Sorry this took me so long to get up! It's not really long, I just don't have much time. My teachers said, "This week we will REALLY be cracking down on school." And I'm like, "What's all I've done last week? A playdate?" Ugh
Cheers erupted from the Gryffindor section of the Quidditch pitch, while the Hufflepuff section (where I was sitting) let loose collective moans and disappointed mutters. They all got up simotaneously, and picked up their bags. I heard, "Secret weapon first year, my undergarments."
I clenched my jaw, and swept down to the fields, fuming. Sue stood timidly at the edge of the Hufflepuff team circle, holding her broom losely and proffesionally. When she saw me, her face broke into a wide smile, and she tackled me in a hug. I grinned and managed to pick her up and swing her about. All that weight training had done me good. I finally set her down, and gather her face in my hands. Her disappointment is obvious by the slightest frown on her face, but her almond shaped brown eyes twinkle with a defiant glare, and her chin is raised proudly. So much like Resa....
My mind flashes back to that terrible night....
It was mid summer. They had hit the right moment, the sun was still out, but going down. It wasn't very busy, and safer than broad daylight. They lived in a small wizarding community. A place where bad things rarely happen.
A young teen carried a blond haired toddler in her arms, the teen had long, choppy black hair and her eyes were chocolate brown. Sort of a mix of the two girls who she was with. The toddler in her arms had wispy blond hair, and curious brown eyes that seemed much too intelligent for a three year old. The girl beside her had long black hair, and strangely bright green eyes. She bounced along side the older girl, singing a little diddy under her breath.
The toddler was Sue. The older girl was Resa, and I was the runty six year old.
"Why are Mom and Dad always fighting?" Me, Aura, asked.
The older girl, Resa, gives her sister a sad look and strokes Sue's light hair. "Dad is a wizard. Mum is a Muggle. When Mum found out, she..." her voice broke off, but she needn't say more. I understood.
"Mhm," I said sadly and stomped loudly in a puddle.
"Egh!" Sue gurgled. I smiled brightly my babyish grin. I stop Resa, and reach up so the tot can grip my finger with her little fist. Sue giggled and wiped her face on Resa's robe.
We were happy as a family. We didn't need Mum and Dad. We were okay.
That's what I thought. How foolish.
An explosion sounds from the nearest shop. Resa grabs me and thrusts me in a small alcove in the alley, she pushes Sue in my hands, and the tot begins to cry. "Shh," Resa comforts. She looks at me, "Stay with Sue! I'm gonna see if they need help!"
"No!" I yell, but she is already gone. Despite her warnings, I push Sue in the corner and whisper to her, "Stay, Susan."
Sue coos sadly and begins playing with her feet, oblivious to the danger. I bite my lip, and give her a stick to play with. I peek around the alley and am horrified but what I see. Resa's back is to me, but she faces a man who is hidden in the shadows, her wand is out, which confuses me. How did she get a wand? Then I remember that Resa is grown up now. A big girl.
"Give it back." she says simply.
The man in the shadows laughs, and his voice has haunted me ever since. "An amusing try, child."he says putting emphasis on the word, mockingly. "But..." he raises his wand, "All good things must come to an end- AVADA KEDAVRA!"
"NO!" I scream, but a flash of brilliant green light blinds me. I stagger back wards, and here Resa's agaonized scream. And then there is silence. I blink away the blurriness, and stumble forwards. The square is empty, except for....
The body of Resa Portalsman lays facedown on the cobblestones.
"Aura?" I hear a familiar voice ask. It was the same, sweet and quiet, but more mature. No longer a toddler. Sue. I realize my bottom lip is trembling, and tears fill my eyes. I look into those deep brown eyes of Sue, like vats of melted chocolate. "A-are you okay?"
I smile weakly and pat her shoulder, "Shining. Go see your team."
Sue looks like she wants to protest, but I push her gently. The Team Captain smiles and takes her in. I turn and brush the tears from my eyes and race to the Owlery, not looking where I was going. I rammed into a tall girl with silvery midnight blue hair and black robes. "Hey!" she says as we both topple over. I swear loudly and get to my feet. Running into people: My specialty.
"Sorry." I say apollegetically.
She waves me off, "Watch it."
"I can see that. Who are you?"
"Aura Portalsman. You?"
She sniffs and studies me with those cool grey-ish eyes, like she didn't quite trust me. "Alyssienna. Most call me Ghost."
"That rhymes." I note.
She rolls her eyes, "Are you always like this?"
"This." she says, gesturing vaguely at my flustered face and messy hair.
"Oh," I say looking down at my robes, "Normally worse."
"Where are you going?" Ghost finally asks after a moment of silence.
"Umm..." I said. I wasn't really sure. Anywhere to get away from the ghosts of the past. "The Owlery. Snowy white name Portal."
She looked at me like she couldn't quite believe I was serious. ""mkay. And hey?"
"Watch where you're going."
"Good idea." I say and continue my flight to the Owlery.
As soon as I am there, I fling open the door. I sigh and grin slightly. I loved this place. Owls cooed softly, like Sue did that terrible night. My owl, Portal, flies up to me, and lands on a shelf next to my arm. His eyes are so like Resa's.
I clutch my head, feed him as quick as possible, and race back out. There is no escaping the memories.