Globetrotter Drabble Competition: Hong Kong, China
The Greenhouse Competition: Azalea
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: Charms
Beta: colorful swirls - thank you!
Action: A character must perform a spell incorrectly.
Quote: If at first you don't succeed, try try again.
Event: First day of school
Words: 328

It was the first day of school and she was nervous. Her palms were sweating and she found herself taking deep breaths in attempt to calm herself down. She had no friends yet, and that made her feel oddly anxious.

(Relax Ginevra, everyone will love you, once you show them how powerful you are.)

But the fact was, she wasn't powerful - she was ordinary, she was poor and ugly, just like Malfoy reminded her constantly.

(You're beautiful Ginevra - beautiful and powerful and don't let anyone make you doubt your own capabilities, ever.)

Her first lesson was Charms. She walked slowly, almost hesitantly to Professor Flitwick's classroom.

(You'll be amazing, Ginevra, trust me.)

It was the first spell, the first magic taught to her. She knew she had to prove herself.

"Wingardium Leviosa."

She waved her wand, almost slowly, in the way Professor Flitwick demonstrated, looking at her quill expectantly, but it didn't budge.

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again," Professor Flitwick encouraged them, walking around the classroom, smiling and she tried - tried again.

And again and again, and again.

Around her, her classmates' quills were flying, dancing, and there were shrieks of laughter in the air.

"I did it! Look at that, Flora!" Hestia Carrow cried out, delighted. Ginny's head dropped, in disappointment, in shame, and in embarrassment.

(Disappointed? Try again, Ginevra - this time, you'll succeed.)

She looked up, startled by the voice in her head and picked up her wand, once more.

"Wingardium Leviosa!" she said, force and magic radiating off of her, powerful and all the quills in the classroom rose, higher and higher, together in the air. The entire class turned to look her way.

"Oh, amazing work!" Professor Flitwick clapped his hands together, excited. "Twenty points to Gryffindor for the most extraordinary execution of the levitation charm I have seen in years!"

She couldn't have produced that, could she?

(Of course you can, Ginny - you just did.)