Several days later the Potter family and several Weasleys were gathered together at Kings Cross Station. Fred and Lori were not there because they had left again for their honeymoon. Molly was still recovering, although she had been transferred to St. Mungo's in order to be closer to her family, so she and Arthur too were missing from the group. But everyone else made a boisterous bunch as they proceeded to Platform 9 ¾.
Ginny and Jamie had just stepped through the barrier. Harry and Jason were preparing to follow them when something caught Harry's eye. He sent Jason on with Ron. What had caught his eye was a small boy pushing a cart by himself. There was an owl in a cage perched on the top of a trunk. The boy looked completely lost as he sighed deeply and brushed his blond hair out of his eyes.
Harry approached him, "Are you looking for the Hogwart's Express?"
The boy looked up at him gratefully, "Yes, the letter said to go to Platform 9 ¾ but I can't find it. Do you know where it is?"
"Come with me, my daughter is starting her first year at Hogwarts and I came to see her off," Harry looked around. "Are you by yourself?"
"Yeah, my aunt dropped me off but she had to take my cousin to the doctor and couldn't stay."
Harry smiled at the child. He reminded him of himself when he first started at Hogwarts and was alone and confused. It had been Molly Weasley who had helped him.
"Are you a wizard?" the youngster questioned timidly.
"Yes, I am," Harry replied as he led him to the barrier.
"My dad was a wizard but I haven't seen him for a long time. He had to leave me at my aunt and uncle's when I was little after my mum died. And I never saw him again. My aunt told me that he had to because he loved me and was protecting me. But I really miss him, I kind of hope he might be able to come see me now that I'm going to school. He went to Hogwarts, too."
Harry then had a suspicion as to who he was talking to, "You aren't Vaughn, are you?" he asked.
"Yeah," Vaughn looked at him with shock. "How did you know that?"
"I know your father and I have a feeling you will be seeing him sometime soon."
"Really?" Vaughn looked at him hopefully.
Harry nodded as they reached the brick wall. Vaughn stopped and looked around, "Where's the platform?"
"Right through there," Harry indicated the barrier in front of them with a chuckle. "Trust me and all you have to do is walk straight at the wall." At the boy's unbelieving look he continued, "Come on, I'll go with you."
Much to Vaughn's amazement they stepped through and he got his first sight of the Hogwart's Express. "Thank you, sir," he told Harry before heading off to load his luggage onto the train.
Harry headed over to where Ginny was tearfully embracing Jamie, "Write to me a lot, okay? And study hard and stay out of trouble. But have fun."
"Okay, mum," Jamie said with a very slight roll of her eyes.
Ginny hugged her tighter, "I love you, Jae."
"I know I love you, too."
Harry put an arm on Ginny's shoulder and smiled at Jamie, "Have fun, kiddo."
Jamie pulled free from her mum and embraced her dad, "I love you, dad. I'm going to miss you guys but I promise I will write a lot. Hedwig will probably get mad at how many letters I make her deliver."
Bill's son, Chris, ran past them, "Hi, Aunt Ginny. Hi, Uncle Harry. Hurry up Jamie or all the good seats will be taken!"
"Okay, I'm coming! Bye mum, bye dad," she was surprised by Jason running up and hugging her, "Bye Jason."
"Bye Jamie, write me a letter and tell me about Hogwarts, okay?"
Georgia came up behind her and tugged on her arm, "Come on, Jae. Let's go before my dad starts crying again. It's embarrassing."
Harry and Ginny laughed at her comment. After giving her parents a final hug, Jamie ran off after her cousins. Ron and Hermione came over and joined them. Ron was still sniffling as he watched his oldest climb the steps and board the train. In a few moments, Jamie and Georgia hung their heads out one of the windows. As the train began to pull out of the station, the two girls waved until the train was out of sight.
The families soon departed and went their separate ways. Later that evening, Harry was sitting with Ginny on the sofa and Jason was lying on the floor reading his dad's old copy of Quidditch Through Ages. A tapping was heard on the window. Harry leaned back and pushed the window opened. The snowy white form of Hedwig soared in and landed on Harry's arm. He took the letter and patted the owl on the head.
"What's that Harry?" Ginny asked.
"A note from Jamie," he read it aloud to them.
Hi mum, dad, and Jason,
Hogwarts is so much fun and I already love it here. I'm in Gryffindor! So are Georgia and two other first years I met on the train. Their names are Vaughn Malfoy and Stephen Bernstein. They both grew up in Muggle homes and have tons of questions. But they seem really nice. Well, I better get to bed so I'm not too tired in my classes tomorrow.
Harry grinned as he reached the end of the letter. He could not remember ever feeling happier than right now. Ginny was snuggled up next to him and struggling to keep her eyes open. Jason was humming to himself as he flipped through the pages of the book. And his little girl was starting her own journey at Hogwarts. He sighed happily and looked at the various photographs of family and friends lined up on the mantle. He was finally home.
Aldavinur: I am honored that you want to translate my story and feel free to. And to answer your question regarding whether or not I am going to continue on the other story (Too Soon): I had not really planned on it but I am planning on a few more one shots involving the characters in this story.
I am in the planning stages of a sequel so I hopefully I will start posting it soon but I make no promises : ) In the meantime, I have a few one-shots based on the characters in this story that I may put up once I've edited them.
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