I was woken early the following Monday, it was September 1st. Today was the day. It was finely time to go back to school. Despite the fact that my least favorite creatures would also be attending, I was still super excited to be going back to school. I loved school. It was my home. It was the first place that I had ever been 100% at ease. I really hoped that the vampires wouldn't change that. After all Hogwarts will still be Hogwarts.
I went down stairs to get some breakfast, and found that it was complete and total chaos. Apparently Hermione and I were the only ones that packed all our stuff up days ago. I was completely ready to go. I had packed that last of my clothes last night. The only things that were not packed were the clothes on my body and the boots on my feet. But the Weasleys weren't the most organized people on the planet, but they made up for it by being the most amazing family and friends in the world.
I sat in the kitchen and watched everyone run up and down stairs looking for their belongings and trying to shove it all into their trunks. It was quite amusing to watch and I was greatly entertained. Hermione came down stairs and sat across from me. She looked very calm and collected as always. We could hear Mrs. Weasley from up the stairs yelling at one of the others to hurry up and stop messing around.
"You would think they would learn." I said laughing.
"But then they wouldn't be them" she chuckled.
We surprisingly did leave the house on schedule and made it to kings cross half an hour before it was time for the train to leave. It was busy of course, even more so than normal because of all the extra students… It was abundantly clear who the vampires were. They were all in their Hogwarts uniform and robes already. Apparently no one told them that it's a 7 hour train ride to Hogwarts and that they can change on the way there. Oh well.
Hermione, Ron and I all pushed our carts over to an empty box car and put all our stuff into the empty compartment. We sat down and talked to our friends that passed by. I was so happy to be going back to school. I couldn't wait to start playing quittage again. Maybe we would win the quittage cup again! I wonder who would be the captain this year.
Ron and I were talking about the possible prospects when one of my least favorite people in the world appeared. Draco Malfoy was at the door to our compartment with his two cronies, Crab and Doyle, on either side of him.
"Why hello Potter."
"Malfoy" I replied coolly
"Have you heard the big new" he said with a glint in his eye.
I remained silent, not wanting to set myself up for anything.
"No, I didn't think so. My father told me weeks ago. Apparently being "the girl who lived" doesn't have to many perks, now dose it Potter. You would think you would get something out of it wouldn't you."
"Go away Malfoy."
"No I don't think I will. Say tell me, have you talked to any of the vampires yet? I have, some of the Volturi are in my compartment right now. And Potter, If I were you, I'd watch my back, they would all love to get a bite out of you. I have to say, I hope one of them succeeds."
Ron got up then and pushed Malfoy out the door. Hard. Malfoy looked up at him with a look of shock that quickly turned into rage.
"Just wait until my father.."
"Oh shut up Malfoy, and get the hell out of here." Ron yelled at him.
Malfoy looked like he wanted to say something else but thought better of it. He got up and shot us a dirty look and went back to whatever hole he climbed out of.
"Were going here more about that later." Hermione said sighing
"I don't care. He's lucky I didn't hit that pretty face of his. Where does he get off saying that to you and playing nice with though blood sucking leaches. Someone needed to put him in his place." Ron said, his face turning red.
Ron didn't get upset a lot about things, but when he did, he really got fired up. You never wanted to be on the receiving end of his anger either.
I was glad I had a friend like him, someone to stick up for me when I needed it.
The rest of the train ride went without incident after that. We talked, laughed, ate, and laughed some more. It was probably the best time I had all summer, apart from the world cup. Through the whole ride I didn't see one vampire, they were probably all on the other end of the train. Hopefully this would continue and I would never see them at school either.
When we finally arrived to the station the sun had already gone down. There were students everywhere, trying to find friends and get into carriages, first years trying to find out where on earth they were supposed to go, Vampires standing out awkwardly here and there. I could see the little girl, Jane, and a little bit away from her, the three men with weird eyes and skin that had come up to me outside the Leaky Caldron. There were a lot of them; they were all standing together on the other side of the station from me. I didn't see the Cullens anywhere. That was just fine by me.
I fallowed Ron and Hermione into a carriage, Neville came and sat with us too. After the a few moments and everyone was safely seated, the carriages began to move of their own accord. It was about a 10 minute ride until we pulled up to Hogwarts. The castle was amazingly beautiful all lit up. We were all ushered in through the main entrance hall and then went into the dining hall. It was breath taking inside too, the ceiling enchanted to look like the night sky, the candles flouting in mid-air, the solid gold cups and plates set at the long house tables, it was truly beautiful.
We sat at our usual place at the Gryffindor table and waited for the sorting to begin. I wonder if the vampires will be sorted the same way as the other first years. I guess I would find out.
Everyone was chatting and catching up with their friends and having a grand time when we heard the dining hall doors open loudly as they always did. Everyone turned in their seat to see the new first years come in. The normal first years, the human ones, were in front, followed by the vampires. The Three men were leading the Volturi and perhaps some other vampires, but I couldn't tell the difference between them and the Volturi. I was so nervous. What if the Cullens were about to walk in? Would they recognize me? If they did would they say or do something, or would they ignore me and pretend not to know me? I had no idea but I was about to find out.
"Please don't be here, please don't be here, please don't be here" I chanted to myself in my head "I will give anything for you not to be here"
It didn't do any good, as I said it to myself I saw Carlisle, and I knew beyond all doubt that the rest would fallow. I looked down at my hands the moment I saw Carlisle. I didn't want them to see me, I knew at some point they would realize who I was and some kind of interrogation would ensue, but the longer I could put that off the better. I didn't want to talk to them or for them to try and talk to me.
I also didn't want people to know that used to be connected to these creatures; I didn't want people to know that at one point I had loved some of these awful creatures. I would die from the shame of it. What would Ron and Hermione say? What would everyone think of me? They would probably think that there was something wrong with me. I know that if I heard of someone one having a relationship with one of them I would think they were crazy, or stupid, or suicidal, or maybe all three. It wouldn't matter that I hadn't known about them or how truly evil they were. People would still think that I was crazy, or stupid, or suicidal, or all three. This would ruin my life if it got out.
Hopefully, pray to god oh mighty, they wouldn't recognize me at first glance, and that we would be around each other enough for any of them to realize.
Mrs. Managore lead the new first year up to the front of the room and had them all line up to wait, she then summoned the sorting hat and his stool to herself and placed it in the center of the platform where the students would be sorted. She stepped to the side and waited for the hat to begin his song.
The hat opened its wide brim and began his song
" In times of old, when I was new,
And Hogwarts barely started,
The founders of our noble school
Thought never to be parted.
United by a common goal,
They had the selfsame yearning
To make the world's best magic school
And pass along their learning.
"Together we will build and teach"
The four good friends decided.
And never did they dream that they
Might someday be divided.
For were there such friends anywhere
As Slytherin and Gryffindor?
Unless it was the second pair
Of Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw,
So how could it have gone so wrong?
How could such friendships fail?
Why, I was there, so I can tell
The whole sad, sorry tale.
Said Slytherin, "We'll teach just those
Whose ancestry's purest."
Said Ravenclaw, "We'll teach those whose
Intelligence is surest"
Said Gryffindor, "We'll teach all those
With brave deeds to their name."
Said Hufflepuff, "I'll teach the lot
And treat them just the same."
These differences caused little strife
When first they came to light.
For each of the four founders had
A house in which they might
Take only those they wanted, so,
For instance, Slytherin
Took only pure-blood wizards
Of great cunning just like him.
And only those of sharpest mind
Were taught by Ravenclaw
While the bravest and the boldest
Went to daring Gryffindor.
Good Hufflepuff, she took the rest
and taught them all she knew,
Thus, the Houses and their founders
Maintained friendships firm and true.
So Hogwarts worked in harmony
for several happy years,
but then discord crept among us
feeding on our faults and fears.
The Houses that, like pillars four
had once held up our school
now turned upon each other and
divided, sought to rule.
And for a while it seemed the school
must meet an early end.
what with dueling and with fighting
and the clash of friend on friend.
And at last there came a morning
when old Slytherin departed
and though the fighting then died out
he left us quite downhearted.
And never since the founders four
were whittled down to three
have the Houses been united
as they once were meant to be.
And now the Sorting Hat is here
and you all know the score:
I sort you into Houses
because that is what I'm for.
But this year I'll go further,
listen closely to my song:
though condemned I am to split you
still I worry that it's wrong,
though I must fulfill my duty
and must quarter every year
still I wonder whether sorting
may not bring the end I fear.
Oh, know the perils, read the signs,
the warning history shows,
for our Hogwarts is in danger
from external, deadly foes
and we must unite inside her
or we'll crumble from within
I have told you, I have warned you...
let the Sorting now begin."
"That wasn't the song he sang when he sorted us" I said to Ron and Hermione while clapping and cheering
"He makes up a new one every year, he probably spends the whole year coming up with it" Ron said back to me also clapping.
The sorting started then, Mrs. Managore took out her list with all the students names and called up the first person
"Aro" she called out with a very sever look, she didn't look happy.
I strained to see who it was, and then I realized that I recognized him. It was one of the men that had come up to me, He was dressed in school robes now of course and he was sitting on the stool with the hat on his head. He didn't look one bit nervous.
The hat took maybe 10 seconds before shouting out "Slytherin!"
Aro, Looking very pleased walked over to the Slytherin house table and say down. Malfoy looked very pleased about this also.
Up next was a human girl, who was sorted into ravenclaw, then another girl who was put in Hufflepuff, and then another vampire who, was also put in Slytherin.
The sorting continued and my prediction turned out to come true. Every single vampire so far was sorted into Slytherin.
Finally it was time for the Cullens.
"Cullen, Alice" Mrs. Managore said
Little Alice, looking the same as ever, skipped over to the hat and smashed it on her head.
The sorting hat took a long time with Alice, and then finally shouted out
Alice Got up and walked over to the Slytherin table
Next was Carlisle, the hat took a long time with him too, but he also was put in Slytherin
Then it was Edward.
"Cullen, Edward" Mrs. Managore called him up.
He walked to the sorting hat at a normal pace and sat down calmly, he looked just the same as he did the last time I saw him. I couldn't take my eyes off him. I didn't love him anymore, really I didn't, but seeing him after all this time, it felt wrong. Like we were both totally different people, and really, we were.
The hat took his sweet time sorting Edward
"Please don't be in Gryffindor" I said to myself.
This time my silent plea was met.
"Slytherin!" The hat shouted and Edward joined his Father and sister at the Slytherin table.
The rest of the sorting went by; all the vampires were in Slytherin, as expected. The Slytherin looked thrilled by this. I can't imagine why, beyond the fact that they were gunna have to live with a bunch of leaches; their common room was going to be so crowded.
The feast went smoothly and by the time it was done I think I had eaten more than I had all summer, now being well ready for bed, Ron, Hermione, and I all made our way towards the doors of the dining hall so we could go up to bed. We were waiting to get through when I felt eyes on the back of my head, I turned to see who it could be.
I instantly locked eyes with him, with Edward, and I knew beyond all doubt that he knew. He looked at me with such anger that I knew that it was a good thing that there were tons of people separating us. I shot him a look of deepest loathing and I turned my head back and pushed my way through the crowd of people dragging Ron and Hermione with me. The sooner I was away from him the better.