A week after the four friends discovered the Mirror of Erised, it was Christmas. Niki woke up extremely early, even by her standards. It was only four o'clock when she was awake, and she had woken up the rest of the girls in her dormitory, and they were opening presents.
"Wow, Hermione, thanks!" Niki said, opening her present of a potions kit. "This is so cool!"
"Thank you, Niki!" Hermione said, holding up her present of a large package of books. "I've been wanting to read these for ages!"
"Yeah, thanks Niki!" Parvati said, opening her present from Niki, a beautiful locket.
"Wow, Harry!" Niki muttered under her breath, staring down into the wrappings.
Harry had obviously put a lot of time and effort into his present. It was a Harry Potter lego set of Hogwarts, the grounds, and Hagrid's Hut, but it was hand-carved (or magic-carved, probably a teacher helped.) from real stone, wood, all that stuff. There were even real leaves for the trees! There were miniature versions of the creatures in the forest, and of every person inside the castle, grounds, or Hagrid's Hut, and new ones created whenever someone new entered. It was basically a 3-D version of the Marauder's Map, that you put together yourself!
"Okay, I've got to go find him!" Niki exclaimed, leaping from her bed and rushing down the stairs, and then back up stairs to the boy's dorms.
"Harry!" Niki exclaimed as she entered the room. Surprisingly, all the boys were up, although by this time it was five thirty. "Your present was the best I've ever recieved! How on Earth did you make it?"
"McGonagall." Harry said. "She did most of the spell-work.
"Well, it's the most amazing thing ever!" Niki squealed, hugging her brother. "My present is so lame compared to it!"
"No it's not!" Harry said. "I loved it!"
As Harry was Seeker on the Gryffindor Quidditch team, Niki had bought him a Broomstick Servicing Kit.
"Well, I think it's lame now." Niki said. "I didn't even go out to find it! It was owl-order." she pouted.
"Oh, come on Niki." Harry said, putting his arm around her shoulders. "It's a wonderful present. I love it. I would love it if it was a Potions kit, and you know I hate Potions."
"Hermione gave me a potions kit." Niki said thoughtfully. "I could help you get better if you'd like."
"Uh, sure!" Harry said. "We can do that later today."
"Okay!" Niki said. "Now, I'm gonna go open the rest of my presents."
As she left, Niki heard Seamus mutter to Harry.
"Your sister is adorable."
"I can hear you!" Niki called over her shoulder, and closed the door on loud peals of laughter from the other boys.
Niki skipped back into her own dormitory and hovered over Hermione's shoulder, until she finally turned around.
"What?" she asked
"Do you want to help me put together my model of Hogwarts?" Niki said. "It'll show you every secret of the castle. It even has a Room of Requirement, which Dadfoot told us about,and the door only appears when somebody's opening it!"
"Yeah, I'll help!" said Hermione excitedly. "Come on, let's get to work!"
And the two girls spent the majority of the day putting it together like a puzzle, and went to sleep that night smiling.
Severus wandered into his office that evening in a terrible mood. Christmas was a very noisy affair, even with so little students in the castle, and he was glad it was over. He was very surprised when he saw a small parcel on the table.
"What?" he muttered to himself. Picking it up and studying it, he noticed a note.
Curiously, Severus opened it, and saw it was a collection of potion ingredients and and bottles. He carefully put it in a cupboard that held a collection of lilies, and went to his chambers, thinking hard.
A/N: So? What did you think of Christmas? Was it good? Please comment, like, favorite, and tell your friends about this story! -Ashlyn