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Something More Important Than Fear

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Davis Turlough

Staring at the brick wall in front of him, Davis was suddenly struck by a very uncomfortable feeling.  Fear.  He'd never admit it, of course and yet, there it was.  What if the wall rejected him?  His mum was muggleborn.  What if he inherited the non-magical side?  Of course it was ridiculous.  He'd performed accidental magic the first year he was in muggle school when one of his classmates took his candy, causing them to all be homeschooled, but that didn't stop the unwelcome feeling creeping into his gut.  

 

"Do it at a bit of a run, honey," his mum broke into his thoughts nudging his brother and his back while his father and younger brother and sisters waited a few steps away.  

 

Nodding his head slightly, he was about to take off at a run when his brother started. "Oye!  No, CJ!  Me first!  I'm older!" he shouted, ignoring the fact that it was only 5 minutes older, but that was beside the point.  It didn't take him more than a few seconds to catch him and before long they were attempting to go through the illusioned wall at the same time. If any muggles happened by at that moment, they'd be greeted by the very odd sight of two identical boys with trolleys half stuck in a brick wall.  Oops?

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Creylen Turlough Jr.

CJ couldn't help but stifle a little groan as he felt the encouragement from his mum to run at a brick wall and hope that it would not be like most brick walls that existed in the world. Sure he knew to trust magic, but this particular process went against everything his brain was telling him. He looked up at his dad's face and saw a little smirk that told him that he would be fine, but that his dad had probably had the same fear his first year heading to the train. While learning that he was magical had come about because his twin had gotten angry over losing a few morsels of candy, CJ wasn't going to be second this time, the constant theme in his life.

 

As his mum was encouraging them, CJ broke off into a run, hearing his brother calling after him. CJ knew that he would constantly hear Davis talking about being the older one, but he planned to be his own person in his time at Hogwarts. "You'll have to catch me if you want to be first." he called over his shoulder, realizing that his brother would not have an issue with that.

 

The fear that raced through him as he approached the wall was replaced by amazement as he and his brother passed through the wall and entered the platform with the Hogwarts Express gleaming in front of him. He couldn't believe it as he came skidding to a halt. "Davis, can you believe it's actually happening?" he asked, staring about in wonder.

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Addison Toft

"Love you guys. I'll send an owl tomorrow morning and tell you how things went."

With her adoptive parents both working that day and unable to see her off at the train, Addison was heading to King's Cross by herself. It was handy that she could apparate now, though she still took the Knight Bus to get within London's city limits before attempting it. 

 

Dressed in regular everyday clothes, and her badge tucked firmly into her pocket, where nobody could see it, Addison appeared with a pop! in an alley behind a breakfast place she'd once eaten at, with a former set of foster parents, several September 1sts ago. Her trunk landed behind her with a thud. Making sure she was there in one piece and hadn't splinched anything, the blonde brushed herself off and stepped out of the alley, trunk in tow. The mere fact that a girl her size was lugging around a trunk attracted more than a few glances from people she passed, but Addison paid them no mind and continued across the street to King's Cross, where she promptly located a cart to wheel around her belongings.

 

As she came to the sign for platform nine, she could hear some yelling from further ahead. When she rolled closer, she spotted two boys racing towards the wall, nearly going through at the same time and getting stuck, but one squeaked in just ahead of the other. Their family was left behind in their wake. Addison rolled her eyes and laughed under her breath - probably a pair of excited first years.

 

Strolling up behind the parents, she smiled at them. "You're free to go in, too. Just try not to think about it being a wall - it's got enchantments on it that hide it from regular folk, so nobody will notise what you're doing." To prove her point, Addison picked up into a jog, pushing her cart ahead of her, and she went gliding seamlessly through the portal.

 

On the other side, she nearly collided into CJ and Davis. "Oi - you guys shouldn't stop right here. People are coming through, and some of them will be running just like you did, and might not be able to stop before crashing into your backs."

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Alexandria Turlough

As September 1 crept closer and closer, the hippogriffs in her stomach increased their stampeding.  She knew that it would be wrong to keep them home.  They needed a proper magical education.  She knew this fundamentally and yet, it didn't change one simple fact: She didn't want them to go.  Creylen and her had spent many nights discussing, arguing, and debating about whether or not the kids would go to Hogwarts and she had agreed that it would be wrong to deny them a Hogwarts education because of her own fears.  The deatheater threat was gone.  Her cousin wasn't needed at the school to protect their family anymore.  Aura not being there would be fine.   Hogwarts was now safe.  

 

Hogwarts was never safe.

 

Shaking her head at the thought invading the resolution in her mind that this wasn't a mistake, she tuned back into the present and the two very excited boys about to get stuck in the barrier.  "Oye! One at a... time." Too late.  Somehow they had managed to narrowly miss disaster and she was hoping that wasn't a bad omen.  She never did believe in Divinations.  Now was not the time to start.  Instead, she chose to step back with her husband and their other children with a laugh as a teenager approached.  

 

"Quite the helpful young witch," Alex murmured as the girl disappeared through the portal.  "First, though... Vito, Auri... Remember what we said.  I have no problem with attaching you to us magically if you have any plans of going off on your own again.  We will not be having a repeat of Diagon Alley," Alex said with a stern look that was uncharacteristic for her.  She'd never lost any of her children before and that afternoon had been one more thing that had been killing her nerves to do with Hogwarts.  

 

"Shall we?" she questioned Creylen, taking their youngest daughter by the hand, leaving him to wrangle the other two through the barrier.  She was going to calm her nerves by taking care that Davis and CJ made it onto the train.... or you know, she could run right smack into a traffic jam.  As she ran into something, she quickly made sure Isadora was still upright before surveying the damage and seeing her sons trunks toppled.  

 

Slipping her wand out of the side pocket in her jeans, she righted the trunks and raised an eyebrow at the two 11 year olds and the teenager with an amused smirk.  "Causing trouble already, boys?"

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Aurora Turlough

This was completely unfair. Why did Davis and CJ get to go to Hogwarts before them?! What made them so special? Auri was like a ball of jealousy at the moment, wanting all the things her older brothers were getting and she wasn't. At the moment, they got new trunks, new clothes, their wands, Hogwarts and all the attention ever.

 

Not. Fair.

 

But after what happened in Diagon Alley, Aurora nodded to her mother and kept her eyes downcast, because that had been bad. The thought of walking through a wall at the moment was making her slightly nervous, but anything those two could do, she could do, too. Maybe.

 

She held her father's arm as they approached the wall. "Does it hurt, Daddy?" she asked.

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Creylen Turlough

Creylen couldn't help but feel the pangs of absence as he watched his two eldest sons head toward the platform and vanish in an all too familiar way. He thought back to his first year and standing in this very spot and knew the thoughts that were going through their minds. However, he also thought back to the discussion he and Alex had about whether they should attend Hogwarts. While he fully stood behind his words from that discussion, he also had his doubts. Life was ever in turmoil, and even though he fully believed Hogwarts was one of the safest places they could be, it didn't assuage his concerns. Even the helpful young lady providing them with guidance, seemingly looking out for them as a family, couldn't quite eat away at the feelings brewing deep down. Feelings he would unlikely every verbalize to Alex, given her own misgivings about them attending Hogwarts.

 

Creylen just smiled at Alex as she spoke with Vito and Auri, remembering that those two would be even more of a handful when they headed off to Hogwarts than Davis or CJ would ever be. He dreaded the thought of the trouble they might get into, but also knew that there was no prouder moment for him as a father than seeing his kids head off on their own magical journey. His reminiscing was interrupted as Alex took off with their youngest and left him with Vito and Auri. 

 

Turning to the two of them, he was about to remind them of their mother's words, however, his heart melted as Auri grabbed his arm and asked it if hurt. He placed his hand on top of hers and smiled. Even though he wanted to joke with her and scare her about the walk through the wall given the trouble that was caused in Diagon Alley, he knew now was not the time to get back at her.

 

"It's just a weird feeling, that's all. Everything will be perfectly fine," he confirmed as he walked with them towards the barrier. They were off to a new journey as parents, and it was only the beginning with so many to go.

 

They came through the other side to a scene that he wouldn't have believed if it wasn't playing out in front of them. Wondering how Alex had managed to have to already clean up after Davis and CJ, he took out his wand, but realized he was already too late. "Great job, hon," he whispered as he placed a kiss on her cheek.

 

If this was the beginning of their time at Hogwarts, Crey wondered how long until he received an owl at home from the school.

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Davis Turlough

Whether he had been the first one through the barrier or not, he was going to maintain that he was first.  He was always first.  Though, all thoughts of who had won their impromptu race were lost when he focused on the sight that greeted them.  Before it had still seemed a dream and now it was real.  The Hogwarts Express awaited them.  "Wicked..." he breathed out as he stared wide eyed, not moving to make way for the rest of their family.  

 

"Pinch me, CJ.  This has to be a dream," he continued as another voice joined them, pointing out that they should be moving along.  "Oh.. er.... Sorry, ma'am," Davis stuttered out, belatedly noticing that she had a trunk as well so was probably a student and not a 'ma'am'.  "I uh... not ma'am...bugger." His cheeks reddened as he continued to dig himself a hole just in time for someone to run into them, knocking over their trunks and proving the older girl's point.  

 

Thankfully, it was just his mother and baby sister.  "Not a single bit of trouble, Mum," he grinned, grateful for the reprieve.  "Besides, everyone knows you don't get caught if you cause trouble," he added with a smirk and moved out of the way in time for his father and remaining siblings to arrive. 

 

"Want to ride the rest of the way on my trolley, Issy?" he questioned the eight year old, trying his hardest to not have to acknowledge his earlier stuttering.  

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Aurora Braelin-VonHaus

When Aurora woke up that morning, she knew she had something important to do. Whether her presence would be welcome or not, she wasn't certain. It seemed that she and her cousin had reconnected, but the ice under her was still so thin that she knew any wrong move would send per plummeting back into the icy black depths of their relationship once more--and it was a place she didn't fancy being in.

 

So, instead of hitting the snooze button, she gestured to the window and the curtains opened, letting in the blinding sunlight. She smiled as Spike groaned and buried his head under the pillow. "Come on, you have a meeting," she told him. "My mum will be here any minute to watch the kids."

 

'Fiiiiiine,' she heard from under the pillow.

 

After going through the motions of the morning routine, Spike had gone to work, and Aurora ended up at King's Cross. She apparated in, to the designated spot on the platform, and  took in the chaos of students that greeted her. This was going to be a needle in a haystack, and she didn't have the bracelet on her wrist that connected her to her cousin. It had been damaged years ago, and she'd never gotten a new one--not after they parted ways.

 

She eventually found them, and approached. She merely smiled at everyone as they created a traffic jam in front of the wall. "Isn't Trouble your middle name, Davis?" Aurora chuckled.

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Creylen Turlough Jr.

CJ was feeling overwhelmed at the look of the Hogwarts Express and the thoughts that he would soon begin his magical journey, but moreso by the commotion happening around him. As quickly as he could chuckle about Davis stumbling over his words, their belongings were being levitated back to the trolley by their mother, and his father and siblings were standing by their sides. He felt embarrassment flush his face as he looked around at the other kids. How would he make friends if his parents had to clean up things for them. CJ loved his family, and was particularly close to his father, but he was excited to get a chance to make a name for himself, even if he was going to be constantly reminded of being five minutes behind.

 

"Davis, you know full well you're not capable of being slick enough to not be caught," CJ stated, giving his brother a tough time. CJ always felt a little left out when it came to causing trouble, as he was a bit more straight lined when it came to doing things that were bordering on being against the rules. However, he always wanted to impress his brother and other siblings who seemed to have a higher propensity for trouble and perhaps getting away with it.

 

His thoughts were interrupted as he heard a familiar voice talking to Davis, and beamed a smile as he saw his aunt join the group. He gave her a huge hug in welcome, adding "It's so nice to see you Aunt Aura!" CJ couldn't remember the last time so many people close to him were together, impressing upon him just how important today really was. 

 

"Where do we go from here?" CJ asked to all of the adults around, as they had each had their own experiences with the train.

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Aurora Turlough

"A weird feeling?" Auri mused, nose wrinkled at the idea of feeling weird. She took a deep breath when they went through the wall. One second, she heard the hustle and bustle of the muggle platforms, and then the next second, she heard the different sort of hustle and bustle of the magical platform. The Hogwarts Express was gleaming at them, and she let her mouth form a perfect 'O' of awe. "Wooooooow," she whispered.

 

She was only vaguely aware of the rest of the young people who actually got to go to Hogwarts, some dressed in robes, others still in the muggle attire.

 

Her hand fell from her father's arm, and she started towards the train, because she really wanted to get on it. Then, she heard the familiar sound of her aunt, and snapped out of it. "Aunt Aura!" she cried, rushing over to give her aunt a hug alongside CJ. "Are you here to convince mum to let me go to Hogwarts this year? I really am ready for it!"

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Addison Toft

Oh. Turned out the family was a wizarding one. Addison grinned sheepishly, as the trunks were neatly re-arranged onto their trolleys. "I'm sorry for assuming - I didn't think... well-" she turned to the boys, one of whom was apologising to her. "You don't have to call me ma'am. Addison's fine." Pulling her cart further along to make more space for the rest of their family to get in through the wall, Addison perked up when a familiar face approached.

 

"Oh! Madam Braelin-VonHaus!" She waved brightly to the former staff healer of Hogwarts. Did Aurora remember her? The woman had been exceedingly kind on Addison's first ever trip to the hospital wing, after breathing in hallucinogenic potion vapor that professor James had intentionally created during a potions lesson. "It's nice to see you again."

 

The kids were all clamoring at once now, which was honestly starting to overwhelm her. The seventh year didn't know how the adults managed to keep tabs, as well as their patience, over so many of them at once. To CJ, she pointed at the train. "You can board anywhere you want, and find a compartment you want to sit in. There are luggage racks in each one, for you to store your trunks. I'm sure your aunt's told you all about it though." She beamed again to Aurora.

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Aurora Braelin-VonHaus

She was taken aback by one of the students recognizing her, but then she was being hugged by one of her nephews.

 

Aurora's arms immediately came around CJ. She smiled, because it was moments like this that reminded her of why she was alive. She was grateful. Eternally so. "It's so nice to see you, too," she said to him, giving him a great big squeeze before the next one came to her. She gave her namesake a hug and a kiss to the crown of her head. "Ah, but rumour has it, you're grounded, aren't you?" she inquired with that trademark eyebrow lift of hers. "I think it's fitting that you should wait another year until it's actually your time to go to Hogwarts--and that's only if you behave yourself."

 

She turned back to the Gryffindor, who had to be in her seventh year by now. "Hmm, I haven't told them a thing. I thought it'd be more fun that way to let them fumble around on the express." She made a bit of a face at the children to show she was teasing.

 

Finally, she turned her attention to the Gryffindor. "Addison Toft?" she questioned, the tone of surprise. "My, my." She couldn't believe her eyes. "Look at you now." Indeed, Addison had grown up in the past few years since she had parted from the castle, and it was certainly nice to see her again. It was students like this one that made her miss being the Hospital Wing matron at times. "Well, come here then. I'm just giving out hugs to everyone today," she said, drawing the girl in. "You can call me Aura, now, by the way."

 

Parting, she beamed at the young woman. "So, Addison, these are my nephews..." Wait, which one was which? With a hand on top of CJ's head, she tilted his face towards her and peered down at him. "This one is CJ and that one is Davis. You'll do me a favor and watch out for them, won't you?"

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Addison Toft

"Wh- oh." She hadn't really expected the once-Hogwarts healer to be that affectionate. But it made sense, and was probably what made her such a good children's medical practitioner to begin with, as opposed to someone more severe like professor James (although James did teach them how to magically heal minor injuries). 

 

I guess this is happening, Addison thought as she was momentarily wrapped up into Aurora's arms. "Um, okay, Aura." The name felt odd coming off her tongue. This woman was already firmly established to be 'Madam Braelin-VonHaus' in her head, and to switch to referring to her so casually didn't come naturally to Addison. "Your nephews? Hi CJ, hi Davis. I'll... well, depends on how rascally they're going to be."

 

She shot them both a feigned scowl, before chuckling. "If they're anything like I was, then I can't make any guarantees." 

 

The badge weighed further down in her pocket, gaining an extra ten stone as she was reminded of the added responsibility she was going to have this year. 

 

"You guys aren't going to start too much trouble, are you?"

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Wilhelmina Davis

They were running late. While Willa has spent a lot of time denying her magical existence, this made things seem so.. real, and they were running later. Her dad got lost on the way to the train station, insisting he did not need a GPS, of course he knew where they were going. Truth be told he didn't, and now they were late.

Willa sat in the back beside her brother, nervously biting her lips, her hand fiddling with her new wand because it was soft, and she was nervous. "Don't worry darling." Her mother crooned, looking back at her, Isoline Davis smiled serenely at her daughter, and Willa took a deep breath. She wouldn't miss the train, right?

"But mama, we're running late." She pointed out, and her mother clucked her tongue as her dad grunted. While it took forever they FINALLY arrived at the train station, and practically threw her things onto the trolley and ran towards a platform that didn't exist. They stood there for a few moments, counting down the time when they saw someone RUN through the platform and did the same. Suddenly there was a train, and Willa gasped in awe.

"Wow." She heard her brother say, and she wanted him to go with her, but she knew he wouldn't. Grabbing his hand, she squeezed it, and for once he squeezed it back, and they walked on. As the family walked on, Willa spotted her Aunts, and cousins. Hurrying over to them, Willa blushed almost shyly.

"Hi... Daddy was running late." As she said that, Andrew Davis mumbled "Was not".. "But we made it."

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