Is This What I Really Want?

Alyssa Rookwood is the daughter of Augustas Rookwood. It is her first year at Hogwarts, but unlike most people, she is dreading it. Pressure is on her to get into Slytherin, Alyssa wants to please her family but also lead a life. Unlike most Death Eater children, Alyssa isn't blinded by 'the dark side'.

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7. The Howler

A howler. I was send a howler. I mean, I wasn't expecting my dad to be understanding or pleased or anything, but did he really feel the need to send me a howler? In the middle of breakfast as well. I had been nibbling some toast and looking out for the family owl, Galen. I dropped my toast as I saw him glide through the window. At first I felt a wave of relief, then it turned to horror and I realized what Galen was carrying. The red envelope stands out quite a lot so a few people who recognized it pointed it out to their friends and so on. By the time it reached me, the great hall had gone silent with the occasional laughter. I wasn't stupid, as soon as Galen reached me, I grabbed the letter and ran as fast as I could out the hall. I could hear the great hall explode in laughter behind me, but at this moment I couldn't have cared less. I made it to the first floor before the envelope started smoking. Horrified, I let go and a booming voice echoed around the corridor I was in. 

"ALYSSA ROOKWOOD

HOW DARE YOU DISGRACE THIS FAMILY

DID YOU NOT UNDERSTAND ANYTHING I SAID TO YOU BEFORE YOU LEFT?

YOU MOTHER AND I ARE DISGUSTED 

WE WILL DEAL WITH YOU WHEN YOU COME HOME

I HOPE YOU ARE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF"

With that, the envelope burst in flames and floated to the floor. I could feel tears sting my eyes. No, i'm not going to cry, stop it! My eyes, however, decided not to listen to me and that tears streamed down my face. Why couldn't my parents just accept me? It's only a house, why should it matter so much, shouldn't they love me anyway? A small voice in my head said, "but did they ever love me?"  Oh shut up, I told my self. From then on, I decided that I need to lead my own life and stop panicking over what other people thought of me. Drying my eyes fiercely, I marched off to my next lesson, Charms, and tried to pretend that nothing had happened. 

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