"Platform Nine and Three-Quarters: Hogwarts Express"
Guess I'm here I thought to myself seeing the sign. Everyone seemed really excited to be here, pushing each other playfully and laughing quite loudly. I stood with my luggage, watching, as all the young witches and wizards started boarding the train. Most had come with their parents, making faces as they received kisses and hugs that seemed to embarrass them. I wouldn't have minded that at all. I sighed and began boarding myself.
After passing a few compartments full of students I finally found an empty one and made myself at home. It's not as if I wasn't social or anything I just didn't feel like talking much today. I mean honestly my parents could've at least dropped me off. Well there's no point in worrying about that now I thought and rested myself back on the seat. After a few minutes and a lot of noise from the other students the train blew its whistle and started moving. Slowly but surely the Hogwarts Express began picking up speed and I closed my eyes, thinking of all the things this school year would bring.
"Nice going, now we don't have a place to sit!" a voice sounded from the corridor
"Don't even! You wanted to see the tarantula just as much as I did!" another said. This voice seemed a little louder than the last one. It was then that I heard the footsteps just outside the compartment door.
"Oh look here's one" One of them said. I opened my eyes and saw two identical looking boys with flaming hair walking into the compartment. At least I thought they were identical, I could only see their backs. They started to pile all their stuff in on the seat in front of me. Finally they turned around, jumping a little as they saw me there. They must've not seen me here until now. Well, I was right, they are identical I thought.
"Hi?" I said after what seemed like an entire minute of them staring at me.
"Oh, hello there, we didn't know anyone was here." Said one
"Sorry, I'm Fred by the way, Fred Weasley. This is my brother George. Is it alright if we stay here?" Fred asked
I answered them with a shrug and closed my eyes again. I hope they didn't think I was rude but I felt tired today, both physically and mentally. Either way they didn't seem to hesitate to take the seat and start talking. Most of it was about some tarantula some boy named Lee had brought, they moved on from one topic to another until I once again heard footsteps. A girl with big hair stood next to a round faced boy as they looked around the compartment for something.
"Have any of you seen a toad? Neville here's lost one" the girl said with a strict sounding tone. She seemed sort of pushy, maybe even angry, but at the same time not…
"No I'm sorry I haven't seen any. But I'll let you know if I do" I told them with a small smile. They then looked over at the twins who both shook their heads to say they hadn't either. The girl sighed and they both walked away.
"She talks!" said one of the twins as the other laughed; they looked so similar I didn't know which was which. I laughed a little at his comment and nodded my head. "So, mystery girl, got a name?" he asked. They didn't seem angry with my behavior so I laughed again
"Yeah, sorry, I'm Katerina. It's nice to meet you" I said raising my hand to shake theirs. They both took their turn shaking it and said "Nice to meet you" at the same time.
"So are you a first year?" asked one of the twins
"Yes, I am. Are you two?" I asked
"Nope. George here and I are third years." said Fred, I assumed.
"Which house are you hoping to get into? We're in Gryffindor by the way" said George
"I don't really mind any. They all seem nice to me" I said. In all honesty I meant it but I could tell from their faces that they didn't think the same. Most people seemed to disagree with me about that but I didn't care. Hogwarts was a nice enough place that being sorted into a certain house didn't seem like that big a deal. As they were in Gryffindor I could guess which house they didn't like.
"So you'd be okay being put in Slytherin?" Fred asked as if horrified by the thought of it.
"Sure why not?" I said with a smile. Everyone had their own opinion on which house was best but to me they were all the same.
"Well she's peculiar isn't she George?" whispered Fred to his brother
"Yes, quite so. But she seems nice" George whispered back. I suppose they thought I couldn't hear them, but this was no surprise to me. I was always told I was strange. My parents said I should try to be more normal but it was easier said than done.
"Anything from the trolley, dearies?" a woman standing outside our door asked
"None for us thanks" said Fred and George at the same time. They sounded a little sad about it. Looking at their clothes a little more closely I realized why… I remembered, they'd said their last name was Weasley, my father had told me about them. He'd said they were purebloods who associated with Muggles and were poor, especially compared to us.
"I'll have some chocolate frogs and licorice wands please. Would you two like anything? I'm buying" I said and smiled at them. They looked surprised by my question as if they didn't know whether to accept or not. After some time they still didn't answer so I just ordered something for them as well, paid the woman, and handed them their share.
"We can't accept this" said George not meeting my eyes, although I could tell he wanted the sweets. I didn't mind, I had the money so why not share?
"Well it's a little late for that now isn't it" I said as they both looked up at me surprised. Apparently I could surprise them easily. "I've already paid for these sweets, and I certainly can't eat them all myself so why don't you two do me a favor and help me finish them"
After a little while the boys looked at each other, shrugged, and dug into the sweets. I was glad. I never understood why people put so much importance on money. But then again, since my family had so much, I wasn't one to talk. Fred, George and I all talked about Hogwarts and what was to come. They were still surprised that I was so indifferent on which house I would be in but that was all. One thing I did notice was that they were two very funny lads. Some hours passed and it came time to go change into our robes.
I came back to the compartment to see Fred and George already sitting in their seat eating the rest of the sweets. When they saw me George smiled while Fred spit up a little trying to say something with his mouth full of food. I laughed and they did the same. Once the voice overhead told us it was time to go we headed for the doors. The boys told me they'd save me a seat at the Gryffindor table whether I was sorted into that house or not. I appreciated that more than they realized and thanked them. I said my goodbyes, for now anyway, and headed to the really big man calling for first years.