I Love You More than Myself Part One

Chapter 4

I opened the compartment door and stepped in. All eyes turned to look up at me. Sirius hadn't buttoned his shirt all the way and James didn't even have shoes on.

"Bloody hell, Tonks," Sirius said, hurriedly buttoning his shirt.

"What were you doing while I was gone? Geez it took you longer to get ready than a girl!" I said, laughing.

"We had a few topics to discuss, for your information," James said, grinning up at me.

"And… They were?" I said, looking between the two of them.

"Nothing in particular," James said, looking down to tie his shoe.

"You can tell me…" I said, throwing myself down on the seat behind me. I felt Remus shift in his seat. I looked over at him and he blushed and looked away.

"No we really can't," Sirius said, chuckling, tying his tie.

"Whatever," I said, sighing. I took a look out the window. "Hey, were almost there!"

I pointed out the window at the castle looming in the distance. It was gorgeous even in the darkness. It had too many towers to count, hundreds of lighted windows, and a beautiful black lake. It was surrounded by miles and miles of green forests.

"Isn't that the most beautiful thing you've ever seen?" I said, my face pressed against the glass of the train window, gazing up at it in awe.

"It is," I heard a soft musical voice speak next me. I turned to my right and saw Remus looking up next to me. He was staring fixedly up at the castle with a look upon his face of pure joy. I couldn't help but smile. The light from the castle illuminated his face, making his scars very predominant. It was almost a pity.

The train chugged along for a few more minutes before pulling into Hogsmeade station. Everyone was pushing to get off the train, obviously dreaming about the feast and a nice warm bed. Me, being pretty small, got pushed around a lot. Once we got onto the platform, I started listening for the thing Sasha and Aaron told me to listen for. The sound of the gamekeeper, Hagrid's, voice.

"Firs' years! O'er here! Firs' years follow me!"

Me, James, Sirius, and Remus pushed along through the group, trying to get to Hagrid. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the big blonde haired kid who had tripped me earlier, push his way past my group.

"Move along, you franky first-years," he said, slamming himself into me, causing me to stumble. I felt a hand reach out and catch me so I wouldn't fall.

"Watch it!" I yelled after him.

"In your dreams!" he yelled back.

"Ugh. Jerk," I said, brushing myself off and turning around to see who had caught me. "Hey thanks… Remus."

He let go of my forearm and blushed. "It was nothing. Didn't want you to fall."

"Well… uh. Thanks… for that," I said. I might have been blushing myself.

After that brief moment of awkwardness, we moved along and got ourselves settled in a boat along with another boy. He was short and fat with watery blue eyes and blonde hair. He introduced himself as Peter Pettigrew.

I sat next to Remus and both of us were gazing up at the approaching castle. I couldn't take my eyes off it. It was like a dream. The boat ride was too short and we were docking our boats on the other side of the lake in no time. I wanted more time to stare at the castle and the surrounding areas.

We were met by a witch who told us her name was Professor McGonagall. Aaron had told me about her. He told me she was very strict. He had gotten in trouble enough times to know.

We silently followed her though the castle and then formed us into two lines right outside what I assumed was the Great Hall. I looked around nervously, wondering what house I was going to be sorted in. Sasha and Aaron were both in Gryffindor. I hope I would uphold the family tradition and be in Gryffindor as well.

As we walked up between the tables full of hungry older students, I couldn't help but feel that I was getting judged. I caught a look of Aaron and Sasha on my way to the front of the hall. Aaron grinned and gave a thumbs up. Sasha smiled and waved, his prefect's badge gleaming proudly on his chest.

Professor McGonagall pulled out a stool and a ragged old hat that could only be the sorting hat. And the sorting began. She called a long list of student's names. I knew I was going to be almost last. Having a last name that began with a T makes you last all the time.

I watched Sirius, Remus, James, and Peter all get sorted into Gryffindor. I wanted to be sorted into Gryffindor very badly. Finally, she called:

"Nymphadora Tonks."

A small laugh went through the entire student body. I was embarrassed. I hated my name, but I got up and sat down on the stool regardless. The hat was put down over my eyes and all I saw was blackness.

"Hmmm.. A good heart. Wants to do big things in the future. Very brave. Courageous," a voice in my ear said. I held my breath than heard : "GRYFFINDOR!"

I breathed a sigh of relief. The hat was taken off my head and I ran to the Gryffindor table. I heard my brothers cheering loudly for me, along with the boys from the train. I ran along the table until I found them and Sirius made a spot for me between him and Remus.

"Nice one, Tonks," he said, giving me a high-five. I was beaming. Remus turned to me and patted me on the back, grinning from ear to ear.

As I sat there, enjoying the rest of the sorting, I thought about the conversation I heard earlier on the train. Remus and Sirius both liked me. I mean liked liked me. I took a look at Remus, then at Sirius, then back to Remus and sighed. I had some time to figure it out though… I was only eleven.. Well ten. Even better. I smiled to myself at this thought.

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