The girls dormitory marked 'fifth years' was circular in shape. In the centre of the room was a stove fireplace surrounded by seven four-poster beds as apposed to the usual five. Two of these beds seemed new and untouched though one had a large dent in the centre. The other five beds had people sleeping in them, their red and yellow blankets rising and falling with their breaths. Next to a large arched window stood Rose, she turned to face me as I closed the door.
"Grace! You're back!" She whispered "I couldn't get to sleep without knowing if you were ok, good thing Al caught you..." I couldn't help but think about how Albus had said Rose was too tired to stay up... Why did he lie to me?
"What happened?" She asked "Is your dad really a wizard?" "Must be," I replied, "Now I'm sorry but I've had a really tough day... Let me sleep."
I woke as the first rays of sunlight streamed through the windows. Being used to being the first one up, I got dressed and made me bed. Not knowing what was to happen today I left the room without acknowledging its sleeping inhabitants. As I left the room, I wondered who these people were, the people I would be sharing a room with for the next three years.
There were only a few people in the common room. Two students sat in the corner, still in their pyjamas, looking over a magazine and James was in front of the empty fireplace, drawing lines on a whiteboard.
I went and sat opposite him. He looked up to see who I was before returning to the clipboard. "So Grace, what about that Quidditch position?" He asked "I mean, the trials are open yet but if you want to try out... I am team captain."
"Maybe," I replied "It should be a yes..." He added "Who wouldn't want to spend time with their crush?" "Ewww... I don't have a crush on you..."
We went to the Great Hall together where I found Albus, his face full of porridge. "Hey" I said as I poured some Pixie Puffs into an empty bowl, I suppressed a laugh as I read the promotional sentence 'They're gobling great'.
James left us and went to a group of older looking seventh year students at the opposite end of the table. "So..." Albus said in a sing-song sort of voice "How are you?" After all that's been going on, that sounded like the stupidest question. "I'm going great!" I replied sarcastically as I took a spoonful of My cereal and looked back at the box.
It was a blue box featuring yellow cartoon pixies with spoons running around the edge of a bowl. I know with all that's going on I shouldn't be fascinated by wizard cereal but I am.
Rose entered talking with someone I recognised as one of the sleeping girls from our dormitory. "Hi Rose" she said as she approaches "Hi Albus, this is Tahlia." She said motioning to the girl with long black hair pulled up into a braid and dark, dark eyes. "I know," said Albus "We've been in the same year for five years." He said this with a distaste that made me feel cold. Rose and Tahlia left, giggling behind their hands and walking towards the other girls in my dorm.
I felt as if I didn't like her but I didn't know why. Maybe it was what Albus said or the way that she looked at him. Or maybe it was just because I always looked at Rose as my friend, not anyone else's, mine.
Timetables were being handed out. I studied mine. Last year, around the time of the Hogsmede trip, I chose my electives. First off I had Potions followed by Care of Magical creatures. I took Albus' timetable and had a look. The same subject as mine were printed onto his sheet, down to the last elective.
Then I remembered something... Potions... The subject taught by my father... My father who has been lying to be for fifteen years.