The American

Hogwarts Express.

Laurel

I’ve read about Diagon Alley, but have never been. We hadn’t spent too much time there, since Theo and I needed to be on the Hogwarts Express before 11. I already had all of my essentials aside from robes, and my books for the year. The bookstore owner even gave us a discount on the books since I was starting middle of the year, not that Nana cared. The woman was loaded with money. Wizard, and no-maj kind.

Nana apparated both Theo and I to Kings Cross Station, and I began to grow nervous. What if I can’t make any friends here? What if everyone makes fun of me? Theo certainly wouldn’t defend me, he just didn’t seem the type, especially since we weren’t close siblings. Shit, we were barely siblings at all. I went 15 years without knowing of his existence, and he did the same for me. I can take care of myself though, I had to.

“Alright, dear. Let’s go.” Nana said. “Theo, go along and show Laurel how it’s done.” She ordered. He gave her a slight nod, and took his things and walked straight through a wall. I thought my eyes were going to pop out of my head. How did no one see him just disappear like that? This place was full of no-maj’s. How did no one see?

I snapped my eyes to Nana. She knew what I was thinking, and started laughing. “Muggles never notice.” She said softly. Muggles?

She took my hand, and guided me through the wall which I magically walked through, obviously. I scanned the platform, there were hardly any people around, but I’m sure that would change within the hour. I really wish Rachel and Clayton were here to see this.

“Alright, Theo. You know what to do now. Make sure to protect your sister and-”

“I told you I’m not babysitting.” He spat. “I didn’t ask you to. She’s not a baby. She’s a young lady, your sister. You’d think that you’d want to protect her from bullies, and boys.”

Theo scoffed at her remark, rolling his eyes. “It’s okay, Nana. If anything, I’ll be the one protecting him from crazy girls.” I teased. Nana laughed, Theo however didn’t find it funny.

“Whatever, can I go now?” Theo groaned, eager to get out of my presence. Nana nodded, but not before handing him what looked like a few dragots, and promised to send him more later on. He took the money, and left, but now before giving me one last scowl.

“I do apologize for him, dear. He’s a troubled boy.” Nana said. “Don’t apologize on his behalf, he clearly can’t help what he is.” I joked. “You’ll be alright then, dear?” She asked, receiving a nod from me. She pulled me into one last hug before giving me a small bag. “This is for in case you should need or want to purchase anything.” She said. I opened it to see a bunch of coins, but they weren’t dragots, or sprinks.

“Don’t tell Theo I gave you more galleons than him. He’ll have quite a fuss about it, and I’ll never hear the end of his jealous wrath.” She chuckled. “Nana, what is a galleon?” I curiously asked. “Oh, it’s wizard mon- oh, darn. I completely forgot that where you’re from, the currency is different.” She said while looking at her watch. “Oh, dear. I need to go. Just um, ask around if you need help with anything. I know things are a lot different here than what you’re used to. Students at Hogwarts I’m sure will be nice enough to help you, otherwise you can always use Perry, the owl you and Theo will now be sharing to ask me.” She gave me one quick hug before rushing off back through the wall, leaving me on my own.

I took a deep breath, and grabbed my things to put on the train when a man stopped me. “Miss, I’ll take care of ya bags. Go ahead and board.” He said with a smile. His uniform gave away his occupation, he worked on the train. I smile and nodded before stepping aboard.

I walked down the thin hall, noticing a bunch of empty compartments. For a moment, I thought to search for Theo because at least that way I would known one person, but he probably wouldn’t be as thrilled, so I decided against it, and sat into an empty compartment, and waited for departure.

As the hour went on, more and more students boarded, all of their accents as strong as Theo and Nanas. It wasn’t long before someone knocked onto the door of the compartment I was in. “Hello.” She said in a very friendly voice. She had long blonde hair, and her outfit was quite quirky to say the least. “You’re new.” She pointed out. Back at Ilvermorny, we never noticed if someone was new, or had transferred, barely even noticed new first year students, we just simply didn’t care.

“Yes, transfer.” I plainly responded to the girl. “Ooh, you’re an American, yeah?” She asked, and I nodded completely forgetting that my accent would give me away. “Mind if I sit down?” She asked. “Yeah, no, go for it.” I said gesturing to the seat across from me.

“My names Luna by the way. Luna Lovegood.” She introduced herself. I quickly thought about what Nana had said about Theo and I being siblings. What is my last name? Am I still a Jennings, or am I a Nott?

“I’m Laurel.” I replied with a smile.

“That’s a pretty name. Very different. A lot like some of the students at Hogwarts actually. There’s quite a bit of us who don’t have very common names.” She laughed. “Luna, there you are.” Another girl spoke as she emerged from the hall.

“Sorry, Ginny. I wanted to find a seat before they all filled.” Luna apologized to the red head. “Whos this?” She asked adverting her eyes to me with a nod. “Oh, Ginny. This is Laurel. She’s a transfer from the states.” Luna explained.

“Are you really?” Ginny asked sitting down. They were clearly mind blown that American wizards existed. “Sorry for gawking,” Ginny began. “We’ve just don’t meet American’s often, or ever really.” I smiled, not really knowing what to say.

“Did you go to another school?” Luna asked. “Y-Yeah. Ilvermorny. Its amazing. I miss it.” I said. I could feel the sadness wanting to pour out of me, but I held my composure together. I wasn’t about to break down on my first day in this new world.

“Hey, Ron!” Ginny called into the hall. He walked back and stood in the doorway. “What, Gin?”

“This is Laurel. She’s an American. She’s going to school with us now.” She said practically jumping out of hear seat. “Really, Ginny? You get excited about foreigners just as dad gets excited about muggles.”

That word again.

“What’s a muggle?” I blurt out. All three pairs of eyes turned their attention to me. “Um, a non magical person.” The red headed boy answered. “Oh, so a no-maj.” I replied.

“Um, no. A muggle.” Ginny corrected. “A no-maj is a non magical person where I’m from.”

They all looked at me as if I were crazy. “Do we not talk about no-m, I mean muggles here?” I asked. “Oh, we do. One of my best friends is muggle born. Are you?” Ron asked.

“I uh, I don’t even know what I am.” I answered truthfully. My mom was Gwen Jennings, no-maj aka muggle, except she wasn’t my real mom. Colette Nott was my birth mother, and my dad is Theo’s dad. I don’t know anything about my bloodline. But I bet Theo would. “Um, I’ll be right back.” I said standing up.

“Where are you going?” Luna asked curiously. “I, um, to find someone.” I said. She raised an eyebrow. “I didn’t know you knew anyone here.” Ginny asked.

“I know one person. Could you tell me where I might find Theo Nott?” All three pairs of eyes widened at my request. “Why on earth would you want to find him?” Ron asked.

“He um, I know him.”

“How?” Ginny asked. I rolled my eyes, gently pushing Ron out of the doorway.

I looked between compartments in search for him, but no luck. I continued walking, weaving in and out between students. I eventually came to a stand still. There was a whole car that was filled with booths, no compartment doors. I scanned the room until I saw Theo. He was sitting at a table talking to two girls, and a blonde haired boy. I didn’t want to walk over there and embarrass myself, so I just stood there, staring at him until he looked my way. It didn’t take long, thankfully.

Once he saw me, I waved him over to me. I saw him roll his eyes before saying something to his friends, and walked over to me. “What do you want?” He spat, eyes shooting daggers into mine. “No one will let you sit with them? Don’t think that I’ll let you sit with-”

“What am I?” I cut him off. “What do you mean?”

“I um, what am I? Am I muggle born, or a half blood? I don’t know what your, our parents are.”

“You’re not a fucking mudblood if that’s what you’re thinking.” I was appalled at his choice of words. He sighed. “Both of my parents are purebloods, which means you too are a pureblood.” He said.

“Oh, okay.” I said in relief. “What’s my last name?”

He rolled his eyes. “I don’t fucking care what you tell people. Just don’t tell people we’re fucking related.” He said before storming off to rejoin his friends. “Okay, big brother.” I said just loud enough for myself to hear, or so I thought.

“Theodore Nott’s your brother?” I turned around to see a Ginny standing there. “Did you follow me?” I asked in disgust. “Yeah, you seemed a little off, and I wanted to make sure you were okay...” She trailed. “Come on.” I said leading her back to the compartment where Luna was sitting, reading a magazine upside down.

I shut the door, and explained to them how Theo was in fact my brother, but requested that they don’t tell anyone, as Theo didn’t want anyone knowing, and I really didn’t know if I did either. I didn’t know how people would treat me if they knew we were related.

Draco

Earlier

I entered the Slytherin car to see Nott sitting at a table with Greengrass and Parkinson. They waved me over, so I joined them. If I hadn’t, Pansy would have followed me no matter where I ended up.

“Draco,” She spoke while snaking her arm around mine. “How was your break?”

I smirked. “You know very well how it was, Parkinson.” I replied. “You were there for the majority of it.” I reminded her. She began to blush. “I know, I just wanted to get you thinking about it.” She started trailing her hand up my thigh. “Thinking about me.” She whispered into my ear before kissing my neck.

“Excuse me, but we’re sitting right here.” Daphne Greengrass said. Nott was laughing. “Oh, come on, Daph. Free live porn.” He said with a laugh.

“What about you, Theo? How was your break?” Daphne asked him. He rolled his eyes. “It was amazing until yesterday.” He said. “What happ-”

“Don’t ask. I don’t want to talk about it.” He spat a his girlfriend. “Sorry.” She said in fear.

I didn’t really care what happened in Notts life that had his some pissed, but I am a tad bit curious. Especially, when he looked up and locked eyes with someone else who wasn’t sitting near us. I turned my head to see this blonde haired girl standing in the door, gesturing for him to come over to her. He rolled his eyes. “I’ve got to take care of something. I’ll be right back.” He said before standing up and walking over to the girl.

“Who is that?” Pansy asked. “How the hell am I supposed to know. Knowing Nott, it’s some girl he fucked and won’t him alone.” I said.

“Draco, that’s not funny.” Daphne said. “Oh, come on, Greengrass. You didn’t think you’d become the next Theodore Nott did you?” Her eyes began to water. “Fuck you, Malfoy.” She stood up and ran off.

“Draco,” Pansy said. “That wasn’t very nice.” before chasing after Greengrass.

Yeah, maybe it was a little mean, but it’s not far from the truth. Everyone knows he’s not faithful to Greengrass. I happened to hear he fucked her little sister Astoria over the break, but he’ll never admit it. Daphne just turns the other cheek, she’s so blinded by him to realize how much of a git he really is.

Theo rejoined me at the table looking rather flustered. I raised an eyebrow at him, not caring enough to ask. “Where’s Daphne?” He asked. I shrugged.

I just didn’t really care.

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