Author's Notes: Another entry for Asking Me Where My Love Grows' First Kiss Challenge. Freeverse-ish.
Padma Patil was born
after her sister,
but she was left behind by a thousand years.
Parvati received her Hogwarts letter
before Padma did,
and after that the gap between them only widened.
Everyone said the girls would be in Gryffindor.
They were so brave
They were so fiery,
People only saw
She was the brave one,
she was the fiery one,
so she was the one people noticed.
And they assumed Padma was as her sister was.
Padma was put in Ravenclaw.
she didn't strike them as the bookish type.
Perhaps if anyone had ever gotten to know her, they would have known that she
...loved to learn.
Parvati made friends quickly.
Padma's only friends were books.
Parvati made top marks without trying.
Padma studied to scrape her E's.
Parvati got Harry Potter.
Padma got Ron Weasley.
Double herbology with the Slytherins.
Padma met Blaise Zabini.
Blaise was everything
the rest of the world was.
He didn't even know Parvati.
When she spoke to him, Padma felt as though
she had finally found someone who knew her and cared for her because she was her,
not because she was her sister's twin.
Hogsmeade. First date.
He leaned over and kissed her.
Her first kiss.
Parvati had never been kissed.
At least Padma
could best her sister at one thing.
Padma lost her virginity
before her sister did.
It was a shameful victory, but the only one Padma had.