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Fenella Campbell

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Fenella Campbell

So far this whole magic school thing had been a great adventure! There was a trip to London, shopping for all sorts of weird and wacky things and finally time to get aboard the train! But up until this point, Fenella had had the support of her family. Mum, Dad, Granny and Grandad had all travelled to London for the week and together they'd been to see Buckingham Palace, seen a show on the West End, Piccadilly Circus and Big Ben. Even her sister Fiona had come down from Edinburgh for the last two days of the trip to spend some time with them all. Fiona had been especially helpful with the shopping for school supplies because it turned out her friend from University had attended Hogwarts as well (such invaluable help when it came to working out wizard money and where to buy everything!)

 

But now she was on her own. No one was there to reassure he she would be ok. Her mum and sister had left her on the platform and the train was slowly pulling away from the station. Fenella had managed to get a spot in one of the carriage doorways, squished between a partition and two older students. The three of them were waving furiously out the window, but unlike them, there were a couple of stray tears making their way down the young girl's cheeks. She wanted to call out, "Bye Mummy! I love you!" or "Write me every day Fiona!" but she knew deep down that opening her mouth might also open the flood gates in her eyes. As it was, she was barely holding it together. 

 

Kings Cross was no longer in sight and the older students had moved on to find a seat or their friends. Fenella could hear all sorts of sound coming from the corridor. Suppose she should follow her doorway companions example and head in to the train to find a seat. Yes, staying here in the doorway wasn't going to do her any good. "And neither will these tears" she muttered, wiping her face with the sleeve of her jumper. She straightened herself up, took a deep breath and those first few steps with confidence before "WOAH!"

Something had come rushing by her so fast that Fenella only had a split second to duck. It was sparkly and made a whizzing sound before hitting a glass window and turning in to some sort of green goop.

 

Her eyes widened. The magic was already starting. Unsure of what to do next, Fenella drew her own wand, holding it so tightly as if it might try to escape her clasp, but at the same time close to her body so that if another spell came flying by it wouldn't hit and damage her newest possession. She looked both left and right, but the corridor was full of students - some in their robes and others still in their casual clothes. There was no way she could tell where the green goop spell had come from, and to be honest, she had no idea what to do if another came this way. Actually everything that happened in the last 3 seconds showed her she had no idea what do about anything. Should she be somewhere in particular? When was the time she had to be in her robes by? Where had her luggage ended up? Should she already know how to make green goop? 

 

She had no answers, but suddenly remembered something her Granny was always saying. When in doubt, ask. Yes this seemed like the best thing to do. So wand, still tightly clutched in hand, and a new resolve to not sit and cry about the people she'd left behind in London, Fenella moved to the closest group of students mingling in the corridor and in her best effort to conjure some confidence she asked, "Ah-um excuse me. Um I'm new here, do you know where the new kids are meant to go?"

 

 

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Julian Banagher

He was so glad that his mother had finally left. He was sick of being supervised like he was some kind of baby. This wasn’t Pre-Hogwarts Programme—this was Hogwarts, and he was more than capable of handling the train all by himself.

 

He took a deep breath as he pushed his cart through the entrance to Platform 9 and 3/4. He barely had any time to marvel at the train, which gleamed a bright red, or the bustling groups of students. He wanted to make sure that he got his trunk on the train and had enough time to find a seat with Dale—who was nowhere to be found.

 

He found a spot where he could stash his trunk, and he began wandering the corridors, trying to find a compartment that wasn’t completely full of older students.

 

That was when he came upon a girl who looked to be the same age as him. He quirked an eyebrow at her. “You don’t know how sitting on a train works? You just find a place and you sit down. It’s not that complicated.”

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Fenella Campbell

Being shy wasn't an easy quality to have. Fenella had seriously mustered up all the courage she possibly could just to ask if she needed to be anywhere in particular. At home this wasn't a problem - she knew which classroom to go to in school, she knew that it was her job to set the table for supper, and she knew that she needed to leave home by 5.15pm on a Tuesday night in order to make it to Brownies on time. But all that was left behind now, and the 11 year old had to start fending for herself.

 

Still, she was taken aback by the reaction of the boy. It was a simple question and she hadn't meant any harm by it.

"Oh," she muttered, immediately looking down to her feet. Her momentarily gained confidence was gone. Gone in the raise of the boy's eyebrow. If it were one of the boys from school or one of the scouts from the local troupe Fenella would've laughed it off. How about you park your backside and show me how it's done then?

 

But she didn't know anyone here, and they didn't know her. There was something to be said for first impressions though and so far this boy wasn't making a good one on Fenella. He was rude and as far as she could see he didn't have a reason to be. It suddenly occurred to her that this was also her first impression, and so far she had barely managed to utter a word, avoided eye contact and was slouching. No this would not do!

 

She raised her head, shuffled her shoulders back and gave a little smile.

"I just thought maybe those who were new here might have to be somewhere. That's all." 

 

 

 

 

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Julian Banagher

She looked shy, like she might shrink if he glared at her long enough. A malicious grin spread across Julian’s features as a plan began to formulate in his head. He had to be on the train for hours—he might as well be entertained.

 

”Actually yes, that’s right,” Julian replied, raising his chin a little as he tried to decide what to say next. Maybe this girl was a muggleborn? He wasn’t sure, but if she wasn’t, she definitely didn’t seem to know a lot about Hogwarts. 

 

“You should follow me, I can take you exactly to where you need to go,” he added, forcing himself to try and smile as nicely as he could—which likely ended up looking more like a grimace. “It will be right this way, actually.”

 

He turned on his heel and motioned for her to follow. Now he just had to decide—get her in trouble by directing her to a prefect’s compartment or lead her toward the loo?

 

The loo was the more appealing option of the two, and Julian set off confidently in the direction of where his mother had told him he could find a bathroom on the train. 

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Fenella Campbell

Fenella turned her head slightly and her brows furrowed. The boy seemed to have changed his tune rather quickly. Perhaps it was that she stood her ground, or that he realised he'd been quite rude for no reason. She couldn't make sense of it no matter how long she held his gaze and for now would have to hold her judgement.

 

"Thank you," she replied as he turned and lead the way down the corridor. Well just because she hadn't made her mind up about him didn't mean she should be impolite. And it always helped her to be perceived a bit better - Fenella often felt people got the wrong impression of her just because she wasn't as chatty or outspoken as other girls her age. She'd taken to heart the old saying If you've not got something nice to say then don't say it at all to mean more like don't bother saying anything unless it has some purpose.

 

They made their way down the train past a dozen or so compartments filled with students some wearing their regular clothes but many already in their uniforms. Her new uniform was packed neatly in her backpack but she was still happy to be in her jeans and knit jumper - robes were something she definitely needed some time to adjust to. As they continued to walk she noticed that there were quite a few students around who looked like they could also be new kids. It was easy to see as, like hers, their robes were black and not adorned with a house crest as yet. Well if they were new too shouldn't they also be heading in the same direction as she and the boy?

 

Maybe her earlier judgement about the boy was right? His pace didn't seem to slow but he was so confident in his directions. Once again she felt all that was left to do was to be brave and talk.

"Are you sure that this is where the new students are meant to be meeting?"

 

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The other girl looked suspicious, but he wasn't going to let that bother him. Instead, he was going to go forward with his plan. "You're welcome," he said, trying to force a smile. 

 

As they walked, they passed other students who had already changed into their uniforms. There were many of them who had house crests adorning their robes and different colored ties, but there were just as many of them who had plain black robes too. He had only just started to wonder if she may have been getting suspicious when she asked him if he was sure about where the new students were supposed to meeting. 

 

He turned back to face her for a moment. "Of course, I know exactly where I'm going. My mum's a professor." Well, technically he wasn't lying there, she was an instructor that taught at Hogwarts, after all. 

 

"Come on, it's just a bit further now," he said as they kept walking down the corridor. 

 

A few seconds later, they came upon a bathroom. "Here we are," Julian said, reaching out to try and push her in, fully intending to lock the door behind her and leave her in there for the duration of the train ride. 

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Fenella Campbell

Against her better judgement, she followed. But the more she followed, the more she knew this wasn't right. There were so many others not going in the same direction as them and if there was a meeting for the new kids there would definitely be more people making their way down the train. Fenella might've been a shy person, but she wasn't keen on being taken for a fool, and not even reassurance that this guy's mother was a professor at magic school was enough to convince her that he wasn't lying.

 

She kept up with him, but made a conscious effort to stay a few steps further behind than she had been. "Okay," she smiled as he encouraged her on. If she stopped now she wouldn't know the end game, and if someone was going to try and fool you it was always important to find out how and why. Even if nothing came from it, it was always good to have that information stored away. And this is why John Jolly, the meanest boy at school, had never come after Fenella. She was a quiet one and you have to watch them and she knew it.

 

"Are we?" She asked. He made to move push her, but her instinct to stay behind a few steps meant she stepped back in time to avoid the connection.

 

"This looks like the bathroom to me. If you need to go before the meeting, I'll wait."

 

 

 

 

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Julian narrowed his eyes at the girl's remark. His plan had fallen apart before his very eyes. He had thought it was fool-proof, and now, he was standing there looking like an idiot without a back-up plan. 

 

He was caught between wondering if he should just play dumb or if he should try to shove her into the bathroom a second time. Surely she would be expecting that, however, if she had already managed to be shoved in the first time. "Yes, it is the bathroom," he said slowly, taking a step back as he tried to think of what he should say next.

 

"Actually," he cleared his throat. "There is no meeting for new students. But all the seats are taken on the train now, so have fun finding a place to sit."

 

Did he know that was true? Absolutely not, but it was the only thing he could think of to say and try to save face after his plan had gone so disastrously wrong. 

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Fenella Campbell

Gut feeling: 1 - Boy on train: 0

 

It was encouraging to know that her instincts about the boy had been right - she really needed it at this point in the day. Before she'd spoken to him she'd been crying and upset that she was leaving her family for the first time, and now she was feeling ... better? More like herself? Like if she could take on a bully surely she could take on whatever magic school was about to throw her way. 

 

"Riiiight. No meeting, no seats, you sure tricked me," she smiled.

 

She tried to make it sound more 'matter of fact' rather than sarcastic. It bothered her more that she'd been gullible rather than he had tricked her but she wasn't about to let that happen again and he needed to know.

 

"I guess you can make up for it by staying out of my way when we get to school."

 

And with that she turned and made her way back down the train, leaving the boy standing by the bathroom.

 

 

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