Disclaimer: Everything except the Main Character belongs to JK Rowling.
Chapter 1 - King's Cross
It was a beautiful day, and my first time in England, and I was bouncing on my feet. I was in King's Cross Station, London and it was the 1st of September. In my hand, I held a ticket that read Hogwarts Express: Platform 9 3/4. My family seemed nervous.
"Let's go! It's already half past ten!"
My father laughed at my enthusiasm. My parents had been very proud when Professor Porter had come to our house almost a year ago and explained that I was a witch, and my brother was a wizard. According to him, I was old enough to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcaft and Wizardry, though my brother, Dev, had to wait for another two years. I had always been confused by my brother's and my abilities and his visit had cleared everything up. I had been fascinated by this new side of mine, had bought loads of books by Owl Order and had spent every free minute reading up on the Wizarding World.
We had spent the last week in London. We visited Muggle as well as Magical sites. My favourite place had been Diagon Ally. It was beautiful and proved the existence of wonders I had only read about. I bought all my text books, a cauldron, potion ingredients, robes, and wand. Now I am a proud owner of 11 1/4 inch long Ash wood wand with a Unicorn hair core and unyielding flexibility.
We made our way to the platforms 9 and 10. I took the lead as I lead them to the barrier that I had read about in Hogwart's: A History. It seemed very solid and just like the other barriers.
"Okay, I will go first. Just copy me and believe that you can go through, okay?" I grinned at them. "See you on the other side."
With those words, I pushed my trolley through the barrier. Instinctively, I closed my eyes. When the crash didn't come, I opened them to Platform 9 3/4.
It was breathtaking. I felt surreal, standing there, gaping at the scarlet steam engine with the sign Hogwarts Express painted on in thick black letter. Then I remembered that my family had yet to come through, and hastily shifted my position. Just in time, since they came through and stood at the same spot that I had been standing seconds ago.
"Wow." Dev summed up all my awe in that one word.
Together we made our way through the huge number of families that had come to bid their children goodbye. Everywhere I saw parents hugging their children and them making their way onto the train. Owls and cats were locked in cages, and I even saw the occasional rat. Most students were in Muggle attire, though I saw some already wearing their robes. I was so focused on my surroundings, that I wasn't even nervous about which House I would be sorted into.
"I will miss you, Papuli." My father was rather sad that he wouldn't get to see me for three months. The nickname he reserved for me had yet to get old.
"I will miss you too. I will write every week." I felt bad that I was secretly relieved to be away from my family for a while. I loved them, but they could be a little overwhelming. My parents didn't know that, since they would be crushed, especially my dad. I would miss them, at some point, but not every single moment. Diplomacy was my best option.
"You won't forget your old Papa? And your old Mom?"
I almost rolled my eyes. Almost.
"Of course not. You aren't that easy to forget."
"Cheeky girl. You better write regularly."
I hugged him. We were very alike.
Then I let go and faced my mom.
"I love you, my little girl!"
"I love you all too." I said, as I gave her one of my famous Squeeze-as-tight-as-I-can-hugs.
Dev put on a sad expression.
"Don't leave me all alone, sis!"
I felt bad for the kid. He was having a bit of a hard time at Muggle school.
"You'll be fine. I will be back before you know it! I love you." I hugged him hard too. "Now, time to go! Bye!"
With a look at the three of them, I climbed aboard the Hogwarts Express. It wasn't full yet, so I managed to find an empty compartment. My trunk was heavy, but I had a strong pair of arms thanks to years of wrestling with my athletic brother. I lifted it and stashed it in the overhead compartment. As I looked out the window, I saw that my family was waving at me. I waved back enthusiastically.
Soon, the whistle went off, and the train started moving. I removed Hogwart's: A History and got comfortable reading.
A/N: So, that was the first chapter. Hope you liked it! I will update once a week, I hope.
28/8 I made some changes suggested by Radio Free Death. Thanks for pointing that out!