Why?

(Rated yellow due to the the content in the prologue) A year ago thirteen year old, Hayden Barrett went missing and was found having been tortured in the basement of an abandoned house. Now a year on, Hayden, whose still in severe shock, and her family are trying to work out how she survived being tortured by a crazed maniac with ergot poisoning. What will happen when she gets an unexpected visit from Hogwarts headmaster Professor Dumbledore?
(Note): Thanks to ATarnishedSoul for the amazing cover!

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5. Hogwarts Express

After a few weeks I had everything I needed to start Hogwarts. I’m most proud of my wand, 13 ¼ inch, sycamore and unicorn hair core. I didn’t feel like choosing a pet, I wouldn’t have time to look after it.

So on 1st September, Mum and Dad drove me to Kings Cross Station. It was hard to find out how to get on to Platform 9 ¾, but then we found a small group of people standing by a wall in between platforms nine and ten. I looked for a way in but then saw someone run at the wall and disappear. 

This was really strange. I went to run at the wall the Dad put his hand on my shoulder. “Hayden,” he said, “We’ll have to leave now. Me and your mother won’t be able to get through.” 
“How do you know?” I asked. “I talked to one of the parents and they said only magical folk can get through.” Mum said. I started to get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.

“If need us just write.” Dad smiled. “And when you go to Hogsmeade, go with a friend.” Mum said. “OK.” I sighed as I turned around and ran at the wall. Then I found myself on another platform. This was like another world behind a magic wall. Then I walked up to the large red steam engine that was on the tracks. I handed my luggage over to the conductor and boarded the train just as the clock struck eleven o’clock.

After the train left the platform, I found the third-year carriage. All of the compartments looked full, except one. In that compartment sat a boy with scruffy red hair, a boy with scruffy black hair and a girl with brushy brown hair. “Excuse me,” I asked, “Can I sit with you. Everywhere else is full.”
“OK.” The girl said as I sat down next to the boy with red hair. 

“I haven’t seen you before,” the boy with black hair said “Are you new?”
“Yeah, I’m meant to be in my fourth year but, it’s my first at Hogwarts.” I explained. “Oh, it’s nice to meet you,” the girl smiled “I’m Hermione Granger.”
“Harry Potter.” The boy with black hair said. Then Hermione nudged the boy with red hair, who was too busy eating what looked like jellybeans. “Ron Weasley.” The boy spluttered.

“It’s nice to meet you too,” I said “I’m Hayden Barrett.”  
“Want a jellybean, Hayden?” Ron asked offering me the box. I dipped my hand in and pulled out a cream coloured one. Once I popped it into my mouth, then I got a massive shock. “Urgh!” I squealed then quickly swallowed the jellybean. “What kind of jellybean are these?” I said grabbing the box from Ron.

Apparently they were Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans. “What flavour did you get?” Harry asked. I looked at the list on the back of the box. “Earwax.” I grimaced. Both Ron and Harry giggled a little but Hermione just scowled at them. “That was horrible, Ron.” She raised her voice and slapped Ron’s arm.

The four of us talked for a while until it was time to get into our robes. Mine were different to theirs. Hermione explained that I had to be sorted into a house before I got robes like that. So I wished with all my might to be in the same house at Harry, Ron and Hermione. 

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