Disclaimer: I own my OC's. Do I own Harry Potter? Not a chance.

AN: This one has been kicking around in my head for a long time, but thanks to RedCloakedMaiden, it has decided to come out. Thank you for your help.

Albus Severus Potter stared out of the window as Kings Cross faded from view. He pinched himself, still not entirely believing that he was FINALLY going to Hogwarts. Turning, he started to walk down the train in search of a compartment that was as far away from his brother as possible.


Scorpius checked the compartment was empty and sat down with a sigh of relief. Although he hadn't received many nasty stares, he would prefer to avoid them for as long as possible. And if Scorpius was honest with himself, he wasn't to keen on talking. Especially not while he was reading.

Reaching down into his bag, Scorpius pulled out a book that would have surprised the Weasley's and the Potters and everyone who thought that Malfoy's were pureblood snobs. Flipping open the first page, he smiled as he read the first line.

Sometimes it's dangerous to be different.


Rose Weasley stormed angrily out of the compartment. She had just about had enough of James's teasing for one day. What was wrong with wanting a pet basilisk?

Perhaps it was because she was so angry that she didn't see Albus until she walked right into him. With a snort of annoyance, she grabbed his arm and dragged him down the train.


Mei Lin nervously fiddled with her hair as she continued to walk down the train. While it was exciting to finally be on the Hogwarts Express, going to the same school her mother had gone to, Mei honestly thought that the idea of attending a school full of magic users was worrying. What if no one liked her? Or she was bullied? Or-

"Enough." Mei said aloud. "I'll just take the next compartment with a space in it." She told herself firmly. Inside, she was shaking with fear.

Fortunately, the next compartment she came to had only one occupant, a first year like herself, buried in a book of some kind. Swallowing hard, Mei stepped into the compartment.

"H-h-hi, do you mind if I come in?" she asked timidly.


Scorpius looked up at the girl standing at the entrance to the compartment. Clearly of Asian descent, she looked like she was positively scared of him.

"I don't bite, you know." Scorpius drawled. The girl smiled and stepped in.

"I'm Mei Lin." She said, holding out her hand.

Scorpius paused for a moment, before taking her hand and introducing himself.

"I'm Scorpius Malfoy." He said, wondering if his surname would scare her away. It didn't.

"Nice to meet you Scorpius." She said with a small smile. "Umm…What are you reading?"

Scorpius raised an eyebrow and lifted his book so she could see the title.

"Is it any good?" Mei pressed on, mentally cringing at the way she was talking.

Scorpius closed his book. "I've read it half a dozen times." He said with a shrug. As he opened his mouth to continue, a sudden burst of noise interrupted him and two more first years piled into the compartment.

"Excuse me, do you mind if we sit here?" The red haired girl shot out. Before anyone could say anything, she sat down. The boy brushed himself down and smiled.

"Sorry, my cousin isn't good at talking to people" He said sheepishly. "I'm Albus and this is Rose."

"Albus Potter and…" Scorpius paused and gave Rose an amused look. "Rose Weasley." He paused and pointed to Albus with a smirk. "You're going to be sorted into Gryffindor and save the world from some dark wizard or another." He then pointed to Rose. "You'll also be sorted into Gryffindor and will be the really brainy one of the group." He paused and pointed to himself, ignoring Rose and Albus's frowns. "I will be your petty school rival and enemy and will no doubt want to side with a dark lord who will want to try kill you."

Scorpius paused, an amused expression on his face. "You will, of course, thrash said dark lord and I will probably change sides at the last minute. Anyway, it's nice to meet you, can we put off being sworn enemies until we get to Hogwarts?"

There was a moment of complete silence in the compartment. Then everyone burst out laughing.

"I've got a better idea." Albus said with a grin. "How about we try being friends? And when you start banging on about blood-traitors and muggle-borns, we all fall out in angry silence?"

Scorpius raised an eyebrow.

"There's nothing to say you HAVE to have the same friends and enemies as your parents, you know." Rose added. Scorpius smirked.

"Yeah, friends I could do." He paused and offered her his hand, this time with a genuine smile. "Friends?"

"Friends." Rose said with a smile as she shook his hand. "What are you reading anyway?"

Scorpius picked up his book and showed them the title.

"Ultimate X-men, volume 1!" she exclaimed in surprise. "But that's-"

"A muggle comic series. Yes I know." Scorpius sighed dramatically. "I guess that I'll have to give up the whole 'I'm superior, because I'm pure-blood' attitude."

"That's good, because my dad's a muggle." Mei said, causing everyone to jump.

"Really? Are you muggle-born, like my mum?" Rose asked interestedly. "What's it like coming from a family of muggles? Have you read up about the wizarding world?" Mei stared at her with a slightly scared expression.

"Rose, I think you've overwhelmed her." Albus said with a grin. At this, Mei seemed to find her voice.

"I'm half-blood. Witch mother, muggle father." She told them quietly, looking at the floor.

"Really? What's it like? Does your mum ever hex your dad when they argue? What do-" Rose suddenly shut up as Albus put his hand over her mouth. He turned and faced the others.

"You'll have to forgive my cousin. She has a brain that operates at a million miles an hour and a mouth that moves even faster." Rose glared at Albus and pulled out her wand.

"I think he has a point." Scorpius commented with a smirk. Rose turned her glare to him and Albus laughed.

"I do NOT talk to much!" Rose snapped as Albus removed his hand. But the expression on her face simply made everyone laugh. As the train continued to snake its way through the countryside, the four of them continued to bounce banter off one another. And as the Hogwarts express pulled into the station, Mei turned and faced them with a smile.

"Let's promise to stay friends. No matter which house we end up in, we'll try to stay friends."

"Well, Al might be an annoying prat, but I think I can do that." Rose said with a smile.

"You know, as a Malfoy, I'm supposed to be your enemy." Scorpius said with a smirk. "But I don't fancy being a clone. Yeah, I'll give it a go."

"Well I guess I'd better know your weaknesses, if you're going to go all evil and everything." Albus added. "And I'm a rulebreaker too, so yeah, sounds good."

And as the four of them stepped off the train, Mei smiled. Now she had managed to make a couple of friends, Hogwarts didn't seem so scary.