I got some robes fitted at Madam Malkin's, bought the required books from a place called Flourish and Blotts, and got a plain pewter cauldron. Then came my least favourite part. There was a pet shop, filled with an assortment of owls, rats, toads, and cats. I couldn't get a cat. Animals are more perceptive than humans to conditions such as lycanthropy, you see. And they don't like it. As I walked in, the closest cat turned to hiss at me. I sighed. I'd always thought cats were cute, we'd even had one before I was attacked, but we'd had to get rid of it. It hated me after I was… changed. Aiden and I walked around the shop for a while. I stroked some of the rats, but I wasn't particularly interested in having one.
I walked and walked, until I came across an owl. It had big yellow eyes, and brown speckled feathers, and it squeaked at me as I walked past. I slowly placed a finger through the bars of the cage. The owl, an owlet I thought, as it was so tiny, leant forward and rubbed the back of its ear on my finger tip. It didn't seem to be scared of me. Everything else was, which had made me miserable while in this store, but tis owl seemed to like me.
"Aiden," I tugged at his sleeve, as he was preoccupied playing with a cat, "I think I've found the pet I'd like." He looked at it before exclaiming,
"An elf owl! Ah, those are meant to be one of the sweetest and most understanding species. You learn about it at school." I grinned at him as we took it up to the counter.
"10 galleons, please." I handed the shop keeper the money, Aiden had given me some, and we exited the shop. As I stepped out the shop, a rather excitable boy with blonde hair ran into me. I stumbled, but managed to stay standing. The boy, on the other hand, didn't. He fell onto his bottom, and blushed deeply.
"Sorry!" He squeaked. "My mum's always telling me that I need to watch where I'm going, I'm just really clumsy!"
"It's alright." I laughed, and gave him my hand. He stared at it, so I shook it in a go on kind of way. He took it gratefully and I pulled him to a standing position.
"Thanks." He mumbled, earnestly. "Sorry again." I chuckled.
"Look, it's really ok! I'm Amaris." I smiled at him.
"I'm Peter." He began to smile back.
"There we go." I said, "A smile is what we like to see." He grinned wider. "Well, I've got to go. But it was nice meeting you Peter!" He waved goodbye as I turned in the other direction and ran after Aiden.