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Life According to Demeter by xoxo_jpotter
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Demeter Alton

The sun began rising just as I finished running up the hill. I stopped far a minute to catch my breath and watch it rise all the way. Sadly, this was the most quiet I had gotten all summer. With a family as big as mine it's really not that shocking.

If you thought the Weasley's had a lot of kids you are sadly mistaken. The Wotters have nothing on us. There are 14 kids, including me. Yes, my parents had 14 children. Oh, and did I mention we're all named after Greek gods?

First, there was my brother Hermes, who is now 24. Two years later, my parents had the beautiful Aphrodite, followed a year later by Dionysus. Hera came two years after. They are all out of the house now, thankfully. Then, there's me, Demeter, I came two years after, and I was supposed to be the last one for a while. Unfortunately, 11 months later my mom had another. Three more to be exact.

Yeah, she lucked out with three boys all at once, Hades, Poseidon, and Zeus. And, lucky me, because of how our birthdays worked out we are all in the same year in Hogwarts.

Note the sarcasm.

After those three everyone thought my mom would be finished, but no. She was in too deep, which is why two years later Athena was born. Followed the next year by twins Apollo and Artemis. Then, Ares, Hephaestus, and Hestia all a year apart, respectively.

Of course, I love my family, but sometimes they can be a bit much. When we're all in the house together I usually run in the morning just to be able to hear myself think.

To add to the list of reasons I need to get out of my house, my brothers, Poseidon and Zeus have had their best friend, James Potter, over almost everyday. I don't have a problem with James. As a matter of fact, we're both on Gryffindor's quidditch team together. When I made captain over him in fifth year, I felt bad and made him co-captain. Now, everytime he sees me he comes and bugs me about strategies and plays for our team. I love quidditch, but I don't feel the need to talk about it every second.

I was interrupted of my thoughts by my grumbling stomach. The only thing on my mind now was my mum's homemade waffles. Unfortunately, I still had a half mile run back home. I began running back home when I remembered that I was of age and could just apparate back.

I popped into my yard and went through the back door. I removed my trainers and used a few charms to clean myself up.

"Is that you Demeter?" my mom called from the kitchen.

"Yeah, I just went for a run." I replied walking into the kitchen.

"Well, I made breakfast, waffles and bacon, if you'd like some. They're on the table." she said and turned back to the stove.

My face broke into a grin. "You had me at waffles." I walked into the dining room and stopped dead in my tracks. Sitting there was none other than James Potter polishing off the last of the waffles. My waffles.

He looked up at me and grinned. "Morning Dem. Did you just go for a run? Why didn't you tell me? We could have gone together. Anyways I thought of a couple new plays we should..." he stopped talking when he noticed my murderous glare. "Uh Dem, is something wrong?"

Just then my lovely brothers decided to make an appearance.

"Woah, James, its 7 o'clock yet you've already managed to piss off Dem. Nice." Zeus said, clapping James on the back. He took a seat and began shoveling bacon into his mouth.

"Dude, what did you do she looks fit for murder," Poseidon said, taking a seat on James's other side.

James looked shocked. "I didn't do anything!" he cried. "Right Dem?"

"My waffles," I muttered, still glaring at him.

"Ooohhhh," Poseidon and Zeus said simultaneously. "Yeah, you're on your own mate," Zeus said.

James paled. "Shit, Dem. I'm sorry," he said sincerely. " take mine." He pushed his soggy mostly eaten waffle towards me.

"Aw, James you are too sweet," my mum entered the dining room. "You don't have to do that though because I made more." She placed a plate with a huge stack of waffles on the table.

"Thank Merlin," I cried and dug in. After my second waffle, I noticed James was staring at me with glazed over eyes. That's when I realised I was only wearing a sports bra and running shorts.

"Oi," Zeus exclaimed and punched James in the arm. "Stop checking out my sister!"

"Psh, like anyone checks out Demeter," Poseidon smirked.

"Hey!" I cried. I gave him a well deserved kick in the shin. "Everyone checks me out. I'm super fit." Athena walked in with her nose buried in a book and sat down at the other end of the table. "Don't you think I'm hot Athena?"

"I'm not going to dignify that with a respose," she replied not looking up from her book.

I stuck my tongue out at her.

"Immature," she sang.

"Okay, back to the point. I was not checking out Dem." James said.

"Little late to the party there mate," Zeus muttered. James blushed and looked down at the table.

Apollo bursted through the door follow closely by his twin Artemis. "Morning all," he said. "Isn't this morning great!" he exclaimed.

We all stared at him wondering how someone could be so cheery in the morning.

"Oh look, waffles."

Artemis broke the silence. She sat down and loaded her plate with waffles. I always knew I raised her right.

Hades, Ares, Hephaestus, and Hestia all trickled in a few minutes later. Followed by my mom levitating several plates of eggs, waffles, sausage, waffles, bacon, oh and did I mention waffles?

Breakfast today was hectic as usual.

"Mummy, Ares put syrup in my hair!" Hestia wailed.

"Ares if you do not behave you won't be getting that new broom!"

"But mum!"

"Apollo stop trying to balance the syrup on your head!"

"Five galleons if you keep it up for ten minutes," Zeus said.

"20 if you spill it on Athena," Hephaestus chimed in.

"I second that," I added.

"Hephaestus!" my mum scolded.

"These waffles are great," Artemis said to no one in particular.

"Can you please stop shaking the table?" Hades asked Zeus. Zeus ignored him and continued to try to get Apollo to spill the syrup, which was was currently balanced on his head.

"Mummy the syrup still won't come out!" Hestia was now crying.

"Ares help your sister."

"Mum Apollo spilt syrup on my book!" That of course was Athena.

"Alright!" my mum cried. "Hestia go upstairs and wash the syrup out of your hair. Ares if you keep picking on her you will not get that broom. Clear?" he gulped and nodded. "Apollo clean up the syrup and you best hope it does not stain." Apollo quickly started to wipe up the syrup. "Athena I will clean off your book, but perhaps it is best if you don't read at the table again. Zeus and Hephaestus I do not want to hear of you betting again. Do you understand?"

"Yes, mum," they said in unison staring at the floor.

"Good. After breakfast everyone needs to get redy because we'll be flooing to Diagon Alley today," she said. With a family as big as ours, these small trips were a big deal. It would be the first time all summer we had all left the house together.

Everyone happily returned to their food and quietly talked to one another. Finally, quiet.

"So Dem, I was thinking we can discuss some new strategies today," James said.

"Ugh," I groaned put my head down. Of course, it was straight into my plate of waffles.

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