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We started off, walking towards the ‘Quill’ shop. We walked in the front door and saw none other than, our friend, Lee Jordan.

“Hey Lee, what have you been up to lately?” George asked, slapping Lee on the shoulder.

“Not much… Who are you with today? I don’t see your mom or dad,” Lee asked, looking past us into the crowd behind.

“There with Molly and Ron. They are both starting first year this year. NO, we cannot go down Knockturn Ally, Lee. We promised we would not and if we do now, they will never leave us alone again. Plus we only have until 2 p.m. and we just started shopping.” I told Lee sternly.

“I’ve never known you three to stick to the schedule and be there on time.” Lee remarked.

“We have to, or else we’ll be grounded for the rest of the summer.” Fred stated.

“What does that have to do with anything? Who cares if you get grounded?” Lee asked. “You didn’t care about that the last, who knows how many times.”

“That’s because Fred here doesn’t want to not see his beloved Emily,” George joked.

“No, it’s that I won’t let them because, I don’t want to be stuck at home, only being able to talk to Molly. Ewe,” I said, with a small shiver at the thought.

They all laughed. “That wouldn’t be too bad,” George mumbled, once he caught his breath.

“That’s because you have a crush on her,” Fred and I mussed.

“I-I d-do not!” George stammered, trying to sound believable.

Fred, Lee, and I laughed. Once we all caught our breath, I asked Lee, “Who are you with and do you think they’ll let you come with us, or how far are you into your shopping?”

“Well, I’m with my Dad,” Lee said, pointing behind him towards the counter, “And we just started shopping as well. I’ll go ask him if I can go with you, Okay.” Then he turned and left.

When he came back, he had a huge smile on his face. “I can go with you guys,” he said, “Where are you meeting your parents?”

“Flourish and Blots, at two,” I supplied.

“Good, that’s where I thought and told my dad. Let’s disappear!”

We quickly bought some quills, ink and parchment, and left the store. Then we headed toward the clothing shop. After we bought about half our supplies, we figured we should have something to eat. After all, it was 11:30 and I only had a piece of toast for breakfast off Fred’s plate.

“We can always just have ice-cream?” George suggested, pointing to Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour.

“I need more than ice-cream. I need sustenance,” I told George. “Let’s just eat at the Leaky Cauldron,” I added and started walking toward it.

“Fine,” the other three decided and followed.

After we ate, we headed back down the street toward the Apothecary. We bought our potions ingredients and got some new robes fitted. By the time all that was finished it was 1:55, so we just walked across the street to where we were meeting everyone, Flourish and Blots. We walked in the door and found Mr. and Mrs. Weasley as well as my Mom and Dad, Ron, Molly, Percy, and Mr. Jordan.

“All we need now is our book list and some ice-cream,” I said to the group. “We’re even a couple minutes early.”

“Yes, but you don’t have your books, like you mentioned.” Mrs. Weasley said sternly, looking me in the eye.

“We didn’t have the time,” I stated honestly.

“Why is that? Did you go down Knockturn Ally or why did you not have the time? We obviously did, and we had to buy wands,” Mrs. Weasley questioned.

“We did all just get new robes fitted. That’s four of us, three sets of work robes, and a winter cloak each, plus Emily got a set of nice dress robes,” Fred declared a little hurt from the accusation. “And there were only two fitters, so both witches had to fit eight different robes; one even had to fit nine. They can only fit robes so fast.”

“We also ate an okay lunch,” George added defensively as Ron’s stomach growled loudly.

“Let’s just get our books and stop all the fuss. If you truly don’t believe us, go across the street and ask yourself,” I alleged and stepped past Mrs. Weasley to talk to the sales clerk. “Fred, where is our book list? This man needs it.”

“Okay so that’s three copies of Unfogging the Future, by Cassandra Vablatsky, wait Lee, are you taking Divinations this year? Make those four copies. Intermediate Transfiguration and Standard Book of Spells, Grade Three, that is four copies again. Lee are you also taking Care of Magical Creatures? Then we need four copies of The Monster Book of Monsters. Sorry,” Fred added the sorry because of the look the sales clerk had on his face when he said it.

Once we all got our books and straightened out the money, we all headed out the door and down the street towards Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour where we all ordered ice cream. After we were done, we headed back toward the fireplace, where we could use the Floo Network.

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