2: Platform 9 and 34
"You're just as sane as I am" ~ Book ~ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling
Ali looked up at the large station in front of her. The station with the train that would take her to her third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. To her third year of watching Fred and George and wondering why it had to be her. Miracle pushed past her, lifting her skirts and walking onto the platform. Voldemort followed her, his sleek brown hair shining in the weak September sunlight. Ali looked at her Mother who sighed before following them, Lily walking next to her. Lily had mousy-brown hair and cold dark blue eyes, along with the same pale skin as Miracle. Ali felt a small hand grab hers. She looked down and saw her other sister, Melissa, Lily's twin. Melissa, like her twin, had mousy-brown hair and pale skin. But instead of cold dark blue eyes, her eyes were a soft light blue. The colour of a clear sky.
"I'm sure everything will be okay in the end Alini. You just have to have faith" she said, her voice was as soft as her eyes.
"Not you too Lissa" Ali said before leading her younger sister onto the platform. Lily and Melissa would be starting their First Year at Hogwarts and Ali hoped that Melissa didn't have as much trouble as she did in finding friends. Ali had 4 friends at Hogwarts and only one of them was a friend that she had made on her own. The other 3 were family friends, she had no choice in whether or not she was friends with them. And whether or not she wanted to didn't matter. Though Ali had to admit, she had found proper true friends in 2 of those 3 family friends. They headed towards platforms 9 and 10. They kept back a little so it was just the 2 of them, but they made sure Ashlynn and Lily were always in their line of sight.
"So what house are you hoping for?" Ali asked.
"I don't care so long as it's not Slytherin and Lily isn't in it" Melissa replied, Ali suppressed a laugh by pressing the back of her hand to her mouth.
"You'll probably get both those wishes granted. Lily's definitely going to be in Slytherin" she replied.
"Thank goodness for that" the younger girl said "Are you nervous about seeing the Weasley Twins?"
"What more then I was last year? Because that's not logically possible, but yes I'm nervous" Ali answered.
"Well this year, unless they see reason, I'll hex them" Melissa said.
"Thanks Lissa" Ali replied as they reached Platforms 9 and 10.
"Ready girls?" Ashlynn asked. Miracle nodded and walked forwards, disappearing into the wall. Voldemort was next, then Lily and finally Melissa, Ali and Ashlynn.
On the other side of the barrier was Platform 9 and ¾. The gleaming red steam train known as the Hogwarts Express stood still, it's carriage doors open. Students were piling in through them and the platform was busy with parents, students, younger siblings and older siblings. All around Ali were the sounds of owls, cats, all sorts of pets. Kids younger and older then her was laughing, some were being kissed goodbye by their parents and being hugged by their siblings. She felt a pang of sadness, Father had never even come close to kissing or hugging her goodbye, only Miracle. And now Lily and Melissa.. She scanned the heads and smiled when she saw her friend Isabelle Black. Isabelle was the friend she had made independently. Isabelle wasn't a family friend. She had blonde hair that was wavy/curly and reached her mid-back. Her eyes were, like Ali's, blue. Though Ali's eyes were a couple of shades lighter.
"IZZY! Ali exclaimed running to her.
"LINAI!" Isabelle said hugging the smaller girl when she reached her. Ali hugged back.
"Do you know where Aeri, Sari and/or Tali are?" Ali asked.
"Nope, sorry. Haven't seen them" Izzy replied.
"Damn" Ali said "I'm going to go look for them"
"Okay, I'll see you in a minute then. I've got to say goodbye to Lucius and Narcissa" Izzy said.
"Okay, see you in a few minutes Izzy" Ali replied.
"Okay Linai" Izzy said before disappearing back into the crowd. Ali sighed and started pushing through, looking for any sign of Grey-Blue eyes, Brown-Blonde hair, Dark Brown eyes and Dark Black hair. She tripped over a piece of uneven ground and bumped into a boy. She noticed he had red hair and immediately thought the worst. She backed away and looked at the boy properly. He was older than her, at least 3 years older, and had red hair and Lilac eyes. His hair was quite long. He had freckles on the bridge of his nose and under his eyes like herself.
"Oh sorry!" Ali said.
"No, I should be the one sorry. It's my fault" he said.
"No it's mine. I was looking for my friends and I wasn't looking where I was going so I tripped" she said sheepishly.
"To be honest, I think you would've tripped anyway. The station is absolutely packed" he replied. Ali laughed.
"Isn't it always? I'm Alinai. Alinai Riddle. But everyone calls me Ali" She held her hand out to him, 'accidentally' forgetting to curtsey like respectable pureblood woman and girls should. He smiled at her and shook her hand.
"Tala. Tala Techno" he replied.
"Wow. That's new. Well fairly new" Ali said, eyebrows raised. Tala frowned.
"You are the second person to not turn around and walk off when I told you my surname" Ali said.
"Well from what I can see, you're nothing like You-Know-Who"
"Finally, a second person has some common sense" she said, sighing in relief. Tala smiled and laughed slightly.
"You're a Ravenclaw right? You shocked nearly everyone with that. A Riddle? In Ravenclaw?" Ali laughed again.
"Yeah. Ravenclaw weren't too happy, now I don't think they care. Though if a Slytherin Riddle is what they wanted, Miracle gave them exactly that" Ali said.
"Yeah" Tala said as a small blonde came running over to them. His eyes were glistening as if filled with tears.
"Lowe? What's wrong?" Tala asked, the boy said nothing. Tala started to grow worried. Ali heard a laugh nearby. An all too familiar laugh.
"She didn't" Ali muttered looking behind Tala. Miracle stood laughing with her friends, looking at boy. Tala growled but Ali held up a hand.
"Let me deal with this" she said before storming over to Miracle.
"Mira! How could you?! You can't just go around bullying people! Our father may be who he is but that doesn't mean you have to act like it too! You are a cruel, cold, heartless person! And if you dare make Melissa act like you like you've already done with Lily, I will not hesitate to curse you till you can't walk!!!" Ali said, half shouting at her. Miracle stood there shocked as Ali stormed back to Tala.
"I am so sorry for what my sister did, I won't let her get away with it" she said, apologetically.
"Make sure she doesn't" Tala said.
"I will. I should've been keeping an eye out for her. Anyway, I should go and see if I can find my friends. I will hopefully be seeing you at Hogwarts?" Tala nodded.
"Yeah" he said. Ali smiled slightly at him before waving bye and pushing through the crowd again.
Ali searched for 10 minutes but couldn't find her friends. They were Taliah Lestrange, Aries Malfoy and Sagittarius Malfoy. Tali, Aeri and Sari for short. She sighed and decided to look for a compartment. She collected her trunk and climbed aboard the train. She looked in every compartment but they were all full. Except one. Ali sighed in relief. She looked into the compartment and froze. Throwing jokes at each other and laughing loudly were a pair of identical twins with Fiery Red hair, Warm Brown eyes and light skin. Their faces were both covered with freckles.
"Fred…George…" she whispered. Said boys looked at her in surprise before scowling.
"Riddle" one said. Ali knew it was Fred. She didn't know how she could tell them apart, she just could.
"I would appreciate it if you didn't call me by my surname" she said.
"And why would we care what you would appreciate?" George asked. Ali sighed. Part of her had wished that Ashlynn and Melissa were right and they would come to their senses. Now she knew they were wrong.
"I just wanted to know if me and my friends could sit here? Every other compartment is full" she said.
"We would prefer it if you didn't, but we wouldn't want anyone else to be bothered by your presence so fine" Fred said.
"Yeah, because my presence really bothered you 4 years ago didn't it?" Ali asked bitterly. Fred scowled again.
"Take it or Leave it, ALINAI" he said, stressing her first name while smirking. Ali felt her face heat up, she should've known he'd do that. She just glared at him and entered. She struggled to put her trunk onto the luggage rack because of her small height. George stood up and helped her with it.
"There you go…Ali" he whispered to her in a way Fred wouldn't notice. Ali looked at him in surprise before looking away.
"Thank you" she muttered.
"Why are you thanking me? I helped you because I didn't want it falling on us" he said. Ali sighed and sat down next to the window, looking out at the station.
"People say it's embarrassing when their parents show their friends baby pictures of them and when their parents kiss them goodbye in front of their friends, but they don't realise that some kids don't even get that. They don't even get a goodbye" she whispered, George looked at her and frowned before looking back at Fred.
About 20 minutes later when the train was about to depart, Izzy returned with Taliah, Aries and Sari.
"You okay, Linai?" Izzy asked. Ali didn't answer she just shrugged. Taliah noticed the twins.
"Ugh, Blood Traitor Weasleys" she said.
"Lestrange" George said.
"Tali, leave them alone" Ali said, looking at her dark haired friend and narrowing her eyes.
"You sure you're okay Alin?" Aries asked.
"I'm fine Aeri, trust me" Ali said smiling at her. Aries nodded and settled herself next to her. Taliah settled herself next to Aries, Izzy next to George and Sari next to Izzy. Fred was opposite Ali and even though Ali avoided his eyes, she still felt his gaze on her. She sighed. This was going to be a long year...