I sat quietly in the car as we drove to Kings cross station. I would never admit to mum but I was always happy when summer was over. My mom’s a witch like me and my dad well he’s not a muggle but he’s not my dad anymore either. Ever since he ran out on us when I was six I’ve hated him. My mom’s never been the same I love her and all but she gets a little carried away when she drinks which is a lot. I touch the bruises on my arm and feel the tear trickle down my cheek.
“Now hon, I’ll see you at Christmas so don’t miss me too much.” She says stroking my cheek.
I nod she never remembers hurting me which is why I can’t ever hate her. She takes my hand when reach the station and I tuck my wand in the front of my skinny jeans. I grab my rucksack and place it on a trolley. I kiss her on the cheek and while she’s waving me on I run through the barrier of platform 9¾.
As soon as I’m through I feel the relief of being free and I begin to smile. I tie a small ponytail at the back of my hair and let the bangs hang around my face. I turn and try to weave through the hundreds of bodies. As soon as I’m on the train I begin to look for and empty compartment. It takes about 20 minutes but I finally find one. As soon as I sit the train whistle goes off and the train begins to move.
“Ash!” a loud squeal erupts from the doorway.
“Lils!” I jump up and give her a big hug.
“I haven’t seen you since you came and stayed in July.” She says sitting across from me.
“Not much mum got drunk a few times again but nothing serious I hide in my room mostly.” I shrug and her eyes fill with tears this happens always when we bring up mum.
“I’m sorry Ash.” She whispers and wipes her eyes.
“It’s okay Lil how about you petunia still being horrid?” I said my eyes narrowing at the end.
She hisses and flops back against the seat her eyes rolling.
“It’s horrible Blue like honestly every time I come home for the holidays she’s their calling me a freak and being just horrible.” She says annoyed.
“Red she’s just jealous.” I say but can’t help but clench my fist at the thought of her sister.
She nods, “I guess another Christmas at Hogwarts then?”
“Seems like it, love.” I say with a sigh.
We spent the most of the ride talking about her sister and my mother, all about our summers and finally what we expected this year to be like. After the candy trolley came by and we were stuffed full of chocolate frogs, Bertie bots, and fizzing wizzbees we went to change into are robes. When we came back I groaned as I looked into are compartment which was now occupied with four fifteen year old boys.
“Hey beautiful.” Sirius calls to me as we entered the compartment.
I glare at him which makes him laugh.
“Evans.” James said smiling at her a very cocky smile.
Lily and I both roll are eyes and sit away from them continuing are conversation.
“I hope it’s a good year.” Lily says biting her lip.
“It can be Evan’s all you have to do go out with me.” James interjects sitting beside her.
“Is that so James?” Lily says sweetly leaning towards him.
James freezes while staring at her, smiling like an idiot.
“James?” Lily whispers her lips at his ear.
“Yes, Love?” James asks bemused.
“I will never go out with you, you ignorant TOERAG!”
Sirius burst out in laughter as James mouth fly’s open, and I can’t help but giggle to.
“Ah, Prongs I have a feeling she doesn’t want to date you, sorry mate.” Sirius says still laughing.
“Oh and Ash is so into you right Padfoot?” James snaps glaring at his best friend.
Everything goes quiet and I see Sirius flush.
“I would never date her, in her dreams maybe” Sirius says his face red.
I don’t know why, honestly I don’t. I mean its Sirius, Sirius Black the boy I’ve hated since first year it’s just I’ve never been a guy magnet people think I’m weird with my blue hair but at that moment my eyes fill with tears. His words feel like a whip across the chest and I stand up harshly. I feel the tear trickle down my cheek but I’m too angry to wipe it away.
“Ash?” Sirius says confusion on his face.
“Shut up. You think I’d ever want to date you?” I demand another tear falling down my cheek.
“I was just…”
I laugh harshly, “I’m so glad I don’t appeal to you, I’m glad I’m not worthy of being precious Sirius’s girlfriend.” I yell.
“I didn’t mean it like that Ash.” He says.
“Just stay away from me this year or I swear Black I’ll jinx you.” I say my cheeks wet.
“Just stop and leave me alone.” I say.
With all of them looking at me I turn on my heel and stalk out of the compartment whipping my eyes. Lily followed me and hugged me close as I cried on her shoulder and she didn’t even ask why. This is why I love my best friend. When the bus comes to a stop I’ve finished crying and I look normal again. We take the carriages up to the castle and I’m relieved to see none of the Marauders are on ours. When we arrive at the castle we all fill into the great hall for the opening feast. The great hall is the same and it’s just as I remembered. There are the four long house tables and the staff table, four large hour glasses with Red, Green, Blue, and yellow stones to mark the house points, and the ceiling is bewitched to look like the night sky (cloudless, star full night) and a hundred or so candles floating in mid air above my head. I sit beside Lily at the far end of Gryffindor table and wait for the sorting. After all the first years are placed into their houses and we’ve settles down professor Dumbledore stands to make his signature speech.
“Welcome to your first year at Hogwarts and to those coming back Welcome back. I’d like to start of the year on a positive it’s time to fill your heads back up with knowledge you forgot over summer. But mostly I’d like to give a warning. Dark times are heading are way we can all feel it and see it, A dark wizard by the name Lord Voldemort is rising and we need stand together in friendship and love.”
I see Sirius’s eyes turn to mine down the table but I don’t look back.
“On a lighter note I’d like to remind you that the dark forest is forbidden to all students…”
His eyes glance at the Marauders.
“And that all Zonko’s joke supplies are off limits.”
Again his eyes are at the Marauders.
“Further more I’d like to clasp my hands to together and say may the feast begin.”
After his words the tables began to pile up on so many different kinds of food. I laughed and started digging in too much aware that Sirius’s eyes were still on my face.