Hermione stood waiting at Platform 9 ¾. It had been over a month since she last saw Harry and Ron, and she couldn't wait to see them again. Today was the beginning of their sixth year, and she couldn't wait to get back to school. Over the summer her O.W.L. scores came in- she had gotten over 15.
Hermione was rather worried about Harry. She had sent him multiple owls, but hadn't gotten anything more then "I'm fine, see you soon" as a response. He had never acted that way before, and she thought that maybe something might be wrong. She just hoped that the death of Sirius hadn't hit him too hard...
She lifted her head and scanned the growing crowd once again, but no sign of either Harry or Ron. She sighed. 'Well, I'd better go and get us a compartment before we end up sitting with Neville again,' she thought. She picked up her trunk, which had Crookshanks sitting on top of it, and lugged everything onto the train.
Almost immediately after she headed onto the train, Harry and the Weasleys arrived at Platform 9 ¾, sweating slightly and most definitely in a rush. Harry had gone to The Burrow the night before and everyone had woken up late that morning. He and Ron woke up to a rather unpleasant alarm clock: Mrs. Weasley, shrieking, "IT'S 7 A.M. ALREADY AND YOU'RE NOT OUT OF BED!?!?" Harry groaned slightly, remembering how unpleasant it really is to be woken up like that.
Ron stopped to take a breather. After rushing around the train station, he was incredibly out of breath and most definitely in need of a little rest. He took the opportunity to look for Hermione. "I can't seem to find Hermione, Harry- have you seen her yet?"
Harry shook his head, but, then, catching sight of her coming off the train, he waved his hands and yelled, "Hermione!" Hermione quickly looked over in their direction, and her face broke out into a huge grin once she realized who was calling her.
"Ron! HARRY!" She ran over to them, thoroughly excited. "I've missed you both so much over the summer! How are you?" she asked, pulling them both into a huge hug and then giving them each a kiss on the cheek (causing Ron's ears to turn slightly red).
"We're fine, Hermione," Harry said, "Now can you release us from your Hug of Doom?"
Hermione laughed. "Sorry, Harry," she said, releasing him from the hug. "It's just that I haven't heard from you all summer. It's been a bit lonely, you know, not hearing from your friends." She gave him a look.
Harry glanced at her, not noticing that she was glaring at him. "Look, I was a little bit preoccupied this summer, okay? Certain... things... happened. Besides," he added, "I did reply to your owls! All of them!"
Sensing awkwardness, Ron spoke up. "Hermione, you've got a compartment, right? I want to get on the train. It leaves in less then five minutes, you know. And I'm rather hungry." With that, he turned and walked onto the train, leaving Harry and Hermione no choice but to follow.
Harry walked into the compartment with Hermione and Ron, and sat down near the window, not saying anything to anyone. He couldn't believe Hermione. He thought that she had understood when he didn't really respond to her letters. He was mourning for Sirius. He was, after all, the only relative he had left in the world, besides the Dursleys... and Harry wasn't sure that they even counted.
The whistle blew, and the train started to leave the station. Ron leaned out the window and waved to Mrs. Weasley, who was crying. He grinned at Hermione. "She still hasn't gotten over the fact that next year will be my last at Hogwarts. Kind of funny, really. I'm still her Ronniekins," he said, making a face at the nickname. "Honestly. She's been acting funny lately, hasn't she, Harry? You noticed, right? Harry?"
Harry started. He hadn't been listening to anything that Ron had been saying. In fact, he wasn't even aware that Ron was talking. It was obvious by the expression on Ron's face that he had just asked Harry a question. "Er... yes?" Harry replied.
Ron looked satisfied, and turned to talk to Hermione some more. Harry sighed. This was going to be a long train ride.
Yay! First fanfic evar!!!11134058 Lots of fun. Oh, so don't be too picky. There might be some slight OOCness- you'll have to excuse that. This is just how I portray the characters in my head. Sorry the chapter's so short- there should be another, longer one up by the end of the week. I'm supposed to be doing my homework right now... -shifty eyes- Anyways, review. Review. Aaaand review. I'll give you a cookie if you do!