The First Glimpse
For the next few hours the five teens sat in complete silence. One of them occasionally clearing their throat or sighing heavily. At about five o clock, the trolley lady, as Elian called her, opened the compartment door. "Anything off the trolley, dears?" she asked, her usual question. Harry nodded and stood up, then bought enough food for all five of them.
"Here." Harry said as he gently place, Pumpkin Pasties, Chocolate Frogs and Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans in her lap. "You need to eat." He said, smiling down at her when she looked up at him in surprise.
"Thanks, Harry… But, you really didn't have to get anything for me…" Elian replied shyly, smiling back up at him. Harry shrugged and shook his head.
"It's no big deal…I always buy food of the trolley for my friends, you know." he replied, causing Elian to blush lightly once again. "And as your friend, I feel I have to warn you…stay away from Draco Malfoy. He's bad news, and not because he's a Slytherin." Elian raised her eyebrows.
"Slytherin? What's that?" Hermione cleared her throat and opened her mouth to speak. "Why do I feel as if I've just opened a flood gate?" Elian's question was quickly answered when Hermione started talking rapidly.
"Slytherin is one of Hogwarts four Houses, the others are Gryffindor, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. They are named after the school's founders, Godric Gryffindor, Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff and Salazar Slytherin." Hermione then paused slightly for breath and quickly began again.
"All throughout Wizarding history, about ninety-nine percent of dark wizards and the like have all originated from Slytherin House and from families who have a very long list of ancestors that were in Slytherin as well. Malfoy's family is a prefect example of that." Elian nodded, trying to follow what Hermione was saying.
"How so?" Elian asked. Hermione looked nervously over at Harry. "Is anybody going to answer my question?" Ron nodded as he stood up and walked over to the window.
"Well, you've heard of Voldemort, right?" Harry asked Elian, who nodded. "And his followers, the Death Eaters?" Once again, Elian nodded. "Well, Malfoy comes from a long line of Death Eaters, his father is one and I can't be certain, but I think Draco's one, too." Elian's eyes widened slightly and her response was drowned out by the loud screeching of the train's brakes as it came to a sharp halt. Elian fell to the floor and landed on her face.
"Ow… that hurt…" she mumbled as she stood to her feet and lightly brushed off her clothes. She could hear Ron trying to conceal his laughter and failing miserably. "Gee, Ron, having trouble deciding if you're coughing or laughing? Either way, you sound terrible." Ginny started giggling softly as did Hermione, while Ron gave Elian a sour look. "Oh, did I hurt your wittle feelings, Ronnikins?" Elian teased.
"DON'T CALL ME THAT!" He yelled angrily, his face turning red and spit flying from his mouth. "Don't ever call me that again!" Elian nodded, still slightly shocked by Ron's sudden outburst of anger and ran out of the compartment.
"God, Ron, you didn't have to yell at her!" Ginny scolded her brother then ran out after Elian. "You can be such a jackass!" she called behind her. Ron hung his head slightly, his face now red with embarrassment.
"We'd better help Ginny find Elian, she could get lost." Hermione said, Harry nodded in agreement. "You coming, Ron?" Ron shook his head and sat back down. "Kay, see you at the feast." With that Harry grabbed Hermione's hand and dragged her out of the compartment in search of Elian.
Outside the train, Elian was running quickly through the thick crowd of students, occasionally falling down. 'Ron seemed really mad at me…I was just messing with him…' she thought, unaware of where she was going and what was in front of her. Elian fell to the ground, landing on her ass, she looked up to see a teen girl, about seventeen, Elian thought. She stared down at Elian coldly.
"Watch where the hell you're going, you stupid git!" she yelled, smoothing her school robes. "You're so lucky that you didn't knock me to the ground, I'd be filthy, like you." Elian climbed to her feet.
"I'm sorry. I wasn't paying attention to my surroundings. Oh, my name's Elian Marshall by the way." she apologized, extending her hand. The older girl looked at Elian's had in disgust.
"Kat Covington. It's not nice to meet you." Kat replied, sneering at Elian, then turning her back. "You'd better hope we don't cross paths again, little girl." And with that Kat disappeared into the throng of students.
there dumbfounded. In the back of her mind she could hear someone
calling her name. "Elian! Hey, Elian!" Elian turned to see Ginny running
towards her. Her lips formed a slight smile.
Ginny finally reached Elian, breathing heavily and light perspiration glittering on her forehead. "Elian, are you okay? You ran off so quickly…" She asked as she bent over, placing her hand on Elian's shoulders for support.
"Yeah, Gin. I'm fine. Nothing to worry about. Say, do you know a girl by the name of Kat Covington?" Elian replied. Ginny shook her head, still breathing heavily. "You need to exercise more, Ginny." Elian teased lightly, causing Ginny to laugh.
"Yeah, I do. Anyway, sorry about my stupid prat brother… I think it's his time of the month." Elian started giggling softly. "So, you wanna grab a carriage together?" Ginny asked, Elian smiled and nodded in agreement.
Harry spotted Ginny and Elian climbing into on of the carriages. "Hey, Hermione! I found 'em!" He called over to Hermione, who was searching the boats and the shore line.
Hermione then ran back over to Harry. "They just got in one of the carriages…Where's Ron?" Hermione shrugged.
"Dunno… Probably already headed towards the castle." she replied, looking up at the shadow of Hogwarts. "Damn, I should already be there! Some Head Girl I am, huh?" And with that, Hermione left Harry standing by himself, among the thousands of other students.
'Well, maybe if I'm lucky
I can catch a ride with Gin and Elian...' he thought as he ran towards
the carriage he saw them get into.
Once there he opened the door, happy to see Ginny and Elian. "Hey, guys. You don't mid if I ride with you, do you?" Harry asked, looking between the two girls, who shook their heads.
As they rounded the bend in the path up to the castle, Elian's jaw dropped and her mind started racing.
Up at the castle, Ginny, Elian, Harry and all of the other witches and wizards, climbed out of their carriages. Elian was shocked by the beauty of the old school, her eyes widened when Ginny lead her to the entrance.
"Ginny, why didn't you guys tell me Hogwarts was this beautiful?" she asked her friend, who just smiled at her. "This place is so gorgeous!" Elian continued to ramble under her breath about Hogwarts' beauty.
"Stop talking under your breath, Elian. People
are staring at you like you're insane or something." Harry whispered
back to her. Elian just gave Harry the peace sign.
"Well, please stop…It's kinda starting to creep me out…" he said, earning him a slap on the back of the head from Ginny. "Ow…" he whined softly.
"Let her talk under her breath if she wants to! God, Harry, you're kinda starting to act like Ron…" Ginny said, narrowing her eyes at Harry. "You think Hogwarts is beautiful now…wait until you see the Great Hall." Elian nodded, still taking in all of her surroundings.
About fifteen feet in front of the three of them, Elian saw a streak of platinum blonde. 'Malfoy…' she thought as she tried to get a better view of him. "Hey, Gin…" Elian started. Ginny looked over at her in curiosity.
"What's up, Elian?" she asked. Elian shrugged and shook her head, then told Ginny to forget she had said anything. "No, what's up? You can tell me." Ginny pressed Elian, who finally nodded and gave in.
"Well, I could stop thinking about what Hermione said about Malfoy and…" Ginny nodded for her to continue. "I was wondering… is there any way you guys might be wrong about him?" Elian asked, causing Ginny to laugh and shake her head vigorously.
sorry. But, no way in the seven hells are we wrong about Malfoy. He and
his family have always been a thorn in my family's side. Why, do you
have a little crush on him or something?"
Ginny gasped when Elian blushed and nodded slowly. "WHAT! Just because he kissed you? Elian, you can do so much better than Draco Malfoy!" Everyone in the entrance hall turned to stare at Elian and Ginny. Both of them blushed deep red.