A/N: Hi all! well here is the beginning of a brand new story. This idea has been playing on my mind for a while, but it's only now I have finally got round to formulating the plot and getting writing! No one has read it yet, so I have had no feedback about how it is, so would really appreciate some!
A bit of info on the story... It's based around the Marauders especially Sirius Black, and his brother, and their love interests etc... Lily's in this too, so there might be a bit of Lily/James in there too ;)
I would love suggestions, the plot isn't concrete yet, so ideas are handy :P But yeah, I'll stop talking now and let you get reading :)
Disclaimer: As with all disclaimers, I own nothing but my OCs and the plot :)
My hands gripped my luggage trolley tightly, my knuckles white. I took a deep breath, again, and stared at the wall. One way or another, I was going to have to go through it, whether I walked, ran, or fell.
I closed my eyes, and, ran. All thoughts of avoiding muggle eyes left me, as all I could concentrate on was not thinking about how I was running into a wall.
The trolley jolted suddenly, and I thought I'd crashed into the wall. I opened my eyes expecting to see my luggage spilt all over the floor, and all eyes staring at me.
Instead, I opened my eyes to see my mum who had already gone through, replacing her wand in her pocket.
"Aurora, darling, be careful, you nearly mowed down these two poor boys." My mother scolded in a gentle and somewhat amused voice.
My eyes turned to the two boys who were looking at me in similar amusement. I blushed.
"Sorry." I mumbled, looking away and down at the trolley.
"S'ok." One of them said, and I looked up again. The other nodded, and they both smiled. I assumed they were brothers, they both had the same dark hair and chiseled features.
"See you on the train maybe, we've left mother with the trolley." The other said, before they both walked away.
I attempted to push the trolley again, but whatever spell my mum had cast to stop the trolley, was still in effect.
"Oh yes, of course." She waved her wand again, and the trolley wheels began to turn again like normal.
"Well, welcome to platform 9¾." My mum smiled, gazing around the platform, eyes glazed with memories. She blinked, smiled at me again, and helped me lift my trunk off the trolley.
"Good luck, darling!" My mum pulled me into her arms and gave me a huge hug.
"You're going to love it." My dad spoke, appearing behind me. I could only guess he'd been off catching up with some old school friends, dropping their own children off for school.
I grinned. In spite of my nerves at starting a new school, I was definitely excited. I'd heard so many stories of Hogwarts from my parents and Aunt Minerva who taught there, and quite frankly I couldn't wait.
I hugged my dad next.
"Bye Dad, I'm gonna miss you."
"Me too Roe," he said, using my nickname, "Write everyday!"
I nodded. "I'll try Dad!"
A whistle sounded loudly, and all the remaining students on the platform surged towards the doors. I grabbed hold of my trunk and owl cage and followed them, butterflies in my stomach.
I lifted my trunk into the train with a little difficulty, and set off looking for somewhere to sit. There wasn't any free compartments left, so I knocked at the door of one with two girls in it. They looked about my age, and pretty friendly, so I thought maybe this would be a good opportunity to make some friends.
"Hi! Can I join you?" I asked, smiling what I hoped was a friendly smile. They both returned my smile, and invited me in, one standing up to help me lift my luggage into the rack.
"Thanks. I'm Aurora Munro." I smiled at the red-haired girl who had helped me.
"Hey! I'm Lily, Lily Evans!" The girl grinned.
"Hey Lily!" I grinned back, trying to mirror her enthusiasm.
"This is my friend, Janie."
"Hi, Jane Warrick." The girl smiled, introducing herself, and motioned for me to come sit next to her.
"Warrick?" I asked, as I sat down, "Is your dad called Humphrey by any chance?"
"Yeah, he is, why?"
"He went to school with my father, Jonathon Munro! He talks about him sometimes."
"Really? Yes, I'm sure I've heard him mention the name!" She grinned.
I was glad to have something in common with someone, it was like it helped break the tension of meeting someone new.
The train began to move, and I looked out the window at the parents waving on the platform. We all stood up and waved, and I could see my mum getting tearful as she waved. I realized I was going to miss my parents a lot.
"So can you believe it? Hogwarts?" Lily burst out once we had sat back down, an excited grin on her face.
"I know, I'm so excited!" Jane agreed.
"I hope I'm in Gryffindor." Lily said, tucking her legs up on the seats and smoothing out her long red hair.
"Me too," I said, "All my family has been in Gryffindor." I thought of my aunt, Transfiguration teacher and Head of Gryffindor and wondered if I should mention it. I decided against it, I didn't want to be singled out this early on.
"I want to be in Gryffindor too, but I'm scared I'll get put in Slytherin. My mother was a Slytherin, and so were most of her family. My father was a Gryffindor, a lot of his family were Hufflepuffs… I could be anything!" Janie moaned.
"Oh no, I hope you're a Gryffindor, we'd get to share a dorm and stuff! Oooh, the food trolley!" Lily exclaimed, attention diverted to the little old lady knocking on the compartment window.
"Anything from the trolley, dears?" she asked, opening the door and popping her head in.
"Ooh yes please!" Janie jumped up, little beaded purse in hand, with Lily close behind. I got up and followed, pulling my own purse out of my pocket.
That's when I saw those brothers again. Well, one of them. He emerged from a compartment to our left, and joined the small queue for food.
"Oh, hi again." He smiled.
"Hey." I smiled back shyly.
"I never introduced myself before, I'm Sirius Black." He nodded, a smile on his face.
"Hi, I'm Aurora. Uh, Munro."
"Nice name." he smiled.
The other brother appeared, emerging from a different compartment.
"Flirting already Sirius?" he asked, smirking. I blushed. Sirius elbowed his brother in the side, and shoved him out of the queue.
"Me? Nahh." He said, then winked at me. I went even redder.
"Regulus Black." The other brother introduced himself.
"Yeah, my twat of a younger brother." Sirius nodded, then paid for a few boxes of Bertie Bots Beans.
"I'm only younger by a few months!" Regulus protested.
"Enough for you to be born in the previous year, that makes you younger than me."
I raised an eyebrow in amusement.
"I'm in the same year as you!" Regulus protested, paying for his sweets and glaring at Sirius.
"Yeah, yeah, I'm bored, go away." Sirius said. He turned to walk away. "See ya at the Sorting, Aurora!" he called, before disappearing inside.
"Such an idiot." Regulus shook his head and smiled at me.
"He doesn't seem that bad…" I said, not wanting to take sides in sibling rivalry.
"Yeah, whatever you say…" he winked, "See you later."
I paid for my chocolate frogs and returned to my compartment.
"Were you talking to Sirius and Regulus Black?" Lily exclaimed.
"Um, yes?" I replied, unsure what she meant.
Lily shuddered. "The Blacks are a family of purebloods, I heard they're snooty, and posh, and uh anti-non-purebloods." she shuddered again, and Janie nodded in agreement.
"Really? They seemed perfectly nice to me…" I said in confusion.
Snooty? Posh? Okay, maybe they were a bit posh… but they didn't seem like the types to be concerned with blood status…?
"Hmph." Lily just shrugged, and picked up her copy of Witch Weekly off the chair.
"OHH!" Janie suddenly exclaimed, "Look, there's Hogwarts!"
She'd been looking out of the window since it had started to get dark, searching for a glimpse of Hogwarts. Lily and I looked up from our books or magazines, and followed her gaze.
"Wow," I breathed, "It's beautiful." And it really was.
"Shoot, better get our robes on!" Lily said, yanking her trunk down out of the rack.
"Oh, let me help you, Lily. My Aunt taught me a spell…" I pulled out my wand, "Accio Lily's robes!" I said confidently, waving my wand.
The trunk popped open and the robes flew out and landed on the chairs, then the trunk shut itself.
"Merlin, that was cool!" Lily grinned, "Let me try." She pulled out her wand. "Accio Jane's robes!"
The same thing happened, Jane's robes flew out of her trunk in the rack, and landed on her lap.
"COOL!" Jane giggled, "My turn! Accio Aurora's robes."
My robes flew out of my trunk and landed in my arms.
"Nicely done guys." I smiled.
"Weeeell, you learn something new everyday." Jane giggled.
In the Great Hall, I was still cringing. My auntie in her witch hat and tartan robes had been waiting for us First Years as we entered Hogwarts, and she did the speech she'd been telling me about, introducing us to the school.
I wasn't sure how to act around her, whether it was ok to call her Auntie or if I should call her Professor or something. Unfortunately for me, she made a big show of smiling at me, and reminding me that I was to call her Professor McGonagall at school. All eyes were on me. Every single First Year. And yes, I blushed as usual.
Lily nudged me, "You didn't tell me McGonagall is your aunt!"
Janie nodded, "It makes sense though, you have the same accent."
We were then lead into the Great Hall. I looked around in awe, taking in all I could see, the enchanted ceiling, the four house tables, the teachers, the student's faces staring at us… Butterflies stirred in my stomach again.
One by one, the First Years were called up to sit on the worn wooden stool in front of the whole school, and be sorted by the shabby Sorting Hat, after it had sang. It was an… interesting… song, about evil and destruction, and how we all needed to be careful and loyal to those around us, or something like that. I wasn't really paying full attention at that point…
The Black brothers were among the first to be sorted. Regulus in Slytherin (no surprise, according to Lily) and Sirius had been placed in Gryffindor after much deliberation on the hat's part. This seemed a surprise move, I thought siblings were usually placed in the same house, but they both seemed happy about it, and their houses cheered as they sat down.
I stood with Janie and Lily, waiting to be called. First of us three, was Lily, and she was immediately put into Gryffindor. She beamed at us as she went to sit at Gryffindor table.
"Munro, Aurora." Auntie – I mean – Professor McGonagall called.
Janie squeezed my hand briefly, and I walked up and sat down on the stool. The hat was placed on my head, and I held my breath, fingers crossed behind my back.
Ahh, interesting… it spoke, and I knew it was only I who could hear it.
A clever head and a wonderfully kind heart… Hufflepuff? No… Ravenclaw. No… there is a bravery, a stubborn bravery… I think…
"Gryffindor!" the hat called, and the Gryffindor table erupted into cheers, the rest of the tables just clapping politely.
I saw McGonagall give me a secret smile as I walked to the long table. Janie grinned and gave me thumbs up as I passed, and I crossed my fingers back at her, hoping all my new friends would be in Gryffindor too.
I went and sat next to Lily. She was pink with excitement, and grinning broadly.
"Aurora! Yay! I knew we'd be together!" I grinned back, just as happy as she was.
"Hey Aurora!" Sirius said, from where he was sitting across the table from us. "Glad you're with me too, right?" He grinned cheekily and I tried not to gape at him.
"Right, yeah, sure she is." Lily said dismissively, then got to introducing me to everyone.
"Guys, this is Aurora Munro. This is Remus Lupin, Marlene McKinnon and Frank Longbottom." she gestured.
Each greeted her with smiles and 'heys'
"…And oh look, there's Peter." Sirius laughed as the next person to be Sorted into Gryffindor came and sat down next to him.
"Hey." I smiled back at everyone, trying to sound confident.
"Oh look, we're stuck with James Potter too." Sirius chuckled sarcastically, as the boy came and sat down.
"Fancy seeing you here." James shoved Sirius' shoulder as he came to sit down next to Peter.
I was distracted from the Sorting for a few moments, whispering with Lily about our good fortune of being in the same house, and trying to memorize everyone's names.
I clapped along as another First Year was Sorted into Gryffindor.
"Hi!" She smiled, sitting down next to me, "I'm Alice Prewitt!"
"Hey, I'm Aurora Munro." I smiled back, everyone else also introducing themselves.
"Yay, another girl! Hi, I'm Lily!" Lily introduced herself excitedly.
The clapping died out, and the next student stepped up to be sorted.
"Severus! Oh I hope he's in Gryffindor." Lily murmured, crossing her fingers on both hands.
"Slytherin!" The Sorting Hat shouted. The dark-haired boy smiled weakly, and headed to his table, catching Lily's eye briefly.
"Oh dear." Lily said simply, and frowned.
"A friend of yours?" I asked.
"Yes, Severus Snape… he lives close to me, we've been friends for years. When we both got our Hogwarts letters we hoped we'd be in the same house…"
"Oh, I'm sorry. I'm sure you'll still be able to stay friends and hang out and stuff. I heard Slytherins and Gryffindors often have lessons together." I reassured her.
"I guess so… Oh! Look, it's Janie's turn!" She exclaimed, pointing to the front where Jane was sitting on the stool with the hat on her head.
We both crossed our fingers…
"Yes!" Lily and I both said at the same time, clapping and cheering along with the rest of the Gryffindors. Janie blushed slightly as she came to sit down, and beamed at us.
"Phew! I'm in Gryffindor! Thank Merlin!" she grinned.
"Everyone, this is Jane Warrick." Lily said loudly over the clapping, and everyone nodded and smiled and introduced themselves again.
The clapping died away and the next student was called up. A loud rumble made a few of us giggle.
"I'm pretty hungry…" Peter said, flushing red.
"Me too." Agreed Remus, tapping his stomach.
"I hope the food is soon." James nodded, staring longingly at his plate. All I could do was giggle quietly. Boys and their food!
Soon the Sorting was finished. I perked up immediately, as did everyone else, wondering if this meant we could eat. The headmaster seemed to have other ideas.
Dumbledore stood up at the front of the Great Hall, and silence swept through the room. His blue eyes twinkled as he smiled at us, eyes seeming to take in every students face.
"Welcome!" he began, "To all our old students returning for another year here at Hogwarts, and to all our new students. I am sure you are all thinking solely of dinner right now, so I won't keep you from the delicious feast long.
"Filch has asked me to remind you of the restrictions on certain items, the full list is on his office door, and as always, the Forbidden Forest is strictly out of bounds to all who value their life." He paused to look around the room, probably at specific students he suspected of trouble making.
"After the feast, First Years should follow their house Prefects to their new houses, to learn passwords and such, and all students will receive their new timetables for the year tomorrow morning. Now, let the feast begin!" he finished with a smile, returning to his seat at the staff table as the food appeared suddenly on the tables.
"Oh Merlin, food!" Sirius yelped, almost diving in, his hands grabbing frantically and piling his plate.
"You'd think they don't get fed at home." Lily laughed, piling up her own plate.
"Bwe don'th!" James said through a mouthful of food.
"Sorry?" Lily asked, raising her eyebrows in both amusement and disgust.
James swallowed his mouthful loudly.
"We don't! I said." He grinned.
"Hm, sure…" Lily nodded slowly and sarcastically. There was a few moments of quiet while everyone was concentrating on the delicious food.
"By the way, you're hair's really pretty." James said suddenly, as if it was normal to say to a girl he'd just met.
Lily's eyebrows raised again. "What?"
"Your hair, it's really pretty." He repeated, before taking another bite of his roast chicken.
"Um, thanks." Lily half smiled, looking both a bit freaked out, and quite pleased.
"Your eyes too." James said, "Actually, you're really pretty."
Sirius chuckled. "Steady on there mate, it's not even first date yet."
Lily was as red as her hair, and she didn't reply, just stared down at her plate as she ate.
Janie nudged her. "Someone likes you." She whispered, wiggling her eyebrows and giggling.
"Oh shush." Lily replied, elbowing her back, trying not to smile.
A/N: How was it? I hope you liked it, please let me know what you think and I will try and update soon! :D