The letter

Halle Ashford is an abused, mistreated, scared, shy 11 year old girl that has an abusive mother and no other family. Her father left her when she was 3, and she has no siblings. She can change her appearance at will, which is Satin's work, according to her mother. Her bedroom is the cupboard under the sink, and she's only fed about once a day. Life couldn't get worse for her, until a letter arrives for her. What does it mean? Is she finally free? And what is Hogwarts?

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6. The Ministry

We walked down the crowded streets of London, wandering, according to me, aimlessly. Katie seemed to know where she was going, but to me it was just wandering.

"Katie are we there yet?" I asked.

"No. I'll tell you when." She responded.

"What does the building look like?" I asked.

"Not what you'd expect." That left me thinking, what would it look like? Would it have statues? Paintings? Marble, stone, wood? How many people would be there? Would it be crowded? Who- but before I could finish my thoughts, we turned down a completely empty street, off the main road.

"Where are we going?" I asked, confused.

"Here." She said, and stopped in front of a red phone booth. I stared at her while she entered and began dialing some numbers into the pad. "Come on." She said, nodding to join her. I stepped in just in time. The inside began moving down, being replaced by a second one from absolute nothingness. Magic never ceases to amaze me.

"Cool!" I cried, hugging onto Katie. Below us was filled with witches and wizards in colorful robes, carrying wands and cauldrons and an assortment of different items that wouldn't be found in a normal government building, like fire breathing animals in boxes, and golden eggs. My eyes darted from person to person in wonder and amusement, getting a couple weird glares from people around me. I judged smiled and skipped along side Katie, until a sudden realization hit me. I would have to talk about my mother in front of someone....

"Halle, this is my sister, Hermione." Katie introduced.

"Um, hi." I squeaked from behind Katie. Were all witches this intimidating? Her bushy hair fell so gracefully into a perfect bun, and her piercing brown eyes were the definition of powerful. Me? I was this tiny ant compared to her. She had the perfect body structure, and she was so tall! Or was it just me?

"Hi, little one." She smiled. "What's your name?"

"H-Halle." I responded.

"Well it's very nice to meet you Halle. What's your last name? Are you one of our new first years?"

"Yeah, um, it's Denton."

"Katie, what's going on?"

"How about I let Halle tell you."

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"I cannot believe your mother beats you! I am so sorry! This is absolutely outrageous! I'm pulling a full scale Ministry inquiry on this and working with the muggle police to give justice to that fetched woman!" Hermione's cried, storming around her office, collecting and piling papers and giving me a great big hug.

"Thank you, Mrs. Weasley." I replied.

"Oh please, call me Hermione." She replied, swooping over to her sister. "Katie, please look after her while I figure out living arrangements for this young lady. I have so much work to do, but honestly, thank you for bringing her here." She gave her sister a kiss on the cheek and head out of her office, leaving Katie and I there. I saw a tear role down her cheek, which lead into a great big hug from her.

"I will never, ever hurt you like she did. Don't you worry. Nobody will." She whispered, and for once in my life, I felt safe.

((HEY GUYS! SO SORRY I HAVEN'T UPDATED IN FOREVER! I FORGOT MY PASSWORD TO MY MOVELLAS ACCOUNT, AND THEN (please no judging) I HAD TO GO TO A MENTAL INSTITUTE FOR YOUNG TEENS DUE TO SOME SUICIDAL THOUGHTS, BUT IM BACK AND READY TO GET BACK WITH THIS STORY!))

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