Werewolf and Mermaid at Hogwarts

A mermaid and a werewolf at a school of magic. It sounds kind of... crazy, right? Well, I can assure you, this story is perfectly normal...
If you consider 'normal' being: the mermaid and werewolf becoming friends, meeting the Boy-Who-Lived, facing a horrid person, and finding out their even more different than you could imagine.
...Okay, maybe it isn't so normal...

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10. First Night at Hogwarts (Third Person)

   The sorting ended, and Dumbledore stood up, probably for a speech, Coraline guessed, while Kayla was thinking about the year at Hogwarts, noticing Dumble-what's-his-name stand up.

   "Welcome!" He announced, beaming to each of his students, new and old. "Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!

   "Thank you!"

   The Hogwarts headmaster sat down, leaving most of the students wondering whether to clap or laugh, those numbers including Coraline and Kayla.

   "Is he... a bit mad?" Harry, who was sitting opposite of Coraline.

   Coraline, however, hadn't realized that Harry was sitting right in front of her. The girl's face turned almost as red as her hair.

   "Mad?" said the prefect, according to his badge, airily. "He's a genius! Best wizard in the world! But he is a bit mad, yes. Potatoes, Harry?" The prefect asked Harry, as he was originally talking to him.

   The girls looked down on the table to see what the red-haired prefect meant, and saw piles of food, from bacon to peas, and carrots to peppermint humbugs.

   "Dare me to try 'em?" Kayla asked Coraline.

   Now, as nearly no one, even at Gryffindor, were brave enough to try the humbugs themselves, news of Kayla going to try them was huge.

   "Eat it! Eat it!!" The Gryffindors chanted. Kayla, being one to never put down a dare, took one of the peppermint humbugs.

   Everyone in the hall was watching intently. Kayla aimed the peppermint carefully above her mouth, being the drama queen she is, and...

   "EWW, GROSS!" she yelled, grabbing for her pumpkin juice.

   The Grand Hall exploded into laughter while Kayla gulped down her drink. During the noise, she leaned over to Coraline, and said, "Guess that's my reward for taking the dare and not even liking peppermint." Coraline looked at her friend in shock, only to find her smiling sheepishly.

   "Honestly Kayla, I've only known you for a day, and you are probably the most ridiculous person I've ever met."

   Kayla thought for a second, then asked, "Compliment or insult?"

   Coraline shrugged as Kayla crossed her arms and pouted like a four year-old.

   "I know who you are!" A red-headed Gryffindor, about the two girls' age, exclaimed.  "My brothers told me about you- you're Nearly Headless Nick!"

   The ghost became stiff, and started saying, "I would prefer you to call me Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-"

   "Nearly headless? How can you be nearly headless?" Kayla rudely cut him off, receiving a glare from both Coraline and Sir Nicholas de Mi- Let's just call him Nick for now.

   "Like this." he said rather irritably. He grasped his ear, and pulled off his head, less than an inch of skin holding it on.

   "That's really cool!" Kayla said, while everyone else at the Gryffindor table was close to puking.

   Nick sat down, giving up against Kayla.

   "So- new Gryffindors!" Nick started, as if nothing had happened. "I hope you're going to help us win the house championship this year? Gryffindors have never gone so long without winning. Slytherins have got the cup six years in a row! The Bloody Baron's becoming almost unbearable- he's the Slytherin ghost."

   Kayla and Coraline scanned the Slytherin table for a sign of the pre-mentioned ghost, and, as Kayla was glad to find, found him sitting next to Malfoy, who wasn't looking too pleased with the seating arrangements. Kayla smirked at this fact, and Coraline looked at Draco with pity.

   Kayla, of course, noticed this.

   "What are you looking at him like that? Malfoy isn't anything but a pain in the butt!"

   "Still, no one should be uncomfortable with anything, especially on their first night..."

   "Yeah, yeah..." Kayla said, taking a bite out of her chicken leg.

   And, once the two girls were full, the food dissapeared, and was replaced by thousands of deserts appeared, and room in their stomachs was opened.

   The topic then turned to blood-status.

   "I'm half-and-half." Seamus said. "Me dad's a muggle. Mom didn't tell him she was a witch 'til after they were married. Bit of a nasty shock for him."

   Everyone else laughed.

   "What about you, Neville?"

   As Neville shared his story, Kayla wasn't entirely focused. Coraline noticed this almost immediately.

   "Kayla, what's wrong?" she asked.

   "Nothin'." Kayla replied, looking nervous.

   "Great Uncle Algie was so pleased he bought me my toad." Neville ended.

   Coraline and Kayla heard Percy, Hermione and Sophia talking about lessons, but chose to ignore it.

   "Hey, Coraline, what 'bout you?" Seamus asked.

   Coraline looked surprised at first, then answered, "Well, I'm a pure-blood, but I've been raised like a muggle my entire life. The first time I even had anything to do with magic was when I was cleaning, and found myself dangling from my broom."

   Everyone giggled, and then Ron asked a question Kayla didn't want to hear.

   "Kayla, what's your blood status?"

   "I don't know." she said, a little too fast.

   "What do you mean?" Ron interrogated.

   "Well, I was raised in an orphanage all my life. The orphanage director never told me, I never asked." Kayla replied, her hands shaking a little.

   "Oh, sorry." Ron said, the tips of his ears turning red.

   Kayla shrugged, not that focused anymore.

   She looked up at the high table, somewhat sleepy, and looked at the teachers. Kayla saw Hagrid drinking from his goblet, McGonagall talking to Dumbledore, Quirrell, from the Leaky Cauldron, talking to a teacher with greasy black hair, a hooked nose, and sallow skin.

   Both previously mention teachers gave the brown-haired girl a bad feeling. The greasy-haired one shared a similar appearance to Miss Young, and the other one just gave her a feeling...

   "Ouch!" Harry exclaimed as he slapped his hand to his forehead.

   "What is it?" Percy the prefect said.

   "N-nothing."

   I thought stuttering was Coraline's thing... Kayla thought.

   Coraline looked up to the teachers' table, seeing what had happened to Harry.

   Right when she made eye contact with the greasy-haired potions professor, images flashed through her mind.

    Fire, light, darkness, pain, screaming, crying...

   Before she knew it, Coraline's hand was on her wrist, her flinching from the pain.

   Kayla looked at her best friend with concern.

   'I'll tell you later.' Coraline mouthed.

   Kayla nodded, and turned back to her desert, talking to the Granger twins (who did most of the talking).

   Finally, the deserts disappeared (much to Kayla's disappointment), and Dumbledore stood up once again. The hall immediately fell deathly quiet.

   "Ahem-Just a few more words now that we are fed and watered. I have a few start-of-term notices to give you.

   "First years should note that the forest on the grounds is forrbidden to all pupils. And a few of our older students would do well to remember that as well." Dumbledore said, his twinkling eyes flashing in the direction of the Weasly twins, who both smirked.
   
***

   Kayla and Coraline were both heading to the girls' dorm, hoping they would be in the same room.
   Each door had a note on it, saying who was in each dorm.
   Kayla finally found the note with her name on it, and her smile faded.
   "Oh no..." she whispered.
   Coraline looked over at her friend worriedly.
   "What? Are we in different rooms?"
   Kayla gave her friend a sympathetic look, and said...
   "No... we got into the same room. Why cruel world?!"
   "Hey!"
***
   The door creaked open, revealing a sliver of the dark room, yet a female figure blocked almost all of it.
   Kayla looked back, making sure her tracks were covered, and closed the door behind her.
   She started walking down the stairs, being espically careful not to wake anyone.
   As Kayla exited the Gryffindor main room, she looked behind her to make sure no one followed.
   She navigated her way through the hallways, and finally found her way to the headmaster's office.
   "Sugar quills." Kayla said boldly to the staring gargoyle.
   And the gargoyle began to rotate, bringing a load of stairs with it.
   She knocked twice on the double doors that eventually appeared, and the person inside replied with a polite, "Come in."
   Doing as she was told, Kayla walked in and greeted the occupant.
   "Hello, Professor Dumbledore."

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