16. Allana Figg
"Remember, guys, on the fourth of July, you're coming to my house to stay for four weeks, okay? Only four days till then!" I squealed, hugging Alice as I got on the train.
Molly rolled her eyes. "You're getting as gushy as Mary," she informed me.
"HEY! I'm not gushy!" Mary said, looking outraged.
"Yes, yes, whatever," Molly said, shaking her head. She winked at me and mouthed: "Yup, she is."
I giggled. Then Alice and I ran through the wall together.
"MUM! DAD!" I screamed. They hugged me. I looked around.
"Where's Petunia?" I asked them, feeling confused. I mean, she didn't have any friends except for a girl called Yvonne, but Yvonne was currently in a plane, traveling to Alaska.
"Her boyfriend Dan is at the house with her," Mum told me.
"Boyfriend?" I asked, my confusion increasing. "Since when does Tuney have a boyfriend? She's only 13!"
Dad chuckled. "We don't think it will last, anyway," he explained. "They're always getting into fights."
I nodded as I strapped myself into my dad's Mini Cooper.
He drove to our house.
We got home an hour later. The traffic was unbelievable, and I wanted to go right to bed when we arrived home.
"Nope," Mum said. "You're going to meet our new neighbors."
I jumped up. "Let's go!"
For the past year we'd had people looking at the house next to ours, but no one had bought it which annoyed me. I really wanted neighbors.
I took Rose, ran to the door, and pressed the bell, which sang Happy Birthday. An older girl in a party hat opened the door and smiled at me. "Come in! It's Allana's birthday!" she told me.
"I'm Lily," I said and immediately felt stupid. The girl didn't seem to think so though. "I'm Arabella Figg," she said. She nodded. "Mrs. and Mr. Evans told me about you. You're 11 years old and your favorite color is red. I'm 15 and my favorite color is yellow." She smiled.
"O-kay?" I half-asked.
"Belly!" shouted a small voice.
"Wait up, Michael!" Arabella called. To me, she said: "That's my three year old brother Michael. He's very annoying at times. Well come in!"
I walked in.
"Hi," said a voice softly. "I'm Allana."
Allana looked about nine years old. She had light blonde curls and big green eyes. She had a few freckles on her nose, and a book was tucked under her arm.
"Hi Allana," I said. "What are you reading?"
Her smile widened. "Gone With the Wind," she said. "Wanna see?"
Me and Allana hit it off right away. I told her about Hogwarts and she looked wistful.
"Where's your dad?"
" He's divorced from Mum. He's a Squib. Arabella didn't go to Hogwarts because she's a Squib too but a tall man with a white beard came and told me that I would be going to Hogwarts in two years. I wish Arabella could come," she said.
"You'd like Hogwarts," I told her.
She nodded. "I know. I bet I'd like it more than the zoo and the penguins. I love penguins!" she said happily.
"So do I!"
"I also like cats. Your cat is so cute," she added.
"Her name's Rose."
Mrs. Figg walked over.
"Daisy and Marcus said they're bringing over your sister Petunia and her boyfriend Daniel , and then you have to go," she said, setting down a tray of cookies.
Allana leaped to her feet. "Please can Lily stay over?" she begged, looking at her mother with big green eyes.
So Mrs. Figg called my mum, and my mum agreed.
"YES!" we whispered and took the plate of cookies to Allana's room.
"Your room is beautiful," I said. I bit into a cookie.