Susan Bradby
Let's start already!
Thu Jan 18, 2018 22:15
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Susan was practically bubbling with joy. Things had turned out great. She was allowed to come to Rocky Mountain International… in America, she would be living all by herself like a grown-up and she was wearing brand new robes. Yes, the snivelling seemed to have worked with Daddy. She did feel terrible hugging him goodbye, knowing she won’t see him for months, but she guessed she could cram some new friends into the Dad-shaped hole in her heart.

The bonfire was warm and cozy. Susan didn’t have much experience with bonfires as her mother would never have supported burning of wood- or cutting of wood. In fact, if she had her way, Susan might not even have got a proper wand and instead got a knobbly old stick- made out of a dead birch tree- like Ivory. Thank God Daddy had taken her secretly to Ollivander’s before her mother could even have the chance to say anything. That had been her last secret outing with Daddy- a whole day of buying books, supplies, ice cream and chocolates. She had spotted a nice, sleek broom at the Diagon Alley store too. She had cast a withering look at Daddy, but he didn’t buy it. ‘Your Mum will scream her head off. But tell you what, if you make it into your Quidditch team, I’ll buy this one and send it to you,’ he had promised.

The Headmaster seemed oddly cheerful and when he asked them to take their dream-catchers out, she half expected it to explode. But surprisingly, it turned green. Oh! So she was sorted into Lyra-which was probably the best House (chiefly because she had been sorted into it). The fact that there was a huge dream-catcher hovering over the Lyra fire only fortified her belief that her House was special. She shuffled back towards the fire. And just like that the feast had begun!

The house elves reminded her of Skippy, her grandmother’s house-elf. He was so grumpy that it was funny. Back when Ivory was not such a snooty snob, she and Susan would go about annoying Skippy, littering right after he had cleaned the room, or blowing at the tufts of hair on the back of his head, or loudly screaming behind his back to scare him.

But these house-elves seemed younger and less grumpy and it was probably against the rules to do any such thing to them. So Susan simply heaped her plate with some chicken pilaf and started eating. As she looked around, she saw first years like her, scattered throughout the place. They all looked bigger than her, but Susan was sure she would hit a growth spurt anytime now. Happily munching away, she turned to the person beside her. ‘So, which year are you starting?’

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