Sorry, I ment below! It's kinda long, but I just really got into it. :D
My dad helped me with the last of my bags from the car onto the trolley cart as I held the cage of my owl. Always curious, Ashwing kept turning his head from side to side to get a full view of the station and all the people.
My father, being a muggle, was as thrilled as me at all of this; on the other hand though, I was terrified and nervous to be leaving my family.
Likely sensing my nerves, my mom reached out and pulled me in for a hug.
“Don’t worry sweetheart,” she said gently to me, “You are going to have an amazing time.”
“You sure mom?” I asked uncertainly.
“Are you kidding?” she replied with a laugh, “You are going to have a blast! I’ve heard so much about this school from my own days back in Ilvermorny. Also, you are going to make so many new friends; you can’t go anywhere without making a new friend.”
Mom often recalled her school days to me. Being sorted into the Thunderbird house, her favorite spells, and some of the best pranks she saw pulled were being brought up increasingly the closer my own trip to school had been. I believe that she is proud to see me go to Hogwarts, though wishes I could go to the American school.
I smiled at her encouragement and hugged her back. “Thanks mom.”
“You did remember your ticket, right?” My dad spoke up as he shut the car’s trunk and wheeled my luggage to the curb.
“I’ve got it right here.”
“Good, because we will not have much time by the look of it.”
We all walked inside the station and as I looked around in anticipation of other wizard kids pushing their carts, I was surprised to see none. ‘They must be closer to the platform,’ I thought to myself.
“My ticket says we need to go to platform 9 ¾,” I reminded my parents.
We walked through the station to platform 9 and sure enough, after some waiting, we spotted another cart with an owl rush through a pillar.
“Clever,” My dad whispered to my mom as we approached.
“I’ve seen this sort of work before,” commented my mom to the two of us, “we have to go at a quick pace for us to pass through. Go ahead honey, you go first.”
Running into a brick wall was not high on my list of sane things to do. However, I just saw it happen and mom said I could. When I was sure that no one was watching I sprinted as fast as I could and closed my eyes before my face hit brick. I came out in a hallway, stepping to the side to wait for my parents.
As soon as they came through, both pushing the cart with my surprised owl on top, they nearly ran into the solid wall next to me. My mom and I laughed as my dad reached out to the left and right walls to see if they were solid as well. We traveled through until we reached an open platform filled with trolley carts, children and parents, and a beautiful black and scarlet train with smoke billowing out the stack. Along the side of the train were the golden letters of the Hogwarts Express.
I could not believe it. This was really happening. Also, my mouth is hanging open. I shut it with a snap as my mom led the way onto the platform with my dad and I in tow.
“Now remember Shawna,” my mom began to instruct, “do not under any circumstances leave your wand anywhere. It is not like your purse with a couple of dollars in it. A wand is special and cannot be replaced so easily.”
“And don’t forget to write and call if you can, I have no idea if this school will have muggle technology.”
As we approached the train, assistants began to help us put my luggage on the train for transport. I kept my smaller case with my robes, a book for the ride over, my Nintendo, and my wand of course.
“I just wish those brooms weren’t so expensive,” my dad said as we finished loading the train with my belongings. “Now that is the kind of magic I would love to do myself!”
I went over and gave my dad the biggest hug I could. Out of everything that has happened in me developing magic, he has stuck with me and we have been learning together. How I wish my parents could go with me to school.
“You sure I can’t just continue to be homeschooled?” I asked my mom.
“You can do this,” she reassured me with a hug. “You are the daughter of a Thunderbird and are as smart as they come. Everything I have taught you, you have soaked up like a sponge. I’ve run out of things to teach you safely; you need this and you know you can do it.”
“Thanks mom,” I said with some tears. “I’m so excited but I love you both so much, I’m just going to miss you.”
“We’ll miss you too,” she said. “Just remember though, it won’t be too long until break.”
With a few more hugs and goodbyes, I boarded the train that would take me to Hogwarts. I wiped my eyes and prayed that I did not look too red from crying a bit, shook myself off, and went to look for a place to sit by a window. Many of the cars were beginning to fill, however, I did find a seat in a car with one other person in it.
“Hi there, may I sit here?”