BWA: Welcome back everyone!!! Here we are for the sequel to 'Do You Believe In Magic?'
Muse: It was like we never left!
BWA: Yep, anyway, I'm eager for reviews already.
Muse: -Rolls eyes- You get a kick out of them don't you?
BWA: Of course I do! Oh, and if some of the things in this story don't make sense, you might want to read the story before this one, just so you can understand Amber a bit better.
Amber: That's right, nobody understands me...
Muse: She's so depressing..
BWA: You can slap her if you want..
Muse: Eh, I'll do it later.
BWA: Fair enough, anyway, I'll stop talking now. Read on and enjoy!
BWA: Welcome back everyone!!! Here we are for the sequel to 'Do You Believe In Magic?'
Disclaimer: I don't own Harry Potter, but I do own Amber, Bella, Amber's parents... well, you get the idea.
Here it Goes Again
"Come on Amber, rise and shine."
I grumbled in response.
"Sweetheart, wake up. It's your first day back at Hogwarts today."
With that, I shot out of bed, got dressed and ran down the stairs, mum laughed as I came into view.
"It's about time. I was wondering how many more times I was going to have to call you." She said, my cheeks turned a bright shade of pink and she laughed more. "We have to go to Diagon Alley to get the rest of your books; you have harder classes now that you're a second year."
I nodded in response and yawned slightly. Mum laughed and gave me a glass of orange juice.
Mum walked into the lounge room and grabbed her bag. "Got a reply from Harry yet?" She asked.
I shook my head. "I've sent him about four letters over the holidays, but he hasn't replied to any. My guess is that the Dursley's are being a pain in the neck."
Mum smiled at me. "Muggles can be sorted into houses just like we can. I think the Dursley's would fit in rather well with the Slytherin students." She explained.
I grinned. "From what I've heard, you're most definitely right."
Dad chose that moment to come running in; he crushed me to his chest in a giant bear hug. "Dad…" I squeaked. "Cant… Breathe."
"Oh…" He chuckled and put me down while I sucked in a much needed breath of air. "So… what do you need for this year?" He asked.
Before I could answer, Bella swooped in through one of the open windows and perched herself on my arm, she had a letter in her mouth. Mum took the letter from Bella and opened it. "It's your Hogwarts letter sweetheart… Your train leaves at exactly 11 'o clock." I looked at the clock on the wall, it was 8:45. "You need a few new books this year. Shall we head off?" She asked. I nodded.
Dad walked back into the room, that's funny… I never saw him leave. But he had all my things in his grip. "Let's get going!" He boomed with a grin.
I laughed; I didn't have the jitters this year. I was excited.
Diagon Alley was in full swing again, just like last year. The people that I could recognise looked older.
I turned around at the sound of someone calling my name, I grinned when I saw that it was Hermione. I ran over to her, my cloak waved about behind me as I moved, the Gryffindor lion sitting proudly below my shoulder. "Hermione!" I replied as I embraced her. "It seems like it's been forever since I've seen you!"
She laughed. "I know what you mean."
Once we had stopped hugging I looked up at mum and dad, I turned back to Hermione. "These are my parents; this is my mother Kyla, and my dad, Jason."
"Nice to meet you both." Hermione said with a small wave.
"It's a pleasure to meet you Hermione." Mum replied. "Amber's told us so much about you."
Hermione blushed and I couldn't help but laugh. She then pointed to a couple standing outside Flourish and Blotts. "My parents are over there." I looked and saw a man and a woman looking at lots of different things outside the shops. Hermione looked back at me. "My parents are muggles. They were rather surprised when they realised that I was a witch." She smiled.
My nose scrunched up in confusion. "Wait a minute, mum? You said that Hermione's mother was in your dorm at Hogwarts."
Hermione laughed. "That would have been my aunt. She looks just like my mum…"
I laughed with her. "That explains it."
Mum rolled her eyes.
"Hermione? Amber?" A voice asked.
We both turned around to see the entire Weasley family standing behind us, Fred and George grinned at me, with a synchronized "AMBER!" I was squished in between the two of them. I squeaked in protest, and the two families laughed at me. When they finally let go I punched them both on the arm.
Mrs Weasley stepped forward. "Amber, it's good to see you again dear. Did you enjoy your holidays?" She asked.
"I did, thank you. I'll have to come and visit you sometime." I replied.
She grinned. "We'd like nothing more than that."
I smiled. "Have you met Hermione, Mrs Weasley?" I asked.
She looked at the girl standing next to me. "As a matter of fact, I haven't. Ron's told us about her though. It's nice to meet you dear." She shook Hermione's hand.
"You too Mrs Weasley." She replied.
Mrs Weasley suddenly looked concerned. "Have either of you seen Harry?" She asked.
Hermione and I shook our heads, she sighed.
"He came to our house this morning; we travelled here by Flu Powder." I couldn't help but grin, I had travelled by Flu Powder once, the only downside to it was that you got covered in dust and soot. I paid attention to Mrs Weasley who had started talking again. "Harry had never done it before, he said Diegon Alley apparently." My eyes widened, that place was dangerous. It looped into Knockturn Alley, which was rather creepy if you ask me.
"If you want, I'll keep a look out while I go and get some last minute things." I offered.
Mrs Weasley smiled at me. "Thank you dear, goodness knows where he's gone…" She looked at the book shop. "Well, we best be getting the children their books." It was then that I noticed Ginny; she was sort of hiding behind a man that could only be their father.
I looked up at him. "Mr Weasley?"
Mr Weasley looked at me with a smile. He walked over to me and shook my hand. "Pleasure to meet you Amber. Molly told me about you when she got home from the platform last year." I smiled, that day was very eventful. "It's a pleasure to finally meet you."
I smiled. "Ditto." I looked at Ginny who was now holding on to her mothers arm. "You're starting at Hogwarts this year aren't you Ginny?"
Ginny looked up at me with wide eyes before she nodded, I smiled. "There's nothing to be scared of, the first day is always the most nerve-wracking. You'll love it once your there, I'll always be wandering around. Don't be scared to come and say hello."
A small smile appeared on her face and Mrs Weasley chuckled. "Thank you Amber. Ginny needed a confidence boost."
I smiled. "I'm happy to have provided it." I looked up at mum. "I need to get a few things for Bella."
She nodded. "We'll go into Flourish and Blotts and get your books."
I smiled. "Okay."
Hermione tugged on my arm. "Is it alright if I come with you?" She asked.
A crooked grin plastered itself on my face. "Of course."
"Thank you." I said with a smile to the shopkeeper as she handed me the things I had purchased in a small bag. I looked around for Hermione, but I couldn't see her. I heard her yell 'Harry!' So I walked outside just in time to see her fix Harry's glasses.
Hagrid stood next to Harry; he looked down at me as I stopped next to Hermione. "Hello Amber, my goodness, you've grown."
My cheeks flushed a bright shade of red, he was right though, I had grown. My hair was longer now, it swung half way down my back, it was straight up the top and I still had my ringlets down the bottom, and I was a few centremetres taller.
He chuckled. "You'll be alright now then, Harry?" Harry nodded. "Right, I'll leave you to it."
We called out our goodbyes after him as he walked away. Hermione then grabbed his arm and pulled him along, I rushed after them. "Come on." She said. "Everyone's been so worried."
We walked into a rather crowded Flourish and Blotts, Hermione dragged Harry up to Mrs Weasley who fussed over him, I walked up to mum and dad.
"You got your things for Bella?" Dad asked. I nodded and he took the bag from me. I smiled.
"So…umm… Why is it so crowded in here?" I asked.
Mum went to answer but was cut off. "Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Gilderoy Lockheart."
I groaned in annoyance. Not this guy… He was some stuck up writer who thought he was the greatest man alive. If you ask me he's probably lying about it all. But nonetheless, the room was filled with applause, I simply rolled my eyes. He walked out and waved slightly, a man made his way through the crowd and began to take photos. Lockheart turned from one side to the other; he stopped halfway through a turn and stared.
"It can't be Harry Potter…" He muttered.
I watched as the photographer yanked Harry out of the crowd and Lockheart pulled him to his side as a photo was taken, he then began to talk. "Ladies and gentlemen, what an extraordinary moment this is. When young Harry, stepped into Flourish and Blotts this morning to purchase my autobiography: Magical Me." The room applauded again. "Which incidentally is currently celebrating its twenty-seventh week atop the daily prophet best seller list." They clapped, yet again. All the women in the room were practically swooning over him, all but me and my mum. Ron and I shared a bored look. "He had no idea that he would in fact be leaving… With my entire, collected works." He pushed a stack of books into Harry's arms. "Free of charge." The room clapped again.
I tugged on mum's shoulder and she leaned down. I whispered in her ear. "I'd rather just leave." She held back laughter and I smiled, dad's look was quizzical, mum whispered in his ear and he let out a small hoot of laughter. "I'm gonna go wait outside okay, before I throw up from being around him too long."
Dad grinned. "Whatever you say kiddo."
I followed Harry, Ron and Ginny to the front door. Fred, George and Percy were flicking through some books. I looked up at the staircase to our right and groaned. Malfoy was walking down to stand in front of us.
"Bet you loved that, didn't you Potter!" He snapped. "Famous, Harry Potter. Can't even go into a bookshop without making the front page."
Ginny stepped forward. "Leave him alone."
"Oh look, Potter." He said with an amused smile. "You got yourself a girlfriend."
I scoffed. "Not really Malfoy, the fact that she's standing up to you just proves that you don't scare anyone."
I heard Fred laugh behind me and I elbowed him in the stomach. Malfoy turned to me, he was about to say something but a metal thing rested on his shoulder.
"Now, now Draco. Play nicely." A voice said. The man behind Malfoy looked just like him… But older. I'm guessing it was his father. The man smiled. "Mr Potter. Lucius Malfoy." He stuck his hand out and Harry shook it. "We meet at last. Forgive me." He pulled on Harry's arm and used his staff thing to move his fringe out of the way so that he could look at his scar. "Your scar is legend, as of course is the wizard who gave it to you."
"Voldemort killed my parents." He replied, Mr Malfoy let him go and he stepped back. "He was nothing more than a murderer."
"You must be very brave." He began. "To mention his name. Or are you foolish?"
"Fear of a name, only increases fear of the thing itself." Hermione spoke up. I didn't even know she was there.
Lucius looked at her. "And you must be… Miss Granger? Yes, Draco's told me all about you… And your parents." I glared at him. "Muggles…are they?" He asked before looking at me. His eyes widened slightly. "Miss Dawson… Correct?"
I nodded. "Mr Malfoy." I replied.
"I've heard quite a bit about you, a fellow pure blood like Draco. Yet… you choose to interact with the cross breed's?" He asked.
"Pure blood or not." I spat. "It doesn't have any meaning to me, besides… At least I can tell who's worth my time." My eyes narrowed. "And who isn't."
He seemed slightly taken back by my words before he looked at Ron. "Let me see, red hair, vagrant expressions." He reached into a bucket Ginny had with her and pulled out a book. "Tatty, second-hand book. You must be… The Weasley's." I began to take a step forward but stopped when I felt Fred's hand grip my shoulder, I instantly calmed down.
"Children." Mr Weasley began; his sudden presence surprised me a little. "It's mad in here, let's go outside."
"Well, well, well. Weasley senior." Lucius muttered.
Mr Weasley looked up at him. "Lucius."
"Busy time at the ministry, Arthur. All those extra raids, I do hope they're paying you overtime." He said, obviously amused. "But, judging by the state of this… I'd say not." He stared at Mr Weasley for a moment before he spoke again. "What's the use in being a disgrace to the name of wizard, if they don't even pay you well for it?"
Fred's grip on my shoulder tightened slightly, I looked up at him, he seemed a little peeved. I reached up and rested my hand on his, his grip loosened.
"We have a very different idea about what disgraces the name of wizard, Malfoy." Mr Weasley spat.
"Clearly." He replied. "Associating with Muggles." He murmured, stepping forward and placing Ginny's book back in her bucket. Did she have two? "And I thought your family could sink no lower." I gripped Fred's hand tighter… That comment was uncalled for. Mr Weasley turned to us and smiled before looking back at Lucius. "I'll see you at work." With that, he turned and walked outside.
Malfoy came and stood in front of us. "See you at school."
I rolled my eyes as Draco followed his father; I looked up at Fred who seemed mildly relaxed now. "You okay?" I asked.
He looked down at me and smiled, he ruffled my hair and I giggled. "I'm fine."
"Amber?" I turned at the sound of my name. Mum and dad were walking towards me, my books in their hands. "All done, ready to go?" She asked, I nodded.
Mr Weasley looked at his watch. "We best be going now, you're all going to be late otherwise."
I grinned. "Alrighty! Let's get going! Hogwarts, here we come!"
Laughter boomed throughout the shop as we walked outside.
BWA: Ta-da! Chapter one is up! -Wipes tear- I'm so proud.
Muse: You're also very weird.
BWA: Tell me something I don't know.
Amber: ... I can't think of anything to say.
BWA: Good for you. Um, if anyone was wondering where I got the name for the title of this chapter, it's 'Here It Goes Again - OK Go.' In the video clip they dance on treadmills, I think it's cool.
Emmett: -Runs in and sits down- I'm back!
BWA: -Laughs- Nice of you to join me.
Emmett: For anyone who thinks this is weird, a whole bunch of us basically come and talk to her while she updates her stories.
BWA: They help me think of things to say.
Alice: Oh, oh, oh. Can I say it?
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