you never be able to conceive Avery junior,” I snarled.
“Was that a threat, Hudson? You know I like it when you're feisty." * Insert gag here.*
“Avery, leave. Now,” I heard Lily speak up behind me.
“Oh hush, you filthy mudblood. This does not concern you,” Bellatrix's vice hissed from behind.
Not wanting Lily and Black start a fight on the train, I diverted everyone’s attention back to me.
“Let me go or I swear to God, you will-“
“You know, for Black’s new play-toy, you’re not much fun.”
Just as I was about to retort, I got cut off by a voice coming from behind me.
“What’s going on here?”
"James we-" Lily started off, but Sirius cut her off.
“Let go of her, Avery or I'll hex you into oblivion,” he snarled.
“Oh look at that, one blood traitor defending another,” Bellatrix’s snarky voice came from behind Malfoy. Then I finally realized that Rodolphus and Crabbe were behind him, too. Do all Slytherins travel in packs or something?
“I’m warning you now, you bloody Slytherins. Let her go. Now. Or else.”
He turned me around so that I was now facing the four Gryffindors. Something sharp poked my neck and I diverted my gaze downwards to see Avery's wand jabbed into it. "Why do you want her? She's not a lot of fun. Different from your usual slags, I'll give you that."
Me, being the idiot that I am, just realized that I had free limbs that I could use, and so elbowed him in the gut. Just as he yelped in pain, loosening his grasp on me, Sirius took that moment to disarm him.
“Fine,” Avery scoffed pushing me away from him, “your little girlfriend was starting to annoy me anyways.”
And just like that their group stalked off.
I turned around to see The Marauders standing with Alice and Lily, with a wide grin on my face.
“I knew being friends with you would have some sort of a positive outcome.”
“I live to please,” replied Sirius cheekily, “now come on you guys, let’s go sit down.”
So, the three of us followed the boys to their compartment, Lily more reluctant that the two of us after receiving a wink from James, but I pulled her along anyways.
In the rest of the train ride all seven of us had settled in one compartment, devouring piles of chocolate and candy, playing exploding snap, playing games, the boys' planning their latest pranks, and talking our sixth year.
I didn't what was going to happen, whether it would be good or bad, all I knew was that it was going to be one hell of a year.
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