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CHAPTER 4

"Good-bye! I'll miss you both!" Hermione gave both her parents a peck on the cheek.

They watched proudly as Hermione rushed towards the Hogwarts Express. She then paused in front of the door and turned to wave good-bye at her parents before entering the train. She set her belongings into an empty compartment and quickly changed into her uniform, so she doesn't have to worry about it later. She looked out the window and watched as other students say good-bye to their family and friends. She felt as if her heart was hammering hard against her chest from excitement, as she watched more students entering the train.

I can't believe I'm actually going, She thought to herself. This feels so surreal! She took a few deep breaths to calm herself, and opened her bag to pull out a thick book, before flipping the pages. She was about to start her reading when her compartment door slip open, revealing a chubby boy with a friendly round face. He looked around the compartment and sighed sadly.

"There's room here if you like" Hermione nodded towards the opposite seat in front of her.

The boy gave her a shy smile and shook his head. "Actually, I'm looking for Trevor, my pet toad."

People in the wizarding world have toads for pets? Hermione asked herself. She stared at the boy and asked, "When was the last time you had him?"

The boy shrugged, "When I entered the train, I had him. But, now I don't remember where it went." He looked helplessly around the place.

Hermione felt sorry for the boy and closed her book. "Here, I'll help you." She got up and stuffed her bag with the book. "Let's retrace your steps, shall we?"

"Okay." The boy nodded, feeling grateful towards the girl. "I'm Neville Longbottom, by the way."

Hermione beamed, "Hermione Granger. Do you know what house you'll be in? I've read all about Hogwart's history, and I think it's fascinating."

Neville grinned at her sudden enthusiastic. "No idea. I wish to be in Gryffindor, but people think I'll be in Hufflepuff." He muttered.

She shrugged, "That doesn't seem like a bad house to be in. But, I really hope I'm in Gryffindor too."

They went door to door and asked if anyone has seen Neville's toad. But, to their disappointment, all of them had said no.

"Don't give up, Neville. He's bound to be here somewhere!" Hermione encouraged him, as they opened another compartment door.

She looked around and spotted three boys sitting in the area. One of them was a thin pale boy, and the others looked like they could be his bodyguards, by the size of them.

The pale boy raised an eyebrow at Hermione. "Can we help you?" He asked rudely, earning silent snickers from his friends.

Hermione looked at the boy and paused. She stared at his blond hair, pale face, and silver eyes and frowned.

He looks really familiar, she thought to herself, studying him with interest.

She earned a nudge on her side from Neville, causing her to stay focused. "Neville here seemed to have lost a toad - - "

The three boys snickered loudly this time and muttered words like "pathetic" and "stupid".

"A toad?" The pale boy sneered. He looked at the other two boys and asked in a fake concerned tone, "Did we see a toad stop by here, boys?"

They shook their heads, snickering stupidly as they stared at Hermione and Neville. The pale boy shifted his attention back to Hermione and smirked, "Did that answer your question?"

She glared at him and huffed, making a move to slide the door close.

Suddenly, the boy's hand snatched the door to stay open. He looked at Hermione with feign interest and asked, "What's your name?"

She frowned, "Hermione Granger."

The boy eyed at Hermione's bushy brown hair with familiarity and frowned. "Hermione. Your name sounds a bit familiar. Tell me, are you a pureblood?"

She shook her head and said, "No, my parents are non-magical."

Neville watched nervously as the boy's face shifted from curiosity to a disgusted angry expression.

"Come on, Hermione" Neville whispered. He tried pulling on Hermione's arm, beckoning her to leave. He knows who the boy is, and he doesn't want to cause a scene.

The blond boy sneered at Hermione and Neville, before slamming the door shut.

"Well that was rude!" Hermione huffed, dragging Neville along with her. "Who was he?"

"Draco Malfoy. Trust me, you don't want to mess with him." Neville said, feeling relieved. "Stay away from him, if you can. He's nothing but trouble"

"Whatever. If he causes any trouble, I'll be sure to report him. Now let's split up, so we can look for Trevor faster." Hermione said.

She watched as Neville walked to the opposite side, before she looked around the aisles. She spotted Neville leaving quickly from another compartment to another.

Rolling her eyes, she went to those same compartments to double check in case he missed the toad. She slid open one of the doors and looked around, hoping to see what they were looking for.

But instead of a toad, she saw a boy with flaming red hair and another boy with jet black hair and glasses. She asked them if they've seen a toad, but they said no. However, she noticed the red head was about to perform magic, so she stayed longer to see.

She showed them a real spell that worked, by casting it on the boy with glasses. She enthusiastically explained to them how she's a muggle-born and how she did many research on magic and memorized them.

"I'm Hermione Granger, by the way, and who are you?" She asked them, once she was done with her monologue.

"I'm Ron Weasley," The red head muttered.

"Harry Potter" The boy with glasses said.

Hermione got overly excited to find out she's been acquainted with Harry and started talking about how he was in many books she read. She noticed Ron's annoyed expression and quickly dismissed herself, hoping to find Neville.

Oh, where is that toad! She sighed to herself. She had finally given up and sat back down on her compartment, hoping to get some more reading done. Though, few minutes later, many students in the train were being loud and obnoxious.

Sighing, she slammed her book shut and walked out again to investigate the noise, before being shoved roughly aside by Draco Malfoy and his bodyguards.




Hermione watched anxiously as Professor McGonagall continued reading the names off of the list to be sorted.

"Granger, Hermione!"

Hermione gasped and nearly ran to the stool.

Once the hat was jammed on her head, the sorting hat shouted, "GRYFFINDOR!"

Feeling relieved and excited, she quickly rushed towards the Gryffindor table and greeted the others on her table. She looked at the front and clapped loudly when Neville came to her side, also sorted into Gryffindor.

Hermione shot her attention to the front when she heard Professor McGonagall shout, "Malfoy, Draco!"

She watched as Draco took his time to take his seat, and noticed the hat barely touched his head when it shouted, "SLYTHERIN!"

Draco smirked and joined his friends, Crabbe and Goyle. He glanced at the Gryffindor table and locked eyes with Hermione.

That Granger girl looks really familiar. Draco thought to himself, staring at Hermione. But, how do I know her? She's a Mudblood and I don't familiarize myself with Mudbloods. He scowled and gave her a dirty look.

Hermione didn't realize they were staring at each other, until Harry's name was called. She blushed and quickly looked away from him, watching Harry being sorted instead.

Draco smirked and turned his attention to the front also. Feeling slightly disappointed that Harry was sorted into Gryffindor with that Mudblood Granger and those Blood traitors, Weasleys.




Hermione laid on top of her bed, sighing. I can't believe I'm actually really here. She thought to herself, staring at the ceiling.

She fingered the necklace around her neck and frowned. She told everyone that it was supposed to be a friendship necklace, and decided to leave it on. She only took it out during showers and sleeping, but always kept it hidden underneath the shirts she wears.

She reached the back of her neck and pulled the necklace off of her. She stared at the single pink bead and suddenly remembered a random memory of her and the boy, Drake, arguing about magic being real.

"I wonder whatever happened to Drake," Hermione muttered to herself, "He would never believe me if he finds out I'm a witch." She giggled at the thought of Drake being wide-eyed and surprised.

She traced the bead on the necklace and sighed, "Drake, where are you?"

She placed the necklace on top of her desk and continued staring at it.

If only you gotten a letter too. She thought sadly, as she turned to her side and let sleep overcome her.




"What's that thing around your neck, Draco?" Pansy Parkinson pointed at the thing around Draco's neck. "You always have it on."

Draco rolled his eyes and tucked it under his shirt. "It's mine. I got it when I was younger."

"From who?" Pansy asked, scooting closer to him.

"It's a lucky necklace." He lied, feeling annoyed with the questions.

"Go get a new one" She snorted, about to reach for it.

He quickly got up from the couch and walked inside his room, not bothering to say good-night.

He pulled the necklace off of his neck and examined it. He felt guilty for being mean to the girl that gave this to him. But, she's a muggle. He sighed deeply, and placed it on the table next to his bed.

Whatever happened to Herminee, anyway? He asked himself, as he slipped his pajamas on.

He climbed on top of his bed and covered himself warmly, before turning to his side to face the necklace. He would secretly give one day to see his first best friend again. She was the last person who knew the real him, before he found out how inferior muggles and muggle-borns are.

"She probably died or something, or forgotten all about me." He savagely thought to himself.

He turned on his back, staring at the ceiling. He closed his eyes, and waited until he slowly drifted into unconsciousness, not knowing 'Herminee' is attending the same school as he is.




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