"Oh! Oh!" Ariel looked around the floor of Platform 9 3/4 in confusion. Her earring had dropped to the floor and she couldn't find it anywhere! Wakka loudly hooted from his cage and she looked over at him in disgust. "Yes, I know the train is leaving in a few minutes, but I'm not going anywhere without that bloody earring!"

"Are you looking for this?" a cute red haired boy held her earring up.

"Oh, thank you!" she gave him a huge hug and his two companions looked amused.

"Er, it's quite alright." he said, blushing. "My name is Ron Weasley, and these are my friends Harry Potter and Hermione Grainger."

"Hi!" she gave a little wave. "My name is Ariel Bluecoral."

Hermione stared thoughtfully at her. "I'm sorry if this sounds rude, but are you part Mermaid? I noticed you have small patches iridescent scales underneath both eyes."

"Full mermaid actually." Ariel smiled.

"But then... how do you have legs?" Hermione looked taken aback.

"A magical spell performed quite some time ago..." Ariel bit her lip. "I'd rather not talk about it."

The train emitted a short whistle. "It's about time to board the train." Harry said. "Would you like to share a compartment with us?"

"Thanks! I just need to feed Wakka first, I'll meet you guys on the train."

Ariel rooted through her messenger bag for the owl treats. She picked them up only for the small cylindrical plastic container to slip from her hands and roll away from her. She quickly lost sight of it in the jumble of feet and luggage around her.

"Looking for this?" A devastatingly handsome blond boy was holding the owl treats, a small smile on his face.

"Oh, thank you so much!" Ariel accepted the treats from him. "My name is Ariel Bluecoral. What's yours?"

"Draco Malfoy. I've never heard of the Bluecoral family before." He raised an eyebrow. "Where are you from?"

"Oh, we're a mermaid family. My father is King Triton, perhaps you've heard of him?" She grinned.

"Impressive. Might I ask what year you're in?"

"I'm a first year, and you?"

"Me too. Would you like to share a compartment on the train?"

"I'm sorry, but I've already promised to sit with my friends..." Ariel looked a bit disappointed, but remembering Ron, she cheered up a bit. "Maybe we could meet up at Hogwarts?"

"That would be nice." He took hold of her hand and lightly kissed the back of it. "I'll see you then, Ariel." Two rather large boys standing next to him gathered his luggage and they boarded the train.

Ariel fed Wakka a few treats before gathering up her luggage and heading towards the train. This was going to be an excellent year!