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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11. The Potions Master

The dream... What was the dream?

"Kayla! Wake up!"

Who... Who is that?

"Kayla, c'mon! First day of classes!"

"No offence, Phia, but how is that gonna wake her up?"

That dream... It was important!

"Ugh! Let me do it! Aquamenti!"

As if on cue, ice cold water was splashed on my body, waking me up.

"I'm-" I coughed in during my sentence, but recovered soon. "I'm up!"

I walked to my trunk and took out my crimson and black school uniform, not even paying attention to my roomates or surrondings.

Which resulted in me whamming my head in the bathroom door.

I could hear the slight snorts of the girls, but I guessed that was my punishment...

I walked into the bathroom to get changed (as gracefully as I now could) and changed quickly into my worn blue undershirt and dark robes.

I brushed my teeth quickly and walked out, thinking what would be for breakfast...

The moment I walked out the door, I was forced into the challenge of not bursting out laughing.

"Kayla, is this how it's going to be all year?" Coraline asked, attempting to drag a comb through her Medusa hair.

"If you're going to get a comb stuck in your head everyday, then yes!" I said, not even trying to hold in my laughter anymore.

Coraline started raising her wand, and I gulped, knowing what was coming next.

Long story short, Coraline went to breakfast normally, and I went drenched and angry.

***

"What do you have first?" Coraline asked me as I was trying to work out my schedule.

As I was glaring at my worksheet, Coraline (being my best friend) knew something was up.

"What's wrong Kayla?"

I looked up, wondering if I should tell her.

"Come on Kay, what's up?"

"Well, first off, Kay? Really?" Coraline just shrugged. "And, second..." I bit my lip, saying it just so I could hear it.

"What?" Coraline said, pure concern in her eyes.

That was about to change.

"I... I have... dyslexia." I said, preparing for what was about to happen.

"Oh, here, let me help." She said. I looked up at her surprised.

Help?

First she took the schedule and compared it with hers.

"Yes! We have every class together!" she squealed.

Coraline then gave me back the schedule and started telling me the classes we had, but I was so distracted.

Why would she help me? The only one who's ever helped me is Anna, before she got adopted...

"Kayla, are you even listening?" Coraline asked, obviously annoyed.

"Um... Yes?"

***

"Right there!"

"What do you mean?"

"Those two girls! The ones with the red and brown hair!"

"Yeah, what about them?"

"Hey, we can hear ya know!" I burst out. I absolutely hated it when people talked behind others' backs!

The two boys blushed, and darted in the opposite direction.

Coraline started giggling like an obsessed teenager.

"What?"

"Oh, nothing..." Coraline said, that stupid smile still holding a spot on her face.

I made an annoyed 'tch,' but moved still.

"So, what's our next class?"

"Let's see... Double Potions!"

"Alright, don't know why you sound so excited though..."

"Oh, c'mon! This must be so much more exciting than muggle schools!"

And that's when it happened.

The staircase we had been standing on started to move, and we had to duck to avoid being decapitated by another one.

"Ugh! How many staircases are there in this school?!"

"One hundred for-"

"AHH!!! USELESS KNOWLEDGE!!!!!"

***

"Miss Vingarten and Miss G.! What is your excuse?"

Everyone looked around confused.

Oh, why did he say that?

"We were almost decapitated by stairs." I replied, taking one of two seats.

"That is impossible. All the staircases at Hogwarts are perfectly safe."

"Tell that too the one that nearly took our heads off."

"Detention."

"Whatever."

"For two weeks."

"Eh."

"Do you want to make it three?"

I just snorted.

"One month. And you, Miss Vingarten, will be joining Miss G. in detention for the next week."

Coraline just nodded, taking out her potions book.

"Now, that the... disturbance is over... You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of potion-making." he spoke, barely more than a whisper.

I don't like him.

"As there is little foolish wand-waving here, Ms G.-" he began, staring at me as I tested his patience, balancing my wand on my nose.

The Gryffindors all snickered at my childish acts, while the Slytherins glared.

Wow, so many new enemies in one day...

NEW RECORD!!!!

"Many of you will hardly believe this is magic. I don't really expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through the human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses... I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death-if you aren't as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach."

Snape's eyes flashed to me, and I was truly insulted by that.

"I'm not a dunderhead..." I murmured, trying my very best to reassure myself.

After that, silence began to follow.

I caught Harry and Ron exchange looks with raised eyebrows. Hermione, Sophia, and Coraline looked determined to prove that they were no dunderheads.

And I was pretty sure I had that look settled into my face too.

"Potter!" Snape said suddenly. "What would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?"

Woah! Too many big words here! I thought.

Hermione, Sophia and Coraline's hands shot into the air.

"I don't know, sir." Harry replied.

Snape's lips curled into a sneer.

I wonder if that's as close as this guy can get to a smile...

"Tut, tut... Fame clearly isn't everything."

He ignored the three hands in the air, along with the rest of the dumbstruck looks he was getting.

"Let's try again. Potter, where would you look if I told you to find me a bezoar?" I raised my hand.

"And no, Ms. G., not in the classroom."

I lowered my hand.

Coraline was practically jumping out of her seat.

"I don't know, sir."

"Thought you wouldn't open a book before coming, eh, Potter?"

"Honestly, you can't expect him to memorize everything in the book, can you?" I said, not even thinking.

Snape sharply turned to me.

"Alright, Ms. G., tell me, what is the difference between monkshood and wolfsbane?"

I thought for a second, then replied, "The names?"

First, he turned to regard the three bodies containing the raised hands.

"Sit down!" he snapped, then turned to see Harry and me.

"For your information, asphodel and wormwood make a sleeping potion so powerful it is known as the Draught of Living Death. A bezoar is a stone taken from the stomach of a goat-"

"Ew!" I yelled.

Snape ignored me and continued. "-and it will save you from most poisons. As for monkshood and wolfsbane, they are the same plant, which also goes by the name of aconite. Well? Why aren't you writing that down?"

I rummaged through my bag for a pen (I knew it said quills, but I'm still working on writing normal!). There was one right next to some of the faded parchment.

"And two points will be taken from Gryffindor for cheek."

Things didn't exactly improve for Gryffindor throughout the lesson. Snape seemed to criticize everyone but that Malfoy (*cough* girl *cough*).

Neville wasn't exactly the most talented at Potions, and messed up a couple of times.

Coraline's potion looked so much different than mine, but that's probably because she did it right.

"Here Kayla, let me help you out."

Coraline started waving her wand around the cauldron, revealing what I had done wrong.

"Oh, you added the porcupine quills too early. Well, we can fix that. Help me out a little?"

She had me take out my wand and copy her motions, and soon two porcupine quills came shooting out.

"Alright, the next step is-"

"And what do you think you are doing, Ms. Vingarten?" said the annoying droning voice behind us.

"Just trying to help, Professor."

"Ms. G. can figure it out herself."

"Yes, Professor."

Coraline turned to me and mouthed 'I'm sorry.'

'Its alright.' I replied.

I looked at the directions.

Yeah... I think that's what it says...

I took a pinch of the powdery material, and dropped it in the cauldron.

"Kayla don't!"

Too late.

There was a huge explosion. I was blasted back and only heard the screams of other people.

I hit my head right in the bump I had gotten from Miss Young before I left.

"Ow..." I said.

I must have blacked out for a couple of minutes, because I woke up to see a blackened Snape hovering above me.

"Ten points from Gryffindor."

I smiled sheepishly.

***

*Contest!*

Alright, here's your chance to guess something about the characters!

Now, here are some things you can guess:

•What is Kayla's last name

•Who is the mermaid

•Who is the werewolf

•What do you believe happened to Coraline's dad

•And anything else you want to guess!

Whoever guesses something right will get a shout-out in the next chapter! Good luck!

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