So Marie was a fellow Hufflepuff! That made me happy. Our compartment was filling up fast. Thankfully we had gotten one of the biggest ones. There was Aura, Roxanne, and Marie. Not to mention a brown-haired, blue-eyed girl who was quietly reading a book. She already had her robes on and I saw the Slytherin crest. I wasn't like some people who used Houses as labels. I knew plenty of Hufflepuffs who turned out to be rude and prideful. Honestly, I hadn't met a lot of Slytherins, but I had met one who turned out to be one of the kindest people I had ever met. It was my cousin Gale. I didn't care about Houses. I just wanted to make new friends.
A beaming grin on my freckled face, I turned to the Slytherin girl and peered over the book. Reading it upside-down, I saw the title. The girl looked at me, puzzled. I heard the other girls trying to hold back laughs in the back-ground.
"Ooo!" I said in my thick, Scottish accent. "Good book?"
"Ye-es," she said warily, her eyes traveling from her book to the Hippogriff feather behind my ear. I had forgotten it was there until she looked at it. I would lose my head if it weren't attached to my body.
"Brilliant!" I continued. "What's your name, lassie?"
"Kendra Piker. You?"
I took a deep, exaggerated breath before introducing everyone. "I'm Charlotte Barnes, but you can call me Charlie. That's Aura, Marie, Merida, and Roxanne. Aura's a Ravenclaw, Merida and Roxy are Gryffindors, and Marie and I are HUFFLEPUFF!" I pointed to everyone as I mentioned them. When I finished, I pretended to be completely out of breath and everyone stared at me with amused expressions. Kendra looked as if she wanted to cast Langlock on me. It wasn't like she didn't like me; I think she just thought I was too enthusiastic. It happens a lot, but I don't mind.
"Nice to meet you," the Slytherin said slowly (XD #UnintentionalAlliteration). Her eyes slowly went back down to her book.
How on earth are you not in Ravenclaw, lass?! I thought, grinning mischievously. She chose to be in the same compartment as me so she would have to suffer my wrath. Also known as, fun.
"Let's play a game!" I said excitedly. Everyone looked up, including Kendra. "It's called-" I paused dramatically pulling a box out of my worn, brown satchel. "Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans."
Everyone except Kendra groaned. She bookmarked her page with a faded, blue piece of silk, a determined look on her face. I shook the box vigorously before opening it. I could feel the anticipation rising in the room.
Looking at each of the girls individually, I spoke, "I got these when I was shopping at Diagon Alley yesterday. The challenge is you have to eat the entire bean without spitting it out in order to continue to the next round. We'll go in a circle starting with me then Kendra, and so on. The first person to spit out their bean is out of the game and must give the winner a single sickle." I pulled out one of the silver coins from my pocket and rolled it skillfully over my knuckles. "Everyone got it?" They all nodded. "Then let's begin."
Closing my eyes, I reached in and took out a purple bean with a green top. Without a moment of hesitation, I popped it in my mouth and began to chew. As soon as I tasted it, I pumped my fist in the air victoriously.
"EGGPLANT!" It was one of my favorite vegetables. I handed the the box to Kendra after swallowing and she pulled out a brown one with black spots. Nervously, she put it in her mouth and chewed. Gradually, her face brightened.
"Chocolate chip cookie," she said. We all groaned, knowing that not every bean was as good as that. Kendra just smiled.
Aura took one next. It was bright blue with white speckles. Thinking it was toothpaste, she bit down on it and her face was the picture of disgust. "Hand soap!" she cried. We laughed. She swallowed, and took a bite of her chocolate frog to get the taste off her tongue. Then she handed it to Merida, who got a yellow bean with thin, white stripes. She put it in her mouth and as soon as her teeth broke the shell, her entire face scrunched up.
"Lemon!" she said. "It tastes good, but it's so sour!" She handed the box to Roxy who pulled out a red one with black speckles. She happily ate it without fear. "Strawberry." I could tell she ate these often. Then it was Marie's turn. She looked horrified.
"Never had a Bertie Bean?" I asked. She shook her head. "Aw, don't worry. It's not real, just remember that. It's just a bean." I grinned and she grinned back. She pulled out a multi-colored one and looked at me for help. I tried to suppress a laugh. "That could be anything. Literally. Color means nothing with the rainbows. Well, go on!"
She reluctantly put it in her mouth and chewed. For a moment, she froze a fearful look on her face. Then she gagged, but refused to spit it out. Her face pale, she eventually swallowed it.
We all bombarded her with questions. "What was it? What did it taste like? Was it vomit? Haggis? Do ye need a doctor?" Of course, that last statement was mine. Everyone looked at me as if I had just asked if they had eaten a dog biscuit. Which I have, but that's not important.
"What?" I asked. "Ya never know."
"You are so weird," Aura said jokingly.
"I know!" Then I turned back to Marie. "So what was it, lass?" The color in her face was gradually coming back.
She looked at us all as if she had just survived a vicious dragon attack. "Imagine the smell of a dead skunk. Then imagine yourself tasting it."
We all erupted into a chorus of "eww" and "that's vile" and "gross". Finally, the Hufflepuff handed the box back to me and I pulled out a pink one with a green stripe and a few black spots. I knew exactly what it was, and I was right.
"Watermelon!" I said after swallowing.
"Lucky!" Marie protested. We all laughed. I was just about to hand the box to Kendra when the entire train jerked to a stop, causing up to slip off the seat. A few beans fell out of the box and rolled against the wall. We all gathered our bearings after a moment and re-took our places, breathing heavily.
"Are you all okay?" Kendra asked.
"I think so," Marie replied, her voice quavering.
"What was that?" I said, growing serious. I looked out the window.
Merida looked out of the glass compartment door. "No idea."
Suddenly, a scream rang out from somewhere in the car. "Help!" they shrieked. "HELP ME!" The another voice sounded. It was rough and raspy.
"Quiet, girl! Langlock!" We all put our hands to our mouths in horror as silence once again filled the air. Footsteps drew nearer and nearer to our compartment and we all looked at each other fearfully. Then a tall, bearded man with yellow fangs, blood-shot (not to mention blood-thirsty) blue eyes, and long, silver hair appeared in front of the door. We all suppressed screams. He was wearing a filthy, shredded Azkaban prison uniform. He had unbuttoned the top buttons so his hairy chest which was tattooed with foreign symbols was showing. He smiled maliciously at us as he pulled out a black wand. He held it up and the door slid open.
"'Ello, lovlies," he snarled. "I smell a Mudblood. Which one of you is it?"
We all sat frozen, unable to speak because of indescribable terror. The man growled.
"I guess I'll jus' have to kill you all then, eh?" He raised his wand, but at the last moment, Aura pulled hers out, standing.
"Petrificus totalus!" she yelled and a jet of light shot from the tip. The man went rigid and fell to the ground. His eyes glared angrily at us. "Incarcerous." Ropes flew from her wand and wound themselves around the man. The rest of us stared at her in shock.
"That's why you're a Ravenclaw," I said, in awe.
"You just saved us," Merida added.
Aura blushed a little. "It was nothing, really. Just some simple binding spells."
"Thank you," I said. We all looked back at the escaped Azkaban prisoner whose eyes had gone from angry to murderous. "Who is he?"
Kendra shrugged. "No idea."
But if you know your Harry Potter, you do. :) Hope you liked it! It was fun! Sorry if there are any typos. :P