The big, red train steamed into the station, ready to allow hundreds of children eleven years or older into its cars. They all stood crowded on Platform 9 ¾ of King’s Cross Station, some wearing Muggle clothing, others wearing their school uniform robes. Some were adults bidding goodbye to their children, some children stood alone. One of the children who stood alone was a girl with light brown hair that was pulled back in a sloppy French braid. Wisps of it had fluttered out of place, and she didn’t seem to really care. She was wearing her normal clothes but had a trunk and an owl in a cage. The owl was one of the smaller ones, but the liveliest of the ones available at the store in Diagon Alley. Despite her exhaustion that day from trying to find everything by herself, she felt immediately drawn to the grey and white Scops owl and used the last of her money to purchase it before naming it Tino. Tino didn’t like the crowds and was squawking in his cage. “Shush, Tino,” she hissed at him as she shoved the cart along the crowded platform to try and get on the train. This was way more difficult than it looked. Eventually she pushed passed several sobbing parents and made her way onto the Hogwarts Express. Stepping onto the train brought back the thrill of adventure she loved. She couldn’t help but smile as she pushed the trunk down the aisle and found an empty compartment. There were hundreds of children out there, someone was bound to sit with her, guaranteed. She set Tino beside her after putting the trunk up on the shelf above her head to wait for the new kids. She knew they were all going to be wizards, and that would make her not a freak anymore. She had seen the way her parents stared at her when she got her letter, and she knew that they wouldn’t stare like that. They’d be far more welcoming. She was certain she’d make tons of new friends, and there would be tons of exciting things that would happen here. If there was one thing that really got Felicity Groundswell excited, it was the thrilling idea of an adventure.