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Chapter 4 – The Fallout
Professor McGonagall finally announced that we could eat. I was starving, even though I'd had a lot of sweets before in the train. Suddenly, food popped up the the tables and everyone began helping themselves. I took a minute to show some wonder on my face before composing myself.
All around me, the conversation started picking up. Many of the first-years knew each other, a result of the probably hours their parents had made them spend time together. While listening to them I deduced that the names of the other two girls in my year were Bea and Haily.
It was difficult for me to find something to eat, as I was a vegetarian, but I eventually settled on mashed potatoes and some green beans. Lucy, who was sitting next to me, was eyeing my choice of food.
„Why aren't you having any meat?"
„I am a vegetarian, actually."
„My parents decided to wait till I turned 18, and then let me make the decision for myself. They didn't want me to feel guilty for eating it if later I wanted to become a vegetarian."
„You mean 17."
I took a deep breath. Here we go.
„You come of age at 18 in the Muggle world."
„But you're a witch, so its 17 for you. Shouldn't your mother or father know that?" She still seemed confused, and I realised I was going to have to say it out loud.
„No, my parents are Muggles, even though both my brother and I are magical."
She just stared at me for a minute. I thought that perhaps they weren't as prejudiced -
„What? You're a Mudblood? " Unfortunately, a boy who was also sorted heard me, and actually moved his plate away from me.
„I would prefer the term Muggle-born." I told him, trying to keep my voice calm and hide my anger. I wasn't one to not defend myself.I was dying to threaten him, but decided to save that for when I knew some good hexes.
A few others followed suit, including prefect who had welcomed me, and the girls in my year, Bea, Haily and Lucy. It was clear when they dragged Lucy with them that she wasn't really as opposed to me as the others were. Though I expected it, it still hurt to be alone. Lucy's reaction made me hope a little. I tried to act indifferent and hoped I was doing a good job with it.
During dinner, I caught Roxanne's eye. She seemed to feel sorry for me, but didn't return the smile I sent her way. Embarrassed, I looked down at my plate and thanked my brown skin that no-one would see the flush on my cheeks.
When we were done with dinner, McGonagall rose to give her speech.
„To our new students, Welcome to Hogwarts. To our returning students, welcome back. I would just like to remind you that the Forbidden Forest is out of bounds for all students. Mr Filch would also like me to remind you that magic in the corridors is not allowed, and that the list of banned items has grown to include any new Weasley's Wizard Wheezes product that might have been released during this summer. Now, its time for bed. First-years, your Prefects will lead you to your dormitories."
There was a collective scaping noise as the students rose and made their way out of the Great Hall. The Prefects stood up and asked us to follow them.
While we were making our way to our dorms, I couldn't help but notice how big the castle was, and tried to memorise the way for tomorrow morning. There were so many paintings with live inhabitants and suits of armour that waved at us as we passed them, that I felt as if I was in a magical version of a museum. I noticed that we seemed to go lower and lower, into what I assumed were the dungeons.
Suddenly we stopped in front of a stone wall. The Prefects told us that we were required to say a password (which currently was Salazar) and the stone wall vanished, revealing a passage behind it. Upon following the passage, we reached a dungeon-like room with greenish lamps and chairs. It was cold, and a bit humid. There were many black and green sofas, dark wooden cupboards and tapestries. The Prefect told us that the common room extended till under the Black Lake, which explained the atmosphere.
I found myself really liking the cold, since I had always loved it. I remembered feeling a similar chill at my home using an air-conditioner. Merlin knew I needed it. My favourite colour was actually blue, but I still liked the green and black that was everywhere. Would the sofas be as comfortable as they looked? I would probably pick the one farthest from the large fireplace.
The Prefect captured my attention.
„The boys dormitories are down to the right, and the girls dormitories are to the left. Your trunks are already in your dorms. Now off to bed."
The four of us made our way downstairs. I had always slept with the window open as I loved fresh air, so the lack of them did make me a little apprehensive. I decided to ask a Professor the next day whether there was a spell for that.
Bea, Haily and Lucy were already talking about how they were finally at Hogwarts, though I noticed Lucy kept sending me looks. I decided to ignore them for now, and get ready for bed before thinking about winning them over.
When I was finished and sitting on my four-poster bed, I mulled around a bit whether I should wish them a good night. It would seem a little desperate, and I was sure that any other Slytherin wouldn't have said it, but I wanted to seem polite and non-hostile. After debating over it a little, I decided to go through with it.
„Good night." I even smiled a little bit.
Which turned out to be a mistake. Bea and Haily simply gave me disgusted looks, and I caught Lucy's eye for second before she looked away. I rolled my eyes and lied down. It was going to be a lonely next few months.
A/N: Seems that the girls aren't very nice to Su, aren't they? Let's see what happens next! I think it might take a couple days till I update next, but I'll do my best!
PS: Today is the day that this story starts! 1st September 2016!