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Chapter 4It's Only the Beginning
Harry, Ginny, Ron and Hermione all crammed through the doorway into the Leaky Cauldron to get into Diagon Alley.
"Hey, Tom! How are you!" Harry greeted the bartender as they walked passed him.
Tom smiled at the four. "Just fine, Harry. And yourselves?" he asked the quartet. They grinned.
"We're great." Ron answered.
"Tom, Ginny here made 5th year prefect!" Hermione squealed. Ginny blushed a little and looked down. Harry discreetly, or not so discreetly, really, the others were just too dense, sent a proud look Ginny's way.
Tom smiled at Ginny. "That's great, Ginny. Congratulations!" he told her. Ginny nodded in thanks. The four waved goodbye while heading to the back door into Diagon Alley.
"Okay, well, let's split up into groups…Ginny and I'll go get our robes altered, you boys can go get your books. Do me a favor and get ours too." Hermione said, taking the lead immediately to save them time so they could spend the majority of it doing what they wanted rather than school shopping. Hermione handed Harry a couple galleons while Ginny just nodded to Ron. "You can give me the change later, Harry. That should cover my book expenses. Thank you!" Hermione grinned. Harry and Ron just blinked.
"We'll meet outside the Emporium (A/N: how do you spell that; the place where the animals all are?) in an hour and a half, okay?" Ginny asked.
"Er…Okay?" they agreed. Ginny and Hermione grinned and then headed over to Madame Malkin's shop. Harry shouted after them.
"Wait! Meet us at Fluorescent's! We'll get ice cream, my treat!" the girls merely waved in acknowledgement and disappeared into the crowd.
"Do you figure we'll ever understand them, Harry?" Ron asked.
Harry shugged. "I dunno, mate. I mean, if you're asking me that question, and you've lived with Ginny and your mum since before you can remember, maybe the answer is no." he concluded.
"Yeah." Ron agreed. "Right." (A/N: think about the way Rupert Grint said that in the HP CoS movie when they were about to charm the sleeping potion muffins to float for Crabbe and Goyle.)
The two turned on their heels and went to go find their other supplies.
- - - - - - - - - With the Sailor Scouts…
Serena had long since fallen asleep, cuddled up beside Darien, her head on his shoulder, her arm clutched his arm. While it was the middle of the day in London, in was middle of the night in Japan when they had left. Darien never really slept on flights. So the entire time, the flight was quiet and everyone was sleeping, with the exception of him; he spent his time staring at Serena.
"ATTENTION, PASSENGERS. THIS IS YOUR CAPTIAN SPEAKING. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT WE WILL BE ARRIVING IN LONDON IN AN HOUR." and with that, the intercom went off. Darien looked back to Serena and grinned mischievously, not that anyone saw it. They were, luckily, in a corner to themselves. How ironic.
Bending down slightly, Darien caught her earlobe in between his teeth and nibbled on it. Serena stirred. "Serena." he whispered in his husky voice. Serena moaned. He kissed her neck briefly and then pecked a sensitive spot behind her ear. She instantly awoke.
Blinking, her eyes focused and she saw Darien looking over her. She smiled sleepily. "A girl could get used to be awakened like that." She admitted quietly. He grinned and wove his fingers through hers and placed their joined hands on their mutual arm rest. He gave a her a chaste kiss on the lips and spoke.
"I have no complaints." he laughed.
A couple of rows in front of them, Amy was typing away on her laptop, a present from her mother last Christmas. Hearing the announcement, she nudged Raye awake on one side of her, Lita awake on the other side of her and snapped her fingers by Mina's ear to wake her up across the isle. "Mina, you need to wake Rini. We'll be there in an hour. We should get there refreshed, not half awake." Amy informed. Mina stretched and nodded sleepily, shaking Rini awake.
- - - - - - - - - Two hours later…
The group had settled into four hotel rooms. One for Darien, who would have Luna and Artemis in his room, one for Serena and Rini, one for Mina and Lita and one for Amy and Raye.
All of them were gathered in Amy and Raye's room for the briefing that their tow cat guardians promised them.
"Well, Luna. What's this all about?" Lita asked curiously. The others nodded in agreement.
"Yeah, that's what I want to know. How come we came all the way to London?" Mina asked.
Luna looked at them seriously. "Artemis and I ran a scanning on where the energy is coming from. We've narrowed it down to a strange school. Now, via letters, I was able to communicate with the Headmaster there. You will be getting there by train on the morning of September 1. It is said to depart at exactly 11:00, so don't be late." at this, Luna sent a pointed look Serena's way.
"Yeah, yeah. Like even." she brushed off. The others all rolled their eyes.
"The point is," Artemis continued, "is that we found something abnormal about this school and you all are sworn to secrecy!" he said. "It's serious."
"Cut the melodrama, Artemis and just tell us." Mina said.
"The school is a school for magic." Identical gasps followed.
"Are you serious?" Rini asked. She was a little excited. Luna nodded.
"Yes. It is called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry under the instruction of the Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore. He told me that Hogwarts is the most prestigious wizarding school in all of Europe, and maybe even the world." she informed.
"You all, not having these magical powers, will be staying in a dormitory in the school that's all your own. It'll be slightly smaller than the other four, but your room assignments will be how they are now. Meaning whoever you are rooming with, at this hotel, is who you will be rooming with there. With the exception of Rini and Serena." Luna informed.
The two in question looked at the black cat and pointed to themselves. "Huh? Why us?" they blinked. Luna shook her head.
"Because Rini is only thirteen, she will stay in a dorm with thirteen year olds, in whatever House, those are kind of like families I'm told, she is sorted into. Serena will be placed in either Raye and Amy's room, or Mina and Lita's room.
"While you are at the school, you will not be attending their classes, that includes Rini too because those classes are specialized for witches and wizards. Instead, the Headmaster has arranged a classroom and a teacher for each subject for all of you, with the exception of Darien." Luna said.
"Darien," Artemis addressed. Darien looked at the white cat. "You will be in the same room as the girls during the day, the only difference is, is that you will be provided with a teacher who, we are told, will be teaching exactly what is being taught at your Univeristy." Darien nodded. He was, after all, supposed to be going to a very well known university in England as a Japanese Transfer Student. That was the excuse at least.
After another hour or so of this, they all finally retired to the rooms to freshen up for dinner, and then head to bed.
- - - - - - - - - At Diagon Alley
Harry and Ron were sitting at one of the tables set up outside with three bags, waiting for Hermione and Ginny to show up.
"RON! HARRY!" two voices shouted through the crowds simultaneously. The two of them turned their heads to see Hermione and Ginny coming up to them, each with one bag in hand.
They sat down in the vacant seats and sighed in relief. "My feet hurt." Ginny explained. "Madame Malkin had us standing up there for two hours, no moving! TWO HOURS!"
Harry and Ron felt their eyes bug out. "That's a long while, Gin." Ron sympathized.
Ginny nodded. "Don't I know it." Hermione nodded in agreement.
"Well, what do you girls want? My treat. I don't know about you, but I am starving." Harry grinned.
"I'll have a simple mint chocolate chip ice cream cone." Hermione said after a moment.
"Sounds good to me, except make my ice cream Caramel Charm." Ginny ordered.
"I'll have two scoops of Veela Vanilla. Sugar cone also." Ron said.
"I'll have the same as Ron but I'd like Boggart Brownie." Harry ordered finally.
They spent the rest of the afternoon eating their ice cream and talking about the upcoming school year at Hogwarts.
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Hey guys! Please don't kill me for the late update! I'm going to try to update more often now that its almost summer vacation (two more days)! But my summer vacation is so packed, I don't know how I'll manage that either. Lord, life is so hectic right now! I won't bore you with excuses! Well, its been a long day, so please review and make my day!