The next few weeks went past so quick i didn't even realize the date today was September the 1st. I quickly hurried to get my bags and trunk packed with all my equipment ready for Hogwarts. I haven't spoke to Shannon since the incident, so i'v been quite lonely for the past few weeks. Actually i haven't! My mom bought me a Kitten to take to Hogwarts with me to keep me company. He is a black and pink colored Sphynx cat. It took me a few days to think of a name for this bizarre looking creature but i eventually came up with a name, his name is Alec.
My mom said he is going to be there to protect me..1) He is 7 weeks old and needs protecting himself, 2) I don't need protecting i can't get hurt. Sighing i pick up my belongings and take them to the car where my mom is waiting for me. Today i have my hair curled to the one side, with a short black laced dress on.
"Astrid this is a big day today, my young girl is going to Hogwarts!". I fall into a bone crushing hug by my mother, i try and push her away but the more i do the more she hangs on. After what felt like a lifetime but in reality was only about 3 minutes my mom lets go of me. I smile up at my mom , forgetting all the peculiar things that have happened so far. I really am going to miss her when i'm at Hogwarts. My mom holds my hand for a brief moment before starting the car and setting off to Kings Cross Station. After a long journey and Alec fast asleep in my lap we arrive at the train station. I breathe in deeply, allowing the fresh air to seep into my lungs. I turn to look at my mother who has already set off into the opposite direction with all my belongings.
"Mom, where is platform....9 and 3/4? Is that even a thing?". I stutter slightly wondering if this whole thing has been a joke, i mean there's no such thing..is there? I gasp loudly when my mom stops to talk to a very familiar group of people. I take a deep breath and walk slowly over to the one person who i have been avoiding and didn't really want to see.
"Astrid! I have missed you so much, i thought you promised to stay in touch! is it because my awesomeness as finally gotten the better of you?" I giggle slightly, i'v only just realized how much i have needed and missed Shannon and her witty comments. We link arms together and set off following my mother and Shannon's family.
"Shannon, how do we get to platform 9 and 3/4?." I finally allow my self to tell Shannon what i have been worrying about for the past half hour. I hear her sigh loudly before she grabs my arm and throws me into a wall...or should i say through it. I scream loudly as i lose my balance and fall onto the cold concrete floor. I look around my surroundings and realize that this must be platform 9 and 3/4. I look around in owe, this place really is magnificent. There was a large red steam train in the center of the platform, everywhere else was packed with lots of people with their trunks and animals scattered around the platform. It was so loud, i could barley hear my self think.
I hear a loud ringing noise to my right and realize the train was about to leave the station. I gasp and run into my moms arms holding her into a tight embrace. "I'm going to miss you mom, i love you." I hear her sigh and chuckle lightly before kissing my forehead and telling me to get onto the train before i miss my ride, to the wonderful world of magic. I run to the train and grasp onto a strangers hand who hurls me into the corridor of the train. We both groan as i land on top of them. We look at each other for a few seconds before getting up and laughing.
"Hi there my name is Terry Lycus, but you can call me Ted." I shake the young boys hand and smile warmly back at him.
"Hi Ted, I'm Astrid Chayse, but you can call me Astrid." He grins back at me and his large dark brown eyes search my hazel colored ones. "Do you want to find a compartment to sit in Ted?" I look up at him waiting for a response. I feel him grasp my hand and pull me through the corridor until we find a compartment with only one other person in, Shannon. I gasp loudly and pull my self from Ted's grasp and hug Shannon tightly. Me and Ted both seat our selves next to each other in front of Shannon. For most of the journey we just make jokes and talk about Hogwarts and magic until the topic of school houses comes up. I gulp nervously and look at Ted to Shannon, they both seem to be getting along well.
"Well i hope that i'm in Ravenclaw or Gryffindor myself, but that's only because all of my family have been placed in the those two houses for generations." I look sideways at Ted and realize he must be from a magical family. I hear Shannon scoff to herself before looking at Ted.
"Well i for one hope i'm in Slytherin, wouldn't that make a change huh?" I look back at Shannon confused, what does she mean it would make a change? I see Ted glancing at me and he sees the confusion written all over my face.
"Well Astrid, there has never been a muggleborn been placed into Slytherin since it was founded all them years ago." I see Ted grab a Jelly sweet and he throws it at me causing me to look back up at him. "What?" I stare at him, angry he threw a sweet at me and wasting good tasty food!
"What house do you think your'll be in Astrid? You're a half-blood so my guess is Gryffindor or Ravenclaw." I chuckle to my self before grabbing a handful of sweets and throwing them at Ted.
"No way will i be in either of those! 1) I'm not brave, and that's Gryffindor, 2) No way am i smart enough to be in Ravenclaw!" We all laugh together knowing what i said was true, but i couldn't help thinking that maybe being in Gryffindor wouldn't be too bad. I was snapped out of my thoughts when the train started to slow down. We started to all panic and rushing to get into our school robes. Once we all were changed we all departed the train together, trying to stay close enough to each other to not get lost in the crowd of other scared first years. I hold in a scream as i see a very tall man standing in front of us. I look to my right and see Shannon gawping at the tall bearded man, and Ted just shrugs and walks to the boats. We all clamber into one boat and set sail to the castle.
As soon as my eyes set sight onto the castle, i gasp. The castle is beautiful, i could tell it was going to be an amazing experience staying here. I look around into the other boats and see my fellow peers staring at the mesmerizing castle in owe. Suddenly the boats stop and the tall man, also know as Hagrid escorts us to the front entrance to Hogwarts.
We stand huddled together trying to keep warm as we wait for our instructions. I could just sense the fear in the air, i mean this castle is going to be our home for years to come. I gulp as a figure comes out of the front entrance from the castle. Me and Shannon grab hands and hold tight trying to reassure each other that's it's all going to be okay. Before we knew it, we were all getting escorted to the Great Hall and asked to stand in a single file line.
"Gather round, gather round. Now students, you will be escorted to the front of the hall where you will be sorted into your houses. Just a reminder the house you are sorted into will be like your family." The stern looking teacher, also known as Professor McGonagall looks at us all, i try and avoid eye contact but as i look into her grey piercing looking eyes i swear i see a slight smile tugging at her lips. I take a deep breath and walk into the Great Hall, this year was going to be different.
I was going to make a change and become a new person. A new me.