A Magical Year (Magical trilogy book #2)

*Complete* 1976 ... Last year, Alex and Kyle visited Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with their school. They're best friends, and more like a brother and sister. Hogwarts was not the kind of school they expected to ever visit, since it taught REAL magic. And they never expected to meet such people there, people who they'd love.
Because of this love, Alex got the ability to make some simple spells; a talent that it so rare that it's nearly impossible. Now what'll happen when Alex turns from a muggle to a part-witch? And what will the Ministry of Magic decide to do about her?

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68. A Safe Flight

Alex

 

 

 

"Everything's packed. I just need to say goodbye ... to everyone." Clara patted my shoulder with sympathy. "I guess I'll start with the marauders." 

The marauders were in their common room, so when I met one of the Gryffindor's in the hallway I asked him to call them. At last they came out, not accompanied by Sirius, which caused my misery to get ever bigger. 

"He's - um," Remus started. 

"It's okay. I understand he doesn't want to see me." I tried to fake a smile, I'm sure I failed. "Just tell him I said goodbye, alright?" 

"Sure." Remus said. I hugged him first, then James then Peter and finally Kyle. 

"I'll talk to him if you want."

"No." I whispered. "No thanks. Take care of yourself." I hugged him again. "Goodbye all." I added to the others.

"Goodbye Alex." 

 

~*~ 

 

The professors were all kind, they really were. I believe I'll really miss them, I do. They taught me so much, and I'll never forget their effort. But then again, maybe all of this was a waste of time. Why did I ever learn magic if I'm not supposed to use magic in the muggles' world? Why did I ever learn it if it would be no use for me?

Assuming I wanted to live in the wizarding world permanently, that would have to happen at least two years later, when I get a job and earn some money that would allow me to rent or buy a house here and live alone. Even if I did that, all I learned will be forgotten by then, as if it was never learnt.

Sure, some stuff can't be forgotten. Like the Magic basics classes with Sirius. Like the way he taught me how to use a wand, or the way he used to tell me about the wizarding world. He wanted me to know everything, just like I wanted to know everything about it. He could understand me perfectly. I can't believe I lost him. I won't even get to say goodbye... one last goodbye. 

But here I was, by the Great Hall's doors, the girls by my sides and my suitcase in my hand. And there he was, Sirius Black, standing by the castle's doors, his arms crossed. 

"Sirius." I called. He was looking at me anyway. 

"I guess I - my friends told me that you - well, I guess I just wanted to say goodbye." I walked to him, leaving my suitcase on the ground. 

"I just wanted you to know how sorry I am. I really am sorry. I don't want you to remember me with hatred filling your chest each time you hear my name, I want you to remember me the way I am - or maybe was. I'm still the same person, you know, but - what I did wasn't really cool, so.. yeah, I'm sorry." He just nodded, and I didn't really know what he meant by this. Did that mean that he does agree with me, that what I did was horrible, or does it simply mean he'll forgive me? 

"Good luck with the court." He said. I'd appreciate it if you came. I wanted to say. But I couldn't.

"So ... Goodbye." I said, hoping for him to call me, to tell me he forgives me, that he'll be visiting me in the muggles' world, that he loves me. Hoping for him to hold me close.

But none of that happened.

"Goodbye." 

I turned to get my suitcase, finally hugged the girls with teary eyes. I couldn't blink or the tears would've poured out of my eyes like a river. 

"Alex." Sirius called as I went out of the castle.

"Yes?" We stared at each other for a while. 

"Have a safe flight." 

 

 

Jane

 

 

 

I was cooking and Ben was helping me. He's been coming over too often. He's a good man, he really is. I wanted to tell Alex about him in letters a couple of times, but I just couldn't really do it. It never seemed proper anyway, to tell her about my - boyfriend? In a letter. Anyway, we're really happy together and everything, but it's not like he'll ever propose!

Ben was quite for a while, the only sounds I could hear was the sound of my knife chopping, Ben's stirring of the ingredients in the cooker and the sound of the kitchen's TV. 

"Another three bodies were found dead for unknown reasons. Each one in a different place. The detectives and police have looked for any evidence of killing them, but none were found." The woman on news said. A reportage was shown next. 

"My kid is no suicidal, he didn't do this to himself, and when the detectives came they said it wasn't possible anyway. He wasn't killed by himself. Which leaves no other option, someone must've killed him!" The woman was crying, no wonder. "And whoever that person was, they should know that the police won't leave them alone!" Another scene played, "A victim like this and so many others have been mysteriously killed. With no logical ways of death. My advice to all the listeners is to keep safe and never forget to call 911 whenever needed." Ben turned the TV off. 

"That's such a tragic mystery. How many people have been dead like this so far?" I asked him. 

"I'm not sure. Seven? More?" I sighed.

"It's really scary isn't it? It makes me worry about Alex more."

"Don't worry, Alex's totally safe!" Ben said. 

"But - how do you know?" He wasn't sure what to say. He probably only said this to make me feel good. 

"I just do." Opening his arms then he said. "Come here." And I allowed, resting my head on his chest. "She'll be fine." 

 

~*~

 

Ben and I were watching a movie, we'd just finished eating our dinner and decided to do something fun. I was thinking all about the movie when the doorbell rang. Who could it be? Ben volunteered to get the door, but I said I would. 

Little did I expect to find my own daughter by the doorway. 

"Alex?!" She smiled weakly. 

"Surprise?" 

Ben came by hearing my shout and I could tell he was as shocked as I was to see Alex there, yet his brain acted better than mine did and he decided to take her suitcase and invite her in. 

"Who's that?" She asked me in a whisper, her eyebrows crossed. 

"I guess you're not the only one with surprises." I finally found my voice. 

I wasn't sure what to feel. I was curious to know what brought her here. I was also angry because I knew she must've done something bad to be here! Also, I was quite worried about that, what if that wasn't the reason she came? I was as well, kinda humiliated by the fact that she met Ben like this, I wanted to tell her about him, sooner or later, but later seemed like the easiest option, even that sooner was the best. I was afraid she won't like him, or that she'd be mad because I'm spending some time with a guy who isn't her father. I know she doesn't really like her father that much, she used to see my bruises even as I tried to hide them, but it didn't really feel right. The whole thing doesn't make me feel immature. 

No, I wasn't her daughter, she was mine. Why was I so nervous about her finding about my relationship with another guy? I love her, and I respect her opinions and feelings, but that's... my life. 

I hugged her, because it was the only thing I could do with the mixture of my emotions. Despite everything, I missed her. She's my daughter and how could I not miss her?

"I'll tell you all about it later, now you talk." I said closing the door behind her. 

We sat on two sofas, the three of us. Her eyes questioned me about Ben, was she supposed to talk in front of him? I wasn't really sure what to answer her. I never told Ben about the boarding school Alex goes to, I only told him that I have a daughter called Alex who goes to a boarding school. He never asked anything else, anyway. 

"Okay. Can I talk first?" Surprisingly, Ben said. I nodded. "Why haven't you told me that your daughter is this Alex? The Alex. I never knew your daughter's Alex Cross!" Alex and I both looked at him with shock. What? 

"You know her?" I said and at the same time Alex said, "You know me?" 

"Of course I do!" 

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