3: The Sorting
"Why act scared when the world is full of adventure!?" ~ Own-work ~ Blackkit (OC)
Ali looked around at the 4 house tables. On the Ravenclaw Table sat herself, Aries Malfoy, Sari Malfoy, Lodi Black, Isabelle Black, Matthew Granger, Reani Lupin, Adelina Dumbledore, Andrea Prewett, Hanna Ariail and Dario Verderosa. On the Hufflepuff Table was Melodious Malfoy, Cameron Black, Edward Weasley, Louis Ariail, Valentino Verderosa, Valentina Verderosa, Fabrizio Verderosa and Evangeline Verderosa. At Gryffindor Table was Percy Weasley, Fred Weasley, George Weasley, Lee Jordan, Allison Jordan, Cadence Prewett, Byron Lemp and surprisingly, Tala Techno. Though he was a Slytherin. The Gryffindors gave him strange looks but he simply ignored them. Miracle Riddle, Taliah Lestrange, Alice Black, Crystal Lupin, Tana Hagrid, Séréne Ariail, Adolfo Verderosa, Cristiano Verderosa, Floriana Verderosa and Genevieve Verderosa occupied the Slytherin Table. The whole hall was buzzing with the sounds of voices and Ali just wanted to scream. They were all talking about what they did over the holidays. She couldn't tell anyone what she did because a) she spent her holiday learning to perform the Cruciatus Curse (against her will) and b) she wasn't allowed outside, she didn't go anywhere and she was only allowed to send a letter every 2 weeks. Miracle mastered the Cruciatus Curse ages ago and she was allowed to do things Ali wasn't. All because Ali was different in the bad way. She had tried to be like her Father, but it just felt wrong to her. It made her feel like she wasn't herself. And Ali didn't want to be anyone but herself. Her actual self. To her relief and joy, the hall fell silent as McGonagall walked in followed by a long line of new students. She placed a 4 legged stool at the front, just in front of the high table, and placed a Hat onto the stool. The hat was ragged and filthy, it looked like it was at least a hundred years old. If not more. Ali knew more or less how old it was.
"It's been around for a thousand years and it's still going" she whispered.
"Of course it is Ali. It's an enchanted hat. You've had your head in too many Muggle Books" Lodi whispered back.
"Impossible. I only have 3" Lodi's face broke into a grin and he laughed into his hand.
"Touché" he said. Ali smiled and turned to the front as a rip near the brim of the hat opened wide and it started singing:
'Oh, you may not think I'm pretty,
But don't judge on what you see,
I'll eat myself if you can find
A smarter hat than me.
You can keep your bowlers black,
Your top hats sleek and tall,
For I'm the Hogwarts Sorting Hat
And I can cap them all.
There's nothing hidden in your head
The Sorting Hat can't see,
So try me on and I will tell you
Where you ought to be.
You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart;
You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil;
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you've a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind;' Ali smiled. She loved her house and wouldn't trade it for another any day.
'Or perhaps in Slytherin
You'll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means
To achieve their ends.
So put me on! Don't be afraid!
And don't get in a flap!
You're in safe hands (though I have none)
For I'm a Thinking Cap!'
"It's right about the Slytherins. 2 words Miracle and Riddle" Ali muttered to Lodi, rolling her eyes. His mouth quirked up at the corner.
"And Draco Malfoy" he added.
"Come on Lodi. The kid's smart. He might be a Ravenclaw" Lodi shook his head vigorously.
"No. You don't know my cousin like I do. He's a Slytherin. Like his parents" he said darkly.
"Your father Regulus was a Slytherin and yet here you are"
"My mother was a Ravenclaw. And a Blood Traitor" he persisted. Ali sighed and took his hand in a friendly way, like always.
"L, your family blood, your parents blood statuses and the houses of your parents have nothing to do with your house. I mean, look at Aeri and Sari. They're here in Ravenclaw, their parents were both Slytherins like you said. And Melodi! She's in Hufflepuff and she had Slytherin parents!" Lodi looked at her with steady Grey-Green eyes.
"I know. I can just feel it in my gut that Drake will be Slytherin. Like I can feel that Lila will be Ravenclaw like me. You can as well can't you? With Lily and Lissa?"
"I can feel that Lily will be Slytherin yes. I don't know about Liss though" Ali admitted looking at their hands.
"No one knows with Lissa" Ali smiled.
"Well let's hope your gut is wrong L, it would be a shame to see Drake in Slytherin. Melodi is so close to him" she said. Lodi smiled back and put a finger to his lips telling her to be quiet as McGonagall started calling names.
"Abbott, Hannah!" A girl with blonde pigtails and a pink face stumbled up. She sat down and placed the hat on her head. It fell right over her eyes and Ali put a hand over her mouth, smiling slightly. She remembered a similar thing happening to her.
"Riddle, Alinai!" Ali pushed hair out of her blue eyes and walked timidly up before sitting down. McGonagall gently put the hat down on her head and she squeaked as it fell down to her small button nose.
"Hm….strange" the hat had said in her head.
"W-What's s-strange?" Ali stuttered, scared that it would put her in Slytherin.
"You seem to have no desire for ambition or power, which is strange considering your family being Descendants of Slytherin. You seem to value honesty, loyalty, bravery and knowledge over ambition, power and pride. You love to be creative and logical. Thinking through your ideas and plans before putting them into action. There's only one house for you…"
"RAVENCLAW!" the hat had screamed and she had felt herself smiling as her house cheered and she sat down in front of a boy with black hair and grey-green eyes. The boy she now called her best friend Lodi.
Lodi clicked his fingers in front of her face.
"Ali. Wake up" he said laughing. Ali blinked and looked around. Hannah had already gone and sat down next to Edward Weasley at the Hufflepuff Table. Ali blushed in embarrassment.
"Sorry" she said. Lodi just shook his head in amusement.
"No one noticed" he said..
"That makes it so much better" she said rolling her eyes as the next name was called.
"Black, Lilia!" Ali smiled at Lodi as the small Brown haired, grey eyed girl walked up and placed the hat on her head. It slipped a little but not much.
"GRYFFINDOR!" Lila looked disappointed as she walked down and sat next to Percy Weasley. Ali could've sworn she heard Lodi go "Damn it"
"Why are all the Blacks going to Gryffindor now?!" Lodi said.
"There goes another" Aries said. It was the first time she had said anything to Ali since they entered the hall.
"Yep" Sari said.
"Yes!" Lodi said jumping up and shaking Terry's hand as she walked over and sat next to Ali.
"Oh Lodi, don't frighten him" she said smiling. Terry stared at her wide eyed.
"Not again" she muttered.
"You're Alinai Riddle! People say you're evil" Even though over a hundred people have said that to her (679 to be exact), it still felt like a slap to the face. And one that hurt badly. Lodi frowned.
"Hey! Never say that again! Ali isn't evil. It's just a stupid rumour people created because of Ali's father!" he said.
"Just stop Lodi. It's no use" Ali said. Lodi hesitantly fell silent and they both turned to the sorting, though Ali knew that Lodi probably wasn't concentrating on it anymore. Ali could see Terry looking at her for a few more seconds out of the corner of her eye. She sighed again. Even the new first years knew her. The wrong her. She smiled as Mandy Brocklehurst joined them at the Ravenclaw Table, clapping loudly. She still clapped loudly when Lavender Brown went to Gryffindor. Her smile faded when she saw Fred and George, smiling, laughing, cheering and catcalling. She looked away, a determined look in her eyes. She wasn't going to give into them this year. They were going to be mean to her, she would retaliate, forgetting what George said on the train. Millicent Bulstrode became a Slytherin and Ali could hear one voice above all others. It was stuck up, it was posh, it was high, it was Miracle.
"HUFFLEPUFF!" Ali smiled when she saw Melodi cheering and clapping. She had brown hair and grey-blue eyes. Fred and George cheered again at Seamus Finnigan but Ali didn't look at them and didn't show any interest.
"Granger, Hermione!" Ali nudged Matthew Granger gently. He smiled slightly as Hermione walked up and eagerly jammed the hat on.
"GRYFFINDOR!" Ali shook her head in pity as Neville accidentally ran off with the hat and had to run back.
"RAVENCLAW!" Both Twins sat down on the other side of Ali, smiling warmly at her.
'At least some people were brought up not to care about family names' she thought.
"Malfoy, Draco!" Lodi sat up straight, watching as Draco swaggered up to the stool. Aries put her head in her hands.
"I knew it" he muttered.
"Oh Draco" Sari muttered. Ali bit her lip. What if Lissa ended up in Slytherin? Ali began to grow bored as the names drew on until one name made her snap back into reality.
"Potter, Harry!" The Ravenclaw Table burst into whispers, whispers that made Ali want to cover her ears and curl up into a ball screaming and crying. She waited and watched patiently. It sat on Harry's head for a good few minutes before it shouted out.
"GRYFFINDOR!" Ali clapped and smiled. He got in a good house. She could hear Fred and George shouting "We got Potter! We got Potter!" and she found that she actually didn't care. The noise eventually died down as Harry settled next to Lila and the next name was called.
"RAVENCLAW!" Ali cheered loudly. Rosie may not be famous, she may not have a scar. But she was Harry Potter's sister. She sat next to Lodi who smiled at her.
"Riddle, Liliana" Ali took a sharp intake of breath as her sister elegantly walked up and sat down. The hat was placed on her head and it instantly said:
"SLYTHERIN!" Ali sighed.
"Damn you Miracle" she muttered.
"GRYFFINDOR!" Ali looked up in surprise. And so did Gryffindor House. Lissa awkwardly walked down and sat next to Fred who was staring at her as if she was a new breed of human. Ali wanted to go over and hex him.
"SLYTHERIN!" And as Blaise sat down, McGonagall took the hat and stool away and the feast began.