Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
AnadoraBlack would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Back on tracks

By AnadoraBlack

Humor / Fantasy

1. The letter

1. The letter


"Elyn! Move!"

Her sister shook her out of bed as graciously as she could, and that means not much.

El jumped out of her paradise blanket before shooting one of her famous glares at her younger sister. "Hey, what was that for?"

"It's the first of September, you idiot! We're supposed to be at school at five, remember?"

Right, the day before the reprise of school.

Elyn groaned. She hated that period of summer when effectively summer was ending.

Clara and her were to be in their school yard at five that day, if only to receive the same speech of their headmistress as every year.

But that day would be different.


"Elyn, what are you wearing?"

El glared at her mother. "A skirt, why?"

"You know that I wish you to be well-dressed for a school-day!"

"This isn't a school day!"

"Go back up in your room and get out of that skirt! I want to see you in a proper pantalon in a dozen!"

Elyn glared again, then sighed, but still turned around to climb back the stairs to her room.

The first door on the left was Clara's room. For a fifteen-year-old, her sister was a total bookworm. A huge library covered most of the walls, and then the rest was covered into every collectible possible picture on the same topic. Harry Potter.

Elyn rolled her eyes when she passed before the open door, when she saw Clara's replica of McGonagall's wand onto her desk. Obviously, she had been sleeping with it. Again.

The second door on the left was the bathroom, when the last door onto the corridor was her own room. A total mess compared to Cla's room, but still, hers. Her walls were covered in nothing but flags, Union Jacks to be precise, because she loved to draw it everywhere.

She grabbed the pendant at her neck and smiled. The Ring shone in sunlight, and she could almost hear Gollum saying 'My precious' from under her desk.

That was it. If Clara was a total HP fan, Elyn was a total LOTR fan.

And that drove their parents mad.


As she grabbed a casual pair of jeans into her closet, Elyn heard a strange knocking on glass, as if someone had been launching stones at her window. But when she lifted her gaze, the reality was totally different.

It was an owl at her window. Knocking on the glass with its beak.

"Shoo, shoo!" She tried to effectively shoo it off, but the bird stayed there, and then Elyn saw.

At its paw, the owl was carrying a letter.

"You've got to be kidding me!"

Nevertheless, she opened the window and glared as the owl outstretched its paw for her to take the letter.

And surely, on it was written 'Elyn Foren, last bedroom first floor, 2 Milburn Close, Bournemouth'.

"Seriously?" She glared at the bird, but it just huffed and then took off. Elyn followed it until it disappeared into the clouds.

Then she stared at the envelope.

White but not too much, with a dark red seal bearing the coat of arms of nothing else but Hogwarts.


'Dear Miss Foren,

We are happy to tell you that you have been admitted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The school-year will begin this September 1st. The train that will lead you to the school will depart at eleven o'clock precisely on platform 9 ¾ in King's Cross Station.

We are awfully aware that starting your seventh and therefore last year in our school without ever being in a Witch school before can be incapacitating, but everything has been done to make sure that you will get used to our way of life.

Of course, you wouldn't have been able to buy every furniture that you will need in your classes, therefore, we have taken care of it and everything is patientely waiting for you at Hogwarts.

You will obviously be sorted on your arrival, and your wand will be delivered to you by Headmaster Dumbledore after that feast.

Cordially,

Professor Minerva McGonagall.'


Elyn stared at the paper for approximatively ten minutes before Clara knocked onto her door.

"El? Is everything alright? You should be down already!"

She slowly turned around and every clog in her mind started to work. "Yeah, everything's fine, Clara, except your pathetic joke! What is this?" She showed her the offending letter.

Clara took the paper into her hands and shrugged. "What? That's just another of your potentials' letter!"

Elyn huffed and showed her the seal. "And this?"

"What? That's a normal stamp! For Heaven's, El, what's with you today!"

And Clara stormed off the room.


Elyn stayed there until her parents came to fetch her to go to the station.

"Elyn Foren, you'd better move or you'll be late, and you know that I hate to be late!"

She lowered her gaze and grabbed her shoes, following her mother out of the house and into the car, still griping the letter.

She had read it over and again after Clara's departure. And it wasn't a potential's letter.

"So, is everything clear? At eight o'clock, you take the train back here, and your father will be waiting at the entrance of the station. Right?"

Elyn and Clara rolled their eyes, and then both nodded. "Yes, mother!"

Their mum nodded back and hugged each of her daughters quickly before walking back to her husband.

Behind the sisters, a shiny blue train had stopped, and then got in without a look back.


"So, are you better?"

Elyn looked at her sister, who was staring at her carefully. She nodded. "Yeah, fine." The letter still burned her fingers in her pocket, but she ignored it. "Look, Cla, I wondered...is platform 9 ¾ real?"

Clara's eyes lit up, as everytime she got to talk about her favourite topic. She nodded her head so hard Elyn thought she might head-butt herself on the box's table. "Yes, it is! After the success of the movies, they actually put a plaque in between platforms 9 and 10 in King's Cross! Wanna see when we arrive?"

Elyn didn't know what to answer, so just produced a sound between a 'yes' and a 'maybe'.

Clara then started talking about the many times people had tried to cross the wall under the mention 9 ¾ and always failed.

Elyn didn't care.

She had a feeling this day wasn't over yet.

When their train stopped, exactly three hours after departing, Elyn had her head throbbing, both because of her sister's incessant chatting and the words of the letter in her pocket dancing before her eyes.

It was exactly 10.37.

Clara got down the train first and pulled on Elyn's hand to drive her towards her dreamy platform.

And Elyn could almost not breathe.

Each and every person in the station now looked suspicious to her.

The train leaves at eleven precisely.

Darn.


"See? That's cool, innit?"

Clara had driven her elder sister before the golden plaque saying 'Here would lie platform 9 ¾.'

Elyn nodded and swallowed uneasily. She felt all colour leave her face as she stared at the clock above her head. 10.48.

"El? Are you alright, you're white as death!"

She nodded but didn't look at Clara. She had spotted someone in the crowd, someone pushing a trunk. A very high trunk. With coat of arms on it. Hogwarts'.

And she felt all air leave her lungs when the boy, merely an infant, casually walked to the wall under the golden plaque and got through it.

"El? EL?"

Elyn ignored her sister and walked to the wall, put a hand on it, and...vanished.

Barely felt a solid brick wall before being sucked on the other side.


It was 10.53 and the Hogwarts' Express was waiting for her.

Oh bugger.

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

CurlyRed: I read this entire book in just under 4 hours I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! i found myself emotionally attached to the characters and making personal connections that i had never experienced before while reading a book! I was constantly wanting to read more, every chapter left me on a cliff hanger tha...

summerstone: Seriously this is one of the best books I've ever read. The plot is intriguing, I love the narrative style. Its very descriptive and unique, with minimal cliches. It makes for a great read and the sequels are amazing. Totally worth reading. ^^ That's me trying to be professional. But in all hones...

Morgan-Leigh Nortje: A storyline and plot not unlike something George R R Martin would have produced, only with far less tragedy. The stunning story of a young princess who goes into hiding and takes on an epic journey to save her father and her kingdom. With characters that you feel compelled to love and a plot that...

Lauren Suzmeyan-Raine: I'm so glad you found a place to post your stories. I was horrified when I saw yours had been taken down, they are definitely the best 'reading' stories I've ever read. And I've made it my business to read every one I can. Well done.Lauren

Julia Summers PA: Reading this now. It's fun, hilariously fabulous yet taste of what you desire in a unusual read. I will post an actual review when I am finished. But so far loving the flow and the story seems to keep me drawn

Nadine Willard: I loved this story so much! I generally can't stand super girly romance stories, but this one was so relatable! I could not stop reading this, I read it straight through!! I wish this was a series, not just a single story 😊

JWalker: I loved this story from start to finish! It flows at a really nice pace and the story world feels so real. The fight sequences are a treat especially when Isanfyre is training to become a warrior. I found the names really cool and thankfully easy to pronounce. Personally I have always struggled w...

Ruby0h: Overall I thought your story was really good! It drew me in right away and kept me interested as the story progressed. I loved the character of Kayla being inserted into this story, and the way she affected and shaped the life of the original story into something totally new and interesting. I lo...

Nate_L: This story is amazing. The style, the description, it all drags you in. The characters are mostly the well known characters from King Arthur. There's Merlin, the sword: Excalibur. I recommend reading this through, at least a little, as it's a very satisfying read. I added it to my reading list af...

More Recommendations

John Reed: Seadrias masterfully captures the impressiveness and complex scope that a science fiction novel should provide while carefully crafting an entire universe that will leave a reader in awe from start to finish. The only flaw I could find is that I wish I could have read more. This book is certainly...

Deleted User: This is a very clever story in the style of 19th century (and turn of the century) Gothic writing, very reminiscent of Stevenson's The Body Snatchers or even of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (less so of Frankenstein itself, since the author is more minimalist than Shelley's florid, Romantic rhetoric). ...

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral stories!
Iosaghar

FreakyPoet: "you made me laugh, made me cry, both are hard to do. I spent most of the night reading your story, captivated. This is why you get full stars from me. Thanks for the great story!"

The Cyneweard

Sara Joy Bailey: "Full of depth and life. The plot was thrilling. The author's style flows naturally and the reader can easily slip into the pages of the story. Very well done."

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral story!
Spectra

Ro-Ange Olson: "Loved it and couldn't put it down. I really hope there is a sequel. Well written and the plot really moves forward."